Ben Reilly takes over as Spider-Man, battling Carnage, Hobgoblin, Lizard, and more.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe and the web-slinger swung onto the silver screen once more in 2017’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and will do so again in Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” in 2018! In celebration of his memorable history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story…

With Spider-Man in his past, Peter Parker moved to Portland, Oregon, only to encounter the threat called Tendril in SPIDER-MAN: THE FINAL ADVENTURE #1-4. Meanwhile, the new official Spider-Man, Ben Reilly, took a job in a coffee shop in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #0 to make ends meet, while Mysterio planned a comeback. Later, Spidey battled Sandman in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #407, the deadly Poison returned in SPIDER-MAN #64, and a couple of eco-terrorists stirred the pot in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #230.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #407

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #407

  • Published: January 10, 1996
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 20, 2013
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After a hair-raising adventure with the Black Cat in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #11, Ben discovered Mysterio’s new cable network in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #1, took the fight to the master of mysteries in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #408, and won the day in SPIDER-MAN #65. Peter Parker’s other clone Kaine found himself resurrected in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #231, held off an attack by the Rhino in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #2, and joined a cadre of villains against Spider-Man in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #409, knowing that the wallcrawler must die for him to continue to live in SPIDER-MAN #66.

Ben and Peter heard of a skeleton found in a smokestack in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #232, the Burglar’s daughter, Jessica Carradine, entered Ben’s life in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #3, Carnage returned for a rampage in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #410, and the symbiote chose the new webslinger as a host in SPIDER-MAN #67. Spider-Carnage ran amuck in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #233 until Ben resisted the creature’s influence.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #410

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #410

  • Published: April 10, 1996
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 20, 2013
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Jessica learned Spidey’s secret identity in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #4, and Ben and Peter buried the mystery skeleton in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #411. The wallcrawler faced a new and improved Hobgoblin in SPIDER-MAN #68, fell under his assault in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #234, and turned the tables on the criminal in SPIDER-MAN #69. Ben also beat a murder rap in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #12, and witnessed the latest return of the Molten Man in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #5.

Questions concerning a corporation called Multivex attracted Spidey’s curiosity in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #412, Mysterio shrunk him down to bug-size in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #413, and the deadly Delilah brought new dangers in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #414. Hammerhead vied with Don Fortunato for the Kingpin’s criminal empire in SPIDER-MAN #70, and wound up in the same hospital as a very ill Peter in SPIDER-MAN #41. The Will o’ the Wisp reappeared in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #235 to aid the webslinger versus Dragon Man in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #236.

Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #8

Sensational Spider-Man (1996) #8

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Jessica Carradine became even more conflicted over Ben in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #6, Ben believed Peter’s sickness stemmed from clone degeneration in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #7, and the Looter stole high-tech super villain weaponry to use for himself in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #8. During the Onslaught event, Spidey clashed with Sentinels in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #415 and SPIDER-MAN #72, then pondered a world without its heroes in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #416.

Peter’s condition worsened in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #237, a more monstrous Lizard tore up the landscape in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #238, and the original Lizard arrived in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #239 to put an end to it all. The webslinger teamed up with Luke Cage and Iron Fist in SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED #13, mixed it up with Swarm in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #9 and SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #10, and once again landed in the middle of battling crimelords in SPIDER-MAN #73 and SPIDER-MAN #74.

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #418

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #418

  • Published: December 10, 1996
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Recovered from his sickness, Peter donned a spare mask to help Ben versus the Host in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #417, put his head together with his double for a serious talk in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #240, and stood up against Gaunt while Mary Jane went into unexpected labor in SENSATIONAL SPIDER-MAN #11. While the two heroes battled Gaunt, the baby sadly arrived stillborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #418, and Peter faced the real culprit behind all of his and Ben’s misery, the long thought dead Norman Osborn, in SPIDER-MAN #75. In that debacle, Peter once more took on the role of Spider-Man when Ben lost his life to Osborn’s treachery.

Later, Peter and Mary Jane dealt with not only the loss of Ben but also their child in SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #241 while the Chameleon waited offstage to reveal his next scheme.

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Charles Soule and David Marquez unravel the mystery this April!

Snikt!

The sound rings across the universe…and can only mean one thing: the return of Wolverine!

He’s been popping up in some of your favorite books lately; holding an Infinity Stone, keeping his secrets close. But his return has been an unsolved mystery—until this April, when writer Charles Soule and artist David Marquez reveal the timeline of events that’ll lead to Logan’s shocking return with THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ALPHA #1!

The 40-page issue, featuring a cover by Steve McNiven, begins the twisted tale of Logan’s reemergence. Then, this May, the story evolves into four different tales from different creative teams, each one containing its own distinct genre and mystery: action/adventure (Adamantium Agenda), horror (Claws of the Killer), dark romance (Mystery in Madripoor) and noir/detective (Weapon Lost.) And it’s all being orchestrated by the man that crafted the “Death of Wolverine” in the first place.

Soule recalls, “Steve McNiven and I took on the incredible task of killing Wolverine back in 2014—it was one of my earliest projects at Marvel, and such a huge opportunity. Intimidating, tricky, all of that—but ultimately, I think we created a book (alongside [inker] Jay Leisten, [colorist] Justin Ponsor and [letterer] Chris Eliopolous) that we’re all really proud of.” He continues, “There’s really only one project that could top it—being part of the story that brings Logan back! THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE is just the opening chapters of a mystery that will reach all sorts of cool hidden corners of the Marvel Universe, and will tell a story that will hopefully have us looking at Logan in an entirely new way.”

“I’m really looking forward to seeing how fans start to put the pieces together,” says the scribe. “There’s a big payoff coming down the road, and all the interlocking parts of THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE build to it. The more you read, the more clues you get. It’s really fun—especially since I have a bit of a reputation in X-continuity for knocking off beloved mutants. This time, it’s nice to be part of bringing someone back!”

THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ALPHA #1 begins an epic story that will impact Marvel heroes and X-Men alike—and it culminates this summer in one of the most shocking, daring stories in Wolverine’s history! The journey—and the mystery—begins here, and you’re not going to want to miss your chance to take part in Wolverine’s return.

Writer Charles Soule and artist David Marquez’s THE HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: ALPHA #1 unfolds this April!

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Prep for the new series by looking back at David Haller’s first appearance!

Every Friday, we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place, or object that made waves this week.

While fans have been celebrating David Haller’s return to comics in writer Peter Milligan and artist Wilfredo TorresLEGION #1 (out next week!), the character’s presence hasn’t always prompted such a positive response. In Haller’s first appearance, his arrival wasn’t cheered—it was met with dread.

The young man known as Legion debuted in 1985 on the second-to-last page of writer Chris Claremont and artist Bill Sienkiewicz’s NEW MUTANTS #25. Presented as an entry in Moira MacTaggert’s notes on the mutant subjects of Muir Island, the reveal not only gave us our first look at Haller, but a wealth of introductory information.

New Mutants (1983) #25

New Mutants (1983) #25

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He looked like a teenager. He’d been catatonic for half of his life. And he possessed telekinetic and telepathic abilities passed onto him by his father…Charles Xavier. Haller’s mother, Gabrielle, was one of Xavier’s patients when he worked as a therapist. And, despite their relationship, the Professor never knew that David was his son.

In the following issue, David lost control of his powers and blew up part of Moira’s facility. Concerned for the well-being of her mutants, MacTaggert called in Professor X for some assistance. Charles came, and brought Banshee, Warlock, Doug Ramsay, Wolfsbane, and Dani Moonstar with him.

New Mutants (1983) #26

New Mutants (1983) #26

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In his inspection of the Island, Xavier began suspecting foul play when he met Gabrielle Haller there. She explained that David was her son, but held back on telling him the father’s identity. In an attempt to quell the chaos, the world’s most prominent telepath then entered Legion’s mind—but found himself, shockingly, ousted from his mental plane.

Haller’s mindscape proved to be an expansive and potent place. When Xavier returned to Legion’s mind, he found himself in an epic Soul War with one of David’s alternate personalities that’d hijacked one of the young man’s mutant powers. During this battle, Charles also learned of his own connection to the boy.

New Mutants (1983) #27

New Mutants (1983) #27

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After resolving the fight and concluding the mindscape adventure, Charles sat down with David in the real world only to discover that three other personalities all still lived inside Haller’s head. Saddled with such a complex and fragile mental state, Legion received word from his father that he would have his support as he grew older. Despite this promise, Charles and David were set for a challenging father-son relationship in the many years ahead.

FLASH FORWARD

A decade after making his first appearance, David Haller changed all of reality in a story called “Legion Quest” that ran through X-FACTOR #109, UNCANNY X-MEN #320#321, X-MEN #40#41 and CABLE #20. In that crossover, David decided that Magneto’s madness was the source of much of the world’s trouble, so he traveled back in time to kill him. Ultimately, however, Haller ended up accidentally killing his father instead, kickstarting the “Age of Apocalypse” storyline in the process. That event eventually led to the X-Men sending Bishop back in time so that he’d stop the wrongful assassination. In the process, Bishop stabbed Legion with his own psi-blade, sending them both spinning into Limbo.

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Matt Nix discusses Lorna's big decisions in the FOX show's season finale and much more.

Note: Full spoilers for “The Gifted” Season 1 finale (and the entire season) follow. To catch up on the FOX series, you can watch the entire season on FOX.com or Hulu!

The first season of “The Gifted” has come to an end, with an eventful finale in which Polaris made some huge decisions, including the reformation of the Hellfire Club alongside the Frost sisters – whose initial membership now includes Andy Strucker, who has parted ways with his family.

Marvel.com spoke to “The Gifted” executive producer and showrunner, Matt Nix, about many of the big events that occurred as the season wrapped up, their comic book inspirations, and how they help set the stage for the already-ordered Season 2 of the series.

Marvel.com: Let’s kick off discussing the very end, because that’s quite a big split that happened there with the group. Can you talk about that and how you decided that Lauren and Andy, among the main characters, would be the ones that decided to take this different path?

Matt Nix: Basically the idea is that everyone on the show kind of wants the same things. They care about each other but they’re deeply conflicted over how to go about it. Part of it is I had been thinking a lot about the classic X-Men and the idea of the Brotherhood and the X-Men — all of which has been explored — and thinking about what is our version of that? In this universe, in this version of the X-Men universe, what is that dynamic? And the idea is that everyone actually is interested in the same thing. A lot of it is just that they’re doing it on behalf of each other. So the thinking with Polaris was she looks at Eclipse and she realizes at the end of the season that someone is going to need to do something terrible here. But it’s not going to be Eclipse because he came from this violent place and has turned his back on that and decided that that’s not who he wants to be or should be and she loves him and doesn’t want to put him in a position where he has to become something that he hates. Thunderbird can’t do it because he feels the weight of the mantle of the X-Men. He feels an obligation to all of these things. And as someone who cares about the goals and has helped build this thing, she feels like she had to leave it to save it. She had to do this thing that would drive a wedge between her and the people she cares about. She feels it has to be done and she’s the only one who can do it. Partially because it’s accepting her heritage but also partially because she’s got the power and she’s willing to use it.

Emma Dumont in “The Gifted.”

Marvel.com: What about Andy?

Matt Nix: I think for Andy, there’s a bit of a similar dynamic where he looks at his family and the secret of who his grandfather was and their family history. As someone who was never proud of who he was, he’s now realizing there’s an opportunity to be proud of who we are and to stand up for what we believe in and to him — he was kind of responsible for doing this terrible thing because of family and now he has an obligation to fight for them and if they’re not willing to accept what needs to be done, then he has to do it for them. What I really responded to in that split was everybody is a hero in that moment. Andy is trying to do something good, Polaris is trying to do something good and the Mutant Underground is trying to do something good. Everybody is right, but at the same time it points them in the direction of possible tragic consequences and tears these families apart.

Marvel.com: You also destroyed the Mutant Underground headquarters. Did you want to mix up the setting of the series going forward?

Matt Nix: Oh, absolutely. It’s sort of a long story, but in developing the series, one of the things we realized was that people kind of needed to get their heads around the Mutant Underground as a place and a specific group. Because visually it’s easier to go “Okay that place is the Mutant Underground. That’s who they are. That’s what they are. That’s where they are. That’s what it looks like.” But the idea of the Mutant Underground was more of a network. Much more akin to the underground railroad and that kind of thing than to a specific place. We talked about that, the idea that this was just one of a number of stations, but at the same time it was the most important of them. But the original conception was really that the mutants had to carry out the mission of helping mutants while living among humans. To me, that’s a really interesting thing to have to do, right? Because most of them can pass as non-mutants. So they can exist in the world. Now we’ve seen this organization in this building, the Mutant Underground, versus this organization the Sentinel Services, in their building, the Sentinel Services Headquarters. It’s a simple conceit that helps you get your head around the world and what it is, but going into the second season, I wanted to spread it out more and get to see mutants in the world dealing with the issues in society if that makes sense. So it was a good opportunity, also, in splitting the groups, to be able to see different parts of society. The Hellfire Club obviously takes place in a much more large scale kind of world and the Mutant Underground’s continued survival really needs to be in society, in the shadows.

(L-R) Hellfire returns! Skyler Samuels, Emma Dumont, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Hayley Lovitt, and Percy Hynes White in “The Gifted.”

Marvel.com: The Hellfire club traditionally is a group that is very powerful but often filled with in-fighting. Might we expect it won’t be smooth sailing as they try to form this new incarnation?

Matt Nix: Well, I think that long term certainly, I think the dynamics of The Hellfire Club in the comics and if you get a bunch of people together who are like “The ends justify the means. Lt’s use our power as we see fit!” then it’s tough to say that’s going to work out well long term. We certainly have some of those dynamics. At the same time, this exists in a world where everybody is really on their heels. So the aspiration of the Frost Sisters / Stepford Cuckoos and the rest of their little group is to rebuild the Hellfire Club, but they are a ways from being able to do that. They don’t have a Black Rook. They’re pretty far from that [version], you know what I mean? They still have to work on the Kings and Queens and they’ve got a long way to go. The question going into Season 2 is can they even do this? Can they rebuild it? And so I think you already see in what we’ve portrayed so far, there’s a pretty prickly relationship at the top there and that will continue. But believe me there’s a reason I was interested in it and I love the Hellfire Club in the comics. Man, as an organization they really need a human resources department to help them resolve [issues]… [Laughs] Their go to move is it’s an organization whose main activity at the upper management level is trying to kill each other. It’s a little hard to sustain.

Marvel.com: [Laughs] Right. They need some meetings where they talk about working together better.

Matt Nix: Yeah, they’re like “We need to work on our communication. There are seminars we need to go to.” At the same time, one thing I think is interesting and we’ve talked about in the writers room — and I don’t know what we’ll do with it — but one thing that’s interesting with the Hellfire Club is that it’s actually set up to have internal rivalries. That is weird. I can’t think of a single other organization that — I guess with the possible exception of Lincoln’s Cabinet — that is set up to have internal rivalries because the idea is that they’re going to fight and that’s good. That’s interesting. It’s certainly something we’ve talked a lot about and may do something with.

Skyler Samuels and Jamie Chung in “The Gifted.”

Marvel.com: You mentioned the Frost Sisters / Stepford Cuckoos and I want to ask about that. The introduction of Esme and eventually her sisters was a really cool development. Was that an element of the comics you knew early on you wanted to do or did it come about as you were developing the season?

Nix: Pretty much from day one. The real story is this: I was doing a lot of research and I was reading a lot of different comics and a lot of different runs and thinking about it a lot. This was really early on, before I even had the job, when they first said “Hey, would you be interested in doing this?” I’d been a fan of the comics but hadn’t kept up religiously over the years. So I went out and bought some current ones and reviewed some old ones and things like that. I was flipping through one of the comics and I saw an image that looked just like my daughter… Like, exactly! Everything. The haircut, she had a shirt like that… I was just like “Whoa!” And then I turned the page and this was the Stepford Cuckoos. And then sister one turns to sister two and says “Esme?” And my daughter’s name is Esme and I figured, okay, this is a sign. We’re doing this. So basically, one of the first things I went in with was “Okay, so Stepford Cuckoos, this is happening!” In my original version of the pilot, they were in the pilot. But then basically as we were developing it, I realized it was better for me to spread that story out and introduce them more gradually. And so that’s what I did. But they were in from the get go because my daughter looked like them and her name is Esme.

Percy Hynes White and Natalie Alyn Lind in “The Gifted.”

Marvel.com: That was meant to be! When we got the first character descriptions, clearly the name Strucker was going to raise some eyebrows. I know I wasn’t alone in thinking, “Well, maybe Andy and Lauren are a different version of Fenris or inspired by Fenris,” and the answer turned out to be yes, they were inspired by them, but then we got to see the classic Fenris as well. Did you know early on you wanted that legacy idea?

Nix: Absolutely. My feeling, rightly or wrongly — people will like this version or not like this version or whatever — but my goal from the get go was to do something that if you were a fan of the comics and you knew what Fenris was, it’s rewarding and you know that something’s coming. But I was thinking, well, what would be both rewarding and a surprise. Does that make sense? And what kind of orients a comic fan to what we’re doing? Which is to say, we’re not in strict continuity with the comics or the movies or anything like that, but at the same time, if you read the comics, you will have some insight into what we’re doing with the show and hopefully we can still surprise you along the way. It’s a natural thought to say “Okay, this is their version of Fenris” and hopefully you’re pleasantly surprised when you say “Oh, okay so that’s what this is.” So that’s what we tried to do, vis-a-vis Roderick Campbell and the Hounds. The name Campbell shows up. If you’re a comic fan you have the idea of that. He’s got the beard. He doesn’t have a robotic exoskeleton but we’re not doing that version of the world. So you have a sense the hounds are coming but what are they going to look like and how is that going to work? So that was part in parcel of how I wanted to approach it which was, yeah, I read the comics, I like the comics, but we’re not doing Roderick Campbell in a purple robotic exoskeleton with hounds with spikey collars around their necks. It’s a different version of something that you know.

Marvel.com: Another character who made a big decision in the finale was Agent Turner, who also split off from the group he’d been a part of. You’ve introduced some other groups out there like Purifiers. Can you say anything about his decision and what might be his next step?

Nix: I’d just say he definitely is not done. And I didn’t want to turn the show into like an endless battle between the Sentinel Services and the mutant Underground. We’ve done that. The Sentinel Service isn’t going away but I’d say — other groups are certainly a thing. It’s not an accident that Reed’s mother remembers that there’s a person named Risman that’s associated with her husband. We’re definitely exploring other groups and organizations that mutants have to contend with in society. I would say it’s not as simple as he jumps ship and becomes a Purifier. One of the things I really care about his character is that he is essentially a decent human being that’s been put into a situation where it’s hard to be a decent human being. And that will continue. He’s still dealing with the ongoing struggle of what is actually the best thing to do.

Vishesh Chachra, Coby Bell, Elliott Dixon, and David She in “The Gifted.”

Marvel.com: Lastly, I wanted to ask about Reed and Caitlin, who took on central roles holding off Sentinel Services in the finale, which is especially notable if you look at where Reed began, and also the fact that Caitlin isn’t a mutant at all. Do you see them continuing down this leadership path and finding their places in this world?

Nix: I guess I’d just say in a world where you have a headquarters that’s filled with mutants with powers, the role of the humans who don’t have powers within that is kind of limited. It’s hard to be the Struckers in that situation. In a world where the mutants don’t have that headquarters and have to hide among the humans and deal with a more human world and the realities of that where they don’t have the luxury of “Okay, we brought these people in. Go camp out over there and we’ll get you to Mexico as soon as we can.” They have to operate out in the world and suddenly the humans are a lot more useful. They’ve got their human contacts, their understanding of the world, all of that stuff. It’s a little bit more along the lines of Caitlin in episode two, helping Eclipse get into the hospital and that kind of thing. Their role changes in the second season as they’re no longer the two people that don’t have powers in a room full of people with powers. In a way, they’re more powerful in the second season because they can hide better.

Amy Acker and Stephen Moyer in “The Gifted.”

While you’re waiting for Season 2 of “The Gifted,” you can watch all thirteen episodes of Season 1 on FOX.com or Hulu!

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After 10 years and 189 issues, Slott will move from the adventures of Peter Parker to Tony Stark.

The end of an era is here, as Don Slott will be ending his epic run on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN with issue #801 – as the writer prepares to begin guiding the next chapter of Tony Stark’s life in the pages of IRON MAN.

Slott spoke to Vulture.com about this big change, saying, of his decision to leave AMAZING SPIDER-MAN after a decade of writing the series (and 189 issues!), “I could always see the next furlong, I could always see what was ahead. Like, Get this far and I’ll make it to the next wave of ‘Brand New Day’ writers, then, ‘If I make it this far I get to one out of every five issues of AMAZING [ever published]. If I get it to this far, I get to [issue No.] 700.’ And so on. So I kept having these benchmarks to hit. And then I realized, once you hit ten years and then issue 800, the next benchmarks were way too far away. [Laughs.] So I always knew that was the zone.”

He goes on to explain that he’ll likely need to adjust to not telling Spider-Man stories, because having written the book for so long, “There are days where everything gets seen through the Spider-Man filter first. If I’m walking down the streets in New York and I notice something, I’d go, ‘Oh, how would Spider-Man deal with that?’ It’s a reflex muscle in the back of your head. Or you read a news story. Something happens and you go, ‘How would Spider-Man deal with that? What is that? What if that was Mysterio?’ When you do this for ten years, that’s just the way you’re wired.”

As for his new gig on IRON MAN, Slott tells Vulture, “I’m all excited. They’d asked me to do IRON MAN a while back, but by then I was at [SILVER] SURFER and I had Spidey and I was already overcommitted, so it kept gnawing at me. Like, ‘Oh, man. I really do want to do Iron Man. This would be fun.’ And when that came around again, it was like, ‘Okay, yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I want IRON MAN. I want this. I want this really bad.'”

Regarding his thoughts on Tony Stark, Slott explained, “Reed Richards explores the universe. He wants to know everything and go everywhere. Tony Stark builds the future. It’s not that he’s not out to discover the next big thing. But he’s gonna take his own two hands and he’s gonna build where he wants to go, or what he wants to do. He looks at a challenge and goes, ‘How do I machine my way out of this?’”

Slott promises, “There will be a very unique cast in this book of characters: Iron Man characters you love and Marvel characters that you haven’t seen folded into the Iron Man cast.”

For much more of Dan Slott’s observations on wrapping up his run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, his favorite stories he told with the character, and moving to IRON MAN, check out the full interview at Vulture.com!

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The acclaimed writer joins the House of Ideas for new and exciting projects!

Marvel Entertainment is excited to announce that writer Kelly Thompson has joined the House of Ideas in an exclusive agreement!

Thompson’s stellar work on the HAWKEYE ongoing series, last year’s epic JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA, and the current fan-favorite ROGUE & GAMBIT limited series has captivated readers everywhere—and now she’s set to introduce her one-of-a-kind voice to new corners of the Marvel Universe.

“Marvel was truly my first love. So to be here today, not only writing for Marvel but ‘going exclusive’ with them, is the definition of a dream come true,” says Thompson. “I remember visiting Disney World as a teen and being so consumed by an issue of X-Men that was due to come out that I was checking newsstands like a girl possessed until I located it. So yeah, this is everything I always wanted.”

Marvel Editor-in-Chief C.B. Cebulski agrees, “From the moment she turned in her first script, Kelly has continually brought big ideas, incredible energy, and endless enthusiasm to the Marvel Universe and every comic she’s had a hand in creating for us. We’re honored to now have her as part of the family here and could not be more excited for the fans to read the amazing adventures she’ll be taking our characters on next year—and beyond!”

In the coming months and at San Diego Comic Con this summer, Marvel will reveal more of Thompson’s exciting work. Until then, stay up-to-date with all of Kelly’s books on Marvel Unlimited and Marvel.com!

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The highly-anticipated series' two-hour premiere set for June 7!

Fan-favorite heroes Cloak and Dagger are set to begin their live-action adventure on June 7!

Ahead of the first ever Freeform Summit later today, Marvel and Freeform revealed new footage of Tandy Bowen and Tyrone Johnson from “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” above. The series will premiere on Freeform on Thursday, June 78:00 – 10:00 pm ET/PT.

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” is the story of Tandy Bowen (Olivia Holt) and Tyrone Johnson (Aubrey Joseph) – two teenagers from very different backgrounds, who find themselves burdened and awakened to newly acquired superpowers which are mysteriously linked to one another. Tandy can emit light daggers and Tyrone has the ability to control the power of darkness. They quickly learn they are better together than apart. “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stars Olivia Holt, Aubrey Joseph, Andrea Roth, Gloria Reuben, Miles Mussenden, Carl Lundstedt, and J.D. Evermore. Also joining the cast, who have not yet been announced are Emma Lahana and Jaime Zevallos.

The series is co-produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. Joe Pokaski (“Underground,” “Heroes”) serves as showrunner and executive producer; Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”), Marvel’s head of Television, and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s The Punisher,” “Marvel’s The Defenders”) also serve as executive producers. Gina Prince-Bythewood (“Love & Basketball”) directed the first episode.

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!

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A classic X-Men story is turned into a new collectible.

A classic story in the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN found Rogue fending for herself in the Savage Land, and now the new Marvel Gallery Savage Land Rogue PVC Diorama from Diamond Select Toys recreates this memorable part of the mutant super hero’s life.

Savage Land Rogue PVC Diorama from Diamond Select Toys.

A Diamond Select Toys Release! She’ll steal your powers, and your heart! This 9-inch sculpture of the X-Men’s Rogue is based on her famous Savage Land storyline, in which the power-absorbing mutant found herself stranded with Magneto in the Antarctic paradise. Based on Jim Lee’s artwork, this 9-inch PVC diorama shows Rogue in her distinctive outfit from the story, and features detailed sculpting and paint applications. Packaged in a full-color window box. Sculpted by Alejandro Pereira!

PVC Diorama            SRP: $45.00

Look for pre-sales to begin next week with comic shops and online retailers.

Savage Land Rogue PVC Diorama from Diamond Select Toys.

The storyline with Rogue trapped in the Savage Land began in UNCANNY X-MEN #269 by Chris Claremont and Jim Lee, and then continued in in UNCANNY X-MEN #274 and #275 (both also by Claremont and Lee).You can read all of the issues via Marvel Unlimited!

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #274

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #274

  • Published: March 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Chris Claremont
  • Penciller: Jim Lee
  • Cover Artist: Jim Lee
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Rogue isn’t the only Marvel PVC Diorama on its way from Diamond Select Toys. Check out the gallery below to see the upcoming releases for Captain America, Black Widow, Punisher, X-23, Black Panther and Killmonger!

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Robert Reynolds' dark alter-ego leaps into Battlerealm!

The Sentry revealed his awesome might in “Marvel Contest of Champions” a couple of weeks ago—and while it’s been fun to harness the power of a million exploding suns, one must pay a price for that kind of ability.

This week, The Void comes to collect on that debt. Revealing himself in all his shadowed glory, the unrelenting alter-ego of The Sentry fights for the soul of Robert Reynolds—and will look to plunge all of Battlerealm into darkness.

We talked to Kabam Lead Character Artist Gene Campbell and Game Designer Piero Herrera about The Void and how he aims to tear the Contest apart.

Marvel.com: Uh oh…who let The Void out?

Gene Campbell: It was an accident, we swear! But seriously, The Collector has been waiting for his powerful compatriot, Sentry, to return to him for what feels like an eternity now. For what task exactly? We don’t know…but as expected, the familiar dark force that accompanies him, The Void, still hides within, ready and waiting to reveal itself. Surely The Collector—in all of his ancient wisdom and foresight—expected this. Whatever he tasked Sentry with, he must have thought it worth the risk.

Marvel.com: How did the team decide just how The Void would manifest visually on Battlerealm?

Gene Campbell: We were considering the more monstrous form of Void early on. Early development of Sentry and Void had them switching back and forth during gameplay, but we found it very challenging and confusing to have a man morph into a big tentacle covered space creature like that. The final version also made sense with our storyline. The “Marvel Contest of Champions’” version of Sentry has been to the edge of the multiverse and back, all the while looking for something. He’s older and wiser, and has a better grip on the darkness within. So when his concentration slips, he’s able to contain it better and not let the whole monster out.

 

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about the abilities that Bob Reynolds’ evil alter-ego has…how does he differ from The Sentry?

Piero Herrera: Void’s abilities were built around the concept of fear. All of the Champions are vulnerable to the Void’s debuffs and they do direct damage over time—even if Void does not directly land an attack. Summoners have to remove those damaging effects by constantly fighting.

Marvel.com: It looks like his gameplay centers around his Intimidating Presence. What’s going on there?

Piero Herrera: Exactly! After a delay, Void’s Intimidating Presence becomes powerful enough to inflict a debuff onto the opponent. Those debuffs are capable of not only doing direct damage over time but also enable him to deal with the opponent’s abilities—like Regeneration, Power Gain, and Evade.

Marvel.com: Dark Stinghave we seen that ability before? Or is it unique to The Void?

Piero Herrera: Dark Sting is unique to Void. After his Special 2 Attack, he will place two Dark Stings onto the opponent that can turn into Degeneration or a Weakness debuff whenever the opponent’s activate their Special Attack. Try using Dark Sting to get Void’s huge attack increase through his Special 3.

Marvel.com: Considering that The Void is already insanely powerful, who can we team him up with to make him even stronger?

Piero Herrera: Void is great with Sentry, Hulk, and Champions that are part of the Avengers team like Black Widow, Vision, Hawkeye, and Captain America. Pair him up with those Champions and Void will become even more powerful!

Marvel.com: And when does this guy get unleashed to threaten reality as we know it?

Piero Herrera: The Void will be available today—January 18! Make sure to check in-game messaging for more information.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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Check out new episodes on Friday nights at 9|8c on ABC.

The team on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” have been going through one of their most trying experiences yet in Season 5, thrust into both outer space and the future – where they are attempting both to return to their time and stop an unspeakable tragedy from occurring.

Check out these new photos of the cast in their Season 5 garb, as they abandon their previous S.H.I.E.L.D. gear for outfits that better fit their current (or is that future?) situation.

A new episode of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” airs Friday at 9|8c on ABC!