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"Marvel NOW!"
Promotional image for Marvel NOW!. Art by Joe Quesada.
Publisher Marvel Comics
Publication date October 2012 – present
Genre
Main character(s) Marvel Universe
Creative team
Writer(s) Various
Artist(s) Various

Marvel NOW! is a comic book branding for the relaunch of several ongoing comic books published by Marvel Comics, that debuted in October 2012 with new #1 issues. The relaunch also included some new titles, including Uncanny Avengers and All-New X-Men. Described as a shifting of the Marvel Universe following the conclusion of the Avengers vs. X-Men storyline, Marvel NOW! entails changes to both the publishing format and the fictional universe to attract new readers. Publishing changes include new creative teams for each of the titles and the in-universe changes include changes to character designs and new storylines. It marks the next stage of the Marvel ReEvolution initiative,[1] which began in March 2012.[2]

Publication history[edit]

Marvel Comics first announced the launch of Marvel NOW! in July 2012. Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso described it as "the next chapter in the ongoing saga of the Marvel Universe. " Alonso further explained, "From October through February, we’ll provide at least one great reason for readers—old, lapsed or new—to go into a comic store each week: a new issue #1, featuring an exciting new creative team and driving concept, that’s an easy entry-point into the Marvel Universe." Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada stressed that it is not a reboot but a shifting of the Marvel Universe following the events of Avengers vs. X-Men. Quesada explained that there will be "a lot of changes to the character status quos, alter egos, costumes, creator shifts, design shifts, the way that we do our covers, digital shifts and the way we start delivering our books".[3]

In March 2013, Alonso announced that Marvel would be launching a new wave of Marvel NOW! titles, dubbed Wave Two, in the summer of that year. Alonso stated, "There are plans for a Marvel NOW! Wave 2—a new wave of titles that will generate the same amount of excitement amongst retailers and fans that the first wave did. From 'Uncanny Avengers' to 'Thanos Rising,' Marvel NOW! has been a hit, and we're far from done. Look for exciting new series, starting in July and carrying through next year".[4] It was announced a week later that Avengers A.I. would be the first of these new titles.[5]

In September 2013, Marvel announced a next phase of Marvel NOW! in the aftermath of the "Infinity" storyline, (which led into the "Inhumanity" storyline) called "All-New Marvel NOW!" which will see new series being launched and will also provide entry issue to existing series. These entry issues will be branded as .NOW issues. For example, Avengers #24 was billed as Avengers #24.NOW. Several new series, such as Inhuman and All-New Invaders were also announced.[6]

In January 2014, Marvel announced that following the conclusion of the Ultimate Marvel miniseries Cataclysm in April 2014, and coinciding with the Marvel Universe All-New Marvel NOW! launch, three new Ultimate series will debut from April 2014, under the banner Ultimate Marvel NOW!. The three series are: Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man, Ultimate FF, and All-New Ultimates.[7]

In July 2014, it was announced that a fifth wave, Avengers NOW!, would launch in October. The launch focuses exclusively on solo titles for individual Avengers, and takes place in the aftermath of the Original Sin event.

Titles[edit]

Wave One[edit]

New on-going series / volumes[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
A+X October 2012 - March 2014[8] Writer
various
Artist
various
An anthology series with each issue consisting of two stories by different creative teams featuring a different team-up of an Avenger and a X-Man.[9]
All-New X-Men November 2012 - December 2013
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist
Stuart Immonen
Features the return of the five original teenage X-Men (Angel, Beast, Cyclops, Iceman and Jean Grey) plucked from the past and taken to the present.[10]
Avengers December 2012 - November 2013
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Jonathan Hickman
Artist
Jerome Opena
Hickman said, "Avengers and New Avengers are really just two sides of the same book, of the same story. Thematically, they’re aligned too. Avengers is about life and New Avengers is about death. That’s what the two books are. It’s a big book. In the Avengers, we tackle the biggest things."[11]
Avengers Arena December 2012 - November 2013 Writer
Dennis Hopeless
Artist
Kev Walker
The series takes 16 young heroes from the Marvel Universe including Avengers Academy's Hazmat, Mettle, Reptil, X-23 and Juston Seyfert and his sentinel; Annihilation's Cammi, and Darkhawk; Runaways' Nico Minoru, and Chase Stein; and a host of new characters, and pits them against each other in a kill-or-be-killed reality-show-like scenario on Murderworld run by Arcade.[12]
Cable and X-Force December 2012 - January 2014 Writer
Dennis Hopeless
Artist
Salvador Larroca
The team initially consists of Cable, Forge, Domino, Colossus and Doctor Nemesis. Hopeless said, "In my mind this is a crime series, so I tried to cast the book like you would a bank robbery. This isn't a family or a school. It's a crew. A safe cracker may hate her getaway man, but at the end of the night, she still needs him to drive the car. Cable puts the team together for their skills, not because he thinks they'll get along."[13]
Captain America November 2012 - January 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Rick Remender
Artist
John Romita Jr.
Remender described the tone to be "almost like Kirby Sci-Fi Indiana Jones". "High adventure dipped in sci-fi spy fantasy with heavy focus on the man under the suit. Steve’s fabric and his relationships drive our story and the action is the byproduct. Tonally it’s very serious. You want to make sure the characters go up against things that feel like real threats and [put] them into interesting situations. It’s a lot less of the connection with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the spy work and more big high adventure super hero stuff with sci-fi that I tend to lean into."[14]
Deadpool November 2012 - February 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Brian Posehn
Gerry Duggan
Artist
Tony Moore
In terms of concept, Duggan said, "It starts with a man who has decided that America has a lot of problems that can only be fixed by bringing back our former leaders, our great American Presidents. But that’s not how it works out. Once they’re back, they have a completely different idea of what they need to do and what the country needs. It’s a distasteful job having to send our presidents back, but Deadpool is up for the job and is suited for it."[15]
FF November 2012 - January 2014 Writer
Matt Fraction
Artist
Mike Allred
Features a new team initially consisting of Ant-Man, Ms. Thing, Medusa, and She-Hulk.[16]
Fantastic Four November 2012 - January 2014
(relaunched in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Matt Fraction
Artist
Mark Bagley
In the initial storyline, the superhero family takes a vacation into space to expand their children’s view of life.[16]
Fearless Defenders February 2013 - December 2013 Writer
Cullen Bunn
Artist
Will Sliney
Centers on a new all-female team that includes Valkyrie, Misty Knight and Danielle Moonstar amongst others. Bunn said, "The basic idea of the book is that Valkyrie is choosing a new team of Valkyrior, and she's been asked to choose all these women from the heroes of Midgard (Earth), instead of from Asgard".[17]
Guardians of the Galaxy February 2013 - December 2013
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist
Steven McNiven
Features the line-up reestablished in Bendis' Avengers Assemble (Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon) plus a new member; Iron Man. Bendis said, "Here's an Avenger (Iron Man) who wants to get to the next level and he's just not going to get it where he is, but if he does a tour of duty with the Guardians he may find himself opening up his eyes to things that will help him with his inventions and the way he sees the world".[18]
Indestructible Hulk November 2012 - March 2014[19] Writer
Mark Waid
Artist
Leinil Yu
The series picks up a few weeks after the events of Jason Aaron's Incredible Hulk. Waid said, "No one's seen Hulk or Banner for a few weeks, which has the Avengers and S.H.I.E.L.D. really nervous. S.H.I.E.L.D., in particular, has gone to great lengths in recent years to make absolutely certain that it's impossible for Banner to stay off the grid for any length of time—and yet, he's vanished. And this literally affects the entire planet. Every country is on the equivalent of orange alert. Airport security is a nightmare. World leaders are ready to bunker down at a moment's notice. Surveillance cameras are selling faster than they can be manufactured. Everyone's tense. Maria Hill, in particular, has taken “Finding Banner” as her own personal mission, and when our story opens, she's finally taking her first break in weeks. And as it happens, her timing sucks."[20]
Iron Man November 2012 - February 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Kieron Gillen
Artist
Greg Land
Gillen said, "The story will focus on him (Iron Man) questioning things about himself and trying to find out exactly how the universe ticks, what’s this all about and why he does this anyway. It’s going to be one of the major themes of the book going forward."[21]
Morbius: The Living Vampire January 2013 - October 2013 Writer
Joe Keatinge
Artist
Richard Elson
Keatinge said, "There are very strong horror elements to it, but there's a lot more to it than that... This is a book largely about people who have absolutely no easy role in society. The outcasts. The people on the fringe. The people of the Marvel Universe who are even too weird for the X-Men.[22]
New Avengers January 2013 - February 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Jonathan Hickman
Artist
Steve Epting
The title centers on the Illuminati, initially consisting of Black Panther, Black Bolt, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Iron Man, Mister Fantastic, and Namor.[11]
Nova February 2013 - January 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Jeph Loeb
Artist
Ed McGuinness
Centers on the new Nova, Sam Alexander and answers questions about the character's origins.[23]
Savage Wolverine January 2013 - December 2013
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Frank Cho
Artist
Frank Cho
Cho said, "This isn't just a solo Wolverine story. It's actually a team-up story with Shanna the She-Devil. Both Wolverine and Shanna have similar assertive personalities. The story is not just a quest to get home; it's a story about surviving each other's company and the Savage Land.[24]
Secret Avengers February 2013 - March 2014
(relaunched in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Nick Spencer
Artist
Luke Ross
Features a team consisting of Black Widow, Hawkeye, Mockingbird, Hulk, and a new Iron Patriot, which works closely with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents Nick Fury, Jr. and Phil Coulson. Spencer said, "This really is a S.H.I.E.L.D. book. I think it's something we've been long suffering for and is long overdue. This gave us a nice excuse to get a proper S.H.I.E.L.D. comic going. This Avengers initiative within S.H.I.E.L.D. is obviously a big focal point of the book, but it still is a S.H.I.E.L.D initiative so everything originates there. So Nick Fury and Agent Coulson are very much involved in the missions. Nick will be in the field with the team. That's his role. He's the S.H.I.E.L.D agent that goes with these characters on the missions. Coulson has a fun role in that he's backup and support. He's the guy who makes the pitch, and brings in the team. So they're a big part of every issue and in some ways they're even our leads.[25]
The Superior Spider-Man January 2013 - January 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Dan Slott
Artist
Ryan Stegman
The series follows up the events of The Amazing Spider-Man #700. Slott said, "This is still very much the world of Spider-Man. There may be a new Spider-Man here, doing things in a new and different way, but you’re going to see the Spider-cast reacting to this. You’re going to see how this Spider-Man will deal with our Spider-Man’s villains. How will he react to this Spider-Man’s supporting cast? Whoever makes it out of The Amazing Spider-Man #700 will find a different Spider-Man waiting for them when Superior Spider-Man starts."[26]
Thor: God of Thunder November 2012 - January 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Jason Aaron
Artist
Esad Ribic
The series is set over the course of a millennium. Aaron said, "ultimately it's all about Thor, and by showing him in three very different eras of his life—as the young hotheaded god of the Viking Age, as the accomplished and legendary Avenger of the present, and as an aging king of a broken future Asgard".[27]
Thunderbolts December 2012 - January 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Daniel Way
Artist
Steve Dillon
Features a line-up consisting of Deadpool, Elektra, Punisher, and Venom, led by Red Hulk. Editor Jordan D. White said, "They're a team of loners, but all highly trained and highly skilled as either mercenaries or soldiers. This is a black ops dream team... They're all characters with their own very particular morality, who do the things they do because they believe in them. They believe they are doing right, even if the world around them might not."[28]
Uncanny Avengers October 2012 - February 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Rick Remender
Artist
John Cassaday
A new team of Avengers that initially features a line-up of both classic Avengers and X-Men including Captain America, Havok, Rogue, the Scarlet Witch, Thor, and Wolverine. The team is a response to the events of Avengers vs. X-Men.[29]
Uncanny X-Force January 2013 - January 2014 Writer
Sam Humphries
Artist
Ron Garney
The series focuses on Psylocke, who survives the events of "Final Execution", the final story arc running in Rick Remender's Uncanny X-Force. The team's initial line-up also includes Storm, Puck, Spiral and newcomer Cluster. Humphries said, "I think it's fair to say that Psylocke is a survivor. She's someone who rises above her complicated past and the tragedy and figures out what's best for Betsy. I can't spoil anything, but at the end of Rick's run, we leave Betsy in one situation, and in the first issue of my run, we pick up six months later, and Betsy is definitely in a life transition point. It's kind of being in that moment that kicks off the events of that first arc.[30]
Uncanny X-Men February 2013 - February 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist
Chris Bachalo
Centers on Cyclops and the remnants of his Extinction Team following the conclusion of Avengers vs. X-Men, including Magneto, Magik and Emma Frost although the romance between Cyclops and Emma Frost is finished. Bendis said, "The romance is done. They are not together anymore romantically. It's pretty hard to come back from what they went through in Avengers Vs. X-Men. Things were said, powers were stolen, and as we will discover in the very first issues of Uncanny X-Men, some things happen between them that cannot be taken back".[31]
Wolverine March 2013 - January 2014
(relaunched in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Paul Cornell
Artist
Alan Davis
Cornell said, "This is the series that gets into what makes James Logan (Wolverine) tick, that shows him being, as he puts it, 'a regular guy,' interacting with civilian friends of his in New York City. The most amazing thing about James is that he's been alive so long, gone through so many extraordinary things... but holds on to being a guy who likes to hang out in bars with good company... He's a man of the people. I'm going to poke that and see what happens."[32]
X-Men May 2013 - January 2014
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Brian Wood
Artist
Olivier Coipel
Features an all-female cast, including Jubilee, Storm, Rogue, Kitty Pryde, Rachel Grey and Psylocke. Wood said, "I feel like as far as the X-Men go, the women are the X-Men. Cyclops and Wolverine are big names, but taken as a whole, the women kind of rule the franchise. If you look at the entire world as a whole, it's the females that really dominate and are the most interesting and cool to look at. When you have a great artist drawing them, they look so amazing and always have." X-Men debuted May 29, 2013.[33]
X-Men Legacy November 2012 - March 2014 Writer
Si Spurrier
Artist
Tan Eng Huat
The series is centered around Legion (David Haller), the son of Professor X. Spurrier said, "As far as I know the idea of basing the series round David has been in the works since the plotting of Avengers Vs. X-Men. David’s story grows organically from those events. In fact I’d go so far as to say it’s the tale that really needs to be told in the aftermath period. My brief was pretty simple: take a thoroughly screwed-up young character—who’s been handled so differently by so many narrative teams down the years that it’s tricky for anyone to say for sure exactly who he is or what his voice might be and launch him into the Marvel Universe... Show us who he is. What he can do. What he wants to do but can’t yet."[34]
Young Avengers January 2013 - January 2014 Writer
Kieron Gillen
Artist
Jamie McKelvie
Features a line-up including Wiccan, Hulkling, Miss America Chavez, Hawkeye, Marvel Boy and Loki. Gillen said, "The first arc is pretty much Loki puts the Avengers together. [sic] And of course Loki did inadvertently put the original Avengers together, but why is he actively trying to put this team together? The readers know that Loki is bringing the group together. The characters don't. There's a sense that Loki is clearly the manipulator here".[35]

Other on-going series[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
Avengers Assemble November 2012 - March 2014[36] Writer
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist
Stefano Caselli
Starting with issue #9, Kelly Sue DeConnick and Stefano Caselli took over duties on Avengers Assemble. DeConnick revealed the initial lineup includes Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Spider-Woman, and Captain Marvel. She said, "I'm interested in them as celebrities. I'm interested in how you work being a hero and a celebrity -- how that status works for them. I'm interested in new media ideas, as well, and I'm trying to weave a little of that through... The Avengers in the age of the internet -- how does that affect their public personas? And the ideas of evolution and transformation and the different ways that these people look at the future."[37]
Captain Marvel June 2013 - November 2013
(relaunched in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist
Dexter Soy
Beginning with issue 13, Captain Marvel became a part of Marvel NOW!.[38] In the series, Carol Danvers, the longtime super-heroine known as Ms. Marvel, assumes the mantle of Captain Marvel. DeConnick stated at the 2012 WonderCon that the series will reflect on what the legend of Captain Marvel means to Danvers, what she will do with it and what the rest of the Marvel Universe thinks of her new role.[39]
Journey Into Mystery November 2012 - August 2013 Writer
Kathryn Immonen
Artist
Valerio Schiti
Starting with issue #646, the series shifted focus from Loki to Sif. Editor Lauren Sankovitch said, "We had it Loki-centric... going forward with #646 we wanted to mix it up a little bit. Sif’s been in the thick of it, she’s a born warrior, she’s got a lot of fight and verve and fire to her! We talked at length about what this story could be and what her story could be, and it all came down to...one single question: what does she want? I think Sif, above all, wants to be a better warrior."[40]
Red She-Hulk October 2012 - July 2013 Writer
Jeff Parker
Artist
Carlo Pagulayan
Wellington Alves
Starting with issue #58, the title and focus of Hulk shifted to Red She-Hulk, still written by Jeff Parker with art by Carlo Pagulayan and Wellington Alves.[41][42]
Wolverine and the X-Men October 2012 - February 2014
(relaunced in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Jason Aaron
Artist
Nick Bradshaw
From issues #19-23, Wolverine and the X-Men was part of Marvel NOW! and continued to be written by Jason Aaron and drawn by Nick Bradshaw. Aaron said, the series would follow the events of Wolverine and the X-Men #18, in which the character Broo was shot in the head, and would return to the same type of stories that they were doing before Avengers vs. X-Men, "This is our first Marvel NOW! issue, issue #19, so if anything we're trying to get back to where we were before the 'AvX' madness. It picks up right after the events of 18. There were a lot of angry people on the Internet, which was great. It made my day."[43]

Limited series[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
Thanos Rising April 2013 Writer
Jason Aaron
Artist
Simone Bianchi
A five issue limited series that tells the origin story of the supervillan, Thanos. Aaron said, "This is without a doubt one of the creepiest stories I've ever gotten to write for Marvel. It's the origin of an outer space serial killer, the story of the universe's weirdest romance and a grand cosmic tragedy, all wrapped up in one. This is me taking five issues to really dig into the head of a space-faring world conqueror, mass murderer and hopeless romantic. I love writing stories with villains as the main character, and this book is about Thanos all the way."[44] Marvel previously announced a Thanos origin story titled Thanos: Son of Titan to be written and drawn by Joe Keatinge and Richard Elson, respectively, but was canceled prior to its planned release in the summer of 2012 and the creative team moved over to Morbius: The Living Vampire.[45]

One-shots[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
Marvel NOW! Point One October 2012 Writer
various
Artist
various
A one-shot that features six short stories from the creative teams of Brian Michael Bendis and Steve McNiven, Matt Fraction and Mike Allred; Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness; Kieron Gillen and Jamie McKelvie; Nick Spencer and Luke Ross and Dennis Hopeless and Gabriel Hernandez Walta. Tom Brevoort, Marvel's senior vice president of publishing, stated that the intent of this book is to set the stage for several of the Marvel NOW! series and plots.[46]

Wave Two[edit]

New on-going series / volumes[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
Avengers A.I. July 2013 - December 2013
(rebranded in All-New Marvel NOW!)
Writer
Sam Humphries
Artist
Andre Lima Araujo
The series serves as an aftermath to the Age of Ultron event and the first new title in Marvel's Wave Two of Marvel NOW! comics. The book follows a team of synthetics brought together by Hank Pym in order to combat a new danger. Humphries said, "Artificial intelligences are a product of human ingenuity, and although they are going to be going down their new path, they will remain a mirror to humanity...Understanding that and exploring that in ways that are going to be funny and touching and endearing are definitely going to be parts of this book".[5]
The Superior Foes of Spider-Man July 2013 Writer
Nick Spencer
Artist
Steve Lieber
The series explores Boomerang and the new Sinister Six (Shocker, Speed Demon, Overdrive, and the new Beetle) as they team up to pursue crime in a city dominated by a new, less forgiving Spider-Man and the title has a humorous tone.[47][48]
Superior Spider-Man Team-Up July 2013-April 2014 Writer
Christopher Yost
Artist
David Lopez
The series continues where Yost's Avenging Spider-Man left off, with the new title acknowledging the changed status quo since the events of Dying Wish.[49][50]

All-New Marvel NOW![edit]

New on-going series / volumes[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
All-New Ghost Rider March 2014 Writer
Felipe Smith
Artist
Tradd Moore
Smith said, "Our All-New Ghost Rider, as the title suggests, is an absolutely new character: Robbie Reyes. Robbie's an East Los Angeles high school senior with a short fuse and a passion for electronic music and absolutely anything powered by an engine. In comparison to previous Ghost Riders, he's young and inexperienced in life; but his harsh inner city upbringing, overall distrust for most people, and serious contempt for his violent surroundings make him the perfect host for a Spirit of Vengeance. The circumstances by which Robbie becomes our blazing anti-hero differ from those of his predecessors, and his vehicle of choice is the automobile; so in more than one way, this is the story of a different brand of Ghost Rider. "[51]
All-New Invaders January 2014 Writer
James Robinson
Artist
Steve Pugh
The series will initially follow the classic four members of the original Invaders (Captain America, the Winter Soldier, Namor, and the original Human Torch) and put them in a present-day battle against the Kree.[52]
All-New X-Factor January 2014 Writer
Peter David
Artist
Carmine Di Giandomenico
Features a corporate sponsored team of mutants including Polaris, Quicksilver and Gambit. David said, "It picks up sort of directly after X-Factor #260. I dropped some reasonably obvious hints in that one as to what direction we were going."[53]
Amazing Spider-Man April 2014 Writer
Dan Slott
Artist
Humberto Ramos
Peter Parker returns (in body and mind) as Spider-Man. Quipped series writer Dan Slott, "(Parker’s coming back) just in time, fancy that, for a major Spider-Man motion picture. It seems uncanny. It was very nice for Sony to schedule the movie around the story."[54]
Avengers Undercover March 2014 Writer
Dennis Hopeless
Artist
Kev Walker
The series follows the survivors of Avengers Arena as they try to infiltrate the Masters of Evil. Hopeless said, "The characters who survived Murder World came out the other side much different than they went in. Those psychological scars from the "Arena" weigh heavily on all of the kids. They don't fit so well into their old lives. They no longer feel like they belong and they're all looking for a way to get back what they've lost. All of this leads them down the path of Avengers Undercover."[55]
Avengers World January 2014 Writer
Nick Spencer
Jonathan Hickman
Artist
Stefano Caselli
Spencer said, "What the book is all about is really in the title. This is a book about geography. Its about what Marvel Earth looks like now. Obviously we've seen the Avengers make a pretty big statement about this world being under their protection and them being the representatives of our world. So it felt like it was time to do a book about what that planet looks like; not just Marvel New York or Marvel Space, but what does Marvel Europe, Asia and Africa look like right now? So it was a chance to do a story that was really global in scope and go some places that maybe we haven't been to before and really play with the idea of what that changing landscape would look like."[56]
Black Widow January 2014 Writer
Nathan Edmondson
Artist
Phil Noto
Edmondson said, "Without giving too many of our plot turns away, Natasha [Romanova] is a character driven by atonement. She's a hero now, but she was a villain, and a dirty one. The kinds of things she's guilty of in her past, in Russia, do not go away with some vitamin B and a glass of water in the morning. She has a lifetime to make up for her past deeds, and we'll see that her "penance," if you will, is both interior and exterior: she's helping her own psyche as well as those she's injured, in a very particular way."[56]
Captain Marvel March 2014 Writer
Kelly Sue DeConnick
Artist
David Lopez
Editor Steve Wacker said, "The first Captain Marvel series was very personal for Carol. It got rid of a bunch of baggage that had built up around the character over the years. We’re going to see Carol reaching out more. We're going to see her in a context we haven't seen her in a lot during the last couple of years. As she moves up and away from Earth, she'll probably meet the Guardians of the Galaxy at some point. So her new mission takes her higher than she's ever been, faster than she's ever been and farther than she's ever gone. It gives her sort of a clean start, which is something Kelly Sue sets up very well at the end of the last “Captain Marvel” series."[57]
Cyclops May 2014 Writer
Greg Rucka
Artist
Russell Dauterman
The series deals with the time-displaced, young Cyclops, brought to the present in All-New X-Men, joining his father Corsair on a cosmic road trip. Rucka said, "This is a story about the two of them. At the heart of everything we're going to do here, it's about these two. When you think about that 16-year-old Scott, what he's carrying into this is pretty obvious. "I've spent eight years as an orphan, I've moved from place to place, and some places have been awful. I got to a place that was a good place, relatively, I had a father figure in Xavier, and I had a purpose -- and then all of that got disrupted. And then here comes my real dad, and he's Han Solo!" So that's awesome right there."[58]
Daredevil March 2014 Writer
Mark Waid
Artist
Chris Samnee
The series sees Matt Murdock transplanting to San Francisco. About the move Waid said, "Without spoiling too much of the final issue of the previous series, we can tell you that Matt has to leave New York and, in many ways, has no choice but to return to California–specifically, California, no where else to go. But that’s where he and his cast will hang their collective hat from now on." Adding, "At least one cast member will accompany him. Maybe not all. And the nature of Matt’s law practice will have to change substantially. And, of course, there’s the architecture–cityscapes and street locales have always been a big part of DD’s storytelling, and this will be a whole new look."[59]
Elektra April 2014 Writer
Haden Blackman
Artist
Mike Del Mundo
Wells said, "It's about her trying to find herself, through violence, of course. I don't want to give too much away, but Elektra is given a list of targets to hunt that are even deadlier than her. She becomes a hunter of assassins. "[60]
Fantastic Four February 2014 Writer
James Robinson
Artist
Leonard Kirk
Robinson said the series is about "a family finding the strength to face adversity through the help and love of each other." Robinson continued, "We're going to see the fragmentation of the family due to villainous outside forces that are slowing picking at them and eroding them. The arc I'm going to be telling is basically the fall and the rise of the Fantastic Four, and especially the fall and rise of Johnny Storm."[61]
Hulk April 2014 Writer
Mark Waid
Artist
Mark Bagley
Banner's status quo will be violently disrupted when new volume of "Hulk" kicks off. Waid said "Banner's in a VERY bad way physically as the series opens up a few hours after the end of the previous one."[19]
Inhuman April 2014 Writer
Charles Soule
Artist
Joe Maduiera
The series follows the fate of King Black Bolt and his royal family in the aftermath of the Infinity event, in which new Inhumans have sprung up around the globe forcing the once-secret society of the Inhumans into the open.[6] Originally scheduled for January it was later delayed till April,[62] and writer Matt Fraction was replaced by Charles Soule over "creative differences" with Marvel.[63]
Iron Fist: The Living Weapon April 2014 Writer
Kaare Kyle Andrews
Artist
Kaare Kyle Andrews
In the series, Danny Rand returns to K'un-Lun, the mystical city where he was trained, in order to find purpose in his life. Andrews described Rand "as kind of a Bruce Wayne without a plan. He's despondent. He is not connecting with life, and he doesn't know why."[64]
Iron Patriot March 2014 Writer
Ales Kot
Artist
Garry Brown
Kot said, "James Rhodes is the human equivalent of Superman – the Man of Steel – in the Marvel universe. He wants to do good and good only. What he realizes in the beginning of our story is that he's got a deep need to adjust his life. What does James Rhodes want to stand for? What does he want Iron Patriot to stand for? You will know by the end of #1. James Rhodes makes a decision that changes everything for him."[65]
Legendary Star-Lord July 2014 Writer
Sam Humphries
Artist
Paco Medina
Humphries said, "Star-Lord is a really fun character to write because he's very bold, he's very confident. The book is going to be Peter's adventures away from the Guardians. ... I like to call him the original outer-space scoundrel -- he actually pre-dates Han Solo. He likes to fight, he likes to flirt, he flies by the seat of his pants."[66]
Loki: Agent of Asgard February 2014 Writer
Al Ewing
Artist
Lee Garbett
The series follows Loki, who has been depicted as a teenager in recent years. Ewing said in this series, "Loki isn't the old self that he used to be. He's as adult as say Kate Bishop. A young man of stolen wealth and varied taste with the universe as his oyster and a penchant for black nail varnish. So we're stripping that story right back to the basics and giving him at least the illusion of a fresh start - back to the core of the trickster, the mischief-maker.[67]
Magneto March 2014 Writer
Cullen Bunn
Artist
Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Bunn said, "Magneto in this story is very much a detective, seeking out and investigating threats to mutants before cutting loose with all the fury of a supervillain — or superhero, depending on your point of view."[68]
Moon Knight March 2014 Writer
Warren Ellis
Artist
Declan Shalvey
Ellis says the series takes Marc Spector back to New York City because "there's just a wonderful strangeness to seeing that particular figure against a New York landscape... [Out of all the] urban caped superhero characters, I think he's almost the most incongruous." Adding, "[His] cape is actually a crescent moon and he goes out only at night and dresses in reflective white so you can see him coming. Now that’s nuts…. I like that."[69]
Ms. Marvel February 2014 Writer
G. Willow Wilson
Artist
Adrian Alphona
The series will follow Kamala Khan, a 16-year-old American Muslim girl from New Jersey with body-morphing powers. Wilson said, The Ms. Marvel mantle has passed to Kamala Khan, a high school student from Jersey City who struggles to reconcile being an American teenager with the conservative customs of her Pakistani Muslim family. So in a sense, she has a 'dual identity' before she even puts on a super hero costume. Like a lot of children of immigrants, she feels torn between two worlds: the family she loves, but which drives her crazy, and her peers, who don't really understand what her home life is like.[70]
New Warriors February 2014 Writer
Christopher Yost
Artist
Marcus To
The series will feature a team initially consisting of Speedball, Justice, Nova and a host new characters including: Sun Girl, a human. Haechi, an Inhuman. Aracely, a Demigod. Water Snake, an Atlantean. And a clone by the name of Scarlet Spider.[70]
Nightcrawler April 2014 Writer
Chris Claremont
Artist
Todd Nauck
The series will follow Nightcrawler's resurrection in the first arc of Amazing X-Men, and will also heavily feature Wolverine. Originally, Nightcrawler was slated to be the next version of X-Men: Legacy; about the subject, editor Daniel Ketchum said, "With all the excitement surrounding Kurt's return, the enthusiasm from both fans and creators alike, we ultimately decided that this book couldn't be called anything other than 'Nightcrawler'."[71]
The Punisher February 2014 Writer
Nathan Edmonson
Artist
Mitch Gerads
In the series, Frank Castle, the New York-based vigilante, relocates to Los Angeles. About the setting, Edmondson said, "Los Angeles offers all kinds of fun opportunities. There are mountains, skyscrapers, beaches and slums all in a sprawl big enough to host a variety of villainous antagonists. The southern border may play a part of the story, too. L.A. is a schizophrenic city -- it has so many identities, we can never get bored having Frank interact with each of them. And nearby are military bases."[72]
Rocket Raccoon July 2014 Writer
Skottie Young
Artist
Skottie Young
About Rocket Raccoon's adventures in his solo ongoing series, Young said, "We're definitely going to play around with his scoundrel side. We'll get him away from the Guardians and he'll have some solo adventures. So we'll definitely see that side, but we'll weave in and out of there as we look at other aspects of his character. We'll see things like what it's like to be the last of your kind left in the galaxy, but mostly this is a book about a striped-tailed, loud mouth raccoon with big guns."[73]
Savage Hulk June 2014 Writer
Alan Davis
Artist
Alan Davis
"We wanted big names, super stars and break out talent to tell their unique Hulk stories within continuity,” series editor Mark Paniccia told Marvel.com. “That might be now, or using elements of the past and perhaps even glimpses of the future. It all comes back to the current Hulk mythos while letting the talent cut loose with that Hulk story that they’ve been dying to tell.”[74]
Secret Avengers March 2014 Writer
Ales Kot
Artist
Michael Walsh
The series follows the events of the "How to Maim a Mockingbird" storyline in the pervious volume and sees the addition of Spider-Woman to the team. Kot said, "Spider-Woman fascinates me because she's a character who is trying to learn how to have a life she can be happy with while juggling many different pieces of her life at once. She's occasionally confused and she very much wants to grow. I find that very relatable."[75]
She-Hulk February 2014 Writer
Charles Soule
Artist
Javier Pulido
The series follows Jennifer Walters' personal life, life as lawyer and as a superhero. Soule said, "It's not at all out of character for Jennifer Walters to go out partying all night, or spend a day hanging out at the beach. It's hard to imagine a story where, say, the Punisher does that. At the same time, one of the things I want to work hard to do in this new series is treat her as a real person. She absolutely has problems, just like most of the heroes of the Marvel U, but she chooses to approach them with optimism and good spirit rather than surrendering to the grim and gritty. It takes a lot to bring She-Hulk down, although we'll throw a lot at her."[76]
Silver Surfer March 2014 Writer
Dan Slott
Artist
Mike Allred
The series sees Norrin Rad severed from Galactus and free to explore the universe with a human friend named Dawn Greenwood. Slott said, "The way I look at the Surfer is that he's the embodiment of freedom. The character has really been two things since he became the Silver Surfer. He's been a slave to Galactus, and he's been a prisoner of Earth, trapped beyond that great barrier. There's something about him where, the minute you take that barrier away, and the minute you take him away from Galactus, he's the guy with the board who can go anywhere and do anything. It really is that kind of joy and freedom like you're 16 and you just got the keys to the car. But imagine not just driving near your home - you can go anywhere in the universe. There's something very exciting about that."[77]
Spider-Man 2099 July 2014 Writer
Peter David
Artist
Will Sliney
The series involves Miguel O'Hara getting trapped in Earth-616 and having to live with Peter Parker until he can return home and destroy Alchemax.
Storm July 2014 Writer
Greg Pak
Artist
Victor Ibanez
In the series, Storm will be leaving the X-Mansion and going around the world solving crimes, stopping natural disasters, and just generally saving the world. About the series, Pak said, "In this series, Storm's going to take on threats no other X-Men would or could -- no matter what the consequences." [78]
Wolverine February - September 2014 Writer
Paul Cornell
Artist
Ryan Stegman
The series finds Wolverine reconnecting with his darker side and joining a group of minor super villains as he tries to make his life more simple. Cornell said, "This series is going to look into what it means to be a "villain" and how those guys think of themselves. Logan finds a real comradeship there, and a release—and a relationship." [79]
Wolverine and the X-Men March 2014 Writer
Jason Latour
Artist
Mahmud Asrar
The series focuses on three students – Quentin Quire, Evan Sabahnur and Idie Okonkwo. Latour said, "These kids are Logan’s legacy, but as we’ve seen up to this point he didn’t have such a great track record with that stuff even when he was at his best. In them we could be witnessing the growth of the next great team of X-Men, or the creation of the biggest threats the Marvel U will ever see. Everything we’re planning, the adventures, the threats, will reflect that journey."[80]
X-Force February 2014 Writer
Simon Spurrier
Artist
Rock-he Kim
An X-Force team led by Cable, including Psylocke, Fantomex and Marrow, which works as a "dirty tricks" department for the mutant nation. Spurrier said, "So we're going to see them on hits. We're going to see them stealing intelligence, technology and weaponry from other factions. We're going to see them truffling-out emergent threats and destroying them before they can get started. It's broadly the same denominator of old -- a black ops X-Men team -- but with a lot more of an emphasis on International and inter-factional competition."[81]

Other ongoing series[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
All-New X-Men January 2014 Writer
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist
Stuart Immonen
Starting with issue #22.NOW, begins a new storyline called "The Trial of Jean Grey". Editor Steve Wacker said, "Really, the incident that set this all in motion was the Phoenix coming back. That goes back to the story that Brian built with all the other guys in Avengers vs. X-Men. What I can tell you from the Guardians' -- and a lot of the cosmic characters' -- point of view is that Earth keeps getting involved in huge messes. So many of these incredibly powerful characters live on Earth, and from what anyone can tell Earth cannot by any measure handle this power. So everyone is afraid of our cute, little planet. If you're out in the universe, you see that every day there's some conflagration coming from Earth. It's like a baby that needs its bottle constantly. Earth is this very angry baby, and there's a group of important figures 'out there' that want to fix that, but you're also a little scared of that angry baby."[82]
Avengers December 2013 Writer
Jonathan Hickman
Artist
Esad Ribic
Starting in issue #24.NOW, the Avengers must reassemble after the events of Infinity and prevent the annihilation of the Earth and a rogue planet, as it hurtles towards Earth.[6]
Avengers A.I. January 2014 - April 2014 Writer
Jonathan Hickman
Artist
Esad Ribic
Starting in issue #8.NOW, the threat of Dimitrios, which may result in the extinction of the human race, that's been looming since the start of the series will start to escalate. The story takes the team to the 130th century and will feature guest appearances by the Uncanny Avengers and a new division of S.H.I.E.L.D. called the "Robot Hunter Squad".[83]
Captain America February 2014 Writer
Rick Remender
Artist
Pascal Alixe
Nic Klein
Starting in issue #16.NOW, the series will fall under the All-New Marvel NOW! banner. Remender said, "So #16.NOW is a good jumping on point because it sets up pretty much my next year of Captain America and who Jet Black is. Cap's been living with and confiding with her since she came back to Earth with him in the aftermath of the "Dimension Z" storyline, and Earth to her is the place she was supposed to be queen of. It was a place her father trained her to rule over one day because it's populace would be infected with the consciousness of [Arnim] Zola and become her minions."[84]
Deadpool March 2014 Writer
Brian Posehn & Gerry Duggan
Artist
Mike Hawthorne
Issue #25.NOW marks the end of the "Deadpool vs. S.H.I.E.L.D." storyline. About why he chose to end a storyline instead of start a storyline with the issue Duggan said, "I don't want to spoil anything, but the reason we put that issue there is that it sort of turns the page in our run. It's an important moment for Wade, personally, and if you've never read Deadpool, you'll get all of the sense of fun and horror of being Deadpool in that one issue."[85]
Guardians of the Galaxy January 2014 Writer
Brian Michael Bendis
Artist
Sarah Pichelli
Starting in issue #11.NOW, the series crossover with All-New X-Men in the "The Trial of Jean Grey" storyline. Editor Steve Wacker said, "I think the Guardians look at the X-Men and they see a bunch of kids with great power who are more in-the-way than they are helpful. The X-Men, on the other side, have seen a lot in their short time here. When the Guardians show up, it surprises everybody because they don't look like your normal super hero group. They look more Uncanny than the X-Kids -- with that raccoon and that talking tree. The group dynamics are going to be very exciting and lend themselves to conflict; maybe a couple of friendships as well. There are certainly a couple of X-Men I could see getting along pretty well with the Guardians."[82]
Iron Man March 2014 Writer
Kieron Gillen
Artist
Luke Ross
Starting with issue #23.NOW, begins a new storyarc called "Rings of the Mandarin" in which Iron Man takes on Malekith the Accursed. Gillen said, "I've introduced the idea that the Mandarin's rings appear to be sentient, and are seeking a new owner with some grudge against Stark. Malekith is one of the people who gets a ring."[86]
New Avengers March 2014 Writer
Jonathan Hickman
Artist
Rags Morales
Starting with issue #16.NOW, New Avengers became apart of All-New Marvel NOW!. Hickman said, "In New Avengers, we're going to touch on a lot of the multiversal threats. We're going to explain who the adversaries out there are and get into where each of the characters are after Infinity."[87]
Nova February 2014 Writer
Gerry Duggan
Artist
Paco Medina
Starting with issue #13.NOW, Beta Ray Bill will guest star in Nova. Duggan said, "My first big arc begins in Nova #13 -- we use #11 and #12 to build up the seeds of the confrontation, as Sam does a good thing for the wrong people. In doing so, he unwittingly assists the bad guys so Beta Ray Bill comes to Earth and demands some answers. It’s more than a little dust-up, as miscommunication leads to a pretty fun fight that might surprise some people. That kicks off Nova #13 and is a great jumping-on point for new people. People can get to know Sam pretty quickly in the ensuing arc we follow Sam and Bill into space as they try to clean up Sam’s mess."[88]
Savage Wolverine January 2014 Writer
Richard Isanove
Artist
Richard Isanove
Starting with #14.NOW, the series begins a new story-arc. Isanove said, "The basic principle of "Savage Wolverine" is that each story arc is self-contained. I didn't want to deal with any continuity issues, so I created a full cast of new characters, good and bad, who are all dealt with by the end of the story. It's set in 1933, at the end of the Prohibition era and 4 years into the Great Depression."[89]
The Superior Spider-Man February 2014 - April 2014 Writer
Dan Slott
Artist
Giuseppe Camuncoli
Starting in issue #27.NOW, kicks off the "Goblin Nation" storyline, which pits the Superior Spider-Man against the new Green Goblin and the criminal army that he's quietly been assembling. Slott said, "We're heading toward the "Goblin Nation" story where we'll see what happens now after the rise of Spider-Man's greatest enemy, the Green Goblin and what happens with Otto Octavius, the Superior Spider-Man. Because let's be honest. He's fought characters like Cardiac, Screwball and Stunner. [But] This is the Green Goblin! Has everything you've seen this so-called 'Superior' Spider-Man do risen to the level of the Green Goblin?"[90]
Thor: God of Thunder February 2014 Writer
Jason Aaron
Artist
Esad Ribic
Starting with issue #19.NOW, begins the first in a five-part saga. Aaron said, "We see Thor fighting to save the Earth on two different fronts. In the present, he's working with S.H.I.E.L.D. to take on the all-new ROXXON, the world's biggest and more nefarious energy corporation. In the far future, King Thor runs up against a very old and very hungry Galactus."[91]
Thunderbolts February 2014 Writer
Charles Soule
Artist
Carlo Barberi
Starting in issue #20.NOW, Ghost Rider (Johnny Blaze) joins the team. Soule said, "Part of the reason to include Ghost Rider is simple -- why wouldn't you put Ghost Rider into a book? He also fits into the book's dynamic very nicely. Johnny Blaze is certainly someone who has his own demons to battle (yes, that was completely intentional), just like the other members of the Thunderbolts team. I also like that his powers have a magical aspect. Most of the other 'Bolts are either soldiers or warriors, and so putting someone on the team who can cast spells and such opens up some fun story options."[92]
Uncanny Avengers March 2014 Writer
Rick Remender
Artist
Steve Mcniven
Starting with issue #18.NOW, the series begins a new storyline titled "Planet X". Remender said, "The conclusion of 'Ragnarok Now' is pretty shocking, I think. What we have going into the 'Planet X' of it all is that there's some form of a mutant homeworld established in space. That's the big 'Shazam!' that I don't think we're able to promote this without giving away that much. As for what is going on on this planet, I think this is going to be an examination of what happens when the mutants get everything they think they wanted, even if they didn't put it together. Seeing them in this utopia where there are no humans, except for Wasp, they begin to break into factions, and they continue to have problems and strife. It turns out that the problem is a human problem, and it's one they'll have whether they're on Earth or not."[93]
Uncanny X-Men March 2014 Writer
Brian Bendis
Artist
Chris Bachalo
Starting with issue #19.NOW, Cyclops leads his team against S.H.I.E.L.D., which was revealed to have their own sentinels in the "Battle of the Atom" storyline. Bendis said, "I think it's a bigger risk for him at this point not to take on S.H.I.E.L.D. Something's wrong over there and their lives are in danger. He made a promise both publicly and privately to his people that he would fight for them and protect them. Something is going on [at S.H.I.E.L.D.] that is putting mutant lives in danger. One would have to imagine that it's better to be alive than have goodwill."[94]
X-Men February 2014 Writer
Brian Wood
Artist
Kris Anka
Starting with issue #10.NOW., the series begins a three-issue story-arc entitled "Ghosts" that involves the new Sisterhood that was introduced in the "Muertas" storyline, which includes Lady Deathstrike, Typhoid Mary, the Enchantress and a powerful unnamed villain.[95]

Limited Series[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
All-New Doop April 2014 Writer
Peter Milligan
Artist
David Lafuente
Milligan summarized the five-issue limited series with "Doop is a character who lives mostly in the margins, and this story takes place, if you like, in the margins of Battle of the Atom. It shows what happens in those moments just before or after or behind the main storyline."[96]
Deadly Hands Of Kung-Fu May 2014 Writer
Mike Benson
Artist
Tan Eng Huat
In the four-issue limited series, "a highly trained MI-6 agent has been murdered in cold blood. One with deep, personal ties to Shang-Chi’s past. As he journey’s to England to pay his respects, the Marvel Universe’s most impressive hand-to-hand combatant will learn that not all is as it seems. And if he’s not careful –he’ll be next! Familiar faces and new enemies lie around every twist and turn, as Shang-Chi makes his lone stand against the dangerous unknown."[97]
Winter Soldier: The Bitter March February 2014 Writer
Rick Remender
Artist
Roland Boschi
In the five-issue limited series, set in 1966, two ex-Nazi scientists have developed a top-secret formula that could potentially win the Cold War, but they have been captured by HYDRA. In response, S.H.I.E.L.D. sends in Nick Fury and Ran Shen to collect the scientists, however the Soviet Union sends in the Winter Soldier to try to get them first. About the title character Remender said, "He was a tool who had very little control of his own mind, but I will be exploring how Bucky Barnes is underneath all of it still. Even back then, there was a piece of him trying to stand back up."[98]

One-shots[edit]

Title Publication Date Initial Creative Team Notes / References
All-New Marvel NOW! Point One January 2014 Writer
various
Artist
various
The issue features lead-in stories for Loki: Agent of Asgard, Silver Surfer, Black Widow, Ms. Marvel, All-New Invaders and Avengers World.[99]
Guardians of the Galaxy FCBD May 2014 Writer
Brian Bendis
Artist
Nick Bradshaw
In the issue, released for Free Comic Book Day, Captain Marvel and Venom join the Guardians of the Galaxy.[100]
Rocket Raccoon FCBD May 2014 Writer
Joe Caramagna
Artist
Adam Archer
A free all-ages comic book starring Rocket Raccoon by the creative team of Joe Caramagna and Adam Archer. About the team, editor Mark Paniccia said, "Joe Caramagna is our premier all-ages writer. Adam Archer is a prolific artist with an energetic and dynamic style. Great expressions and comedic timing. He was born to draw bipedal, ray gun toting raccoons!"[101]

In other media[edit]

  • On December 13, 2012, a special "Marvel NOW!" category was featured on the television quiz show, Jeopardy!.[102]

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