Marvel Comics is in Crisis Mode

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There has been speculation for months now that Marvel’s Secret Wars would be a line-wide reboot, ala the New52, a complete start-over for their decades of continuity, and a way to bring in new readers. We’ve been expecting something big from Marvel all week as they had announced that there would be an announcement on Tuesday. Well, Tuesday’s here, and an announcement we have. Time has run out.

And, it isn’t a reboot. Sure, we’ll have the end of the 616 as we know it, as well as the Ultimate Universe, but this seems to be more like DC’s Crisis on Infinite Earths than New52. This is something Jonathan Hickman has been building up to for quite some time now in his Avengers run, with Earths smashing into Earths and universes being destroyed, and now it appears that Battleworld will be all that remains. For a time at least.

During Secret Wars every other Marvel book will be building up the new status quo, merging the 616 and Ultimate universes together in a fashion, with some big and small changes to characters, origins, and past events.

Here’s that announcement from Marvel’s Secret Wars live kick-off event.

Marvel.com’s Secret Wars event page even has an interactive Battleworld map.

And just like the Secret Wars of old, Marvel has teamed up with Hasbro, Diamond Select, Funko and more to create tie-in merchandise like, unassumingly, action figures. Marvel’s stepping into the future, while keeping a toe in the past.

 

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