Let’s face it– there’s more people watching Marvel movies than there are actually reading, much less buying, Marvel comics.

It’s no wonder then that over the last few years, the Marvel Universe in comics has slowly been changed to resemble the Marvel Cinematic Universe as closely as possible. Doesn’t take a genius to figure out why the Infinity Gems are now called Infinity Stones and the designated colors have been altered to align with their depiction in the MCU.

It’s only a mater of time before a Stan Lee cameo appears in every Marvel comics title!

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Personally, I’m more inclined to follow the late/great Dwayne McDuffie’s belief that the shared comic book universe should be abandoned altogether now. As heretical as that may seem, McDuffie made a sound argument which you can read here.

Press release:

 

Where Is Wolverine? And What Is His Startling Secret?
The mystery deepens this January!

New York, NY—November 20, 2017—His return to the Marvel Universe was just the beginning, and the Infinity Stone he holds could change everything. Now, the questions begin: Why was he searching for the Infinity Stone? How did he escape his adamantium prison? Where is Wolverine, and what is he hiding?

The answers will begin to unravel in 2018, but fans will be able to catch glimpses of their favorite mutant in special after-credit scenes at the end of key Marvel titles. Appearing in select issues starting this January, some of Marvel’s most acclaimed artists will tease the whereabouts of the adamantium-clawed mutant with tantalizing teaser panels – and it’s all connected!

“Fans have been speculating about Wolverine’s whereabouts since he first reappeared in MARVEL LEGACY #1—and the Marvel Universe is left just as unaware!” teased SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “So keep your eyes peeled as Canada’s favorite citizen makes his presence felt in titles all across the Marvel line! It’s all leading to something—but what?”

“Mystery has always been part of Wolverine’s DNA,” added senior editor Mark Paniccia. “He’s one of Marvel’s most interesting and popular characters. Fans are going to have a helluva ride finding out where he’s been and how he came back.”

Track Wolverine as he jumps around the Marvel Universe, starting with the following titles:

CAPTAIN AMERICA #697
On-Sale 1/3/18

MIGHTY THOR #703
On-Sale 1/17/18

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #794
On-Sale 1/24/18

And more to come!

What is Wolverine’s startling secret, and how will it impact the Marvel Universe? It’s up to you, True Believers, to find out!

6 COMMENTS

  1. I strongly reject the premise that “over the last few years, the Marvel Universe in comics has slowly been changed to resemble the Marvel Cinematic Universe as closely as possible.” Thor is a woman, Iron Man is a black woman (or Doctor Doom), the Hulk is an Asian teen, & Sam Wilson just spent 2+ years as Captain America, I’m not “one of those” complaining about these changes (just tell a good story and I’m happy) but it’s pretty clear that Marvel HASN’T made efforts to make their comics reflect the Cinematic Universe – which actually might be part of why things haven’t gone so well for them.

  2. i wonder if creators will get pissy that their credit is hidden in the back of the book. You know there will be twitter threads…

  3. I wouldn’t propose something as extreme as what McDuffie does, but, I would like titles to stand on their own a lot more than they do. I am definitely tired of crossovers with numerous titles. Teen Titans is an 3xamplenof how ridiculous it’s gotten. Within the last year, it has crossed over with Desthstroke, Titans, Green Arrow, Suicide Squad, Nightwing and next month, Supersons. You can’t tell me this isn’t ridiculous. When Johns wrote the book in the aughts it rarely crossed over. You were able to get complete arcs without having to pick up every other book. It’s one thing to have books compliment each other. It’s another to have to pick up five books when all you want is one. I would love to return to the days when the X-Men pretty much ignored the rest of the Marvel Universe. Spider-Man did his thing. Captain America complimented the Avengers books. Morrison’s JLA could be read without reading each character’s book that was on the team. You don’t have to do away with continuity to simplify story telling.

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