Marvel is kicking off its universe pseudo-reboot with a new Marvel-side crossover event called Secret Wars, helmed by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic. For old school comics devotees (or fans of the '90s Spider-Man animated series on Fox), this title should sound familiar. Starting in 1984, Marvel had its greatest heroes team up for a 12-issue series in which an all-powerful foe transports heroes and villains to a planet called Battleworld where they were forced to duke it out. So, in a fittingly meta way, Secret Wars is itself a reboot. Whoa.
But though the new Secret Wars is conceptually similar to the original, this newer iteration will involve Marvel characters from all over the Multiverse thrust into a single planet/universe called Battleworld. Unlike the original Secret Wars, characters will include the Ultimate Universe versions (which didn't exist back then), as well as characters from alternate histories and chronologies, or new realities entirely. Marvel is then splitting up the stories that take place on Battleworld into three categories: Warzones, Last Days, and Battleworld. (What these categories cover remains to be seen.) Or, as Marvel puts it: "All that remains in the cosmos is Battleworld, the strange, patchwork realm playing host to countless realities, all existing side-by-side, fused into a single planet!"