Magdalene Visaggio and Laura Braga take the stage!
Turn down the house lights, turn up the volume, and get ready to rock with DAZZLER: X SONG #1! Written by Eisner nominee Magdalene Visaggio with art by Laura Braga, the punk rock hero grabs the mic for a one-shot this June!
It’s all glitter and glamour in the underground punk scene…until Dazzler stumbles upon a part of her world that’s dangerous and violent. Now, it’s up to Dazzler to protect her dedicated Inhuman fans, even if doing so means that she has to turn to her own past for clues and answers.
“Dazzler has always been one of my favorite X-Men, and one of the most sadly underutilized,” says Visaggio. “She’s been wandering for so long, and I’m so excited to help bring her back to her musical roots and the X-family. Anyone who knows my work knows how much I love to frontline women who quite literally rock, and I hope me and Laura can bring some of that same energy and positivity to Dazzler.”
Get ready for a one-shot filled with music and mayhem from one of Marvel’s most talented mutants when DAZZLER: X SONG #1, by Magdalene Visaggio and Laura Braga, hits comic shops on June 6!
Okoye, leader of the Dora Milaje, isn't ready to assemble.
The Black Panther may reign over Wakanda, but the Dora Milaje are the true protectors of the resplendent nation. As the general of the royal armed forces, actress Danai Gurira plays the role of Okoye, the Dora Milaje’s fierce and cautious leader. Speaking from the set of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War,” Gurira talked about Okoye’s loyalty and the roles of strong women in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
As seen in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” Wakanda was isolated from the rest of the world for thousands of years. Just as they opened their doors, “Infinity War” brings the Avengers all together onto Black Panther’s playing field. To have the warriors meet the super heroes was exciting for Gurira, but brought up different feelings for her character, “I’m excited for all the connections she can and might make—through what she’s about to go through with these warriors and these Avengers, these super heroes. [Okoye’s] more cautious about that.”
Gurira continued, “She’s hasn’t been excited about outsiders. You’ll see that in a very clear way in the movie.”
As a deep traditionalist with the weight of protecting Wakanda and its King, leading the Dora Milaje, and adhering to Wakanda’s traditions and structures, all responsibility lies solely on Okoye’s shoulders. “The vocation of being a Dora is you’re learning how to be one from quite a young age,” revealed Gurira. “Her entire vocation has been to maintain this nation.”
These responsibilities and traditional values are what drives her apprehension of the Avengers. “[Okoye’s] always thinking about how many things can go wrong and how much she can control what could go wrong before it goes wrong,” explained Gurira. “There’s not a lot of control that she can have over something that’s coming that’s this massive. But that’s where her caution is. That’s where her concerns lie. It’s, of course, in her gut.”
The changes Wakanda faces such as the opening of the borders and revealing themselves to the world is what Gurira’s character must grapple with as we enter “Infinity War.” Gurira acknowledged the Dora will be tested more than ever before, “This is one of the biggest threats they’ve dealt with.” At the end of the day, she’s led by her King and goes by his decision.
Gurira was acquainted with her co-stars before the filming of “Black Panther,” which lead to a comfortability on set. The sisterhood continued on the set of “Avengers: Infinity War.” On her relationship with Angela Bassett, “I’ve always really adored Ms. Bassett and she’s always been so kind and gracious to me every time I’ve been around her. It was really beautiful, actually.” As for Gurira’s sisterly relationship with Lupita Nyong’o, “Lupita and I go way back, and we just worked together on my play, ‘Eclipsed.’ We are very much [like] close sisters — it was very much balancing off each other and supporting each other, and our thoughts and collaborations and how we were figuring out the language and everything. We were making sure we had fun because I’m the person that needs to be encourage-minded to have fun, and she made sure I did that.”
As for the King’s sister Shuri, played by Letitia Wright, Gurira was familiar with her from her London play as well, “I loved her from the second I saw her…saying, ‘This girl’s got fire.’ I loved her since then, so getting to be in this movie with her, it was amazing.”
The familial feeling continued off-camera with the cast spending time together solidifying their successful on-screen chemistry. “We had a good time together,” said Gurira. “Supportive, fun, lots of going out on the weekend, lots of bowling, going to [get] Nigerian food, partying. Mr. Addison [Henderson] and Chadwick made sure people always had a good time. It was actually a really awesome family of women and men. It was a great sisterhood. We took a lot of care of each other.”
To be a part of a massive Marvel film with so many female characters is something that spoke to Gurira, “It’s really thrilling. I’m insanely thankful to be alive at the moment I am alive, and I don’t take it for granted that so many women before me have had to navigate and push for more representation, and I get to benefit from the fruits of their labor. I’ve seen that evolution before I started acting to now. You can feel that, the shift, and it is a really exciting thing when you see there is a lot of attention paid to the position and the contribution to the female characters.”
“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!
The Nickelodeon's 2018 Kids' Choice Awards takes place Saturday, March 24!
Marvel’s mightiest heroes need your help to take home the 2018 Kids’ Choice Award!
Beginning today, you can begin voting for “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” in the “Favorite Video Game” category. Kids can cast their votes on Nickelodeon’s kidschoiceawards.com. In addition, kids will have the chance to influence the show in real time with all-new live votes.
Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” transports players into a cosmic battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis. LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 is available for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®,Nintendo Switch™, and PC.
Tune in this weekend as WWE superstar John Cena returns as host of Nickelodeon’s 2018 Kids’ Choice Awards to celebrate kids’ favorites across movies, television, music and digital, on Saturday, March 24, at 8pm ET/PT, live from the Forum in Inglewood, California!
Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for the latest on LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2!
This Asgardian warrior brings her sword skills to the hit mobile game this week!
Not enough awesome Asgardians in your roster yet? Well, the Hela-fighting heroine from Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Valkyrie, slashes her way into “Marvel Puzzle Quest” this week. Armed with a keen blade and some serious attitude, she’ll make mincemeat of her foes in no time. D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin was kind enough to break down the vicious Valkyrie, so if you need more info, look no further!
Marvel.com: Valkyrie’s just a tad late to the “Ragnarok” party but I’m glad she finally gets to show off her sword skills in game. I imagine the team’s excited too!
Josh Austin: We are definitely excited to bring Valkyrie (Asgardian Warrior) into Marvel Puzzle Quest as our latest 4-Star character. The Marvel movies keep getting better and “Thor: Ragnarok” has a plethora of great characters! The team has wanted to bring in Valkyrie for a while, so they were happy to finally bring her out and right now is a good time with the home entertainment release of “Ragnarok.”
Marvel.com: We already have a super bad lady sword-slinger in Gamora, what’d you all do to make sure Valkyrie feels different from the green-skinned Guardian?
Josh Austin: Gamora is definitely a tough assassin, but she’s focused on destroying her target and moving to the next. But Valkyrie actually has an attack that will move to the next target if the first target dies during her onslaught! Valkyrie also deals extra damage if the enemy team doesn’t have AP, so teaming her up with AP stealers is a different strategy than pairing Gamora with people that help gain control over purple tiles.
Marvel.com: Actually lets dig into her kit. How does Valkyrie bring the pain?
Josh Austin: Her first power is called Dragonfang Fury and it costs 11 Red AP. The ability will deal damage 3 consecutive times or 5 times at power level 5. If this ability downs an enemy, remaining attacks will continue to the next enemy. Each individual attack can be modified by Friendly Strike tiles.
Her second attack is called Bounty Hunter and it’s a Black Passive power. For this ability, she creates a Black Countdown tile that targets a random enemy. If that enemy is downed or takes a certain amount of damage before the Countdown tile expires, this tile is removed and the player gets 4 AP in their strongest color while destroying 4 AP in the enemy’s strongest color.
Her last Power is called The Best Defense… and it’s a passive Yellow ability. For this power, she protects her allies from evil by fighting back even harder. Whenever an ally takes a specific amount of damage, create Yellow Strike tiles. As long as the enemy has less then 8 AP in a color, friendly matches in that color deal extra damage.
Marvel.com: I love The Best Defense… ability! Quick clarification, if an enemy were to use a team strike ability, say Khamala Khan’s Embiggened Bash, would Valkyrie create 4 Strike Tiles?
Josh Austin: That’s correct! Her The Best Defense… ability will fire twice and create 4 Strike Tiles if both her teammates are hit at the same time. If you’re expecting some heavy team damage from the enemy, Valkyrie’s an awesome pick to make the most of a bad situation.
Marvel.com: And who does she fight best with? What kind of teams should we be picking her into?
Josh Austin: Valkyrie is strong with characters that create Strike tiles like Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Blade (Modern), Punisher (Max) and Iron Fist (Danny Rand).
Marvel.com: When do we get to play her for ourselves?
Josh Austin: Valkyrie is available this Thursday, March 22, and she will have a “S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Event” between March 22 and 29. Her store will be called “Valkyrie & Friends” between March 22 and 30. Her release debut is the Simulator that runs from March 22 and 26. Her featured event is “Thick as Thieves” that runs between March 25 and 30. And finally her Versus Tournament titled “Scrapper 142” starts on March 25 and ends March 28.
Pick up Valkyrie here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.
Where there is one, there is another.
We’re three months out from the series debut of Freeform original, “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger.”
An all-new “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” trailer will drop tomorrow, Tuesday, March 20. To mark the occasion, Freeform released a new poster below!
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!
Get an exclusive look at the variant cover for Tony Stark's high-flying anniversary!
On May 23, world-renowned artist Olivier Coipel celebrates of the one of the most anticipated anniversaries of the year with a variant cover for INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600!
Alongside AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800, the issue marks two long-awaited landmark events in the comic book universe. In a story that writer Brian Michael Bendis has been building to for years, Tony Stark marks his solo title’s 600th issue—and 50th anniversary—with a tale unlike any other.
Get the first look at Coipel’s cover here!
Invincible Iron Man #600 Variant Cover by Olivier Coipel
In issue #600, Tony Stark is back…but in what form? Huge surprises await new and old fans alike as industry legend Brian Michael Bendis ends an era with this super-sized anniversary extravaganza! Featuring artistic contributions from a bevy of Bendis’ collaborators including Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña, and a few other surprises, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600 will be an unforgettable anniversary event!
Check with your local retailer for more information on this Olivier Coipel variant cover! And get ready for INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña, and more, on May 23!
T’Challa goes to Hell and back, teams with the Avengers, fights for his country, and more!
For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!
His mind troubled by the Tomorrow Fund and the coup in Wakanda, T’Challa fell under the gaze of the demon Mephisto in BLACK PANTHER #3, which led to a full-blown confrontation between the two in BLACK PANTHER #4. Subsequently, Mephisto sent the hero and U.S. representative Everett Ross to Hell in BLACK PANTHER #5 to cause them even more trouble and turmoil.
Later, at a state dinner in New York, the Panther fended off an attack from Kraven the Hunter in BLACK PANTHER #6, and set up a rematch with him in BLACK PANTHER #7. The Avengers joined their old compatriot in BLACK PANTHER #8, when Michael Achebe, the man behind the Wakandan coup, orchestrated a riot.
The Black Panther stood with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #19 during an assault on the team by Alkhema, a female version of the robotic Ultron. Afterward, T’Challa and his teammates learned of Ultron’s destruction of the small European country Slorenia in AVENGERS #20, and made plans to lead a multi-nation invasion to stop him.
Once in Slorenia, Captain America instructed the Panther and Firestar to hunt down Ultron’s location in AVENGERS #21, and when they accomplished their task, the Avengers seemingly destroyed their foe…until a multitude of Ultrons arrived to battle them. New team member Justice’s timely arrival with Antarctic Vibranium helped turn the tide in AVENGERS #22.
T’Challa decided to confront Achebe directly in BLACK PANTHER #9, but as the situation in Wakanda grew grimmer, in BLACK PANTHER #10 he accused the U.S. intelligence community of fostering the coup. Back in Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #11, the king fought valiantly against his enemy, but even though he escaped Achebe’s deathtrap in BLACK PANTHER #12, he faced the threat of The White Wolf, too.
BLACK PANTHER #13 revealed T’Challa’s quest for Monica Lynne, while the mystery of the woman known as Queen Divine Justice expanded in the background.
While The Black Panther tracked down the villainous Hydro-Man in BLACK PANTHER #14, his friend Everett Ross settled into his new position as regent to Wakanda. Later, Ross found the job to be fraught with danger as The Hulk appeared during a ritual elephant hunt in INCREDIBLE HULK #15.
T’Challa continued his search to find old foe Erik Killmonger in BLACK PANTHER #16, while back in Wakanda, Killmonger met with Ross and revealed his plan to take over the nation. The Panther mused briefly on the news of Sue Richards marrying Doctor Doom in FANTASTIC FOUR #27, and then joined Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and The Falcon to battle Killmonger’s Harlem-based agents in BLACK PANTHER #17.
Brother Voodoo and Everett Ross urged T’Challa to return to Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #18 to confront Killmonger’s ever-increasing boldness. Voodoo and the Panther fought Killmonger and his Death Regiment directly in BLACK PANTHER #19, leading to the two eternal foes’ struggle to the death at Warrior Falls in BLACK PANTHER #20.
Moon Knight entered the land of the dead with Brother Voodoo’s help to rescue a dying T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER #21, while Killmonger rose to the role of Chieftan of the Panther Clan in the waking world. The Panther battled Nightmare in BLACK PANTHER #22 to reform his mystical bond to the Panther God. In Wakanda, a war broke out in the Techno Jungle between the Avengers, Deadpool, and Killmonger’s forces in BLACK PANTHER #23.
Still weakened from his ordeal, T’Challa held off an attack by Malice in BLACK PANTHER #24, and Killmonger lost his life while attempting to secure the heart-shaped herb that allows the Black Panthers their strength and abilities. In BLACK PANTHER #25, T’Challa and Ross dealt with the global Maximum Security situation of aliens designating the Earth as a prison world.
Here's how you can pre-order and snag an exclusive offer!
Next month, join Captain America, Iron Man, Black Panther, and the rest of the Avengers for a galactic-sized battle against Thanos when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” lands in theaters April 27!
We know you have plenty of options on where you can join Marvel’s mightiest heroes on this epic journey. Below, are some of the theaters offering rewards and/or incentives. And if you haven’t already, catch the thrilling new “Avengers: Infinity War” trailer above!
Be sure to check back here for updates on more retailer rewards!
OPENING NIGHT FAN EVENTS
On Thursday, April 26, be among the first to experience Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” at Opening Night Fan Events in RealD 3D. In addition to seeing the film one hour early, fans attending with be treated to exclusive content, receive a collectible coin, and be given a special event-only concession offer.
In select locations, fans will have the opportunity to experience a Marvel movie marathon unlike any other. Starting Wednesday, April 25, see eleven films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe all leading up to Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War.” This premium event will include marathon-only collectibles, exclusive content, and a special concession offer. Plus, “Avengers: Infinity War” will start at 6pm local time, one hour earlier than regular public times.
FANDANGO EXCLUSIVE POSTERS
Buy your tickets to see Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” on Fandango and choose ONE of FIVE FREE exclusive posters from Fandango Fanshop by artist Kaz Oomori. *Shipping and handling not included. While supplies last.
ALAMO DRAFT HOUSE
As part of Alamo Drafthouse‘s advanced ticketing promotion, fans can add exclusive “Avengers: Infinity War” collectibles to their Alamo Drafthouse ticket purchases, including two incredible limited-edition Mondo glasses, four enamel Mondo pins and a commemorative issue of Birth.Movies.Death. Available only with ticket purchases for a limited time.
“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!
Look through a gallery of retailer exclusive variants!
On March 21, the rage of the Hulk and the claws of Wolverine come together in one vicious experiment called WEAPON H!
When issue #1, by writer Greg Pak and artist Cory Smith, hits stands next week, it’ll be available with retailer exclusive variants at Sanctum Sanctorum Comics & Oddities, Frankie’s Comics, Unknown Comics, and KRS Comics!
Flip through a gallery of the covers here:
Of their special variant, the staff at Sanctum Sanctorum said, “INCREDIBLE HULK #377 was one of our favorite iconic covers growing up. Being huge Hulk fans, we were excited to have Dale Keown recreate his classic art 27 years later for our store exclusive of WEAPON H #1.”
With a similar shoutout to a classic cover, KRS mentioned, “We wanted to homage one of our favorite Hulk covers of the copper age by Todd McFarlane. Tyler Kirkham did an incredible job!”
And Frankie’s Comics mentioned their gratefulness for “the outstanding art from [Clayton] Crain!”
Visit one of these shops—or visit your local comic store—to pick up WEAPON H #1, by Greg Pak and Cory Smith, on March 21!
The Dora Milaje meet the Marvel Universe in their own stories this summer!
In an interview today with Vogue Magazine, Hugo and Nebula Award winning writer Nnedi Okorafor revealed Marvel’s latest plans for the Dora Milaje…WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!
Starting this June, Wakanda’s fiercest warriors are set for a three-part story that’ll see them team-up with Spider-Man, the X-Men, and the Avengers! In the first issue, written by Okorafor with art by Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque, the Dora catch wind of a Wakandan threat causing trouble in New York before leaping into action—with or without the Black Panther.
Okoye, Ayo, and Aneka are going on a globe-trotting mission to protect the realm at any cost. WAKANDA FOREVER starts here before continuing later this year in July’s WAKANDA FOREVER: X-MEN and August’s WAKANDA FOREVER: AVENGERS!
“I’m super excited about writing this storyline. Powerful disciplined African women with futuristic spears who faced their shortcomings and changed a nation? Oh heck yeah, I’m so there,” shares Okorafor. “Fans of the Dora Milaje can look forward to seeing them out in the world beyond T’Challa and the Wakandan throne’s shadow. They’ll get to see the Dora Milaje come into their own, while teaming up with the unexpected.”
WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #1 Cover by Terry Dodson
“As millions of moviegoers now know (and as comic readers already knew!), the Dora Milaje are the absolute coolest. And the rest of the Marvel Universe is about to learn this too when Okoye, Ayo and Aneka leave Wakanda on an adventure that will see them team up with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers,” teases series editor Wil Moss. “Nnedi Okorafor and a talented team of artists will be telling one Dora Milaje story that runs through these three separate WAKANDA FOREVER one-shots. We’re lucky to have Nnedi on board for this—she’s an incredible novelist, and her recent BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING digital series proved that she’s a great comic book writer too. She’s come up with a crazy-tough problem for the Dora Milaje to solve—but if anyone can, it’s these crazy-tough women.”
Join the fearless trio of Okoye, Ayo and Aneka in all-new stories as they travel the globe to protect Wakanda on June 27 in Nnedi Okorafor and Alberto Jimenez Alburquerque’s WAKANDA FOREVER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN!