Marvel Comics has lots of big stories coming up in the next few months, which were featured in the Comic-Con@Home panel Marvel Comics: Next Big Thing. Moderated by Marvel editor in chief C.B. Cebulski, the panel gave a preview of upcoming stories and titles, including Empyre, the X-Men crossover X of Swords, Amazing Spider-Man #850, and Werewolf by Night.
Creators Tom Brevoort, Al Ewing, and Dan Slott kicked things off by talking about Empyre. They described the book as a war of the worlds in which the Kree and the Skrulls have united after millennia of fighting and are facing the Cotati in a massive battle.
The Kree and the Skrulls are being led by one ruler, Hulkling, the Young Avenger. But the book questions if he is just a figure head for the powers in charge or is he something more.
They previewed The Immortal She-Hulk, which will be an epilogue to Empyre that’ll be a bridge between Immortal Hulk and The Avengers, and how those experiences are shaping Jen Walters.
The new Elder of the Universe, The Profiteer, was mentioned and how she has been supplying weapons to the Kree and the Skrulls, which will have an effect on Empyre.
Fantastic Four’s Empyre: The Fallout story will have major ramifications for the Fantastic Four, the Marvel Cosmos, and all of the Marvel Universe.
Switching to the X-Men crossover, X of Swords, Jordan White, Tini Howard, and Gerry Duggan discussed how the huge event takes place in every X-Men book. It comes out of the Dawn of X status quo with Krakoa, featuring aspects of magic, what it means to belong, what it means to be a warrior, and mutant culture.
They talked about collaborating with fellow writers on so many titles and their process of writing as team. They gave some background on the name of the crossover and its significance, and teased Storm’s importance in Marauders.
Next up, Nick Lowe, Nick Spencer, and Mark Bagley chatted about the milestone Amazing Spider-Man #850 and its return to legacy numbering. First, they provided some backstory on what is happening now, including that Peter Parker is in college and the Lizard is one of his professors.
Much of the discussion was on the series villains, such as the new villain Kindred and the return of the Sin Eater in the “Sins Rising” storyline. The big reveal was that Spider-Man’s biggest villain, the Green Goblin, returns #850. The panel wrapped up with Bagley talking about returning to the title.
The final portion of the panel focused on the new Werewolf by Night series, which is co-written by Ben Jackendoff and Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas. They’re bringing Red Wolf into the series. The villain is one that epitomizes technology and uses cybernetics, fashioned as an opposite to Jake and his basis in natural elements. They also touched on their appreciation for the horror genre and what they wanted to include in the book.
The full Comic-Con@Home panel can be viewed below.