Get ready to defend!

The Guardians flew back down, Spidey swung through again, and now the Defenders of Hell’s Kitchen return to Avengers Academy to battle a new threat in their neighborhood. Kingpin’s been imprisoned for nearly a year, and in that time Madame Gao stepped in to fill the power vacuum left in the criminal underworld of Hell’s Kitchen. The Defenders and the rest of the Academy students – with the help of a few new friends – need to dispatch Madame Gao and take back the neighborhood once more.

We grabbed a few minutes with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to see what The Hand has in store for us at the “Marvel Avengers Academy”.

Marvel.com: The Defenders are making their way back to Avengers Academy! What’s bringing the team to campus once more?

Allen Warner: With the Kingpin imprisoned, Madame Gao has seized control of the Hand, and conquered Hell’s Kitchen.  The Defenders held her off as long as they could, but she countered by kidnapping some of their closest friends and allies, forcing them to regroup and call in reinforcements.  With a firm hold on Hell’s Kitchen, and the combined resources of both the Hand and Kingpin’s entire operation, Madame Gao sets her sights on retrieving a powerful artifact that Director Fury has locked away in one of his secret vaults, launching a full-scale assault on Avengers Academy.

Marvel.com: Will players be returning to Hell’s Kitchen with the new event district?

Allen Warner: Yes, we’ll be revisiting Hell’s Kitchen and all of its iconic locales like Alias Investigations, Josie’s, and the law offices of Nelson and Murdock.  We’ll also be bringing back the Academy Courthouse from our Daredevil event, and giving some new recruits fun courtroom animations.

Marvel.com: How will the Avengers battle Madame Gao and her Hand minions?

Allen Warner: The Defenders and Avengers will team up to battle Madame Gao and her special henchmen on campus, as well as traveling away from the school to stop the Hand ninjas from attempting to take over the world.

Marvel.com: As with the Guardians and Spidey events before this, will players once again be able to recruit Defenders heroes from the previous event?

Allen Warner: Yes, this is a similar structure where players will be given another opportunity to get characters from the original Daredevil event, as well as some other characters who weren’t part of that event, but make sense to be involved with the Defenders.  Players will have a chance to get Iron Fist, Daredevil, Hellcat, Elektra, Misty Knight, Punisher, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.  They may also have an opportunity to get some characters who you wouldn’t associate with the Defenders TV show, but who have been part of various Defenders teams in the comics.  We’ll also be resurfacing all of the outfits from the Daredevil event, including what might be my personal favorite Avengers Academy outfit of all time, Lawyer Loki.  We learned in the original Daredevil event that Loki has a gift for lawyering, and a fondness for lawyers and the profession, and that will continue in this event with some fun results.

Marvel.com: While those who missed out will be excited to try for all those returning favorites, what new faces join the mix?

Allen Warner: A cool and diverse group of characters who are often thought of as supporting players, but who will take center stage and show their heroic sides during this event: Foggy Nelson, Colleen Wing, Stick, and Claire Temple.  They each bring a really unique and fresh perspective to not only the events at hand, but the Avengers heroes and Avengers Academy traditions.  Our awesome art team did some really great and brand-new things with their various visual levels, and their animations are really fun, and play to their unique occupations, personalities, and talents.  I’m really excited about this group from a narrative perspective because there is so much unexplored territory.  These characters typically only interact with the characters in their respective spheres, so there’s a ton of opportunity to do things that no one has ever seen before.  Foggy will form relationships and go on adventures with Loki and Captain America.  Claire Temple will go on an intergalactic rescue mission with Cosmo the Spacedog.  Stick will butt heads with J. Jonah Jameson.  Madame Gao will match wits with Mephisto, and so on.  One of my favorite things about the world we’ve built in this game is having the opportunity to reimagine and expand upon existing characters and Marvel lore, and this event and this group of recruits provided an awesome opportunity to do a lot of things that have never been done before.

Marvel.com: What new ways will our heroes suit up to dispatch the Hand threat?

Allen Warner: In addition to the resurfaced outfits from the previous Daredevil event, there will be new outfits and stories for Hulk, Punisher, Elektra, Iron Fist, and Misty Knight.  We love coming up with new looks for our characters that are unique to the world of Avengers Academy, but we decided to take a different approach this time around and only include outfits that have appeared in the comics.  Some are very recent looks that fans may not even be aware of, while others are iconic looks that have been around for decades.  They all look incredible, are completely different from the characters’ usual outfits, and add a new angle to their personalities and powers that make for some really fun animations and stories.

Marvel.com: As excited as we are to dive back into Hell’s Kitchen and dispatch Madame Gao, there’s always one eye on the horizon. Can you tease anything coming down the line for the Academy and its heroes?

Allen Warner: One of our frequently teased schools will finally have to come out of hiding, and they’ll be bringing more recruitable characters with them than ever before.

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

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'Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm' will be available in local game stores this Summer!

Last December, Upper Deck Entertainment announced they were releasing the “Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm” game, set in the “Marvel Contest of Champions” universe.

Today, get a special glimpse of the fast-paced board game as Upper Deck unboxes “Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm” below!

Watch us unbox our upcoming Marvel Contest of Champions Battlerealm game!

Posted by Upper Deck Entertainment on Friday, February 23, 2018

In “Battlerealm,” each player will take control of one of the 12 available Marvel super heroes and create a play area containing different locations such as Arcane Arena, Wakandan Necropolis, Avengers Towers or the Savage Lands. Roll the dice to activate your powers and move across locations to gain points of their own and to take points from others.

 

Only one Summoner can be victorious in the Contest of Champions. Will it be you?

“Marvel Contest of Champions: Battlerealm” is scheduled for a Summer release. Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews!

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Channel brilliant Wakandan royalty in the hit mobile game!

Seen Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” in theaters yet? If not, what are you waiting for? Otherwise you’ll miss out on all the cool science shenanigans T’Challa’s brainiac sister Shuri pulls off, and the fine folks at D3 Go! translated into “Marvel Puzzle Quest.” We talked to Senior Producer Josh Austin to understand just what Shuri’s capable of.

Marvel.com: There are quite a few characters the team could have chosen to translate from Black Panther comics to “Marvel Puzzle Quest.” Why was Shuri the right woman for the job?

Josh Austin: Shuri is such a fun and awesome character in the “Black Panther” movie that the team really wanted to see her in Marvel Puzzle Quest. Shuri (Master Engineer) makes a great addition as the newest 4-star and because she has mastered the use of Vibranium, the team decided to make her the master of manipulating Fortified tiles in ways that we haven’t seen yet!

Marvel.com: Shuri has had a few different power sets in her life, from enhanced strength and senses as the Black Panther to mystic abilities in the current storyline, to her movie. What did the team focus on for the game?

Josh Austin: Shuri (Master Engineer) was inspired by the Black Panther movie with how she creates and enhances tech that the Wakandans use to make them better. In the game, this translates to her being the master of Fortified tiles. She can lower the cost of powers for the friendly team while increasing the power cost for enemies, stun enemies and deal additional damage by using fortified tiles on the board.

Marvel.com: Ok tell us about Shuri’s kit. What can she do?

Josh Austin: Her first ability is called Vibranium Tech which is a passive Blue Power. For this ability she uses the Fortified tiles on the board to increase the cost of AP for their powers while lowering the cost of friendly powers. At power level 5 level 270, this means 5 Fortified tiles on the board will cause enemy powers to cost 3 AP more, while friendly powers will cost 3 AP less to a minimum of 3.

Her next power uses the Twin Blasters seen in “Black Panther.” This power costs 11 Green AP to deal damage and destroy random tiles. If the destroyed tiles contain a Fortified tile, the enemy is stunned for a few turns, destroyed tiles deal damage but do not generate AP.

Her last power is called Vibranium Virtuoso and it costs 8 Red AP. For this power, Shuri fortifies friendly special or basic tiles and removes a random enemy Fortified special tile. Whenever the player matches a Fortified tile, this power passively deals additional damage.

Marvel.com: Wow Shuri is really focused on making the most of Fortified tiles. Was that just so she’d synegize with her brother, or was the team looking to explore more Fortified tile strategies?

Josh Austin: Anyone, in addition to her brother (Black Panther – King of Wakanda) that makes Fortified tiles will be a good fit for Shuri.  This includes Green Goblin, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Luke Cage (Power Man), and Iron Fist (Danny Rand).

Marvel.com: How would you build her? I feel like her covers might really depend on who your teammates are. Except for Vibranium Tech. That’s always gotta be maxed out right?

Josh Austin: I would go for 5/3/5 to use her two support abilities.  Her blasters are really cool, but I would like to get the benefits of the lowering and raising of AP and that last power can also help with Fortified tile creation.

Marvel.com: When do we get to play her?

Josh Austin: Shuri (Master Engineer) will be released on February 22 and she will have a Shuri and Friends store that will be available between February 25 and March 2.  In her debut event, Shuri has come to the aid of her brother to defend Wakanda in the Fight for Wakanda event. The event runs between February 22 and 27 and has been tweaked a bit from the first run of the event to improve play.

She will also have a S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Event between February 22 and March 1 and will be featured in the Prodigal Sun event running between February 26 and March 2. Her Versus Tournament is called Mother of Invention and runs between February 25 and 28.

Pick up Shuri here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

Interested in learning more about Shuri, take a look at the video below:

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Sharon Rogers as Captain America and Amadeus Cho as Hulk are on the way.

Just revealed at Toy Fair New York, the ever popular Funko Pops will be expanding with new releases centered on “Marvel Future Fight.”

Fans will soon be able to collect Pops of Sharon Rogers as Captain America and Amadeus Cho as Hulk, as part of the Marvel Gamerverse collection.

Check out images of both below and the video reveal at the top of the page!

The “Marvel Future Fight” Funko Pops will be available in May.

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The Black Panther baddie enters Battlerealm!

Erik Killmonger, longtime nemesis of The Black Panther, enters “Marvel Contest of Champions” today! He threatens T’Challa no matter where the King goes—from Wakanda to the cosmic Battlerealm! To celebrate the villain’s arrival in the mobile game, we talked to Kabam Lead Character Artist Gene Campbell, Game Designer Piero Herrera, and Product Marketing Manager Vincent Huynh to get all the details.

Marvel.com: Battlerealm is getting an infusion of a classic Wakandan villain! This wouldn’t have anything to do with a certain Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” hitting theaters this weekend, would it?

Gene Campbell: Of course it does! All of us here on Contest of Champions are huge fans of the films, like you would expect. We were already hyped for the upcoming “Black Panther” movie. The team always gets super excited when we get the chance to release a build alongside a big event like this, and even more so when we can be inspired by one of the main villains of the film!

Marvel.com: How closely did you work with Marvel Studios to get all of Erik Killmonger’s costume details just right?

Gene Campbell: So much detail and thought goes into creating these amazing cinematic costumes for the big screen. It’s very important to us that we can get as close to these designs as possible. We gather all the great reference from the Marvel Studios team and keep checking in with the cinematic teams to make sure we are getting all those design points correct so we can honor all the hard work and attention to detail that went into making the costumes of “Black Panther.”

Marvel.com: And what about his abilities? Where does this character excel?

Piero Herrera: Erik Killmonger has one of the best defensive abilities in the game when you play him offensively. Whenever activating a Special 2 Attack, he will receive Indestructible Charges that enables him to withstand the opponent’s Special 3 Attack without taking damage. He also has something called Counterpunch Charges, which enables him to shrug off the impact of the opponent’s attack when he is blocking, allowing him to immediately start his own combo. Use this against Stun Immune opponents!

Marvel.com: We know that Erik wants to take T’Challa out by any means necessary, but who else is best equipped to help him survive the ravages of Battlrealm?

Piero Herrera: Put him on a same team with Winter Soldier, Black Panther (Civil War), and Void to maximize Killmonger’s power. Those synergies will provide various bonuses like Regeneration and easier ways to get True Strike, which should help a lot against Champions who Evade such as Spider-Man.

Marvel.com: And he’s available today?

Piero Herrera: Yes! Players will be able to utilize Erik Killmonger starting February 15! Check in-game messages for more information.

Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know about the character or other Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” related events?

Vincent Huynh: If you’re looking to battle the real Erik Killmonger, head to our Event Quests page and challenge Michael B. Jordan’s hand picked team of characters in his Champion Challenge! This quest will only be live until February 21, so test your skills today to get some awesome rewards!

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

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Ulysses Klaw leads an attack on Black Panther and the Avengers campus.

While Black Panther has been around campus in “Marvel Avengers Academy” for a while, much about his homeland remains a mystery to the students and faculty. That changes now, as Wakanda and the super hero school come together against a new common enemy: Ulysses Klaw. Klaw hopes to pilfer Wakandan tech – surprise, surprise – and the shake-up caused by Thanos might just give him the opening he needs.

We grabbed a few minutes with Allen Warner – Senior Narrative Designer at TinyCo – to get an inside look at this event, and a better idea of what events will look like in the wake of Avengers Academy 2.0.

Marvel.com: This is the first event since the 2.0 launch. How will the flow of events change along with the other changes brought to Avengers Academy?

Allen Warner: The Black Panther event will be recognizable to our longtime players, but there will be a lot of changes in the way things are structured. Players will collect event materials from three special, limited-time battle maps that they can use to recruit new and resurfaced heroes, new outfits, and other prizes. There’s less of an emphasis on collecting weekly decorations, and we’ll also be introducing a new trophy system to reward players for how well they do in the event.  We’re really excited about everything new in our first event since the launch, and of course couldn’t be more excited to be celebrating Black Panther and everything Wakanda. We’ll be using this event as the template moving forward, and will be continually looking for ways to add and change things in subsequent events to create the best experience for our players.

Marvel.com: Why is Klaw making a move against Black Panther now?

Allen Warner: Thanos’s arrival has had a ripple effect on everyone in our world, not just the heroes he’s threatening, but the villains who aren’t sure where they stand with him and what exactly he’s planning, even if they’re working with him directly. Everyone realizes that now more than ever, it’s critical to get as powerful as possible as quickly as possible to prepare for whatever is coming next.  Klaw takes the opportunity to go after Wakanda’s tech and treasures, working with their rivals, and one of Avengers Academy’s escaped Super Villains. There is so much to be excited about in this event, but one of the coolest things to me is the setup for who Klaw is working with and why. I’m pretty sure that it’s the first time these two characters have teamed up even in the comics, and it seems sort of random at first glance, but makes all the sense in the world when you think about their skills, personalities, and motivations. Along with Wakanda’s rival tribes, this villainous coalition is very formidable, even for the combined forces of Wakanda and the Avengers.

Marvel.com: Which of Black Panther’s allies make their way to the Academy in order to help T’Challa in this fight?

Allen Warner: Okoye and Shuri will both be joining Avengers Academy. I can’t overstate how amazing they both turned out. I honestly think they’re some of the best designs we’ve ever done, and I think players are really going to be blown away by their various visual levels and animations. It’s cool because Okoye is a fearsome warrior who can go toe-to-toe with anyone, and Shuri is an ingenious inventor who can match wits with all of the many Super-Scientists on our campus. It makes for some really fun interactions. Of course, Black Panther will also be returning with all-new combat animations, and an awesome new outfit.  As we know from his earlier storylines, he’s very well-respected by his peers, and because of his diverse skill set and upbringing, has close connections with everyone from the scientists like Iron Man to the royal family members like Loki and Thor to the leaders and hand-to-hand combatants like Captain America and Black Widow. It’s really fun to see them all come together to fight for Wakanda, and since we always like to put a different spin on things, there are some surprise heroes who come back to help who you might not expect.

Marvel.com: Meanwhile, some of the students already in attendance will need to make some upgrades to take the fight to Klaw and his villainous friends. Which heroes will we see sporting new suits?

Allen Warner: In addition to Black Panther, there will also be new outfits for Hawkeye and Winter Soldier.  All three are inspired by various looks from the comics, but given a unique spin in either the way they’re visualized, or the motivations and origins behind what inspires each hero to don their new look. I think players will be really happy with these selections, and I’m excited to be getting some new outfits for heroes who haven’t had many to this point.

Marvel.com: Where will Klaw make his base to launch attacks on the Academy?

Allen Warner: Our artists have created three beautiful new environments, showcasing different areas of Wakanda inspired by the film. They look really cool, and really showcase what makes Wakanda so colorful, original, and awesome. We’re also adding a new Wakandan building highlighting their unique tech, and updating our battle map area with elements from Black Panther and Wakanda.

Marvel.com: Can you give us a taste of what’s next after this event kicks off 2018 for Avengers Academy?

Allen Warner: Going back to the idea of Thanos inspiring a global rush for power, villains are looking for ways to harness and replicate the abilities of one of the most powerful Avengers. We’ll be revisiting his origin, and introducing heroes and villains from throughout his storied history.

For all the latest news and updates on “Marvel Avengers Academy,” visit Marvel.com and follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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Players embark on a daring mission within the kingdom of Wakanda.

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced details around the content included in “Marvel’s Black Panther Movie Character and Level Pack,” the next DLC for “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes 2.” The pack, available at $2.99 suggested retail price, will add a level and characters inspired by Marvel Studios’ upcoming film, “Black Panther,” in theaters nationwide on February 16.

Set within the Kingdom of Wakanda, players will take the legendary Wakandan Super Hero and his sister Shuri on a dangerous mission within the darkest depths of their homeland, battling mutated creatures and arch-nemesis Erik Killmonger’s vicious army. New playable characters Black Panther (Vibranium Suit), Okoye, Nakia, Erik Killmonger (Black Panther), Ulysses Klaue and Everett K. Ross, add to the main game’s roster of over 200 Super Heroes and Super Villains.

The Black Panther level pack can be purchased separately or as part of the Season Pass which includes six Level Packs and four Character Packs, including the previously released Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 content, and the Champions, Out of Time, and Agents of Atlas Character Packs. The Season Pass is available for $14.99 suggested retail price or as part of the LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 Deluxe Edition, which features the main game, access to the Classic Guardians of the Galaxy Character Pack, and an exclusive Giant-Man LEGO Minifigure (Minifigure only available in the physical version of the Deluxe Edition).

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is available on PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™, and Windows® PC.

For all the latest on “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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The King of Wakanda rules Marvel Games!

When villains besiege the nation of Wakanda, The Black Panther appears when his people need him most.

In anticipation of the February 16 release of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” T’Challa is taking over Marvel Games! In “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” players will get to bring a powerful 4-Star Black Panther on the hunt to bring down the bad guys. We caught up with D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about the new looks, the new abilities, and the new event.

Marvel.com: Players have enjoyed using the 3-Star Black Panther for years, and with 5-Star Black Panther covers tough to come by, it’s great to see a 4-Star T’Challa! 

Josh Austin: Yeah, I only have a couple covers of 5-Star Black Panthers myself and I do take advantage of his hide Move…or Be Moved ability with Thanos. It’s a fun way to blast through some of the Deadpool’s Daily Quests to get covers. The new 4-star Black Panther (King of Wakanda) focuses on what makes him awesome in the new Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” movie, plus he is wearing the awesome new purple glowing suit!

Marvel.com: Black Panther (T’Challa) seems like a jack of all trades—he has some decent offensive and defensive utility while bringing great team damage to the table. Black Panther (Civil War) strikes from the shadows, neutralizing single targets with extreme accuracy. Where will this new Black Panther fit into the game?

Josh Austin: The new Black Panther (King of Wakanda) protects and strengthens his allies with Fortified special tiles and utilizes them for additional damage. One of his attacks damages, then strengthens Fortified Attack, Strike, and Protect tiles which comes in handy!

Marvel.com: Okay, let’s talk about 4-Star Black Panther’s abilities. What’s he hiding in that suit of his?

Josh Austin: His first ability is called Protector of Wakanda and costs 7 Yellow AP. King T-Challa stands up to protect his people by creating Yellow Repeater tiles that generate Strike, Protect, and Attack tiles. If another ally is still in the fight, these tiles become fortified; if two allies are still in the fight, this generates tiles with higher strength instead of Fortifying them.

His second ability, Kinetic Shield, costs 8 Blue AP. Black Panther absorbs enemy attacks and redirects their energy back at the opponent. He creates Fortified Protect Tiles and the power has a Passive that deals damage for each friendly Protect tile on the board, to a max of 8 tiles.

T’Challa’s last ability is called Tooth and Claw and costs 10 Red AP. Black Panther bares his claws and unleashes a powerful strike that deals damage and increases the strength of Fortified Attack, Strike, and Protect tiles.

Marvel.com: It looks like you’ll want to keep your allies safe to get the most out of Protector of Wakanda. Any advice on who those teammates should be?

Josh Austin: Black Panther (King of Wakanda) is strong with characters that create Fortified friendly tiles, which includes Green Goblin, Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Luke Cage (Power Man), and Iron Fist (Danny Rand) to name a few. It’s definitely good to take advantage of the extra damage from fortified tiles!

Marvel.com: And alongside releasing a new character, the team has an entirely new story event coming up!

Josh: That’s correct! We have a new story mode titled “Fight For Wakanda” where Wakanda is under attack from H.A.M.M.E.R. and Ultron! T’Challa must travel back to his kingdom with his allies to defend its greatest resources!

“Fight for Wakanda” is a 3-Day story event. Defeating the villain each day will unlock a Sub-Chapter, and each Sub-Chapter is a different location in Wakanda that will feature different Hazard tiles. The new Hazard tiles include an Exploding Tech tile that creates a dangerous blast that harms both allies and enemies. There is a Royal Shield Tile that helps allies but can also turn the tide in the enemy’s favor. Another type of tile, Collapsing Mine, makes it harder to defeat the enemy.

Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know before we head to Wakanda to take on some super villains?

Josh Austin: Black Panther (King of Wakanda) is available starting today! A T’Challa & Friends Vault will be open between February 11 and 17 and will feature Black Panther (King of Wakanda).

The Black Panther (King of Wakanda)’s debut event is called Fight for Wakanda and runs from today through February 12 and he is featured in placement rewards. There will also be a S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Event featuring Black Panther that rewards tokens to the Fight for Wakanda Vault. He is also featured in the Venom Bomb event that runs from February 11-16 and rewards tokens for the T’Challa & Friends Vault. Lastly, his Versus Tournament runs from February 11-14 and he is a progression reward, along with token rewards for the T’Challa & Friends Vault.

Players can also be on the lookout for special power-ups for Black Panther (King of Wakanda) for damage that can be earned as progression rewards in various events (including the aforementioned events—Fight For Wakanda, S.H.I.E.L.D. Training, and Venom Bomb). Each stack adds about 20% damage.

And that’s not all! We will be featuring the “Fight for Wakanda” event again later in February where we will be releasing Shuri. Her details will be announced when it’s closer to her release date!

And wait, I have one more thing: be sure to check out Marvel Insider where players can earn Insider Points by scoring 8,000+ points in the Fight for Wakanda event in Marvel Puzzle Quest. Visit Marvel Insider for more details!

Enjoy the events and the upcoming film!

Pick up the new 4-Star Black Panther here and keep an eye on Marvel.com and @MarvelGames for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews!

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Take the fight to Killmonger and Klaue in Black Panther’s home

Hot on the heels of the release of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” the world of “Marvel Future Fight” get a little more Wakandan. Erik Killmonger and Klaue feature as the threats in the game’s new Legendary Battle, while Shuri comes to join the fight alongside her brother, T’Challa. Recruit Shuri, defeat and recruit Killmonger, and deck everyone out in their finest Wakandan regalia as the multi-dimensional battle rages on!

We spoke to several members of the Netmarble team to get the rundown of just how much of Wakanda we’ll see in this update.

Marvel.com: “Black Panther” hits theaters soon, but Wakanda makes a big showing in Marvel Future Fight this week. What can you tell us about this new update?

Minkyun Kim (Lead Game Designer): In this update, we have prepared various characters and content based on the regal nation of Wakanda to coincide with the release of the movie. While Wakanda was previously featured in the “Marvel Future Fight” storyline, this update provides a more detailed look at Black Panther’s home and his allies and enemies. Players will be able to experience the adventures of the sinister Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, as they plot against the throne, and the heroes that protect Wakanda, namely Black Panther and Shuri.

Marvel.com: Which characters will be sporting new threads as they take the fight to Killmonger and Klaue?

Youjung Kim (System Designer): We have prepared new uniforms for the heroes appearing in “Black Panther”; these uniforms were designed with the movie in mind. Black Panther gets a brand-new uniform, of course, his second movie-inspired costume to be included in the game. Princess Shuri has the Panther Blast Uniform, representing her unique appearance in the movie.  And finally, Erik Killmonger gets a golden Black Panther Uniform to face down his nemesis!

Marvel.com: What new heroes and villains are making their “Marvel Future Fight” premiere?

Jongho Park (Skill Designer): We have added the comic versions of Shuri and Killmonger to our game in this update. Players will see that we put great effort to keep Shuri and Killmonger closely aligned with their portrayals in the comics, including their appearances and innate skills. Players will also meet our other new character, Ulysses Klaue, in his movie form. We are excited for our players to experience how we integrated the characters from the film into the multiple layers of our game!

Marvel.com: The film and comic portrayals of Killmonger vary somewhat. Which Killmonger will we see here and how has his skillset been expressed in the game?

Jongho Park (Skill Designer): While Black Panther uses his Vibranium claws to defeat his foes, in the film, Erik Killmonger uses two swords as his weapons of choice. Players will see that this is reflected directly in the game, as his skills are based on his swordsmanship. Additionally, when Killmonger is fitted in his movie uniform, a Vibranium suit like Black Panther, he has greater defensive capability than his comic version.

Marvel.com: With this new update comes a new Legendary Battle. What will players fight their way through this time around?

Jungtae Pyo (Level Designer): This upcoming Legendary Battle is based on the conflict between Ulysses Klaue and Erik Killmonger, who vow to conquer Wakanda for their own reasons, and Shuri and Black Panther, who are sworn to protect it. The Battle is structured in 3 stages; Players will battle in Busan City, Wakanda, and the Vibranium Mine. T’Challa and Shuri must stand against this evil that threatens their home and their people, and the conflict leads them across the globe. We hope they are excited for the various bosses, stages, visuals, and other new elements that we have prepared!

Marvel.com: This update draws a lot from Black Panther and Wakanda as they are portrayed in the film. What fun new elements can you highlight for our players?

Minkyun Kim (Lead Game Designer): We have put tremendous effort in bringing the unique and compelling characters, settings, and other elements from the movie directly into the game, just as we did with the previous update inspired by Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnorak.” We hope that this gives players a chance to feel the same exhilaration playing the game as they get from watching the movie. Additionally, we made sure to focus much of our efforts on the backdrops and visual scenes for this update. Our ultimate goal is to have our players feel fun and excitement exploring the unknown lands of Wakanda and the adventures that unfold!

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store® and Google Play™. For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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A nation rises February 7.

Long live the King.

As we near Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” film debut on February 16, the King of Wakanda brings all the royal action to Marvel Games! New content inspired by the film heads to “Marvel Contest of Champions,” “Marvel Future Fight,” “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” “Marvel Avengers Academy,” and “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2.”

Marvel Contest of Champions” unveiled Michael B. Jordan’s Challenge. In addition to Erik Killmonger being released on Battlerealm, Thanos’ threat continues to grow across the battlerealm. In a last ditch effort to buy the Illuminati, led by Doctor Strange, some time, Black Panther heads off on a suicide mission to turn the tide of war in the Rise of the Black Panther Quest! Don’t forget to reflect on the teachings of the ancient guardian of the Black Panthers, Bast, with the Trials of the King. Show your skill in the Champion Challenge and earn the rare title of “Wakandan Warrior” by February 21.

Marvel Future Fight

Marvel Future Fight” unleashes three new characters to the game starting today: Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister and head of the Wakandan Design Group; Killmonger, a new foe to Wakanda with designs on the throne; and Okoye, head of the Dora Milaje and fiercely loyal protector of Wakanda. Alongside the new players comes new costumes for Black Panther.

Marvel Puzzle Quest

Wakanda is under attack by H.A.M.M.E.R. and Ultron. T’Challa must travel to his kingdom with his allies to defend its greatest resources in “Marvel Puzzle Quest.” Play against all-new Hazard tiles in this new story event.

Marvel Avengers Academy” gets a massive update while “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” will come chock full of characters inspired by the film. Check back next week!

Check out Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” when it hits theaters in the U.S. on February 16, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel games news and interviews.

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