Enjoy the latest episode of the official Marvel podcast, with comics, movies, TV, games, and more!

True Believers, it’s time for a brand new episode of This Week in Marvel, the official Marvel podcast! We’re one episode away from our milestone 300th episode – can you believe it!

For those of you who aren’t at San Diego Comic-Con, and for those of you who are, catch all things Marvel happening here at www.marvel.com/SDCC2017 or Marvel’s YouTube channel.

Now, onto this episode — Alex and Cam are back at home base making sure you get the scoop on all of this week’s hottest comics including SECRET EMPIRE, ASTONISHING X-MEN, INVINCIBLE IRON MAN, and tons more! A lot can happen in a week, so head on over to the West Coast, where Ryan, Marc and Christine give you the rundown on what’s happening in the world of movies, TV and games, including what they saw last week at D23 and what they’ve seen so far at SDCC. We close everything out with your questions and comments!

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This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel VP & Executive Editor of Digital Media Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel Editorial Director of Digital Media Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom, Marvel.com Assistant Editor Christine Dinh, and Manager of Video & Content Production Blake Garris. We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes!  Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse@chrissypedia or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Jack Kirby and Stan Lee join Carrie FIsher, Mark Hamill, Oprah Winfrey and more as Disney Legends.

Every two years, at the biennial D23 Expo, The Walt Disney Company honors the most remarkable contributors to the Disney legacy, recognizing them as official Disney Legends. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the Disney Legends Awards. The first Disney Legend was Fred MacMurray (The Shaggy Dog, The Absent-Minded Professor, The Happiest Millionaire), who was honored in 1987. Today Disney proudly announced the names of the nine gifted individuals who will be joining past Disney Legends such as Julie Andrews, George Lucas, Alan Menken, Dick Van Dyke, Barbara Walters and Robin Williams.

Founding fathers of the Marvel Universe Jack Kirby and Stan Lee were honored this past weekend along with the following honorees of this year’s Legends Award: Carrie Fisher, Clyde “Gerry” Geronimi, Manuel Gonzales, Mark Hamill, Garry Marshall, Julie Taymor, and Oprah Winfrey.

Pioneering comic creator Jack Kirby, known as “the King,” created new characters who leapt from the page and defined the Marvel comic style. His son, Neal, represented his late father, and said he “didn’t create super heroes or super humans. He created super people.” Neal accepted the Disney Legends Award at the D23 Expo on his father’s behalf. Watch the video above.

Stan Lee was honored for his remarkable accomplishments over his enduring career with a Disney Legends Award at D23 Expo in Anaheim, CA. Watch Stan accept his Legends Award below.

A visibly moved Stan Lee shared with the crowd how much it meant to him to save up to buy the book The Art of Walt Disney. He explained, “I loved Walt Disney. He was more than a man, he was an inspiration. He was something to reach for, to be like him. To think that today I’m standing here in the house that Disney built, that paid tribute to Jack [Kirby] and all things Disney—it is so thrilling, I can’t tell you.”

For more information about the Disney Legends and D23 Expo, visit D23expo.com.

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'Marvel Powers United VR' coming in 2018 from Marvel, Sanzaru, and Oculus Studios!

True Believers! The day has come and we’re here to deliver incredible Marvel Games news from D23 Expo! We just announced “MARVEL Powers United VR,” an action-packed, multiplayer co-op title from Marvel, Sanzaru, and Oculus Studios, and you can get your hands on this game in 2018!

Our very own Christine Dinh has the exclusive first interview with Steve Arnold, Head of Oculus Studios. Before you dive into the interview, check out the announce trailer above!

Marvel.com: When did you guys start working on “MARVEL Powers United VR” for Rift?

Steve Arnold: We’ve been working on “MARVEL Powers United VR” for awhile! When the opportunity came about for Oculus and Marvel to work together on realizing a Super Hero VR experience, Oculus approached Sanzaru to create a prototype presentation—Sanzaru and Oculus have worked closely together on past VR projects, and there are some big Marvel fans at both companies. Marvel has very high standards, of course, and Sanzaru more than rose to the occasion. So here we are—Oculus, Sanzaru, and Marvel in an alliance behind “MARVEL Powers United VR.”

Marvel.com: Can you tell us about the story of “MARVEL Powers United VR”? What can you tell us about the big bad, Ronan? Where is the story set?

Steve Arnold: “Marvel Powers United VR” tells the story of The Masters of Evil—a mysterious, nefarious alliance of powerful Super Villains from across the Marvel Universe—who have managed to steal the Cosmic Cube and use it to tear apart the universe, forging new realities subservient to their rule. Suddenly, heroes from across the Marvel Universe are hurled together in a chaotic, interdimensional conflict spanning past, present, and alternate futures to fight to reclaim the Cosmic Cube and restore order to the universe.

Each time you play, you won’t know which faction or boss you’ll encounter—every experience will play a little differently. One time you may get the Kree and Ronan The Accuser as a boss; another time you’ll get something totally different.

Marvel.com: This is obviously a new adventure for Marvel games. What new and different experiences does “MARVEL Powers United VR” offer Marvel fans?

Steve Arnold: VR is the perfect medium for a Super Hero game, and there are a couple things that make “MARVEL Powers United VR especially exciting. We’re starting with just a few characters right now, but by launch there will be over a dozen playable Marvel characters and even more team combinations.

Marvel.com: What has the collaboration with Marvel, Sanzaru, and Oculus Studios been like?

Steve Arnold: The collaboration between Marvel, Oculus and Sanzaru—some of the most experienced subject matter experts in the world when it comes to Super Heroes, VR, and gaming—has been a dream come true. There’s a lot of fan service and love jam-packed into this game, and great ideas came from all sides. We love the partnership and can’t wait to show the world all of the cool stuff that we’re putting into the game!

Marvel.com: You’ve just announced the first three characters: Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, and Captain Marvel. How did those three get chosen to suit up for battle? Can you tell us more about their abilities within the game? What are they capable of?

Steve Arnold: Hulk, Rocket, and Captain Marvel are very popular, so it made sense to start off with a few characters fans would really love experiencing. These characters also represent the spectrum of Super Heroes we plan to launch for “MARVEL Powers United VR” in 2018, in terms of both abilities and physical scale. On one end of the spectrum, there’s Rocket Raccoon: He’s much shorter than most characters and uses futuristic weaponry. On the other end, there’s the Hulk. He’s huge, of course, and primarily a melee fighter. Captain Marvel is in the middle: She’s physically closer to normal human stature, but her power-set includes ranged attacks with her photon beams, like Rocket, and she’s also super strong like the Hulk and able to engage in melee combat. Building out this variety of characters early on gave us some best practices that we’re applying to optimize all future characters, and VR lets you appreciate—and experience—the sheer difference in scale between characters like Hulk and Rocket like no other medium can.

Marvel.com: Clearly with the upcoming “Marvel’s Inhumans” television series slated to come out this fall, the love for Lockjaw is real! How central is Lockjaw to the story?

Steve Arnold: Lockjaw is crucial. He ensures our Super Heroes are teleported to and from their missions. But stay tuned—we’re still in development, and there are some fun things we’d love to do with Lockjaw throughout the game and missions.

Marvel.com: We’ve heard fans can get hands-on with “MARVEL Powers United VR” at the Marvel booth at SDCC. Any plans for future demos?

Steve Arnold: That’s right, the first public demos of “MARVEL Powers United VR” will be at the Marvel booth at Comic-Con. There are no set dates (yet!) for additional public demos before launch, so try out MARVEL Powers United VR now if you can!

Marvel.com: How long do we have to wait until we get “MARVEL Powers United VR” in our hands?

Steve Arnold: The game is slated for a 2018 launch, but you’ll have to sit tight—there are no details about a specific date right now. Keep your eyes on Oculus and Marvel social channels, though, because we’ll be revealing a ton of new information right up until launch.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and powersunitedvr.com for more exciting updates about “Marvel Powers United VR” coming soon!

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Thanos stands triumphant at the D23 Expo Marvel Studios booth.

After a full first day of D23 Expo you’d think we couldn’t follow it up with more, but Saturday was even bigger, and much, much, badder as Josh Brolin held court at the Marvel booth.

Fresh off his surprise appearance with the cast “Avengers: Infinity War” at the Disney, Marvel Studios & Lucasfilm- Live Action panel, Josh Brolin met with fans for a signing in front of his children — the Children of Thanos! The maquettes were unveiled for his appearance and fans were excited to get an up close look at Corvus Glaive, Proxima Midnight, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian.

Brolin even had an encounter with a real life Avenger, although this one was considerably shorter and much more adorable.

On the show floor the Disney Consumer Products Pavilion showcased new and exciting home products for fans to live their best Marvel life. On display were backpacks, workout gear, and if you’re worthy enough, a Mjolnir pendant made to compliment the mightiest of outfits. Even the greatest superhero would be exhausted from all that shopping, luckily free coffee was up for grabs adorned with the face of a familiar looking webslinger.

One more day to go! Follow @marvel on twitter to get all the up to date D23 Expo news throughout the weekend! 

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Plus 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout' returning for a third season on Disney XD!

The highly-anticipated new animated series “Marvel’s Spider-Man” will debut with a one-hour premiere on Saturday, August 19 (7:00 a.m.-8:00 a.m. EDT) on Disney XD, and on the Disney XD App and VOD (12:01 a.m. EDT), it was announced today by Cort Lane, Senior Vice President, Animation & Family Entertainment and Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, during the Marvel Animation panel at D23 Expo in Anaheim. During the packed panel, news was also shared about the “Marvel’s Spider-Man” voice cast, season three of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout” and an all-new animated special from The LEGO Group and Marvel. Take a look at “Marvel’s Spider-Man” in the video above!

 

The “Marvel’s Spider-Man” voice cast includes: Robbie Daymond (“Bread Winners,” “Get Blake”) as Spider-Man, Max Mittleman as Harry Osborn (“One-Punch Man,” “Transformers: Robots in Disguise”), Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales (“Jessie,” “Kirby Buckets”), Melanie Minichino (“Blaze and the Monster Machine,” “Mr. Peabody and Sherman”) as Anya Corazon, Fred Tatasciore (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”) as Max Modell, Laura Bailey (“DragonBall Z,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”) as Gwen Stacy, Nancy Linari (“The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest,” “The Addams Family”) as Aunt May, Patton Oswalt (“Ratatouille,” “Pickle and Peanut”) as Uncle Ben, Scott Menville (“Teen Titans,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Doc Ock, John DiMaggio (“Clarence,” “Samurai Jack”) as The Jackal, Alastair Duncan (“The Batman,” “Final Fantasy XIV”) as Vulture, and Marvel’s very own Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, who is also executive producing the series, as the coffee shop owner Joe.

In the new series, “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” we will see a fresh take on Spider-Man, as Peter Parker is learning the responsibility that comes along with being a new, super-powered hero in New York City, just as he’s being accepted into Horizon High, a high school for brilliant young scientific minds. He struggles with the duality of his social life at school and hiding his secret identity from everyone including his best friend Harry Osborn, who attends the competing Osborn Academy for geniuses. As Peter embraces his alter-ego and takes on super villains such as Vulture, Lizard, Doctor Octopus and Sandman, he watches his hero lifestyle come between his personal relationships and struggles to keep Harry from landing on the wrong side of the law.

The creative team includes executive producers Alan Fine (“Marvel’s The Avengers”), Dan Buckley (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Joe Quesada (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”), Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), Cort Lane (“Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”), and Eric Radomski (“Spawn,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); co-executive producers Stan Lee (“Spider-Man”) and Stephen Wacker (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”); supervising producers Kevin Shinick (“Robot Chicken,” “Mad”) and Marsha Griffin (“Transformers Prime”); consulting producers Dan Slott (“Spider-Man: Big Time,” “The Superior Spider-Man”), Kevin Burke and Chris “Doc” Wyatt (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man”); and supervising director Philip Pignotti (“Marvel’s Avengers Assemble”). Check out the link above for a new “Marvel’s Spider-Man” promo spot and voice cast images.

Series stars Will Friedle (“Boy Meets World”), Trevor Devall (“Johnny Test”), Vanessa Marshall (“Star Wars Rebels”), David Sobolov (“Transformers: Prime”) and Kevin Michael Richardson (“The Cleveland Show”), along with Lane and Quesada, announced that the Guardians will return for a brand-new third season on Disney XD titled “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.” The third season will find the Guardians gaining fame and fortune, but quickly knocked back on their heels after being framed by the Collector. The Guardians will travel to new universes, stage a massive sting operation inside the Nova Corps, and expose a Secret Invasion years in the making. A little bad and a little good – all in a day’s work. Check out the link above for all-new artwork for “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout.”

The LEGO Group and Marvel will team-up once again for an all-new 22-minute animated special “LEGO® Marvel Super Heroes – Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat.” When Thanos, Ronan, Nebula and the Ravagers seek to possess the Build Stone – a powerful and creative relic – the fate of the universe depends on the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect it. The platform and release timing details are forthcoming.

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D23 Expo Day One: Stan Lee, Chadwick Boseman, and more!

Day one of D23 Expo started off strong, full of surprises, announcements, and even an appearance on the con floor by Stan Lee, himself!

All day there were opportunities for fans to enjoy Marvel fandom: whether it was learning about the art of “Thor: Ragnarok” with Marvel Studios Visual Development Supervisor & Concept Artist Andy Park or shopping for limited edition items in the Disney Store, there was something for everyone.

The Marvel booth had a full display of costumes and props for “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Black Panther.” Lucky fans caught a glimpse of Chadwick Boseman and director Ryan Coogler as they stopped by the booth for a signing and to meet with fans.

During the afternoon our very own Disney Legend Stan Lee served as Grand Marshall of the Ultimate Fan Street Party, along with fellow newly inducted Disney Legend, Mark Hamill.

 

The day was filled with Marvel news and excitement and that was only day one! Follow along on @marvel on twitter to catch up to date D23 Expo news throughout the weekend!

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