That New Comic Smell1 of 12The worst-kept secret in the comic business is finally out: Marvel will follow the "End of the Marvel Universe" in Secret Wars with the creation of an "All-New, All-Different" M.U. this fall. We already know some of what'll be on offer in the new status quo, thanks to previews of All-New, All-Different Avengers and Uncanny Inhumans on Free Comic Book Day and reports that the Maestro, A-Force and new Howling Commandos will make it through Secret Wars and into whatever follows. But otherwise, it's all still open to speculation as to what the new Marvel Universe will look like.
With that in mind, here's a wish list for what's to come — some things we'd like to see, some things we expect to see, and some somewhere in between. After all, there's got to be more to come than just more Avengers titles, right…?
All-New Series2 of 12If "All-New, All-Different" Marvel is going to live up to its brand, then we'll have to see more than just the first issues of new versions of Captain America, Iron Man and Avengers. Let's hope that there will be some all-new ideas on offer — characters and concepts that we've never seen before, for example. We know that Marvel can make "new" characters successful thanks to the likes of Ms. Marvel and Spider-Gwen, but can it do so when those new characters aren't re-using names or ideas that have been around for decades?
More Diversity3 of 12The success of Ms. Marvel, Spider-Gwen and the new Thor has demonstrated that Marvel had successfully fixed its lack of female lead characters over the last couple of years — but that doesn't mean it can lie back and relax. Instead, it's time to continue to push forward by introducing titles featuring LGBTQ leads, leads of color and even more female leads. Oh, and just as importantly, if not moreso, increase the amount of diversity in terms of those writing and drawing the books, as well.
All-New Threats4 of 12After the "Greatest Hits" campaign that is Secret Wars, it'll definitely be time to retire some of the more familiar problems that face our heroes, at least on a temporary basis. After all, by the end of Secret Wars, won't we have seen enough of Ultron, Marvel Zombies, the Red Skull, Hydra, and so on? All of the classic villains are played out by now (and, really, have been for some time). Time to bring on someone — or something — (all-) new to cause trouble.
Street Christmas!5 of 12With the Netflix debuts of A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist around a relatively far corner, it's time for Marvel to start getting serious about building out its street level cast. It'll help that, by the time All-New, All-Different Marvel rolls around, Secret Wars will have meant that the Marvel line will have been overwhelmed with an alt-universe storyline with cosmic overtones for the last half year or so, making something significantly closer to reality seem like a breath of fresh air. But, really: we can all agree that it's time for a solo Luke Cage series again, right…?
All-New Creators6 of 12Marvel has done well replacing departing talent with new blood over the last few years, leading to some of the most exciting new books from the publisher in a long time (Hello, Unbeatable Squirrel Girl). Long may that continue, but it'd be good to see Marvel pushing things further with All-New, All-Different: instead of just bringing in creators from Image, DC or Boom!, bringing in creators who are entirely fresh to comics altogether. Some of this has been happening in recent years, with Elliott Kalan and other writers coming in from late night television, but this is Marvel — the biggest name in comics. Surely they could lure plenty of new people into the business?
Say Goodnight, Heroes7 of 12Putting aside the prospect of heroes dying during Secret Wars (Reed Richards, we all know you're not making it out alive), the idea of putting some heroes and super teams back on the shelf for awhile is an attractive one. What would the Marvel Universe be like without the X-Men, for example, or Iron Man? The famous example of keeping Thor out of things between Avengers Disassembled and his return at the hands of J. Michael Straczynski might act as a model for a way forward, should Marvel want to be brave and hold back some of its biggest names for a while.
All-New Earth8 of 12The days of Marvel being "The World Outside Your Window" are long gone, given the sheer volume of superheroic, supernatural and extra-terrestrial beings that exist in Marvel Manhattan alone — so why not embrace that and, with the formation of the new Marvel Earth, give us a planet that significantly differs from ours? I'm not talking about "Oh, and then there's the Savage Land, Latveria and Wakanda, but they're small" differences; let's have a whole new continent made up of refugees from Battleworld. Who wouldn't want Weirdworld to make it back to the new reality unscathed?
Solve Everything — Or, At Least, Continuity9 of 12Let's be honest: Marvel continuity is a bit of a mess, when it comes down to it. With the prospect of an all-new universe in the offing, it's the perfect chance to nip, tuck and generally clean up the untidy timeline. Whether it's removing references to Reed Richards serving in World War II or quietly undoing that panel where Charles Xavier was in love with Jean Grey when she was his student, there's a lot that could be fixed if Marvel can get over its fear of the word "reboot" and make bold steps in redoing its own history.
All-New Formats10 of 12Marvel has definitely experimented with format over the last few years — Infinite Comics, finally getting into the OGN game, a weekly title — and the launch of an "All-New, All-Different" Marvel opens up the possibility to go even further in terms of breaking away from the 20 page periodical comic book. Double-sized issues that come out every six weeks, perhaps? Digital anthologies based around teams that end up getting print collections, a la DC's digital releases? Something I can't even think of? Why not?
Death to Peter Parker11 of 12Okay, maybe not death, but with Miles Morales confirmed to be showing up in the All-New, All-Different Marvel Universe, is it too much to ask that he be allowed to be the only Spider-Man for awhile? Let Peter retire to be with Mary Jane, especially if they get to keep their daughter from the Renew Your Vows mini-series. He can always come out of retirement as The Amazing Spider-Man Snr. to tie-in with the release of the next movie if it's really necessary. Hey, I said it was a wish list…!
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