Marvel Comics’ seemingly endless teaser campaign for Summer 2015 continued Monday morning with a surprising entry. While the other teasers have been mostly focused around prior comic book events, and a couple brand new ones, this one actually looks back on the animated history of Marvel.
X-Men ‘92 is the teaser debuted on Comicbook.com, featuring a partial lineup from the animated series that ran on Fox from 1992-1997, with Cyclops, Gambit, Storm, Rogue, Wolverine, Jubilee, and Professor X in the center. The other core team members Beast and Jean Grey do not appear on the image. The lineup largely mimicked (no pun intended, X-Men: The Animated Series fans) that of the Jim Lee and Chris Claremont relaunch of X-Men #1 in 1991, the highest-selling comic of all time.
While the other teasers had a fairly obvious Secret Wars tie-in slant, this one does through in a bit of a curve ball. The X-Men ‘92 title is actually more evocative of what DC Comics has been doing with their digital series, including Batman ‘66, based on the 1960s Batman live-action TV series, and the upcoming Wonder Woman ‘77 with a similar pedigree. Of course, the currently running Amazing Spider-Man storyline “Spider-Verse” is bringing in multiple Animated and live-action incarnations of Spider-Man, so the idea of an animated lineup mashing against a comic book one is not unprecedented. Marvel’s literally doing it already.
Frankly, though, it would be bizarre for Marvel to put out a dozen teasers tying into the worlds-colliding Secret Wars, then suddenly through out an unrelated curve ball that’s coming out at the same time.
The teasers that have been going for a few weeks now are most likely all tying into Secret Wars, the year-long event starting just before Summer 2015, said to be dealing with the alternate realities, time-travel, and general malaise that heroes and villains alike have been putting upon the fabric of Space-Time in the Marvel Multiverse for the last several years - and as these teasers indicate, really for the last several decades.
Previous 'Summer 2015' teasers have included call backs to Civil War, Age of Ultron vs. Marvel Zombies, X-Men: Years of Future Past, Planet Hulk, Armor Wars, House of M, Infinity Gauntlet, Old Man Logan, Age of Apocalypse, Future Imperfect, Spider-Man's Marriage, Avengers vs X-Men , and the new stories Inhumans: Attilan Rising and the End of the Ultimate Universe.