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Published: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 08:35:07 -0500

 



Blood Brother Beginnings

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:03:31 -0500

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. A collection of the greatest super heroes on Earth have found themselves facing a monumental challenge in the pages of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER. With the Grandmaster and the Challenger stealing Earth and utilizing the Lethal Legion and Black Order to enact their cosmic schemes, readers have been introduced—and reintroduced—to a variety of super villains. Two of these baddies have been around for longer than most; the Blood Brothers first premiered in 1973’s IRON MAN #55. Now members of the Lethal Legion, the pair originally appeared as Thanos’ lackeys in an issue that also introduced Drax and gave an early look at the Mad Titan. The Brothers showed up, knocked Tony Stark out, loaded him onto their ship, and took him to their master’s secret Earthly lair. It was then revealed that Drax actually warned Stark about the oncoming threat before it occurred; to protect himself, he donned the armor just as the Blood brothers entered Stark Industries. Further warning Iron Man about the villains’ presence, Drax telepathically filled the hero’s mind with images of Titan, Mentor, Eros, and Thanos. These warnings, however, proved to be too late. Iron Man (1968) #55 Published: February 10, 1973 Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 05, 2008 Read Buy Digital Copy What is Marvel Unlimited? Upon regaining his senses inside Thanos’ base, Iron Man blasted the Blood Brothers with his repulsors before escaping to free Drax. The Blood Brothers managed to recover in time, though, and attacked the Armored Avenger once more. Though with the help of the Mentor, Iron Man prevailed again, allowing him to free his newfound friend, Drax. Iron Man and the Destroyer then teamed up to face the Blood Brothers and bested them with ease. The duo then turned their attention toward Thanos, but the villain fled instead of staying to fight. The alien brutes survived, though, and would go on to menace Iron Man again along with the likes of the Thing, Daredevil, Quasar, and now—in the pages of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER—the entire Earth! Flash Forward Between their early days and their current status as members of the Lethal Legion, the Blood Brothers have encountered some wild events during their stay on Earth. After crashing to the planet on an alien spaceship, the duo managed to enslave a small Alaskan town, fight Drax again, and evade death. After one of the Brothers supposedly died, the other was sent to space jail, which he broke out of before becoming fixture in large criminal gatherings like The Hood’s syndicate, the Siege on Asgard, Mr. Knife’s Slaughter Lords, and even Pleasant Hill, where his long-lost brother was mysteriously revived. [...]



Hasbro Reveals Tons of Upcoming Marvel Toys at New York Toy Fair

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:04:07 -0500

New York Toy Fair was this past weekend, and with it came a ton of exciting new Marvel reveals from Hasbro. We’ve got several galleries for you of these upcoming items, starting with a very attention-getting Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet! #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 */ Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet Marvel Legends Series Infinity Gauntlet On the heels of the blockbuster release of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” Hasbro has a Marvel Legends Series Black Panther Electronic Helmet on the way, letting fans become the legendary King of Wakanda! #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 */ This Black Panther electronic helmet from Marvel Legends Series features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on the mask. The lenses flip up and down, for a premium roleplay experience. Inspired by the Black Panther movie, the Marvel Legends Series Black Panther Electronic Helmet features Wakandan design and adjustable fight for comfort. This Black Panther electronic helmet from Marvel Legends Series features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on the mask. The lenses flip up and down, for a premium roleplay experience. Inspired by the Black Panther movie, the Marvel Legends Series Black Panther Electronic Helmet features Wakandan design and adjustable fight for comfort. This Black Panther electronic helmet from Marvel Legends Series features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on the mask. The lenses flip up and down, for a premium roleplay experience. Inspired by the Black Panther movie, the Marvel Legends Series Black Panther Electronic Helmet features Wakandan design and adjustable fight for comfort. This Black Panther electronic helmet from Marvel Legends Series features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on the mask. The lenses flip up and down, for a premium roleplay experience. Inspired by the Black Panther movie, the Marvel Legends Series Black Panther Electronic Helmet features Wakandan design and adjustable fight for comfort. This Black Panther electronic helmet from Marvel Legends Series features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on the mask. The lenses flip up and down, for a premium roleplay experience. Inspired by the Black Panther movie, the Marvel Legends Series Black Panther Electronic Helmet features Wakandan design and adjustable fight for comfort. This Black Panther electronic helmet from Marvel Legends Series features premium design and styling, as well as intricate detailing on the mask. The lenses flip up and down, for a premium roleplay experience. Inspired by the Black Panther movie, the Marvel Legends Ser[...]



Tune in to Episode 7 of Marvel’s The Pull List

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:35:43 -0500

Sweet Christmas! It’s Marvel’s The Pull List!

In this episode, Ryan and Tucker preview February 21’s new releases, including LUKE CAGEAMAZING SPIDER-MAN, the BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL, DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA, and all the other books that will be waiting for you in stores tomorrow!

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #796
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN #8
  • AVENGERS #681
  • BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1
  • DAREDEVIL #599
  • DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #5
  • DEFENDERS #10
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1
  • GENERATION X #87
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #713
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1
  • LUKE CAGE #170
  • MIGHTY THOR #704
  • MONSTERS UNLEASHED #11
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #17
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE #102
  • VENOM #162
  • X-MEN: GOLD #22

COLLECTIONS

  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL. 5: ORPHANS OF X
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN BY CHARLES SOULE VOL. 1: LIFE OF X
  • CABLE & X-FORCE: ONSLAUGHT RISING
  • EXCALIBUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE CROSS-TIME CAPER
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN IRONHEART VOL. 1 RIRI WILLIAMS TP
  • MARVEL LEGACY HC
  • SECRET WARRIORS VOL. 2: IF TROUBLE MUST COME

DIGITAL COMICS

  • PUNISHER: THE PLATOON #6

ALSO ON SALE ON THE MARVEL APP

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EXTRA (2009) #1-3
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHAT PRICE GLORY (2003) #1-4
  • DEADLY FOES OF SPIDER-MAN (1991) #1-4
  • X-FORCE (1991) #49-55

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS 

  • SPIDER-MAN: DEADLY FOES OF SPIDER-MAN

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-4
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 1940S NEWSPAPER STRIP #1-3
  • GENERATIONS: WOLVERINE & ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1
  • ULTIMATES 2 #100

Download episode 7 of The Pull List from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the This Week in Marvel RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel for The Pull List updates on iTunes! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to more from Marvel!




Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur Are Heading to TV

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 23:23:29 -0500

If this past weekend’s release of Marvel Studios “Black Panther” has taught us anything, it’s that brilliant young girls run the world. Lunella Lafayette, it’s time for you to take center stage! Marvel TV today revealed that “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” (working title) is in development. Based on the hit comic book series, the animated project follows the adventures of nine-year-old super-genius Lunella Lafayette, an African-America girl who teams up with her crimson-colored dinosaur and uses her smarts to save the day. Lunella, A.K.A. Moon Girl, was created by Brandon Montclare, Amy Reeder, and Natacha Bustos in 2015—and the world’s smartest person hasn’t looked back since! “Marvel’s Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur” is being produced by Marvel Animation and Cinema Gypsy Productions (Laurence Fishburne and Helen Sugland, producers of “black-ish” and “grown-ish”) with visual and animation development services by Titmouse, Inc. The animated project is in consideration for a Disney Channels Worldwide series. Want to know more about the smartest there is in the Marvel Universe, head over to Marvel Unlimited or stop by your local comic shop and read the source material!   Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015) #1 Published: November 25, 2015 Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 30, 2016 Writer: Amy Reeder, Brandon MontclareCover Artist: Amy Reeder Read Buy Digital Copy What is Marvel Unlimited? [...]



Avengers #1 and Venom #1 Coming this May

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 21:56:58 -0500

Make Mine Marvel this May! Jump on board as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Venom symbiote get fresh creative teams and ground shaking new adventures! AVENGERS #1, written by Jason Aaron with art by Ed McGuinness, launches on May 2! And VENOM #1, by writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman, kicks off on May 9! Art by Jim Cheung “Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises—new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines—all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since Marvel Legacy began. This isn’t a clearing of the slate—while these new starts will kick off with new #1s, we’ll be maintaining the classic Legacy issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well,” says SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “Oh, and don’t read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece…we can only squeeze so many characters in there without killing poor Jim!” In AVENGERS, the Big Three are reunited at last! Thor Odinson, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark join forces once again to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials! And as teased throughout the pages of recent Marvel Comics, the Final Host will arrive… Joining Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in the new iteration of the team will be an unexpected, unprecedented collection of super heroes! Get a peek at Ed McGuinness’ art for AVENGERS #1 here! #gallery-7 { margin: auto; } #gallery-7 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-7 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-7 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Avengers #1 Cover by Ed McGuinness Avengers #1 Art by Ed McGuinness Avengers #1 Art by Ed McGuinness Avengers #1 Art by Ed McGuinness Avengers #1 Art by Ed McGuinness And while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight the good fight on a cosmic scale, an inky symbiote will stretch across the streets of New York City and beyond in writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman’s VENOM! In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, a primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of NYC, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers. This never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear…including Eddie Brock! Get ready for a Venom adventure 1000 years in the making…And catch a glimpse of Ryan Stegman’s VENOM #1 art below! #gallery-8 { margin: auto; } #gallery-8 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-8 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-8 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Venom #1 Cover by Ryan Stegman Venom #1 Art by Ryan Stegman Venom #1 Art by Ryan Stegman Venom #1 Art by Ryan Stegman Venom #1 Art by Ryan Stegman Venom #1 Art by Ryan Stegman Read AVENGERS #1, by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness, on May 2! Then catch VENOM #1, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, on May 9! [...]



Cosplay at Katsucon

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:58:06 -0500

This past weekend, producer and photographer Judy Stephens joined thousands of cosplayers from across the country for Katsucon, an anime & video game convention at the Gaylord Hotel in Washington DC. Thanks to the Katsucon staff, we organized our annual Marvel Cosplay meet-up, with a highlight to the Black Panther cosplayers!

Attended Katsucon with your Marvel costume? Send your photos to us at cosplay@marvel.com!




This Week in Marvel: Taika Waititi Talks Improv, Korg and More ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Secrets

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:38:34 -0500

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” has just been released today on Digital and Movies Anywhere — the Blu-ray will be out March 6 — and to mark the occasion, our own Ryan Penagos sat down with director Taika Waititi for This Week in Marvel to discuss some of the standout moments and characters in the hit film. Of course, if you’re familiar with Taika and his sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that this isn’t exactly a typical, straightforward interview… Check out the video above to see what Taika had to say!

You can check out plenty of bonus features when you bring home “Thor: Ragnarok” on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on February 20 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on March 6. Order your copy today!

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins; audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

Check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show! This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond!




Jessica Jones Is Still Angry

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:59:57 -0500

Want to know Jessica’s mindset heading into Season 2 of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones”? Warning, she’s still angry.

In the new trailer above, Jessica rehashes the gritty and painful details of her life at an anger management session. She’s trying to put her life back together after putting an end to her tormenter, Kilgrave, in the best way she knows how — drinking and dealing with threats head on, literally.

If there’s something you need to know, it’s that “Jessica Jones, you are a hard drinking, short-fused, mess of a woman,” according to Luke Cage.

Get ready to discover Jessica’s troubled past when Season 2 of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” premieres with 13 one-hour episodes on March 8 at 12:01 am PT globally on Netflix.

Watch the first season of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” streaming now only on Netflix, and stay tuned to @JessicaJones and the official Jessica Jones Facebook page for the latest!




Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ Has an Opening Weekend Worthy of a King

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:42:14 -0500

It’s good to be the King of Wakanda, as Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ opened to massive numbers in both the US and in many markets around the world.

“Black Panther” brought in a record-breaking $242 million at the domestic box office over the holiday weekend, including Presidents Day on Monday, making it the second-highest four-day opening in movie history. Meanwhile, its worldwide box office to date is already at more than $426 million, with the film set to debut soon in more major markets.

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“Black Panther” is currently Certified Fresh at 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, giving it not only the best Rotten Tomatoes score so far for a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, but for any Super Hero film in history.

To see the world of Wakanda come alive for yourself, reserve tickets to catch “Black Panther” in theaters now!

You can also follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page for all the latest news and updates!




Black Panther Now Appearing at Disney California Adventure Park

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 00:05:29 -0500

Now at Disney California Adventure park, guests can welcome the king of Wakanda! For this limited-time experience, Black Panther will arrive in the Hollywood Backlot area of the park flanked by his Royal Guards, the Dora Milaje.

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King T’Challa, the Black Panther, of Wakanda, arrives for meet and greets at Disney California Adventure park, accompanied by members of the Dora Milaje – 2/16/18. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Marvel Studios’ record-breaking hit, “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.

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King T’Challa, the Black Panther, of Wakanda, arrives for meet and greets at Disney California Adventure park, accompanied by members of the Dora Milaje – 2/16/18. (Joshua Sudock/Disneyland Resort)

Come encounter Black Panther now, only at Disney California Adventure park, along with more epic Super Hero experiences, including Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance-Off!” and Heroic Encounter: Spider-Man and Captain America.




Looking at Harry and Peter’s Friendship in ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 22:19:45 -0500

On “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Peter Parker has a lot of crisis to deal with, but he has a group of friends he can always count on – and Harry Osborn is chief among them.

As Harry’s transformation into the Hobgoblin takes place on the series, check out a new video above focusing on the two buddies. Actors Robbie Daymond (who voices Peter/Spider-Man) and Max Mittelman (who voices Harry Osborn/Hobgoblin) discuss their characters, their dynamic, and how it’s reflected in the real life friendship the two share.

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“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “Hobgoblin Parts One and Two” airs Sunday, February 18th at 8:00 – 9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.




Download Episode 329 of This Week in Marvel

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 20:58:56 -0500

Kick your big Marvel weekend off right with a brand-new episode of This Week in Marvel!

In this installment, Tucker yells, Alex invents a reason to go to Hong Kong, and Ryan doesn’t like rollercoasters. Then, OLD MAN HAWKEYE writer Ethan Sacks drops by to talk about the future of the series and how he got his start in comics.

Download the episode 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! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show!

With new episodes every Friday, This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond! TWiM is hosted by Marvel Creative Executive Ryan “Agent M” Penagos, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, and Assistant Manager of Social Media Alex Lopez. We want your feedback—as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes—so tweet your questions and comments about the show to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus, @alexl0pez_, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!




Amazing Spider-Man #800 Will Feature The Red Goblin and Spidey’s Final Showdown

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:42:12 -0500

After 10 years, Dan Slott’s epic run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is nearing its end in a big way with the “Go Down Swinging” arc, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 will be an appropriately huge issue in more ways than one.

Slott and artist Stuart Immonen will unveil what’s being touted as the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time, joined by Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jim Cheung. AMAZING #800 will mark the first Marvel comic to ever hit 800 issues, and will feature 80 pages of brand-new story from Slott, who has written more issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN than any creator.

Slott’s time on AMAZING – before he moves over to IRON MAN – will wrap up in #801, but first “Go Down Swinging” is giving fans one of the most exciting stories in Spider-Man lore, culminating with Spider-Man facing his most evil villain yet.

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Said editor Nick Lowe, “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 is the biggest single-issue story I’ve ever worked on. It’s 80-pages of story! And Dan and Stuart are being joined by some very important past AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artists to bring it to you in the coolest way possible! Everything you’ve loved about Dan Slott’s run on this book is on full display in this monumental issue that will have you shivering, crying, cheering, laughing and wishing it would never end!”

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800
GO DOWN SWINGING
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover by Alex Ross
On-Sale 5/30/18




How The Costumes of ‘Black Panther’ Brought The World of Wakanda to Life

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 19:01:46 -0500

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is now open in theaters and its debut brings the pages of the historic comics to life. Making the characters in the fictional world a reality was tasked to costume designer Ruth Carter. Inspired by not one, but many different places in Africa, Carter melded the cultural aesthetics together to create a cohesive look that felt distinctly Wakandan. With the world of Wakanda rooted in African tradition, the costuming worked in tandem with production designer Hannah Bleacher’s elaborate set design. Carter made sure the color palette complimented the the landscapes and the elaborate tribal garb of Wakanda’s tribes: “They were very strict about the color palates. There are the River Tribe, which is green. There’s the Border Tribe, which is blue. There’s the Panther and the Royal Palace, which is black and royal purple. The Jabaris, which are wood. We had a very clear direction and that came from [director] Ryan [Coogler].” The distinct color palettes reflected appropriate African customs along with Wakanda’s mysterious futuristic technology. Costume Designer Ruth Carter and Director Ryan Coogler on set with Winston Duke (M’Baku) “Most people who read the comic books know Wakanda is a mountainous area, and it’s a secret place that’s not necessarily trading and interacting with the rest of the world,” said Carter. “They’re more advanced in technology than the other civilizations. We are creating that world and trying to create a culture and pride that feels authentic to the specific location.” “Wakanda is this cast unknown world and, ultimately, the challenge of the unknown is what appealed to me on so many levels.” Carter spoke about how intimidating it was to take on the daunting task of created a beloved fictional world. ” Beyond what has been established in the comic realm, I knew very little about it but as I began my research, I realized we could create from a place of fantasy, a place of African culture and a place of imagination. Everybody had their own take on what Black Panther’s world was but it had never really been translated to film which was very exciting.” Wakanda’s key resource played a big part in costume design, since the new Black Panther suit is supposedly interwoven with vibranium. Carter created the vibranium layer from a silver missile suit, visible unsheathed and overlay of thin fabric imprinted with a repeat tribal triangle pattern known as Okavango—a nod to the Okavango river delta in northern Botswana. Witness the fashion of #BlackPanther. See the looks that inspired the designs with costume designer @iamruthecarter. In theaters Friday: https://t.co/VrkPIsC3MG pic.twitter.com/X6qjPd3GKi — Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) February 13, 2018 “The new suit is a little bit more streamlined and Black Panther can do a whole lot more with less,” said Carter. Coogler explained how the suit isn’t actually a superhero suit, but a military uniform. The suit also has a subtle medallion emblazon over the chest plate and a new panther-tooth necklace that bolsters the tribal feel. Carter explains the new streamlined suit, “what we wanted to do was take it into a new millennium, a new attitude, a new technology, and make it exciting again. And then sometimes, you know, cultures can come together with super heroes.” The most integral and visually recognizable part of the Black Panther comics are the Dora Milaje, the fierce women warriors who are charged with protecting T’Challa. Carter created their look by thinking about the reality and complexity of [...]



Get ready for the X-Men Wedding Special

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:35:22 -0500

It’s almost time for Kitty Pryde and Colossus to tie the knot…but a Marvel Wedding is never a simple affair!

This May, take part in epic and adventurous stories written by Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim! Plus, a wedding gift all on its own in the form of a brand-new Kitty Pryde story from legendary writer Chris Claremont, who returns to the X-Men just in time for the celebrations! But remember, when super heroes get together, mayhem ensues…and the X-Men are no exception.

“X-Men Weddings are always a big deal, if only because they’re so rare,” teases Thompson. “I think you probably have to go all the way back to X-MEN #30 in 1994—the wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops—to get a wedding as potentially big as the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus: two X-Men who’ve been around (and on again/off again) for literal decades.”

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In this essential companion to the X-MEN: GOLD storyline “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” get a glimpse at Kitty and Peter’s march toward wedded bliss! It’s a celebration, Marvel style, with all the action, adventure, and surprises that we’ve come to know and love from Marvel’s merry mutants—and it’s only in comic shops this May!




Ryan Coogler and Ta-Nehisi Coates Talk Black Panther

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 18:02:22 -0500

The time has come…Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is in theaters now!

Travel to Wakanda, meet the King, and explore his world. But when the movie ends, you can continue to journey alongside the Black Panther in writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Leonard Kirk’s BLACK PANTHER. The series, which “Black Panther” executive producer Nate Moore has described as one of the “most inspirational” for the movie, sees T’Challa battling Ulysses Klaue, teaming up with Nakia, Shuri, and Ayo, and handling the responsibilities of the throne.

And on February 28, aside from the action and political intrigue of the story, issue #170 will debut an exclusive conversation between series writer, acclaimed novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates and Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler! The two creators explore each other’s thoughts on the character, the new film, and the cultural impact of Black Panther.

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Here’s a quick snippet of their talk:

Ta-Nehisi Coates: So how do you feel now, after the premiere the other night? Is the weight still on your shoulders? Are you feeling like you did something? Are you happy yet? How you feeling?

Ryan Coogler: At premieres, you got a room full of people who want the film to work, you know what I’m saying? Everybody here wants the film to work. They want to watch a good movie. They want to see something that is going to make them proud. It makes you incredibly nervous, man, and you don’t know if the response is real or not. But I’ll tell you now that that night, the Panther premiere, that experience…Man, that’s one I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. I’m still trying to process it now.

Read the full conversation only in BLACK PANTHER #170 on February 28!




The History of the Black Panther: 1981-1982

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:41:39 -0500

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda! The Black Panther found himself psychically forced to attend a gathering of heroes at Avengers Mansion in AVENGERS #211. There, he discovered a membership drive of sorts taking place, driven by the mental powers of Moondragon to bolsters the team’s ranks. When fights broke out among those gathered, T’Challa resisted Moondragon’s challenge and any offer of Avengers membership for the time being. After being among the many heroes present for the tragic events in THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, T’Challa welcomed his friends the Fantastic Four to his African nation of Wakanda in FANTASTIC FOUR #241, and learned that the famous family sought a strange energy signature within the country’s borders. T’Challa disguised himself as one of his warriors to keep an eye on his friends, but when they stumbled upon a man using an ancient alien power to set himself up as a Roman emperor, he moved in to help them bring him down. Fantastic Four (1961) #241 Published: April 10, 1982 Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 08, 2008 Cover Artist: John Byrne Read What is Marvel Unlimited? The cosmic Grandmaster summoned every known hero on Earth to compete in a grandiose game in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1, and the Black Panther learned of the being’s desire to resurrect his brother the Collector should he win. Placed on a team alongside the X-Men’s Angel and the Russian hero Vanguard, T’Challa traveled to a city in Japan in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #3 to battle the Thing, Wolverine, and Peregrine. The Wakandan monarch’s team ultimately lost the challenge. T’Challa next traveled to Washington D.C. to support the Hulk’s plea for amnesty from the President of the United States in INCREDIBLE HULK #278. When a supposed alien attack broke out, the Black Panther fought alongside the green giant to stop it, and then later raised his voice in triumph as the Hulk stood hailed as a hero. [...]



‘Marvel Future Fight’ Funko Pops Coming in May

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:58:08 -0500

Just revealed at Toy Fair New York, the ever popular Funko Pops will be expanding with new releases centered on “Marvel Future Fight.”

Fans will soon be able to collect Pops of Sharon Rogers as Captain America and Amadeus Cho as Hulk, as part of the Marvel Gamerverse collection.

Check out images of both below and the video reveal at the top of the page!

The “Marvel Future Fight” Funko Pops will be available in May.




‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Road to 100’: Season 5 Spotlight

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 18:23:36 -0500

We close out the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Road to 100” art program with artist Stonehouse capturing the highlights of Season 5 so far. In case you missed it, take a look at the previous seasons captured by Dale Keown (Season 1), Daniel Acuña (Season 2), Nick Bradshaw (Season 3), and Rahzzah (Season 4). With barely any time to recuperate from the events of Season 4, our agents were thrusted 70+ years into the future on a quaked apart earth by the Destroyer of Worlds as the clock ticks out on humanity. Flanking the art piece are Kasius, the Kree who rules over the Lighthouse, and his second-in-command, Sinara, who keeps the remaining humans in line. In addition to Kasius and Sinara, the agents are joined by Deke, a roguish scavenger, and a hard man to trust. At the heart of the piece, we find Fitz and Simmons reunited after Fitz traveled across time and space to find Simmons. “The Fitz-Simmons’ proposal is such a big moment for the show, the fans, and for everyone involved,” shared executive producers and showrunners Jed Whedon and Maurissa Tancharoen exclusively to Marvel.com. “It is the culmination of a relationship that has been maturing since Day One, and it’s only fitting that it was directed by S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Director Clark Gregg.” As the prophecy of Quake destroying the world looms over our agents, what can we expect from this season as we draw near the 100th episode and beyond for our agents? According to Whedon and Tancharoen, “They are going to have to try to do everything they can to stop the future they saw from coming to bear. The problem is they only have vague clues as to what events lead to the earth’s destruction. It will be a race against the clock as well as a puzzle and also a mystery and a conundrum and a rigamarole and a doozy.” Season Five will return Friday, March 2. Don’t miss the 100th episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will air Friday, March 9 at 9|8c on ABC! For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates! [...]



‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Road to 100’: Season 4 Spotlight

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:57:27 -0500

We’re weeks away from the landmark 100th episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and here to commemorate Season 4 of the Marvel TV series is artist Rahzzah. Don’t forget to look back at the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Road to 100” Season 1 piece by Dale Keown, Season 2 piece by Daniel Acuña, and Season 3 piece by Nick Bradshaw. The dynamic fourth season was shook by the following key events that continue to haunt our agents — at the core of the art piece by Rahzzah is the introduction of Ghost Rider. Who can forget Daisy and Robbie Reyes’ rough start as they crossed paths in Los Angeles tracking down the Watchdogs who were hunting down Inhumans? Striking out on her own, Daisy had to cope with the effects of her ‘quake’ powers on her body. Season 4 introduced us to another new character, Jeffrey Mace, who was appointed by the President to be the new director of S.H.I.E.L.D. and enforce his vision for the organization in their new partnership with the government. Meanwhile, the season heats up as Radcliffe and Fitz develop Life Model Decoys. As Mack and his love of sci-fi movies taught us, nothing bodes well when robots become sentient. Aida gets a little more intense and a lot more deadly when exposed to the Darkhold. Devising her own cat-and-mouse game, Aida thinks she’s doing our team a kindness by removing each of their biggest regrets in the Framework, creating a ‘what-if’ world where Hydra is in charge. Relationships are complicated when you’re an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and unfortunately for Coulson, he ended up locking lips with LMD May. Aida envisioned herself as Madame Hydra with a callous Fitz by her side. And Mack was reunited with his daughter Hope. Could Yo-Yo draw him out of the Framework to save his life? In one of the defining moments of the season, Mace as the Patriot, assuring his life is real, sacrifices himself to save a child when a Hydra correctional facility is attacked on Aida’s orders. In sacrificing himself, he also sacrificed his real human self in the real world. The choices and experiences made in this season continue to reverberate for our agents as they navigate Season 5. Some of which have yet to come to light… Season Five will return Friday, March 2. Don’t miss the 100th episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” will air Friday, March 9 at 9|8c on ABC! For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates! [...]



The Villains of Black Panther

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 23:24:52 -0500

Before Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits the big screen this weekend, we decided to look back at the comic book history of a few of T’Challa’s greatest nemeses. Part One covered the life and times of Ulysses Klaue, and today we’ll review the Black Panther’s other archenemy: N’Jadaka, A.K.A. Erik Killmonger! Forced into servitude by the evil Ulysses Klaue, N’Jadaka’s father was forced to help the mastermind steal vibrantium from Wakanda. The heist culminated in Klaue’s murder of King T’Chaka before the villain went on a rampage, killing N’Jadaka’s entire family before taking him captive. Jungle Action (1973) #6 Published: September 01, 1973 Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 05, 2018 Writer: Don McgregorPenciller: Rich BucklerCover Artist: Rich Buckler Read What is Marvel Unlimited? After escaping Klaue’s clutches, N’Jadaka ended up in Harlem, New York. There, the young man developed a deep hatred for T’Chaka, believing that his weak leadership was responsible for the death of his family. In return for these perceived failures, N’Jadaka vowed to take revenge on T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa. During his time in Harlem, N’Jadaka changed his name to Erik Killmonger and dedicated his life to avenging his family’s murder. Erik cultivated his combat skills, and eventually got his Doctorate in engineering, before contacting T’Challa himself for permission to return to Wakanda. His request was granted, and once in the country, the villain began working to overthrow the King. After wreaking havoc on several small villages, Killmonger lured The Black Panther into coming to help. Then, using his trained leopard, Preyy, as well as a number of his followers, the man formerly known as N’Jadaka attacked. After being defeated in his initial run-in, Killmonger returned again with the aid of fellow baddies Sombre and King Cadaver. After another battle, T’Challa prevailed again, this time killing his foe in the process. Black Panther (1998) #16 [...]



The History of Spider-Man: 2000

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:26:22 -0500

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger will swing onto the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” this May! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story… Hoping to patch up his marriage with Mary Jane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, Peter Parker attempted to see her off at the airport, but missed her. Later, her plane exploded in mid-air… In PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #13, Cletus Kasady painted himself up as Carnage and embarks on a killing spree. Peter learned of MJ’s plane exploding in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14, but Spider-Woman’s declaration of love for him demanded his immediate attention. After a run-in with the Hulk, he began to struggle with the plane accident in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #14. Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #14 Published: February 10, 2000 Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 23, 2008 Writer: Howard MackiePenciller: John RomitaCover Artist: John Romita Read What is Marvel Unlimited? A mysterious phone call in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 informed Peter of his wife’s survival in far-off Latveria, so as Spidey he jetted to the little European nation to clash with a Doctor Doom robot in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #15 and come up empty-handed in his search for Mary Jane. Returning from Latveria in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16, the “Parker Luck” continued with his eviction from his home and the loss of his new job at Tricorp. Meanwhile, Venom battled the Sandman in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #16 and delivered a vicious bite to the former criminal. Sandman, feeling ill from the bite, sought payback on Electro and Mysterio in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17. Kraven the Hunter used the wallcrawler as bait to lure Venom into a trap in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #17 and a Green Goblin appeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18. Spidey confronted the villain in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #18 and learned of its artificial nature, a construct of Norman Osborn, the original Goblin. Amazing Spider-Man[...]



Marvel Studios’ ‘Black Panther’ Director Ryan Coogler Makes a Surprise Visit to Ghetto Film School Fellows Program

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 22:24:05 -0500

Late last month, Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler attended the Fellows Session at Ghetto Film School, an award-winning nonprofit founded in 2000 to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers, in Los Angeles.

Coogler was there to surprise 30 students by announcing that Synchrony Bank, a promotional parter on “Black Panther,” is donating a $50,000 grant to the Ghetto Film School Fellows program and invited them to the world premiere of “Black Panther.” Watch the surprise above!

The Synchrony Families That Work program focuses to alleviate childcare responsibilities for working families by supporting quality after-school, summer and weekend programs for kids, like the summer Fellows Program, which aims to educate, develop and celebrate the next generation of great American storytellers.

To learn more about the Ghetto Film School, head over to www.ghettofilm.org.

Get your tickets now for “Black Panther” and stay tuned for even more royal action in the coming days!

“Black Panther” hits theaters February 16! While you await the King, follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page!




Entering Contest of Champions: Erik Killmonger

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 20:03:05 -0500

Erik Killmonger, longtime nemesis of The Black Panther, enters “Marvel Contest of Champions” today! He threatens T’Challa no matter where the King goes—from Wakanda to the cosmic Battlerealm! To celebrate the villain’s arrival in the mobile game, we talked to Kabam Lead Character Artist Gene Campbell, Game Designer Piero Herrera, and Product Marketing Manager Vincent Huynh to get all the details. Marvel.com: Battlerealm is getting an infusion of a classic Wakandan villain! This wouldn’t have anything to do with a certain Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hitting theaters this weekend, would it? Gene Campbell: Of course it does! All of us here on Contest of Champions are huge fans of the films, like you would expect. We were already hyped for the upcoming “Black Panther” movie. The team always gets super excited when we get the chance to release a build alongside a big event like this, and even more so when we can be inspired by one of the main villains of the film! Marvel.com: How closely did you work with Marvel Studios to get all of Erik Killmonger’s costume details just right? Gene Campbell: So much detail and thought goes into creating these amazing cinematic costumes for the big screen. It’s very important to us that we can get as close to these designs as possible. We gather all the great reference from the Marvel Studios team and keep checking in with the cinematic teams to make sure we are getting all those design points correct so we can honor all the hard work and attention to detail that went into making the costumes of “Black Panther.” #gallery-12 { margin: auto; } #gallery-12 .gallery-item { float: left; margin-top: 10px; text-align: center; width: 33%; } #gallery-12 img { border: 2px solid #cfcfcf; } #gallery-12 .gallery-caption { margin-left: 0; } /* see gallery_shortcode() in wp-includes/media.php */ Marvel.com: And what about his abilities? Where does this character excel? Piero Herrera: Erik Killmonger has one of the best defensive abilities in the game when you play him offensively. Whenever activating a Special 2 Attack, he will receive Indestructible Charges that enables him to withstand the opponent’s Special 3 Attack without taking damage. He also has something called Counterpunch Charges, which enables him to shrug off the impact of the opponent’s attack when he is blocking, allowing him to immediately start his own combo. Use this against Stun Immune opponents! Marvel.com: We know that Erik wants to take T’Challa out by any means necessary, but who else is best equipped to help him survive the ravages of Battlrealm? Piero Herrera: Put him on a same team with Winter Soldier, Black Panther (Civil War), and Void to maximize Killmonger’s power. Those synergies will provide various bonuses like Regeneration and easier ways to get True Strike, which should help a lot against Champions who Evade such as Spider-Man. Marvel.com: And he’s available today? Piero Herrera: Yes! Players will be able to utilize Erik Killmonger starting February 15! Check in-game messages for more information. Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know about the character or other Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” related events? Vincent Huynh: If you[...]



‘Marvel’s Spider-Man’ Faces the Hobgoblin in Two New Episodes

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 19:25:52 -0500

There are two new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” airing this coming Sunday, and their titles say it all, as Spidey takes on the formidable threat known as Hobgoblin!

In “Hobgoblin Parts One and Two,” Spider-Man must find a way to stop Hobgoblin – who is completely bent on destroying Spider-Man, whatever it takes.

Check out a clip above, as both Peter and Miles battle the Hobgoblin, who quickly makes it clear he is not holding back – even while Peter’s personal connection to the man behind the mask leaves him conflicted.

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“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “Hobgoblin Parts One and Two” airs Sunday, February 18th at 8:00 – 9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.