Rogue and Gambit writer Kelly Thompson joins the podcast!

Happy Friday, True Believers! And welcome to a new episode of This Week in Marvel!

Download the episode from, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab 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, 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!

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The Weeknd teams up with Marvel to tell an original story!

Based on the chart-topping song from the double-platinum album “Starboy” by The Weeknd, prepare for THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY!

The city of Alphatron is in the grip of a crime wave, as the terrifying Jack “The Chef” Smiley has unified all criminal organizations with his ruthlessness and strategic genius. Not content with brutally murdering his victims, Smiley also feasts upon their flesh. The citizens live in fear and the police have been directly targeted. The city is in dire need of a hero. It will not get one, but it will get what it deserves: Starboy!

Written by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, La Mar Taylor, and Christos Gage with art by Eric Nguyen and Guru-eFX, THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY – Vol. I – Issue #1 is the debut Marvel comic from the mind of The Weeknd.

On this monumental team up, The Weeknd says, “Marvel is the pinnacle of success in their field and I’ve been a lifelong fan of their work. To be able to partner with them is a dream come true.”

Get ready to enter a world created by The Weeknd in THE WEEKND PRESENTS: STARBOY – Vol. I – Issue #1, by Abel “The Weeknd” Tesfaye, La Mar Taylor, Christos Gage, Eric Nguyen, and Guru-eFX, on June 13!

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

Just in time for New Comic Book Day, it’s Marvel’s The Pull List!

In this episode, Ryan and Tucker give you bite-sized previews of March 21’s new comic releases, including CABLE, MIGHTY THOR, RUNAWAYS, STAR WARS, WEAPON H, and all the other books in stores today!

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


  • AVENGERS #685
  • CABLE #155
  • IRON FIST #78
  • MIGHTY THOR #705
  • MS. MARVEL #28
  • STAR WARS #45
  • THANOS #17
  • WEAPON H #1
  • X-MEN: GOLD #24


    • Avengers Omnibus Volume 3 HC
    • Generation X Volume 3 Survival Of The Fittest TP
    • Iron Fist Volume 2 Sabretooth Round Two TP
    • Marvel Masterworks Ka-Zar Volume 2 HC
    • Marvel Masterworks Marvel Two-In-One Volume 3 HC
    • Marvel’s Avengers Infinity War Prelude TP
    • Spider-Men II TP
    • Star Wars Legends Epic Collection The Clone Wars Volume TP
    • X-Men Blue Volume 0 Reunion TP
    • X-Men Blue Volume 3 Cross Time Capers TP




  • SPIDER-MAN: DEATH & DESTINY (2000) #1-3
  • X-MEN UNLIMITED (1993) #17, 40-50




  • DEADPOOL #36
  • HULK #10
  • MS. MARVEL #22
  • ROCKET #5
  • STAR WARS #36
  • WEAPON X #8
  • X-MEN: BLUE #11

Download The Pull List from, 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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This variant cover for Mighty Thor #706 features Laura Martin on colors!

The final issue of writer Jason Aaron, artist Russell Dauterman, and colorist Matt Wilson’s landmark MIGHTY THOR series is getting the send-off it deserves with a special variant cover for issue #706 by legendary creator Walter Simonson!

Colored by Laura Martin, the variant for THOR #706 depicts Jane Foster, engaged in battle with the walking hatred, the Mangog. For the first—and last—time, Walter Simonson lends a hand to the Mighty Thor.


“We’re honored to have legendary THOR writer and artist Walter Simonson provide this variant cover for the finale of ‘The Death Of The Mighty Thor,’” says series editor Wil Moss. “This is actually his first time drawing Jane Thor and the Mangog, a classic Thor villain from the Jack Kirby and Stan Lee era that he never go the chance to draw before.”

Say farewell to Jane Foster Thor with this special variant cover for MIGHTY THOR #706, by Jason Aaron, Russell Dauterman, and Matt Wilson, on April 18!

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T’Challa travels to 1875 Texas, tangles with Wolverine and Iron Man, and much 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 joined forces with Storm of the X-Men in BLACK PANTHER #26 to search for a missing Lemurian child while his former protégé Vibraxas made his return to Wakanda. In BLACK PANTHER #27, full-blown hostilities broke out between the small African nation and Lemuria, prompting T’Challa to open negotiations with both Doctor Doom and Namor the Sub-Mariner.

Black Panther (1998) #26

Black Panther (1998) #26

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Juggling dealings with Doom, Namor, and Magneto in BLACK PANTHER #28, the Panther confronted an attempt by his long-time enemy Klaw to disrupt the fragile peace. T’Challa’s friend Everett Ross secured a more solid truce in BLACK PANTHER #29, while the Panther battled Klaw and once defeating him traveled to New York City with Namor.

Back in the U.S., The Black Panther faced a Senate intelligence committee over recent events in BLACK PANTHER #30, but stepped back to allow Everett Ross to defend him and his actions. Malice lured T’Challa into a devious trap in BLACK PANTHER #31, and sent her slaves to seize the Panther’s friend Monica Lynne in BLACK PANTHER #32. Her final defeat came about in BLACK PANTHER #33.

Black Panther (1998) #33

Black Panther (1998) #33

What is Marvel Unlimited?

T’Challa and Vibraxas entered the dreaded Crystal Forest of Wakanda in BLACK PANTHER #34 to find Queen Divine Justice, but found the Man-Ape instead. Government operative Henry Gyrich became involved in the struggle against Man-Ape in BLACK PANTHER #35, while Vibraxas found himself lost in the Crystal Forest.

Beyond all this, a resurrected Erik Killmonger captured Everett Ross in BLACK PANTHER #36, and T’Challa’s daughter teamed with the White Wolf for an adventure.

Black Panther (1998) #36

Black Panther (1998) #36

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The Black Panther gathered with Earth’s heroes to address the problem of twisted versions of the original Defenders in THE ORDER #5, and when those former champions returned to the planet in THE ORDER #6, T’Challa and the others stood ready to contain them at any cost.

When the world’s capital cities disappeared into strange maelstroms in AVENGERS #57, the Panther answered the call to investigate with his teammates. They discovered the capitals merged into one strange environment in AVENGERS #58, a situation brought about by the villainous Scorpio and prompting a response by Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in AVENGERS #59.

In BLACK PANTHER #38, T’Challa discovered that Nightshade somehow resurrected The Black Dragon in friend Everett Ross’ body. The Dragon mind-controlled hero Iron Fist in BLACK PANTHER #39 to attack the Panther but found himself unable to fully control the rapid mutations in his own form. He took on his own body again in BLACK PANTHER #40 to battle both T’Challa and Iron Fist, while Nightshade revealed another Panther.

Black Panther (1998) #38

Black Panther (1998) #38

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The real King of Wakanda investigated the tyrannical aspirations of the global spy organization called XCon in BLACK PANTHER #41, but even with the aid of Wolverine in BLACK PANTHER #42, he ran up against heavy-duty resistance from Iron Man. While the three heroes fought, the other Panther sought one-half of the fabled Brass Frog device on Kiber Island in BLACK PANTHER #43.

XCon replaced the presidents of both the United States and Canada in BLACK PANTHER #44, and T’Challa discovered the organization’s head to be none other than his half-brother The White Wolf. The real Panther tried to set everything right in BLACK PANTHER #45 before the Brass Frog unexpectedly transported T’Challa and the others to the Old West.

Black Panther (1998) #44

Black Panther (1998) #44

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In 1875 Texas, Black Panther met that era’s Thor and Loki in BLACK PANTHER #46, and he helped the Thunder God stop his mischievous brother from conquering Asgard in BLACK PANTHER #47. Back in the present day in BLACK PANTHER #48, both Panthers suffered from the same aneurysm, a situation complicated by the release of T’Challa’s foe the Man-Ape by Queen Divine Justice in Wakanda.

The real Panther became increasingly ill and delusional in BLACK PANTHER #49, and after a tense struggle with the Man-Ape, T’Challa disappeared. A new Black Panther, New York City cop Kasper Cole, took his place in BLACK PANTHER #50.

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Charles Soule reflects on 25 issues alongside the best pilot in the Resistance!

The first 25 issues of POE DAMERON have seen the hotshot pilot and his Black Squadron comrades traversing the galaxy, shooting down First Order fighters, and pursuing the goals of the Resistance. And throughout the adventures, readers have gotten a closer look at a hero they were first introduced to on screen in 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Now, a quarter century of issues—and innumerable insights into his character—later, the events of Poe Dameron’s life before “The Force Awakens” are set to conclude in writer Charles Soule and artist Angel Unzueta‘s POE DAMERON #25! Out tomorrow, the story will lead directly into the unseen events of “The Force Awakens” beginning in issue #26, so get ready to learn Poe’s full backstory right here.

We spoke with Soule about his experience co-piloting POE DAMERON. Charles, as we approach the 25th issue of the series, what can you share with us about who you felt the character was when you were preparing to pen at the start and who you think he is now—two movies and twenty-five issues later?

Charles Soule: I started writing POE DAMERON #1 before I’d even seen the first movie. I’d gotten a great rundown from Lucasfilm, flew out to San Francisco with Phil Noto (the amazing artist who launched the series with me and still handles the covers) to get a bunch of visuals, the story, etc. and had an idea of who Poe was, but I hadn’t seen him talk or walk, so to speak. Fortunately, where I landed seems to have worked pretty well, and it’s only sharpened now that I’ve had plenty of opportunities to see how Oscar Isaac approaches the character on screen. He’s not too different from who I thought he was—but I suspect I’ve written more dialogue and adventures for him at this point than any Star Wars writer, including the movie folks. It’s an interesting place to be.

Poe Dameron (2016) #1

Poe Dameron (2016) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited? “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has also recently been released, and Poe is, of course, one of the lead characters. So far, your story has taken place before “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” but was there anything that changed how you view Poe upon seeing him in the latest movie? Were there any new aspects of his character that might not seem obvious at first glance?

Charles Soule: I don’t want to be disingenuous here, but Poe is Poe. He evolves a bit, he learns, but he’s a person who can be taken at face value. What you see is what you get—even when he’s trying to pull off a tricky scam-type maneuver, as he did in “The Last Jedi,” he’s putting it all out there. I bet he’s a terrible poker player.

Actually, that’s a great idea for a scene. Poe losing terribly at sabacc because he just gets too excited when he gets a good hand. As you were beginning this series, were there any specific constraints placed on the story you and Phil Noto were looking to tell? How would you compare writing issue #1 to writing issue #25?

Charles Soule: There’s definitely a sense of trust that gets built up—not just with the Marvel editors, but also with Lucasfilm. When I began working on Poe, I’d only done about ten issues of Star Wars material: my LANDO limited series with Alex Maleev and the OBI-WAN & ANAKIN series with Marco Chechetto. Plus, Poe was set in the new canon time period—which still hasn’t been explored too much. So, there was a lot of outlining and pre-approvals for the series back then. It’s a bit looser now, which is partly because the time period I’m exploring has been fleshed out a bit more and is better understood on all levels, but also because at this point I’ve written 56 issues of Star Wars related stuff between POE, the other series I mentioned, and of course, the DARTH VADER series I’m doing. It earns you a little bit of trust—which is not to say I can do anything I want! It all needs to fit into the bigger picture.

Poe Dameron #25 cover by Phil Noto Looking back on your time with the Resistance’s premier pilot, what’s been your favorite moment to write? 

Charles Soule: I hugely enjoyed the one-off issue #7, which was a story about Poe taking a little downtime to meet up with an old friend who has since become a series semi-regular, the space journalist and snake person Suralinda Javos. Everything about that just worked—my first time working with Angel Unzueta, who has since become the series regular artist, the introduction and design for Suralinda, the action beats, the theme…I just dug it all.

Another would be the “I’ll be luminous” moment in issue #14, written just after Carrie Fisher’s sad passing, and Oddy Muva’s sacrifice in issue #19. Lots of great moments, though—I’ve had a blast on this series. Likewise, what would you say has been the most challenging aspect of taking the helm of POE DAMERON, especially in light of the other Star Wars titles you’ve written? 

Charles Soule: Well, let me say that by and large, challenges are a good thing in writing. They force you to be inventive, and inventive is always better, both from a skill development standpoint and for the readers. So, one thing I’d say here is that there are essentially no Force-wielders in the POE DAMERON series. It’s a series about a group of fighter pilots going on secret missions. Yes, it’s set against the rich tapestry of the Star Wars galaxy, but unless I’m forgetting something I don’t think there’s a single lightsaber in the whole thing. It makes me happy, honestly—writing a series that’s been able to run this long and do so well without an element some would say is essential to Star Wars storytelling—just makes me feel good.

Poe Dameron (2016) #25

Poe Dameron (2016) #25 You’ve been asked a lot about your love of Star Wars and which elements influenced you most, so we shouldn’t retread old ground. However, I am curious to know how you recharge your batteries. What do you do before sitting down to work on POE DAMERON? What things help get you into the mindset to take the Black Squadron to flight? 

Charles Soule: At this point, it’s relatively easy for me to snap in. I will say that I think the “Star Wars: Rebels” television series, which just wrapped up its four-season run, is some great Star Wars. It gets everything right about what’s come before while also expanding the ideas inherent to the universe. Watching an episode of that always gets the gears going—but I’ve also got a number of visual dictionaries and encyclopedias I can flip through if I need to. Last question: where do you see this series going next?

Charles Soule: We’ll have to see! I will say that the issues beyond #25 should be great for fans of both “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi,” and those of us (me included!) who can’t wait to see where the saga goes in “Star Wars: Episode IX.” I can’t wait to see what people have to say when those issues start to hit.

Join the finest pilot in the galaxy with POE DAMERON #25, by Charles Soule and Angel Unzueta, on March 21!

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Cullen Bunn and Mark Bagley team up for the new limited series!

The Merc with a Mouth’s got an all-new story, and he’s bringing a friend along for the ride: his old pal, Weasel! This June, the Regeneratin’ Degenerate joins in on a killer-for-hire team-up that will make every other mercenary story look like a fairytale in writer Cullen Bunn and artist Mark Bagley‘s DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #1!

This isn’t your friendly neighborhood Deadpool. This is Deadpool action the old-fashioned way in an all-new limited series, and it’s going to be a wild, bombastic, bloody ride!

Cullen Bunn has presented fans with twisted and epic Wade Wilson stories in DEADPOOL KILLS THE MARVEL UNIVERSE, DEADPOOL’S SECRET SECRET WARS, and DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK. Now, he’s teaming up with AMAZING SPIDER-MAN artist Mark Bagley for a collaboration fans will not want to miss—featuring ninjas and knife-wielding speedsters and surprises that will test Deadpool’s emotions in ways not even he can imagine! Hard to believe, right? Well, get believin’, True Believers!

Get ready for Cullen Bunn and Mark Bagley’s DEADPOOL: ASSASSIN #1 this June!

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Look through an exclusive gallery of the new photography covers!

New issues of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR are set to introduce Lunella Lafayette to the real world!

For the covers of issues #32-#36, series artist Natacha Bustos has teamed up with photographers Rachel Orlow and Judy Stephens for a mixed media approach to comics. Illustrating over photos of a few New York City locales (including Marvel HQ!), the artist brings an entirely new flavor to the covers of Brandon Montclare and Bustos’ MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR.

“The next arc of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, titled ‘Save Our School,’ is shaping up to be our biggest yet—with ramifications for the larger Marvel Universe as well,” says series editor Chris Robinson. “We wanted to signify Lunella’s expansion into this larger world by dropping her into the real world with these incredible photo covers!”

Flip through a few of the covers—as well as the unedited photos they’re based on—right here!

“In the beginning, I worked with some photos from my last visit to New York and started sketching basic ideas for the cover to let the team see the idea,” explains Bustos. “From then on, the brainstorming was continuous, especially on Chris’s side, who came up with great concepts to introduce the new characters—like Princess, who will have a very relevant role in the plot, or the not-so-new Wrecking Crew. The process of creating each cover ended up being very collaborative.”

Marvel Vice President & Creative Executive of New Media Ryan Penagos—an unassuming figure on the cover of issue #33—says, “When Chris approached me for the cover I feigned shyness, batted my eyelashes, and said yes. When he told me it was for MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, I probably made a slightly uncomfortable noise of delight because Devil Dinosaur is one of my favorites and the Moon Girl series has been so good. And, ultimately, I’m just happy they didn’t edit out my mustache.”

And on the image she snapped of Ryan, photographer Judy Stephens says, “I thought about editing out the mustache, but decided against it at the last minute. Ryan, you’re welcome.”

“More and more people are becoming fans of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, and we believe that we should strive to offer them an increasingly fresh and surprising comic,” summarizes Bustos, “It’s been an exciting challenge to bring these covers to life!”

Catch the photography covers of MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, by writer Brandon Montclare and artist Natacha Bustos, starting this summer!

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Magdalene Visaggio and Laura Braga take the stage!

Turn down the house lights, turn up the volume, and get ready to rock with DAZZLER: X SONG #1! Written by Eisner nominee Magdalene Visaggio with art by Laura Braga, the punk rock hero grabs the mic for a one-shot this June!

It’s all glitter and glamour in the underground punk scene…until Dazzler stumbles upon a part of her world that’s dangerous and violent. Now, it’s up to Dazzler to protect her dedicated Inhuman fans, even if doing so means that she has to turn to her own past for clues and answers.

“Dazzler has always been one of my favorite X-Men, and one of the most sadly underutilized,” says Visaggio. “She’s been wandering for so long, and I’m so excited to help bring her back to her musical roots and the X-family. Anyone who knows my work knows how much I love to frontline women who quite literally rock, and I hope me and Laura can bring some of that same energy and positivity to Dazzler.”

Get ready for a one-shot filled with music and mayhem from one of Marvel’s most talented mutants when DAZZLER: X SONG #1, by Magdalene Visaggio and Laura Braga, hits comic shops on June 6!


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Get an exclusive look at the variant cover for Tony Stark's high-flying anniversary!

On May 23, world-renowned artist Olivier Coipel celebrates of the one of the most anticipated anniversaries of the year with a variant cover for INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600!

Alongside AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #800, the issue marks two long-awaited landmark events in the comic book universe. In a story that writer Brian Michael Bendis has been building to for years, Tony Stark marks his solo title’s 600th issue—and 50th anniversary—with a tale unlike any other.

Get the first look at Coipel’s cover here!

Invincible Iron Man #600 Variant Cover by Olivier Coipel

In issue #600, Tony Stark is back…but in what form? Huge surprises await new and old fans alike as industry legend Brian Michael Bendis ends an era with this super-sized anniversary extravaganza! Featuring artistic contributions from a bevy of Bendis’ collaborators including Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña, and a few other surprises, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600 will be an unforgettable anniversary event!

Check with your local retailer for more information on this Olivier Coipel variant cover! And get ready for INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600, written by Brian Michael Bendis with art by Jim Cheung, David Marquez, Mike Deodato Jr., Mark Bagley, Leinil Francis Yu, Daniel Acuña, and more, on May 23!

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