Friday morning at Marvel’s “Retailer Exclusive: Meet MARVEL!” panel, the publisher announced a few new projects including a new ongoing series that'll likely make Spider-fandom happy.
During this "closed door" panel, which included the "No More Mutants" announcement, Marvel also revealed that the recently introduced Spider-Woman known as "Spider-Gwen" would be getting her own ongoing series in February, 2015. This new title, spinning out of the critically-acclaimed Edge of Spider-Verse #2 story, will see writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez returning to the character. No artwork or further details were given during the presentation, but Newsarama expects more in the next few days.
During the panel Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso also responded to a question from a retailer regarding the return of Wolverine following Death of Wolverine and the male Thor, saying that the publisher is going to let each character's story run its course and pointed to the deaths of Spider-Man and Captain America as a template for the future of those storylines. Meaning in a few years, both will likely return.
Alonso went on assure retailers that both Wolverine and Thor would be a part of the just-announced Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars series by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic. Thor in his classic form (with his hammer) is featured prominently in the Alex Ross teaser image for the event. Now Alonso seems to be suggesting a past version of Wolverine would take part in Secret Wars as well, given we learned Friday morning from Excecutive Editor Mike Marts that the X-men will be "massively involved" in the series.
Marvel went over several topics in this nearly hour-long panel, from the aforementioned "No More Mutants" announcement as well as a slide featuring a typeset image saying "THE END IS FOURever" with a yellow-colored "1" behind the last word.
No information on either slide was provided by Marvel, but "THE END IS FOURever" slide clearly refers to the recent solicitation by Marvel's mass market book distributor Hachette of a June 2015 Fantastic Four trade paperback collecting what Marvel 's copy describes as "Fantastic Four #642-644 and the Triple Sized Final Issue 645!"
Retailers also got to see clips that premiered at Comic-Con International: San Diego from the forthcoming Ant-Man and Avengers: Age of Ultron movies, as well as the test animation from the Guardians of the Galaxy animated series.
Lastly, retailers were shown variant covers of Avengers & X-Men: AXIS #1, Fantastic Four Annual #1, Rocket Raccoon #4 and Amazing Spider-Man #7 that connect to show the Alex Ross teaser image of Secret Wars which premiered Thursday evening.