One of my favorite aspects of comic books, well more so superhero comic books, is the concept of legacy heroes. There has been more than one other have held the cape and cowl of Batman and Batgirl, Iron Fist has a long lineage beyond Danny Rand, and there are let’s just say a lot of iterations of Spider-Man, be they from an alternate universe or a clone.
It really is interesting to see a well-known and established superhero done from the perspective of someone else in the role, be it main continuity or a story set in an alternate universe. Well Marvel thought, how about we just bring lineages of superheros from the past and now together?
This summer, Marvel Comics will launch, Generations, a miniseries running from July to September where the past and current version of a Marvel superhero will be paired up by a different creative team, meaning we could see the official resurrections of recently deceased superheroes in the Marvel Universe from Bruce Banner to Wolverine.
This was the official confirmation of an image done by powerhouse artist Alex Ross that the company posted online last month.
GENERATIONS – coming Summer 2017. pic.twitter.com/YdLf37UL8G
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 16, 2017
As for what said books will be, well don’t worry we have the full list right here!
- -Iron Man (Tony Stark and Riri Williams) – written by Brian Michael Bendis
- -Spider-Man (Peter Parker and Miles Morales) – Brian Michael Bendis
- -Ms. Marvel (Carol Danvers and Kamala Khan) – G. Willow Wilson
- -Thor (Odinson and Jane Foster) – Jason Aaron
- -Hawkeye (Clint Barton and Kate Bishop) – Kelly Thompson
- -Hulk (Bruce Banner and Amadeus Cho) – Greg Pak
- -Jean Grey (young and older) – Dennis Hopeless
- -Wolverine (Logan and X23) – Tom Taylor
- -Captain Marvel (Mar-Vell and Carol Danvers) – Margie Stohl
- -Captain America (Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson) – Nick Spencer
Just gazing at the list, the pairings are very sound. Clint and Kate will be shooting arrows together again, Tony fly around with his current protege, and Steve and Sam will certainly have some awkward conversations I believe.
But that aside, Banner died during Civil War II and Tony was left in some sort of coma near the end of it, Wolverine died three years ago (good on Marvel for making that death stick for a good while), and Peter and Miles are working together. Now Bendis did do a miniseries with them both in Spider-Men a few years ago and with Miles here in the main universe, could this be the long awaited sequel?
Well possibly, but I’m sure you’re all wondering, if this an alternate timeline? Is time travel involved at all?
Let Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso answer your question.
“These stories do happen, they really count. They really matter. This isn’t some alternate reality story or some time-travel story.”
That answers that. All there is to do now is wait for the books to come out.
What’s your reaction to this? Excited to read it? Which pairing excites you most? Let us know in the comments below!