Marvel held a fan panel for their upcoming Secret Wars event. Their big ECCC panel wasn’t an announcement dropper, but it did reveal some key information readers have been curious about. On the deus was C.B Cebulski, Rick Remender, Kelly Sue DeConnick, and Charles Soule. Moderator, Mike Marts jokingly asked Cebulski how he wanted to start things.
“Fight!” Remender chimed in.
Remender then jumped in to talking about Hail Hydra, his contribution to Battleworld. As we knew, the book will be about Ian Rogers being caught in a Hydra ruled world. Remender gushed about once again re-teaming with Winter Soldier collaborator Roland Boschi.
Soule was up next talking about Attilan Rising He compared it to Casablanca of all things. The writer talked about the book having a civil war in it and also taking part on the Civil War piece of battleworld where Captain America never surrendered to Iron Man.
“Aviation Porn” were the words used to describe DeConnick’s Carol Corps book. The intriguing part of the story is that there are no stars in Battleworld’s sky. This made for the interesting conflict of Carol wanting to go up to explore the sky while others wanted to keep her down.
The panel then opened up to Q&A:
It opened with a point many readers have been wondering about. With the current Marvel U ending what memories and continuity will be erased?
Cebulski made it crystal clear, everything that came before will still count. They stood behind their statement of this not being a reboot.
A fan asked about the Fantastic Four’s place in the Marvel Universe and if they’d been downplayed because of the movies?
Cebulsk defended the publishing position of the films not influencing the comics. He even revealed that there would definitely be a Fantastic Four book post Secret Wars.
The question of Secret Wars being used to undo the status quo of Wolverine, Captain America, and Thor was brought up.
Remender interjected, “What comes out of Secret Wars is secret but it will not undo the work we’ve done.” The example of female Thor’s success was given. Jason Aaron will be telling that story for as long as he wants because it stuck with readers.
Another fan asked about Miles Morales being the Marvel U’s main Spidey.
“Peter Parker is still going to be around, he’s not going anywhere.” Said Cebulski.
The last question was about a possible return for Richard Rider (Nova).
Mart’s answered by letting everyone know Duggan has more story to tell with the current Nova Sam Alexander.
The panel wrapped and no matter what Secret Wars is coming. Marvel did try to make it clear that if you want to skip the orbiting books and stick to the spine story; readers can do that. We won’t have to wait long to find out if that’s true as the event is rapidly approaching its launch date.
Are you relieved to find out Peter Parker will still be in the Marvel U? Do you buy that this isn’t Marvel’s reboot? Who do you want for your Captain America going forward?