Marvel Legacy is a back-to-basics approach for Marvel Comics, honoring what came before while pushing forward into stories featuring yesterday's, today's, and tomorrow's heroes. The line-wide branding era, like "Marvel NOW" and "All-New" before it, will see the entire lineup of Marvel Comics start new stories over the course of the next few months, all kicking off with Marvel Legacy #1, a special one-shot that "spans the entirety of the Marvel Universe," Marvel's SVP of publishing, Tom Brevoort, says in a new video trailer for both the one-shot and the event.
"We start at the dawn of time," he teases below, over new artwork of the Avengers of 1 million B.C. that were introduced through teaser images in July. "Marvel Legacy [#1] is a sweeping, all-encompassing epic that sets up and keys off mysteries, secrets, surprises, and storylines. It's your one must-buy comic."
After that issue hits stores on Sept. 27, 2017, the story moves out into the rest of the Marvel Comics lineup. "There's stuff that happens in this one-shot that people will still be talking about years from now," Brevoort promises.
As for Legacy publishing and branding, Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso explains it will "usher in the return of some of your favorite classic characters, but not at the expense of the newer characters that we've recently fallen in love with." He uses the example of the two Spider-Mans currently running around, Miles Morales and Peter Parker, with the intriguing tease that there's room for both, although their paths may diverge - is a new identity on the way for Miles?
Legacy will also see several books like Thor and Captain America go to a classic high issue number, based on every issue of their solo series that has been published, all tallied up together.
Perhaps most intriguing, though, is that Brevoort saved one big tease for the very end of the trailer.
"You'll see old faces that you haven't seen for awhile, you'll see callbacks to classic tales from the past," he says. "Marvel Legacy also features the surprising, unexpected return of a big Marvel icon that will make it a must-read for all Marvel readers."
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Who could that be? Well, the mind instantly wanders to the Fantastic Four -- after all, it would be a shame, in Kirby's 100th anniversary year, to publish a comic called "Marvel Legacy" and not have the characters he created with Stan Lee that started the entire Marvel Age in it. However, he also said "Icon" -- singular. With the Phoenix's involvement in the 1,000,000 B.C. story, we could see the proper return of an adult Jean Grey. Professor Xavier is another possibility, since it was recently revealed that his consciousness is still alive, trapped in the Astral Plane. Other than them and the recently deceased Bruce Banner, "icon" status would fall more likely to long-off-the-stage characters and not necessarily dead ones. That would include the Fantastic Four and a handful of major villains.
We'll find out at the end of the month! For now, who do you think is the returning "icon"? Let us know in the comments.