Marvel recently filed a trademark for Secret Wars which covers — among other things — “interactive video game programs,” “computer game software,” “sunglasses,” and “bicycle helmets.” There’s also a mention of “… live action programs or motion pictures” that is plenty exciting. But the image we have cuts off the beginning of that part, so I don’t want to jump to conclusions.
Secret Wars is a superhero crossover story from 1984 which features the Avengers (Captain America, Captain Marvel II, Hawkeye, Iron Man, She-Hulk, Thor, the Wasp), three of the Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Mister Fantastic and Thing), the X-Men (Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine, Lockheed the Dragon), Spider-Man, Spider-Woman, and the Hulk. It is noted for the first appearance of the black Spider-Man costume/alien symbiote that emo-ed Peter Parker in Spider-Man 3. Hit the jump for a full synopsis, plus an image of the trademark registration.
A synopsis for Secret Wars:
A cosmic entity called the Beyonder observes the mainstream Marvel universe. Fascinated by the presence of superheroes on Earth and their potential, this entity chooses a group of both heroes and supervillains and teleports characters against their will to “Battleworld”, a planet created by the Beyonder in a distant galaxy. This world has also been stocked with alien weapons and technology. The Beyonder then declares: “I am from beyond! Slay your enemies and all that you desire shall be yours! Nothing you dream of is impossible for me to accomplish!”
The heroes include the Avengers (Captain America, Captain Marvel II, Hawkeye, Iron Man (Jim Rhodes who was filling in for Tony Stark at the time), She-Hulk, Thor, the Wasp); three members of the Fantastic Four (Human Torch, Mister Fantastic and Thing), solo heroes Spider-Man, Spider-Woman (Julia Carpenter) and the Hulk, and the mutant team X-Men (Colossus, Cyclops, Nightcrawler, Professor X, Rogue, Storm, Wolverine and Lockheed the Dragon). Magneto is featured as a hero but immediately becomes non-aligned when the Avengers question his presence.
The villains include the Absorbing Man, Doctor Doom, Doctor Octopus, the Enchantress, Kang the Conqueror, Klaw, the Lizard, Molecule Man, Titania, Ultron, Volcana, and the Wrecking Crew (Bulldozer, Piledriver, Thunderball and the Wrecker). The cosmic entity Galactus also appears as a villain who immediately becomes a non-aligned entity. [Wikipedia]
See what I mean about the section that mentions movies? What precedes “… DVDs featuring music and/or live action programs or motion pictures or animated cartoons or animated feature length films”? Seems important.
Of course, a mere trademark is no guarantee you’ll ever see “Secret Wars” on any of these products, but it does suggest the thought has crossed the minds at Marvel headquarters. And if Marvel is developing a line of Secret Wars bicycle helmets, we have the right to know.