On Wednesday, a major creator who will remain nameless [Laughs] tossed out a couple of big grenades, and I wanted to run across the room and punch him. But by the time Friday rolled around, and we’d addressed his questions, I wanted to hug him. That’s the dynamic I’m talking about. We’re like boxers that beat the hell out of each other for fifteen rounds then embrace when the final bell rings. A witness might say, “What in the Hell? They just tried to knock each other’s blocks off!” But the reason is, those boxers really challenged each other, they put on a great show, they brought out the best in each other. That’s what happens with us — except there are 30 boxers in the ring. [Laughs]
Alonso doesn’t tease more about the storyline that was being worked out at this most recent retreat, but he does find time to remind everyone that – despite the success of DC’s New 52 – a reboot is nowhere near the future for the Marvel Universe:
DC is doing what they felt they needed to do — it’s not what we need to do. Any success that DC has with their line-wide reboot might inspire us to up our game, but it doesn’t inspire us to rethink our publishing plan. We have a plan and we’re sticking to it. “Fear Itself” and “Schism” set up big things in the Marvel Universe, all of which will come to a head in the event we’ve planned for 2012. A reboot is not on the menu.
Hopefully, this will end the still-recurring rumors that Marvel will “have” to consider a reboot in order to compete with how well DC is doing right now. Still, it’ll definitely be interesting to see how the December chart looks, considering the Avengers: X-Sanction launch and the probably fourth month sales of the New 52…