The End of the Marvel Universe as We Know it

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“Time Runs Out. Everything Ends. The Secret Wars commence.”

At a press conference in New York yesterday, Marvel PR man Chris D’Lando, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso revealed that the Marvel comic-book worlds we’ve come to know and love will soon be coming to an end. The long-planned, cataclysmic event will see the separate Marvel and Ultimate Universes collide to form one new setting – Battleworld – for all comics series going forwards.

Readers of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers saga may have seen this coming. Throughout the series, the characters have been working hard to prevent just such a collision from happening. We now know that they are destined to fail, with an eight-part series called Secret Wars set to start in May with the two universes crashing together. It has also been confirmed that the images released last year all relate to new series that will begin this summer. Over the next couple of weeks, we can expect to see further announcements about more of the limited and ongoing comics to come.

The representatives from Marvel stressed that this would not simply be “an Elseworlds, What If, or any other kind of alternate reality”: this is big news that will affect all continuing stories. Said Alonso,

“This is putting an endcap to decades of stories and starting a new era. When you see the scope of the event, [you will] see what we’re willing to do. This is a place where we’re going to be bringing new pieces onto the board and taking old pieces off. You guys will be yelling and screaming, loving and hating in equal measure.”

Check out the trailer below to get a sense of the scale of the change.

To whet your appetite for the Secret Wars series, a free teaser (Secret Wars #0) will be released on Free Comic Book Day (3rd May), with issues one and two being released later the same month. The comics will be written by Jonathan Hickman, with artwork by Esad Ribic.

As well as announcing plans for merchandise collaborations with Funko, Hasbro and UpperDeck, D’Lando also hinted at new “interactive content” to come, perhaps suggesting the possibility of a Secret Wars video game.

Are you excited for Secret Wars? Let us know in the comments.

Source: IGN

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