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Deciphering the 'Timeless' #1 teases and Marvel's 2022 plans
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Deciphering the ‘Timeless’ #1 teases and Marvel’s 2022 plans

Everything we learned from ‘Timeless’ #1 and Marvel’s 2022 plans.

Spoilers ahead. You’ve been warned. For more on Timeless, read our review.

Marvel has let it be known for months their new one-shot Timeless #1 will give us a look at stories across their line of characters they’ve got slated for 2022. In fact, they released images on November 3rd revealing one of the bigger teases which featured Thanos with Mjolnir bejeweled with Infinity Stones.

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The story in Timeless #1 features Kang, and thanks to his time travel technology we get a literal glimpse at potential futures for numerous characters. The reason he’s looking at all is that there’s a pirate timeline trying to gain its footing back in the main one and Kang wants to figure out who the culprit is by looking at lots of events. To make matters worse, Kang reveals some of these things shouldn’t be happening.

It’s safe to say Jed MacKay has written a great book in its own right outside of these teasers, so definitely check out the full issue if you can.

Midway through the story, Kang observes the screens and there are tons of details across the double-page spread drawn by Greg Land.

Deciphering the 'Timeless' #1 teases and Marvel's 2022 plans

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There are twelve teasers on this page alone–and three more on the next page–spanning the Avengers, Spider-Man, Captain America, and a shot of the recently revealed Punisher series too. A few have already been revealed by Marvel, like the new Iron Fist and Punisher getting involved with The Hand.

A few surprises abound like Ben Reilly Spider-Man moving to Hollywood, what appears to be Iron Man in his new god-form taking a throne, the return of Jack of Hearts, the introduction of a new Young Avengers as well as an evil Avengers with Taskmaster in the lead wearing Captain America’s costume. There’s a lot to unpack here be it the knowledge that Ben will likely move away from New York to allow Peter Parker to take over as Spider-Man or the fact that Kate Bishop is joining a Young Avengers superhero team.

Other reveals with characters clashing include Winter Soldier shooting Captain America, Doyle Dormammu first introduced in Strange Academy #1 fighting his father Dormammu, and what appears to be May Parker fighting Black Panther. In the case of Doyle, the Twilight Sword was last seen in Beta Ray Bill and stored in the Skuttlebutt spaceship.

X-Men fans should note the Orchis flag which hints that humanity will eventually take dominion over Earth. This may suggest mutants will need to flee to Mars. There’s also a panel featuring the moon exploding, which may also be related to the X-Men and their lunar base getting destroyed.

Those are all interesting details on future stories, but possibly the biggest teaser arrived on the very last panel.

Warning, big spoilers for a major reveal!

This is a much-anticipated reveal in part because the character was purchased by Marvel way back in 2009 and has only appeared in a one-page story in Marvel Comics #1000.

On the last page, Kang’s author “friend” turns the page to reveal the Miracleman logo. Also known as MarvelMan, was created by Mick Anglo and revamped by Alan Moore in 1982 to much acclaim.

Deciphering the 'Timeless' #1 teases and Marvel's 2022 plans

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The ownership of the character has been traded between various publishers over the years. Marvel seemed to have bought the rights to the trademark back in 2012 which increased anticipation for the character’s return. Since then Marvel has remained mum about the character but it looks like 2022 will feature the character in a bigger way than ever.

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