The following article contains spoilers for Defenders: Next #2 by Al Ewing, Javier Rodriguez and Joe Caramagna of Venture Capital, currently on sale from Marvel Comics.
Marvel Comics finally revealed real the reason why the cosmic being known as the Beyonder forced the Marvel Universe’s pantheon of superheroes and supervillains to fight in the original Secret Wars.
In the second issue of the magazine Defenders: Next, the titular team faces the group of Beyonders that make up the Omega Council. Discussing their origins, the leader of the group reveals that he is indeed in The Beyonder is the one that brought the heroes and villains of Marvel into the world of battles in Secret Wars and forced them to fight for his own amusement. The Beyonder explains his actions by stating that at the time he was, for all intents and purposes, still a child – and an easily spoiled child at that.
“I’ll even talk like before if you want…!” A little casual, a little colloquial – and only cosmic naivety, of course! says the Beyonder, referring to Tigra, who previously fought against him in Secret Wars 2. “After all, I was just a child! The side effect of creating a universal tool for destruction – my old nemesis, the Molecule Man – poked a hole in the womb-space in which I was being formed! see one universe – one planet – one country! One society with all its unique needs and desires! Needless to say, I was instantly spoiled!”
The Beyonder continues: “Imagine an endless child who only learns from action figure TV commercials! I grabbed a handful and smashed them together – hoping to find out more! I’ve always loved engines… All gadgets, really…! The Beyonder then tells Tigra that she is “right to be afraid” of him. “After the start I got, I’ll always be a little broken – and maybe I’ll be wrong again!” He says.
The consequences of secret wars are felt today
Marvel Superhero Secret Wars — or simply Secret Wars is a 12-issue series that originally ran from January 1984 to December 1984. In it, the Beyonder teleports the various heroes and villains of Earth-616 to the Battlerealm, forcing them to fight each other. The massive crossover was significant for a number of reasons. For example, it catalyzed Ben Grimm/The Thing’s departure from the Fantastic Four, thus opening the door for Jennifer Walters/She-Hulk to take his place on the team.
Original Secret Wars also marked the debut of Julia Carpenter in Marvel comics, the second Spider-Woman, who would later become the second Madame Web. Speaking of spider people Secret Wars also introduced the black suit of Spider-Man, thus beginning the “Alien Suit Saga” and the eventual debut of Venom.
Continuation, Secret Wars 2, ran nine issues from April 1985 to December 1985, culminating in the death of Beyonder. Marvel later revisited the concept of Battleworld in a 2015 event series. Secret Wars. There is also a 2004 Marvel TV series. secret warhowever, despite its title being clearly inspired by the original Secret Warsotherwise it has nothing to do with it.
Earlier this year at San Diego Comic-Con, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige announced that the film would conclude the sixth phase of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Avengers: Secret Wars, which is scheduled for release on November 7, 2025. However, it is not known at this stage how close the film will be to the comics and if the Beyonder will be involved. However, the Beyonder will appear in an upcoming Disney Channel animated series. Marvel Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaurin which the space creature will be voiced by series co-creator Laurence Fishburne.
Written by Al Ewing, illustrated by Javier Rodriguez and written by Joe Caramaña of Venture Capital. Defenders: Next #2 is already on sale from Marvel Comics.
Source: Marvel Comics.