HICKMAN's next MARVEL Project to be Revealed Saturday

Avengers vs. X-Men #12 variant
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Credit: Billy Tan (Marvel Comics)
Credit: Marvel Comics

Updated March 20, 2019 at 1:45 p.m. EST: The teased Jonathan Hickman X-Men-related project will be announced at Saturday's "Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing" panel at C2E2.

The panel is set to begin at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, and Newsarama plans to be reporting live from the show.

Updated March 20, 2019 at 9:33 a.m. EST: Marvel has seemingly tied "Hickman" (presumably as in Jonathan Hickman) to an unmamed X-Men-related project they first teased last week (see below).

In several of this week's Marvel print titles (however, not in its digital versions), a full-page house ad with just the words "Hickman," followed by "July 2019," and the Marvel logo are featured. 

Unless its a major misdirect by Marvel (which they have done occassionally), this would appear to be an X-Men/mutant-related project by the Secret Wars writer. The copy-only style of the teaser matches last week's teaser that just featured copy referring "two species," "evolution," "adaptation" and "dominance. "

The July 2019 debut date would coincide with the intended end of the current "Age of X-Man" event.

Hickman has written the X-Men as part of Avengers vs. X-Men, and utilized founding New Mutants Cannonball and Sunspot on several occasions including Avengers World.

Look for more as its confirmed here on Newsarama.

Credit: Marvel Comics

Original Story: An apparent teaser ad for an undisclosed project is in many of this week's Marvel Comics titles. The full-page ad, shown at right, says "When two aggressive species share the same environment, evolution demands adaptation or dominance."

Newsarama has reached out to the publisher for comment.

When speaking about Marvel, "two... species," and "evolution," the first thing that comes to mind is the juxtoposition of humans (homo sapiens) and mutants (homo superior). Since the 1960s, Professor Charles Xavier has argued for "adaptation" of mutants and humans as a broader society, while villains such as Magneto, Cameron Hodge, Apocalypse, and others have argued for "dominance" by what they view as the 'superior' race.

Currently in the X-titles, a large swath of the characters have been removed from the primary Marvel universe for the alternate reality "Age of X-Man" event. While the characters are shown there to be living in somewhat of a mutant utopia, back in the primary Marvel Universe they are missing and presumed dead - with the recently-resurrected Cyclops and Wolverine re-organizing mutantkind in Uncanny X-Men.

This comes seven days before Marvel (and its parent company Disney) are set to re-acquire the full film/TV rights to the X-Men after 25 years due to the larger purchase of 21st Century Fox.

Look for more on this as its uncovered here at Newsarama.com.

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