Update: Squadron Supreme and Totally Awesome Hulk have been added to the lineup.
While Marvel is currently in the midst of Secret Wars, one of their biggest crossover storylines in years, the publisher is already looking ahead to what’s coming next. Once Secret Wars wraps up in October, the Marvel Universe will be reborn. A promotion known as “All-New, All-Different Marvel” will see roughly 60 new and relaunched series make their debut this fall. Each series will pick up eight months after the fallout of Secret Wars and offer a fresh jumping-on point for readers.
Marvel will be gradually be revealing these new books and their creative teams over the next few weeks. To make things easy, this article will summarize all the big announcements – the new books, who’s working on them and what they’re about. Keep checking back as more announcements are made.
Creative Team: Greg Pak & Frank Cho
Marvel has been hinting that an entirely new Hulk would be joining the likes of the Sam Wilson Captain America and Jane Foster Thor after Secret Wars. While we still don’t know the identity of this Hulk, we do know the name of his new series and the creators involved. Comicbook.com revealed that writer Greg Pak and artist Frank Cho will be teaming up for a new series called Totally Awesome Hulk. The title gives some indication as to the personality of this new hero.
This is hardly Pak’s first stint on a Hulk comic, having already written the Planet Hulk/World War Hulk saga and later returned to the franchise with Incredible Hulks. But Pak said he was compelled to return to the franchise after receiving a call from editor Mark Paniccia. “AÂ few months ago I got a call from Mark, who said three magic words that I canâ€™t reveal here, and my head exploded. And here I am writing the Hulk again. But it’s an all-new Hulk with a very different new background and motivations, which is opening up crazy new stories and themes that I’d never imagined before. It’s totally in the grand tradition of the Hulk stories I’ve loved and contributed to for years. But it’s also entirely new. This is a huge opportunity and one of those gigs that I simply could not say no to.”
As for the identity of the new Hulk, Pak said, “There will be no mystery about the Hulkâ€™s identity once the book hits â€” youâ€™ll find out who the new Hulk is on page one. And it will indeed be totally awesome, and it will fuel everything that happens in the story.Â But thereÂ willÂ be a big mystery regarding exactly what happened to Bruce Banner. I love that guy and wrote stories about him for years, and weâ€™ve got some pretty huge revelations about him coming down the pike.”
Creative Team: James Robinson & Leonard Kirk
While Secret Wars brought back the classic Squadron Sinister team, All-New, All-Different Marvel will introduce a new version of the Justice League-esque Squadron Supreme. Marvel.com revealed that James Robinson and Leonard Kirk (who recently collaborated on Fantastic Four) will be handling the new series. This Squadron will consist of heroes pulled from various dead worlds, including the Hyperion seen in Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers run, Nighthawk from Supreme Power and the Great Society’s Doctor Spectrum.
“In terms of the characters, their attitude is that theyâ€™ve all lost their own worlds and theyâ€™ve got to save this world no matter what,” Robinson told Marvel.com. “So at times that will put them often at odds with the Avengers.”
Robinson continued, “Theyâ€™re willing to do a lot of things that turn people off. They arenâ€™t necessarily adverse to a degree of damage, collateral damage. They can seem a little cold blooded and ruthless but their idea is ‘we have a planet to save.’ And if that means we have to sacrifice a few people to do it, we will.”
Creative Team: Mark Waid, Mahmud Asrar & Adam Kubert
While the release of the FCBD issue All-New, All-Different Avengers #1 made it pretty clear that Mark Waid would be helming the new flagship Avengers comic, the series has now been confirmed by The Wall Street Journal. Waid will write the book, while Mahmud Asrar and Adam Kubert will alternate art duties (allowing the series to ship more than 12 issues a year). The team lineup will be the same as that of the FCBD issue (Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Ms. Marvel, Spider-Man, Nova and Vision), though this series will explore the origin and formation of the team. The recent Nova villain Warbringer will serve as the team’s first major threat.
â€œWe get to do something that hasnâ€™t been done since the beginning of the series back in 1963, which is we get to tell an origin story for the Avengers as the team rebuilds from the ground up,â€ Waid told the WSJ.
The new team is unique for several reasons, including the racially diverse lineup.Â Â â€œI think that potentially gives you a wider chance to connect with a wider spectrum of the audience who may be able to see and invest themselves in the characters,â€ Executive Editor Tom Brevoort said.
In addition, itÂ seems that the team will no longer have access to either Avengers Tower or Stark or S.H.I.E.L.D. funding, leaving them juggling limited resources. They also have to contend with the fact that three members are teenagers and have to balance their school lives with their superhero activities.
Creative Team: Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas & Kris Anka
The bad news is that long-standing Captain Marvel writer Kelly Sue DeConnick is leaving the series. The good news (as revealed by Fast Company) is that Marvel will be relaunching the book again, this time with Agent Carter showrunners Tara Butters and Michele Fazekas at the helm. Uncanny X-Men artist Kris Anka will make the series his new home.
The new series will strike a balance between Carol Danvers Earthly and cosmic adventures. “This is really meant to be the next level for Captain Marvel,” series editor Sana Amanat said to Fast Company. “Carol is really meant to be a soldier and a commander, and also a diplomat. We’re really trying to build up this space complex and this space world. You’ll really feel like there’s an extension of the Avengers world into space, but not necessarily lost out in the Guardians of the Galaxy cosmos. It’s rooted in Earth but also an extension into the galaxy.”
“We love the fact that she wanted to be a test pilot, someone who tests boundaries,” said Butters. “I feel that’s brought into her superhero character, where she’s pushing herself. Sometimes she takes risks that she shouldn’t take.”
Creative Team: Jason Latour & Robbi Rodriguez
We revealed that the new Spider-Gwen comic will be relaunched for All-New, All-Different Marvel this fall. Luckily, writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez will remain on board.
Latour told us, “The aim with this first couple of issues is to give folks who are new an entry point into Gwenâ€™s world but to also fill in a little back story for people whoâ€™ve been with us awhile.” The new series’ first arc will explore Gwen’s tragic past with her universe’s Peter Parker and the attempts by a new villain to recreate Peter’s Lizard formula.
Earth-65 will remain the setting for the new Spider-Gwen book, though it sounds like Gwen will continue to travel to other worlds in the Marvel multiverse. Latour said, “The main focus of our first arc is on Gwen Stacyâ€™s continuing adventures within her own universe (Earth 65), itâ€™s pretty essential to who this Gwen Stacy is to have her own supporting cast and villains and problems. But Spider-Gwen was born out of a multiversal crossover event so the opportunity to hop around has always been present and honestly is just too fun to resist. So yeah, bouncing over to the 616 now and then is something weâ€™re eager to explore too.”
Creative Team: Jason Aaron & Chris Bachalo
Marvel has been teasing for a while that Doctor Strange would finally be getting his own comic again in the build-up to the character’s Hollywood debut next year. As revealed by Entertainment Weekly, writer Jason Aaron and artist Chris Bachalo will be teaming for the new comic. The new series will reunite the pair for the first time since Wolverine and the X-Men.
Aaron told EW that the cost of magic will be a heavy focus of his stories. “We wanted a Doctor Strange who was always having to work for what he gets, and to show that when he shows up and uses his powers, itâ€™s not like Captain America throwing his shield or Thor throwing his hammer. Strange has to worry about repercussions that those other heroes donâ€™t have to worry about, because heâ€™s a Sorcerer Supreme. Weâ€™re talking about the forces of magic. So whatever he does has repressions. Any of this stuff with magic, thereâ€™s always a cost to it. I think thatâ€™s kind of the only rule of magic we ever really talk aboutâ€”everything he does, thereâ€™s a price to it.”
Editor Nick Lowe revealed that part of Strange’s evolving role in the Marvel U. involves making house calls to those in need of supernatural assistance.Â He said, “[Jason] embraces the weirdâ€¦and when something really weird happens to you and no doctor can do anything, the police canâ€™t help you and you donâ€™t know who to turn to, you call Doctor Strange. You find him, and itâ€™s a constant thingâ€”your cousin once knew somebody that said, ‘if you go to Doctor Strange, if itâ€™s weird enough, he will help you.’ Like that sort of thing.”
Creative Team: Brian Michael Bendis & Sara Pichelli
Brian Michael Bendis has been a constant fixture in the Ultimate Spider-Man franchise since it debuted in 2000. And even with the Ultimate Universe ending as a result of Secret Wars, Bendis isn’t loosening his grip on Miles Morales. As revealed by The New York Daily News, Bendis will write a new series starring Miles simply titled Spider-Man. Miles’ co-creator Sara Pichelli will return to continue his journey as he acclimates to the new Marvel Universe.
Bendis was very adamant that Miles is the Spider-Man of the new Marvel U., not merely a sidekick to Peter Parker. “â€œOur message has to be itâ€™s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, itâ€™s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else,â€ he told NYDN. While Peter’s exact role in the series is unclear, it sounds as though he’ll be acting as a mentor to Miles.
In a later interview with Marvel.com, Bendis revealed that he had considered passing the Ultimate Spider-Man torch to another writer before finding a new source of inspiration. He said, “Let me be quite frank. There was a time last year where I had given notice on this book. I thought that with the character moving into the [Marvel Universe] maybe that should be a time for me to bow out. What I didnâ€™t know was that the plans for Miles were substantial: that he would be an Avenger or that he would be set up in a way because of things going on in different books to be the more traditional Spiderâ€“Man character. And by that I mean that Miles will be the Spider-Man that is trying desperately to balance his life as a high school student and his super hero career. He will be the character that is wrestling with power and responsibility in a very raw way.”
Creative Team: Brian Michael Bendis & David Marquez
Marvel’s first All-New, All-Different Marvel reveal came at Special Edition: NYCC, where they announced that writer Brian Bendis and artist David Marquez will be taking the reins of Iron Man this fall. Tony Stark will still be in the armor, but he’ll have a new status quo and a new circle of allies and enemies to contend with. Bendis will also explore a loose end from Kieron Gillen’s Iron Man work – the revelation that Tony is adopted – and the identities of his biological parents.
At a press call following the announcement, Bendis said, “Â Kieron set me up beautifully here. Now, we have adult Tony Stark who has a lot of confidence in the world but has always had other things he wasn’t confident about. There will be a quest here to find out who he is and where he came from. That’s very interesting and exciting. We have this cool new armor and almost a new man in Tony Stark who is going to try to figure out what he’s really made of. What drives him, and what makes him so unique?”
Marquez discussed the design inspiration for Tony’s new armor, saying, “We wanted it to be something that’s new and fresh and kind of move the armor forward, design-wise… As far as slimming down the armor, the big idea there that Brian and I talked a whole lot about is that over time technology tends to get smaller and slimmer and lighter as opposed to bulkier and bigger. That was something that went into the design process – making sure it was very sleek and not too horribly busy with too much detail.”