MAY POWERS1 of 12
May brings some major moments to the Marvel Universe, in the wake of both the Captain Marvel and Avengers: Endgame movies, including the midpoint of War of the Realms, more tragedy for the X-Men, and a new era for the Infinity Stones.
Though there are some unanswered questions, like whether the missing West Coast Avengers, last solicited for April, will be back, we've sussed out the clues and biggest bits of news from Marvel's just-released May 2019 solicitations.
WHO WATCHES THE INFINITY WATCH?2 of 12
When we last saw the Infinity Stones, they had been given sentience by Adam Warlock, with the Time Stone the only one seen since, embedding itself in the body of a normal human prisoner on earth.
In May's Wolverine: Infinity Watch #4, it seems the next stage of their evolution will be revealed, with Logan and Loki out to protect "the new guardians of Infinity."
BLACK ORIGIN3 of 12
May's Thanos #2 will reveal the origins of Thanos' dreaded Black Order, while exploring the relationship between the Mad Titan and Gamora.
Though they've been around for a few years now, the Black Order's stories have never been told. Time to learn just who the Avengers have been punching all this time...
STRUGGLE & STRYFE4 of 12
Young Cable's rival Stryfe was revealed as the villain of X-Force in Marvel's April solicitations, but in May's X-Force #7, Stryfe's full team of mutant heavies will be unveiled.
Stryfe's no stranger to leading evil mutants - he was behind the original Mutant Liberation Front, and back in his and Cable's home time period, the New Canaanites.
CREATOR SHIFTS5 of 12
A few creators are shifting around and throwing in on Marvel titles in new ways in May.
First up, artist Barry Kitson will co-write May's Doctor Strange #14 alongside Mark Waid in a story that features Clea.
Meanwhile, artist Rachel Stott will draw Shuri #8, while Lalit Kumar Sharma will draw Daredevil #6, and Nathan Stockman will draw Cosmic Ghost Rider Destroys the Marvel Universe #3.
KURT & CLAREMONT TOGETHER AGAIN6 of 12
Chris Claremont didn't create Kurt Wagner, the teleporting mutant acrobat known as Nightcrawler, but he did define the character of this beloved X-Man.
And now, Claremont will return to write a new Nightcrawler story alongside artist Luke Ross in May's Marvel Comics Presents #5 that sends Nightcrawler creeping through time - with shades of the classic Excalibur "Cross-Time Caper" story-arc.
MISSING IN ACTION7 of 12
War of the Realms will escalate with May's #3, in which the mighty Thor himself will go missing in action - possibly captured by Malekith's frost giants.
Meanwhile, over in May's Ironheart #6, it appears that Miles Morales has gone missing - perhaps with something to do with that deal with Mephisto he's had brewing.
PRINCESS PANTHER8 of 12
Shuri was one of the breakout stars of 2018's Black Panther film. Now, her solo comic book series is digging into her pre-movie past as the bearer of the Black Panther mantle.
In May's Shuri #8, Shuri will once again take on the mantle of the Black Panther in an adventure alongside Miles Morales to save the Wakandan ancestral realm.
UNLIVING X-MEN9 of 12
The X-Men have suffered plenty in recent months, with most of the team believed to be dead while trapped in the alternate reality of the "Age of X-Man."
And in May's Uncanny X-Men #17, it looks like one of the remaining X-Men will fall, with the solicitation saying "The X-Men lose one of their own," while the cover shows Cyclops and Wolverine standing over an unmarked grave.
Maybe it's got something to do with Uncanny X-Men #18, which has a solicit that mentions a new Black King of the Hellfire Club - joining the recently-minted new Black Queen Emma Frost.
WORLD WAR NAMOR10 of 12
Something's been brewing in the ocean, and in May's Invaders #5, it'll burst to the surface with a story the solicit simply calls "World War Namor" - something that has been brewing since the Invaders title launched earlier this year.
Namor's not the first embattled anti-hero to declare a personal war on the Marvel Universe - several years ago, Marvel's heroes were smashed by one of Namor's Defenders allies in World War Hulk.
SPIDER-BITE11 of 12
Peter Parker may have a new protege in May's Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man #6 - "Earth's newest and mightiest hero", an apparent bite-sized Spidey named "Spider-Bite."
Who is Spider-Bite? Your guess is as good as ours - but with alt-realities a current hot button question for Spider-Man, anything is possible.
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