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Marvel: A Fresh Start is the 2018 relaunch of Marvel Comics, succeeding Marvel Legacy.

The first Marvel relaunch spearheaded by editor-in-chief C.B. Cebulski since he took over the position in 2017, Fresh Start sees various changes to many of its titles following the departure of former EiC Axel Alonso, and longtime exclusive writer Brian Michael Bendis.

     General Developments 
  • A return to many status quos that were shaken up since as early as Original Sin (Odinson back to being Thor, She-Hulk restored her classic green look, the return of Bruce Banner as the Hulk, etc.)
  • Creators leaving titles after long runs (Dan Slott leaving Amazing Spider-Man after a decade, Gerry Duggan leaving Deadpool after six years, et. al.)
  • Dual numbering — comics will retain their legacy numbering, displayed alongside their current numbers
  • An increase in Marvel Digital Originals, using books that had high digital sales like Jessica Jones

     Marvel: A Fresh Start 

Marvel: A Fresh Start (May 2018 — TBD)

The following titles will launch or continue during this phase. Bolded titles are ongoing.

The Avengers

  • Avengers — A brand new team of Avengersnote  assemble to battle the Celestials and the Final Host! Written by Jason Aaron & drawn by Ed McGuinness.
  • Black Panther — T'Challa discovers that Wakanda is larger than he thought as he discovers the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda! Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates & drawn by Daniel Acuña
  • Captain America — Who are the Power Elite? And how do they intend to co-opt the symbol that is Captain America? Written by Ta-Nehisi Coates with art by Leinil Yu with covers by Alex Ross.
  • Captain Marvel — Carol leaves Alpha Flight behind and returns to New York. Written by Kelly Thompson and and art by Carmen Carnero.
  • Doctor Strange — Stephen Strange goes into space. Written by Mark Waid and illustrated by Jesus Saiz.
  • Tony Stark: Iron Man — Tony Stark is Iron Man. The future is now. Written by Dan Slott & drawn by Valerio Schiti.
  • Thor — After the events of The Mighty Thor, Thor Odinson is once again deemed worthy. Now, he dives into the War of Realms in search of lost Asgardian artifacts in a race with the Juggernaut. Written by Jason Aaron & drawn by Mike del Mundo.
  • West Coast Avengers — the West Coast branch is reopened after nearly 20 years with a new teamnote  to protect the West Coast. Written by Kelly Thompson & drawn by Stefano Caselli
  • Savage AvengersConan the Barbarian is thrown into the 616 universe and must ally with an unsanctioned team of Avengersnote  to stop an inter-dimensional trading scheme of spells. Written by Gerry Duggan with art by Mike Deodato.

Hulks

  • The Immortal Hulk — Spinning out of Avengers: No Surrender, the revived Bruce Banner wanders the globe, dealing with a further mutated Hulk that now can never die. Written by Al Ewing with interiors by Joe Bennett and covers by Alex Ross.
  • Weapon H — In order to fight the Monsters who want to cross Roxxon's Magical Portal, you bring one to fight them. Written by Greg Pak with art by Guiu Vilanova.

Spider-Verse

  • Amazing Spider-Man — Peter goes back to basics, juggling his personal life with his heroic life at the time of an alien invasion. Written by Nick Spencer with art by Ryan Ottley.
  • Venom — When a primordial evil stirs due to S.H.I.E.L.D.'s dissolution, will Eddie Brock and the symbiote be forced to abandon their morals to stop it? Written by Donny Cates and drawn by Ryan Stegman.
  • Spider-Gwen: Ghost Spider — Gwen Stacy makes a fresh start, as the Ghost Spider. Written by Seanan McGuire with art by Rosi Kämpe.
  • Superior Spider-Man — After a short stint as the Superior Octopus, Otto Octavius returns to his other Superior mantle. Written by Christos Cage with art by Mike Hawthorne.
  • Miles Morales: Spider Man — Miles swings into a new ongoing! Written by Saladin Ahmed with art by Javier Garrón.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Spider Man — Written by Tom Taylor and illustrated by Juan Cabal.
  • Black Cat — The cat burglar gets into some high-strung heist drama! Written by Jed Mackay and drawn by Travel Foreman.

X-Men

  • Astonishing X-Men — Havok leads a new team of X-Mennote  against the Reavers! But can the team trust Havok? Written by Matthew Rosenberg & drawn by Greg Land. Continuing with #13.
  • Deadpool — Deadpool returns to his "Merc with a Mouth" days just in time to be the only thing to save the Earth from an alien threat. We're boned. Written by Skottie Young & drawn by Nic Klein
  • Domino — Written by Gail Simone & drawn by David Baldeón.
  • X-Men: RedJean Grey is back and she is now in command of her own teamnote  of X-Men. Written by Tom Taylor & drawn by Mahmud Asrar. Began under Marvel Legacy.
  • X-23 — Leaving the Wolverine name behind, Laura seeks out her own identity. Written by Mariko Tamaki & art by Juan Cabal and Nolan Woodward. Replacing All-New Wolverine.
  • Mr. and Mrs. X — After the hyped up X-Wedding, the newlyweds head off to space for their honeymoon... and wacky adventures. Hope you survive the experience, Gambit and Rogue! Written by Kelly Thompson with art by Oscar Bazaldua.
  • X-Force (2018) — In the aftermath of Extermination and Cable's death, the surviving members of the original X-Force teamnote  reassemble to hunt down his killer, Kid Cable. And what does Deathlok have to do with this? Written by Ed Brisson with art by Dylan Burnett.
  • Uncanny X-Men — No one survives the experience in Uncanny X-Men... DISASSEMBLED! A 10-part weekly storyline. Written by Matthew Rosenberg, Ed Brisson, and Kelly Thompson. Drawn by Mahmud Asrar, RB Silva, Yildiray Cinar, and Pere Perez. Covers by Leinil Yu.
  • X-Men — Famed Avengers writer Jonathan Hickman makes his grand return to Marvel Comics with X-Men, starting with the events House of X and Powers of X, set to redefine the mutant side of the Marvel Universe.

Defenders (all books are Marvel Digital Originals)

  • Jessica Jones — Jessica finds her blind spot. Written by Kelly Thompson, with art by Mattia de Lulis.
  • Daughters of the Dragon — Misty balances her work with the Aberrant Crimes Division of the FBI with her friendship with Colleen Wing. Written by Jed MacKay with art by Travel Foreman.
  • Luke Cage — Luke deals with a heat wave in Harlem and someone killing the 1%. Written by Anthony Del Col, with art by Jahnoy Lindsay.
  • Iron Fist — Danny deals with a paranormal problem in "Phantom Limb." Written by Clay McLeod Chapman, with art by Guillermo Sanna.
  • Cloak & Dagger — A mysterious threat from their past forces Cloak and Dagger to reunite after drifting apart. Written by Dennis Thompson, with art by David Messina.

Solo (Other)

  • Black Widow — Natasha travels to Madripoor for some unfinished business. Written by Jen and Sylvia Soska with art by Flaviano.
  • Daredevil — Know Fear. Written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Marco Checchetto.
  • Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur — Moon Girl vs. Princess Fisk! Written by Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos.
  • Moon Knight — Moon Knight hits 200 issues! Written by Max Bemis with art by Jacen Burrows.
  • Loki — Written by Daniel Kibblesmith with art by Oscar Bazaldua.
  • Shuri — The smartest mind in Wakanda must lead the nation after their king goes missing. Written by Nnedi Okorafor with illustrated by Leonardo Romero.
  • The Punisher — Frank is back on the streets after his stint as War Machine and he’s got his sights set on bigger targets. Written by Matthew Rosenberg and drawn by Riccardo Burchielli.
  • Valkyrie — Brunnhilde and the Valkyrior are no more... so Jane Foster takes over as the all-new all-different Valkyrie! Written by Jason Aaron and Al Ewing and art by CAFU..

Champions

  • Champions — Welcome to the Champions, Ironheart, Unstoppable Wasp, and Snowguard! Written by Jim Zub & drawn by Sean Izaakse; numbering continues at #19. A new volume launched after issue 27, with Zub continuing on.
  • Ms. Marvel — Kamala celebrates 50 issues... in issue 31. Written by G Willow Wilson.
  • Unstoppable Wasp — Nadia Van Dyne and the Agents of G.I.R.L. return in an all new series. Written by Jeremy Whitley and illustrated by Gurihiru.
  • Riri Williams: Ironheart — Riri Williams returns in her new ongoing solo. Written by Eve L. Ewing and illustrated by Kevin Libranda.
  • Magnificent Ms. Marvel — Kamala embarks on a new chapter of her life, with a new creative team in 2019. Written by Saladin Ahmed and drawn by Minkyu Jung.
  • Marvel Team Up — Kamala Khan stars in a new volume of the classic series. Her first co-star is the star of the original run, Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man! Written by Eve L. Ewing.

Teams (Other)

  • Runaways — Written by Rainbow Rowell & drawn by Kris Anka.
  • ExilesBlink, Iron Lad, Khan (a middle aged Ms. Marvel), Wolvie and Valkyrie are recruited by Nick Fury, to travel the multiverse. Written by Saladin Ahmed and drawn by Javier Rodriguez.
  • Fantastic Four — The Richards Family return to the Marvel Universe! Written by Dan Slott with art by Sara Pichelli.
  • The Invaders — Cap, Bucky, and Jim Hammond reunite and face Namor as the Sub-Mariner tries to unleash a new deadly threat. Written by Chip Zdarsky with art by Carlos Magno.
  • Marvel 2-In-One — The Thing continues to team up with other heroes. Written by Chip Zdarsky.
  • Asgardians of the Galaxy — Spinning out of the events of Infinity Wars, a new teamnote  emerges to replace the disbanded Guardians of the Galaxy. Written by Cullen Bunn and drawn by Matteo Lolli.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy — Who are the Guardians? Written by Donny Cates and drawn by Geoff Shaw.
  • Marvel Rising — Ms. Marvel, Inferno, Squirrel Girl, and America Chavez are joined by Quake and Spider-Man (Miles Morales). Written by Nilah Magruder and drawn by Roberto Di Salvo.
  • Future Foundation — Under the leadership of Alex and Julie Power, with some help from Yondu Udonta, the Future Foundation will undergo their most dangerous mission yet — a prison break! Written by Jeremy Whitley and drawn by Will Robson.

Limited Series

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp — When Scott Lang gets lost in the Microverse, Nadia Van Dyne goes after him. Just that he won't admit he's lost... or he's in trouble. Written by Mark Waid & drawn by Javier Garron.
  • Cosmic Ghost Rider — Spinning out of Thanos, featuring Frank Castle from an alternate future as the Spirit of Vengeance. Written by Donny Cates & drawn by Dylan Burnett.
  • Iceman — The founding X-Man's solo title unthaws as Bobby seeks to prevent a second Mutant Massacre. Written by Sina Grace with art by Nathan Stockman.
  • Infinity WarsInfinity Countdown was leading to this. Written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Mike Deodato.
  • The Life of Captain Marvel — When Carol suffers a massive anxiety attack, she must dive back into her past to figure out what went wrong and rediscover her own origins. 5-issue miniseries written by Margaret Stohl & drawn by Carlos Pacheco.
  • Major X — Who is Major X? A mysterious new player enters the Marvel Universe and the X-Men are in his crosshairs! Written and drawn by Rob Liefeld.
  • Marvel Knights 20th — A six-issue miniseries celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Marvel Knights Imprint. It begins with an amnesiac blind man in a graveyard. Without memories, without a past, can Matt Murdock figure out what's wrong with the world? Written by Donny Cates, Matthew Rosenberg, Tini Howard, and Vita Ayala with art by Travel Foreman, Niko Henrichon, Damian Coucerio, Joshua Cassara, and Kim Jacinto.
  • Multiple Man — Despite becoming patient zero to the M-Pox in Death of X, it seems Jamie Madrox isn't quite dead. Written by Matthew Rosenberg & drawn by Andy MacDonald.
  • Return Of Wolverine — 5- issue miniseries written by Charles Soule and illustrated by Steve McNiven. Sequel to Hunt for Wolverine and Death of Wolverine.
  • Quicksilver: No Surrender — Set during Avengers: No Surrender, Quicksilver is stuck on a frozen Earth, and he's being hunted. Written by Saladin Ahmed & drawn by Eric Nguyen.
  • Extermination — Exterminate the past, eliminate the future. The O5 X-Men are in trouble. Written by Ed Brisson with art by Pepe Larraz and cover by Mark Brooks.
    • X-Men: The Exterminated — A one-shot focusing on Hope Summers and Jean Grey in the wake of Cable's death.
  • Death of the Inhumans — Written by Donny Cates with interiors by Ariel Olivetti and cover by Kaare Andrews.
  • Venom: First Host — Written by Mike Costa and illustrated by Mark Bagley. The Venom symbiote's original host returns to reclaim his old symbiote and save the universe from cosmic ruin; acts as a continuation of and finale for Costa's Venom run.
  • The Sentry — Bob Reynolds returns. Written by Jeff Lemire and illustrated by Kim Jacinto.
  • Winter Soldier — Five-issue miniseries. Written by Kyle Higgins and illustrated by Rod Reis.
  • Spider-Geddon — Written by Christos Gage. Morlun and the Inheritors are back for vengeance against the Spiders and it's up to Peter and the multiverse's various Spideys to stop them again. Five issue mini-series.
    • Edge of Spider-Geddon — Five issue mini-series featuring various other Spiders leading up to the main event.
    • Spider-Girls — Three issue mini-series starring Mayday Parker, Annie May Parker and Anya Corazon.
    • Spider-Force — Three issue mini-series as Kaine Parker recruits a team of Spiders for a suicide mission
    • Vault of Spiders — An anthology of stories starring various web-slingers.
  • Shatterstar — Written by Tim Seeley and Carlos Villa.
  • Black Order — Five-issue mini-series. Under the leadership of the Grandmaster, Thanos' Cull Obsidian set off to wreck things. Written by Derek Landy with art by Philip Tan.
  • Dead Man Logan — 12-issue mini-series. Old Man Logan's time is almost up. Time for him to go out in a blaze of glory and tie up loose ends. Written by Brisson with art by Mike Henderson.
  • Avengers: No Road Home — Sequel to Avengers: No Surrender in which a new teamnote  assembles. Written by Mark Waid, Jim Zub, and Al Ewing with art by Paco Medina and Sean Izaakse.
  • Invisible Woman — Written by Mark Waid with art by Mattia de Lulis.
  • Age of X-Man — When the dust settles on "X-Men Disassembled", the only thing left... is the Age of X-Man. Written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson, art by Ramon Rosanas. Following the Age of X-Man Alpha one-shot, six five issue miniseries will follow.
    • The Marvelous X-Men — The Age of X-Man's premiere mutant team has created the perfect world and are hailed as the saviours of mutantkind. And no one dares says otherwise.. Written by Lonnie Nadler and Zac Thompson and drawn by Marco Failla.
    • Nextgen — In an era of peace and harmony for mutantkind, teenagers still need to rebel. Written by Ed Brisson and drawn by Marcus To.
    • The Amazing Nightcrawler — Kurt Wagner has finally made it and is now both a Marvelous X-Man and A-list actor. Surely thing will be easy from here on, right? Written by Seanan Mc Guire and drawn by Juan Frigeri.
    • The X-Tremists — The secretive X-Tremists protect their perfect world from hidden threats. Written by Leah Williams and drawn by Georges Jeanty.
    • Apocalypse and the X-Tracts — Written by Tim Seeley and drawn by Salva Espin.
    • Prisoner X — Written by Vita Ayala and drawn by German Peralta.
  • Domino: Hotshots — A team of six femme fatalesnote  join forces. Written by Gail Simone and drawn by David Baldeon.
  • Wolverine: Infinity Watch — 5 issue minisries. In the aftermath of Infinity Wars, Wolverine and Loki form a new Infinity Watch. Written by Gerry Duggan and drawn by Andy MacDonald
  • Thanos — The tragic tale of Thanos and the girl who would be his daughter and his murderer, Gamora. Written by Tini Howard with art by Ariel Olivetti.
  • House of X — In one month, everything changed for the mutant race, redefining their place in the Marvel universe. Written by Jonathan Hickman with art by Pepe Larraz.
  • Powers of X — Revelations about the history of mutantkind are uncovered which changes how they are seen in the universe. Written by Jonathan Hickman with art by R.B. Silva.

One-shots

  • Ant-Man and the Wasp: Living Legends — Scott Lang teams up with Janet van Dyne to fight the Living Eraser, a classic villain from Tales to Astonish. Written by Ralph Macchio and drawn by Andrea Di Vito.
  • Best Defense — The original Defenders are back!
    • Immortal Hulk: The Best Defense — written by Al Ewing
    • Namor: The Best Defense — written by Chip Zdarsky
    • Silver Surfer: The Best Defense — written by Jason Latour
    • Doctor Strange: The Best Defense — written by Gerry Duggan
    • The Defenders: The Best Defense — written by Al Ewing
  • Dazzler: X-Song — The songstress mutant finds herself protecting her Inhuman fans from the darker side of the underground punk scene. Written by Magdalene Visaggio with art by Laura Braga.
  • Web of Venom — A series of one-shots that tie into the main Venom comic.
    • Ve'Nam — Featuring a story about SHIELD's Symbiote Soldier program during the Vietnam War. Written by Donny Cates, art by Juanan Ramírez.
    • Carnage Born — Cletus Kasady's legacy lives on in the form of a cult that worships him. Written by Donny Cates, art by Danilo Beyruth.
    • Venom Unleashed — The Venom symbiote tours Eddie Brock's old life in San Francisco. Written Ryan Stegman, art by Kyle Hotz.
  • Power Pack: Grow Up — Marvel's Kid Hero team returns for a one-shot special. Written by Louise Simonson and drawn by June Brigman, their original creators.
  • Superior Octopus — The die is once again cast as Otto Octavius gets his own one-shot. Written by Christos Gage, with art by Mike Hawthorne.
  • Wakanda Forever — The female warriors of the Dora Milaje take center stage for three one-shots teaming up with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers.
  • X-Men: Black — A series of one-shots all about X-Men villains:
    • Magneto #1 – written by Chris Claremont, illustrated by Dalibor Talajic.
    • Mojo' #1 – written by Scott Auckerman, illustrated by Nick Bradshaw.
    • Mystique #1 – written by Seanan McGuire, illustrated by Marco Failla.
    • Juggernaut #1 – written by Robbie Thompson, illustrated by Shawn Crystal.
    • Emma Frost #1 – written by Leah Williams, illustrated by Chris Bachalo.
    • Apocalypse — backups in each issue written by Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler, illustrated by Geraldo Borges.
  • Love Romances — The 1950s long-running anthology returns. Written by Dennis Hopeless, Gail Simone, Jon Adams and others, with art by Roge Antonio, Annapaola Martello and others.
  • Gunhawks — The return of the 1970s western. Written by David and Maria Lapham, art by Luca Pizzari.
  • Ziggy Pig Silly Seal — Timely's 1940s funny animals are back. Written by Frank Tieri with art by Jacob Chabot.

Compare to DC Rebirth, a similar initiative from Marvel's distinguished competition during this same era (although with a two-year head start on Marvel).

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Marvel: A Fresh Start contains examples of:

  • Arc Words: "A fresh start." So far, it's been used in Two-in-One Annual to refer to Doctor Doom's turn to heroism and Amazing Spider-Man #2 to refer to Peter and MJ's relationship status.
  • All Just a Dream: The Death of Daredevil in a nutshell; Matt Murdock is hit by a bus, but is quickly hospitalized and recovers. He then proceeds to investigate the rigged Mayoral election that got Wilson Fisk into office and finds enough evidence to get Fisk impeached. Matt then wakes up and realizes that he's still on the operating table and that his big victory was just a dream.
  • Ascended Meme: Asgardians of the Galaxy name was originally coined by fans in response to Thor: Ragnarok. But the first time the phrase was ever used was as an Incredibly Lame Pun by a member of the original alternate-future Guardians of the Galaxy after they saved Asgard from an invasion by Loki and his Inhuman servants.
  • Back from the Dead:
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    • Bruce Banner comes back from the dead as a result of the Hulk being immortal.
    • Cletus Kasady is resurrected by a cult that worships Knull and sees Carnage as his new vessel.
    • Nearly a decade after his death, the original Red Skull has been resurrected, once again in Aleksander Lukin's body.
    • Cyclops is once again among the living and sets out with Wolverine to reassemble the X-Men.
    • In an unusual twist, Thanos comes back from the dead by transferring his consciousness into the body of another person; leaving his brother Starfox and the other cosmic heroes scrambling to find out who.
  • Bait-and-Switch: The X-Wedding. After hyping up the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus, Kitty gets cold feet thanks to talking to Illyana and decides not to get married. However, Gambit decides to finally admit his feelings to Rogue and asks her to marry him, which she agrees to, leading to the two of them to get married in Kitty and Colossus's stead.
  • Bling of War: Odinson's return to being Thor includes giving him a new golden arm and hammer.
  • Brought Down to Normal: Jane Foster and Sam Alexander are temporarily depowered, though Sam later gets his powers back, and Jane becomes the new Valkyrie.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • Jocasta and Bethany Cabe will return in Tony Stark: Iron Man.
    • The Richards family are finally back and the Fantastic Four are finally reunited.
    • Asgardians of the Galaxy sees the return of Angela, Valkyrie, Thunderstrike, Throg, and Skurge the Executioner.
    • Tigra returns in West Coast Avengers #1.
    • Banshee returns in Astonishing X-Men #13.
    • Venom #7 sees the return of the Maker.
  • Came Back Strong:
    • The Hulk. And not only is he stronger — he's immortal now.
    • Wolverine's claws heat up now.
    • Carnage has absorbed the Grendel symbiote, essentially acquiring god-like power.
  • Canon Immigrant:
  • Continuity Nod: Before Tony Stark and Janet Van Dyne get together, readers are quickly reminded of the one issue they were dating decades ago (Avengers #224). Lampshaded though as Jocasta, watching Tony' memories, sees the time they were dating and notes it as coinciding with "Avengers case file #224".
  • Continuity Snarl:
    • The revelation in Donny Cates's Venom that Klyntar is a planet-sized conglomerate of symbiotes conflicts with portrayals of it being an actual planet where all the organisms are bonded to symbiotes — which the concurrently-published Venom: First Host shows it as being.
    • Venom: First Host establishes that a Kree soldier named Tel-Kar was the Venom symbiote's first host, which conflicts with what was stated in Venom: Space Knight — leading to some debates among fans over which first host came first.
    • Avengers seems to basically ignore Robbie Reyes' past portrayals, with the spirit of Eli Morrow never communicating with him or even be acknowledged (Robbie instead treats it as the car is what's possessed him), as well as the fact Jennifer Walters had regained control of her Hulk powers and form, continuing to treat her as a Gender Flipped version of Bruce. Similarly Loki is also depicted as a more malicious and actively evil character, something that contradicts his appearances in Doctor Strange, Infinity Wars, and even Aaron's own Thor.
      • Continuing this, the book now has Namor go through a Face–Heel Turn and attack the surface world with impunity...contradicting how in X-Men Red and other X-Men books, he's serving as Jean Grey's benefactor and providing her team diplomatic protection in their new underwater base, and is in general presented as abrasive but noble.
      • Actually averted in regards to the She-Hulk development there are key differences compared to the previous Grey version. She indeed DID get her proper control back, but the current development being a power upgrade from a dying Celestial meaning she takes in more gamma radiation which leads to the more Hulk-like form. It's also worth noting Jen enjoys the power up, despite the lack of control, with the first issue more than implying she's still largely guiding her Hulk form even if not directly in control. It's literally her... Just with less intelligence and more amped up aggression. Compare this to the Gray "Hulk" series prior to Avengers wherein she really was a case of "CAN'T GET ANGRY!" like Bruce. In fact she seemingly has plenty of control over her Hulk form in as far as choosing to transform in and out of it in a lot of cases, much like she has for the past decade or so.
    • Danielle Moonstar. She's in both Uncanny X-Men and, according to Word of God, Age of X-Man: Prisoner X. But that's impossible, because UXM takes place at the same time as Age of X-Man, and the plot of UXM is that most of the X-Men are missing because they've been whisked away to X-Man's alternate reality.
      • Matthew Rosenberg has said that this at least is deliberate and will be explained in due time.
  • Cosmic Horror Reveal:
    • One of the big reveals, carrying over from Legacy, is that the reason why Earth is a hotbed of superhuman activity is due to a Celestial infected by the Horde crash-landing on the newly formed Earth and dying there, its cosmic blood and vomit mixing into the very foundations of the planet.
    • The first arc of Venom — described as "Lovecraftian action"— reveals that the already-Lovecraftian symbiotes were manifested from the "living abyss" by Knull, a primordial god of darkness older than the universe itself.
    • The Immortal Hulk establishes that gamma radiation has a connection with a multiversal, corrupting being known as the One Below All.
  • Crippling Overspecialization: The Griever at the End of All Things is a multiversal cosmic being meant to usher in the end of universes under her own power. She's a being of destruction and as such she's incapable of innovating or repairing technology, meaning she has to steal the technology she uses to travel to new universe and is entirely dependent on it. Furthermore her immense power is less effective directed at individual people, analogized as like a person sterilizing an environment versus destroying specific germs.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: Phil Coulson is back from the dead, but the events of Secret Empire that lead to his death has completely embittered him against all heroes. He now completely aligns himself with the American government and conspires to undermine the Avengers' actions as independent peacekeepers, starting with running the government's version of a superhero team. Issue 18 reveals that he's a willing accomplice of Mephisto.
  • Deal with the Devil:In Champions, Miles Morales unwillingly makes a deal with Mephisto after a mission gone wrong saw most of his teammates dead. Avengers #18 implies Coulson has made a deal with Mephisto as well in exchange for his resurrection.
  • Divergent Character Evolution: Amadeus Cho and Ironheart both have new looks, which set them apart from Hulk and Iron Man.
  • Face–Heel Turn: Namor is fully evil again (in the Avengers book, at least, not so much elsewhere). The same is true of Phil Coulson, who's also back from the dead and is working with Mephisto.
  • Gender Flip: As mentioned above Jack McGee from The Incredible Hulk will debut in Immortal Hulk—as a black woman.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Havok is back to normal due to Emma Frost telepathically restoring his original personality.
  • Irrational Hatred: The solicits for Venom note that while Eddie doesn't have a beef with the Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales hates Venom — something previously established when he fought Flash Thompson during Civil War II. However, the Venom symbiote that Eddie is bonded to isn't the same Venom that previously murdered Miles' now-resurrected mother and Miles was previously indicated to not even remember Earth-1610.note 
  • Legacy Character:
    • Inverted — while many legacy heroes are shown to be still active in the teaser picture, namely popular characters Kamala Khan, Miles Morales and Robbie Reyes, this initiative sees a heavier leaning towards restoring classic heroes and classic storytelling.
    • X-23 gives up the Wolverine mantle and is now left to seek out her own identity.
  • Literal Split Personality: In Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5, Peter Parker and Spider-Man are split into separate individuals. However, it becomes apparent that this process isn't perfect due to their physical and psychological traits being split between them — Peter Parker is an ordinary human lacking all his powers and scientific knowledge, while Spider-Man lacks Peter's restraint and moral compass.
  • Official Couple:
    • Peter Parker and Mary Jane get back together after a decade of being apart.
    • Tony Stark and Janet Van Dyne rekindle their romance from Avengers #224 in Tony Stark: Iron Man #4.
  • Put on a Bus: The Future Foundation doesn't return with Reed and Sue, wishing to stay behind and figure out a way to reconstitute the Molecule Man.
  • Race Lift: Again, Jack McGee from The Incredible Hulk appears in Immortal Hulk as a black woman.
  • Ret-Canon: Spider-Gwen will now officially be called "Ghost-Spider" instead of Spider-Woman to distinguish herself from Jessica Drew. This name was introduced in the animated movie Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors before being brought here.
  • Re-Power: Jim Hammond, who was mostly powerless last time we saw him, has seemingly regained his pyrokinesis.
  • Revisiting the Roots: While still green, Immortal Hulk deals with a Hulk that, once more, transforms at night.
  • Self-Plagiarism: Some of this era's titles employ suspiciously similar plot points at suspiciously similar times.
    • Black Panther and Doctor Strange are thrown into unrelated outer-space adventures at the same time.
    • Spider-Man and Daredevil face simultaneous "superhero and alter ego split into separate people" storylines.
  • Shipper on Deck:
    • Tony and Janet getting together is mostly due to Jocasta fixing them up. Being connected to Tony's memories and witnessing how happy the memories of the two dating make him, Jocasta pushes the two together. Amanda Armstrong, Tony's biological mother, also seems pretty up for the two when she meets Janet, too.
  • Snap Back: Wendell Vaughn is Quasar once again.
  • Status Quo Is God: With many of the titles concluding their long-running legacy-based angles, expect many heroes to return to classic identities and status quos.
  • Uncancelled:
    • Iceman and Unstoppable Wasp, due to strong trade sales.
    • Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage have all returned, although as Marvel Digital Originals. After three oversized digital issues, however, they will be collected into physical trade paperbacks.
    • An entire imprint, Marvel Knights, is being resurrected by Donny Cates.
  • Vodka Drunkenski:
    • Ursa Major is returning, now heavily alcoholic yet for some reason still both employed by the Russian government and used as their ambassador to T'Challa's international superhero meeting.
    • Colossus is drinking to a worrying degree when he joins up with Havok's Astonishing X-Men - he's in a downward spiral after Kitty called their wedding off at the last minute.
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