Well, True Believers, Marvel Comics has held us in suspense for a week regarding their major "Fear Itself" event in April, their teaser images tapping into the very heart of our fears: fears about the economy, losing control, losing our faith, and much more. And "Fear" was definitely the watchword at Marvel's press conference at Midtown Comics in New York City today. Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada opened the anncouncement by admitting that "times are tough" in the real world, and that the "Fear Itself" event was inspired exactly by these real-world anxieties: "Fear is the great motivator."
Marvel then played a short film featuring Franklin Delano Roosevelt's famous "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself" quote over a montage of the various "Do You Fear?" teaser images. The event's writer Matt Fraction then did a bit of a "Julian Assange" and broadcasted a few words about "Fear Itself" while located in a "secret underground location."
Here's what we know so far about "Fear Itself" based on the press conference, in a nutshell:
The event kicks off in March 2011 with a prologue by Ed Brubaker and Scot Eaton, in a story starring Captain America and the Invaders against the Red Skull.
HOWEVER, hints to events in "Fear Itself" have been cleverly peppered into the Marvel Universe for anywhere from "18 months to 2 years."
The "Fear Itself" miniseries proper will start in April 2011, last 7 issues over 7 months, and have many tie-ins with a diverse range of Marvel titles. The creative team for "Fear Itself" will be Matt Fraction, Stuart Immonen, and Wade Von Grawbadger.
The plot will focus on "The God Of Fear" and an "world-ending extinction-level event" that eight "chosen ones" from the Marvel Universe will have to face. Fraction said that there has been "nothing quite in the scale of Fear Itself in quite some time." Friends will square off against each other, unlikely alliances will be made, and there will probably be at least a character death or two. Executive Editor Tom Brevoort commented: "It's a Marvel Comic and the stakes have to be high."
"But is this a return to "Darkness" in the Marvel Universe," one person in the audience asked. Brevoort answered: "I think that our characters have always battled the darkness around us...we want to hammer our characters in a crucible to see how much they can take."
Will cash-strapped readers "fear" to get involved in another major publisher-wide event? Or will "Fear Itself" be the biggest thing in comics for 2011? Well, it all starts in March...but you can get a "sneak peek" at possible events in the event by looking over all the "Fear Itself" teaser images below!