The Wall-Crawler gets a Stark-sponsored upgrade to his fight game!

With the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” debut just around the corner at a theater near you, “Marvel Contest of Champions” finds itself with one more arachnid caught in the Collector’s web with the Stark Enhanced Spider-Man swinging into Battlerealm. We talked with Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about translating the Web-Slinger from the silver screen to the mobile game and how he’s going to be dishing out damage to the bad guys.

Marvel.com: We’ve got an all-new Spider-Man joining The Contest, this time coming from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He’s fought other heroes in “Captain America: Civil War,” but Battlerealm is a whole different beast. Can he hack it?

Gabriel Frizzera: Like we have seen in the MCU, this version of Spider-Man wants badly to be in the big leagues. He believes he’s ready to fight with the best of them, and what better place than the Battlerealm to prove he’s worth it? Of course, his brand-new Stark Enhanced spider-suit won’t hurt when he faces the heavy-hitters in The Contest of Champions!

Marvel.com: I noticed he’s sporting those slick white accents in his costume just like from “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” Did the team make this costume movie perfect, or is there a little Kabam flair in there?

Gabriel Frizzera: The guys at Marvel Studios were kind enough to share very detailed reference from Spidey’s movie costume ahead of time, and we made sure to stick to it as much as we could, down to the web count over his body—very important. But, since we wanted this Spider-Man to play and look different from the classic Spider-Man in the game, we decided to add some glowy tech details in specific areas to complement the movie design. That will allow players to recognize at a glance which Spider-Man they are fighting against.

Marvel.com: We already have a couple Spider-Men and Women in The Contest duking it out; what are the chances they’ve got some advice for our boy?

Gabriel Frizzera: More than likely. The Spider-People in The Contest have gained a lot of experience in the last couple of years, and they’re very familiar with the unsavory types that would love to crush anyone wearing that familiar blue-and-red spider-suit. Since this version of Spider-Man hasn’t met most of his future rogue’s gallery, he’ll need all the help he could get.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk abilities: what are we trying to do with Spidey to make the most of him?

Simon Cameron: Stark Enhanced Spidey is good at getting in his opponent’s head, and comes with a couple of new abilities to help him do this. He gains Poise by Evading, or triggering the Dexterity Mastery. Poise represents Spidey taking control of the fight, granting him extra attack as his confidence builds. He can then convert Poise into Taunts, by landing uninterrupted strings of attacks. Taunts lower the target’s attack, and increases the chance that they’ll trigger a Special Attack, as he goads them into doing something rash. His new suit also packs a Stack Tech AI, giving him a huge chance to avoid Special Attacks, but it can be disabled by landing Heavy Attacks, or by Cosmic Champions.

Marvel.com: What’s his signature power, Hero’s Mantra, all about?

Simon Cameron: Hero’s Mantra is all about improving his Smack-Talk abilities, Poise and Taunt, and is broken into two basic conditions: Below 50% Health and above it. Above 50% Health, Spidey gets an offense boost, with his Poise Charges granting him additional Critical Rating and his Taunts lasting longer. Below 50% Health Spider-Man plays things a little more defensively, his base Evade chance increases, and his Poise Charges grant additional Block Proficiency instead of Critical Rating.

Marvel.com: Last but not least, we have a new event quest hitting the game. What’s going on there and what awesome new stuff can players expect?

Gabriel Frizzera: The one-shot this month is called “Battlerealm: Homecoming, and it’s about a young Spider-Man trying to prove himself in The Contest. His mentor Tony Stark tries his best to keep Peter out of trouble, but like all things in the Battlerealm, this proves to be exceedingly hard. Peter decides go after some bad guys and ends up uncovering a nefarious plan to harness a mysterious new power source, capable of shifting the balance of power in The Contest. We also have a new motion comic that hints at bigger adventures by the Web-Crawler, and the arrival of some classic villains!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow us @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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War in the future, the hunt for the Celestial Madonna, and much more!

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!

After Kang the Conqueror’s initial defeats at the hands of the mighty Avengers, one might think the chronal despot would’ve learned his lesson. Alas, quite the contrary; he reached new levels of villainy during his subsequent gambits, destroying any credit he might’ve gained previously as an honorable opponent.

The Human Torch and The Thing broke up Kang’s attempt to subjugate King Arthur, Merlin the wizard, and the entire membership of the Knights of the Roundtable during medieval times, but the rogue bounced back not long after only to lose his new time-travel craft to Thor’s anger over his Growing Man android.

The same Growing Man later kidnapped a severely injured Tony Stark from his hospital bed under the direction of his master, which prompted the Avengers to confront Kang in his far-future palace. There they learned of their enemy’s bid to save his beloved Ravonna, a dying princess from the future, by playing the so-called “Game of the Galaxies” against the immortal Grandmaster. Kang enlisted Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to fight for him, but proved his mettle as a scoundrel when he tried to kill the Grandmaster.

The Avengers clashed with such game opponents as the Squadron Sinister and the World War II-era Invaders, but in the end, they won their freedom with the help of The Black Knight. Despite his good intentions to rescue Ravonna from the brink of death, Kang instead failed in the challenge and the princess continued to cling to only a shred of life.

After a senseless scramble to use The Hulk to invade the year 1917 and a war in the 23rd century with Zarrko the Tomorrow Man, the Conqueror pulled out all stops to seek out and seduce to his side the legendary Celestial Madonna. Operating out of the old pyramid of one of his alternate previous selves, Rama-Tut, Kang abducted three women from Avengers Mansion and waged war against the heroes with his Legion of the Unliving until the heroes allied themselves with Immortus, yet another time-version of their foe.

The Vietnamese heroine Mantis stood revealed as the Celestial Madonna, but managed to elude Kang’s clutches. The despot trapped the archer Hawkeye in the Old West of 1873, prompting Thor, Moondragon, and Immortus to travel there to mount a rescue. When Thor battled Kang for past and present grievances, the fight rang out over the land until the time lord’s armor overloaded and he seeming perished in a massive dispersal of his personal atoms. Immortus noted that with Kang gone, both he and Rama-Tut would never exist, and so to prove his theory, he faded away into nothingness before the startled eyes of the Avengers.

Check Out: STRANGE TALES #134, THOR #140, AVENGERS (1963) #6977, #131132, #141143, GIANT-SIZE AVENGERS #24, INCREDIBLE HULK #135, MARVEL TEAM-UP (1972) #9-11

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Get your hands on an all-new 5-star Spider-Man!

The “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hype train is pulling in to the station early thanks to “Marvel Puzzle Quest” and their all-new 5-Star Spider-Man. We talked to D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about Spidey’s new look and abilities and a new boss event the team has in the works!

Marvel.com: Peter Parker in a Spidey suit is about as classic as you can get but this time it looks like you’re putting the MCU spin on our favorite wallcrawler.

Josh Austin: That’s right! With the film due out next week, now seemed like the best time to have Peter Parker be our new 5-Star Spider-Man. He joins a cast of other awesome Spideys like Classic, Original and Back in Black, so we definitely couldn’t miss Peter Parker in MPQ as we prep for some fun upcoming events in the coming weeks.

Marvel.com: With all the different Spidey suits already in the game, what kind of special sauce does this Spider-Man come with?

Josh Austin: For this MCU variation we added the new Tony Stark tech suit introduced in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film. For this Spider-Man, with the helpful direction from Marvel, we made sure to emphasize the tech of the suit to make him stand out from the previous variations.

Marvel.com: Ok let’s talk about his abilities. What’s going on under the mask here?

Josh Austin: Spider-Man (Peter Parker)’s first ability is called Stick Around. It costs 6 Blue AP and creates web tiles. What’s great about this power is if there are enough web tiles on the board then this power will stun the entire enemy team.

Arachnid Agility is Peter’s second ability, which costs 10 Green AP. Spider-Man deals damage to a random enemy, then the same amount of damage to another random enemy once for each web tile on the board for a Max of 5 web tiles (or 5 times).

Lastly, Parker’s final ability called Web Shot sends out a spider drone from Spider-Man’s new outfit. This ability costs 7 Red AP and deals a good amount of damage and converts web tiles to Critical tiles based on the ability level and how many are on the board. For example, at level 450 and power level 5, if there are three Web tiles it converts 1 to a Critical tile and if there are 5 or more, it converts 3 of them to Critical tiles. AND this power has a PASSIVE that creates Web tiles if there isn’t any on the board helping to feed into his other powers.

Marvel.com: What do you think Spidey does best here? Looks like he has no problem webbing them up and keeping them out of the game

Josh Austin: Spider-Man (Peter Parker) deals a good amount of damage and has the ability to stun the whole team. His Blue and Red powers are relatively low cost, while his Green ability can be pretty powerful, but it is to a random enemy. So overall, he follows the more reactionary variation of his powers, relying on his spidey sense and his drone spider from his new suit!

Marvel.com: And it seems like anyone who creates web tiles would serve as an awesome teammate to the embattled Peter Parker. Am I on the mark here?

Josh Austin: That is 100% correct! The more web tiles the better! So teaming him up with Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen will help build on his Blue and Red powers. Also, anyone that can help generate Green would help with his costlier power like Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) and The Hulk (Totally Awesome).

Marvel.com: Am I missing anything else cool about Spidey? I also hear there is a new Boss Event?

Josh Austin: For a 5-Star his abilities have a low AP cost, he has an active power that can stun the whole enemy team and his Web Shot ability has potential to create some devastating cascades with the Critical tiles it can generate. Aside from an awesome new Spider-Man 5-Star character and the recent addition of some of his well-known foes, we are adding a new Story event to Marvel Puzzle Quest called Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six.

This Sinister Six is themed to “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” and will feature Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Carnage, Venom, Green Goblin and even the new Vulture before he’s released as an earnable character. Overall the event follows other Boss events, but the Boss Node will have a wave of different variations of the Sinister Six. As the players Alliance completes rounds, the boss node will get harder, but the good news is as a new boss comes in, their AP resets to 0 so the player should stand a chance against these ruthless foes.

Marvel.com: And when can we pick up Spidey?

Josh Austin: Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is available in the Legendary Cover store starting July 6. He will also be rewarded in the Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six event that starts Thursday, July 6 as well so just in time to experience some Spider-Man fun as you get ready to see the movie.

Pick up the all-new all-awesome Spider-Man (Peter Parker) here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The face of judgment from the future breaks through to Battlerealm!

Bullets and blades blast and slice across Battlerealm as Jake Gallows, the Punisher of 2099, brute forces his way into “Marvel Contest of Champions” as the game’s 100th character.

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about what makes this particular Punisher tick like a time bomb.

Marvel.com: I gotta ask, how much effort does it take for The Collector to reach through the past and future to snatch up a specimen?

Gabriel Frizzera: The Punisher 2099 was captured in the original batch of Champions for The Contest. But it wasn’t necessary for Collector to reach through time, since Jake Gallows had travelled back to the 21st century to execute Carnage, as part of an initiative by the future Hydra regime to punish criminals in different timelines. They’re very proactive at the Secret Empire— they won’t let small things like the space-time continuum get in the way of their punishment!

Marvel.com: And what makes Jake Gallows so special that he gets to fight it out in The Contest?

Gabriel Frizzera: Gallows was one of the characters Marvel allowed us to redesign for the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS comic book, and appeared briefly in the last issue—before being quickly dispatched by Frank Castle. We had plans to put him in the game for a while, and when the opportunity to do a Secret Empire tie-in came about, we decided to have him as the villain. Turns out he’s also our 100th playable character, so it worked out great that he’s one of our original designs!

Marvel.com: 100 characters is a super cool milestone, and outside of Angela, this may be my favorite looking combatant in “Contest of Champions.” Seriously, this Punisher looks absolutely awesome! What can you tell us about his design?

Gabriel Frizzera: We are fond of his ‘90s garish outfit and gadgets, but we wanted to push him to look more like a “futuristic shock-police on steroids.” The central piece of the design is the chest skull made of knives and guns—which teleport into his hands; not a second to spare in the future. His whole arsenal is white to contrast with the black and red suit, but also to speak to the nature of 2099’s technology: all weapons would be freshly formed and reconfigured on the spot by nanotechnology. His original concept had way more weapons—like mag-blades on his arms and an electro-baton—and a tactical helmet, which ended up having to be cut for memory reasons. But we kept his bad-ass disintegrating gun and “Grenazers”!

Marvel.com: Aside from his bad ass new look, what sets him apart from Frank Castle?

Gabriel Frizzera: We joke in the office that Jake Gallows makes Frank Castle look like a soft-hearted hippie! We had a lot of fun writing the contrast between the two, the same way other writers love to contrast Frank Castle among more “straight” heroes like Captain America. In the story, when placed between Jake Gallows’ and Steve Rogers’ radically different views of justice, Frank Castle is forced to admit he might be a bit closer to Cap than the fanatic Punisher 2099. It was fun for me to write dialogue where Gallows calls Castle a “half-measure,” the same way Castle called Matt Murdock [“Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix]. That shows how far Punisher 2099 has strayed into villainous territory.

Marvel.com: Tell me a little about Punisher 2099’s abilities…

Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 gets much of his strength from his Nano-Tech, which is powered by the Nano-Tech Battery. This charge builds over time, and his Special 1 gives him an Overcharge Passive effect, giving him additional Nano-Tech charge for a few seconds. This charge is spent by a number of automatically triggered effects—things like: Triggering a Heal Block on an Opponent when they trigger a Regeneration Buff, Draining the Charge to Regenerate Punisher 2099 if his Health drops below a threshold, or adding a Stun effect to his Heavy Attack. He also enters an Overdrive mode if his Charge reaches 100%. This drains his Charge over time, but grants him additional Attack, and reduces the amount of Power his Opponent gains when they’re struck by Punisher’s attacks.

Marvel.com: And what’s Retribution 2099 all about?

Simon Cameron: Retribution 2099 is Punisher’s Signature Ability. It lets him start the fight with his Nano-Tech Battery partially charged; it also adds a new automatically triggered effect to spend his Nano-Tech Charge on. This ability triggers when his opponent hits full power, draining a small amount of it, and power locking them for a couple seconds. It’s a little like a Special 3 get out of jail free card.

Marvel.com: And when can we hope to bring the Punisher’s weapon mastery to bear on the bad guys?

Simon Cameron: Punisher 2099 opens fire on The Contest June 29!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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Spidey swings back into the Marvel mobile game just in time!

Spider-Man and some of his spectacular friends swing back to “Marvel Avengers Academy” as Peter’s other school—the Midtown School of Science and Technology—prepares for their homecoming celebration. But the villainous Vulture has other ideas! He launches an attack on both learning institutions and it’ll take everyone at the Academy—plus some new pals Peter’s made over the last year—to thwart his plan and save the dance.

We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to learn everything Spidey brings with him in this latest event.

Marvel.com: What’s bringing the web-head and his spider-powered crew back to “Avengers Academy”?

Allen Warner: At the end of our previous Multiverse event, we learned that someone had been scavenging Maestro’s collection of “trophies” for tech and weapons, along with various labs and superhuman battle sites across New York. Nick Fury tasked Spider-Man with finding the perpetrator, and he’s coming back to report what he’s found. It also coincides with the homecoming dance at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, so Spidey will be bringing the party to Avengers Academy, and bugging everyone for dating advice.

Marvel.com: Why is Vulture so set on laying waste to Midtown Sci-Tech and the Academy?

Allen Warner: Vulture is a brilliant scientist and inventor, but was turned down by both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech after being accused of stealing other students’ tech and ideas to further his own goals. He feels like his fellow super-scientists don’t respect him, and the entire world is conspiring against him, so he starts using tech and weapons found in various superhuman battle sites to rebuild and repurpose mechanical monstrosities into things like an army of Vulture-ized Octobots. He wants power and respect, and he’ll destroy everyone and everything at both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech to get it.

Marvel.com: The event district gives us a peek at Peter’s life outside the Academy; what new things will players discover?

Allen Warner: The event district is Midtown Sci-Tech itself, decked out for homecoming. It’s completely different than anything we’ve done before, and really cool because it brings a lot of fun, school flavor the campus. Unfortunately, Vulture shows up to ruin the party, so he’s perched atop the school with his prisoners and minions, plotting his attack on Avengers Academy.

Marvel.com: And the event building carves out a space for one particular Spider-heroine…

Allen Warner: Yes, we’re big Spider-Gwen fans over here too, so we wanted her to share the spotlight. The event building is a multi-tiered punk rock venue where Gwen and some surprise guests are going to perform, and throw their own brand of homecoming bash. The building represents Gwen really well with its gleaming white exteriors, colorful neon blue and pink graffiti, a unique stage and dance floor, and some other really cool surprises.

Marvel.com: How will players battle Vulture and his refurbished Octobot army?

Allen Warner: Players will battle Vulture’s tech on the campus as a team, while battling Vulture himself, and a couple of foes he’s tricked into fighting by his side. Part of his plan is to create chaos and keep the heroes busy by setting Symbiotes loose in New York, so your heroes will also battle in the streets of New York to protect the city.

Marvel.com: What new faces will join the Academy—and the fight against Vulture—as Peter calls on more of his friends from across the multiverse?

Allen Warner: A really cool collection of various Spider-Heroes, amazing friends, and one grumpy newspaper publisher. Players will be able to recruit Silver Sable, Spider-Girl, Agent Venom, J. Jonah Jameson, and Silk. J. Jonah Jameson was really popular as a cameo character during our first Spider-Man event, and I’d forgotten how fun he is to write until this event came around. His personality is great to bounce off of the students, and I can’t wait for everyone to see his visual upgrades. Silver Sable is one of my favorite Spidey characters. She looks amazing, and is a cool fit alongside some of the spies and mercenaries running around the school. Agent Venom is one of the most awesome Symbiotes, and he brings something completely unique to the table, and of course [his alter ego] Flash [Thompson] and Peter Parker have a classic rivalry. Spider-Girl and Silk are two of the coolest spider-powered characters in my opinion. They both were very close to making the cut in our first Spider-Man event, so I’m really excited to see them finally make it into “Avengers Academy.” As always, our art and animation teams have knocked it out of the park with everyone’s designs and actions, and I think players are going to love having all of these characters at their school.

Marvel.com: And there must be some cool new outfits on the way as well…

Allen Warner: Definitely. There are new outfits for Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Mary Jane, Venom, and Doctor Octopus. It’s a cool mix of some iconic looks, some seldom-seen but awesome outfits from the comics, and a couple of classics given fun Avengers Academy-style re-imaginings. It’s a really cool group that I think people will love.

Marvel.com: With the second Guardians of the Galaxy event, players were able to recruit the heroes from the previous event; will we see something similar here?

Allen Warner: Yes, we got a really positive response from players during the Guardians 2 event who enjoyed that opening week featuring characters from the original event because it gave them a first or second chance at characters they’d missed out on before, so we decided to do a similar thing here. The opening week will give new and longtime players the chance to get one of the outfits and a few of the characters from the original event, as well as a new character and outfit. Over the course of the event, players will have a chance to get every single character and outfit from the original Spider-Man event, including Miles Morales, Mysterio, Black Cat, Electro, Green Goblin, and many more.

Marvel.com: Once the Vulture is thwarted, what new adventures will players be able to look forward to?

Allen Warner: We’re going to find that Vulture isn’t the only person who’s secretly holding a grudge against Avengers Academy. He’s been sharing his scavenged tech and weapons with some faraway enemies, and they’re ready to go to war.

For all the latest on “Marvel Avengers Academy,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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Join the party and play the hit MMO game for Xbox one today!

Xbox One players rejoice, “Marvel Heroes Omega” is making its way to your console today! Want to crush baddies as the Hulk? Blast bots into oblivion as Cyclops? The gang at Gazillion has you covered. We talked to Lead Designer Ben Gilbert about “Marvel Heroes’” big move and just what that means for players everywhere.

Marvel.com: The team is opening up a whole new player base to “Marvel Heroes Omega” today, the Xbox One crowd. That’s gotta feel great.

Ben Gilbert: Yes, it sure does. The reception to our Closed and Open Beta for Marvel Heroes Omega on PlayStation 4 has been great so far — and we’re very excited for Xbox One players to be able to join the party today.

Marvel.com: And while lining up the Xbox release you guys are getting rid of the Beta in “Marvel Heroes Omega” on the PS4? The game is fully functional and ready to rock?

Ben Gilbert: That’s absolutely correct. Marvel Heroes Omega transitions out of “Open Beta” starting today! Today’s live launch on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One follows a ton of updates and improvements largely based on player feedback, covering everything from fixes for bugs, improvements to performance, quality of life, and tuning for Heroes and enemies, just to name a few highlights. Both console platforms will benefit from these updates made to Marvel Heroes Omega during the PlayStation 4 Open Beta.

Marvel.com: I can imagine the team got a lot of cool data from the beta. Anything that you can talk about? Number of players? Total hours spent beating up bad guys?

Ben Gilbert: We saw over one million new players take part of our Closed and Open Beta phases for Marvel Heroes Omega and are very happy with the reception we’ve received so far; 4.5 out of 5 star rating from PlayStation 4 players. However, the best feedback we receive is always the stories from our players.

Marvel.com: Now that we have the game firing on three different platforms what else do we have coming down the pipeline?

Ben Gilbert: That’s the great thing about working on a game set in the Marvel Universe. Even with four years worth of content updates to date for the PC version, I still feel like we’ve barely scratched the surface of what we can still add to the game. There are still so many possibilities when it comes to new playable characters, villains, and stories and settings we’ve yet to explore. On top of that, the Marvel Universe continues to evolve and expand. Between the new comics, films, television shows, and Netflix originals, I doubt we’ll ever run out of material for new content updates on any platform.

In the near-term, PC players can look forward to the introduction of Carnage as a playable Villain along with a thorough update for Venom. It’s something the design team has been excited about introducing for a long time. For console players, there’s also a lot to look forward to with the introduction of the notorious Black Cat as our next playable Hero. Console players can also expect new playable Heroes and more on a regular basis as we work towards bringing more parity between consoles and PC.

Marvel.com: What goes in to creating new costumes from the MCU? Does the team get design specs early and then get to work?

Ben Gilbert: Yes, we work closely with the good folks at Marvel and often get advanced looks at what’s coming up next in the Marvel Universe, mostly in the form of reference materials. I can’t speak for everyone, the people here at Gazillion are big Marvel fans, just like our players. So it’s a real honor and privilege to be able to check out what’s coming to the big screen ahead of time so we can bring it to life in our game. However, that privilege also comes with the responsibility to make sure we get it absolutely right – and I’m really proud to work with a team that shares the enthusiasm and passion for the Marvel Universe needed to do just that.

Marvel.com: Anything else you want to tell players?

Ben Gilbert: If you have a favorite Marvel character or like action-RPGs, I’d encourage everyone to give Marvel Heroes Omega a shot! It’s the very first free-to-play Marvel game on consoles and with one of the largest rosters of playable characters, there’s a good chance you’ll either find them right now in Marvel Heroes Omega or very soon! Players can take on the role of some of the most beloved and iconic founding members of the Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Defenders, X-Men, and so much more. We even have Squirrel Girl!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Heroes Omega” news and interviews.

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The Conqueror encounters Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for the first time!

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 one examines a being such as Kang, a master of time-travel among other incredible accomplishments, one must remember that what we perceive as a linear progression of history here in the present-day may actually not be so according to Kang himself. Slipping in and out of time along his personal chrono-line, he’s created false representations of his career to modern scholars and historians—in essence, simply because one may encounter the man at one time, doesn’t necessarily mean it’s not a Kang from an earlier time in his life.

After Nathaniel Richards abandoned the guise of Pharoah Rama-Tut and adopted that of Kang the Conqueror, he entered into direct conflict with the Avengers, and thus created an enmity with Earth’s Mightiest Heroes for all time.

His first sally against the present-day Avengers came during the earliest line-up of the team, but also one of their strongest. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Giant-Man, and The Wasp responded to a call from the Pentagon to investigate a UFO and instead met Kang in all his new-found glory. The despot explained his past persona as Rama-Tut and then proceeded to proclaim his reign over the planet. The Avengers, of course, defied him and battled until their unfortunate capture.

This first encounter ended when young Rick Jones and his so-called Teen Brigade created a diversion and freed the heroes from Kang’s holding cells, Giant-Man used a new acid-base solvent of his design to destroy much of the Conqueror’s personal equipment, and the despot escaped back to the future to lick his wounds. During the battle, the heroes found Kang to be arrogant, full of his own superiority, and disdainful of anything the present-day could offer next to his own 30th century technology.

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Avengers (1963) #8

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  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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After he realized his mistake in confronting the Avengers directly, Kang later schemed against them by remaining in the future and sending a Spider-Man robot to first lure the group into a false sense of security, and then waylay them one by one. The Conqueror’s plan worked beautifully until the real web-slinger swung in to destroy his artificial doppelganger and help the Avengers turn the tide once more against Kang.

In this second encounter versus the famous team, Kang’s superiority manifested again, but when he realized he’d been defeated, he devolved into near-hysterics, proclaiming everything he’d done “was all in vain.”

Time passed and Captain America took the reins of a smaller team of Avengers consisting of himself, Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and The Scarlet Witch, sometimes referred to as “Cap’s Kooky Quartet.” Looking in on them from the future again, Kang reasoned the team’s then-current status made them ripe for his revenge and so transported them to his far-flung century. His mistake manifested in his revelation to the heroes that he’d fallen in love with a princess named Ravonna, and might err in his judgment in any dealings with her. Cap’s team helped the princess in a war between her kingdom and Kang’s immense forces, but in the end those same forces turned on the despot and he in turn allied himself with Ravonna’s people to save her.

This adventure highlighted Kang’s capability to love another human being, despite his high-minded and frankly wicked actions. Sadly, as the Avengers faded away to return to their own time, Ravonna, her eyes open to Kang’s good side, fell dead from an assassin’s cowardly strike. The Conqueror, having failed to conquer love, turned away to harden his heart for the next battle against Earth’s Mightiest Heroes.

Check Out: AVENGERS (1963) #8, #11, #23, #24

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Web up as the wondrous wall-crawler across Marvel mobile gaming!

“Spider-Man Homecoming” swings into theaters next Friday, July 7, but we’re starting the party this week with a slew of new updates to your favorite Marvel Games! You’ll see a ton of fresh Spidey content over the course of this week and next as we celebrate the film’s release.

To make things easy for all you fans of the web-head, we’ve gathered all the info on these updates in one place.

“Marvel Contest of Champions”

Spidey dons a new Stark Tech suit and leaps back into the fight! Meanwhile, a new Event Quest and a set of new Assignments from Tony Stark himself round out the new content for the fabulous mobile fighting game from Kabam!

Newly released into the Battlerealm, a Stark-enhanced Peter Parker gets swept up in the nefarious machinations of the Black ISO Mafia. As the villains begin to amass a mysterious power source with the help of The Vulture, this new Spider-Man sets off to foil their plans, against the urging of his mentor, Iron Man. With the help of the Summoner, Parker fights to prove his worth to the Avengers and make the Battlerealm safer for everyone.

Tony Stark takes a breather from saving the world to help mentor the next generation of Super Heroes. He’s got his sights set on Peter Parker and has given him the gift of a Stark-Tech modified suit. Tony’s got some rapid-fire scenarios set up to test Peter’s Spidey-Sense and the new features of his suit, but he needs your help to test them out first! Participate in Stark Assignments: quick, challenging Quests that appear at irregular intervals throughout the day. Complete as many as you can throughout the month, and collect valuable rewards, including rare Spider-Verse characters! Follow @MarvelChampions on Twitter to get notified when each Stark Assignment starts!

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“Marvel Future Fight”

Our friends at Netmarble have put together a bunch of original content starring the web-slinger and his most fearsome foes! Spider-Man goes back to basics with his new uniform—modeled after Peter’s homemade suit first seen in “Captain America: Civil War”—and The Vulture joins the party, donning a new suit based on his “Spider-Man: Homecoming” gear. Alongside these new looks, players can recruit six familiar Spidey villains for their team, but not before battling them in the game’s latest sinister event quest. Take on the likes of Sandman, Lizard, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Mysterio, and Vulture himself to bring them to your side in the interdimensional battle!

“With the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ film coming up, we thought it was fitting to introduce six new characters that are closely related to Spider-Man,” said Seungwon Lee, Chief Global officer at Netmarble Games. “Now players will be able to play as or against Spider-Man, and take part in a quest where the hero battles it out with his while earning a new quest pack.”

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“Spider-Man Unlimited”

The wall-crawler hits the ground running in the latest update for “Spider-Man Unlimited”! Players have two new suits in which to deck out Peter Parker—both his homemade one and the new, advanced Stark Tech look. And he’ll need every advancement that gift from Tony Stark will bring as The Vulture threatens New York in the game’s latest boss battle!

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“Marvel Puzzle Quest”

The Sinister Six storm “Marvel Puzzle Quest” in hopes of finally stopping Spider-Man. There will be two Boss missions, featuring three members of the Six, and each comes with its own set of Supporting Character missions. Gather your alliance and work together to progress through each round and earn new rewards! These missions will run on July 6 and again on July 24.

Of course, who better to lead the charge against the Sinister Six than Spider-Man himself? Recruit Spidey to your team starting on July 6! If you prefer more villainous teammates, Vulture will be more than happy to join up starting on July 13.

Grab both new heroes and jump into the latest PVP Tournament: Junkyard Wars! Vulture will headline this tournament starting on July 20.

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“Marvel Avengers Academy”

It’s a veritable Spider-Party at the Academy this month! Spider-Man swings back to campus just in time for the Midtown School of Science and Technology’s Homecoming dance, but the villainous Vulture has other ideas. The almost-hero found himself spurned by both Midtown Sci-Tech and Avengers Academy amidst accusations that he stole tech and ideas from other students to further his own goals. Believing the schools and the world at large to be conspiring against him, Vulture attacks both the Academy and Spidey’s Midtown stomping grounds. To aid in the battle, Peter calls on other spider-heroes from across the multiverse! Recruit a batch of new heroes alongside some familiar faces from Spidey’s first appearance at Avengers Academy.

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Enjoy a special episode of the official Marvel podcast with all the big news coming out of E3!

It’s a special edition of the official Marvel podcast! Ryan and Christine give you all the Marvel Games news  you missed from E3! They chat “Marvel’s Spider-Man” for PlayStation 4 with Insomniac Games (1:24), “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” with TT Games (16:58) and “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” with Capcom (32:54)!

Download episode #293.5 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Central, grab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Soundcloud! Head over now to our new hub to listen to the full run of This Week in Marvel including our latest episode!

This Week in Marvel focuses 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 Tuesday and Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Editorial Director of Marvel Digital Media Ben Morse with Manager, Video & Content Production: Blake Garris, Editor Marc Strom, and Assistant Editor Christine Dinh. 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@blakegarris or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Travel the timestream to learn the true story of the master villain!

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!

Though shrouded in mystery, the origins of the time-despot known as Kang may be pieced together not only from records of his clashes with Earth’s many champions, but also his own words. Once assembled, a picture of the so-called “Conqueror” stands out in stark relief, an ongoing saga of ambition, greed, and tyranny.

A man named Nathaniel Richards, who claimed to be a scholar born in the year 3000, utilized a time-travel device created by Victor Von Doom, a supposed ancestor of his, to flee a future world that may or may not come to pass. Setting the device to whisk him away to a time nearly 6000 years before his own, Richards arrived in the land and era of the pharaohs of Earth’s ancient Egypt and fashioned a dynasty for himself. As Rama-Tut, he held the people of the region in thrall while he attempted to subjugate the mutant En Sabah Nur to do his twisted bidding.

Rama-Tut’s rule stretched on through the years until the time-traveling Fantastic Four landed in his kingdom from the future and challenged his authority. The faux-pharaoh made the famous heroes his slaves, but their ingenuity and will to be free broke the despot’s grip on them and he fled into an alternate dimension, leaving only vague evidence of his reign as Rama-Tut behind. The Fantastic Four returned to their own time, unsure of exactly who they fought or if they’d ever clash with him again.

Richards traveled through space and time, licking his wounds and plotting his revenge. During this period he came across none other then Doctor Doom, lost just outside the orbit of the planet Jupiter around the sun. Together, the two villains suggested they might possibly be the same person, not merely related, and made a pact to not endanger each other by battling the Fantastic Four as a single unit. The future-Kang then returned Doom to Earth and continued on his way.

Fantastic Four (1961) #19

Fantastic Four (1961) #19

  • Published: October 10, 1963
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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An accident involving the energy that powered his ship sent Richards hurtling farther into the future then he intended, where he discovered warring armies on Earth and the opportunity to refashion himself as The Scarlet Centurion. Under the cloak of a supposed chronal imbalance in the timestream, the tyrant forced the Avengers to fight an earlier version of the team from an alternate timeline, but lost to Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in the end.

Unhappy with his unsuccessful forays into time and smarting from battle with those who opposed his advances, Richards concentrated on an ultimate persona to operate under, and thus Kang the Conqueror rose up to dominance over all. For his first, real campaign as Kang, he turned his attention back to the Avengers at a time when their limited experience as a well-honed fighting unit might serve him well…

Check Out: FANTASTIC FOUR #19, FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #2, AVENGERS ANNUAL #2, RISE OF APOCALYPSE #14

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