In July of 2019, Marvel Comics, Johnathan Hickman, Pepe Larraz, and R.B. Silva completely upended and revitalized the mutant-centric X-Men line of comic book titles with House of X/Powers of X. The twelve-part event comic brought many changes to the structure of the Marvel Universe, as well as ten new monthly series, two limited series, three one-shots, and more on the way. With the next major event, X of Swords (read as ‘Ten of Swords’) on the way this September, it seems appropriate to recap all the titles and changes that lead here. Starting with the pivotal HOX/POX
On November 12, 2018, Stan Lee died. His words crafted the Marvel Universe, introducing the world to beloved characters such as The Amazing Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Fantastic Four, and so, so many more. Many of his stories featured a flawed hero facing insurmountable odds, enduring hardships, standing up for what is right, and somehow always managing to come out stronger than they were before. His stories were always meant to inspire readers to choose what’s right over what’s easy.
Four billion years ago, an Alpha Celestial known as The Progenitor crossed paths with a swarm of cosmic insects called the Horde. Becoming infected with these space bugs, the omnipotent space god grew ill and crash landed on the planet that would become Earth. The Progenitor died a slow and painful death, bleeding and vomiting its infected fluids all over the surface of a young Earth. The cosmic vomit mixed with the primordial stew, spawned more of the Horde, as well as creating life on Earth and turning the planet into a treasure trove of super-powered individuals.
Over the course of just a few days, a slew of new details, photos, and footage from director Todd Phillips’ Joker movie have surfaced, and so far, it all looks very promising. The Joaquin Phoenix-led thriller is the third of four DC Comics related films being released next year, sporting an October 4th, 2019 release date. Filming began on September 10th of this year, with the first official photo of Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck (the man who would become The Joker) debuting on Phillips’ Instagram page six days later. Five days after that, Phillips posted a short video of Phoenix in classic clown makeup, indicating that this is the look Arthur will adopt once he becomes the titular Clown Prince of Crime. The very next day, set footage of Phoenix in full Joker attire was captured by paparazzi in an Upper Manhattan subway station. All these first looks and paparazzi shots are certainly making a good first impression. These sneak peaks, coupled with other previously announced details, could very well be teasing fans with what might be one of the best DC Comics films in a long time, maybe ever.
This article contains spoilers for Marvel’s Spider-Man.