Marvel has been teasing its next event, Secret Empire, for a bit, with events rolling out of the Cap/Hydra storyline. And now Disney affiliate ABC has all the core-shaking details and the roll out of he cover by Mark Brooks, complete with Spider-Man in his tarditional taint-first pose:
Everything changed last May for the formerly squeaky clean icon when it was revealed he was actually a Hydra agent, the nefarious underworld organization he had been fighting against for the last 70 years.With this Earth-shattering news still fresh in the beleaguered minds of die-hard Cap fans, the question is where do they go from here? Enter Marvel’s new series “Secret Empire,” where everything is about to change, not just for Captain America, but for absolutely every hero in the Marvel Universe.
Oh no everything’s going to change! this never happened before. Oh God, so worried.
Marvel’s Senior Vice President Tom Brevoort and Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso explained more of what this all means:. Explained Brevoort:
“Steve has been kind of lining his dominoes up around the Marvel Universe to be able to make his move and bring about a Hydra revolution, a takeover,” Brevoort said. “At the point of ‘Secret Empire,’ they are ready to go. That’s the moment we hit as we go in.”
Cap will be unmasked as a Hydra agent pretty early on.
“His plans and Hydra’s plans will have begun to unfurl,” Brevoort continued. “We are done with the covert portion, the buildup portion of the program, ‘Secret Empire’ is the pyrotechnics, the big Michael Bay blockbuster, huge colossal struggles and battles across the Marvel Universe, with all of our key characters and players taking on a big role.”
Secret Empire rolls out in April with a #0 issue and will run for nine issues total, with twice monthly shipping. Nick Spencer writes it and the art team consists of Steve McNiven and Andrea Sorrentino with Leinil Yu and Daniel Acuna also contributing – doubtless to avoid the terrible delays and out of continuity shipping that have made the last two big events – Civil War II and Secret Wars III – mainly ineffective.
Secret Empire appears to be part of a planned “reunion” of the Marvel universe, according to Alonso:
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said “Secret Empire” is designed to unify the Marvel Universe’s heroes, particularly after the divisive “Civil War II” and “Inhumans vs. X-Men.”
“We’ve just come off of ‘Civil War II’ and ‘Inhumans vs. X-Men,’ two big, dark events that had heroes fighting against heroes, over somewhat defensible positions,” said Alonso. “This is very much more an old school story. You will know who the good guys are and who the bad guys are. This is not heroes fighting heroes, this is heroes fighting a bad guy… We saw this moment as our chance to rally the entire Marvel Universe, which has been fragmented of late.”
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