So The Beat has never been one to float Reddit rumours, but a post today runs down what seems to be known of the creative lineup for the Legacy relaunch in the fall and from what this says, it’s definitely a relaunch and not a wholesale “Reboot” in the “New 52” manner. Basically, according to this, Bendis, Soule, Spencer and Slott have all indicated they’ll be staying on their beats. Which could be…problematic for some fans who are demanding wholesale change.
I haven’t had a chance to look at all these links or listen to the podcasts ,s so I’m throwing this up with a grain of salt and to start some discussion. Also, what people say on social media in the spring could very well be a diversion for what’s happening in the Fall.
At the very least, keeping the controversial and unrepentant Nick Spencer on Captain America is going to require the greatest rebranding of all times.
So…we suddenly know a lot about Marvel Legacy from Marvel writers “leaking” their own titles. And it’s a lot of good news if you’re happy with current Marvel, but a whole lot of bad if you’re not. Marvel Legacy seems to be more of the same of what we have now.
Iron Man – will still be written by Brian Michael Bendis. Bendis confirmed this on the current Word Balloon podcast, saying that the title will soon revert to the #600 legacy numbering.
Miles Morales/Spider-Man – will still be written by Brian Michael Bendis. He didn’t give a number, but he said they’re working on adding up all of his Spider-Man issues to see what milestone he’s close to.
Daredevil – will still be written by Charles Soule. When asked on Twitter about Legacy, Soule said he’s writing a Daredevil Legacy issue now. When asked if he’ll be on the title for at least the next 12 issues, Soule said “Definitely.”
Captain America – This one is less concrete, but Nick Spencer definitively said that he would still be writing Steve Rogers post-Secret Empire, which seems a good indication that he would remain the Cap writer in Legacy.
Amazing Spider-Man by Dan Slott (still). In another Word Balloon podcast recently, Slott talked a lot about his long term plans for the title and how Superior Octopus sets up future stories. Seems a pretty clear indication that Slott’s time on the book is not close to ending.
Speculation – Jason Aaron and Gerry Duggan have given no indication they plan to leave Thor and Deadpool anytime soon, and it would surprise me if they did.
X-Men and Guardians just recently relaunched, no way that’s changing up in October.
So. It suddenly looks like “Legacy” isn’t the answer to “Rebirth” at all, but rather a fresh coat of paint on the same thing. Thoughts?
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.