Could Secret Wars Be All About Mister Fantastic And The Infinity Gauntlet?

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Dale Keown's cover from New Avengers #3 by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting covers the Secret Wars Prelude from Marvel in May, collecting New Avengers (2013) 1-3, Secret Wars (1984) 10-12, Fantastic Four 611, Ultimate Comics Spider -Man (2011) 1, Ultimate Comics Ultimates 4.

Follow the path to 2015's event to end all events, Secret Wars -an epic more than 30 years in the making! From the senses-staggering climax of 1984's original Secret Wars saga, to the origin of Miles Morales, the new Ultimate Spider-Man, it's all been leading up to this. And Marvel's master planner, Jonathan Hickman, has long been planting seeds for the story only he could write. The Ultimates face an enemy more powerful than the gods -and Reed Richards is its leader! Doctor Doom faces threats from a universe he created! And the Illuminati reunite to face the reality-destroying threat of the Incursions! War is coming -be ready!

Might be worth diving into those issues to see what we can see….

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New Avengers began the Incursion plotline which has informed the plotline since, with multi-dimensional Earths smashing into each other, destroying both universe unless one Earth is destroyed. Those three issues saw the Black Swan come to Earth, the New Avengers to recruit the Beast to the Illuminati, try and reform the Infinity Gauntlet to repel the second incursion and end up wiping the memory of Captain America to prevent him from stopping them what needed to be done. It really is rather good. Especially the decisions that have to be made by Reed Richards…

New Avengers #3 (2013) - Page 12

When time runs out… there's Jonathan Hickman's final issue of Fantastic Four … oh yes, the multidimensional Reed Richardses – and the Infinite Gauntlet…

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And Ultimate Comics Ultimates #4.

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With an evil multidimensional Reed Richards. Remember, we did see two Mister Fantastics on the cover of Secret Wars #1.

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And Miles Morales too. From Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1.

Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #1 (2011) - Page 16

Looks like Miles Morales will be rather important too.

Oh look, Marvel are putting out an Ultimate Collection of Miles Morales in August…

Other Amazon clues as to what may be coming for Secret Wars, possibly areas of Battleworld include listings for Weirdworld and Iron Fist: The Return of K'un Lun.

And the Avengers Time Runs Out volumes here and here also seem to lead the way as well.

For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it has all been building to this. After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe…and the day of the Final Incursion! After the revelation of the Illuminati's desperate, world-destroying actions, the Avengers are fragmented! What has become of Earth's Mightiest Heroes over the past eight months? What will happen when the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal clash? And have all the battles they've endured, and the sacrifices they've made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out for everybody? The third act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman's legendary run is here!

For Earth's Mightiest Heroes and the Illuminati, it all ends here! After two years of carefully crafting his cataclysmic saga, writer Jonathan Hickman jumps ahead eight months to the grand finale, the honest-to-goodness immediate future of the Marvel Universe…and the day of the Final Incursion! The Illuminati's desperate, world-destroying actions have fragmented the Avengers, turning lifelong friends into sworn foes! But as the final incursion looms, will the Avengers, Illuminati and Cabal band together to save what they can, or destroy one another? And have all the battles they've endured, and the sacrifices they've made, prepared either group for the inevitable moment where time runs out…and the Secret Wars begin? The final act of the astonishing climax to Jonathan Hickman's legendary run is here!

2015 is here people! Well, just about…

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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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