Some Big Changes We'd Like To See In The Next Marvel Universe

Some Big Changes We'd Like to See in The Next Marvel Universe

The Marvel Universe is going to be changing in a big way this year, although it's not quite clear yet just how significant those shifts will be. Still, now's a perfect time to fantasise about what might happen after the publisher's next crossover. Like maybe Miles Morales as the main Spider-Man?

During a press conference on Tuesday afternoon, senior vice president of publishing Tom Brevoort and editor-in-chief Alex Alonso talked about the company's upcoming Secret Wars event, describing it as something that will significantly alter Marvel's publishing offerings. Marvel's not calling it a reboot and the collective understanding right now is that it will be a patchwork quilt consisting of past continuity and status quo changes for various characters and concepts. That makes sense as Secret Wars will be a clash between the denizens of various alternate realities. "It's more than the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe," it's all the universes you can imagine," Alonso said. "That is the Marvel Universe going forward."

Alonso and Brevoort also said that some of the books being published during Secret Wars will be laying the foundation for the next iteration of the Marvel Universe. Some of these have been announced, with a throwback X-Men book, a title with a married Peter Parker and a face-off between the Avengers and X-Men among them. While those will likely be mini-series, it seems that at least one new ongoing title — All-New, All-Different Avengers — has been teased already, the first of doubtless many marketing efforts to come in the next few weeks.

Some Big Changes We'd Like to See in The Next Marvel Universe

A few mentions were made of co-ordinating the new iteration of the Marvel Universe across the company's divisions, which of course includes the entertainment arm responsible for successes in the realms of film and TV. With Marvel's upcoming film slate already announced, it seems entirely likely that they will be working to raise the profiles of the characters who'll be headlining those movies.

But there's still a lot that readers don't know about what's coming. And, foolish as it may be, we can fill that space with our hopes and dreams. Does the X-Men '92 book mean that we'll see a resurrection for Professor X? Will May Parker make a comeback as Spider-Girl as result of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows? We've got our own editorial predictions and desires here at Kotaku. Here's what we'd like to see happen in the next Marvel Universe:

The Sub-Mariner as a prime mover

Some Big Changes We'd Like to See in The Next Marvel Universe

He appears in the first issue of the first Marvel comic ever. He's been a king, a villain and a member of both the Avengers and the X-Men. But Namor hasn't felt central to the Marvel Universe in a while. The closest he's come has been his membership in the Illuminati, which culminated in lethal fashion in recent issues of Avengers. If there's a Sub-Mariner after the coming shake-up, events in those books could give Namor reason to become a full-on, surface-world-hating villain again.

An ongoing Black Panther title

Some Big Changes We'd Like to See in The Next Marvel Universe

The stars seem to be perfectly aligned for another regular series for the ruler of Wakanda: he's got a destroyed kingdom to rebuild, has been front-and-center for advent of the cataclysmic events that will re-shape reality and will showing up onscreen in the next wave of Marvel superhero movies. Granted he's one of my favourite characters, but it seems like a no-brainer to put T'Challa back in the spotlight after Secret Wars is over.

Ascendance for the Inhumans

Some Big Changes We'd Like to See in The Next Marvel Universe

For decades, when Marvel wanted a quick and easy way to explain why someone had superpowers, they'd make them a mutant. But, now new superheroes like Ms. Marvel are being created as Inhumans. Speculation points at the fact that Marvel wants to totally own the multimedia possibilities of its new creations, with X-Men-related movie rights at Fox for the foreseeable future. This could mean an even more prominent place on the Earth that's coming. They're the result of alien experiments and have always been freakier than mutants. If they become a bigger part of the Marvel Universe, it might wind up feel even more unpredictable.

Miles Morales as the main Spider-Man

Some Big Changes We'd Like to See in The Next Marvel Universe

If Marvel really wants to surprise people, they will retire Peter Parker as their main web-slinger and officially give the web-shooters to his Ultimate Universe successor. The Renew Your Vows series might just leave us with a married Spider-Man who's a dad, one who might see a responsibility to both mentor Miles and keep his family safe by hanging up the webs. It's a longshot to be sure but one that could happen since Miles' creator Brian Michael Bendis is one of Marvel's top writers.

A smart Hulk

Some Big Changes We'd Like to See in The Next Marvel Universe

There's been an intelligent version of the Green Goliath rampaging through recent Marvel stories of late. Historically, there have been periods where Bruce Banner's intelligence steers the unstoppable strength of the Hulk. A post-Secret-Wars universe with a Hulk that's tougher to outfight and out-think would be an even more dangerous one.

Surely, much of what follows Secret Wars has been planned already. Don't let that stop you from dreaming, though! What big, unlikely do-this-just-for-me changes do you hope Marvel might pull? Sound off in the comments below.


    Smart Hulk has been done multiple times.

    I predict there being two Spideys, Miles & Pete. They both sell well, marvel ain't dumb.

    Black Panther never sells well enough for an ongoing, same with Doctor Strange. Sad but true :-(

      (Sorry, didn't mean for this to be a reply)

      Will May Parker make a comeback as Spider-Girl as result of Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows?

      On the other hand, The Amazing Spider-Ma'am, aka Spider-bitten Aunt May is apparently making an appearance in the story.

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    I really doubt the main Marvel Universe ("616") is going to change too much. It's been the same universe for over 50 years. Marvel aren't going to jettison that in favour of one single event. They saw the abortion that was DC's New 52. They won't make the same mistake.

    Sure, there'll be a shake-up for a few months during the Secret Wars event but it'll end up being back to (mostly) normal, probably with the addition of Miles Morales to 616 and maybe some other Ultimate characters (like Jimmy Hudson perhaps).

    It's nothing that Marvel hasn't done before - Age of Apocalypse, Age of Ultron, etc etc.

      While some of 52 is god awful I really don't mind the majority of it, as much as I grow tired of the whole batman scene; Eternal is a delight to read, world's end isn't too bad if a little slow and my dark love right now is future's end. Just wish good old Jason wasn't getting shit shafted as bad as he is right now.

      TLDR Lobdell is the devil.

    All I can say for sure is that the only thing that is going to change when Secret Wars rolls around is the amount of Marvel books I'll be buying monthly... Meaning they will all be gone from my buy list. I'm sick of the reboot bullshit that Marvel does almost yearly now, and the "this is going to change everything" events that come out yearly too.

    I have about 400 issues of Amazing Spider-Man Volume 1 and Volume 2, I stuck with the title when it changed to Superior Spider-Man (Which was cancelled when it finally got good), and I'm currently collecting Amazing Spider-Man Volume 3 (The current series which has undone all character development that was created in Superior). I am NOT going to continue with the title if they plan out removing Peter Parker as the main Spider-Man (For like the 4th-5th time).

    I miss the good old days of Marvel. When every major storyline didn't require a reboot at the end of it all and Volumes would reach 200-300-400 or even 500 issues in length and would have many storylines included in them. Today, Marvel is too busy wanting to create a "new line of issue 1's to create market value" that they do not realize that they have devalued every single comic line to the point where people would rather wipe their asses with a comic rather than resell or pass along to the next generation

    And don't get me started on them killing off Deadpool and ending his series... AGAIN!

      Don't they end every Deadpool series with him dying? I remember off the top of my head at least two on-goings ending with him dead.

        Indeed, but they are claiming to be doing a "Wolverine-like death" to him. Trying to make people think that the character is gone completely.... Even though there's a Wolverine character in Secret Wars who is going to be "merged" into the 616.

    Ages (couple of years?) ago when Mysterio sent Spider-Man to the Ultimates universe where he teamed up with Miles-Spider-Man. . . when Spidey returned to his real world the last page of the comic showed Spidey looking up Miles in his own universe and Spidey had a big look of shock on his face. But they didnt show what he was looking at.

    So, what happened with that? Thats been bugging me since.

      Spider-Men series. Thats the one.

    Yeah, nah. I loved what I read of Miles' run as Spiderman, he's pretty damn cool and I hope he does remain a fixture in the Marvel comics for years and decades to come.
    But there's no chance in hell Marvel would permanently retire Peter Parker. They love him so much they cloned him, brought him back from the dead numerous times and most recently had almost every Peter Parker in one storyline.

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