Marvel Comics to reboot to No. 1, plus big changes to Hulk and other characters

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When Marvel announced that the Secret Wars arc this year was going to change the Marvel comic book universe, fans weren’t sure what Marvel had up its sleeve. Was it going to be like Marvel Now back in 2012? Were they going to combine the many Marvel universes together? What things were they going to take out or leave in? Now it looks like Marvel’s plan all along would be something similar to DC’s New 52 where they reverted titles back to number one back in 2011.

With the Secret Wars series being a huge event, it was the perfect chance for Marvel to reboot its comics, with new ones starting at number one. We’ll be getting new superheroes and altered ones, like a new Spider-Man, new Hulk, and new teams. The new comics are “All-New, All-Different Marvel.”

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“We’ve been planning it for years,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso told Mashable. “We realized that [‘Secret Wars’] would be a game-changing moment that would allow us to create a big white canvas. It’s an unprecedented chance for us to tell new stories across all titles with new No. 1s.”

The new comics aren’t meant to change history, but will take place 8 months after the events of “Secret Wars.”

Alonso said that fans shouldn’t worry, since the Marvel world will still be recognizable. The difference is that it will be a great starting point for new readers and we’ll get to see new areas and new characters.

“There’s no red sky, there’s no icecaps,” he said “But there will be new places on the map, there will be new characters that were just too cool to not bring back from ‘Secret Wars.’ There are new teams that are necessary to deal with new threats.”

DC had 52 titles for its reboot, and Marvel will have around 55 to 60 titles. This is less than what Marvel is publishing right now.

“We chose all of our creators to come in with a hook — a big thing has happened that changes the status quo of the character,” Alonso said.

For example, Thor will remain a female (her identity revealed here) and Sam Wilson will remain Captain America. This is bad news for fans who were hoping the real Thor would come back as Thor and/or Steve Rogers would take the mantle of Captain America again.

“These changes were not short-term,” he said. “We’re deeply invested in those characters.”

Some Hulk fans may have a problem with the new Hulk.

” The all-new Hulk … this character is certain to cause debate The all-new Hulk … this character is certain to cause debate,” he said. “The same people who went crazy with female Thor will have a field day with this one.”

As for the new Spider-Man, Alonso didn’t reveal much, other than letting us know that we may be getting more than one. As for Wolverine, he was presumed dead, so who’s this Wolverine we’ll be seeing?

“Will there be enough room for him and Peter Parker? Read and find out,” Alonso said. “Wolverine will return to the Marvel Universe (again, this will be something big). Who is Wolverine? You’ll have to read and find out.”

The new comics will be released overtime in the fall season between three to four months.

What do you think of Marvel’s direction with the new and altered Marvel superheroes?

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