After Avengers vs. X-Men is over Marvel Now! Will take over. From October 2012 to Feb 2013 we’ll be getting new #1 titles starting with Uncanny Avengers #1. A character (possibly more) will die, there will be costume changes, new alliances, and according to Marvel Chief Creative Officer, Joe Quesada
“Marvel NOW! is the next step in Marvel story evolution and character evolution. It’s not a reboot. It is a universe-shifting catch-all.”
This all started after an official press release by Marvel in earlier this month [http://www.squidoo.com/marvel-now ]. We got some of the plans for the end of the year and it all starts after AvsX is over. Marvel Now! Will introduce new titles and changes for certain characters [http://marvel.com/news/story/19008/marvel_now].
If you read Mr. Quesada’s comment carefully you will see that he gives weight on it’s not a reboot part but still a universe shifting catch-all. He said that because last year DC had Flashpoint event that rebooted the whole DC universe and the New 52 came out. DC had a record number of sale with its #1 titles and the reason Marvel is not in mood of a reboot right now so they will relaunch and launch certain titles with keeping Marvel Universe’s history intact.
This, on the other hand will give old readers something new to read and getting some new fans.
One of the main focuses of this re-launch is the Uncanny Avengers #1 that will mix Avengers and X-Men into one single team. Marvel released an artwork which gave a lot of hints and teases about what the relaunch may be about.
Few things to notice in this image:
- Cable has an eye-patch
- Hulk has space armor (and a robo-orb)
- MCU/ Ultimate Nick Fury
- New Uniform for Cyclops
- Iron Man has new armor
- Thor has swords
- Jean Grey is back
- Invisible Woman, Sue Storm in the team and a new uniform for her
- Rocket Raccoon and Nova getting a lot of focus.
- Possible New Uniform for Captain America.
All it means that its not a reboot and still it is. When a publisher decides to remake the characters it is reboot of one kind. Marvel still doesn’t wants to get into a total reboot zone so weather is passes of fails only the future will tell