Marvel Comics has announced its big event of 2020: Empyre. Unveiled in a video (albeit with copious redactions), the build-up to the event will begin in December 26's Incoming! with the event itself debuting in April.
"Empyre is Marvel's most earth-shattering event of 2020. It will star [Redacted] and [Redacted] against [Redacted]," said Marvel's Editor-in-Chief C.B Cebulski.
"Empyre grows out of a number of key Marvel stories including [Redacted] and a bunch of others," added Marvel's Senior VP of Publishing Tom Brevoort.
The redacted quotes from Cebulski and Brevoort go on to tease the writer and artist, before pointing to December 26's Incoming as the starting point for the story.
Watch the video here:
The recently-announced March one-shot Outlawed also apparently has ties to Incoming, so the two could be stopping points on a path to Empyre's formal debut in April.
So what does "Empyre" mean in the Marvel context? It could be referring to various human or alien empires like the Kree, Skrull, and Shi'ar - the latter of which have roles in Avengers and "Dawn of X" currently, the word 'Empyre' - with that spelling - is already in Marvel lore - it was the subtitle to a 2000 Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. prose novel by Will Murray.
In that case, 'Empyre' turned out to be the name of an airline that had a jumbo jet that went missing.
Is Marvel's 2020 event Empyre tied to that? It seems rather obscure, but at this point it could be a possibility.
Stay tuned for more on Empyre as it develops here at Newsarama.