“It will be the biggest comic of 2015, possibly the biggest event Marvel has ever done,” said Chris D’Lando during the January 20, 2015 event. Secret Wars was first announced at New York Comic Con last October with very little information, except for its title and some teaser images. This live event was the first to pull back the curtain and reveal what we can expect from this mega event.
“It certainly feels nice to be here after two and a half to three years of publishing Avengers and New Avengers,” Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice-President of Marvel Comics, said. Secret Wars has been in the working stages for several years and has been in the background of events like 2013’s Age of Ultron and 2014’s Original Sin.
Tom Brevoort and Alex Alonso, Marvel’s Editor-in-Chief, both touched on how much coordination and effort has gone into orchestrating this upcoming event. “Every single time we’ve done an event we’ve always had to be mindful of Secret Wars and we’ve had to make decisions based on the fact that Secret Wars was headed our way,” said Alonso.
The setup for the May 2015 event: characters of the main Marvel universe (Earth-616) have discovered that every few years there are intersections between the many parallel universes that make up the Marvel universe. Two parallel universes will intersect, with the Earth at the center of this incursion. This incursion will either wipe out both universes or one universe will insure their survival at the cost of the other.
The biggest news bomb was dropped by Alonso, “the Ultimate Universe and the Marvel Universe are going to smash together.” He described it as two pizzas smashing together, there’ll be some new toppings while some of the toppings will be missing—some of which we might be upset about. “It’s more than just the Marvel Universe and the Ultimate Universe. It’s all the universes you can imagine. This is the Marvel Universe moving forward.”
This may seem like a lot of information to process if you haven’t been keeping with the comics. Luckily for everyone, on 2015’s Free Comic Book Day (May 3rd), Secret Wars #0 will be released, to catch up readers to this new event. With covers by renowned artist Alex Ross, Secret Wars #1 and the giant-sized #2 will both be released in May as well. Secret Wars #0 will also have the republished Marvel and Attack on Titan crossover comic that was released in Japan. You can read this newly collected volume of Time Runs Out which is a good jump off point.
For more information on this event, visit Marvel’s website where you can find an interactive map of Battleworld, where most of the conflict of Secret Wars will take place. Stay tuned in in the coming weeks, Marvel will be announcing more information to get you ready for May’s event.
“It is difficult to imagine something larger in scale than what we’re doing with Secret Wars,” Brevoort said, “We’ve never done anything like this, ever.”