The artist gives us a preview of CAPTAIN AMERICA #698 before its release on February 14.

Sit back, relax, and gaze in wonder at an exclusive look at Chris Samnee’s art for CAPTAIN AMERICA #698, out February 14 in the gallery below! The issue marks the kickoff of Samnee and writer Mark Waid’s big “Out of Time” storyline and the lead-up to the blockbuster CAPTAIN AMERICA #700!

Cap’s in a strange new future, and Samnee’s having a ball imagining it! Here’s what the artist told us about his work in the upcoming issue.

Marvel.com: Chris, we’ve procured three pages from CAPTAIN AMERICA #698, so let’s jump around for a look-see at them. Seems like Cap’s pretty mad on page 7; what are your thoughts about drawing Steve when he’s this angry?

Chris Samnee: I think Steve is a ball of emotions just like the rest of us, but outwardly he looks calm, cool and collected. He has a resting chill face. But, as in any scene, I try to put myself in each character’s respective shoes and do my best to make these lines on paper appear to emote.

Marvel.com: Hey, we’d never want to get him mad at us. What were your inspirations for designs of the tank and the soldiers on page 6?

Chris Samnee: I wish I had a better answer for this but honestly, for both the ground troops and tanks, I was just winging it. Everything was designed on the page as I went. Spangly plus “Escape from New York” and go…

Marvel.com: Okay, okay, but listen; you’ve got to tell us something about the little dog guy on page 3!

Chris Samnee: Mark said to fill in the group with whatever I felt like drawing, but none of the characters—with the exception of Liang—actually had names in the script. In the first draft of page 2 Mark named three of the crew that didn’t make it: Dog, Amber and Tyrus. So I used those three names as my jump off point characters and asked Mark if he wouldn’t mind coming up with different names for the casualties.

Amber has near bulletproof translucent amber colored skin, Tyrus is the blue/purple older fella with the white hair and Dog is well, a dog. Everyone is affected by the radiation in their own way and this random stray dog mutated into a walking, talking anthropomorphized Good Boy. I just thought it would be something fun to keep me entertained in the middle of drawing all of this post-apocalyptic looking stuff.

Captain America (2017) #698

Captain America (2017) #698

Marvel.com: We see a lot of different, well, mutations in figures on page 3. What went into their designs? Did you have a free hand in coming up with those, too? 

Chris Samnee: Same as above. Random radiation disfigurements and mutations. Nothing specific spelled out by Mark in the script. I just let my mind wander and came up with this motley crew as I was inking.

Marvel.com: And lastly, the sound effect at the bottom of page 7—what’s your philosophy on their use? Does Mark always dictate those, or is that within your artistic purview? When to use them and when not?

Chris Samnee: Oh, I’m a big proponent of artists drawing sound effects into their pages. It just makes the art work better as a whole. I’ll sometimes add little ones here and there if I think the page needs it but for the most part, as is the case here, Mark wrote out the onomatopoeia in the script.

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The two old enemies face off once more, with a Funko twist!

Captain America and the Red Skull have been battling for decades, but you’ve never seen their epic showdowns depicted in quite the same way as it is in the new Marvel Funko Short, “Submarine Showdown!”

In the short, which you can check out at the top of the page, Red Skull launches an attack on the island of Manhattan using a Hydra submarine, and it’s up to Cap to defend New York City!

The Marvel Funko shorts include story and animation by A Large Evil Corporation and were executive produced by Brian Mariotti, Dan Buckley, Cort Lane, Joe Quesada, and Alan Fine.

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Two episodes air Sunday, January 7 from 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. EST on Disney XD.

“Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” is back on Disney XD this weekend with two new episodes, airing back-to-back!

In “The Eye of Agamotto – Parts 1&2”, Captain America and Black Panther track a Hydra threat to the mysterious island of Baron Mordo and are soon attacked by the vengeful Agamotto as he attempts to take back the Eye of Agamotto!

Check out a clip from the two-parter at the top of the page, as Captain America, Black Panther and Shuri find out just how dangerous their situation is.

“Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” – “The Eye of Agamotto – Parts 1&2” airs Sunday, January 7 from 8:00 – 9:00 A.M. EST on Disney XD.

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As Kraven the Hunter sets his sites on Captain America, we paint a target on his 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.

Mark Waid and Chris Samnee are not taking it easy on Steve Rogers. As the Home of the Brave story launched its third part in CAPTAIN AMERICA #697, the shield-slinger found himself in the crosshairs of the most dangerous hunter in the Marvel Universe, Sergei Kravinoff.

He debuted way back in 1964’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #15 simply as Kraven, the Hunter on that issue’s cover. The story itself, by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, began with Spider-Man rousting a bunch of mobsters. One of them escaped his flytrap and turned out to be none other than the Chameleon! 

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #15

The Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #15

  • Published: August 10, 1964
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
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To keep Spidey out of his business, Chameleon contacted his old friend — and eventually revealed as his second cousin — Kraven the Hunter! A known celebrity, his presence in New York City caused enough of a stir that J. Jonah Jameson covered the story himself and asked for Peter Parker to shoot the event.

After showing his prowess with animals by subduing escaped snakes and gorillas, Kraven flat-out told JJJ that he arrived in the Big Apple for one purpose: to hunt Spider-Man.

From there, the Hunter secretly met up with the Chameleon. While there, he explained how he’d gotten his advanced powers: “I possess undreamed-of strength and speed, which I obtained by drinking a secret potion, stolen from the witch-doctor of a hidden African tribe!”

Kraven shifted from reading about Spider-Man to watching him in the act as he took on a group of thugs hired for this exact purpose by Chameleon. Immediately after, the two came to their first round of blows with the Hunter displaying a far superior fighting style. Kraven won the fight by using a potion on the wall-crawler and then letting him escape to enhance this game of cat and mouse.

The next day, Peter felt better but still had the shakes from Kraven’s poison. Later on, Spidey put a tracer on his new enemy, but wound up following him right into Central Park. Or so he thought!

He actually tracked Chameleon dressed as Kraven while the real Hunter skulked behind them. The wall-crawler got snared in a net trap, but used his strength to break free. He had more trouble with the wrist and leg cuffs that developed a powerful magnetic attraction to each other. Even shackled like that, Spidey managed to knock Chameleon out, dodge a variety of other attacks, and ultimately, entrap Sergei in a huge web. At the end of the issue, our hero watched as the two villains got on a boat for deportation setting the seeds for his newfound hatred of the super human community.

FLASH FORWARD

Kraven’s most well-known for going up against our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, but this attempt on Captain America’s life is not the first time he’s branched out. Heck, it’s not even the only time he’s appeared in the same issue as Cap! In fact, in his second appearance ever — TALES OF SUSPENSE #58 — Kraven teamed up with Chameleon again and stumbled right into Iron Man who took the Hunter out. Kraven didn’t partake in the title battle between Iron Man and Captain America, though. Instead Chameleon played with Iron Man’s mind so that he would attack the Sentinel of Liberty while under the impression that the identity-stealing villain had taken over the real Cap’s body.

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MARVEL'S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE artist overcomes the intimidation factor for this tie-in.

Sure, everyone’s excited about the holiday season we find ourselves in, but plenty of fans can’t help but look forward to May 4 when Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” blasts into theaters.

To help make the wait a bit easier, Marvel’s releasing a pair of MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE issues with the first debuting on January 24. Written by Marvel Studios’ Creative Research Manager Will Corona Pilgrim and drawn by Tigh Walker!

The issue features Captain America and Winter Soldier attempting to track down a terrorist. However, they’re not the only ones and Iron Man soon shows up as well. The issue promises to offer plenty of first looks and surprises for Marvel Cinematic Universe fans.

We caught up with Walker to talk about the intimidation factor that comes along with a project like this, working with Pilgrim and playing in this different Marvel sandbox.

Marvel.com: How does it feel to be working on a book like this that sets up such a highly anticipated film?

Tigh Walker: How doesn’t it feel, TJ? Know what I mean?

I think in an early e-mail to [editor] Mark [Basso], I used the word “intimidated” about 73 times. He responded, asking why I’d sent him an e-mail that just said “intimidated” 73 times without any context and I told him that it’d make sense later on when I was talking with TJ, and not to worry about it. So he sent me back a GIF of an alligator making cupcakes and we both laughed and I wasn’t so intimidated anymore, but I was slightly obsessed with alligators making cupcakes from that point on.

Also, I was really excited and honored to be a small part of it all, I mean… it’s Avengers! Did I mention it felt intimidating?

Marvel.com: How was it getting an early peek at what the characters would look like in the film and translating that to the page?

Tigh Walker: How doesn’t it feel, TJ? Know what–wait–sorry, got my answers mixed up, let’s try that again. It was super cool getting to see a little bit of what’s to come for these characters.

And it was fun but challenging to translate them to the page, because you want something that’s representative of what they are and will be, but you also want it to be a bit of a different flavor because it’s not the same medium, if that makes any sense.

Marvel.com: Did any of the costumes or characters give you more trouble than others when figuring them out?

Tigh Walker: Yes, absolutely! Iron Man’s costume was tough to figure out from certain angles for sure and Captain America’s torso/chest design-y bits were a little tricky at first, but once you figure them out, it’s smooth sailing.

Really, the Winter Soldier’s beard was the toughest out of all of them. Is it a beard? Or is it more of a 5 o’clock shadow thing he’s got goin’ on? Is it a beard junior? Needless to say, I toiled over it, made lists, diagrams, apple pie charts and then I chugged three Cherry Coke Zero’s, threw a goat into a lake and said to myself “Maybe don’t think about it so much? Maybe it’s more of a feeling than a beard?” And that’s really when it clicked for me and I knew just what to do.

Marvel.com: What can you tell us about the way characters like Captain America and Iron Man react to one another in this story? They didn’t exactly leave each other on the best terms when last they met on the big screen.

Tigh Walker: Well, we start with a conflict you’ve seen in the recent films as a lead-in to some of the new status quo for our heroes.

I’m not sure what I’m allowed to reveal here (Mark?) but we do see a bit of (ahem, Mark?) Cap, Winter Soldier and T’Challa chatting about (Mark-I need you now more than ever!) y’know…stuff and things. And we get a glimpse of Tony’s mindset that leads us right into his actions for the next film.

Marvel.com: How was it working with Will on this gateway to “Avengers: Infinity War?”

Tigh Walker: Working from his script was a ton of fun! It was written “Marvel-Style” which was interesting creatively for me–being fairly unaccustomed to working that way–but I found that I really liked it. It gives you a bit of room to try things out that you might not otherwise have thought of because you’re sort of in a different head-space.

Like when I decided to start drawing all the characters as potatoes, but dressed in their proper costumes… Mark had to reel me in on that one, but having the leeway to turn characters into potatoes, if my heart wanted it, was quite freeing.

Get your first taste of “Infinity War” on January 24 with MARVEL’S AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR PRELUDE #1 by Will Corona Pilgrim and Tigh Walker.

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There are a ton of familiar Marvel faces to encounter on the Disney Magic.

Brand-new to the Disney vacation experience, Black Panther joined the collection of Super Heroes aboard the Disney Magic for Marvel Day at Sea.

When he’s not showing off his mastery of unarmed combat skills during an epic battle at sea, Black Panther is inspiring young guests with his superhuman strength and intellect.

The mischievous Loki also made his debut to the Disney vacation experience during Marvel Day at Sea. He may even charm you like only the God of Mischief can. That is, when he isn’t resenting the shadow of his half-brother, Thor.

Even Spider-Man needs to relax after showing off his super strength and agility, and of course there’s no better place to do that than a Disney cruise.

You may also find Doctor Strange teaching kids how to create portals to other worlds…

Black Widow and Hawkeye inspiring them to unleash their inner super hero…

Or Captain America embodying honor, integrity, courage and trustworthiness.

Black Panther and Spider-Man are two of the Marvel heroes you are guaranteed a time to meet and take photographs with during the cruise. Before you even step onboard, you have the chance to reserve time with these characters and more under the My Disney Cruise section of www.disneycruise.com.

Marvel Day at Sea returns to the Disney Magic in January on select sailings from Miami through April. If you’re joining the fun, be sure to share photos of your heroic encounters with #MarvelDayatSea.

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Nick Fury sends Captain America on a mission that leads to M.O.D.O.K.!

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.

After he spent a trip abroad—and several issues drawn by Gil Kane—Jack Kirby and Stan Lee returned Captain America to New York City in TALES OF SUSPENSE #9294. As our hero ruminated on love and loss while wandering his way towards Avengers HQ, Steve Rogers stumbled into an A.I.M. plot to kill Nick Fury at the secret barber shop entrance to the underground organization’s NYC locale with a Mecho-Assassin! However, he arrived too late to stop the android from blasting away at Fury and seemingly killing the S.H.I.E.L.D. head honcho. Enraged, Cap flew into battle against the assailant. However, the creature nearly defeated the Avenger until the real Fury revealed himself and the droid disintegrated itself.

Fury then explained to Cap that the whole ruse had been set in place to help cover an undercover agent who had infiltrated A.I.M.. As a way to garner favor with her marks, she pretended to offer her boss up on a silver, bloody platter. Unfortunately for the mission, the Sentinel of Liberty’s presence threw a wrench in their plans and put the operative—soon to be revealed as Agent 13, a.k.a. Sharon Carter—in grave danger. So, to help the S.H.I.E.L.D. spy who happened to remind him of his girl during the war, Captain America agreed to take on Advanced Idea Mechanics once again!

Tales of Suspense (1959) #92

Tales of Suspense (1959) #92

  • Published: August 10, 1967
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: April 28, 2007
  • Penciller: Jack Kirby
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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The Shield-Slinger used the gorgeously designed Mini-Cruiser to track down A.I.M.’s gigantic sub base in the ocean, but those yellow-clad villains managed to capture him and serve him up to their master, M.O.D.O.K., who would make his first full appearance in #94! Agent 13 ended up saving Cap rather than vice versa, sending the two on a wild run as they attempted to escape the A.I.M. sub. First, they reclaimed his shield and then worked to fulfill her original mission of finding out who or what had been code-named “M.O.D.O.K.”

They soon succeeded in seeing this strange being up close, including his various mind beams, which he unleashed in an effort to destroy Captain America. A surprise came not long after they engaged in this battle, as A.I.M. agents flipped on their supposed leader and helped the heroes take him out! Being an upstanding sort, Rogers wouldn’t let the A.I.M. agents finish off M.O.D.O.K. and put a stop to their insurgence. He and Agent 13 then loaded the remaining yellow hoods in a sub and took off while M.O.D.O.K. set off a self-destruct sequence that destroyed the larger base, apparently killing himself in the process!

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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Captain America stands in the way of a massive jailbreak!

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.

Upon thawing out in the modern era, Captain America found himself duped a few times by people who took advantage of his optimistic nature. In TALES OF SUSPENSE #62, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby set our hero up to give a demonstration of breakout prevention maneuvers in 1965. However, instead of performing his fantastic physical feats for the warden, the Sentinel of Liberty unwittingly did so for an escaped con named Deacon who led an outbreak!

Deacon ordered the prisoners to jump Captain America, overpower him, and throw him into a cell with acting Superintendent Carlson. While both behind bars, Carlson explained that Deacon sparked the revolt, but they had no way of actually getting beyond the main gate. Having swiped Cap’s mighty shield, the criminal and company figured they could use the marvelous weapon to open up the door to the prison, but found themselves stymied. See, the mastermind knew that Iron Man had built magnetic capabilities in the shield and that the gate worked with magnetism, but could not figure out how.

Tales of Suspense (1959) #62

Tales of Suspense (1959) #62

  • Published: February 10, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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And he didn’t have enough time, either, as an escaped Star-Spangled Avenger leapt into battle, taking on an army of armed prisoners desperate for a way out. Deacon tried making a break for it with Cap’s weapon in hand, though that also proved short lived as our hero slung a gun to trip the villain up so he could regain his rightful property. Before tossing his shield at the assembled bad guys, Steve Rogers revealed that they’d been wrong from the get-go! Though Iron Man had built magnetic implements for both the shield and Cap’s glove, he ditched the add-ons because “They ruined my shield’s delicate balance!”

Even without his famous weapon, Cap handled himself perfectly. A thug named Thumper tried socking him, but Rogers met that attempted blow with his own fist, illicitng a “Boang!” sound from the concussion. With the main action over—at least on his end—Captain America handily dispatched with the rest of the criminals and took a sneaking Deacon out by literally backing into him. From there, the guards burst in to regain control of the punch-drunk would-be breakout artists. Carlson then revealed that the main gate would not have opened because of magnets, but instead with a kind of magic phrase: “Captain America”!

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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Mark Waid sends Steve Rogers a Kraven foe!

It’s been difficult for Steve Rogers to make himself at home in America in the aftermath of Secret Empire; even though he dealt with his evil Hydra counterpart and saved the day in heroic fashion, he still has some convincing to do.

And in part three of the “Home of the Brave” storyline, Steve’s journey across the United States continues—though his road trip hits another hurdle as Kraven the Hunter puts the red, white, and blue between his cross-hairs. On January 3, writer Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee look to ensnare the Sentinel of Liberty in CAPTAIN AMERICA #697!

We spoke with Waid about Rogers’ trials in the heart of America.

Marvel.com: What’s been going on in the “Home of the Brave” arc so far?

Mark Waid: Cap’s been roaming the country looking to reconnect with people. Unfortunately, Kraven’s taking him on a wild detour!

Marvel.com: How has Cap been managing to reclaim his good reputation?

Mark Waid: It’s not the easiest road for him, but given that our story takes place many months after Secret Empire, most people are glad to see Steve Rogers…most people. Not everyone.

Marvel.com: Describe the dynamic you see between Cap and Kraven.

Mark Waid: As you can imagine, Cap has nothing but disdain for someone like Kraven who pretends to have a sense of honor and yet demonstrates anything but. Kraven wants to make Cap his prey, but, as Cap points out, to be prey you have to be afraid of the hunter.

Marvel.com: What ended up being the most challenging element of writing this issue?

Mark Waid: Doing heavy research into genuine jungle traps that real commandos use!

Marvel.com: What proved to be your favorite part to write?

Mark Waid: The opening scene with Steve Rogers at a pool table—it’s a bit I’ve been wanting to use for 20 years.

The hunt begins in CAPTAIN AMERICA #697, by Mark Waid and artist Chris Samnee, on January 3!

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In theaters May 4.

There was an idea…

The first official trailer for Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” has finally arrived. We began our Marvel Cinematic Universe journey together back in 2008. All roads lead to Thanos next year. Get your first official look at “Avengers: Infinity War” right here on Marvel.com above.

Following the events of “Captain America: Civil War,” the Avengers as we know it no longer exists. Lines were drawn; sides were chosen. The Avengers is nothing more than a team name without any team members. Can Earth’s Mightiest Heroes put aside their differences and unite once more? Do they even stand a chance against the Mad Titan who delights in their failure and desperation? Can they stop his thirst for power and chaos as he begins to collect the Infinity Stones?

The trailer packs as many super heroes as it can in a mere 2 minutes and 30 seconds: Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Captain America (Chris Evans), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), the Vision (Paul Bettany), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Star-Lord (Chris Pratt), and so much more.

“You can fight it. You can run from it. But destiny still arrives.” We know the trailer brought a smile to your face as much as pain and suffering put one on Thanos’ face. Now excuse us while we watch the trailer a thousand more times!

See the culmination of the last decade of the Marvel Cinematic Universe when “Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on May 4, 2018. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers and the rest of the MCU as it develops!

 

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