Friday, October 10, 2014

NYCC 2014: Secret Wars 2015 To Put The Marvel Universe In Crisis

If you thought Spider-Verse showed Marvel had created a lot of Spider-Men in it's 75 year publishing history, just wait untill all its Iron Men mix it with all the Captain Americas. That certainly seems to be on the cards, as Marvel teases a new Secret Wars arriving in May 2015. Just check this puppy out (click to enlarge);

Thor has his classic duds on. There's Hawkeyes and Wasps. Heck, there's even a Ghost Rider, Daredevil, Quasar and what appears to be a Black Panther! While the X-Men and fellow non-Marvel movie team The Fantastic Four are notably absent, the above free-for-all teaser by the amazing Alex Ross is the first of many teased "major announcements" for the Marvel publishing line.

Written by Jonathan Hickman and with interior art by Esad Ribic, the year long event leans towards a reboot much of the cluttered Marvel landscape in a DC 'Crisis' style, timed to launch around the release of next year's eagerly awaited blockbuster Avengers : Age of Ultron.

Will a year long event, the name, and tie-in merchandise be the only links between this Secret Wars and it's landmark 80's predecessor? Or will we see a new Beyonder, promises of power and universes at stake. At least one out of three is certain.

What do you think?


  1. I think DC and Marvel are both geniuses. They've timed this so each house will get a boost. People will check out at least the first few issues of both just to compare...
    Yeah. I'd be cynical about it, except that splash page has me so hyped and squealy I'll beg them to take my money.

  2. Thanks Random - I hope both series do well, but also put a halt to the #1sing of late. It's just gotten crazy. For my money Marvel NOW! but the New 52 in term sof reviving a line. Now they are actually looking at going directly head to head with a revamp of their biggest 80's crossover hit, fandom will really be able to draw a more direct comparison like you say.

    1. I don't know about DC fans, but just reading the words "Secret Wars" sends shivers up my spine. It's still my benchmark for a lot of characters. Like Absorbing Man reattaching is arm when he turns back to flesh. Tiny part of the whole, but it sticks in the brain.

    2. I'm like you - one of my favourite parts of Secret Wars was Wolverine standing up for Cyclops right at the start. 'He's a jerk but he's our jerk' lol. That and Captain Marvel (Monica) warning Cyke his blasts were useless against her. Still waiting for that match...

    3. Man, that would have been great for Agents of H.A.T.E.