Marvel has finally elaborated on an announcement they made to a room full of comic book retailers at C2E2 last month - that the publisher will be jumping ahead 8 months in story time after Secret Wars, similar to the recent "Time Runs Out" or DC's "One Year Later" storylines.
“In the same way that events jumped forward in time eight months in Avengers and New Avengers during the lead-up to Secret Wars, so too when we enter the new Marvel Universe eight months will have passed for all of the characters as well,” Senior Vice President of Publishing Tom Brevoort explained. “This provides our creators, even apart from Secret Wars, to drop into exciting new situations and status quos on the fly. So look for surprises and mysteries and changes galore as series resume in the NEW MU.”
Marvel also confirmed that Secret Wars series A-Force and Weirdworld would continue after the event's end, and confirmed that both Maestro of Future Imperfect and the creature team in Mrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos would as well. The titles previewed on Free Comic Book Day - All-New, All-Different Avengers and Uncanny Inhumans take place in NEW MU as well.
Brevoort went on to say that every one of the Secret Wars tie-in series would contribute something forward after Secret Wars ends.
“As we’ve been saying, the building blocks of the NEW MU are being established throughout the various Secret Wars titles, with every series contributing something to the NEW MU," Brevoort says. "Whether that something is a character, a place, an environment, an object, a status quo, or any other thing that you might think of."
Translation - like most recent Marvel events, the publisher is billing Secret Wars as the current 'big thing' but also as the precursor/lead-in to the next 'bigger thing' - 'NEW MU.'