SECRET LONGINGS1 of 12One of the biggest comic stories to come out of NYCC last week was the announcement of a new Secret Wars series from Marvel in 2015. Described as “a gamechanger in as major as way as you can imagine” by executive editor Tom Brevoort, details about the new event series have yet to be revealed — but if the series lives up to its title, here are ten things that we’d like to see from an updated version of the 1984 classic mini-series.
BATTLEWORLD REDUX2 of 12For those who remember the original Secret Wars, the patchwork “Battleworld” created from stolen pieces of other planets played a part in the story — it was where Volcana and Titania came from, as well as the “new” Spider-Woman. But what if what appeared to be the exploding planet in the background of Alex Ross’ preview image for the new series was a new Battleworld built out of pieces of alternate Earths featuring different versions of the familiar superheroes? And what if that world ended up sticking around as the main Marvel Earth afterwards, offering up a reboot without having to actually start over from scratch?
MORE BEYONDER3 of 12I don’t care if it’s the jheri-curled version from Secret Wars II (who, let us not forget, was literally an exact physical clone of Steve Rogers but with Michael Jackson’s hairstyle; that’s not a joke, it’s actually in the comic) or the unknowable Shining Light From Beyond, any Secret Wars without the Beyonder isn’t a real Secret Wars at all. Plus, Bendis still needs to explain away that unexpected “Maybe the Beyonder was an Inhuman all along” swerve from New Avengers: Illuminati years ago, and this might be the best chance he’ll get. (But, really; let’s bring back the jheri-curled version.)
SOMEONE GETS THEIR HEART’S DESIRE4 of 12There was one part of Secret Wars’ original premise that was never quite fulfilled: whether or not the Beyonder was telling the truth when he declared “slay your enemies and all that you desire shall be yours.” Now that the moral standards of superheroes — to say nothing of superhero comics — have relaxed to the point where a hero killing one of their enemies isn’t entirely unimaginable, what would happen if one of the heroes took the Beyonder up on their offer? What if the new Secret Wars has its own secret: that it’s actually a Monkey’s Paw-style story?
OFFER UP A HAPPY ENDING FOR THE FANTASTIC FOUR5 of 12If the title really is going on hiatus for awhile following the current run, wouldn’t it be nice to see the characters play a big role in the event, and then get some kind of pleasant send-off at the end of things? Let them go and explore the multiverse, or something. Of course, when DC’s The Flash and Supergirl series ended before Crisis on Infinite Earths, both characters ended up dead, which isn’t necessarily the best of omens…
DOOM6 of 12And while we’re talking about the FF, let’s hope that Secret Wars delivers something that we really haven’t had for a long time: A story in which Victor Von Doom is not only front and center, but also plotting and scheming. It’s not that we’ve not seen Doom in recent years, but when we have, he’s more often than not been a character watching events from the periphery instead of one trying to ensure that he’s making the most of events. The first Secret Wars saw him trying to steal the power of the Beyonder — why not let him have show that level of selfish ambition again?
ANOTHER NEW COSTUME FOR SPIDER-MAN7 of 12If we’re entirely honest, what is Secret Wars really known for? The origin of Spider-Man’s black costume, and maybe the reason for She-Hulk joining the Fantastic Four. But considering the number of teasers Marvel has been sending out for revivals of previous events lately, it’s clear that the House of Ideas is definitely feeling the nostalgia these days, so why not lean into the curve and really relive the original series with an iconic new look for Peter Parker? Something that will help him forget his recent worries — and, hopefully, not try to possess his sleeping body or turn out to be an alien parasite.
NO TAKEBACKS8 of 12This one’s simple: given the multiple Earth storyline that’s implied by the Alex Ross image, there’s an obvious “out” that would allow Marvel to undo a lot of its recent high profile changes: restore Steve Rogers as Captain America, make Thor male again, give us a Wolverine that’s, you know, not dead. Here’s a simple suggestion: Don’t. While it’ll be fun to see Steve be Cap again and a Logan that’s amongst the living as long as it’s temporary — especially if it allows the “classic” versions of the character to offer some interesting commentary on the current state of things — it would do a massive disservice to each of the individual titles if everything that was going on was suddenly reverted to the status quo because of a massive crossover. Instead, here’s hoping that Secret Wars finds new ways to mess things up. In fact…
NOTHING WILL EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN!9 of 12The idea that a comic book event will have long-lasting effects is nothing new. In fact, it’s practically something that we expect from each and every one these days. But if 2015’s Secret Wars is to be as big as Marvel tells us it is (Tom Brevoort told USA Today that it was “the biggest thing we’ve ever done or attempted to do,” so that’s pretty big), it’s time to really make some changes. Quite what those changes are, I have no idea — and that’s a good thing. To live up to the hype, Secret Wars should be surprising, unexpected, and leave the Marvel Universe significantly different from the way it was at the start.
WHO’S THAT GIRL?10 of 12If there’s something that almost feels like it can be guaranteed in Secret Wars, it’s the introduction of new characters. While none of the original characters who debuted in the first Secret Wars made much of an impact in the grand scheme of things, it’s worth noting that all of them were women — The second Spider-Woman, Volcana and Titania (Zsaji, too, if you’re willing to include characters who didn’t make it through the series). With Marvel putting new emphasis on its female characters, perhaps the second Secret Wars could come up with new characters that excites readers as much as Kamala Khan or Spider-Gwen.
FINAL CRISIS11 of 12The Marvel Universe has been through a lot in the last few years, and so have its readers. We know that event comics sell, but the increasingly frenetic pace of Marvel’s events has become dizzying recently, and not necessarily in a good way — there was no break between Original Sin and AXIS, and it’s beginning to look like we’ll only get a handful of months at most before Secret Wars begins once AXIS is over. The last real length of non-event downtime Marvel’s line has enjoyed was post-Siege, and that was back in 2010. If Secret Wars will be as massive as we’re being promised, please, please can we catch our breath a bit afterwards?
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