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Download Episode 186 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 21 May 2015)
Get your virtual hands on a new This Week in Marvel! Ryan and Ben dive into this week's new comic releases, including A-FORCE #1, DEADPOOL'S SECRET SECRET WARS #1, MASTER OF KUNG FU #1, SECRET WARS: BATTLEWORLD #1, and STAR WARS #5! On the west coast, Patrick, and Marvel VP - Current Animation Stephen Wacker, drop knowledge about movies, TV, and more! Then it's time for the latest installment of the Unlimited Reading Club, featuring STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE! Plus, a special chat about comics, wrestling, and more with WWE Hall of Famer Booker T! Read DAREDEVIL: BORN AGAIN for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #186 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Senior Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @Agent_M@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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The Thor Corps Unites In 90's By The Numbers (Wed, 20 May 2015)
90s By The Numbers: Thor #440 It's time to face facts, true believers – the 90's were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome! With that in mind, we've pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one fresh fact at a time! This week we're singling out THOR #440 by Tom DeFalco and Ron Frenz. Here's "All the Rivers Run" by the numbers! 15 spikes on Dargo's shoulder pads 8 henchmen: Grey Gargoyle, Mercurio the 4-D Man, Cobra, Tyrus the Terrible, Shatterfist, Demonstaff, Uroc the Uru Warrior and Skurge the Executioner 6 energy streams in Zarrko's machine 6 straps on Thor/Dargo's boots 3 Thors on one cover 2 alternate reality lizard scientists 2 powerful punches 1 god of lies Check out a totally different Thor Corps during Secret Wars in THORS!
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Go Inside Avengers Alliance: Deathlok (Wed, 20 May 2015)
Deathlok in Marvel: Avengers Alliance Over the past couple years, the half-man/half-machine/all-awesome Deathlok has been making a splash everywhere, from a star turn on the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” television series to his own explosive comic book series. Now, the digital destroyer will be available to players of “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” via the next PvP tournament, coming soon. We spoke with Tony Sherrill about what to expect from Deathlok, plus more exciting upgrades! Marvel.com: What made Deathlok the choice as the latest PvP reward hero? Tony Sherrill: Well, mostly because he’s awesome. He’s a cybernetic bullet sponge who takes significantly less damage from gun attacks. He has a very high crit resistance and is immune to Bleeding, Burning, Chilled, and Obsolete Tech. Plus he has a Suppression Grenade attack, which is a Quick Action that applies Exhausted and Neutralized to an enemy, stripping them of extra turns and preventing status increasing effects. Marvel.com: Deathlok has had many visual appearances over the years, so what will we see in “Avengers Alliance”? Tony Sherrill: you will see Henry Hayes [from the current DEATHLOK series]. A cyborg assassin controlled by BioTek through a trigger word, to run special operations, only to be memory-wiped after each mission. With the help of S.H.I.E.L.D. he has broken free from his mind control and now seeks to put an end to BioTek. Marvel.com: Have you guys already started kicking around future alternate uniforms? Tony Sherrill: Not as of yet. Cyborg parts are expensive, not to mention BioTek parts. Marvel.com: What class will Deathlok be and what types of abilities will he be utilizing? Tony Sherrill: Deathlok, with his BioTek SI Rifle, BioTek Laser Mount, and BioTek Launcher, will be a Blaster. Marvel.com: What else will be up for grabs in this PvP round? Tony Sherrill: We have something extra special for this PvP Season’s Vibranium League winners: S.H.I.E.L.D. Mech Armor. The Agent, while wearing a new Flight Suit, will be able to swap into their Infiltrator S.H.I.E.L.D. Mech Armor when their Power Level is at 100%—you start with a full tank—harnessing the power of a S.H.I.E.L.D. Mech. The armor has its own health, as well as its own actions. You can switch back to the Flight Suit at any time on your turn; however once that health is reduced to zero, the Agent will automatically switch back to the Flight Suit. Join “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” today!
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Watch Marvel's The Watcher 2015 - Episode 19 (Wed, 20 May 2015)
Lorraine Cink signs up with A-FORCE to explore one of the most-anticipated Secret Wars series! The newest edition of The Watcher is here! The Watcher is Marvel.com's official news and comedy video series covering comics, movies, TV, games, gear and all things Marvel. Tune in weekly for new episodes.
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Secret Wars Correspondence: A-Force (Wed, 20 May 2015)
A-Force #1 variant cover by Stephanie Hans SPOILER WARNING FOR EVENTS IN A-FORCE #1 Today in A-FORCE #1, writers G. Willow Wilson and Marguerite Bennett along with artist Jorge Molina assemble Arcadia’s Mightiest Heroes—and Battleworld will never be the same again. The wide array of female characters who make up A-Force not only present limitless storytelling possibilities for the creative team, they also stand to challenge the tenuous status quo so recently established in Secret Wars. We spoke to Wilson about the origins of A-FORCE, its place in the larger story being told, how the cast came together, and much more! Marvel.com: How did A-Force come to be? Give me the origin of the series... G. Willow Wilson: A-Force came about really last year. I was in New York for Comic -Con and [editor] Daniel Ketchum and I were chatting at a party and he said, “Hey. I have this great idea. I would love to do an ongoing Avengers with an all-female team.” And I said, “Oh! That sounds cool.” And he kind of drifted away and I talked to some other people…and then I said hi to [Marvel Editor-in-Chief] Axel [Alonso]. And Axel said, “So, about this Avengers series you’re going to do…” [Laughs] It was pretty great. So it really came out of Daniel’s enthusiasm for these characters and the idea that there were so many great characters we could pull into this team who had either not been on a team book for a while or ever, or who were fan favorites who hadn’t been front and center, and it was a chance to do something cool with characters that people love who maybe hadn’t gotten the attention in recent years that they could have. It came out of those conversations of, “Okay, what’s next? How can we push the envelope now? Now that Ms. Marvel has been successful and it’s a proof of concept that we can do things a little bit differently and take some chances—what’s the next step in that?” That’s really where A-Force came from. It was in the spirit of exploration about how we can push the envelope with these beloved characters. Marvel.com: So, correct me if I’m wrong, but it sounds like the idea of A-Force pre-dated Secret Wars… G. Willow Wilson: It did, yes. It was not married to Secret Wars. It was just kind of like, a “what if?” Marvel.com: When did the Secret Wars element get introduced as a launch point, and how did that change things for you? G. Willow Wilson: Well, really what it did was give us a great excuse to bring these characters, who might not have a reason to interact, together in Battleworld, in Arcadia. It was just a fantastic reason to cut across these different segments of the Marvel Universe and put these characters together who didn’t even really inhabit the same type of world originally. Like, for example, Nico Minoru from Runaways, Dazzler from the X-Men, Medusa from the Inhumans, She-Hulk who has her own gig; it was just a great reason to say, “We’re going to throw out all the barriers that might have kept these characters from interacting and put them in the same place.” It just made it that much more exciting. Marvel.com: I want to talk about Arcadia as both the fuel of the story but also as a way to explain how this fits into the larger story of Secret Wars; how did you guys birth this world? What are the key elements of Arcadia? How did you make sure people knew what was going on without turning half of the book into, “In case you didn’t read SECRET WARS #2?” G. Willow Wilson: Well, Marguerite is really the genius behind a lot of those questions. But essentially, with Arcadia, we could explore this idea of “what if.” What if we had a matriarchy within the Marvel Universe? What would that mean? Would things be all hunky-dory or would problems arise? It was a chance to take this pulp idea of the feminist paradise, a world run by women, and then unpack that and see would things work well or as beautifully? You think, what exactly would happen? How would these characters interact, what kind of personality clashes would we be talking about? It seemed like a great way to pull on those pulpy tropes and re-examine them and take them apart and see how they would work and how these very different characters would interact and, in fact, clash if put in this situation. And, you know, giant sharks. Marvel.com: The giant sharks took me by surprise; I’m not going to lie. That wasn’t necessarily the threat I was expecting in issue #1. G. Willow Wilson: You have to go 100 percent, I feel like. That’s kind of what we do in MS. MARVEL. We’re like, the sky is the limit. Sometimes by using the most over-the-top, ridiculous plot device you can imagine, you get some interesting little conflicts and cool things that you might not otherwise have a chance to explore. Marvel.com: Anyone who’s seen the cover, and if you dig into the book, you know there’s an army of characters in this book. It’s very cool for a Marvel fan, picking apart the splash pages and identifying characters. A lot of people get nice moments, but there are definitely characters that are the core of the book, some of whom you’ve already talked about. How do you pick who comes to the forefront and who balances out one another? G. Willow Wilson: I think one of the things that we really wanted to do was have a great diversity of power sets, so that we weren’t looking, on the page, at people who were all very similar to each other, who look very similar to each other. We wanted their power sets to really complement each other. We didn’t want an overbalance of telepaths. She-Hulk is great because her power set is so physical and grounded. She comes from a very down-to-earth part of the [Marvel Universe]. On the other hand, you have Dazzler, who’s got these very sparkly powers; you’ve got Nico, who uses magic. We wanted that good cross-section of storylines and power sets so that it’s fun to look at on the page, and so we were setting up a really good team dynamic between the characters. Marvel.com: This series in particular highlights the fact that Jennifer Walters, She-Hulk, is highly intelligent and someone who, despite being a veteran hero and having great relationships with everyone, has never really led a team before. She’s clearly the focal point and leader here. When you’ve got characters like Medusa, who we’ve already seen in the book asserting her leadership, or other characters who have led teams, why Jen, to be not just the leader of A-Force but also the baroness of Arcadia? G. Willow Wilson: I think, precisely for the reasons you mentioned, she has this wonderful balance. Her superpowers are being very strong and very tall, and very intimidating. And yet at the same time, and this was set up very beautifully on Charles Soule’s run in SHE-HULK, she’s a lawyer! She’s very smart and has set up a business for herself. She’s very educated. She has these kind of innate skills and leadership qualities that we haven’t really seen put to use on a team book before. It also sets up the potential conflict with the other women who have been leaders of teams, such as Medusa or Storm or Captain Marvel. So it’s an interesting thing that we get to see a lot in some of the mainstream team books which are predominantly male. You know, we get to see Iron Man disagreeing with Captain America and tensions over, “Are we going to do it this way or your way?” We don’t see that as much with books that are predominantly women. So it was a really good opportunity to have that same kind of interactions, that friction and tension that makes team books so exciting. You’ve got many personalities that have to work together, but they don’t necessarily agree. And that, to me, is what makes a good team book. Marvel.com: Having Loki in the book is a bit of a wildcard; her dynamic of being a mother figure to Nico and Miss America is really cool—where did that come from? G. Willow Wilson: You know, that was kind of the brain child of Marguerite, who I think literally has a spread sheet—or at least claims she does!—of all these different characters, so she can cross-reference. I think we’ve really been on the same page about ways to think outside the box. She uses characters who we think we know in unique and new ways to make use of certain powers or elements of their personality that we may not have seen before, but which would make sense in the circumstance. I think, particularly with Loki, that works out really well. Marvel.com: Speak for a second about Jorge Molina and what he brings to the book. There are so many characters, so it definitely takes a very unique skill set. G. Willow Wilson: Absolutely. And I think Jorge fits the bill so brilliantly. He’s able to bring a level of detail to these huge crowd scenes where you’ve got 20 different people on the page, and we’re meant to know who these people are. And so he has to make that level of detail, he has to keep the characters distinct. I think that’s what’s so great about him, is that he brings that level of detail, especially to crowd scenes, which I know because I’ve talked to many artists, tend to drive them insane. You have to pay attention to these figures who are going to be very small on the page, and that’s very demanding. He’s risen to the occasion very beautifully, and the result is so cool. I know Marguerite and I are very thrilled to have him. Marvel.com: As the first issue comes to an end, you have the introduction to a new character, who we know is Singularity. We are looking into the threat of the sharks and where they came from. And kind of hanging over that, we have the fact that what happened with Miss America didn’t sit so well with all of the characters. So to me, coming out of the first issue, you have at least three cliffhangers. Do you want to comment on each of those and how they’ll be addressed moving forward into A-FORCE #2 and beyond? G. Willow Wilson: Well, the sharks, obviously being an undersea threat, have a certain amount to do with that, with a particular threat from beyond the sea. It ties into the broader story arc with Secret Wars. Singularity is very exciting. She’s a brand new character. We don’t know a whole lot about her. In fact, we know nothing about her, so we’re going to see more going forward, about what she is. With Miss America, we’re going to see how this theoretical paradise starts to break down a little bit, in terms of people having very different ideas about how things should be run. It’s exciting. There are character elements, there’s great stuff that ties into the whole Secret Wars story arc. It’s going to be fun. Marvel.com: We now know that A-Force will be continuing in some form post-Secret Wars—what can you say about that? G. Willow Wilson: After Secret Wars, things don’t go back to status quo. There [are] long-term repercussions for what has happened in Battleworld. What the aftermath of Secret Wars is for all of those characters who were together in Arcadia who are now waking up in the Marvel Universe…I’m not going to say. But they’re going to have to deal probably more directly with those repercussions than any of the other teams in the aftermath of Secret Wars. Follow the latest updates on Secret Wars on Marvel.com and via our social channels, and read A-FORCE #1 now!
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Secret Wars Live Chat: Brian Bendis (Wed, 20 May 2015)
Secret Wars Live Chat: Brian Bendis Following the release of ULTIMATE END #1, writer Brian Michael Bendis joined us for the latest Secret Wars Live Chat! Get the latest on OLD MAN LOGAN, GUARDIANS OF KNOWHERE, and more! Note: UNCANNY X-MEN #35 will be shipping this summer, contrary to statements made in this chat Live Blog Secret Wars Live Chat with Brian Bendis
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Follow the History of Black Widow Pt. 3 (Tue, 19 May 2015)
A super spy, a super hero, an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and Avenger—Natasha Romanoff has been all these things and much more since making her way into the Marvel Universe over 50 years ago. With Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and other Marvel Cinematic Universe outings continuing to raise the Black Widow’s profile, we chronicle her exciting history! Accused murdering a super villain, the Black Widow stood trial in DAREDEVIL #83, with blind lawyer Matt Murdock defending her. When crucial evidence disappeared in a battle between Daredevil and Mr. Hyde, and Natasha founder herself freed because of it, she made up her mind to leave the country and her troubles behind her. DD followed the Widow to Switzerland in DAREDEVIL #84, where together they wrapped up a longstanding mystery with the enigmatic Mr. Kline, then faced off against the Gladiator in DAREDEVIL #85 on their trip back to the States. There, Matt’s girlfriend Karen Page witnessed the attraction between the attorney and the former Russian agent in DAREDEVIL #86 and called it off with him. Matt turned to Natasha for comfort and another rocky relationship began. The Black Widow and the Man Without Fear moved to San Francisco in DAREDEVIL #87, hoping to start a new life there, but in DAREDEVIL #88, Natasha ran into an old friend, Danny French, and her troubles expanded. While she tried to balance elements from her past, represented by French, with Matt’s renewed struggle with Mr. Fear in DAREDEVIL #91, the Widow could not escape either fully. Mind-controlled once again in DAREDEVIL #93, Natasha unwillingly fought her new love and saw the rise of a new menace, the Indestructible Man, as well as Danny French’s sacrifice to save her in DAREDEVIL #94. The Man-Bull sent Matt to the hospital in DAREDEVIL #95, prompting Natasha to take on the rampaging villain herself in DAREDEVIL #96. Soon after, Daredevil and the Widow investigated the mystery of a strange cult leader, the Dark Messiah, in DAREDEVIL #97. Former boyfriend Hawkeye returned to make the Black Widow’s life even more complicated in DAREDEVIL #99, but when the Avengers showed up in San Francisco to ask for her and DD’s help, she tabled the argument between Matt and the archer for the time being. Natasha’s role in the Avengers’ defeat of Magneto in AVENGERS #111 presented her with the incredible opportunity to officially join the team, but one adventure later she realized her mistake and headed back to Matt and the West Coast. Angar the Screamer shouted up a storm between Daredevil and the Black Widow in DAREDEVIL #101, which led to battles for the duo with Stilt-Man in DAREDEVIL #102, Ramrod in DAREDEVIL #103, Kraven the Hunter in DAREDEVIL #104,  and a fateful decision for Matt Murdock in DAREDEVIL #105. Read more on Marvel Unlimited
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Secret Wars Correspondence: Silk (Mon, 18 May 2015)
After 10 years hidden away from the world in an underground bunker, Cindy Moon emerged and became the hero known as Silk—Just in time to welcome the end of all existence in Secret Wars. Cindy gets a personal view of Armageddon in SILK #7 this August, as her Last Days tick down. “I feel terrible for Cindy!” confesses SILK writer Robbie Thompson. “She just got out of that damn bunker and has made a life for herself and made strides toward becoming a hero in her own right. Cindy’s lost so much time, so to learn that her world might end, now that she’s finally free, and finally coming in to her own—it’s a bittersweet pill to swallow.” On the other hand, Thompson acknowledges that the story has a sort of full circle quality to it. “Well, Silk was born out of a huge cosmic event story, so it’s only fitting to have the comic be bookended with another huge, cosmic event story!” he enthuses. Thompson—and Cindy and the rest of the SILK supporting cast by extension—refuse to be defined by the cosmic chaos, however. “As we did with the launch of the book, though, our focus is on a more personal angle into this large event, grounding it as Cindy tries to make peace with the fact that the world she’s only had a small taste of may be coming to an end,” the writer explains. “We’ll definitely get to see Cindy/Silk and the people in her life react to the events of Secret Wars.” End of the world or not, Silk refuses to give up on her goals, especially in regards to reconnecting with her family. She will not buckle to whatever the fates bring down upon her. “Cindy is going to keep living life as long as she can, trying to get the answers she desperately needs with regards to the whereabouts of her family,” Thompson promises. “What I love about Cindy is that she has faced such adversity—from being bitten by a radioactive spider, to being locked away in a bunker for a decade, to travelling to different worlds and facing the Inheritors in Spider-Verse. Yet through it all, she’s never given up. She keeps swinging no matter how the deck has been stacked against her.” What will that attitude mean when her Last Days conclude? Thompson refuses to say for sure, but that does not mean readers should rule out Silk quite yet: “She’s going to keep swinging and so are we!” Follow the latest updates on Secret Wars daily on Marvel.com and via our social channels!
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The Marvel Universe Leaps Forward Out of Secret Wars (Mon, 18 May 2015)
Future Imperfect #1 preview art by Greg Land The Secret Wars have only just begun, but within Battleworld, we have already seen the seeds of what the Marvel Universe will ultimately becomes. As revealed in SECRET WARS #2, the patchwork realm housing Marvel’s greatest heroes and villains holds secrets that will be unveiled over the course of this epic adventure. Regardless of what happens, the Marvel Universe can never go back to what we once we knew, and the fallout from Secret Wars will reflect this seismic shift. “In the same way that events jumped forward in time eight months in AVENGERS and NEW AVENGERS during the lead-up to Secret Wars, so too when we enter the new Marvel Universe eight months will have passed for all of the characters as well,” explains Marvel Senior VP-Executive Editor and SECRET WARS editor Tom Brevoort. “This provides our creators, even apart from Secret Wars, to drop into exciting new situations and status quos on the fly. So look for surprises and mysteries and changes galore as series resume in the NEW MU.” While only slices of Battleworld have been revealed thus far—and will continue to be unveiled this week in titles like A-FORCE, MASTER OF KUNG FU, PLANET HULK, SPIDER-VERSE, and ULTIMATE END—elements seen will prove key not only to Secret Wars, but the to the burgeoning Marvel Universe to come. Already we can confirm that the despotic future Hulk known as Maestro from FUTURE IMPERFECT, the stalwart heroes of A-Force, the exotic locales from WEIRDWORLD, and Shiklah’s new team to be seen in MRS. DEADPOOL & THE HOWLING COMMANDOS will play major roles in the future. Additionally, a mysterious team of survivors from dead universes and even Battleworld itself promise to stick around past the tumult and excitement to come. And these elements provide only a small sampling of the impact Secret Wars will have in bringing new pieces to a new Marvel Universe. “As we’ve been saying, the building blocks of the NEW MU are being established throughout the various SECRET WARS titles, with every series contributing something to the NEW MU—whether that something is a character, a place, an environment, an object, a status quo, or any other thing that you might think of,” previews Brevoort. “It’s an exciting time to be a Marvel fan, as the whole of our fictional universe renews itself in as substantial a way as its ever done—and without throwing the baby out with the bathwater!” Pick up SECRET WARS #2 now for the latest chapter in the saga, and continue to follow all the latest Secret Wars developments on Marvel.com and through our social channels!
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New Printings For Unbeatble Squirrel Girl #1, #2, #3 & #4? That's Nuts (Fri, 15 May 2015)
The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl Second Printing Is she tough? Listen bud: she’s got partially squirrel blood. And she’s also got new printings coming to comic shops this June! That’s right, the first four issues of THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL are coming back to the shelves, sporting four new connecting covers featuring art by Erica Henderson and new “alt. text” by writer Ryan North! Together the covers spell out Squirrel Girl’s catchphrase: EATS NUTS, KICKS BUTTS! Jump on board the hit series from the very beginning with these new printings! Marvel as Squirrel Girl braves collegiate life and makes new friends! Gaze in wonder as she, uh, breaks into Avengers Tower to steal Iron Man’s armor! (It’s for a good reason, promise!) Witness her go tail to toe with the deadly Whiplash! Gape in awe as she and her stalwart squirrel companion Tippy-Toe take down Galactus, the freakin’ Devourer of Worlds!!! You don’t know what you’ve been missing! Don’t believe us? Here’s what some of the critics had to say: “When a comic is this well-crafted, it’s hard not to be impressed.”  – Newsarama  “Witty and wise, funny and fast, each page and panel is sure to crack even the most stone-faced smile.”  - IGN  “Henderson’s art goes with North’s dialogue like peanut butter with jelly.” – Comic Book Resources “I can’t recommend the new Squirrel Girl book enough. It’s NUTS!” - Dan Slott, writer of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN Now is your chance to get caught up on the series that has the industry and fans everywhere going nuts! Don’t miss the new printings of the first four issues of THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL when they scamper into comic shops this June! THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1 THIRD PRINTING (MAR158545)Written by RYAN NORTHArt & Cover by ERICA HENDERSONFOC – 05/18/15, On-Sale – 06/10/15 THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #2 THIRD PRINTING (MAR158546)Written by RYAN NORTHArt & Cover by ERICA HENDERSONFOC – 05/18/15, On-Sale – 06/10/15 THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #3 SECOND PRINTING (MAR158547) Written by RYAN NORTH Art & Cover by ERICA HENDERSON FOC – 05/18/15, On-Sale – 06/10/15 THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #4 SECOND PRINTING (MAR158548)Written by RYAN NORTHArt & Cover by ERICA HENDERSONFOC – 05/18/15, On-Sale – 06/10/15
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Doom Reigns Supreme in Exclusive First Look at Secret Wars #4 (Fri, 15 May 2015)
STOP! READ SECRET WARS #2 BEFORE LOOKING AT THE IMAGE BELOW! The Secret Wars continue this June as Doom and his family shape the future of Battleworld and the Marvel Universe as we know it! Take an exclusive first look at Alex Ross' cover for SECRET WARS #4 below! SECRET WARS #4 Written by JONATHAN HICKMAN Art by ESAD RIBIC Cover by ALEX ROSS Connecting cover by SIMONE BIANCHI Variant cover by ERICA HENDERSON Action Figure Variant cover by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER Agwengers Variant cover by CHRIS SAMNEE Variant cover by ESAD RIBIC Variant cover by Jim Starlin ALL THE ANGELS SING! 32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99 On sale June 17
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Hannah Murray Joins the Women of Marvel (Fri, 15 May 2015)
Actress Hannah Murray from "Game of Thrones" stops by for a talk about her career highlights and upcoming plans! Plus, Judy shares the latest on this weekend's Atlantic City Boardwalk Con! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 45 now! Be sure to attend the Women of Marvel panel at Atlantic City Boardwalk Con, taking place Saturday, May 16 from 5-6 PM, hosted by Sana Amanat, Emily Shaw, and Judy Stephens!The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Friday, co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Social Media Manager Adri Cowan and Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel Director, Content & Character Development Sana Amanat and Marvel Comics Editor Emily Shaw. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about Women of Marvel to @AdriCowan@Omg_Dj_Judy@MiniB622,@Emily_ShawShaw or @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel! Make sure to visit and follow the Women of Marvel Tumblr page: http://thewomenofmarvelcomics.tumblr.com And Instagram at Instagram.com/TheWomenOfMarvel
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Monsters Smash Across the Warzones! in Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1 (Thu, 14 May 2015)
Mrs. Deadpool and the Howling Commandos #1 This June, prepare to meet the strangest super team of them all as they emerge from Monster Metropolis and take Battleworld head on! Marvel is pleased to present MRS. DEADPOOL AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #1, a new Secret Wars series! From writer Gerry Duggan and artist Salvador Espin comes an explosive new adventure as Deadpool’s betrothed and a monstrous legion venture across Battleworld and beyond! Monster Metropolis – an underground city buried deep below Manhattan. Brimming with monsters, creeps and spooks – the city is home to any and all things that go bump in the night. It’s ruler – Shiklah, undisputed Queen of the Monsters! In her world, she ruled over all monsters with her husband Deadpool, the Merc With a Mouth. But on Battleworld, nothing is as it once was. With her husband now deceased and her city now residing beneath an entirely new planet, Shiklah now leads a super team unlike any you’ve ever seen before! Enter the Howling Commandos – the most monstrous team of them all! Werewolf-by-Night! Frankenstein’s Monster! The Living Mummy! Man-Thing! And Marcus the Centaur! Set loose on Battleworld, these five creatures of the night and their fearless leader are ready to enter the Secret Wars fray! Anything can happen, but one thing is for certain – Battleworld won’t know what hit it! Sharpen those fangs and claws, True Believer – the Howling Commandos are off the leash this June! Don’t miss the debut of this deadly new super team this June in MRS. DEADPOOL AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #1! MRS. DEADPOOL AND THE HOWLING COMMANDOS #1 (APR150815)Written by GERRY DUGGANArt by SALVADOR ESPINCover by REILLY BROWNVariant Cover by ADAM WARREN (APR150818),Howling Variant by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (APR150816)Team Variant by NICK BRADSHAW (APR150817)FOC – 05/18/15, On-Sale – 06/10/15
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Download Episode 185 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 14 May 2015)
Lace up your sneakers for a marathon edition of This Week in Marvel! Ryan and Ben discuss this week's new comic releases, including CAPTAIN MARVEL #15, HOWARD THE DUCK #3, SECRET WARS #2, and THOR #8! Out in Hollywood, Marc and Patrick, along with Marvel VP - Current Animation Stephen Wacker, welcome a special guest: Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada! Then it's back east for an insightful interview with former Marvel editor and recent HULK writer Aubrey Sitterson, plus answers and responses to your questions and comments! Read STAR WARS: DARK EMPIRE for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #185 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode!This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Senior Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh, and Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @Agent_M@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Follow Marvel During Atlantic City Boardwalk Con (Thu, 14 May 2015)
It's the first-ever Atlantic City Boardwalk Con--ACBC--this weekend, May 14-17! Can't make it to the convention? Tune-in on May 16-17 for Marvel's live streaming video coverage! Plus, get real-time announcements from the convention floor and interviews with your favorite creators and celebrities! All this and more! Tweet and follow hashtag #MarvelACBC to stay up to date with the Marvel crew at ACBC! Marvel Panel Schedule FRIDAY Breaking Into Comics the Marvel Way o   Room 302 o   3-4pm o   Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, "I could do that…if I knew how!" Well, here's your chance! Join Marvel Manager of Talent Relations Rickey Purdin, Editor Katie Kubert, Sales Communication & Event Coordinator Jake Friedfeld and a host of Marvel talent to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL! SATURDAY Marvel Artist Spotlight o   Room 303 o   12-1pm o   Join superstar artists Mark Brooks (ANT-MAN), Humberto Ramos (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN), Mark Morales (AVENGERS & X-MEN: AXIS), and Edgar Delgado (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) as they are joined by other Marvel guests to discuss the ins and outs of being a successful comic book artist. Have any questions about what goes into putting together a comic book? Here's your chance to ask the experts! Secret Wars & Aftermath o   Room 303 o   2-3pm o   We told you that "Everything Ends" in Secret Wars. So now the question is: What comes next? Join Content Development Director Sana Amanat, Manager of Talent Relations Rickey Purdin, and Editor Katie Kubert, plus writers Peter David (SECRET WARS 2099) and Charles Soule (INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING) to get the 4-1-1 on Secret Wars and the future of Marvel! Women of Marvel o   Room 302 o   5-6pm o   From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics recently. Join the conversation as women from multiple disciplines in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! PLUS – A surprise announcement or two! Panelists include Content Development Director Sana Amanat, Editor Katie Kubert, and Producer Judy Stephens! SUNDAY Marvel Unlimited+ Member-Only Panel* o   1-2pm o   Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, Content Development Director Sana Amanat, and Editor Katie Kubert for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.  *Panel line-up is subject to change.  Merchandise available while supplies last.  Must show official Member Card, Photo ID or order confirmation email at the door to gain entry. Make Mine Marvel! o   2-3pm o   There's no better place to learn about our thrilling and creatively diverse series than this panel! Don't miss some exciting discussion of our Star Wars titles as well as the lowdown on some of Marvel’s biggest and best new series!  Panelists include Content Development Director Sana Amanat, Editor Katie Kubert, writer Charles Soule (STAR WARS: LANDO), and other Mighty Marvel Guests! 
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The Avengers Come to GraphicAudio (Thu, 14 May 2015)
For audiobook fans who want their Marvel fix, GraphicAudio has been releasing some fantastic theatrical audio productions (think those awesome radio stories with big sound effects, actors, the works) — and now, they're giving us AVENGERS: EVERYBODY WANTS TO RULE THE WORLD, based on the original prose novel by best-selling author Dan Abnett. Like a "movie in your mind" (that's the tagline, people – accurate), this adaptation in GraphicAudio comes alive with a full cast, music and sound effects to create an action-packed listening experience. In this story, the mighty Avengers face an array of their greatest foes-all at once. Captain America battles the forces of Hydra in Berlin; in the Savage Land, Hawkeye and the Black Widow attempt to foil A.I.M. In Washington, Iron Man fights to stop Ultron; in Siberia, Thor takes on an entire army. And in Madripoor, Bruce Banner battles the High Evolutionary (cue Daft Punk's "Around the World"). Only one thing is certain: this isn't a coincidence. Check out a sample here... Available from http://www.GraphicAudio.net/Marvel and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access™ Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. GraphicAudio CD formats and Marvel prose novel editions also available at comic shops and Super Soldier-loving bookstores near you! Prose novel available at: http://tinyurl.com/o5dlhka
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The Force is Strong With These Comics! Announcing the Star Wars #1 & Darth Vader #1 Director's Cuts (Thu, 14 May 2015)
Star Wars Director's Cut Two of the biggest comics of the year are about to get bigger! Marvel is proud to announce that the chart-topping, critically adored first issues of Star Wars and Darth Vader will return to comic shops this June for the STAR WARS #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT and DARTH VADER #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT! Experience the monumental return of the iconic Star Wars franchise to the House of Ideas with the first issues of these two blockbuster ongoing series! Taking place immediately after the events of Star Wars: A New Hope, these two explosive comics follow new adventures of beloved characters from the original trilogy! Created in close partnership with Lucasfilm, these new Star Wars titles exist as part of the canon for the Star Wars universe! Each director’s cut version features the entire first issue – read STAR WARS #1 or DARTH VADER #1 again or for the very first time! Then, go behind the scenes as you experience the making of these two landmark debuts. See script pages and in-progress artwork from each issue as the Star Wars universe is brought to life as only Marvel could! Marvel’s burgeoning Star Wars line has already taken the industry by storm, topping charts, returning for multiple printings and embraced by fans and critics alike. The world of Star Wars has made its historic return to Marvel, and no fan can afford to miss out on both these blockbuster ongoing series. Don’t miss the STAR WARS #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT and DARTH VADER #1 DIRECTOR’S CUT – coming to comic shops this June! STAR WARS #1 DIRECTOR’S CUTWritten by JASON AARONArt & Cover by JOHN CASSADAYFOC – 05/25/15. On-Sale 06/17/15 DARTH VADER #1 DIRECTOR’S CUTWritten by KIERON GILLENArt & Cover by SALVADOR LARROCAFOC – 05/25/15. On-Sale 06/17/15
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Deadly Vehicles and Deadlier Racers Come to Battleworld in Ghost Racers #1 (Thu, 14 May 2015)
Ghost Racers #1 Start your engines! Prepare for terror! The deadliest racers on Battleworld are peeling out and unleashing their fury this June. Marvel is pleased to present GHOST RACERS #1, a new Secret Wars series from writer Felipe Smith and artist Juan Gedeon! Put the pedal to the metal as the Spirits of Vengeance go head to head in lethal, cutthroat races! Welcome to the scorching hot track of Battleworld’s arena – for the one and only spectacle known as the Ghost Races! Enslaved and bound to the arena, cursed souls race at the speed of sin – and anything and everything goes! Friendship, loyalties and family bonds will be tested. All in the name of the top prize – temporary freedom from the arena! But what happens to the unlucky and unholy losers? Now, Robbie Reyes, Johnny Blaze, Danny Ketch, Alejandra Blaze and many, many more step onto the track for all-out, high-speed warfare. The stakes have never been higher as the most vicious Spirits of Vengeance do battle for their very souls! Who will come out on top and who will be left in the dust? Buckle up for the most wild ride of the Secret Wars when GHOST RACERS #1 speeds into comic shops this June! GHOST RACERS #1 (APR150734)Written by FELIPE SMITHArt by JUAN GEDEONCover by FRANCESCO FRANCAVILLASlade Variant by DAN PANOSIAN (APR150735)Robbie Reyes Variant by TRADD MOORE (APR150736)Ant-Sized Variant by MARK TEXEIRA (APR150737)FOC – 05/18/15, On-Sale – 06/10/15
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Fight! Your First Look at the Secret Wars Battle Standees! (Thu, 14 May 2015)
Secret Wars Battle Standees The Earth-shattering release of SECRET WARS #1 has already taken the comic industry by storm, but the story is just heating up! The destruction of the Marvel Universe was just the beginning! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at the SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEES – an exciting new promo item coming to stores this June! Releasing alongside June’s SECRET WARS #4, the SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEE ONE-SHEET features eight different characters that can be assembled into individual figure standees. Featuring artwork by rising star John Tyler Christopher, each sheet includes standees of Mr. Fantastic, Black Panther, Miles Morales, Peter Parker, Star-Lord, Captain Marvel, Thor and Cyclops! Plus, don’t miss July’s epic SECRET WARS LANDSCAPE WRAPAROUND VARIANTS, the perfect backdrop for your Secret Wars Battle Standees. Featuring environments from across Battleworld, these five wraparound variants take fans from the Hulk overrun Greenland of PLANET HULK to the robot and zombie infested wastes of AGE OF ULTRON vs. MARVEL ZOMBIES – and more domains in between! Pair them with your Battle Standees to create your own scenarios from the blockbuster Secret Wars! Secret Wars Landscape Wraparound Variants will be available on the following titles shipping throughout July: · AGE OF ULTRON VS. MARVEL ZOMBIES #2· ARMOR WARS #3· CIVIL WAR #2· INHUMANS: ATTILAN RISING #3· PLANET HULK #3 The fuse is lit. The Secret Wars are set to explode. Now is your chance to create action of your very own with the SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEES and SECRET WARS LANDSCAPE WRAPAROUND VARIANTS! Retailers: Check your Marvel Mailer for more information on how to order the Secret Wars Battle Standees and Secret Wars Landscape Wraparound Variants. SECRET WARS BATTLE STANDEE ONE-SHEET (FEB158575)Artwork by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHERFOC – 05/25/15, In Stores – 06/27/15       ARMOR WARS #3 LANDSCAPE WRAPAROUND VARIANT (MAY150729)Art by ALEX MALEEVFOC – 06/22/15, On-Sale – 7/15/15
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Skottie Young Pits Avengers Against X-Men in the Warzones! in Giant-Size Little Marvel: AvX #1 (Wed, 13 May 2015)
Giant-Size Little-Marvel: AvX #1 You thought Avengers vs. X-Men was big? Well you ain’t seen nothing! This June, 2015 Eisner Award nominee Skottie Young (ROCKET RACCOON) brings his inimitable style to Battleworld with GIANT-SIZE LITTLE MARVEL: AVX #1! Big action and tiny heroes collide as an all-out war breaks out between the two biggest factions in the Marvel Universe! The toughest, craziest and most popular Marvel heroes are going to THROW DOWN on Battleworld. Featuring the likes of Cyclops, Hawkeye, Magik, Black Widow, Wolverine, Captain America and many, many more. They’re all here – just shorter! This is the series you’ve been waiting for. Be there this June when Skottie Young brings out the big guns for GIANT-SIZE LITTLE MARVEL: AVX #1! GIANT-SIZE LITTLE MARVEL: AVX #1 (APR150762)Written by SKOTTIE YOUNGArt & Cover by SKOTTIE YOUNGVariant Covers by HUMBERTO RAMOS (APR150765),SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150766) and JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (APR150763)Ant-Sized Variant by SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150764)On-Sale – 06/03/15
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I! Am! Your New Look at Groot #1 (Wed, 13 May 2015)
Groot #1 This June, the Marvel Universe's most famous tree is starring in his very own series! That's right, GROOT #1 is coming – and you will not want to miss this out of this world thrill ride! Writer Jeff Loveness ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," AMAZING SPIDER-MAN SPECIAL) joins artist Brian Kesinger from Disney Animation for a galactic road trip of epic proportions. But it's not all fun and games as for the first time in years, Groot is separated from his pal (and translator) Rocket Raccoon. Can he make it on his own in the big, scary galaxy? Armed with just the words "I," "Am" and "Groot," he's about to embark on a new kind of adventure. Explosions! Intergalactic Hitchiking! Aliens! Space Sharks! That's just the first issue! Keep your eyes peeled on the rest of the series and you might spot a couple of intergalactic guest stars! Bursting at the seams with action, adventure, excitement and heart – fans will not want to miss out on this exciting new series! Prepare for high adventure in deep space this June as GROOT #1 sprouts up in comic shops this June! GROOT #1 (APR150862) Written by JEFF LOVENESSArt by BRIAN KESINGERCover by DECLAN SHALVEYVariant Cover by RYAN STEGMAN (APR150864)Gwoot Variant by GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (APR150863)On-Sale – 06/03/15
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Axel Alonso Reveals the New Thor (Wed, 13 May 2015)
Thor by Russell Dauterman SPOILERS FOR THOR #8 AHEAD After months of mystery, THOR #8, available now, revealed the woman behind the masked helmet. Writer Jason Aaron and artist Russell Dauterman unveiled longtime Marvel mainstay Jane Foster as the Goddess of Thunder on the issue’s final page. First introduced in 1962’s JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY #84 as a member of Thor’s supporting cast, Foster started out as a love interest for the Odinson, but has emerged as a key part of the Marvel Universe in her own right, becoming a doctor responsible for treating the Avengers and others. Last year, in THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #12, Foster shared with Thor that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, Jane’s story continues as the new female wielder of Mjolnir, her true nature still unknown to the Odinson and the rest of the Marvel Universe. We spoke briefly with Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso about what went into making Jane Foster the new Thor, plus the ramifications and what’s next for the Goddess of Thunder. Marvel.com: How early on did you know that Jason Aaron’s Thor opus was leading to Jane Foster taking up the hammer? Axel Alonso: At the very outset. It was part of Jason’s story, so it was part of his pitch. Marvel.com: What elements does Jane being the one behind the mask add to the already unique role of the new Thor? Axel Alonso: Well, for one thing, Jane’s history with Thor goes back to the very beginning. They have a deep and complex relationship. I’m certain that was one of the reasons Jason wanted to tell this story. Marvel.com: In terms of the real-world message Marvel is sending, how powerful is it to have a woman with breast cancer as one of our most prominent heroes? Axel Alonso: I certainly think it gets people talking. One of the important aspects of this story is that Jane’s super heroics as Thor take a toll on her as Jane. Jane pays a physical price for her heroism. She gets out of bed and tries to live life to its fullest, tries to make a difference. I think there’s a metaphor there, not too far under the surface. Marvel.com: What’s next for Jane Foster as Thor? What will her part be in Secret Wars and moving in to the future? Axel Alonso: Can’t give away too much, except to say that Thor plays a big role in Secret Wars and beyond. Read the reveal of Jane Foster as the Goddess of Thunder in THOR #8, available now!
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Thanos Tries on the Infinity Gauntlet in 90's By The Numbers (Wed, 13 May 2015)
90s By The Numbers: Infinity Gauntlet #1 It's time to face facts, true believers – the 90's were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome! With that in mind, we've pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one radical fact at a time! This week we're singling out INFINITY GAUNTLET #1 by Jim Starlin and George Perez. Here's "God" by the numbers! Approximately 114 skulls piled beneath Death's throne   27 stairs leading up to the front door of Thanos' new pad   11 different Avengers in 2 portraits   7 empty mugs   6 Infinity Gems on the Infinity Gauntlet   2 suddenly materialized thrones   1 cosmic cocoon   Check out the rest of INFINITY GAUNTLET on Marvel Unlimited and see a new take during Secret Wars starting on May 27!
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Marvel's Biggest Heroes Get Tiny For Ant-Sized Variants in June (Wed, 13 May 2015)
Ant-Sized Variants Marvel’s biggest names are getting small and shrinking down to size this June for a series of special variant covers! Marvel is pleased to announce 15 ANT-SIZED VARIANT COVERS coming to some of June’s newest Marvel titles! Celebrate the highly anticipated release of Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” in theaters July 17 alongside your favorite characters with these can’t miss covers! Look for ANT-SIZED VARIANTS coming to these Marvel titles throughout the month of June: · AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1· AGE OF ULTRON vs. MARVEL ZOMBIES #1· AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1· ARMOR WARS #1· CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS #1· CIVIL WAR #1· FUTURE IMPERFECT #1· GHOST RACERS #1· GIANT-SIZED LITTLE MARVEL: AvX #1· HAIL HYDRA #1· MARVEL ZOMBIES #1· SIEGE #1· THORS #1· X-MEN ’92 #1· YEARS OF FUTURE PAST #1 Run don’t walk, to your local comic shop to get your hands on these covers. There’s sure to be a large demand for these small heroes! Don’t miss the ANT-SIZED VARIANTS coming to your favorite Marvel titles beginning this June!
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The Parker Family Swings Into the Warzones! in Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 (Wed, 13 May 2015)
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1 Father. Husband. Hero. The Amazing Spider-Man isn’t safe from the Secret Wars – and neither are you! Marvel is pleased to present AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1, from Dan Slott and Adam Kubert! Trust us, you have to read this to believe it! Prepare for the next evolutionary step in Peter Parker’s life as the Parker family faces Battleworld…together. Peter, Mary Jane and their daughter may not have much, but they have each other. Even as his city is torn asunder by a mysterious new villain, the safety of Peter’s wife and daughter comes first. But who is this mysterious “Regent” who has claimed the lives of so many heroes? How long till Spider-Man and his family are in his crosshairs? This is the story you’ve been waiting for. No fan can afford to miss the seismic AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 when it explodes into comic shops this June! AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #1 (APR150750)Written by DAN SLOTTArt & Cover by ADAM KUBERTVariant Covers by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (APR150751),JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (APR150752), HUMBERTO RAMOS (APR150755) and SKOTTIE YOUNG (APR150756)Ant-Sized Variant by MIKE DEODATO (APR150754)MAOS Variant by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO (APR150753)Blank Cover Variant Also Available (APR150757)On-Sale – 06/03/15
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Follow the History of Deadpool Pt. 3 (Wed, 29 May 2013)
The History of Deadpool Pt. 3 By Brett White After making a bloody splash as an X-Force villain just over 20 years ago, Deadpool has grown from a cult favorite second banana to Marvel's most notorious leading mercenary. On June 25, 2013, comic book fans everywhere will get to experience life in the red and black tights when Deadpool's first ever video game breaks its way into stores. This marks Wade Wilson's first time headlining a game after appearing in other titles like “Marvel: Ultimate Alliance” and the Marvel vs. Capcom series. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we're giving you an in-depth look at Deadpool's history, from his humble beginnings as X-Force's snarkiest foe all the way to today. Be sure to visit the Marvel Digital Comics Shop and Marvel Digital comics Unlimited to brush up on your 'Pool history! What's a merc to do when the object of his affection needs breaking out of a mental institution? In X-FORCE #47, Deadpool answered Siryn's call for help after a failed mission landed her in the Weisman Institute for the Criminally Insane. But just as Wade busted X-Force's field leader out, he got left behind with all memory of his involvement removed from Siryn's mind by the manipulative Gamesmaster. When her memories returned in X-FORCE #56, Theresa went back to rescue Deadpool. With both halves of this odd couple finally free, 'Pool paid his rescuer back with a kiss which…didn't really please her. Better luck next time? 1997's DEADPOOL #1—kicking off DP’s first ongoing series—shoved a lot of Wilson's skeletons out of their cozy closet. The issue gave readers an unobstructed look at Deadpool's home life in a quaint San Francisco home with his elderly live-in prisoner, the cantankerous and feisty Blind Al. Wade took a mission to destroy a science outpost in Antarctica. Not a problem—until Deadpool discovered that Dr. Walter Langkowski—better known as Alpha Flight's Sasquatch—ran the outpost. The ensuing fight—because of course there was a fight—damaged the outpost's gamma core and threatened to irradiate half of Earth. Wade did the unthinkable to prevent a global catastrophe: he dove into the gamma core to fix it, saving the day and exhausting his healing factor. The intergalactic holding company Landau, Luckman and Lake claimed responsibility for DP's Antarctic mission, claiming they set him up to find out if he could be the hero their in-house prophets had said he would be. Wilson laughed off their offer to become a working good guy. With his healing factor broken, Deadpool tracked down Dr. Killebrew with Siryn's help. The former Weapon X geneticist wished to atone for the unspeakable horrors he did to Wade, so the doctor cured the merc's gamma irradiated healing factor with a healthy dose of Hulk-blood procured via impalement in DEADPOOL #4. This freed Wilson up to murder Killebrew, but Siryn convinced him otherwise, thus setting Deadpool on the heroic path that LL&L saw in his future. The path to true heroism included a few nasty pit stops. Getting involved in a bloody relationship with the deranged Typhoid Mary didn't help in DAREDEVIL/DEADPOOL ANNUAL. Temporarily posing as Spider-Man in the hero's early days and scaring Aunt May nearly to death didn't show great care for the time stream in DEADPOOL #11. Throwing Weasel and Blind Al in a dark room filled with knives, buzzsaws and razor blades just because the two communicated behind his back did demonstrate much heroism, and rushing headfirst into a battle with the psychopath T-Ray nearly got ‘Pool killed in DEADPOOL #14. All of those setbacks proved necessary to push Deadpool towards accepting LL&L's offer when agent Zoe Culloden pulled his broken body out of the snow. In DEADPOOL #17, the Merc with a Mouth learned his destiny as the Mithras with a mouth, a being charged with shepherding in the messiah. After coming to terms with his fate, Wilson prepared himself for his job, which turned out to just involve gutting an alien messiah-killer named Tiamat. The prediction became less than clear, though, as the messiah Deadpool pledged to protect turned out to be a celestial entity that robbed civilizations of their free will. After learning the truth in DEADPOOL #25, Wade turned against his mission and killed both his adversaries and the being he had been meant to safeguard. The world lost a "messiah" and gained continued free will. With his destiny destroyed and his entire support group gone, Wade fled San Francisco permanently. As far as he ran, though, his past came back in the physical form of ex-wife, Mercedes. Although he didn't initially remember being married, Deadpool’s memories of their life together and tragic end came back slowly. Mercedes had been murdered by T-Ray after the naive Wilsons took him in, an act that threatened to be repeated after T-Ray showed up again on DP's doorstep. DEADPOOL #33 dropped a bomb on the merc's backstory, as T-Ray revealed Mercedes to actually be his wife, Wade Wilson his true name, and the man who ruined their lives—Deadpool. T-Ray's magic left Wilson on the brink of death, and the reunited Wilson couple left Wade to rot and recuperate in hell. But does this revelation shake Deadpool's core sense of self? Not one bit! After all, no one should trust a psychopath with a band-aid for a nose like T-Ray! Check out DEADPOOL (1997) in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop, plus on Marvel Unlimited.
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Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 81.5 (Tue, 28 May 2013)
Download 'This Week in Marvel' Episode 81.5 Download episode #81.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com Ryan and Ben welcome their old pal "The Fallen Angel" Christopher Daniels, Impact Wrestling star and one half of the tag team Bad Influence, to the show. Enjoy a free-flowing discussion of comics and wrestling, including Daniels' plans for Slammiversary, his thoughts on Marvel NOW! and much more! Download episode #81.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode! This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases--from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan "Agent M" Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse with Associate Producer Blake Garris and Associate Editor Marc Strom.  We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!
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