SPRING HAS SPRUNG1 of 12May brings Marvel's latest major event, Secret Empire. In it, the secret of Steve Rogers' Hydra allegiance stands revealed, with the entire Marvel Universe uniting as a result.
As you can imagine, Secret Empire brings with it some major ripples throughout the Marvel Universe, with May already starting to show the effects.
We've narrowed down the top headlines from Marvel's May solicitations, and compiled them all right here. Here's everything we learned!
DEVIL'S DUDS2 of 12Since the end of Secret Wars, Matt Murdock has re-hidden his secret identity and donned a new, darker costume as Daredevil. Now, the conclusion of the story of his secret identity may also bring the return of his classic red costume.
According to the solicitation, the issue signals a "new beginning" for Matt - and judging by the cover, that may include a return to a more upbeat alter ego.
WONDER MAN RETURNS3 of 12Wonder Man has basically spent most of his existence waffling between existing and not. He's been off the board since Rogue permanently absorbed his ionic essence in a previous volume of Uncanny Avengers
But the wheel will turn again in May's Uncanny Avengers #23 when Wonder Man seemingly returns to sentience - possibly still with the beef he's held against the Avengers since Brian Bendis was still shepherding the franchise.
MISSING TITLES4 of 12As with most months, Marvel's May solicitations bring some absences of titles that were solicited in the previous month.
In May, there are a good half-dozen titles that don't seem to have survived April, though it's unclear which if any have been cancelled and which may simply be taking a month off.
Missing from May's solicitations but present in April's are the following titles: Black Panther: World of Wakanda, Silver Surfer, Ghost Rider, Silk, Great Lakes Avengers, Thunderbolts, Gamora, and Deadpool & the Mercs for Money.
At the time of this writing, only one title, Patsy Walker, A.K.A. Hellcat, has been confirmed cancelled as of May by the title's writer, Kate Leth. So far, Marvel has not responded for Newsarama's request for comment regarding the status of the other titles.
INHUMANE5 of 12Even though we know that both Inhumans and mutants will still exist after Inhumans Vs. X-Men, the exact status quo of both species is still unknown. But the solicitation for Secret Warriors #2 mentions S.H.I.E.L.D. imprisoning the Inhuman population.
Assuming that's the end result of the remaining earthbound Inhumans after IvX, that's a major bombshell - and a fate similar to ones the X-Men have suffered in some alternate timelines and potential futures.
OLD RIVALRIES DIE HARD6 of 12The current Hulk and Wolverine may not have the kind of longtime animosity that their predecessors had, but the tradition of Gamma-Monsters and products of the Weapon X program squaring off will continue in Totally Awesome Hulk #19 - sort of.
Amadeus will be targeted by the Weapon X program, forcing him to team up with Old Man Logan, Sabretooth, and the rest of the new team of mutants that oppose the new Weapon X, flipping the dynamic on its head somewhat.
GIRL MOON? GWENVERINE?7 of 12In May, Moon Girl will meet Girl Moon - apparently an alien intelligence that appears to be a Living Planet. Given how similar Girl Moon looks to Ego, and the proximity of the release of the issue to the release of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, could Marvel's weirdest friendship be between two legacy characters?
Meanwhile, over in Spider-Gwen #20, Earth-65 continues to expand with the introduction that world's Wolverine.
DOOM'S AVENGERS8 of 12The first issue of the current volume of Avengers ended with a teaser page that showed Doctor Doom - the Infamous Iron Man - muscling his way onto the team.
We now know that meeting will take place in May's Avengers #7, during the events of Secret Empire, when Doom will confront the team, and - from the sound of things - try to take over as its driving force.
CANNON FODDER9 of 12The solicitations for U.S.Avengers #6 carries an ominous warning for one of the team's core members.
The solicitation asks, "Would we really kill Cannonball?"
Well Sam Guthrie - the Cannonball in question and team leader Roberto DaCosta's best friend - better hope not...
CAPTAIN AMERICA NO MORE?10 of 12Sam Wilson has had a rough go of being Captain America, and with a storyline coming up in which Sam will abandon the identity, it looks like Steve Rogers' betrayal will have a major impact on the character.
But don't fret too much - the solicitation for Captain America: Sam Wilson #22 sure makes it seem like Sam's suiting up as the Falcon again - in a movie-inspired look, no less - possibly signifying another stop on Steve Rogers' journey from being an Agent of Hydra to the one-true-Captain-America once again.
SECRET EMPIRE SECRETS11 of 12Secret Empire kicks off properly in May, and the solicitations are already revealing new info about the event.
First off, it looks like Steve's plan goes deeper than just taking over the world, as the solicitation for #2 mentions Baron Mordo and his agents creating some kind of "Hell on Earth."
Meanwhile the solicitation also makes mention of a "new hero" who will "provide the key" to the mystery of Steve Rogers - could that be the new Quasar, who has been appearing in Captain America? Or someone new entirely?
Also, it says they'll provide this information to Iron Man - a.k.a. Doctor Doom. Could Marvel's greatest hero and greatest villain have truly switched roles so thoroughly? Or will Doom use the information for selfish ends?
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