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At the 2016 AFI Fest, women, youth and violence are the underlying themes

In 2008 and again in 2012, the AFI Fest straddled the presidential election. But even in a city as steeped in cinema as this one, the programmers of Los Angeles’ preeminent film festival knew that getting audiences to focus on movies in the midst of this most nail-biting and gut-wrenching election...

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The Devil Made Me Do It: La main du diable (1943)

Cinephiles and film aficionados come in all stripes. Some of us are drawn to the star quality of performers while others may obsess over scriptwriting, set designs or a director’s unique skill set. We’re often fond of particular genres and may gravitate to specific eras that we find especially rewarding. One of the many things […]

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Black Panther’s Pride: Return of the Dragon

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

Marvel celebrated T’Challa’s 35th anniversary in BLACK PANTHER #36 with reprints of his first appearances plus entries in Everett K. Ross’ journal, a map of Wakanda and the first entry in the “Once and Future King” story by Christopher Priest and Sal Velluto.

Taking place 25 years after the events of the series, Ross now holds the title of former U.S. Secretary of State and T’Challa has closed off the Wakandan borders. However, when his former friend finds himself captured by a series of the Panther’s old villains, the leader of Wakanda breaks his oath, returns to the States and faces off against the likes of Achebe, Venomm, and an unexpected traitor from within his own family. Thanks to some help from Luke Cage and Falcon, Black Panther stops his enemies from hurting Ross, but fails as a father twice over.

Black Panther (1998) #36

Black Panther (1998) #36

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In BLACK PANTHER #38, Priest and Velluto returned to the present for a three-parter called “Return of the Dragon” that teamed our hero up with the likes of Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, and Iron Fist to stop the Black Dragon, recently returned to life by Malice. At the same time, the Panther tasked his people with trying to figure out how to return Ross to his own body instead of Mephisto’s! But before things get solved, the creators worked on #39, a silent issue filled mostly with a fight between T’Challa and a mind-warped Danny Rand as part of the ‘Nuff Said initiative from that year.

With Iron Fist back to his senses, he and Panther teamed up to take on Black Dragon and Malice, using the latter’s methods to help defeat the former. But, the story ended on yet another cliffhanger as the supposedly original Black returned to Wakanda thanks to some meddling from Malice.

Secrets of Wakanda

Though the Jack Kirby BLACK PANTHER series came out at the same time, T’Challa never actually appeared in POWER MAN AND IRON FIST or vice versa. In fact, it seems like Luke Cage and Black Panther didn’t actually meet until 1982 when they both appeared in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant, and John Romita Jr. In the story, the Grandmaster snatched a variety of heroes and villains. The duo didn’t actually say anything to one another on-panel, but definitely stood next to each other before T’Challa got selected to compete on Death’s team.

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Black Panther’s Pride: Return of the Dragon

Black Panther

Read through some of T'Challa's most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther's 50th anniversary!

Marvel celebrated T’Challa's 35th anniversary in BLACK PANTHER #36 with reprints of his first appearances plus entries in Everett K. Ross’ journal, a map of Wakanda and the first entry in the “Once and Future King” story by Christopher Priest and Sal Velluto.

Taking place 25 years after the events of the series, Ross now holds the title of former U.S. Secretary of State and T’Challa has closed off the Wakandan borders. However, when his former friend finds himself captured by a series of the Panther’s old villains, the leader of Wakanda breaks his oath, returns to the States and faces off against the likes of Achebe, Venomm, and an unexpected traitor from within his own family. Thanks to some help from Luke Cage and Falcon, Black Panther stops his enemies from hurting Ross, but fails as a father twice over.

In BLACK PANTHER #38, Priest and Velluto returned to the present for a three-parter called “Return of the Dragon” that teamed our hero up with the likes of Colleen Wing, Misty Knight, and Iron Fist to stop the Black Dragon, recently returned to life by Malice. At the same time, the Panther tasked his people with trying to figure out how to return Ross to his own body instead of Mephisto’s! But before things get solved, the creators worked on #39, a silent issue filled mostly with a fight between T’Challa and a mind-warped Danny Rand as part of the ‘Nuff Said initiative from that year.

With Iron Fist back to his senses, he and Panther teamed up to take on Black Dragon and Malice, using the latter’s methods to help defeat the former. But, the story ended on yet another cliffhanger as the supposedly original Black returned to Wakanda thanks to some meddling from Malice.

Secrets of Wakanda

Though the Jack Kirby BLACK PANTHER series came out at the same time, T’Challa never actually appeared in POWER MAN AND IRON FIST or vice versa. In fact, it seems like Luke Cage and Black Panther didn’t actually meet until 1982 when they both appeared in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 by Mark Gruenwald, Bill Mantlo, Steven Grant, and John Romita Jr. In the story, the Grandmaster snatched a variety of heroes and villains. The duo didn’t actually say anything to one another on-panel, but definitely stood next to each other before T’Challa got selected to compete on Death's team.

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The Spells of Doctor Strange: Illuminati

The idea of a group of people running the world from the shadows goes back centuries. In the Marvel Universe, however, it can be traced back to the days of the Kree-Skrull War as seen in the NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI one-shot from 2006.

That’s about when Doctor Strange, Professor X, Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Namor, Black Bolt, and Black Panther met to figure out if a behind-the-scenes alliance between them and their respective groups might benefit the world. Panther immediately saw the potential problems with such an idea and quit, but the others stuck together to banish the Hulk to space and branch into a five issue limited series called NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI by Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed and Jim Cheung.

Each issue took place around a major event in the history of the Marvel Universe. The first saw our heroes captured by the Skrulls after they tried to invade as a way of keeping the aliens from return trips to Earth. This ill-advised operation actually gave the shape shifters the information they needed to invade during Secret Invasion completely undetected.

In the second installment, Strange attempted to acquire one of the missing Infinity Gems alongside Namor and Professor X. The mission proved a success and between them, they gathered all the stones along with the Infinity Gauntlet. To keep them safe, each member of the Illuminati gained their own, with Strange keeping the Soul Gem.

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

New Avengers: Illuminati (2006) #1

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From there, they encountered The Beyonder during Secret Wars II and got him to stop playing with the laws of nature, at least for a bit and then tried to deal with Marvel Boy and his desire to destroy the Earth.

In the fifth and final issue, Tony Stark called another meeting that everyone attended even after World War Hulk and Civil War tore the hero community apart. Strange only appeared in his astral form saying, “I thought it best if there was a barrier between us. All things considered.” Tony wanted to explain to the others about the Skrull invasion as evidence by a Skrull posing as Elektra. As it happened, Strange traveled with the New Avengers when they headed to Japan and encountered the being.

Though he separated from Tony on the Registration Act, Strange returned to the Illuminati as seen in Jonathan Hickman’s NEW AVENGERS and AVENGERS runs that lead up to Secret Wars.

Opening the Book of Vishanti

NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #4 kicked off with Doctor Strange telling Iron Man that Clea left him to rule the Dark Dimension. At that point, she had studied with him to become a mage herself and also discovered that Dormammu’s sister Umar birthed her. She took over in a story from DOCTOR STRANGE #7174 that ended with her in power and Stephen unwilling to stay on as her consort. In the original comics, this lead into Secret Wars II tie-ins whereas the timing gets reversed in ILLUMINATI.

Next, J. Michael Straczynski, Samm Barnes and Brandon Peterson offer an updated origin for the Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Knights limited series STRANGE from 2004.

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The Spells of Doctor Strange: Illuminati

The Illuminati by Gabriele Dell'Otto

The idea of a group of people running the world from the shadows goes back centuries. In the Marvel Universe, however, it can be traced back to the days of the Kree-Skrull War as seen in the NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI one-shot from 2006.

That’s about when Doctor Strange, Professor X, Mister Fantastic, Iron Man, Namor, Black Bolt, and Black Panther met to figure out if a behind-the-scenes alliance between them and their respective groups might benefit the world. Panther immediately saw the potential problems with such an idea and quit, but the others stuck together to banish the Hulk to space and branch into a five issue limited series called NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI by Brian Michael Bendis, Brian Reed and Jim Cheung.

Each issue took place around a major event in the history of the Marvel Universe. The first saw our heroes captured by the Skrulls after they tried to invade as a way of keeping the aliens from return trips to Earth. This ill-advised operation actually gave the shape shifters the information they needed to invade during Secret Invasion completely undetected.

In the second installment, Strange attempted to acquire one of the missing Infinity Gems alongside Namor and Professor X. The mission proved a success and between them, they gathered all the stones along with the Infinity Gauntlet. To keep them safe, each member of the Illuminati gained their own, with Strange keeping the Soul Gem.

From there, they encountered The Beyonder during Secret Wars II and got him to stop playing with the laws of nature, at least for a bit and then tried to deal with Marvel Boy and his desire to destroy the Earth.

In the fifth and final issue, Tony Stark called another meeting that everyone attended even after World War Hulk and Civil War tore the hero community apart. Strange only appeared in his astral form saying, “I thought it best if there was a barrier between us. All things considered.” Tony wanted to explain to the others about the Skrull invasion as evidence by a Skrull posing as Elektra. As it happened, Strange traveled with the New Avengers when they headed to Japan and encountered the being.

Though he separated from Tony on the Registration Act, Strange returned to the Illuminati as seen in Jonathan Hickman’s NEW AVENGERS and AVENGERS runs that lead up to Secret Wars.

Opening the Book of Vishanti

NEW AVENGERS: ILLUMINATI #4 kicked off with Doctor Strange telling Iron Man that Clea left him to rule the Dark Dimension. At that point, she had studied with him to become a mage herself and also discovered that Dormammu’s sister Umar birthed her. She took over in a story from DOCTOR STRANGE #71-74 that ended with her in power and Stephen unwilling to stay on as her consort. In the original comics, this lead into Secret Wars II tie-ins whereas the timing gets reversed in ILLUMINATI.

Next, J. Michael Straczynski, Samm Barnes and Brandon Peterson offer an updated origin for the Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Knights limited series STRANGE from 2004.

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Champions: Youth Movement

What began as an idea has since become a movement—a movement so big that not even the Hulk can get a grip on it! On December 7, join Marvel’s youngest heroes as they shake things up and turn their ideas into a reality in CHAMPIONS #3 by Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos.

In honor of the Champions’ youth movement, we’re taking a look at how some of Marvel’s newest—and “oldest”—teen heroes got their start as super heroes.

Bucky Character Master

Bucky Character Master

Bucky Barnes

Bucky made his first appearance in 1941, originally portrayed as Captain America’s teenage sidekick. He fought alongside Cap in WWII and apparently died while trying to escape a drone plane built by Baron Heinrich Zemo—but, really he plunged into icy waters and underwent suspended animation. After a Russian sub discovered his preserved body, they revived a brainwashed Bucky as The Winter Soldier.

spidey for print

spidey for print

Spider-Man (Peter Parker)

While attending a science event, teen Peter Parker suffered the bite of a radioactive spider and gained abilities. With newfound strength and homemade web shooters, Spider-Man became an overnight sensation. Since then he has protected New York City from some of the nastiest super villains, been cloned, fallen in love, and most importantly, learned that with great power comes great responsibility.

Nova

Nova

Nova (Richard Rider)

Chosen at random to succeed the alien Rhomann Dey and become the next Nova Prime, young Richard Rider gained super strength, the ability to fly, and a uniform with a life support system, but zero information on what to do with his newfound powers. He went headfirst into the super hero lifestyle, fighting villains in New York City and slowly, but surely, learning how to navigate his powers.

Untitled Image

Untitled Image

Prodigy

Chicago born and raised, David Alleynefirst came onto the scene when his mutant powers kicked in and he join the New Mutants Training Squad. As team leader, he transformed the X-Mansion into a post M-Day mutant sanctuary, searched for the infamous Magik, and helped battle the Skrull Invasion force in San Francisco, before joining the Young Avengers.

Untitled Image

Untitled Image

Wiccan

Billy Kaplan started out as a misunderstood Avengers fanboy. He first discovered his electrokinetic powers while standing up for himself against a school bully. He sought out his favorite hero, Scarlet Witch, for help only to find out that the Avengers has broken up. This led to him joining the Young Avengers where he briefly took on the Thor-inspired identity of Asgardian.

Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

Ms. Marvel (Kamala Khan)

After sneaking out of her home to attend a party, Kamala Khan found herself enveloped in Terrigen Mists and had a vision of her hero, Carol Danvers, scolding her for disobeying her parents and asking her what she wanted in life, to which the teen replied “I want to be you.” From there, everything changed and Kamala emerged from her Terrigenesis cocoon as the new Ms. Marvel.

Spider-Gwen

Spider-Gwen lives on Earth-65, an alternate universe where Gwen Stacy got bitten by a radioactive spider instead of Peter Parker. Forced into a career as Spider-Woman, the youngster eventually embraced her new role as New York City’s unstoppable crimefighter and had her way with alternate universe villains such as Matt Murdock and Lizard.

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Cover by Amy Reeder

Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Cover by Amy Reeder

Moon Girl

Lunella Lafayette stands out as a brilliant little girl with a big attitude and fearless mentality. When she found a Kree Omni-Wave Projector hidden beneath the Brooklyn Bridge, her teacher accidentally opened up a allowing the Killer-Folk and Devil Dinosaur to cross over. Lunella bonded with Devil via newfound Inhuman abilities and now looks for her place in the bigger Marvel Universe.

The Totally Awesome Hulk (2015) series image

The Totally Awesome Hulk (2015) series image

Hulk (Amadeus Cho)

A Korean-American boy from who became a Hulk after using special nanites to remove radiation from Bruce Banner and place it into his own body, Amadeus Cho also boasts an almost unparalleled intellect. He has defeated monsters with She-Hulk, battled Fin Fang Foom, brawled with Black Panther, and joined the Champions—but, he’s never too busy to protect his sister Maddy from harm’s way.

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