10 Epic Marvel Events That Felt Too Rushed

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Marvel has become well-known for its event stories. Since the publisher started the event cycle in earnest with 2005’s House Of M, every year since has seen one major Marvel event comic. Often, there is more than one, and that’s not counting the events that just take place in certain lines of books, like the X-Men books or Avengers comics.

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Sometimes, these events feel well-paced and have just the right amount of time. Others feel bloated and overlong. However, there have been many events that have felt rather rushed, whether it be the event itself or the build-up to it.

10 A.X.E. Judgment Day Was Too Short

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A.X.E. Judgment Day shook the Marvel Universe. Written by Kieron Gillen with art by Valerio Schiti, the six-issue event started with a war between the Eternals and the mutant nation of Krakoa. In order to stop the war, rogue Eternals, the Avengers, and Mister Sinister created a new god for the Eternals called the Progenitor. However, the Progenitor decided to judge the entire human race.

This was an excellent event, but it could’ve used two or three more issues. Action scenes, especially the attacks against the Progenitor, felt rushed. Marvel events usually aren’t only six issues anymore, so this book being so short was an outlier.

9 Claremont’s 2000 X-Men Run Got Cut Short & Blown Off By X-Men: Eve Of Destruction

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Chris Claremont returned to the X-Men books in the year 2000. Marvel pulled out all the stops, letting him write X-Men and Uncanny X-Men. Working with artists Adam Kubert, Leinil Yu, Tom Raney, and more, he introduced a new mutant subgroup called the Neo. Each issue seemed to be building to something huge between X-Men and the Neo, but he was gone after nine months.

Instead of getting a big ending, the Neo were all unceremoniously killed off by Magneto. Claremont’s plots were all ended in X-Men: Eve Of Destruction, written by Scott Lobdell, with art by Kubert, Raney, Yu, and Salvador Larocca. After this, writers Grant Morrison and Joe Casey took over the two X-Men books with completely new status quos.

8 The Dark Reign Barely Got Started Before Marvel Closed The Books On It

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During the early years of the event cycle, each one would be followed by a publishing initiative that set out a new status quo. Post-Civil War was The Initiative, and post-Secret Invasion was Dark Reign. Dark Reign put Norman Osborn and a cabal of villains in charge of the Superhero Initiative. Dark Avengers was the flagship book, with the rest of Marvel’s books influenced by the publishing initiative.

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Dark Reign was an amazing idea, but it only got a little over a year before Marvel put the kibosh on it. Norman Osborn and the villains being in control could have easily gone for another two years. However, the publisher cut it short, and fans missed out.

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After Dark Reign came The Heroic Age, which was an Avengers-heavy, back-to-basics approach. Marvel didn’t really need to rush to an event, but they did anyway and put out a one-shot called Fear Itself: Book Of The Skull, by writer Ed Brubaker and artist Scott Eaton. This book introduced the Serpent in a story that took place in WWII.

Fear Itself, by writer Matt Fraction and artist Stuart Immonen, followed. Some feel Fear Itself is an underrated Marvel event, but for most, it came out of nowhere, went by quickly, and had zero impact. For many, it was where Marvel’s event cycle started to first show its cracks.

6 The Death Of Wolverine Would Have Worked Better With More Issues

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Wolverine stories can be very sad, with The Death Of Wolverine, by writer Charles Soule and artist Steve McNiven, killing the fan-favorite mutant. The story tried to be a travelogue through Wolverine history, jumping from the Canadian wilderness to Madripoor to Japan to a Weapon X facility, but its four-issue length made the pacing feel too fast.

The story was disappointing for most longtime fans because of this. Even though it hit the right beats, it didn’t spend enough time with any of them. The book’s central mystery — who was trying to kill Wolverine — never felt well-developed. Several more issues could have fixed that.

5 Tie-Ins Told Most Of Infinity Because Of Its Short Length

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Marvel creates great sci-fi epics, with Infinity, by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Jim Cheung, Jerome Opeña, and Dustin Weaver, fitting the bill. However, if one just goes by the six-issue Infinity main series, they’re missing 70% of the important plot beats. To truly get the story’s epic feel, readers also had to read all the Avengers and New Avengers tie-ins.

For a casual reader who wasn’t following Hickman’s Avengers and New Avengers, they got a story that was full of huge holes. This definitely hurt the series’ perception with many fans. If it was a more standard length for Marvel events, between eight and ten issues, it would have had more room to include stuff that readers who weren’t buying everything missed.

4 Infinity Gauntlet’s Pacing Is Wonky Because Of Its Length

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Infinity Gauntlet is a legendary Marvel event. Written by Jim Starlin with art by George Pérez and Ron Lim, the tale of Thanos with the Infinity Gauntlet and the battle against him is iconic. Most fans don’t have a bad word to say about it, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t places where it’s weak. The pacing is the main problem, as the first three issues are too slow, and the last three are too fast.

When the book was published, six issues was a standard length for this kind of story, but prior Marvel events like Secret Wars and Secret Wars II were longer. IG is a great story, but it would have had better pacing with a couple more issues. It’d be a small improvement, but it would have helped.

3 2022’s Hellfire Gala Was Only One Issue

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In 2021, the X-Men titles had their first Hellfire Gala crossover. The story crossed through every X-Men book, setting up plots for the line as a whole. 2022 saw a new Hellfire Gala announced, but it didn’t really feel like a gala. Instead of being another crossover event, it contracted down to a one-shot that only really mattered to X-Men and possibly Duggan’s not announced at the time Invincible Iron Man.

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Written by Gerry Duggan with art by Kris Anka, Matteo Lolli, Carlos Villa, and Russel Dauterman, colors by Rain Beredo, Frank Martin, Matt Villa, and Matthew Wilson, and letters by Cory Petit, X-Men: The Hellfire Gala was overstuffed. It didn’t have the feel of the one before it and would have worked better if longer.

2 Inferno Ended Hickman’s X-Men Tenure Too Soon

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X-Men status quo changes can be fan favorites, something Jonathan Hickman kicking off the Krakoa Era proved. Hickman and his fellow creators made the X-Men the top of the sales food chain again. However, Marvel and the other writers decided they’d rather play in the sandbox than continue with Hickman’s three-act story.

Inferno, by Hickman and artists Valerio Schiti, Stefano Caselli, and R.B. Silva, ended Hickman’s run early. The four-issue story is classic Hickman, but it basically speed-ran through his plot lines. On the one hand, it’s hard to say more issues would have helped, but rushing years of plots should have been done in a longer book.

1 Siege Was Only Four Issues

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Dark Reign ended with Siege, by Brian Michael Bendis and artist Olivier Coipel. The story saw Norman Osborn and Loki fabricate a reason to attack the newly Earthbound Asgard. The heroic Avengers sprung into action to fight him, and the whole thing ended with Osborn siccing the Void on the world.

This story was the blow-off to a fan-favorite publishing initiative, but it only got four issues. It definitely could have been better with a more event-standard eight issues, but even six would’ve worked. It numbers among Avengers stories that shouldn’t be adapted for many reasons, and its rushed nature plays a role.

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