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Published: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 13:04:52 -0400

 



Guardians of the Galaxy: War and Warlock

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:50:22 -0400

This January, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY reaches its landmark issue #150!

Just in time too, as the Guardians will have to contend with a big player reentering the scene: Adam Warlock.

Writer Gerry Duggan joins artist Marcus To as Gamora, Drax, Star-Lord, Rocket, and Groot quest for the Soul Stone, try to contain Adam, and battle the Raptors in this epic sesquicentennial event.

We asked Gerry for some insight on what to expect from The Return of Adam Warlock, Part 1.

Marvel.com: What can you tease about Adam’s return?

Gerry Duggan: Well, he returns more than once…kind of. Pretty mysterious!

Marvel.com: Will they run into any other classic characters who’ve made recent comebacks? Maybe…Wolverine?

Gerry Duggan: The Guardians will meet Logan! Just not right now.

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Marvel.com: You’ve mentioned before that Gamora will take a very personal journey with the Soul Stone. How might that come about? Will she enter the Soul World?

Gerry Duggan: Well, technically she’s been encountering it in visions in our run. Because her eyes have opened to what the Soul Stone really is. The world within presents itself as a Utopia, but is anything but. The Soul Stone hungers

Marvel.com: You’ve teased that this arc takes the Guardians to some amazing locations. What can we expect to see? How has Marcus To been in realizing these sights?

Gerry Duggan: Marcus has been so wonderful. We’re going to see the Nova’s new HQ, visit space ravaged by Ultrons, visit a new location with a big secret…lots of fun inbound!

Marvel.com: Will war still be on the table for Gamora and the Guardians as we approach #150?

Gerry Duggan: By issue #147, you’ll visit the location of a very important flashpoint in the coming war. Every issue, the drums of war get louder…

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #150, by Gerry Duggan and artist Marcus To, arrives in January!




Halloween Spooklight 2017, Day 10: Elsa Bloodstone

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:19:09 -0400

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween! In 2001, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, and Michael Lopez introduced the world to a young woman—mysteriously linked to monsters—who found herself embroiled in a war between creatures and humans. And they called that young woman Elsa Bloodstone! The character, who has since starred in NEXTWAVE: AGENTS OF H.A.T.E. and MONSTERS UNLEASHED, first appeared in BLOODSTONE #1. The story began as Elsa and her recently widowed mother moved into her dad’s former home. Unbeknownst to Elsa, her father, Ulysses, lead a life of adventure as a globetrotting monster hunter. Living in his residence, she learned details about him, his life, and the supernatural gem that she shares a name with. Bloodstone (2001) #1 Published: December 01, 2001 Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 11, 2017 Rating: T+ Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy LanningPenciller: Michael LopezCover Artist: Michael Lopez Read What is Marvel Unlimited? She met a couple of new friends along this path of discovery, including Adam, A.K.A. Frankenstein’s Monster, and Charles Barnabus, the pureblood vampire lawyer. After coming into possession of a mystical Bloodgem, Elsa teleported across locations, encountered Dracula, and went on a mission to help a mummy create a zombie army. These adventures proved to just be warm-ups for the real adventure, however, when the vampire Nosferatu sought to concoct a super blood by sourcing the goods from pureblood vampires like Dracula and Barnabus. Luckily for them, Elsa took to the whole monster-hunting gig pretty quickly and, with some help from her friends, took Nosferatu on head-to-head. Utilizing the Bloodgem, she cured Nosferatu of vampirism, which left the centuries-old being a quivering pile of dust. Bloodstone (2001) #2 Published: January 01, 2002 Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 11, 2017 Rating: T+ Writer: Dan Abnett, Andy LanningPenciller: Michael LopezCover Artist: Michael Lopez Read [...]



Star Wars Spotlight: The Shu-Torun War

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 21:10:32 -0400

Each week Star Wars Spotlight combs through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase one classic story from that distant galaxy filled with Jedi, Sith, princesses, scoundrels and droids. Though Darth Vader walked away relatively unscathed from the STAR WARS – DARTH VADER crossover called VADER DOWN, he still had plenty to deal with between a war on the mining planet of Shu-Torun and forces within the Empire secretly working against him. That story ran from DARTH VADER ANNUAL #1 into DARTH VADER #16–19 by Kieron Gillen, Leinil Yu and Salvador Larroca. The first installment saw Vader traveling to the planet in an effort to remind the ore-barons and their leaders that the Empire remained in charge. During the visit, Rebel supporters attacked and the king’s third daughter Trios did her best to lead Vader to his death. However, the Sith Lord saw something useful in her and put her in charge of the planet after everyone’s favorite murder droids 0-0-0 and BT-1 killed the rest of the royal court.  Darth Vader Annual (2015) #1 Published: December 16, 2015 Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 13, 2016 Writer: Kieron GillenCover Artist: Leinil Francis Yu Read Buy Digital Copy What is Marvel Unlimited? The main series issues picked up a bit later as the Ore Barons continued to lean towards rebellion even as Queen Trios tried steering them in the right direction. With the potential threat of losing one of their main sources of raw materials, the Emperor sent Vader to quell the uprising, assisted by Cylo and his two pseudo-cyber Jedi wannabes Morit and Aiolin.  Darth Vader (2015) #16 Published: February 10, 2016 Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 15, 2016 Rating: Rated T Writer: Kieron GillenPenciller: Salvador LarrocaCover Artist: Kaare Andrews Read What is Marvel Unlimited? On Shu-Torun, Vader found a quee[...]



Kirby 100: The Vision

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:47:27 -0400

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby. Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all. These days, everyone knows The Vision as Marvel’s number one synthezoid hero with more than a few family issues to work through. However, before the Android Avenger, another Vision walked the halls at the House of Ideas. A few months before creating Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby teamed up to present the very first appearance of The Vision in 1940’s MARVEL MYSTERY COMICS #13. This series debuted Golden Age heroes like Namor and the original versions of Angel, The Human Torch, and Ka-Zar. The story kicked off with Dr. Enoch Mason showing three of his friends a new machine called The Dimension Smasher. As he put it, “The purpose of my demonstration, tonight, is to prove that the so-called ghosts and spirits are actually inhabitants of worlds and universes whose dimensional spheres are co-existent with our own.” Unfortunately for him, an intelligence-hating mobster by the name of Brain had bought Mason’s promissory note and intended to either collect or take his equipment that very same night. Marvel Mystery Comics (1939) #13 Published: November 01, 1940 Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 19, 2011 Writer: Ben ThompsonPenciler: Bob Oksner Read What is Marvel Unlimited? The hoods busted into the laboratory in the middle of the experiment, telling the doc that he either had to pay up right then or get an impromptu renovation. As he floundered for an answer, the green-headed Vision appeared behind one of the gunmen in a cloud of smoke sparked by his own cigar. The visitor froze the mobster, introduced himself as Aarkus, Destroyer of Evil, and then took off after Brain’s other thug. After taking care of business, Aarkus returned to Mason, this time in a more human form. Aarkus remained in that form when Brain’s mob showed up for further revenge. Knocked unconscious for a time, the otherworlder asked for one last cigarette before death and used the ensuing smoke to unleash his more powerful side. The Vision made short work of the crooks and even used their pants to tie them up! While Vision clearly didn’t become Simon and Kirby’s main contribution to the Timely era, it’s interesting to note the similarities between his origin and Captain America’s. Both came about thanks to an experiment interrupted by bad men with guns. Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100. [...]



Psych Ward: Forbush Man

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 19:45:30 -0400

Irving Forbush presents as an adult man in just below average physical shape. He attended initial appointments in what appeared to be a pair of flannel pajamas and a “mask” consisting of a cooking pot with holes cut in it until he was redirected to dress more appropriately for therapy. He protested at first but eventually acquiesced when this writer explained that I do not see any clients with masks unless there is a medical reason why them must wear it at all times. Since then, he has dressed conventionally. The client asserts that he is from an alternate dimension where he was employed by a company called Marble Comics by day and was a non-powered vigilante in his off hours. He has struggled to detail many of his exploits and several of the other heroes and villains he has encountered seem to be very similar in names and abilities to heroes from “our universe.” For instance, he once beat a man called the Juggernut. Given his lack of powers and rather conventional build, this writer confesses to a level of skepticism regarding the client’s reporting. However, Forbush has been able to produce some physical evidence, including copies of Marble Comics and newspaper printings from his apparent alternate universe. Included in those clippings were information such as his parents actively disclosing to the newspapers, on multiple occasions, their disappointment in him and their wish that they had a daughter instead. He has declined to discuss his parents in much depth so these revelations, while intriguing, remain largely unexplored. NOT BRAND ECHH 14 (2017) #14 Published: November 15, 2017 Rating: Rated T+ Writer: Katie Cook, Ryan North, Nicholas Kocher, Chris HastingsPenciler: Brian Churilla, Jay Fosgitt, G Gurihiru, Erica HendersonCover Artist: David Nakayama What the client is predominantly concerned with is his feelings of interdimensional displacement and the presence of memories that could not have possibly happened to him but feel so real anyway. These included meetings with Spider-Man years ago and a time working at Marvel (not Marble) Comics during which he believes he may have won an award for Best Assistant Editor. More distressing than these, however, are memories that suggest he has attacked Marvel employees, been killed, and been brought back as some kind of zombie. Despite these memories, there is no record of such an event and he appears very much alive. The only mention of him I could find from our world stemmed from a battle with the super hero team known as Nextwave, but the client insists that that was not him but rather the actual Irving Forbush of our planet. This writer has been able to discern the possible truth of this statement. Overall, despite what could be a truly terrifying experience — waking up in world that is not your own or, at least, feels to you like another world, possessing memories that seem to not be true, including engaging in violent attacks, and literally dying — the client seems remarkably unaffected. One might even be tempted to call him goo[...]



Study in Scarlet – A Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider Sketchbook

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:49:48 -0400

The 90s continue to make a comeback every month. The previously maligned decade now boasts a mix of respect and nostalgia thanks to the fact that people who were fans at the time now make and buy lots of comics. Portuguese artist André Araújo may have discovered the 90s comics differently thanks to alternate publishing practices, but he still has a love for all things Spider-Man related, which makes him a great artist to work on the “Slingers Return” story in BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER, written by Peter David! We talked with Araújo about his own 90s comic-reading experience, working with a legend like David, and digging into the Slingers’ different costumes. Marvel.com: Between Scarlet Spider and the Slingers, this book seems to really embrace the 90s, while updating the concepts for today’s audience. Was that an era you were familiar with before taking on the job? André Araújo: I live in Portugal, so the way books were published [there] varied greatly, meaning some stuff was published like it was in the U.S., but we also got stories from all periods. So I got to read most of the stuff from the 90s, including  Onslaught and the Clone Saga, during the late 90s/early 2000s when a new publisher called Devir came [onto the] scene and published all of that in a row. I remember enjoying it quite a lot, because it was the first time things were published in monthly issues in the same format that’s used in the U.S. Marvel.com: Scarlet Spider’s costume is interesting because it mixes the more traditional tightness of the body suit with the looser hooded pullover. How is it making sure both of those look right on the page? André Araújo: That’s actually something I thought about while drawing the issue, even though I only drew Ben in costume for a brief scene. As you say, it is an interesting mix and something that I feel usually works well in a character’s design. It’s also a nice change of what super heroes usually look like, particularly characters derivative from Spider-Man. Making it look right is always a challenge, making sure you represent the idea of a looser fabric on top of tight spandex, but I always welcome a nice challenge. #gallery-1 { margin: auto; } #gallery-1 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-1 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-1 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #11 preview inks by André Araújo Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #11 preview inks by André Araújo Ben Reilly: Scarlet Spider #11 preview inks by André Araújo Marvel.com: How has it been for you drawing the Slingers costumes and putting your stamp on them? André Araújo: They’re cool characters, with bold looks. Completely different from one another, with lots of disparate stylistic choices; the challenge here is always to make them look cohesive, which comes, in part, from bringing my style to the way they’re drawn. My approach is always to think how the costumes work in real life, in terms of fabric, material type, how characters move while wearing them. I make my little tweaks with that in mind, while keeping the original look as much as possible. Marvel.com: It seems like it’d be a lot of fun pitting Scarlet Spider against these other heroes in various ways. Has that been the case? André Araújo: Spider-Man is my favorite character to draw, and any derivative character like Scarlet Spider feels pretty much like that to me. So drawing Ben in all the situations is a lot of fun, be it while he is dealing with ordinary stuff or during the action scenes, with all characters in costumes. Marvel.com: How has it been working with a legendary writer [...]



LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 on the Marvel Podcast

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:28:42 -0400

With mere weeks remaining until “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” comes to consoles everywhere on November 14, we tracked down TT Games Head of Design Arthur Parsons to get the inside scoop on this exciting gaming experience!

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This Week in Marvel focuses 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 VP Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production: Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. 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!




Piecing Together Marvel Puzzle Quest: Nightcrawler

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 18:09:47 -0400

Do you smell the brimstone in the air? That can only mean one thing—the swashbucklin’ Nightcrawler’s on the scene! Following on the coattails of a couple of other mighty mutants, Kurt Wagner joins the “Marvel Puzzle Quest” crew with a couple of swords in hand. We talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the bouncing blue elf and what he’s all about. Marvel.com: We got Rogue, two different Gambits, and now Nightcrawler? Please tell me the mutant mayhem’s never gonna end! Josh Austin: Nightcrawler is our latest 4-Star mutant to join the “Marvel Puzzle Quest” roster! While this much-requested character has finally found a home in “MPQ,” we have a lot of plans coming, and X-Men fans will not be disappointed! We will definitely be seeing some more mutant characters in the coming months! But of course we can’t just have mutants coming to the game so expect some variety and nice surprises in the coming months. Marvel.com: Nightcrawler’s signature ability is his teleportation. I can only imagine he’s got some tricky stuff up his blue-furred sleeves right? Josh Austin: That’s correct, Nightcrawler is one tricky hero! A summary of how he works in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” is that he deals damage based on friendly and enemy AP and converts basic tiles based on how many colored tiles are on the board. Marvel.com: Ok let’s get into the elf’s abilities. What can he do? Josh Austin: Nightcrawler’s first ability is called BAMF! And it costs 7 Purple AP. With a puff of smoke and brimstone, Nightcrawler teleports away from damage and into position to strike. This converts basic tiles to the color most present on the board. The ability also has a passive that triggers when the team would take damage causing Nightcrawler to go airborne instead of taking the damage. His second ability is called En Garde! and it costs 9 Red AP. Time for the dual sabers and his superhuman agility! For this ability, Nightcrawler deals damage and if the player has enough AP in their strongest color based on the abilities level, then this power deals almost even more damage. #gallery-2 { margin: auto; } #gallery-2 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-2 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-2 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest Nightcrawler in Marvel Puzzle Quest His last ability is called Everywhere At Once and it costs 12 Blue AP. For this ability, Nightcrawler leaps in and out of the shadows to confuse, to disarm and disorient his enemy. Deals damage for each point of AP the enemy has in their strongest color and destroys 4 AP in that pool. Marvel.com: Everywhere at Once sounds like it could be crazy for Nightcrawler’s opponents and that Kurt would do really well in teams that share a lot of the same color powers. That fair to sa[...]



Psych Ward: Mojo

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:55:48 -0400

As always, evaluating a subject without ever meeting them is, at best, educated guessing. Nonetheless, given the direness of the situation and the data available, this writer felt it was ethically sound to offer this personality sketch and his attorneys have agreed. I hope it provides help with subduing the subject.

The subject, Mojo, is an apparent alien/other-dimensional being who is from a race that are born without spines and use technology to increase their mobility and ability to stand upright. He self-identifies as a male although it remains unclear if that concept is native to his race’s reality or a product of exposure to human television. The planet and universe he hails from was evidently named for him (Mojoworld, Mojoverse), not the other way around. This apparently reflects his dominance of the most important aspect of his race’s society, television.

According to a history of the universe that appears to be—as best as we can verify— accurate, his universe was bombarded by broken waves of energy that were, in fact, Earth television waves.  Exposure to the broken and, to them, inexplicable energy both caused a sort of societal psychotic break and created a universe-wide addiction. Craving content more intense than the broken waves could provide, Mojo rose into the void and created homegrown TV content. As such, he was elevated to a kind of combination dictator and program director.

Given the subject is an alien from a planet with an aggressively different social structure, it is difficult to label him a sociopath as, in terms of his society, his behavior and cognitions might be entirely in line with societal norms. However, by our standards, to our understanding, he does present with symptoms of Antisocial Personality Disorder and, possibly, Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

He is motivated, seemingly, purely by the twin desires of garnering maximum attention for himself and dominance of his enemies. He shows limited regard for the lives and comfort of those around him. He is erratic and capricious, nearly always choosing the quick jolt of short-term satisfaction over long-term planning.

This makes him defeatable—as his history with the mutant rights group the X-Men indicates—but also wildly dangerous. Because he is oriented towards the short-term, he is unpredictable and just as likely to react in violent rage as in cowardly self-preservation. Additionally, he has engendered the kind of support from those beneath we might associate with a closed state dictatorship, meaning he has a plethora of what he likely considers “cannon fodder” at his disposal to throw at his enemies.

The surest path to victory against the subject is to demonstrate to him that bigger ratings can be achieved through easier means. He is a fairly lazy creature and, as noted above, likes the quick fix. So if the ceiling to success feels like too much work and a simpler means to rating dominance exists—think the amount effort required to make a successful cheap reality show vs. a prestige drama with well-known actors—he will always take the easy way out.

For further information and analysis of the subject, this writer recommends the definitive volume on Mojo, X-MEN BLUE #15 from Doctors Marc Guggenheim and Jorge Molina, available on November 15.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist who loved TV enough growing up and bets he could’ve ruled the Mojoverse.




Follow the History of Spider-Man Pt. 21

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:18:47 -0400

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this year, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story! The mysteries surrounding Peter Parker’s friend Deb Whitman ultimately came to a head in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #74, Spidey teamed up with Tigra in MARVEL TEAM-UP #125, and avoided the Hulk in MARVEL TEAM-UP #126. The webslinger’s fellow arachnid the Tarantula perished in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #236, and the Stilt-Man leveled up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #237. Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #237 Published: February 10, 1983 Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 30, 2014 Read What is Marvel Unlimited? The Black Cat crept back into Spider-Man’s life in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #75 to drag our hero into a shooting match between Doctor Octopus and the Owl. When Ock’s curiosity almost killed the kitty in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #76, Spidey found himself not only in the multi-armed villain’s sights, but also those of the Gladiator’s in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #77. Boomerang and the Punisher became involved in the ongoing drama in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #78, and the vigilante gunned for Doc Ock in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #79. The all-seeing Watcher guest-starred in MARVEL TEAM-UP #127, and the wallcrawler and Captain America joined forces to rid the city of Vermin and his rats in MARVEL TEAM-UP #128. The Hobgoblin, a new baddie using the Green Goblin’s motifs, attacked Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #238, and ramped things up in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #239 before flying off to cackle another day. Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #238 Published: March 10, 1983 Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 29, 2013 Read What is Marvel Unlimited? [...]



Zombies Assemble 2: Avenging the Undead

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:44:43 -0400

Transferring a universe of Marvel zombies overseas doesn’t seem like an easy job, but Jim Zub can do it—no problem.

ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2, the Japanese book that Zub got tasked with adapting for North American audiences, has been a skin-crawling success. And as the limited series—written and illustrated by Yusaku Komiyama—nears its final issue on November 8, we caught up with Zub to hear more about how the project came to life.

Marvel.com: How would you sum up the experience of translating a Japanese manga for American readers?

Jim Zub: I don’t know that I’d call it “translation” in the traditional sense. The raw translation from Japanese to English was already complete when I came on board the project. I had to take that raw translation and adjust the dialogue and other text so it sounded natural; so that each character had the distinctive voice readers expect from the Marvel Universe.

Marvel.com: What proved to be the most challenging part of such a task?

Jim Zub: Adapting the dialogue so that it kept the original intent from Yusaku Komiyama’s story while also making it read as seamlessly as possible in English. There’s a surprising amount of humor and pathos in the story—I tried to keep those intact, though it didn’t come easy in some spots. We have a lot of callbacks to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE, so I also tried to make sure those came through properly as well.

Marvel.com: What did you enjoy most about this crazy zombie epic?

Jim Zub: There’s a scene in the first half where Zombie-Thor tears out his own eyeball and gives it to Black Widow as a gift. That whole sequence felt so out there and I knew readers would be shocked and amused, wondering where things would go from there. It just propels things to another level of zombie craziness.

Marvel.com: Would you be up for doing something like this again? Which Marvel manga have you been eyeing lately?

Jim Zub: There’s apparently a new GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY manga serializing right now in Japan called GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: GALAXY RUSH. I hope Marvel decides to bring it out here in English and that I get the chance to adapt it for them like I did here with ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE. That would be a ton of fun.

Check out ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 #4, by Yusaku Komiyama with Jim Zub, on November 8!




Loki: Sorcerer Supreme

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 22:00:00 -0400

What would happen if Loki, the God of Mischief, became the Sorcerer Supreme? That’s exactly the question that writer Donny Cates tackles in the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE #381. We may not know what Loki is up to yet, but we do know one thing – it won’t be boring! We caught up with Cates to find out more about what we can expect. Marvel.com: Loki obviously doesn’t have the same altruistic leanings as Stephen Strange…as the Sorcerer Supreme, will he use his role to further his own ends? Donny Cates: Hmmmm, yes and no. That question there is really the heart of Loki, right? He’s so much fun because you never know the rules of whatever game he’s currently playing. So yes, he probably is using his role to serve his own needs….but what if his needs are altruistic? Is he still being selfish and underhanded if the result is a net positive? I’m not saying that’s necessarily the case here, but I wouldn’t ever get too comfortable with how you perceive Loki and his intentions. Marvel.com: Stephen has a lot of experience when it comes to sorcery, but Loki has been doing it even longer. How will that inform how he approaches being Sorcerer Supreme? Donny Cates: Well, at the end of the day, this is still very much a book about Stephen Strange. So, it’s very interesting, because on the one hand you have this GOD who is now insanely powerful in his new role….and then we have Stephen. I can’t say much about where Stephen is in this arc, but it’s unusual, and more (ahem) low-key than anything we’ve ever seen before. So it’s a nice dichotomy between the two. How’s that for dodging a question? 🙂 Doctor Strange #381 cover by Mike Del Mundo Marvel.com: Loki is, of course, the god of mischief. He doesn’t have the same reverence for authority as some of the more “heroic” characters. It seems like he’d have a lot of fun in this role. He could definitely mess with people. Donny Cates: Oh for sure! As is said in the first issue, Loki is not, nor has he ever been, overly fond of “the rules.” So he kind of bumps up against this idea of magic having limits and prices. He’s not into it. And that leads him, and us,  down some rather dark roads.   Marvel.com: Still, Loki often chooses to do the right thing. He might not want to admit it, but he does care. So can we expect to see him using his authority for the greater good, as well? Donny Cates: Yeah, that’s what’s so amazing about him as a character these days. Even when he WANTS to do something good, no one on Earth (or in any realm) believes him. Everyone still thinks of him as this mustache-twirling villain, but that’s not really who he is anymore, right? He’s much more complicated. I should mention though, that whatever supposed heroic deeds Loki has planned, or how well his intentions are….the good Doctor will be having none of it. Stephen doesn’t trust Loki as far as he can throw him, and he will stop at nothing to see his home, his cloak, and his title returned to him. The lengths Strange will go through to see his livelihood returned to him…that’s the real story here. And I promise you can’t fathom what those lengths will be. You’ve never seen Doctor Strange like this. Doctor Strange #382 cover by Mike Del Mundo Marvel.com: Would you like to mention or tease anything else? Donny Cates: If I were a betting man….I’d pay A LOT OF ATTENTION to the second issue of my run. DOCTOR STRANGE #382 is a big one folks. I’ll see you there! DOCTOR STRANGE #381, by Donny Cates and Gabriel Hernandez Walta, hits shelves on November 15! [...]



Halloween Spooklight 2017, Day 9: Man-Thing

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 20:53:27 -0400

Every day this month, a new supernatural character or story from the Marvel Universe gets a spooky spotlight leading up to Halloween! Having emerged from the swamp for the first time in 1971’s SAVAGE TALES #1, Man-Thing starred in ADVENTURES INTO FEAR from #10–#19 before earning his first solo series in 1974. MAN-THING, written by Steve Gerber and drawn by Val Mayerik with Mike Ploog, the series’ first book continued the action of the final ADVENTURES INTO FEAR issue—which also saw the first appearance of Howard the Duck! Man-Thing (1974) #1 Published: January 01, 1974 Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 31, 2016 Rating: All Ages Writer: Steve GerberPenciller: Val MayerikCover Artist: Frank Brunner, Glynis Wein Read What is Marvel Unlimited? After the mallard tripped and fell into a void, Man-Thing, Dakimh the Enchanter, Jennifer Kale, and the barbarian prince Korrek set out to restore all realities back to order. Meanwhile, The Overmaster and the pretender gods of the Congress of Realities attacked Dakimh’s home realm, Therea. There, a battle raged between The Overmaster, his minions, and Man-Thing—resulting in the universe’s salvation from annihilation. Though the series began with a more fantastical slant, the creative team introduced more horror elements in later issues as the Man-Thing continued to protect the Nexus of All Realities. These stories played with a range of genres and characters—from bikers and corrupt businessmen to wrecking crews and even The Foolkiller, who made his first appearance in issue #3! Issue #5 saw the ghost of a clown, who died in a swamp, encounter the Man-Thing. Though the creature could not speak or remember his lost humanity, he moved to put the clown to rest in a proper manner. Man-Thing (1974) #5 Published: May 01, 1974 Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 31, 2016 Rating: All Ages Writer: Steve GerberPenciller: Mike PloogCover Artist: Mike Ploog [...]



Kirby 100: At the Mercy of Baron Strucker

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:45:29 -0400

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby. Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all. Jack Kirby maybe be best known as a super hero artist, but he loved making war comics. A military man himself, “The King” put his crown aside to serve his country during World War II as an Infrantryman and put plenty of those experiences into books like SGT. FURY AND HIS HOWLING COMMANDOS with his collaborator Stan Lee. Though still thrilling adventure stories, these issues feature some of the hard truths that came with war, like losing members of your squad as the Howlers did when Junior Junipe got injured in issue #4. They carried that sadness and anger with them into the next mission, which introduced them and the readers to a new Nazi threat: Baron Strucker! The villain debuted dueling with another man and easily winning before receiving his latest orders from Hitler: kill Nick Fury. Thinking his prey beneath him, Strucker thought of the mission as nothing more than a game. The Wing Commander of the Fuehrer’s Death-Head Squadron flew his plane over the Allies’ post, blasting away at Dum Dum Duggan and Izzy Cohen before throwing a tube with a note down challenging Fury to a death duel on Norsehaven in the English Channel. Enraged at Strucker’s taunts, the sergeant requested transport to the Channel from Captain Sawyer, who flatly refused. After dining with his girlfriend Lady Pamely Hawley, Fury called in a few favors and snuck his way to the meeting with Strucker. Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos (1963) #5 Published: January 10, 1964 Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007 Penciller: Jack KirbyCover Artist: Jack Kirby Read What is Marvel Unlimited? Neither man wasted any time getting into the spirit of the duel itself, which they fought with plywood swords as part of Strucker’s beloved tradition dictated. However, the villain also drugged Fury’s pre-fencing drink and had his lackeys ready to literally trip Nick up. The future S.H.I.E.L.D. chief did his best to fight, but inevitably collapsed. With his opponent down, the Baron called out his photographers and videographers to record the Amerikaner’s defeat. They strapped Fury in a parachute and dropped him out of a plane near the base he had been stationed at. Upon returning, Captain Sawyer busted Fury down to a private and dismissed him. Still a part of the Howling Commandos, Nick joined his crew as they went o[...]



Thor Lore: Days of Rage

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:54:23 -0400

As the clock ticks down to “Thor: Ragnarok,” spend your time wisely by reading these stories plucked from the Marvel Unlimited archives! Thor and Hulk have always had a tumultuous relationship. In the short time they served on the Avengers together, the two didn’t get along too well…though, since then, they’ve adopted a healthy—though sometimes begrudging—respect for each other. We can’t wait to see what happens when these two titans meet each other in “Thor: Ragnarok,” but until then, let’s scope out one of their most epic battles—in 1984’s INCREDIBLE HULK #300 by writer Bill Mantlo and artist Sal Buscema. Incredible Hulk (1962) #300 Published: October 10, 1984 Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 16, 2008 Writer: Bill MantloPenciller: Sal BuscemaCover Artist: Bret Blevins Read What is Marvel Unlimited? At the time, Bruce Banner thought he’d done away with the Hulk’s rage-filled personality. However, when Nightmare decided to torment Doctor Strange, the green guy came back as Banner decided to change into the Jade Giant to stop the villain’s dark schemes. The issue began with The Hulk rampaging across New York City. In response, the U.S. government deemed it appropriate to use any means to take him down—including the use of chemical fire bombs dropped by S.H.I.E.L.D. ships. The chaos forced a few local New York heroes to respond to the situation as well—Daredevil saved a child from the reverberating danger, Spider-Man caught a couple of plummeting pilots as they fell from the sky, and Doctor Strange escaped Nightmare to search for an alternate dimension in which The Hulk might be contained. Meanwhile, The Human Torch, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and the Avengers tried to handle the problem with a more confrontational approach. While none stood a chance against The Hulk, Thor stood tall and matched the might of the Giant. Despite summoning lightning and hurling Mjolnir in the battle, Thor realized that the only way to finally stop The Hulk would be the most drastic measure of all—to kill him. The battle raged, and the two combatants flung fists and nearby cars as the fight seemed like it’d never end. As the war of attrition seemed most hopeless, however, Doctor Strange reemerged to enact his other-dimensional contingency—and sent The Hulk to another space and time. Ragnarok and Roll For an equally epic—though more recent—Thor and Hulk throw down, check out the 2011 event Fear Itself, in which Bruce Banner’s alter ego picked up one a personality-warping hammer and transformed into Nul: Breaker o[...]



Marvel Legacy: Going Retro

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:24:06 -0400

Sometimes when you’re moving forward, it helps to take a look back at where you’ve been. With Marvel, it’s easy when you stand on a rich foundation stone of history, characters, and creators. The Marvel Legacy event includes not only launches of all-new storylines, but also an infusion of retro atmosphere in the form of Marvel Value Stamps, a new issue of the classic FOOM magazine, and in-house ads flowing with the frenetic feeling of the 1960s and 1970s. To celebrate, we checked in with some of the Marvelites who made it all happen: David Gabriel, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing; Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President of Publishing; and artist Mike McKone. Marvel.com: David, you’re up first—as all these retro projects were being worked on, what was the feeling around the offices? Excitement to be doing something fun like these? Nostalgia? David Gabriel: There was definitely the feeling that we wanted to craft a fun promotional program around the whole idea of Marvel Legacy. From the initial call out to “Make Mine Marvel,” it seemed a perfect fit to reach back into some of the nostalgic items that helped propel Marvel to the forefront of the comics industry as far back as the 60s and recreate some of those things for a modern day. We knew there would be some fans who remembered some of these items fondly and some who would be discovering them for the first time. But the key behind everything we did was to use the past to entice all readers in the present! Marvel.com: Tom, what about you? Tom Brevoort: They’re certainly fun, and tap into that Marvel spirit that Stan [Lee] first established, that sense of fun and excitement and also self-effacement. But it couldn’t just be nostalgia, if for no other reason than many of the elements that we’re mimicking are long-ago enough that the readership has cycled through many times since then—so a modern day fan might have no knowledge of them. So each one had to work and be a fun piece on its own in the here and now as well. Marvel.com: What was the general decision-making process like, as far as which things to hit for the event? David Gabriel: We chose many of the things we all had fond memories of. The Marvel Value Stamps were pretty much on everyone’s list, at least everyone who was collecting comics in the 1970s. FOOM was a close second. That was a little less known to a wider audience. But there is a huge fondness for one of the first fandom mags that Marvel put out on a regular basis. The idea for the retro house ads just made sense as well. We all felt we’ve seen our current format for house ads for a while and they needed a boost. Many of us fondly remembered how exciting it was—before Internet—to see what was coming up in Marvel titles through the dynamic, often over the top, house ads that appeared throughout their books. So one of our designers was challenged to update them and she did a terrific job. I think the trade dress with corner boxes had already been bubbling under the surface as the X-office started this a few months earlier, and that received great praise, so we knew the trade dress having a nod to the past would definitely be a must. Tom Brevoort: We tried to hone in on things that would play for an audience today, but that would have an additional layer of meaning to a long-time reader. Marvel.com: Tom, for the Value Stamps, what did they mean to you personally? Did you cut yours out of the comics? Tom Brevoort: I never did, but I certainly wound up buying many, many comics from people who did. They’re the bane of collectors of the comics of that period&[...]



Guardians of the Galaxy: Rolling Stones

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 19:11:25 -0400

The Guardians’ hunt for the Infinity Stones begins.

But first, they have to join up with the Nova Corps! On November 1, “The Infinity Quest,” kicks off as writer Gerry Duggan and artist Marcus To see the team suit up with the Gold Domes. Everything, however, might not be as it seems within the Nova ranks…and Peter, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot will have to figure out why in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #146!

We caught up with Gerry to hear more about the start of a new journey for the team.

Marvel.com: How do the Guardians qualify for joining the Nova Corps?

Gerry Duggan: Right now the bar sits pretty low—do you have a head to put a helmet on? If so, welcome aboard! But if the galaxy has a chance at survival, they’ll need to recapture their former glory.

Marvel.com: Do the Guardians embrace the new Corps? How will they fit into their new roles?

Gerry Duggan: Quite simply: if the new Corps fails, the Guardians have even more work to do. So this ends up being a preventative defense for them. They’re still misfits, but they’re helping root out some real problems.

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Marvel.com: The Guardians have butted heads with Nova Corps before…what’s the dynamic feel like now?

Gerry Duggan: Rocket, for example, has an interesting time. You’d think he would despise it….but you’ll see why he’s enjoying himself.

Marvel.com: How has the team evolved since Rich Rider last appeared on the team?

Gerry Duggan: Groot looks pretty small now, Drax hasn’t been himself, and Gamora seems a little soulless… Everyone feels like a mess.

Marvel.com: Rich and Gamora have such a complicated historyhow do they feel about this new team-up?

Gerry Duggan: Rich and Gamora’s reunion will have to wait…she never told Quill that he returned. Issue #147 will be a very fun reunion—and also contains a discovery of huge proportions.

Marvel.com: Gerry, personally speaking, would you choose to join the Nova Corps or the Guardians? Why?

Gerry Duggan: I’d die really quickly either way, so I’d join the Guardians. It would be more fun.

Gerry Duggan and artist Marcus To’s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #146 kicks off on November 1!




Long Live the King! Watch the New Trailer for Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 13:16:02 -0400

Witness your King in a brand new trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” above! Catch “Black Panther” in theaters February 16! In addition, Chadwick Boseman debuted the brand new “Black Panther” poster. See the poster along with stills from the trailer below. #gallery-4 { margin: auto; } #gallery-4 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-4 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-4 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ ‘Black Panther’ hits theaters February 16 Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther Michael B. Jordan stars as Erik Killmonger Wakanda Chadwick Boseman stars as T’Challa/Black Panther and Lupita Nyong’o stars as Nakia Black Panther and Killmonger ‘Black Panther’ hits theaters February 16 “Black Panther” follows T’Challa who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. “Black Panther” hits theaters February 16! While you await the King, follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page! [...]



Two Brand New Marvel Animation Episodes to Air on Disney XD This Weekend

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 01:04:14 -0400

Buckle up, Marvelites! We’ve got brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” airing on Disney XD this weekend!

This Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 AM on Disney XD, Spidey takes on Blizzard! When Blizzard steals new tech and freezes New York, an unprepared Spidey has to upgrade his gear and stop the villain before the city is put into a new Ice Age. Check out the clip above!

Meanwhile, the future is looking bleak in “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars”! Vision and Wasp head to the future to save Falcon who has joined forces with Kang the Conqueror! Preview the new episode below and check it out this Sunday, October 15 at 8:30 AM on Disney XD!

Tune in to brand-new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” this Saturday on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.




She-Hulk #159: Divide and Conquer

Sat, 14 Oct 2017 00:16:03 -0400

The Leader is back on the scene to wreak havoc (it’s kind of his thing), but this time the big-headed ne’er-do-well strikes our hero when She-Hulk is at her weakest. Dealing with her new grey state has been challenging enough for Jen to face as it is, but what will happen when she is forced to face herself… literally? SHE-HULK #159 by writer Mariko Tamaki with art by Jahnoy Lindsay presents their Legacy offering — JEN WALTERS MUST DIE: PART 1! Catch it on November 8th at a comic store near you. We grill Mariko Tamaki on SHE-HULK Legacy and her strongest foe yet: herself. Marvel.com: How has Jen Walters been holding up lately? Walk us through her state of mind, personally and professionally. Mariko Tamaki: Professionally, Jen is good. Great, even! Work is busy because she’s got a full case load. Personally? Yeah, she’s burying everything under that workload. She’s still in a place where she’s not the Jen/Hulk she wants to be, but she’s determined to power through because she thinks it will be possible to deal with all the things she’s dealing with BY powering through… she is, of course, not entirely correct. SHE-HULK #159 Marvel.com: Jen does so much to help save other people, but why is it so much harder for her to save herself (from herself)? Mariko Tamaki: I think dealing with your own stuff is a whole other skill set. It’s like knowing how to explain how to play baseball and knowing how to play baseball. It’s a whole extra bit of uncomfortable work! And delving into that pain and discomfort is something Jen is afraid will undo her, so she’s mostly avoiding it. Helping people feels good, so she’s focusing on that. Marvel.com: What has it been like working with a new series artist (the wonderful Jahnoy Lindsay)? Mariko Tamaki: I have been incredibly lucky to work with so many amazing artists on this series. I love working with Jahnoy! #gallery-5 { margin: auto; } #gallery-5 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-5 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-5 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ SHE-HULK #159 Preview SHE-HULK #159 Preview Marvel.com: Jen recently opted back to the title “She-Hulk.” Is she a little torn on whether it’s right to take on Bruce’s title of “Hulk” in light of his tragic passing Mariko Tamaki: I don’t think Jen is concerned with being called Hulk or She-Hulk. Jen is very busy and also, most importantly, Jen knows who she is. She is Hulk and she is She-Hulk! Marvel.com: What does the Marvel Legacy mean to you personally as a reader of and a writer for the brand? Mariko Tamaki: To me it means going big, bringing something somewhat colossal to the story. The Leader is the perfect person to bring in now. He’s so striking and evil.  I love writing him. With the Leader, we wanted to go big with the villain in this issue, to connect a novel foe with Jen’s current mental state. Marvel.com: How does Jen feel about her grey form? What does she like and dislike about that new development? Mariko Tamaki: Being grey Hulk is still sort of out-of-body for Jen, literally. It’s a powerful but still unfamiliar feeling. Also it’s connected to trauma, to being in pain, and that’s not an easy thing. It[...]



Flashback Friday: Mojo

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:53:52 -0400

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week. Last week the Mojoverse invaded Manhattan and all hell broke loose. The action moved from X-MEN: GOLD #13 to this week’s X-MEN: BLUE #13 and along with it came a variety of former foes all conjured up by the villain himself, Mojo. It’s fitting that Art Adams worked on connecting covers for the first two parts of this crossover because he drew Mojo’s very first appearance back in the LONGSHOT limited series, penned by the equally legendary Ann Nocenti. That 1985-1986 book first introduced us to the amnesiac title character who seemed luckier than the average runaway. Longshot wound up on Earth where he began remembering bits and pieces of his past which included being grown in an alternate dimension to serve the huge Spineless Ones who used large machine walkers to get them around. Seeing those beings paved the way for Mojo’s grand debut in #4 as he complained about plant-ruining holes in clouds to Major Domo.  Longshot (1985) #4 Published: December 10, 1985 Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 09, 2009 Writer: Ann NocentiPenciler: Art Adams Read What is Marvel Unlimited? The out-of-control ruler of all he saw with a mouth that wouldn’t quit wanted everything around him to look like his own reflection, thus becoming godlike in his own mind. He’d also sent out a pack of his best hunters, including Quark, to track down Longshot, not wanting to lose his own property. When they failed, Mojo ordered Spiral to take them both to this mysterious planet filled with humans that looked exactly like their genetically created slaves. As it turned out, those slaves were designed to reflect The Spineless Ones’ nightmare demons of myth, so this whole Earth thing really freaked them out. After jumping from Earth and otherspace back to Mojoworld, the Spineless One finally faced off against Longshot and it didn’t go so well for the villain. Instead of ruling completely, he found himself on the wrong side of a dimensional portal. Mojo and Spiral would later appear in a series of X-related annuals in the mid-to-late 80s. First, they popped up in NEW MUTANTS ANNUAL #2 to kidnap Betsy Braddock, otherwise known as Psylocke in her original body. He used Betsy to create a new cartoon that was then broadcast to humanity, called Wildways. After Mojo also grabbed Sunspot the New Mutants became invo[...]



Download Episode 311 of This Week in Marvel

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 23:16:03 -0400

True Believers, we’re back in business with a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast! If you missed all the news coming out of New York Comic-Con, we’ve got you covered with several minisodes recapping comics/TV/games announcements and more.

Dip into all the new comics action this week from DAREDEVIL, DEFENDERS, X-MEN, and more, with Ryan, Ben and Tucker! Plus the Daredevil Summit convenes with writer Charles Soule and editor Nick Lowe talking “Mayor Fisk” (1:06:23)! Over on the West Coast, Christine and Eric have everything you need to know about TV, Films, Games and Theme Parks (1:32:43).  And finally, listen up for your questions and comments (1:44:44)!

Download episode #311 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! We are now also on Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel!

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 Friday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Eric Goldman, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, 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 @AgentM@BenJMorse@chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!




Run The Jewels and Marvel Partner for New Merchandise Line

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:59:33 -0400

Rap juggernauts Run The Jewels have just unveiled an expansive collection of goods produced in collaboration with Marvel. The new items reimagine the duo’s iconic imagery in the context of the Marvel Comics universe, including a variety of shirt designs, keychains, and more. The initial items are available at the group’s webstore (runthejewelsstore.com) with some items exclusively available to purchase at stops along Run the Jewels’ ongoing Run The World tour.

For a look at the initial Run the Jewels/Marvel product take a look at the gallery above, which includes items featuring Deadpool, Howard the Duck and the Punisher.

This is not the first time Run the Jewels and Marvel have crossed paths, as the Run the Jewels logo was the inspiration for several Marvel variant covers beginning in 2015, and the duo also appeared on an episode of This Week in Marvel. This year, a Run the Jewels song — “Legend Has It” — was featured in the teaser trailer for Marvel Studios’ Black Panther.

The hip hop phenomenon known as Run the Jewels continues to roll its way into the hearts & minds of fans worldwide. Following the release of their breakthrough new album RTJ3, the duo continue to make a thrilling impact on the landscape of music & culture. From main stage festival heroes to media darlings, groundbreaking artists to digital mavericks, serial entrepreneurs to presidential surrogates, Run the Jewels have arrived. The group just released a new song, “Mean Demeanor” for the FIFA ’18 video game, which is also featured in the TV ad starring Cristiano Ronaldo. Their latest U.S. tour kicked off Oct 5th in Houston, TX, and includes a taping of the legendary ACL TV show.




Kirby 100: Banner-Hulk

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 21:48:00 -0400

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby. Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all. One year after the first volume of INCREDIBLE HULK ended with issue #6, the Jade Giant threw down once again—this time with his former Avengers teammate Hank Pym—in the pages of TALES TO ASTONISH #59! The team-up proved to be such a hit that Hulk stuck around the series until it became the second volume of INCREDIBLE HULK with issue #102. Tales to Astonish (1959) #102 Published: April 01, 1968 Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 02, 2016 Read What is Marvel Unlimited? Though he drew covers for the Hulk’s monthly return, Jack Kirby wouldn’t start penciling interior adventures until issue #68, when he reintroduced The Leader. At the time, Bruce Banner had been branded a potential Communist for seeming to help The Hulk—whom the government had a great suspicion in. Banner even appeared to die by a gunshot wound at the end of issue #69! In TALES TO ASTONISH #70, the U.S. Army investigated the Leader’s lab in search of The Hulk—before concluding that the Jade Giant had escaped and that Banner’s body went missing. Turns out, Banner’s old friend Rick Jones previously snuck into the lab, stole the body and drove it to one of Bruce’s own laboratories—where he hoped to revive The Hulk, and with him, Bruce! Rick succeeded in reviving them, but inadvertently brought Bruce’s consciousness back in the Hulk’s body. Banner quickly realized that, if he changed back into his human form, the bullet lodged in his brain would kill him instantly. To stave off such an event, Dr. Banner needed to stay in his Hulk form as long as possible. The Leader, meanwhile, unleashed a 500-foot-tall Humanoid to take on all comers. In response, The Hulk and the army formed a temporary truce to deal with the new, more urgent menace. The Leader’s invention, however, proved powerful enough to withstand the onslaught—until issue #71. [...]



Ms. Marvel: The Dating Game

Fri, 13 Oct 2017 20:57:22 -0400

The Red Dagger returns in MS. MARVEL #24 by G. Willow Wilson and art by Diego Olortegui. In this thrilling adventure, Kamala will come face to face with a dangerous foe… teen hormones. To save New Jersey from a runaway train, Ms. Marvel had to team up with Red Dagger once again, but this time sparks are flying. Will Kamala be able to love again after so much heartache with Bruno? Is Red Dagger, in fact, her friend Kareem? What will he think of her superhero fanfic?! Also there’s a runaway train. That cannot be overemphasized. So. That, um, should probably be dealt with as well… but hey, a girl can multitask! To help clarify this new potential romance — and just what poor Kamala Khan’s battered heart has been with since she arrived on the scene — we’ve weighed the pros and cons of her potential paramours to see how Red Dagger (aka Kareem?!) holds up compared to the others. Is it true love or another dud? Only THE DATING GAME can tell! Kamran The Inhuman Kamran was cute, funny, and charming — Kamala got a huge crush on him in MS. MARVEL #14, even though they’d known each other for less than a day! And we can’t blame her… his personality is literally illuminating! And before you start, we know what “literally” means here at Marvel. He glows and stuff. It’s a neat party trick. What a catch! Pros: As an Inhuman and someone who shares her Muslim-American cultural experience, Kamran understood her in ways that few others could. Kamala had it bad for this boy, and they even almost kissed before the police told them to disperse. Cons: Kamran turned out to work for Lineage, the leader of the evil Inhuman army. To make matters worse, he tried to force Kamala to join him and his ilk — a boy who won’t take no for an answer? Not worth a second of your time, Kamala. Miles Morales Miles Morales, aka the Spider-Man, is on the Champions with Kamala Khan. The two have a strong friendship… they’re so close, in fact, that Miles’s best friend Genke is convinced that Miles has a big ol’ crush on Kamala. The official statement on this from Miles is “shut up.” Pros: He’s a kind-hearted web-slinging sweetheart and heartthrob to boot! They’ve had a few deep moments but nothing romantic. Cons: Miles has been known to pack up and jump universes. Our girl Kamala needs stability! Plus, he’s been linked to Gwen Stacy a.k.a. Spider-Woman romantically and Kamala is too good to end up as a rebound. Nova Another member of her Champions team — do we sense a pattern here? — Nova revealed his secret identity of Samuel Alexander to Kamala and there was an awkward moment where he may or may not have been trying to have a “moment” with her. Pros: Powerful and brave, Sam has a pretty big chip on his shoulder… but when push comes to shove, he’s a guy you’d be proud to have on your team. Cons: Kamala just doesn’t seem all that interested, despite what the unquenchable and optimistic well of fan fic about the two might lead one to believe. Sorry, Sam. Maybe give it a little time. Bruno Kamala’s best friend Bruno Carrelli has been in love with her since they were little kids. They come from two separate worlds — Bruno is Italian-American and Catholic, Kamala is Pakistani-American and Muslim — which, according t[...]