About Marvel Rebooted
Why Reboot Marvel?
In 1997, Van Plexico created MV-1, an enormous and constantly expanding fanfic universe which shared continuity that picked up immediately after the end of Heroes Reborn. Much of that project has vanished from the web, but Randy Lander, who wrote New Warriors, The Vault and co-wrote Web of Spider-Man (among others) for MV-1 got a bit nostalgic in July 2012 and started looking around for his own stories. A couple days later, he thought he might want to try doing a shared Marvel Universe fanfic site again, and threw the notion casually out to some Facebook friends.
Two days, 38 potential writers and 20 pitched titles later, the MV-2 Universe was born. There was a lot of enthusiasm and ideas, and one of the first questions was whether to pick up from current Marvel continuity or do a reboot. The reboot won by a vast majority, and thus it was decided to start MV-2 in 2012. However, some books are period pieces set in previous time periods, and several characters have been around prior to the beginning of the current heroic age. A timeline is available to show when some characters existed in the Marvel Rebooted universe.
Initially, Marvel Rebooted published 5 days a week every month, launching with 20 titles. The 20 launched titles were:
SHIELD, The Hood, Shroud & The Night Shift, Iron Man, Strange Tales
Daredevil, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Gambit, Silver Surfer
Thor, Runaways, Spider-Man, Defenders, Deadpool
Hulk, X-Men, Captain America, Punisher, Wolverine
Sadly, after only a year run of consistent work, life caught up to many of the writers and storytellers of Marvel Rebooted. Submissions dried up, and updates became infrequent.
But it was not the end. Writer T.C. De Witt had this to say:
A NOTE FROM THE WRITER:
Hello everyone, and thank you for stopping by. Thank you all for reading, and supporting Randy’s universe and letting us all share with you our versions of these wonderful characters. Please keep supporting creative projects like this. Artists want to share their imaginations, not for money, but for the passion of it, and, just as importantly, for the fun of it. And this? This has been fun, hasn’t it? But, as it has been quite some time since we last saw one another, I would like to explain what’s what:
Writing in the world of fan fiction is, first and foremost, a fantastic hobby. I can’t speak for everyone who has been involved here on the site, but I certainly never thought of this as a way to “break into the industry”. For me, this has been an amazing exercise in creativity. I love writing, and any excuse to write is a good one. When Randy offered up this opportunity, I was quite intrigued, and I thought, “Hey, this could be fun. Especially because I’m more of a DC guy… yeah, yeah it is a good idea to do this. Good thinking… Why are you talking to yourself?… Hey, Thor should have that… Brilliant!” And so began our adventure.
What made me the most excited was the creative mob that took on this challenge. There are writers of all ages, abilities, and style here on the site, and it was as eclectic of a mix as the heroes of the Marvel universe. I enjoyed watching the writers here challenge themselves. Some went so far from the original characters, while others managed to breath fresh life into characters no one could’ve cared about until they got their reboot. I never knew how cool Dr. Strange could be until he came out of Nate Bliss’ head. I didn’t even know who the Defenders were until Randy introduced us to his group. I had no idea Shield could be as exciting as any TV series, and it was Nick Budd who proved me wrong. The creation of newer and untested versions of characters we knew (or maybe didn’t know) so well, the fresh takes on characters that really, truly needed the rebirth, the fan-love of the heroes written by writers who must have been waiting for years to have the chance to tell their own version of the characters they dreamed of having control over – For these reason, I’m thankful for Marvel Rebooted.
But alas, after several months of powering through… the stream of books ceased. Life just got in the way for many of us, some more than others. Our brilliant and wonderful leader Randy Lander has been dealing with very serious medical issues that have prevented him from keeping the gas in the car that is Marvel Rebooted. Without him to leading the charge here, many of the books sadly just fizzled away. Many of us kept our hopes high that it would all get going again. A plan was set into motion to relaunch, but again, life smacked us down. It’s life. It’s the pains of living in the creative world. There will be no paycheck, there will be very little love or recognition. In the end, all we will have for ourselves are the trappings of our imaginations and a handful of eyes to share them with. Sadly, bills must be paid, roads must be traveled, and along the way, we must let go of the little things that get in the way.
So now, here we are. What does this mean for us? Again, I cannot speak for the rest of my fellow MR writers, but I am not through. I’ve been sitting on issues of Thor and Iron Man for months now, and I’m not just going to let them sit on my computer with no one reading them.
I’m going to put them here for you all, at least until I’ve completed the tales I set out to tell. I want to finish the story of the guy who would become a God and the engineer who would become a hero, and my hope is that you all want to see where the stories end.
And my even greater hope is that I am not alone in this. I hope the others here on the site are invested enough to finish their stories. I know I want to read them. I’m sure many of you out there want to finish them too. I cannot force anyone to, nor am I asking them to finish, I am simply putting it out there that the desire exists.
So, yes, the Marvel Rebooted Universe has staggered. It sits before you now winded and broken, but I dare say, not dead. The heroes wait for their catharsis – for their climax. They wait for fingers to grace keys and unfold their very beings. I can only guide the heroes I’ve taken responsibility for and promise you all that I will complete the journey! Because I can’t stand an unfinished story. It may be the showman in me, but I’ve always believed that despite the falling down or the broken road or the rain or shine, the show must go on.
So, my friends, come back here when you can. Come read our silly little tales. This fiction. This adventure.
And maybe, if we’re all so lucky, there will be another hero to read…
… or two…
Thank you all for reading, and supporting Randy’s universe.
T.C. De Witt
So, here we are now, years after and the site remains. New stories still appear. New pitches are still being accepted. As long as there are fans with the imaginations and ability to share their visions, there will be a Marvel Rebooted.
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