Marvel announced early Thursday morning at an NYCC retailer meeting that its line of one-shots and limited series, The End is making a come back, beginning in 2020. As the name suggests, The End stories tell the “last adventures” of Marvel’s heroes and are typically set in a distant future. The original run of these comics appeared somewhat sporadically beginning with Hulk: The End in 2002 and later included on Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Spider-Girl, Punisher, Wolverine, the X-Men and the entire Marvel Universe with Marvel: The End.
This time around, the Marvel has selected Captain America, Doctor Strange, Miles Morales, Venom, Captain Marvel, and Deadpool as its next targets for The End titles. As might be expected, several creators are being pushed into a kill your darlings situation here. Notably, Kelly Thompson is taking on Captain Marvel’s elegy after a beloved run with the character, Leah Williams is putting Dr. Stranger to bed after scripting the hero in last year’s What If: Magik, Saladin Ahmed, who’s only just begun his time with Marvel’s sweet boy Miles Morales, is now penning his final act and Joe Kelly, who’s late ’90s run on Deadpool breathed life back into the series is slated to snuff him back out.
If you’re curious about any of the other one-shots due next year, check out the solicitations for Marvel’s upcoming slate of The End titles.
CAPTAIN MARVEL: THE END #1
Writer: KELLY THOMPSON
Artist: GEORGES JEANTY
THE FINAL CAPTAIN MARVEL STORY!
Fifty years ago, Carol Danvers went into the deepest reaches of the cosmos to spread peace and justice and she hasn’t seen a familiar face since! Whatever happened to the planet she once called home? Written by CAPTAIN MARVEL author KELLY THOMPSON!
DOCTOR STRANGE: THE END #1
Writer: LEAH WILLIAMS
Artist: FILIPE ANDRADE
THE FINAL DOCTOR STRANGE STORY!
The Sorcerer Supreme makes his final journey through a cyberpunk sprawl that forgot about magic! Reteaming the critically-acclaimed creative team of LEAH WILLIAMS (GWENPOOL STRIKES BACK) and FILIPE ANDRADE (ABSOLUTE CARNAGE: IMMORTAL HULK)!
MILES MORALES: THE END #1
Writer: SALADIN AHMED
Artist: DAMION SCOTT
THE FINAL MILES MORALES STORY!
Humanity makes its last stand in the only place strong enough to survive: BROOKLYN. Former Spider-Man, Miles Morales, leads the last bastion of civilization into the future! Penned by MILES MORALES: SPIDER-MAN author SALADIN AHMED!
CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE END #1
Writer: ERIK LARSEN
Artist: ERIK LARSEN
THE FINAL CAPTAIN AMERICA STORY!
Steve Rogers fights for survival in a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by hordes of Red Skulls! Legendary writer/artist Erik Larsen (SPIDER-MAN, WOLVERINE, NOVA) returns to Marvel for an oversized last tale of Simon & Kirby’s American Hero!
DEADPOOL: THE END #1
Writer: JOE KELLY
Artist: MIKE HAWTHORNE
THE FINAL DEADPOOL STORY!
Wade Wilson may seem like he is unkillable, but there is more than one way to put an end to him… but don’t take my word for it! Quintessential Deadpool scribe Joe Kelly and record-setting Deadpool artist Mike Hawthorne team-up to prove it to you! Deadpool is done for!
VENOM: THE END #1
Writer: ADAM WARREN
THE FINAL VENOM STORY!
The alien symbiote who bonded with Eddie Brock has been through a lot… but not nearly as much as he has coming. In a tail that literally spans over a trillion years, Venom travels the length of space and time as the last defender of life in the universe!