It's A Brave New World1 of 12When Secret Wars wraps in October, it’ll leave behind a whole new Marvel Universe – an "All New, All-Different Marvel" universe. And while a lot of it will be, well, kinda similar, there’s plenty of new ground to cover.
There are a lot of mysteries left about what’s to come in "All-New, All-Different Marvel" – the eight month continuity gap between the end of Secret Wars and the launch of the new Marvel Universe leaves plenty of questions on its own – some of which we’ve previously explored - but that doesn’t mean we don’t have at least a few answers.
So taking into account the announcements we’ve seen, and the recent solicitations, we’ve put together a primer for Marvel’s big relaunch – ten things you should know about All-New, All-Different Marvel.
Hulk Who?2 of 12
"All-New, All-Different Marvel" isn’t just a tagline. There are numerous legacy characters taking the reins of some of Marvel’s biggest names. Some, like Thor and Captain America, have been around since before Secret Wars, but others – like the Totally Awesome Hulk – will make their debut after the crossover wraps.
But the question remains – just who is the Totally Awesome Hulk? We know it’s not Bruce Banner. In fact, the biggest difference between Banner and the new gamma irradiated hero is that the new guy downright loves being a Hulk.
Nothing has been confirmed, but we've speculated it to be none other than former sidekick Amadeus Cho, a character that returning writer Greg Pak helped popularize in his previous Hulk run.
Inhumanity3 of 12There’s no question that the Inhumans have never had a higher profile than ever at Marvel Comics, with multiple titles, TV and film appearances, and a growing number of Inhuman heroes taking the field. And it looks like that’s only going to get stronger in "All-New, All-Different Marvel."
This week saw the announcement of yet another new Inhumans title, All-New Inhumans, which takes Inhuman royal family members Crystal and Gorgon, along with several newer Inhumans, on a journey around the world to investigate mysterious “sky spears” – strange obelisks somehow connected to the Inhumans.
As for what these sky spires are, and what purpose they serve, perhaps it’s somehow connected to what happens between Inhumans and mutants in the eight month continuity gap between Secret Wars and "All-New, All-Different Marvel."
Steve Rogers Vs. Captain America4 of 12It’s been some time since Sam Wilson, formerly the winged Avenger known as the Falcon, took over as Captain America. And in that time, he’s had a strong relationship with his predecessor and former partner Steve Rogers. But as of "All-New All-Different Marvel," all that is going to change.
It’s unclear what exactly will come between Sam and Steve, but according to solicitations for Captain America: Sam Wilson, the former friends and allies will be at odds – possibly even enemies.
Young Avengers5 of 12There will still be several squads of Avengers once "All-New All-Different Marvel" rolls around, but the main team – the All-New, All-Different Avengers - will look quite a bit different than the teams we’ve seen before.
One of the biggest reasons for that is the spate of new recruits coming to the team. While veterans Iron Man and Vision, and relatively experienced members Sam Wilson/Captain America, and Jane Foster/Thor will be on the team, they’ll be joined by Kamala Khan/Ms. Marvel, Sam Alexander/Nova, and Miles Morales/Spider-Man -- all teen heroes.
Exactly what leads to the formation of the new team has yet to be revealed, but they’ve already been seen in action in a Free Comic Book Day release.
Hated And Feared6 of 12In the eight month continuity gap that follows Secret Wars and precedes "All-New All-Different Marvel," something happens to mutantkind that takes them from being a once again thriving community, to “the brink of extinction,” to quote recent solicitations.
So what exactly happens in that gap that drives the X-Men “into seclusion?” Well, the truth is, we just don’t know. We know it involves the Inhumans – something we’ll talk more about later – but other than that, we’re mostly in the dark.
But whatever happens in that eight month gap, it has to be something pretty dire to take mutants from the reborn status they achieved at the end of AvX to being “more hated and feared than ever.”
Visitors From Another World7 of 12One of the main points of Secret Wars is the destruction and consolidation of Marvel’s multiverse into a single, unified continuity. That means taking the best bits of its various worlds and folding them all into the Marvel Universe – formerly the 616, now (as far as we know) the one and only.
And with the destruction of the multiverse, there are survivors. From the Ultimate Universe – Marvel’s most prominent non-mainstream continuity, we’ll get Miles Morales, who joins Peter Parker as Spider-Man in the mainstream Manhattan, and Ultimate Reed Richards, who will appear (likely as a villain) in New Avengers.
But those aren’t the only holdouts from Battleworld making it to All-New, All-Different Marvel. The new Black Knight series sees Dane Whitman carving out a kingdom on former Battleworld territory Weirdworld, while Squadron Supreme is an entire team comprised of the lone survivors of various alternate realities.
Parker Industries8 of 12Peter Parker has always been the lovable loser at the heart of Marvel Comics. However, as of "All-New All-Different Marvel," he’s officially a runaway success story.
With Parker Industries – the company started by Otto Octavius while his consciousness inhabited Parker’s body (comics, amirite?) – thriving, and even expanding internationally, Pete’s fortunes have never been better. Jet-setting between his offices in New York, San Francisco, London, and Tokyo, Peter’s also taking his career as Spider-Man global, leaving most of the friendly neighborhood wall-crawling in Manhattan to his young protégé Miles Morales.
And as if that’s not all, Peter’s gotten so successful, he’s moved Parker Industries into the Baxter Building – former home of the Fantastic Four.
The Invincible Iron Man9 of 12Spider-Man has always been something of Marvel’s mascot, with his face adorning the cornerboxes of their covers for years. But with the prominence of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man has taken Spidey’s place at the head of the table, as (arguably) Marvel’s most recognizable character.
And Marvel’s hip to the situation, too. As of "All-New All-Different Marvel," Iron Man is officially being billed as the company’s flagship character, with a high profile new title from Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez marking a return to form for Tony Stark as the Marvel Universe’s biggest innovator and most daring adventurer.
Bendis’s title aims to return Tony Stark to the role of Marvel’s premiere futurist, giving him new armor, new enemies, and new prominence in the company’s stable.
Fantastic Four No More10 of 12
One of the biggest questions still remaining about "All-New All-Different Marvel" is exactly what is going to happen to the Fantastic Four. It’s been a while since Marvel’s first family were on top, and their noticeable absence from the post-Secret Wars solicitations has fueled the conspiracy theory that Marvel has been downplaying the FF to spite 20th Century Fox’s recent reboot.
But are they really gone? Well, yes and no. From what we know right now, Johnny Storm, the Human Torch, and Ben Grimm, the ever-lovin’ blue-eyed Thing, are still around – just not together. With Ben taking to the stars with the Guardians of the Galaxy and Johnny palling around with his paramour Medusa and the Inhuman royal family, it’s looking more and more like when the Fantastic Four finally show up – if they do at all – they’ll look remarkably different than we’ve previously known them.
So far, Reed and Sue Richards, and their children Franklin and Valeria, remain unaccounted for in "All-New All-Different Marvel." The villainous Ultimate Reed Richards has appeared in solicitations for New Avengers, but as yet, the genuine article and his family are still a mystery.
What Happened Between Mutants And Inhumans?11 of 12In the eight month gap between Secret Wars and "All-New All Different Marvel," something happens between mutantkind, and the burgeoning Inhumans. We don’t know what, but it’s something so monumental that it takes mutants from thriving as a species to being almost gone – again.
Not only that, but it drives the X-Men underground, and sends Beast, one of the original five X-Men, to join up with the Inhumans. What could be so devastating that it decimates mutantkind, and scatters the X-Men? It could be something as simple as a war between the species, or it could be something far more drastic and serious.
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