It began at NYCC when Marvel announced a new year long event with a very familiar name: Secret Wars. The event, written by Jonathan Hickman with Esad Ribic on art chores, will come after the climax of the current Avengers and New Avengers storyline, Time Runs Out, but they’ve been pretty tight-lipped ever since then. Dan Buckley, Marvel’s President and Publisher said at the offsite event, “This worked out for us pretty well a long time ago,” adding, “We’ve been sitting on this for a very long time. When Jonathan brought this to us, we had an opportunity to just not celebrate this in publishing, so we’re going to be extending this in a year-long program into 2016 with our merchandising partners, digital partners and other partners.”
Buckley also mentioned that “There will be many more announcements leading up to May and beyond May.” On comicbookresources.com Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said, “What I can say is that none of these teasers are for ‘What If?’ stories,” Alonso said. “These stories really happen. And they happen in real-time — they’re not flashbacks. They count.”
We still don’t know much, but now we have many other teasers that are mysterious callbacks to events of Marvel past, featuring some of the brightest talent of today, all for Summer 2015. What does it all mean? Well, let the speculation begin…
UPDATE – And today Marvel has released another teaser, one that wasn’t really all that unexpected. Age of Apocalypse is a storyline that Marvel has returned to a couple of times now, but how they’re getting there this time is anybody’s guess. Expect more teasers in the next few months as we speed ever forward to the summer of 2015.