The Secret Wars of the Eighties and their 8 Surprising Variations

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What was the original Secret Wars and how much did it influence later projects?

As we noted at the time, just like in DC’s Crisis on Inline Earth (1985 – 1984), Marvel managed to get a lot of juice out of the name Secret Wars (or Secret Wars). taste). There are three sagas that have used that title. However, the first made a big impression in the 1980s, made a large number of merchandise available and continues to make people talk today. Therefore, it is not surprising that many collections from the original have been released, or that Marvel Studios decided to take parts from this adventure for its future film of the same name. Next, we’ll examine the above stories in detail, as we did at the time with cover variations of the first edition of the original collection.

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars

The House of Ideas first published this name in 2011. It was in 1984, with scripts by Jim Shooter and drawings by Mike Zeck and Bob Layton. The collection spanned twelve parts, in which the top group of heroes and villains told the teleportation to a strange planet, thanks to the huge structure that appeared from nowhere in Central Park. After learning the amazing abilities of all these superhuman beings of Earth, they obeyed the will of a being known as the Almighty, who wanted to fight against evil and command under the leadership of Captain America. Doctor Doom, promising to reward the winning side and give them everything they want. The collection served as an excuse to present significant improvements to the characters: the new Spiderman suit, the temporary replacement of the thing by She-Hulk in the Fantastic Four or the change of Colossus impression on Kitty Pryde, to mention three. The most popular cases.

Secret Wars II

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At the end of the saga mentioned in the previous section, Marvel thought it would be a good idea to use the goose that laid the golden eggs that inspired the continuation of the collection for nine more issues under the name Secret Wars II (1985). – 1986) are interspersed with the stellar cases of certain superheroes, which can be enjoyed by each character in the regular series. Jim Shooter returned to handle the scripts, this time accompanied by Al Milgrom as lead artist. On this occasion, it was the Almighty who teleported to our planet to complete his research on Earth’s heroes and villains. Although both parts had a lot of sales and led to the release of a lot of toys and accessories by Mattel, the second one was not as popular as the first one.

Secret Wars 3

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There were even Secret Wars directed by Steve Englehart and Keith Pollard. However, this time, there was a story published in Fantastic Four #319 (1988), in which no other hero appeared. But the truth is that it is a sequel that does not need to be written.

What if… on behalf of Secret Wars

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One of the most unique adventures associated with Secret Wars, without a doubt, is Brave New World published, thanks to Jay Ferber’s scripts and Greg Shigiel’s illustrations, in the…? No. 114 (1998) where heroes and villains did not return from the world where Almighty God sent them and twenty-five years later, their children born on the said planet took their place.

Spider-Man and Secret Wars

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Although Spider-Man is part of the first adventure, his importance goes a little further than having a black suit. However, in this four-issue miniseries from 2010 by Paul Tobin and Patrick Scherberger, the story evolved with Spider-Man in more of a lead role.

Deadpool Mystery: Secret Wars

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If you are a veteran reader, it is certain that you enjoyed the first Secret Wars in the eighties with famous heroes such as Captain America, Spiderman, Iron Man, Wolverine or Carnage. However, it is very possible not to remember the latter. In the year The four-issue miniseries created in 2015 by Cullen Bunn, Matteo Lolli and Matteo Buffgani, in addition to explaining why we don’t remember him, tells us about his involvement.

All-out Avengers / Avengers: Beyond

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In these two mini-parts (published this year), for a total of eleven episodes, Derek Landy and Greg Land have created a joint adventure, carrying out a series of missions that The Avengers failed to recall in the first six issues. Until they prove that Datta, the Almighty, is involved, this plot is in the second of the aforementioned ministries.

Marvel Super Heroes Secret Wars: Battleworld

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Eighties’ Secret Wars will return next year with new miniseries directed by Tom DeFalco and Pat Oliff, starring Spiderman and Human Torch, as pictured in this article. It will arrive in our country in the spring of 2024.

Spider-Man, The Animated Series

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It wouldn’t be true to end this article without talking about the final season of the animated series Spider-Man (1994 – 1998), where Secret Wars was covered in three episodes (Arrival, Red Skull Gauntlet and Doom). It was Spider-Man who led a team of Doctor Octopus, Doctor Death, Alistair Smith and Captain America, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Stormtrooper and the Lizard (masterminded by Doctor Connor). Red Skull (although the latter two were never in the original comic book collection). If we take into account that Spider-Man already took an alien suit in the first season of the series, this adaptation of Secret Wars was completely unnecessary.