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Dissecting The All New, Post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe

by Aaron Einhorn
Marvel Comics, via Mashable, have released a new look at what the Marvel Comics landscape will look like, following the end of Secret Wars.

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So, let’s discuss what we see here, shall we?

First off, the line-up. From left to right, top row to bottom row, we have Spider-Woman (Gwen Stacy), Spider-Man (Peter Parker), Vision, Spider-Man (Miles Morales), Agent Coulson of S.H.I.E.L.D., Spider-Woman (Jessica Drew), Captain America (Sam Wilson), Steve Rogers in his Super Soldier persona, Iron Man (in new armor), Thor (secret ID redacted for anyone who hasn’t read Thor #8 yet), Ms. Marvel (Kamala Kahn), Red Wolf, Black Panther, and Ant-Man (probably Scott Lang).

Notably missing, of course, are the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The Fantastic Four are going to be without their own comic for the first time in decades, while the X-Men are all supposedly ending up off-planet following Secret Wars.

One of the biggest things I noticed is that several changes that were assumed to be temporary and likely to change immediately after Secret Wars are still around. Sam Wilson is still Cap. Steve Rogers is still old. Thor is still a woman. Jessica Drew is still in leather. A lot of fans, myself included, expected to see these things change back to the status quo after Secret Wars, to better match the comics to the MCU (and the expanded presence of Coulson supports that). I’m not at all unhappy about it, mind you, but I find that these changes are sticking around to be very positive.

The other thing I like is the diversity of this group. For the longest time, superhero teams were made up of a bunch of straight, white dudes, with a token woman or minority.

We have fourteen characters on this poster. Of them five are white men. The other nine are either women (four of the fourteen), minorities (five of the fourteen), or non-human.

That’s huge.

The other thing that is important coming out of the article is the fact that the world after Secret Wars will not be a blank-slate reboot, like we’ve seen out of DC following several of their events. This is a relaunch, with new creative teams and new comic titles, but the Marvel Universe will still – mostly – be the Marvel Universe we remember. With some cross-universe transplants (looking at you, Gwen and Miles).

I’m pretty stoked for it. Are you?