Writer Brian Michael Bendis takes Riri Williams into the Marvel Legacy event!

Writer Brian Michael Bendis normally needs no introduction, but we’re going to make the attempt anyway.

He’s the man who this fall will take INVINCIBLE IRON MAN into the Marvel Legacy event and set the Iron Man Universe on its iron-plated ear. With Tony Stark gone, seemingly disappeared, he’s the only guy who can see Riri Williams through the next massive phase of her, and a few other important characters, development.

Marvel.com: Brian, in general, why is it important for you to highlight the concept of legacy in the Marvel Universe?

Brian Michael Bendis: Well, two things happened when Marvel started playing with this idea for the fall, and [when I heard] the theme, I just started smiling ear to ear, because it’s literally about what all my books are about at the moment. It’s just where I was at in my head. Number one, because some of the characters that I’m writing are legacy characters, they’re actually starting in someone else’s legacy and we’ll see where they end up, in great Marvel tradition. But right now, Miles Morales and Riri are two of the most spotlighted characters in this arena, and it’s just a great opportunity to zero in on what the book has been about.

Now for Iron Man, it’s not just Tony Stark’s legacy. It’s Riri Williams’ legacy, Victor Von Doom’s legacy, and Tony Stark’s legacy. It’s not just a normal person’s legacy; it’s wide, and it’s got a lot of tentacles…not to be too Hydra with the tentacles. But his reach, and the reach of his legacy, from the Avengers to the Stark Foundation, is enormous. So we’re going to get to explore some things about Tony, and about the Iron Man Universe that we haven’t seen before, and it just so happens that we’ve spent the last year and a half building up to this, like this is where I was headed.

Now, what’s cool is, all three of the main Iron Man characters will be joined by other Iron Man characters, looking for what has happened to Tony Stark. If we’re going to get Tony Stark back, what form will that be in? And how cool will the armor be? Now, there are other characters in the Iron Man universe that I’m not mentioning right now, big characters. Amanda, MJ, Friday, Tony A.I., huge characters, a lot going on and a lot of connections to the Marvel Universe, all of which will be detailed and unfolded within the storyline that starts with INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #593.

Marvel.com: How cool is it to go back to the original numbering?

Brian Michael Bendis: You know, when the very fun choice to go back to our original numbering came about, quite a few titles, IRON MAN in particular, are right there at a big anniversary issue. So we’re headed, very quickly, towards a gigantic IRON MAN #600, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.

Marvel.com; When this Marvel Legacy storyline starts, has Tony’s condition changed at all?

Brian Michael Bendis: Tony’s situation has changed. And that’ll be teased in the Marvel Legacy one-shot by Jason Aaron and Esad Ribic, and then I think our INVINCIBLE IRON MAN issue comes out like right after that, and you can dive right in: big, brand new, very reader-friendly Iron Man storyline.

Marvel.com: Of the big Iron Man characters that you’ve mentioned, who would you say will be most moved by Tony’s disappearance?

Brian Michael Bendis: All of them for different reasons, but I have to say, Victor is in the most unusual situation. What Riri is going through, people will identify as “Oh, I’ve looked up to someone.” This relationship is very relatable, in a way. Like, I’ve had mentors in my life, people who I was trying to figure out without directly talking to them, you know what I mean? Trying to figure out stuff about myself through their humanity. Whereas Victor is on just about the biggest, most complicated redemption story…one of the biggest villains in the history of all fiction is trying to claw himself out of the hole. How much he’s been able to do is amazing. But, the enemy list he has created in doing so is enormous, and it’s not just from this dimension. So, his involvement in Tony Stark’s legacy may become, at one point, such a struggle, that he may destroy it. And something new has to be created, or he makes a sacrifice that brings up something new as well. What’s going on with Victor is probably the most unique thing going on story-wise at Marvel.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Riri again. What can you say about her further development going into this storyline? Is this going to be, to date, the ultimate challenge for her?

Brian Michael Bendis: Yes.

Marvel.com: Okay! You heard it here first! Next question!

Brian Michael Bendis: Yeah, listen; we’re just eight issues into her run! The amount of attention she’s garnered from fans in just eight issues is amazing. Compared to seven years ago with Miles, and I know the whole market was different, but it took a while, until the end of the second storyline, for people to really go “Oh okay, he didn’t [bleep] it up.” So, I’ve been quite flattered, to the point of becoming emotional, about how unbelievable the support of Riri has been. There was this young woman online that has been making her own Riri armor and her dad keeps tweeting it. Literally every time we put it out, there are like 60,000 retweets and likes, it’s crazy. It’s insane.

Marvel.com: Good crazy.

Brian Michael Bendis: The best. So, the point is, Riri is at the larva state of her super hero career. She has literally gone out, I think, five times by the time that this Tony storyline starts up again. She’s had some big wins; she’s had some defeating losses. Something crazy happens in the next issue of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN that I don’t want to spoil, but people are gonna be like “What?!” We don’t know what form her version of super heroing will take, she’s still building it. We don’t know what form her technology will take. So, of all the characters, there’s a good chance—and I’m pretty much telling you it is—that she’s going to evolve past the Iron Man construct to something else, and I think that’s pretty exciting.

I look at her like imitating the amazing style of an amazing artist. Like Bill Sienkiewicz is the best example. Very early in his career, he was highly referenced and influence by Neal Adams, and Neil Adams is a very difficult thing to imitate, right? Very difficult. And he did it, and you were like “Wow, you’re an amazing artist, you can do Neil Adams!” right? That’s how I look at Riri right now. She’s amazing. She can do Tony Stark pretty good, but, like Bill Sienkiewicz, will she evolve so far past it that people won’t even remember that she was Iron Man Universe-related? You know, is she capable? And again, you can bring up many other examples in music and television and film where the influence is there, and then they don’t need it anymore, then something else happens. And that’s where Riri’s headed in the next year.

Marvel.com: You’ve got her, you have Victor, you have some other strong personalities in there. Would you characterize what’s going to happen as a violent clash?

Brian Michael Bendis: No. It’s a philosophical [clash], and I’ve already got Riri and Victor’s first meeting out of the way in INFAMOUS IRON MAN, because everybody assumes they were gonna beat each other up. And when you get there, and Victor doesn’t want to fight, there’s no fight. You can hit him all you want, he’s not gonna fight back, and Victor’s not mad at her, and Victor’s not in a crazy, manic state that he usually, or sometimes, is in. He’s calmed down. So, when she shows up in his life, this is a brilliant young woman that he can relate to, and this isn’t someone that he’d wanna fight.

Also, he’s very aware of what it feels like to be in her position, at the beginning of your studies, not even knowing what you don’t know. That’s one of my favorite things, finding something out. Oh, I didn’t even know I didn’t know that, you know? And I know, he’ll get really excited for other people discovering things. So this is the Victor we’re dealing with right now. Not the whole mad genius. Now, does he want to turn her into the whole mad genius? Who knows? And also, may I say, Riri is at a very precarious stage. She’s had a world with nothing but loss and confusion in it. Intelligent characters- intelligent people- in this world we live in right now, find themselves very frustrated. Unintelligent leadership, and science not being the forefront of the society; you can read about it all the time, this is not something that I’m making up. Intelligent children sometimes shut down because they’re like “Whoa boy, this… everything’s weird.” So that’s part of Riri’s development.

Marvel.com: Is she easily influenced?

Brian Michael Bendis: No, not easily influenced. [And] it’s not stubbornness; I don’t see it that way, but I have a person in my life who decides things before they absolutely know them. And sometimes they’re right, because their confidence and intelligence is very strong, and sometimes it’s “Oh no, I was wrong.” But their guess, their instinct is very good, right? So that’s part of where she is. So her instincts [leads to her] calling it like she sees it. Like she sees bull and calls it, and then finds herself in the middle of it.

I have a storyline going right now where she’s right in the middle of terrorist actions in Liberia and S.H.I.E.L.D being S.H.I.E.L.D, she doesn’t buy into any of it. So she’s kind of just making up her own place in it, and it’s throwing off all of the ways that people do things. Maybe in a good way, maybe in a bad way, but she’s gonna have some mistakes she makes, big, big mistakes. But there’s something really brassy and confident about the way she handles things, and that is something Victor is going to be able to talk to her on. He will be able to communicate his philosophies through that idea.

Marvel.com: So far, it doesn’t sound like the tone of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN will change with the advent of Marvel Legacy.

Brian Michael Bendis: Oh no, no. First of all, what Stefano Caselli has accomplished with Riri this year is so amazing that he sometimes gets mislabeled as the creator of the character, even though it’s Mike Deodato who co-created the character. But that’s how strong Stefano’s voice is, and how connected to the action with the character he is, it’s just amazing.

But with him in mind, just doing unbelievable work, that’s the tone of the series. That’s Riri’s worldview, her perspective…you know, we’re so often in her perspective. I know people are very curious where she is in certain spectrums—that’s been a question that people have had. She’s clearly outside of what would be considered normal, on a couple of different things. I think that’s a celebratory thing. I’m surrounded by people in different places in different spectrums, and without diving headfirst into what that is and what that means, we’re gonna explore that as well. And I think a lot of younger readers identify with that, much in the way they identified with the original Peter Parker and his struggles, I really do.

Marvel.com: When you talk about her being brassy, do you think that’s really what people are responding to, or one of the main things?

Brian Michael Bendis: It’s funny that the panels that pop up in my tumblr or Twitter feed always kind of let me know. There’s like, six or seven panels that I see every day, that people go “Yes!” or “I’m scared for her.” It’s a mixture of that, [and] it’s really cute. And I’ll get all “I’m scared for her, too!” Like they’re scared for her, and yeah, I am, too and I wrote it! I’m really scared for her.

Marvel.com: You also have something to say about MIT and Riri?

Brian Michael Bendis: I’m going to be speaking at MIT in November. I was invited by them to come speak about comics and culture. And what was amazing was that we had Riri come to MIT. It was a campus I did a lot of research on for a project that was unrelated to Marvel, an HBO thing that didn’t happen, but I had so much feeling about this place, I loved it, and I said I was definitely gonna have a character there one day. And then years later, it was like “The coolest place we can have Riri live is the MIT dorms!” So when I started putting this in, little did I know, that MIT had completely embraced this character.

They created this amazing admissions video. It was actually pretty hilarious. So in November, at MIT, we’re gonna make a pretty major announcement about Riri. So people that are invested in her, people who are supporting her, there is big stuff coming with her. MIT’s a very unique place for a character in her first year to be so well-received, not unlike what Kamala Khan and Moon Girl experienced.

It’s hard to describe to people, because no one was asking for them. That’s what I love about the Legacy characters. Nobody said “I want Miles,” or “I want Riri,” but then they got them and they were like “Thank you.” And that was the best feeling in the world.

Marvel.com: It sounds like you’re still digging this job. Has your own outlook changed on INVINCIBLE IRON MAN as you’ve gone along?

Brian Michael Bendis: No, what happens is, and this is one of the great things about a higher profile gig, is no matter what you’re writing about, you start your research and whatever you’re doing, and then people find out you’re writing about them or writing about something they know, or whatever, like the young woman who’s making her Ironheart armor in her garage. You reach out and they inspire and they share their stories.

There was a friend of mine who has a brilliant young daughter who is literally obsessed with Mae Jameson. That’s real and honest and I have to use that. There’s a scene where you see young Riri trying to get her teacher to give her something to push back against because she feels that that’s what made Mae Jameson great, right? And I know some people said, “Oh, is she asking for…?” and I was like “No, she’s trying to live up to her hero,” without realizing that her hero made it easier for her, and that’s a big lesson for her too.

Every day it’s something new, new people share their experiences, people inspire me to keep going. I can’t wait to get to MIT, I’m literally gonna go live in the dorm, live in Riri’s world, so I’m so excited. And on top this, yes, back to Marvel Legacy. Yes, these legacy characters mean the world to me. I’m very invested in them and I’m very invested in how much the audience has supported it and what we’re gonna do now. And I know when people hear “The Return of the Heroes,” they worry about the new hotnesses. You do not have to. To fans, so you know: you have made it so Riri, Miles, and Jessica Jones can sustain their own titles. It’s insane, right? So, we will never ignore that.

Marvel.com: Last question—do you miss Tony?

Brian Michael Bendis: Oh, no. ‘Cause I got Tony A.I. the whole time, which is uber-Tony, so any great Tony joke I can think of, this guy will do it.

It’s funny: Tony is the itch I never had to scratch. Literally from the moment I came in to Marvel, I’ve been writing Tony in some book. And I never did it on purpose…and everyone’s always focused on how I’m always writing Kitty Pryde in every book. But Tony made it into every book—every book had Tony Stark in it. Totally by accident! You look back and you go, “Oh, that’s funny. Even in the Guardians of the Galaxy, too.”

I never wrote a book without Tony. My love for him is obviously as strong as it can get for a creator and a character that they didn’t create.

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Marvel Comics pauses to reflect upon the life and career of a true American original, filmmaker and writer George A. Romero, and man who worked his way up from humble beginnings to become the leading creator of an entire pop culture movement.

Romero’s love for classic cinema took root in him at an early age and never let go. With respect and admiration for the great screenwriters, directors, and actors of more than one age of cinema, he took the reins of his own productions and at the tender age of 27 directed, produced and co-wrote an independent film that modernized the idea of the “living dead,” “Night of the Living Dead.” Released in 1968 and filmed in black-and-white with friends standing in for zombies, perhaps no one stood more surprised than Romero himself when it became the first of a cottage industry.

More films followed, but the dead continued to loom large in Romero’s visions. He sequelized his 1968 hit with 1978’s “Dawn of the Dead” and 1985’s “Day of the Dead.” His movies not only offered thrills and chills aplenty, but also sharp satirical commentary on the human condition and the evils the living perpetrate on themselves. Numerous projects flowed from Romero’s pen and lens, and he found himself eager to stretch out into other mediums, including video games, stage plays, and books.

Marvel Comics came calling in 2014 to partner with Romero on EMPIRE OF THE DEAD, a unique trilogy of limited series that sprawled over 15 issues featuring not only zombies but vampires, too. The three series featured art by Alex Maleev, Dalibor Talajic, and Andra Mutti.

Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso worked closely with the director on the comic project. “In creating the ‘Zombie Apocalypse,’ George A. Romero provided the ultimate metaphor for mankind’s inevitable fate and the perfect creative Petri dish to examine the depths of human nature,” he says. “It was an honor to help him tell a chapter of his saga.”

George Romero’s rebel spirit led to the breaking down of storytelling traditions to bring underlying ideas in the human psyche to modern audiences with a fresh take. He’ll be remembered for his passion for his projects, and for the art of tale-telling, something that seemed to come quite naturally for him.

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Enjoy the latest episode of the official Marvel podcast, with comics, movies, TV, games, and more!

Pump it up with a brand spankin’ new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast!

The best comics in the world get a spotlight on the official Marvel podcast, plus loads of news featuring Marvel’s Luke Cage and Marvel’s New Warriors (46:16), as well as your questions and comments (51:00)!

Download episode #298 of This Week in Marvel 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! We are now also on Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel!

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes!  Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse@chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Meet Gert, Karolina, Molly, Alex, Chase and Nico as they change from bored party-goers to Runaways!

Take off with the Runaways from the beginning as we ramp up for Rainbow Rowell and Kris Anka’s new series launching in September!

At one time or another, everyone becomes fully convinced their parents must be evil. Some might just be overly concerned with their children, while others sacrifice teenagers to inter-dimensional giants for world domination and a ticket to a better world.

That’s a very basic explanation for the story Brian K. Vaughan and Adrian Alphona established in the pages of RUNAWAYS #1-6 which launched as part of the Tsunami imprint back in 2003. As the first issue moved along, we met the cast of young characters: Alex, Gert, Chase, Karolina, Nico and Molly. They found themselves dragged to a party by their folks and eventually stumbled upon a sacrifice chamber run by their folks!

Understandably freaked out by the whole situation, they played it cool when their parents checked up on them, but soon met up and decided to go on the run together (sans Molly, the youngest). First they needed the proof of their parents’ evil deed, so they headed to Gert’s house where a genetically engineered future-dinosaur — soon to be known as Old Lace — surprised them.

While there they also swiped a book called the Abstract which held The Pride’s secrets. The surprises kept coming as they traveled to Karolina’s place where they discovered she had powers — thanks to her being an alien, unbeknownst to her — and took part in their first of many parental throw downs.

Though we wouldn’t find out more about The Pride until the next arc, we did discover that this group of time-travelers, aliens, mutants, magic-wielders, super-scientists and criminal master minds had their claws in just about everyone and used their unique skills to control much of the crime on the west coast.

In the process of uncovering their folks’ true lives, the kids also learned about themselves and proved to readers that we all go through the same problems when we’re teens, whether we have a blood-revealing magic staff or not.

This first arc set the stage for one of the most beloved comic runs this century and also set up plenty of intrigue and mysteries to be paid off in the ensuing volumes, including the identity of the mole feeding information to the parents!

LOST & FOUND

Here’s a brief rundown of the Runways and their abilities/talents/tech. Alex is something of a tactical genius and the kind of born leader people easily listen to. Molly’s mutant genes give her super strength and a level of invulnerability that often leaves her very sleepy. Chase can figure out technology on some level and utilize stolen devices from his parents like the Fistigons. Nico can summon The Staff Of One which allows her to use a spell only once. Karolina’s alien physiology grants her flight and the power to redistribute solar energy. Finally, Gert shares a mental connection with Old Lace and also exhibits a great intelligence and inquisitive nature that wants to find out answers for herself instead of taking everything at face value. Together, they’re not exactly the Avengers, but they’ll do what they can to help stop their parents. All except for the one who will ultimately betray them, that is!

While trying to establish themselves as heroes, the kids run into trouble with a false friend and two heroes who fail to help out in RUNAWAYS #7-12.

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See what the second Ultimate Spider-Man's been up to since hopping over to Earth 616.

Celebrate the Wall Crawler’s return to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” by heading back to school with these adventures available on Marvel Unlimited!

When the Ultimate Universe version of Peter Parker seemingly passed away, another young man took his place. The half-Hispanic, half-African American teen named Miles Morales continues to use his powers for good to this day. In fact, after Secret Wars shook up all of reality, he’s now doing exactly that on Earth 616.

That new series kicked off by none other than Brian Michael Bendis and Sara Pichelli and began with the high school student fighting the demon Blackheart over his fallen Avengers comrades. 

Spider-Man (2016) #1

Spider-Man (2016) #1

  • Published: February 03, 2016
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: August 01, 2016
  • Rating: Rated T
  • Writer: Brian Michael Bendis
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And yet, that seemed like the least terrifying thing the Brooklyn Visions Academy student faced in the first six issues of SPIDER-MAN. First, his mom – worried because his grades slipped a bit – called in his incredibly strict grandmother to watch over him.

The matriarch might have taken his phone away from him, but that didn’t even compare to his best friend, confidante and roommate Ganke revealing to new student Fabio Medina (otherwise known as the mutant Goldballs) Miles’ secret identity as Spider-Man!

Even worse? Black Cat and Hammerhead teamed up to take on this new Spider-Man they found in their midst. Though they got the drop on him, Miles used his venom sting on an epic level to incapacitate most of them and escape. 

Spider-Man (2016) #4

Spider-Man (2016) #4

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Since then, Miles has become and even more important figure in the Marvel Universe after Ulysses saw him standing over the body of Captain America in the pages of CIVIL WAR II. Though the event in question has not yet come to fruition, it’s still rumbling around in everyone’s heads thanks to Steve Rogers’ reveal as the head of Hydra in the pages of SECRET EMPIRE. In fact, he’s so convinced that he’ll commit this crime, he’s committed himself to working with Black Widow to take out the Hydra head!

A Tangled Web

In addition to Web-Slinging his way through his own solo title, Miles has become quite the team player since hopping over to the 616. He started in ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS before moving over to CHAMPIONS with a number of other younger, disillusioned heroes. That same group has decided to back Black Widow in her aforementioned mission to completely remove Captain America from the chessboard of life in the pages of SECRET EMPIRE.

Up next we close up SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING by taking the most recent look back at the Web-Slinger’s early days in the pages of SPIDEY.

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The many faces of Peter Parker's allies and foes.

For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been a sensational standout in the Marvel Universe, and this summer, the web-slinger swings onto the silver screen once more in “Spider-Man: Homecoming”! In celebration of this stories history, we present Spidey’s spectacular step-by-step story!

After teaming with the Thing in MARVEL TEAM-UP #6 to put down a joint plane between the Puppet Master and the Mad Thinker, Spider-Man swung into a political quagmire in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #116 involving a popular yet controversial candidate called Richard Raleigh. Things heated up when a new villain named the Disruptor tried to kill Raleigh in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #117, and Spidey got quite a shock in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #118 when he learned the baddie’s real identity: Raleigh himself.

The webslinger aided Thor in MARVEL TEAM-UP #7 versus Kryllk the Cruel, and the Cat in MARVEL TEAM-UP #8 against the Man-Killer. Later, as Peter Parker he jetted off to Montreal to investigate a mysterious telegram sent to his aunt in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #119, but stumbled into a battle with the Hulk that spilled over into AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #120. With little to no rest after that, our hero became embroiled in a war between the Tomorrow Man and Kang the Conqueror in MARVEL TEAM-UP #9 that also involved the Human Torch in MARVEL TEAM-UP #10 and the Inhumans in MARVEL TEAM-UP #11

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #119

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #119

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Peter’s friend and roommate Harry Osborn fell deeper into his addiction to drugs in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #121, a situation made even worse by his father Norman Osborn’s relapse into his criminal role as the Green Goblin. The wallcrawler swung to the rescue when the Goblin kidnapped Gwen Stacy to hurt Peter, and witnessed the worst moment of his life when the young woman died from a fall off the Brooklyn Bridge during the fight.  

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #121

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An inconsolable Spider-Man desired nothing less than full revenge on Norman Osborn in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #122, and their subsequent ultimate showdown ended in the Goblin’s death from being impaled on his own glider. Later, Mary Jane Watson comforted Peter over his loss of Gwen. J. Jonah Jameson hired Luke Cage to hunt down and capture Spidey in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #123, but the young hero convinced Cage to doubt Jameson’s dubious high-moral reasons for doing so.

Running from his sorrows in San Francisco, Spidey helped the Werewolf triumph over Moondark in MARVEL TEAM-UP #12, and back in New York in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #124 fought another lycanthrope, John Jameson as the Man-Wolf. After diving the solution to Jameson’s hairy problem in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #125, he joined with Captain America against the Grey Gargoyle in MARVEL TEAM-UP #13, with Namor the Sub-Mariner versus Tiger Shark in MARVEL TEAM-UP #14, and with Ghost Rider against the Orb in MARVEL TEAM-UP #15.

The Kangaroo bounced back into the webslinger’s troubled life in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #126, and a new super villain named the Basilisk created chaos for Peter and Captain Marvel in MARVEL TEAM-UP #16. When Mary Jane became the target of the Vulture for witnessing a crime in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #127, the bird-brained baddie swooped in to snag Spidey and drop him from a very, very high height…

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Jack Kirby, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams guide the Inhumans' exploits in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURE

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!

The Inhumans continued to make their presence felt almost immediately after first debuting FANTASTIC FOUR #4548. Black Bolt, Medusa, Karnak, Gorgon, Crystal and Triton appeared in that book on a semi-regular basis as well as in THOR back-ups running from #146-152. However, they scored their first starring role in the pages of AMAZING ADVENTURES which also featured Black Widow solo stories.  

Jack Kirby wrote and drew the first three issues of the series which took place at a time when Crystal had left Attilan in favor of hanging out with Johnny Storm and the Fantastic Four. Black Bolt had also exiled Maximus which lead to the main thrust of this story as Maximus tried to frame the Fantastic Four for attempting to blow the Great Refuge up with a missile.

While most of the Royal Family tussled with the FF, Triton swam off to Maximus’ island and stopped the bad guy. He then signaled his compatriots to stop their attack on the World’s Greatest Heroes. After a Kirby-created battle with Mandarin in #3 and 4, Roy Thomas and Neal Adams took over until #10 which proved the last Inhumans entry in AMAZING ADVENTURES.

Thomas and Adams dove right into a melodramatic story that saw Gorgon and Karnak assuming that Black Bolt intended to kill Maximus because of a powerful cylindrical prison he placed his brother in. Worried that the king took the punishment too far, they freed him which once again lead into the mad one’s evil plans.

Meanwhile, Black Bolt had been flying around New York City when his cousins freed Maximus. The psychic backlash left the king with no memory of his past or the incredible power of his voice.

As Maximus took over Attilan, Black Bolt found himself in the middle of the Civil Rights Movement. His presence roused the attention of the Avengers who planned on intervening until Thor said that he would go alone. The battle brought the thunder and lightning and dispersed the crowd.

The Inhumans remained in the city for a time in AMAZING ADVENTURES #9 and 10 which took up the entire issue and also featured the creative talents of Gerry Conway and Mike Sekowsky. This time, the down-on-their-luck tangled with Magneto. This final Inhumans tale fully reunited Black Bolt with the rest of his family, setting them up to take over Atillan once more.  

That story took place in AVENGERS #95 by Roy Thomas and Neal Adams right in the middle of the Kree-Skrull War story. Triton literally came out of the water and bumbled his way into a fight between the World’s Greatest Heroes and a group of Mandroids. He explained the Inhumans’ recent problems and a faction of the team traveled with him to Attilan where they helped dethrone Maximus!  

THE INHUMAN CONDITION

Five years after their star turn in AMAZING ADVENTURES, the Royal Family took center stage in the first ever volume of INHUMANS. The series, not currently on Marvel Unlimited, featured the talents of Doug Moench, George Perez, Gil Kane, and Keith Pollard. The book continued to build on the mythology originally established by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby while also pitting the family against the likes of Blastaar, Maximus and even the Hulk! Quicksilver also appeared as he and Crystal married in the pages of 1974’s FANTASTIC FOUR #150.

Next time we jump ahead several years to see the Inhumans star in the Marvel Knights 12 issue series by Paul Jenkins and Jae Lee.

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The Champions and Avengers fight to take the lead against a new threat!

It’s the same old group with some not so same old problems. CHAMPIONS #13 sees our young heroes stepping up to bat with the likes of their childhood heroes, the Avengers, as writer Mark Waid and artist Humberto Ramos bring us up to speed on their life of heroics post SECRET EMPIRE.

“Following the events of SECRET EMPIRE, the kids are re-evaluating their mission statement – do they need to step up to bigger threats,” says Waid, This leads to both the Champions and Avengers responding to the same threat and while they manage to come together to subdue the initial threat, Waid says that’s when the real tension begins. “Some of the Avengers think that the Champions ought to guard the home front while they take on one of the biggest threats ever.” And as you can imagine that prompts a whole lot of, in the words of today’s youngins, ‘hells nah’ from the Champions.

“The teams have radically different ideas as to how to handle the first assault from the High Evolutionary,” notes Waid, “The biggest hurdle will be to get Vision and his daughter, Viv, to get on the same page.” But should that really surprise us? After all, it is very common for teenage synthezoids to rebel against their parents, #growingupsynthezoid, right?

Maybe that’s exactly what this team up needs, a little old school meets new school coming together to get the jobs done – ah -mixed school style. “You’ll see different combinations and pairings of the Champions and the Avengers than you’ve every imagined,” exclaims Waid, “Both teams are going to come out of this story with an altered view of the other – and I can’t promise that it’ll be a nice one.”

And if that isn’t enough to peak your interests, Waid did let slip he’s looking forward to a conversation between Ms. Marvel and Hercules. It’s flexibility meets brute force, I can only imagine what will come out of that chat. But whatever that may be, you can bet our young heroes come leave this battle with a new take on not just how to work as a team, but how to truly become the Champions today’s world needs.

Will the Champions become more like their older counterparts or stick to their new-age heroics? Find out in CHAMPIONS #13 written by Mark Waid with art by Humberto Ramos.

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Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz tell us what’s in store when the Avengers and Champions clash!

Following the events of GENERATIONS comes a confrontation that’s been in the making since CIVIL WAR II — the Avengers vs. the Champions! Throw in the High Evolutionary, and you’ve got a recipe for excitement as Marvel’s premier super team and the heroes of tomorrow finally have it out.

We caught up with the AVENGERS creative team of Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz to find out what to expect when these two teams come together to tear it apart.

Marvel.com: Mark, as part of Marvel Legacy it sounds like we’re getting the confrontation we’ve all been waiting for, as the older Avengers finally face the younger Champions — many of whom are former Avengers themselves. How’s it feel to finally get to tell this tale you’ve been building to?

Mark Waid: I’ve been waiting to tell this story ever since Avengers #1, for more than a year. It’s the first really big story the Champions have been involved in, and they’re really gonna be put through their paces.

Marvel.com: We saw this confrontation first start to percolate when the younger heroes left the Avengers in the wake of Civil War II, but in the post-Secret Empire world, what’s the relationship like between these two generations of heroes?

Mark Waid: Better…but not great. The Champions probably aren’t getting enough credit from the Avengers over what they were able to accomplish during Secret Empire, and that doesn’t go down well.

Marvel.com: What role does the High Evolutionary play in the story?

Mark Waid: He’s the villain, the prime mover–and when I say “mover,” I mean something’s causing Counter-Earth (on the other side of our sun) to begin approaching our Earth at cataclysmic speed towards a shattering collision–unless the heroes can stop it.

Marvel.com: Jesus, you’re coming on board following a stint with Nick Spencer on Captain America. What was the draw for you to work on Avengers? And how’s it been making a transition to a team book and getting to draw all these characters?

Jesus Saiz: Well, after working on Cap, I guess the only way up is working on Avengers! You can’t get a much higher character profile than that!
Although Captain America was a solo book, the truth is the scope of the story was huge; it already has a ton of characters, so I hope drawing a team book won’t be so different, I don’t think things could get much bigger. Of course, Mark could probably prove me completely wrong!

Marvel.com: What’s been your approach to characters, visually, both on the Avengers side and the Champions side?

Jesus Saiz: What I find more exciting in these groups visually is the variety; each character is completely different from the rest. All of them are very unique in terms of, not only physicality, but personality and demeanor. I think this will be the biggest challenge, to give each one a particular posture, movement and “acting.”

Marvel.com: What’s it been like for the two of you, working on the book together?

Mark Waid: I’m a big fan of Jesus’s work and I can’t wait to see what he does!

Jesus Saiz: Working with one of the best, most respected and beloved writers of the Industry? Yeah, I think I can live with that.

Marvel.com: Finally, we can’t talk about the Avengers without talking about the roster. Mark, are there any changes to it you can tell us about, as this new story starts? Jesus, are there any characters you’d love to see added to the story, just to get a chance to draw them?

Mark Waid: No roster changes in the FIRST part of the story–but I can promise you that all the Champions you see at the beginning of the story won’t necessarily make it to the end.

Jesus Saiz: Since my arrival at Marvel, there’s a guy who has been avoiding me that I would love to draw: Odinson, especially in Asgard. Probably I will have to wait a little longer, I don’t think this is the time.

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Death means very little to the Conqueror.

Since the early days of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, Kang the Conqueror has agitated the Avengers and then some with his mastery of multiple eras and desire to add the Marvel Universe to his empire. On November 14, the time tyrant takes on a new role as central antagonist in the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” creating a campaign that crisscrosses all reality and space.

Before you play the game, discover the story behind this agent of chronological chaos with the History of Kang!

When you’re a time-tripping chrono-despot like Kang the Conqueror, death means very little when somewhere out there in the time-stream there’s another you just waiting to take your place and prove their worth. When we last left Kang, he’d been fried crispy by his own overloaded armor, but as the next phase of his history—which may or may not be accurate in your reality—illustrates, you just can’t keep a good—or bad—Kang down.

Imagine the surprise on the part of the Avengers who took part in the Beyonder’s first great “Secret Wars” when they witnessed their old buddy the Conqueror seemingly hale and hearty and on the side of the villains on Battleworld. Doctor Doom himself described Kang as a future version of himself, but when push came to shove, Doom acted on his own behalf, despite any supposed family ties.

That Kang, or maybe another one, later ended up in front of a trio of Kangs who displayed acute unhappiness over their “brother’s” reckless behavior throughout the time-stream. One of them, known as Kang-Prime, executed a campaign to rid the universe of all other versions of himself, which of course brought him into conflict with the Avengers. Turns out that Immortus—yet another Kang of sorts—pulled the strings on Prime’s actions and after driving the guy mad, Immortus walked away, full of himself and his cleverness.

Still yet another Kang—we think—tumbled into an entire arena filled with thousands and thousands of Kangs who called themselves the Council of Kross-Time Kangs and wanted their wayward brethren to join their ranks. That Conqueror ended up in a scrap with a female version known as Nebula-Kang who sought a powerful weapon and, well, it didn’t go well. Not for Kang or anyone else.

Remember that whole Celestial Madonna thing? Kang did and wanted revenge on Mantis—the Madonna—for fouling things up for him at that time. The Fantastic Four got involved and the whole thing devolved into a fight with a being called Necrodamus and a battle between Kang and the Silver Surfer. Later, the Human Torch caught up with that Kang and while under the influence of Nebula, fried the despot in his own armor.

Then, returning things full circle, Kang—well, it looked like Kang!—allied himself with his ancestor Doctor Doom yet again during that whole Infinity War brouhaha. You can bet that turned out as well as that Secret Wars thing for Kang.

Around that time, Kang decided he needed to knuckle down and show everybody once again why he ranked as one of the great villains of all time. And he did…

Check OutSECRET WARS #1-6. AVENGERS (1963) #267269, #291297. FANTASTIC FOUR #323325, #337341. INFINITY WAR #1-6.

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