SUMMER IS COMING1 of 12Summer's almost here, and by the time it arrives, Secret Empire will be in full swing, as evidenced by Marvel's June 2017 solicitations.
Old enemies return, new alliances are forged, and old friendships are threatened, but we've got all the news you need to know from Marvel's June 2017 solicitations right here.
OLD WOUNDS2 of 12June will reignite some old rivalries and, as is the way of Secret Empire, turn old friends into enemies.
In Ultimates2 #8 Galactus, the devourer of worlds, will come face-to-face with Ego, the Living Planet.
Then, in Amazing Spider-Man #29, Spider-Man will finally square off with the new and improved Otto Octavius - The Superior Octopus.
And of course, Captain America: Steve Rogers #18 pits Steve against his old ally, Namor. But will Namor join the Secret Empire?
SUPER SENTINEL3 of 12The X-Men have dealt with unique A.I. a time or two in the past, but what about a mutant Sentinel? The solicitation for X-Men: Gold #6 have the team dealing with exactly that.
The Sentinel, named 0101, isn’t quite the massive killing machine his predecessors were, but if the X-Men somehow convince him to turn his life around, he could become the latest heroic Sentinel to join the team (yes, there have been ones before.)
MISSING TITLES4 of 12June, like most months, brings a wave of titles absent from solicitations. In this round, Uncanny X-Men, Slapstick, Moon Knight, and Star-Lord are all missing.
But are they cancelled, like the recently confirmedGhost Rider, or are they simply on hiatus, like Thunderbolts?
Marvel has not responded to Newsarama's request for comment.
SECRET HISTORY5 of 12Secret Empire has ties to the deeper lore of Marvel's hidden backstory, but Black Panther & The Crew #3 will explore another part of Marvel's secret history.
From the look of the cover and the solicitation text, The Crew #3 will delve into the history of lesser known black heroes from Marvel's history, specifically those from Harlem.
THE WORTHY THOR6 of 12It looks like Odinson has found worthiness once again in The Mighty Thor #20 as the new “Ultimate Thor,” taking up the hammer once held by his multiversal counterpart in a Viking-esque costume seemingly inspired by historical depictions of the mythological Thor.
Meanwhile, Defenders #2 unites the team to take on a new Kingpin – no word on who might have ascended Wilson Fisk’s former title, though.
FRIENDSHIP OVER7 of 12All good things must end, or so it would seem, as the classic team of Joe Kelly and Ed McGuiness look to be departing Spider-Man/Deadpool as of June’s #18. What’s more, the solicitation teases the end of Spidey and Wade’s “friendship” as well.
So is the title ending, or will a new team take over? It’s unclear from Marvel’s June solicitations.
Deadpool looks to have found a new friend, so keep reading...
MARY JANE-OM?8 of 12Riding a wave of variant covers that cast her as various Marvel characters, Mary Jane Watson will actually take on the identity of a classic Spider-Man villain in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #8 - Venom.
OK, sure, it’s an alt-universe MJ, but the twist sure doesn’t look good for MJ’s husband and daughter, with their shredded masks clutched in her hands.
DEADPOOL, AGENT OF HYDRA9 of 12Recent solicitations for Deadpool have been teasing the Merc with the Mouth staying loyal to Steve Rogers during Secret Emipre, and with Deadpool #32, it looks like he’s going whole-Hydra.
The issue’s cover features Wade decked out in a green version of his classic uniform, with the text saying Deadpool is “on the wrong side.”
Wonder what Bob will think about all this.
WOLVERINE RETURNS10 of 12Nice try, Marvel. You might have thought blurring out Wolverine on the cover of X-Men: Blue #5 would keep us from recognizing this “returning character,” but we’ve got you pegged.
OK, OK, yes, it’s clearly meant to be a tease that hides the real twist of the return of this “Wolverine,” but what’s the gag here? We doubt the original Logan’s return would be anything less than a mega-event, but there are some clues as to who this guy really is.
First, there’s the obvious misdirect of mentioning Mister Sinister and his army of clones, the Marauders. Sinister did clone Sabertooth many times, but we think the answer here is a little bit different.
We’d like to posit the guess that this is, Jimmy Hudson, the younger Wolverine of the Ultimate Universe. Jimmy last appeared in the Old Man Logan tie-in to Secret Wars, and considering he’s young, he’s got lighter colored hair, and he’s known to wear a grey hoodie, the pieces sure seem to fit.
Bonus: Art Adams, who drew the cover, also co-created Jimmy Hudson.
ULTRON ASSEMBLES11 of 12We’ve already seen that Steve Rogers’ Secret Empire will include a veritable army of supervillains, but one A-List arch-nemesis is only now coming into the picture with the solicitation of Secret Empire #4 – Ultron.
The killer robot apparently plays a pretty big role in the event, with the current Hank Pym-Ultron-Hybrid seemingly opposing both Steve Rogers and Marvel’s rebel heroes.
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