Guesses about the IDW My Little Pony comic book series.
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There will be a story arc where the Mane Six encounter Bizarro World versions of themselvesThese mares will invariably hold the "Elements of Discord," and become recurring villains, much like a certain Green nemesis to a famous Blue Speedster. The jury is out on whether or not they will be full-on reversals of the Mane Six's personalities or simply more Evil Versions of their counterparts.
It will be set in an Alternate Continuity, be slightly Darker and Edgier and feature a Love Dodecahedron.Much like another series about colorful critters.
At some point, it'll be featured in the Infestation Event
It will have lots and lots of Continuity Porn
There will be a Transformers crossoverIDW loves doing crossovers, and they've become Hasbro go-to comic publisher for their franchises (they also do comics for G.I. Joe and Dungeons & Dragons).note Optimus Prime was suppose to get a cameo in the G1 movie, so it might be well overdue for an official crossover.
There will be a Star Trek crossover.IDW does Star Trek comics and a crossover (even a one-shot crossover) would be amazing. Especially if Discord/Q is involved.
There will be a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles IDW appearance.The Ninja Turtles have met Usagi Yojimbo in most incarnations, another group of funny animals won't raise any eyebrows.
It will crossover with all of the IDW properties. Simultaneously.So, there will finally be the Doctor Who and Star Trek crossover with bonus Transformers, Turtles, Ponies, G.I. Joe, Ghostbusters, and more. Even Godzilla. I think that covers all the crossovers...
There will be no crossovers!There,now we've covered all our bases.
Since IDW has the Doctor Who license, it will make Doctor Whooves canonAnd Doctor Whooves will have adventures simultaneously in the background as the Mane 6 have in the foreground. By reading the arc you can see the Doctor's adventures. And after a few arcs, when all hope seems lost, he will come in to help save the day.
At least one of the comics will be adapted to the television series.Much like The Batman Adventures was with Batman: The Animated Series.
There will be multiple Mythology Gag's to the comicsMostly the British G1 comics and the books but probably others do.
We will see more Lawyer Friendly Cameos soonPossible candidates include Surprise, Toola-Roola, Starsong, Minty, various G4 toys and maybe others as well.
A future arc will feature Discord in some capacity.The first two arcs each revisit a villain from a two-part episode of the show, and Discord was also introduced in a two-parter. He's certainly popular enough to warrant inclusion, and could reasonably enable any number of plotlines. Plus, the comic schedule wouldn't have to work around John de Lancie's availability. Bonus points if there's a scratch-and-sniff variant cover that smells like chocolate milk.
A future arc will feature King Sombra or his hornGiving us the opportunity to actually get to know his character and backstory as an Author's Saving Throw for the complaints about him being too much of a Generic Doomsday Villain.
King Sombra will be involved in a flashback episode, a time travel one, or via something similar to a Holodeck MalfunctionKing Sombra is pretty much dead. However, he has potential. Perhaps either showcasing Sombra's rise to power until the Princesses cast him down, or accidentally sending themselves back through time to face him directly, or Luna lets them relive the events by dreamscape, but something screwing up causes them to relive the memories directly.
Pony!Flash Sentry will appearAnd he will develop his intimate relationship with Twilight during her occasional stays in the Crystal Palace. It eventually culminates in a wedding, albeit one which takes place after the entire main show.
The Power Ponies will get their own Micro.Perhaps their Origins Episode.
Return of Queen Chrysalis (#1-4)
There will be an exploration into the Changeling's kingdom, society and cultureAs it is official that the Mane Six are going into 'Chrysalis Kingdom', this could allow for some serious world building. The Changeling's kingdom, society and culture could draw from real life culture, such as Tsarist Russia or Imperial Japan or other oriental cultures, such as how much of Equestrian culture is drawn from North American and Western European culture.
It will elaborate on the Backstory of the PrincessesBecause the showrunners are unwilling to do so, despite the potential for something epic. A comic book will allow more freedom with storytelling, especially since Executive Meddling dictates minimal-to-no Story Arcs in the show.
The 'friends' the Main 6 have to save from the Changelings...Are the Cutie Mark Crusaders. Preview pages show Sweetie Bell and Applebloom running off with Mind-Control Eyes, with AJ and Rarity looking worried. But of course, that's just what Chrysalis wants: she's going after Storge love this time. So they face a Sadistic Choice: leave their siblings at the mercy of the Changelings, or go into Big Sister Instinct mode and make them even stronger.
Pinkie Pie will theorize that their friends are zombies.One of the non-colored pages◊ recently exhibited shows the Mane Six holed up somplace, and Twilight looking very unsure as to what's going to happen. Pinkie then raises her hoof and pretends to be a zombie, demonstrating what she thinks happened to the ponies outside. Most telling is the motion in the panel on the lower left; she grins maniacally and drags her hoof across her throat in a motion that suggests what we all know is the best way to dealing with a zombie...
Spike will encounter the ChangelingsHilarity Ensues.
Rainbow Dash has been replaced by a ChangelingShe wasn't listening to Twilight, hardly remembers the details of the wedding. Changeling Dash is a deep cover agent who's been tasked by Queen Chrysalis to personally guide the rest of the Mane Six to the Changeling Kingdom.
True to Pinkie's prediction at the end of Issue 1, the Mane Six will encounter monkey ninjas on the way to the Changeling Kingdom.Because that would be hilarious.
The Luvcats (AKA The Adorable Citizens of Wuvy-Dovey Smoochy Land) will never be rescued.From the preview of issue #3, it appears that the comic created an entire sentient race that Tastes Like Diabetes just so the Changelings could feed on them. I predict that the Mane 6 will not even learn of their existence, for cruelty value.
The Adorable Citizens of Wuvy-Dovey Smoochy Land will enter into a symbiotic relationship with some of the changelings.After the manes deal with Chrysalis, some of the remaining changelings will agree to protect the citizens in return for being fed love on a regular basis. The Wuvy-Dovey Landers seem to have love to spare, and were still affectionate even after the changelings started draining them, and they could use the protection, from other changelings if no one else.
The Adorable Citizens of Wuvy-Dovey Smoochy Land are going to spring a Superweapon Surprise.Namely, of the Bigger Brothers variety. Their allies are going to wonder why they lost contact with them and send scouts to find out. When it's revealed that the changelings are the ones responsible, there's going to be a massive invasion. And it's going to happen right after Chrysalis is defeated. Chrysalis: Ugh, how can this day get any worse? *Cue invasion*
The mane six will defeat Chrysalis by overloading herHer endgame is to steal Twilight's magic and let her drones feed off the mane six's friendship with each other and the Changelings feed on love. The Mane Six's bond with one another will be too much for them to handle.
Queen Chrysalis will actually die.The comic is Darker and Edgier, and Chyrsalis has been set up as much darker and more vile than the show. It'd make sense we'd see a villain die.
The giant cockatrices somehow lost their petrifying gaze when the Secretariat Comet passed.Power at a Price, maybe?
The Changelings captured in Ponyville are still in Equestria.In prison, or a dungeon. We don't know what happened to them after the Mane Six left, but since reutrning them to the Changeling Kingdom is a very dangerous (and very stupid) idea, this seems their most likely fate. A future issue may have give them Brick Joke / Continuity Nod, most likely involving their attempted escape.
Nightmares Arc (#5-8)
The new Nightmare Moon is...The Synopsis for Issue #6 says "Someone new, someone close to our heroes" has taken on the mantle of Nightmare Moon for the second Story Arc. Let the speculation begin!
Somepony stole some of Princess Luna's magic.Thus becoming the new Nightmare Moon. This would also explain why Princess Luna has her season 1 design on one of the covers, and in the actual comic.
There are, in fact, bananas on the moon.Some of the covers suggest a complex wildlife existing up there.
The new Nightmare Moon was the result of someone having Green-Eyed Monster tendencies towards the Mane Six
Nightmare Rarity will give Spike a brutal Breaking Lecture when he tries to save her.
Luna's Lie...Princess Luna apparently lied to the Mane 6 about something. But what?
The Nightmare Forces choice of host will be their undoing.
Someone else will need to fill in for Rarity as the Element of GenerosityRarity is the new Big Bad, but its likely the Elements will be needed to purify her like last time. So someone will need to act as the Element of Generosity.
Sweetie Belle will save the day
Three Lunas and a moon.The comic will explain Luna's different appearances as such: She was Nightmare Moon while under the power of the Nightmare Forces and their lead spirit. She is "Woona" when under the sole influence of good dreams. Her third "midway" form is akin to a Split Personality Merge with the Nightmare. Something Luna has been lying about upset the balance once again, but the arc will end with a message about accepting bad dreams.
Twilight and the rest of the Mane 6 will escape imprisonment with the help of Fluttershy's new friend.After the rest of the Mane 6 are captured and imprisoned by the Nightmare Forces, Fluttershy befriends some sort of Nightmare creature. Knowing Fluttershy's talent with animals, and that the comic wouldn't just introduce this setup for no reason, Fluttershy's Nightmare friend will play a key role in helping the rest of the Mane 6 escape, allowing them the chance to confront Nightmare Rarity and help rescue her
Whatever secret Luna or Rarity will have will save Rarity.If Rarity has the Dark Secret, it will turn out not to be so dark after all. And her friends acceptance of that secret will restore. If Luna was the one with the Dark Secret, well I don't know.
The Denizens of the moon weren't possessed, they were corrupted and Nightmare Moon was Luna's fault.The Moon's citizens felt snubbed by their lack of a true kingdom, and likely other events, and their jealousy caused them to become corrupted. When Luna had her issues, she went to them so they could draw out her inner hate and jealousy like they had to themselves, in exchange for making them a nation, in order to become more powerful than Celestia. After Nightmare Moon was defeated by the Elements, due to being the corruption of an alicorn, it survived even without Luna. The corrupted moon citizens had to find another host and one whose deepest issues were as close in theme to Luna's as to make a successful pairing. As such whilst picking up some of the host's traits a fair part of it still remains, in body and mind, Luna's inner corruption given form.
Zen and the Art of Gazebo (#9-10)
Sweetcream Scoops will play a role in this arcAndy Price seems to be fond of her, she appeared in Issue #1 and the Rarity spotlight looking at Big Mac, and now she's on the cover◊ for Issue #9.
Big MacIntosh's thought bubbles will contrast with his speech bubbles.Alright. It is fair to assume this does not require further explanation. A short comment should however be added for aesthetic purpose. Eeeyup!
Derpy's uniform on issue #9 cover A will become a recurring aspect of the character in the comics.Because it looks really good on her.
The whole arc will be a Lower Deck Episode and give a canon(ish) personality to many background ponies.Issue #10's cover A◊ says it all. Unless it is just for the homage.
It will partly take place during the nightmares arc.Similar to how Just For Sidekicks and Games Ponies Play were simultaneous episodes.
The "End of Flutter Valley" talk will continue in the second issue.In the first issue, Rarity, Pinkie, and Rainbow are seen in the background talking about events that reference a G1 episode. The second issue will have Twilight, Fluttershy, and Applejack finish the tale.
The For Want of a Nail Trope will actually play outWhile the trope has been played with (the brand name of the nail box, and the reason Big Mac is going to the store), his presence at the fair has set some events in motion, notably the CMC's firework problem. This may involve several Brick Joke and not-so-obvious Chekhov Gun s that will reveal themselves in issue #10 as part of a larger "threat" that if Big Mac had had nails to start, wouldn't have started anything.
The "Mutant Apes" Big Macintosh saved Equestria from were actually humans.Just because of 'Rule of Funny'.
Equestrian Stallions actually have Barbie Doll AnatomyOne of the carnival attractions involves "Guess your age or sex" (emphasis added). Why would that need guesswork unless there was nothing to see?
Bookworm Arc (#15-16)
The arc was rewritten at the last minute.
The world the Mane 6 will visit...Since they're visiting another world according to the summary, there're many ideas:
The Observer Pony will have a key roleWhile he's only been a background element of any of the Cook/Price stories as a shout out to Fringe, this 5th arc, dealing with alternative universes, screams for more nods to the TV series as it even seems like a plot from Fringe. The Observer's placement in the Price variant cover for Issue #18 hints more that he will actually have a role in this story.
Sombra is responsible for the Mirror Universe.OK, so the arc apparently involve a "reversed good and evil"-style Alternate Universe. My best guess? Sombra. Basically, the Mirror Universe is part of an alternate timeline where Sombra managed to win during the "Crystal Empire" two-parter and regain his power. According to Celestia, the morality of the Empire's ruler has an effect on the rest of Equestria. Sombra's control corrupted the empire and caused everyone to flip moralities. This led to things like evil ponies and good changelings. This is why Mirror!Twilight is still a unicorn: she wasn't able to pass the test that proved she was princess material.
So Celestia clearly has a thing for some guy on the other side...Two guesses on this:
The Alt-Mane Six will have their own Elements of Harmony.
Mirror Twilight is The StarscreamIn a later issue, the Mirror Mane Six will travel to the main universe and attack Celestia and Luna under the orders of their princesses. When Celestia reveals that eliminating her and Luna will destroy their Princesses as well, Mirror Twilight tells her she had feigned loyalty to Mirror Celestia for years so she could find a way to rule all of Mirror Equestria herself and now has the means to be able to take out four Princesses with one stone.
Celestia's idea of "saving" her alt universe self from being evil includes hooking her up with alt!Sombra.In an I Want My Beloved to Be Happy scenario, since her going back and forth through the mirror so much has somehow caused a bunch of the problems in the first place.
Celestia caused problems in the other world by breaking up alt!Sombra with her alternate self.The other Celestia had some sort of relationship/crush thing with her world's Sombra, but when our Celestia started visiting alt!Sombra fell in love with her instead, causing the other Celestia to turn into an evil tyrant. That's why our Celestia feels so guilty about what's happening in the other world; if she hadn't taken alt!Sombra's affections away from her alt self, alt!Celestia might have not become evil.
The new Ponymania line of toys where the ponies are all goth-ified is the alternate universe's version of Rainbow Power.Because that is probably the only way I will be okay with this◊.
The good guys will lose.
Sunset Shimmer was possessed by the Mirage Essence.In The Fall of Sunset Shimmer, the eponymous looks into the magic mirror and sees herself as an alicorn, right before getting the first sinister glance of her human self. Celestia dismisses the whole incident as a trick of the light, but her student soon becomes obsessed with the mirror.
This is because Sunset Shimmer has fallen prey to the Mirage Essence, the radiant but no less evil counterpart to the Nightmare Energy. Instead of inner fears, this one takes advantage of a pony's delusions of grandeur. It would later take full control of Sunset's body, thanks to a confused element of harmony, only to be exorcised by the true magic of friendship.
For the record, I really hate everything I just wrote, but I think it is dumb enough to be true.