Grew up reading comic books in the 90's. Marvel fan at heart. Hulk, the Midnight Sons, and Marvel's cosmic universe are my favorites.
Marvel Comics have had some of the biggest events in comics history. Nothing gets fantoms excited like a truly influential moment for their favourite characters. Here, our Mitch Nissen looks at five events that truly changed the Marvel Comics universe.
Civil War, Age of Ultron, Secret Invasion, Avengers Vs X-Men, Secret Wars. These are only a fraction of the epic crossover events to have graced the pages of Marvel Comics. The mega event, Secret Wars, just wrapped up and already Marvel Comics is promoting their next event, Civil War II, saying it will be earth-shattering.
We’ve all heard that before.
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Every event that Marvel ushers our way promises to change the universe and the characters within it, but how many of these stories actually effect real change?
There is a status quo that has to be maintained to sustain readership and keep the universe functioning.
Did Civil War change the Marvel Universe?
For a year or two it did with fallout events such as The Initiative and Bucky stepping in as Captain America, but eventually the old status quo was reinstated and everything went back to normal. That is until the next mega event that promised to “change the Marvel Universe forever”.
Major crossover events like Civil War don’t necessarily have to change the way we read comic books or the characters we follow month after month. At the core of every event the focus should be on telling a good story. If the story happens to precipitate actual change, whether it’s change on a small scale or large scale, that’s for the future to decide.
So what crossover events actually brought about change to the Marvel Universe?
Here’s a list of five.