Jul 25 2017
Photography by Nicole Ciaramella, Pat Loika and AJ Grier.
Jul 25 2017
Dive into the photos from Preview Night at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, featuring licensees, exclusives and events! Photography by Nicole Ciaramella.
Jul 24 2017
Marvel Comics salutes “Fabulous” Florence “Flo” Steinberg, one of the first two full-time employees of Marvel in the 1960s and an all-important figure in building the vast fan community the House of Ideas has enjoyed since its beginnings.
Born near Boston, Steinberg grew up with a mother and father who made sure she attended college, graduating from UMass Amherst in 1960. After some time with New England Telephone and Ted Kennedy’s first Senatorial campaign, she pulled up stakes and moved to New York City where she would quickly take her place in the history of Marvel Comics.
As Stan Lee’s secretary, Flo assumed the task of taking care of the ever increasing piles of fan mail and Marvel Merry Marching Society memberships. Although the company began to grow with some speed, she remained in charge of this for five years, crafting Marvel’s unique connection to its fans and—to hear freelancers tell it—creating a welcome atmosphere for all who came through the offices in person.
After five years, Fabulous Flo found herself ready to move on. While initially taking a brief detour to work in fossil fuels, Steinberg quickly re-entered the comics industry, working with Warren Publishing before coming back to New York City in 1975 to publish one of the cornerstones in the history of independent comics: Big Apple Comix.
Finally, in the 90s, Steinberg returned to where it all began—albeit at a different address. Gone were the days of the two-person office; Marvel had expanded exponentially in the years since she helped spark the revolution that made it one of the largest comic publishers in the United States. As a proofreader, “Fabulous Flo” remained with the company for the rest of her life, helping not only with what unfolded on the pages of Marvel Comics but, once again, brightening the days of those around her. She established a unique and profound connection with every member of the Marvel staff fortunate enough to encounter her, in particular the growing ranks of women working in the industry.
While the likes of Lee, Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and more may have been responsible for the unique sensibilities on display within the pages of the House of Ideas’ books, Steinberg helped solidify the community that those comics inspired in its readers. With San Diego Comic-Con unfolding at this moment, it takes little imagination to draw a straight line from her attitude and commitment in those early days to the vast network of comic book fans that gather at conventions and online to talk about their love of the characters and stories of Marvel Comics.
Jul 23 2017
True Believers, we’ve got more exciting news coming out of the Marvel Studios panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con! We’ve just revealed a new poster for Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther.” See it below and see it in theaters February 16, 2018!
A new poster for Marvel Studios’ BLACK PANTHER was just revealed during a panel in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con. Please feel free to share with your readers!
Jul 23 2017
Statement from Marvel:
“We are incredibly saddened to hear of Flo Steinberg’s passing and send our deepest condolences to her friends and family. Flo has always been the heart of Marvel and a legend in her own right. She will be forever missed and always loved by all of us here at Marvel.”
Jul 23 2017
Marvelites! The new trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” debuted moments ago in Hall H at San Diego Comic-Con along with a new poster! Feast your eyes on the new trailer above and see the poster below. Be sure to catch “Thor: Ragnarok” when it thunders into theaters on November 3!
In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor 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 homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk! “Thor: Ragnarok” thunders into U.S. theaters on November 3, 2017.
Jul 23 2017
Today, on the brink of the opening of Comic-Con International: San Diego, Lexus and Marvel have announced a collaboration to pair the first-ever 2018 Lexus LC with Marvel’s dynamic Black Panther character in the highly anticipated film, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther, slated to hit theaters on Feb. 16, 2018.
Directed by Ryan Coogler, and starring Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan and Lupita Nyong’o, the film follows T’Challa, who, after the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to take his place as King.
“Marvel continuously captures audiences through charismatic characters and inspiring stories — the ideal fit for Lexus’ mission to craft amazing, engaging experiences,” said Brian Bolain general manager, Lexus marketing. “And the LC’s aggressive styling, high performance and agile handling are a perfect fit for the Black Panther’s quick, cat-like reflexes and superhuman feats. We’re excited to see the duo in action.”
To accompany the collaboration between Lexus and Marvel, Lexus also teamed with Marvel Custom Solutions to create an original graphic novel, with storytelling driven by famed writer Fabian Nicieza and cover illustrations by emerging graphic artists Scott “Rahzzah” Wilson and Szymon Kudranski. Centered around the balance between human and machine, the comic features the Lexus LC 500 with a new, Wakandan spin and its role in helping the Black Panther defeat a legendary villain.
Lexus and Marvel will celebrate their collaboration during Comic-Con after-hours at an exclusive Black Panther-themed event on Friday, July 21, with special performances by DJ Lulo Café and a surprise headliner. During the invite-only event, six variant covers for the graphic novel will be revealed to industry guests and comic enthusiasts.
“This campaign clicked from the get-go,” said Mindy Hamilton, Marvel’s SVP of global partnerships. “We have this bold, sophisticated hero stepping into the spotlight for the first time, and it’s been a blast to work with the Lexus team to build out a story that’ll familiarize fans with T’Challa as well as his advanced home nation of Wakanda.”
Lexus’ collaboration with Marvel is being coordinated by Lexus’ multicultural advertising agency, Walton Isaacson.
Ushering in a new era of design and engineering at Lexus, the LC 500 is expressive and stylish, with enhanced dynamic capability and performance. Additional information on the flagship coupe can be found here.
Jul 22 2017
The second action-packed trailer for “Marvel’s The Defenders” landed at the end of the show’s epic Hall H panel at San Diego Comic-Con, but if you weren’t there fear not–we’ve got you covered.
Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist unite for the very first time August 18 when the series comes only to Netflix, but you don’t have to wait that long for a taste of what’s coming with our new trailer directly above.
Jul 22 2017
Marvel Head of Television Jeph Loeb brought some news to the “Marvel’s The Defenders” panel at San Diego Comic-Con with the announcement that “Marvel’s Iron Fist” will return for a second season!
The fourth original series in the partnership between Marvel Television and Netflix, “Marvel’s Iron Fist” follows the journey of Danny Rand as he fulfills his destiny as the Immortal Weapon. But fans of Iron Fist won’t have to wait much longer to see more of him in action when he teams up with Daredevil, Jessica Jones, and Luke Cage in “Marvel’s The Defenders,” only on Netflix August 18.
Keep it tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel Television and San Diego Comic-Con 2017!
Jul 22 2017
On Monday, October 2, “The Gifted” comes to Fox with a new series exploring the plight of mutantkind, and ahead of that the stars and creators came to San Diego Comic-Con 2017 with a brand new, extended trailer!
When the Strucker family learns their children carry the X-Gene, they must join forces with the mutant underground. See how their adventure begins directly above!
Jul 22 2017
Strap on your jet packs and head back to the stars with your favorite group of rag tag heroes! Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is on Digital August 8, Blu-ray™ August 22 and new to 4K Ultra HD.
To learn more, head to www.GOTGJams.com – and for a special message, call 844-552-GOTG!
Jul 22 2017
True Believers, it’s time for a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast! We’re one episode away from our milestone 300th episode – can you believe it!
Now, onto this episode — Alex and Cam are back at home base making sure you get the scoop on all of this week’s hottest comics including SECRET EMPIRE, ASTONISHING X-MEN, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, and tons more! A lot can happen in a week, so head on over to the West Coast, where Ryan, Marc and Christine give you the rundown on what’s happening in the world of movies, TV and games, including what they saw last week at D23 and what they’ve seen so far at SDCC. We close everything out with your questions and comments!
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This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse, @chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
Jul 21 2017
Look out, True Believer, the superheroes you love – and the supervillains you love to hate – are waging war on your consoles, PCs, and mobile devices! From “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” to “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” “MARVEL Powers United VR,” and more, check out the full schedule of where you can find Marvel Games at San Diego Comic-Con!
Below is where you can learn more and get your hands on what’s coming from Marvel Games!
Thursday, July 20:
- 12:00 – 12:30 PM | Marvel Gaming: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite | Marvel Booth #2329
Want to know more about Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite: tune into Marvel LIVE at booth #2329 or online at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.
- 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Marvel Games Panel | Room 6BCF
Be there as key members of the Marvel Games team take to the stage to share the latest and greatest with you . . . and open the floor to answer your questions! Hosted by Greg Miller, Kinda Funny, Mike Jones, Vice President & Executive Producer, Marvel Games, and Bill Rosemann, Executive Creative Director, Marvel Games, will be joined by special guests Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, Tt Games (LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2); Brett Elston, Associate Brand Manager, Capcom (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite); Bryan Intihar, Creative Director, Insomniac Games (Marvel’s Spider-Man); Justin Lambros, Executive Producer, Telltale Games (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series); and Mat Kraemer, Creative Director, Sanzaru Games (MARVEL Powers United VR).
- 1:00 – 2:00 PM | Marvel Games Panel | Room 6BCF
- 2:45 – 3:45 PM | MARVEL Powers United VR Demo with Oculus Rift | Marvel Booth #2329
Want to know more about the recently announced MARVEL Powers United VR, tune into Marvel LIVE at booth #2329 or online at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.
Friday, July 21:
- 11:15 – 12:15 PM | Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite Panel | Room 6BCF
Universes merge in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, as the collaborative team from Marvel and Capcom discuss the immersive cinematic story featured in the upcoming game. Learn how both sides joined forces to bring the story to life, with iconic heroes from Marvel and Capcom teaming up to battle against a sinister new supervillain who threatens to destroy their newly formed world.
- 12:30 – 1:00 PM | Marvel Gaming: LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 | Marvel Booth #2329
Want to know more about LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2, tune into Marvel LIVE at booth #2329 or online at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.
Saturday, July 22:
- 1:45 – 2:45 PM | LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2: Meet the Talent Behind the Video Game | Room 6A
The team behind the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 videogame including Arthur Parsons (head of design, TT Games), Bill Rosemann (executive creative director, Marvel Games), Justin Ramsden (designer, LEGO), Kurt Busiek (comics writer, Avengers Forever), and Dan Veesenmeyer (comic content artist, LEGO Marvel’s Avengers)-offer an inside look at this all-new original adventure, the sequel to the smash hit LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.Moderated by Marvel’s Ryan Penagos (vice president and executive editor, Marvel Digital), this celebration of the Marvel Universe will provide fans with a first look at a new game trailer, new character and artwork reveals, and exclusive audience giveaways. Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 pits players against the time-traveling Kang the Conqueror in an epic cosmic battle across the expansive Open Hub World of Chronopolis. The game will be released on November 14.
Sunday, July 23:
- 1:15 – 1:45 PM | Marvel Gaming with Bill Rosemann | Marvel Booth #2329
Bill Rosemann wraps Marvel Games at SDCC 2017. Tune into Marvel LIVE at booth #2329 or online at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.
Stay tuned to www.marvel.com for all the breaking news from Marvel Games at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Follow @Marvel on Twitter, “like” Marvel on Facebook, and watch Marvel LIVE at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 for minute-by-minute updates on all things Marvel. Join the conversation using #MarvelSDCC.
- 12:00 – 12:30 PM | Marvel Gaming: Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite | Marvel Booth #2329
Jul 21 2017
Stan Lee became the latest Star to receive the exclusive honor of being cemented in the Iconic Forecourt at the Famous TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX (the former Grauman’s Chinese) since 1927. Take a look at the gallery above!
“Stan Lee gave us the heroes that fueled our imagination and aspirations” said Kevin Smith, Filmmaker, Actor, Writer, Comedian and Stan Lee Fan.
”Now, WE, the fans, are coming together to give this permanent monument and tribute to the man that gave us so much.”
Stan Lee, the chief creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics, brought to life some of the world’s most famous heroes and infamous villains, including Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The Avengers, Loki, and Dr. Doom. His stories featured heroes and villains that were more psychologically complex than had ever been seen previously.
According to his autobiography, Excelsior, “Lee put the human in the superhuman.”
A huge supporter of fandom throughout his career, Lee was immediately drawn to Legion M’s unique model as the first fan-owned entertainment company, and has been supportive since its launch in 2016. Legion M organizing and rallying fans, celebrities, companies and anyone who has been positively impacted by Stan’s creative contributions to pay this heartfelt, historic and overdue tribute to one of the greatest storytellers of our time.
As a producer, writer, editor, publisher, actor, host and executive, and idol to many, Stan ‘the Man’ Lee has exerted his influence over the entire entertainment industry leaving an indelible mark on the comic book industry having created or co-created 90% of Marvel’s most recognized comic characters. These creations have spawned books, films, television series, video games, web series, Broadway shows and more offering a lifeline of box office success to the entertainment industry, toy industry.
Jul 21 2017
Straight from the “Marvel’s Inhumans” panel at San Diego Comic-Con 2017, we’ve got the second, action-packed trailer for the series right here for you on Marvel.com!
Get new peeks at the Inhumans in action, including Medusa’s wondrous hair, Karnak and Gorgon jumping into the fray, and so much more.
Watch the trailer above, and experience the first chapter of “Marvel’s Inhumans” in IMAX theatres September 1 before the full series debuts on ABC September 29!
Jul 19 2017
Pro football player Martellus Bennett stops by Marvel HQ to talk comics, his favorite super heroes and much more!
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This Week in Marvel focuses on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production: Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM, @BenJMorse, @blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
Jul 19 2017
Marvel Comics salutes late artist Sam Glanzman, whose impeccable eye for authentic detail and fine storytelling brought to life stories for several companies and enriched comics from the Golden Age to the modern industry.
Inspired by two older brothers who tackled the comics business, Glanzman dove into their world in 1939 and after just a few short years he’d created indelible characters such as Fly-Man for Harvey Comics, as well as illustrated many other titles. When World War II broke out, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy, but took a detour after war’s end to work at different jobs. Comics remained in his blood, though, and by 1950 he’d returned to not only the industry but also the publishing arena in children’s books.
Charlton Comics published Glanzman’s first war stories in the late 1950s, a genre that would blossom into a subject he’d become known for. The artist also made a mark in the 1960s with a Hercules series for Charlton, one that he poured many of his fine art visions into and drafted into a book a cut above the rest. DC Comics later brought him onboard to shore up their own war comics line and he stayed with the company throughout the 1970s.
In the halls of Marvel Comics, Glanzman produced a stunning work called “A Sailor’s Story” in 1986 for MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #30. The tale followed his own Navy career during the war and became so popular that the artist offered up a sequel, A SAILOR’S STORY: WINDS, DREAMS, AND DRAGONS.
He continued to work in the industry throughout the 1990s and into the new millennium with both webcomics and traditional projects. Glanzman also saw reprints of many of his past works from the different companies he’d drawn for.
Legendary artist Walt Simonson counts himself among the man’s admirers and sees him as a unique voice in comics over the decades since their birth.
“Sam Glanzmann was an artist who brought his signature style to everything he did,” he says. “His work was easily recognizable. Grounded in his experience, Sam drew worlds full of authenticity, in which violence was neither overstated nor sugarcoated, and the drama was always clearly presented. Although all his work was honest, he was a sailor and his stories of the sea had the tang of salt air about them and a truth that made them moving and deeply felt.”
Jul 18 2017
Writer Brian Michael Bendis normally needs no introduction, but we’re going to make the attempt anyway.
He’s the man who this fall will take INVINCIBLE IRON MAN into the Marvel Legacy event and set the Iron Man Universe on its iron-plated ear. With Tony Stark gone, seemingly disappeared, he’s the only guy who can see Riri Williams through the next massive phase of her, and a few other important characters, development.
Marvel.com: Brian, in general, why is it important for you to highlight the concept of legacy in the Marvel Universe?
Brian Michael Bendis: Well, two things happened when Marvel started playing with this idea for the fall, and [when I heard] the theme, I just started smiling ear to ear, because it’s literally about what all my books are about at the moment. It’s just where I was at in my head. Number one, because some of the characters that I’m writing are legacy characters, they’re actually starting in someone else’s legacy and we’ll see where they end up, in great Marvel tradition. But right now, Miles Morales and Riri are two of the most spotlighted characters in this arena, and it’s just a great opportunity to zero in on what the book has been about.
Now for Iron Man, it’s not just Tony Stark’s legacy. It’s Riri Williams’ legacy, Victor Von Doom’s legacy, and Tony Stark’s legacy. It’s not just a normal person’s legacy; it’s wide, and it’s got a lot of tentacles…not to be too Hydra with the tentacles. But his reach, and the reach of his legacy, from the Avengers to the Stark Foundation, is enormous. So we’re going to get to explore some things about Tony, and about the Iron Man Universe that we haven’t seen before, and it just so happens that we’ve spent the last year and a half building up to this, like this is where I was headed.
Now, what’s cool is, all three of the main Iron Man characters will be joined by other Iron Man characters, looking for what has happened to Tony Stark. If we’re going to get Tony Stark back, what form will that be in? And how cool will the armor be? Now, there are other characters in the Iron Man universe that I’m not mentioning right now, big characters. Amanda, MJ, Friday, Tony A.I., huge characters, a lot going on and a lot of connections to the Marvel Universe, all of which will be detailed and unfolded within the storyline that starts with INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593.
Marvel.com: How cool is it to go back to the original numbering?
Brian Michael Bendis: You know, when the very fun choice to go back to our original numbering came about, quite a few titles, IRON MAN in particular, are right there at a big anniversary issue. So we’re headed, very quickly, towards a gigantic IRON MAN #600, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.
Marvel.com; When this Marvel Legacy storyline starts, has Tony’s condition changed at all?
Brian Michael Bendis: Tony’s situation has changed. And that’ll be teased in the Marvel Legacy one-shot by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, and then I think our INVINCIBLE IRON MAN issue comes out like right after that, and you can dive right in: big, brand new, very reader-friendly Iron Man storyline.
Marvel.com: Of the big Iron Man characters that you’ve mentioned, who would you say will be most moved by Tony’s disappearance?
Brian Michael Bendis: All of them for different reasons, but I have to say, Victor is in the most unusual situation. What Riri is going through, people will identify as “Oh, I’ve looked up to someone.” This relationship is very relatable, in a way. Like, I’ve had mentors in my life, people who I was trying to figure out without directly talking to them, you know what I mean? Trying to figure out stuff about myself through their humanity. Whereas Victor is on just about the biggest, most complicated redemption story…one of the biggest villains in the history of all fiction is trying to claw himself out of the hole. How much he’s been able to do is amazing. But, the enemy list he has created in doing so is enormous, and it’s not just from this dimension. So, his involvement in Tony Stark’s legacy may become, at one point, such a struggle, that he may destroy it. And something new has to be created, or he makes a sacrifice that brings up something new as well. What’s going on with Victor is probably the most unique thing going on story-wise at Marvel.
Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Riri again. What can you say about her further development going into this storyline? Is this going to be, to date, the ultimate challenge for her?
Brian Michael Bendis: Yes.
Marvel.com: Okay! You heard it here first! Next question!
Brian Michael Bendis: Yeah, listen; we’re just eight issues into her run! The amount of attention she’s garnered from fans in just eight issues is amazing. Compared to seven years ago with Miles, and I know the whole market was different, but it took a while, until the end of the second storyline, for people to really go “Oh okay, he didn’t [bleep] it up.” So, I’ve been quite flattered, to the point of becoming emotional, about how unbelievable the support of Riri has been. There was this young woman online that has been making her own Riri armor and her dad keeps tweeting it. Literally every time we put it out, there are like 60,000 retweets and likes, it’s crazy. It’s insane.
Marvel.com: Good crazy.
Brian Michael Bendis: The best. So, the point is, Riri is at the larva state of her super hero career. She has literally gone out, I think, five times by the time that this Tony storyline starts up again. She’s had some big wins; she’s had some defeating losses. Something crazy happens in the next issue of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN that I don’t want to spoil, but people are gonna be like “What?!” We don’t know what form her version of super heroing will take, she’s still building it. We don’t know what form her technology will take. So, of all the characters, there’s a good chance—and I’m pretty much telling you it is—that she’s going to evolve past the Iron Man construct to something else, and I think that’s pretty exciting.
I look at her like imitating the amazing style of an amazing artist. Like Bill Sienkiewicz is the best example. Very early in his career, he was highly referenced and influence by Neal Adams, and Neil Adams is a very difficult thing to imitate, right? Very difficult. And he did it, and you were like “Wow, you’re an amazing artist, you can do Neil Adams!” right? That’s how I look at Riri right now. She’s amazing. She can do Tony Stark pretty good, but, like Bill Sienkiewicz, will she evolve so far past it that people won’t even remember that she was Iron Man Universe-related? You know, is she capable? And again, you can bring up many other examples in music and television and film where the influence is there, and then they don’t need it anymore, then something else happens. And that’s where Riri’s headed in the next year.
Marvel.com: You’ve got her, you have Victor, you have some other strong personalities in there. Would you characterize what’s going to happen as a violent clash?
Brian Michael Bendis: No. It’s a philosophical [clash], and I’ve already got Riri and Victor’s first meeting out of the way in INFAMOUS IRON MAN, because everybody assumes they were gonna beat each other up. And when you get there, and Victor doesn’t want to fight, there’s no fight. You can hit him all you want, he’s not gonna fight back, and Victor’s not mad at her, and Victor’s not in a crazy, manic state that he usually, or sometimes, is in. He’s calmed down. So, when she shows up in his life, this is a brilliant young woman that he can relate to, and this isn’t someone that he’d wanna fight.
Also, he’s very aware of what it feels like to be in her position, at the beginning of your studies, not even knowing what you don’t know. That’s one of my favorite things, finding something out. Oh, I didn’t even know I didn’t know that, you know? And I know, he’ll get really excited for other people discovering things. So this is the Victor we’re dealing with right now. Not the whole mad genius. Now, does he want to turn her into the whole mad genius? Who knows? And also, may I say, Riri is at a very precarious stage. She’s had a world with nothing but loss and confusion in it. Intelligent characters- intelligent people- in this world we live in right now, find themselves very frustrated. Unintelligent leadership, and science not being the forefront of the society; you can read about it all the time, this is not something that I’m making up. Intelligent children sometimes shut down because they’re like “Whoa boy, this… everything’s weird.” So that’s part of Riri’s development.
Marvel.com: Is she easily influenced?
Brian Michael Bendis: No, not easily influenced. [And] it’s not stubbornness; I don’t see it that way, but I have a person in my life who decides things before they absolutely know them. And sometimes they’re right, because their confidence and intelligence is very strong, and sometimes it’s “Oh no, I was wrong.” But their guess, their instinct is very good, right? So that’s part of where she is. So her instincts [leads to her] calling it like she sees it. Like she sees bull and calls it, and then finds herself in the middle of it.
I have a storyline going right now where she’s right in the middle of terrorist actions in Liberia and S.H.I.E.L.D being S.H.I.E.L.D, she doesn’t buy into any of it. So she’s kind of just making up her own place in it, and it’s throwing off all of the ways that people do things. Maybe in a good way, maybe in a bad way, but she’s gonna have some mistakes she makes, big, big mistakes. But there’s something really brassy and confident about the way she handles things, and that is something Victor is going to be able to talk to her on. He will be able to communicate his philosophies through that idea.
Marvel.com: So far, it doesn’t sound like the tone of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN will change with the advent of Marvel Legacy.
Brian Michael Bendis: Oh no, no. First of all, what Stefano Caselli has accomplished with Riri this year is so amazing that he sometimes gets mislabeled as the creator of the character, even though it’s Mike Deodato who co-created the character. But that’s how strong Stefano’s voice is, and how connected to the action with the character he is, it’s just amazing.
But with him in mind, just doing unbelievable work, that’s the tone of the series. That’s Riri’s worldview, her perspective…you know, we’re so often in her perspective. I know people are very curious where she is in certain spectrums—that’s been a question that people have had. She’s clearly outside of what would be considered normal, on a couple of different things. I think that’s a celebratory thing. I’m surrounded by people in different places in different spectrums, and without diving headfirst into what that is and what that means, we’re gonna explore that as well. And I think a lot of younger readers identify with that, much in the way they identified with the original Peter Parker and his struggles, I really do.
Marvel.com: When you talk about her being brassy, do you think that’s really what people are responding to, or one of the main things?
Brian Michael Bendis: It’s funny that the panels that pop up in my tumblr or Twitter feed always kind of let me know. There’s like, six or seven panels that I see every day, that people go “Yes!” or “I’m scared for her.” It’s a mixture of that, [and] it’s really cute. And I’ll get all “I’m scared for her, too!” Like they’re scared for her, and yeah, I am, too and I wrote it! I’m really scared for her.
Marvel.com: You also have something to say about MIT and Riri?
Brian Michael Bendis: I’m going to be speaking at MIT in November. I was invited by them to come speak about comics and culture. And what was amazing was that we had Riri come to MIT. It was a campus I did a lot of research on for a project that was unrelated to Marvel, an HBO thing that didn’t happen, but I had so much feeling about this place, I loved it, and I said I was definitely gonna have a character there one day. And then years later, it was like “The coolest place we can have Riri live is the MIT dorms!” So when I started putting this in, little did I know, that MIT had completely embraced this character.
They created this amazing admissions video. It was actually pretty hilarious. So in November, at MIT, we’re gonna make a pretty major announcement about Riri. So people that are invested in her, people who are supporting her, there is big stuff coming with her. MIT’s a very unique place for a character in her first year to be so well-received, not unlike what Kamala Khan and Moon Girl experienced.
It’s hard to describe to people, because no one was asking for them. That’s what I love about the Legacy characters. Nobody said “I want Miles,” or “I want Riri,” but then they got them and they were like “Thank you.” And that was the best feeling in the world.
Marvel.com: It sounds like you’re still digging this job. Has your own outlook changed on INVINCIBLE IRON MAN as you’ve gone along?
Brian Michael Bendis: No, what happens is, and this is one of the great things about a higher profile gig, is no matter what you’re writing about, you start your research and whatever you’re doing, and then people find out you’re writing about them or writing about something they know, or whatever, like the young woman who’s making her Ironheart armor in her garage. You reach out and they inspire and they share their stories.
There was a friend of mine who has a brilliant young daughter who is literally obsessed with Mae Jameson. That’s real and honest and I have to use that. There’s a scene where you see young Riri trying to get her teacher to give her something to push back against because she feels that that’s what made Mae Jameson great, right? And I know some people said, “Oh, is she asking for…?” and I was like “No, she’s trying to live up to her hero,” without realizing that her hero made it easier for her, and that’s a big lesson for her too.
Every day it’s something new, new people share their experiences, people inspire me to keep going. I can’t wait to get to MIT, I’m literally gonna go live in the dorm, live in Riri’s world, so I’m so excited. And on top this, yes, back to Marvel Legacy. Yes, these legacy characters mean the world to me. I’m very invested in them and I’m very invested in how much the audience has supported it and what we’re gonna do now. And I know when people hear “The Return of the Heroes,” they worry about the new hotnesses. You do not have to. To fans, so you know: you have made it so Riri, Miles, and Jessica Jones can sustain their own titles. It’s insane, right? So, we will never ignore that.
Marvel.com: Last question—do you miss Tony?
Brian Michael Bendis: Oh, no. ‘Cause I got Tony A.I. the whole time, which is uber-Tony, so any great Tony joke I can think of, this guy will do it.
It’s funny: Tony is the itch I never had to scratch. Literally from the moment I came in to Marvel, I’ve been writing Tony in some book. And I never did it on purpose…and everyone’s always focused on how I’m always writing Kitty Pryde in every book. But Tony made it into every book—every book had Tony Stark in it. Totally by accident! You look back and you go, “Oh, that’s funny. Even in the Guardians of the Galaxy, too.”
I never wrote a book without Tony. My love for him is obviously as strong as it can get for a creator and a character that they didn’t create.
Jul 18 2017
Marvel Comics pauses to reflect upon the life and career of a true American original, filmmaker and writer George A. Romero, and man who worked his way up from humble beginnings to become the leading creator of an entire pop culture movement.
Romero’s love for classic cinema took root in him at an early age and never let go. With respect and admiration for the great screenwriters, directors, and actors of more than one age of cinema, he took the reins of his own productions and at the tender age of 27 directed, produced and co-wrote an independent film that modernized the idea of the “living dead,” “Night of the Living Dead.” Released in 1968 and filmed in black-and-white with friends standing in for zombies, perhaps no one stood more surprised than Romero himself when it became the first of a cottage industry.
More films followed, but the dead continued to loom large in Romero’s visions. He sequelized his 1968 hit with 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead” and 1985’s “Day of the Dead.” His movies not only offered thrills and chills aplenty, but also sharp satirical commentary on the human condition and the evils the living perpetrate on themselves. Numerous projects flowed from Romero’s pen and lens, and he found himself eager to stretch out into other mediums, including video games, stage plays, and books.
Marvel Comics came calling in 2014 to partner with Romero on EMPIRE OF THE DEAD, a unique trilogy of limited series that sprawled over 15 issues featuring not only zombies but vampires, too. The three series featured art by Alex Maleev, Dalibor Talajic, and Andra Mutti.
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso worked closely with the director on the comic project. “In creating the ‘Zombie Apocalypse,’ George A. Romero provided the ultimate metaphor for mankind’s inevitable fate and the perfect creative Petri dish to examine the depths of human nature,” he says. “It was an honor to help him tell a chapter of his saga.”
George Romero’s rebel spirit led to the breaking down of storytelling traditions to bring underlying ideas in the human psyche to modern audiences with a fresh take. He’ll be remembered for his passion for his projects, and for the art of tale-telling, something that seemed to come quite naturally for him.
Jul 17 2017
You know what they say–ain’t no party like a Marvel party. And anyone who’s ever hosted or attended a social gathering of pretty much any kind knows that online invitations make the whole process way easier. With online invitations, you can completely customize your invite and easily track and manage your RSVPs online, making party planning a blast!
And now, Punchbowl, the company behind the critically acclaimed technology platform for online invitations, is rolling out The Marvel Online Invitation Collection, featuring dozens of characters like Spider-Man, the Avengers, and the Guardians of the Galaxy (because nothing says “good time” like Peter Quill’s amazing playlists).
“Marvel characters are immensely popular as kids’ birthday party themes,” said Matt Douglas, CEO of Punchbowl. “We’re thrilled to work with Marvel to create a bold, dynamic collection of online invitations for parents planning parties for millions of young fans.”
But truthfully, we think The Marvel Online Invitation Collection is great for adult parties, too. Would you turn down a Baby Groot themed birthday bash or a Spider-Man themed Halloween party? Didn’t think so. Neither would we.
The online invitation collection from Punchbowl offers over 40 designs, which can be created and sent from any device. Some designs offer users the ability to add their own photos, as well.
A few of the highlights of the collection include:
- Dozens of online invitations starring your favorite Marvel characters from Spider-Man, The Avengers, and Guardians of the Galaxy.
- Branded designs that are perfect for birthday parties, movie viewings, and more!
- Matching digital envelope liners, postage stamps and greetings that feature your favorite themes and characters.
- The option to add a photo next to the character on the invite.
- Invitations can be easily shared via email or social media right from your computer, tablet, or phone!
Punchbowl also offers invitation collections featuring characters from Disney, Sanrio, Activision, Hasbro, Nickelodeon, Penguin Books, Scholastic, Sesame Street, and WWE. But let’s be honest, the Marvel ones are the best.
The invitations were officially released on July 17.
Jul 17 2017
Every two years, at the biennial D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company honors the most remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy, recognizing them as official Disney Legends. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. Today Disney proudly announced the names of the nine gifted individuals who will be joining past Disney Legends such as Julie Andrews, George Lucas, Alan Menken, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams.
Founding fathers of the Marvel Universe Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were honored this past weekend along with the following honorees of this year’s Legends Award: Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.
Pioneering comic creator Jack Kirby, known as “the King,” created new characters who leapt from the page and defined the Marvel comic style. His son, Neal, represented his late father, and said he “didn’t create super heroes or super humans. He created super people.” Neal accepted the Disney Legends Award at the D23 Expo on his father’s behalf. Watch the video above.
Stan Lee was honored for his remarkable accomplishments over his enduring career with a Disney Legends Award at D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Watch Stan accept his Legends Award below.
A visibly moved Stan Lee shared with the crowd how much it meant to him to save up to buy the book The Art of Walt Disney. He explained, “I loved Walt Disney. He was more than a man, he was an inspiration. He was something to reach for, to be like him. To think that today I’m standing here in the house that Disney built, that paid tribute to Jack [Kirby] and all things Disney—it is so thrilling, I can’t tell you.”
For more information about the Disney Legends and D23 Expo, visit D23expo.com.
Jul 17 2017
Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios President, took the stage at the Disney Live Action Films panel in Hall D23 at D23 Expo where he shared he’s a massive Disney fan and has been a card-carrying D23 charter member who has been attending D23 Expo since the very first Expo in 2009.
Feige shared that 2018 will be a year of celebration as Marvel Studios celebrates its 10th anniversary. Headlining the big year will be Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” which Feige called “the biggest production in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” has been in production the entire year so far, and has only hit the half-way mark! Feige invited all your favorite super heroes — and the biggest villain the MCU has seen so far — to take the stage with him. The Marvelous gathering included Robert Downey Jr. (Tony Stark/Iron Man), Chris Hemsworth (Thor), Mark Ruffalo (Bruce Banner/Hulk), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Elizabeth Olsen (Scarlet Witch), Paul Bettany (Vision), Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange), Tom Holland (Peter Parker/Spider-Man), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa/Black Panther), Josh Brolin (Thanos), Don Cheadle (James Rhodes/War Machine), Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Dave Bautista (Drax), Karen Gillan (Nebula), and Pom Klementieff (Mantis), as well as half of the film’s directors, Joe Russo. Take a look at the gallery above!
Robert Downey Jr. demanded, “Let’s see it!” The audience saw highlights from the unprecedented cinematic journey spanning 10 years before being treated to an early glimpse of “Avengers: Infinity War.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on May 4, 2018.
Jul 17 2017
After a full first day of D23 Expo you’d think we couldn’t follow it up with more, but Saturday was even bigger, and much, much, badder as Josh Brolin held court at the Marvel booth.
Fresh off his surprise appearance with the cast “Avengers: Infinity War” at the Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm- Live Action panel, Josh Brolin met with fans for a signing in front of his children — the Children of Thanos! The maquettes were unveiled for his appearance and fans were excited to get an up close look at Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian.
Brolin even had an encounter with a real life Avenger, although this one was considerably shorter and much more adorable.
On the show floor the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion showcased new and exciting home products for fans to live their best Marvel life. On display were backpacks, workout gear, and if you’re worthy enough, a Mjolnir pendant made to compliment the mightiest of outfits. Even the greatest superhero would be exhausted from all that shopping, luckily free coffee was up for grabs adorned with the face of a familiar looking webslinger.
One more day to go! Follow @marvel on twitter to get all the up to date D23 Expo news throughout the weekend!
D23: Marvel Attractions and Experiences Heading to Epcot, Disney’s New York Hotel and Disney California Adventure Park
Jul 16 2017
True Believers! At D23 Expo today, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek announced that a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ attraction was coming to Epcot in Florida. Looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, a brand-new E-ticket attraction based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of Guardians of the Galaxy will be among their exciting plans. The Guardians-inspired attraction will be added to Future World.
The Marvel love isn’t just limited to Disney Parks in the United States. The Walt Disney Parks & Resorts panel revealed a new hotel called Disney’s New York Hotel – The Art of Marvel will be coming to Disneyland Paris!
Chapek announced the “reImagination” of the Disney’s Hotel New York into a new Marvel-themed wonderland filled with all your favorite Marvel characters, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man and more. Located steps from the Disney Village and theme parks at Disneyland Paris, Disney’s New York Hotel art deco style and contemporary décor will be the perfect place to spotlight favorite Marvel heroes and villains.
“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” Chapek said. “I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of superheroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!” Disneyland Paris is currently in the midst of a stunning 25th Anniversary Celebration.
Lastly and certainly not least, we’ve teased it before, but Chapek gave a hint at what’s to come next for some of your favorite Super Heroes at Disney California Adventure park. Soon, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive super hero universe at the park!
These new stories will build on the success of the new and already popular Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! and create a place where you can team up with your favorite Super Heroes like never before.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com and the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on new happenings from our colleagues at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Disney California Adventure park and more!
Jul 16 2017
True Believers! The day has come and we’re here to deliver incredible Marvel Games news from D23 Expo! We just announced “MARVEL Powers United VR,” an action-packed, multiplayer co-op title from Marvel, Sanzaru, and Oculus Studios, and you can get your hands on this game in 2018!
Our very own Christine Dinh has the exclusive first interview with Steve Arnold, Head of Oculus Studios. Before you dive into the interview, check out the announce trailer above!
Marvel.com: When did you guys start working on “MARVEL Powers United VR” for Rift?
Steve Arnold: We’ve been working on “MARVEL Powers United VR” for awhile! When the opportunity came about for Oculus and Marvel to work together on realizing a Super Hero VR experience, Oculus approached Sanzaru to create a prototype presentation—Sanzaru and Oculus have worked closely together on past VR projects, and there are some big Marvel fans at both companies. Marvel has very high standards, of course, and Sanzaru more than rose to the occasion. So here we are—Oculus, Sanzaru, and Marvel in an alliance behind “MARVEL Powers United VR.”
Marvel.com: Can you tell us about the story of “MARVEL Powers United VR”? What can you tell us about the big bad, Ronan? Where is the story set?
Steve Arnold: “Marvel Powers United VR” tells the story of The Masters of Evil—a mysterious, nefarious alliance of powerful Super Villains from across the Marvel Universe—who have managed to steal the Cosmic Cube and use it to tear apart the universe, forging new realities subservient to their rule. Suddenly, heroes from across the Marvel Universe are hurled together in a chaotic, interdimensional conflict spanning past, present, and alternate futures to fight to reclaim the Cosmic Cube and restore order to the universe.
Each time you play, you won’t know which faction or boss you’ll encounter—every experience will play a little differently. One time you may get the Kree and Ronan The Accuser as a boss; another time you’ll get something totally different.
Marvel.com: This is obviously a new adventure for Marvel games. What new and different experiences does “MARVEL Powers United VR” offer Marvel fans?
Steve Arnold: VR is the perfect medium for a Super Hero game, and there are a couple things that make “MARVEL Powers United VR“ especially exciting. We’re starting with just a few characters right now, but by launch there will be over a dozen playable Marvel characters and even more team combinations.
Marvel.com: What has the collaboration with Marvel, Sanzaru, and Oculus Studios been like?
Steve Arnold: The collaboration between Marvel, Oculus and Sanzaru—some of the most experienced subject matter experts in the world when it comes to Super Heroes, VR, and gaming—has been a dream come true. There’s a lot of fan service and love jam-packed into this game, and great ideas came from all sides. We love the partnership and can’t wait to show the world all of the cool stuff that we’re putting into the game!
Marvel.com: You’ve just announced the first three characters: Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, and Captain Marvel. How did those three get chosen to suit up for battle? Can you tell us more about their abilities within the game? What are they capable of?
Steve Arnold: Hulk, Rocket, and Captain Marvel are very popular, so it made sense to start off with a few characters fans would really love experiencing. These characters also represent the spectrum of Super Heroes we plan to launch for “MARVEL Powers United VR” in 2018, in terms of both abilities and physical scale. On one end of the spectrum, there’s Rocket Raccoon: He’s much shorter than most characters and uses futuristic weaponry. On the other end, there’s the Hulk. He’s huge, of course, and primarily a melee fighter. Captain Marvel is in the middle: She’s physically closer to normal human stature, but her power-set includes ranged attacks with her photon beams, like Rocket, and she’s also super strong like the Hulk and able to engage in melee combat. Building out this variety of characters early on gave us some best practices that we’re applying to optimize all future characters, and VR lets you appreciate—and experience—the sheer difference in scale between characters like Hulk and Rocket like no other medium can.
Marvel.com: Clearly with the upcoming “Marvel’s Inhumans” television series slated to come out this fall, the love for Lockjaw is real! How central is Lockjaw to the story?
Steve Arnold: Lockjaw is crucial. He ensures our Super Heroes are teleported to and from their missions. But stay tuned—we’re still in development, and there are some fun things we’d love to do with Lockjaw throughout the game and missions.
Marvel.com: We’ve heard fans can get hands-on with “MARVEL Powers United VR” at the Marvel booth at SDCC. Any plans for future demos?
Steve Arnold: That’s right, the first public demos of “MARVEL Powers United VR” will be at the Marvel booth at Comic-Con. There are no set dates (yet!) for additional public demos before launch, so try out MARVEL Powers United VR now if you can!
Marvel.com: How long do we have to wait until we get “MARVEL Powers United VR” in our hands?
Steve Arnold: The game is slated for a 2018 launch, but you’ll have to sit tight—there are no details about a specific date right now. Keep your eyes on Oculus and Marvel social channels, though, because we’ll be revealing a ton of new information right up until launch.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com and powersunitedvr.com for more exciting updates about “Marvel Powers United VR” coming soon!