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In a live press event that Marvel billed as the “announcement to end all announcements”, Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso and Senior Vice President of Publishing and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort outlined what is going to happen in the time up to, during, and “after” the next big Marvel event, Secret Wars.

Essentially, the Marvel Universe as we currently know it, is over.

Jonathan Hickman’s long run on Avengers/New Avengers has seen the Marvel heroes trying to stop universes from colliding together. Sometime soon, the regular Marvel Universe (Earth-616) and the Ultimate Universe (Earth-1610) are going to collide and (SPOILER) they won’t be able to stop it. All of this leads up to the first issue of Secret Wars, in which the Marvel Universe as we know it is done. In its place is a mash-up of Marvel worlds from all over their publishing history, creating one world called “Battleworld”. Straight from the lips of Breevoort, “once we hit Secret Wars #1, there is no Marvel Universe, Ultimate Universe, or any other. It’s all Battleworld”.

In the original Secret Wars back in 1984, the Beyonder transported all of the Marvel heroes and villains to one distant planet called Battleworld to…battle. In this new iteration, the Battleworld will consist of multiple Marvel universes, such as the Age of Apocalypse universe, Civil War universe, Marvel Zombies, Future Imperfect, 2099, etc.

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Alonso says, “the Marvel Universe will be Battleworld, and every single piece of those worlds will be building blocks for the universe.” He also explains what this means in terms of interactions and the layout of Battleworld. “We are taking the best and biggest pieces of [Marvel history] and seeing how easily they coexist with one another.” It sounds as though, while Secret Wars is going on, that most creators will shift focus from a monthly story to one that uses their same characters but in a different context to tie-in to Secret Wars. Alonso and Breevoort also avoided using the specific term “reboot” when laying out the future of the Marvel Universe after the limited series. Speculation seems to be that Battleworld will be temporary but will help create what is the next version of the Marvel Universe when the dust settles.

Secret Wars #0 will be provided as a part of Marvel’s contribution to Free Comic Book Day which will help readers get up to speed. Secret Wars #1 ships in May.

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