Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Star is Coming to Marvel Comics
Published Jun 15, 2018
By Eric Goldman
The PlayStation 4 game’s main character will be seen in SPIDERGEDDON #0 and on variant covers.
This September, the star of an epic blockbuster video game will make his way to the pages of a comic book, when the new web slinger from Marvel’s Spider-Man makes his Marvel Comics in-continuity debut in Spidergeddon #0!
On top of that, to celebrate the launch of the highly anticipated game — which will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 on September 7 — the game’s version of the wall-crawler will be showcased in a set of five variant covers.
How will the star of one of the most anticipated video games of 2018 enter the Marvel Universe, and what role will he play? All will be revealed on September 26 by writer Christos Gage – who not only is the scribe of SPIDERGEDDON #0 but is also one of the co-writers of Marvel’s Spider-Man – and acclaimed artist Clayton Crain.
The Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant cover program is illustrated by Insomniac Games artists Dennis Chan, Daryl Mandryk, Eve Ventrue and Sing Ji, and Marvel Games’ own Art Director Tim Tsang, and all five covers pay homage to classic Amazing Spider-Man comic covers!
Look for Marvel’s Spider-Man Video Game Variant covers on these select titles in September:
1. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #1 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by DENNIS CHAN (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #546 by Steve McNiven)
2. AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #5 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by DARYL MANDRYK (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #46 by John Romita)
3. AVENGERS #7 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by EVE VENTRUE (homage to Dark Reign: Mister Negative Issue #1 by Jae Lee)
4. SPIDERGEDDON #0 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by SING JI (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #671 by Humberto Ramos)
5. WEST COAST AVENGERS #2 MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN VIDEO GAME VARIANT by TIM TSANG (homage to Amazing Spider-Man #151 by John Romita)
You can see all five variant covers in the gallery below.
“Growing up as lifelong fans of the web-slinger, everyone on the Marvel Games, Insomniac Games and PlayStation teams are honored and thrilled that characters from Marvel’s Spider-Man are not only gracing all-new variant covers, but are also starring in an in-continuity Marvel Comics event,” said Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann. “While making the game we poured through hundreds of Spidey’s comics, which inspired our take on his many famous friends, foes, costumes and moments. For the creative process to come full circle and see our version of the characters now appear in the web-slinger’s latest comic book saga is a dream come true for these True Believers.”
“It’s been such an honor for all of us at Insomniac Games to bring the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler to the PlayStation 4, but to see our version of Spider-Man now swing to the pages of a Marvel comic and be featured in SPIDERGEDDON is something we could have never imagined,” said Insomniac Games creative director Bryan Intihar. “We’re all web heads and super excited for the upcoming comics.”
This Week in Marvel Has the Latest on E3 and "Marvel's Spider-Man"
Published Jun 15, 2018
By Jamie Frevele
"Marvel's Spider-Man" is getting tons of buzz, plus TWIM's picks of the week!
While Ryan was in Los Angeles covering E3, Tucker filled the other co-host chair on This Week in Marvel! Jamie and Tucker were very eager to tell everyone about their picks of the week as well as the other comics that came out on Wednesday. But the biggest news was definitely “Marvel’s Spider-Man” for PlayStation 4 and its appearance at E3. Ryan gave his reaction to the game as well as an interview with the people behind it, Executive Creative Director of Marvel Games Bill Rosemann and Insomniac Creative Director Bryan Intihar. If you want to see what everyone is getting so excited about, check out the amazing gameplay footage for yourself!
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'Marvel's Spider-Man' Season 2 Premieres Monday with Two New Episodes
Published Jun 15, 2018
By Eric Goldman
Spidey is back in new adventures beginning Monday, June 18 at 6:30-7:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD!
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” Season 2 premieres this Monday, with a special hour-long return that includes two brand new episodes, beginning at 6:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD.
First, in “How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation,” in a series of shorts, we follow Peter Parker as he tries to have the best summer vacation ever, only to have his plans be consistently ruined by his responsibilities as Spider-Man.
Then, in “Take Two,” Spider-Man is excited to start his second year as a super hero (and his second year as a student at Horizon High) but discovers that Doc Ock also claims to want a second chance… Can Otto be trusted?
You can check out a preview clip from the premiere at the top of the page, and the Season 2 poster and new images in the gallery below.
“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation” and “Take Two” air Monday, June 18 from 6:30-7:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD!
Artist Christian Ward joins writer Jason Aaron for Thor's futuristic journey!
At the very end of THOR #1 was a promise that the All-Grandfather’s cosmic adventure would continue in THOR #5, which will go on sale September 19. While there will be plenty of Thor to hold readers over until then, THOR #5 will not just continue writer Jason Aaron’s epic tale, it will also carry on Christian Ward’s amazing artwork! Marvel.com asked Aaron about what we can expect from the upcoming story, and Ward shared his creative inspirations and what it’s like to draw Thor as an aging god.
If you’ve read THOR #1, you know that a very famous mutant made a surprise appearance at the very end. Wolverine, also as an old man, and also possessed by the Phoenix Force, showed up while Thor was sailing through the dying universe. But Jason Aaron’s plans for Thor and Old Man Logan’s new incarnation may not be what you’re expecting — and they certainly won’t be alone:
“When [Thor] goes looking for answers and runs into his old friend Wolverine, a very, very Old Man Logan who’s now in possession of the Phoenix force, Thor figures he’s found an ally in his quest to save creation. But it’s not quite that simple. By reigniting the fires of life on Earth, Thor has drawn the attention of some dark cosmic forces. If you thought Old Man Phoenix was wild, just wait until you see who else is about to join the party.”
While creating a look for THOR, Christian Ward drew inspiration from a number of sources from “1970s rock album cover artwork” to other comic artists including Moebius, Frank Quietly, and Bill Sienkiewicz. He also cited “illustrators like Roger Dean but equally fine artists like Gustav Klimt.” He added: “I used to be more of a fine art painter, and one of the things I love about space scenes is that they feel more like big canvas paintings with masses of swirling colors and layers of textures.” Citing his past work on BLACK BOLT, Ward said Jack Kirby was also a big inspiration since he “wanted the universe to feel huge with endless color and possibility.” To capture not just an older Thor but an older universe, he wanted the latter to seem “dead and empty yet still interesting” and used oil and rust for color themes.
As for drawing an elderly Thor, Ward said that “[d]rawing old faces is always easier. Lines in someones face tell their story.” He added that with this part of Thor’s story taking place “untold eons from now,” that is a very long story. Ward continued: “Beyond just being old, Thor’s tired so I wanted him to feel heavy. (His armor is a great way to emphasis that too!) But at the same time he’s more powerful than he’s ever been, so all that power’s built up in him like a powder keg. We’re going to see some of that explosive power in #5 and it’s been really good fun to bring it crackling to life.”
With the appearance by a Phoenix-possessed Wolverine at the end of THOR #1, THOR #5 promises to be a tale of galactic proportions!
THOR #5, written by Jason Aaron with art by Christian Ward, goes on sale September 19! Contact your local comic shop to pre-order your copy!
Visit a comic book shop near you for Marvel’s Father's Day Spectacular with comics and giveaways!
This Father’s Day, share your love of reading and comics with the next generation of Super Heroes as you celebrate with new Marvel books and special giveaways!
On June 17, fans of all ages can collect an exclusive free Marvel bookmark and jump into the Marvel Universe alongside Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, and Marvel’s next generation of heroes with MARVEL RISING #0 and MARVEL RISING: ALPHA #1!
Marvel Super Hero Adventures early chapter books are perfect for preschoolers and young readers who want to explore the Marvel Universe with their favorite characters through stories that touch upon aspirational themes of friendship, helping others, and heroism, so be sure to check out MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES SAND TRAP!, MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES DECK THE MALLS!, MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: SPIDER-MAN AND THE STOLEN VIBRANIUM #1, MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES: THE SPIDER-DOCTOR #1, and MARVEL SUPER HERO ADVENTURES BUGGIN’ OUT!
And be sure to pick up a free Marvel Coloring Poster to create your very own father-son or father-daughter work of art with a few of your favorite Marvel characters.
Pick up the perfect comic trades, early chapter books, and digests for all ages and share with your family this Father’s Day!
Find your local comic book shop right here! Then visit your local shop for more details about celebrating Marvel’s Father’s Day Spectacular this weekend with these special Marvel stories.
E3 is a wrap, but fret not, we’ve got you covered on all the happenings! You can watch the PlayStation Showcase here.
The biggest news, of course, was the reveal of the Marvel’s Spider-Game gameplay featured at the PlayStation showcase. Check it out above! How did the fans react to the much-anticipated game? Ryan Penagos and Angelique Roche got their reactions at the E3 PlayStation After Party for Marvel’s Spider-Man below! Pre-Order the game, available September 7: http://Spider-Man.playstation.com
Entering the fray this week is 4-star Wiccan (Billy Kaplan), Young Avengers. Pick him up in the hit mobile game starting today here!
Billy Kaplan was a normal high school boy until he discovered his power of Electrokinesis and became one of the heroes he admired. As Wiccan, he joined the Young Avengers and learned he was the reincarnated son of Scarlet Witch and Vision. With the ability to warp reality at his will, Wiccan is destined to become the Demiurge, a powerful being who will one day rewrite the laws of magic.
The magic-wielding Young Avenger is capable of massive damage at the cost to becoming vulnerable to enemy attacks. His ability to create a magical barrier that can make him nearly invulnerable. He’s strong with Characters that can create enemy special tiles like Carnage, and strong against characters that create special tiles.
Mystical Destiny, a passive blue power, allows Wiccan to become a Power of the Demiurge, a powerful being who will rewrite the laws of magic. If you have at least 6 AP in all colors, Wiccan transforms into the Demiurge and this power becomes Power of the Demiurge.
Power of the Demiurge, a passive blue power, sees Wiccan shaping reality to his will as blue, yellow, and green matches (all matches at power level 3) clear the row or column dealing damage and generating AP.
With Magical Barrier, a medium cost yellow power, Wiccan can create 2 random 5-sturn countdown tiles that reduce the amount of damage enemy matches or powers do by 15% to protect his allies. When match or destroyed, Wiccan restores health.
Chain Lightning, a high cost green power, grants Wiccan the ability to destroy a chosen column and do damage starting at power level 2 channeling a high-energy bolt of electricity through his enemies. If the column contains an enemy special tile, destroy another random column. Continue to destroy columns until a column without any enemy special tiles is destroyed. Destroyed tiles deal damage but do not generate AP.
Wiccan is available for a special limited time. Recruit him during S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Heroes for Hire or Wiccan & Friends. Snag Wiccan in Round Rewards during The X-Men vs. Apocalypse. The Honor Among Thieves event sees Wiccan as a progression reward and deals reward tokens to the Wiccan & Friends Vault. Lastly, don’t miss the Something Wiccan This Way Comes versus tournament kicking off Sunday, June 17.
Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel Games news and interviews.
Donny Cates Continues his Mad Titan Tale with Thanos Legacy
Published Jun 14, 2018
By Tucker Chet Markus
Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan, and Brian Level connect "Thanos Wins" with Infinity Wars!
“Things are about to get brutal again.”
On September 5, “Thanos Wins” writer Donny Cates joins Gerry Duggan and artist Brian Level for the latest chapter in the mind-bending saga of the most vicious villain in the Marvel Universe. Prepare to witness the madness of the Titan in THANOS LEGACY #1!
Thanos Legacy #1 cover by Geoff Shaw
Editor Jordan D. White offers a few insights on what to expect from this massive one-shot: “Donny is cooking up a 20 page story that answers the questions you’re definitely going to have regarding the mind-blowing events of INFINITY WARS PRIME…while Gerry Duggan is writing a story about the connection between Thanos and Requiem. Both shine new lights on the villain of INFINITY WARS and how the story comes from what came before.”
As Duggan explores Thanos’ link to Requiem, Cates returns to answer how the Mad Titan’s journey back from the future in “Thanos Wins” will impact the world-shattering events of INFINITY WARS. And the latter offers an ominous tease of the story to come… “THANOS LEGACY is a kind of thematic sequel to the ‘Thanos Wins’ storyline that Geoff Shaw and I created. It follows the missing time from the end of Thanos’ journey at the end of everything to…well, you’ll see,” explains Cates. “It’s an absolute blast to step back into the Mad Titan’s story and to give voice to my favorite monster again. If you dug ‘Thanos Wins’, this is a story you won’t want to miss! Things are about to get brutal again.”
Read the calamitous cosmic action in THANOS LEGACY #1, by Donny Cates, Gerry Duggan, and Brian Level, on September 5!
'Marvel's Cloak & Dagger' Stars Talk the Power of Outspoken Youth
Published Jun 14, 2018
By Tucker Chet Markus
Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph join a new episode of Marvel's Voices!
Welcome to a very special installment of Marvel’s Voices!
This week, Angélique invites Guest Voice Harry Go to host a conversation with “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stars Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph! The actors talk about their musical inspirations, their actual high school experiences, the power of speaking out, and the balance of realism and the fantastical in their hit new show, “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”.
Listen to the episode above, and catch Olivia Holt and Aubrey Joseph on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger”—Thursdays at 8/7c on Freeform!
Download the episode from Marvel.com/podcasts and subscribe to the show on Apple Podcasts right now!
Lauren Shippen Praises the Virtues of Digital Media on Women of Marvel
Published Jun 14, 2018
By Jamie Frevele
Shippen talks about fictional podcasting and her own audio series!
Last week’s episode of Women of Marvel welcomed Lauren Shippen, a writer and performer who has been telling stories and creating for various media platforms. Her science fiction audio drama “The Bright Sessions” is part of an emerging form of podcasting-as-storytelling, and in this video, Shippen discusses how she was an early adopter of streaming platforms that have since become mainstream.
You can listen to the full episode featuring Lauren Shippen at the link below. To keep up with Women of Marvel and Marvel’s other podcasts, visit Marvel.com/podcasts!
The Women of Marvel podcast assembles to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every other Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel VP, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Talent & Senior Creative Producer Lorraine Cink.
Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel.
'Ant-Man and the Wasp' Stars Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly Visit Taiwan For Fan Event
Published Jun 14, 2018
By Christine Dinh
Marvel Studios’ 'Ant-Man and the Wasp' opens in U.S. theaters on July 6!
Yesterday, Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly were the first Marvel Super Heroes to travel to Taiwan for a special Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and The Wasp” fan event. The National Theater and Concert Hall hosted as a backdrop for this first-ever event where Rudd and Lilly enthusiastically greeted excited fans. Take a look at the gallery above!
In the aftermath of “Captain America: Civil War,” Scott Lang grapples with the consequences of his choices as both a Super Hero and a father. As he struggles to rebalance his home life with his responsibilities as Ant-Man, he’s confronted by Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym with an urgent new mission. Scott must once again put on the suit and learn to fight alongside the Wasp as the team works together to uncover secrets from the past.
Follow @AntMan on Twitter and like Ant-Man on Facebook for the latest on “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” in theaters July 6, and as always keep your eyes peeled to Marvel.com!