Marvel Announces Secret Wars Mega-Event

Writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic will tackle a new, year-long Secret Wars project for Marvel Comics, the publisher announced tonight at the Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. in Times Square.

The series, which will launch in May 2015, will see a cosmic battle of massive scale engulf the Marvel Universe, playing on the name and high concept of the beloved '80s miniseries that stands as a standard for Marvel Comics events to this day.

"We were saying, how do you push [our characters] forward?" Asked Marvel's Dan Buckley. "How do you celebrate these things and get people excited again? So we kind of looked backwards."

Saying that they hoped to take the successes of the Avengers NOW! initiative, which reimagines Marvel's classic characters in surprising new ways, beyond the confines of the published comics, Buckley unveiled the cover of 1984's Secret Wars #1.

"We said, you know -- this worked out pretty well for us a long time ago," Buckley said, to laughs. "And not only did we look at it from a business standpoint, but there was a very exciting creator who came to us with this story four or five years ago and said, 'I want to tell this story in a different way.'"

The original Secret Wars ran from May 1984 to April 1985 and instigated a toy line that remains a fan favorite.

The original series was written by Jim Shooter with art by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton. The reimagined Secret Wars is born out of Hickman's epic, mythology-driven Avengers run and has, according to Buckley, been in active development for years.

Ahead of tonight's announcement, which also touched on the licensing potential of the Secret Wars brand, Marvel touted the event as their biggest announcement of 2014.

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  1. SAMURAI36 said ... (original post)

    So I should just take it as a coincidence, that Marvel is launching their "mega-event" during the same time as DC is launching Crisis, even though A) Crisis's anniversary is next year, & B) DC has been building up to this event for over a year?

    Yawn. Yup, conceivably impossible for Marvel to have their own schedule with their own comics. The only explanation lies with DC. Impeccable thinking. But you know, maybe if you attend the Marvel Experience at New York Comic Con you can ask Marvel? And maybe you'll have some fun. With less nitpicking, you would have more time to read Marvel comics.

    Gotta find a way to twist something around and make it a DC>Marvel story for you.

    • uscBD
    • 53 Posts in 26 Months

    so this definitely hints at a secret wars movie considering the age of ultron run a few months before they announced the movie.

  2. SAMURAI36 said ... (original post)

    So I should just take it as a coincidence, that Marvel is launching their "mega-event" during the same time as DC is launching Crisis, even though A) Crisis's anniversary is next year, & B) DC has been building up to this event for over a year?

    I had the same thought, but I also think sometimes things just get in the water. Remember when Captain America and Batman did what turned out to be pretty much beat for beat the same story at the same time? I would never call either Morrison or Remender a thief.

    • Itage
    • 1 Posts in 22 Months

    Ironically, a majority of Marvel's Heroes got their start form DC character concepts. They copied a lot of shit that DC put out. One example being Hyperion, Marvel's answer to Superbitch (superman) I'm not downing Marvel because I'm a Marvel fan all the way, but I wouldn't doubt that they needed to put an answer out to DC's huge announcement since they've done it in the past lolz.

    • iSRS
    • 9 Posts in 22 Months

    Itage said ... (original post)

    Ironically, a majority of Marvel's Heroes got their start form DC character concepts. They copied a lot of shit that DC put out. One example being Hyperion, Marvel's answer to Superbitch (superman) I'm not downing Marvel because I'm a Marvel fan all the way, but I wouldn't doubt that they needed to put an answer out to DC's huge announcement since they've done it in the past lolz.

    Maybe, but think of it on the grander scale. This is all about the MCU. Things with Fox aren't great, FF is getting, per the Internet, "ruined," and obviously the book isn't selling well, so Marvel says, "Well, do we need an FF book?" And cancels it. Mutants are too much of a payday in the other media to cancel, so we get Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch as "specials" or "miracles" and now? Those two feature heavy in the image for the "Mutant No More" storyline. Marvel got the rights back to the Marvel Knights characters, and is going to Netflix with that. So maybe Mutants become "specials/miracles" and some of the unclaimed X-characters can make their way to the MCU. That leaves Spidey. Oh, it looked like Sony wants to work with Marvel and tie to the MCU. It all benefits Marvel, specifically the MCU. 

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