Right now, Marvel Comics is in the midst of launching its Secret Empire event, but thanks to teaser images released a couple of months ago, we already have an eye on what's next: an event called Generations. The teasers for the book, which showed various legacy and original heroes of the Marvel universe, suggested some kind of tale about the lineage of these characters, and it appears that's what we're getting.
The publisher announced today that Generations is a 10-issue maxi-series event featuring 10 different team-ups between original Marvel heroes and their legacy counterparts. That means we're getting Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson, Logan and Laura Kinney, Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan, Thor and Jane Foster, and more. Plus, each issues will have a different writer-artist pairing, to add to the scope. While we still don't know much about the actual plot that will bring about these pairings, Marvel is billing Generations as something very big, so big that it will herald the future of the publisher and its heroes.
“Marvel’s greatest icons return to the page this August, paired with the next generation of the Marvel Universe,” Marvel EIC Axel Alonso said. “However, do all our heroes emerge from Generations as they entered, or become something greater? If you want to know where Marvel is headed in the future, you don’t want to miss Generations.”
Now, we've all read event comics that promised to change everything, and come away from those comics finding things changed only a little, but Marvel is not promising some kind of overhaul here. What they are promising is a peek at the future, and while that billing runs the risk of making Generations sound like a bridge more than an event in its own right, it also hints at something big for the legacy characters. Will they step out of the shadows of their predecessors? Will even more legacy heroes emerge? Again, details are frustratingly vague, but Marvel seems very interested in how the lineage of its heroes is perceived with this event.
Oh, and those different creative teams for each issue? Well, Marvel hasn't revealed everyone yet, but here's who's working on Generations so far:
- Generations: The Best starring Wolverine and All-New Wolverine
Written by Tom Taylor
Art by Ramon Rosanas
- Generations: The Americas starring Steve Rogers: Captain America and Sam Wilson: Captain America
Written by Nick Spencer
Art by Paul Renaud
- Generations: The Bravest starring Captain Mar-Vell and Captain Marvel
Written by Margie Stohl
Art by Brent Schoonover
- Generations: The Thunder starring The Mighty Thor and The Unworthy Thor
Written by Jason Aaron
Art by Mahmud Asrar
- Generations: The Strongest starring Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho, the Totally Awesome Hulk
Written by Greg Pak
- Generations: The Archers starring Hawkeyes, Clint Barton and Kate Bishop
Written by Kelly Thompson
- Generations: The Iron starring Iron Man and Ironheart
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Marco Rudy
- Generations: The Marvels starring Captain Marvel and Ms. Marvel
Written by G. Willow Wilson
- Generations: The Spiders starring Peter Parker: Spider-Man and Miles Morales: Spider-Man
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Ramon Perez
- Generations: The Phoenix starring The Phoenix and Jean Grey
Written by Cullen Bunn
That's quite a lineup, and I'm not just talking about the creators. At the moment, Bruce Banner is dead, and Captain America is evil, plus we have no idea whether "The Phoenix" refers to the Phoenix Force or a character imbued with it. There are still a lot of questions we need answers to here, but it's clear that Marvel is aiming high for this book.
Generations arrives in August. Check out some preview art in the gallery below and let us know what you think: