Scott Koblish on the Merc with a Mouth offing his pseudo-buddy.

On December 13, Deadpool kills Cable. Seriously, we’re talking end of the road, kick the bucket, lights out kind of dead. Sure, Stryfe made him do it, but can you really make Deadpool do something he doesn’t want to? Tune in to find out as writer Gerry Duggan, alongside artist Scott Koblish, reveal all in DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290.

But wait, this tale packs more than just bestie drama, “I loved when the Dinosaurs poured out and attacked.  I love Dinosaurs,” teases Koblish.

Marvel.com: First off, can you give us the run down on what’s going on in #290?

Scott Koblish: Man, I don’t know if I CAN say what happens in this issue! Gerry, Nick, Joe, Jordan, Annalise, Heather and I worked really hard on this book, and while there are some really intense scenes in this arc, this issue is a particular peak.  It’s not called the DESPICABLE DEADPOOL for nothin’.

Marvel.com: Deadpool seems to jump back and forth across the line separating the morally good and bad. Murdering his buddy is safe to say a bad side move, so how is he dealing with this? Any justification for his actions?

Scott Koblish: You’ll have to make up your own mind if he’s justified in his actions. Wade has to make some really difficult decisions to be made over the next few issues, and even just as reader I am pretty shocked at where Gerry is going with this.

Marvel.com: How would you describe Deadpool and Cable’s relationship?

Scott Koblish: Homicidal.

Marvel.com: What are your 2 or 3 all-time favorite Deadpool and Cable moments, the highest points in their relationship?

Scott Koblish: Each interaction is severely complicated – if I had to pick favorites, I’d say their initial meeting in NEW MUTANTS and killing Hitler.

Marvel.com: What 2 or 3 moments across their relationship stick out to you as particularly gut wrenching, their lowest friendship moments?

Scott Koblish: I kinda feel like it’s NEVER been a good relationship.

Marvel.com: How is the tone of the book translated in the art? 

Scott Koblish: I’ve been working really hard at trying to make the book look as gritty and disturbing – this particular story demanded a rough touch in the art.

DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290

Marvel.com: Any twists or surprises heading our way that you want to tease?

Scott Koblish: No, too much relies on surprise right now.  Mum’s the word.

Marvel.com: What can we expect for Deadpool moving forward?

Scott Koblish: Awful, awful things.

Catch the final downfall of Deadpool and Cable in DESPICABLE DEADPOOL #290 by writer Gerry Duggan and artist Scott Koblish when it hits shelves on December 13.

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The time-traveling hero decides it’s time once again for a team!

Nathan Summers’ no dummy, and CABLE #152, out December 13, will prove it.

When Cable’s back’s against the wall and there’s a murder mystery to solve, he’ll forego his usual loner act and admits it’s time for a team. And what a team! Pulled from a point in Marvel mutant history around 2004, these characters represent everything your favorite cyborg warrior needs to get the job done—or so he hopes.

We asked CABLE writer Ed Brisson to comment on each timeless titan our hero pulls in:

Marvel.com: Ed, what about Longshot? How do you see his connection to Cable?

Ed Brisson: In terms of relationship, I see Longshot as being Cable’s second in command here. He’s been on this case since day one, primarily brought in for his—little used—ability to communicate with the recently dead. And, hey, dude has luck ability. Every team needs a good luck charm.

Marvel.com: Surely Shatterstar’s providing some “good ol’days” feels for Cable, right?

Ed Brisson: He and Cable are X-Force alum and so have a long history. Shatterstar is brought in for muscle. [Cable] needs a heavy-hitter who has no compunction about running headlong into battle. And, because I’ve been asked [elsewhere], it’s worth noting that at this point in time—circa 2004—Shatterstar and Longshot are unaware that they’re related.

Marvel.com: Laura Kinney’s here, but as X-23, not Wolverine…

Ed Brisson: At this point in time, X-23 is new to the scene so [she] doesn’t have much of a relationship with Cable or the rest of the crew. But, as mentioned above, they need muscle and X-23 gives them that, too.

Marvel.com: And Armor?

Ed Brisson: Similar to X-23, in 2004 Armor is relatively new to the X-Men. In fact, she’s not a member of X-Men yet; she’s a new student at Xavier Institute. Cable’s brought her aboard for abilities that he knows she has that she’s still unaware of.  There’s a bit of a mentorship happening—Cable knows Armor’s headed for great things and is giving her a bit of a push here.

Cable (2017) #150

Cable (2017) #150

Marvel.com: Then there’s Blink!

Ed Brisson: Top secret! We’re in a time where Blink isn’t supposed to be around. So, how she’s here and what she’s doing is something that people are going to have to read and discover for themselves.

Marvel.com: Okay, but how the heck will Doop be useful?

Ed Brisson: Doop is there because he’s Doop! Doop is awesome! But, also, Cable knows they’re going up against Selene, who’s a powerful telepath. They need Doop in order to shield them from her…’cause, did you know that Doop can throw up psionic shields? He can!

Marvel.com: Now, to wrap this up, we have to ask: how does big baddie Gideon figure into this?

Ed Brisson: This is another one I’m going to plead the fifth on. How Gideon comes into it and what his play is, that’s something that readers will have to discover over the next few issues.

Marvel.com: Wait! You gotta say more than that!

Ed Brisson: For me, personally, that early 90s era of New Mutants/X-Force was seminal. It was an exciting time and Gideon was a large part of that. Dude’s been off the playing board for more than two decades and I’m pretty excited to be bringing him back.

Find out what Nate and his crew get up to next in CABLE #152 by Ed Brisson and artist Jon Malin on December 13!

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Artist Jon Malin dives into Marvel Legacy with the time-traveler!

Some people think learning history can be boring…but maybe they just haven’t done it the right way. Like when writer Ed Brisson and artist Jon Malin take an exciting look at the past with CABLE #150!

On October 18, the future-born soldier travels back in time alongside a couple of New Mutants—including X-23, Doop, Shatterstar, Blink, Longshot, and Armor—to try to handle a killer that can’t be taken care of easily.

We caught up with Malin to chat about studying up on various X-Men time periods, working with Brisson, and bringing Cable to Marvel Legacy.

Marvel.com: How fun has it been sending these characters to various points in X-history?

Jon Malin: Very exciting! I absolutely lucked into a chance to draw all my old school favorites in their best looks!

Marvel.com: When you’re sending Cable and the New Mutants to those different time periods, do you look back at the original stories for reference?

Jon Malin: Ed and Editor Chris Robinson are kind enough to send me details for what I need, so thankfully I don’t have to dig out the references too much. For me, it’s more about going back to the well for the dynamic inspiration you get from artists like Rob Liefeld—he, like Jack Kirby and other greats, including Stan Lee, Todd McFarlane, Marc Silvestri, Larry Stroman, Whilce Portacio—set a kinetic pace with their work and I’m always looking for an opportunity to push that. Be sure to check out the early Marvel work of all mentioned above, it’s a lesson in awesome!

Marvel.com: When designing Cable and his New Mutants for this Legacy story, were you aiming for classic looks or were you going for your own spin?

Jon Malin: The story calls for these specific looks, so I’m certainly staying close to them. Anything that might be considered “my own spin” here will be very subtle. In the past, I always loved how Rob Liefeld changed up the costumes, especially Cable’s—it always kept the vibe feeling fresh to me.

We haven’t had any costume changes as the tone of this tale feels closely tied to these costumes and who they were. Looking down the road and keeping true to what Rob established, I have plenty of cool spins for all of these guys if given the opportunity.

Marvel.com: As this story has developed, have any of the character interactions surprised you so far?

Jon Malin: I think our character bag of mixed nuts works very well here for this exact reason. Ed plays these guys off each other in fun and interesting ways. Doop has been so fun for me and I think the readers will enjoy him because he can be anything we need him to be—comic relief, right hand man, butt kicker, Don Juan. Whatever! Then we have Shatterstar and X-23…we could do a standalone with them simply titled “Bodycount.”

Marvel.com: How has it been working with Ed on the series?

Jon Malin: Ed has such great storytelling skills—and understands the time for nuance and the time for action. We message maybe once a month if I have questions or want to express a scene I loved. He’s fantastic! Love that guy.

And shout outs to [colorists] Federico Blee and Jesus Aburtov! Both are so kind and generous with their time. Federico has colored all our covers and they’re amazing! And Jesus on interior colors has just been knocking it out of the park! I love passionate color that amplifies the intensity of a story—and both of these guys dig right in. Just glance at the covers and interiors and the feelings are immediate.

Editors can be overlooked, so let me add Chris Robinson and Mark Paniccia! Chris has a great eye for paneling; I have found him to be so thorough on the work and always there if I need him. I see him going very far in this industry if he so chooses. And Mark always lets it be known when he really digs something or if something has to go. Marvel is in great hands with these two. And big thanks to [Editor-in-Chief] Axel Alonso—he’s been very supportive of me with this title.

CABLE #150, written by Ed Brisson with art by Jon Malin, hits on October 18!

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Our therapist attempts to pin down the mutant time traveler!

Nathan Summers is an adult male of above average physical fitness. Although he suffers from a techno organic virus, it appears to be in remission and his physical state is currently stable. He is a self-identified mutant known as Cable who claims he is from the future. A cursory analysis of Summers’ background would seem to reinforce this statements as respected individuals like Professor Charles Xavier have made similar statements.

The client’s life has consistently been one of strife and chaos. It has been marked by acts of violence—perpetrated by and against him—and multiple jumps between alternate timelines moving from the present to the future and back and forth multiple times. He has even had to endure the death of his wife and the need to slay his own son.

At first, this writer hypothesized that the client lacked a “true” personality and was only defined by what had been done to him in struggles. After working with the client for some time, the writer has revised this belief. The client has a set of values that he organizes his life around and does present with a personality. However, he is often so defended that it may be difficult to discern it without extensive time with him. Summers, ultimately, seems to present as a sort of walking tactical machine as a defense mechanism, not as a true reflection of his inner life.

In this way, my expectation that he, in fact, did not qualify for a PTSD diagnosis has been called into question. In fact, I now hypothesize, the client’s entire demeanor is a PTSD reaction, a way to wall it off but not a way to address all the pain—physical and psychological—he has been subjected to since his childhood. He has, in essence, sacrificed his sense of self on the altar of achieving “good” ends. To that end, he projects this image of himself as nothing but a grizzled soldier that, when the surface is scratched is simply incorrect. Summers boasts a law degree—although he is not licensed to practice law at this time—and has proven himself a remarkable surrogate father.

Currently, the client finds himself at the mercy of the timeline once more. While he seems unsure of exactly what is happening or why, he has been clear that he knows something is deeply wrong with the past and he is being propelled from location to location to fix it.

Cable #3 cover by Dale Keown

This writer explored this notion of the client having to be the one to solve it; not someone else, not him with the aid of others. We explored the notion that he may take on more than he needs to in the name of “responsibility” where the healthier—and in fact, possibly more effective choice—would be to ask for help from others or even, in some case, simply pass the “mission” on to someone else.

As expected, the client is highly suspicious of this perspective. That said he remains committed to therapy and glad to be seeing this writer.

Nathan Summers’s next session is set for July 26. This writer is consulting with Doctors James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco and their report will be available on that day in the file labeled CABLE #3.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is a Staff Therapist with a metal arm and a cybernetic eye. He mostly uses both to play roundball with maximum effectiveness.

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Take a trip back to the time-traveling mutant’s first appearance!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place or object that made waves this week.

Nathaniel Summers never stops fighting for the future, even if that means traveling to the past. Readers got a new look at that unconquerable spirit as his new series CABLE launched this week from James Robinson and Carlos Pacheco, but it’s been there since the beginning. And, of course, that start came back in 1990’s NEW MUTANTS #87 when the gun-toting soldier fully debuted in the issue created by Louise Simonson and Rob Liefeld. He literally burst onto the scene to stop the Mutant Liberation Front’s attack on a top-secret energy research station.

Readers also got to know another new character a bit better in this issue, Stryfe! He debuted in issue #86 as the leader of the MLF and sent the group to another locale, but this time Cable lied in wait! Unfortunately, the bad guys got the drop on him and left him unconscious so they could achieve their true goal of grabbing Rusty and Skids from a government facility. At the end of the installment—which also featured the title team making the long trek back from Asgard—Cable realized that he’d need a team of his own to go up against Stryfe’s. In the next issue, he escaped Freedom Force’s clutches and finally met up with the New Mutants in #89.

Cable eventually took over the team and the book morphed into X-FORCE. The militant mutant helped turn the kids into a well-oiled tactical squad that continues to influence the X-books in various ways to this day. In 1993, Cable scored his first solo series which ran until 2002. Creators like Fabian Nicieza, Art Thibert, Steve Skroce, Jeph Loeb, Ian Churchill, Joe Casey, Jose Ladronn, David Tischman and, of course, Liefeld, all lent their talents to the book in that time.

New Mutants (1983) #87

New Mutants (1983) #87

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The longer Cable stuck around, the more readers learned about him. For instance, he technically first appeared back in UNCANNY X-MEN #201 as Scott Summers and Madelyne Pryor’s son Nathan. In X-FACTOR #68, they sent the child to the future for protection. There, Mother Askani helped raise him and he also ran into his lifetimes-long enemy Apocalypse for the first time. For more even more on Cable’s youth, check out ADVENTURES OF CYCLOPS AND PHOENIX!

Flash Forward

Though he’s carried out many important missions over the years, Cable’s most important assignment came during the Messiah CompleX crossover. That story took place after Scarlet Witch decimated the homo superior population, but found one single mutant birth popping up on everyone’s radar at the same time. As the various factions fought over the baby girl, Cable swooped in, grabbed her and made off through the time stream with the savior named Hope. After the crossover ended, they moved on to a new volume of CABLE wherein he trained her as they traveled through time, avoiding enemies like fellow future mutant, Bishop! They succeeded and eventually returned to the present where they went their separate ways, but still share a strong bond.

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The time-traveling mutant warrior makes his way to Battlerealm!

The son of Scott Summers and Jean Grey, Nathan Summers, better known as the time-hopping mutant Cable, was predestined for genetic greatness, making him a perfect combatant for “Marvel Contest of Champions.”

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Champion Designer Simon Cameron about Nathan’s powers and his and Gwenpool’s Event Quest.

Marvel.com: Cable’s brought his gun to a…well you know what he’ll probably fit right in on Battlerealm. What’s Nathan doing fighting with The Collector?

Gabriel Frizzera: Nathan Summers is a premium collectable item for Taneleer Tivan. He has the gun, the Techno-Virus metal arm, the oversized shoulder pads, the pouches… ah, and the time travelling. There are mysteries in the past and future Battlerealm that The Collector doesn’t want to be revealed, so he better keep time-travelers like Cable under check.

Marvel.com: I have to admit, I’m a little underwhelmed by Cable’s pouch game. Was the team worried about heavy load times? Heh.

Gabriel Frizzera: You have no idea…we put hidden pouches all over his costume! Under his shoulder pads, inside his boots—even his gun has some metal pouches. And there are pouches inside his pouches. Some of the pouches are made to store pouches is what I’m saying. Just in case he runs out of pouches in a pouch fight.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about his kit? Does he have any similarities to either of his parents, or is he his own mutant?

Simon Cameron: He’s definitely his own mutant! Cable is an excellent all-rounded fighter. His Regeneration will help keep him in the fight through a full quest, he can Power Gain once his Signature Ability has been unlocked, allowing for more Special Attacks, as well as more chances to trigger his Regeneration.

He also has good utility on his second Special Attack with both Concussion and Incinerate, and acts as an excellent counter to Bleed-centric heroes, as they’ll keep his Degeneration active on themselves for him.

Marvel.com: Getting into his kit, what the heck is Techno Organic Virus Suppression?

Simon Cameron: When Cable was infected with the Techno Organic Virus it nearly killed him, until he learned to use his powers to keep it in check. So to keep himself alive he is forced to continuously exert a portion of his powers against it. As he begins to successfully suppress the virus it takes less effort to hold it at bay. In game terms this means each time he gains a bar of Power, he has a chance to immediately trigger a Power Gain Buff on himself.

Marvel.com: It seems like a lot of his abilities work to offset the hindrance of the Techno Organic Virus. And what exactly is True Strike?

Simon Cameron: The Techno Organic Virus is a big part of who Cable is—pun intended—so we definitely wanted to make sure it featured in his ability set too. True Strike is a powerful Buff. While under its effect, a Champion ignores their Opponent’s Armor, Resistances—both Physical and Energy—and Evade chance.

Marvel.com: Ok so real quick, let’s talk about the Cable/Gwenpool Event Quest? What’s going on there?

Gabriel Frizzera: Gwenpool is sent by Cable—or so she believes—back in time to warn Captain America and his Avengers Unity Team of a looming threat. Obviously she makes a mess of the timelines, causing more trouble than helping…but in the process they stumble into a secret about The Contest; another piece of the puzzle to maybe help the Champions find a way home. It’s a bit of an homage to classic time travel movies, and a good fit to both Gwen and Nathan’s characters.

Marvel.com: When can we pick up Cable for ourselves?

Simon Cameron: Cable is chrono-skimming into the contest on January 19!

Check out the Gwenpool: Agent of C.A.B.L.E. Motion Comic here!

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

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Searching for a friend, Cap gets tangled up with a town of werewolves that wants to make him leader of the pack!

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.

Mark Gruenwald chronicled Captain America’s adventures for a decade between 1985 and 1995. Many of his tales will find their way into this celebration of Steve Rogers, but the first will be a horror-tinged seven issue story called “Man and Wolf” that kicked off with CAPTAIN AMERICA #402 and wrapped with #408, all drawn by Rik Levins.

Cap feels compelled to investigate a reported werewolf attack in a small Massachusetts town called Starkesboro that may or may not be related to his missing friend and personal pilot John Jameson who’d been known to go by the lycanthropic identities Man-Wolf and Stargod.

Assuming that mystic elements will come into play, Cap attempts to recruit Doctor Strange for the mission, but winds up palling around with Doctor Druid as they head north from New York City. Unfortunately for the heroes, they soon discover that Starkesboro seems to be completely overrun by wolf-people.

Our heroes soon learn that another druid going by the name of Dredmund compels his assistant Nightshade to use chemicals to convert the townspeople into werewolves thanks in part to his possession of the Moonstone which turned Jameson into his hairy alter ego. In the process, Nightshade also lures X-folks like Wolfsbane and Feral there which brings along the attention of Wolverine and Cable to help save the day in the end.

Captain America (1968) #402

Captain America (1968) #402

  • Published: July 10, 1992
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: June 10, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Rik Levins
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However, all of that comes well after Nightshade manages to inject Cap with the serum which turns him into “Capwolf,” a name coined by Wolverine in the story. Still a pillar of whatever community he finds himself in, Cap compels his fellow lycanthropes to rise up against Dredmund, Nightshade, and the wolf-catching Moonhunter.

Aided by Wolfsbane, Jameson, Wolverine, Cable, and even Jack Russell—better known as Werewolf by Night—Capwolf defeats the near godlike power of Dredmund-turned-Starwolf before Nightshade cures him of his furry condition.

Not only is this tale a fun look at the Marvel Universe from a specific moment in time, but it also proves that Captain America’s perseverance and fair-mindedness transcend even his physical state.

Cap Declassified

No stranger to supernatural elements, Captain America’s original title changed names to CAPTAIN AMERICA’S WEIRD TALES for a few issues before winding down in 1950. In #74, Cap fights the then-dead Red Skull in the pits of hell while #75 doesn’t even feature the Star Spangled Avenger on the cover in favor of a hairy green monster popping out of a chest to scare a woman.

In the midst of a nefarious body-switch perpetrated by a Cosmic Cube-wielding Red Skull, Captain America meets one of his all-time best supporters: The Falcon. Come back next time for a look at CAPTAIN AMERICA #115-119 by Stan Lee, John Buscema and Gene Colan.

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Marvel's oddest couple are together again with art by Reilly Brown!

They’re back, baby! Reunited and it feels so good! Cable and Deadpool, together again. Shooting and stabbing their way into your hearts and comic shops this December in DEADPOOL AND CABLE: SPLIT SECOND, the print adaptation of the smash hit Marvel Infinite Comic series.

Fan-favorite CABLE AND DEADPOOL creative team of Fabian Nicieza and Reilly Brown bring you a brand new adventure of the Merc With a Mouth and the Soldier With a Scowl. Cable has received a terrifying vision of the future brought on by the assassination of one man. Now he’ll do anything to prevent that horrible timeline from becoming a reality. Too bad Deadpool has been hired to kill that guy. This is going to get messy. And, causing all sorts of trouble for this titanic twosome, just who is the mysterious Split Second? Find out when DEADPOOL AND CABLE: SPLIT SECOND #1 comes to comic shops this December!

DEADPOOL AND CABLE: SPLIT SECOND #1 (of 3) (OCT150825)

Written by FABIAN NICIEZA & REILLY BROWN
Art & Cover by REILLY BROWN
Variant Covers by KRIS ANKA (OCT150826) and ROB LIEFELD (OCT150827)
On-Sale – 12/30/15

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Gerry Duggan adds a time-traveling mutant warrior to the Unity Squad!

You had to know when Deadpool joined the Avengers his best buddy wouldn’t be far behind.

As seen in the final pages of this week’s UNCANNY AVENGERS #2, even while the Unity Squad attempts to liberate Boston from a mysterious new foe, Cable has already seen the results of their efforts in the future—and they’re not good. Will the time-lost warrior join the Avengers in an effort to save tomorrow? We spoke to writer Gerry Duggan about this possibility and more…

Marvel.com: What does the arrival of Cable mean for Uncanny Avengers?

Gerry Duggan: Well, first and foremost Cable’s arrival means that this squad failed in the Boston mission, and needed to be bailed out. That could be a morale hit for this squad of Avengers, but it also leads Cable to the team—and that’s a big win for this group. Cable is bringing a surprise with him: a futuristic artificial intelligence that we don’t know much about. Now the team has some extra science muscles, and some extra big metal muscles. Now readers are up to speed on the team that we’ve been writing and drawing for months. I can’t wait for everyone to get caught up to what we’re planning now. 

Marvel.com: What are your favorite aspects of Cable and what does he bring to the book and team?

Gerry Duggan: He’s such a fun character, and I love his powers. This is metal-arm swinging, pre-cog flashing, TK-slinging, twinkling eye Cable. He’s used to being the Captain of the ship, and this situation is different for him. Steve Rogers has put Rogue in charge in the field, and that could be an interesting situation that Cable finds himself in. Taking orders instead of giving them. 

Marvel.com: What relationships with other cast members and Cable are you most looking forward to exploring?

Gerry Duggan: Cable’s long term plans with the team are complicated. He’s got an agenda that he was pursuing in the future, but that’s on hold. Cable will be seduced by the secret mission of the Uncanny Avengers; for Cable, it’s a mission that’s worth sticking around for. Hmm. Cable also comes with his own built-in nemesis, doesn’t he?

Uncanny Avengers (2015) #3 cover by Ryan Stegman

Uncanny Avengers (2015) #3 cover by Ryan Stegman

Marvel.com: Will any of Cable’s extended supporting cast, adversaries, or mythology be coming with him?

Gerry Duggan: Well, he’s got Deadpool on the team, but I think Wade may not love his being there at first. We’ll see. Nate and Synapse end up in a fun exchange in the early going. Cable’s arrival signals a shift. Some readers remarked that the team skewed a bit heavier to the “A” side of the equation. We always knew that there was a late “star entrance” for this mutant. 

Marvel.com: What can you tease for next issue?

Gerry Duggan: My job as a writer is to surprise you. I’m very happy with the surprises in the first arc, and the surprises are going to keep coming. I think this first arc wraps in a pleasantly surprising manner. Then you’re going to begin to see some familiar faces arrive, perhaps in surprising ways. Thanks so much for reading UNCANNY AVENGERS. The next year of UNCANNY AVENGERS will be difficult for readers to predict, but I promise it will be big and fun. 

For more on Cable’s next move, pick up UNCANNY AVENGERS #2 by Gerry Duggan and Ryan Stegman, on sale now!

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James Rhodes invades Limbo, plus new looks for Cable and Loki, as well as much more!

Have you been craving some new “Marvel Heroes 2015” content? As always, Gazillion happily oblige!

Creative Designer and Community Manager Ryan Collins gives us the skinny on Limbo, War Machine, new costumes, and more!

Marvel.com: Gazillion has a ton of cool stuff coming out in the next week or two. Right now players can play in an updated Limbo zone. I’m really liking the way Limbo looks!

Ryan Collins: Limbo is pretty awesome! Players could actually travel there during launch, but the gameplay was completely different. It had since been removed and has now returned with a bad new baddie, N’astirh!

Marvel.com: War Machine is coming down the pipeline too right? Can you tell us a little about James Rhodes and what his armor has in store for the bad guys?

Ryan Collins: As you might expect, Rhodey really brings the firepower! With chainsaws, energy blades, missiles, repulsors, wrist-mounted machine guns, auto-cannon, and a pretty impressive warhead or two, you can be sure there won’t be anything left standing when War Machine’s all done. All of that firepower comes with a cost though, as War Machine has both Suit Power—his primary resource—and Heat. Heat builds up as you might expect, when you fire his various weapons, and when full, the suit is actually Over Heated!

Once Over Heated, you can move in close and get a bonus to your melee powers while your weapons cool down. It’s a very fun play pattern and really makes you feel like an avatar of death.

Marvel.com: Can we dig into his skill trees for a second?

Ryan Collins: Rhodey’s three skill trees are pretty appropriately named: Shock, Awe & War Gear.

Shock is where War Machine gets up in your face: chainsaws, energy blades, and even a flamethrower—which really builds up Heat!

Awe is the flashy stuff: his auto-gun—an AI controlled shoulder-mounted weapon that picks targets all by itself—plasma cannon, thermite launcher—with the awesome name “Spit Fire”—and a few ways to clear the room with wrist-mounted machine guns.

War Gear is the kitchen sink of skill trees, where it represents all of the other ways the suit is used; or maybe a little bit of everything… Here you can find War Machine’s flight power, a thermobarric warhead, upgrades to your suit’s power systems, [and] my personal favorite, Army of One.

Army of One is his Signature Power and it’s literally every weapon available to Rhodey firing at once. It’s very over the top and a ton of fun to mow down absolutely everything in the room.

Marvel.com: And you guys have a new team-up ready to hit live? Somebody who’s red, black, and red all over?

Ryan Collins: Aw heck yeah. Carnage [will] be tearing up the battlefield quite soon, with some amazing voice work by Dee Bradley Baker. Carnage has everything you might expect: insane dialogue, big claws and a battle axe for a hand! Worth mentioning that the version we have in-game is actually the Axis version of the character, so he’s acting heroically, though his actions are horribly misguided.

Marvel.com: As if a new map, character, and team-up weren’t enough, you have a couple costumes that just came out? None other than Loki and Cable!

Ryan Collins: Of course! We have the fantastic Agent of Asgard Loki based on the recent Al Ewing and Lee Garbett series, with the design itself based on Jamie McKelvie’s work. That’s actually already available now! And coming with Cable’s awesome 52 review is the Marvel NOW! costume from CABLE & X-FORCE, featuring his giant freaking robot arm!

Marvel.com: Are you guys attending any conventions in the near future?

Ryan Collins: We’ve got a great panel planned for this Sunday, August 30, when we’ll be spilling the beans on “Marvel Heroes 2016”—yes, Twenty Sixteen—for the first time in public. It’s at 3:00 PDT in the—and this is pretty awesome—Hydra Theatre. Kill our panel, two will take its place! Not really. Please don’t kill our panel. 

You can read more about the panel at PAX’s website.

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

Ryan Collins: You’re definitely going to want to check out the upcoming Danger Room and Secret Invasion content…we’ll have more on that later.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Heroes 2015” news and interviews!

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