Nick Fury and S.H.I.E.L.D. meet up with the menace of A.I.M.!

1917 to 2017: 100 years of Kirby.

Join us to celebrate Jack “King” Kirby’s 100th birthday by learning about the characters and stories he created that changed comics forever. To commemorate Jack’s centennial, we’ve sat down with the modern-day creators he influenced—and the decades of work he gifted us all.

With 1966’s STRANGE TALES #148, the formula for Nick Fury’s segment of the book got a bit of shake up when Jack Kirby not only drew layouts for Don Heck to finish, but also scripted the story with regular writer Stan Lee reportedly on vacation! The resulting story, called “Death Before Dishonor,” began with a bang as Marvel’s top spy waded through fire while S.H.I.E.L.D. agents—wearing protective gear—fought the blaze with a series of chemicals.

Though the others wrote Fury off as dead from exposure to the elements, Dum Dum Dugan plowed through, tossed his Howling Commandos leader over his shoulder and made way for the Vita-Fluid-filled Restora-Tank. Distraught over the potential loss of his friend, Dugan responded with appropriate shock when Fury appeared behind him and revealed that a Life Model Decoy floated before them.

Fury and Jasper Sitwell then recounted how the fire started in the prisoner holding area. The head honcho wanted to question the captured members of A.I.M. in person, but instead used an L.M.D. as his eyes, ears, and mouth. This proved a good call as Advanced Idea Mechanics somehow used a remote detonator to blow their own people up!

The action then shifted to the public face of A.I.M., Count Bornag Royale, watching his enemies deal with the fire from a secret base. While he left to manipulate the Free Nations’ Justice Department to bring Fury in front of their Board of Inquiry, an A.I.M. contingent promised to grab an L.M.D. for research purposes. After checking out an x-ray projecting gun and hearing from Sitwell how easy breaking into his office proved, Nick sat down for another nail in the coffin: the official summons to appear before the Board on Inquiry.

Nick agreed to appear, and on the day of the supposedly secret meeting, A.I.M. took advantage of the timing to raid the S.H.I.E.L.D. L.M.D. facility. After listening to many bad-mouth him, Fury got fed up, smashed through a window of the Helicarrier, and used a belt parachute to land on the ground where Dugan awaited his arrival.

In the next issue—which featured a script by Denny O’Neil along with Kirby layouts and Ogden Whitney finishes—Fury and his soldiers make an epic move to save their facility while also putting a huge dent in A.I.M.’s operation!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more throughout Kirby Month and beyond! And join the conversation on all of our social channels with the hashtag #Kirby100.

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Learn the history of Wakanda and how T'Challa became the Black Panther!

Read through some of T’Challa’s most thrilling adventures on Marvel Unlimited to mark Black Panther’s 50th anniversary!

Black Panther bounced around the Marvel Universe for a while after his first appearance in FANTASTIC FOUR #52, but eventually joined the world’s greatest super group in the pages of AVENGERS #52. He served with distinction on the team for years, but only expanded on his origin story in AVENGERS #87 by Roy Thomas, Frank Giacoia and Sal Buscema.

The 1971 issue takes place right after the team fought the Squadron Supreme on a parallel Earth. Though everyone else seems to feel the thrill of victory, T’Challa suffers from one of the oldest maladies around: homesickness. At the behest of his teammate Quicksilver—who along with his sister Scarlet Witch had never actually been to Wakanda—the Black Panther dives even deeper into his past, taking us along for the ride with him.

T’Challa starts with his childhood as his father, Chieftain T’Chaka explains the mysteries of the Eternal Peak and its Vibranium deposits. The leader reveals that a large part of his responsibilities revolve around keeping this incredibly valuable resource from the outside world.

The outside world, however, consists of people with their own agendas including Ulysses Klaw who wants the Vibranium to power his sound machines. In his mad quest for power he kills T’Chaka resulting in the sworn vengeance of T’Challa.

Avengers (1963) #87

Avengers (1963) #87

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To fulfill that promise, he leaves his homeland to study in Europe and the Americas, eventually returning to face the trials put in place by his own father. Having proven himself, he enters the great statue of the panther and dons the ceremonial suit of the Black Panther before garnering the praise of his people and heading to the jungle to partake in the power-giving, heart-shaped herbs nearby.

But, not everyone supports T’Challa. A betrayer soon reveals himself in the form of a trusted friend who allied himself with none other than A.I.M. The newly minted Black Panther leaps into action, soon defeating the yellow-clad members of Advanced Idea Mechanics, but not before losing a longtime loved one to the battle.

Having recounted this tale to his teammates, T’Challa goes on to admit that the death of Wakanda’s leader in his absence might lead to his return home. Though the issue ends on a cliffhanger in regards to his decision, in the next one—plotted by Harlan Ellison, scripted by Roy Thomas, and drawn by Sal Buscema—Black Panther reveals that he will leave the team to return home, marking the first, but far from the last time he grappled with balancing his duties as a king with protecting the world at large.   

Secrets of Wakanda

After leaving the Avengers, Black Panther next pops up on ASTONISHING TALES #6 and #7. In those issues, by Larry Lieber and George Tuska, Doctor Doom comes to discover the existence of Vibranium and decides to take it for himself. T’Challa moves to prevent this incursion, but the tide of battle ebbs and flows with each man gaining the upper hand at various times. Ultimately, Black Panther convinces Doom that he’s willing to sacrifice not only his own life but his people just to keep the mysterious elements out of his armored hands. With that, Doom retreats, but continues plotting ways to get his own supply of Vibranium!

Next time, Reginald Hudlin and John Romita Jr. answer the question, “Who is the Black Panther?” in the first arc of the 2005-launching solo series.

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Al Ewing assembles America's foremost fighting team!

Congratulations, America, Marvel has a great big gift for you for Independence Day: U.S.AVENGERS from writer Al Ewing and artist Paco Medina. You’re welcome.

Unfortunately, the United States of the Marvel Universe sometimes cannot appreciate the present they have been given and this proves to not be an exception.

“There are people who agree with it and people who don’t,” Ewing admits of the initiative at the heart of his new Marvel NOW! series. “It will have passed quite narrowly in the House and Senate, mostly off the public feeling following Standoff and Civil War II.”

Therefore, the team comes into the world not celebrated by true patriots but rather already facing down the spotlights of those nattering nabobs of negativism.

“There may be some ‘buyer’s remorse’ from politicians and the public depending on how well the team performs, how it stays inside its budget, and Roberto [da Costa’s] public personality as leader,” acknowledges the writer. “Also, with a new President coming in, there might be pressure from that direction too.

“This team is going to be much more heavily scrutinized than previous Avengers teams, and it may be on a shorter leash than Roberto’s used to. Essentially, it’s there to be a less murky, less unaccountable, one-country version of S.H.I.E.L.D., working with S.H.I.E.L.D. but not part of it. Opinion’s going to be very sharply divided around the world—there will be those with an instinctive distrust of anything so tied to one country and one flag, and on the other side of the political spectrum, there are going to be those wondering why such an ostentatiously American [super team] is run by someone who moved to the country from Brazil.”

The lack of appreciation presents a threat to the internal cohesion of the team as well. In the grand tradition of all that makes the Stars and Stripes grand, these Avengers have been thoughtfully assembled with a variety of viewpoints and experiences. With so much pressure from without though, can the team come together?

“They’re all together to defend the country against weird and wonderful threats, but they might have different opinions about how to do that,” confirms Ewing. “‘Thunderbolt’ Ross is probably the most traditionally conservative out of all of them, and I can see him butting heads with some of the others—especially Roberto, who’s a much younger man.”

Do not worry though, the U.S.Avengers still have their focus on reflecting what makes America a shining city on a hill: action!

“This book is going to be James Bond, Man From U.N.C.L.E., Mission Impossible style super-spy stuff in the manner of early S.H.I.E.L.D., with a young, forward-thinking cast trying to make a bad world better,” Ewing promises. “We’ve been thinking of it as the ultimate blockbuster popcorn movie.”

Standing ready to join the effort, artist Paco Medina comes uniquely suited to bring Ewing’s words to life.

“[Paco]—who I’ve been working with since CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS—is a really great, fun artist,” asserts Medina’s collaborator. “He’s very good at the big boom moments, as well as a kind of gleaming glam sensibility mixed with a clear, clean style that makes him perfect for a book like this. I’m looking forward to seeing what he does with some of the wilder new concepts I’m planning on throwing around.”

Like all good members of the U.S. of A though, this team knows that there will be times to become gravely sincere.

“It’s not all fun and games,” Ewing shares. “It’s very possible—highly likely, even—that we could see a shift towards the serious as things go on.”

The first challenge that may cause that shift? An enemy of freedom called the Golden Skull.

“[He’s]an arch-capitalist-verging-on-kleptocrat from [the team’s time displaced Captain America] Danielle Cage’s future,” reveals the writer. “He’s taking advantage of a historical event that hasn’t happened to take over the United States and run it to his liking. And the U.S.Avengers won’t stand for that!”

If and when they vanquish him, the pressure hardly stops either.

Ewing teases, “After that, we can expect some giant monster fun from the American Kaiju, some internal tension closer to home, and the kind of big-budget bad guys and evil schemes that would bankrupt any Hollywood Studio you’d care to name.”

However, the worst threat as always may come from within from those afraid to let the freest nation on Earth move into the future:

“Even if A.I.M. stands for ‘American Intelligence Mechanics’ right now, it still used to be the bad guys, and S.H.I.E.L.D. won’t forget that. They’re watching and if A.I.M. puts a foot wrong, S.H.I.E.L.D. are going to be right there to cut it off at the ankle.”

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Writer Al Ewing shakes things up again for his team!

Writer Al Ewing’s NEW AVENGERS team could really use a moment to catch their collective breath, regroup as a team, and figure out where they stand. Too bad for them, the mysterious Maker continues to plot their doom in part by sending the Revengers after them. And that’s not even taking into account S.H.I.E.L.D.’s continued interest in the newly renovated A.I.M. or the oncoming schism created by Civil War II!

Former New Mutant Roberto Da Costa, also known as Sunspot, bought the evil business venture known as Advanced Idea Mechanics and turned it into Avengers Idea Mechanics after clearing out some of the more evil executives and adding the New Avengers team. Not trusted from the beginning, especially after the events of Avengers: Standoff!, the team found itself splintered.

With so much already going on, how will the group react to the epic confrontation brewing throughout the hero community? To find out, we talked with Ewing about the impending threats, the state of the team, and how all that works against the backdrop of the big event. 

Marvel.com: The Maker’s been working behind the scenes since NEW AVENGERS launched. How does the team react when his plans come to light?

Al Ewing: They’ve been expecting it to a degree. The question is, to how big a degree? How accurate is Roberto’s idea of what the Maker’s up to, or even who he is? There’s that element of, “I know that you know, but do you know I know that you know that I know you know?”—that whole spy-movie rabbit hole. And while they have a rough idea that the Maker is out there after his failed tech heist in [NEW AVENGERS #5] can they really guess the sheer scale of his plans? One clue: it’s the kind of thing the Ultimates would be better equipped for. Expect twists, turns, shakeups and the unexpected.

Marvel.com: How do those revelations relate or tie into Civil War II?

Al Ewing: I get to have my cake and eat it here: while ULTIMATES is enmeshed deeply in the thick of the story, NEW AVENGERS gets to lurk around behind the scenes. If you’ve ever seen the trio of plays “The Norman Conquests”—three plays set at the same time in different rooms—that’s the kind of thing. NEW AVENGERS is happening in the next room of the House of Ideas, and we get to see what happens behind the scenes of a major crossover while the rest of the Marvel Universe is busy. How come no villains ever time any crimes or schemes to occur during these big hero-on-hero battles, people ask? Well, they did. And here it is.

Marvel.com: The team just experienced a heck of a shakeup in issue #8. What can you tell us about the members who will still be around in issues #13 and #14?

Al Ewing: There are more shakeups to come! If you saw to the end of Standoff! and beyond, you’ll see that the book’s fractured into a number of different teams and individuals, vaguely related under the New Avengers banner but all moving parts of quite a large, intricate jigsaw. So by #12, things will have settled just enough to be shaken up all over again. Readers will have fun watching all the permutations until we finally settle on the team’s final form at the other end of this.

New Avengers (2015) #12 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

New Avengers (2015) #12 cover by Julian Totino Tedesco

Marvel.com: The new Revengers are also ready to attack A.I.M. and the New Avengers. How big of a threat to they pose to the group?

Al Ewing: They’ve been designed to take down the New Avengers—each one is a counterpart to a New Avenger—but that was before the New Avengers fell to pieces. So now maybe they’re more of a threat. They’re going after a team that’s missing the least beatable hero in the [Marvel Universe], a full-on reality warper, and the King of Space. They surely have the advantage. Right?

Marvel.com: At the same time, S.H.I.E.L.D.’s trying to track them down too. What do they want with A.I.M. and the New Avengers?

Al Ewing: At this point—after the events of Standoff!—Maria Hill is convinced A.I.M. is ready to break bad in a big way, if they haven’t already. Remember, Roberto Da Costa is a dangerous mutant, the son of a known baddie, who’s been tipped by Professor X himself to turn towards the dark side. He’s run with all kinds of shady characters in the past, from the Vanisher to Magneto to that guy with the green topknot. He was trained to be a member of a paramilitary youth movement, and then trained to be a member of an even more violent paramilitary youth movement by a man with a cyborg arm who is also Deadpool’s best chum. And he’s been hiding—well, you’ll see what he’s been hiding in NEW AVENGERS #10.

The point is that on paper, Roberto Da Costa is decidedly not one of the good guys, and as far as Hill’s concerned it’s just a matter of time before A.I.M. starts being A.I.M. again, with Roberto embracing his destiny as the world’s greatest and coolest super-villain. And who knows? Maybe she’s right…

For all the latest information on Civil War II, visit the official hub page!

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Stan Lee and Jack Kirby bring back one of the most dastardly villains in the Marvel Universe!

Every day Marvel.com celebrates Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives to showcase some of his most thrilling and important adventures.

Captain America burst back onto the Silver Age scene with AVENGERS #4 and continued to appear in that book, but he also took up residence in TALES OF SUSPENSE alongside Iron Man starting with issue #58. While those stories eventually found inspiration from the old days of World War II, the book originally took place in modern times, including the return of the Red Skull as seen in #79 through #81!

Written by Stan Lee with artwork by Jack Kirby, these three issues explain that the nefarious Nazi survived thanks to a gas that left him and two of his stooges in suspended animation until they were discovered by A.I.M., an evil organization of scientists first appearing in STRANGE TALES #146.

Before realizing the Red Skull still walks the earth, Captain America thinks he’s losing his mind because the Skull secretly utilized Hypno Helmets on his agents so only Steve Rogers can see his attackers while everyone else around them remains oblivious.

Tales of Suspense (1959) #80

Tales of Suspense (1959) #80

  • Published: August 10, 1966
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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Once he realizes who’s really behind the attacks, Captain America goes after the Skull, even though he has the reality-altering Cosmic Cube in his hands. Dedicated to stopping evil, Cap shows why he inspired thousands of soldiers during the war as he fights a battle no one’s sure he can win.

“It’s inconceivable! He’s become the ultimate enemy – the ultimate force of evil,” Rogers thinks while fighting the Skull, especially after the villain explains that he wants to take over the entire world and make all humans battle for his entertainment.

To show his power, the Red Skull dons golden armor to face Cap himself, but ultimately fails when the hero knocks the Cube into the water with a thrust of his mighty shield. The action seemingly kills the bad guy while leaving the powerful device at the bottom of the sea until another day.

Cap Declassified   

Not only does TALES OF SUSPENSE #79 explain how Red Skull survived to modern days, but also introduces the Marvel Universe to the Cosmic Cube, an all-powerful item that seems to follow Cap throughout the years. The Skull fashioned a number of these devices over time, most of which were destroyed by the star-spangled hero. However, one was cobbled together in the pages of Ed Brubaker’s “Winter Soldier” saga that eventually had incredible ramifications for the Star-Spangled Avenger.

Return next time to find out how Captain America reacted when his old pal Bucky Barnes returned as the Winter Soldier in Ed Brubaker’s first year of CAPTAIN AMERICA. 

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Team with Spider-Woman and more against Marvel's resident evil scientists!

Cocoons and bee keepers run rampant this week in “Marvel Mighty Heroes.” Don’t know what we’re talking about? DeNA Executive Producer Justin Lambros dropped by to clue us in on all of A.I.M.’s shenanigans in Inhumanity and what players can expect from the evil scientist collective.

Marvel.com: First we had Doc Ock trying to take the newly-cocooned Inhumans, now it’s Monica Rappicini and her A.I.M. soldiers attempting to steal them away. What is so important about these cocoons?

Justin Lambros: Inside these cocoons are Inhumans transforming into their evolved and more powerful forms. I think every scientist on the planet wants to get their hands on one and see how it works. It’s like the super soldier serum that transformed Captain America, everyone wants to figure out how to reproduce the process and apply it to their own evil schemes.

Marvel.com: In the comics heroes always look so satisfied whomping on A.I.M. scientists, the baddies in yellow beekeeper suits. Is it just as fun in “Marvel Mighty Heroes?”

Justin Lambros: A.I.M. scientists in those classic yellow outfits are one of the staples of Marvel gaming. Not only are they iconic, but they make for easily visible targets in our game as well. While being the world’s most famous evil scientist organization might make it hard to recruit, it seems like there’s a never ending amount of people willing to go toe-to-toe with super heroes all in the name of evil science. 

Marvel.com: And it looks like players will be fighting A.I.M.’s Scientist Supreme at the end of this mission. With all the technology at A.I.M.’s disposal, there’s no way that’ll be an easy fight for folks.

Justin Lambros: In addition to fighting your way through the mobs of A.I.M. scientists, you’ll have to deal with Scientist Supreme’s newly created toxic clouds, derived from her early work on the terrigen cocoons. You’ll have to avoid those noxious clouds while doing damage to her to bring her down. 

Marvel.com: Who would you want by your side in this week’s battles? Does any hero stand out as having a distinct advantage over the baddies here?

Justin Lambros: The event characters this week are derived from the AVENGERS ASSEMBLE Inhumanity tie-in comics that featured Spider-Girl working with a bunch of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. So, in addition to the awesome black and white Spider-Girl costume, we also have Black Widow in her classic gray costume. But the big new addition this week is Spider-Woman in her new Marvel NOW! costume. This is her most powerful version—5 stars!—and also just an amazing redesign of the classic 70’s Spider-Woman look.

Marvel.com: And players can win Medusa this week by climbing to the top of the leaderboards. What does the queen of the Inhumans bring to the table?

Justin Lambros: Medusa was a powerful boss to beat in week one, so she’ll be a powerful and important ally in week three’s confrontation. Her powerful hair attack and high damage dealing ability make her a sure fire front line hero moving forward in the Inhumanity event.

Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know before taking on A.I.M. this week?

Justin Lambros: This is the second to last week of our Inhumanity event, so be sure to stay at the top of the leaderboards, as you won’t want to miss our leaderboard reward for issue #4 of Inhumanity. It’s going to be a real awesome surprise. See you online!

Play “Ready, A.I.M., Fire” this week and get set for more events! Stay tuned for more “Marvel Mighty Heroes” new and interviews!

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Medusa and the Inhumans emerge to present a new and unorthodox challenge!

The Mad Titan has fallen and in his wake the Inhumans have taken up arms in “Marvel Mighty Heroes.” DeNA Executive Producer Justin Lambros stopped by to shed some light on Attilan and its most recent domestic crises.

Marvel.com: With Thanos vanquished, a new threat raises its crimson-locked head. Wait, I thought Medusa was one of the good guys?

Justin Lambros: The Inhumans are usually good guys indeed, but things are in chaos for them currently. The defeat of Thanos had a ripple effect that caused damage and destruction in Attilan, the home of the Inhumans, and that has opened a real can of worms. Black Bolt, the King of the Inhumans, is missing, and A.I.M. is raiding and someone inside the Inhuman family is sowing these seeds. That is the mystery that we’ll solve with this event.

Marvel.com: What has changed moving from Infinity to Inhumanity? What can players expect from this new event?

Justin Lambros: Tons of things have changed in this new event arc. This is the most dramatic addition to “Marvel Mighty Heroes” since launch. There are tons of new characters, both player characters and enemy bosses, as well as new locations and updates to places we’ve been before. In addition to that, there will be all new gameplay modes rolled out every week to keep the action of the events challenging and fresh from week to week. And there will be even more things rolled out during the entire four-week span of Inhumanity.

Marvel.com: And Medusa is our boss this week? 

Justin Lambros: Yes, she is. Medusa is in all out family protection mode. She’s lost her husband the king and suddenly her home is under invasion. Our heroes show up to figure out what’s going on and help, but she doesn’t trust anyone at this point. So, it’s up to the heroes to protect themselves from this powerful queen and hopefully fight her to a standstill so they can see what’s going on in Attilan.

Marvel.com: Can we expect more Inhuman royal family appearances?

Justin Lambros: Definitely. That’s one of the most fun parts of this event, really digging into the Inhuman lore and bringing those characters into our game. We’ve already had Black Bolt in the game—who will make a return at some point—but we will be adding several members of the Inhumans, including Gorgon this first week. And I don’t want to ruin the surprise, but the week four leaderboard is my favorite character in the game so far; can’t wait to see the reaction once that character is in the game.

Marvel.com: Who are players fighting this week? What devious new challenges lie ahead?

Justin Lambros: Like we often do, we have the players fighting on two fronts. First we have the A.I.M. soldiers who are raiding Attilan looking for Terrigen containers. The heroes need to stop them from getting away with this material, as they will only do horrible things with it. Secondarily, Medusa is trying to rid Attilan of all its visitors, A.I.M. and heroes alike. So, you’ll have to contend with her and the Alpha Primitives, tough customers as well.

Marvel.com: Anything else we should know about Inhumanity?

Justin Lambros: We’ve got tons of plans to really max out Inhumanity for the players. First off, we reset the leaderboards between each event arc, which means you’ve got to battle your way back to the top tiers. We’re also tuning the event to make it more competitive. Also, keep an eye out for new game modes each week, as we’ll be announcing new content for the game on a regular basis.

We’ve got a really fun line-up of characters as they appeared in the Inhumanity comic [event], the Mighty Avengers appear, some very cool Spider-themed characters. It’s overall a big departure from Infinity and a fresh shake up to the game. See you online in “Marvel Mighty Heroes”!

Play “The Search for Answers” this week and get set for more events! Stay tuned for more “Marvel Mighty Heroes” new and interviews!

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Our therapist tries to understand the recent attitude change of this extra-dimensional survivor.

Marcus Milton, who notably only refers to himself by and responds to the name “Hyperion,” his costumed identity, presents as a man in excellent physical shape. Despite being human in appearance, he is, in fact, actually a different species. This race, that the client calls the Eternals, sent him to Earth as a baby where he was raised to be an upstanding moral person who happened to possess abilities and powers far above those of a typical human.

Inspired by these teachings, as an adult, the client became a costumed hero and joined with other costumed heroes, calling themselves the Squadron Supreme. This, however, was not our Earth; in time, tragedy befell this world and Hyperion was the only survivor. He was eventually dragged to our Earth by A.I.M., the possible terrorist state/formerly scientific terrorist group, and imprisoned. Recently, he was freed by the Avengers and joined them shortly thereafter.

In session, Hyperion is quiet to nearly the point of unresponsiveness. When he speaks, he seems thoughtful but is loath to speak more than absolutely necessary. At times, he seems almost as though he is aiming to be cryptic although this writer believes this to be more accidental than an intentional calculated image presentation.

Avengers (2012) #4

Avengers (2012) #4

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What the client has been clear on is his fatalist attitude. He often cites his own experience, the death of his world, as inevitability. He asserts it is not a matter of if our world will be destroyed but when. What does change from session to session is the client’s attitude towards this unavoidable event. More and more, while his attitude has not changed, he seems to increasingly obsessed with the idea of not letting it happen. Essentially, a summary of his feelings appears to be: “The end of the world is going to happen, but I’m not simply going to sit and let it. Whatever destroys Earth will have to destroy me first.” This writer is having difficulty assessing if this is indicative of a more towards a more hopeful perspective or a manifestation of a death wish born of survivor’s guilt. For now, the staff is favoring the more hopeful interpretation while appropriately planning for the latter

Marcus Milton, better known as Hyperion, saw Doctors Nick Spencer and Marco Checchetto on May 21 and will see them again on June 18. Please see files AVENGERS WORLD #6 and #7 for their session notes.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens, MA is a Dialectical Behavior Therapy Consultant and Psychology intern at a small(ish) university in New York City. He’s kind of bummed about those alternate world versions of him that are currently quite dead.

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Prepare for the master martial artist's new Deadly Hands of Kung Fu series by checking out some of his greatest battles!

The Avengers’ resident martial arts master strikes out on his own this May in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1. The series marks Shang-Chi’s first extended solo adventure since joining up with Captain America and company full time in 2012’s AVENGERS #1. The tale comes courtesy of writer of Mike Benson and artist Tan Eng Huat, who promise that this action-packed ride will be one of the most personal Shang-Chi has ever faced. We’ve compiled a list of five of Shang Chi’s best brawls to serve as a reminder of just how tough the Master of Kung Fu can be.

Captain America (1968) #412

Captain America (1968) #412

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With chaos reigning over A.I.M. island, Captain America teams up with Shang-Chi and Falcon to restore order by taking on pretty much every costumed criminal in the Marvel Universe. Everyone from Crossbones to Batroc the Leaper get brought to justice in this three-part epic, and Shang-Chi leaves no A.I.M. agent unpunched. Thanks to a classic super hero misunderstanding, he even ruffles a few of Falcon’s feathers.

Marvel Knights (2000) #6

Marvel Knights (2000) #6

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Shang-Chi’s dad has never been the kind of parent that deserves a sentimental Father’s Day card. Zheng Zu’s less of a backyard barbecue kinda guy, and more of a criminal mastermind, send assassins to murder his son kinda guy. The martial artist known as Zaran usually got stuck with assassin duties, and he came foot-to-face with Shang-Chi on a number of occasions. Despite his menacing ponytail and wide array of weapons, Zaran has never been a match for Shang-Chi.

Secret Avengers (2010) #18

Secret Avengers (2010) #18

  • Published: October 26, 2011
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 31, 2012
  • Rating: T+
  • Writer: Warren Ellis
  • Cover Artist: John Cassaday
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Alongside Captain America and S.H.I.E.L.D. agent Sharon Carter, Shang-Chi broke into a Shadow Council facility mining gravity-defying transmatter for nefarious purposes. With the laws of gravity thrown into chaos, Shang-Chi proved himself to be the master of a new M.C. Escher style of kung fu. 

Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (2011) #1

Spider-Island: Deadly Hands of Kung Fu (2011) #1

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When all of Manhattan’s inhabitants received spider powers, Shang-Chi found himself gifted with the ability to crawl up walls and haunted by spiderific dreams. He used these new gifts to go after wall-crawling bad guys, but he didn’t count on going up against the appropriately named Bride of Nine Spiders – a member of the Immortal Weapons, erstwhile ally of Iron Fist, and martial arts master in her own right.  

Avengers (2012) #11

Avengers (2012) #11

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When some Avengers go to a swanky Hong Kong casino, they dress to impress and start placing bets. When Shang-Chi goes to a swanky Hong Kong casino, he single-handedly destroys about a dozen highly trained ninjas – while still dressed to impress. Sure, the guy’s fine with being part of a team, he just knows that some disputes are easier settled when they’re done one-on-twelve.

Check out this martial arts master’s all-new adventures in DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG-FU #1, on sale this May!

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Captain America leads Deadpool, Black Widow and the Winter Soldier on a secret mission against A.I.M., but they're not alone!

Captain America already has his hands free trying to keep Black Widow, Deadpool and Winter Soldier from using lethal measures during a covert mission against A.I.M., so how will he react to unexpected guest after unexpected guest?

And what happened to Falcon?

All this and more in the newest Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!

Enjoy the latest episode of Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!

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