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Via Twitter on May 11th, a Marvel executive writer G. Willow Wilson @GWillowWilson claimed that the last issue of Secret Wars will be the “last before the big Marvel U event starting this month. Then every Marvel title gets rebooted in the fall.” Minutes later she clarified her statement as a “relaunch” rather than a “reboot”.

I’m not sure what the difference is there. If there’s no reset on stories, then perhaps a retirement of the current volumes? I’m not too sure, but I am leading to Marvel revamping their comics in entirely. Perhaps to better establish a more clear, singular, connected universe between all Marvel’s titles and their films.

It also would make more sense since Marvel announced plans to end the Fantastic Four series. After all, why would Marvel continue a Fantastic Four series if their universe isn’t connected in film? Could be that they’re doing three things, getting rid of confusion, ending an unpopular series, and/or avoiding any advertising of the Fox produces films.

Only a few series have been named to continue after Secret Wars, A-Force and Weirdworld. We know we’re getting a new Howling Commandos series too. A new title has possibly been given for this Howling series, “Mrs. Deadpool & The Howling Commandos”. All that title does is continue the weird factor. Check out my previous article on the Howling Commando series and the said monster additions.

The All-New, All-Different Avengers, and Uncanny Inhumans will be placed in the later timeline after Secret Wars comes to an end. That will make for interesting reading in anticipation of the “what’s next?” question but it might just be another Marvel event trying to be bigger than it is. Story telling now is so touchy, one bad story or contradiction and then that project is eaten alive forever in fandom. The same could likely happen with films. I’d love to eventually see a coinciding story arch with movies and comics, and have Disney continue to increase the movies and quality television shows to add to the same continuity. I love the idea of a monthly or bimonthly “comic” issue on the big screen.

I’m ready for an end to Secret Wars.

Marvel Comics announced via ACBC that Howling Commandos will indeed get a series, featuring monsters from Werewolf by Night and Frankenstein’s Monster? Hearing this makes me curious to know more before I love or hate it. I am interested, but it’s hard to be too excited thinking the Frankenstein Monster having some key role. What could Marvel be doing?

Well we know DC has had long plans to bring Justice League Dark to the cinemas with Guillermo del Toro having claimed Justice League Dark will tie into the DC Universe. This will be an interesting project if it ever comes to fruition. With characters like Demon, Deadman, and Swamp Thing, it makes sense that Marvel could possibly stay ahead of DC by bringing their own dark, monster characters to their MCU. DC does have a history writing in the character of Frankenstein, and instead of referring him to Frankenstein’s Monster, his name in DC comics is simply Frankenstein, who is based on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s original with the classic physical appearance. DC’s version first appeared in Detective Comics #135 (1948). Marvel’s monster is a closer representation of the popular version we’ve known from the cinema, just adapted to a comic book. Marvel’s version first appeared in Menace #7 (1953) when Marvel was Atlas Comics.

Marvel's Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos
Marvel's Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos

Marvel by no means has the better established and more interesting version in comic book form. DC’s Frankenstein is far superior to read. If Marvel used Frankenstein in a lead role, I think it would be to bring forth a new monster-hunting hero or to cause an issue for DC when they try to bring him to film, similar but not nearly as harmful when Fox introduced Quicksilver before Marvel did.

I’m wondering why they would bring characters like these to a Howling Commandos series though. It isn’t a series I’ve ever considered picking up, its only relevance to me is as a Nick Fury reference material. I’m just disinterested in the past series, and adding monsters won’t likely change that. But time will tell, and I’ve been surprised before.

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