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Cap Gets Tactical in Sideshow Collectibles’ New Captain America Premium Format Figure

Apr 25 2018

Sideshow recently unveiled an all-new take on one of pop culture’s most beloved heroes, Captain America. This new Premium Format™ Figure depicts an updated, tactical interpretation of the star-spangled soldier, while retaining many of the iconic costume design elements that make him such a stand-out character in comics.

Marvel.com spoke to Sideshow Art Director David Igo and digital designer and sculptor Daniel Bel to learn a little more about this impressive new statue, and about bringing the iconic Avenger to life…

Marvel.com: Tell us a little more about how you chose the team for the Captain America Premium Format™ Figure, and a little about each of the people involved.

David Igo: It’s totally awesome figuring out who’s the best fit for each project. There are a lot of unique factors that go into the team building, and no one project is the same as any other, really…

Assembling the team isn’t solely my decision. There are a lot of other people involved as we build the project, but I do work closely with the design and the sculpt teams to figure out who’s going to work on what project. For CaptatMartin Canale & Guillermo Barbiero, had translated that material into a rough 3D pose study to make it more heroic and Captain America feeling. From there, we had enough reference material to convey to Daniel an idea of what we had in mind, and how to go about the project – and off he went!








Throughout the sculpting process, we make sure the sculptors are supported with the right Project Manager and Art Director, and that duo will make sure the sculptor has every everything they need. It’s a real collaborative effort, designed to support the sculptor every step of the way, and let them do what they do best.

Marvel.com: Daniel, were you excited to explore a new version of Captain America? How does the process of designing this character begin?

Daniel Bel: Yes, totally. There are already many classic versions of Captain America on the market, so the idea of creating a new, modern comic book-inspired interpretation really caught my attention.

It was a huge challenge for the whole team to design this character from scratch, and it was very gratifying to have the chance to put my own style into every part of this piece. As with any other project, the team gets together to brainstorm ideas. Then, with all the opinions on the table, we begin to narrow down the scope to make decisions on the details that work best for the piece.

In order to achieve the best representation possible, we always do a deep exploration of the story and the main features of the character. Collectors love those details!

Marvel.com: This piece in particular is very interesting because, although it’s incredibly dynamic with lots of movement, it also has a very classical feel. The pose in particular is almost like a Greek statue. Was that a deliberate aim going in to this project?

Daniel Bel: Of course! We all love classic sculptures and this kind of pose in particular is named “contrapposto”, a pose very commonly used by the Greeks and Romans in their pieces to convey the feeling of movement and dynamism. It’s also very helpful to break the symmetry of the body too. In this post-battle scene of Captain America versus the Ultron sentries, he looks victorious and heroic, so I think we managed to get all that we wanted in just one pose.






David Igo: I couldn’t have said it any better! The pose was also an homage to the heroic stature of our very first Captain America Premium Format™ Figure that we did YEARS ago… We were trying to recapture that same “Ultimate Hero” feel, but with a unique pose and story to the piece, as well as a more modern twist to his look.

Marvel.com: What was the decision process regarding the evolution of Cap’s armor? It’s very modern and tactical, with lots of layers and different materials, but there are also lots of nods to the classic costume.

Daniel Bel: This was the most difficult part of the whole process, because we know collectors love the classic version of the suit. Taking that into account, we decided to re-design the suit while paying homage to the classic design, but giving it a much more tactical and modern look.

We used a variety of textures and shadings to give the feeling that he is very well-protected and the same time still agile. We tried to convey the look of very strong materials, like high density carbon fiber for the shoulder pads, helmet, gloves, and the upper torso. Then, to give him freedom of movement, we chose more flexible materials such as kevlar fabrics for the abdomen, arms, and pants.

We then designed some semi-rigid components for the boots, knee pads, and elbows pads. There are lots of little details, and if you take a closer look you can see that his shield has a magnetic device that allows him to throw and catch it with more precision.

David Igo: To add to what Daniel said, we also thought to ourselves, “Captain America is not indestructible- he’s still human, even though he is SUPER human…”

His classic suit might have worked great fighting in World War II, or against other villains and superhuman threats, but with technology evolving, weapons getting more powerful, unstoppable robots, space aliens, gods, etc… even Cap might need additional protection so he can go into battle and hold up against those kinds of foes in hand-to-hand combat.

I mean, if I had a friend like Tony Stark, I’d probably hit him up for an upgrade every once in a while! Ha ha ha!

Marvel.com: Can you tell us more about the design choices? Anything you’d like to call out or draw attention to?

Daniel Bel: I would like to highlight his face. One of the main questions from the team was what kind of facial expression we wanted. This is a very important thing, because in a statue everything is connected, and the wrong expression may not flow with the body, posture, gesture, and so on.

So instead of doing a shouting or a grimacing expression, we decided to play with the position of his eyes and with his lips to suggest a stern look and aggressive attitude, and get the feeling across that he is ready to keep fighting.

Marvel.com: The Exclusive edition for this particular figure is a swap-out hand holding an Ultron Sentry head. Tell us more about the genesis of this idea…

Daniel Bel: We decided to go for an Ultron Sentry head because they are one of the most well-known enemies of the Avengers, and of course they fit perfectly with Black Widow too, which, with a similar background scene, is the perfect companion to be displayed next to Cap.


David Igo: Honestly, sometimes the most difficult part of the design process for me is figuring out the base. You don’t want it to be too big, or too small, and you still want enough context to tell a story without distracting from the figure itself. So when we added the Ultron Sentry to the base, we just knew that Cap holding a torn-off head in his hand would be super awesome and could tie the whole thing together.

Marvel.com: The Captain America Premium Format™ Figure was also unveiled shortly after a new Black Widow Figure. Are they part of the same series?

David Igo: We always want to make sure our statues are strong standalone pieces first and foremost. But, if we have other pieces planned that could work as a “set” or a “series”, making those gel together is a great bonus. Cap and Black Widow look fantastic together, but they also look awesome as standalone statues.


Marvel.com: There’s also a Premium Art Print depicting the two characters together. What can you say about that?

David Igo: Ian MacDonald and Alex Pascenko are both amazing designers and print artists who have worked for Sideshow for years. They both worked with us on the early designs of the two statues, and they totally nailed the art print for us too!

Naturally, pieces evolve from the initial 2D design to a 3D design and final 3D sculpt, then a final painted prototype, so even though Ian and Alex helped design the statues, we waited until both statues were fully completed before starting on the print.

Ian and Alex worked together to make a single illustration of the two characters, with some additional context – the Helicarrier, the Quinjet, and some added effects that are hard to make work in 3D… Smoke, fiery embers. So basically, we were able to expand on the story of the 3D statues for collectors, and that’s always really rewarding to do.

It’s a great complimentary element for a collection that features one or both of the statues, as well as a great piece of art in its own right!

The limited Sideshow Exclusive Edition of the Captain America Premium Format™ Figure is priced at $585 and is currently on pre-order at http://sideshow.com/capt

This Week in Marvel Games: Thanos Descends Upon Marvel Games with ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Event

Apr 25 2018

True Believers, every Tuesday, make your way over to Marvel.com for a rundown of all this week’s Marvel Games news, from console game releases to character drops to mobile event updates, and more! 

Thanos isn’t only terrorizing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on-screen with the April 27 release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War.” Starting this week, the Mad Titan will have our heroes scrambling to assemble across seven titles in Marvel Games roster. Now let’s get on to what cataclysmic events we can expect to see this week and what we can tease for the remaining participating titles!

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS


Are you ready to earn the rare title of “Infinity Warrior”? Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman and Spider-Man’s Tom Holland will be kicking off their Champion Challenge tomorrow, Thursday, April 19, and run to May 17, to get you trained for the Contest’s upcoming Infinity War event!

Beginning on Wednesday, April 25, you can expect to find four new events in-game with the latest build update, including the “Infinity Nightmare” story quest, a daily “Infinity Trials” quest,” the solo “Vanquishing Blows” challenge, and “Infinity Dungeons,” which features social co-op quests.

  • TRIALS OF THE MAD TITAN (April 25 – June 6)
    The powers of the Battlerealm’s Infinity Stones have spread throughout the Contest, leaving pockets of their condensed energies ripe for the picking. Cut your teeth on foes infused with the power of the Stones each day, and then collect Boosts that will temporarily give you access to the unique powers offered by each Stone! Combine these boosts on the final day each week to take on power enemies in the Trial of Omniscience, where the greatest rewards and most dangerous enemies lie.
  • INFINITY DUNGEONS (Available for a limited time only!)
    Team up with another Summoner to battle through an endless series of Rooms. Even better, they don’t have to be in your alliance! Strategize with them while in the Dungeon with the new Quick Chat feature. Each Dungeon has a unique theme depending on the day you play, including randomized Buffs on Nodes that are different every time you play.The further you go, the harder it becomes, and the better the rewards. Once you completed a Room, you must decide whether to push on to the next and more difficult Room, or conclude the Dungeon and collect the points and rewards you’ve earned so far. Points earn you a new currency called Dark Artifacts. Use these vessels of dark power to purchase new Infinity Dungeon Crystals containing Champions.

Cosmic warrior Proxima Midnight entered the Battlerealm last week, but she is never too far from her other half. Expect the arrival of Corvus Glaive and others invading the Battlerealm rolling out over the next few weeks!

MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST

Right out the gate, on Thursday, April 19, Captain America (Infinity War) brings his A-game, doing what’s right and saving the world one clandestine mission at a time. Pick up Captain America (Infinity War) here.

The good-all-around playable character is perfect for use in teams where you want to shut down problematic enemy powers. Harness the Super-Soldier’s powers during the “Come and Get Me Event,” running April 19 to April 22!

  • Rope-a-Dope allows Cap to distract the enemy with a false advance, misleading them and leaving their backline vulnerable
  • Coup de Grace lets Cap summon all his strength to land a finishing blow
  • Man Without Country means our hero can still protect the innocent with covert tactics
  • Lastly, Captain America can reach down and lift up his fallen ally and give a boost of health with On Your Feet, Soldier!






We gave you a taste of Supports early this month, you can expect plenty of Infinity War tie-in items and bonuses to help your heroes throughout the Event, kicking off starting on April 24!

MARVEL STRIKE FORCE


Never one to walk away from a challenge, the new action-RPG mobile game, available on iOS and Android, will have “Avengers: Infinity War” characters Thanos, Vision, Star-Lord, Loki, and Doctor Strange, assembling. You can expect Thanos timed raids and the Thanos legendary event kicking off Thursday, April 19!

LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2

You can absolutely expect a new level and “Avengers: Infinity War” characters debuting in the new event soon!

MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT

All we can say is — you better prepare for the first huge update inspired by “Avengers: Infinity War”!

Also, we can tease that Marvel Future Fight is also celebrating their 3 Year Anniversary this month. We wonder what surprises will be in store!

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED


Get ready for next week’s release of the Spider-Man (Iron Spider) playable character and a brand new Boss Battle against Thanos!

MARVEL AVENGERS ACADEMY

We’ve been teasing for over two years now, and the destiny has finally arrived in the form of Thanos descending upon the Avengers Academy and our heroes. Keep it on Marvel.com to learn about the heroes and villains across the universe who will need to team up to stop him.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN 

Game Informer continues their month-long coverage of all things Spidey! Pre-order the game and catch up on GI’s exclusive stories you may have missed this past week:

Thanks to Marvel, Insomniac Games and Titan Books, to get you ready for Marvel’s Spider-Man’s September 7 release, “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover” will give you an early look at what kicks off the events in the game. The prequel book, written by David Liss and available on August 21, will feature some of Spidey’s most famous friends and foes, including the Shocker, Echo, J. Jonah Jameson, Mary Jane Watson, and the Kingpin.

Don’t miss out on “Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Art of the Game,” written by Paul Davies, which will follow on September 11, for never-before-seen images of Spider-Man, his costume and equipment, the Marvel version of his hometown New York, and the deadly villains he battles, fans will get a behind the scenes look at the game from initial designs, blueprints, and the breathtaking final concepts!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel Games news and interviews.

David is Put to the Test on a Brand New Episode of ‘Legion’

Apr 24 2018

Last week on “Legion,” David Haller (Dan Stevens) had to help his friends free themselves from within their own minds, after they were all overcome by a virus afflicting Division 3. But Syd (Rachel) was not among those he was able to bring back…

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 12,” the story continues, as David is tested. And tested. And tested. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

LEGION — “Chapter 12” – Season 2, Episode 4 (Airs Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured (l-r): Dan Stevens as David Haller, Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
LEGION — “Chapter 12” – Season 2, Episode 4 (Airs Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: Amber Midthunder as Kerry Loudermilk, Bill Irwin as Cary Loudermilk. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
LEGION — “Chapter 12” – Season 2, Episode 4 (Airs Tuesday, April 24, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: Dan Stevens as David Haller, Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Ellen Kuras, “Legion” – “Chapter 12” airs Tuesday, April 24 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” read what Bill Irwin and Amber Midthunder told Marvel.com about Cary and Kerry’s evolving dynamic.

You can follow “Legion” on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.

With Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Almost Here, #ThanosDemandsYourSilence

Apr 24 2018

This is the week MCU fans everywhere have been eagerly awaiting, as Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is released worldwide on Friday, April 27. Of course, everyone won’t be able to see the movie at the exact time, and with some audiences beginning to see the film before others, the filmmakers and cast of “Infinity War” have a special message and a notable new hashtag – #ThanosDemandsYourSilence.

Check out the video above to see several key “Avengers: Infinity War” cast members say that, well, they can’t say anything – something everyone who goes to see the film in the next few days should emulate. After all, you wouldn’t want to anger Thanos, would you?

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

It’s Wakanda Revisited in Marvel Studios’ ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Apr 24 2018

With Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” opening this week, a new featurette focuses on a key location in the film and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe overall – Wakanda.

After hearing about Wakanda in earlier films, audiences worldwide saw just how impressive the African nation was in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” earlier this year, and now the action will continue there in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

In the new “Wakanda Revisited” featurette, “Infinity War” cast members Chris Evans (“Steve Rogers / Captain America”), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther”), Danai Gurira (“Okoye”), and Letitia Wright (“Shuri”) discuss the importance of Wakanda in the story, and what it’s like bringing characters out of their usual setting and into another familiar location from the MCU.

Watch the featurette above, and then grab tickets on Fandango! “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

New Thanos and Spider-Man Marvel Select Figures From Diamond Select Toys

Apr 23 2018

Diamond Select Toys has teamed up with the Disney Store to offer two new Marvel Select action figures, both of which are available today!

The first figure is of a classic comic villain, the Mad Titan, Thanos. Inspired by his modern comic book appearance, as seen in 2013’s INFINITY limited series, this figure measures approximately 7.75 inches tall with 16 points of articulation and includes an interchangeable unhelmeted head.

Check out a gallery of images of the Thanos figure!





The second figure comes from the world of Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Depicting Peter Parker in his unmasked appearance, this figure features the likeness of actor Tom Holland as well as three additional sets of interchangeable hands. It measures approximately 6.75 inches tall and has 16 points of articulation.

Here’s a look at the Spidey figure!




Both figures are available for purchase as of Monday, April 23, in-store and online at shopdisney.com and shop.marvel.com. Each figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. The Marvel Select line recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and just released its 150th figure in the line.

Thanos and Unmasked Spider-Man join a variety of exclusive Marvel Select figures at the Disney Store, including Planet Hulk, the Mighty Thor, Hulkbuster Iron Man, Black Panther, Masked Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

See Photos from MoPOP’s MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes Exhibit

Apr 23 2018

MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes had its grand opening this past weekend at MoPOP, the Museum of Pop Culture located in Seattle, Washington.

(L-R) G. Willow Wilson (MS. MARVEL), James Marsters (“Marvel’s Runaways”) and Pete Rock help cut the ribbon at the opening of MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes.

The largest exhibition ever staged at MoPOP, MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes features more than 300 original artifacts including iconic artwork, costumes, and props from feature films and TV series based on Marvel characters.

Check out the gallery below to get a sampling of some of the amazing pieces of Marvel history you can see in person at the exhibit.














Themed sections dive into the narratives of Marvel’s most beloved characters—like Spider-Man, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange—and showcase their connection to and impact on real-world issues like gender, race, and mental illness.

Tickets for MARVEL: Universe of Super Heroes can be purchased now at https://www.mopop.org/marvel.

‘Legion’: Jeremie Harris on the Burden That Comes With Ptonomy’s Mutant Powers

Apr 23 2018

Having a mutant ability that includes a perfect memory might sound incredibly useful, but there’s also would likely be some innate issues that go along with that – something we saw reflected in a notable way on last week’s episode of “Legion” on FX, as David (Dan Stevens) and Cary (Bill Irwin) discovered that for Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), the perfect life would be forgetting things, all the time, rather than have to recall everything he’s ever experienced.

When Marvel.com spoke to Harris on the set of “Legion” Season 2, the actor spoke about exploring more of the downside of Ptonomy’s abilities this year, along with the new character dynamics in play this year. But first, we began by chatting about the show’s behind-the-scenes move in the second season, as far as where “Legion” is produced…

Jeremie Harris as Ptonomy Wallace in “Legion.”

Marvel: What was it like for you relocating the show from Vancouver to Los Angeles for Season 2?

Harris: I really like it. I’m actually based in New York so it’s cool to be here and live in LA under these circumstances, working on a really great show and getting to know the city and meeting new people and exploring, all those types of things. It’s exciting. I liked Vancouver but Vancouver is the type of place that’s really beautiful in the summertime and then it just rains. [Laughs] So we started shooting in August and when we first got there, I was like “Man, Vancouver is gorgeous!” I was hiking, walking around and then probably by the middle of September it just started raining and was really gray every day and I was like, “Oh, I don’t know if I love Vancouver as much as I thought I did.” It’s an amazing city. It’s a beautiful city. But you know that [weather] can be a little tough sometimes!

Marvel: It was interesting to begin the season with this time jump that David himself didn’t understand at first, given the new dynamics with the characters, including the move to Division 3.

Harris: I think we’re in a place now where everyone has similar roles but different relationships – relationships have changed a lot. So just seeing that develop and seeing those relationships develop has been nice and exciting and fun. You’re reading every script going “Where’s this going? Why am I now close to this person when I wasn’t close to them before?” There are a lot of those thing that come about that are exciting and interesting and fun things to explore as an actor. With Ptonomy, I think he has a straightforward, direct way of addressing people and talking to people so I think that continues and he puts on more of a detective hat this season which is really nice and interesting. He has some really cool obstacles to overcome.

Marvel: His mutant abilities are very intriguing and different than the norm.

Harris: Yeah, I think the main thing [in Season 2] is just going deeper into how he feels about those powers. I think we’re getting more into his relationship to his own powers and how they affect him and just how he feels about them. I think in Season 1 we see in some ways how they can be a burden but I don’t think we went too much into the ways in which remembering everything can be daunting. It’s there for a job and a purpose and feeling David out and who is this guy, what is he really about? In Season 2, we’re getting into his relationship to his own powers and how he really feels about them.

I think he’s a task oriented, very focused person so obviously he’s always going to be like “What are we trying to do? How do we figure this out? How do we move the needle forward?” Less emotions and more “Let’s get this done.” Stiff upper lip. He has that, but I think we’re gonna be granted the opportunity to let him express more emotion and that’s exciting.

New episodes of “Legion” air Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

You can follow “Legion” on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

This Week in Marvel: Punisher News and Andrew WK

Apr 21 2018

This week’s installment of This Week in Marvel is chock full of Marvel news from comics to video games to our biggest cinematic event to date — Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”!

But first, we dropped some great interviews with some of your favorite comics creators including the announcement that Matthew Rosenberg will be taking Frank Castle from War Machine to the streets — and beyond! Find out where he and artist Riccardo Burchielli plan to go with the Punisher next and read the interview here.

Plus: Ryan and Jamie take deep dives into their favorite books of the week before Ryan leaves us all to go on vacation! (Which means that next week: Tucker is back!)

Wish you could be on the red carpet for the huge Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” premiere? You can tune in to our live coverage on Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube at 8:30 pm ET / 5:30 pm PT for real-time updates. You can also stop by marvel.com/infinitywarpremiere.

Subscribe to This Week in Marvel on Apple Podcasts or download the episode from Marvel.com/podcasts!

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! Tweet your questions and comments about the show to @AgentM, @jamiefrevele, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

Ming-Na Wen Voices Phyla-Vell on a New ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!’

Apr 19 2018

Two new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” debut this coming Sunday on Disney XD, the first off which includes an appearance from Phyla-Vell, voiced by Ming-Na Wen!

In the episode “Happy Together,” The Guardians, desperate after squandering their riches almost instantly, take what they believe to be a simple transport job. What they don’t know is that they are stealing a mysterious item from the Krr, and the ruthless Kree leader Phyla the Accuser will stop at nothing to get it back!

Then, in the episode “Gotta Get Outta This Place,” the Guardians find themselves in prison for stealing a mysterious “package” from the Kree – but it was all set up by Howard the Duck. Can they escape the ultimate prison run by the evil warden Minn-Erva and prove their innocence?

You can check out a sneak preview clip of Phyla’s debut at the top of the page, as the Guardians learn she’s one tough Accuser.

Said Ming-Na Wen, about her “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” role, “Phyla-Vell is a fierce warrior who’s main objective is to bring criminals to justice.” The “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” star added, “It was very fun to play such a strong woman who is sure about what’s right and wrong.”

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” – “Happy Together” and “Gotta Get Outta This Place” airs Sunday, April 22 at 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

The History of Spider-Man: 2009

Apr 19 2018

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…

Earth’s heroes, including a certain wallcrawler, defeated the alien Skrulls in SECRET INVASION #8, but also witnessed the rise of evil Norman Osborn to a position of supreme power in the U.S. Later, Spidey got back to personal business by putting the hammer down on Hammerhead’s gang recruiting in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #576, and taking down Moses Magnum with the Punisher in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #577.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #576

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #576

What is Marvel Unlimited?

When a commuter subway train got stuck in a flooding tunnel in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #578, the webslinger discovered it to be a scheme by the Shocker to get rid of jurors in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #579. Back with the Avengers, Spidey helped look for Luke Cage’s baby, who’d been kidnapped by a Skrull, in NEW AVENGERS #48.

After shutting down the Blank in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #580, our hero moved to protect Harry Osborn from the fiery embrace of the Molten Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #581 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #582, as well as muck around with the Man-Thing in SPIDER-MAN: FEAR ITSELF #1. Norman Osborn revealed his new “official” Avengers lineup in NEW AVENGERS #49, including a criminal version of Spider-Man who was in fact the former Scorpion, Mac Gargan. Osborn then sent the Hood and his gang after Spidey’s team in NEW AVENGERS #50, and the webslinger let his fellow heroes in on his secret identity in NEW AVENGERS #51.

Spider-Man: Fear Itself (2009) #1

Spider-Man: Fear Itself (2009) #1

  • Published: January 07, 2009
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 06, 2012
  • Rating: RATED A
  • Writer: Stuart Moore
  • Penciller: JOE SUITOR
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Betty Brant tried to play matchmaker for Peter Parker in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583, and when the Spider-Tracer Killer struck again in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #584, Spidey wound up being shot by police, and Carlie Cooper tracked the tracers to Peter’s cop roommate Vin Gonzales. Menace reappeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #585, to beat Spidey to a pulp, and Harry Osborn discovered his girlfriend Lily Hollister’s dark secret when he saw her transforming into Menace in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #586. Lily explained she’d found one of Harry’s father’s old Goblin labs and accepted his previous marriage proposal just as Carlie reported the police conspiracy against Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #587, prompting both his and a recently captured wallcrawler’s transfer to Ryker’s Island.

Despite Vin’s involvement in the conspiracy, he and Spidey worked together in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #588 to escape prison, and when Menace arrived to battle the wallcrawler, Harry swooped in as the Green Goblin to defeat her. Back in the city, Lily’s father won the mayoral election, but because of his daughter’s arrest, he declined the position. After recovering from his ordeals, Spidey investigated the Russian mob and fought the Spot in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #589, teamed with the Fantastic Four to help out in a civil war in another dimension in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #590, and also entrusted the famous foursome with his secret identity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #591.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #590

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #590

  • Published: April 01, 2009
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: January 01, 2010
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Dan Slott
  • Penciller: Barry Kitson
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Doctor Strange asked the Avengers to help him find Earth’s new Sorcerer Supreme in NEW AVENGERS #52, but when a battle for the Eye of Agamotto broke out in NEW AVENGERS #53 between the team and the Hood, Spidey and his partners discovered Brother Voodoo held the mystical artifact himself. Later, after defeating the Hood in NEW AVENGERS #54, Voodoo became the Sorcerer Supreme.

Spidey decided to make new mayor J. Jonah Jameson angry by swinging through the city 24/7 in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #592, and faced both Jameson’s new Anti-Spider Squad and the new Vulture in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #593. Partially blinded by acid vomited up by the winged villain, he nevertheless clipped the Vulture’s pinions in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #594 and met Vin’s less-than-nice sister Michele. Norman Osborn wanted Harry to join his Avengers and learned of Lily’s pregnancy in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #595, and Spidey secretly replaced Mac Gargan as “Spider-Man” to keep an eye on Harry at Avengers Tower in and learned of Lily’s pregnancy in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #596.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #595

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #595

  • Published: May 28, 2009
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 01, 2010
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Joe Kelly
  • Penciller: Phil Jimenez
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Osborn showed off designs for Harry’s “American Son” armor to his team in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #597, and when Harry realized the wallcrawler’s duplicity he exposed him to his father. In AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #598, Osborn tortured Spidey until the hero made his escape while Harry reeled from the news that Lily’s unborn child came from Norman, not from him. American Son and Iron Patriot duked it out in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #599, and when Harry refused to kill his father after beating him, Norman disowned him completely.

The real Avengers disagreed with Clint Barton’s desire to kill Osborn in NEW AVENGERS #55, and lost their powers to Chemistro’s chemical assault. Osborn’s Avengers also lost their abilities to the villain in NEW AVENGERS #56, forcing both light and dark teams to stand side-by-side against an army of crooks bent on killing them all. Mockingbird rescued the good guys in NEW AVENGERS #57, but a heart attack for Luke Cage made him side with Osborn to cover his friend’s departure. Osborn arranged for an emergency operation for Cage in NEW AVENGERS #58, leaving the Avengers to explain the situation to Luke’s wife Jessica Jones.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #600

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #600

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Aunt May married Jameson’s father Jay in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #600, despite the menace of Doctor Octopus’ octopus bugs. Peter woke up the next morning in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #601 to discover a fling he’d committed with Michele Gonzales, and in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #602 took a job with Mayor Jameson, as well as found himself forcibly replaced by the Chameleon. Peter escaped the acid Chameleon dumped him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #603, and after dodging the police Mandroids in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #604 stopped his doppelganger from blowing up Jameson’s secret bunker and becoming the city’s hero again.

Mad about Peter’s “lame” excuses for the Chameleon’s behavior, Michele punched him out in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #605, and the Black Cat slinked back into the picture to help Spidey battle Diablo in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #606 and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #607.

Web of Spider-Man (2009) #1

Web of Spider-Man (2009) #1

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Peter’s clone Kaine dealt with his current dire situation in WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #1, and returned to vex the wallcrawler in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #608, just as Dr. Damon Ryder accused Peter of being his other clone, Ben Reilly. Kaine needed Ryder to save his life, but the doctor instead threatened to kill “Ben’s” family in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #609.

Sana Amanat Joins Marvel’s Voices

Apr 19 2018

Listen up, True Believers! It’s time for a brand-new episode of the latest podcast from the House of Ideas—Marvel’s Voices!

In this installment, Sana Amanat (Marvel VP, Content & Character Development) teams up with Angélique to talk about the importance of family, how stargazing inspires her, what she loves in fiction, and performs her mom’s text message poetry. Tune in now!

Download the episode from Marvel.com/podcasts and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts now!

What to Expect from the New Fantastic Four

Apr 19 2018

Written by Jess Harrold

The Fantastic Four are back! After three years away, the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine returns, with writer Dan Slott and artist Sara Pichelli at the helm. Here, Slott and Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski share their excitement in bringing the awesome foursome back to comics!

Marvel: Pinch us, we’re dreaming. Can it be true, Dan? You’re writing a new FANTASTIC FOUR series?

Dan Slott: Yep. As of this August, I’ll be writing and Sara Pichelli will be drawing the World’s Greatest Comic Magazine: the one, the only, FANTASTIC FOUR! Oh, boy. We have been under such lock and key when it comes to talking about this book. For months this has been the biggest secret at Marvel. It feels so good to finally tell anybody outside of the loop. Heck, let me yell it: “I’M WRITING THE FF!”

Honestly, this is a lifetime dream. The first super hero comics I ever read were my cousin’s copies of FANTASTIC FOUR #4850, with “The Coming of Galactus” and the first appearance of the Silver Surfer. For me, personally, this has been a long time coming. I’ve got notebooks filled with the stories I’d like to do if I ever got my hands on these characters!

Marvel: It’s a great way to start your tenure as Editor-in-Chief, C.B. When you got the job, how high up on your to-do list was “bring back the FF”?

C.B. Cebulski: FANTASTIC FOUR was top of the list. It’s a book that is near and dear to my heart. I know how important the characters are to the fans and the company, and bringing them back was the first thing I talked to Tom Brevoort about. They are the heart of the Marvel Universe. They are the First Family, and the fact that they are a family is something everyone can relate to—good and bad. There’s the good times you have with family, and there’s the bad times: the quarreling, not everyone always gets along. Just look at the first-ever FF cover—they weren’t in costume. That’s what Marvel is—it’s not about the super heroes, it’s about the people underneath those costumes, the alter egos. The core of Marvel is that we’re human first and superhuman second.

Marvel: Speaking of those humans, we’re talking Reed, Sue, Ben, and Johnny, right?

Dan Slott: Ooh. Sorry. We’re replacing Johnny with a robot. NO! Kidding. Just kidding. Of course it’s going to be Reed, Sue, Johnny and the Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing! And Franklin! And Val! And Alicia! And who knows? Maybe Willie Lumpkin and Aunt Petunia, too! Wait and see.

Marvel: C.B., you’re renowned for knowing a thing or two about talent. What, for you, makes Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli the ideal team for FF?

C.B. Cebulski: Dan is coming off a ten-year run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, and has proven time and time again that he can tell these small stories with heart that get to the core of individual characters—but also tell these big, bold, brash super hero stories. Now with the Fantastic Four, we knew if we unleashed Dan on those characters and let his mind go wild on their crazy intergalactic adventures, he would nail it. Dan came in and pitched to around six of us at a restaurant one afternoon, and jaws dropped, literally. I think it was Nick Lowe, the Spider-Man editor, who said, “I think that just brought a tear to my eye.” Dan really nailed it in one shot. And Sara is one of the most wonderful pencilers out there when it comes to capturing emotion. Just like Dan’s mind thinks so visually and outside of the box, there are very few pencilers who can capture the scope like her. In comics you’re confined by the boundaries of the panel borders, and the best artists can make you look past those borders. Sara’s one of the few people who can do that—you really feel like you’re watching a movie when you’re looking at her panels.

Dan Slott: Sara Pichelli is AWESOME! Her work on everything from RUNAWAYS to GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and especially every single page she’s drawn of Miles Morales’ stories—she’s one of the most talented artists in the entire industry! I couldn’t be more excited to be working with her! And I can’t wait for fans to see her take on the FF!

C.B. Cebulski: And in Dan Slott and [editor] Tom Brevoort, you have two of, not just the biggest fans of Marvel Comics out there, but the biggest fans of Marvel’s history. When the costume designs came up, Tom and Dan had very specific ideas that date all the way back to the original FF through every incarnation, with specific designs and color schemes that would fit into this story.

Marvel: Dan, your SILVER SURFER book showed your passion for exploring new landscapes across the Marvel Universe—and beyond. Will that sense of adventure and wonder carry through to FF?

Dan Slott: Definitely. The FF are super heroes. But they’re not about stopping bank robbers or defeating clandestine secret societies. Sure, if a world-eater comes to devour the Earth, or a giant Kirby monster starts stomping through the city, you can count on them to save the day. That said, first and foremost, they’re explorers. They’re out to see new planets, dimensions and universes! They live to push the boundaries of both science and the imagination! More importantly, they live to do that together, as a family.

Marvel: The motto for your Surfer book was “Anywhere and everywhere—hang on!” What would it be for the FF book?

Dan Slott: The First Family of the Marvel Universe.

Marvel: There hasn’t been an FF book in a while, and in the absence of Reed and Sue Richards, a certain Victor Von Doom has undergone some changes. Will that traditional rivalry take on a new slant going forward?

Dan Slott: After the events of Secret Wars and INFAMOUS IRON MAN, Victor Von Doom will be on new, but familiar footing. We will be building on what came before, and from that will come a Doctor Doom who will be far deadlier, misunderstood and incredibly iconic. You’re going to have to wait and see. But the wait won’t be too long.

Marvel: Are there any other classic FF villains you’re looking forward to using, or is the emphasis on new threats?

Dan Slott: We will absolutely mix it up and give you classic FF goodness and all-new, modern-day weirdness, too. I’ll be honest with you, though: we’ve been away from the Fantastic Four for years now, and I am dying to start off and lean into the most FF-ish stories possible! Stan and Jack, Byrne, Simonson, Waid and Ringo, Hickman and everyone in between—I have so much love for every era of this book, I really can’t wait to play with all the toys in the toy box!

The new FF team, creative and editorial, we are going to do everything we can to honor, respect and build off of the rich legacy of these characters, while moving forward and telling all-new chapters in their ongoing story.

FANTASTIC FOUR #1 by Dan Slott and Sara Pichelli is on sale August 1!

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Red Carpet World Premiere – April 23, 2018

Apr 19 2018

It’s all been leading to this. Thanos is coming and it all kicks off live in Hollywood with the Red Carpet World Premiere of ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ on April 23, 2018 at 8:30 PM ET / 5:30 PM PT.

The biggest movie of the year is shaping up for the biggest red carpet in the universe and you can see your favorite stars of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and catch all the action by watching the livestream.

Here is your complete list of viewing options:

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ Stars Continue Their International Tour with Fan Events in Singapore and Tokyo

Apr 19 2018

Earlier this week, Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” stars Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Karen Gillan, and director Joe Russo greeted enthusiastic fans at a special “Avengers: Infinity War” fan event held in Singapore! Take a look at the photos above!

Meanwhile, Tom Holland and director Anthony Russo were on hand to greet excited fans at a special Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” fan event in Tokyo!

Tom Holland attends the fan event for ‘Avengers Infinity War’ Tokyo premiere
Tom Holland and Anthony Russo attend the fan event for ‘Avengers Infinity War’ Tokyo premiere
Tom Holland attends the fan event for ‘Avengers Infinity War’ Tokyo premiere

Gaku Sano, Junpei Mizobata, Tom Holland, Anthony Russo attend the fan event for ‘Avengers Infinity War’ Tokyo premiere

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

Nick Spencer Swings on to Amazing Spider-Man

Apr 18 2018

By John Rhett Thomas

Nick Spencer has written his way to the top of the heap of Marvel’s elite, and he gets to prove it like never before with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, one of the most prized gigs in comics. Now, we dig a little deeper into what Spencer calls “the book of my dreams.”

Marvel: Congratulations on landing ASM. It’s quite an assignment, following up Dan Slott and coming at a time when the character is getting renewed life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Are you feeling ready?

Nick Spencer: It’s the best gig in comics and the job I’ve dreamed of since I was a kid, so it’s all still a little surreal. The first time I met with [Marvel Editor in Chief] C.B. Cebulski, probably a decade ago now, I told him that this was all I really wanted to do. So to actually be here, working on this, it’s equal parts terrifying and exciting. Which means no, I don’t feel ready. But something would be wrong if I did. You channel that fear and those nerves and that sense of challenge into telling the best stories you possibly can. That’s part of the fun.

Marvel: What kind of book will your AMAZING SPIDER-MAN be? For every new writer, there’s always the struggle to balance the competing interests — and screen time — of Spider-Man and Peter Parker. What’s going to be your take on that?

Nick Spencer: The story really always begins and ends with Peter. He’s the heart and soul of the thing, and what makes Spider-Man special. You’re always trying to balance those personal struggles with the high-flying adventure, and in the best stories the two are playing off of and feeding off each other, dovetailing in weird and wonderful ways. Being Spider-Man should always come at a cost to Peter — that’s the great responsibility that comes with the great power.

One thing that struck me looking at the history of Spider-Man comics is how many different kinds of stories you can tell with the character. He can bounce between genres and tones so easily, I want to take full advantage of that. So some months there will be laughs, some months there will be tears. In some stories the universe itself is in danger, in other stories Peter’s missing laundry is in danger. We want to just tell good, foundational Spidey stories. We keep saying “Back to Basics” for a reason. We want to give people the Spidey they’ve known and loved for decades, and remind them why he’s the best character in comics.

Marvel: Which supporting characters from Spidey’s storied past will get prominence as you launch the series?

Nick Spencer: I have to be careful here, as I don’t want to tip my hand too much on what’s to come, but I will say a big part of the thrill of this job is getting to write the best supporting cast in comics. I’m excited about writing Aunt May, and giving her a story where she’s really controlling her own destiny and showing us how Peter was raised by a hero in her own right. The whole Daily Bugle crew will get some key stories. I’m working closely with Chip Zdarsky on some really cool Jonah stuff; he’s telling what I think is a definitive JJJ story over in PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, so I wanted to make sure anything we do on that front complements his stellar work there. Randy Robertson is a character we haven’t seen a lot of for a while, but he’ll have a prominent role. And expect to see a lot of Felicia Hardy, as she’s one of my all-time favorite characters. Little-known trivia: What eventually became SUPERIOR FOES OF SPIDER-MAN was originally a Black Cat pitch.

Marvel: Ryan Ottley comes over to draw AMAZING SPIDER-MAN from a career-defining run (so far) on “Invincible”. This will be his first major foray into the Marvel Universe, and it’s on your debut Spider-Man book. How’s that work for you?

Nick Spencer: Yeah, pretty great, to put it mildly. Ryan is one of the best artists working in comics today. What he and Robert Kirkman did on “Invincible” is just remarkable. And now to see him on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, it’s just such a perfect fit. I really think he could end up being one of those quintessential Spidey artists, right up there with the greats. His sense of action and motion, his layouts, his comic timing, his acting — there’s just so much fun and so much energy on the page. It really forces you to up your game.


Marvel: What are some of your favorite Spider-Man creators and/or storylines from the past? Which of those — if any — do you see having the biggest influence on your run?

Nick Spencer: Any conversation there has to start with Lee/Ditko/Romita, obviously. That run is, in my opinion, the high-water point of mainstream American super-hero comics and can never be surpassed. It takes your breath away reading it through.

Beyond that perfect foundation, I’m especially fond of two writers: Roger Stern and J.M. DeMatteis. I’m a different kind of writer than those guys, but they both have a huge influence on me and how I view the character.

But really, there are so many fantastic runs I could mention. When I got the book, I sat down and tried to comprehensively read through basically  everything — every issue of AMAZING, SPECTACULAR, TEAM-UP, WEB, SPIDER-MAN, SENSATIONAL, FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD, and all the titles in between. You name it, I read it. And it really shows what a proud tradition there is. Everyone tries to bring their A-game when they’re writing Spider-Man. And I’m directly following one of the most acclaimed and successful runs of all time in Dan Slott’s. So no pressure! It really does inspire you to do your best work. I’m just honored to be a part of this.

The first issue of Nick Spencer and Ryan Ottley’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN swings into stores July 11, but don’t miss their first Spidey story in Free Comic Book Day 2018 (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN/GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY) #1 on May 5! No excuses, Spider-Fan: It’s free!

A Fresh Start for Tony Stark: Iron Man

Apr 18 2018

By John Rhett Thomas

Didja hear the news? After ten amazing years, Dan Slott is leaving AMAZING SPIDER-MAN and joining rising-superstar artist Valerio Schiti for a Fresh Start take on a little title called TONY STARK: IRON MAN! If that sounds as cool to you as it does to me, read on!

Marvel: Before we get into Iron Man, it’s important to note that after ten years, you’ve left AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. So the question from those of us who loved your work on that title: Why? Why, why, why, why, why??? (Okay, that’s six questions. Take your time answering.)

Dan Slott: Ten years on the title and hitting AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 were my last big milestones. I’d been aiming for those milestones for some time. Both of them hitting together in the same year felt like a good place to say goodbye to the ol’ web-head. Marvel’s been great to me. They told me I could stay as long as I wanted, but lo there must come an ending. I pulled the trigger and let everyone know about three or four Marvel retreats ago. I’d be lying if I said that there weren’t moments after that where I screamed to the heavens, “WHAT HAVE I DONE?!” But, yeah, it was time.

Marvel: With you leaving Spider-Man, it seems you could have taken on any number of Marvel characters. Why Iron Man?

Dan Slott: They made some pretty sweet offers to me with others characters and big-name team books, and I let those buses go by. Just waiting. Hoping that one of the favorites on my short list would open up. The second I knew the Iron Man book was available, I lept at it, bellowing “MINE!” as loud as I could!

I love that we live in a time where Marvel Studios has been making mega-blockbusters for ten years. When I grew up, comics readers knew who Tony Stark was. The man on the street didn’t. That has completely changed. Tony is now the cornerstone of that Cinematic Universe — a character that everyone in the world knows. That’s astounding to me. When I was asked, “What do you want the new book to be called?” I totally knew: TONY STARK: IRON MAN.

Marvel: This new initiative is called “Fresh Start.” What things about the life of Tony Stark and Iron Man are we going to see renewed?

Dan Slott: We’ll see a mix of old and new IRON MAN characters: Bethany Cabe and Jocasta, to name a few. We’re going to see the return of specialty armors, because I love those — and it gives Valerio a chance to design all kinds of new and exciting suits. This book’s focus will be big on adventure, with massive action set pieces. We’ll be doing that while exploring high-concept sci-fi premises that lean in to the tech-based world of Tony Stark. It’s going to get wonderfully weird, and it will build to big secret-y things in the Marvel Universe.

Marvel: One of the things we loved about your Spider-Man run was your ability to keep the plates spinning on so many underlying plotlines and characters. Tony Stark’s supporting cast isn’t historically as intricate as Peter Parker’s, but I assume you’re going to maintain that broad coverage of the Iron Man universe in your stories.

Dan Slott: There will be fun soap opera, subplots, twists and turns. And some romance thrown in as well. When we get to Tony Stark’s love interest, longtime Marvel fans will be in for a treat. We’ll find a way to fit all this in between all the repulsor blasts and boot-jets.



Marvel: Any hints about bad guys we might see?

Dan Slott: No. Absolutely not. Read the book! But I can say you’ll see a couple of classic Iron Man baddies in the first few issues. Maybe an Avengers-related big bad in the near future. And a devious Marvel U. business rival for Tony who isn’t Justin Hammer or one of the Stanes. When people see who it is, it’ll be a big clue to where we’re heading — and I think Iron Man fans are going to freak out.

Marvel: I’ve been a fan of Valerio Schiti’s artwork since he first popped up at Marvel drawing Sif in JOURNEY INTO MYSTERY. He’s got such a way with faces. I guess now we’re gonna see how he does with armor. What’s your take on what you’ve seen so far?

Dan Slott: Valerio is killing it on this book! From his designs of all the armors to the new Stark Unlimited HQ and our all-new characters. He is going all-out on the tech — every gadget, gizmo and vehicle is gorgeous. You’re gonna want them all as toys! His storytelling is some of the best in the biz, the acting, the expressions on all the characters’ faces in every scene are pitch-perfect! And everything is just infused with FUN! If you’re having a bad day, the best thing for it is going to be to pick up this book, let Valerio’s art wash over you, get transported into these weird stories — and I guarantee you, you’ll come out the other side feeling great!

Marvel: One last question before we go: Care to tick off some of your favorite Iron Man runs from the past?

Dan Slott: For me it’s all about the Michelinie/Layton runs. As an Iron Man fan, those are the sweet spots. I’m actually one of the readers who liked their second run even more than their first: the Armor Wars and introducing in the Ghost! Those are my favorites!

TONY STARK: IRON MAN #1 by Dan Slott and Valerio Schiti is on sale June 20!

Crime and Punishment! Matthew Rosenberg Talks Punisher’s Next Targets

Apr 18 2018

By Jess Harold

He put Frank Castle in the War Machine armor for Marvel Legacy — but that was just the start. Now writer Matthew Rosenberg discusses his plans to take the Punisher’s war on crime to the next level in a brand-new series!

Marvel: In the new Punisher series, Frank will no longer have the War Machine armor. Is this, then, a back-to-basics approach?

Matthew Rosenberg: In some ways yes, and in some ways no. We’re going to get back to Frank Castle with a handgun and a knife, stalking the streets of New York, and getting his hands dirty. But we’re also going to see a man who has changed from his time in the armor. He developed a taste for bigger game and larger targets, and he’s not going to give that up easily. So in a sense it’s back to basics — but on a bigger scale.

Marvel: What will Frank have learned from his time with the armor?

Matthew Rosenberg: I think the big thing for the Punisher is the knowledge that he can affect things in a more direct way. We’re going to have seen him travel overseas to overthrow a government and kill a world leader, and then come back home and go toe-to-toe with some of the most powerful people in the Marvel Universe. He’s been able to do real damage, cause real change, in ways he’s not used to. They used to say that when a shark attacked a human they had to be hunted down because once they’d developed a taste for it they’d never stop. That’s Frank. He’s back on the streets, but he has a taste for the bigger game and he isn’t going to stop until he puts them in the ground — or they put him in it.

Marvel: And what have you learned in your time writing Frank? Has he surprised you in any ways?

Matthew Rosenberg: I think the big thing that surprised me about writing the Punisher was the ease with which you can find humor in him and the situations. I know Garth Ennis was a master at this, and others have followed suit. I think Jason Aaron and Becky Cloonan both had some real dark humor hiding just under the surface. But yeah, it’s fascinating. Frank lends himself to these uncomfortable situations where you just can’t help but giggle. There is this disturbing, awkward humor to him that doesn’t diminish the severity or the drama of the story. That’s been fun to explore.

Marvel: Obviously, Frank is not an overly loquacious character like, say, Spidey or Deadpool. He likes to do his talking with guns. What is the secret to capturing his “voice”?

Matthew Rosenberg: Frank is direct and honest. He’s here to kill people, and he doesn’t need to spend a lot of time debating them or telling them why they’re about to die. But I think the thing about Frank that a lot of people miss, because it’s subtle, is his very dry sense of humor. He says a lot of things that are clearly just for his own quiet amusement. He is the ultimate comedic straight man. People think Frank is doom and gloom all the time, but if you dig through you will find these gallows-humor moments that are maybe a sliver of who he once was.

Marvel: What can you tell us about the kind of big game Frank is going to be targeting in his new book?

Matthew Rosenberg: I can’t say too much, but I can say that issue #1 has some of the biggest bad guys in the Marvel Universe pop in. And that Frank still has his eyes on shaping nations these days. The classic Marvel villains are getting savvier. They aren’t thugs and gangsters anymore. They’re becoming mayors and CEOs and kings. But Frank is still coming for them.

Marvel: Frank has a complicated relationship with other vigilantes, such as Spider-Man and Daredevil. Is that something you’ll touch on?

Matthew Rosenberg: Frank and the capes will most definitely be touched upon. More than touched upon. With Secret Empire, the War Machine armor, and what he has coming up, he has made himself something that means they can’t just look the other way. And he knows that. He’s operating in cape spaces these days, and he knows that puts a target on his back. But he also knows he’s willing to do what they won’t — and that gives him an advantage over the capes on most days.

Marvel: You have Riccardo Burchielli on art. He hasn’t done a lot at Marvel before, but he certainly knows his way around military combat, following a lengthy run on DMZ. Are Frank Castle fans going to like what he brings to the party?

Matthew Rosenberg: I am so excited to work with Riccardo. I am a huge DMZ fan, and his work on that book is really unparalleled. The sense of detail he brings to a city, to a war zone — and to the people in both — is breathtaking. I think those who aren’t familiar with his work are going to be absolutely shocked. There is just this sense of the world he conveys, this realism, that is so captivating. You can feel the buildings rise up around you and the bullets fly past your head. It’s going to be a real treat watching him drag all of us down into Frank Castle’s world.

Marvel: Finally, what’s your one-line pitch for the new PUNISHER book?

Matthew Rosenberg: With some of the biggest villains in his sights, the best heroes on his tail and every nation on high alert, this is Frank Castle against the world.

THE PUNISHER #1 by Matthew Rosenberg and Riccardo Burchielli is on sale August 1!

Infinity Countdown Ignites the Infinity Wars

Apr 18 2018

Written by Jess Harrold

The Infinity Stones have returned to the Marvel Universe, and the race is already on to find them. But when INFINITY COUNTDOWN ends, INFINITY WARS begins! Here, writer Gerry Duggan and editor Jordan D. White discuss the cosmic event to end all cosmic events!

Marvel: Gerry, you followed up ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY with INFINITY COUNTDOWN, and now it’s time to ask you the big question: what are you counting down to?

Gerry Duggan: Guardians was the first act—and as big as Countdown is, it was the second act. INFINITY WARS contains the last act of my cosmic story.

Marvel: What can you tell us about the state of Marvel’s cosmos when Countdown ends?

Jordan D. White: Well, I don’t want to spoil the ending of Countdown, but suffice it to say possession of a couple of the Infinity Stones has yet to be completely settled until Countdown comes to a close. When it does, the stage will be set at last for the requiem of the Infinity Stones to begin, driving us toward Infinity’s end! We are going to learn a lot about the Infinity Stones, how they work and why. And we’re going to see some…interesting combinations of characters, let’s say. Ones no one is expecting, that is for sure.

Marvel: Can we expect to see the Guardians of the Galaxy front and center?

Gerry Duggan: Yes and no. They’ll play a part, but the Stones are scattered and in a lot of different hands. Some of those hands are very happy to be holding the one rock they have. Others will want to assemble the entire set. Yes, it will be a big story, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun. The first act of INFINITY WARS is like The Warriors—if each gang had a magic rock. Most of the Marvel “families” will be represented in one way or another. This story began in space, continues on Earth…and ends up somewhere new.

Marvel: Anything Infinity-related tends to involve a certain Mad Titan, who is making major waves in other media this year. What is Thanos up to during your story?

Gerry Duggan: He’s one of my favorite parts of this tale. I think his appearance in the PRIME issue will set a new tone for him and drive home that this is, in fact, a very different Thanos story, with some unexpected dividends in the back end.

Marvel: Obviously, “Infinity” is a word with quite some pedigree in the Marvel Universe. Were you a fan of Jim Starlin’s original INFINITY GAUNTLET/WAR/CRUSADE trilogy—and indeed Starlin’s cosmic storytelling in general?

Gerry Duggan: I love Starlin’s work. His collaborations were always so big and bold. That said, this is a different story. I don’t want to be anyone’s cover band. I know readers love Jim’s work as much as I do. I’m borrowing the toys to tell a different tale.

Marvel: Gerry certainly has taken Marvel’s cosmos in a very different direction—and one unique to him. Since he’s describing this book as his “final act,” it seems like a good opportunity to ask you, Jordan, what have you enjoyed about his stewardship of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the rest of the Marvel cosmos?

Jordan D. White: Working with Gerry is terrific—he and I share so much when it comes to sensibilities. We both come at even the most dramatic story from the structure of comedy, in an odd way. Which is not to say the story is a gag—far from it. The “punchline” in Gerry’s cosmic tales is more punch than line, and it’s going to knock people off their feet.

Marvel: Speaking of knocking folks off their feet, you have an art team capable of doing just that on INFINITY WARS, right?

Gerry Duggan: It will be worth it for Mike Deodato Jr. and Frank Martin’s work alone. They are so great. This is the best work I’ve seen from them, and best of all we’ve been at this long enough that they will be providing art for the entire run. I went to New York for a one-day meeting about this story at the end of last year, and we had a blast cooking up some of our biggest ideas. I’m really happy with what we’re going to get away with.

Marvel: So if your story was this year’s big movie, what would the trailer guy say about it?

Gerry Duggan: Not a damn thing. I’d kill him first.

The battle begins with INFINITY WARS: PRIME #1, on sale July 25!

Jason Aaron Assembles the Avengers

Apr 18 2018

Written by Jess Harrold

The old order changeth once again—for a bold new era! And it doesn’t come much bolder than the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness putting together one of the mightiest Avengers rosters ever seen! Here, Aaron talks about his plans for the book—including building on ideas he introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1.

Marvel: So with you writing, the incredible Ed McGuinness on art and a spectacular lineup, there’s no doubt about it: this is one blockbuster book! What can fans expect?

Jason Aaron: Coming into this, we wanted it to feel big and epic—like a huge Marvel event, every arc. So I wanted a lineup of all big, iconic characters. Some of them you’ve seen as Avengers—like Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor Odinson—but for the first time in years, the “big three” are back together. There’s also some characters we’re not used to seeing. Ghost Rider, I guess, is the big surprise, and it’s cool for me getting back to writing Ghost Rider again.

Marvel: And Captain Marvel and Black Panther make for a big five! There’s been a lot of conflict between these characters in recent years. How well are they all going to cope with working together again?

Jason Aaron: Well it’s not necessarily a “snap your fingers, and it’s done” kind of thing. The first arc is really about the hardships of putting that band back together. It’s very much a team drawn together for very specific reasons, instead of just Steve Rogers calling people in his Rolodex. The circumstances of this threat are really what bring these characters together. They are drawn into this battle for very specific reasons, which only become evident as that arc rolls on—and then continue to play a part going forward. Some of that clearly links back to the prehistoric Avengers introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1. You will see them again in this arc, and they will be a part of the series going forward.


Marvel: Will you be adopting a similar multi-timeline approach to the one we’ve seen in your THOR run?

Jason Aaron: Yep, absolutely. In this first arc, the roots of the Celestial threat the Avengers are facing go back to those prehistoric days with Odin. But we will come back between arcs and do issues focusing on that group and those prehistoric characters. We will learn more about them as we go forward, get to see them in action in the past and see the ways their adventures connect to the present day.

Marvel: Another stalwart Avenger on the roster is Jennifer Walters—but is she She-Hulk or Hulk? And what can fans expect from her on the team?

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I’ve just been calling her “Hulk” in the book. It is the same Jen Walters we’ve seen in recent issues of her own series so we definitely continue on from that. But this story also changes things for her and takes her in a bit of a different direction. We switch around her powers a little bit and try to differentiate her more from her cousin. What is exciting me is to see Ed McGuiness draw the Hulk again!



Marvel: As for the new guy you mentioned—we know you know a thing or two about Ghost Riders, but what do you like about Robbie Reyes?

Jason Aaron: He’s a great entry-level character for the Avengers; he is still very much a new kid on the block. He doesn’t really know these characters and has not been a part of something quite like this. You know his life has been pretty crazy in its own right since he became the Ghost Rider, but this really takes things up a notch. We get to see him level up in terms of his power. He is unlike any of the previous Ghost Riders so we will continue to explore what that means and exactly what he is capable of. Also, the more I write it, the more I love the idea of having a guy in the Avengers who drives a car. He just goes driving into battle in the Hell Charger. I love that, and I love the way Ed’s drawing him.

Marvel: Another character you have history with is Doctor Strange, who is on the team at least to begin with, right?

Jason Aaron: He pops up initially in a different sort of team-up. He and Black Panther are investigating something that pulls him into this bigger mystery. Strange plays a big part of this first arc, but you kind of have to wait and see after that who sticks around. I don’t want to specifically have a cast too large, but I think we will have at least one slot rotating—have a character join for a couple of arcs, and then somebody else takes the pledge. There’ll be some old familiar faces and some we’re not used to seeing in the pages of an Avengers comic.



Marvel: You mentioned the Celestial threat, the ominously named Final Host—they seem like a great fit for Ed’s bombastic style.

Jason Aaron: Absolutely. We see a lot of different Celestials over the course of the story—some classic ones, some all-new designed by Ed, which look amazing. Ed is also so great at conveying the feel of something like this: our Avengers against giant space gods who are thousands of feet tall. How can the Avengers go toe-to-toe with characters who are that powerful? That’s the challenge they face right there out of the gate.

Marvel: And it all begins with a Free Comic Book Day issue featuring another stellar artist, Sara Pichelli, correct?

Jason Aaron: Yes, it’s sort of a direct lead in to AVENGERS #1. It’s mostly a story about Black Panther and Odin—a meeting of the king of Wakanda and the All-Father of Asgard, which again kind of stretches back to those prehistoric Avengers and plants the seeds for the Celestial threats the Avengers will face. And it’s free!

Marvel: And from there, the main series is set to really blow everyone’s socks off.

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I want this to be a book that issue to issue gives you a look at the entire Marvel Universe. So we will travel the globe, we will cross the galaxies, we will go to all the different hot spots of the MU. If you are only reading one Marvel Comic—not that you should just read one Marvel Comic—this book will give you an idea of what the entire breadth of the Marvel Universe looks like right now at this moment in time.

AVENGERS #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness is on sale May 2!

The History of the Black Panther: 2017

Apr 18 2018

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!

We’re wrapping up our look at Black Panther’s impressive history with this final installment, focused on 2017. So let’s jump into the notable events that occurred for T’Challa last year!

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #3

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #3

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Black Panther arrived in New York in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #3 to address the death of activist Ezra Keith, a man who’d tried to contact him previously. In his temporary secret identity as “Luke Charles,” T’Challa joined with his former queen Storm to begin the investigation.

Luke Cage, something of a student of Keith’s, entered the picture in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #4 to get answers to his questions, and the teleporter Manifold also offered his help in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #5. T’Challa and his new associates clashed with the real culprits behind everything. Hydra, in BLACK PANTHER AND THE CREW #6.

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #6

Black Panther and the Crew (2017) #6

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Panther allied himself with heroes Blue Marvel, Ms. America, Spectrum, and Captain Marvel in ULTIMATES 2 #1 to investigate strange events on the edge of the universe. In ULTIMATES 2 #2 the team ran up against the ghost of the Shaper of Worlds, Master Order, and Lord Chaos, who subsequently merged with the In-Betweener to create a new being called Logos in ULTIMATES 2 #3.

The dreaded devourer of worlds took notice of Black Panther and his team’s activities in ULTIMATES 2 #4 and on Earth, government agent Philip Vogt and his Troubleshooters began to suspect the Ultimates of shadowy operations in ULTIMATES 2 #5. Out in space, T’Challa’s compatriots discovered the Cosmic Jailer and the origins of the cosmos in ULTIMATES 2 #6.

Black Panther (2016) #9

Black Panther (2016) #9

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Back in Wakanda, the Panther and Manifold crossed the threshold of death itself to contact T’Challa’s late sister Shuri in BLACK PANTHER #8. Shuri returned to the land of the living after a learning sojourn in the hereafter in BLACK PANTHER #9, and exhibited her new powers in BLACK PANTHER #10 while her brother confronted the firebrand Changamire about a rebellion brewing in Wakanda.

T’Challa, Shuri, Manifold, and Wakandan security forces clashed with the leaders of the rebellion, Tetu and Zenzi, in BLACK PANTHER #11, and when the dust cleared after the battle, Wakanda became a republic to encompass all its people and their respective areas of the country. In BLACK PANTHER #12, the Panther sought the cooperation of the Midnight Angels, who’d previously opposed him.

Black Panther (2016) #12

Black Panther (2016) #12

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Wakandan gods seemed to no longer exist in BLACK PANTHER #13, allowing weird creatures to enter the land through mystical chaos and attack citizens. Meanwhile, a new criminal alliance between Dr. Faustus, Zenzi, Zeke Stane, and the Fenris twins sowed chaos for T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER #14, forcing the Panther to seek wisdom from his departed ancestors.

In BLACK PANTHER #15, Storm arrived in Wakanda at her ex-husband’s request, while at the same time the so-called Originators, the original Wakandan non-human denizens, returned to the land. The Black Panther invaded the exclusive Super Villain Fenris Club in BLACK PANTHER #16 to confront the criminal scientist Thunderball with the error of his wicked ways.

Black Panther (2016) #17

Black Panther (2016) #17

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Storm helped turn the tide of trouble in Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #17, but the appearance of instigator Ras the Exhorter and a new deity caused further chaos. T’Challa convinced the Midnight Angels of the depth of his need for aid in BLACK PANTHER #18, and the Panther’s old foe Klaw made his presence known again in BLACK PANTHER #166, as the series claimed its legacy issue numbering.

Thanks for joining us for the History of Black Panther! Missed any installments? You can find them all at the links below!

The History of the Black Panther: 1966-1968

The History of the Black Panther: 1969-1970

The History of the Black Panther: 1971-1972

The History of the Black Panther: 1973-1974

The History of the Black Panther: 1975-1976

The History of the Black Panther: 1977-1978

The History of the Black Panther: 1979-1980

The History of the Black Panther: 1981-1982

The History of the Black Panther: 1983-1988

The History of the Black Panther: 1989-1990

The History of the Black Panther: 1991-1992

The History of the Black Panther: 1993-1994

The History of the Black Panther: 1995-1996

The History of the Black Panther: 1997-1998

The History of the Black Panther: 1999-2000

The History of the Black Panther: 2001-2002

The History of the Black Panther: 2003-2004

The History of the Black Panther: 2005-2006

The History of the Black Panther: 2007-2008

The History of the Black Panther: 2009-2010

The History of the Black Panther: 2011-2012

The History of the Black Panther: 2013-2014

The History of the Black Panther: 2015-2016

The History of the Black Panther: 2017

Tune in to Episode 15 of Marvel’s The Pull List

Apr 18 2018

Enjoy a taste of all the comics in-store on Wednesday with Marvel’s The Pull List!

Ryan and Tucker give you bite-sized previews of April 18’s new comic releases, including DAREDEVIL, INFINITY COUNTDOWN, STAR WARS: POE DAMERON, TALES OF SUSPENSE, and all the other books that will be waiting for you on New Comic Book Day!

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

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (4/18/18)

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #799
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN RENEW YOUR VOWS #18
  • AVENGERS #689
  • BLACK PANTHER #172
  • CABLE #156
  • DAREDEVIL #601
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #715
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN #2 (OF 5)
  • IRON FIST #80
  • MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN AND THE STOLEN VIBRANIUM #1
  • MARVEL UNIVERSE MAGAZINE #1
  • MS. MARVEL #29
  • STAR WARS: POE DAMERON #26
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE #104 (OF 5)
  • VENOMIZED #3 (OF 5)
  • WEAPON H #2
  • WEAPON X #16
  • X-MEN GOLD #26
    • TRUE BELIEVERS INFINITY INCOMING #1, $1.00
    • TRUE BELIEVERS REBIRTH OF THANOS #1, $1.00
    • TRUE BELIEVERS VENOM VS SPIDER-MAN #1 (2ND PRINTING VARIANT COVER), $1.00

COLLECTIONS

  • LUKE CAGE VOL. 2: CAGED!
  • PHOENIX RESURRECTION: THE RETURN OF JEAN GREY
  • PUNISHER: THE PLATOON
  • RUNAWAYS BY RAINBOW ROWELL VOL. 1: FIND YOUR WAY HOME
  • RUNAWAYS VOL. 10: ROCK ZOMBIES
  • SPIDER-GWEN VOL. 5: GWENOM
  • THOR BY WALTER SIMONSON VOL. 3

DIGITAL COMICS

  • AVENGERS: BACK TO BASICS #4
  • PUNISHER: THE PLATOON COLLECTION

ALSO ON SALE ON THE MARVEL APP

  • FORCE WORKS (1994) #16-22
  • MASTER OF KUNG FU (1974) #40-49
  • WAR MACHINE (1994) #20-25

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

  • ATLAS ERA STRANGE TALES MASTERWORKS VOL. 5
  • AVENGERS ACADEMY: ARCADE – DEATH GAME
  • HULK: VISIONARIES – PETER DAVID VOL. 7
  • INCREDIBLE HULK MASTERWORKS VOL. 7
  • SUB-MARINER MASTERWORKS VOL. 5

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #25
  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #12
  • DAREDEVIL #27
  • DEFENDERS #6
  • DEFENDERS #7, 12-14, 17-25, 30, 62-64, 92-94
  • DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #287
  • FALCON #1
  • HULK #11
  • INHUMANS: ONCE AND FUTURE KINGS #3
  • MARVEL UNIVERSE GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #23
  • MS. MARVEL #23
  • ROCKET #6
  • RUNAWAYS #2
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #13
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #789
  • THE UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL #25
  • THE UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL #21
  • UNCANNY AVENGERS #28
  • VISION: DIRECTOR’S CUT #5
  • WEAPON X #9
  • X-MEN: BLUE #13
  • ZOMBIES ASSEMBLE 2 #3

Subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts, download the episode from Marvel.com/podcasts, or tune in on SoundCloud!

Eat the Universe Episode #2: Pad-See “Us”

Apr 17 2018

Welcome back, Marvel foodies! In this week’s episode of our new digital series, Marvel’s Eat the Universe, celebrity chef Justin Warner is joined by guests Flatbush Zombies for a Venom-themed dish that you’ll definitely want to merge with.

The symbiote isn’t just looking for human hosts — it’s found a pasta host! This week, Justin and the Flatbush Zombies are stirring up Pad See “Us” with Venom Black Noodles to celebrate Venom’s 30th Anniversary!

Pad-See “Us”

For the pasta
– 2 cups plus extra AP flour
– 1 TB activated charcoal
– 3 whole eggs
– 1 TB soy sauce

For stir frying
– 2 TB vegetable oil, divided
– 8 oz broccoli florets
– 1 clove garlic, minced

For the sauce
– 2 TB oyster sauce
– 2 TB rice wine vinegar
– 2 TB sweet soy sauce

For the tongue
– 1/4 red bell pepper

Make the pasta. Just do it. Place the flour on a clean work surface and make a well with your fingers. Beat together the eggs, activated charcoal and soy sauce. Add this to the well, and using you fingers, slowly incorporate the egg mixture in to the flour. Eventually, you will end up with a shaggy mess of doughy stuff. Congrats. Wad this up in to a ball, knead it a few times, and wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least a half our.

Remove the pasta from the fridge and roll it out according to the instructions on your pasta roller like we did, or just make little Play-Doh snakes. That’s a real pasta noodle, and it’s called pici. It’s totally legit. We cut ours in to more of a tagliatelle, because fancy.

Boil the noodles in water for about 4-5 minutes or until they feel lovely, strain, run under cold water to stop the cooking, and set aside.

In a wok or large frying pan, heat up 1 TB of the oil over medium heat.

Add the minced garlic and stir fry until aromatic. Add the broccoli and continue to stir fry until the color of the broccoli is bright green. Transfer the broccoli and garlic to a serving bowl and cover with plastic wrap to steam.

By all means, after adding the garlic, but before the broccoli, fry an egg in that oil, cut it up in to chunks, and recombine at the end of cooking.

Add the other TB of oil to the pan, allow it to heat up a bit, and then carefully add the noodles, oyster sauce, and rice wine vinegar. Toss this around until the noodles are warmed through and coated with the sauces. Drizzle with sweet soy sauce to finish. Pile this up on top of your broccoli.

If you wanna make a venom tongue, roast 1/4 red bell pepper over open flame until the skin is charred. Put this in a plastic bag and seal to steam. Rub the skin off and plate.

“We” hope you enjoy!

 

The Flatbush Zombies’ “Vacation in Hell” is out now featuring the new single “Headstone.” The band just played Coachella and will return to the desert THIS WEEKEND for Round 2 – after that, their headlining North American tour kicks off April 24 in Portland. More info at thegloriousdead.com.

David Navigates the Maze on a Brand New Episode of ‘Legion’

Apr 17 2018

Last week on “Legion,” David Haller (Dan Stevens) had his first face-to-face — in an astral plane manner — conversation with the Shadow King, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban), and learned the importance of a certain monk. On top of that, David learned more from Syd’s future self about why it was important to help Farouk, while he also shared the truth about these encounters with the present day Syd (Rachel Keller).

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 11,” the story continues, as David navigates the maze. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

LEGION — “Chapter 11” – Season 2, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: Dan Stevens as David Haller. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
LEGION — “Chapter 11” – Season 2, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: Navid Negahban as Amahl Farouk. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX
LEGION — “Chapter 11” – Season 2, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: Hamish Linklater as Clark Debussy. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX

LEGION — “Chapter 11” – Season 2, Episode 3 (Airs Tuesday, April 17, 10:00 pm/ep) — Pictured: Jean Smart as Melanie Bird. CR: Suzanne Tenner/FX

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Sarah Adina Smith, “Legion” – “Chapter 11” airs Tuesday, April 17 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” read what Bill Irwin and Amber Midthunder told Marvel.com about Cary and Kerry’s evolving dynamic.

You can follow “Legion” on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.

Avengers-Inspired Toaster Tarts

Apr 17 2018

Bite into these delicious breakfast treats inspired by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! Read through the ingredients and directions below, then get ready for Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” in theaters April 27th!

Dough Ingredients:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, cold and diced
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tablespoons heavy cream
  • Black food gel dye (for Black Panther)
  • Green food gel dye (For Gamora)
  • Red food gel dye (For Iron Man)
  • 1 egg plus 1 tablespoon water, for egg wash

Icing Ingredients:

  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tablespoons water, as needed
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Magenta food gel dye
  • Black food gel dye
  • Green food gel dye

For Filling and Decoration:

  • Blackberry jam (for Black Panther)
  • Strawberry jam (for Gamora)
  • Apricot jam (for Iron Man)
  • Or jam of choice!
  • Edible gold luster dust (for Iron Man icing)

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Prep baking sheets with parchment or silpats.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, and salt. Use a pastry cutter and cut in the cold butter until crumbly. Add the egg, heavy cream, and black food gel dye, until combined.
  • Wrap dough in plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 20-30 minutes.
  • Between two pieces of parchment, roll out the dough to approximately ⅛-inch thick. Use your character template to cut out the shapes. You should get 8 pieces out of each dough.
  • Place four of the Black Panther cut-outs onto the prepped sheets. Spoon the blackberry jam onto the center of each of them.
  • Brush the egg wash along the edges of the dough pieces. Place the second piece of dough over the fillings, then press the edges using the tines of a fork, sealing along the sides. With a toothpick, poke the centers of the tarts a few times to release air while baking.
  • Repeat this process creating dough with green food gel dye and strawberry jam for Gamora, and dough with red food gel dye and apricot jam for Iron Man.
  • Once the tarts are prepped, bake for 30 minutes, then let cool on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar, water, and melted butter to make white icing. Use this to create the details on the Black Panther tarts.
  • For Gamora, in a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar, water, melted butter, and magenta food gel dye. Repeat the process to create black and green icings. Pipe the magenta icing onto the green hand pie to create the hair. Then use black, green, and white icings to create the face details.
  • In a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar, water, melted butter, and yellow food gel dye. Pipe the outline of the helmet onto the red Iron Man hand pie, then flood with icing to fill. Once the icing has set completely, use a clean kitchen brush to brush edible gold shimmer over the yellow icing. Use black and white icing to add face details.
  • Once all the icing has set, the toaster tarts are ready to serve! Assemble and enjoy.