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Marvel NOW Will Relaunch The Marvel Universe This October

Marvel's Chief Creative Officer unveils some of the publisher's plans to change the Marvel Universe.

This fall will be pretty big for Marvel comics. The company that brings us Spider-Man and the Avengers will be relaunching their entire line of books this October. Sound familiar? In an interview with Entertainment Weekly Marvel's Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, the publisher revealed their plans to change their universe.

But how much will change, and how much will stay the same? Although Quesada stresses that the entire universe won't be changing, he does indicate that we will be seeing the return of some characters and the launch of all-new titles.

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• Uncanny Avengers - written by Rick Remender, artist unknown – Shipping in October, a direct spinoff from Avengers vs. X-Men, Remender says “It’s a bridge book, something that can delve into both worlds”

• All New X-Men - written by Brian Michael Bendis, artist unknown – Shipping in November, the rumors of Bendis taking over the X-Men appear to be true. Bendis will use time travel to bring the original five X-Men to the present day as Bendis describes, “It’s not a time travel story like Back to the Future. It’s a time travel story like Pleasantville,“ marking the return of Jean Grey to the 616 universe.

• Avengers - written by Jonathan Hickman, artist unknown – Shipping in December, Hickman picks up the Avengers reins from Bendis has he expands the scope of The Avengers. Hickman is quoted as saying “It’s not six Avengers, It’s 18 or more”. The new title will be biweekly and will be a combination of oneshot stories and longer, “galaxy spanning multi-issue arcs” as they protect the entire universe and become an Avengers for the 21st century.

This is pretty big news for Marvel and Marvel fans, although MARVEL NOW (which is what the publisher is titling this new initiative) won't be all that similar to DC's relaunch of the New 52. What do you think of the news? Are you looking forward to these new series as well as the return of Jean Grey to Marvel comics?

Source: iFanboyand Entertainment Weekly

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Posted by cc1738

I may give the X-Men not a shot because I like Jean's character. As for the others I would like to see the art.

Posted by BlackArmor


Posted by EnSabahNurX

>_> It's cool jean is back but she's basically jean minus everything that has happened to her and won't she have to be returned to the past or is this an alternate past? Because if you remove her from the past she can't do everything that leads to our present: dark phoenix saga and such O_O

I smell a continuity paradox

Posted by The_Soverighn

Why ?

Edited by wmwadeii

Uncanny Avengers - Seems interesting but IMO just a ploy to get X-Men readers to have to buy Avengers and Avengers to have to buy X-men.

All New X-Men - Not sure how this will work considering they are making it in the 616 instead of a multiverse. Also since most of the original 5 are still alive.

Avengers - IMO just a marketing hype to tie in Guardians of the Galaxy and then Avengers 2.

I doubt they are doing a New 52 reboot, I think more of a structural reboot of what books to publish and what ones to drop.

Posted by Samimista

Why am I not surprised. It was just a matter of time.

Posted by KainScion

NO NO NO NO!!!!! 100000x NO!! QUESADA YOU MORON!! after you ruined peter's marriage and backtracked his character development now you fu*k up the entire universe??!! WHY?!

Posted by Omega Ray Jay

Well that's a surprise ;) Sounds like some interesting changes are on the horizon like Hickman on Avengers, I can feel the onslaught against Brendis on the horizon

Posted by sagejonathan

Wolverine looks terrible.

Posted by The_Soverighn

SO Thats The New Iron Man Armor

Spoiler Much

Posted by Skies327

You put all this work into event after event after event, and then you're going to reboot?One day I hope to understand your business strategy.

Posted by Sawcesome

So, either the Scarlet Witch gets the Phoenix Force and decides to call herself Pandora, or Aunt May gets shot again and Spider-Man pays Mephisto a visit?

Posted by jaredbright


AH, man, it's July!

What the hell!

Edited by Remi

Took long enough to get this posted.

Posted by Pwok21

*See's Cable, Nova and Rocket Raccoon*

Everything is going better than expected.

I hope they actually keep SOME of the character advancements and don't just drop good characters (a la Wally West New 52).

Posted by Crimson Eagle

I have a feeling AvX will be overwritten...

Edited by moywar700

the all new x-men will have the original x-men? Nobody can time travel backwards and change it unless they have cosmic powers. Perhaps they will use the phoenix force to time travel back into the past and pick up the original x-men?But why? Why would they even pick up teenage versions of themselves? Sorry but I'm not buying this.Smells like another gimmick.

Also, it wouldn't be the same Jean Grey. This sets her character back over decades of character development.

Posted by CitizenJP

Joe Quesada: Destroyer of Worlds.

Posted by KainScion

thats it. they have forced my hand. im calling it. if they keep making these 'decisions', quesada anyway, marvel will go bankrupt in 5 years. 5 years. TOPS. and marvel will be no more. and i dont care how much money they make from the movies, tv shows. they are a comic book company and they are sinking deeper and deeper into the ocean of crap that is quesada and company.

Posted by WWAJfan

Hope this doesnt ruin Venom

Posted by Kal'smahboi

*&#$.This would be an excuse to start reading Captain America, wouldn't it?

Posted by Maybeland

If this takes Rick Remender off of uncanny X-Force, or Kieron Gillen off of Uncanny X-men I will drop Marvel.

Posted by jsphsmth

After careful reflection, both Uncanny Avengers and Avengers looks good. Looks like Marvel may have gained a lapsed reader.

It is good to see that Marvel can learn from DC's success. House of Ideas, my butt.

Posted by pikahyper


Posted by Necrotic_Lycanthrope

Really tempted to get the new Avengers book, but the X-Men and AVX spin-off don't exist i my reality, so I'm ignoring those two.

Posted by Vulshock


Quote from IGN:

"However, Marvel has made sure to make one thing clear: Marvel NOW! is not a reboot or restart of continuity. This is the next evolution of their characters in a post-AvX world that will be moving things in all-new directions with creators tackling characters they've never really touched before."

Lets hope this info is right and it isn't a reboot!

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

Thor looks very 90's and I hate all the costume redesigns 

Posted by jsphsmth

@WWAJfan said:

Hope this doesnt ruin Venom

I think Venom will be ruined when Remender leaves and Bunn takes over. This is based on Bunn's average work so far on Captain America and whomever.

Posted by Icon

"This ain't no reboot" says editor-in-chief. "It's a new beginning!" Well, isn't a reboot essentially just a new beginning?

Posted by Tellumo

I really hope this isn't a reboot in any way, that's what always made marvel (in my opinion) better than DC, continuity that matters & is consistent.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

So is Spider-Man going to be in red and black now?

Posted by Novemberx2

@KainScion said:

NO NO NO NO!!!!! 100000x NO!! QUESADA YOU MORON!! after you ruined peter's marriage and backtracked his character development now you fu*k up the entire universe??!! WHY?!

you also proceeded over one of most successful periods in marvel comics! you monster your doing what is commercial right and i hate you for it!

Posted by Sonata

Marvel is hanging themselves by doing this.

Posted by Master_Thief

So they are making nick fury legit black

Just hope Venom goes back to being Eddie Brock then

Posted by Chaos Burn

So this is a relaunch that gives us 3 new comics?

Posted by Gambit1024

Cyclops... dafuq are you wearing?...

Hulk.... dafuq are you wearing?.........

Posted by jsphsmth

@Icon said:

"This ain't no reboot" says editor-in-chief. "It's a new beginning!"

Well, isn't a reboot essentially just a new beginning?

Semantics. It helps Marvel save face after saying for months that they wouldn't reboot.

Posted by KainScion
Posted by odysseyuwrf

Anyone notice someone who likes like Ultimate Nick Fury? Hmmm....

Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

@Skies327: It actually is a solid business strategy. People will be more interested in marvel comics, thus, increasing sales.

Posted by Cavemold

Hope venom abr scarlet spider are Un touched I like iron man'snre suit

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous
@Gambit1024 said:

Cyclops... dafuq are you wearing?...

Hulk.... dafuq are you wearing?.........

Cap..... dafuq you wearing?........ 
Spider-Man...... dafuq you wearing?......
Posted by Sleepbutnodream15

Can someone explain to me what this is? Are they rebooting series? Are the current series that are out now gonna end?

Posted by They Killed Cap!

...I hate this. Cyclops looks lame in the pic up above, not a fan of the changes to Nick Fury why does Thor have swords on his back? Just not a fan. I tried the new 52. I am tired of sweeping changes. I would love to see Jean back, but not a entire universe revamping. All of this, just to sell books. The dollar does still speak. Lame lame lame lame. It wasn't broken, don't freaking fix it. Idoits (that goes for you to DC).

Posted by Onemoreposter

@Gambit1024 said:

Cyclops... dafuq are you wearing?...

Hulk.... dafuq are you wearing?.........

Looks like Scott has been been reading to much Judge Dredd.

So I guess we've seen the end of white Fury? I like black Fury.... but I thought we could have both....guess not....

Posted by Iceman94

Why does Thor need two swords and a hammer? Rocket Raccoon looks like Robin Hood and Hulk? What the hell is he wearing!

Posted by CellphoneGirl

Also wouldn't Jean remember all of this then? So something tells me sooner or later they will have a sad issue of sending that Jean back to her original timeline.

Posted by ARMIV2

So, the rumors were true about the-...

What are the Hulk and Thor wearing?

Posted by ambigu0us

They have some of the best writers on board, so this isn't that worrisome.

More importantly, wtf is Cyclops wearing?

He looks ridiculous.....and yes, more ridiculous than a guy in a onezie and Geordi La Forge's visor.

Posted by tcglkn

I cannot believe they are making Nick Fury black now! I have no problem with black or other minority comic book characters, but when you take a character that has been around for years just for diversity (because whatever bulls*** excuse they give it's always for more diversity), it p***es me off.