Never mind images of the Phoenix, hints that something is coming or Point One special issues, Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso has offered probably the most speculation-inducing comment about the House of Ideas’ big 2012 event yet in his latest CBR interview:
[T]he first phase of a publishing plan is determining what your tent-poles will be — what projects will drive people into stores and get people buzzing about the year ahead. A few weeks ago, we released a little teaser that got people buzzing… Very soon, we’re going to reveal all. Three simple words that speak to the hardcore Marvel fan and the guy or gal on the street who’s seen one or two super hero movies.
“Three simple words that speak to the hardcore Marvel fan and the guy or gal on the street who’s seen one or two super-hero movies”? What three words would fit that bill? “The Phoenix Returns,” maybe, if those super-hero movies were the X-Men ones? “The Avengers Die?” Nah, they wouldn’t go that far. But… Well, the Point One teaser story featuring Nova made a point – no pun intended – of showing that the Phoenix Force didn’t only destroy a planet, but created new life. So what if the three words end up being some variation on “Marvel Universe Reborn”?