Bad Day For Mutants & FF Members1 of 12Just like we did Monday for DC Comics, today we’re taking a look at some of the most important takeaways from Marvel’s November 2015 solicitations. And with the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" revamp in full swing as of November, there’s a lot in these solicitations to unpack.
Between hints at new status quos for the X-Men and Fantastic Four, some upgrades to B-List villains, and the return of several fan-favorite characters, Marvel’s got a lot going on in November. We’ll take a look at all of these things, and more, as we go over what we learned from Marvel’s November solicitations.
Avengers Vs. Infinity2 of 12Ever since they took the top spot as Marvel’s flagship franchise, the Avengers have seen a multitude of titles and mini-series come and go. And now, it looks like they’re going to battle once again in a new one-shot that bears a particularly buzzy title - Avengers Vs. Infinity.
The solicitation for Avengers Vs. Infinity promises to pit Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against some of their greatest foes in pursuit of lost Asgardian artifacts. Interestingly, the solicitation is also the first post-Secret Wars title to mention Dr. Doom.
Emerald Warlock Debuts3 of 12The debut of a new character in Uncanny Avengers Annual #1 may not seem like much, but in the Marvel Universe, Warlock is a loaded name.
And while we don’t have much beside his name to go on, if Emerald Warlock bears any connection to fan favorite characters Adam Warlock or Warlock of the New Mutants, this could be an exciting debut.
(Or a surprise crossover with Dungeons & Dragons, who has a character class of "Emerald Warlock.")
The Truth About Sana Solo4 of 12Many fans were shocked when Sana Solo, the woman claiming to be Han Solo’s wife, appeared in Star Wars #6. And while her story continues in Star Wars #8, it’s Star Wars #12 that promises “the truth” about Sana Solo.
We at Newsarama already have our suspicions about Sana’s involvement in the overall Star Wars legacy, but at this point, just about anything could happen. After all, it’s a bold new canon for a galaxy far, far away.
Electro And Madame Masque – Upgrade?5 of 12The solicitations for Invincible Iron Man #3 and Web Warriors #1 would have readers believing that existence itself is teetering on a very fragile ledge. Moreso, the villains who are threatening “all of reality” are Madame Masque and Electro – villains who would need a serious upgrade in potential to truly threaten life as we know it.
Still, it’s not unheard of for nominally B-List bad guys to make the jump to universal threats. On the other hand, it’s also possible that whoever is writing Marvel’s solicitations is operating on a theme – the solicitation for Secret Wars Too also talks about “all of reality” being at the whim of the Beyonders.
Ares Lives!6 of 12Ares, Marvel’s version of the Greek god of war rose to prominence as an Avenger after Civil War. He continued to be an Avenger even after Norman Osborn took over the operations of the team following Secret Invasion. It was this that ultimately led to his downfall, with Osborn’s powerful lapdog the Sentry literally ripping Ares in half.
Since his death, he’s only been seen briefly in the afterlife, once by his son Phobos, and once as part of Chaos War. Now, according to the solicitation for Contest Of Champions #2, Ares is back and taking on the Maestro as part of the Grandmaster’s cosmic scheme.
Darla Deering Returns7 of 12The budding relationship between Darla Deering, A.K.A. Miss Thing, and Scott Lang, A.K.A. Ant-Man, was one of the major capstones of Matt Fraction and Mike Allred’s FF. So when the relationship was unceremoniously dropped in the previous volume of Nick Spencer and Ramon Rosanas’ Astonishing Ant-Man, some fans were left questioning where Deering went.
Now, after dodging the question for months, Spencer will finally give fans some answers in Astonishing Ant-Man #2, which promises the return of Darla Deering to Scott’s life.
A Traitor In The Ranks8 of 12The solicitation for New Avengers #3 says that Songbird, one of the Avengers’ newest recruits, is after a traitor in the team’s ranks. Songbird should know a little bit about being a turncoat – she was one of the original Thunderbolts, former villains masquerading as heroes to take over the world, before she turned good, double-crossing several of her former allies and taking on the life of a true hero.
But who could the traitor be? Ruling out Songbird, there’s team leader Sunspot, former Young Avengers Hulking and Wiccan, Hawkeye, and Squirrel Girl. Honestly, our money is on Squirrel Girl. All that cheerfulness has got to be masking some serious darkness.
Doom No More?9 of 12No one knows what’s going to happen to Dr. Doom at the end of Secret Wars. The God-King of Battleworld is a tough customer – who else could have saved reality, all while twisting it to his whim? But Marvel’s November solicitations may have just given us a hint at his fate -- or someone like him.
The figure on the cover of Uncanny Avengers #2 looks a lot like Dr. Doom – or at least, Ultimate Doom or some other version. While this figure has some features that are distinctly un-Doom-like, his ragged cloak and metallic skin are reminiscent of Ultimate Dr. Doom. The fact that his feet are hidden, leaving room for Ultimate Doom’s hooves, is also interesting.
Mutants – More Hated And Feared Than Ever?10 of 12The November solicitations for Marvel’s X-titles hint at a dark fate awaiting the mutants in the wake of Secret Wars. It’s been highly publicized that something will happen between the Inhumans and mutants in the six month gap between Secret Wars and All-New, All-Different Marvel, and it’s starting to look like the X-Men will be getting the short end of that stick.
The solicitation for Extraordinary X-Men #3 says that mutantkind is “teetering on the brink of extinction,” a fate the only recently overcame back in Avengers Vs. X-Men. Meanwhile, the solicitation for All-New X-Men #1 has the X-Men retreating into seclusion, saying that mutants are now “more hated and feared than ever.” For a group that’s seen massacres, attempted genocide, and the mutant registration act, the idea that they’ll be even worse off than that hints at some serious consequences for Marvel’s merry mutants.
Fantastic Four No More11 of 12Like their nemesis Dr. Doom, the fates of the Fantastic Four are still somewhat up in the air, with Marvel insisting that some questions about the team will be answered in the wake of Secret Wars. We’ve seen Ben among the Guardians of the Galaxy, and Johnny with the Inhumans, and even Ultimate Reed Richards showed up in Marvel’s October solicitations for New Avengers #2.
As of now, only Sue (and the 616 version of Reed) is totally unaccounted for. And now, with the solicitation for Amazing Spider-Man #3, at least one more piece of FF history is accounted for – the Baxter Building. According to the solicitation, the Baxter Building has become the New York headquarters for Parker Industries, a fact Johnny Storm is none too happy about. Still, one could say it’s staying in the family – Peter Parker has filled in on the Fantastic Four multiple times over the years.
And who knows -- mayeb he can get H.E.R.B.I.E. working again?
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