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    Secret Wars Was Accidentally Ruined Before It Even Began by One Avengers Comic.

    Secret Wars Was Accidentally Ruined Before It Even Began by One Avengers Comic.

    Secret Wars was supposed to fundamentally alter Marvel’s comic book universe, however a subsequent issue proved that this wasn’t going to happen.

    Though one Avengers comic demonstrated that the modern Secret Wars wouldn’t have the effect some fans had hoped for, it remains one of Marvel’s most cherished comics events. However, the comic it “spoiled” also provides a lesson on how to make these events feel significant regardless of any spoilers. The instance of Rage of Ultron is an excellent case study in the problems with making the stakes in events feel real.

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    The greatest upheaval of the Marvel Universe ever was promised for the 2015 event Secret Wars. What the Marvel Universe would look like when the comics event ended was an open subject, with the eradication of the entire cosmos as a prelude. At the time, there were persistent rumours of a DC-style revamp, a first for Marvel. The Marvel Universe didn’t undergo a major reset after Secret Wars ended and the dust had settled. Before the event even started, there was a clear indication that fans hoping for a complete relaunch of the universe would be disappointed.

    Fans Did Not Expect The Universal Shake-Up from Secret Wars.

    The Original Graphic Novel Avengers: Rage of Ultron by Rick Remender, Jerome Opea, and Pepe Larraz, which was released prior to Secret Wars by Jonathan Hickman and Esad Ribi, revealed the current state of this “new” Marvel Universe. Rage of Ultron, which was obviously set after Secret Wars, was published in April 2015 as the majority of Marvel comics were reacting to the imminent multiversal destruction of Secret Wars, which would start the following month.

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    Rage’s attention to Hank Pym was the most evident indication of this. Hank had last appeared in Jonathan Hickman and Kev Walker’s New Avengers Vol. 3 #29, which was a prelude to Secret Wars. When Hank appeared in New Avengers #29, it wasn’t consistent with how he appeared in Rage of Ultron, where he was combined with Ultron.

    The dramatic disruption of the status quo for the whole Marvel Universe is merely one illustration of a general issue with event comics. The concept that events will “alter things… forever” is refuted by the existence of concurrent comics that are uninterested in any current affairs. Since the stakes for so many event comics are “universe-shattering,” continuing titles that don’t address these concerns can easily diminish the significance of an event. While occasionally annoying, forcing every concurrent comic to note an event’s perceived significance has no benefit. The reputation of event comics and their tie-ins for upsetting ongoing series is already a problem. To support an event, it is not worth further harming other comics.

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    Maybe a lesson may be drawn from Hickman and Ribi’s Secret Wars if event comics are to have the impact promised on the cover. Secret Wars is still regarded as one of the best Marvel events, despite fans having hints that it wouldn’t permanently alter everything. This is due to its emotional core and the character struggles at its centre. One of Secret Wars’ most renowned features is the conflict between Reed Richards and Doctor Doom that is at its core.

    The crucial stakes must be for the characters if authors can’t actually destroy everything, at least permanently. An event will always be more memorable if it focuses on the inner lives and challenges of its participants, and guess what? Spoiler alert, although it’s likely that the heroes will prevail in the end. No amount of status quo spoilers or cognitive dissonance can destroy a story if it feels like those heroes have matured. Secret Wars is unequivocal evidence of this. Even if an Avengers story “spoiled” it, it remains one of the greatest Marvel events ever.

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