Marvel’s SECRET WARS are upon us! Here is Area 52’s handy guide to get you caught up and ready for SECRET WARS!
If you’re an avid Marvel fan, you’ve probably noticed that some of your favorite heroes like to hop around quite a bit through time and alternate universes. You may have also noticed that every time this occurs, something bad happens.
All this time and universe jumping has caused the bonds holding Marvel’s multiverse together to deteriorate a bit. (Or maybe it was the Beyonder’s fault. It’s complicated.) This is fairly bad since the common bond for all these universes happens to be Earth. The result is a phenomenon called universal incursions. An incursion occurs when two worlds merge at a focal point (i.e. Earth.) Since two earths cannot occupy the same space at the same time (thanks Newton!), a big kaboom happens and all life as we know it ends on those worlds. It’s just a matter of time before an incursion occurs on Earth-616 (the mainstream Marvel universe) or the earth of the Ultimate Marvel universe. This could be really bad for our comic sales if nobody stops it.
A few of the big thinkers on Earth-616 and Ultimate Earth (Earth-1610) figure out what’s happening and come to a logical solution to save their worlds. They decide to blow up earths in all the universes until their earth is the only one left. Some of the heroes have ethical issues with destroying billions of lives in other universes, but cooler heads prevail. Dr. Strange and Namor lead the charge and the universal destruction commences. Dr. Doom isn’t satisfied with their results and eventually does some digging of his own.
Dr. Doom realizes that the incursions are caused by Molecule Man who is really one person who occupies all multiverses at the same time. To speed up the destruction of other-earths, Doom travels to each universe, finds the Molecule Man and kills him, resulting in that earth’s destruction.
Doom is so effective at his job, he quickly reduces the number of earths from 1000s to only a dozen. To accomplish this, he sets himself up as a demi-god named Rabum Alal, starts his own religion, and recruits a legion of busty followers (because why not?) known as the Black Swans. It’s worth noting that our world, Earth-1218 is not one of the dozen remaining. That means in Marvel comics, you and everyone you know have been killed in a massive explosion following a world incursion. Thanks Obama Dr. Doom!
Well, the short version is… they failed.
Eventually, only two earths are left, Earth-616 and the Ultimate Earth (to the surprise of no one.) What is surprising is that the Ultimate Universe has been preparing for this moment. Not to be outdone by 616’s Dr. Doom, Ultimate Reed Richards has been blowing up earths all along too! Ultimate Reed Richards teams up with Ultimate Samuel L. Jackson to lead an assault against Earth-616 before it’s too late.
But it was too late.
Here’s what we know. Earth-616 and Ultimate Earth are destroyed. This causes some cosmic shenanigans, and a new world comes into existence — BATTLEWORLD! The new Battleword merges elements from a dozen or so earths and possibly other worlds. Battleworld is split into many different sectors.
A large wall built at the bottom of Battleworld separates The Deadlands, Perfection, and New Xandar from the of the planet. The sectors are housed with inhabitants that would destroy the rest of Battleword should the wall ever be breached. (Marvel Zombies and Age of Ultron, we’re looking at you!) Also, Knowhere, the disembodied head of a long-dead celestial, orbits the planet like a moon. Comics Alliance has a great article that details each of the Battleword sectors that can be found here.
Secret Wars comics are separated into three categories: Last Days, Battleworld, and Warzones!
Last Days titles will highlight the last days that heroes and villains spend before the last incursion.
Titles include Captain America & The Mighty Avengers, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Magneto, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, The Punisher, Silver Surfer, and more!
Battleword titles contain the core stories of Secret Wars. These titles will directly affect the main story and feature your favorite heroes and villains as they take on unfamiliar roles and meet up with classic incarnations.
Battleworld titles include Age of Ultron Vs. Marvel Zombies, Inhumans: Attilan Rising, Master of Kung Fu, Secret Wars: Battleworld, Secret Wars Journal, Ultimate End, Ghost Racers, Korvac Saga, Marvel Zombies, Star-Lord & Kitty Pryde, Thors (yes, that’s plural), Siege, and more!
The Warzones! titles take place on Battleworld, but deal with stories outside of the main story arc of Secret Wars.
Titles include A-Force, Deadpool’s Secret Secret Wars, Inferno, Infinity Gauntlet, M.O.D.O.K. Assassin, Old Man Logan, Planet Hulk, Secret Wars 2099, Spider-Verse, Where Monsters Dwell, 1602: Witch Hunter Angela, 1872 (yee-haw!), Age of Apocalypse, Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows (because Spider-Man’s continuity isn’t screwy enough already), Armor Wars, Captain Britain & the Mighty Defenders, Captain Marvel & the Carol Corps, Civil War, E is for Extinction, Future Imperfect, Giant-Size Little Marvels AvX, Guardians of Knowhere, Hail Hydra, Mrs. Deadpool & the Howling Commandos, Red Skull, Spider-Island, Squadron Sinister, Weirdworld, X-Men ’92, X-Tintion Agenda, Years of Future Past, House of M, and… yep… even more!