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June, 2017

  • 24 June

    The Red Balloon (1956)

    To view The Red Balloon click here. I like to think of silent cinema as our very own Tower of Babel as built by our great grandfathers in the late 1800′s and early 1900′s. Most pre-talkies required only a few scant intertitles here and there to be translated into different languages before being exported around […]

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  • 24 June

    ‘Toy Story’ Consultant Reveals Heartwrenching Story of Andy’s Father

    Mike Mozart, who worked as a toy consultant on the original film, recently revealed details from the late Joe Ranft, former Pixar head writer, for the boy's father.read more

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  • 24 June

    ‘Transformers’: One Way It’s Kind of Brilliant

    The franchise has relied on secret histories to keep it going through five films (and many more to come).read more

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  • 24 June

    Jar Jar Binks Makes Incognito Plea to Ron Howard For Han Solo Movie Role

    "If you really want to turn this movie around, you have got to get Jar Jar in there, and not just a supporting role. Maybe it's a Jar Jar movie now." read more

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  • 23 June

    Desperation and Bravery in Basil Dearden’s Victim (1961)

    To view Victim click here. In late 19th century England, the Criminal Law Amendment Act was implemented, not only banning homosexuality, but making it a criminal offense. For decades, this senseless, discriminatory and repulsive law targeted, and subsequently ruined, the lives of countless gay men in England. Fear of becoming social outcasts, these men were […]

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  • 23 June

    The Punisher: Blackout

    Start spreading the news…Frank Castle’s leavin’ today.

    The Punisher Road Trip 2017 comes to an end in issue #14 of writer Becky Cloonan’s PUNISHER with Frank’s triumphant return home to the Big Apple as well as guest art by Kris Anka. While criminals can’t say they’ve missed his unique brand of vigilante justice, they’ve been multiplying like cockroaches in his absence and that’s something Frank can’t allow to continue.

    Moreover, he’s got a citywide blackout to deal with and a key missing piece of his arsenal to find. In short, no one’s throwing a cushy homecoming party for The Punisher. We spoke with former New York resident Cloonan about Frank’s plans for shooting his way back to his rightful place as king of the hill, top of the heap.

    Marvel.com: Since The Punisher is back in town, what’s his first order of business other than destroying all of the crime in NYC, that is?

    Becky Cloonan: Frank is welcomed back home by a bunch of criminals, who have no doubt missed him very much! He’s no sooner back in the comfort of his own home, [when] he finds a piece from his arsenal has gone missing—and that’s how it starts. So before he does anything, he’s gotta find that gun.

    Marvel.com: In that vein, what excited you most about bringing Frank back home?

    Becky Cloonan: I spent 14 years living in New York, in Queens and Brooklyn respectively, before moving to Montreal and then Texas. Even though the city and I have done so much changing, I still feel like it’s a second home. So in a way, this is a homecoming for both of us. It’s been so much fun being back in the city—vicariously! [Laughs]

    Marvel.com: Were you hoping to set a different tone from his time on the road? If so, can you elaborate on what that tone will feel like?

    Becky Cloonan: This is The Punisher at his best, on home turf with the whole city at his disposal. He has to overcome new challenges and villains every issue, but that’s not to say he won’t see a familiar face from his time on the road…

    The Punisher #14 cover by Declan Shalvey

    Marvel.com: What’s changed since he’s been away? Have criminals been lulled into a false sense of security in his absence?

    Becky Cloonan: Bad guys are crawling out of the woodwork! They are like cockroaches; if you see one, you can be sure there are a hundred more lurking just out of sight. Frank’s got his hands full with everything from bored teenagers to career criminals, robbers and thugs—maybe even a serial killer for good measure! There’s certainly enough crime in the Big Apple to keep Frank busy.

    Marvel.com: What are the challenges Frank will face from a citywide blackout in PUNISHER #14? What are the advantages to such a situation?

    Becky Cloonan: What would seem like an edge for the bad guys ends up being [an] advantage [for] Punisher. His main upper hand is the fact that the criminals think they have the upper hand. Frank uses this to his advantage. Oh, and since he wrecked his van on the last road trip, he had to get a new car. It’s a lot of fun!

    Marvel.com: Are any of his experiences away from the city haunting him or impeding his ability to fight?

    Becky Cloonan: One thing I love about Frank is that he’s not trying to save the world. To be honest, I don’t even think he’s trying to save the city. He doesn’t need to protect anyone or anything. Instead, The Punisher is driven by an urge to destroy. It’s this instinct that led him to chase his enemies up north and made him face his darker nature. If anything, he’s even more of a force to be reckoned with now that he’s back home. The Punisher is like a Jason Voorhees that only kills criminals, and he revels in it.

    Marvel.com: Will Frank be staying in New York for the foreseeable future?

    Becky Cloonan: He used all his vacation days on his trip up north, so yeah, I think he’s gonna stick around for a bit.

    Lock and load with THE PUNISHER #14 by Becky Cloonan and Kris Anka, available July 26!

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  • 23 June

    Iceman: The Parent Trap

    Bobby Drake returns on July 26 in ICEMAN #3, written by Sina Grace with art by Alessandro Vitti, to face his scariest opponent yet: his parents.

    In this new series Bobby’s life remains a bit complicated despite his desperate attempts to find both self and general acceptance, de-stress his life outside of the X-Men and have a little less icy relationship with his family. But lets face it: mutants attract drama, and in the words of a wise young prince, there’s no need to argue, parents just don’t understand.

    Just how little do they understand? We caught up with Grace to find out!

    Marvel.com: We know Bobby is headed home to visit his parents; what’s going through his mind? Anything he’s worried or excited about?

    Sina Grace: After Bobby and Kitty’s adventure in West Covina [in ICEMAN #2], he’s feeling the urge to open up to his parents, and build a more honest relationship with [them]. He’s done dancing around the aspects of his life that he wants to celebrate—being a mutant, his sexuality, etc.

    Marvel.com: What’s Bobby’s daydream scenario of how his visit plays out?

    Sina Grace: In Bobby’s “best of” scenario, his parents would [sense] something was going on, and basically hand him the opportunity to feel like he can open up without shame or judgment. Basically, he’d love if they did the work for him!

    Marvel.com: What’s actually in store for him at this family get together?

    Sina Grace: Unfortunately for the Drake parents, their new home, and all of their nice things, the Purifiers are staging an ambush. The runt that Iceman took out in the first issue mattered a great deal to someone higher up…

    Marvel.com: You can see in ICEMAN #1 that Bobby and his parents aren’t exactly on the same page; can you describe a little more in depth the dynamic of their relationship?

    Sina Grace: Bobby’s relationship with his family, for me, comes from the same DNA as characters in a David O. Russell film: overpowering, Irish Catholic, and a little sassy. Bobby’s got to get his wit from somewhere!

    Iceman #3 cover by Kevin Wada

    Marvel.com: Briefly describe the perfect life for Bobby from his parent’s perspective.

    Sina Grace: Historically speaking, Bobby’s parents are happiest when their son is living his life in bullet points they can toss around as bragging rights to friends: “Bobby’s got a degree. Bobby bought a house. Bobby proposed.” His life doesn’t follow any traditional road map, and that makes them uncomfortable.

    Marvel.com: What does Bobby have in common with his parents, and where do they differ?

    Sina Grace: I think the easiest way to sum up their relationship, in terms of what they have in common and how they differ, is that they love each other, but they don’t like each other.

    Marvel.com: Does their relationship grow at all?

    Sina Grace: Papa and Mama Drake do end up seeing their son in a different light. I’m not sure whether or not readers will expect it, but to that point: I want the reader’s relationship with Bobby’s parents to grow in a way where you see them as humans.

    Marvel.com: Is there anything you can tease about what’s in store for Bobby? Any surprises?

    Sina Grace: Fans should expect a few more friendly faces to pop in the book over the next few issues. In terms of surprises, I have some pretty intense stuff lined up with Bobby and his journey to understand his powers a bit more! Keep on reading!

    Lightning Round!  

    Marvel.com: Bobby’s biggest pet peeve with his parents? SG: Judgment. Marvel.com: His parent’s biggest pet peeve with him? SG: Unaccomplished. Marvel.com: What is their parenting style? SG: Catholic Marvel.com: If his parents had mutant powers what would they be? SG: Rock skin. Marvel.com: It’s Christmas: what does Bobby give them? SG: Personal trinket. Marvel.com: What do they give Bobby? SG: Sweater and gift certificate. Marvel.com: What are his parent’s best qualities? SG: Dedication. Marvel.com: Their worst quality? SG: Obstinate. Marvel.com: What would they say is Bobby’s best quality? SG: Intelligence. Marvel.com: His worst quality? SG: Immaturity. Marvel.com: If they could change one thing about each other what would it be? SG: Perspective. Marvel.com: Do cool jokes run in the family? SG: Sometimes.

    Don’t miss a single cringe-worthy family moment in ICEMAN #3 by Sina Grace and Alessandro Vitti, out July 26!

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  • 23 June

    Marvel Legacy Changes the Comic Book Industry

    Get ready for a new dawn True Believers—one whose rays will touch every corner of the Marvel Universe in the days to come! Get ready for the return of what you’ve been longing for—and more! Prepare for the debut of MARVEL LEGACY!

    “A new initiative that will take things back to our iconic history, with a firm eye on the future, MARVEL LEGACY will present stories that remind everyone—newcomers and longtime fans alike—why Marvel stands as the premier name in fiction,” said Editor in Chief Axel Alonso. “Our titles will unearth gems from Marvel’s rich history, remind readers of connections between characters, and usher in the return of some major characters who’ve been missed.  Above all else, we want to inject our comics with a massive dose of fun!”

    Kicking off this September with MARVEL LEGACY #1, an over-sized 50-page, one-shot special, Marvel Comics titles step towards a bright new future – one that harkens back to what has made Marvel a household name while looking towards tomorrow. With fun and thrilling reveals primed to excite fans, both existing and new, this fall, prepare for MARVEL LEGACY!

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  • 23 June

    Download Episode 295 of This Week in Marvel

    True Believers, pump it up with the latest episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast!

    We’ve got a spectacular week of all things Marvel for you — first, Ryan and Ben take on this week’s comic releases including IRON MAN, SECRET EMPIRE, SPIDER-MAN, and more! Ben gets some Secret Empire #4 hot takes from Tom Brevoort and Alanna Smith (1:19:18). Over on the West Coast, Marc and Christine talk to Tim Hernandez, Danny Koo and Becka McIntosh on their post-E3 feelings (1:53:20). All this as well as your questions and comments (1:41:55)!

    If you want more Marvel Games news, listen to a special This Week in Marvel minisode where Ryan and Christine break down everything that happened at E3 last week.

    Be sure to join our #TWIMURC next week when we have both coasts tackle X-Cutioner’s Song Pt. 2! Share your thoughts with us using the hashtag #TWIMURC!

    Download episode #295 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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  • 23 June

    Marvel Unveils Launch Slate For Comic Book ‘Legacy’ Relaunch

    Almost 50 series confirmed to continue as the publisher pushes its new initiative across its superhero line this October.read more

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  • 23 June

    First Look: Astonishing X-Men #1

    On July 19, Charles Soule and Jim Cheung present ASTONISHING X-MEN #1! But get your exclusive first look at pages from the issue right now!

    Astonishing X-Men #1 cover by Jim Cheung

    Astonishing X-Men #1 preview page by Jim Cheung

    Astonishing X-Men #1 preview page by Jim Cheung

    Astonishing X-Men #1 preview page by Jim Cheung

    Astonishing X-Men #1 preview page by Jim Cheung

    Astonishing X-Men #1 preview page by Jim Cheung

    ASTONISHING X-MEN #1
    Writer:
     Charles Soule
    Artist/Cover: Jim Cheung
    Only the X-Men can save us!
    An ancient evil is attacking the world’s most powerful minds. It will have them by the time you finish this sentence, and a moment later, it will have us all. A band of X-Men discovers the truth behind the threat, but there is no time left. Psylocke, Old Man Logan, Bishop, Archangel, Fantomex, Rogue and Gambit will attempt to save a world that hates and fears them. Why? Because they are the X-Men.

    From writer Charles Soule joined by a roster of superstar artists beginning with Jim Cheung. ASTONISHING X-MEN. It’s the X-book you need.

    On sale July 19!

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  • 23 June

    Hidden Treasures on Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT!

    Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! recently opened in Hollywood Land at Disney California Adventure, and fans have been lining up for hours to get a peek inside the Collector’s fortress! Taneleer Tivan has amassed a large collection of unique objects from the Marvel Universe—over 2200 that are ever changing—Marvel and Disney fans will be surprised to know there are also some very rare hidden gems.

    While many Easter Eggs have already been revealed, here are a few more you might have missed. From retro Disneyland artifacts to homages to the attraction that came before, the Tivan Collection is filled with ancient artifacts that fans will fondly remember. We’ll keep some of these locations a secret so you can treasure hunt for yourselves—just be forewarned there are spoilers ahead!

    EXTERIOR

    Hidden Mickey
    Hidden Mickeys are a natural part of the Disneyland environment. Concealed amongst the details, Imagineers always have a lot of fun adding the tiniest features to the attractions—Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT! is no exception.

    On the front of the building you’ll notice a series of bolted plates. If you look closely to the right of the Tivan logo and the left of the satellite dish, you’ll see one plate is not like the others. In fact—it’s upside down—creating the ideal Hidden Mickey. Once you see it, you won’t forget it.

    The Avengers Hatch
    It was the tweet heard ‘round the world when our own Marvel twitter account directed our attention to a well bolted hatch that was in plain view, directly to the right of the attraction entrance. But what could it be? You’ll have to stay tuned…

    THE COLLECTION

    Asgardian War Hammer
    A nod to Beta Ray Bill, the Stormbreaker is an Asgardian War Hammer was given to him by Odin after being worthy by lifting Thor’s hammer Mjolnir. Who knows how the Collector came to possess such a treasure—so far no sight of the mighty Korbinite in the collection.

    Celestial Masks
    Celestials were a big part of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and these masks are part of their armor. It should be noted that no Terran has seen a Celestial without their armor so just how did Tivan come to collect such rare pieces?

    Figment
    Hidden inside one of the terrariums, high up near the top of the room is Figment—the mascot of Walt Disney World’s Journey Into Imagination pavilion at Epcot. Since the loveable fellow is the physical embodiment of a figment of the imagination, it will make you wonder if that’s really him high up in the box.

    Painting of the Grandmaster and the Collector
    Brothers, you can’t live with them, you can’t beat them at board games. The Grandmaster is an Elder and brother of the Collector and in this portrait you can see that he loves a good game. As in the painting he is played by Jeff Goldblum, and will appear in the upcoming “Thor: Ragnarok.” You can see the Grandmaster isn’t taking his loss lightly.

    Stan Lee
    Stan Lee has made many Marvel cameos over the years and now it seems he’s become a permanent part of Tivan’s collection, as he shows up on the video screen asking about parking validation.

    TIVAN’S OFFICE

    Golden Apples of Idunn
    In another reference to Thor, Tivan’s office holds a bowl of the Golden Apples of Idunn, which only grow in Asgard on a tree and can only be picked by the goddess Idunn, the Goddess of Immortality.

    Hydra
    Hydra is everywhere, including Tivan’s collection. Inside his office you’ll not only find a Hydra gun and helmet, but a rare red and black Hydra symbol.

    X-S Tech Invoice
    The Collector is nothing if not organized. On his desk by his log book there’s an invoice from X-S Tech. This is a reference to the Magic Kingdom attraction The ExtraTERRORestrial Alien Encounter. It makes sense that Tivan would want to collect as much old Disney tech as possible to create his fortress.

    Letter to Jeutar Morat
    Directly on top of that invoice is a letter to Jeutar Morat. Morat is a bounty hunter from the Guardians of the Galaxy comics who was hunting down Gamora. In the letter Tivan refers to a mysterious stranger. Hmm…

    Loki’s Shackles
    Yet another nod to Thor artifacts, you’ll see the shackles worn by Loki Laufeyson worn by in “Thor: The Dark World.”

    Loki’s Optical Torture Device
    As seen in “The Avengers,” Loki used this device to remove the doctor’s eye in Germany. And now sits on Tivan’s shelves. Here’s to hoping it got a good cleaning.

    Original 1955 Disneyland maps
    In addition to Tivan’s penchant for collecting old books he has also has stockpiled tons of old maps. You’ll notice a few of them have familiar faces. Is that Lady I see? Could that be Peter Pan? That’s definitely Tinkerbell. These maps of the original 1955 layout of Disneyland are a must have for any Disney fan or—immortal Elder of the Universe.


    Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Tin Toys
    The only thing better than hidden Mickey symbols are hidden Mickey toys. Inside the Collector’s office you’ll find an abundance of collectibles, including some very familiar friends. Obscured from view behind several objects you’ll be able to spot two Disney Schylling wind up tin toys. You’ll find a retro Mickey in one room and his companion Minnie in the other.


    Tower of Terror Books
    You can’t build a new attraction without an homage to its predecessor and inside the Collector’s fortress there are a ton of familiar nods to Tower of Terror. Tivan’s office is filled with books leftover from the Tower lobby.

    Tower of Terror luggage tag
    Tivan must love to read, as books upon books fill his office shelves. You’ll find he has a penchant for unusual bookmarks as luggage tags leftover from the Tower days, keep his place in some of the tomes. You’ll see a noticeable Hollywood Tower Hotel logo peeking out from the pages.

    Tower of Terror bellhop hat
    A keen eye will find an homage to the original cast member outfits from Tower of Terror. Look closely and you’ll may be able to spy a rogue bellhop hat—an essential part of the Hollywood Tower of Terror costume.

    GANTRY LIFT

    F’Saki Chow
    In “Guardians of the Galaxy,” inside the bar Boot of Jemiah on the planet Knowhere, gamblers are betting on Orlonis while they try to survive being eaten by F’saki. Here Tivan finds a more humane way to feed the fierce creatures, with bags of F’saki Chow.

    Animatronic Dolores the Octopus
    Disneyland devotees remember the Country Bear Vacation Hoedown. Terrance the bear (clad in swim trunks, no less) and his octopus girlfriend Dolores sang the fitting duet, “Two Different Worlds.” In the end things didn’t work out between the two, with Terrance declaring, “This just ain’t working out, Dolores.” Now she’s found a new home in the Tivan Collection, pink bow atop her head and all.

     

    Harold the Matterhorn Yeti
    The Matterhorn was home to Harold the Yeti for 37 years, surprising riders as they turned the corner on the coaster. For the 60th anniversary of the park Harold was replaced with a new animatronic monster. Now you can find him hanging out in the rafters of the fortress queue.

    Howard the Duck
    While waiting in the queue not only can you spot Howard the Duck in Tivan’s welcome video, but you can hear his voice if you listen closely. If you still need more Duck-Man in your life you can pick up a Howard the Duck plush in the Collector’s Warehouse.

    Kamar-Taj Dragon
    Uncovered and ready to display is a Kamar-Taj dragon statue. Kamar-Taj as referenced in “Doctor Strange” was the Himalayan home of the Ancient One and the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

    Tower of Terror Painting
    It makes sense that Tivan would want to keep some souvenirs from the Hollywood Tower Hotel, after all the lobby was filled with rare antiquities. One of which you’ll find while heading towards the gantry lift.

    Have you spotted any other rare artifacts amongst the Collector’s treasures? Make sure you keep an eye out at the ever-changing Tivan Collection the next time you’re on Guardians of the Galaxy-Mission: BREAKOUT!

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  • 23 June

    ‘X-Men: Dark Phoenix’ to Complete 30-Year-Plus Piece of Comics Mythology

    Finally, Dazzler will make it to the big screen.read more

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  • 23 June

    Flashback Friday: Ego

    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.

    In the pages of this week’s ULTIMATES 2 #8, Al Ewing and Aud Koch brought two powerful cosmic entities into conflict once again as Galactus faced off against his old foe Ego. We’re not going to spoil how that encounter ended, but we will talk about the Living Planet’s first recorded bout!

    Stan Lee and Jack Kirby introduced readers—and the title Asgardian warrior—to Ego on the very last page of THOR #132 back in 1966. You might wonder what brought the God of Thunder into outer space at the time. In THOR #131, Jane Foster’s former roommate Tana Nile revealed her true identity as a Space Colonizer. Since no one else cared about the backwater planet Earth, she called dibs and took control. When Thor came to visit the missing Jane, he discovered Tana’s secret and battled the supposedly unbeatable Colonizers from Rigel. He allowed himself to get captured and easily broke free to confront the entire organization in issue #132. After a battle, the Colonizer leader told Thor of the true threat, a being living in the Black Galaxy.

    Agreeing to face this unseen enemy head-on, Thor flew off in a space ship with a humanoid robot called The Recorder. The duo witnessed the Living Planet as a beautifully rendered Kirby collage at the end of #132, and then far more fully in the next issue. Upon the Thunder God’s landing on Ego’s surface, the enormous creature revealed seemingly unlimited powers like the ability to peer into minds and manipulate the molecules around them to create familiar environs. He quickly exposed his desire to use these powers to escape the Black Galaxy and take over “all of space.”

    Thor (1966) #133

    Thor (1966) #133

    • Published: October 10, 1966
    • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
    • Penciller: Jack Kirby
    • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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    Ego further explained that his plan revolved around using the Thunderer as a molecular model to create an army of powerful anti-body-based minions that would travel from the Black Galaxy to fulfill his machinations. Though the Living Planet offered plenty of obstacles for Thor and Recorder to survive, the Son of Odin called down a storm of epic proportions that allowed them to free themselves from his grievous gravitational pull. In his rage at losing, Ego swore to seal off his bio-verse and never attack an outside world again.

    Flash Forward

    Of course, Ego’s vow of non-violence didn’t stop another cosmic threat from threatening the Living Planet! Galactus stumbled upon Ego during one of his many searches for sustenance and the two quickly came into conflict in THOR #160. Meanwhile, Tana Nile appeared on Earth to bring Thor to the Black Galaxy to help stop this war of cosmic proportions. The Thunder God joined the fray, fighting Galactus for the very first time, in an effort to defend Ego from being devoured. Thanks to some help from the Wanderers, who provided equipment to enhance Mjolnir, the heroes drained Galactus of his life energy and sent him packing! Ego offered his thanks by giving the Wanderers a place to live on his surface.

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  • 23 June

    MARVEL LEGACY Supercut: All 52 (No, Really) New & Returning Titles

    With some titles continuing through SECRET EMPIRE and GENERATIONS, and others returning for the first time in decades.

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