Over on Tom Brevoort’s blog this week, he’s been showing you behind the scenes of House of M, including one of the initial documents distributed internally about the project:
At the climax of HOUSE OF M, we’ll be restoring the Marvel Universe more or less to the state we’re all familiar with. However, as a result of this storyline, assorted key elements can have changed as regards the characters’ history or status quos or whatever. A number of characters will be rebooted whole cloth. However, this is a device we’re going to be using sparingly and selectively, so as not to undermine the underpinnings of the universe. If there’s a change of this nature that you’d like to make, talk it over with your editor and have him present it to the HOUSE OF M braintrust, and we’ll make a determination as to whether it makes sense in the big picture. This is an opportunity to clean up the messes of the past, not to create new ones.
… This shouldn’t be approached as a shtick, or a Days of Future Past, or an Elseworlds. Its really happening and it will affect the characters. We are only as good as our weakest link in terms of selling the importance of the event to the audience, so the more gravitas you can give your individual tie-in stories, the better.