GOODBYE 20151 of 12Yesterday, we combed through DC’s December solicitations to pick out the most interesting new info revealed in them. Today, we’re doing the same thing for Marvel’s December solicitations.
While these snippets raise new questions about the "All-New, All-Different" Marvel Universe, they also shed new light on ongoing mysteries such as what exactly happened between Mutants and Inhumans, where Gamora has been, and whether there will be just one reality in the new Marvel Universe – or several.
So pull up a chair, dig in, and find out about the most important bits of new information revealed in these previews, as we count down 10 things we learned from Marvel’s December solicitations.
VIVA DEADPOOL!2 of 12The solicitation for Deadpool #3.1, or rather Deadpool Tres Punto Uno makes mention of Masacre, the Deadpool of Mexico, a vigilante inspired by Wade Wilson.
Incidentally, Tres Punto Uno is all in Spanish – though as the solicitation points out, it’s created by a group of people who don’t actually speak the language. Interesting, considering the number of Spanish language creators Marvel actually has in its stable.
Writer Tom Beland was responsible for a number of original Spanish-language one-shots and series starring Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four, so we know Marvel’s got it in them, not to mention the growing number of artists from Spanish-speaking background.
GAMORA - FOUND!3 of 12In examining previous solicitations, we noted the strange absence of Gamora from the line-up of the new Guardians of the Galaxy series. Now, the solicitation for Guardians of the Galaxy #3 mentions that Gamora is back – and looking closely at the rest of Marvel’s December solicitations may reveal where she’s been.
Gamora also appears on the cover of Contest of Champions #3, ensconced in one of Maestro’s summoning pods. Could her involvement in Contest of Champions explain her absence from the Guardians’ line-up?
GREEN GOBLIN GOES TO AFRICA4 of 12Anytime someone in a Goblin-suit pops up in Peter Parker’s world, things start going downhill. So naturally, Pete’s got to be pretty upset when Amazing Spider-Man #4 finds someone in Africa wearing a pretty familiar costume.
But will this Goblin have any connection to previous incarnations of the character, or is he just another pretender to the throne? The last time anyone saw Norman Osborn, he had a new face and a new identity. Could he have gone global, just like Spider-Man?
LONE WOLF? Not So Fast5 of 12When Marvel announced Red Wolf’s new ongoing series, spinning out of 1872, the company made it very clear that Red Wolf would not be associated with any actual Native American tribe, but with a fictional people originating in the 1872 universe.
However, the solicitation for Red Wolf #1 identifies Red Wolf as Cheyenne – a tribe that is very real. Did plans change? And if so, is Red Wolf now Cheyenne, or was this real world connection dropped without a fix to the solicitation?
SPIDER-WOMAN MEETS... SPIDER-WOMAN?6 of 12The solicitation for Spider-Gwen #3 teases a meeting between Gwen Stacey and Jessica Drew, A.K.A. Spider-Woman. And from the looks of things - it's the 616 Spider-Woman she's calling on.
The solicitation also mentions Gwen’s involvement in Spider-Verse, which could be adding more fuel to the inter-dimensional fire. Is this the first example of a new alternate reality interacting with the "All-New, All-Different" Marvel Universe, especially giving her other appearances in Web Warriors?
SQUIRREL GIRL Vs. [CENSORED]7 of 12According to the solicitation for The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #3, it looks like Doreen Green is about to pull a Marty McFly and go back in time. While it’s unclear how she gets there, the solicitation makes it seems like Squirrel Girl has a one-way ticket to the 1960’s.
And that’s not all – it looks like a mystery villain is going to come calling. But who could the [CENSORED] villain mentioned in the solicitation be? Is there any villain whose very name could disrupt Squirrel Girl’s life that much?
Hmm… Doctor Doom anyone?
And let’s not forget that November’s Unbeatable Squirrel Girl #2 solicitation already set the stage for a top secret villain. Marvel’s doing a lot of leg work to keep his (or her) identity hidden.
THE GIRL IS MINE8 of 12When "All-New, All-Different Marvel" picks up, Johnny Storm and Medusa will have been an item for some time. Kind of awkward, considering Johnny also dated Medusa’s younger sister, and the new Marvel universe sees the return of Medusa’s estranged husband, Black Bolt.
And it looks like things are only going to get more uncomfortable, as the solicitation for Uncanny Inhumans #3 teases a “no holds barred” confrontation between Black Bolt and Johnny Storm. It’s not clear whether they’ll be fighting over Medusa, but Black Bolt isn’t exactly the type to just let things go.
DEVIL'S ADVOCATE9 of 12We’ve known for a while that "All-New, All-Different Marvel" finds Matt Murdock back in Hell’s Kitchen with a new sidekick from Chinatown, but the solicitation for Daredevil #1 has the first mention of the character’s possible codename – Blindspot.
It’s worth noting that there was another “Blindspot” in Marvel lore, a mutant spy, though it seems more likely that the solicitation would be referring to Daredevil’s new protégé than a lesser known character with no connection to Murdock’s world.
DEADPOOL(S)10 of 12The solicitation for Deadpool #3 teases a whole host of cameos that readers won’t recognize “unless you are intimately familiar with Marvel Encylopediae.”
Fortunately, we are, so we decided to take a stab at figuring out who’s under all those Deadpool masks. Here goes.
The guy with the hammer is obviously Slapstick. Our guess is that the guy in the suit is Hit Monkey, followed by Leatherboy, Madcap, and Terror, Inc. And finally, we’re betting that the guy up front is Solo.
Have fun Googling those characters... or coming up with your own guesses!
CYCLOPS - WHAT HAVE YOU DONE?11 of 12Previous solicitations for several X-Men titles have made mention of the struggle between Mutants and Inhumans, and the dire circumstances of mutantkind. But the solicitation for All-New X-Men #3 makes mention of “terrible acts” committed by Cyclops.
While this could refer to some of the stuff Cyclops has done in the past, recent revelations about the effect the Terrigen Mists are having on Mutants, and the context of the solicitations make it seem more likely that Cyclops – still missing from the new Marvel Universe – may have done something bad in the 8-month gap following Secret Wars.
1 of 12
2 of 12
3 of 12
4 of 12
5 of 12
6 of 12
7 of 12
8 of 12
9 of 12
10 of 12
11 of 12
12 of 12