So many panels, so many things to see, so many things to buy, and so many… things! Major Spoilers has traveled the tubes of the Intardwebz, and bring you a summary of Marvel’s Next Big Thing.

4:30-5:30 Marvel: Next Big Thing— The Marvel Universe is where the biggest comic stories happen-so wouldn’t you like to be the first to know what Marvel has planned? Get the latest news on Marvel’s plan for their biggest heroes and villains, with some surprises along the way! Editor Sana Amanat, editor-in-chief Axel Alonso, Marvel talent scout C. B. Cebulski, and others answer all your burning questions while giving you a sneak peek at the future of Marvel. Room 6DE

  • The new Gambit series will have its own beginning, middle, and end, which sounds like every issue will be a jumping on point
  • The marriage between Northstar and Kyle is just another step in the duo’s relationship
    • Northstar and Kyle will have a honeymoon special that arrives in October
  • Arune Singh believes Matt Fraction and David Aja’s Hawkeye will be the breakout book of the year
  • There wasn’t much said about Captain Marvel excpet the company believes that this will be the kind of comic boys and girls, men and women can enjoy, and that Marvel should have done this book a long time ago.
  • New Mutants will end with issue #50.
  • As we’ve already learned, First X-Men will explore Logan’s past, mutant we haven’t met before, and Wolverine’s relationship with Sabretooth.
  • Probably because of the cosmic nature of current and future Marvel movies, we can expect to see the cosmic heroes to have a much bigger profile in the coming months.
  • There is a Doctor Strange book on the way, but right now Marvel is trying to work out what Marvel magic is.
  • Cloak and Dagger will appear in upcoming issues of Amazing Spider-Man and Wolverine.

And with that, we wrap our look at Marvel’s Next Big Thing panel.



  1. Umbra
    July 13, 2012 at 1:55 pm — Reply

    Fraction is writing the Hawkeye series? I didn’t realize that, I’m intrigued now.

    Also I’m all for more Marvel Cosmic

  2. Taz
    July 13, 2012 at 2:57 pm — Reply

    “There is a Doctor Strange book on the way, but right now Marvel is trying to work out what Marvel magic is.”

    WTH??? Damn, people! It’s the Hoary Hosts of Hittogoth, the All-Seeing Eye of Aggamotto and lots of of other stuff that sounds like it came from a Harry Potter book but was acutally around years before the little booger put on those ugly John Lennon glasses.

    Way to think too hard about something and completely spoil it, guys.

    • Ian
      July 13, 2012 at 3:18 pm — Reply

      Who is the current sorceror supreme now that brother voodoo is apparently dead?

  3. KevinPBreen
    July 13, 2012 at 7:45 pm — Reply

    Marvel may be making a mistake going cosmic with its movies. The films up thru AVENGERS have captured the real people mood of the early Marvel comics (the ones with cosmic elements, like THOR and AVENGERS, kept those elements balanced with super heroes in the real world.) Non comicsfan audiences could relate to those. I think cosmic movies are wrong because (1) they distance the heroes from the real world and (2) they can easily become just another scifi movie, which we get enough of in other franchises. Time will tell, but if the cosmic Marvel movies fail it’ll probably be chalked up to “the public is tired of superheroes.”

    • Pidgeonman
      July 13, 2012 at 11:51 pm — Reply

      you might be onto something… I think the biggest obstacle to the cosmic stuff catching on would be that a lot of that stuff is, well, kinda silly. There’s a reason that the somewhat grounded characters like Iron Man, Captain America and Batman do better in theaters than stuff like Thor and Green Lantern. Imagine how Rocket Racoon looks to someone who’s never read a comic book before.

      • KevinPBreen
        July 14, 2012 at 2:43 am — Reply

        You’re right about GL; he was pretty much an earthbound hero who didn’t know about the Guardians for several issues and it was a few issues more before he met them. On Earth he’s a superhero, in cosmic terms he’s one of thousands of beings all with the same power. There’s another problem with cosmic (3) it usually requires a load of backstory. A GotG/Thanos movie series has to explain who they are, who he is, who Death is, Kree and Skrull empires, etc

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