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Given it’s built on the foun­da­tions that sem­i­nal cre­ators like stan lee, Jack Kirby and steve Ditko es­tab­lished more than half a cen­tury ago, there must be a feel­ing of stand­ing on the shoul­ders of gi­ants at Marvel Comics. Af­ter em­pha­sis­ing the con­tem­po­rary with re­cent ini­tia­tives like

Marvel Now! and All New All Dif­fer­ent Marvel, the house of ideas’ lat­est re­launch this au­tumn will ac­knowl­edge its rich and plen­ti­ful her­itage. With stal­warts like spi­der-Man and Cap­tain Amer­ica re­turn­ing to their most pop­u­lar it­er­a­tions and their ti­tles re­vert­ing to their orig­i­nal num­ber­ing, Marvel Legacy will tap into over five decades of con­ti­nu­ity. how­ever, ac­cord­ing to Marvel ex­ec­u­tive edi­tor tom brevoort, it’s not just a nostalgia fest de­signed to ap­peal to long time fans.

“As the name im­plies, Marvel Legacy is us reach­ing back into our past for in­spi­ra­tion in cre­at­ing new sto­ries that will pro­pel our he­roes into the fu­ture,” he tells SFX. “so there’s def­i­nitely a feel­ing of his­tory there through­out the var­i­ous books. it’s mostly about iden­ti­fy­ing those as­pects of the Marvel uni­verse that have wan­dered out of the spot­light a bit in re­cent years and shin­ing a light upon them. Marvel

Legacy and the sto­ries that will un­fold un­der­neath its ban­ner will re­in­force that for all that it has con­tin­ued to grow, change and evolve as it has for over 50 years, the Marvel uni­verse is still the same place that you recog­nise and love.”

but while we’ve re­cently seen the ad­vent of more di­verse char­ac­ters like Jane Foster’s fe­male thor and Ka­mala Khan’s Mus­limAmer­i­can Ms Marvel, brevoort in­sists that

Marvel Legacy isn’t in­tended to alien­ate newer read­ers. “it’s de­signed to harken back to the essence of clas­sic Marvel and to re­mind read­ers of any age or du­ra­tion why they fell in love with those char­ac­ters and this world in the first place,” he ex­plains. “so there are a bunch of call­backs, some of which are cos­metic, such as the is­sue numbers, the trade dress and

things like [’70s fan club] FooM and [cut-out and col­lect] Marvel value stamps, while oth­ers are more nar­ra­tive in na­ture.”

For brian Michael bendis, who will con­tinue to chron­i­cle the ad­ven­tures of Riri Wil­liams in

In­vin­ci­ble Iron Man and Miles Mo­rales in Spi­der-Man, Marvel

Legacy rep­re­sents the best of both worlds. “All th­ese char­ac­ters are loved and have been around for decades and now they’re gi­gan­tic movie stars on lev­els none of us thought was even pos­si­ble ten years ago,” he says. “but what’s im­por­tant is that as phe­nom­e­nal as those char­ac­ters are, the newer char­ac­ters like Riri, Miles and Ka­mala Khan also speak to a very prom­i­nent au­di­ence, who are only com­ing in to see those char­ac­ters. but there’s no rea­son why they can’t all co-ex­ist, in­ter­min­gle and prop each other up.”

Claim­ing that, “i’m so down with it, you have no idea,” bendis can’t wait for the ar­rival of

Marvel Legacy, which fol­lows di­rectly on from this sum­mer’s con­tro­ver­sial Se­cret Em­pire cross­over and the Gen­er­a­tions mini-se­ries, which teams up orig­i­nal ver­sions of char­ac­ters like hawk­eye and Phoenix with their more re­cent in­car­na­tions. “Legacy is like a list of things i’ve been re­ally ex­cited about Marvel do­ing for a few years,” he says. “i’m ex­cited about the num­ber­ing, and i’m ex­cited about some sur­prises peo­ple don’t know about. it was also a great op­por­tu­nity to fo­cus our sto­ries on what the books are about. When Marvel or DC do some­thing like this, it re­ally does bring some out­stand­ing books out of that think­ing. You can re­ally fo­cus on ‘what is the point of an iron Man book or a thor book? Are we do­ing that and what’s the most sur­pris­ing thing we can do with that book right now?’ And then do­ing them all at once.”

mak­ing his­tory

but while Marvel Legacy ar­rives 16 months af­ter DC suc­cess­fully re­stored their own uni­verse to its full glory in 2016 re­boot DC

Re­birth, brevoort be­lieves that the two pro­grammes have lit­tle in com­mon. “We’re just con­cen­trat­ing on what we think will work best for us, and what the Marvel uni­verse might be in need of at any given minute,” he says.

“Legacy is sim­i­lar to Re­birth in that they’re both pro­mo­tions and it also be­gins with a one-shot, but that’s where the sim­i­lar­ity ends.”

Writ­ten by Ja­son Aaron and mostly il­lus­trated by esad Ribic, the Marvel Legacy one-shot will span the en­tire his­tory of the Marvel uni­verse as it in­tro­duces a pre­his­toric chap­ter of the earth’s Might­i­est he­roes whose line-up in­cludes Ghost Rider, black Pan­ther, star brand, Phoenix, iron Fist, odin and Doc­tor strange pre­de­ces­sor Ag­amotto the All-see­ing. “the idea for the Avengers of 1,000,000 bC came en­tirely from Ja­son, as did its mem­ber­ship, so it’s all prime Ja­son,” says brevoort. “And while esad is pro­duc­ing the bulk of the art for the spe­cial, there are also con­tri­bu­tions from a wide va­ri­ety of other artists from across the Marvel spec­trum, so it’s turned into a real show­piece for some beau­ti­ful art­work.”

in­fa­mously align­ing him­self with Hy­dra dur­ing Se­cret Em­pire, steve Rogers will once again be his true self when for­mer Dare­devil and

Black Widow col­lab­o­ra­tors Mark Waid and Chris sam­nee take over the reins of Cap­tain Amer­ica with novem­ber’s #695. “We’ve just had a great con­fer­ence call about the over­all di­rec­tion of the sto­ry­line, and some­thing hap­pens at the end of Mark and Chris’s third is­sue, #697, which ought to get peo­ple talk­ing and will cat­a­pult events into an un­ex­pected di­rec­tion,” says brevoort. “it’s def­i­nitely the sort of Cap se­ries that all of those peo­ple who are now up in arms about Se­cret Em­pire have been say­ing they want, so hope­fully it will ap­peal to them.”

With Peter Parker hav­ing re­cently lost his multi-mil­lion dol­lar tech em­pire, Amaz­ing

Spi­der-Man #789 will see him go­ing back to ba­sics as he once again be­comes the Friendly neigh­bor­hood spi­der-Man. “Legacy worked out well with what we’ve got planned on

Amaz­ing be­cause we’d got to the point where we were break­ing down Peter’s cor­po­ra­tion and bring­ing him back full time to the streets of new York,” says Amaz­ing Spi­der-Man scribe Dan slott. “it’s go­ing to be a Peter Parker who is in the way you think of spi­der-Man when you say to some­one, ‘tell me about Spi­der­man.’ We were al­ready head­ing that way be­fore Legacy, so i was like, ‘it’s busi­ness as usual.’ Legacy is ev­ery­thing you know and love about the Marvel uni­verse, only more so.”

one-shot won­ders

From Daz­zler to Darkhawk, Not Brand Echh and Mas­ter Of Kung Fu, a se­ries of self­con­tained spe­cials will be re­leased in novem­ber show­cas­ing some cult char­ac­ters, who per­haps don’t war­rant their own monthly ti­tle at present. “the point of the one-shots was to have some fun,” says brevoort. “We know that the odds of a Darkhawk or a Power Pack sup­port­ing a full-on on­go­ing se­ries right now is pretty slim, but at the same time, there are peo­ple who love those char­ac­ters. Marvel Legacy gives us an um­brella un­der which we can take a few fliers on some old char­ac­ters and dif­fer­ent cre­ative teams, to give a lit­tle gift back to the fans of those dif­fer­ent se­ries, and see if we can get some­thing more to spark. if peo­ple re­act well enough to the sil­ver sable one-shot or the Mas­ter of Kung-Fu story gets some good no­tices, then we’ll cer­tainly be ready to do more.”

The Marvel Legacy one-shot is pub­lished by Marvel Comics on 27 Septem­ber. The Marvel Legacy range be­gins in Oc­to­ber.

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