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THE MARVELS isn't a team. It's a concept, a universe, a sprawling world of opportunity.
Kurt Busiek
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The Marvels is a 2021 Marvel comic book written by Kurt Busiek, with art by Yildray Cinar and Richard Isanove. Per Busiek, it's meant to tell stories that involve the Loads and Loads of Characters from around the Marvel Universe, without the book becoming a Crisis Crossover. "From before the Big Bang to beyond the End of Time. From the Avengers to the X-Men, from Aarkus to Zzzax, from the Kree Empire to the Dark Dimension and into the unknown it ranges, vast and deep. And there have been adventures too big for any one series. Until now."

The first story arc involves the history of Siancong, a former province of French Indochina, as it goes through the decades and involves Captain America and the All-Winners Squad, Reed Richards and Ben Grimm during their time in military intelligence, Eugene "Flash" Thompson during his army days, Spider-Man, the Punisher, the Human Torch, Storm, Aero, Iron Man, the Golden Age Vision, and cosmic beings from beyond space time. It also features brand-new characters like Kevin Schumer and the mysterious "Threadneedle."

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From the Golden Age to the Modern Age, now is the time of the Marvels.

Not to be confused with the upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe film of the same name, which is a sequel to Captain Marvel.


Tropes included in The Marvels:

  • Anachronic Order: The first issue begins in 1947, in the Sin-Cong Province of French Indochina, then shifts shows two different scenes from "seventeen years ago," "twelve years ago," "seven years ago," until finally showing Captain America jumping from orbit into Siancong, an event which takes place "ten days from now." After that, the book shifts again to "Now" in order to tie all the events together.
  • The Bus Came Back:
    • After not being seen in over five years, Aarkus, the first Vision, returns as one of the heroes assembled by Captain America.
    • Melinda May, who hadn't been seen in a few years in the main continuity, returns on issue 2.
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    • Issue 3 sees the return of Kro of the Deviants, who hadn't appeared since 2012, and Dr. Carlo Strange (now spelled Strang) who only showed up in Tales of Suspense #41 back in 1963.
  • Continuity Nod: All over the place.
    • The scene of Daredevil performing for the USO is directly from Daredevil #47.
    • The opening scene has the reappearance (after quite a while) of Wong Daochu (also known as the more racist sounding "Wong-Chu"), the warlord who first captured Tony Stark, and Monsieur Khruul, who was Mantis's evil uncle. They are talking to Jacques Duquesne, a.k.a. the Swordsman, who we know will later work for Khruul, and all three end up meeting Lady Lotus, another character who hasn't been seen in ten years.
    • Captain America jumps from orbit with the help of the "Wakanda Design Group," an organization whose first appearance was back during Busiek's run on The Avengers.
  • Crossover: The book is meant to have characters from all over the Marvel Universe (and Marvel history) show up without it needing to be turned into a Crisis Crossover.
  • The Everyman: Kevin Schumer. He's a regular guy, who also happens to be a big fan of superheroes and runs an app called "KSHOOM," where he gives people superhero tours of the city in a repurposed Fantasticar.
  • Expy: Threadneedle is an observer of the various events going on in the title modeled after David Bowie. This has drawn comparisons to the Broken Man from Astro City.
  • Fantasy Counterpart Culture: Siancong is essentially a thinly-veiled expy of Vietnam, a former French colony in Asia that underwent a major conflict that ended in a communist victory. Additionally, Marvel characters that were historically tied to the Vietnam War such as Iron Man and the Punisher were established in History of the Marvel Universe to have fought in the fictional Siancong War.
  • Hipster: Carol Danvers calls Steve Rogers a hipster after he expresses delight in the "artisanal food" movement.
  • Holiday in Cambodia: Siancong, like Madripoor, is a Southeastern Asian country that's continually shown to be corrupt and war-torn. This book shows a bit of its history.
  • Logical Weakness: Aero defeats Powderkeg by using her control over air currents to evaporate his sweat, preventing him from using his powers and easily defeat him.
  • Mysterious Watcher: Threadneedle, who appears to know about events in the past, present, and future.
  • People's Republic of Tyranny: As the book goes through history, we see how Siancong changes from "the Sin-Cong Province" in French Indochina to the "Free State of Sin-Cong" to the "United Lands of Western Sin-Cong" to the "Socialist Republic of Siancong."
  • Rocketless Reentry: The first time we see Captain America ("ten days from now"), he is dropping from orbit above Siancong, which is covered by a giant mystical dome. Thankfully, using his shield, Power Armor designed by Tony Stark, and a mystical gauntlet given by Doctor Strange, he survives the fall unharmed.


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