Marvel Gives Conan the Perfect Sendoff Ahead of Losing His Rights

Warning: SPOILERS for Savage Avengers #5!Conan the Barbarian‘s tenure at Marvel Comics has come to an end, and ahead of losing his publication rights he received a fitting farewell in the pages of Savage Avengers. Mixing Marvel characters with intellectual property it only has access to for a few years like Conan can be tricky, but it seems Marvel Comics found a simple solution. Most of Conan’s journey at Marvel in recent years has focused on him being an ancient warrior flung into the present. The natural endpoint then is to send him back home.


Originally created in 1932 for Weird Tales magazine by Robert E. Howard, Conan the Barbarian was published under Marvel Comics until the publisher lost rights to the character in the early 2000s. Since regaining rights to his publication in 2018, Conan has seen his fair share of new stories at Marvel and even became a central member to the Savage Avengers squad. Shortly after the beginning of this summer’s new Savage Avengers volume, news broke that Conan’s publication rights have shifted to Titan Comics. The question then remained: how is Marvel launching a new volume for Conan’s team of Avengers right as it loses him for the foreseeable future?

Last week fans learned the final fate of Conan at Marvel in Savage Avengers #5 from David Pepose, Carlos Magno, Espen Grundetjern, VC’s Travis Lanham, and Tom Brevoort. Having spent most of this initial arc trapped in the Hyborian Age, the new team of Savage Avengers have managed to avert a prehistoric apocalypse by banishing the chaos god Set from this plane. However, the blood magic that ripped open space-time is interfering with Deathlok’s time travel capabilities, meaning the mystical portal itself is the only way for the team to attempt a trip back to the present. The only problem is that Conan must stay behind in the Hyborian Age to close the portal, since his blood was used to open it in the first place.

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This development has a two-fold meaning: Conan nobly sacrifices his place among the Avengers to help them return home, but his sacrifice is also his reward. At long last Conan, Marvel’s most ruthless warrior, has returned to the time he belongs in. In terms of passing the baton from Marvel to Titan, this finale for Conan is a heroic sendoff and sets him up perfectly for whatever Hyborian adventures may lie ahead of him.

It remains to be seen what will become of Conan the Barbarian after leaving the Savage Avengers and Marvel Comics as a whole. Fans of the character will hopefully enjoy all that Titan Comics is cooking up for the Cimmerian. Regardless, longtime Conan the Barbarian readers can find satisfaction in the noble sendoff Marvel Comics has given him ahead of losing his publication rights.

Savage Avengers #5 is available now from Marvel Comics.

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