Normally I report exclusively on Marvel movies, but yesterday an announcement was made that is too big to ignore. The Marvel Universe, which has existed since the 1940’s, will end this May. A new era will begin with “All-New Marvel”. Reboots have never really been Marvel’s style. They rebooted in 2001 with the Ultimates, but still continued their stories in the primary Universe as well. This time, if you want to read new Marvel stories, the only option is “All-new”. DC did this quite successfully with their “New 52” line, with great success.
This event will happen in the Secret Wars saga that is upcoming. Evidently it will include pieces of both the Ultimate world and the main line.
I have two great concerns with this.
First, how do you make the modern reboot notably different from the Ultimates, when not too much time has passed. I fear the stories will feel too similar.
Second, how long until we see some of our favorites, and will they be given the spotlight? As you noticed this week, one of my favorite characters is Iron Fist. Will we see him sooner rather than later in this new Universe?
There is still much that is unclear about where we will go moving forward with this Universe. For now, only time will tell.