Before the Secret Wars event, Marvel creators seem to have been told to use the 616 signifier for the Marvel Universe as much as they wanted, because after Secret Wars it was all going away. And it did. Mostly. As Marvel executive Tom Brevoort was happy to underline.
Well, that was two years ago. And there have been a couple of slip-ups since. But with CB Cebulski as the new Editor-In-Chief, something seems to have moved in the firmaments.
That’s no slip-up. By now that has to be official Marvel Comics policy.
This designation was meant to have been done away with in Secret Wars, as part of a company-wide edict with Joe Quesada and Tom Brevoort both speaking out against its use.
Created by David Thorpe for Captain Britain as a way to refer to Marvel universe continuity as self-deprecatorily further down the line from DC Comics’ Earth 1 and Earth 2, taken on by Alan Moore and Alan Davis, picked up and popularised by Chris Claremont and then weaponised by Jonathan Hickman and Dan Slott in Spider-Verse and Time Runs Out… it looks like you can’t keep a 616 down.
SPIDER-GEDDON #1 (OF 5)
(W) Christos Gage, Dan Slott (A/CA) Jorge Molina
REVENGE OF THE SPIDER-VERSE!
Back in 2014, SPIDER-VERSE brought every Spider-Man ever together. This event spinning out of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 has Christos Gage and Dan Slott teaming up to destroy them all. The Inheritors have somehow gotten out of their radioactive prison planet and made their way to the Marvel Universe. It’s going to take a whole Spider-Army to keep them from TAKING IT ALL! Starring Spider-Man, Doctor Octopus, Spider-Gwen, Miles Morales, Spider-Woman, the Spider-Man from the anticipated video game and, well, every Spider-Man and Spider-Woman ever, including some brand-new ones! With Jorge Molina on art, the END OF ALL SPIDERS never looked so good! Rated T+ In Shops: Oct 10, 2018 SRP: $3.99