Augie De Blieck notices a recurring theme in Marvel’s storytelling:
Axel Alonso to Newsarama: “We have a great idea for something next summer that will be the culmination of a lot of things that will be building in the books.”I’m sure if I dug up enough interviews in CBR’s archives from the last ten years, we’d find that this is about the tenth time a Marvel Editor In Chief made that claim about the next major crossover event.
“Civil War” was the culmination of what started in “Avengers Disassembled.”
“Secret Invasion” was the culmination of Brian Bendis’ eight year Avengers plan.
That, of course, was after “Dark Reign” culminated in “The List.” That series “heralded the next major chapter of the Marvel Universe,” which implies that it’s also the culmination of the last chapter.
“The Siege” was touted as the “culmination of five years of event comics.”
And, heck, the Marvel NOW! Initiative is the culmination of Marvel ReEvolution, which just started a couple of months ago.
That’s not forgetting that Avengers vs. X-Men was also described, at one point, as the culmination of everything that’s happened in the Marvel Universe since Avengers Disassembled. Marvel: Where things keep ending, over and over and over again, apparently.