Marvel’s ‘Secret Wars’ Trailer Confirms A Convergence Of Worlds
Do you like stories about characters from disparate comic-book universes coming together to meet and perhaps fight in an arena of an all-powerful being's choosing?
If not, you may want to skip 2015's event comics. On Monday, DC unveiled its plans for Convergence, its spring 2015 event about a universe-spanning conflict. Now, after three-plus weeks of teases, Marvel has added some clarity to its summer 2015 event, Secret Wars. Guess what it's going to be via a new, minute-long trailer.
If you guessed "a universe-spanning conflict," you are correct.
As many observers guessed, the teasers Marvel has been releasing over the past few weeks, most of which have borne titles of Marvel events from throughout the decades, represent the various pocket universes that will populate Secret Wars' new Battleworld, a concept from the original Secret Wars series back in the mid-'80s. In the original series, Battleworld was the place where the Beyonder sent superheroes to duke it out. In this one, it's going to be the result of worlds colliding and smushing together -- doubtlessly due to the "incursions" of other universes as depicted in Secret Wars writer Jonathan Hickman's New Avengers and elsewhere.
From the looks of it, each universe will get its own "country" within Battleworld, though I'm not sure why Planet Hulk gets the huge land mass on the northern end of the map while X-Men '92 (newly announced this week) only rates a tiny, Estonia-like nation. Whatever the reason for that is, it seems like there's a Hulk-specific region (north), an X-Men-specific region (east), and an Avengers area (central).
Another odd item to note: Inhumans: Attilan Rising and Ultimate Universe: The End are occupying the same country, dead in the middle. Maybe that means something and maybe it doesn't, but it seemingly makes it all the more clear that something is going to happen with the Ultimate Universe in this thing.
Anyway, it is basically confirmed that you may see the Maestro fight scumbag '90s Gambit, so create your dream match-ups now while you consider what may be the biggest match-up of all: DC's new multi-universe thing versus Marvel's.