Following up on their announcement of a new Secret Wars by the creative team of Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic launching in May of 2015, Marvel gave out the first details to USA Today.
Marvel Senior VP of Publishing Tom Brevoort called Marvel Super Heroes: Secret Wars "overwhelming huge," describing it as the "biggest thing" Marvel's ever done. The long-time Marvel editor went on to state that this new Secret Wars has been on the drawing board as far back as 2012 when Hickman took over the Avengers and New Avengers titles.
An image accompanying the article, painted by Alex Ross, depicts multiple versions of Marvel's top heroes -- Captain Americas, Thors and Iron Men -- as well as other notable heroes as well as some relative unknowns -- but Brevoort says none are new or random. Click above for a large but somewhat scaled own version of the image, or click here to see an even larger super-sized version of the image.
"However massive you think this is," Brevoort says," let me assure you it is bigger than that. It's by far the craziest thing I've dealt with."
Of all the various prominent and obscure characters in this image by Ross, it's certain absences that are curious. There is no X-Men characters, no mutants even, as well as no members of the Fantastic Four or Namor as well -- all characters whose movie rights are not currently owned by Marvel. The one characters whose movie rights are held outside of Marvel who appears here is Spider-Man -- albiet not the most well known Spider-Man, Peter Parker, but Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales.
Of further note, of the 33 characters depicted, only six are women; three of which are variations of the Wasp. Prominent female superheroes such as Black Widow, She-Hulk, Scarlet Witch, Storm, Jean Grey, Rogue and the Invisible Woman are all absent.