It’s all been leading to Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War'!

Destiny arrives this Friday, April 27, with the arrival of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War. Ten years in the making, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to a head when our heroes come together for battle against the Mad Titan himself. Over the years, this shared universe has developed into a complex web of stories filled with compelling crossovers that keep fans on their toes.

To understand how we got to “Avengers: Infinity War,” we have to start at the beginning. Marvel.com will break it down for you film by film – starting with Marvel Studios’ Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor, Captain America: The First Avenger, and The Avengers—focusing on key events and characters to get you ready to assemble for Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War! Let’s start from the beginning, in 2008 with the debut of Marvel Studios’ first MCU movie, Iron Man!

IRON MAN

  • Tony Stark—genius, billionaire, playboy—and leader of Stark Industries, a defense company he inherited from his father Howard Stark, is captured by terrorist group Ten Rings in Afghanistan
  • After the attack, Stark and fellow prisoner Doctor Ho Yinsen rig an electromagnet implant in Stark’s chest to keep shrapnel shards from reaching his heart
  • In an attempt to escape, Yinsen sacrifices himself while they create an electric generator to power a suit of armor
  • Returning home with the intent of no longer manufacturing weapons, Stark finds his father’s old Stark Industries partner Obadiah Stane who disagrees with this plan of action
  • Stark uses his time to build a more technologically-advanced suit, as well as a more sophisticated arc reactor, a mechanism that is keeping him alive
  • As the Ten Rings gather up pieces of Stark’s prototype suit to rebuild, Stane kills them and takes the suit for himself, called the Iron Monger
  • Stark’s personal assistant Pepper Potts, upon discovering Stane hired the Ten Rings himself, devises a plan to help Stark with the aid of Agent Phil Coulson from the Strategic Homeland Intervention, Enforcement and Logistics Division (S.H.I.E.L.D.)
  • Stane and Stark’s showdown culminates in a battle that shows off the power of the arc reactors
  • While Agent Coulson attempts a cover up narrative, Stark brazenly admits “I am Iron Man”
  • POST CREDIT: S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury tells Stark about the Avengers Initiative, “You think you’re the only super hero in the world?”

THE INCREDIBLE HULK

  • After exposure to gamma radiation, Dr. Bruce Banner, now with the ability to transform into a creature when his heart rate rises above 200, is on the run and a fugitive from the U.S. military who want to weaponize him
  • Discovered after Banner’s blood accidentally makes his way into a factory bottle, Lt. General Thaddeus Ross sends British military special ops Emil Blonsky to secure Banner, who fails and is then injected with an altered “Super Soldier Serum”
  • Banner continues to do research while corresponding with a mysterious Mr. Blue in hopes for finding a cure
  • After a second confrontation with Blonsky and Ross’ forces, Banner transforms into the Hulk and flees with Betty, his former girlfriend and Ross’ daughter
  • On the run, Banner and Betty meet “Mr. Blue,” Dr. Samuel Sterns, who believes he has found an antidote for Banner, but also reveals he had synthesized his blood into a mass supply
  • With Banner and Betty in custody, Blonsky demands to be injected with Banner’s blood serum regardless of consequences, which turns him into the Abomination
  • Ross allows Banner to transform into the Hulk to stop the Abomination
  • With Blonsky defeated, Banner retreats to Bella Coola, British Columbia where he experiments with transformation control
  • POST-CREDIT: Tony Stark approaches General Ross about a team that he’s putting together

IRON MAN 2

  • Stark has maintained peace through the use of his armor despite pressure from the government, and reinstated the Stark Expo as a nod to his father Howard’s legacy
  • The palladium core in the arc reactor that powers his suit as well as keeps Stark alive, is slowly poisoning him, prompting Tony to appoint Pepper Potters CEO of Stark Industries and hires Natalie Rushman to replace her as his personal assistant
  • While racing at the Monaco Grand Prix, Stark is attacked by an electric whip-wielding Ivan Vanko, whose father Anton collaborated with Howard Stark on the first arc reactor, and now seeks to avenge his father’s death
  • Tech rival Justin Hammer fakes Vanko’s death and enlists him to build a line of armored suits to rival Stark’s, while James “Rhodey” Rhodes takes the Mark II suit to the U.S. military after going toe-to-toe with a despondent and out of control Stark
  • Director of S.H.I.E.L.D. Nick Fury reveals Stark’s new personal assistant is actually Agent Natasha Romanoff (aka Black Widow) and that his father Howard was a S.H.I.E.L.D. founder
  • Fury gives Stark some of his father’s old documents, including a hidden diagram of a new element, which he synthesizes for his arc reactor with J.A.R.VI.S., solving his palladium dependency
  • At Stark Expo, Hammer reveals his new Vanko-designed armored drones, led by Rhodey in a heavily weaponized version of the Mark II armor, which Vanko turns to attack Iron Man
  • Romanoff returns control of the Mark II armor to Rhodes while Stark defeats the drones, ultimately neutralizing the Vanko threat
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. decides to only use Stark as a consultant, Stark and Rhodes receive medals for bravery, and Pepper steps down as CEO
  • POST CREDIT: Agent Coulson reports on a large hammer’s presence at a New Mexico crater 

THOR

  • Physicists Jane Foster and Erik Selvig, along with Darcy Lewis, drive towards a lightning storm in New Mexico where they hit a person with their car in the chaos
  • In a flashback, Odin, King of Asgard, defeats King Laufey and the Frost Giants of Jotunheim, and seizes their source of power, the Casket of Ancient Winters
  • In present day, just as Odin’s eldest son Thor prepares to ascend to the throne of Asgard, Frost Giants arrive to retrieve the Casket, prompting Thor to travel to Jotunheim to confront Laufey against his father’s warnings with his brother Loki, Sif, and the Warriors Three (Volstagg, Fandral, and Hogun)
  • For his betrayal, Odin strips his son of his godly power and exiles him from Asgard to Migard, as a mortal, with his enchanted hammer Mjölnir, which he can only wield again once he’s worthy
  • After being hit by Foster’s van, Thor goes on the hunt Mjölnir with Foster, where he infiltrates a S.H.I.E.L.D. site where he discovers he is no longer worthy enough to lift his hammer
  • Loki, who learned he is not Odin’s biological son, but a descent of the Frost Giants, becomes acting king after falls into an “Odinsleep” coma and sends the Destroyer to Migard to follow Sif and the Warriors Three and kill Thor
  • The Destroyer attacks the warriors prompting Thor to sacrifice himself, proving him worthy of wielding Mjölnir
  • Betraying Laufey, Loki believes he has proved himself worthy to his adopted father Odin
  • In a fight between Loki and Thor that destroys the Rainbow Bridge, Loki sacrifices himself after Odin refuses to give his approval
  • Thor admits to his father that he is not ready to reign, as Foster and her team on Earth search for a way to connect with Asgard
  • POST CREDIT: Selvig is taken to a S.H.I.E.L.D. facility and shown the Tesseract. Mind-controlled by Loki, Selvig agrees to investigate the object. 

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

  • In 1942, the Nazis, led by Johann Schmidt, discover an object known as the Tesseract
  • Steve Rogers, rejected from World War II recruitment due to his small stature and health issues, attends an exhibition of future technologies with friend James “Bucky” Barnes where he meets Dr. Abraham Erskine, who allows Rogers’ military enlistment
  • Sacrificing himself during basic training, Rogers proves his worth to Erskine, Col. Chester Phillips, British agent Peggy Carter, and the Strategic Scientific Reserve’s “super-soldier” experiment
  • Schmidt, who underwent a similar super-soldier procedure, and Arnim Zola harness the energies of the Tesseract for the purpose of powering Zola’s inventions
  • Just as Rogers successfully completes the super-soldier treatment, Schmidt’s assassin kills Erskine and flees with the last of the super-soldier serum
  • Rogers tours the country with a revue selling war bonds as “Captain America”
  • Schmidt secedes from the Third Reich, completing the process of forming HYDRA to follow his own agenda
  • Learning that Bucky and his unit were lost in a battle with Schmidt’s forces, Rogers begins a solo rescue attempt, with the aid of a Vibranium shield gifted from Stark, that leads to the discovery of Schmidt’s Red Skull
  • Rogers recruits a team, the Howling Commandos, made up of Barnes, Dum Dum Dugan, Gabe Jones, Jim Morita, James Montgomery Falsworth, and Jacques Dernier, to take on HYDRA directly
  • The Tesseract destroys the Red Skull, which Stark recovers in the ocean, while Barnes and Rogers are both presumed dead
  • Rogers awakens to present-day Times Square where Nick Fury tells him he has been asleep for 70 years
  • POST CREDIT: Nick Fury brings Steve Rogers an assignment

MARVEL’S THE AVENGERS

  • During his exile, Loki meets the Other, leader of the Chitauri, striking a deal – recover the Tesseract in exchange for conquering Earth
  • Erik Selvig, lead on Tesseract experiments, unknowingly activates the object, opening a wormhole, and summoning Loki to Earth
  • Loki escapes with Selvig and Clint Barton, whom he brainwashed, as S.H.I.E.L.D. Director Nick Fury and Agent Maria Hill reactivates the Avengers Initiative
  • Agent Natasha Romanoff is sent to find Bruce Banner, Agent Coulson visits Tony Stark, while Fury recruits Steve Rogers, in order to retrieve the Tesseract, putting in play the Avengers
  • His tough brotherly love ineffective, Thor agrees to Loki’s imprisonment aboard S.H.I.E.L.D.’s Hellicarrier
  • Loki escapes his prison at the cost of Coulson’s life, providing fuel for the Avengers to cooperate as a team
  • Reunited, Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and Hawkeye take on Loki’s Chitauri invasion of Earth
  • The World Security Council decide to end the invasion by launching a nuclear missile which Stark intercepts and diverts into the wormhole before falling back to Earth and being caught by Hulk
  • The explosion stops the Chitauri attack, while Romanoff closes the portal with Loki’s scepter, ending the battle
  • Thor returns home to Asgard with Loki and the Tesseract in tow, while Fury notes that the Avengers will reassemble again if needed
  • MID-CREDIT: The Other tells his master of Loki’s defeat, warning that engaging the Avengers would be courting Death, thus prompting Thanos to smile
  • POST-CREDIT: Post battle, the Avengers enjoy shawarma in silence among the rubble

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend – grab tickets to “Avengers: Infinity War” on Fandango now!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com as we tackle Phase Two and Phase 3 of the Essential Marvel Cinematic Universe Guide.

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Classic meets modern in these Spider-Man #800 variant covers!

Hitting #800 puts AMAZING SPIDER-MAN in the history books, making it the first Marvel comic to hit 800 issues. While the milestone marks the beginning of the end of writer Dan Slott’s legendary run (his arc wraps up in #801), it presented an amazing opportunity to bring some of Marvel’s most famous artists in on the celebration. Check out 10 variant covers below, featuring some outstanding takes on Spidey.

Before he leaves the web-slinger to start on IRON MAN, Slott’s “Go Down Swinging” will feature a big showdown between Peter Parker and one of his oldest enemies, Norman Osborn. It will surely leave you hanging for the finale in #801!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 will go on sale on May 30, 2018. Written by Dan Slott, this landmark 80-page issue’s cover is by Alex Ross and features art by Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli, and Nick Bradshaw. View the gallery below to get a first look at all 10 variant covers!

Here is the full list of cover artists and colorists:

Moebius

Mark Bagley; Drew Hennessy inks, Jason Keith colors

John Romita Sr.; Richard Isonave colors

Ron Frenz; Brett Breeding inks, Dave McCaig colors

Frank Cho; David Curiel colors

John Cassaday; Paul Mounts colors

Terry Dodson; Rachel Dodson inks, Terry Dodson colors

Greg Land; Rachelle Rosenberg colors

Nick Bradshaw; Morry Hollowell colors

Paolo Rivera

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Writer Ethan Sacks reveals the secrets behind the book!

In our Creator Commentary series, we give the floor to our storytellers as they present behind-the-scenes looks at the decisions that go into every last panel and page—in their very own words. Today we celebrate the release of OLD MAN HAWKEYE #4 by taking a closer look at the previous issue with writer Ethan Sacks.

Read up on our coverage of issue #1 and issue #2, then dive into issue #3 right here. 

Ethan, over to you…

Man on a Mission

When we left off last time, Hawkeye had just gotten to an amusement park called Arcade’s Murderworld, because of course that would be the amusement park in that world. The first person he’s out to check off his revenge list is there, but we don’t know who that is yet.

As the father of a daughter who has been to Disney World and all those places, I thought an amusement park in this world would have what Disney World has—where you can take a picture with characters or princesses. So I figured they’d have employees dressed as the super heroes. But here, the kids are actually beating this poor guy who’s dressed as Captain America, because I thought it kind of set up the world a little bit.

And Hawkeye can’t really do anything about it because he can’t break cover—obviously if people find out a super hero is running around then he’d get in a lot of trouble, and he’s very much focused on his goal.

So he gets stopped by this fortune teller, and if you’re a big X-Men nerd, you may recognize her as Blindfold. I needed a fortune teller character so I felt like part of the fun of research is looking through all the bloody panels from when the X-Men were knocked off in the original Old Man Logan story, and she wasn’t in it. I don’t know if she was actually created at the time, but she was not among the dead bodies so I figured she was elsewhere.

The Big Bad

Then we cut to Bullseye, and this is a little bit of a showdown with his boss, the Red Skull. This is the first time we see the Red Skull, who is obviously the “big bad” for that world. But Bullseye’s gone off the grid and he’s not taking messages or listening to his boss, so that could set something up later.

Bullseye, in this case, is very busy torturing the Orb and ripping the Watcher’s eye out of his chest to get as much information as he can about where Hawkeye is. This is probably the goriest panel so far in the series, but I want to warn you, it gets worse later.

Then we go into Blindfold’s tent and, if you didn’t recognize it right off the bat, there’s a Xavier School mug on Blindfold’s table.

She was a tough one to write because she has this strange speech pattern. But I like this scene a lot, especially with the way Marco drew it with the steam from the coffee showing little bits of Old Man Logan—and specifically Hawkeye’s demise in Old Man Logan. Clearly she can tell what’s going to happen to him and she drops hints that if he keeps doing what he’s doing, down the road he’s in for an ignoble end. But he brushes that off and goes to find the big target he’s after…pun intended.

Bullseye, however, is not the only one chasing Hawkeye; we have Venoms. Yes, “Venoms” plural. For those who remember, the Venom symbiote bonded with a surviving Madrox gang clone and now it’s replicating. Just to find his path to Hawkeye, the Venoms end up at the garage of Tonya (Hawkeye’s ex-wife) and they overhear one of the exotic dancers from issue #2 who’s trying to get the hell out of there, and they realize the next step on their quest…

Keep Your Friends Close

And now we get to the main event. The issue is called “The Price of Admission” and it’s called that for two reasons. One: the person who Hawkeye is chasing has become a showman and has decided that if they’re going to go out, they want to go out with a grand show. And two: this is where Hawkeye commits and realizes there’s no going back, because once he kills this person, he’s all in. This person actually works as the main event, but we see they draw almost no crowd. It’s a sad existence.

We flip the page and it turns out the character he’s chasing is Atlas. Yes—the big conceit of this book is that Hawkeye is hunting his former Thunderbolts teammates.

I wondered where the Thunderbolts would have been on the day that the super villains took over. When they were approached for the final battle, they knew the heroes were going to lose, so they decided not to come. But I wanted to make some of them sympathetic—and show that they weren’t out for power, they weren’t out for glory; some were just out to survive.

There’s this exchange where Hawkeye says, “How could you do this to me?” and Atlas says, “God, man, not everything is about you.” He wanted to live—and this may not seem like much of a life, but it’s a life. And Atlas drops a clue about the only person who’s still talking to him, Abe. Abe’s working at a doombot factory in Kree Haven. Again, he bought the right to live.

Atlas realizes there’s no talking Hawkeye out of this, so he stands up and says, “Let’s give them a show worth the price of admission.” Then he grows incredibly big, rips the tent, and they go at it.

One of the things I wanted to do with this fight was make tributes to certain arcs that I loved. One of the things I tried to put in here, which may or may not be obvious unless you’re as old as me, is Hawkeye uses this green gas arrow, and it’s the same arrow that he used the first time he met Atlas. So Atlas is dumb enough to fall for the same thing twice. No disrespect to him, but he was certainly not a Reed Richards-level genius.

At one point, he’s incapacitated, lying on the floor, Hawkeye has his bow arched, and we cut to this panel that’s a throwback to those ‘90s Thunderbolts comics. It’s actually a panel imitating Mark Bagley’s original art, and it just shows them in happier days.

But he shoots the arrow because he’s all in. Now there’s no going back. Hawkeye has now crossed the line.

Crosshairs

For the closing shot, Bullseye has arrived a few hours late, but he’s arrived at the crime scene that Hawkeye left behind. And the Deathlok computer that’s integrated into his brain makes the ID match and he realizes that the Thunderbolts are Hawkeye’s targets.

He knows where to go next, and he’s getting closer and closer to intercepting Clint.

Last thingI want to give a shout-out. I owe a lot of this issue to my friend Paul Pelkonen, who introduced me to the Thunderbolts back in the 1990s. Who would’ve guessed that 20 years later, here we are.

Continue the story by reading OLD MAN HAWKEYE #4, from Ethan Sacks and artist Marco Checchetto, today—April 25!

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Don't miss Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War' in theaters this Friday!

True Believers!

We know you’re stoked for this Friday’s theatrical release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”! We’ve got another special treat for you this week — pre-order Marvel’s Spider-Man to unlock instant access to the Iron Spider suit inspired by the film when the game launches September 7, only on PS4!

“Including the incredible Iron Spider suit design inspired by Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War in our game as an unlockable suit, and an early unlock pre-order bonus, is a delightful crossover between our unique game world and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. We can’t wait to show our players what it can do in-game after they watch what it’s capable of doing in theaters,” shared Eric Monacelli, senior producer & project lead, Marvel’s Spider-Man.

“The Iron Spider suit leaping into Marvel’s Spider-Man is another awesome example of how our game is built from authentic Marvel history,” said Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann. “Making its first appearance in the best-selling Civil War comic book event, the instant classic suit – as have so many ingredients from Marvel’s comic books – inspired the film makers to debut their version of it in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, and now we’re continuing the cross-medium sharing by making it an unlockable suit in our game. From comic books to movies to games, we’re dedicated to bringing True Believers the best that Marvel’s mighty minds can dream up!”

Head on over to Playstation Blog to get more details on Marvel’s Spider-Man’s collaboration with Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War”!

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens on April 27! Pre-order Marvel’s Spider-Man today!

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” launches on September 7. Mark your calendars and get ready for greatness!

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Check out the bite-sized podcast preview of this week's new Marvel Comics!

Get a quick bite of all the comics in-store today with Marvel’s The Pull List!

This week, Jamie joins Tucker for a very special look at all of April 25’s new comic releases, including AVENGERS, DESPICABLE DEADPOOL, HUNT FOR WOLVERINE, VENOM, and all the other books that are waiting for you on this New Comic Book Day!

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (4/25/18)

  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #34
  • AVENGERS #690
  • DARTH VADER #15
  • DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #299
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #389
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #4
  • EXILES #2
  • HUNT FOR WOLVERINE #1
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #599
  • LEGION #4
  • LOCKJAW #3
  • MARVEL RISING #0
  • MIGHTY THOR #706
  • MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #30
  • MOON KNIGHT #194
  • OLD MAN HAWKEYE #4
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #303
  • SPIDER-GWEN #31
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #19
  • THANOS ANNUAL #1
  • VENOM #165
  • VENOMIZED #4
  • X-MEN: BLUE #2

COLLECTIONS

  • ANNIHILATION: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2
  • AVENGERS ACADEMY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 2
  • CABLE: REVOLUTION
  • CABLE: THE LAST HOPE VOL. 1
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA EPIC COLLECTION: THE BLOODSTONE HUNT
  • CARNAGE OMNIBUS (HC)
  • ICEMAN VOL. 2: ABSOLUTE ZERO
  • JESSICA JONES VOL. 3: RETURN OF THE PURPLE MAN
  • MARVEL COMICS DIGEST STARRING THE AVENGERS VOL. 3 (DIGEST)
  • SPIRITS OF VENGEANCE: WAR AT THE GATES OF HELL
  • STAR WARS: DARTH VADER: DARK LORD OF THE SITH VOL. 2 – LEGACY’S END
  • SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 1
  • THE ROAD TO MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR – THE ART OF THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE (HC)
  • X-MEN: DOMINO

ALSO ON SALE ON THE MARVEL APP

  • CABLE (1993) #80-96
  • DOMINO (1997) #1-3
  • SUB-MARINER (1968) #39-49

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

  • HULK: VISIONARIES – PETER DAVID VOL. 8
  • INCREDIBLE HULK MASTERWORKS VOL. 8
  • INCREDIBLE HULK: DARK SON
  • SPIDER-GIRL: FAMILY VALUES
  • SUB-MARINER MASTERWORKS VOL. 6

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #12
  • CABLE #150
  • CHAMPIONS #13
  • DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #1
  • DEFENDERS #95-109
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #26
  • GENERATION X #7
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #709
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593
  • JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA #4
  • LUKE CAGE #166
  • MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #1
  • MIGHTY THOR #700
  • MONSTERS UNLEASHED #7
  • PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #5, 230-241
  • POE DAMERON #20
  • SECRET WARRIORS #7
  • SPIDER-GWEN #25
  • THOR VS. HULK – CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE #4
  • VENOM #156
  • X-MEN UNLIMITED #4
  • X-MEN: GOLD #14

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Sideshow discusses designing a one-man army with their new version of Cap.

Sideshow recently unveiled an all-new take on one of pop culture’s most beloved heroes, Captain America. This new Premium Format™ Figure depicts an updated, tactical interpretation of the star-spangled soldier, while retaining many of the iconic costume design elements that make him such a stand-out character in comics.

Marvel.com spoke to Sideshow Art Director David Igo and digital designer and sculptor Daniel Bel to learn a little more about this impressive new statue, and about bringing the iconic Avenger to life…

Marvel.com: Tell us a little more about how you chose the team for the Captain America Premium Format™ Figure, and a little about each of the people involved.

David Igo: It’s totally awesome figuring out who’s the best fit for each project. There are a lot of unique factors that go into the team building, and no one project is the same as any other, really…

Assembling the team isn’t solely my decision. There are a lot of other people involved as we build the project, but I do work closely with the design and the sculpt teams to figure out who’s going to work on what project. For CaptatMartin Canale & Guillermo Barbiero, had translated that material into a rough 3D pose study to make it more heroic and Captain America feeling. From there, we had enough reference material to convey to Daniel an idea of what we had in mind, and how to go about the project – and off he went!

Throughout the sculpting process, we make sure the sculptors are supported with the right Project Manager and Art Director, and that duo will make sure the sculptor has every everything they need. It’s a real collaborative effort, designed to support the sculptor every step of the way, and let them do what they do best.

Marvel.com: Daniel, were you excited to explore a new version of Captain America? How does the process of designing this character begin?

Daniel Bel: Yes, totally. There are already many classic versions of Captain America on the market, so the idea of creating a new, modern comic book-inspired interpretation really caught my attention.

It was a huge challenge for the whole team to design this character from scratch, and it was very gratifying to have the chance to put my own style into every part of this piece. As with any other project, the team gets together to brainstorm ideas. Then, with all the opinions on the table, we begin to narrow down the scope to make decisions on the details that work best for the piece.

In order to achieve the best representation possible, we always do a deep exploration of the story and the main features of the character. Collectors love those details!

Marvel.com: This piece in particular is very interesting because, although it’s incredibly dynamic with lots of movement, it also has a very classical feel. The pose in particular is almost like a Greek statue. Was that a deliberate aim going in to this project?

Daniel Bel: Of course! We all love classic sculptures and this kind of pose in particular is named “contrapposto”, a pose very commonly used by the Greeks and Romans in their pieces to convey the feeling of movement and dynamism. It’s also very helpful to break the symmetry of the body too. In this post-battle scene of Captain America versus the Ultron sentries, he looks victorious and heroic, so I think we managed to get all that we wanted in just one pose.

David Igo: I couldn’t have said it any better! The pose was also an homage to the heroic stature of our very first Captain America Premium Format™ Figure that we did YEARS ago… We were trying to recapture that same “Ultimate Hero” feel, but with a unique pose and story to the piece, as well as a more modern twist to his look.

Marvel.com: What was the decision process regarding the evolution of Cap’s armor? It’s very modern and tactical, with lots of layers and different materials, but there are also lots of nods to the classic costume.

Daniel Bel: This was the most difficult part of the whole process, because we know collectors love the classic version of the suit. Taking that into account, we decided to re-design the suit while paying homage to the classic design, but giving it a much more tactical and modern look.

We used a variety of textures and shadings to give the feeling that he is very well-protected and the same time still agile. We tried to convey the look of very strong materials, like high density carbon fiber for the shoulder pads, helmet, gloves, and the upper torso. Then, to give him freedom of movement, we chose more flexible materials such as kevlar fabrics for the abdomen, arms, and pants.

We then designed some semi-rigid components for the boots, knee pads, and elbows pads. There are lots of little details, and if you take a closer look you can see that his shield has a magnetic device that allows him to throw and catch it with more precision.

David Igo: To add to what Daniel said, we also thought to ourselves, “Captain America is not indestructible- he’s still human, even though he is SUPER human…”

His classic suit might have worked great fighting in World War II, or against other villains and superhuman threats, but with technology evolving, weapons getting more powerful, unstoppable robots, space aliens, gods, etc… even Cap might need additional protection so he can go into battle and hold up against those kinds of foes in hand-to-hand combat.

I mean, if I had a friend like Tony Stark, I’d probably hit him up for an upgrade every once in a while! Ha ha ha!

Marvel.com: Can you tell us more about the design choices? Anything you’d like to call out or draw attention to?

Daniel Bel: I would like to highlight his face. One of the main questions from the team was what kind of facial expression we wanted. This is a very important thing, because in a statue everything is connected, and the wrong expression may not flow with the body, posture, gesture, and so on.

So instead of doing a shouting or a grimacing expression, we decided to play with the position of his eyes and with his lips to suggest a stern look and aggressive attitude, and get the feeling across that he is ready to keep fighting.

Marvel.com: The Exclusive edition for this particular figure is a swap-out hand holding an Ultron Sentry head. Tell us more about the genesis of this idea…

Daniel Bel: We decided to go for an Ultron Sentry head because they are one of the most well-known enemies of the Avengers, and of course they fit perfectly with Black Widow too, which, with a similar background scene, is the perfect companion to be displayed next to Cap.

David Igo: Honestly, sometimes the most difficult part of the design process for me is figuring out the base. You don’t want it to be too big, or too small, and you still want enough context to tell a story without distracting from the figure itself. So when we added the Ultron Sentry to the base, we just knew that Cap holding a torn-off head in his hand would be super awesome and could tie the whole thing together.

Marvel.com: The Captain America Premium Format™ Figure was also unveiled shortly after a new Black Widow Figure. Are they part of the same series?

David Igo: We always want to make sure our statues are strong standalone pieces first and foremost. But, if we have other pieces planned that could work as a “set” or a “series”, making those gel together is a great bonus. Cap and Black Widow look fantastic together, but they also look awesome as standalone statues.

Marvel.com: There’s also a Premium Art Print depicting the two characters together. What can you say about that?

David Igo: Ian MacDonald and Alex Pascenko are both amazing designers and print artists who have worked for Sideshow for years. They both worked with us on the early designs of the two statues, and they totally nailed the art print for us too!

Naturally, pieces evolve from the initial 2D design to a 3D design and final 3D sculpt, then a final painted prototype, so even though Ian and Alex helped design the statues, we waited until both statues were fully completed before starting on the print.

Ian and Alex worked together to make a single illustration of the two characters, with some additional context – the Helicarrier, the Quinjet, and some added effects that are hard to make work in 3D… Smoke, fiery embers. So basically, we were able to expand on the story of the 3D statues for collectors, and that’s always really rewarding to do.

It’s a great complimentary element for a collection that features one or both of the statues, as well as a great piece of art in its own right!

The limited Sideshow Exclusive Edition of the Captain America Premium Format™ Figure is priced at $585 and is currently on pre-order at http://sideshow.com/capt

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See a preview for a new episode airing tonight -- Tuesday, April 24 -- at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

Last week on “Legion,” David Haller (Dan Stevens) had to help his friends free themselves from within their own minds, after they were all overcome by a virus afflicting Division 3. But Syd (Rachel) was not among those he was able to bring back…

In Tuesday night’s new episode, “Chapter 12,” the story continues, as David is tested. And tested. And tested. You can check out a preview at the top of the page and photos from the episode in the gallery below!

Written by Noah Hawley & Nathaniel Halpern and directed by Ellen Kuras, “Legion” – “Chapter 12” airs Tuesday, April 24 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” read what Bill Irwin and Amber Midthunder told Marvel.com about Cary and Kerry’s evolving dynamic.

You can follow “Legion” on FacebookTwitterand Instagram.

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Don’t say anything! Thanos is watching!

This is the week MCU fans everywhere have been eagerly awaiting, as Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” is released worldwide on Friday, April 27. Of course, everyone won’t be able to see the movie at the exact time, and with some audiences beginning to see the film before others, the filmmakers and cast of “Infinity War” have a special message and a notable new hashtag – #ThanosDemandsYourSilence.

Check out the video above to see several key “Avengers: Infinity War” cast members say that, well, they can’t say anything – something everyone who goes to see the film in the next few days should emulate. After all, you wouldn’t want to anger Thanos, would you?

Don’t get locked out of opening weekend; grab your tickets now on Fandango to see “Avengers: Infinity War” when it opens 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!

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Cast members discuss the importance of the Black Panther's home in the new 'Avengers' film.

With Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” opening this week, a new featurette focuses on a key location in the film and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe overall – Wakanda.

After hearing about Wakanda in earlier films, audiences worldwide saw just how impressive the African nation was in Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” earlier this year, and now the action will continue there in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

In the new “Wakanda Revisited” featurette, “Infinity War” cast members Chris Evans (“Steve Rogers / Captain America”), Chadwick Boseman (T’Challa / Black Panther”), Danai Gurira (“Okoye”), and Letitia Wright (“Shuri”) discuss the importance of Wakanda in the story, and what it’s like bringing characters out of their usual setting and into another familiar location from the MCU.

Watch the featurette above, and then grab tickets on Fandango! “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!

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Both figures are coming to the Disney Store on Monday, April 23.

Diamond Select Toys has teamed up with the Disney Store to offer two new Marvel Select action figures, both of which are available today!

The first figure is of a classic comic villain, the Mad Titan, Thanos. Inspired by his modern comic book appearance, as seen in 2013’s INFINITY limited series, this figure measures approximately 7.75 inches tall with 16 points of articulation and includes an interchangeable unhelmeted head.

Check out a gallery of images of the Thanos figure!

The second figure comes from the world of Marvel Studios’ “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Depicting Peter Parker in his unmasked appearance, this figure features the likeness of actor Tom Holland as well as three additional sets of interchangeable hands. It measures approximately 6.75 inches tall and has 16 points of articulation.

Here’s a look at the Spidey figure!

Both figures are available for purchase as of Monday, April 23, in-store and online at shopdisney.com and shop.marvel.com. Each figure comes packaged in display-ready Select packaging, with side-panel artwork for shelf reference. The Marvel Select line recently celebrated its 15th anniversary and just released its 150th figure in the line.

Thanos and Unmasked Spider-Man join a variety of exclusive Marvel Select figures at the Disney Store, including Planet Hulk, the Mighty Thor, Hulkbuster Iron Man, Black Panther, Masked Doctor Strange and the Guardians of the Galaxy.

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