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Marvel NOW! Hear This: Unbelievable Gwenpool

Gwenpool by Michael Walsh

From cosplay cover concept to headlining hero, the title of UNBELIEVABLE GWENPOOL seems more appropriate than ever!

With Civil War II winding to a close, the nutty alternate universe Gwen Poole—who thinks of the Marvel Universe like a comic book where anything can happen and nothing really matters—has a lot on her plate. Not only will she need to figure out what leading M.O.D.O.K.’s mercenary group entails, she’ll also face off against the likes of the New York City Police Department and aliens!

It's all just another issue—#7, due out October 12, to be exact—in the life of Gwenpool as chronicled by series writer Christopher Hastings and Japanese artist collective Gurihiru! We talked with Hastings about his continued work with Gurihiru, Gwenpool’s further follies, and how the pink-and-white-clad assassin fits in with her new reality.

Marvel.com: Gwenpool’s only been a part of the Marvel Universe for a relatively short time. How do you think she’s been accepted up to this point?

Christopher Hastings: It’s been kind of hit or miss for Ms. Poole getting along with the other characters! She recently struck out big time with Miles Morales when she tried to “help him” with a villain by attempting to murder said villain, which Spider-Man does not approve of, naturally. Thor nearly killed Gwen when she almost revealed that Thor was Jane Foster.

But she has managed to charm Howard the Duck and Ms. Marvel. I think they might sympathize with her as outsiders or newcomers themselves. And Batroc the Leaper likes her, probably because like him she has no super powers, but is eager to stand on her own in a world of meta-humans.

Marvel.com: What does the new post-Civil War II world have in store for Gwen?

Christopher Hastings: Well against all odds, Gwen has managed to send her brief nemesis M.O.D.O.K. into outer space, and has taken up residence as the new boss of his mercenary gang. Turns out that comes with a lot of very practical responsibilities, like making sure your employees get paid so they can take care of student debt. Also the cops are after her, and a bunch of aliens she cheesed off in her first issue.

Marvel.com: Aside from keeping up with payroll, how does life change for Gwen as she takes over as head of M.O.D.O.K.’s organization?

Christopher Hastings: More and more, Gwen is forced to see that even in this fictional playground of super heroes, her actions have consequences. Her sidekick that she got killed in her first issue is back as a ghost, with special abilities of his own, but she has to learn that it’s not necessarily a super powered upgrade for him.

Marvel.com: In issue #8 this November she’s got aliens and the NYPD after her. What’s her plan for getting out of that mess? 

Christopher Hastings: NYPD and alien arms dealers going after her at the same time isn’t exactly an easy thing to deal with, and may actually cause her to double down into her odd philosophies about relying on fiction tropes to get her out of jams. Which of course could lead to even worse disaster. Her plan essentially relies on the idea that police cannot be effective in the Marvel Universe, so that the existence of vigilantes are justified. We’ll see how right or wrong she is.

Marvel.com: You’ve worked with Gurihiru for most of this volume so far. How has that collaborative relationship evolved since the first time out?

Christopher Hastings: I cannot say enough about how wonderful it is to work with the Gurihiru team. Chifuyu and Naoko do so much to make GWENPOOL as charming and amazing a book as it is. They really go above and beyond. And all my scripts go through their translator, Aki who is clearly amazing because there are never any miscommunications between us.

I would say that as far as evolution is concerned, I try to look out for moments where Gurihiru can have some fun, get a little more cartoony with stuff, because they’re really hilarious when they do. I also really trust them to allow the characters to “act” out a scene and tell more with body language and facial expression. Scenes where characters are just talking, they really elevate them with that kind of work.

Chistopher Hastings and Gurihiru continue making Gwenpool unbelievable as the series hits issue #7 on October 12!

Unbelievable Gwenpool #7 variant cover by Michael WalshUnbelievable Gwenpool #7 cover by Helen Chen

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‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Spotlights Two Strong Women in Powerful New Posters

The cast of "Marvel's Luke Cage" serve justice in two new character posters for the series, heading to Netflix exclusively on September 30! Misty Knight (Simone Missick) and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) both get their own poster revealing their comm...

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Marvel NOW! Hear This: Black Panther

Black Panther and The Crew by Marguerite Sauvage

Rebels continue striking out against their monarch as previously loyal bodyguards seek to upend the patriarchal social structure that’s left the people of Wakanda destitute and without hope. For T’Challa, King of Wakanda, the past few months have not been easy ones.

Now, the Black Panther finds himself before the United Nations with his failures as monarch laid bare for all to see. Will his fellow heads of state find him guilty—or will it even matter? To find out more, we spoke with BLACK PANTHER series writer, Ta-Nehisi Coates!

Marvel.com: The setup for BLACK PANTHER #6 presents the public outing of T’Challa’s present failures as monarch of Wakanda at the United Nations. I know you put in a lot of time researching before you took on the writing duties, Ta-Nehisi, so I’m curious what that research unearthed in terms of his shortcomings as a ruler. 

Ta-Nehisi Coates: I guess I wouldn’t characterize him as a failed monarch. Being a monarch is always a work in progress. And some people take to wielding absolute power better than others. I always thought the fact T’Challa doesn’t take so well to it, doesn’t love it, is to his credit. One scene that really influenced my view was his initial refusal to join the Illuminati. He was skeptical of the kind of absolute power the group would wield, and even though he eventually joins, I suspect seeing where everything went left him more skeptical, still.

Marvel.com: So, there aren’t any particular moments over the course of the character’s 50 years where you feel he failed as a king and the leader of his people?

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Again, not really. I think the Wakandan people hold him responsible for many of the woes that have befell the country recently. Shuri too. But as far as they know, she’s dead.

Marvel.com: T’Challa’s been more than just a king to his people, he's also been an internationally known super hero. Are there any moments for you that stand out that you believe would land him in hot water with the U.N. due to actions performed as an Avenger or solo hero? 

Ta-Nehisi Coates: I mean yeah. It’s the nature of being a super hero: you often act outside of any real jurisdiction. At the same time, I think T’Challa and Wakanda have plenty of reasons to look on the United Nations with disdain. The world gave them up when the Black Order invaded. So I don't know how much regard T’Challa has for the U.N.

Marvel.com: At the end of the day, super heroes can often act in a fashion that places them “above the law.” Obviously, this is a central concern for both Civil War and Civil War II. And we can look at the movies and get an idea as to where Black Panther’s ideology leads him as well. Yet now, we’re going to see the spotlight placed on him directly. 

What sort of complications does this create for him as both the ruler of a sovereign nation as well as a member of the Ultimates? 

Ta-Nehisi Coates: I’ll leave it [to ULTIMATES writer] Al [Ewing] to answer for the Ultimates, but in Wakanda, he’s not really much of super hero. He’s the guardian of the nation, first and foremost, and the guardian of a legacy. That’s what Wakandans care about. If he uses his super-powers to that end, awesome.

Marvel.com: Hypothetically speaking, let’s say the story you’ve told is real. What side of the aisle does Ta-Nehisi Coates stand on, Black Panther’s or those calling him onto the carpet of the United Nations?

Ta-Nehisi Coates: I feel like if I answer that, I might, inadvertently, give away the ending.

Marvel.com: Understood. But ultimately, is T’Challa accountable to the U.N.?

Ta-Nehisi Coates: Nah. These are the people that watched Wakanda burn and did nothing. T’Challa has no real accountability to them.

Form your own opinions on T’Challa’s rule by picking up BLACK PANTHER #6 by Ta-Nehisi Coates and Chris Sprouse, available now!

Black Panther (2016) #7 cover by Marguerite SauvageBlack Panther (2016) #7 cover by Esad Ribic

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Get a New Look at the Cast of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ Season 4

Vengeance comes to "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." this Tuesday, and ahead of the fourth season premiere we've got a new look at the cast directly above!

Get a look at your favorite returning heroes along with the Spirit of Vengeance himself, Robbie Reyes, in our full gallery. You won't want to miss a second as the Ghost Rider blazes into the series and turns our heroes' world on its head!

“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns September 20 at its new time, 10:00 PM ET on ABC! Stay up to date with the latest by following @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter and liking "Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." on Facebook! 

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Playing it Straight: Dr. Strangelove

Years ago, Arthur Schlesinger was asked by David Wallechinsky to list his favorite political movies  for Wallechinsky’s 1977 edition of The Book of Lists.  Schlesinger had some interesting titles on his list, including Robert Altman’s Nashville, but the one at the top was Dr. Strangelove or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the […]

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Dinosaurs on the Women of Marvel!

Dr. Eugenia Gold joins us for the Podcast!

On this week's episode of the Women of Marvel Podcast, Judy Stephens welcomes Dr. Eugenia Gold, a recent grad of American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, who's research on living dinosaurs is now featured in the new exhibit Dinosaurs Among Us!

Join us as we welcome Eugenia to the podcast…

Listen to the Women of Marvel - Episode 113 now!

Do not miss the Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History now open till January 2, 2017!

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Women of Marvel Events

We're returing to New York Comic-Con!
Women of Marvel Panel
Sunday, October 9th from 1:30-2:30pm in Room 1A06
Panelists include Sana Amanat, Judy Stephens, Margaret Stohl and more!

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The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Friday,co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Social Media Manager Adri Cowan and Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat and Marvel Comics Editor Emily Shaw.


Have feedback or questions?
Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com.
or tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about Women of Marvel to @AdriCowan, @Omg_Dj_Judy, @MiniB622, or @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel!

Make sure to visit and follow the Women of Marvel Tumblr page:
http://thewomenofmarvelcomics.tumblr.com And Instagram at Instagram.com/TheWomenOfMarvel

Ep 113 - Dinosaurs Among Us

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Dinosaurs on the Women of Marvel!

Dr. Eugenia Gold joins us for the Podcast!

On this week's episode of the Women of Marvel Podcast, Judy Stephens welcomes Dr. Eugenia Gold, a recent grad of American Museum of Natural History’s Richard Gilder Graduate School, who's research on living dinosaurs is now featured in the new exhibit Dinosaurs Among Us!

Join us as we welcome Eugenia to the podcast…

Listen to the Women of Marvel - Episode 113 now!

Do not miss the Dinosaurs Among Us exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History now open till January 2, 2017!

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Women of Marvel Events

We're returing to New York Comic-Con!
Women of Marvel Panel
Sunday, October 9th from 1:30-2:30pm in Room 1A06
Panelists include Sana Amanat, Judy Stephens, Margaret Stohl and more!

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The Women of Marvel podcast will assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Friday,co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Social Media Manager Adri Cowan and Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat and Marvel Comics Editor Emily Shaw.


Have feedback or questions?
Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com.
or tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about Women of Marvel to @AdriCowan, @Omg_Dj_Judy, @MiniB622, or @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel!

Make sure to visit and follow the Women of Marvel Tumblr page:
http://thewomenofmarvelcomics.tumblr.com And Instagram at Instagram.com/TheWomenOfMarvel

Ep 113 - Dinosaurs Among Us

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