Line-wide relaunches are the new normal for superhero comics. Whether they’re a reboot like DC’s New 52 or simply a rebranding like All-New, All-Different Marvel, the idea is pretty much the same: a jumping-on point for new readers. That’s all okay by me, since in Marvel’s case we were given a fairly diverse line-up of Avengers that’ll probably stick around. The future looks pretty bright in that regard, but it appears we’re also set to take a deep dive into the past of Marvel’s history.
The Generations event this August is all set to bring Marvel’s major legacy heroes together. The Captain Americas (Sam Wilson and Steve Rogers), the Hulks (Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho), the Thors (Odinson and Jane Foster), the Hawkeyes (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop), the Captain and Ms. Marvels (Mar-Vell, Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan), the Spider-Mans (Miles and Peter), the Wolverines (Laura and Logan), Iron Man and Iron Heart, and so on and so forth, but following this nexus of recent and current keepers of these superhero mantles, the appropriately titled Marvel Legacy one-shot will take us back to 1,000,000 B.C. to see where some of them began.
Who exactly was around back then? So far, the lineup appears to be Odin a.k.a. Thordad, Agamotto (precursor to Dr. Strange), the first Black Panther, the first Iron Fist, the first people possessed by the Phoenix and the Ghost Rider (or maybe the entities themselves?), and the first person to wield the Star Brand, i.e. the thing that makes you Quasar. That’s pretty neat! I don't really know how this fits in with Homo Sapiens having only been around for some 200,000 years, but a million is a cool number and comicbook science is silly.
Things having been in motion for a million years, spiritually, cosmically and politically, will probably have some major ripple effects for the current Marvel universe. We’ll find out more about them in Marvel Legacy #1 by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic this September.