So, this whole Secret Wars thing -- what is it all about?
If you're reading this, you probably already have a good answer -- as much as Marvel has revealed thus far -- but for a large majority outside the comics bubble, they may not. Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso spoke with the tech site The Verge for what is in essence a primer on Secret Wars and its associated series.
The interview, conducted by former Marvel intern and now The Verge's news editor Kwame Opame, gives the Marvel Comics head a chance to explain the series as well as speak about the conversation, criticism and speculation about the series and what it means for Marvel Comics going forward.
Alonso would neither confirm or deny that Secret Wars marks a reboot of the Marvel Universe, claiming that Marvel doesn't "believe our continuity or our universe is broken" or "needs to be fixed." That being said, the Marvel E-I-C says he doesn't want to get into an online debate about what happens post-Secret Wars and if it should be defined as a reboot or not.
"It's ultimately for the readers to decide what they're seeing," says Alonso.
Interestingly, although Alonso says that he doesn't believe that the Marvel Universe, in his words, are "broken," does say that Secret Wars will introduce new characters "and, in certain cases replacing, out of necessity, some pieces that were on the board."
Although the long-time editor wanted to remain mum on what Marvel would look like post-Secret Wars, Alonso did say that two titles launching during Secret Wars -- 1872 and Weirdworld -- would continue after the summer event ends.
When asked who the "central" characters of Secret Wars would be, Alonso says that the Ultimate Spider-Man Miles Morales and Thor would be "very important" to the summer event.
Alonso matter-of-factly that the goal of Secret Wars is "to drive sales," saying that Marvel does that with "good story" and "good art" rather than through "a hologram cover or making a lot of noise."
"Ultimately, you need to make noise to get people to pay attention, but you've got to back it up," Alonso says. "And I think our track record over the last few years has shown that. When I look at some of our successes over the last few years, we're at a position now that people are eating up Howard the Duck and Ant-Man and Ms. Marvel."
Summing things up, Alonso points to what he calls "internet cynicism" that surrounds some comic events and how he doesn't want online conversation to "guide" Marvel.
"I think there will always be some internet cynicism about these events. People that will want us to say, unequivocally, that this is or isn't a reboot, and we won't do that," says Alonso. "I think that what you want to do is read and find out. Or wait till it's over and find out whatever people tell you. But you know, right now, I think that we don't allow internet chatter or cynicism to guide us. We use our own faith in our creators and editorial staff to guide us."