Marvel has issued their second afternoon teaser in as many days, this time with another visually sparse image suggesting "The All-New, All-Different Avengers" debut in May 2015.
On the surface it looks pretty straightforward - Avengers and New Avengers are "ending" in April with the finale of Jonathan Hickman's run on the titles, setting up Marvel's big summer Secret Wars event, which Hickman also writes. But no one expected Marvel's flagship Avengers title to stay away for long and an Avengers relaunch is eventually inevitable. However just this last Monday Marvel SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort told Newsarama there would be no Avengers or New Avengers titles in May or June. Here's that exchange:
Nrama: Chris D’Lando at Marvel told me these are the final issues of Avengers and New Avengers. But can you confirm that? The end of those series here?
Brevoort: Yes, these April issues are in fact the final issues. After a scant 77 issues, we’re finally ready to go into our big event. [laughs] It only took us 77 issues to get there.
Nrama: So there won’t be a new Avengers or New Avengers series on comic shelves in May? Or during Secret Wars’ run?
Brevoort: Correct. That’ll continue as far as we know it. There won’t be anything in June either. Beyond that, who knows.
Could Marvel have made a last minute reversal about having no Avengers titles on comic book shelves in May when Avengers: Age of Ultron is set to dominates movie theathers that month?
Asked about the seeming contradiction between Brevoort's Monday answers and this new teaser just minutes after its release, Marvel declined to comment.
Either way, the "All-New" adjective is of course very familiar to current Marvel readers, but the "All-New, All-Different" term should be familiar to old school X-Men fans. In one of comic books' most notable and successful relaunches in history, in 1975 the X-Men returned from reprint title status in a new series featuring a new international line-up that propelled the franchise into becoming comics' most popular for over two decades.