Spring Has Sprung1 of 12Marvel's March 2017 solicitations are making wavesfor the publisher, with a host of titles coming and going, and the so-called "next big thing" already in the works.
Marvel is setting up its 2017 summer event, its "ResurrXion" initiative, and more in March, so there's a lot to take in - including a stealth announcement of a new Spider-Man title.
As always, when it comes to these big headlines, we've got you covered. Here's everything we learned from Marvel's March 2017 solicitations.
Classified2 of 12With the end of Civil War II in sight, Marvel now appears to be looking ahead to their next summer event – whatever that will be.
From the looks of the solicitation for a Classified Prelude trade paperback, it seems safe to assume that whatever it is will tie into an event from the past.
Given that even the creative team of the Classified Prelude is redacted in the solicit, even the names of the people who originated the story must be a spoiler. But after reviving their two biggest events ever in Secret Wars and Civil War II, what’s left?
Considering Marvel’s summer 2018 movie plans, could summer 2017 bring a revival of Infinity Gauntlet? Or could this be where Steve Rogers’s deadly Hydra secret comes to a head?
Identity Crisis3 of 12Most superheroes in the Marvel Universe have moved beyond the need for a secret identity (with notable exceptions), but there are still mysteries of identity to be solved.
In March, the identities of several players in the Marvel Universe will be revealed – starting with the identity of the Cosmic Jailer in Ultimates 2 #5.
Then, the identity of “Avenger X” – who is apparently a woman, and whose headstone was shown in a teaser of future events in Avengers #1, will be revealed in Avengers #5.1.
Finally, Jessica Jones #6 will finally reveal exactly what has happened in Jessica’s life – including who the villain who is working against her actually is.
Speaking of Jessica Jones' naughty list...
Purple Reign?4 of 12After Secret Wars, Matt Murdock’s secret identity was once again hidden from the public, and the issues leading up to March’s Daredevil #18 will begin the story of how his secret became hidden again.
But the solicitation for #18 brings in the Purple Man – a notorious villain with mind control powers. What’s more, it implies that Purple Man has something to do with Matt’s secret identity.
Given that Purple Man and his children were some of the last villains Daredevil faced before his secret went back in the box, it’s not outside the realm of possibility.
Marvel's M.I.A. Titles5 of 12There are major changes in store for Marvel’s line in March, from missing titles, to relaunches, and more.
First off, two titles - Scarlet Witch and Solo - aren’t solicited for March at all, with no announcement yet of whether this means these titles are cancelled, or if they are simply taking a break.
Then, Charles Soule’s run on Uncanny Inhumans comes to an end with #20. With “ResurrXion” revamping the X-Men and Inhumans lines later in 2017, and Inhumans Vs. X-Men coming to an end that month, does this also signal the end of Uncanny Inhumans itself? What about the X-Men titles, such as All-New X-Men, Uncanny X-Men, and Extraordinary X-Men? Will these titles end in March, or last a few more issues before “ResurrXion” kicks in?
Then there’s Foolkiller #5, which teases the “final fate” of its hero Greg Salinger, along with the first trade of the series, which only collects five issues. Does this mean Foolkiller is coming to an end?
And finally, there’s Black Widow #12, the solicitation for which carries all manner of language suggesting a major change or ending for Natasha. Is this the conclusion of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s run on the title? And if so, with the fan-favorite pair move on to a new hero, or take a break as a team?
Ironheart Is In Demand6 of 12Now that Riri Williams has officially debuted as Ironheart, it’s time for her to join the rest of the Marvel Universe – and in March’s Invincible Iron Man #5, she’ll do that in a big way.
According to the solicitation, both Marvel’s heroes and villains will come looking for Riri – either to recruit or defeat her. But given that she’s a teen hero, and that she seemed to get along with the nascent Champions when they appeared together in Civil War II, could her future allegiance be a foregone conclusion?
Richards!!!7 of 12Doctor Doom, the Infamous Iron Man, has already confronted one of his oldest foes in Ben Grimm, but come March, it looks like he’ll take on his greatest nemesis – sort of.
While the solicitation text for Infamous Iron Man #6 says he’ll come “face-to-face" with some “mortal enemies,” the cover shows Ultimate Reed Richards, last seen facing defeat at the hands of the New Avengers.
This may not be the Reed that this Doom has faced time after time, but there is no love lost between Victor Von Dooms and Reed Richards – no matter which reality they’re from.
The Last King of Wakanda8 of 12T’Challa is the King of Wakanda – but come March, that title may not have much meaning, as it appears the one-time monarch will give way to a new republic government.
The seeds of this change have been growing since the current volume launched, but it looks like the new Wakanda will be fully codified starting in Black Panther #12 - and there’s no telling what this means for the future of T’Challa and his alter ego.
Spider-Man Classic9 of 12To say Peter David and Mark Bagley qualify as the “legendary creative team” Marvel has been teasing for Clone Conspiracy: Omega would be an understatement – but we still don’t know what the secret title they’ll be working on, to be launched out Omega, will be.
We also don’t know if David and Bagley are the same “top secret creative team” mentioned in the solicitation for Amazing Spider-Man #25, or if the end of Clone Conspiracy will bring even more surprises to the Spider-Man universe.
One More Marriage10 of 12The budding romance between Gwen Stacy and Miles Morales has crossed dimensional boundaries – but with March’s Spider-Man #14 they may be going even further.
Though the solicitation doesn’t make mention of it, the cover of the issue shows Miles and Gwen in wedding attire, with a logo that pays tribute to the wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson.
So much for a non-married Spider-Man!
Steve Rogers' Secret History Redux11 of 12There are still major unanswered questions about Steve Roger’s secret Hydra alliance, not least of which is, if he’s been a Hydra agent since the 40s, how did he fight against the Nazis in World War II?
Captain America: Steve Rogers #13 will answer this very question, bringing in the Invaders, and exploring the secret history of Captain America’s secret history.
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