Marvel Announces the End of Comics Universe with Secret Wars
Marvel had hyped up a "huge announcement" today at an event at Midtown Comics, and they didn't disappoint. Today, they announced that they will reboot their entire comics universe with Secret Wars, and the Marvel universe as we know it will be over.
According to executive editor Tom Brevoort, the first issue of the Secret Wars series will see the end of the Marvel Universe, and the Secret Wars Battleworld will serve as the "melting world from which the new Marvel Universe will be fermented." The first issue will reportedly involve the Ultimate Universe and 616 Marvel Universe colliding, with the heroes given eight hours to stop the catastrophic event. They fail, and both universes are subsumed into Battleworld.
"This is putting an end cap on decades of stories," said editor-in-chief Axel Alonso on Secret Wars. "This is a place where we'll be putting new pieces on the board and taking old pieces off."
This isn't exactly coming out of left field, as Secret Wars's taglines such as "Everything Ends," "Universes Destroyed," and "Battleworld Forged" actually lay out a pretty decent road map for this revelation, but the confirmation is still exciting. Marvel executives also announced during the event that all of the titles published during the Secret Wars series would go towards building this new universe. None of the titles will be self-contained, but rather will all contribute to the new status quo.
They also announced that the second issue would be oversized, and would feature all the Thors:
There is also an interactive Battleworld map on Marvel.com, so we can explore all the realities that make up the elusive Battleworld ahead of time.
Secret Wars #1, which will see the end of the Ultimate and 616 Marvel Universes, comes out in May 2015.