And that whatever he was doing, would be announced at Marvel: The Next Big Thing panel on Saturday March 23rd at Chicago's C2E2.
They seem to point to two directions. The evolution and 2001 aspect may point towards a revival of Jack Kirby's Eternals series, ahead of a planned Marvel Studios movie.
And the other direction is towards the X-Men, with an aim to reviving what was once Marvel's premier property until internecine rivalry saw Marvel stop promoting the comic or the license, over issues with Fox Studios.
The X-Men rumour has been very popular. And this week, I have had a number of people confirm it for me. With some well=placed people wondering why I haven't confirmed it yet when everyone and their partner knows. But do they?
I'm not saying that Jonathan Hickman won't be writing mutant-based comics. But I understand that won't be writing X-Men. Or Uncanny X-Men. Or any title with X-Men in the title. Or with a separate X, pronounced 'ex', part of Marvel's mutant branding.
I understand the title may have an x in it. But not pronounced like that, or separated as is traditional with Marvel's mutant titles.
Maybe it's a way to tie Eternals and mutants together? They do have shared genetic history… or maybe it's something else entirely?
We'll find out how right – or how wrong – I am on Saturday.
And whatever it is called, it won't stop us calling it HIX-Men if we really want to…
Fixed it. pic.twitter.com/yiS8sDJktn
— Jonathan Hickman (@JHickman) March 20, 2019