Quote:More to the point, what you're saying, essentially, is that Dark Reign doesn't end. Presumably the "Dark Reign" has to refer to somethign going on, be it the Cabal meeting behind the scenes or to Norman running SHRA enforcement, and the end of that situation would be the end of Dark Reign.
I think people are making serious guesses, because of lot of these guesses have a good reasoning behind them. We know at some point the big three will get back together, we know that Cap is going to be pissed when he returns, we know that the Cabal is plotting against each other, etc. If I were placing bets on each outcome, I'd certainly give some of these guesses credible odds.
Dark Reign is a banner just like the Initiative was, and both described a general tone for the titles. The Initiative stories didn't end once the banners were removed, as the Initiative program is still active today. So I think that Dark Reign will be removed from the titles, and that general tone will be replaced with something else.
For instance, Marvel could create a new banner called "Rebellion", where the government has declared independent superheroes to be illegal, an extension of the SHRA. We've seen this in other comics, like Watchmen and even Powers. Every hero is give the choice of either becoming a full fledged agent of HAMMER, or forced to retire. No longer would heroes have the option of remain independent. So every hero that doesn't want to work for HAMMER and Osborn has to avoid capture. Of course, I'm just listing this as a possibility.
I think Osborn's position, HAMMER, the Cabal, the new Thunderbolts, the Dark Avengers, are all here to stay, at least until past December.
Of most things lately I find most of the fans assumptions or guesses to be much MORE entertaining than the actual outcomes of these 'events'. Because the fans look for a resolution, a story ENDING where as Marvel's newest and greatest plan is to make everything with a beginning, a middle, and a next beginning birthed from that middle
The fans look at the stories and try to establish a logical or at least exciting outcome. The error they make is they look at the story in a literary sense where Marvel is looking at the story as a marketing tool only and tries to milk it for every drop they can and then leak it into the next marketing tool. A good short term idea, but eventually the target group will grow weary of never having resolutions and give up on expecting them.