If you followed our live blog coverage of Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel at C2E2, you may have noticed the promise of a certain reveal in the upcoming Legacy one-shot by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic that would “break the internet,” something missing from Marvel recently. In an official press release on their website after the panel, Marvel.com broke down the quotes thusly:
Alonso also promises “a last-page reveal that just might break the Internet” while editor Tom Brevoort assures of “the return of a central piece of the Marvel mythos that readers have been mourning in recent months.”
A “central piece of the Marvel mythos,” one which fans have been “mourning” recently. We can think of one thing that’s been missing from Marvel for a while which would certainly qualify as a “central piece of the Marvel mythos” – the first family of the Marvel Universe, The Fantastic Four!
Back in 2014, Marvel Chairman Ike Perlmutter ramped up his shadow war with rival entertainment corporation Fox with a series of moves apparently designed to diminish the stature of the Fantastic Four and X-Men in all areas under which Marvel controlled the rights. This has included cancelling Fantastic Four comics, reducing the prominence of the characters in Marvel’s comics, and disallowing any merchandise or licensed products featuring either group. Oh, and removing any sign of the Fantastic Four from Marvel’s office walls so he didn’t have to see it while walking through. As a replacement for the X-Men, Marvel has been trying really hard to make vaguely similar property The Inhumans happen, to varying degrees of success.
But with the ResurrXion X-Men relaunch, it seems as though Marvel is softening its stance on mutants. Could ol’ Ike have softened up on the Fantastic Four as well?! Or maybe he’s just too busy serving as an official advisor to President Donald Trump.
Either way, we may find out when Legacy #1 hits stores this fall, packed with 50 pages of content and a 4 page foldout cover from Marvel CCO Joe Quesada.
Read more details about how Legacy affects the rest of the Marvel Universe here.