Back in January, Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort announced that the upcoming Secret Wars storyline would end the Marvel Universe as we know it as well as end the Ultimate Universe. This would represent Marvel’s latest reboot of its line similar to what DC did in 2011 with the New 52.
In a discussion held in New York City, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso described how Secret Wars will affect both universes.
The Ultimate Universe and the Marvel Universe, they are gone to slap together. Imagine two pizzas, they’re going to combine toppings, some toppings are going to drop off–and this is the Marvel Universe going forward. It’s more than the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe, it’s all the universes you can imagine.
What exactly that meant was left vague, with the only tease being the tagline “Everything Ends” released by Marvel over the intervening months. Yesterday in a conversation with Comicbook.com, Marvel’s David Gabriel clarified things. According to Gabriel, the 616 Universe, the Universe that serves as the primary continuity in which most Marvel Comics titles take place, will cease to exist. Completely.
Marvel has released a list of the 33 titles that will be ending, which can be seen below courtesy of Comicbook.com. Currently there are no plans to revive or reboot any of them.
- All-New Captain America
- All-New Ghost Rider
- All-New X-Men
- Amazing Spider-Man
- Amazing X-Men
- Angela: Asgard’s Assassin
- Avengers World
- Captain Marvel
- Fantastic Four
- Guardians 3000
- Guardians of the Galaxy
- Iron Fist: The Living Weapon
- Legendary Star-Lord
- Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man
- New Avengers
- Rocket Raccoon
- Secret Avengers
- Spider-Man & The X-Men
- Spider-Man 2099
- Superior Iron Man
- Uncanny X-Men
The mindset and the list of comics ending make the Secret Wars storyline unlike anything that Marvel has ever been done. Previous crossovers like House of M or Spider-Island typically either have a main title and a few tie ins with other titles or exist purely as stories that carry from title to title with a few references in minimally affected titles.
Secret Wars is being billed as an entirely new publishing line. As if Marvel itself is rebooting, not just its products.
Gabriel also said that titles like the newly-launched Spider-Gwen and All-New Hawkeye will be affected. “Secret Wars will affect every title in some way shape or form so you can definitely expect [other titles] to deal with it in their own ways.” The creators of the newer books were made aware of the upcoming changes when they started work; none were blindsided and have had the time to work the changes to their advantage.
We’ve had a plan for each and every title in our line, from the All-New Ghost Riders to the Spider-Gwens and Howard the Ducks and even throughout our core titles. Some may take a hiatus for a month or two (something the industry is accustomed to); some will reach their “616 finale;” some become Battleworld transformed; and still others…well we’ll get to those!
At least now we know why all the talk about Deadpool dying in April as his book is on the list or titles that are ending. But as we all know, death in the comic world is rarely permanent. For a character or title.