While Marvel Studios continues to find success with its growing Cinematic Universe, the comic book side of things is about to experience an upheaval unlike any seen before. And at this time, it's unclear how this will affect the movie side of things in the long run. Marvel Comics has announces an 'All-New, All-Different' company wide reboot set for this fall. And it will see all comic book titles reverting back to issue #1. The books will also introduce all-new superheroes, while significantly altering others.
This includes a new Spider-Man and a new Hulk, along with never-before-seen team-ups. The new line of comics is actually called "All-New, All-Different Marvel", with the reboot taking place just after the ongoing summer series 'Secret Wars', which will conclude an ongoing storyline that has an ambitious arc dating back to 2012. The arc was first introduced in the Avengers vs. X-Men series. Says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso:
"We've been planning it for years. We realized that ['Secret Wars'] would be a game-changing moment that would allow us to create a big white canvas. It's an unprecedented chance for us to tell new stories across all titles with new No. 1s."
Marvel Comics promises to bring in new creative teams for this sweeping and comprehensive initiative. But the history established in previous comics will not be erased or rewritten. "All-New, All-Different" will pick-up 8 months after the end of 'Secret Wars'. The landscape will have been greatly altered within that time frame. Axel Alonso believes this is the perfect time for new readers to come aboard. He states to Mashable:
"There's no red sky, there's no icecaps. But there will be new places on the map, there will be new characters that were just too cool to not bring back from 'Secret Wars.' There are new teams that are necessary to deal with new threats."
There will be between 55 and 60 new titles, each of them set to introduce new story-lines. Some new characters will be wearing familiar costumes, with other characters experiencing changes that are 'shockingly' huge. Axel Alonso continues:
"We chose all of our creators to come in with a hook - a big thing has happened that changes the status quo of the character."
The changes will be along the lines of a female Thor, revealed to be Jane Foster, and Sam Wilson taking over for Captain America, two characters who will remain close to their current form in these new issues. About that, the editor-in-chief states:
"These changes were not short-term. We're deeply invested in those characters."
One character he fears will cause controversy is the new Hulk. He explains:
"The same people who went crazy with female Thor will have a field day with this one."
The "All-New, All-Different Marvel" is also bringing in a new Spider-Man, and there may be more than one. Alonso refuses to give too much away, but with Marvel and Sony planning a completely new Spider-Man reboot, is it possible that we'll see this version of the wall-crawler on the big screen in 2017? Axel Alonso isn't saying, but he does tease that someone other than Peter Parker will be wearing the costume. And he hints that Wolverine, who died in the comics, will be resurrected:
"Will there be enough room for him and Peter Parker? Read and find out. Wolverine will return to the Marvel Universe (again, this will be something big). Who is Wolverine? You'll have to read and find out."
All of the new #1 issues will be released throughout the fall over a period of three to four months. 'Secret Wars' ends a chapter for Marvel Publishing, with the "All-New, All-Different Marvel" setting the stage for the next 50 to 75 years. How this will affect the MCU is anyone's guess.