With the new Marvel Comics universe officially established in the wake of Secret Wars, the publisher is gearing up for its next big event â€” Secret Wars. Err, again.
Marvel is planning to launch Civil War II later this year, with its own unique spin on the All New, All Different universe. Thatâ€™s fairly interesting by itself, but it seems weâ€™ll also be getting a new Wasp for the first time in history as part of the package. Marvel plans to offer a sneak peek at Civil War II on Free Comic Book Day, and that â€˜book will also introduce the new Wasp, who will not be Janet Van Dyne (for the first time ever). The FCBD piece is being billed asÂ a â€œsnapshotâ€ from the larger Civil War II arc.
Little is known about the new Wasp, aside from the fact she/he is described as a â€œmysterious new character.â€ Marvel teases the character could be friend or foe, and the new direction for Wasp 2.0 might surprise us (hereâ€™s hoping, at least).
â€œFree Comic Book Day this year is the perfect chance to dive headlong into the Marvel Universe,â€ says Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing David Gabriel. â€œNot only will you get a lead in to the escalating conflict of Civil War II, but youâ€™ll also be introduced to a big new character with the All-New Wasp. Oh, and did we mention this is just one of our Free Comic Book Day offerings? Make sure you support your local retailers and head to a comic shop that weekend to get your hands on these!â€
Itâ€™s crazy to think that, as much as Marvel likes to pass mantles around, weâ€™ve made it more than 50 years without someone else taking up the Waspâ€™s role. So who is it? It could be anyone, but if Marvel is wanting to keep things cozy with the MCU, it stands to reason Hope Van Dyne could be a leading candidate. Hey, thatâ€™d be some nice synergy before Ant-Man and the Wasp hits the big screen, no?