Marvel revealed a mysterious new comic book called Generations at the ComicsPro retailer meeting today. The series will apparently unite Marvel’s classic heroes and their younger replacements in one massive conflict.
Other than revealing a new painted cover image from artist Alex Ross and a “Summer 2017” release window, nothing else was revealed about this new project. There’s no word on the creative team, the scope of the series or specific story details.
That said, clearly Generations is building on the current status quo in the Marvel Universe, where many iconic heroes have either been joined by younger partners (like Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel, The Peter Parker and Miles Morales Spider-Men, the Richard Rider and Sam Alexander Novas and the Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson Captains America) or replaced by them entirely (Amadeus Cho becoming Hulk, Jane Foster becoming Thor, X-23 becoming Wolverine, etc.). Perhaps there will be a time-travel component to to Generations? It would certainly explain why currently dead characters like Jean Grey, Wolverine, Bruce Banner and Mar-Vell are featured in this image.
However, if we had to guess, we’d bet that Generations is intended as a spiritual sequel to Ross and writer Kurt Busiek’s 1994 mini-series Marvels. Marvels explored the early years of the Marvel Universe from the perspective of an ordinary photojournalist, ranging from the debut of the original Human Torch to the death of Gwen Stacy. Generations may take a similar approach as it explores how characters like Spider-Man and Captain America evolved from individual heroes to larger symbols. With any luck, Generations will even reunite Busiek and Ross.
Marvels art by Alex Ross. (Marvel Comics)
We’ll keep you updated as Marvel reveals more about this mysterious new project. Until then, let us know your theories in the comments below