Currently running in Marvel comics is the summer crossover event â€œSecret Wars.â€ At the end of Secret Wars, the existing Marvel Comics Universe and all the twisted continuity that came with it will be shaken up and rearranged.
The new initiative being launched this fall is called â€œAll-New All-Different,â€ and will introduce somewhere between 55 to 60 new titles to the Marvel line-up of comics after Secret Wars mucks around with everything for the summer. The All-New All-Different characters will mostly be updated versions of fan classics, and some are well-liked characters from spin-offs and alternate universes that will now share an inter-connected world with legacy characters like Steve Rogers and Doctor Strange.
The comics themselves are still concerned with Secret Wars, but Marvel has begun rolling out the teasers for All-New All-Different and along with those teaser images some drastic reveals.
The first teaser image released is basically the collection of popular Marvel characters of the comics and the current season of Disney live-action movies.
There are three Spider-People: a classic Spider-Man, because you donâ€™t mess with what works.
The white and pink hooded Spider-Woman is Gwen Stacy, or as sheâ€™s affectionately been named by the fandom, Spider-Gwen. This Spider is from an alternate universe where Gwen Stacy was bitten by the radioactive spider, not Peter Parker. She debuted in the Spider-Man event called â€œSpider-Verseâ€ and has been buoyed through into All-New All-Different by positive sales and fan reaction.Â The black suited Spider-Man is Miles Morales, the younger Brooklynite from the Ultimate line of Marvel comics where Peter Parker died as a teenager and Miles took on the Spider-Man mantle after he was bitten by a second Oscorp spider.
To the left of Iron Man is Phil Coulson, a character played by Clark Gregg on screen but also adapted into the comics as fans latched on to his character in the movies. Spider-Woman is in the back there, but in her new costume that isnâ€™t all about putting her boobs front and center (also reminiscent of the great Batgirl redesign from DCâ€™s New 52 a few years back). Kneeling in front is The Black Panther, and next to him areÂ Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers. Wilson used to be the Falcon, but became Captain America after Steve Rogersâ€™ super soldier serum started wearing off and Rogers rapidly aged. These two characters look similar to their pre-Secret Wars portrayals, but its nice to see them back considering Old Steve Rogers recently died in the comics fighting Tony Stark.
Speaking of Tony Stark: you have to be paranoid of anything claiming to be â€œAll-Newâ€ and â€œDifferentâ€ while still keeping characters masked. Is that Tony in the Iron Man suit? Is that Tâ€™Challa in the Black Panther costume? Is that Peter Parker under theÂ Spider-Man mask? Itâ€™s too early to tell.
To the right of Iron Man, in the air, is The Vision: the best thing about Avengers: Age of Ultron. On the ground, being tiny, is Ant-Man who looks much more like the Paul Rudd movie version than Ant-Man has looked before. Jane Fosterâ€™s Thor spins her hammer. Yeah, the character Natalie Portman plays in the movies has become the Norse God. Not only that, but her comic book sales are better than Man Thorâ€™s ever were. Kamala Kahn, the new Muslim Ms. Marvel is another high-selling character getting featured status andâ€¦
â€¦wait, is that Red Hawk? From the Apache Kid?
Marvel released a SECOND image, this one even debuts the â€œnew Wolverine:â€ actually two Wolverines!
Starting with the characters in the air: in the top left is Doctor Spectrum, Great Society version. Heâ€™s a hero from an alternate universe that Doctor Strange killed during Jonathan Hickmanâ€™s New Avengers run. Hyperion, also made important in Hickmanâ€™s long road to Secret Wars, but only there (this is not, like, King Hyperion or any of the old characters who went by that name). A black-suited Daredevil, which we havenâ€™t seen for awhile in the comics, but looks very dynamic. Top right is Doctor Strange whoâ€¦usually doesnâ€™t wield an axe, so thatâ€™s All-New All-Different.
The middle row has some deep cuts, so bear with me. On the left is Citizen V, or Captain America villain Baron Zemoâ€™s alter ego when he was working for the Thunderbolts (Marvelâ€™s version of the Suicide Squad). The Thing from the Fantastic Four is wearing a Guardians of the Galaxy uniform and Rocket Raccoon is standing on his shoulders, indicating The Thing might be a Guardian now (in the comics only, obviously). The guy with his hood up is a redesigned Karnack, a member of the Inhumans royal family. The guy thatâ€™s on fire is NOT the Human Torch, but is the Inhuman called Inferno.
The red-haired lady to the right of Iron Man is Medusa, an Inhuman and the favorite bride of Black Bolt, King of the Inhumans. The lady Wolverine is X-23, a female clone of Wolverine that was introduced in the X-Men: Evolution animated series and has since become a presence in the comic books. This is the first time sheâ€™s taken on a costume thatâ€™s unmistakably Wolverine though. The dude rubbing the back of his head is what Star Lord from the Guardians of the Galaxy looks like. At the far right â€“ your eyes arenâ€™t deceiving you â€“ is Old Man Logan, and old Wolverine. The character was created by Mark Millar for a mini-series calledÂ Old Man Logan that took place in an post-apocalyptic Avengers America. It looks like heâ€™s going to be ported over from his alternate universe as well.
Thatâ€™s a lot to take in, but it looks like the All-New, All-Different rollout is going to continue, because there are still characters Marvelâ€™s Editor and Chief Axel Alonso has hinted at that we havenâ€™t seen.Â The all-new Hulk â€¦ this character is certain to cause debate,â€ he told Mashable. â€œThe same people who went crazy with female Thor will have a field day with this one.â€
I have no idea what that means.
Rainbow Hulk smash?