Download the series premiere episode featuring Star-Lord and company!

Award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment, Telltale Games, along with Marvel Entertainment, today announced that the first of five “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” episodes is now available for $4.99 USD or equivalent on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One®, Windows PC, and Mac. The episode will also be available to download on the App Store® and Google Play™ later this week.

The series will also be available as a special “Season Pass Disc” on May 2 at retailers across North America for an MSRP of $29.99 USD, and on May 5 at retailers elsewhere across the globe. The special “Season Pass Disc” will include Episode One: Tangled Up in Blue, and will grant access to download the subsequent four episodes via online updates as they are released in the coming months of 2017. Additional platforms for release are yet to be announced.

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series” is a brand-new story of the universe’s unlikeliest Super Heroes: Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and Groot. In the wake of an epic battle, the Guardians discover an artifact of unspeakable power. Each of them has a reason to desire this relic, as does a ruthless enemy who is the last of her kind, and who will stop at nothing to tear it from their hands.

From Earth to the Milano to Knowhere and beyond, and set to the beat of awesome music, you wear the rocket-powered boots of Star-Lord in an original Guardians adventure, where your decisions and actions drive the story you experience.

The series will feature a star-studded cast of voice talent, including Scott Porter (“Friday Night Lights,” “The Walking Dead: The Telltale Series”) as Star-Lord, Emily O’Brien (“The Young and the Restless,” “Middle Earth: Shadow of Mordor”) as Gamora, Nolan North (the Uncharted series, “Pretty Little Liars”) as Rocket, Brandon Paul Eells (“Watch Dogs”) as Drax, and Adam Harrington (“The Wolf Among Us,” “League of Legends”) as Groot.

For more on “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series,” visit the official website!

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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.

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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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The upcoming game adds two Inhuman powerhouses plus a symbiote soldier!

At E3 2017 last week, our friends at TT Games revealed some new playable characters joining the roster of “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.” Agent Venom, hot off his run as a member of the Guardians of the Galaxy, will help players in the game’s open world, while Inhuman favorites Lockjaw and Medusa will play into the game’s story. Fans of these heroes—and how can you not be a fan of LEGO Lockjaw? He’s adorable!—will surely be excited to play them in-game, so we wanted to get some more details, straight from the source.

We grabbed a few minutes during the gaming convention’s madness to speak to Arthur Parsons, Head of Design at TT Games, and gather what new info we could.

Marvel.com: Agent Venom is back from outer space! How does the symbiote-powered, former military man factor into “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2?”

Arthur Parsons: Agent Venom is a great character to bring to the “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” roster. You’ll encounter him in the Chronopolis Open Hub World as part of the free play quests. Being an expert marksman, Flash Thompson is an awesome character to play as in the game, especially due to his super-human strength and skilled combat abilities. He may also have a trick or two that we hope to share with players later on.

Marvel.com: Alongside Agent Venom, a couple of Inhuman favorites were just revealed. Getting to play as Lockjaw is a brand new kind of experience for Marvel fans. What is he like in the game? Does the character have any special abilities?

Arthur Parsons: Lockjaw’s LEGO character is adorable, definitely a favorite of mine. The animation team at TT Games has given him a real personality so it’s great to bring him into the LEGO Marvel videogame series for the first time ever. He’s able to teleport, which is really useful at different points in the game, especially given the emphasis on time all throughout “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.”

Marvel.com: The Inhuman Queen Medusa—to whom Lockjaw owes his allegiance—is sure to get players excited. What role does she have to play in the game?

Arthur Parsons: Medusa plays an integral role in the game as players will need to travel to Attilan as part of the story campaign. I can’t say anymore right now, since I don’t want to spoil anything, but it is exciting to bring another great Marvel character to the series for the very first time.

Marvel.com: What will the experience be like for those who choose to play as the red-haired heroine from Attilan? Does she have special character abilities?

Arthur Parsons: Medusa is an amazing character to play as. Her red hair is the key of course, and she’s able to control her flowing locks to great effect. I think everyone is going to love seeing just what her hair can do in game.

Marvel.com: Will we see other Inhumans in “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2?”

Arthur Parsons: Well, given that we are going to Attilan as part of the story campaign, and with Lockjaw and Medusa as playable characters, it could well be the case that other Inhumans may make an appearance in the game. For now though, everyone will have to wait and see!

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” hits consoles on November 14, 2017—until then, stay tuned to Marvel.com and our social channels for all the latest news!

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See where you can catch your favorite heroes online from E3!

Marvel Games has arrived at E3 2017, but we know many of you can’t make it out to the Los Angeles Convention Center to see it yourself–so we put together a handy list of how you can see the action live online!

From “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” to “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” and more, check out the full schedule of livestreams and times below to see where you can learn more about what’s coming from Marvel Games.

10:35 AM PT: Facebook LIVE – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

See more of the next LEGO Marvel adventure with Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games!

11:45 AM PT: WB Games LIVE! – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games & Ryan Penagos, VP & Executive Editor, Marvel Digital Media Group, take you deeper into the game!

1:30 PM PT: Rooster Teeth E3 Coverage – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games, shares more from “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2”!

3:20 PM PT: “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” on IGN

Michael Evans (Capcom) and Mike Jones (Marvel) show off the Story Demo and VS Mode in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.

4:00 PM PT: Shacknews at E3 2017 – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

Join Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games, as he takes you inside “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2”!

4:30 PM PT: “Marvel’s Spider-Man” on GameStop Live Show

Learn more about the highly-anticipated game!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel Games at E3 2017!

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See where you can catch your favorite heroes online from E3!

Marvel Games has arrived at E3 2017, but we know many of you can’t make it out to the Los Angeles Convention Center to see it yourself–so we put together a handy list of how you can see the action live online!

From “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” to “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” and more, check out the full schedule of livestreams and times below to see where you can learn more about what’s coming from Marvel Games.

11:45 AM PT: WB Games LIVE! – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

Get the latest from Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games & Bill Rosemann, Exec. Creative Director, Marvel Games!

12:00 PM PT: “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” Versus Mode Overview on Capcom Unity Livestream

Peter Rosas (Capcom) and Mike Jones (Marvel) provide an overview of the game mechanics using the VS. Mode in “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.”

Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games, shares more from the game!

Get the latest on the upcoming PS4 game!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel Games at E3 2017!

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See where you can catch your favorite heroes online from E3!

Marvel Games has arrived at E3 2017, but we know many of you can’t make it out to the Los Angeles Convention Center to see it yourself–so we put together a handy list of how you can see the action live online!

From “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” to “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” and more, check out the full schedule of livestreams and times below to see where you can learn more about what’s coming from Marvel Games.

1:00 PM PT: “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” Story Mode Overview on Capcom Unity Livestream

Michael Evans (Capcom) and Bill Rosemann (Marvel) play through the Story Demo in “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” and give fans a sneak peek at this all-new cinematic experience.

1:15 PM PT: WB Games LIVE! – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

Get a fresh look at the game with Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games!

4:20 PM PT: IGN Live: E3 2017 – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

Join Arthur Parsons once again for even more on the upcoming game!

 4:30 PM PT: Swing Behind the Scenes With the New Spider-Man for PS4 @ E3 Coliseum

Join key members of both Insomniac Games and Marvel as we give fans a peek into the upcoming Spider-Man collaboration for the PS4.

5:15 PM PT: E3 2017 LIVE on Twitch – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Demo/Interview

Go even deeper into “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2”!

5:30PM PT: PlayStation LiveCast with “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite”

Michael Evans (Capcom) and Mike Jones (Marvel) show off the Story Demo and VS Mode in “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.”

8:30PM PT: Game informer Podcast – “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” Live Interview

Arthur Parsons, Head of Design, TT Games shares more from the game.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel Games at E3 2017!

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Get ready to snuff out your opponents with this Spider-Man villain!

Sandman, the original Spidey villain, brings his coarse, rough, and irritating particulates to the “Marvel Puzzle Quest” universe. Flint Marko joins the roster ready to suffocate his opponents underneath a mountain of sand and D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin’s here to tell us how he’s gonna do it!

Marvel.com: With the addition of Sandman we’re about a third of the way to a full Sinister Six! What’s so special about Flint Marko?

Josh Austin: We are very glad to bring Sandman (Flint Marko) as a new Super Villain to Marvel Puzzle Quest, and right after the release of the new Doc Ock 5-Star character. Sandman brings with him some great abilities to the 4-Star roster including a team damaging attack that also stuns a target, and he has a power that moves basic tiles around and converts some of the moved tiles to Yellow basic tiles to help generate Yellow AP.

Marvel.com: There’s so much that a man made of sand can do, from creating constructs to quicksand, to turning himself into a sandstorm. What did the team focus on while building Sandman?

Josh Austin: Sandman may not create a storm this time around, but he does some heavy hitting and board manipulation with his sand particles. His three powers have him forming a hammer out of sand to smash his opponents, pinning an opponent with a blast of sand that also damages the rest of his opponents, and he also changes shape maneuvering around the battlefield moving tiles around to his advantage while his enemies are distracted.

Marvel.com: Mind giving us the lowdown on Mr. Sadman’s abilities?

Josh Austin: Sandman’s first ability is called Sand Blast and it costs 9 Green AP. For this power, Sandman fills the area with sand from his limbs, pinning his target. This deals damage to the enemy team and stuns the target opponent in front.

His second ability is called Shifting Sands and costs 8 Purple AP. Sandman changes shape keeping the enemy off guard and moving around the battlefield to swap non-Yellow basic tiles around and converts some of those basic tiles to Yellow.

Lastly, Sandman has Sand Smash which costs 10 Yellow AP. For this ability, Sandman turns his arm into a giant hammer of hardened sand, which creates Protect tiles or deals damage by removing friendly Protect Tiles if the player has enough of them on the board when initiating this power.

Marvel.com: I’m really liking the AOE damage and stun in Sand Blast. It feels like he needs it to help him really get going and create those Yellow and Protect tiles to pull off the big damage later.

Josh Austin: It’s definitely one of his two unique abilities, it’s a great way to deal consistent damage and stun a specific target for whatever the situation calls for, delaying a Countdown tile, putting an opponent on hold for a bit to deal with a different one, etc.

Marvel.com: Outside of extreme heat turning his sand to glass, what sort of weaknesses does the big galoot have?

Josh Austin: Of course intense heat, handclaps from Hulk and water are devastating to Flint, but for Marvel Puzzle Quest he’s weak against characters that remove Protect tiles like Doctor Strange, etc.

Marvel.com: And it seems like anyone who creates Protect tiles will help him pump out those Sand Smashes. So the Falcon, Luke Cage, maybe a Mr. Fantastic?

Josh Austin: You are correct, people that create Protect tiles like Iron Man (Hulkbuster), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Sam Wilson (Captain America), Luke Cage (Power Man), Invisible Woman (Classic), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) and Gwenpool. Another good teammate would be someone that Generates Purple or Yellow AP like Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) or Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff).

Marvel.com: So when do we get to build sand castles with Flint Marko?

Josh Austin: Sandman (Flint Marko) will be available June 15. He will debut in Thick as Thieves that starts June 15 and he will be featured in the June 19 Strange Sights event. Sandman’s Versus event is called Sandstorm and will begin June 22.

Try out Sandman for yourself here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Marvel Games Executive Creative Director Bill Rosemann provides a web slinging update!

True story: There was once a young boy who sat cross-legged on the floor of his family room, staring up wide-eyed and slack-jawed as Spider-Man swung across his TV screen during a rerun of his classic ‘60s cartoon. Decades later, that same boy – who was now improbably working for the House of Ideas – sat in the historic Shrine Auditorium, staring up wide-eyed and slack-jawed as Spider-Man swung across the massive theater screen during the world-premiere gameplay at the PlayStation Media Showcase.

You win a No-Prize if you guessed that young boy grew up to be me. After years of faithfully reciting “with great power there must also come great responsibility”, I am humbled and hyped to be working with my friends at Insomniac Games and Sony Interactive Entertainment on “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” which will hit PlayStation 4 in 2018.

Okay, let’s see that sweet gameplay!

We hope that gave you a taste of the amazing abilities of our 23 year-old Spider-Man. After battling for eight years to keep the city safe, Peter Parker is an experienced and confident hero who combines wall-crawling, dodges, aerial combat, parkour moves, self-made tech, and his world-famous webs – oh, and also his whip-smart wise cracks – in an acrobatic, intelligent and improvisational combat style. And did I mention our obsession with bringing you the ultimate expression of web-swinging?

In addition to celebrating Spider-Man’s spectacular powers, we’re also showcasing his awesome rogues gallery and supporting cast, which – if you connected the dots in the gameplay – includes the fearsome Mr. Negative, whose alter ego just so happens to be Martin Li, the philanthropist that Peter’s Aunt May works for! If there’s one thing everyone working on the game has learned after reading, watching and playing everything Spidey, his best stories focus on the sparks that fly when his civilian and costumed worlds collide.

Speaking of worlds colliding, while we’re exploring the classic themes of power and responsibility, we’re also combining familiar faces with newer characters that you may not have yet encountered, all swirling together in an unpredictable and changing Manhattan.

On behalf of the entire team behind “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” we thank you for joining us on this journey, and we hope the E3 gameplay revealed the type of combat, traversal, story and cinematics that will allow you experience the rollercoaster ride that is the life of Peter Parker as never before…and will also leave you, just like that young boy many years ago, wide-eyed and slack-jawed.

Your Man @ Marvel,

Bill Rosemann

P.S. Please check out the latest blog by my fellow Spidey fanatic at Insomniac, Bryan Intihar. And for the latest buzz, follow us on Twitter (@MarvelGames, @Marvel, @InsomniacGames @PlayStation), Instagram (Marvel, Insomniac Games, PlayStation) and Facebook (Marvel, Insomniac Games, PlayStation). Thwip!

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Spider-Man’s most psychotic foe enters the fray of Battlerealm!

Spider-Man might never want to see another symbiote again, but The Collector no doubt has a special section of his menagerie dedicated to the Klyntar. So it should come as no surprise that Carnage has finally made his dangerous debut on Battlerealm.

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Simon Cameron about the murderous Spider-foe and his impending killing spree in “Marvel Contest of Champions.”

Marvel.com: I’m super psyched to see Carnage making an appearance in The Contest. He’s the perfect amount of crazy to really shake things up. What’s he doing on Battlerealm?

Gabriel Frizzera: As always, Cletus is causing mayhem. He was probably captured by The Collector at some point, but he was too wild to play nice in The Contest, and broke free. Or was set free, like a discarded pet crocodile. Who knows for sure…the fact is you can’t have Carnage in your neighborhood without some bloodshed, and the Champions will need to deal with that sooner than ever.

Marvel.com: When it came to designing Carnage, what were some of the visual aspects the team felt were necessary to bring him to life?

Gabriel Frizzera: He needed to be repugnant. Our team took special care in modeling the muscle fibers and sticky symbiote goo travelling through his body. We tweaked the shaders to make him look wet and gross like an inside-out Spider-Man, and added scythe-like appendages and tentacles that skewer people alive, or carry him like giant spider legs. We wanted to show in no uncertain terms that Carnage is a monster, both in appearance and attitude.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Carnage in-game. I’m imagining him fighting like a whirling dervish, slicing and dicing everything in sight. How does he play?

Simon Cameron: Cletus Kasady’s psychotic tendencies were definitely a driving force behind how Carnage will be played. The symbiote mutates to provide him with bonuses based on what his current needs are, and he loves blood, so [he] gains bonuses against a Bleeding opponent.

Marvel.com: Yeah his abilities seem to fit him perfectly. Would you mind digging a little deeper on Bloodlust and Precision?

Simon Cameron: Bloodlust is a unique ability that allows Carnage to increase the amount of power he gains for each attack he performs or receives. Precision increases the chance to land Critical Hits; this goes hand in hand with Carnage’s ability to trigger additional Bleeds on an already Bleeding target with those same Critical Hits.

Marvel.com: When are we picking Carnage? Any heroes or villains that he does particularly well against?

Simon Cameron: Carnage loves going on killing sprees against anyone, hero or villain, he does not discriminate. Pretty much anyone who can Bleed is a favorite target of this psycho. Though as a Cosmic hero he gains even more damage against Tech Class heroes—Rocket Raccoon, Howard the Duck, [and] Civil Warrior are all excellent targets.

Marvel.com: When do we get to harness the psycho power of Carnage?

Simon Cameron: This psychotic monster will be coming to The Contest on June 8. Stay tuned for in-game messaging and arena announcements for your chance to get him!

Marvel.com: Oh and before I go, we have an event quest starting up on June 7. Can you give us a breakdown of what we need to know?

Gabriel Frizzera: Our new event is called “Secret Empire Forever.” It starts with The Civil Warrior hunting Carnage before he causes too much damage in the Battlerealm. But soon they find out that, like a cornered animal, Carnage is merely reacting to being hunted by a much worse monster: an alternate version of The Punisher 2099, who became the Minister of Punishment for a Hydra Empire that dominated the USA for almost a century. Now it’s up to an uneasy alliance between Civil Warrior and the current Punisher to defeat this future fascist villain, who makes Frank Castle look tame in comparison. To take a closer look at Punisher 2099, check out our brand new Motion Comic!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

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