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Download Episode 196 of This Week in Marvel (Fri, 31 Jul 2015)
#196 The team talks M.O.D.O.K. ASSASSIN, GUARDIANS TEAM-UP and BLACK WIDOW, give you the latest Marvel news and much more! Download episode #196 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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Women of Marvel Podcast with Jenny Whitlock (Fri, 31 Jul 2015)
Jenny Whitlock joins the Women of Marvel Podcast Hosts Adri Cowan and Judy Stephens are joined by Jenny Whitlock, VP of TV Marketing to chat about her Disney career and how she manages marketing the variety that is Marvel TV! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 56 now! 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 Jenny Whitlock joins the Women of Marvel Podcast
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Ancient Hero Meets Modern World in HERCULES #1 (Thu, 30 Jul 2015)
Learn more about HERCULES #1 by Dan Abnett and Luke Ross! He’s been called many things, gone by many names, accomplished many heroic deeds. But now, it’s time for a new beginning. This November, the world’s first super hero is back in the game in HERCULES #1! Fan-favorite writer Dan Abnett (GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, GUARDIANS 3000) and artist Luke Ross (HULK, SECRET AVENGERS) blast out of the gate with an explosive first issue that’ll show the world why he set the bar for heroism in the first place! Protect the innocent, defend the world, save the day. Olympus’s favorite son is back like you’ve never seen him before! An ancient warrior in the modern day, Hercules battles everything from street-level crime to cosmic scale threats. Whether it’s protecting his block, his city or the entire world – no labor is too big or too small for the mighty Hercules! But a new evil has awoken – one that will push the demi-god to the limit and test his mighty resolve. The world’s first super hero is back in the fight, but will his new lease on life be short lived? “Hercules is fun, brash and one of Marvel’s more interesting characters because of his connections to both the Avengers as well as ancient Greek mythology,” says series Editor Katie Kubert. “A hero of all eras, he’s trying to reestablish what being a hero means today, and what better place to attempt to do that than NYC with his buddy Gilgamesh at his side? “ Witness the Marvel Universe through the eyes of one of its most powerful warriors, and the heart of a true champion. Ancient hero meets modern day this November in the bombastic debut of HERCULES #1!
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Listen to This Week in Marvel 195.5 (Tue, 28 Jul 2015)
Listen to This Week in Marvel 195.5 Singer-songwriter Janet Devlin stops by Marvel HQ to chat with Blake about her love for Iron Man and Guardians of the Galaxy, her recent musical projects and much more! Download episode #195.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.comgrab 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 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 Senior Editor Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh. 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@blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Luke Skywalker's Journey Continues in Star Wars #8 (Fri, 24 Jul 2015)
This August, the next arc of the chart-topping hit series begins! Today, Marvel is pleased to present your first look at STAR WARS #8 – as blockbuster writer Jason Aaron is joined for the first time by new series artist Stuart Immonen (All-New X-Men, All-New Captain America)! After discovering the journals of Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke Skywalker, more determined than ever continues his quest to learn about the history of the Jedi. A quest that will take him to the center of the galaxy – to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant! But what he and R2-D2 uncover on their journey to the massive city-planet may be more than he bargained for. Meanwhile, at the far end of the galaxy, Han Solo & Princess Leia are confronted by a most unexpected foe! Don’t miss the start of a brand-new arc as critically acclaimed artist Stuart Immonen joins the Rebellion this August for STAR WARS #8!   STAR WARS #8 (MAY150780) Written by JASON AARON Art & Cover by STUART IMMONEN Variant Cover by JOHN CASSADAY (MAY150781) Action Figure Variant by JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAY150782) Sketch Variant by STUART IMMONEN (MAY150783) FOC – 07/27/15, On-Sale – 08/19/15 Star Wars #8 color preview art by Stuart Immonen
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Fan Girl Friday with Kate Murphy on the Women of Marvel Podcast (Fri, 24 Jul 2015)
Fan Girl Friday on the Women of Marvel Podcast - banner In honor of Fan Girl Friday, host Judy Stephens is joined by Kate Murphy, a fellow comic fan who focused her High School junior year science project on studying the female gender roles in Marvel comics from the Silver Age to the Present! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 55 now! For more on Kate's study, check out her abstract below: Abstract Comic books, a form of American popular culture, offer a window into time, allowing researchers to track societal changes over several decades.  The purpose of this study was to determine if, how, and how much female gender roles have changed in Marvel Comics from the Silver Age (1960) to the present (2014) to help understand how popular culture portrays and treats female characters.  It was hypothesized that female gender roles in Marvel Comics in the last decade have become less stereotypical and more equitable as determined by the seven-point quantifiable rubric as compared to the 1960’s.  The seven-point rubric underwent inter-rater reliability tests twice with ten experienced raters.  The researcher reviewed 68 Marvel titles for a total of 788 Marvel Comic Books broken down by decade from 1960-2014.  Through the quantitative content analysis, the average overall female gender role scores for Marvel comics consistently went up by decade from 12.20 for 1960-1969 to 22.50 for 2010-2014, which supported the hypothesis and was very highly significant at .001.  Results were also tracked for the seven rubric categories (score range 0-5)—average cover art (.39 for 1960-1969 to 2.61 for 2010-2014), Bechdel Test (1.21 for 1960-1969 to 2.72 for 2010-2014), storyline (2.55 for 1960-1969 to 4.00 for 2010-2014), occupation (1.50 for 1960-1969 to 3.16 for 2010-2014), balance of power (1.45 for 1960-1969 to 3.14 for 2010-2014), female sexualization (1.88 for 1960-1969 to 3.53 for 2010-2014), and violence against women (3.22 for 1960-1969 to 3.32 for 2010-2014) with significance noted in these sub-sets. --- 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 Fan Girl Friday on the Women of Marvel Podcast
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Download Episode 195 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 23 Jul 2015)
Download Episode 195 of This Week in Marvel Ryan talks WEIRDWORLD, STAR-LORD AND KITTY PRYDE and UNCANNY X-MEN, speaks with Kate Murphy about her Marvel science project, the group gives the latest Marvel news and much more! Download episode #195 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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Live from SDCC 2015: The Women of Marvel Panel (Mon, 20 Jul 2015)
Join hosts Judy Stephens, Sana Amanat and Adri Cowan as they welcome their guests Lorraine Cink, Marguerite Bennett, Tara Butters, Michele Fazekas, Margaret Stohl, Megan Bradner and Ann Foley to the annual Women of Marvel Panel live from San Diego Comic-Con 2015! Listen to Women of Marvel - Episode 54 now! 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 Women of Marvel - Ep 54 - SDCC
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Marvel Becomes Inspired by the Music Industry (Fri, 17 Jul 2015)
Marvel Hip-Hop Variant Covers Expression and art form merge between Marvel Comics and the world of hip-hop with a unique line of HIP-HOP Variant Covers inspired by some of the most iconic and well received hip-hop and rap albums of all time.  Accompanying each all-new #1 from Marvel Comics coming this fall, fans will get the chance to purchase their own Marvel Comics variant cover featuring their favorite Marvel characters paying homage to some of the most well-known and vocal musical artists over the past couple of years. "For years, Marvel Comics and Hip-Hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialog," says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso.  "Beginning this October, we will shine a spotlight on the seamless relationship between those two unique forces in when we unveil the first of more than fifty variant covers, each of which pays tribute to an iconic album cover from the past 30 years that shaped pop-culture over the past three decades." Look for Marvel’s HIP-HOP Variants to grace the covers of these exciting Marvel comics beginning in the month of October: · AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mike Del Mundo · ANGELA: QUEEN OF HEL #1 - HIP-HOP Variant by Annie Wu · THE ASTONISHING ANT-MAN #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mark Brooks · CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 - HIP-HOP Variant by Denys Cowan · DOCTOR STRANGE #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Juan Doe · EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Sanford Greene · GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Shawn Crystal · INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Brian Stelfreeze · THE MIGHTY THOR #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mike Deodato · SAM WILSON, CAPTAIN AMERICA #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mahmud Asrar · SPIDER-GWEN #1 – HIP-HOP Variant by Humberto Ramos · THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Phil Noto · UNCANNY INHUMANS #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Damian Scott · UNCANNY AVENGERS #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Jason Pearson Look for these additional HIP-HOP Variants coming later this fall: · ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Jim Cheung · ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Keron Grant · CARNAGE #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Ariel Olivetti · HOWARD THE DUCK #1- HIP-HOP Variant Juan Doe · Ms. MARVEL #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Jenny Frisson · OLD MAN LOGAN #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Tim Bradstreet · SPIDER-MAN #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Adi Granov · SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Dave Johnson · SQUADRON SUPREME #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mike Del Mundo · STAR-LORD #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Tradd Moore · THE TOTALLY AWESOME HULK #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Mahmud Asrar · WEB WARRIORS #1- HIP-HOP Variant by Damian Scott No fan can afford to miss out when Marvel Comics stands alongside the hip-hop industry with covers celebrating some of the most iconic albums which have crafted the sound of a generation. Be there when Marvel Comics’ HIP-HOP Variants drop this fall in your local comic book shops.
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Download Episode 194 of This Week in Marvel (Thu, 16 Jul 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 194 This Week in Marvel goes back to full-size for a special Ant-Man edition! Ryan and Ben cover this week's new comics releases, including ANT-MAN ANNUAL #1, CAPTAIN BRITAIN & THE MIGHTY DEFENDERS #1, CAPTAIN MARVEL AND THE MARVEL CORPS #2, HAWKEYE #22, SILVER SURFER #13, and more! Marc, the Wolfman, and Steve Wacker prepare for Scott Lang's big screen debut! Then it's more Ant-Man in the Unlimited Reading Club! Read GHOST RIDER for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #194 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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Marvel Comics & ESPN The Magazine Release Exclusive Body Issue Insert (Thu, 16 Jul 2015)
Pick up the body issue of ESPN Magazine on newsstands today! ESPN The Magazine presents Marvel Comics’ pantheon of heroes in a way they have never been seen before – in a special insert inside the magazine’s annual Body Issue on newsstands Friday, July 10th. The custom edition, entitled The Body Issue: Super Heroes Edition will feature Iron Man, She-Hulk, Ant-Man, Captain Marvel, Daredevil, Medusa, Hulk, Iron Fist, and Luke Cage. ESPN.com will also offer fans an exclusive digital sketch book featuring a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of these powerful images. The exclusive digital sketch book will show how ESPN & Marvel Comics, along with some of the premier artistic talents in the world, worked collaboratively honoring and illustrating the male and female form through detailed anatomical drawings. This exclusive online gallery provides readers a behind-the-scenes look of how these unique concepts, designs, and masterful illustrations came together to produce this one of a kind Body Issue insert. Every day, all over the world, Marvel’s top comic book artists flex their creative muscles to illustrate the world’s mightiest Super Heroes. In the spirit of ESPN The Magazine’s visual celebration of athleticism, dedication and strength, a mix of those same artists took to their drawing boards to craft bold images of Marvel’s characterslike never before. From the ferocious and powerful Hulk to the brawny but diminutive Ant-Man, the results represent a partnership—not only between sister companies ESPN and Marvel but between physical power and sculpted beauty. “For a comic book artist drawing the human anatomy is an everyday job,” says Marvel Comics artist Sara Pichelli. “But here it was matter of celebrating the maximum expression of human muscles and shapes. Creating believable, powerful, and at the same time harmonic bodies is always a challenge, that's why I wanted to be part of this.” “While The Body Issue itself celebrates the unique characteristics of each athlete’s physique, we thought it made perfect sense to extend this theme to these Marvelcharacters,” says ESPN The Magazine Deputy Editor Otto Strong. "When comic book artists imagine the physical ideal, they have to start somewhere," says Editor In Chief Axel Alonso. "And let's face it, professional athletes, whose bodies are fine-tuned instruments, are the closest thing to real-life Super Heroes. Marvel's Body Issue insert is a celebration of the most iconic Super Heroes in the world and the athletes that inspired them." In their own words, illustrators describe their experience creating such characters for The Body Issue: Super Heroes Edition: DAREDEVIL “My goal is to make super heroes more human. We look to see ourselves in many masked vigilantes. Not only with Daredevil, but many characters I draw are based on real people. —Alex Maleev CAPTAIN MARVEL “I work to combine correct proportions and powerful muscle shapes with a commonly accepted idea of beauty.” —Sara Pichelli MEDUSA “Women are more delicate in muscle mass definition, so the secret is to not define each muscle too much.” —Emanuela Lupacchino LUKE CAGE “I tend to gravitate toward athletes when it comes to getting a reference for my artwork. Particularly MMA fighters, who have a more functional physique.” —Leinil Francis Yu SHE-HULK “She’s a character of power, so I keep her upright: shoulders back, chest out—just a very commanding presence.” —Frank Cho IRON FIST “I do tons of reference. I try to get a variety of artists from different time periods to see how different people represented the character. —Russell Dauterman IRON MAN “Drawing super heroes? Well, they have to be perfect. They are like modern gods.” —Mike Deodato HULK “When I’m illustrating such dynamic figures, background explosions help sell the impact the character is having on the environment around him. The toughest part is trying to show the kinetic energy in a static image.” —Jim Cheung ANT-MAN “I always try to have the musculature of something that could possibly exist. Even though everything looks extremely exaggerated, I still want him to look like he can move and be functional.” —Greg Land Pick up your copy today and stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates!
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Follow the History of Black Widow Pt. 11 (Thu, 16 Jul 2015)
The History of Black Widow Pt. 11 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! Approaching Tony Stark in IRON MAN #276, the Black Widow warned him of a spy who sought to set off World War III. After a harrowing situation involving America’s nuclear missile defenses in IRON MAN #277, Natasha headed back to the relative safety and comfort of Avengers Mansion. In AVENGERS #343, the Widow oversaw training for new member Crystal and the young man who’d taken Thor’s place, which turned out to be the calm before the storm when the thought-dead Swordsman returned in AVENGERS #344. Later, Natasha aided Captain America in coordinating strike teams of heroes for Operation: Galactic Storm in AVENGERS #345. The Black Widow offered wise advice to Crystal in AVENGERS #348, then pondered the apparent sabotage of one of the team’s skycar in AVENGERS #349. Natasha defended Avengers Mansion during the Starjammers’ attack in AVENGERS #350, but wound up “babysitting” the alien Hepzibah while her comrades ran off to other business in AVENGERS #351. When Reed Richards called Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to Fantastic Four headquarters in FANTASTIC FOUR #367, Natasha learned that an alien doppelganger stood in Mr. Fantastic’s place, made all the clearer when he set off a Gamma Bomb to kill everyone in the building. Sue Richards and Thor saved the Widow and the rest in FANTASTIC FOUR #368, and afterward a battle commenced against the Magus and his evil doubles in FANTASTIC FOUR #370. Natasha still harbored grave concerns over the security of Avengers Mansion in AVENGERS #355, but somehow found the presence of mind to play matchmaker for Hercules and a woman he’d met named Taylor Madison. After warning the Black Knight about his recent recklessness in AVENGERS #356, the Widow hosted a lavish dinner party for the team and their guests in AVENGERS #357, but the evening turned sour with the arrival of a glowering, silent Watcher. Arkon of other-dimensional Polemachus arrived in AVENGERS #358 to seek the team’s help in reigniting his world’s ailing sun, which they accomplished in AVENGERS #359. The Avengers’ resident Eternal, Sersi, freaked out in AVENGERS #360, prompting the Black Widow to lay down the law until the moment that Captain America returned to the group. The Eternals dropped in to take Sersi in hand in AVENGERS #361, and Natasha then dealt with an imposter Vision—working with the Gatherers—shooting up the mansion in AVENGERS #362. AVENGERS #363 found the Widow and her team high in the chilly Andes to take the fight to the Gatherers’ citadel, which led to the team meeting a Shi’ar warrior called Deathcry in AVENGERS #364 and the revelation of a Kree general with a Nega-Bomb in AVENGERS #365. The Black Widow took on the leadership of the Avengers to find the bomb in AVENGERS #366, a role she filled more than admirably when the X-Men asked for help with the island of Genosha in AVENGERS #368. Nick Fury warned the team to stay away from the small country’s turmoil in AVENGERS #369, but Natasha and the combined might of the X-Men and the Avengers did the right thing and recovered Crystal’s kidnapped daughter. Read more on Marvel Unlimited
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Carol Danvers Teams Up With Iron Man In 90's By The Numbers (Wed, 15 Jul 2015)
Art from Iron Man #18 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 righteous fact at a time! This week we're singling out IRON MAN #18 by Kurt Busiek, Roger Stern and Sean Chen. Here's "Sunset Intrigues" by the numbers! 24 straps holding up Fin Fang Foom   22 guests at Tony Stark's party   19 visible blades on Golden-Blade   5 blades on Golden-Blade's forearm   4 energy-draining tentacles   1 solid "WOKT"   1 massive War Machine backpack   Check out Carol Danvers' Secret Wars exploits in CAPTAIN MARVEL & THE CAROL CORPS!
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Listen to This Week in Marvel 193.5 (Wed, 15 Jul 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 193.5 Blake welcomes OK Go band members Damian Kulash and Tim Nordwind on the show to chat about their careers and making music videos, as well as the song they recorded for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2"! Download episode #193.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.comgrab 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 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 Senior Editor Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Patrick Cavanaugh.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@blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
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Take the Gamma Gambit in 'Marvel Mighty Heroes' (Wed, 15 Jul 2015)
Marvel Mighty Heroes It’s friend vs. friend this week in “Marvel Mighty Heroes” this week. DeNA Senior Producer John King dropped to give some advice on fighting your fellow heroes. Marvel.com: As we close in on the twilight of the Age of Ultron, our heroes find themselves in one of their hardest fights yet, and surprisingly it’s against one of their own. And She-Hulk volunteered for this? John King: This is all part of Hank Pym’s clever plan. This is the closest chance that the resistance has ever gotten to Ultron. So sending in brains and brawn is critical. Fortunately Jennifer Walters fits that to a tee.   Marvel.com: Last week we saw players taking on Giant-Man, this week they're going up against the Jade Giantess; doesn’t seem like Ultron even needs to put much more effort into this world domination thing. John King: Hank’s on your side now, which is making this fight ruse even more important. Seeing the heroes in a desperate battle could lower Ultron’s defenses and get you up close and personal with the maniacal Vibranium-covered AI. Marvel.com: What are our heroes up to this week? Smashing more Ultron drones into scrap metal? John King: Smashing Ultron drones are all in the days work for our heroes but now you’ll also be dealing with mercenaries. Ultron has to keep you on your toes after all. Marvel.com: What can you tell us about our boss, She-Hulk? I’m thinking she hits like a freight train and you don’t want to get in her way. John King: She-Hulk is a very mobile boss for someone with the power of a freight train carrying other freight trains on top of the other freight trains. She moves about with ease and you definitely do not want to get in her way. Marvel.com: Who can throw down with the Sensational She-Hulk and come out on top? Any heroes players should be looking to utilize?  John King: Luke Cage, Thor and Captain America come to mind. The master strategist that is Captain America, Luke Cage’s unbreakable will and Thor’s mastery of lightning and thunder will be essential in making this fight possible.  Marvel.com: Tell us a little about this week’s event characters—looks like we’ve got the Age of Ultron Luke Cage, Classic Thor, and Marvel NOW! Captain America on deck. John King: Luke Cage is bringing his signature “Chain Flail” into battle, able to clear out anyone who gets in its way. Classic Thor will rain lightning down upon his foes with “Mjonir Storm” and Marvel NOW! Captain America is showing his “Inspiring Leadership” which will buff himself and other players’ damage.  Marvel.com: When can players get started on this mission and how long do they have to bring down Shulkie and collect all those delicious points? John King: The showdown set downtown starts on July 15 and you have to July 22—you have 12 rounds to convince Ultron that this fight is real. Play “The Gamma Gambit” this week and get set for more events! Stay tuned for more “Marvel Mighty Heroes” news and interviews!
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Ms. Marvel Coming to GraphicAudio (Wed, 15 Jul 2015)
Ms. Marvel Coming to GraphicAudio You’ve seen and read about the highly acclaimed and inspirational new Marvel hero, Ms. Marvel. Now hear what she sounds like! Click Here to Listen to a Preview of MS. MARVEL: NO NORMAL in GraphicAudio For the first time ever, GraphicAudio will adapt a Marvel character directly from the comics themselves. This is your chance to hear MS. MARVEL #1-5 as collected in the trade MS. MARVEL: NO NORMAL. Through cinematic music, a full cast of voices, and digital sound effects, you’ll be immersed in this mega-hit comic book series like never before! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers and unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is she ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's here to stay! Mixed in 5.1 Surround Sound DTS and in Stereo, MS. MARVEL is available from www.GraphicAudio.net and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access™ Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets. MS. MARVEL: NO NORMAL in GraphicAudio releases on August 17, 2015.  Pre-Order at www.GraphicAudio.net/Marvel today.  CD formats and Marvel TPBs also available at comic shops and Inhuman-loving bookstores near you!
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Uncanny Avengers Strives for Unity (Wed, 15 Jul 2015)
Uncanny Avengers by Ryan Stegman Any Marvel Comics fan will tell you the Marvel Universe can be a volatile place where tensions abound, just waiting to be ignited. Thankfully, this fall the Marvel Universe will also boast UNCANNY AVENGERS, from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Ryan Stegman, featuring a team devoted to promoting the peace including Steve Rogers, Spider-Man, Deadpool, Rogue, the Human Torch, Quicksilver, Doctor Voodoo, and more. “They are the opposite of the Secret Avengers,” explains Duggan. “Eight months later there are new conflicts and tensions in the Marvel Universe. This group is meant to project cooperation and coexistence between humans, Inhumans, and mutants. That means visible successes.” Of course, those kinds of hopeful results demand strong teamwork, no guarantee with this new team. “[Questions of if the team makes sense and what binds them] are questions the cast must confront themselves,” the writer reveals. “Steve Rogers is the reason this particular group is together. Not everyone will be thrilled to be on a squad with [Deadpool], especially [Spider-Man].” Thankfully for fans, Duggan and Stegman have found collaboration far less bumpy then their fictional cast. “To be honest, I'm not sure our approaches have had to change much,” Stegman asserts. “We've just kind of fit together like puzzle pieces and it's working out great.” “Like all great writers, Gerry is extremely collaborative,” the artist continues. “Gerry and I have had a lot of conversations about the tone of this book, and the things we want to do stylistically. The best part about this project is Gerry and I have known each other for quite some time. Heck, Gerry and I have already spent time in Vegas casinos together, which pretty much makes us brothers.” “He tagged my father instead of me in his Uncanny Avengers announcement on Facebook so, it’s going about as well as you would think collaborating with him could go,” jokes Duggan of Stegman. “The truth is that Ryan’s an amazing collaborator and his art has never been more thrilling. It’s going to be a fun book, even when the characters aren't enjoying themselves.” To be clear, Duggan and Stegman will be very dedicated to making sure the characters often do not enjoy themselves. “Gerry is known for his comedic writing on DEADPOOL, I certainly have a ‘cartoonier’ style, and people think that means that this book will be silly and cartoony,” Stegman acknowledges. “But that’s not the case. We are doing some very heavy, dark stuff. Like all good stories, there will be moments of extreme darkness and there will be moments of levity. We are going to cover it all. So stylistically I am pushing to really sell both extremes.” “We’re going to mess up the personal lives of these characters while we’re throwing them into constant danger, and hopefully we’ll have some moments of levity along the way,” echoes Duggan.  “The first arc features a new villain with a definite sympathetic point of view. We’ve been enjoying writing him as much as this group of Avengers. I will say that you will see some unexpected villains and heroes show up in UNCANNY AVENGERS.” Unpredictable fast becomes the watchword for UNCANNY AVENGERS with the passage of time having made changes, big and small, in many of the heroes’ lives since before Secret Wars. “Everyone is slightly different eight months later, and I’m looking forward to exploring how this team finds a way to operate together,” Duggan says. “Deadpool has fame and fortune eight months later. Sure, he’s bought a few slushy machines and other frivolous gear, but he’s also diverting most of his fortune to helping fund the Avengers. Quicksilver is in an interesting spot. [He] isn’t just trying to adjust to life as an Avenger, but life not as the son of Magneto. That’s several tons of emotional baggage that falls off his shoulders. He’s loving life and living it to the fullest.” “I didn't know how much I'd enjoy drawing Deadpool,” confesses Stegman. “He’s really, really fun. Drawing his body language from panel to panel is a pleasure.” “I am trying to prevent myself from just writing a list of what I like about drawing each character right now, because the truth is I've found something about all of them to enjoy,” he continues. “It’s always a surprise to me how I’m going to react to drawing a character. But all these ones have such distinctive personalities that it’s been a blast so far.” While having a great time with the work, neither creator has lost sight of the honor of tackling an Avengers book for the first time. “I’m trying to apply everything I’ve learned from my first two years at Marvel into making the biggest and best Avengers book I can,” promises Duggan. “It's a team book and that means it’s really freaking hard to draw,” admits Stegman. “You have to keep track of so many characters doing so many things. But, this is an Avengers title, so you just have to bite the bullet and think about how many great artists have tackled them before and succeeded. At this point in the comic book industry, there is no greater property than the Avengers, and to be a part of that is a challenge I look forward to.” While Duggan continues to keep a tight rein on spoilers, he does not hesitate to give his editors credit or tease readers with some exciting developments to keep an eye out for. “[Editors] Tom Brevoort and Alanna Smith gave me a suggestion that drops like an atomic bomb in the second issue,” he reveals. “I do hope it manages to roll off a printer and into fans’ hands unspoiled.” “Teams are families,” the writer concludes. “Families don’t always get along, and this team has the added pressure of projecting unity. Difficult but fun times lay ahead. I will say this: there will be surprises throughout the first arc, some dealing with the make-up of this roster.” UNCANNY AVENGERS begins its mission of unity this fall! Stay tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels for the latest All-New All-Different Marvel news!
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Download Episode 193 of This Week in Marvel (Tue, 14 Jul 2015)
This Week in Marvel Episode 193 It's a bite-sized edition of This Week in Marvel perfect for those on the go! Recorded before San Diego Comic-Con, Ryan and Ben dive into this week's new comics releases, including 1872 #1, AGE OF APOCALYPSE #1, AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #2, CIVIL WAR #1, LANDO #1, and more! Plus: answers to your questions! Read ANT-MAN for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC! Download episode #193 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 New Avengers Take A.I.M. (Mon, 13 Jul 2015)
New Avengers by Gerardo Sandoval Take writer Al Ewing plus artist Gerardo Sandoval, add in Marvel heroes Sunspot, Songbird, Hulkling, Wiccan, Squirrel Girl, and Hawkeye, season with “all-new all-different,” and you get NEW AVENGERS, the latest ongoing in the saga of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. It’s a recipe that demands some instructions from the cooks themselves… Marvel.com: What motivates Sunspot to assemble this team? And why A.I.M.? It’s an unlikely choice, isn’t? Al Ewing: Sunspot’s essentially continuing his “New Avengers” experiment from Time Runs Out; there, we saw him take over A.I.M., assemble a global team to meet the threat head-on, and lead them into battle. Now that the world is no longer in such obvious danger, he’s tinkering with the formula a little; finding people whose time is now, the next generation of Avengers. No more training, no more academies, no more waiting in the wings, “knowing their place”—they’re full-on Avengers, next-level heroes in a global rescue organization taking on super-threats as big and bad as anything previous teams have ever had to handle. As for A.I.M., when Jonathan Hickman put Sunspot in charge of them, it seemed like a brilliant bit of lateral thinking. I always hate it when someone does something brilliant and fun like that and then it gets swept under the rug for the sake of the status quo, so we’re keeping the change. A.I.M. is Avengers Idea Mechanics now. They’re devoted to the advancement of science and achieving massive societal change, but now they’re doing it through peaceful and positive means. Of course, not all the governments of the world are willing to take Roberto’s word for it. Marvel.com: What kind of an Avengers book did you set out to create here? What will it be like overall? Al Ewing: Well, my tendency with these books is to pick a niche nobody else is doing; and this time ‘round, that’s the kind of big, expensive, super-shenanigans the regular Avengers just can’t afford right now. This is the Avengers who have their own island, their own special planes, submarines and spaceships, their own Q branch supplying supercool gadgets to compliment their powers; not only A.I.M. stuff, but Wakandan engines for the jets and Brashear-tech portals to help members with ties to the U.S. go back and forth easily. There's only one thing they don't have: permission to operate on American soil. Marvel.com: How’s that work? Al Ewing: [Sunspot’s] legal status is very dubious right now; he’s pretty much confined to a refitted Hydrobase 13 miles off the coast of California. Likewise, the New Avengers are being watched carefully by S.H.I.E.L.D. and other interested parties, and the American government, and a couple of others, have made it clear they don’t want any part of A.I.M. operating on their soil, and if Roberto comes to the states, they’re going to arrest him. So the New Avengers have no choice but to be a global organization, jetting all over the world to fight everything from space aliens to time bandits to a new international science-terror organization called W.H.I.S.P.E.R., born from those A.I.M. agents who didn’t want to do things Roberto’s way and a mysterious figure who’s given them the power they’ve always craved. The aim of the game is to make a book that’s truly worthy of the title “New Avengers”; we’re trying new things, going to new places, creating new villains and giving the Avengers of tomorrow their chance in the spotlight. Marvel.com: How are Sunspot’s leadership abilities? What kind of friction might they cause? Al Ewing: Well, he can’t leave the island for legal reasons, so there’s only so much her can do. His leadership abilities are pretty good, though, because he knows how to delegate. He knows that he can hand field command over to someone like Songbird or Hawkeye—or any of the up-and-coming potential leadership candidates, for instance White Tiger—and they'll keep everyone in line and working together. Similarly, he’s got people running the science and technology side, building him new vehicles and gadgets, starting with simple things like their next-generation quinjet, Avenger One, and getting crazier as the series progresses. Roberto’s at the top of the food chain, spinning the plates and taking the meetings, and that’s very much his forte. If he ends up commanding a mission in the field, that might create issues, but that’s something for down the line. Marvel.com: What goes into the choosing of this line-up? Does Sunspot pick them all? Al Ewing: Sunspot’s looking for New Avengers. He wants people he can rely on, people who have the potential to be top-level heroes, people he can trust and who’ll trust him. And if they’re young and hungry, well, that’s a plus for a character like Roberto. He’s pretty young and hungry himself. He’s made the offer to a number of heroes, and not all of them have said “yes”—we might meet a couple of the “no”-ers in time—but he’s not made the offer to anyone he doesn’t think can cut it. Like I said earlier, these are the Avengers of tomorrow. Marvel.com: Will the way these New Avengers have to operate be an impediment to succeeding on missions?  Al Ewing: They only have to be undercover if they're operating in the U.S., which—at first—they won’t be. So that’s not really an issue. The low level of trust organizations like S.H.I.E.L.D.—not to mention the C.I.A.—have for this team is going to come back to bite them eventually, though, and you’ll have to wait and see how. Marvel.com: What’s their first mission and adversary? Al Ewing: I wanted to create some new bad guys for this series—so let’s start by saying hello to the Neohedron! Half gorilla, half scorpion, half something else; a terrifying genetic abomination housing the 4-D mind of a man who cannot die! This living contagion spreads his nightmare sting across the streets of Paris—undead glowing crystal-heads dragging off the innocent for infection with the sinister venom of life-minus! What dread purpose does this forbidden necro-science serve? Somebody call the New Avengers! And in the background of all this madness—who else but W.H.I.S.P.E.R., and their sinister leader? He’s not new. You know him well, and you’ll see him sooner than you think. And then you’ll know you have to read this book. And I haven’t even mentioned the King of Space, American Kaiju, or the riotous return of Avengers 20XX! How much fun can one comic have? We're about to find out! Marvel.com: How will Gerardo Sandoval's art simply rock on this title? Al Ewing: NEW AVENGERS is all about the new, and Gerardo’s doing some things I’ve not seen from him before that have really grabbed my attention. I think it’ll be really noticeable in the Point One special just how good his art gets; there’s a kind of weight and solidity there that really makes everything pop. I’m reminded slightly of Howard Porter, which can only be a good thing. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with everything I’m going to throw at him! Marvel.com: Gerardo, you get the last word! How does it feel to be invited into this series? Gerardo Sandoval: This is a huge honor for me and I feel very pleased to be part of this amazing new adventure. It’s a big chance for me to do some new things in my [art]. Marvel.com: What are you most excited about? Gerardo Sandoval: My style; I am improving a lot with the interior pages, trying to get to the next level with my art. As always, I do my best, but now with some new crazy inks, I am having tons of fun with this series because all the characters are young, and I want to make the pages look that way, too. Marvel.com: And which of the New Avengers really draws your eye, in a visual sense, and why? Gerardo Sandoval: Squirrel Girl. She is not an easy character. I need to find a way to make her look young, strong, and fun; can’t wait to keep drawing more pages with her. I already love this character and I really enjoy drawing her. NEW AVENGERS busts out globally this fall! Keep checking Marvel.com and our social channels for the latest in All-New All-Different Marvel news!
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What If? Returns with New Takes on Infinity (Mon, 13 Jul 2015)
What If? Infinity Walk by any group of comic book fans and you’ll be sure to encounter some sort of “what if” conversation. No doubt, this inspired Marvel Comics years ago to publish its very own WHAT IF? comics that pitted fan favorites against each other, questioned the outcome of major events, and created exhilarating stories responding to those two little questioning words. This October, writer Josh Williamson aims to answer some of those questions about Marvel’s Infinity event with a handful of one-shot stories. We spoke with Williamson about what he has in store for fans in the coming months. Marvel.com: Josh, Marvel has you taking the reins on a host of WHAT IF? INFINITY titles. Can you talk about how you came onto this project? Joshua Williamson: A little over a year ago, [editor] Jon Moisan approached me and asked if I had any ideas for the series. I did because I’m a big fan of Jonathan Hickman’s and his Infinity event. Marvel liked the work I had been doing at Image, and in the past, I had done some smaller projects with Marvel, so the relationship was already there. WHAT IF? [is] something that I really enjoyed when I was a kid; I liked talking with Jon about it, so this looked like something I‘d enjoy doing. First, I pitched a few different takes and ideas. One idea we liked but—funny enough—was too close to some of the plans Marvel already had for Secret Wars. But, we were able to figure out a take on Infinity that we were all happy with. I actually finished writing this nearly a year ago. It’s great to see it getting released so we can share these fun stories. The artists really kicked some butt on these. Marvel.com: Now, before we look at some of the individual titles you’ll be working on, there are important questions we need to clear out of the way beforehand to ensure you are the right person for this job: What are your favorite WHAT IF? issues from the past and why. Keep in mind: There are right and wrong answers here! Joshua Williamson: Oh so many! Let’s see… What if Spider-man joined the Fantastic Four? The issue that introduced Spider-Girl from MC2. What if Venom had possessed the Punisher? What if Wolverine was lord of the vampires? What if X-Men died on their first mission? What if the Fantastic Four had different powers? Way too many to list here. Marvel.com: Okay, it’s safe to proceed. Now, let’s get down to business. In addition to being paired up with your creator-owned collaborator, Mike Henderson, you’ll also be working with other artists like Riley Rossmo, Mike Norton, Jason Copeland, and Goran Sudzuka. What’s your process with each of these creators? Joshua Williamson: I’ve worked with some in the past on creator owned work, so it was a treat to work with them again within the Marvel Universe. I don’t really treat any of them any different. We just communicate as we work. I worked with Marvel on the scripts and then they gave them over to the artists, but after that is my favorite part. The story really starts to come to life as the art starts to roll in. I communicate as much as possible with my collaborators and make myself available to talk about the pages and answer any questions they might have. And some of the best parts of my comics have come from conversations like that. Marvel.com: Each of these artists has his own unique style, too. How do you feel their respective aesthetic plays to the story each is telling, and how did you write the story to lean on their artistic strengths? Joshua Williamson: Once we knew who was doing each issue, I started to script based on conversations I had with each. Sometimes, it was as simple as knowing that artists liked certain Marvel characters. Like with Riley, I knew he wanted to draw Black Bolt. With Mike Henderson, we do so much gritty work with Nailbiter, and I know Mike loves space battles and knights, so he felt like the best fit for the first issue with Thanos. Goran likes to do darker work, so he would be great on the Osborn story while Norton is always perfect on the X-Men. Meanwhile, Copeland has some strong humor vibes along with the being awesome at drawing monsters and aliens, so he’s a great fit for working with the Guardians cast of characters. Really, it was fun talking with them as I wrote. See what they were interested in, what I was writing, and helped make sure they had some cool stuff they enjoyed to draw in their issues. Marvel.com: In the first issue you’ll be working on is WHAT IF? INFINITY – THANOS #1 alongside Mike Henderson. The premise centers on what if Thanos had joined the Avengers, right? What can you tell us about what the Mad Titan brings to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and how he might function as a hero? Joshua Williamson: It’s really a matter of survival. He joins the team during the attack and the Avengers feel like it’s their last resort to win. For Thanos, he just wants to win and is angry that anyone else would try to destroy the universe other than him. But, even as a member of the team, Thanos…is he ever really a hero? Or is he just using them? Marvel.com: The next issue you’ll be working on is WHAT IF? INFINITY – INHUMANS #1 with Riley Rossmo. Now, the Inhumans have generally remained below mankind’s notice; however, this issue questions what would happen if they conquered Earth. What’s the world look like under King Black Bolt? Joshua Williamson: In our story, Black Bolt has taken over after the Avengers lost the war during the Infinity event, so the world is in ruins. He’s trying to rebuild civilization, but it doesn’t feel like Earth anymore. Black Bolt has always been a king, but a whole planet is a lot more to deal with than he expected. Being king comes with a great cost, and Black Bolt is having troubles dealing with it all. No one really knows what happened to the Avengers, so the remaining Inhumans and citizens of Earth are holding out hope that the Avengers will return. Marvel.com: Next up is your collaboration with Mike Norton: WHAT IF? INFINITY – AVENGERS #1 where you look at what would have happened in the wake of the fall of Earth. What happened with the X-Men following the failure of the Avengers? Where are they now? Joshua Williamson: This story actually centers on some remaining X-Men members who were evacuated [from] Earth after the Avengers lost. Earth is gone. As far as they know, they are not just the last mutants alive: They’re the last remnants of Earth. They have been flying around space trying to survive and find anyone who might have made it out of the war alive, and they’ve been doing it a long time. Marvel.com: You then move onto WHAT IF? INFINITY – GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1 with Jason Copeland. This series finds Thanos under the protection of the Illuminati—a fact that the Guardians discover. Obviously, the Guardians are going to be looking for any means of taking Thanos down, so why would this be a problem for them? Joshua Williamson: Because they have to get through the Avengers. Really, this issue could be called Guardians of the Galaxy vs. the Avengers. It’s one of my favorite scripts I’ve ever written. Marvel.com: Finally, we have WHAT IF? INFINITY – DARK REIGN #1, which you’ll be writing with Goran Sudzuka at the helm for art. In main continuity, the threat Norman Osborn posed was uncovered and removed. In your story, however, this is not the case, right? How does the Green Goblin keep himself in power and what are some of the long-term ramifications of Osborn’s longer, darker reign? Joshua Williamson: When Osborn was the head of HAMMER during Dark Reign, he had a lot of power and tools at his disposal. In this issue, he managed to get his hands on the Infinity Gauntlet—and won. This is after he’s killed or tortured all his enemies, and had one last person he wants to get revenge on. Marvel.com: Finally, what do you think the appeal is to the WHAT IF? comics and can readers expect more?  Joshua Williamson: They’re fun! It’s a game all comic fans play as they read the books, so it’s great to see it visualized in the comics. It’s as simple as the title. It’s an opportunity to see what “WHAT IF?” and run with a crazy idea that might not normally work. These five issues are my only WHAT IF? issues and I don’t know if Marvel has any planned now, but I think they are a classic part of Marvel and I’m sure we’ll see more in the future. As for me, I have the villain-themed ILLUMINATI starting in November with Shawn Crystal on art and Riley Rossmo on covers. It’s going to be awesome! Look for all five WHAT IF? INFINITY special from Josh Williamson and his artistic collaborators this October!
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SDCC 2015: Unbeatable Squirrel Girl (Mon, 13 Jul 2015)
Unbeatable Squirrel Girl by Erica Henderson Attending college orientation, defeating Galactus, borrowing Tony Stark’s suit of armor—it’s all in a day’s work for Doreen Green. As the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl, Marvel’s plucky hero has done it all, and with a smile on her face to boot. But after Secret Wars ends, her life promises to get even crazier. We sat down with writer Ryan North and artist Erica Henderson to talk about what it’s been like to tackle Doreen’s story and what challenges and teases lie ahead for UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL with an all-new all-different issue #1 this fall. Marvel.com: I remember reading in an interview at the beginning of UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL that you were pretty much given free reign when it came to crafting the story; how has that influenced the journey you’ve taken Doreen on? Ryan North: Oh, it’s been great. When I said “I want Squirrel Girl to defeat Galactus” I thought Marvel would say “No, that’s impossible, that is not a thing that can happen,” but instead they said “Okay, sounds great, show us.” So the path Doreen’s taken throughout the comics has been my first, best path for her, which hopefully is reflected in the stories: she gets to do whatever she wants because I get to do whatever I want too! And that’s how come she’s defeated Galactus—um, spoiler alert—and how come she’s now fighting the Norse Squirrel God, Ratatoskr. Marvel.com: What’s been your favorite thing about writing UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL so far? Ryan North: It’s a toss-up between Squirrel Girl herself, her best friend Tippy-Toe, and her roommate Nancy. Squirrel Girl is so confident and fun, while Tippy-Toe is an actual squirrel, and it’s not too often you get to write lines for a squirrel. And Nancy is so direct with people that she and Squirrel Girl bounce off each other well! Actually, you know what? Scratch all that, because I just realized the actual best part about writing Squirrel Girl is seeing Erica’s drawings for it. I write these crazy scripts and she brings them to life, adding in her own jokes, nailing the facial expressions: the comic comes out better than I wrote it, which is the highest praise you can give an artist! Seeing her pencils is the part I look forward to most. Marvel.com: Will we see more fun villains pop up? I mean, there are a lot of threats in the Marvel Universe... Ryan North: Oh, absolutely. Doreen’s got a pretty lengthy list of names on her “List Of Defeated Super Villains” but there’s so many more out there, and so much of them are fun. Her first #1 earlier this year had Kraven in it, and he’s the best: he’s a Russian nobleman who runs around NYC wearing a lion’s head on his chest! If I’d invented him for the comic people would’ve said he’s unrealistic and crazy, but he’s actually this super-legit super villain who is a real threat. I love that. And there’s tons more terrific bad guys out there in the Marvel Universe that we’ll get to play with! Marvel.com: Also, I have to ask, because I loved Doreen stealing Tony Stark's armor to get to the moon, are there any plans for Doreen to try out any other Avengers weapons? Ryan North: Yes, absolutely, and sooner than you think. Also, please: she didn’t steal Tony’s armor! She borrowed it. Liberated it, really. He should be thanking her. Marvel.com: A bulk of Squirrel Girl’s story so far has had her exploring college, or trying to, with a few detours here and there. Will we get a peek into other parts of her life outside of school, or her back story? Ryan North: For sure! We’ll get to meet some of her family very early on, which touches on her back story some. For me, the most interesting part of Squirrel Girl isn’t who she beats up but who she is—which feeds into how she beats people up, obviously, so it’s all a rich tapestry—but we’ll definitely be seeing more of her life, history, and friendships being explored.   Marvel.com: What can you preview about the story for Doreen Green and her friends post-Secret Wars? Ryan North: I don’t want to give too much away, so let's just say it's a story of revenge. And time travel. And squirrels. So cyborgs, time travel, squirrels, and computer science. Pretty straightforward, you know? Marvel.com: Erica, your turn. The style of UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL is one of my favorite things about the book; it’s such a great blend of art that really speaks to the story and also fits the “all-ages” label, but it doesn't feel like it’s a kids comic at all. How much fun has it been to explore Doreen’s world? Erica Henderson: It’s been great. I’m glad that we get to exist in the regular Marvel Universe and play with the characters and the lore that’s existed for 75 years but through the rose colored lens of Squirrel Girl. Marvel.com: There are so many great moments in this series and so many things that have made me smile while reading. What has been your favorite thing to draw in this series so far?  Erica Henderson: Ahhhhhh. It’s so hard to choose. There’s a special place in my heart for the interior of Galactus’ ship because it’s the first time I was able to figure out Kirby style machinery. I really loved—and also became an obsessed weirdo over—doing all the different homage sequences in the Tails of Squirrel Girl issue. Also, page one of issue #8. You’ll see.  Marvel.com: Working with Ryan for a few issues now, you obviously have a sense of how to collaborate with each other. Getting his scripts and knowing the character, has that allowed you to expand your creativity when you’re working on each issue? Erica Henderson: Ryan’s been really easy to work with from the get-go and despite the fact that we didn’t know each other before we were signed onto the book we’ve been on the same page about a lot of stuff. I think we both had a really clear idea of who she was when the book started and it was basically the same idea. I think the only thing that’s changed is that I’m more comfortable sending Ryan more and more random e-mails at odd hours saying “hey what if we do...” Marvel.com: How does it feel to know Squirrel Girl really is taking over the world? Erica Henderson: It’s great! I think we were all nervous about whether or not people would respond to such a different book. We just knew that we all liked it. So I’m glad a lot of people agree with us! Marvel.com: Can you share something you’re looking forward to drawing—or hopefully drawing—in the new #1? Erica Henderson: Ryan and I talked about doing a fair number of costume changes before the book started but we never got around to it. A new number one is a pretty good place for a change like that, don’t you think? Beyond that, I don’t know! Ryan hasn’t sent me the script yet! So here's my wish list: Beta Ray Bill, young hunky Hank McCoy, Dazzler, and I want to explore the squirrels of the world. Have you seen Japan’s dwarf squirrels and giant flying squirrels? They’re the best. Visit marvel.com/sdcc2015 to watch video from San Diego Comic-Con, plus read the latest news, see photos from the show, follow liveblogs from every panel and more!
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SDCC 2015: Blade (Mon, 13 Jul 2015)
Blade by Tim Seeley Slaying vampires might be one thing, but Blade’s about to face one of his biggest challenges ever: parenthood. Later this year, the Daywalker will appear in a new series written by Tim Seeley with art by Logan Faerber. BLADE, debuting in October, continues the adventures of the character who first appeared in 1973’s TOMB OF DRACULA #10 and eventually went on to star in a trilogy of big screen adventures that helped kick start the current popularity of comic-based films; Seeley and company look to give their new hero a viability as part of the comic book Marvel Universe that has always seemed to elude him. The writer made sure to discuss that very topic with editor Katie Kubert before sinking his teeth into the ongoing series. “I think Blade worked great in movies because his story is really simple,” Seeley says. “He’s half vampire, he hates vampires, he stabs them. Often. That’s a simple idea to hang a movie around, and I think the movies were largely about the action and the special effects. And hey, there’s nothing wrong with that. “But when it comes to an ongoing [comic book] series, it’s important that the characters have depth and flexibility so we can get lots of stories out of them. We need some compelling supporting characters to riff off of and help define him or her. So, I felt like the key was to reach back to the original material, and mine it for ideas as to what made Blade such an interesting spark of an initial idea. Katie and I decided Blade needed something to care about, and that his previously simple mission is the very reason he realizes he needs more to his life. He can’t go on just to stab vampires in their heads anymore. It’s not fulfilling. His rage and hate is subsiding as he gets older. And that’s when Fallon Grey comes along!" If the name doesn’t ring any bells, don’t worry, that’s because we’re about to meet Blade's recently discovered offspring for the first time. “Blade’s daughter is 16-year-old Fallon Grey,” Seeley reveals. “She’s a sort of ‘anti-Peter Parker.’ She’s popular, she’s well-liked and it seems like the world is her oyster. But, the expectations that come with being so damn perfect are starting to break her down, and that’s before she learns she’s the heir to a Daywalking-Monster-Stabbing-Empire.” Along with the new family member and feeling of responsibility, Seeley plans to throw a number of other curveballs at his star. “I love that we’re taking Blade completely out of his former genre and world,” he says. “He’s not in an urban landscape, taking on tribes of vampires. He’s in a small town, facing way weirder stuff than vampires, and he’s going to have to attend prom. Blade’s complete focus to one mission and total inflexibility make for some good drama when you drop him into new situations. Also, occasional hilariousness." For a time, Blade and Fallon will mostly hang out with each other instead of palling around with other monster hunters or facing off against famous monsters from fang land. Seeley reveals that the duo won’t even be going up against vamps at first. “Katie and I really felt like we needed to pit Blade against critters no one has ever seen before,” he says. “The problem with vampires is that we all know the rules. And that’s inherently less scary. When Blade meets Black Genus, he—and the readers—will have no idea how to kill these things. And that’s where the scares and the fun comes from.” Though the writer remains tight-lipped about the mysterious Black Genus, he does admit that creating scary stories in the Marvel Universe runs right up his dark alley. “It’s always a dream come true to bring some of your own particular brand of comic to Marvel,” Seeley shares. “And since some of my major influences are 70’s Marvel horror comics, it’s also a way for me to complete the bloody circle. I think readers of [my other work] Hack/Slash and Revival will find things to like about our take on Blade, and I think we’re creating a cool fusion of modern horror comic, 70’s monster comic, John Carpenter movie, and John Hughes movie." On board to help synthesize all of these elements and influences: artist Logan Faerber. BLADE will be his first Marvel work and Seeley’s stoked to have him on board: “Logan is wholly a Katie Kubert suggestion, and I think it was a totally inspired choice. Logan’s style mirrors the tone of the book; it’s unexpected, it’s off-kilter, it’s funny, it’s dark. And we’re definitely tweaking Blade’s look a bit to drag him out of the 90’s. He’s also designing some brand spanking new creepies for Blade to put his wooden stake into, so plan to lose some sleep, or carry around a change o’ shorts!” Visit marvel.com/sdcc2015 to watch video from San Diego Comic-Con, plus read the latest news, see photos from the show, follow liveblogs from every panel and more!
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SDCC 2015: Spider-Man/Deadpool (Mon, 13 Jul 2015)
Spider-Man/Deadpool by Ed McGuinness What do you get when you combine two of the biggest jokesters in the Marvel Universe in one book? We’ll all get to find out later this year when SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL launches from Joe Kelly and Ed McGuinness. Kelly and McGuinness famously teamed up on the beloved DEADPOOL series of the late 90’s that cemented the Merc with a Mouth’s unique place in the Marvel Universe, one that revolves around plenty of fourth wall breaking and more quips than a speed reader can process. Now part of Man of Action, Kelly helps chronicle the adventures of the Wallcrawler on “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man” on Disney XD, so this new ongoing series provides a synthesis of old and new interests.  “It’s been an idea that folks have flirted with for a while,” Kelly says. “When [editor] Nick [Lowe] approached me, he said, ‘I’m going to pitch you a project you can’t say no to.’ I was skeptical, I say no all the time. Then he said the magic combination of words: Spidey, Deadpool, and Ed McGuinness. Turns out he was right! Two of my all-time favorite Marvel heroes who are funny as hell and have a habit of screwing up royally? I was born for this...and blackmail. And, he has photos...the sort one doesn’t want made public. He’s a great editor. Really. My dream project.” Even without the blackmail, Kelly relishes the chance to work with McGuinness again. “It’s amazing, honestly,” he says. “I love Ed as a person and an artist. Getting the chance to work with him was a major draw for me. He’s one of those guys who is so into what he’s drawing, that energy is infectious. And I saved his life once. I don’t want to brag, but he totally owes me. How else could I steal him away?” Though cryptic in his response, Kelly does reveal a piece of the puzzle that brings these two characters together: “I can say that they come for the Deadpool but stay for the Spidey—or I can tell you the truth: I can’t tell you that. I will say that there is an assassination involved, a case of misplaced trust and their names are on the book so they sort of have to show up.” While these two characters might both love a good one-liner, they tend to have very different ways of dealing with criminals, something that Kelly says will keep the two from becoming besties. “Spidey learns to stab more,” he jokes. “It’s really touching, like a father teaching his kid to play catch, but with daggers. “This is obviously a huge source of tension between them, but Deadpool has been trading on some of the Ultra-Violence for more noble badassery lately, so they may find common ground... though there will be lots of stabbing and punching to go around.” When two super heroes get together other heroes and villains usually don’t stay far away. Readers will most likely see some familiar faces, but Kelly’s not letting slip who just yet. “Aside from an editor who uses blackmail to get you to work and then brings in the other editor Jordan White to put the screws to you and keep you in line?” the writer asks. “No one else. Wait, I’ve been informed that the above statement is false, and that what I meant is that we’ll see lots of sinister villains from both Spidey’s and Deadpool’s [worlds], none of whom I will base on people we know.” With these two characters hanging out in one book together, the laughs will fly fast and furious to the point where a single comic page might not be able to hold them all. “Which is why each issue is printed in three point type and sold with a magnifying glass for the full comedy experience,” Kelly quips. “Seriously, I’m having a blast writing the banter. It’s your favorite buddy-cop movie on steroids if it was written by a swill-minded teenager. Guaranteed to make you laugh or Nick will give you your money— “I have been informed by Mr. White that the book is funny. Period.” Visit marvel.com/sdcc2015 to relive video from San Diego Comic-Con, plus read the latest news, see photos from the show, follow liveblogs from every panel and more!
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SDCC 2015: Jack Kirby Monster Variants (Sun, 12 Jul 2015)
Rommbu by Eric Powell By JK Parkin In addition to helping create many of Marvel’s most beloved super heroes back in the 1960’s, Jack Kirby also lent his genius to designing a seemingly endless number of monsters; creatures like Groot, Devil Dinosaur, Fin Fang Foom, and Rommbu. These figures menaced the pages of books like THOR, FANTASTIC FOUR, and BLACK PANTHER, as well as anthology series such as TALES TO ASTONISH and JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. This October, Marvel pays tribute to the “King of Comics” with a set of variant covers featuring 26 Kirby monsters, one for each letter of the alphabet, drawn by artists like Paul Pope, David Marquez, Mike Allred, John Cassaday, Eric Powell, and Francesco Francavilla, among many others. Editor Jon Moisan, responsible for spearheading the project, said the idea came from Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. After Alonso presented the concept at a meeting, Moisan chased him down the hallway to ask if he could head up the initiative. “For me, Jack Kirby represents a huge part of what got me into comics,” Moisan says. “I grew up reading old Silver Age reprints, so Jack Kirby’s art has been permanently burned into my brain and still gets me excited to this day. And being able to work on the monsters he created is icing on the cake. I’m a huge monster nut, so being able to go to my favorite artists and tell them, ‘Hey, wanna draw a Kirby monster?’ is absolutely nutso fun.” While each of Kirby's monsters has a special place in Moisan’s heart, he named one in particular as his favorite: “I’ve gotta go with Orrgo as my hands-down favorite monster. Not only does he have a crazy fun look, but he’s also one of the stars of the HOWLING COMMANDOS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. book I’m editing this fall. Gotta go with the home team, y’know?” Moisan’s not the only fan of Kirby—he found 26 artists more than eager to contribute their renditions of the artistic icon’s monsters for this project. “For this cover program, I really wanted to create a murderer’s row of artists, and I feel like that’s exactly what we have,” Moisan promises. “Putting people like Cliff Chiang, Eric Powell, and Geof Darrow on my wish list felt crazy at first, but as I started reaching out to people, I found out that most artists love Jack Kirby and these monsters as much as, if not more than. For most people, it really was a case of asking them if they wanted to draw a cool-looking monster.” Moisan presented the artists with a list and them pick the monster they wanted to draw. “The most surprising thing was seeing which artists gravitated toward which monsters,” Moisan relates. “I thought for sure I would get 26 people wanting to draw Devil Dinosaur and Fin Fang Foom, but lots of people jumped at the chance to draw monsters like Infant Terrible and Xemnu.” Even with 26 monsters on the list, it still only scratches the surface of all the creatures Kirby created. Moisan said there were a few more he wished he could have included” “Goom! Googam! Gah, too many to name! The hardest part about narrowing the list of monsters to 26 was just the sheer number of monsters that didn’t make the cut. Because each letter of the alphabet only gets one monster, it really becomes hard to have to pick between Groot and Goom and Googam and others. I honestly think we could’ve done 100 of these covers and still have monsters that people would want to see, myself included." The sheer quantity of monsters created—along with the caliber of artists who wanted to participate in this project—both stand as a testament to Kirby’s talent. “I think the thing about Jack Kirby is that everything he did, he threw all of his creative energy into,” Moisan says. “Despite creating such a vast number of monsters, they’re all unique and interesting, which really speaks to how great an artist he was. And the fact that they look unlike anything we see today really helps them to stand out. For me, I think they represent a fun, goofy era of comics and media that doesn’t really exist anymore.” Visit marvel.com/sdcc2015 to watch LIVE! video from San Diego Comic-Con, plus read the latest news, see photos from the show, follow liveblogs from every panel and more!
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SDCC 2015: Star Wars: Vader Down (Sun, 12 Jul 2015)
Vader Down (not final art) Additional reporting by Alec Belmore This November, Darth Vader faces his biggest challenge yet: going solo against the entire Rebel fleet in Vader Down, a six-issue crossover event between the ongoing STAR WARS and DARTH VADER series. Writers Jason Aaron and Kieron Gillen will combine their might to crush an epic tale that rolls out over two issues each of their respective Star Wars titles, plus a special VADER DOWN one-shot to kick it off. Marvel.com: Jason, what kind of opportunities does a big Star Wars crossover like this offer both the reader and you as a writer? Jason Aaron: I think this is the chance for me and Kieron to do the biggest story either one of us has done. When we started these new books, STAR WARS and DARTH VADER, we wanted them to feel like they were part of the same universe, that everything was happening at the same time. So it was pretty clear from our first arcs how things were pretty closely inter-connected. Then with our second arcs we both kind of veered off in our own directions. Kieron has been setting up a lot of new characters in his book. We’ve had a big new character pop up in my book. It made [sense] after we both veered off for a bit that the third arc would be when things would come crashing back together in a huge way. I was especially excited about the idea of taking the cast of characters that we’d both built in our books and having them interact for the first time.  Marvel.com: How’s the interaction been with Kieron on this? How do you see your respective roles in crafting this story? Jason Aaron: It’s been easy. I’ve known Kieron for a long time, and we’ve been working closely together for a long time, whether in the X-Men universe when we were writing the two main X-Men books, or the Thor stuff where he was writing Loki and Angela. So, really what we’re doing with this is kind of like an X-Men crossover. There’s sort of a big inciting incident and then it just bounces back and forth between our respective books. The process of building had been really smooth. This has sort of been built over the course of a lot of different meetings and conversations in different parts of the country. I think it started with a Star Wars dinner in New York and then we talked about it in meetings with Lucasfilm in San Francisco. We passed outlines back and forth and all of that. It’s been a really fun process building this thing together.  Marvel.com: In the story, what are the Rebels thinking going into it? Jason Aaron: Just that they’ve got Vader in quite the predicament. He’s alone. He’s grossly outnumbered and his ship has crashed on this alien landscape. Whether everybody believes they can do it or not, they know this is their best shot to capture him or kill him or whatever. When you get that shot, you’ve got to take it and send everyone you’ve got down after him. Marvel.com: What can we expect when our heroes meet Aphra from DARTH VADER? Do her evil droids encounter R2-D2 and C3P0? Jason Aaron: I think with this story you can expect that every pairing or meeting we can possibly do is going to happen. When Kieron first introduced a lot of those characters like Aphra and the murderous droids, my first thought was, “Wow, I can’t wait until Aphra meets Han Solo or until Kieron’s droids meet C-3PO and R2.” I think you can expect a lot of those different meetings. I think that has, for me, been one of the things that’s the most fun. What I’d been looking forward to most about this story was mixing up this cast in every way we possibly can. Marvel.com: Kieron, what about you? What sorts of things make a crossover like this special for a writer like yourself? Kieron Gillen: I’m writing a Star Wars comic. The day that’s not special is the day I don’t write this anymore, y’know? [Also,] a lot of getting to play with parts of the universe I’ve yet to touch. I get to write Han Solo. I’m going to repeat that in capitals: I GET TO WRITE HAN SOLO! Also Leia and Luke and Threepio and Artoo, but you’d probably not surprised to know I’m a Han guy.  Marvel.com: What’s the collaboration been like between you and Jason while planning it? Kieron Gillen: We’ve had experience with working together, but this is the tightest thing so far. You may be hoping for some drama and butting of heads, but it’s been worryingly egalitarian and generous. There’s stuff in Vader Down comes from both of the books, and adds to both of the books coming out the other side.  Marvel.com: What can we expect from Vader’s reaction to the situation he’s in here? Is it possible for him to believe the Rebels stand a chance of defeating him?  Kieron Gillen: I think he’ll take it calmly and try diplomacy for a while, perhaps inviting everyone in and baking them a tasty pie. Seriously—the situation is agreeably complicated. It’s a small environment with all the characters in, each with their powerful desires. Vader wants Luke. Vader wants to survive. Vader wants Luke to survive. Vader doesn’t want anyone to know why he wants Luke. Balancing all those puts him in a really interesting situation. He also has a whole base of Rebel soldiers to stab. Marvel.com: And what are some of the joys of mixing characters like Aphra and her droids from DARTH VADER with the Rebel heroes from STAR WARS? Kieron Gillen: This is one of the most fun parts of it. We get to take all the characters we’ve developed in our first year on the [books], and get them interact. This has just been joyous stuff, real laugh-out-loud in delight writing. Visit marvel.com/sdcc2015 to watch LIVE! video from San Diego Comic-Con, plus read the latest news, see photos from the show, follow liveblogs from every panel and more!
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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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