While the painful wait for information regarding a televised reboot of the iconic series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, rages on, we can confirm that the universe surrounding the titular character finally has a name. The news comes from Boom! Studios’ Buffy comics who have officially dubbed the Buffy multiverse as, “the Slayerverse.” Carrying on the Scooby Gang’s adventures in comic book form, the writers have attributed the powers behind the world’s multiple Hellmouths (there’s one in Cleveland too, remember?) as a way for demons and humans alike to jump into different universes.
In the world of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer based comic series, Buffy has been dueling with a creature that is both terrifying in appearance as well as in name called the Worldeater. The Worldeater shares some similar viewpoints with the MCU’s own Thanos as both believe that wiping out certain realities and planes of existence will only better serve others. Though taking down the beast is a totally daunting task, Buffy has secret weapons in her pals Anya and Willow who are able to dimension hop and return with slayers from other universes.
A beloved cult favorite television series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer got its start back in 1997 and will soon be celebrating its 25 year anniversary of its premiere episode on March 10th. The series helped launch the careers (and lifelong friendships!) of several top Hollywood actors including Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz, Alyson Hannigan, Nicholas Brendon, Seth Green, James Marsters, Charisma Carpenter, and more. The show also featured longtime television and theater star, Anthony Stewart Head as the slayer’s mentor, Rupert Giles. The show promoted girl power and although recent negative allegations have come out against its creator, Joss Whedon, the series will forever mean everything to its die-hard fans.
The popularity of Buffy the Vampire Slayer was obvious from the jump and after three seasons, the show earned a spinoff, titled Angel. The offshoot focused on the character Angel as he took on Los Angeles to help the lost and damaged souls that called the tough as nails, city of angels home. A profitable and beloved series in its own right, the show brought along Buffy alums, David Boreanaz, Charisma Carpenter, and Alexis Denisof as well as added new actors over the years including Glenn Quinn, Andy Hallett, J. August Richards, Amy Acker, and Christian Kane.
The idea of a Slayerverse has always existed within the world of Buffy. Throughout the seven season run of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the five season run of Angel, the characters were faced with demons zipping and zapping in and out of various dimensions and even hell. In fact, at the beginning of Buffy‘s sixth season, the titular Slayer makes a dramatic return from the grave after her death during the season five finale when she selflessly saves the world (again). So, while the idea of a full on multiverse existing is somewhat new, it isn’t mind blowing. But, knowing that Hellmouths have the power to move demons and people from different dimensions and realities really kicks the story and what we know about Buffy the Vampire Slayer up a notch.
Questions lie ahead on the road for Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans everywhere. When the show (hopefully) comes back in reboot form, will it take on the story from the comics? And if so, what kinds of realities will we see get blurred with the current Buffy world that we know and love? Only time will tell and if the current time line is any sign, it could be a long wait until we find out the answers to these big questions.