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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Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler discuss their upcoming run, including Hope and Bishop's roles!

Zac Thompson and Lonnie Nadler’s first CABLE arc might be called Past Fears, but the writing duo have built this tale on equal parts nostalgic love and forward-thinking storytelling. The project marks the first project at the House of Ideas for the longtime Marvel fans.

CABLE #155 launches the story that will see the writing duo team with artist German Peralta to reunite Nathan Summers with the young woman he raised while on the run through time, Hope Summers. Along the way they will meet up with a new villain and come across sometimes ally/sometimes pursuer, Bishop.

We spoke with Thompson and Nadler about growing up with Cable, examining his past and chronicling his future!

Marvel.com: How has it been for you guys going from a creator-owned series last year to jumping into the House of Ideas?

Lonnie Nadler: It’s definitely been a strange transition, but a very rewarding one at the same time. We’ve grown accustomed to having full control of our creator-owned books like Come Into Me and Her Infernal Descent, but sometimes that means working in a vacuum, which makes it tough to take a step back and look at the bigger picture. At Marvel, we’re working as part of the X-Men office and our editor Darren Shan has been incredibly supportive in terms of the ideas we bring to the table, but he also isn’t afraid to challenge us and make sure we’re telling a story that fits within Cable’s complex history. We’ve had to do so much research about Cable’s past, dig through old back issues, and that’s been amazing because it comes with the realization that we’re contributing to this massive mythology now. I can’t express how fortunate we feel to be playing in this world. It’s been a learning process, but an exciting one, because at the end of the day, we’re all out here trying to tell the best story possible.

Zac Thompson: It’s honestly pure wish fulfillment. It’s a dream come true to play with these characters in a way that will always be part of the canon. Darren has allowed us to come in and craft an incredibly ambitious storyline that takes everything we love about Cable and twist it in new ways. On top of that, we’ve been able to feature some of our absolute favorite Marvel characters in the run. It never stops feeling surreal. I know that the first time we got to write dialogue for some X-Men I had to take a walk around the block and go… what is real life?

We’re here because we love Marvel and want to give Marvel fans the best X-Men story humanly possible. We’ve been training for this moment our whole lives.

Marvel.com: Can you talk about your personal histories with Cable and how those may have translated into working on the book?

Zac Thompson: I grew up during the 90s which was the quintessential Cable era. I’ve always adored the character as I’ve been obsessed with time travel from a very young age. During my days watching the “X-Men” cartoon and reading my older brother’s random back issues, Cable always stood out as a complete badass. He’s so rich with inner conflict and holds the X-Men universe together in so many ways. I grew up on a steady diet of X-Men books and Cable grew up with me.

As he’s a time traveler, we’re taking this opportunity to visit some of Cable’s most iconic eras and challenging fans to look at them in new and different ways. Past Fears is a love letter to every run of Cable that we admire. Not to mention, we’re really playing with Cable’s techno-organic virus which is a culmination of my personal interests in body horror and superhero comics. The marriage couldn’t be better.

Lonnie Nadler: Like Zac, I’ve been a huge X-Men fan for the majority of my life. I was just telling him the other day how I used to have a wall in my bedroom decorated from floor to ceiling with X-Men posters and comic book pages. I grew up hoping that one day that my mutant powers would manifest and I’d be able to live with Xavier in the X-Mansion. Obviously that never happened, but telling stories in this world is the next best thing.

Cable is incredibly iconic and his massive stature and brash attitude always held a special place in my heart. Yet, he’s also always been somewhat of a mystery because we’ve seen so little of his childhood so this arc is all about exploring who Cable is, what his life was like as a youth, and what demons he carries with him to this day. It’s all about combining our long affection for the X-Men with our grown-up sensibilities and influences.

Marvel.com: As you’ve both mentioned, Cable’s one of those characters with such a rich, interesting and partially unexplored history. Does playing off of that and also filling in some of the blanks appeal to you as writers?

Lonnie Nadler: Absolutely, it does. When we first were offered the gig it was a bit overwhelming to tell the truth because Cable’s background is insanely complex and convoluted. I mean, he’s a gun-toting time traveler who was raised in the future and brought to the present. And that’s just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Anytime you’re dealing with time travel, things get complicated, but when you add mutants and clones and alternate timelines it gets even harder to wrap your head around. With that said, because of this there are almost endless possibilities for the character. Zac and I didn’t want to get bogged down with the time travel elements so we thought it would be interesting to play with time in a different way and take a look at the man Cable is now and how he got to be this way. It’s sort of like “Memento” in that the arc goes backwards through time. Zac and I love working with memory and its implications on the present and Cable is a perfect vessel with which to explore these ideas. Our story is all about different iconic eras from Cable’s life so it allows to both pay homage to all these past version of the character while simultaneously adding our own strange, horrific, tragic stamp.

Zac Thompson: Since Cable’s always been a time traveler it’s really easy to get trapped in circular stories filled with paradoxes. Lonnie and I decided to forgo that complication and look at Cable’s history in and of itself. We wanted to ensure that we got to the core of Cable’s character and dealt with time travel in a really different way – through memory. Past Fears upends everything you knew about Cable during many of his most iconic runs. We wanted to focus on the secrets Cable keeps and his unwavering dedication to protecting the future. This allowed us to inject some of our own influence in Cable’s past. We’re visiting everything from the [Joe] Casey and Ladronn era to the criminally under-explored world of THE ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS AND PHOENIX. It’s about paying our respects while also adding our own little jab of pain to the past. Not everything is what it seems…

Marvel.com: Your first arc will reunite Cable, Hope and later Bishop. Where are those relationships at as we begin and how will they get tested?

Zac Thompson: In issue #155 we pick up with Cable and Hope completely estranged. In the time since Cable and Hope have last seen one another Cable has become a loner and Hope… Well, Hope has almost become Cable. There’s a lot of legacy to unpack there and with so much of Cable being about protecting the future, Nathan has to make a choice to save his daughter early on in the run, but that choice comes at a terrifying cost. A cost that threatens to destroy everything he’s built for himself.

Bishop comes into play in issue #156 and without spoiling much we’re going back to the Messiah War era. Naturally, Bishop and Cable will not be on the best of terms here. It’s a classic rivalry that we’re really excited to share with fans because we’re doing some really crazy things that will leave jaws on the floor.

Lonnie Nadler: Zac pretty much covered it all. I do have to add that getting to write characters like Hope and Bishop feels amazing and surreal. We’ve grown really attached to Hope over the course of writing this, and she’s such an understated, underused character. Building off of what Duane Swierczynski and Ariel Olivetti built during their run is daunting, but X-Men books work best for me when you bring in elements of family drama and Cable and Hope’s relationship is ripe for that. It gives a sense of gravitas to the whole story. We’d love the opportunity to explore Hope’s character further somewhere down the line.

Marvel.com: The time-hopping duo will face off against a creature of sorts that reminds them of the Techno-Organic virus. How was it seeing how German brought that concept to life on the page?

Lonnie Nadler: Yeah, this arc starts off with Cable and Hope dealing with some of his past demons, something he should have laid to rest a long time ago. This monster, like Cable, is also afflicted with the Techno-Organic virus and we knew right away that its design would be essential for the success of the story. Lucky for us German could not be a more perfect choice for this type of genre-bending narrative. As soon as we saw his initial designs for the monster we understood just how fortunate we were to be working with him. He’s amazing! German has worked with some of the best writers in the game, and he’s just so versatile in his work. He can do emotional moments, horror, and action incredibly well and his storytelling ability is top notch. He’s taken our scripts and added little details to every page that completely augment the story. He’s not the typical style of artist you tend to see on a book like CABLE, but readers are in for a real visual feast here.

Zac Thompson: German is a storytelling master. He’s completely elevated everything we’ve given him to the point where we’re freaking out every single time he sends in a page. With the villain in particular, German has crafted something truly terrifying that almost defies any sort of classification. He’s managed to create a creature that is horrifying and endearing all at the same time. German has managed to subvert our expectations and create a villain that threatens Cable in a way unlike anything ever before. And if you don’t believe us… just wait until the last pages of #155 – they will absolutely blow your mind.

CABLE #155, by Lonnie Nadler, Zac Thompson and German Peralta starts digging up the past on March 21.

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T'Challa goes on a talk show with the Avengers and fights in the Evolutionary War!

For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!

After joining with Earth’s champions to welcome a newly intelligent Hulk into their ranks in INCREDIBLE HULK #279, the Black Panther answered Wonder Man’s call to join him, the Beast, Hawkeye, and the Black Widow for an appearance on a late-night TV talk show in AVENGERS #239. Unfortunately, the studio came under fire from a nerdy, would-be villain who monopolized the show and the Avengers’ time. The Panther then spent some time off the radar, though he did pop up on television screens, alongside the Human Torch, in a battle against the Crimson Dynamo in MARVEL TEAM-UP ANNUAL #7.

Avengers (1963) #239

Avengers (1963) #239

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Some time later, T’Challa stood ready to aide his fellow Avengers when long-time member Quicksilver’s duplicity became evident in WEST COAST AVENGERS ANNUAL #1, and fought alongside them against the speedster’s robotic Zodiac gang. Traveling back to New York, the Panther faced off against the Man Without Fear in DAREDEVIL #245 when a down-on-his-luck Wakandan fell into a life of crime and into the hero’s crosshairs.

Back in Wakanda, T’Challa entertained deposed Latverian monarch Doctor Doom in FANTASTIC FOUR #311, and held off an attack by the doctor’s political rival Kristoff in FANTASTIC FOUR #312. Afterward, the Black Panther sprang to the aid of Captain America and a small army of allies in CAPTAIN AMERICA #342 versus the wily Viper and her Serpent Society.

Fantastic Four (1961) #311

Fantastic Four (1961) #311

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When the Panther spirit that gave T’Challa his abilities learned of rampant apartheid in neighboring Azania, it fled the king in BLACK PANTHER #1 (the kick off of a four-issue limited series) and inhabited an Azanian rebel to create Man-Cat. The blame for Man-Cat’s vicious attacks in the small nation fell on the Panther, but he found himself busy fighting the white-power Supremacists in BLACK PANTHER #2, sent by an Azanian general.

T’Challa flew to Azania in BLACK PANTHER #3 to divert a nuclear missile there aimed at Wakanda, then defeated Man-Cat in BLACK PANTHER #4 to clear his name and help Azania begin the process of breaking down their system of apartheid.

During the “Evolutionary War” event, an attempt by the High Evolutionary and his Gatherers to steal Vibranium from Wakanada led to Black Panther teaming with his Avengers allies again in WEST COAST AVENGERS ANNUAL #3.

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Peter Parker faces challenges like never before...

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

The wallcrawler entered his 39th year of existence in 2001, and he kicked off the year by teaming up with a fellow New York hero: Daredevil. Both Spider-Man and the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen sought the Kingpin in DAREDEVIL/SPIDER-MAN #1, but found Gladiator, Stilt-Man, and Copperhead blocking their path. Kingpin hired Matt Murdock as his lawyer when the villains blew up his headquarters in DAREDEVIL/SPIDER-MAN #2, just as the Owl and the Black Widow entered the picture. The two heroes confronted the villains in the sewers of New York and discovered Copperhead as the ringmaster in DAREDEVIL/SPIDER-MAN #3. Then the two fought an army of the dead in DAREDEVIL/SPIDER-MAN #4.

Plagued by weird, disturbing Green Goblin dreams in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #25, Peter Parker succumbed to Norman Osborn’s drugged toothpaste and awoke to a real nightmare. Osborn tortured him in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #25, but our hero fought back, resisting the Green Goblin’s scheme to make him his heir.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #25

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #25

  • Published: November 01, 2000
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After his battle with the Squid in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #26 and his rescue of a mysterious cat hunted by criminals in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #27, various police officers reflected on the webslinger’s adventures in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #26. The Robot Master returned in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #27 as a disembodied head held captive by his own machine, forcing Spidey to devise a plan to shut him down without killing him in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #28.

Peter learned that Mary Jane survived a supposedly fatal plane crash in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #28, but her abductor got the better of him in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #29. Together, Spidey and MJ escaped his clutches in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #29, but MJ left afterward, no longer able to cope with her husband’s super hero career.

Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #29

Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #29

  • Published: May 01, 2001
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In SPIDER-MAN: LIFELINE #1, Man-Mountain Marko stole the stone tablet containing an eternal life formula, prompting others to try to grab it for themselves. Peter’s old friend Dr. Connors drank the formula in SPIDER-MAN: LIFELINE #2, transforming him into a kind of Supper-Lizard, but Spidey and Doctor Strange stopped him in SPIDER-MAN: LIFELINE #3 and Strange took possession of the tablet to hide it away for good.

Saddened over his separation from Mary Jane, Peter ran afoul of a new menace called Fusion in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #30 and failed to stop a bomb that ends up killing hundreds of innocent people. Confronting the baddie, Fusion breaks Spidey’s neck in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #31, but our hero realized his foe’s power laid in persuasion, not reality, and recovered from the shock of thinking he had a broken neck in time to take him down in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #32.

Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #32

Peter Parker: Spider-Man (1999) #32

  • Published: August 01, 2001
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
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A man with spider-abilities called Ezekial taunted the wallcrawler with a strange destiny in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #30 before Ezekial told Peter about a powerful figure named Morlun in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #32. Morlun beat our hero savagely in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #33, but when Ezekial arrived to help in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #34, it costs him his life, leaving Spidey with only a small sample of Morlun’s blood to defeat him with in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #35.

The webslinger teamed with Frank Castle to clash with the Russian in PUNISHER #2, and later, on the anniversary of his Uncle Ben’s death, Peter took in a baseball game in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #33. During a date with his new neighbor in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #34, the wallcrawler faced off against a man with destructive eyes, and a young boy who idolized Spider-Man encountered a series of personal challenges in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #35.

A nosy insurance man investigated Spidey’s secret identity in PETER PARKER: SPIDER-MAN #36 and the hero himself confronted the horror of the September 11 attacks on his home city in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #36.

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #36

Amazing Spider-Man (1999) #36

  • Published: December 01, 2001
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 08, 2013
  • Rating: T+
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Pete, thanks for being a hero and, maybe more importantly, for reminding us of the heroes around us every day. See you in 2002.

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Kieron Gillen and Salvador Larroca close out their Darth Vader run!

Every week, we comb through the digital archives of Marvel Unlimited to showcase a classic story from a galaxy far, far away. So kick back, pour a tall glass of blue milk, and remember tales of the Light Side, the Dark, and all the scoundrels in between….

Writer Kieron Gillen and artist Salvador Larroca built something incredible with the first volume of DARTH VADER. Not only did they unearth new facets of one of the most notable characters in pop culture, they also expanded the universe with a variety of new and interesting characters. Finishing up their run with a final arc in DARTH VADER #20#25, Gillen and Larroca answered some lingering questions, and settled a few scores.

Accompanying the Emperor on a ship, Darth Vader set out to track down a man called Cylo, who was a scientist with an army of highly technological soldiers. Palpatine wanted him dead and Vader fully agreed. On his way, Vader managed to uncover his nemesis Doctor Aphra’s location. With this information in mind, he ordered Triple-Zero and Bee Tee to travel to the Cosmatanic Steppes to bring her back dead or alive.

Darth Vader (2015) #20

Darth Vader (2015) #20

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The droids found Aphra and used their muscle—the Wookiee named Black Krrsantan and a troupe of commando droids—to seize the archaeologist and take her back to Vader’s ship. Upon arriving, though, Triple-Zero and Bee Tee had fulfilled the primary command from Vader, which meant that Aphra could give them another command: get her out of there.

After the Dark Lord of the Sith journeyed to the Outer Rim to deal with Cylo, he faced off against Tulon Voidgazer, her Rancor, and her various machines before emerging victorious. Then, following an attack, Cylo attempted to take control of Vader’s ship as Aphra rushed in to defend the Emperor from Cylo’s soldiers. Vader pursued his foe, but Cylo managed to freeze the Sith Lord by shutting down his mechanical parts. After an incredible look inside the mind of the struggling Anakin Skywalker, Vader reasserted control of his body and destroyed his enemy.

Darth Vader (2015) #21

Darth Vader (2015) #21

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Once back on his ship, Vader disagreed with some of the information that Aphra had managed to share with the Emperor, and forced her out of an airlock. The Emperor then gave Darth Vader authority over the confrontational General Tagge once again (whom Vader would eventually find to have a disturbing lack of faith). With this episode behind him, Vader could once again focus on tracking down the young Rebel Luke Skywalker.

But that’s not all! The storyline concluded with Triple-Zero, Bee Tee, and Black Krrsantan rescuing Aphra from space, allowing her adventures to continue.

Darth Vader (2015) #22

Darth Vader (2015) #22

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From the Jedi Temple Archives

During a conversation between Emperor Palpatine and Darth Vader, the Master explained an interesting thought to change the longstanding tradition of the Sith. After explaining the origins of the single master, single apprentice relationship, Palpatine said that he saw himself as a seminal figure in Sith history who would restore the group to “their rightful place in the galaxy.”

In next week’s Star Wars Spotlight, we’ll read through the “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” lead-in one-shot STAR WARS: ROGUE ONE – CASSIAN & K-2SO by Duane Swierczynski and Fernando Blanco!

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Black Panther, Shuri and their allies face off against Machinesmith in this special story.

Last year, Marvel and Lexus partnered for the special series BLACK PANTHER: SOUL OF A MACHINE, and fans can now enjoy the story in an exciting new way with the release of a motion comic version, which includes the addition of sound effects and music.

In BLACK PANTHER: SOUL OF A MACHINE, when the cybernetic artificial intelligence, Machinesmith, infiltrates all of Wakanda’s systems, the very existence of human civilization is threatened. It is up to six Wakandan science apprentices and six Takumi Masters, working with Black Panther and his sister, Shuri, to create the ultimate machine to stop Machinesmith’s flawed, but deeply felt, vision for integrating man and technology into harmonious perfection.

Black Panther: Soul of a Machine – Chapter One (2017)

Black Panther: Soul of a Machine – Chapter One (2017)

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BLACK PANTHER: SOUL OF A MACHINE is written by Fabian Nicieza, with art by Andrea Di Vito. You can check out all eight chapters of the motion comic now at marvel.com/lexuslc! There are also six different variant covers at the link, which all feature animated graphics.

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña take T'Challa to the stars!

This May, the power of the Black Panther expands across the universe.

Prepare to see Wakanda like never before as writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Daniel Acuña present a bold new direction for both the nation and T’Challa in BLACK PANTHER #1!

For years, the Black Panther has fought off invaders from his homeland, protecting Wakanda from everything from meddling governments to long-lost gods. Now, he will discover that Wakanda is much bigger than he ever dreamed; across the vast Multiverse lies an empire founded in T’Challa’s name. Readers caught a glimpse of it in MARVEL LEGACY #1, now find out the truth behind the Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda this May!

“Black Panther fans should be excited because this is a true #1. It’s a new story—with connections to the old story—but it’s taking him into a different space…literally. And I think people will be excited about that,” says Coates. “Black Panther #1 is a creative challenge for me. My first few books were more philosophical, and while that still rings true here, this is a fast-paced, high-octane story. And with Daniel Acuña’s art, I think people are really going to feel the energy and intensity here. I wanted people to feel like this is a really fresh storyline, and I think we succeeded in that. It’s meaty, it’s different, and it’s perfect for new readers just coming to the world of T’Challa and Black Panther.’’

“T’Challa has a life of his own—he’s full of personality and charisma. He can be a mysterious silhouette or a powerful warrior. It’s so inspiring. I really, really hope people can see this new and personal vision of Black Panther—and I’ll still follow the brilliant lead of Brian Stelfreeze’s design and settings,” adds Acuña. “My inspiration is T’Challa’s legacy, the unique history of the character, and the amazing artists that have come before. I feel like I’m a part of something very different to what I’ve done until now. This is a very significant work that I hope lasts a long time.”

Series editor Wil Moss explains more: “I can’t emphasize enough how clean of an entry point this is for new readers. Readers are going to be learning about this mysterious ‘Intergalactic Empire of Wakanda’ right alongside T’Challa, so everyone is going to be on the same page. And oh man, is Daniel Acuña delivering the goods! He ‘gets’ the character of Black Panther like no other, and his designs for the Intergalactic Empire are…well, they’re out of this world!”

Dive into Ta-Nehisi Coates and Daniel Acuña’s BLACK PANTHER #1 on May 23! And stay up-to-date with all the exciting news coming from Marvel Comics at marvel.com/marvel2018comics!

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See how the Lethal Legion members made their debut!

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.

A collection of the greatest super heroes on Earth have found themselves facing a monumental challenge in the pages of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER. With the Grandmaster and the Challenger stealing Earth and utilizing the Lethal Legion and Black Order to enact their cosmic schemes, readers have been introduced—and reintroduced—to a variety of super villains. Two of these baddies have been around for longer than most; the Blood Brothers first premiered in 1973’s IRON MAN #55.

Now members of the Lethal Legion, the pair originally appeared as Thanos’ lackeys in an issue that also introduced Drax and gave an early look at the Mad Titan. The Brothers showed up, knocked Tony Stark out, loaded him onto their ship, and took him to their master’s secret Earthly lair. It was then revealed that Drax actually warned Stark about the oncoming threat before it occurred; to protect himself, he donned the armor just as the Blood brothers entered Stark Industries. Further warning Iron Man about the villains’ presence, Drax telepathically filled the hero’s mind with images of Titan, Mentor, Eros, and Thanos. These warnings, however, proved to be too late.

Iron Man (1968) #55

Iron Man (1968) #55

  • Published: February 10, 1973
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 05, 2008
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Upon regaining his senses inside Thanos’ base, Iron Man blasted the Blood Brothers with his repulsors before escaping to free Drax. The Blood Brothers managed to recover in time, though, and attacked the Armored Avenger once more. Though with the help of the Mentor, Iron Man prevailed again, allowing him to free his newfound friend, Drax.

Iron Man and the Destroyer then teamed up to face the Blood Brothers and bested them with ease. The duo then turned their attention toward Thanos, but the villain fled instead of staying to fight. The alien brutes survived, though, and would go on to menace Iron Man again along with the likes of the Thing, Daredevil, Quasar, and now—in the pages of AVENGERS: NO SURRENDER—the entire Earth!

Flash Forward

Between their early days and their current status as members of the Lethal Legion, the Blood Brothers have encountered some wild events during their stay on Earth. After crashing to the planet on an alien spaceship, the duo managed to enslave a small Alaskan town, fight Drax again, and evade death. After one of the Brothers supposedly died, the other was sent to space jail, which he broke out of before becoming fixture in large criminal gatherings like The Hood’s syndicate, the Siege on Asgard, Mr. Knife’s Slaughter Lords, and even Pleasant Hill, where his long-lost brother was mysteriously revived.

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

Sweet Christmas! It’s Marvel’s The Pull List!

In this episode, Ryan and Tucker preview February 21’s new releases, including LUKE CAGEAMAZING SPIDER-MAN, the BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL, DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION, STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA, and all the other books that will be waiting for you in stores tomorrow!

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

MARVEL PRINT COMICS

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #796
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN #8
  • AVENGERS #681
  • BLACK PANTHER ANNUAL #1
  • DAREDEVIL #599
  • DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #5
  • DEFENDERS #10
  • DOCTOR STRANGE: DAMNATION #1
  • GENERATION X #87
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #713
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1
  • LUKE CAGE #170
  • MIGHTY THOR #704
  • MONSTERS UNLEASHED #11
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #17
  • TALES OF SUSPENSE #102
  • VENOM #162
  • X-MEN: GOLD #22

COLLECTIONS

  • ALL-NEW WOLVERINE VOL. 5: ORPHANS OF X
  • ASTONISHING X-MEN BY CHARLES SOULE VOL. 1: LIFE OF X
  • CABLE & X-FORCE: ONSLAUGHT RISING
  • EXCALIBUR EPIC COLLECTION: THE CROSS-TIME CAPER
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN IRONHEART VOL. 1 RIRI WILLIAMS TP
  • MARVEL LEGACY HC
  • SECRET WARRIORS VOL. 2: IF TROUBLE MUST COME

DIGITAL COMICS

  • PUNISHER: THE PLATOON #6

ALSO ON SALE ON THE MARVEL APP

  • AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: EXTRA (2009) #1-3
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHAT PRICE GLORY (2003) #1-4
  • DEADLY FOES OF SPIDER-MAN (1991) #1-4
  • X-FORCE (1991) #49-55

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS 

  • SPIDER-MAN: DEADLY FOES OF SPIDER-MAN

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • ADVENTURES OF CAPTAIN AMERICA #1-4
  • CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE 1940S NEWSPAPER STRIP #1-3
  • GENERATIONS: WOLVERINE & ALL-NEW WOLVERINE #1
  • ULTIMATES 2 #100

Download episode 7 of The Pull List from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the This Week in Marvel RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel for The Pull List updates on iTunes! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to more from Marvel!

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Jason Aaron and Donny Cates pen the new number ones!

Make Mine Marvel this May!

Jump on board as Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and the Venom symbiote get fresh creative teams and ground shaking new adventures! AVENGERS #1, written by Jason Aaron with art by Ed McGuinness, launches on May 2! And VENOM #1, by writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman, kicks off on May 9!

Art by Jim Cheung

“Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be rolling out new beginnings for a few of our key franchises—new creative teams, new starting points, new storylines—all the big stuff that we’ve been building towards since Marvel Legacy began. This isn’t a clearing of the slate—while these new starts will kick off with new #1s, we’ll be maintaining the classic Legacy issue counts as dual numbering on these titles as well,” says SVP and Executive Editor Tom Brevoort. “Oh, and don’t read anything into not seeing a character on the Jim Cheung piece…we can only squeeze so many characters in there without killing poor Jim!”

In AVENGERS, the Big Three are reunited at last! Thor Odinson, Steve Rogers, and Tony Stark join forces once again to save the world from total annihilation at the hands of their most powerful enemies yet: the 2000-foot-tall space gods known as Celestials! And as teased throughout the pages of recent Marvel Comics, the Final Host will arrive…

Joining Thor, Captain America, and Iron Man in the new iteration of the team will be an unexpected, unprecedented collection of super heroes! Get a peek at Ed McGuinness’ art for AVENGERS #1 here!

And while Earth’s Mightiest Heroes fight the good fight on a cosmic scale, an inky symbiote will stretch across the streets of New York City and beyond in writer Donny Cates and artist Ryan Stegman’s VENOM!

In the wake of S.H.I.E.L.D.’s collapse, a primordial evil has been awakened beneath the streets of NYC, and with it, something equally evil has awakened in that most Wicked of Webslingers. This never-before-seen threat could force Venom to relinquish everything it holds dear…including Eddie Brock!

Get ready for a Venom adventure 1000 years in the making…And catch a glimpse of Ryan Stegman’s VENOM #1 art below!

Read AVENGERS #1, by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness, on May 2! Then catch VENOM #1, by Donny Cates and Ryan Stegman, on May 9!

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