More details have been released about Marvel's upcoming Monsters Unleashed title, framing it as Marvel's superheroes versus an all-star line-up of classic Marvel monsters in the first crossover event after Civil War II. Scheduled to begin in January, the five-issue bi-weekly event kicks off with a surprise attack on the Marvel Universe by a variety of monsters including Fin Fang Foom and recently heroic Groot and Devil Dinosaur. It will be written by Cullen Bunn, with each issue drawn by a different artist ranging from Steve McNiven to Leinil Franics Yu, Adam Kubert, Salvador Larroca, and Greg Land.
“Our goal is to cram as many mammoth monsters of Marvel into Monsters Unleashed as will fit on the page,” editor Mark Paniccia told Entertainment Weekly. “If you’ve got a personal favorite, chances are very good you’ll see them causing some mayhem in this series. And if you’re worried we’ll forget one, don’t be afraid to tweet at us @Marvel using the hashtag #MonstersUnleashed.”
Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso doubles down on the promise of an appearance from every giant monster from Marvel's back-catalog.
"If there ever were a monster who stood 10 stories high or taller and created mayhem in the Marvel Universe over last several decades, they’re gonna be in the story,” added Alonso.
Bunn describes a break-neck pace for Monsters Unleashed, crisscrossing the Marvel U.
“It’s an all hands on deck situation. Imagine something like the Hulk, only much bigger. With the destructive force those creatures have, the heroes will have to mobilize much more quickly," said the writer. "The heroes find themselves very quickly in a situation where they have no downtime, they have no chance to take a breath. They’re moving constantly against what are essentially cataclysmic threats over and over again.”
According to EW, all Marvel heroes will be involved, including "more street-level crimefighters like Deadpool and Luke Cage." Darkhawk is also featured in the promo image, after a prolonged absence in the Marvel U.
"The Marvel heroes have been divided by recent conflicts like Civil War II, but this cataclysmic threat will force them to put aside their differences and unite. The advantage of that is readers unfamiliar with recent Marvel continuity can easily jump in with no prior knowledge of all the recent ins and outs."
The event reportedly 'harkens back' to earlier Marvel eras not just because of the classic monsters, but its format as well. While Alonso leaves the door open to "a few calculated choices to be finalized later", unlike past events, Monsters Unleased reportedly won't feature "that many" branded tie-in issues.
Monsters Unleashed is scheduled to begin January 2017.