Marvel held a live event at Midtown Comics in Manhattan this past Thursday, and clarified many questions people had about their upcoming crossover event. As previously announced, the eight-issue series Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribic will come out in May of this year.
It has now been revealed that Secret Wars will mark the culmination of the incursion story that Hickman began at the outset of Marvel NOW with Avengers #1 and New Avengers #1 way back in 2012, and will brings together multiple continuities and alternative universes in a single “Battleworld.” What has also been confirmed at the live event is that this series will reshape the Marvel Universe as we know it. Marvel Universe’s main Earth — designated Earth 616 — will collide with the Earth of the Ultimate Universe. The result will be a melting pot of different universes that will forge the new Marvel Universe. This will be the end of both the Marvel Universe and Ultimate Universe.
We originally thought this would happen last year when Earth 616’s Galactus invaded the Ultimate universe, but he only wreaked havoc on Earth leaving the rest of the Ultimate universe intact. This storyline is also reminiscent of DC’s famous 1985 Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover which also resulted in the combination of multiple earths and realities.
Secret Wars will kick off with a #0 issue on Free Comic Book Day May 3rd, which will also contain the first part of Marvel’s Attack On Titan manga crossover story. You can watch the announcement on YouTube, above (just fast forward through the first 13 minutes of technical difficulties.)