12:46pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Marvel Confirms Comic Book Reboot in 'Secret Wars' Event Series
The Marvel Universe is about to start afresh. At a press conference Tuesday afternoon, Marvel Entertainment ended months of speculation by confirming that it will reboot its comic book universe during this summer’s much-hyped Secret Wars event.
The first issue of the series will feature the end of the current Marvel Universe, with the patchwork “Battleworld” advertised in earlier promotional images for the event being described as the “melting world from which the new Marvel Universe will be fermented,” according to executive editor Tom Brevoort. “It’s difficult to imagine something that would be larger in scope and scale than Secret Wars,” he said, jokingly adding, “What we’re going to do to top it is hopefully going to be someone else’s problem.”
“This is putting an end cap on decades of stories,” editor-in-chief Axel Alonso said of the eight-part series launching in May. “This is a place where we’ll be putting new pieces on the board and taking old pieces off.”
“We’re working with a lot of licensees for this,” Marvel’s Chris D’Lando added, naming Hasbro, Upper Deck, Mattel’s Hot Wheels line and Funko as partners already signed to produce new product for the event. Additionally, Marvel’s games team is “working on developing interactive content” related to Secret Wars that will be revealed in the future.
“You’ll be shocked at the chances we’re willing to take,” Alonso said about the future of the Marvel Universe. Brevoort added, “The Marvel Universe as you know it is done.”