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February, 2017

  • 25 February

    Hollywood Magic Is Real

    In the supernatural comedy I Married a Witch (1942), director René Clair serves up an irresistible potion consisting of revenge, sex, politics and romance. Based on the novel The Passionate Witch by author Thorne Smith, I Married a Witch stars Fredric March and Veronica Lake, an unlikely romantic leading couple if there ever was one. […]

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  • 24 February

    Follow the History of the Hulk Pt. 51

    For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

    The Hulk joined the Avengers on a mission to Mars in AVENGERS #1 to confront the terraforming of the planet by an alien called Ex Nihilo and his associates. The green giant found himself mentally subjugated by an alien woman named Abyss, who pitted him against Thor. In AVENGERS #2, the controlled Hulk watched as Ex Nihilo examined his captives, while on Earth, Captain America assembled a new team to rescue the heroes.

    The Hulk fought the powerful Hyperion on Mars in AVENGERS #3, but Abyss freed him from her control when Captain Universe intervened and made a deal with Ex Nihilo. Back on Earth, Bruce Banner made a deal of his own with S.H.I.E.L.D. in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #1 for his services and those of his emerald-hued alter ego.

    Iron Man took exception to Hulk’s new role in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #2, but the jade giant kept on smashing for S.H.I.E.L.D. in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #3 when he took on A.I.M. and the Quintronic Man over a volcano. The Hulk joined with the Avengers once again in AVENGERS #5 to aid the Shi’ar Empire versus an alien armada on the run from a cosmic menace.

    Banner sent The Hulk off with S.H.I.E.L.D. agents to recover an item from lost Lemuria in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #4, and clashed with the Atlantean warlord Attuma over it in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #5. After a so-called “white event” in AVENGERS #7, Hulk helped his teammates track down Starbrand. When the new hero’s powers activated in AVENGERS #8, he threw the green behemoth into orbit, prompting Captain Marvel to save him by pushing Hulk back down to Earth and smashing into his opponent.

    Indestructible Hulk (2012) #1

    Indestructible Hulk (2012) #1

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    Banner led a team of his S.H.I.E.L.D. lab assistants through a portal to fabled Jotunheim in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #6 where they met with Frost Giants and the mighty Thor. The thunder god teamed with Hulk to fight the giants in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #7, and bid him a farewell in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #8 after the fight ended.

    Starbrand returned to fight Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #9, but Hulk and the others turned their attention to Ex Nihilo’s sentience bombs landing all over the planet. Bruce Banner traveled to Canada in AVENGERS #10 and encountered a strange effect there from a bomb that “evolved” him temporarily into his future self as The Maestro.

    Daredevil lent a helping hand to Hulk in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #9 and stopped him from killing a criminal. Together, the blind hero and the jade giant tracked arms dealers back to Baron Zemo in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #10, but Hulk suffered blindness from one of the villain’s weapons before being saved by the Man Without Fear. Later, The Hulk investigated an accident with a S.H.I.E.L.D. time portal in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #11, a situation that set him on an adventure through time with Western heroes in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #12 and the Black Knight in old Camelot in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #13. Eventually, in order to save all of time itself, he journeyed back to his own origins at the gamma bomb site in INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK #14.

    Captain America enlisted Banner to work on the problem of the rampant evolution brought on by Ex Nihilo’s devices in AVENGERS #14. Unfortunately, the stress of it all forced the scientist to Hulk-out in AVENGERS #16. Afterward, he joined with the Avengers to bring the alien and his crew over to the heroes’ side in AVENGERS #17 to present a joint force to leave Earth in INFINITY #1 to confront the approaching Builder fleet in outer space.

    The Avengers suffered defeat from the Builders in AVENGERS #18, but they rallied in INFINITY #2 to cause some damage to Builder ships. The Hulk in particular smashed his way through a supposed “world killer” in INFINITY #3 and fought Thanos’ lackey Black Dwarf in AVENGERS #22. Following the destruction, the Avengers headed back to Earth in INFINITY #5 when they heard news of Thanos’ invasion of their home world.

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  • 24 February

    Unleash the Beasts: Hypno-Creature

    With so many classic creatures on the loose in Monsters Unleashed, we turn to their earlier adventures thanks to Marvel Unlimited.

    Stumbling into a strange, subterranean and possibly alien environment would be a lot for anyone to handle. John Cummings dealt with it in relative stride in the pages of a 1961 Stan Lee and Jack Kirby story in TALES OF SUSPENSE #23.

    In his younger days, the man recounted his generally curious nature. He’d ask anyone about anything they worked on, including some men digging a hole in the street. When they brushed him off, John got even more curious and watched them from a building.

    To his surprise, one of the men disappeared before his eyes. Compelled to find out what happened, John climbed down into the hole himself and soon found himself disappearing.

    Molecularly transported somewhere else, John’s body now existed in two dimensions instead of the usual three. Unperturbed by his flattened form, the intrepid young man kept looking around and soon discovered that he’d stumbled upon a 2D city hidden underground.

    Johnny soon learned that the workmen from above were actually disguised 2D beings and that they planned on invading the 3D world. An alarm sounded alerting the flat folks that someone had bad thoughts, sending John running. That’s when they unleashed the Hypno-Creature.

    Originally hand-held, the Hypno-Creature grew to monstrous sizes after the tube around its neck was broken and it breathed in certain fumes. Moments later, it took off after John into the Valley of Crystal.

    Seemingly trapped and about to fall prey to the beast’s blast, John grabbed a nearby crystal and reflected the Hypno-Blast back at his pursuer. The youth ordered the Hypno-Creature to attack his masters, regained his extra dimension, scrambled back to the surface, commandeered a steamroller. and closed up the hole crushing the trans-dimensional machine in the process.

    After he had taken care of business, a cop came over and told Cummings that he’d probably get sued by the company that dug the hole in the first place, but John just smiled knowing that it wouldn’t really be a problem.

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  • 24 February

    Flashback Friday: Elektra

    Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

    As ELEKTRA #1 bets our favorite Sai-wielding assassin’s life in a Vegas-set adventure by Matt Owens and Juan Cabal this week, it’s the best time possible to roll back the tape and check out her debut.

    Created as part of Frank Miller’s epic DAREDEVIL run, Elektra first appeared in 1981’s issue #168. The writer and artist put the basics of her relationship with the Man Without Fear right on the cover in a blurb that read: “Once he loved her…now she is his most deadly enemy!”

    While looking for information, Daredevil ran into some punks who preferred fisticuffs to communication. As he handled them, Elektra watched from her perch on a nearby power line. As she worried that the Man Without Fear’s presence could “ruin everything,” he completely missed her presence because of the fight.

    A moment later, the warrior woman threw the handle-end of her Sai into the back of Daredevil’s head and proceeded to beat up our hero’s quarry in an effort to get the same intel. Just before passing out from injuries sustained, Matt Murdock recognized Elektra.

    While unconscious, Matt’s mind drifted back to meeting the woman known as Elektra Natchios back when he and Foggy Nelson attended Columbia. They literally ran into the young lady, her father, and their body guards, which gave the future Daredevil a chance to take in her scent.

    Daredevil (1964) #168

    Daredevil (1964) #168

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    Later, Matt used a paper airplane and less-than-subtle subterfuge to distract the bodyguard so he could briefly converse with Elektra and pass her a rose. After she said she didn’t want to go out with him, Matt spilled the beans on his secret origin, explaining his heightened senses.

    The play worked and the two had a year of happiness in college. That all ended when some terrorists held Elektra and her father at gunpoint and Matt’s attempt at diffusing the situation inadvertently led to Mr. Natchios’ death. She didn’t stick around long after that, returning to Europe and a life that would eventually shape her into one of the world’s foremost assassins.

    Eventually Daredevil recovered and made it to the docks in time to help save Elektra from some of the men she tried to pump for info. Before leaving, he kissed her and she knew the masked man’s true identity.

    Elektra stuck around for a while, but eventually wound up on the wrong end of her own Sai thanks to an attack by Bullseye in DAREDEVIL #181. Far from her last appearance, the master of combat has spent time as the head of the Hand, a Thunderbolt and even an Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

    Flash Forward

    Much to her chagrin, Elektra fell to the invaders during Secret Invasion. As seen in MIGHTY AVENGERS #16, the assassin nearly defeated an entire squad of shapeshifters, but lost in battle to a Super Skrull sporting a combination of Invisible Woman and Colossus’ abilities called Pagon. This is the Skrull who then took over the Hand and sacrificed itself in battle with the Avengers to let the heroes know they’d been infiltrated. That story actually set off the invasion in NEW AVENGERS #31 when the dead “Elektra” turned green and Skrully. Upon escaping from her initial captors, Elektra and others found themselves incarcerated by S.H.I.E.L.D. and its follow-up organization H.A.M.M.E.R., run by Norman Osborn. Being one of the most dangerous people on the planet, though, she eventually broke out and got back to her life as can be seen in DARK REIGN: ELEKTRA.

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  • 24 February

    Panther Nation: Lil B The BasedGod

    In addition to now being part of the Black Panther family, you were already an avid Marvel fan way before you got involved with this project. What comics got you hooked?

    I mean, of course you know, X-Men—biggest X-Men fan. I was planning on getting a tattoo of Carnage actually, who is one of my favorite characters. One, because of how well he’s drawn.  But, you know what definitely got me…X-Men. I like X-Force. I think that’s what kept me going. X-Men, X-Force, stuff like that.

    Say you could have one super-power, what would it be?

    I think Storm has the dope-est power, being able to fly and shoot the thunder and lightning. I think I was always a big fan of Storm when it really came down to it.

    Is there a particular Marvel hero you like or relate to the most?

    I really like Nightcrawler. He can crawl around and disappear and stuff like that. I’m surprised no one likes Nightcrawler. Everybody always goes with Cyclops or something.

    Switching gears to hip-hop, who are some of your biggest musical influences?

    Musically, some of my biggest influences…pretty much rap music as a whole. I really appreciate and love thinking about pioneers in rap music and the folks in NYC, so I really just want to appreciate all them and everybody: jazz, and rock and roll, just everybody that had a part of hip-hop. That’s what I’m really inspired by, people that gave us the ability to make beats and the metronome, and whoever gave us the ability to create sound from scratch in an MPC. That’s who I really love and am inspired by because they’re giving me the opportunity to express myself and be an individual.

    What do you consider your proudest musical achievements in your own career?

    Well, I would say right now my proudest achievement is what’s coming: Black Ken mixtape produced and composed solely by the BasedGod. This is going to be my best work. I feel like my career starts now. I feel like nothing is compared to what’s coming. I’m creating new sounds from scratch and actually creating my own sound patches, not doing samples, I’m actually acquiring sound, recording live sound. For Black Ken, let me give you an example: I have some bass drums that I have created in Berkley, CA, and I won’t tell you from what but when Black Ken comes out I’ll be more specific like where this bass drum comes from or these sounds, etc.

    It’s about to be real “Marvel”-lous. This is about to be my best work. I learned, I took this whole year to sit back and learn a new bit of music theory to define my skills as a musician and I hit a new breakthrough in production and been working with the BasedGod. It’s about to be a wrap. I just tweeted out, around maybe 2010 or 2009, I let the world know I’m going to be a freshman in the XXL Magazine and the next year I did that. So I let the people know just today (and this is a BLACK PANTHER first exclusive news break that I’m breaking with y’all), I let the world know that I will be getting a Grammy so that’s next on the play and I’m standing by that.

    I know it can seem crazy but, like, if I would have told you [then] what I would be doing [now]…it would have seemed crazy. If I would have told you back then that I’m going to be lecturing at Carnegie Mellon, it might have sounded a little more crazy and then some.

    It’s 100% true. I don’t really like to say too much. But I know it’s coming.

    Finally, what up-and-coming artists do you think could be the next big thing?

    I’m learning everything…Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, these folks that are being extremely positive. D.R.A.M., Mac Miller, Clams Casino, Keyboard Kid…and the BasedGod is going to have a huge breakthrough in 2017 production-wise. Oh yeah, big fan of A$AP Rocky and what he’s doing. I got love for Soulja Boy… still my brother, still got love for him. The Pack, got love for them, too. But Lil B, man, the BasedGod. It’s about to be a real serious year for me; nothing will compare to what’s coming. For myself, nothing I’ve ever done will compare to now, sonically, just everything. A lot of people believe in me and I gotta do this for y’all.

    Interview by Chris Robinson

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  • 24 February

    Ultimates: Troublemakers

    The Ultimates cannot do what they do without gaining the attention of others. As seen way back in ULTIMATES #12, some of those people have command of a pretty powerful team of individuals, the Troubleshooters.

    When we found ULTIMATES 2 writer Al Ewing, he proved nice enough to tell us all about the ‘Shooters, including their counterparts from a New Universe gone by.

    Who are the Troubleshooters?

    “When the world’s ultimate super team was working in concert with the government, their cosmic-scale activities were tolerated; now the thought of what they could do is making the NSA very nervous indeed,” Ewing reveals. “Their solution? Send in the Troubleshooters, a group of ‘psychic soldiers’ tasked with monitoring high-powered super-teams and dealing with any potential issues. They’ve already engaged the Ultimates in combat, but how much of a threat are they against the people who took down Thanos?”

    Jim Tensen (New Universe counterpart: John Tensen, aka Justice)

    “An ex-member of the mysterious First Eternity Battalion, James Tensen is the world’s foremost expert on the Psi-Force—a quasi-magical psychic energy field that can be manifested in different ways,” recalls the writer. “In Tensen’s case, it takes the form of a ‘sword’—a powerful blast of energy that even Captain Marvel can’t absorb—and a ‘shield’—a force screen that’s as impervious as his subconscious wants it to be.

    “While he sees himself as a ‘warrior of Spring’—a personal pop-philosophy he taught in seminars before he was recruited—his work with the Troubleshooters has taken him outside his comfort zone,” Ewing continues. “Can he still call himself a ‘Justice Warrior’ when he’s fighting America Chavez?”

    Kathy Ling (New Universe counterpart: Kathy Ling, aka Shockwave and Codename: Spitfire)

    “Kathy Ling’s Psi-Force manifests as ‘techno-telekinesis,’ the ability to interface with complex machinery using the power of her mind,” explains the writer. “That makes her the only human on the planet who can pilot the ‘Codename: Spitfire’ psychic-powered armor. It’s already beaten the Black Panther’s Kimoyo system; can it defeat the man underneath?”

    Dionne McQuaid (New Universe counterpart: Dionne McQuaid, aka Indigo)

    “Dionne McQuaid uses the Psi-Force to turn her emotions into solid purple thought-forms, what she calls her ‘Mood Indigo,’ Ewing says. “She’s cool under pressure, but in combat she can let herself go and manifest massive tentacle monsters growing right out of her psyche, with enough punch to slam even Captain Marvel into the mat.”

    Terry Jessup (New Universe counterpart: Tyrone Jessup, aka Voyager)

    “A suave ex-SAS member, Jessup—callsign ‘Network’—is perhaps the most connected to the Psi-Force of any of the Troubleshooters,” argues the writer. “That’s because, after a top-secret attempt by a skunkworks facility to duplicate the White Event, he’s been transformed into pure, living thought.

    “Without the limits of a physical body, Terry is the ultimate spy; as fleeting as a thought, and able to create psychic constructs in enemy minds that seem as solid as objective reality. By travelling through the collective unconscious, Terry can travel vast distances at faster-than-light speeds—but does that make him faster than Monica Rambeau?”

    Simon Rodstvow (New Universe counterpart: Rodstvow of the Medusa Web)

    “Simon Rodstvow was the first Troubleshooter recruited by the NSA and the one about whom the least is known,” states the writer. “The only team member not connected in some way to the Psi-Force, Rodstvow gets his powers–a terrifying mastery of cosmic energies, and a portal ability that echoes America’s own–from an unknown source. He’s a thoroughly nasty character, a brutal thug who worships strength above all, but is he even human? The Blue Marvel is maybe the only hero who can stand up to him long enough to find out.”

    Philip Nelson Vogt (New Universe counterpart: Philip Nolan Voigt, aka Overshadow)

    “The enigmatic ‘Man in the Shadows’ leads the Troubleshooters from his dusty, old-fashioned office,” Ewing describes. “Readers don’t know much about him yet, but I can reveal here that he was also once a First Eternity Battalion member, serving alongside Jim Tensen and he has his own strange connection to the Psi-Force. Unlike his New Universe counterpart, there’s a relatively decent man inside Philip Vogt, but does that mean he has what it takes to face Galactus and live?”

    Track the Troubleshooters’ next move in ULTIMATES 2 #5 by Al Ewing and Travel Foreman, out March 22!

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  • 24 February

    ‘Logan’ Premiere: Hugh Jackman Thanks Fans for 17 Years as Wolverine

    The cast and creatives explain the Fox film's R-rated violence: "This film was made not to have product placement; these are universal, adult subjects."read more

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  • 24 February

    Download Episode 278 of This Week in Marvel

    Hello Marvelites! We’ve got a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel. Well, what are you waiting for? Pull up a chair and press play!

    Ben and Ryan give you the rundown on this week’s hottest comics releases, including INHUMANS VS. X-MEN, followed by part two of the Secret Empire interview with Nick Spencer and Tom Brevoort. Get the rundown on games, TV and film news from the West Coast. Plus, Marc and Christine take a look at Legion with X-MEN LEGACY in the latest Ultimate Reading Club!

    Read X-23 for the next This Week in Marvel Unlimited Reading Club and share your thoughts using the hash tag #TWIMURC!

    Download episode #278 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes, so you never miss an episode! We are now also on Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel!

    This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every 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!

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  • 24 February

    ‘X-Men’ Producer on Phoenix Saga Rumors and Making Up for ‘The Last Stand’

    Simon Kinberg says he wouldn't be daunted by the budget if he is chosen to direct: "I've been around movies of this scale for over a decade now."read more

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  • 24 February

    The star power of ‘Justice League Action’ may outshine the heroes

    Cartoon Network’s series “Justice League Action,” about a group of DC Comics superheroes that includes Superman and Batman, has episodes that last only 11 minutes, but the series has attracted an impressive number of stars to voice heroic and villainous roles.

    Starting with the return to TV of...

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  • 24 February

    Avengers Point One: Earth’s Mightiest Fans

    Those of us who love comics know that the stories and characters can stick with us for a lifetime. The truth of this certainly wasn’t lost on Jim Morton, who wrote letters to Marvel as a teenager, decades ago. The editors responded to and published one of these letters in the back of an AVENGERS issue decades ago, only for today’s Marvel staff to find it and reprint it in the retro-themed pages of AVENGERS POINT ONE—much to Jim’s surprise, when he stumbled onto it in his local comic shop.

    We caught up with Jim about his experience, and what has kept him interested in comics.

    Marvel.com: What has made you a lifelong fan of Marvel comics?

    Jim Morton: From the very beginning, it was the outpouring of creativity in art, story, drama, humor, family and team and social dynamics. I already loved super heroes, having grown up with DC, especially enjoying World’s Finest and Justice League of America because of the interplay of different types of characters. Marvel took those concepts and pumped them full of energy! I experienced that first with FANTASTIC FOUR. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN had down-to-earth situations amid all the spectacle and fantasy. I actually wrote a term paper in high school about the social implications of X-MEN and its portrayal of people ostracized from “normal” society. And yes, I got an A on it!

    I also loved the months-long sagas, which were in essence graphic novels in serial form. [Stan] Lee and [Jack] Kirby’s FANTASTIC FOUR tales achieved wonders in this style.

    The early portrayals of strong and proud female heroes such as Scarlet Witch, Invisible Woman, and Marvel Girl were exciting and inspiring, and in that same vein, groundbreaking stories of minority heroes such as Black Panther, I found powerful and thought-provoking.

    Marvel still honors these traditions and artistic aspirations today, and the world of popular entertainment is all the better for that.

    Marvel.com: Can you tell us about your experience with reading your letter years later? How has your perspective on comics changed? It’s so interesting, and often funny, to re-read things that we wrote as kids.

    Jim Morton: It happened at my favorite comics and game shop, Dr. No’s in Marietta, Georgia, managed and owned by Cliff Biggers, who produces the wonderful “Comic Shop News.” I picked up the AVENGERS #3.1 comic and recognized it as a retelling of the story from half a century ago about the first shake-up in Avengers membership, and it intrigued me. When I saw the letters column in the back, the layout alone told me it was a reprint of an old letters page. A split second after I thought, “Maybe one of my old letters….” I saw it! Definitely a moment of nostalgic thrill, evoking memories of the great enjoyment I had as a kid reading these tales. I realized that I had imitated Marvel’s own “house style” in the letter I wrote, and that was pretty funny. And I had fun reading the response, too, which had a classic bit of Marvel humor.

    Avengers #3.1 letters page
    Avengers #3.1 letters page
    Avengers #3.1 letters page
    Avengers #3.1 letters page

    Marvel.com: Comics have really evolved over the years—everything from artistic styles to subject matter. What changes have stood out most for you?

    Jim Morton: I love today’s more prominent roles for Marvel’s heroines, with Captain Marvel as a great example. I see the introduction of religious minority heroes, especially Ms. Marvel, as a provocative innovation.

    I’ve greatly enjoyed the cross-over sagas like Civil War and the infrequent but wonderful intercompany cross-overs such as AVENGERS/JLA. Experimental graphic novels like Neil Gaiman and Andy Kubert’s 1602 bring joy and wonder. And I love the increased exposure of Marvel’s Universe through TV, film, and novels. I had wanted those movies to exist 50 years ago—and good things do sometimes come to those who wait.

    Marvel.com: Whom did you consider your favorite Marvel characters as a kid/teenager? What about now?

    Jim Morton: All of them, heroes, villains, supporting characters! The wonderfully wacky ones like Lockjaw, a giant dog with teleportation capabilities! Kid heroes, like Power Pack! Such unique concepts as the blind hero Daredevil. I’ve always loved Black Panther and his stories today are simply the best in the character’s history. What a coup Marvel achieved by getting Ta-Nehesi Coates to write these stories! I mean, a serious social commentator, a TV news analyst on the editorial board of “The Atlantic” whom Toni Morrison called the public intellectual most likely to carry on the legacy of James Baldwin! And he writes for Marvel!

    Marvel.com: For someone just getting into Marvel comics, what books would you recommend they start with?

    Jim Morton: In general, the graphic novel collections of classic stories are a great introduction, providing a complete reading experience in one volume. In particular, I’d ask a new reader what he or she has enjoyed in other media and let that guide my recommendations. One that ought to have broad appeal is the charming and hilarious MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR. But there’s something for every taste. The Marvel Universe is a big place. For fans of the recent Avengers films, I’d suggest the early Roy Thomas Ultron stories, especially the one ending with—spoiler alert!—the little boy finding Ultron’s head in a pile of debris, the panels brilliantly captioned with Shelly’s “Ozymandias.” Wow… “I am Ozymandias, king of kings! Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!”

    Marvel.com: Would you like to mention anything else.

    Jim Morton: I’ll give you an example of how great a tug these stories still have on me at age 68. In late April of 2012, I was in Paris. I only had a week there, and I wanted to see, do, and eat everything! I had no time to stop and see a movie. But everywhere I saw enormous, triple-wide billboards and other signage for the [“Marvel’s Avengers”]. I actually had to struggle to keep my concentration on the City of Lights rather than ducking into a movie theater. But I waited till I got back to Georgia, and saw it. To use Pauline Kael’s phrase about the cinematic experience, I was spellbound in darkness.

    Pick up AVENGERS #4.1 by Mark Waid and Barry Kitson, out this upcoming Wednesday, March 1, for more nostalgia-fueled action and letters from yesteryear!

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  • 24 February

    Marvel Heroes 2016 Roll Call: Black Bolt

    Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to unleash Black Bolt’s sonic assault on a host of baddies up to no good? Look no further than “Marvel Heroes 2016” where players can harness the Inhuman king’s incredible voice and exceptional martial prowess to dismantle any foe crazy enough to stand in his way.

    We talked to Gazillion Lead Game Designer Benjamin Gilbert to get a breakdown of Black Bolt’s abilities and figure out just what makes Blackagar Boltagon—real name—tick.

    Marvel.com: Let’s talk Black Bolt! I’ve always had a soft spot for Blackagar and I’m super excited to see him showing up in the game. What does this powerful Inhuman bring to the game that no other character does?

    Benjamin Gilbert: Black Bolt is a unique blend of a ranged energy blaster and a mobile scrapper with a spectacular splash of blue crackling visuals fit for a king.

    Marvel.com: Black Bolt has a very iconic look, a lot of black and blue with a touch of silver. For his “Marvel Heroes 2016” costume was there a specific artist/storyline the team pulled from?

    Benjamin Gilbert: His “All-New All Different” look was pulled from UNCANNY INHUMANS directly. The Classic look was less about a specific story and more about taking the general details that make it “classic” and seeing if there was anything we could do to modernize it a bit but not lose the original appearance.

    Marvel.com: Can you tell us a little about Black Bolt’s ability trees? How are we playing the King of the Inhumans?

    Benjamin Gilbert: All his powers center around his primary resource mechanic called “Energy.” His first tree, “Scion of Attilan,” features all his Melee-centric powers, and also some that feature him zipping around with his cool wings. Next is “Inhuman Conduit,” which features him channeling particles into destructive beams or crashing waves of force that wash away enemies at range. His Talents will let you tailor Black Bolt’s kit to your play-style: all brawling? All range? A bit of both? You decide!

    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016

    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016

    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016
    Black Bolt in Marvel Heroes 2016

    Marvel.com: What are some of the team’s favorite Black Bolt builds?

    Benjamin Gilbert: My personal favorite is his melee build, using the Master Blow talent to swap out his Signature for a heavy-hitting melee one. [Others prefer] his ranged build, blasting enemies to smithereens from afar, occasionally using the slightest whisper to annihilate entire groups.

    Marvel.com: What abilities are you most excited for players to try out?

    Benjamin Gilbert: His Ultimate ability “Royal Decree” is quite a thing to behold. He unleashes the full potential of his voice in a reality-rending yell that instantly vaporizes non-boss enemies and decimates everything else.

    Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know?

    Benjamin Gilbert: The Attilan King is a great choice for beginners to “Marvel Heroes” and veterans alike. His kit can be molded to any play style and has enough stopping power to take on any challenge, and in stunning visual style to boot!

    Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Heroes 2016” news and interviews!

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  • 24 February

    Black History Month: Moon Girl

    Celebrate Black History Month by delving into the first appearances of Marvel’s most prominent African and African-American characters on Marvel Unlimited!

    Lunella Lafayette had big things on her mind even before a giant red Tyrannosaurus Rex appeared in the pages of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #1. The story, written by Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare with art by Natacha Bustos, featured a young genius worried about the spreading Terrigen Mist and how it would change her as a carrier of Kree DNA that will alter upon exposure to the clouds traveling all across the Earth.

    Thanks to Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur trying to get the Nightstone away from the Killer Folk in the past and Lunella finding the Kree Omni Wave Projector in the present, DD and the hairy pre-humans found themselves transported to our world. The would-be Moon Girl and Devil Dino teamed up to take on the Killer Folk, who developed into a street gang. To really get in on the action, Lunella even created her own costume complete with gadgets of her own invention. Completing the package, the duo made a cool secret headquarters in the form of the young lady’s lab located under her school.

    Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015) #1

    Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (2015) #1

    What is Marvel Unlimited?

    At the end of the first arc, Lunella could not outrun the Terrigen Mist any longer. In issue #7 she emerged from her cocoon, but couldn’t figure out her Inhuman abilities. Still, she carried on with her costumed hero career alongside her dinosaur partner. Later, in a fit of rage at school, she discovered that she could switch minds with Devil!

    This happened right around the same time that Kid Kree infiltrated Lunella’s class in an attempt to capture an Inhuman to impress his dad. Eventually Ms. Marvel jumped in to help out. After that, our hero discovered she’s actually the smartest person in the Marvel Universe, much to the chagrin of people like Doctor Doom!

    Lunella even played a huge part in MONSTERS UNLEASHED by figuring out the creatures’ language which also gave insight into their destructive mission. Not bad for a character with less than two years’ worth of stories out there!

    History Lesson

    In the wake of Inhumans Vs. X-Men, three new titles based on the first group will spring up: ROYALS, BLACK BOLT, and SECRET WARRIORS. That last one, by Matthew Rosenberg and Javier Garrón, will feature Daisy Johnson leading a team of new Inhumans like Moon Girl, Ms. Marvel, Devil Dinosaur, Karnak and Inferno. The series, as just announced, will tie right in to the epic Secret Empire event, so grab a copy in May to see how they do!

    Next time we focus on Marvel’s most famous monster hunter, Blade back when he debuted in TOMB OF DRACULA #10

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  • 24 February

    The Guardians and the Avengers Team Up For An Epic One-Hour ‘Marvel’s Guardian of the Galaxy’ Season Two Premiere

    Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” the action-packed, animated space adventure following a ragtag band of disparate misfits, will debut its second season with a one-hour telecast featuring back-to-back episodes, Saturday, March 11 (9:00 p.m., EST/PST) on Disney XD. Disney XD will also release six shorts following the adventures of the five main characters daily beginning February 27 on the Disney XD app, VOD and Disney XD’s YouTube.

    “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” season two will follow Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot on a mission to protect Star-Lord’s home planet of Earth, when they cross pass with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, the Avengers. After an epic battle, the two teams come together to save Earth from an alien mad scientist, The High Evolutionary, but inadvertently unleash an ancient weapon. With every alien baddie in the galaxy after this weapon, the Guardians must unlock its secrets before it destroys them and everything they’ve sworn to protect.
    The multi-platform schedule is:

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27 – SATURDAY, MARCH 4

    • Six brand-new original shorts will debut daily on Disney XD’s YouTube, VOD and the Disney XD app. In the animated shorts, the Guardians load down the Milano with too many Earth souvenirs and accidentally cause the ship to crash.

    SATURDAY, MARCH 11

    • One-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” season two featuring back-to-back episodes on Disney XD (9:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., EST/PST). The first two episodes will also be available on the Disney XD VOD and the Disney XD App for smartphones, tablets and connected TVs.
      • “Stayin’ Alive” (9:00 p.m., EST/PST) – While trying to dispose of Thanos’ asteroid, the Guardians discover it has been taken to a secure facility that belongs to the Avengers.
      • “Evolution Rock” (9:30 p.m., EST/PST) – The Guardians and the Avengers team up to find out what powerful secrets lie inside Thanos’ asteroid.

    The series stars Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”) as the quirky leader Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Trevor Devall (“Johnny Test”) as the temperamental, tough-talking Rocket Raccoon, Vanessa Marshall (“Star Wars Rebels”) as the unparalleled warrior Gamora, David Sobolov (“Transformers: Prime”) as the rough-edged warrior Drax the Destroyer, and Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”) as tree-like humanoid Groot.

    Produced by Marvel Animation, the series’ award-winning creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (“Marvel’s The Avengers,” “Iron Man,” “Thor”), Dan Buckley (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”) Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”), Eric Radomski (“Spawn,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), and Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”); co-executive producers Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”) and Stephen Wacker (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); supervising producers Marty Isenberg (“Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters”) and Harrison Wilcox (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man); and supervising director Leo Riley (“TRON: Uprising”).

    Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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  • 24 February

    Punisher Logo Removed From Kentucky Cop Cars After Public Outcry


    "That decal represents that we will take any means necessary to keep our community safe,” the police chief previously said.

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