In April, Marvel announced they would attempt to bribe readers to buy all nine issues of Secret Empire by giving them bonus points to their Marvel Insider program. The key point being that the series is nine issues. Marvel's lawyers must've found a loophole so they don't have to give away those bonus points by adding an extra issue. That's right. Secret Empire's issue count is hitting double digits, something we called back in February. Though this is Marvel's third event in a row to add an extra issue following 2015's Secret Wars and 2016's Civil War II.
With the reveal of the end of Secret Empire #2, it shows that Nick Spencer has always had a clear view of what he wants this series to be and this extra issue isn't for damage control. Nope. Never.
In a press release, SVP & Executive Editor, Tom Brevoort acts as if the tenth issue has been the plan all along.
"[Writer] Nick [Spencer] has constructed each issue of SECRET EMPIRE so that it ends with a climactic twist or a big reveal or a shocking development, and issue #9 is no exception. So moving into the finale, with issue #10, the heroes across the Marvel Universe will be pushed to the breaking point as we race to the exhilarating climax we've been planning for months. Oh, and let me say again: we're not going to use the Cosmic Cube to simply reverse everything away—the stakes matter, maybe more than they ever have before."
It's surprising Brevoort didn't end with "We've always been at war with Eastasia." Secret Empire #10 is written by the gift that keeps on giving Nick Spencer, with art by Steve McNiven.
Secret Empire ends in August, which can't come soon enough.