What Could Marvel's 'Legacy' Comic Book Tease Mean?

The new image comes ahead of the anticipated announcement at this weekend's C2E2 comic convention.
Courtesy of Marvel Entertainment

Ahead of this weekend's C2E2 convention in Chicago, Marvel Entertainment has released a teaser for a mysterious new comic book project, reading simply "Marvel Legacy."

The company is remaining characteristically silent about the image, released Monday morning to ComicBook.com, but the "fall 2017" date might suggest a tie-in to the expected announcement of a line-wide relaunch of the company's superhero comic books in the back half of the year. Traditionally, Marvel relaunches its superhero line annually towards the end of the year, following the conclusion of that year's summer event storyline; this year's such storyline, Secret Empire, launches on Wednesday.

The use of the word "legacy" is interesting. In comic book terms, it often refers to a new character taking on a costume and superhero identity from an older character, a concept so common in Marvel's current comic book line that the upcoming Generations storyline will feature 10 current examples of it, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and Wolverine.

At the same time, a recent report from a meeting between Marvel and comic store retailers saw Marvel senior vp sales and marketing David Gabriel note that the company had been told that it has "changed too many characters" in recent years, with editor-in-chief Axel Alonso adding, "We have not lost sight of our classic characters." Could "Legacy" mean a restoration of the classic incarnations of characters, in that case?

More news about "Marvel Legacy" is likely to be revealed later this week, with the company expected to have announcements at the upcoming C2E2 convention.

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