Trish Walker & Jeri Hogarth on the Women of Marvel
Published Mar 22, 2018
By Judy Stephens
Carrie-Anne Moss and Rachael Taylor join the podcast!
The Women of Marvel return this week with more from Marvel’s Jessica Jones, as Judy welcomes Carrie-Anne Moss and Rachael Taylor to discuss their characters, Jeri Hogarth and Trish Walker, relationships with Jessica in Season 2, working on the Netflix sets and a little advice for young fans.
Watch Season 2 of Marvel’s Jessica Jones on Netflix now!
Produced by Judy Stephens and Brandon Grugle
Associate Produced by Chloe Wilson
Art by Allyson Wakeman
Music by Karen Kanan Corrêa
Women of Marvel is coming to c2e2 in Chicago from April 6-8th! Stay tuned for more information!
The Women of Marvel podcast assemble 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.
The Weeknd teams up with Marvel to tell an original story!
Based on the chart-topping song from the double-platinum album “Starboy” by The Weeknd, prepare for THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY!
The city of Alphatron is in the grip of a crime wave, as the terrifying Jack “The Chef” Smiley has unified all criminal organizations with his ruthlessness and strategic genius. Not content with brutally murdering his victims, Smiley also feasts upon their flesh. The citizens live in fear and the police have been directly targeted. The city is in dire need of a hero. It will not get one, but it will get what it deserves: Starboy!
Written by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, La Mar Taylor, and Christos Gage with art by Eric Nguyen and Guru-eFX, THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY – Vol. I – Issue #1 is the debut Marvel comic from the mind of The Weeknd.
On this monumental team up, The Weeknd says, “Marvel is the pinnacle of success in their field and I’ve been a lifelong fan of their work. To be able to partner with them is a dream come true.”
Get ready to enter a world created by The Weeknd in THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY – Vol. I – Issue #1, by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, La Mar Taylor, Christos Gage, Eric Nguyen, and Guru-eFX, on June 13!
Welcome the latest Children of the Atom to the mobile gaming adventure!
Brother and sister smash and slash their way through the latest update to “Marvel Future Fight” as the interdimensional battle wages on. This month, recruit some extra help from X-Men members. Channel the steel powerhouse Colossus and his sword-wielding sorceress younger sister Magik. Bring on hope – or destruction – with Angel or the diamond telepath, Emma Frost. Be sure to grab some MARVEL NOW! looks for Cyclops and Wolverine!
To get the full rundown all things mutant-related, we grabbed a few minutes with the team over at Netmarble Monster: lead game designer/director Minkyun Kim, lead system designer Youjung Kim, lead skill designer Jongho Park, and lead level designer JungTae Pyo.
Marvel.com: Could you give us a quick introduction for the latest “Marvel Future Fight” update?
Minkyun Kim: In this update, X-Men members Magik, Colossus, Angel, and Emma Frost will be available as new playable Heroes. In addition, Cyclops and Wolverine, who are already in the game, will be getting new Uniforms. As for new content, a new Dimensional Rift has been added with the newly an alternate-universe version of Angel as the Rift boss, as well as a few in-game improvements that I think our users will appreciate.
Marvel.com: Will our heroes sport new looks?
Youjung Kim: Cyclops and Wolverine will be getting new Character Uniforms. Cyclops will be getting the ‘Marvel NOW!’ uniform that he wore while leading the Mutant Resistance, which many of our Cyclops fans were hoping for. For Wolverine, we have prepared the ‘All New Marvel NOW!’ uniform that was created for Wolverine by the Superior Spider-Man.
Marvel.com: What can players expect to see in-game with the inclusion of these newly-added characters?
Jongho Park: We did our best to implement X-Men abilities that appeared in the comics. Users will see that Magik has her iconic Dimensional Warp skill along with other magical abilities. Colossus, the ‘guardian’ of the X-Men, will have immense tanking ability arising from his extra solid body, and Angel will have great supportive capabilities through his healing skills to help his fellow X-Men. Emma Frost will have various telepathic skills that will be sure to confuse and debilitate her enemies!
Marvel.com: Colossus is known to have the ability to transform his body into a solid weapon of pure steel. How strongly is this expressed in the game?
Jongho Park: We took extra care to express Colossus’ Herculean strength and body in the game. We made sure to focus on his innate concrete strength, rather than speed, for his abilities. We also put effort into implementing his steel body to reflect immense defensive capability and exclusive skills that make him extremely formidable to characters that use Physical Attacks.
Marvel.com: What improvements have been made to enhance the player experience?
JungTae Pyo: The enormous Frost Beast that appears in the Alliance Battles seemed to have some counter-intuitive aspects regarding his attacks. Users were only able to evade them by roughly estimating the range of his attacks previously, so we made efforts to improve on this by adding an indicator that shows the range of his attacks.
Marvel.com: Lastly, can you share anything fun or surprising that’s exclusive to this mutant special?
Minkyun Kim: After the very first X-Men update of last year, we’ve been wanting to expand and add more X-Men to the game. This was easier said than done, as there are so many incredible X-Men characters to choose from. Picking which ones to add to the game required considerable forethought. Our hope is that our users will see that we put a lot of thought into the X-Men characters selected for this update. Our mission was to quench their thirst for X-Men characters through the unique and engaging skillsets of the new characters. We plan to continue adding characters from the X-Men universe in the future, so we hope our users will continue to play and love our game!
Thanos Isn't Wrong in Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War'
Published Mar 21, 2018
By Christine Dinh
Marvel screenwriters on creating the Mad Titan's emotional story in 'Avengers: Infinity War.'
There is no denying the epic scale and insane ambition of the Marvel Cinematic Universe that has everyone celebrating Marvel Studios’ 10th anniversary. Everything Earth’s mightiest heroes have fought for in the previous 18 films has led up to this moment — protecting the fate of the world and its existence from Thanos in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War.”
The antagonist of “Infinity War” has been pulling the strings throughout the MCU since “The Avengers.” Besides shopping around the galaxy for Infinity Stones, not much is known about Thanos outside of the glimpses we’ve seen here and there. Marvel screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely rose to the challenge of balancing the ensemble and bringing this “epic level of storytelling” required to “surprise the hell out of people.” Make no mistake, according to McFeely, this is “Thanos’ movie.”
Thanos does not see himself as the Big Bad of his story. “Villain is a derogatory term that Thanos wouldn’t agree with,” said Markus. In fact, Markus hopes you come away from “Infinity War” the same way you do with the publishing source material, “where you go, ‘I can’t say he was wrong.'” He stands in a category all his own. Adding, “Weirdly, he’s the most understandable guy in the movie sometimes.”
The writers borrowed from Jim Starlin in portraying Thanos as an “amoral philosopher.” They wanted an antagonist that doesn’t just “want to kill somebody” or “take over the world because it seems like a fun thing to do” because “that guy isn’t very interesting; he’s pathetic.” That approach doesn’t marry well with character who knows what he wants and carries emotional weight that can go toe-to-toe with any of the Avengers.
“He’s not the Devil – although he does sometimes have the Devil standing next to him. We wanted that all the way through,” revealed Markus. “To have a villain with understandable motivations and emotions. Thanos has family. Thanos has two daughters that we know of. Thanos has 8 million back stories in the comics, but they’re all kind of sad.”
The writers placed a lot of care in developing Thanos, a man worthy of driving “Infinity War” and bringing all of the Avengers and their allies together. One can compare Thanos to two other Marvel antagonists – Loki and Kilgrave. Yes, they are “creepy and awful,” but they “really care in a strange way.” Everyone has weird family relationships. McFeely drove the point home that Thanos does not see himself as the villain because he believes what he’s doing is right, “[Thanos’] got daughters that he clearly has to deal with.”
“The bad guy tends to be a foil for the development of the hero, and that’s not the case here,” added McFeely. “If anything, it’s the opposite. Our heroes are the foils for the villain, whose story we need to tell at large.”
We learned that the Mad Titan isn’t driven by the Infinity Stones alone. Anthony Russo previously commented how everything in “Infinity War” had to be character-based, an approach that extends to Markus and McFeely. “Every time you collect one, it can’t just be a check mark,” stressed McFeely. “It has to do something characterful. It’s got to move the plot forward, but it also has to have stakes and costs…so that it’s not just a shopping spree. We’re going to wrench some emotion out of each and every one of those moments that we can.”
A big focus of “Avengers: Infinity War” Markus shared, “All the way along the line we wanted to give people choices and make them continue to have to sacrifice this decision for this decision.” What motivates Thanos’ hunger to collect these stones and at what costs to get what he wants, we’ll have to wait until April 27 to find out.
“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!
Empire Magazine Reveals Six Different 'Avengers: Infinity War' Covers
Published Mar 21, 2018
By Eric Goldman
Get a new look at the characters before the Marvel Studios release opens April 27!
With anticipation for the April 27 opening of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” growing by the day, Empire Magazine has revealed six different “Infinity War” covers for their newest issue.
Five of the covers feature different groupings of characters from the film, including Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and Shuri; Bucky, Black Panther, War Machine, and Nebula; Doctor Strange, Drax, Okoye, and Scarlet Witch; Groot, Rocket, Thor, Vision, and Mantis; and Gamora, Hulk, Star-Lord, Spider-Man, and Falcon. As for the sixth cover, it features the threat all these Super Heroes must face, Thanos himself!
You can check out all six covers in the gallery below!
In advance of the issue’s release, an exclusive image from the film has been revealed by Empire as well, showing Doctor Strange, Tony Stark, Wong, and Bruce Banner working together.
The new issue of Empire will hit stands on Thursday, March 22, and includes on-set conversations — conducted in Edinburgh and New York — with cast members, including Chris Evans, Tom Holland, and Robert Downey Jr., along with a new Chris Pratt interview. More exclusive images from “Avengers: Infinity War” will be revealed, plus an advance look at Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” The issue also comes with an extra magazine focused on the first ten years of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!
Jay Ali Joins the Cast for Season Three of 'Marvel's Daredevil'
Published Mar 21, 2018
By Christine Dinh
The first two seasons of the Netflix original series are currently streaming on Netflix now!
Marvel Television and Netflix announced that “The Fosters” actor Jay Ali has been cast in the third season of “Marvel’s Daredevil,” where he will portray Rahul “Ray” Nadeem, an honest, but ambitious FBI agent willing to go to any length for his family.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jay into our stellar cast,” said Jeph Loeb, Executive Producer and Marvel’s Head of Television. “His storyline and riveting performance will captivate our fans in the third season of ‘Marvel’s Daredevil.’”
“I love Jay Ali,” added Executive Producer and Showrunner, Erik Oleson. “It isn’t easy to join a cast as talented as ‘Marvel’s Daredevil’ – and Jay blew us all out of the water with his audition. His moving performance in Season 3 will show the world that he’s a star in the making.”
The Legendary Walter Simonson Draws Jane Foster Thor
Published Mar 21, 2018
By Tucker Chet Markus
This variant cover for Mighty Thor #706 features Laura Martin on colors!
The final issue of writer Jason Aaron, artist Russell Dauterman, and colorist Matt Wilson’s landmark MIGHTY THOR series is getting the send-off it deserves with a special variant cover for issue #706 by legendary creator Walter Simonson!
Colored by Laura Martin, the variant for THOR #706 depicts Jane Foster, engaged in battle with the walking hatred, the Mangog. For the first—and last—time, Walter Simonson lends a hand to the Mighty Thor.
“We’re honored to have legendary THOR writer and artist Walter Simonson provide this variant cover for the finale of ‘The Death Of The Mighty Thor,’” says series editor Wil Moss. “This is actually his first time drawing Jane Thor and the Mangog, a classic Thor villain from the Jack Kirby and Stan Lee era that he never go the chance to draw before.”
Say farewell to Jane Foster Thor with this special variant cover for MIGHTY THOR #706, by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matt Wilson, on April 18!
T’Challa travels to 1875 Texas, tangles with Wolverine and Iron Man, and much 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!
The Black Panther joined forces with Storm of the X-Men in BLACK PANTHER #26 to search for a missing Lemurian child while his former protégé Vibraxas made his return to Wakanda. In BLACK PANTHER #27, full-blown hostilities broke out between the small African nation and Lemuria, prompting T’Challa to open negotiations with both Doctor Doom and Namor the Sub-Mariner.
Juggling dealings with Doom, Namor, and Magneto in BLACK PANTHER #28, the Panther confronted an attempt by his long-time enemy Klaw to disrupt the fragile peace. T’Challa’s friend Everett Ross secured a more solid truce in BLACK PANTHER #29, while the Panther battled Klaw and once defeating him traveled to New York City with Namor.
Back in the U.S., The Black Panther faced a Senate intelligence committee over recent events in BLACK PANTHER #30, but stepped back to allow Everett Ross to defend him and his actions. Malice lured T’Challa into a devious trap in BLACK PANTHER #31, and sent her slaves to seize the Panther’s friend Monica Lynne in BLACK PANTHER #32. Her final defeat came about in BLACK PANTHER #33.
T’Challa and Vibraxas entered the dreaded Crystal Forest of Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #34 to find Queen Divine Justice, but found the Man-Ape instead. Government operative Henry Gyrich became involved in the struggle against Man-Ape in BLACK PANTHER #35, while Vibraxas found himself lost in the Crystal Forest.
Beyond all this, a resurrected Erik Killmonger captured Everett Ross in BLACK PANTHER #36, and T’Challa’s daughter teamed with the White Wolf for an adventure.
The Black Panther gathered with Earth’s heroes to address the problem of twisted versions of the original Defenders in THE ORDER #5, and when those former champions returned to the planet in THE ORDER #6, T’Challa and the others stood ready to contain them at any cost.
When the world’s capital cities disappeared into strange maelstroms in AVENGERS #57, the Panther answered the call to investigate with his teammates. They discovered the capitals merged into one strange environment in AVENGERS #58, a situation brought about by the villainous Scorpio and prompting a response by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #59.
In BLACK PANTHER #38, T’Challa discovered that Nightshade somehow resurrected The Black Dragon in friend Everett Ross’ body. The Dragon mind-controlled hero Iron Fist in BLACK PANTHER #39 to attack the Panther but found himself unable to fully control the rapid mutations in his own form. He took on his own body again in BLACK PANTHER #40 to battle both T’Challa and Iron Fist, while Nightshade revealed another Panther.
The real King of Wakanda investigated the tyrannical aspirations of the global spy organization called XCon in BLACK PANTHER #41, but even with the aid of Wolverine in BLACK PANTHER #42, he ran up against heavy-duty resistance from Iron Man. While the three heroes fought, the other Panther sought one-half of the fabled Brass Frog device on Kiber Island in BLACK PANTHER #43.
XCon replaced the presidents of both the United States and Canada in BLACK PANTHER #44, and T’Challa discovered the organization’s head to be none other than his half-brother The White Wolf. The real Panther tried to set everything right in BLACK PANTHER #45 before the Brass Frog unexpectedly transported T’Challa and the others to the Old West.
In 1875 Texas, Black Panther met that era’s Thor and Loki in BLACK PANTHER #46, and he helped the Thunder God stop his mischievous brother from conquering Asgard in BLACK PANTHER #47. Back in the present day in BLACK PANTHER #48, both Panthers suffered from the same aneurysm, a situation complicated by the release of T’Challa’s foe the Man-Ape by Queen Divine Justice in Wakanda.
The real Panther became increasingly ill and delusional in BLACK PANTHER #49, and after a tense struggle with the Man-Ape, T’Challa disappeared. A new Black Panther, New York City cop Kasper Cole, took his place in BLACK PANTHER #50.
Celebrate 100 Episodes of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' With the Cast and Creative Team
Published Mar 20, 2018
By Christine Dinh
Watch a brand new episode of 'Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.' this Friday on ABC!
Last week, “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” hit a rare milestone, reaching 100 episodes. Marvel’s first live-action TV series premiered five years ago on ABC, and we’ve been lucky to witness our agents tackle bad boyfriends, killer robots, Hydra, Inhumans, other worldly beings, super powered villains, the future and more!
It’s the first Marvel Television series to hit that landmark, and we couldn’t have done it without all of you True Believers!
For the past month, as we neared the milestone 100th, we decided to look back and celebrate 100 episode and 5 years with the cast, showrunners and creative teams.
We countdown to 100 moments, taking a look back at:
10 Fight Scenes
10 Romantic Moments
10 Favorite Gadgets
10 Death Scenes
10 Visual Moments
10 Favorite Dialogue Moments
10 Favorite Stunts
10 Guest Stars
10 Favorite Behind-the-Scenes Moments
10 OMG Moments
Patton Oswalt lead three roundtable discussions with the cast and executive producers of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”
Women of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Cast of S.H.I.E.L.D.
The Executive Producers
We also surprised fans of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” after they shared their favorite S.H.I.E.L.D. moment with us!
As an extra bonus, here’s 100 episodes of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” in 100 seconds!
Season Five continues with a brand new episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airing this Friday at 9|8c on ABC!