Will Corona Pilgrim on picking up from "Captain America: Civil War" and "Doctor Strange."
Thanos is on his way to Earth, as Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on May 4. However, the Marvel Cinematic Universe is still in for many changes and developments before that momentous day arrives.
In the two-part MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE comic book, which kicks off on Wednesday, January 24, writer Will Corona Pilgrim (Marvel Studios’ Development & Franchise Executive) and artist Tigh Walker (EDGE OF THE VENOMVERSE) catch up with characters like Tony Stark, Captain America, T’Challa, and Stephen Strange after the events of “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange.”
Before the entire MCU bands together to fight a common enemy, Marvel.com spoke with Pilgrim about the PRELUDE books and how they’ll set the stage for the Russos’ epic movie.
Marvel.com: So, how far in advance does this story take place before “Infinity War?”
Will Corona Pilgrim: Well, for AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #1, since the SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING PRELUDE adapted a majority of the “Captain America: Civil War” film (from Spidey’s point-of-view), but had to cut out before the climactic hero battle (since Spidey was absent for that), Mark Basso and I felt it would be a great opportunity to showcase that Cap and Winter Soldier vs. Iron Man bunker fight as an action-packed kickoff into our INFINITY WAR PRELUDE.
For PRELUDE #2, it’s mostly led by Doctor Strange and Wong so it’s taking place shortly after the events of his film, which was extra fun since I got to reunite with Jorge Fornés, my DOCTOR STRANGE PRELUDE artist on that one.
Marvel.com: Last we saw Tony and Cap in the MCU, they were butting heads over the Sokovia Accords. What’s the tension like between them in PRELUDE?
Will Corona Pilgrim: Those wounds are definitely still pretty fresh. As I mentioned, in #1 we get to relive that particular butting of heads in truly dynamic pages by Tigh Walker and masterfully colored by Chris O’Halloran—and that tension is most definitely prevalent in how it informs how Steve and Tony’s decisions moving forward.
Marvel.com: How do you balance helping set up the movie without giving away too much about the events of the film itself?
Will Corona Pilgrim: A lot of the times it breaks down to what’s an in-world question we’d like to address. For “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” that was “How did Strucker get a hold of Loki’s scepter?” For “Doctor Strange,” we wanted to explore “What turned Kaecilius into a Zealot of Dormammu?” For AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #1, we wanted to take a closer look at the “Captain America: Civil War” end tag scene where Bucky’s made the decision to go back into cryo-sleep. What was T’Challa’s involvement in that decision and how does his sister Shuri factor in? For INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #2, it was seeing Stephen Strange advance in his role as Master of the New York Sanctum as he learned more about the Infinity Stones. All [have] really fun details that help connect the dots for fans across the varied films.
Marvel.com: How will Thanos and the Infinity Stones have a sway over the plot?
Will Corona Pilgrim: The psychological impact from Tony’s encounter with the Chitauri mothership during the Battle of New York has been an undercurrent in the stories of the MCU since “Avengers” 1. We saw him suffer from panic attacks in “Iron Man 3.” It provoked him to create Ultron in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” So, Thanos has continued to have sway over the MCU as a whole for the past two Phases.
The same can be said of the Infinity Stones themselves, for that matter, to an even greater degree. They’ve been driving factors since “Captain America: The First Avenger” all the way through “Guardians of the Galaxy” and even as recently as The Tesseract’s appearance in “Thor: Ragnarok.”
Marvel.com: What’s the most exciting thing about writing this prelude in the run-up to the film?
Will Corona Pilgrim: It’s always a joy to get to work with the filmmakers and Studios execs while we explore the hidden corners of the MCU, but it’s also extra fun to see how different artists re-interpret the drama, comedy, and action of the films when they lay it all out on the page. I’m a splash page fan, so anytime I can sneak one (or two) of those in a book it gives me something awesome to print out and hang above my desk as soon as those pencils come in– instant posters!
MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #1 is available now, while #2 arrives on February 28.
Old Man Hawkeye writer Ethan Sacks joins the podcast!
Kick your big Marvel weekend off right with a brand-new episode of This Week in Marvel!
In this installment, Tucker yells, Alex invents a reason to go to Hong Kong, and Ryan doesn’t like rollercoasters. Then, OLD MAN HAWKEYE writer Ethan Sacks drops by to talk about the future of the series and how he got his start in comics.
Download the episode from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the TWiM RSS feed, and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes so you never miss an episode! Then head over to our Soundcloud hub to listen to the entire run of the show!
With new episodes every Friday, This Week in Marvel delivers all the latest Marvel discussion and news about comics, TV, movies, games, toys, and beyond! TWiM is hosted by Marvel Creative Executive Ryan “Agent M” Penagos, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Tucker Markus, and Assistant Manager of Social Media Alex Lopez. We want your feedback—as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes—so tweet your questions and comments about the show to @AgentM, @tuckermarkus, @alexl0pez_, or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!
Dan Slott nears the end of his AMAZING run with a milestone issue on May 30.
After 10 years, Dan Slott’s epic run on AMAZING SPIDER-MAN is nearing its end in a big way with the “Go Down Swinging” arc, and AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 will be an appropriately huge issue in more ways than one.
Slott and artist Stuart Immonen will unveil what’s being touted as the biggest Peter Parker and Norman Osborn story of all time, joined by Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli and Jim Cheung. AMAZING #800 will mark the first Marvel comic to ever hit 800 issues, and will feature 80 pages of brand-new story from Slott, who has written more issues of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN than any creator.
Slott’s time on AMAZING – before he moves over to IRON MAN – will wrap up in #801, but first “Go Down Swinging” is giving fans one of the most exciting stories in Spider-Man lore, culminating with Spider-Man facing his most evil villain yet.
Said editor Nick Lowe, “AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800 is the biggest single-issue story I’ve ever worked on. It’s 80-pages of story! And Dan and Stuart are being joined by some very important past AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artists to bring it to you in the coolest way possible! Everything you’ve loved about Dan Slott’s run on this book is on full display in this monumental issue that will have you shivering, crying, cheering, laughing and wishing it would never end!”
THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800
GO DOWN SWINGING
Written by Dan Slott
Art by Stuart Immonen, Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncoli
Cover by Alex Ross
Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim unite! Chris Claremont returns!
It’s almost time for Kitty Pryde and Colossus to tie the knot…but a Marvel Wedding is never a simple affair!
This May, take part in epic and adventurous stories written by Kelly Thompson and Marc Guggenheim! Plus, a wedding gift all on its own in the form of a brand-new Kitty Pryde story from legendary writer Chris Claremont, who returns to the X-Men just in time for the celebrations! But remember, when super heroes get together, mayhem ensues…and the X-Men are no exception.
“X-Men Weddings are always a big deal, if only because they’re so rare,” teases Thompson. “I think you probably have to go all the way back to X-MEN #30 in 1994—the wedding of Jean Grey and Cyclops—to get a wedding as potentially big as the wedding of Kitty Pryde and Colossus: two X-Men who’ve been around (and on again/off again) for literal decades.”
In this essential companion to the X-MEN: GOLD storyline “‘Til Death Do Us Part,” get a glimpse at Kitty and Peter’s march toward wedded bliss! It’s a celebration, Marvel style, with all the action, adventure, and surprises that we’ve come to know and love from Marvel’s merry mutants—and it’s only in comic shops this May!
Preview the director and the writer's exclusive conversation!
The time has come…Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” is in theaters now!
Travel to Wakanda, meet the King, and explore his world. But when the movie ends, you can continue to journey alongside the Black Panther in writer Ta-Nehisi Coates and artist Leonard Kirk’s BLACK PANTHER. The series, which “Black Panther” executive producer Nate Moore has described as one of the “most inspirational” for the movie, sees T’Challa battling Ulysses Klaue, teaming up with Nakia, Shuri, and Ayo, and handling the responsibilities of the throne.
And on February 28, aside from the action and political intrigue of the story, issue #170 will debut an exclusive conversation between series writer, acclaimed novelist Ta-Nehisi Coates and Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler! The two creators explore each other’s thoughts on the character, the new film, and the cultural impact of Black Panther.
Here’s a quick snippet of their talk:
Ta-Nehisi Coates: So how do you feel now, after the premiere the other night? Is the weight still on your shoulders? Are you feeling like you did something? Are you happy yet? How you feeling?
Ryan Coogler: At premieres, you got a room full of people who want the film to work, you know what I’m saying? Everybody here wants the film to work. They want to watch a good movie. They want to see something that is going to make them proud. It makes you incredibly nervous, man, and you don’t know if the response is real or not. But I’ll tell you now that that night, the Panther premiere, that experience…Man, that’s one I’m going to remember for the rest of my life. I’m still trying to process it now.
Read the full conversation only in BLACK PANTHER #170 on February 28!
The Panther encounters the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and more!
For more than 50 years, the Black Panther has stood at the forefront on the Marvel Universe. With T’Challa appearing on the big screen again this year in both Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” take a look back at over five decades worth of comic book adventures for the King of Wakanda!
The Black Panther found himself psychically forced to attend a gathering of heroes at Avengers Mansion in AVENGERS #211. There, he discovered a membership drive of sorts taking place, driven by the mental powers of Moondragon to bolsters the team’s ranks. When fights broke out among those gathered, T’Challa resisted Moondragon’s challenge and any offer of Avengers membership for the time being.
After being among the many heroes present for the tragic events in THE DEATH OF CAPTAIN MARVEL, T’Challa welcomed his friends the Fantastic Four to his African nation of Wakanda in FANTASTIC FOUR #241, and learned that the famous family sought a strange energy signature within the country’s borders. T’Challa disguised himself as one of his warriors to keep an eye on his friends, but when they stumbled upon a man using an ancient alien power to set himself up as a Roman emperor, he moved in to help them bring him down.
The cosmic Grandmaster summoned every known hero on Earth to compete in a grandiose game in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1, and the Black Panther learned of the being’s desire to resurrect his brother the Collector should he win. Placed on a team alongside the X-Men’s Angel and the Russian hero Vanguard, T’Challa traveled to a city in Japan in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #3 to battle the Thing, Wolverine, and Peregrine. The Wakandan monarch’s team ultimately lost the challenge.
T’Challa next traveled to Washington D.C. to support the Hulk’s plea for amnesty from the President of the United States in INCREDIBLE HULK #278. When a supposed alien attack broke out, the Black Panther fought alongside the green giant to stop it, and then later raised his voice in triumph as the Hulk stood hailed as a hero.
Tony Stark visited some holdings in Wakanda in IRON MAN ANNUAL #5, but ran face first into a gambit by Madame Slay to kill T’Challa. The Panther’s old foe Erik Killmonger then claimed the heroic mantle while Iron Man helped T’Challa behind the scenes to root out the true villain of the piece: The Mandarin.