An interview with Lil B on his work, Black Panther, and more!

In addition to now being part of the Black Panther family, you were already an avid Marvel fan way before you got involved with this project. What comics got you hooked?

I mean, of course you know, X-Men—biggest X-Men fan. I was planning on getting a tattoo of Carnage actually, who is one of my favorite characters. One, because of how well he’s drawn.  But, you know what definitely got me…X-Men. I like X-Force. I think that’s what kept me going. X-Men, X-Force, stuff like that.

Say you could have one super-power, what would it be?

I think Storm has the dope-est power, being able to fly and shoot the thunder and lightning. I think I was always a big fan of Storm when it really came down to it.

Is there a particular Marvel hero you like or relate to the most?

I really like Nightcrawler. He can crawl around and disappear and stuff like that. I’m surprised no one likes Nightcrawler. Everybody always goes with Cyclops or something.

Switching gears to hip-hop, who are some of your biggest musical influences?

Musically, some of my biggest influences…pretty much rap music as a whole. I really appreciate and love thinking about pioneers in rap music and the folks in NYC, so I really just want to appreciate all them and everybody: jazz, and rock and roll, just everybody that had a part of hip-hop. That’s what I’m really inspired by, people that gave us the ability to make beats and the metronome, and whoever gave us the ability to create sound from scratch in an MPC. That’s who I really love and am inspired by because they’re giving me the opportunity to express myself and be an individual.

What do you consider your proudest musical achievements in your own career?

Well, I would say right now my proudest achievement is what’s coming: Black Ken mixtape produced and composed solely by the BasedGod. This is going to be my best work. I feel like my career starts now. I feel like nothing is compared to what’s coming. I’m creating new sounds from scratch and actually creating my own sound patches, not doing samples, I’m actually acquiring sound, recording live sound. For Black Ken, let me give you an example: I have some bass drums that I have created in Berkley, CA, and I won’t tell you from what but when Black Ken comes out I’ll be more specific like where this bass drum comes from or these sounds, etc.

It’s about to be real “Marvel”-lous. This is about to be my best work. I learned, I took this whole year to sit back and learn a new bit of music theory to define my skills as a musician and I hit a new breakthrough in production and been working with the BasedGod. It’s about to be a wrap. I just tweeted out, around maybe 2010 or 2009, I let the world know I’m going to be a freshman in the XXL Magazine and the next year I did that. So I let the people know just today (and this is a BLACK PANTHER first exclusive news break that I’m breaking with y’all), I let the world know that I will be getting a Grammy so that’s next on the play and I’m standing by that.

I know it can seem crazy but, like, if I would have told you [then] what I would be doing [now]…it would have seemed crazy. If I would have told you back then that I’m going to be lecturing at Carnegie Mellon, it might have sounded a little more crazy and then some.

It’s 100% true. I don’t really like to say too much. But I know it’s coming.

Finally, what up-and-coming artists do you think could be the next big thing?

I’m learning everything…Lil Yachty, Lil Uzi Vert, these folks that are being extremely positive. D.R.A.M., Mac Miller, Clams Casino, Keyboard Kid…and the BasedGod is going to have a huge breakthrough in 2017 production-wise. Oh yeah, big fan of A$AP Rocky and what he’s doing. I got love for Soulja Boy… still my brother, still got love for him. The Pack, got love for them, too. But Lil B, man, the BasedGod. It’s about to be a real serious year for me; nothing will compare to what’s coming. For myself, nothing I’ve ever done will compare to now, sonically, just everything. A lot of people believe in me and I gotta do this for y’all.

Interview by Chris Robinson

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Spidey tests out his new suit & bonds with Iron Man!

Peter Parker still has a thing or two to learn about being your Friendly Neighborhood Wallcrawler in the latest trailer for “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” in theaters July 7!

Even with Tony Stark–a.k.a. Iron Man–around to show him the ropes, Spider-Man has his work cut out for him as he faces off against the Vulture, high school, and more in the trailer directly above.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more on “Spider-Man: Homecoming” as we websling towards July 7!

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The Guardians knocked it out of the galaxy earning $146.5M this weekend!

This past Friday, Star-Lord and his ragtag group of misfits became two-time galaxy savers as well as pushing Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2”  to soar at the box office as the number one movie with a galactic $146.5 million in its opening weekend!

That’s right, True Believers, what is summer without the Guardians! “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” opened 55% above the 2014 debut of “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Previously, “Guardians of the Galaxy” earned $94.3M, making it not only the biggest-ever August opening domestically, but also the biggest non-sequel opening of 2014—or for quite some time!

After 13 days in several international markets, “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” brings its global box office gross to $431.5 million! This marks Marvel Studios’ 15th #1 debut out of 15 films.

“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” is currently Certified Fresh at 82% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film has pushed the Marvel Cinematic Universe past $11 billion in combined global grosses, from 15 films since the MCU’s inception in 2008.

Purchase tickets now for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” in theaters and IMAX 3D today! Make sure to stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest!

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The car company shows off all new Guardians art for all to enjoy!

People cannot wait for “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” to land in theatres on Friday, May 5, but Ford has a plan to get the good times rolling now. Fans can start the party early by entering the “Be the Guardian of Your Galaxy” sweepstakes at http://www.marvel.com/ecosport. Entrants get a chance to win a Ford EcoSport, a hometown screening of the movie, one of 150 custom illustrations by a Marvel artist depicting the fan as a galactic hero, and plenty of swag. In addition to the All New 2018 EcoSport, the compact SUV designed for all intelligent life, making its big screen debut in “Vol. 2,” the car makers are offering fans a chance to see exclusive Guardians of the Galaxy art before the film opens wide in theatres everywhere.

The art, inspired by many of the classic album covers of the 80s, became available to fans through this tweet and in the gallery belowfor the first time. Browse, save your favorites, use them for your phone lock screens, computer backgrounds, and social media profiles, and be sure to let your fellow Galactic travelers know where they can find some of the coolest art this side of Ego the Living Planet.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest! Please visit ford.com/suvs/ecosport for more information about the fun, capable, and connected 2018 Ford EcoSport!

No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited. Must be legal U.S. resident 18 years of age or older. Sweepstakes ends 5/31/17. See Official Rules for details. Ford EcoSport available early 2018.

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At ArcLight Hollywood on this Thursday and ArcLight Santa Monica this Saturday

SoCal Marvelites! We’re stoked to announce that the illustrators of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: The Art of the Movie will be at Arclight Hollywood and Arclight Santa Monica during opening weekend to sign copies of their new books! Books will be available for purchase on the night of the event and will be sold on a first come, first-served basis. For more information, take a look at the gallery above!

ArcLight Hollywood | Thursday, May 4 | 6 PM – 8 PM

6360 W. Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90028

(323) 464-1478

ArcLight Santa Monica | Saturday, May 6 | 6 PM – 8 PM

395 Santa Monica Place, Suite 330 Santa Monica, CA 90401

(310) 566-2810

Get your tickets now for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and stay tuned for even more universal action in the coming days!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest!

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Get Set Ready and Support Random Act Funding!

As Robert Downey Jr. gears up to bring “Spider-Man: Homecoming” to audiences, he and his philanthropic organization Random Act Funding, are partnering with OMAZE for another philanthropic campaign. Watch the video below, enter for your chance to hang with RDJ here, and becoming a real-life superhero for a deserving charity!

Do YOU want to hang with ME on the set of the latest Avengers? ENTER AND YOU SHALL RECEIVE (maybe): http://bit.ly/You-Me-Avengers Let’s be the do-gooder-est do-gooders together. Flights and hotel on me!

Posted by Robert Downey Jr on Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The winner of the campaign will:

  • Receive unprecedented access with Robert Downey Jr. on the next “Avengers” set for you and a friend
  • Work with RDJ to hcoose one of the charities to get a Random Act Funding grant
  • Grab a bite to eat with RDJ
  • Get flown out and put up in a 4-star hotel

Watch the Marvel Cinematic Universe come to life and watch those Avengers assemble before your very eyes! Enter now!

With just a little more than two months to go until Iron Man joins Spidey in theaters, keep your eyes peeled right here to Marvel.com for all the latest!

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Check out this Power Pose Collectible from Hot Toys!

Taking the role as young Spider-Man Peter Parker’s mentor, Tony Stark helps Parker to balance the normal routine life as a high school student and the crime fighting super hero life after the events of ‘Marvel’s Captain American: Civil War.’

Celebrating the global release of the long awaited ‘Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming’ coming this summer, Hot Toys is thrilled to present to you the Power Pose Series 1/6th scale collectible figure of Tony Stark’s new Iron Man armor in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ – the Mark XLVII as a Movie Promo Edition item only available in selected markets!

In reference to the appearance of Iron Man’s new armor in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, the Mark XLVII (Movie Promo Edition) Power Pose collectible figure is sophisticatedly crafted and designed with movie-accurate quality. It features a meticulously sculpted sleek, streamline armor and trapezoid-shaped indent around the arc reactor. Equipped with 28 LED light-up points throughout the body, it is also given the iconic red and gold color featured mostly on the helmet and shoulder, as well as the distinctive silver and dark silver colored painting on the mid-section of the armor. This Power Pose collectible figure also comes with articulated head and arms, interchangeable fists and repulsor palms, and a figure base.

Please stay tuned with your local official Hot Toys distributor for details on how to add this new Iron Man Mark XLVII to your Hot Toys collection!

For more from Hot Toys, visit their website.

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Learn more about the characters when you watch a new featurette. Plus a new photo gallery!

On May 5th, fans will get to know the Guardians in a deeper way with Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” Check out the new featurette above to hear more from director James Gunn and the cast!

We’ve also got a brand new photo gallery with stills and frames from the film below!

Get your tickets now for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and stay tuned for even more universal action in the coming days!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest!

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Get a closer look at Spidey's new threads!

Peter Parker received a few tech upgrades courtesy of Iron Man in Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” and you can bet he’ll have even more come “Spider-Man: Homecoming”!

But why take our word for it when you can check out some of the Wallcrawler’s upgrades in a new spotlight video. Get a closer look at Spidey’s new suit in the video below before he swings back into theaters July 7!

As Spider-Man (Tom Holland) prepares to navigate the turbulent waters of high school and face off against the Vulture (Michael Keaton), he can use all the help he can get. See it all for yourself directly below!

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Check out the full track list to the film's soundtrack!

Fans can now get in the Star-Lord-dancing kind of mood with “Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2,” the official soundtrack to Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” available now!

Featuring hits such as “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac, “Brandy (You’re a Fine Girl” by Looking Glass, and much more, “Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2” offers the sonic backdrop to this summer’s biggest movie.

Check out the full track listing below, and follow @Guardians on Twitter and like the official Guardians of the Galaxy page on Facebook for the latest on “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” in theaters May 5!

Guardians of the Galaxy Awesome Mix Vol. 2 track listing

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