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From CBR

Marvel's 'Next Big Thing': Bendis, Bagley Talk "Ultimate End"

Big changes are coming to the Marvel Universe as part of the upcoming "Secret Wars" event and nothing will ever be the same again -- especially for the Ultimate Universe. The line-wide event will kick off when the two main Marvel Universes merge into one as a result of an "incursion," an Earth-destroying cosmic event that's been plaguing the pages of "New Avengers." The final fate of the Ultimate line of comics, which launched back in 2000 in "Ultimate Spider-Man" #1 by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Bagley, will be revealed in a new series from those same creators.

Alonso, Brevoort Discuss Universe-Melding "Secret Wars," Address the Reboot Question

Talking "Ultimate End" with the comic press today is series writer Brian Michael Bendis and series artist Mark Bagley, as well as editor Mark Paniccia and former Ultimate editor Ralph Macchio. CBR will be updating this article live with a full report of the discussion. Up first, take a peek at two newly revealed covers for "Ultimate End" #1 as well as the cover for "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #12.

(Click for larger images) "Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man" #12 cover by David Marquez,,,, "Ultimate End" #1 cover by Mark Bagley,,,, "Ultimate End" #1 variant by David Marquez

The call kicked off with Marvel PR's Chris D'Lando calling back to "Secret Wars," noting that we're about to say goodbye to the Ultimate Universe when it smashes into the Marvel Universe at the start of the event. D'Lando ran through the highlights of the universe's fifteen year run, not the least of which being the beginning of Bendis' career at Marvel. This May, Bendis and Bagley will reunite for a five-issue limited series -- "Ultimate End" -- chronicling the end of the Ultimate Universe. D'Lando called this a somber call, causing Bendis to quip, "This is the first I'm hearing of this! I'll hand in my tear-soaked scripts to you."

When asked about reuniting, Bendis admitted that they were put together like a blind date, a la the Spice Girls or Backstreet boys. "Mark was the perfect collaborator for me to start my Marvel career," said Bendis, prompting Bagley to correct him. "I was a cranky bastard to begin with!"

"There were things I needed to know and do better and Mark was very gracious about it and snapped me into shape very fast," said Bendis. "'Ultimate Spider-Man' was greenlit as a mini-series and I kinda pretended that I didn't hear them." Mark Bagley was originally only supposed to do the first arc, but he ended up staying on for 111 episodes. "I kept him interested past the fifth issue and into #111."

Bagley stated that he's proud to have a big run under his belt, saying it's more satisfying than doing a mini-series. "The first issue came out and was so well received by fans, I said 'Can I please stay on?' They'd already hired Leonard Kirk to replace me," revealed Bagley.

"We've worked together on little projects on and off," said Bendis, citing their creator-owned series "Brilliant." "We don't part ways long enough for me to miss him, but I'm not doing ['Ultimate End'] without Mark."

D'Lando then turned the questioning over to Ralph Macchio, who originally edited "Ultimate Spider-Man." "I have to be honest, I did not do the pairing," said Macchio. "That was Joe Quesada. I wasn't familiar with Brian's work... It was Joe who did the pairing and it was absolutely inspired. He picked someone who was a brilliant writer and paired him up with an artist established on 'Spider-Man.' I loved working with them, but I was not the guy who put them together."

Bendis also gave a hat tip to Bill Jemas, who also was influential in matching Bendis to Bagley. "My favorite Ralph memory from those early days was when Ralph called me up and said, 'Of the seven or eight ways you're spelling 'Osborn,' none of them are correct," recalled Bendis.

Mark Paniccia has been overseeing the Ultimate line for seven years now, editing Bendis on "Miles Morales." "I've got a real sense of trust and respect for both of them," said Paniccia. "I knew Brian before the 'Ultimate' days, so I was very familiar with his stuff, and Mark I just had the pleasure of working with on the 'Ultimate' books and 'Hulk.' I can rely on him."

"You don't have to call me every other day to get to work," Bagley chimed in. "I still have a job in this business because editors don't have to call me."

D'Lando switched gears to "Ultimate End," saying there's probably not a lot we can talk about. "Here's what I want to say about this," said Bendis. "What you're getting here is the first announcement past 'Secret Wars.' What you're going to get a sense of from here on out is that these are not tie-ins in the traditional sense. These are very important pieces of the Marvel Universe an for these characters. The tie-ins themselves are actually an event unto themselves. This would be it's own event if there wasn't a 'Secret Wars.' These are gigantic stories and very important, and what comes out the other side is going to be different. These series are setting you up and letting you know what pieces are coming out the other side. That's what I think this first storyline represents. Look how big this is; this is the end of something gigantic we've been working on for fifteen years... This isn't the craziest thing that's going to happen."

Looking back on "Cataclysm," which almost featured the destruction of the universe, D'Lando asked Bagley if he's excited to draw the real end of the Ultimate U. "I'm excited about it. I'm curious to see who's going to go in the gestalt of who's going in. I know Miles is in it, I hope there's Ultimate Squirrel Girl."

"Mark is very emotional," said Bendis. "He's able to draw scenes I pull dialogue off of because the emotions are on the page. Mark has not been given those kinds of scenes to do before, and it ends up he's magnificent at them. I will be tapping right into Mark's ability to get a little tear out of people, and a laugh too."

Attention turned to Miles Morales and his prominent role in "Secret Wars." "It started when it first came out and there was a lot of fan art," said Bendis. "People think I went up to Jonathan [Hickman] and told him to use Miles, but I came to the big retreat and found out how big a part Miles has and was immensely flattered because I'm over the moon about the reaction to the character. The reaction to Miles is unique and profound. It happens almost daily when someone reaches out to us online with massive cosplay representation or how much the character means to them personally." Bendis adds that most of his interactions with Miles fans ends with a hug. "Creators like Jonathan know that that's happening, and he's also still so wide eyed fresh to the comic world that he's a very good character to put into a story like this. His perspective is fresh. The Avengers have been through everything, but Miles has not been through everything."

D'Lando then asked all four participants one question, what they would remember most about the Ultimate Universe. "Mine will be the collaborations," said Bendis. "It formed me as the kind of creator that I am. Mark and Stuart and David Lafuente and Sara and David Marquez, my greatest achievements in comics is working with them... Number two is the reaction to Miles... When 'Ultimate Spider-Man' was announced, it was met with such division online and I was confused about why people were mad about something they hadn't seen yet. The about face when the issue came out, that almost never happens. I was very happy about the whole thing."

"Like Brian said, we make such a great team," added Bagley. "I couldn't stay on a book for 111 issues if I didn't love what I was doing... I only left because I felt like I needed to do something different. I'm proud of that body of work, you can take a weekend to read it. It has ups and downs. My ten-year-old grandson just read the whole series and he just got to the 'Freaky Friday' crossover [where Wolverine and Spider-Man switch bodies] and he was laughing out loud about it... It was magic, I'm getting all weepy about it."

"For me it was watching this secondary Marvel Universe kind of bubble up and not only surviving but thriving," said Macchio. "At the beginning, 'Ultimate Spider-Man' was met with derision, and watching people begin to take notice of this title, and then as we added additional titles, watching each of them become part of a foundation of a fully realized Marvel Universe -- I loved working on these things because I felt like I was in charge of my own version of the Marvel Universe."

"What was out of our control," added Bendis, "was that Mark's art became the face of Spider-Man for years. You'd go to stores and see 'Ultimate Spider-Man.' It's immensely flattering when you think of our meager beginnings."

"I think it's the fact that it changed the paradigm of how fans viewed the Marvel characters," added Paniccia. "I'm proud of all the creators and careers that were launched out of it. There's a lot to be proud of."

A question was asked about when the series takes place in relation to the incursion event. "I don't know what I'm allowed to say," added Bendis. "I'll say concurrently. I'm trying as hard as I can to not accidentally spoil Jonathan's story. I'm not sure what he wants said, but by the end of it, it will all come together."

When asked if the series would crossover with other realities, like the main "Secret Wars" event, and Bendis said, "That's a very good question" followed by a humorous amount silence. Bendis did mention that Batman is the one alternate universe character he would like to use. "This is opening the door to some opportunities that we're glad to make the most of," added Bendis.

A question was asked about the Marquez cover which features a presumed dead Ultimate Captain America; Bendis could not reveal if that means the character is back from the dead or not. "I'm so fearful of Hickman," said Bendis. "I don't want him to snap. I don't want him to come at me!"

Ralph Macchio was asked if he had any idea the Ultimate Universe would last as long as it did. "'Ultimate Spider-Man' was intended as a mini series," said Macchio. "There was no sign this was going to continue. As time went on and we began to add titles and I saw it coalesce and solidify, I began to believe we had something that was going to stay around and in some sense be a competitor to the main Marvel Universe. At the beginning, no I didn't have that vision."

"One thing I would say, at one point along the way, four of five issues into it, we had not had Peter Parker in the costume," Macchio continued. "I remember some people coming to me and asking about the sales on the book. My response was, 'Brian and Mark were telling the story beautifully and we don't have to have him in costume and go that cliche route, and I stood by that and I believe that was the right take. Let them tell the story the right way, we didn't have to shoehorn in Peter Parker in costume."

A line from "All-New X-Men" regarding X-23's question asking if there's a universe where heroes are allowed to be heroes, Bendis acknowledged that he was hinting towards this event. He wanted to get a crossover in with the Ultimate Universe before "Ultimate End." Other hints have been dropped, like a crazy guy in a police station in an early issue of "Miles Morales." "Anything I know that's coming up in comics, I will have a crazy cross-dressing prostitute person yelling about what's going to happen next summer," said Bendis.

A question was asked if any plans changed along the way regarding the Ultimate Universe. "We totally changed the tone of the book in issue #13 when Peter came out to Mary Jane," said Bendis referencing the early changes made to the Ultimate plans. "It's never about trying to wrap it up, and I've never had an end idea. When we had the idea to bring Miles in, it changed everything we were doing with the Ultimate Universe yet was an obvious extension of what the Ultimate Universe is supposed to be. You go with it and make the most of it."

Mark Bagley then revealed that Kitty Pryde was his favorite non-Spider-Man Ultimate character to draw. "I gave her a distinctive angular face," said Bagley. "She had distinctive features that made her fun to draw." Bendis added that Miles' costume can be a bit hard to draw, revealing that Joe Quesada made the decision to invert the colors thus making it tougher to draw the webbing. Bendis then told a story about Bagley's decision early on to draw from angles he'd never seen before. "It was quite lovely to see in the pencils," said Bendis.

When asked if they could go for another 111 issues with "Ultimate End," Bendis joked that it's his intention to milk this for a while. "I like the long run," added Bagley. "I think it works towards the betterment of the book. The consistency of it, they knew it wasn't going to be someone they don't like. They can pick it up and identify who the characters are because of consistency. It weakens a product when there's a change every six issues."

Bendis was asked if he's sad about writing Miles for the last time, and Bendis caught the loaded nature of the question. The writer did not reveal whether or not this series will be his last work with Miles Morales, adding, "I don't feel sad about anything in this right now. I feel empowered."

Bendis was then asked which Ultimate versions he's most proud of. "Jameson and Ultimate Venom," answered Bendis. "Turning Jonah into a fully formed person is something I'm not ashamed to say I'm proud of."

"He was really fun to draw, too," said Bagley. "I remember the scene when his son died, and he's standing there in the trench coat... I was having so much fun drawing these characters acting."

"I looked at this as an opportunity to adapt a book like you adapt a Shakespeare play," said Bendis. "None of Spider-Man was broken. Aunt May wasn't broken. You just evolve them into something more well rounded and use everything that comics does."

"One of the things I really admire Brian for was that we played around with the clone idea again," said Macchio. "I thought that was wonderful. Going back to the clone stuff was like poison, but Brian and Mark did it beautifully." Macchio and Bagley, who were involved with the original '90s clone saga, admitted that doing it the second time in the Ultimate Universe was a bit of a healing process. One remake that didn't take hold was a tailless version of the Scorpion that Bendis tried to push through; "It was hard to write, 'and then he swings his butt!'"

The last question was regarding Peter Parker and his recent return. "I knew for a while which was very freeing and allowed me to make a bucket list for the whole universe, and I wanted to tell the Peter story. I wanted to do the crossover with the X-Men. We've been getting them all done. The story we're telling with Miles Morales will tie into 'Secret Wars' and tie up a lot of really big pieces with the Ultimate chronology. You're going to get legitimate closure with a lot of characters. It's very rare that you get this opportunity to wrap it up. It's like television, when you get a final season. That's how I've been writing 'Miles Morales'... Will you see Peter in 'Ultimate End'? Yes you will."

"Ultimate End" #1 goes on sale in May.

#2 Posted by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio

From CBR

Marvel's "Secret Wars" - Not a Dream, Not a Hoax & Definitely Not a Reboot

"Things will never be the same!"

"Heroes will live, heroes will die!"

"The end is coming!"

Whenever a major event hits the Big Two comic book universes, phrases like these are bandied about. Typically, they end up being more bluster than promise, but sometimes, these words should be taken seriously. With Marvel heading into "Secret Wars," all signs point to readers being on the cusp of the latter, as the publisher has outright promised an event that will change the foundations of the Marvel Universe.

Over the decades, fandom has become a bit gun shy when it comes to reality-altering events, the term "reboot" brandished for every major change in story direction or continuity. Ever since DC Comics' last reboot, 2011's New 52 launch, resulted in a great initial swell of sales success, fans have been predicting, anticipating and even fearing a Marvel reboot as well. Now, with "Secret Wars" set to fundamentally alter the Marvel and Ultimate Universes, fans are taking to the blogosphere debating the pros and cons of the upcoming reality shaking event. While some fans directly accuse Marvel of copying DC, others express ennui over what they view as yet another reboot by a major company. However, while "Secret Wars" is obviously a deck clearing of sorts, a way to shake up the status quo of a 75 year old narrative universe, it is categorically not a reboot.

Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe Set to Combine in "Secret Wars"

To prove this assertion, let's first look at past events that were undeniably reboots. The DC Universe following the events of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" was a full-on reboot. The universal structure of the shared universe was completely altered, with all of DC's myriad Earths being amalgamated into one super-Earth containing all of DC's Golden Age heroes and the heroes the publisher purchased from companies like Fawcett, Quality and Charlton. They now all lived in one reality, and all the stories that took place before the "Crisis" were now expunged from history. Those tales of yesteryear were delegated to back issue bins and memory. When a fan read the first issue of John Byrne's "Man of Steel," or the first issue of Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One," those issues were the first adventures of these post-"Crisis" heroes. DC's icons were suddenly without the benefit or baggage of fifty years of history.

With a few cosmetic alterations and even fewer exceptions, the same holds true for DC's New 52. After "Flashpoint," all the DC titles started from square one, without many threads or references to what came before. Some titles, like the "Batman" family of books and "Green Lantern," carried over many of the same story beats (both titles were big hits at the time of the reboot), but other books, like "Superman" and "Wonder Woman," were free of the constraints of the previous continuity. Virtually no threads remained + the narrative continuity beginning anew = reboot.

Jonathan Hickman's "Secret Wars," however, does not seem to be going down the same path as DC's reboots. The characters entering into this new era constructed of bits and pieces of many Marvel Universe realities are entering the fray with their narrative histories intact. It's the universe under the characters' feet that is changing, not the characters themselves. When the smoke clears, it seems that the Spider-Man that fans have been thrilling to all these years will be the same Spider-Man that enters the Battleworld of "Secret Wars." The same Peter Parker that has fought Green Goblins, that was replaced by Doctor Octopus, that was a victim of "Kraven's Last Hunt" and that lost Gwen Stacy will be the same Spider-Man fighting the good fight post-"Secret Wars." The world Spider-Man lives in will be vastly different, but Spidey will still be Spidey. Hence, no reboot.

The big question to ask, then, is will this new universe please fans? While there is most certainly going to be a contingent of readers who will be unhappy with the revamped status quo, if the post-"Secret Wars" Marvel Universe consists of quality writers working on compelling tales, the cosmic make up of the universe matters very little. If a comic like Matt Fraction and David Aja's "Hawkeye" or Mark Waid and Chris Samnee's "Daredevil" had taken place in a newly formatted Marvel Universe, would it have had any effect on the quality of the stories?

Alonso, Brevoort Discuss Universe-Melding "Secret Wars," Address the Reboot Question

Therein lies the key. A true reboot changes characters. Histories, timelines, relationships, costumes -- all of this altered by a hard reboot. At this point, Marvel's event appears to be a reboot of setting, so the House of Ideas can construct a clearer home base for its characters. What that setting will look like after it is all said and done is anyone's guess, but the characters will still be familiar to their fans. They may be in different configurations, and the rules of metafiction that make up the Marvel Universe may be different, but the reason we all plunk down our cash, the characters that sprang from the minds of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, will maintain their identities. Do you really think Marvel will disrupt the development of the fan-favorite "Ms. Marvel" and start over from whole cloth? Of course not. Hence, it's not a reboot.

Let's go back to the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" example. While the death of the Kara Zor-El version of Supergirl was a major story point, by the time "Crisis" was over, no one remembered her. She was erased from history. In "Crisis," DC established the idea of a selective reboot. Kara was gone and forgotten, but the Crisis' other legendary casualty, Barry Allen, was still an integral part of the Flash mythos. Barry was dead, and nary an issue of the new "Flash" comic went by where Wally West didn't evoke the name of his mentor. But all those stories featuring the JLA teaming with the JSA, or Superboy being the inspiration for the Legion of Super Heroes! They were all gone.

The New 52 completely erased DC's Golden Age history, the coming of the superhero now heralded by the arrival of Superman. All those Geoff Johns "JSA" stories were now gone, and something else was in their place. Marvel does not seem to be doing that with "Secret Wars." Captain America will still have fought with the Invaders in World War II, the Kree/Skrull War will still have taken place and all those touchstone Marvel moments will still have happened. Or at least, we think they will have. What makes this not a reboot is the characters' awareness of the changes in their shared universe and the fact that no reset switch is being hit.

Even if, after reading the above arguments, you still insist that "Secret Wars" sounds like a reboot, consider that we constantly experience mini reboots with Marvel and DC, on a regular basis. Every ten years or so, both companies seem to change, with heroes changing appearance and voice even while existing in the same continuity. Wasn't the first issue of Grant Morrison's "New X-Men" fundamentally different from anything that came before? Didn't the Beast change appearance without a real story explanation, and didn't the characters in the book talk differently than just a month previous? Let's face it, constant reboots happen in comics all the time just to reset timelines. When the Fantastic Four was first introduced, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm were both veterans of World War II. There was never an in-story explanation years later why the two men were all of a sudden not WWII vets. Fans just chalked it up to Marvel's moving time scale, itself a constant reboot tool. Peter Parker, even though he is the "same" Peter Parker introduced by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, never went to sock hops and never went to high school in a pre-Vietnam War era, because if he did, the web-slinging hero would be pushing seventy. We accept that Peter gained his Spider powers in some kind of amorphous time line, maybe about ten years ago, and in those ten years, all the adventures we are familiar with took place. The only character that stays of his era is Captain America, who will always be part of the Greatest Generation, but the day he was defrosted, that continues to change, with no in-story explanation. It just is.

With "Secret Wars," Marvel is set to make a boat load of these little resets, the same ones that keep our icons young. But this time, instead of a time shift happening almost imperceptibly, Marvel is marketing and branding them by placing the very familiar and very marketable "Secret Wars" label on all of it to hopefully drive people into the comic shops come May. In one massive move, Marvel will be able to re-align characters they feel need a fresh coat of paint. It's a way to market the Marvel Universe arrival of Miles Morales and have him play a major role with Marvel's other famous icons, and it's a way to do the unthinkable by killing, eliminating, resetting or reviving characters as Marvel sees fit, but through it all, the timeline that began in "Fantastic Four" #1 will still remain the basis of the Marvel Universe. We don't know what we will be left with when "Secret Wars" ends, but fans should be able to rest easy knowing that while the setting of the new Marvel Universe may be a very different one, "Secret Wars" is not a reboot. It's something new and exciting and daring, and maybe, depending on how well Marvel pulls it off, it can prove to be legendary.

#3 Posted by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio


I just realised, this thread is 2 years old + 25 days

#4 Edited by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio

"Captain America & the Mighty Avengers" will face their "Last Days" this May.

From Newsarama


Magneto will have some company as they ring in the Last Days leading into the summer event Secret Wars. After Newsarama's reveal earlier Tuesday that Magneto will be part of the Last Days banner, Loki: Agent of Asgard and Captain America & The Mighty Avengers - both written by Al Ewing - have been revealed as part of the group as reported by CBR and respectively.

"... it's a little strange to be on board at Marvel for the end of the Marvel Universe," says Ewing about Captain America & The Mighty Avengers in the ComicBook article. "There have been 'THE END' stories before, and I suppose part of me is always wondering what I'd do if I was given the brief of "this is the final story of so-and-so"... well, now that moment is here! In the present day! And it turns out this is the story I'd do."

Ewing said his "common man" style of Avengers group will feature not just costumed superheroes but casual citizens standing up in these final moments of their world.

"We'll be seeing both sides - the Last Days issues will be about people helping where they can at the end of the world. Some of those will be superbeings with awesome powers, and some are just people," Ewing tells ComicBook. "If the current plan comes together, we'll be going from 'Time Runs Out' right up to the final seconds of life on Earth... as seen through the eyes of the most unexpected Mighty Avenger of all - you! The person reading this! That's going to be a wee bit tricky, mind."

For the rest of the article head over to the main page of Newsarama


From CBR

Like many of Marvel's other series, "Captain America & the Mighty Avengers" will face their "Last Days" on the path to "Secret Wars." In a exclusive, series writer Al Ewing spoke a little about the trials and tribulations that the Mighty Avengers will face as "Secret Wars" looms on the horizon.

For Captain America and his team, the "Last Days" will be a two-part story. According to Ewing, however, the Mighty Avengers won't be the only heroes of this story. He weighed in on what it means to be a true hero of the people, saying, "It's the ordinary people who man the phones, volunteer their time in other ways, or just stand up for their fellow human beings when they're in need. That's all it takes to be a member of the Mighty Avengers, so in a real sense it's the biggest team of heroes in the Marvel Universe."

"It's… daunting in that you've got to think of a way to make the event serve you as well as vice versa, but also very exciting," Ewing said, regarding the role of working on a major event, "And this time, the crossover is the end of everything, so all of that gets intensified."

However excited Ewing may be about "Secret Wars," he did wish he had more time with Power Man and White Tiger: "Doing a little more with Vic and Ava would be nice, although they're getting some moments in the current storyline -- I'd really like to sell those two as a crime-busting duo in the 'Power Man/Iron Fist' vein."

Though the "Secret Wars" event has been touted as the end of everything, Ewing was mum on the topic of how the story may or may not continue: "I couldn't possibly comment… There have been 'THE END' stories before, and I suppose part of me is always wondering what I'd do if I was given the brief of 'this is the final story of so-and-so'... well, now that moment is here! In the present day!"

When asked who he would choose to write in his dream team, Ewing offered a list of some pretty hefty non-Marvel characters: ROM, Acroyear, Doctor Who, Zoidzilla, Pinsor, Indiana Jones, Bill S Preston Esquire and Ren Hoek and Superman.

The "Last Days" of "Captain America & the MIghty Avengers" hits retailers this May. Check out for the full interview.

#5 Edited by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio

@punyparker said:

@animehunter said:

First Look: ADAM HUGHES' SPIDER-GWEN #1 Variant Cover


Yeah,that's me ,noone hacked my account.... :P

Never thought I'd see the day @punyparker would praise anything remotely connected to Gwen Stacy, are you sure you're feeling ok,,, you're not feverish are you :P, are you still long for this world, because if you're not,,, can I have you CD player :P:P

#6 Posted by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio

First Look: ADAM HUGHES' SPIDER-GWEN #1 Variant Cover

Adam Hughes decided to drawn Gwen Stacy in her more traditional look for his variant cover to next month's Spider-Gwen #1 (with just a hint of her alternate universe costumed identity), but hey, it's still Adam Hughes drawing Gwen Stacy.

Check out Newsarama's exclusive first look at the cover.








• BECAUSE YOU DEMANDED IT! The breakout hit of the biggest Spider-Event of the century is taking comic shops by storm this winter with her own new ongoing series – SPIDER-GWEN!

• Gwen Stacy is Spider-Woman, but you knew that already. What you DON’T know is what friends and foes are waiting for her in the aftermath of Spider-Verse!

• From the fan-favorite creative team that brought you Spider-Gwen’s origin story in EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE, Jason Latour and Robbie Rodriguez!

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From Newsarama

Marvel's Tom Brevoort Tries to Keep SECRET WARS' Secrets Secret

Apparently Marvel has some rules about Secret Wars, and the first rule of Secret Wars is you don't talk about... well, you know the rest.

To be fair, the publisher does have two things going on. One, the readers want to enjoy the end of the Avengers/New Avengers "Time Runs Out" story arc and then the Secret Wars event by actually reading it. But they also want to sell it by making comic book retailers and readers know ahead of time that it involves the end of the Marvel Universe as fans have known it since 1961 and that it's going to result in the creation of an 'all-new' Marvel Universe. So naturally, readers are going to be curious about that last thing now.

In the aftermath of the January 20 announcement, Marvel gave Newsarama the opportunity to ask a handful of questions regarding to the event to SVP of Publisher and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, and we tried out best to get information out of him regarding the future of Marvel and he did his best walking the line between answering our questions and not giving away every Secret Wars secret now. Here's the result:

Newsarama: Tom, this isn’t Newsarama’s first rodeo but even as practiced as we are at distilling this stuff, there seems to be a lot going on here and presumably a lot still left unsaid.

So let’s start by breaking this down to its essence. Can you fact-check these:

  1. By Secret Wars #1, the Marvel and Ultimate Universes are combined, Everything else (universes, dimensions, timelines) are destroyed, and that’s the only Universe left in the multiverse.
  2. Then that new combined Universe gets destroyed too and the only cosmic ‘entities’ including suns, planets, dimensions, timelines and any form of life exists only on Battleworld, which is a melting pot of (potentially) every Marvel story ever written.
  3. hen sometime during or after Secret Wars, a new, singular familiar (Earth, the populated cosmos) Marvel Universe will emerge?

Is that all correct?

Tom Brevoort: Let me preface my remarks by saying right up front that this may turn out to be the least-informative interview you’ve ever done, in that there are still many, many specifics about Secret Wars and what it will mean for the Marvel publishing line going forward that we’re not entirely ready to reveal yet. So I’m going to attempt to answer your questions as best as I can, but don’t be surprised if precious little actual information is conveyed.

So taking these points briefly one by one:

  1. Not quite. By Secret Wars #1, the Final Incursion will have begun, which has the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe on a collision course with one another, and only eight hours to prevent mutual annihilation.
  2. Again, not quite. In the aftermath of Secret Wars #1 and as will be explored in Secret Wars #2 and beyond, all that remains is Battleworld, a massive patchwork planet made up of the assorted surviving remnants of dozens of destroyed universes.
  3. At this point, Battleworld pretty much is the Marvel Universe—it’s all that’s left of everything. And the storyline that plays out across its surface, both in the core Secret Wars series and in the assorted tie-in projects will put into place the building blocks for everything moving ahead.

Secret Wars #2 cover by Alex Ross

Nrama: Can you explain how time is included?

As opposed to alternate timelines, you seem to be including individual chunks of time from the main Marvel Universe timeline – like Civil War and Avengers vs. X-Men. Are you treating this like the ultimate extension of the Butterfly Effect – every action results in a branching off of a new reality?

And any fear readers are going to get too caught up in the existential mechanism of all this?

Brevoort: I really can’t explain Battleworld in any greater depth at this point, sorry. But Secret Wars #2 takes you all throughout this new world and reveals much about its workings. It shouldn’t be too difficult for people to work out how all of the pieces fit together at that point—we’re just not yet at a point where I can give you a lot of additional details.

And if the readers want to debate the existential merits of what we’re doing and how we’re doing it—or how they think we’re doing it—more power to ‘em! That’s part of the fun!

Nrama: From personal experience I know Marvel doesn’t like being compared to DC unless favorably [laughs] – but regardless of any chicken and the egg questions, you and DC will both being doing major events that have similar concepts – characters and concepts collected from various historical continuities/realities and placed under one ‘roof,’ for lack of a better log line.

Why do you think, in the spring of 2015, combining multiple realities and maybe coming out the other side with a whole new Universe is the major comic book publisher zeitgeist?

And an optional question - would you like to address how Secret Wars is different than Convergence and whatever comes after for DC?

Brevoort: Couldn’t really tell you, apart from the fact that stories of this nature have been part of the fabric of shared-universe storytelling since at least as far back as the original Secret Wars and Crisis on Infinite Earths.

In the case of Secret Wars, this isn’t a stopgap project or anything that’s being pulled together in haste to compete. It’s something that we’ve been building to for almost three years now, since the very first issues of Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers runs—there’s language in the first few issues of both titles which, now that you know we’re heading towards Secret Wars, pretty clearly signifies that. It’s the bedrock of our publishing plan and has been so for months and months now—as anybody who’s read me saying that New Avengers was the most important title that not enough people were paying attention to in interviews going back to before the Infinity event.

Nrama: You’ve recently launched or are relaunching a few titles that take place in alternate realities. You guys brought it up on your own in the announcements on January 20, so to follow-up: can readers assume you’re not launching Spider-Gwen just to cancel it a few months later, and that would necessitate the assumption Spider-Gwen will reside alongside Spider-Man in the eventual, new, singular Marvel Universe?

Brevoort: I don’t think you should make any assumptions about where characters are going to reside. But we didn’t launch any of our recent titles—including Uncanny Avengers, Ant-Man, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Silk or Spider-Gwen -- with the intention of just shutting them down a few months later. Those all remain ongoing series for us—but then again, so are Avengers, New Avengers, Fantastic Four, and so forth...

SPIDER-GWEN #1 Adam Hughes variant

Nrama: Can readers expect to find new characters on Battleworld they’ve never seen before despite whatever encyclopedic knowledge of Marvel Comics they may have? Or in other words, will there be new concepts here alongside existing ones?

Brevoort: Yes, there will absolutely be new characters and concepts included on Battleworld. And since I’m not sure how much we’ve said about this publicly, I ought to point out that the Battleworld map that we’ve shown you isn’t absolutely all-inclusive. There are some additional domains that aren’t on the existing map, plus some whose borders may change during the course of a particular storyline (or may have changed in the recent past, absorbing other neighboring domains.)

Nrama: Any particular characters you can identity that you think will play a big or perhaps surprising role in Secret Wars… some potential breakout stars?

Brevoort: Rabum Alal.

[editor's note: Alal is the mysterious off-page character mentioned by Black Swan in Avengers/New Avengers that would seem to have a major hand in the collapse of the Multiverse.]

Rabum Alal mentioned in New Avengers #27

Nrama: Will Battleworld be the Marvel Universe for longer than the duration of Secret Wars? Will Battleworld be the Marvel Universe into late 2015 or 2016 or does the new more familiar Marvel Universe debut once Secret Wars the series ends?

Brevoort: Wait and see! We haven’t even decamped onto Battleworld yet!

Nrama: Can you explain more about the umbrella titles Last Days, Battleworld and Warzones!? Will every Marvel title throughout Secret Wars be under one of these three umbrellas? Will it be just existing titles, new limited series, new ongoing series, or all of the above?

Brevoort: As we go into Secret Wars, every tie-in title that we produce will fall under one of those three umbrellas, yes. It may not literally be every single title we produce every month, but it will be an awful lot of them. And yes, that will include existing titles, new ongoing series, new limited series, one-shots, and everything in-between. To define the three categories a little bit better for people:

  1. Last Days: These projects, as the name implies, will tell the final stories of particular characters within the as-you’ve-known-them Marvel and Ultimate Universes during the events of the Final Incursion. So these are all about what particular characters do when faced with the end of the world.
  2. Battleworld: These projects will all deal with the new planet as a whole, with how the assorted domains function and interact with one another, with what the politics are, how Battleworld functions, who keeps the law and who is in charge. So these are macro projects dealing with the whole of Secret Wars and the new landscape to one degree or another.
  3. Warzones!: These projects focus in specifically on a single domain within Battleworld, or perhaps two adjacent domains, and deals with events taking place primarily within those specific zones. In essence, these are all like micro-event series each on their own

Nrama: In the past Marvel has identified your creative architects. Jonathan Hickman is obviously the creative force behind Secret Wars, but he's stated that this is his Marvel swansong (for now).

Are there any creators you’d like to identify as the architects of the All-New Marvel Universe that emerges during or after Secret Wars?

Brevoort: People have put too much stock into that one “architects" campaign we did around the time of Avengers vs. X-Men in terms of the importance of that term, or that it means anything more that “creators who are doing work for us.” Everybody who contributes to a Marvel title is an architect both of that title and the overall Marvel Universe as a whole.

But you’re really asking which creators are going to be on the biggest and most central titles, I expect. And again, that’s not quite something that I’m ready to disclose in detail, apart from saying that most all of the creators who have been associated with Marvel in recent memory will be involved in some capacity with Secret Wars and its many components, and will be involved with the Marvel Universe going forwards. And you’ll also no doubt be seeing some new and unexpected names in the mix as well.

As for Jonathan, I expect that when Secret Wars is concluded, he’s going to want to collapse for awhile. But it’s nobody’s intention that this project represents his Marvel swansong, but merely the ending of the story he began in Avengers #1. But this is something that’s probably best spoken about with Jonathan directly—it’s not for me to put words into his mouth.

Nrama: I’ll put this one to you simply and straightforwardly: Is this all new reader-friendly?

Brevoort: It’ll be as all-new reader friendly as we can make it, that’s for sure. This is why we’re doing the Secret Wars #0 as one of our Free Comic Book Day offerings, to give people who haven’t been following Jonathan’s story for the past three years a nice, easy place to get caught up on exactly where the ball lies before diving into Secret Wars #1. And as we always do, we’re going to spare no effort to make every release we put out during and after Secret Wars engaging and understandable, even to a newbie. But typically, sometimes we do better and sometimes we do not as good. Only time will tell how well we hit it in this instance. But I’m sure your readers will tell me!

Nrama: Okay, final questions – we’re going to assume the new Marvel Universe that emerges is going to “best of” a melting pot of both iconic versions of your characters and popular alternative, past and future versions of characters and concepts. Is there anything you want to say to talk us out of our assumption?

Brevoort: I wouldn’t dream of eliminating any possibilities this early in the game—as I said earlier, speculating on what might be to come is all a part of the fun! So you can assume away, and I’ll simply correct you when you’re off-base in a manner that makes a difference to whatever we might be discussing in that moment.

Nrama: Finally, can’t let you go without asking this one – this isn’t your first rodeo either and you know fandom as well as I. Comparisons to Crisis On Infinite Earths and the "New 52" and reminders of past statements about Marvel ever needing a "Crisis," and the reboot or not a reboot questions will likely follow this event.

Do you want to expand on your answer from Tuesday as to whether this or is not going to ultimately climax with a reboot of Marvel continuity?

Brevoort: No, of course not. Whaddayou, nuts?

I did say at one point, though, that if you take a boot and replace the sole and put new laces on it and dye it a different color, is it still the same boot? Or reboot? Yes? No? You tell me.

#8 Posted by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio

@animehunter said:

@spiderfan21 said:

Um just a question, Peter Parker in Renew Your Vows is in another Earth right?(not in earth 616)

It does look like that that's the case

I have a theory that supports that it IS in another Earth. Look at this pic, One of these Spider-Men has a ring in his hand which indicates that he is married.In the end of the page they said "See More of One of these Spider-Men this summer" which means that it isn't the last time we will see him. Also in the Renew Your Vows picture, Peter Parker doesn't have his mask on and I think it indicates that he didn't do the deal with Mephisto(which also means that he mightn't have unmasked himself in Civil War). As you know, this summer Secret Wars will have all universes colliding and probably only one version of a hero will survive, so my theory is that the spider-man in renew your vows and the one in the picture are the same and he is EXACTLY identical to Earth 616's spider-man except that there was no deal with Mephisto,and he will take the place of Earth 616's Spider-Man.

(Note that this is just my theory and not necessary true)

It's a sound theory, unless something else turns up, that's what most people are going to think.

#9 Posted by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio

Um just a question, Peter Parker in Renew Your Vows is in another Earth right?(not in earth 616)

It does look like that that's the case

#10 Edited by animehunter (2407 posts) - - Show Bio

I'm beginning to think that at the next convention there should a walk out during the Spider-Man Panel and at every other convention until Slott is gone.

simply, people go to the panel and when it starts people walk out or if Slott is attending wait for him start speaking and then walk out.

but that's just me.