Everything you need to know about Marvel Games, this week!

True Believers, every week, make your way over to Marvel.com for a rundown of all this week’s Marvel Games news, from console game releases to character drops to mobile event updates, and more!

MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST

Spider-Man (Infinity War) arrives in the hit mobile game Marvel Puzzle Quest this week with the fresh Stark Iron Spider suit inspired by Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War! Recruit him onto your team this Thursday!

Our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man will have to use his wit, strength, and Spidey sense to help our other heroes stop Thanos from collecting all the Infinity Stones and enacting his master plan to wipe out half of all existence! The 4-Star Spider-Man (Infinity War) sees tons of new upgrades courtesy of. Tony Stark. Spidey can create web tiles to prevent damage to himself, hinder opponents, strengthen allies and deal additional damage to the enemy. Team up Spidey with other characters that can create web tiles like Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen!

The passive blue power Quick Reflexes activates his Spidey-sense letting Spider-Man anticipate danger and react accordingly. Whenever Spidey makes a match, create 2 web tiles. Enemy powers deal 12% less damage to Spider-Man for each web tile on the board. Whenever Spider-Man takes damage from an enemy power, remove half of all web tiles.

With Thwip, Thwip, Pow!, a green power, Spider-Man swings through the air lobbing a quick burst of web-shots into battle. His webs hit 4 random colored tiles, locking any enemy tiles, fortifying any friendly tiles and converting the rest to web tiles.

Proportional Punch, a red power, allows Spidey to grab his enemy with his cybernetic spider legs to deliver a blow with the proportional strength of a spider! It deals 333 damage plus 134 damage for every Blue, Green, or Red web tile on the board, and 67 damage for every other web tile.

Recruit Spider-Man (Infinity War) during S.H.I.E.L.D. Training – Heroes for Hire or Spider-Man & Friends. Don’t miss the following events as well – Spider-Man vs Sinister Six and S.H.I.E.L.D. Training both kick off this Thursday, May 31, while the Deadpool vs MPQ kicks off this Sunday, June 3! The Made Up Name tournament also kicks off this Sunday where you can snag Spider-Man (Infinity War) as a progression reward!

MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT

This week, we see the 2nd update inspired by Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War make its way across Marvel Future Fight this week! This update includes new uniforms inspired by the blockbuster hit for characters such as Scarlet Witch, Doctor Strange, Hulkbuster 2.0, War Machine, Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Ebony Maw, and Cull Obsidian!

The path to receiving a Tier-3 update is a long but rewarding journey and new ascensions to Tier-3 awaits Iron Man and Spider-Man, which their new growth factors would further amplify their abilities. In order to reach Tier-3, face Corvus Glaive and Cull Obsidian in the World Boss: Ultimate stages!

Clear the Ultimate mode with Corvus Glaive and gain the critical growth ingredients needed for Tier-3 as well as Titan’s Record: Speed, while clearing the Ultimate mode with Cull Obsidian will secure you Titan’s Record: Blast!

Read more on the 4.1 Marvel Future Fight update here!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel Games news and interviews.

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See how issue #3 of the new series ties into the cosmic event!

After finding the magic of planet Earth depleted, Doctor Strange takes to the stars.

There, he expects to find alien sorcerers and mystical artifacts, but in DOCTOR STRANGE #3, he finds something much more powerful…an Infinity Stone!

This July, the Super-Skrull has the Time Stone, and Doctor Strange can’t let him keep it in this special INFINITY WARS lead-in!

Written by Mark Waid with art by Jesus Saiz, Stephen Strange joins the escalating action of this cosmic event.

As series editor Nick Lowe describes the action, things are going to get messy pretty quickly for the mage. “As if you didn’t need enough reasons to pick up DOCTOR STRANGE #1 next week, did we mention that issue #3 is part of the set up for INFINITY WARS? A nearly de-powered Doctor Strange ends up face-to-face with the Super Skrull, which puts Stephen in deep doo-doo. And Strange doesn’t even know the Skrull has an Infinity Stone. So I guess this is the last issue of DOCTOR STRANGE?”

On July 4, journey across the stars with the INFINITY WARS lead-in DOCTOR STRANGE #3, by Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz!

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Watch the all-new video version to preview this week's Marvel Comics!

Travel to a galaxy far, far away with Marvel’s The Pull List!

On the podcast, Ryan and Tucker preview May 23’s new comic releases, including BLACK PANTHER, DOCTOR STRANGE, MOON KNIGHT, STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI, and all the other books that are waiting for you in stores right now!

Watch the video version above as the two dive into all the Star Wars books on offer this week, then dive into the full audio episode below.

Here’s the full list of what’s available from Marvel this week:

MARVEL PRINT COMICS ON-SALE (5/23/18)

  • BLACK PANTHER #1
  • CHAMPIONS #20
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #390
  • FALCON #8
  • HUNT FOR WOLVERINE: MYSTERY IN MADRIPOOR #1
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #717
  • INFINITY COUNTDOWN: DARKHAWK #1
  • INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #600
  • LEGION #5
  • MOON KNIGHT #195
  • OLD MAN HAWKEYE #5
  • OLD MAN LOGAN #40
  • S.H.I.E.L.D. BY HICKMAN & WEAVER #5
  • SPIDER-MAN/DEADPOOL #33
  • STAR WARS #48
  • STAR WARS ANNUAL #4
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #20
  • STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI ADAPTATION #2
  • WEAPON X #18
  • X-MEN: GOLD #28
  • YOU ARE DEADPOOL #4

COLLECTIONS

  • BLACK PANTHER: LONG LIVE THE KING
  • FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: JOHN BYRNE VOL. 7
  • FANTASTIC FOUR VISIONARIES: JOHN BYRNE VOL. 8
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: EARTH SHALL OVERCOME
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: THE POWER OF STARHAWK
  • MONSTERS UNLEASHED VOL. 2: LEARNING CURVE
  • STAR WARS LEGENDS EPIC COLLECTION: THE EMPIRE VOL. 4
  • THE MIGHTY CAPTAIN MARVEL VOL. 3: DARK ORIGINS
  • VENOM & X-MEN: POISON-X

ON THE MARVEL APP

  • MASTER OF KUNG FU (1974) #90-109
  • QUASAR (1989) #13-16, 51-52
  • MARVEL TWO-IN-ONE (1974) #83-84
  • WHAT IF? (1977) #16

DIGITAL COLLECTIONS

  • LEGION: SON OF X VOL. 4 – FOR WE ARE MANY
  • WOLVERINE BY DANIEL WAY: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION VOL. 4

FRESHLY DIGITIZED COMICS ON MARVEL UNLIMITED

  • BEN REILLY: SCARLET SPIDER #10
  • CHAMPIONS #14
  • DARTH VADER #8
  • DEADPOOL VS. OLD MAN LOGAN #2
  • DEFENDERS #7
  • DOCTOR STRANGE #381
  • FREE COMIC BOOK DAY #1
  • GIANT-SIZE SPIDER-MAN #3
  • GIANT-SIZE WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #5
  • GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #147
  • HAWKEYE #12
  • INCREDIBLE HULK #710
  • MARVEL TEAM-UP #23-26, 28-30
  • MARVEL’S BLACK PANTHER PRELUDE #2
  • MIGHTY THOR #701
  • NOT BRAND ECHH #14
  • PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #297
  • SECRET WARRIORS #8
  • SPIDER-MEN II #4
  • STAR WARS: DOCTOR APHRA #14
  • THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #791
  • THE PUNISHER #218
  • THOR VS. HULK – CHAMPIONS OF THE UNIVERSE #6
  • WEAPON X #11
  • WEREWOLF BY NIGHT #34-43
  • X-MEN: BLUE #15

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Add to your viewing experience by reading these essential comics!

It’s finally here! Read the comics that inspired Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War with MARVEL UNLIMITED for just $5!* Unlock over 20,000 digital comics to read when and where you want. Use code “042718” at checkout. *Offer valid until 5/7/18 11:59pm ET on monthly memberships only. Offer is open to new and former (now-cancelled) Marvel Unlimited members.

You’ve seen Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War and you’re ready for more? You’re not alone. Luckily you can dive into the source material to tide you over before meeting up with Thanos again on the big screen next year.

Fascinated with Death, Thanos has always been focused to the point of delusion. See how this recurring desire always seems to comes into play when dealing with the Mad Titan. Here are 7 notable reads that are sure to enhance your Avengers: Infinity War viewing experience.

THANOS QUEST #1-2 (1990)

Jim Starlin and Ron Lim 

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

Thanos Quest (1990) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

If you’re going to do a deep dive into the world of Thanos, you might as well start with the man who created him, Jim Starlin. This is Thanos’ origin story, the whys and hows of his Infinity Stone obsession are explained, as is his unending fascination with Death, herself.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Fans will be intrigued by story arcs featuring the Collector and the Grandmaster and get to meet more of the Elders of the Universe along the way.

THE INFINITY GAUNTLET #1-6 (1991)

Jim Starlin and George Perez 

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

Infinity Gauntlet (1991) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Thanos just can’t get Death off his mind. The consequences of a love spurned is the decimation of half the population with just the snap of his fingers. The aftermath of his uncontainable rage is an intergalactic battle full of intrigue and betrayal.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Doctor Strange and Nebula are key to this story, as is the alluring Soul Stone.

ANNIHILATION (2006)

Keith Giffen and Andrea Di Vito 

Annihilation (2006) #1

Annihilation (2006) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

ANNIHILATION is an epic crossover that brings together several characters from across the Marvel Cosmic Universe. If you’re looking for a space opera with a blurred line between heroes and villains, this is the adventure for you.

Marvel Cinematic Universe spotlight: Appearances by the Nova Corps, Ronan the Accuser, Star-Lord, and Drax the Destroyer with a slight change to his appearance from his film version.

THANOS IMPERATIVE (2010)

Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Miguel Angel Sepulveda 

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

The Thanos Imperative (2010) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

The epic culmination of the ANNIHILATION storyline, this follows the Guardians as they deal with Thanos, who is the avatar of Death, while Lord Mar-Vell is the avatar of Life. You can guess how this is going to go, they aren’t exactly going to share pleasantries over tea.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: This is the first appearance of Lord Mar-Vell—an alternate version of Captain Marvel.

INFINITY #1-6 (2013)

Jonathan Hickman, Jim Cheung, Jerome Opeña, Dustin Weaver 

Infinity (2013) #1

Infinity (2013) #1

  • Published: August 14, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 10, 2014
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jonathan Hickman
  • Cover Artist: Adam Kubert
What is Marvel Unlimited?

While this storyline doesn’t deal with Infinity Stones, it does highlight Thanos’ madness and what he’s capable of, especially when it comes to avenging the death of his son, Thane.

Marvel Cinematic Universe note: The Black Order is a key factor in these stories and played a crucial part in “Avengers: Infinity War.”

THANOS RISING (2013)

Jason Aaron and Simone Bianchi 

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

Thanos Rising (2013) #1

  • Published: April 03, 2013
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: October 07, 2013
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: Jason Aaron
  • Cover Artist: Simone Bianchi
What is Marvel Unlimited?

Here’s how it all began—his tragic birth, oddly passive childhood, and a whole lot of gruesome killings, all leading up becoming the insane Dark Lord we know and love today. To say this is an extremely dark book is putting it mildly. You’ve been warned.

THANOS (2016)

Donny Cates and Geoffrey Shaw 

Thanos (2016) #13

Thanos (2016) #13

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Thanos wins and he’s still not happy? You don’t say. I guess there’s just no pleasing people…or obsessive dark overlords. Sadness, tragedy, loneliness, internal existential conflict: thy name is Thanos.

To see the Avengers battle Thanos for yourself (or to go again!), reserve tickets now via Fandango!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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The writer details the new iteration of Earth's Mightiest Team!

Written by Jess Harrold

The old order changeth once again—for a bold new era! And it doesn’t come much bolder than the creative team of Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness putting together one of the mightiest Avengers rosters ever seen! Here, Aaron talks about his plans for the book—including building on ideas he introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1.

Marvel: So with you writing, the incredible Ed McGuinness on art and a spectacular lineup, there’s no doubt about it: this is one blockbuster book! What can fans expect?

Jason Aaron: Coming into this, we wanted it to feel big and epic—like a huge Marvel event, every arc. So I wanted a lineup of all big, iconic characters. Some of them you’ve seen as Avengers—like Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, and Thor Odinson—but for the first time in years, the “big three” are back together. There’s also some characters we’re not used to seeing. Ghost Rider, I guess, is the big surprise, and it’s cool for me getting back to writing Ghost Rider again.

Marvel: And Captain Marvel and Black Panther make for a big five! There’s been a lot of conflict between these characters in recent years. How well are they all going to cope with working together again?

Jason Aaron: Well it’s not necessarily a “snap your fingers, and it’s done” kind of thing. The first arc is really about the hardships of putting that band back together. It’s very much a team drawn together for very specific reasons, instead of just Steve Rogers calling people in his Rolodex. The circumstances of this threat are really what bring these characters together. They are drawn into this battle for very specific reasons, which only become evident as that arc rolls on—and then continue to play a part going forward. Some of that clearly links back to the prehistoric Avengers introduced in MARVEL LEGACY #1. You will see them again in this arc, and they will be a part of the series going forward.

Marvel: Will you be adopting a similar multi-timeline approach to the one we’ve seen in your THOR run?

Jason Aaron: Yep, absolutely. In this first arc, the roots of the Celestial threat the Avengers are facing go back to those prehistoric days with Odin. But we will come back between arcs and do issues focusing on that group and those prehistoric characters. We will learn more about them as we go forward, get to see them in action in the past and see the ways their adventures connect to the present day.

Marvel: Another stalwart Avenger on the roster is Jennifer Walters—but is she She-Hulk or Hulk? And what can fans expect from her on the team?

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I’ve just been calling her “Hulk” in the book. It is the same Jen Walters we’ve seen in recent issues of her own series so we definitely continue on from that. But this story also changes things for her and takes her in a bit of a different direction. We switch around her powers a little bit and try to differentiate her more from her cousin. What is exciting me is to see Ed McGuiness draw the Hulk again!

Marvel: As for the new guy you mentioned—we know you know a thing or two about Ghost Riders, but what do you like about Robbie Reyes?

Jason Aaron: He’s a great entry-level character for the Avengers; he is still very much a new kid on the block. He doesn’t really know these characters and has not been a part of something quite like this. You know his life has been pretty crazy in its own right since he became the Ghost Rider, but this really takes things up a notch. We get to see him level up in terms of his power. He is unlike any of the previous Ghost Riders so we will continue to explore what that means and exactly what he is capable of. Also, the more I write it, the more I love the idea of having a guy in the Avengers who drives a car. He just goes driving into battle in the Hell Charger. I love that, and I love the way Ed’s drawing him.

Marvel: Another character you have history with is Doctor Strange, who is on the team at least to begin with, right?

Jason Aaron: He pops up initially in a different sort of team-up. He and Black Panther are investigating something that pulls him into this bigger mystery. Strange plays a big part of this first arc, but you kind of have to wait and see after that who sticks around. I don’t want to specifically have a cast too large, but I think we will have at least one slot rotating—have a character join for a couple of arcs, and then somebody else takes the pledge. There’ll be some old familiar faces and some we’re not used to seeing in the pages of an Avengers comic.

Marvel: You mentioned the Celestial threat, the ominously named Final Host—they seem like a great fit for Ed’s bombastic style.

Jason Aaron: Absolutely. We see a lot of different Celestials over the course of the story—some classic ones, some all-new designed by Ed, which look amazing. Ed is also so great at conveying the feel of something like this: our Avengers against giant space gods who are thousands of feet tall. How can the Avengers go toe-to-toe with characters who are that powerful? That’s the challenge they face right there out of the gate.

Marvel: And it all begins with a Free Comic Book Day issue featuring another stellar artist, Sara Pichelli, correct?

Jason Aaron: Yes, it’s sort of a direct lead in to AVENGERS #1. It’s mostly a story about Black Panther and Odin—a meeting of the king of Wakanda and the All-Father of Asgard, which again kind of stretches back to those prehistoric Avengers and plants the seeds for the Celestial threats the Avengers will face. And it’s free!

Marvel: And from there, the main series is set to really blow everyone’s socks off.

Jason Aaron: Yeah, I want this to be a book that issue to issue gives you a look at the entire Marvel Universe. So we will travel the globe, we will cross the galaxies, we will go to all the different hot spots of the MU. If you are only reading one Marvel Comic—not that you should just read one Marvel Comic—this book will give you an idea of what the entire breadth of the Marvel Universe looks like right now at this moment in time.

AVENGERS #1 by Jason Aaron and Ed McGuinness is on sale May 2!

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The Master of the Mystic Arts is coming to Disneyland Resort!

Guests will soon have the opportunity to encounter the Master of the Mystic Arts, Doctor Strange, at Disney California Adventure park!

Doctor Strange acts as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilizing a vast array of metaphysical abilities and relics to protect the universe. Guests will soon get a glimpse into his magical, mind-bending world when he appears for the first time at the Disneyland Resort.

Doctor Strange travels great distances in an instant by opening portals between dimensions. There’s no telling where and when he might appear, so be sure to stay tuned for more information!

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It’s all been leading to April 27!

There was an idea, to bring together a group of remarkable people, to see if we could become something more.

We’re nearing the April 27 release of “Avengers: Infinity War”! Last week, Marvel Studios revealed five character posters. Now, they’re back with 22 mighty posters spotlighting each of our impressive super heroes ready to take a stand against the threat that is Thanos!

Leading the gallery above is the first Avenger (and birthday boy) himself, Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man! See the rest of the Avengers and their super allies — Zoe Saldana as Gamora, Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange/Doctor Strange, Scarlett Johansson as Natasha Romanoff/Black Widow, Tom Holland as Peter Parker/Spider-Man, Chadwick Boseman as King T’Challa/Black Panther, Karen Gillan as Nebula, Chris Pratt as Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Elizabeth Olsen as Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch, Sebastian Stan as Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier, Mark Ruffalo as Bruce Banner/Hulk, Letitia Wright as Shuri, Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel voicing Rocket and Groot, Paul Bettany as Vision, Danai Gurira as Okoye, Dave Bautista as Drax, Anthony Mackie as Sam Wilson/Falcon, Pom Klementieff as Mantis, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, and Benedict Wong as Wong.

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Get tickets on Fandango now! Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Big announcements at WonderCon 2018!

Marvel Animation panels are always a packed house thanks to continuing storylines for our favorite heroes, and new and interesting art styles that fans love to see. This year’s WonderCon panel was no exception, as fans waited excitedly to see what would be revealed during Marvel Animation: From Pencil To Screen.

The crowded panel room were welcomed by Cort Lane, Marvel’s SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment, who lead a panel featuring Kalia Ramirez, Director, Family Entertainment – Development & Partnerships; Harrison Wilcox, Senior Director, Television, Development & Production; Eric Radomski, SVP, Production & Creative Director, Animation; Jeff Allen, Supervising Director; Mairghread Scott, writer and story consultant; and Collette Sunderman, Voice Director, “Marvel’s Spider-Man.”

First up was big news for fans of “Marvel’s Avengers,” Lane described season five as a Black Panther story and is thusly titled, “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest.” Along with the addition of this new hero comes a design change that simplifies the style and conceptualizes a brand new look. The new style reflects T’Challa’s sleek fighting style that sets a new tone for the production design.

James Mathis continues to voice T’Challa and the big reveal was that his sister Shuri will be voiced by Daisy Lightfoot. Recording as an ensemble to voice the Wakandan siblings reflects the core of the season where togetherness reigns as Black Panther must battle an old foe, the Shadow Council.

Fan-favorite “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Mission: Breakout!” integrates the Guardians with the Disney California Adventure Ride attraction and the fallout of dealing with the Collector. Scott teased this season the Guardians will quite literally get to explore the galaxy even more, including further exploration of the Symbiote storyline. Expeditions into different dimensions also brings about the possibility of changing animation styles.

Marvel Funko Shorts have always been a hit with fans, and at the panel the audience was treated to the premiere viewing of the new short, “Rooftop Rock,” which features Spider-Gwen and Marvel’s most popular villain, Venom.

The Marvel LEGO collaboration brings toys and animation together and the panel was the perfect opportunity to announce the voice cast for “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes – Black Panther: Trouble in Wakanda.” James Mathis III returns to his role as T’Challa/Black Panther, along with previously announced Daisy Lightfoot as Shuri. The cast is rounded out with Keston John (Killmonger), Yvette Nicole Brown (Okoye), Trevor Devall (Klaw), Mick Wingert (Iron Man), Travis Willingham (Thor), Roger Craig Smith (Captain America), Laura Bailey (Black Widow), Liam O’Brien (Doctor Strange), Issac C. Singleton Jr. (Thanos), and the ever popular Fred Tatasciore (Hulk).

The biggest cheer of the panel was the announcement of “Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors.” Fans were so excited, cosplayers already appeared on the show floor with fully detailed costumes, with little to no information to go on. The six four-minute digital shorts will be accompanied by a feature length animated film to be released later this year.

The content features an all-star lineup of voice talent, Dove Cameron (Ghost Spider), Chloe Bennet (Quake), Tyler Posey (Inferno), Booboo Stewart (Exile), Kathreen Kavari (Ms. Marvel), Milana Vanytrub (Squirrel Girl), Cierra Ramirez (America Chavez), Kamil McFadden (Patriot), Skai Jackson (Gloria), Kim Raver (Captain Marvel), Ming-na Wen (Hala), Steven Weber (Captain George Stacy), and Dee Bradley Baker who takes on the voices of Lockjaw & Tippy Toe.

Lane emphasized the inclusivity of Marvel, “It’s meant for all kids but we’re particularly excited to bring together these new and very exciting characters that have already sort of garnered big fan attention for years.”

“There are so many strong, interesting, and diverse female characters—body types, great personalities, individual strengths, so we’re so excited about that,” said Lane enthusiastically.

For all the Marvel Animation updates, keep it on Marvel.com. Don’t forget to subscribe to Marvel HQ on YouTube for full episodes and more: www.youtube.com/MarvelHQ

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Get a glimpse on the storytelling elements from balancing tones to collaborations and more.

How do you approach the behemoth that is Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” — a film with ten years of baggage with different storylines, different visions, different tones, to honor? How does a storyteller divide screen time among  40+ major players who are at different stages of their journeys and continue to engage and surprise viewers? The challenge and weight of what this film means to many is not lost on “Avengers: Infinity War” directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo.

As we continue unveiling everything we learned during last summer’s set visit, we couldn’t think of two better people to get a look at the magnitude of the biggest cinematic production ever assembled than those who are helming the film — the Russo Brothers. Not only were the Russos tackling “Avengers: Infinity War” and the untitled fourth “Avengers” film simultaneously, they had to contend with the finishing of James Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” and Taika Watiti’s “Thor: Ragnarok,” with the concurrent production of Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther,” start of Peyton Reed’s “Ant-Man and the Wasp,” and planning for “Captain Marvel.”

The Russos entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe as storytellers with “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” joined by screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely. The team went on to tackle higher stakes with “Captain America: Civil War.” Not to be outdone, they’re now tackling 20-some heroes, multiple locations, six Infinity Stones, and the baddest/most powerful villain our heroes have ever encountered—Thanos, with the next “Avengers” installment. The Brothers shared insight on their approach to the characters, the complications of putting together a project of this scale, and dropped some insights during our intimate set visit.

[Note: This interview has been edited for clarity.]

How “Avengers: Infinity War” Kicks Off

“Avengers: Infinity War” is two years following “Captain America: Civil War.” According to Anthony, “Infinity War” is a “direct corollary to the end of ‘Civil War,’ and our heroes will be heading into this film “with the ramifications of that film at the forefront of this film.”

Continuing, “[‘Infinity War’] is very much about how we move forward from ‘Civil War’ in a big way, and what happens to that division between the Avengers and how does that affect them. What does that mean when the greatest threat they’ll ever face comes to them.”

Despite the two years following “Civil War,” the Russo Brothers have a storytelling philosophy where make sure to “keep any big moments of the characters’ lives on camera.”

We know Cap’s team of Avengers find their way to Wakanda seeking aid from King T’Challa. Joe explained the fortified country is the most “logical place for anyone seeking refuge.”

Meanwhile, Tony Stark has to deal with the consequences of his choice to side with the Sokovia Accords. Our directors haven’t forgotten young Peter Parker. “They basically have a unique mentor/mentee relationship that continues to evolve as they move into this film,” shared Anthony.

With the Guardians, the directors acknowledged the film picks up 5-6 years following “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” The Guardians have had a chance to deepen their relationships with each other where the Avengers haven’t had that chance.

“They’re closer, and they’re tighter, and they’ve been doing it for a while,” said Anthony. “They’ve cemented their chemistry as a team. And they would stand in contrast with the other teams. Potentially.”

They’re thrilled at the chance to take on Thor and lean into his profound experience during “Thor: Ragnarok.” As for Hawkeye, the Russos confirmed he’s on his own journey in this film.

The Directors’ Approach to the Tone and Characters, and their Collaboration with Past Filmmakers

“It’s been a personal journey for us as filmmakers from ‘Winter Soldier,’ of a theme set in that movie that we then tried to expand upon in ‘Civil War,’ that then led to Infinity War,” shared Joe Russo. “It’s how we feel about the characters, as comic book fans, the story that we want to see.”

“It’s not only a culmination of the last ten years of Marvel storytelling, but for us, it’s a culmination of our journey as directors to the Marvel Universe,” added Joe. “Having at our disposal all of those characters and allowing ourselves to re-filter them through the way that we see the universe, the way that we feel about the characters, the themes that we really want to bring to the forefront, that’s what these two movies are for us.”

“Everything’s always got to be character based,” proclaimed Anthony. “If we’re sitting in the editing room, watch the sequences for more than 20 seconds without a character having a point of view or moving the action forward, my brain just shuts down. The action for us, it’s always character based.”

In addition to screenwriters Markus and McFeely, the Russos credited the team there were able to work with the past films, including effects supervisor Dan Deleeuw, editor Jeff Ford, DP Trent Opaloch, and stunt coordinator Sam Hargrave, to achieving the complex and ambitious nature of “Infinity War.”

It was important for the Russos to honor the journeys and approach the other MCU filmmakers took their characters on, but also make it work with the film they were creating. As Joe explained, the “Russo Brothers-execution” was filtering what others have done “through our very personal expression of them as characters.” Anthony acknowledged, “Everyone is interwoven in this plot in a way where they have an emotional connection to the story…. You can’t tell a movie with this many characters and not have each of those characters show up and honor them from the different franchises if they are not motivated to be there. If there are not in life or death circumstances. If they are not fighting to save their belief system or way of life.”

The Russos equated the MCU process as similar to how comic book stories evolve and involve several comic creators. “[We] found repeatedly that the best and only way for us to move forward is to receive that information, and keep what we like, and explore what we like, and exploit what we like, and tell the story that we want to tell. The same way you do in a comic run when you’re reading it, you go, ‘I want to see someone else’s point-of-view on that.’ That’s what Marvel’s done really well, bringing in a lot of different voices to execute the films.”

It’s safe to say everyone in the Marvel Universe had been involved. During the preparation and production of the third and fourth “Avengers” films, the Russos had the opportunity to collaborate closely with James Gunn, Taika Waititi, Scott Derrickson, Peyton Reed, Ryan Coogler, and producer Nate Moore. With the Marvel Universe progressing in different courses simultaneously and at the time, not yet completed, the Russos adopted a “real collaborative united artists approach” to ensure they were sensitive to the other stories and sharing those elements.

The Sources and Influences

Mark Ruffalo previously alluded to how THE INFINITY GAUNTLET informed the film, but there are clear deviations. Joe further elaborated on the comics source: “Certainly the Starlin book was our jumping off point. It’s a brilliant comic, and the ideas behind it are so large, it’s what pushed us to go for the scale that we’re going for on these movies.”

Joe continuing, “Anth and I love the post-modern comics. We’re also drawing from newer INFINITY stuff, and we’re kind of combining it all into…how do we see elements from each helping the story that we want to tell.”

In addition, the Russos were inspired by ensemble 90s crime films, and the two films that they look to for inspiration in relation to narrative imagery were “Two Days in the Valley” and “Out of Sight.”

“These movies are so complex you need a unifying peace, or a sense of cohesion, and that cohesion can come from a narrative construct that you can apply all the characters to,” explained Joe Russo.

Thanos (Josh Brolin)

Thanos

True Believers, you’ve never seen a more formidable antagonist in the MCU like the Mad Titan, and he’s on a destructive mission to collect all the Infinity Stones no matter the stakes.

“This movie is catalyzed by Thanos’ decision and an opportunity for him to make a very aggressive move for the stones, a more effective move for the stones than he has ever in the past,” revealed Anthony. “When Thanos decides to do it, he really goes for it. He’s one step ahead of our heroes through the movie and he puts them through a lot of pain in the process.”

“Our job with Thanos is to make him the preeminent villain in the Marvel Universe,” added Joe. “In order to be a preeminent villain, you have to do some pretty bad things.”

The Russos stressed that the Infinity Stones are the “bedrock of the film” — “the key driver.”

Prepare Your Hearts

On the subject of Thanos, several of our heroes wield/guard the Infinity Stones putting them in directly in the path of Thanos, elevating the emotional weight. When asked about the invincibility of our heroes, Joe quickly teased, “I’m sorry.”

Acknowledging that every character is someone’s favorite character, Anthony explained, “We like mature storytelling. We like dramatic storytelling. We like intense storytelling. We appreciate conflict, and we appreciate stakes. And without stakes, there really isn’t a lot of value to the story. If you look at the Marvel Universe as a whole, as a story that’s been told for 10 years, you can look at [‘Infinity War’] as the climax. The stakes will be higher in this movie than they’ve ever been, times ten.”

Once the dust settles, we can expect the Avengers to see major casualties as they protect the universe and all of existence from Thanos.

Topping the “Civil War” Airport Fight Scene

“We have an equivalent that’s like if you had a comic book, and you open it up to your double panel, and then you fold it out. And then you fold it out again and again,” said Joe Russo.

Anthony Russo adding, “And you have another comic book laid out next to it.” “So we have the equivalent of that in this movie,” continued Joe Russo.

Hinting at the Untitled Fourth “Avengers” Film

The Brothers on the new challenge of shooting two MCU films at the same time: “Our approach has always been how we look at the project. It’s simply the same thing in the way that the ‘Winter Soldier’ related to ‘Civil War,’ and the way that ‘Civil War’ relates to ‘Infinity War.’ These two movies will also relate…but at the same time, there’s an independence in terms of what the experience is or where the story goes. It isn’t a true two-parter…. It ended up being more of two singular expressions.”

“We always try to make each film different so they don’t get repetitive,” said Joe. “This kind of serialized storytelling…. You have to keep evolving who’s at the forefront, how you’re laying the story out because rigor mortis will set in very quickly. Each character…can shape and color and re-tone an entire film depending on who you’re following. We find them as exciting as complex and inspiring and heartbreaking, and we believe that there are real emotional stakes. This is exactly the kind of movies we aspire to and exactly the kind of movies we look for as film goers in a theater.”

It’s safe to say that we’ve never seen anything like “Avengers: Infinity War.” Closing out the visit, Joe remarked, “If you were to think of the Marvel Universe over the last ten years of the book, this is the ending of the book. There may be new books written, but this is certainly the ending of this book.”

“Avengers: Infinity War” opens in theaters on April 27. Stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @Avengers on Twitter, and Like “The Avengers” on Facebook for the latest on the Avengers as it develops!

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Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz send the Sorcerer Supreme to space!

This June, writer Mark Waid and artist Jesus Saiz are set for a journey across the universe in DOCTOR STRANGE #1!

The Eye of Agamotto is closed! Doctor Stephen Strange has lost his connection to the Earth’s arcane power, and he can’t wait to recover while nightmares press against the seams of our reality. Tony Stark offers a 21st-century solution: when astral travel fails, try astronautical travel. Enter Doctor Strange: Space-Explorer Supreme!

Different spells, allies, and enemies—new and old—await Strange beyond the stars, along with corners and secrets of the Marvel Universe, seen here for the first time! Space is endless, but time is short. After years of threats, Stephen’s bill for magic-use is coming due—who will come to collect?!

“I’ve been a Strange fan forever, but I’ve never been lucky enough to write an extended run featuring the good doctor. Along with editor Nick Lowe, we’ve come up with some new and very unexpected places to take Stephen Strange in the Marvel Universe—starting with the stars. When Strange’s magic suddenly exhausts itself, he’ll have to travel off-earth to recharge his batteries,” teases Waid, “Let’s hope he survives the trip.”

And Jesus Saiz shares a similar excitement for the extraordinary adventures to come: “Working on this book is an absolute delight. I’ve always enjoyed depicting bizarre characters in fantastic settings much more than portraying the real world, and in that sense this comic really delivers! I don’t like to use photographic references, as you need to do when you are drawing a particular car, weapon, or specific New York street. I prefer to draw with inspiration directly from my head, and Doctor Strange is the perfect book for that!”

Doctor Strange #1 Cover by Jesus Saiz

The artist continues, “If I have to think about the biggest challenge while working on this book, it’d probably be giving all the different aliens and worlds a distinctive, interesting look. For inspiration, I try to have my eyes very open, because you never know where the could come from. It could be a fashion photo, an undersea creature, or a Bosch painting…everything can give you a silhouette, or a color scheme, or something to start working with. I only try to avoid actual science-fiction images because I want this book to look as fresh as possible.”

“And you know, Mark is simply fantastic,” says Saiz, “I love how, even when he writes the most crazy, outrageous, fantastic scenes, he never loses touch with the characters or the story he is telling. And he really gives you the most wonderful stuff to draw! We’re only getting started with this, and I believe we are both really trying to create a story that nobody will ever forget. We’re taking Doctor Strange from his lowest and giving him a new life, new goals. He’ll have to learn everything again to emerge a better man, a new leader. If he survives this ordeal, that is!”

Read DOCTOR STRANGE #1, by Mark Waid and Jesus Saiz, on June 6! And stay up-to-date with all the exciting announcements coming from Marvel Comics right here!

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