Medusa, Black Bolt, and company fight for one of their own!

Bred by an alien race to be a warrior caste and possessing alien DNA, the Inhumans exist as humans possessed of incredible and otherworldly powers when exposed to the substance known as Terrigen. Living secretly, for the most part, among their fellow man, the Inhumans forge their own destiny as a separate society. Dig into the history of the Inhumans with these Marvel Unlimited comics in preparation for “Marvel’s Inhumans” heading to IMAX and ABC this fall!   

For a group that once preferred to avoid contact with humans and live in the shadows, the Inhumans sure have made a habit of getting involved in major events the past few years. That happens when your former king destroys your city over Manhattan while also releasing a cloud that changes anyone with Inhuman DNA into a NuHuman!

In last year’s Civil War II, a NuHuman named Ulysses inadvertently drove a wedge between Iron Man and Captain Marvel. Carol Danvers wanted to utilize Ulysses’ apparent ability to see the future in order to stop threats of all shapes and sizes, while Tony Stark feared what a reliance on an untested power set might lead to, especially if someone besides the heroes used it.

Uncanny Inhumans (2015) #11

Uncanny Inhumans (2015) #11

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It started when Ulysses foresaw a devastated New York City and told Medusa, who then helped warn the other heroes and they stopped a Celestial Destroyer. The Inhumans revealed themselves to the Avengers, but Tony remained skeptical. The next time, Ulysses told the assembled forces about a Thanos attack which lead to James “War Machine” Rhodes’ death, enraging Iron Man.

What could have just been a clash of ideals turned into something much bigger when Tony decided to fly into New Attilan and kidnap Ulysses! The Inhumans responded in turn by breaking into Stark’s building and nearly bringing it down around all of them. Future visions led to the death of Bruce Banner and just about as many false alarms as actual crimes. Meanwhile, back on New Attilan, Karnak helped Ulysses focus his abilities. Eventually, it came to light that the young Inhuman absorbed all kinds of information and used that as a way to guess what would happen, hence the hits and misses.

The Inhuman Condition

To dive even further into Ulysses’ time during this huge event, check out CIVIL WAR II: ULYSSES by Al Ewing, Karl Kesel, and Jefte Palo. Originally presented as an Infinite Comic and then published in a three-issue limited series, the story saw Karnak awakening to the realization that Ulysses would change their whole world. The master of martial arts and fault-finder trained the young NuHuman to harness his powers.

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War's hard on everyone, especially super-powered kids.

Each week, we use our super sleuth skills to dig into the histories of the characters fighting on both sides of Secret Empire!

Wars, whether overt or secret, take their toll on everyone involved. Soldiers fight the battles, their families try to go on living back home and children do their best to understand the whole thing.

SECRET EMPIRE may have ended last week with the true Steve Rogers returning thanks to the efforts of Bucky Barnes, Kobik and everyone else who resisted Hydra’s advances. But, just because Captain America’s back to normal, doesn’t mean the damage gets fixed in an instant, at least in some cases.

This week’s CHAMPIONS #12, by Mark Waid and Humberto Ramos, examined the current status of the team in the wake of their incredible and horrible experiences during the conflict, which we’ll examine now! 

Champions (2016) #12

Champions (2016) #12

This version of The Champions – Totally Awesome Hulk, Young Cyclops, Ms. Marvel, Viv Vision, Miles Morales Spider-Man and Nova – initially came together because they didn’t like how the adult heroes handled the business of saving the world.

Even though they had their differences, the Champions joined up with the rest of the adult heroes in the Underground after Captain America took over the country in the name of Hydra.

As Secret Empire kicked off, their ranks swelled to include Ironheart as well as the new versions of Wasp, Falcon and Patriot. When Black Widow split off from the rest of the resistance fighters, intent on taking Steve Rogers out for good, the Champions followed her.

Even though Miles Morales had seen the same vision of himself killing Captain America as everyone else in CIVIL WAR II, he and his team intended to let Black Widow train them in the Red Room – as seen in SECRET EMPIRE UPRISING #1 – but never fully agreed with the idea of killing Steve Rogers. 

Secret Empire: Uprising (2017) #1

Secret Empire: Uprising (2017) #1

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UPRISING also saw the Champions infiltrate the Hydra Youth Choir, a plan designed by Widow to get them close to Viper and eventually flip her to their side. This move allowed both Miles and Black Widow to get close enough to Steve Rogers to kill him, but instead Cap killed his former Avengers comrade and Miles gave himself up.

The remaining members of the team did their best to continue fighting against Hydra-Cap, but were temporarily erased from existence after he used a Cosmic Cube-created armor to rewrite history. As we mentioned above, though, Bucky’s plan to bring Kobik and Steve back worked and everyone returned to the land of the living, though still with the memories of what happened.

The Empire Strikes Back

In addition to bringing dead characters like Rick Jones and Black Widow back from the dead, Kobik also offered legacy characters like Miles, Amadeus, Sam Wilson, Captain Marvel, Ms. Marvel, Kate Burton, Jane Foster, Wolverine and Iron Heart a “journey of discovery…through the Vanishing Point.” Upon returning in the next panel, these individuals had been restored. To see exactly how, you’ll have to get the various GENERATIONS one-shots that feature these heroes meeting up with their predecessors in ways that allow long-dead or earlier versions of characters to interact with their modern counterparts.

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The Guardians head to Earth to back-up Captain Marvel against Iron Man!

Celebrate this incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy’s tenth anniversary while also prepping for the May 5 release of the new film with these gems from Marvel Unlimited!

When a friend needs help, the Guardians have their back. So, when Captain Marvel called at the end of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #10, the team flew to Earth with a quickness to get involved in Civil War II. The conflict swirled around a young Inhuman named Ulysses who seemed to be able to predict the future. Tony Stark saw the danger in someone abusing this kind of power while Carol Danvers decided to use every tool at her disposal to keep Earth safe. The ensuing event left War Machine dead at Thanos’ hands, She-Hulk comatose, and the super hero community in a shambles.

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #1114 by Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti, and guest artist Kevin Maguire showed what the team got up to when not appearing in the main book, CIVIL WAR II, which you can read about below. The first issue actually kicked off with the team voting on whether they should assist or not. Just about everyone wanted to go but Rocket and Thing. Rocket preferred space to Earth while Ben Grimm didn’t want to get wrapped up in another battle between friends. Still, the group decided to go.

Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11

Guardians of the Galaxy (2015) #11

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When they arrived, Carol filled Star-Lord in on what had happened up that point, specifically the presence on Earth of Thanos, who had been locked up after the fight in CIVIL WAR II #1. Peter and Kitty then struggled with whether to tell Gamora and Drax this information or not. Ultimately, they decided not to. We see the CIVIL WAR II #4 fight from a few different angles, including Rocket’s reaction to losing the ship he called home. Of course, things got so much worse when Gamora finally heard about her father’s Earth-bound captivity.

The most dangerous woman in the galaxy started making her way through guards until Captain Marvel herself stepped in to end her rampage. The two fought until Carol let slip that Quill knew about Thanos as well. Feeling betrayed on all sides, Gamora told Danvers to let Peter know that they are officially done before roundhouse kicking Captain Marvel in the face.

When the rest of the team found this out, they also left Peter and Kitty to their own devices, effectively ending the Guardians of the Galaxy. To lessen the blow, Bendis and Maguire flashed back in issue #14 to show how the group saved Spider-Man from Skrulls and why that added to Rocket’s distaste for Earth.

Transmissions from Knowhere

In the actual CIVIL WAR II series by Bendis, David Marquez, and other artists, the Guardians first appeared at the very end of issue #4. Carol faced off against the seemingly more powerful group backing Iron Man on the top of the Triskelion, but then her old teammates popped up out of nowhere to even the sides. The next issue kicked off with a huge brawl that included Miles Morales poking fun at Rocket Raccoon and then running into Venom for the first time. During the fight, the Guardians’ ship got destroyed, which set up the rest of the series until its conclusion. Later, after everyone saw Ulysses’ vision of Miles killing the original Captain America and the fight ended, Peter Quill told Carol that he totally related to her decision to use the Inhuman’s abilities to save whoever she could. The Guardians didn’t play much of a role at the end of the story, but were set up to spend the final arc of their own series on Earth.

Next, Brian Michael Bendis, Valerio Schiti, and some impressive guest artists close out this GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY run with “Grounded”!

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See the aftermath of a war that devastated Earth's greatest heroes in Civil War II: The Oath!

The war may be over, but wounds are still fresh. Marvel is pleased to present CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH – the epilogue to the blockbuster event! Superstar scribe Nick Spencer teams with rising star artist Rod Reis to pick up the pieces left behind after Iron Man and Captain Marvel’s epic clash! As the Marvel Universe comes together in the aftermath of war, Carol Danvers turns to the one person she knows she can trust – Steve Rogers. Only…Steve might not be as trustworthy as she thought. How has Captain America influenced the Civil War for his own gains? Was this the end of his plans, or was it just the beginning? See how the aftermath of war affects the Marvel Universe when CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on January 25!

CIVIL WAR II: THE OATH #1 (AUG160892)
Written by NICK SPENCER
Art by ROD REIS
Cover by JEFF DEKAL
Variant Cover by RAFAEL ALBUQUERQUE (AUG160893)
FOC – 12/19/16, On-Sale – 01/25/16

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It's time to find out who knows best: Captain Marvel or Iron Man!

This is it! Captain Marvel vs. Iron Man for the fate of the Marvel Universe! We’re pleased to present CIVIL WAR II #8 – the epic final chapter! Blockbuster creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez go out with a seismic bang as fists fly over Washington D.C. Plus, Ulysses’ precognitive powers grow stronger with each passing moment. As they reach their peak, what horrors from the future will be unleashed? And seeds sown here will bear bitter fruit for the Marvel Universe of tomorrow. Protect the future or change the future? It all gets decided here! Don’t miss the comic that will have the whole world talking when CIVIL WAR II #8 comes to comic shops and digital devices everywhere on December 28!

CIVIL WAR II #8 (SEP161000)
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVID MARQUEZ
Cover by MARKO DJURDJEVIC
Variant Covers by MICHAEL CHO (SEP161001), JOHN CASSADAY (SEP161004) and PHIL NOTO (SEP161002)

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Tracking the major alterations the mega event has made to the Marvel Universe!

You didn’t need to be Ulysses to see that Civil War II would change the face of the Marvel Universe. And with only a matter of weeks before the final issue of CIVIL WAR II sees the light of day on December 28, we look back on some of the most shocking game-changers from the first seven issues of the series.

It’s War (Again)!
Last December, Marvel announced a second super hero civil war 10 years after the first one, which rocked the Marvel Universe for years to follow. It only makes sense then that this moment provides us with our first game-changer. As [series editor] Tom Breevort said at the time “neither [side] being painted as absolutely right or absolutely wrong” might force readers out of their traditional camps to consider other viewpoints.

If we know anything from the initial Civil War, scars ran deep and no doubt, the heroes and fans alike will feel after effects from this family feud for years to come.

War Machine: Out of Order
When the Avengers set an ambush to bring in Thanos, thanks to the use of Ulysses’ precognitive powers, few expected the cost to include War Machine’s death. This event lit the fire that became Civil War II with Tony Stark seeking to prevent similar tragedies from occurring while Carol Danvers still believed in restricting criminals, such as Thanos, of their freedom to act.

Hulk DOWN!
With War Machine dead and She-Hulk in critical condition, the Avengers soon faced yet another staggering loss with the death of one of its founding members: The Incredible Hulk. Recognizing his capacity for destruction, Bruce Banner created a failsafe to prevent further Hulk-fueled havoc that would result in his death. Only fans had no idea just what that “failsafe” would look like…

BULLSEYE! Give the Man 20 Years to Life!
Few would accuse Hawkeye of fitting the same super hero mold as Captain America or Spider-Man, but as Bruce Banner understood, sometimes being heroic means doing the things no one else will do. Given how often Clint Barton received the call for those kinds of missions on behalf of S.H.I.E.L.D., it should have come as no surprise when readers discovered him as Banner’s failsafe, as he killed his longtime friend and fellow Avenger to halt another Hulk incident.

Civil War II #8 cover by Marko Djurdjevic

Civil War II #8 cover by Marko Djurdjevic

Tony Stark Goes Black Ops
Although many readers no doubt questioned Carol Danvers’ use of precognitive policing, Tony Stark crossed a line of his own when he not only kidnapped Ulysses from the Inhumans’ compound but also tortured the young man and conducted non-consensual tests on him. Although Tony used this information to discover Ulysses’ powers were fallible and based only on probability, it failed to convince Captain Marvel to stand down. Further, it failed to convince many readers of Tony’s moral high ground.

Let’s Get Ready to Ruuummmbbbllleee!!!
By the fourth and fifth issues of CIVIL WAR II, the super hero fight began, and for fans of fantasy battles, the major teams found themselves duking it out for all to see. Of course, some heroes seemed to take some real pleasure in finally getting to lay the smack down on each other. Once the dust settles from this drawn-out slobber knocker, however, the question remains of how—or if—they will ever stand side-by-side again?

Did Carol Just Do What We Think She Did …
At the end of CIVIL WAR II #7, we see Iron Man confronting Captain Marvel on the steps of the Capitol in a suit that looks like a super-sized version of War Machine’s armor. This time, Carol plays the role of Thanos as she delivers a shot so powerful that, once again, we see another War Machine fall…

Get the big finish in CIVIL WAR II #8, available December 28 from Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez!

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Mark Paniccia and Cullen Bunn join the program!

Today, Thursday, October 27, at 3PM ET, tune in here and join Marvel’s Senior Editor, Mark Paniccia, and writer Cullen Bunn (UNCANNY X-MEN, DRAX, DEADPOOL: BACK IN BLACK) as they join host Walter Hickey and Entertainment Weekly writer Christian Holub to discuss the fallout of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II #6.

Sides have been drawn, battles have been fought, but it all comes down to this. Captain Marvel versus Iron Man over the future of the Marvel Universe, one of the biggest battles in Marvel history! 

  • Monthly live stream brings fans an in-depth conversation from the voices behind Civil War II.
  • Every episode follows the release of the most recent issue of Marvel’s CIVIL WAR II, and will pair Marvel representatives with some of today’s top thought leaders in the fields of entertainment, technology, and politics about how Civil War II and the Marvel Universe is shaped by the continuous conversations and narrative of the world around us.
  • Hosted by FiveThirtyEight’s Walt Hickey, accompanied by some of the top creative Marvel minds
  • Streamed live from ABC News Headquarters in NYC and is available to watch on ABC News digital platforms on desktop, mobile, social & OTT as well as Marvel’s Facebook page
  • In its sixth installment, the first couple of episodes of“Marvel’s Civil War II Livestream” brought together writer Brian Michael Bendis (CIVIL WAR II, INVINCIBLE IRON MANSPIDER-MAN), Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, Marvel’s Director of Content Development Sana Amanat, and more as they discussed the current state of the Marvel Universe and how it sets the stage for what is to come in Civil War II.
  • Watch the most recent episode of “Marvel’s Civil War II Livestream” now!
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Ever since Ulysses Cain encountered the Terrigen mist and began seeing glimpses of the future, raising the question of whether one should act on such visions, Carol Danvers and Tony Stark have found themselves on opposite sides of the issue.

Both demonstrate formidable abilities, but who would most likely win in a one-on-one confrontation? CAPTAIN MARVEL writer Christos Gage makes the case for Carol in a conflict that spills over into issue #9 of her self-titled series on September 28.

Energy absorbtion

Energy absorbtion

Energy absorbtion

“Iron Man mostly uses energy-based weapons. This works out well for Carol. She can absorb energy, so a lot of his attacks won’t prove effective against her—and she can return them with interest!”

Top gun

Top gun

Top gun

“Not many people can match Iron Man in aerial combat, but Captain Marvel is one of the few. An ace Air Force pilot who also has plenty of experience with flying and fighting under her own power, Carol won’t let anybody outmaneuver her.”

Military mind

Military mind

Military mind

“Iron Man does pretty well winging it, but Carol has extensive training in military tactics and history. She always thinks several moves ahead of her opponent.”

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

Never Give Up

“Few opponents possess the determination of Captain Marvel. She just doesn’t have it in her to give up. She has made it through situations that would break most people, but has never stopped fighting, even though she often faces impossible odds alone.”

Binary

Binary

Binary

“When Carol gets really charged up—like, say, if she absorbs enough of Iron Man’s energy attacks—she can temporarily assume her ‘Binary’ form. This first happened when, on an adventure with the X-Men, she tapped the energy of a white hole—basically, the power of a star! On rare occasions, she can still reach that power level for the short time Binary usually needs to kick someone’s butt.”

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Longtime colorist Christina Strain discusses her debut as a Marvel writer!

If you’ve been following the Civil War II storyline, you know that this major event has had huge ramifications across the Marvel Universe. We’ve seen a lot of this play out in CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES. And with the sixth issue of that series hitting on September 21, we’ll get to see a lot of exciting drama involving Jessica Jones, Nick Fury, and the White Fox.

We caught up with Christina Strain, a former Marvel colorist making her writing debut for the House of Ideas with this project.

Marvel.com: You’re making your writing debut for Marvel in September with CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #6. What has it been like, transitioning from artist to writer? And especially with this being part of such a huge event?

Christina Strain: It’s bonkers! It’s super crazy! I remember coloring some of the backstories for the first Civil War, and now I get to experience the other side of it. And not only that—as a colorist, your work happens at the end of the process, and as a writer, it happens at the beginning, so I’ve had the chance to see what it’s like to be at this end of things. I’ve always had fantastic experiences with Marvel.

Marvel.com: You also write for television as a staff writer on Syfy’s “The Magicians.” How does that compare to comic book writing?

Christina Strain: They feel very different, and it took time for me to get comfortable with writing for TV. But I’ve found aspects of comic book writing that do apply. For example, with comics, each issue ideally should end with a bit of a cliffhanger, and that applies to TV writing, as well: you want each act to end with a mini cliff hanger, so viewers will come back after the commercial break. And I spent so many years working in serialized storytelling, which shares similarities with episodic television, so that helped a lot, too. I like to tell people in television that with comic book writing, the writer serves as the director, and the [artist] serves as the actor. Because the writer suggests to the artist not just what happens, but also every emotion that has to be drawn, and then the artist has to convey that.

Marvel.com: How has your work as artist influenced the way you work with other artists as a writer?

Christina Strain: Having that background helps me look at art samples and figure out if an artist seems like a good fit for what I’m writing. With this project, for example, I saw a few samples that looked great, but featured a lot of woods and trees, and that concerned me a little since the story takes place in a city. Then Sana Takeda’s name came up and I thought, “Really? Sweet! That’s perfect!”

Marvel.com: What Marvel projects have you enjoyed the most?

Christina Strain: Hands down, RUNAWAYS is my favorite, immediately followed by SPIDER-MAN LOVES MARY JANE. I worked on those books first, and I stayed on them the longest because I loved them so deeply. And I had incredible experiences with both teams. I really enjoyed working on S.H.I.E.L.D. and WORLD WAR HULK, which just felt like a straight-up fun project. And HULK became one of the most educational professional experiences I’ve had because Klaus Janson gave really well explained notes that taught me so much. I’ve had a lot of great experiences at Marvel, and I look back fondly on so many of the books I’ve worked on.

Marvel.com: The White Fox originally appeared in a South Korean webtoon before making her way into the Marvel Universe. Has that informed your writing of her?

Christina Strain: It informed my writing in the sense that I had a bit of a blank canvas with her. She had only recently joined the Marvel Universe, so she didn’t have a deep backstory yet. My web comic, The Fox Sister, also has to do with a kumiho, or nine-tailed-fox—the Korean myth that inspired White Fox. So when Marvel approached me about this project, I knew I’d have fun, and that I could do something interesting with it. I also had a lot of interest in the human side of White Fox, not only the costumed side of her persona, especially because it involves Korean culture. And I enjoyed having the chance to work out the story in a way that would make sense given the context.

Marvel.com: You mentioned The Fox Sister. Did your work on the web comic influence CHOOSING SIDES and your writing of White Fox?

Christina Strain: I based my own TV pilot off of my web comic, and that led to what I’m doing now. I didn’t actually base White Fox off of it, but I do have a certain sense of humor, so there might be catty remarks here and there that may seem familiar to anyone who has read The Fox Sister. I look at them as two different characters with the same mythological backstory. I made the nine-tailed fox character in my web comic straight-up evil, and of course I didn’t want to write White Fox like that. I see them as two different spins on the same myth.

Pick up CIVIL WAR II: CHOOSING SIDES #6, featuring a White Fox adventure from Christina Strain and Sana Takeda, on September 21!

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Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez are extending the series with Civil War II #8!

It’s the story that has the world on the edge of its seat as heroes stand on opposite sides and fight to preserve the security of the future. And if you thought it couldn’t get bigger, you thought wrong! Today, Marvel is pleased to announce the expansion of the blockbuster Civil War II event with CIVIL WAR II #8, coming to comic shops later this year!
 
Legendary creators Brian Michael Bendis and David Marquez will extend their stay in the trenches of battle for one more unforgettable issue. Cracks are starting to immerge in the predictive visions of the new Inhuman, Ulysses, and the foundation where our heroes once stood is starting to fracture.
 
“First of all, the response from fans over Civil War II has been so heartwarming,” says Bendis. “Secondly, over the summer I thought of a different, hopefully better, way to tell our ending.  It’s not a different ending but a different way to tell it and I am so happy that Marvel gave us this chance to do our thing. Some fans already know that a lot is going to change in the Marvel Universe post-Civil War II but we’ve kept some secrets secret and issue #8 is chock full of them.”
 
Will the heroes of the Marvel Universe wield the power of “predictive justice” to change the future or battle to protect tomorrow? The additional issue of CIVIL WAR II will bring the explosive event to its powerful conclusion, but with an Inhuman at the center of the conflict with the ability to see what’s to come, has the future already been foretold or can it be changed?
 
“As the events of Civil War II continued to unfold across the Marvel Universe we saw that the stakes kept rising,” says David Gabriel, Marvel SVP Sales & Marketing. “By providing retailers and fans an additional issue, Bendis and Marquez are given the added freedom to present a story that is going to bring the war to a cataclysmic ending with seismic changes to the Marvel Universe.”
 
Ideologies have been challenged, alliances have been tested, and battle lines have been drawn. What will be the end result as the final vision from Ulysses is revealed to the heroes of the Marvel Universe and which side will stand triumphant over the other? Join Marvel this fall as Iron Man and Captain Marvel gather their sides and come head-to-head for the epic confrontation in CIVIL WAR II #8!
 
CIVIL WAR II #8
Written by BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS
Art by DAVID MARQUEZ
Cover by DAVID MARQUEZ
On sale this fall!

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