These pals have been through a lot. Watch two new episodes Sunday, Feb 18 at 8am on Disney XD.

On “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Peter Parker has a lot of crisis to deal with, but he has a group of friends he can always count on – and Harry Osborn is chief among them.

As Harry’s transformation into the Hobgoblin takes place on the series, check out a new video above focusing on the two buddies. Actors Robbie Daymond (who voices Peter/Spider-Man) and Max Mittelman (who voices Harry Osborn/Hobgoblin) discuss their characters, their dynamic, and how it’s reflected in the real life friendship the two share.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “Hobgoblin Parts One and Two” airs Sunday, February 18th at 8:00 – 9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

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Old Man Hawkeye writer Ethan Sacks joins the podcast!

Kick your big Marvel weekend off right with a brand-new episode of This Week in Marvel!

In this installment, Tucker yells, Alex invents a reason to go to Hong Kong, and Ryan doesn’t like rollercoasters. Then, OLD MAN HAWKEYE writer Ethan Sacks drops by to talk about the future of the series and how he got his start in comics.

Download the episode from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show!

With new episodes every Friday, This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond! TWiM is hosted by Marvel Creative Executive Ryan “Agent M” Penagos, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, and Assistant Manager of Social Media Alex Lopez. We want your feedback—as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes—so tweet your questions and comments about the show to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus, @alexl0pez_, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Dan Slott nears the end of his AMAZING run with a milestone issue on May 30.

After 10 years, Dan Slott’s epic run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is nearing its end in a big way with the “Go Down Swinging” arc, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 will be an appropriately huge issue in more ways than one.

Slott and artist Stuart Immonen will unveil what’s being touted as the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time, joined by Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jim Cheung. AMAZING #800 will mark the first Marvel comic to ever hit 800 issues, and will feature 80 pages of brand-new story from Slott, who has written more issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN than any creator.

Slott’s time on AMAZING – before he moves over to IRON MAN – will wrap up in #801, but first “Go Down Swinging” is giving fans one of the most exciting stories in Spider-Man lore, culminating with Spider-Man facing his most evil villain yet.

Said editor Nick Lowe, “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 is the biggest single-issue story I’ve ever worked on. It’s 80-pages of story! And Dan and Stuart are being joined by some very important past AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artists to bring it to you in the coolest way possible! Everything you’ve loved about Dan Slott’s run on this book is on full display in this monumental issue that will have you shivering, crying, cheering, laughing and wishing it would never end!”

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800
GO DOWN SWINGING
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover by Alex Ross
On-Sale 5/30/18

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The styling of Black Panther and the Dora Milaje are rooted In tradition.

Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is now open in theaters and its debut brings the pages of the historic comics to life. Making the characters in the fictional world a reality was tasked to costume designer Ruth Carter. Inspired by not one, but many different places in Africa, Carter melded the cultural aesthetics together to create a cohesive look that felt distinctly Wakandan.

With the world of Wakanda rooted in African tradition, the costuming worked in tandem with production designer Hannah Bleacher’s elaborate set design. Carter made sure the color palette complimented the the landscapes and the elaborate tribal garb of Wakanda’s tribes: “They were very strict about the color palates. There are the River Tribe, which is green. There’s the Border Tribe, which is blue. There’s the Panther and the Royal Palace, which is black and royal purple. The Jabaris, which are wood. We had a very clear direction and that came from [director] Ryan [Coogler].” The distinct color palettes reflected appropriate African customs along with Wakanda’s mysterious futuristic technology.

Costume Designer Ruth Carter and Director Ryan Coogler on set with Winston Duke (M’Baku)

“Most people who read the comic books know Wakanda is a mountainous area, and it’s a secret place that’s not necessarily trading and interacting with the rest of the world,” said Carter. “They’re more advanced in technology than the other civilizations. We are creating that world and trying to create a culture and pride that feels authentic to the specific location.”

“Wakanda is this cast unknown world and, ultimately, the challenge of the unknown is what appealed to me on so many levels.” Carter spoke about how intimidating it was to take on the daunting task of created a beloved fictional world. ” Beyond what has been established in the comic realm, I knew very little about it but as I began my research, I realized we could create from a place of fantasy, a place of African culture and a place of imagination. Everybody had their own take on what Black Panther’s world was but it had never really been translated to film which was very exciting.”

Wakanda’s key resource played a big part in costume design, since the new Black Panther suit is supposedly interwoven with vibranium. Carter created the vibranium layer from a silver missile suit, visible unsheathed and overlay of thin fabric imprinted with a repeat tribal triangle pattern known as Okavango—a nod to the Okavango river delta in northern Botswana.

“The new suit is a little bit more streamlined and Black Panther can do a whole lot more with less,” said Carter. Coogler explained how the suit isn’t actually a superhero suit, but a military uniform. The suit also has a subtle medallion emblazon over the chest plate and a new panther-tooth necklace that bolsters the tribal feel.

Carter explains the new streamlined suit, “what we wanted to do was take it into a new millennium, a new attitude, a new technology, and make it exciting again. And then sometimes, you know, cultures can come together with super heroes.”

The most integral and visually recognizable part of the Black Panther comics are the Dora Milaje, the fierce women warriors who are charged with protecting T’Challa. Carter created their look by thinking about the reality and complexity of being a female warrior, but still focusing on feeling empowering. “In regards to the Dora Milaje, we wanted to make them have more of a presence. More of a strength of authority than they did have. We developed more as a real warrior might be developed. Real warriors who need their arms protected and need to have shields, and armor, and weaponry and shoes—like they’re really going to go to battle.”

The Dora Milaje outfits were based on tribal influences, and their distinct red color from the comics remained. Meanwhile the tabard or harness needed to have meaning. Likened to a prized heirloom that might be passed from mother to daughter to use over generations, the idea made the look become grounded in tradition. Carter also beaded them with little charms for protection, like talismans for protection and good spirit.

Combining traditional looks with modern influences is what made the Wakandan look uniquely its own. Carter explained, “In that it’s a barefoot culture, they’re advanced in technology. What are they wearing? Is it corny to have something lighting up? Our DP, she walks around with her headset on, and the light is blinking all the time. And I was like, Wakanda! It’s like here every day. So that’s kind of how I feel like you can actually, after watching this film, see things that way, you could point at and say, that’s Wakanda.”

Hear more from Ruth Carter at Marvel Studios’ Black Panther World Premiere Red Carpet below:

Want even more insight into Ruth Carter’s designs, the world of Wakanda and Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther”? Pick up MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER: THE ART OF THE MOVIE out now. Go behind the scenes with exclusive concept artwork and in-depth analysis from the filmmakers in this keepsake volume! 

To see the world of Wakanda come alive for yourself, catch “Black Panther” in theaters today!

Are you ready to meet the King? Follow @theblackpanther on Twitter and like Black Panther’s official Facebook page for all the latest news and updates!

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Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim unite! Chris Claremont returns!

It’s almost time for Kitty Pryde and Colossus to tie the knot…but a Marvel Wedding is never a simple affair!

This May, take part in epic and adventurous stories written by Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim! Plus, a wedding gift all on its own in the form of a brand-new Kitty Pryde story from legendary writer Chris Claremont, who returns to the X-Men just in time for the celebrations! But remember, when super heroes get together, mayhem ensues…and the X-Men are no exception.

“X-Men Weddings are always a big deal, if only because they’re so rare,” teases Thompson. “I think you probably have to go all the way back to X-MEN #30 in 1994—the wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops—to get a wedding as potentially big as the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus: two X-Men who’ve been around (and on again/off again) for literal decades.”

In this essential companion to the X-MEN: GOLD storyline “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” get a glimpse at Kitty and Peter’s march toward wedded bliss! It’s a celebration, Marvel style, with all the action, adventure, and surprises that we’ve come to know and love from Marvel’s merry mutants—and it’s only in comic shops this May!

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Preview the director and the writer's exclusive conversation!

The time has come…Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is in theaters now!

Travel to Wakanda, meet the King, and explore his world. But when the movie ends, you can continue to journey alongside the Black Panther in writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Leonard Kirk’s BLACK PANTHER. The series, which “Black Panther” executive producer Nate Moore has described as one of the “most inspirational” for the movie, sees T’Challa battling Ulysses Klaue, teaming up with Nakia, Shuri, and Ayo, and handling the responsibilities of the throne.

And on February 28, aside from the action and political intrigue of the story, issue #170 will debut an exclusive conversation between series writer, acclaimed novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates and Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler! The two creators explore each other’s thoughts on the character, the new film, and the cultural impact of Black Panther.

Here’s a quick snippet of their talk:

Ta-Nehisi Coates: So how do you feel now, after the premiere the other night? Is the weight still on your shoulders? Are you feeling like you did something? Are you happy yet? How you feeling?

Ryan Coogler: At premieres, you got a room full of people who want the film to work, you know what I’m saying? Everybody here wants the film to work. They want to watch a good movie. They want to see something that is going to make them proud. It makes you incredibly nervous, man, and you don’t know if the response is real or not. But I’ll tell you now that that night, the Panther premiere, that experience…Man, that’s one I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. I’m still trying to process it now.

Read the full conversation only in BLACK PANTHER #170 on February 28!

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The Panther encounters the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man 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!

The Black Panther found himself psychically forced to attend a gathering of heroes at Avengers Mansion in AVENGERS #211. There, he discovered a membership drive of sorts taking place, driven by the mental powers of Moondragon to bolsters the team’s ranks. When fights broke out among those gathered, T’Challa resisted Moondragon’s challenge and any offer of Avengers membership for the time being.

After being among the many heroes present for the tragic events in THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, T’Challa welcomed his friends the Fantastic Four to his African nation of Wakanda in FANTASTIC FOUR #241, and learned that the famous family sought a strange energy signature within the country’s borders. T’Challa disguised himself as one of his warriors to keep an eye on his friends, but when they stumbled upon a man using an ancient alien power to set himself up as a Roman emperor, he moved in to help them bring him down.

Fantastic Four (1961) #241

Fantastic Four (1961) #241

  • Published: April 10, 1982
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 08, 2008
  • Writer: John Byrne
  • Cover Artist: John Byrne
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The cosmic Grandmaster summoned every known hero on Earth to compete in a grandiose game in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1, and the Black Panther learned of the being’s desire to resurrect his brother the Collector should he win. Placed on a team alongside the X-Men’s Angel and the Russian hero Vanguard, T’Challa traveled to a city in Japan in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #3 to battle the Thing, Wolverine, and Peregrine. The Wakandan monarch’s team ultimately lost the challenge.

T’Challa next traveled to Washington D.C. to support the Hulk’s plea for amnesty from the President of the United States in INCREDIBLE HULK #278. When a supposed alien attack broke out, the Black Panther fought alongside the green giant to stop it, and then later raised his voice in triumph as the Hulk stood hailed as a hero.

Iron Man Annual (1970) #5

Iron Man Annual (1970) #5

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Tony Stark visited some holdings in Wakanda in IRON MAN ANNUAL #5, but ran face first into a gambit by Madame Slay to kill T’Challa. The Panther’s old foe Erik Killmonger then claimed the heroic mantle while Iron Man helped T’Challa behind the scenes to root out the true villain of the piece: The Mandarin.

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Sharon Rogers as Captain America and Amadeus Cho as Hulk are on the way.

Just revealed at Toy Fair New York, the ever popular Funko Pops will be expanding with new releases centered on “Marvel Future Fight.”

Fans will soon be able to collect Pops of Sharon Rogers as Captain America and Amadeus Cho as Hulk, as part of the Marvel Gamerverse collection.

Check out images of both below and the video reveal at the top of the page!

The “Marvel Future Fight” Funko Pops will be available in May.

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Dive into the Marvel library with Erik Killmonger!

Before Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hits the big screen this weekend, we decided to look back at the comic book history of a few of T’Challa’s greatest nemeses. Part One covered the life and times of Ulysses Klaue, and today we’ll review the Black Panther’s other archenemy: N’Jadaka, A.K.A. Erik Killmonger!

Forced into servitude by the evil Ulysses Klaue, N’Jadaka’s father was forced to help the mastermind steal vibrantium from Wakanda. The heist culminated in Klaue’s murder of King T’Chaka before the villain went on a rampage, killing N’Jadaka’s entire family before taking him captive.

Jungle Action (1973) #6

Jungle Action (1973) #6

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After escaping Klaue’s clutches, N’Jadaka ended up in Harlem, New York. There, the young man developed a deep hatred for T’Chaka, believing that his weak leadership was responsible for the death of his family. In return for these perceived failures, N’Jadaka vowed to take revenge on T’Chaka’s son, T’Challa. During his time in Harlem, N’Jadaka changed his name to Erik Killmonger and dedicated his life to avenging his family’s murder.

Erik cultivated his combat skills, and eventually got his Doctorate in engineering, before contacting T’Challa himself for permission to return to Wakanda. His request was granted, and once in the country, the villain began working to overthrow the King. After wreaking havoc on several small villages, Killmonger lured The Black Panther into coming to help. Then, using his trained leopard, Preyy, as well as a number of his followers, the man formerly known as N’Jadaka attacked. After being defeated in his initial run-in, Killmonger returned again with the aid of fellow baddies Sombre and King Cadaver. After another battle, T’Challa prevailed again, this time killing his foe in the process.

Black Panther (1998) #16

Black Panther (1998) #16

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Killmonger was resurrected by his followers and, in a meeting of villainous minds, teamed up with Klaue to take down T’Challa. This time, however, he succeeded, defeating T’Challa and taking control of Wakanda. Though, when Killmonger tried to consume the Heart-Shaped Herb to undergo the full process of becoming The Black Panther, the Herb turned out to be poisonous to those not of the royal bloodline. After recovering from being poisoned, Erik learned that T’Challa had retaken his place on the throne, but had not resumed his duties as The Black Panther—a New York cop named Kaspar Cole had taken over the mantle instead. Killmonger created a synthetic version of the Heart-Shaped Herb and came to New York City for a rendezvous with Cole, and attempted to woo him into revolting against T’Challa to no avail.

Recently, since T’Challa resumed his position as The Black Panther, Killmonger was the despotic ruler of Wakanda’s neighbor country, Niganda. After capturing T’Challa’s sister, Shuri, Wakanda invaded in retaliation and, in the chaos, Erik Killmonger was killed again.

Black Panther (2005) #35

Black Panther (2005) #35

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Meet Erik Killmonger, Ulysses Klaue, and the rest of the characters in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” on February 16!

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Mary Jane appeared to suffer a dire fate, while the Green Goblin sought his revenge.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger will swing onto the silver screen once again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” this May! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

Hoping to patch up his marriage with Mary Jane in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13, Peter Parker attempted to see her off at the airport, but missed her. Later, her plane exploded in mid-air…

In PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #13, Cletus Kasady painted himself up as Carnage and embarks on a killing spree. Peter learned of MJ’s plane exploding in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #14, but Spider-Woman’s declaration of love for him demanded his immediate attention. After a run-in with the Hulk, he began to struggle with the plane accident in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #14.

Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #14

Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #14

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A mysterious phone call in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 informed Peter of his wife’s survival in far-off Latveria, so as Spidey he jetted to the little European nation to clash with a Doctor Doom robot in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #15 and come up empty-handed in his search for Mary Jane. Returning from Latveria in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #16, the “Parker Luck” continued with his eviction from his home and the loss of his new job at Tricorp. Meanwhile, Venom battled the Sandman in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #16 and delivered a vicious bite to the former criminal.

Sandman, feeling ill from the bite, sought payback on Electro and Mysterio in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #17. Kraven the Hunter used the wallcrawler as bait to lure Venom into a trap in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #17 and a Green Goblin appeared in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #18. Spidey confronted the villain in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #18 and learned of its artificial nature, a construct of Norman Osborn, the original Goblin.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #19

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #19

  • Published: May 01, 2000
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 05, 2013
  • Rating: T+
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Peter temporarily donned his black Spidey costume and clashed with Venom in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #19, and a box related to Mary Jane arrived in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #19, forcing Peter to finally accept his wife’s apparent demise. The webslinger took a beating from a Spider-Slayer in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20, and saved loved ones from other Slayers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #21.

Peter tried to get his humor back while visiting his Uncle Ben’s grave in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #20, and after apprehending a new street mime criminal gang, he tried stand-up comedy at an open mic night in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #21. The evil Senator Ward captured the Venom symbiote in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #22, exhibited strange powers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #23, and revealed his collusion with aliens in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #24.

Spider-Man: Revenge of the Green Goblin (2000) #1

Spider-Man: Revenge of the Green Goblin (2000) #1

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Norman Osborn sought help to heal his mind in SPIDER-MAN: REVENGE OF THE GREEN GOBLIN #1 while Sandman sought revenge on the webslinger in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #22. A new menace called Typeface manifested in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #23, and ran amuck in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #24. Peter experienced weird dreams and delusions thanks to Osborn’s machinations in SPIDER-MAN: REVENGE OF THE GREEN GOBLIN #2 and the man’s twisted plan to create an heir out of his enemy in SPIDER-MAN: REVENGE OF THE GREEN GOBLIN #3.

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