Marvel is having a press conference today, at noon eastern time. It’s at Midtown Comics in New York City. So — what’s it about?
Well, here’s what we do know: it’s the culmination of those “Do you fear…” teasers from last week, starring Spider-Man, Cyclops, Captain America, the Hulk and Thor. According to Marvel themselves, it’s the “biggest comics event of 2011,” and smart money would say that Matt Fraction is involved. From his Twitter yesterday (adjust your reading for Fraction-esque self-deprecation):
there’s this thing happening on tuesday. and i can’t be in new york to be a part of it so i had to shoot a video. both it and i are awful.
Also, remember that “Architects” press release from a couple of weeks ago?
· Matt Fraction, writer of Thor, Invincible Iron Man, and a top secret upcoming event
There’s also this video, from Marvel.com:
So, there you go: it’s a 2011 event (maybe Marvel’s return to Civil War/Secret Invasion-size events after taking the last year off?), it’s probably written by Matt Fraction and it has something to do with fear. Who in the Marvel Universe deals with fear? Mr. Fear and Scarecrow are maybe a bit too on the nose (and the latter’s name is a bit too closely associated with his DC counterpart). Daredevil was the man without fear; now Black Panther is. Hmm. Man-Thing? You may have heard that whatever knows fear burns at his touch. Boy, would that be great if Marvel held a huge, well-hyped press conference to announce a major project involving Man-Thing.
EDIT: As helpfully pointed out in the comments by Rich, Phobos — Ares’ son from Secret Warriors — also means “fear” in Greek mythology. Well, that’s pretty solid.
Well, whatever it is, we’ll know more at noon, and will be covering the heck out of the whole thing on the main page. Feel free to speculate in the meantime!