Is Marvel's Spring Event For 2017 A Little Bit Of Meta-Commentary?

Marvel Comics teased this quote at San Diego Comic-Con – though only Bleeding Cool seems to have reported it – for their Spring 2017 event.

image1 (11)We initially thought this might have been Inhumans Vs X-Men – but that was announced elsewhere for the winter.

Will it deal with the Marvel heroes divisions since Civil War, Avengers Vs X-Men, Time Runs Out (though Brian Bendis seems to have forgotten about that one in recent issues of Civil War II), the current Civil War II and Inhumans Vs X-Men to come?

Or could it instead be a little but more meta?

The line is from the gospels, Mark chapter 3.

If a kingdom is divided against itself, it cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, it cannot stand. And if Satan is divided and rises against himself, he cannot stand; his end has come.…

And famously quoted by Abraham Lincoln.

A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure, permanently, half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved — I do not expect the house to fall — but I do expect it will cease to be divided.

It has been noted that Marvel itself has been pretty much divided, with Kevin Feige and Alan Horn splitting off Marvel Films from the rest of Marvel – the comics, the TV, the games, the toys etc.

Even the new Marvel Films Studios logo seeks to emphasise the films over and above the comic books, the panels of which previously famously dominated the introductory animation.

As of Doctor Strange, the comic book creators no longer have input in the movies. However at the same time, the rest of Marvel seems to be moving closer to Fox Studios, which was more recently the enemy of the whole of Marvel, that saw the publisher forced to cancel the Fantastic Four comics, remove all licensing of Fantastic Four and X-Men-related products and reduce the X-Men prominence in Marvel's promotion of the comic books.

But now is it time for that relationship to be renewed? Certain staff members have recently moved from Marvel to Fox, Marvel is promoting the new Fox TV show Legion in a way they simply weren't allowed to for the Fantastic Four movie and X-Men Apocalypse.

The House Of Ideas divided against itself cannot stand. But maybe one part of it can lean on a fox for support…





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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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