All-New, All-Different, All Gone?1 of 12Marvel has started filling in many of the gaps left by the initial announcement of its "All-New, All-Different" era. Just this week they've announced the return of Silver Surfer and Moon Knight, as well as new series for Black Panther and Mockingbird.
But there are still big names and big titles missing from the docket. While there's still plenty of room to bring in some of these missing elements, we're closing in on the kick-off of this new era.
So we thought it high time we took a look back through this list, and pulled out some of the biggest elements still missing from the "All-New, All-Different" Marvel Universe.
Men Of Mystery2 of 12Fans may have been disappointed when Mark Waid and Chris Samnee vacated Daredevil, allowing a new creative team to take over in "All-New, All-Different" Marvel. But that sadness shouldn't last too long, as the fan-favorite creative team is jumping to a new title for Marvel.
As for what that title will be, well, no one knows for certain. All we know is that's definitely a Marvel character without an announced title, and that Chris Samnee will actually be co-writing alongside Waid.
Start your speculation engines.
Missing Titles3 of 12While Marvel has over 50 titles announced so far for its "All-New All-Different" era, there are quite a number of series that won’t see a relaunch in the new Marvel Universe – at least not yet. We didn't expect every series to be relaunched, but their absence from leading a title or even appearing at all in the images or text released.
Missing from these solicits include Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier and Cyclops among others, but perhaps most conspicuously of all, Black Widow.
In fact, Natasha doesn’t seem to be present in the solicited covers or text at all – strange for one of Marvel’s biggest fan-favorite film stars.
Another notable absence is Cyclops - not to mention his longtime paramour Emma Frost. Jeff Lemire mentioned he's missing post-Secret Wars, and given what happened to one version of him in Secret Wars #4 we might need to fear the worst.
(The younger Cyclops from All-New X-Men remains, however, in the relaunch of that series.)
There are other titles that are absent, but we'll get to those in a moment...
Punisher4 of 12Frank Castle, Marvel’s most notorious denizen of the moral grey area, seems to be missing from the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" universe, despite having anchored his own solo-series right up until Secret Wars.
Perhaps a violent murderer doesn’t fit with the bright aesthetic of the new Marvel, or maybe he’ll see a revival when he makes his high-profile debut as part of Netflix’s Daredevil season 2.
Ghost Rider5 of 12With countless spirits of vengeance squaring off in Ghost Racers as a part of Secret Wars, you’d think one of them could cross the finish line into the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" Universe, but there are none in sight.
Even Robbie Reyes, the most recent recruit to hold the mantle of the Ghost Rider, doesn’t seem to be a part of the new Marvel yet, though there’s always the chance he’ll speed into a new title some time in the foreseeable future.
From Bride To Bridesmaid6 of 12There are a few characters who were headliners back in the old Marvel Universe who seem to be relegated to the status of ensemble cast members in team books.
Most notable is Magneto, who loses his solo title in favor of leading a new, X-Force-esque team in Uncanny X-Men, while Rocket Raccoon seems to be the new leader of the Guardians of the Galaxy and sharing a title with his backwoods fried in Rocket Racoon & Groot -- nothing to sneeze at.
TV And Movie Stars7 of 12With numerous high-profile film and TV projects in the works, you’d think Marvel would be keen to capitalize on their upcoming cross-platform stars, and yet that doesn’t seem to be the case (yet).
While it’s true that Ant-Man is getting a new volume of his solo series, there are no titles to be seen for nascent TV stars Luke Cage, Iron Fist, or Jessica Jones, all of whom seem to be entirely absent from the new line.
While they have copious amounts of older material to reprint to have on shelves when these characters make their TV debut, for the Ant-Man movie Marvel made it a point to have a new series released and its first trade on the shelves in time for the movie's premiere.
The Old Guard8 of 12Hank Pym and Nick Fury are two of the longest-running Marvel characters, with both dating back to the company's earliest superhero days. But in the last two years, both have met undignified ends at the conclusion of event series.
Pym was seemingly lost in space at the end of Rage of Ultron and presumed dead by his fellow Avengers, while Fury, Sr. was last seen trapped on the moon at the end of Original Sin.
In the interim, both characters were replaced by younger models, with Fury's son, Nick Fury, Jr. taking his place in S.H.I.E.L.D., and Scott Lang, the second Ant-Man once again becoming the Marvel Universe's primary wielder of Pym Particles.
But no one in Marvel Comics stays gone for long, and with Pym a big part of this summer's Ant-Man film, and Fury's future left largely unresolved, the lack of both characters in "All-New, All-Different" Marvel is somewhat surprising.
Top Creators9 of 12In the wake of Secret Wars, many of Marvel’s top creators are taking the opportunity to move on from mainstream comic books in favor of creator-owned work.
While there weren’t any big surprises in the creator shake-ups seen in this round of previews, there are a few big names who we knew would be gone, and who, in fact, are.
Major Marvel writers Rick Remender, Jonathan Hickman, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Kieron Gillen all look to have moved on from the publisher's superhero books, at least for the time being, begging the question of who will move into the role of Marvel’s “architects” in their absence.
Gillen looks to be remaining on Darth Vader, but he looks to be trading in his superhero garb for a different kind of tights with Phonogram's return.
All-New, All-Different Teaser Characters10 of 12When Marvel posted two teasers for its "All-New, All-Different Marvel" universe, it announced that the characters involved would each play an important and unique role in the new status quo. In addition to that, a leaked presentation from a Comic-Con International: San Diego retailer event showed several more characters that have since been announced as having series.
It’s interesting then, that two of the most curious inclusions in those images – Citizen V and Death's Head – don’t show up in these previews at all. While this hardly means that any plans have changed, it does make it seem as though more titles -- or more wrinkles to existing titles -- are on the horizon.
Fantastic Four11 of 12Of all the things missing from the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" announcements, the one that’s most likely to send conspiracy theorists into a tizzy is the lack of a Fantastic Four title.
Sure, Ben Grimm is joining Guardians of the Galaxy, and Johnny Storm will be in Uncanny Inhumans, but the distinct lack of the Richards family itself – Reed, Sue, Franklin, and Valeria – goes beyond the absence of their own book.
While there may be some resolution to justify their absence in the end of Secret Wars, good luck convincing those who believe there’s an anti-Fox conspiracy.
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