What We Know From The MARVEL: Next Big Thing Panel
With the MARVEL: Next Big Thing panel, many things were discussed about the future of the Marvel Universe. Seeing how thrilling and creatively diverse the All-New Marvel NOW series have been up to this point. We got an in depth look at some of the titles that have already been released, and those of which are upcoming like their cataclysmic event that begins this September, Axis.
Greg Pak, Tom Brevoor, Peter David, Mike Marts, Katie Kubert, and Jordan White were the speakers and made this a fun panel from beginning to end. They answered some good questions, and teased us with others concerning what’s in store for us with Axis. Katie Kubert who is new to Marvel gave us a good understanding of her background. She said, “Yeah, Joe is my grandfather, and Andy and Adam are my uncles, so I’m a third-generation Kubert in comics! I went to BU, I was an editor at DC editing Harley, Batgirl, Nightwing, Batman Eternal, and others there. I was there for 5 years, and now I’m lucky enough to come over here. It should be amazing, an all-new experience. Um, Uncanny!”
The panel begun with an introduction of the speakers, and then a short video showcasing Miracleman and the hero he has become now that he’s back at Marvel. Not only this but showing the importance of the character as the everyday man who finds himself endowed with powers to do good with it.
Next wasBrevoort speaking of the upcoming Axis event in which the description of it states “In 8 months… Time Runs Out!. In fact Brevoort made it a point that we all were clear that what they could not tell us would be explain in 8 months. Pretty much they’ll ‘ll be giving us April’s issues of those books early to tease what will be happening in April 2015. It was quite funny the way he did this throughout. In Avengers #35 and New Avengers #24 in September, the books will jump forward eight months. it’s the beginning of the end for the story that Hickman has been building since he launched the two books.
Then we were teased with a slide showing Hawkeye vs. Deadpool by Gerry Duggan and Matteo Lolli. The slide says “vs. Crime” underneath the title as well. They said this is a title you don’t want to miss if a fan of either character. With that said, they pointed out that there will be a Deadpool Bi-Annual #1 by Paul Scheer and Nick Giovanetti and artist Salva Espin. With this we will see Deadpool take on Brute Force, a bunch of cyborg animals who can turn into vehicles and save the environment. White promises that it will be a lot of fun, and who wouldn’t want to see what this has in store for us?
Edge of Spider-Verse is stated to start this September, with 5 creative teams and 5 different Spider-Men, leading up to Spider-Verse which features every Spider-Man ever. And for those wondering, the question did come up with Miles Morales joining the All-New X-Men, and all signs point to that really happening. How? We’ll just have to wait and see.
Spider-Man 2099 funny enough is by Peter David and Will Sliney is next. For those unaware, Peter David said, “20 years ago, I was writing two books, X-Factor and Spider-Man 2099. Now, I’m writing X-Factor and Spidey 2099. I don’t know whether to be proud of that or if I’m in a rut!”. Fans really wanted him to write the book, and when their voices could not be ignored by Marvel they gave him the call in March and asked if Peter David wanted the job. He then took it of course.
With All-New X-Factor, David spotlighted issue #14 in October which is “Girls Night Out” with Scarlet Witch guest-starring to join her sister Polaris. Then proceeded to tell the crowd X-Factor will be “involved with a big X-crossover that I don’t know if I can talk about yet, so I won’t!”
We will be getting more The Dark Tower with The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three by Peter David. How this happened was explained by Peter David. Basically while recovering from a stroke in a hospital in Florida, Stephen King drove five hours to visit Peter in the hospital. David told him that fans asked him about showing the ka-tet and doing the Three, and King said, “Really?” A few weeks later, Marvel called Peter and told him, “we’re doing Dark Tower again! Stephen wants more from you!”
Storm #1 by Greg Pak and Victor Ibañezhad a lot of buzz going about it. As Pak said, “When I was first reading comics, a superhero who was a black woman was unheard of. I’m half Korean and I grew up in Dallas, Texas. If ever an asian person was on TV, everyone ran over to the TV. Robbie Robertson, same deal, it was the first time I saw an African-American man holding a white collar job. So the issues of representation have always been important to me.
“But I love that Storm is a character who is not a role model – she’s exciting, and dangerous, and flawed, and struggling to do the right thing. That’s the classic Marvel thing! She has this center and is the moral compass of the X-Men – but when she first got her powers, she wandered into the desert and called herself a goddess! She’s dangerous. It comes out in July, and please pre-order the heck out of it and make it the #1 book in comics.”
In response to a Q/A question Greg Pak says he read a lot of older Storm comics as prep-work for the series. “If anyone has advice on a good book about weather patterns, I’d appreciate it,” he said in all seriousness. He has actually been researching that to find new ways to use her powers. If that isn’t assuring of how good this book may be, I don’t know what is.
Hulk Annual and Fantastic Four Annual both will hit stands this September, nothing too much said about either that isn’t already known.
Then came Figment #1, which is on sale now. Marts said, “Jim Zub is a great writer who brings a lot of energy to this book.” We are assured that other creatures from Imagination will appear in the series.
Hawkeye will be coming back. Brevoort said, “As soon as we’re able to get the last few issues completely together. There have been some circumstances that it’s not proper for me to talk about here, as far as things going on in the people’s lives who work on that book. We’re making our way there, we haven’t forgotten about it, so have patience with us as much as you can!”