From Bleeding Cool: Marvel Announces a Secret Wars event for 2015. Written by current Avengers scribe Jonathan Hickman, the series will run for 12 issues.
I believe anyone who reads this blog on a regular basis probably saw this coming. It was only a matter of time before the constant need for new events was eventually resulted in revisiting the Secret Wars brand.
What's most interesting about this event is if you examine the cover, you don't see a single X-men or member of the Fantastic Four.
Most people are chalking this up to the unspoken edict against promoting the characters which are licensed to Fox movie studios. Others are saying the event is Avengers-centric, so showing the X-men or Fantastic Four wouldn't make sense.
Considering that the verbiage about the event sounds like a marketing pitch to a toy company, it's a bit hard to believe that the exclusion of the X-men is solely for storytelling reasons. Check out how the event is announced in USA Today:
Marvel announced Thursday night at New York Comic Con that the new company-wide Secret Wars comic — written by Avengers
scribe Jonathan Hickman and drawn by Esad Ribic — will not only affect
the entire publishing side when it debuts in the spring but boasts a
story that crosses over to digital platforms, introduces new consumer
products from various licensees and will work in a synergistic fashion
across the Marvel brand.
While I can't say for sure what the motivation is for excluding the X-men, doesn't it sound a bit rediculous to have such an event, tie it in with consumer products (ie: Toys) and NOT include Wolverine? (How will ever get a new Wolverine figure with his Secret Shield?)