Marvel cancels Captain America, Thor, X-Men, Incredible Hulk and others

Marvel has cancelled 9 big name titles ahead of Marvel NOW (design news). These aren’t b-list heroes.

Say goodbye to;

  • Captain America
  • Fantastic Four
  • FF
  • Incredible Hulk
  • Invincible Iron Man
  • New Mutants
  • The Mighty Thor
  • Uncanny X-Men
  • X-Men Legacy

It’s worth noting that many of these heroes are in teams which survive the comic cull. Captain America and Thor, for example, are Avengers. Iron Man blast his way into one of the surviving Avenger titles too. The Hulk gets around.

A bigger question is around the Fantastic Four. What’s going to happen there? Comics Beat suggests they’ll be stuck in comic-book limbo.

At least for now. But who knows given Marvel’s current mood.

Are you surprised by the culls? What do you think Marvel should do?

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6 comments
The Omega 800
The Omega 800

tbh with all the screwing around marvel have been doing with the films recently (casting chris evans as Cap ect.) im starting to lose faith with comic book films and now even dc are thinking about a batan reboot already? they could atleast do a couple more films but then have the time line a bit later, because then it would make sense to change actors, and set tone a bt lighter. grr these companies just seem to be f***ing around with the fans and eventually we're all just gonna give up

Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson

They'll each be relaunched with an "EXCITING! NEW! STATUS QUO!!!" as part of this book a week deal. I certainly don't believe they're going to dump the titles that contain their main movie characters.

In fact the only four on that list I can't see coming back in some form almost immediately are: FF (it's a spin-off Fantastic Four book telling part of Jonathan Hickman's tale. Now that's he's moving on to other things, it's necessary); Uncanny X-Men (kinda replaced by Uncanny Avengers, plus there's too many X-books at the moment); X-Men Legacy (Too many X-books again, it's survived as a Rogue and friends book for years) and New Mutants (a redundant concept from the 80s. They keep wanting to create "the next generation of X-Men" but the problem is the current generation isn't going anywhere!).

Andrew Girdwood
Andrew Girdwood

You didn't think Chris Evans was any good as Captain America?

Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson

Andy by "almost immediately" i mean they'll be back at some point, but probably not in the inital Marvel NOW waves.

Andrew Girdwood
Andrew Girdwood

And this is just a short term measure while hope DC's "New 52" looses its buzz?

Paul Wilson
Paul Wilson

It's the same hype game that Marvel and DC have been playing for a few years now. They'll make some change that's marketed as a big deal in the hopes of generating some new interest in titles. But over time this buzz dies down and comics move back to something resembling their status quo because that's what the core fanbase cares about.

Plus there are some books that just seem to get published every few years just to remind folks they're out there, or to keep the rights fresh in case someone wants to option a movie or tv show.