The Marvels Launches In May With The Entire Universe At Its Disposal

by James Ferguson

Marvel Comics was already revisiting the seminal series, Marvels through a series of Snapshot one-shots focusing on different character. The publisher is doubling down on this with a new ongoing series beginning in May from writer Kurt Busiek and artists Yildiray Cinar and Alex Ross. This was teased last week as “the most ambitious series ever.”

Writer Kurt Busiek told

The whole idea of The Marvels is to be able to use the whole Marvel Universe — not just all the characters in it, but all the history of it. The sweeping scope of the whole thing. Big stuff can happen in the Marvel Universe, but we usually see it confined largely to the Avengers in Avengers, to the FF in Fantastic Four, and so on. The Marvels is intended as a freewheeling book that can go anywhere, do anything, use anyone. It’s a smorgasbord of Marvel heroes and history. It’s not a team. It’s a concept, or a universe, depending on how you look at it. The Marvels features the marvels — all the many and varied characters of the Marvel Universe. The heroes, the villains, the oddities — all of it. There’ll be popular characters of today, there’ll be obscure characters from long ago — heck, there’ll be story threads that take place in the past, or possibly the future. We’re not limited to just the present. And there’ll be new characters, too, from the street-level to the cosmic. There are three new marvels in the first issue, although a couple of them are only seen for a panel or so. But we’ll get back to them. I’d say “the sky’s the limit,” except in the Marvel Universe, there’s a lot going on beyond that sky. And it’s all open to us.

The tagline for The Marvels can be summed up as “Anyone. Anywhere. Anytime.” That’s what we’re looking at in terms of the size and scope of this story. The Marvels kicks off in May 2020.

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