Marvel has been building up to Secret Wars with various series emblazoned with the banner of "Time Runs Out," and now we have confirmation that time is running out for a number of Marvel series
33 to be exact.
Marvel's June 2015 solicitations showed absences by a number of major ongoing series by Marvel, and on Wednesday Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing David Gabriel opened up in an interview with ComicBook to confirm those absences and what they mean for Marvel's superhero titles.
"It means that there will be a '616 finale!' and that means exactly what many fans have suspected – everything ends," Gabriel explains. "We’ve been saying it over and over again but at the core, Battleworld IS the Marvel Universe when Secret Wars #1 hits in May. But before that, there will be a number of titles reaching, what we’re calling, a '616 finale,' ending those stories and characters as you knew them – for now!"
Some of the 33 titles listed as ending were previously announced such as New Avengers, Avengers, All-New X-Men and Uncanny X-Men, but some of these confirmed as ending are new. The full list of titles ending in advance of Secret Wars are:
All-New Captain America
All-New Ghost Rider
Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
Avengers, Avengers World
Guardians of the Galaxy
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
Spider-Man & the X-Men
Superior Iron Man
"Now in a perfect world, we’d have stopped every book with its April issue, putting out a nice clean May Previews catalog. Everyone would have seen upfront all those titles that had their finale, and all those titles that were starting fresh. But things don’t always go so easily," says Gabriel. "Instead we gave our creators the option to end their stories the way they wanted to; we let them tell 'Last Days' stories if they wanted to; we let them tell Secret Wars stories if they wanted to. So in the end Secret Wars truly has been a creative driven process."
Now, some of the 33 cancelled series seems to be living on in spirit with some of its creators and characters doing analogues in Secret Wars such as Amazing Spider-Man ending but series writer Dan Slott continuing on Spider-Man with Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows and Gerry Duggan's Nova moving out to make way for a Duggan co-written The Infinity Gauntlet series featuring the Nova Corps.
For those with print mail subscriptions to these titles now ending, Marvel tells Newsarama that the remaining issues of the pertinent subscriptions will be rolled into another title.
Some recently launched titles such as Howard The Duck, Spider-Gwen and All-New Hawkeye seem to be continuing unabated while avoiding any (so far) announced Secret Wars related revamp, according to Marvel's June solicits. All-New Hawkeye writer Jeff Lemire told Newsarama earlier in March that his series wouldn't be affected by Secret Wars, but in this new interview Gabriel seems to contrdict this, saying all series and titles will be affected "in some way shape or form" by Secret Wars. Marvel confirmed Gabriel's assertion Wednesday afternoon with Newsarama.
With the interview, Gabriel showed off several new variant covers for various Secret Wars associated series.