Get ready to defend!

The Guardians flew back down, Spidey swung through again, and now the Defenders of Hell’s Kitchen return to Avengers Academy to battle a new threat in their neighborhood. Kingpin’s been imprisoned for nearly a year, and in that time Madame Gao stepped in to fill the power vacuum left in the criminal underworld of Hell’s Kitchen. The Defenders and the rest of the Academy students – with the help of a few new friends – need to dispatch Madame Gao and take back the neighborhood once more.

We grabbed a few minutes with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to see what The Hand has in store for us at the “Marvel Avengers Academy”.

Marvel.com: The Defenders are making their way back to Avengers Academy! What’s bringing the team to campus once more?

Allen Warner: With the Kingpin imprisoned, Madame Gao has seized control of the Hand, and conquered Hell’s Kitchen.  The Defenders held her off as long as they could, but she countered by kidnapping some of their closest friends and allies, forcing them to regroup and call in reinforcements.  With a firm hold on Hell’s Kitchen, and the combined resources of both the Hand and Kingpin’s entire operation, Madame Gao sets her sights on retrieving a powerful artifact that Director Fury has locked away in one of his secret vaults, launching a full-scale assault on Avengers Academy.

Marvel.com: Will players be returning to Hell’s Kitchen with the new event district?

Allen Warner: Yes, we’ll be revisiting Hell’s Kitchen and all of its iconic locales like Alias Investigations, Josie’s, and the law offices of Nelson and Murdock.  We’ll also be bringing back the Academy Courthouse from our Daredevil event, and giving some new recruits fun courtroom animations.

Marvel.com: How will the Avengers battle Madame Gao and her Hand minions?

Allen Warner: The Defenders and Avengers will team up to battle Madame Gao and her special henchmen on campus, as well as traveling away from the school to stop the Hand ninjas from attempting to take over the world.

Marvel.com: As with the Guardians and Spidey events before this, will players once again be able to recruit Defenders heroes from the previous event?

Allen Warner: Yes, this is a similar structure where players will be given another opportunity to get characters from the original Daredevil event, as well as some other characters who weren’t part of that event, but make sense to be involved with the Defenders.  Players will have a chance to get Iron Fist, Daredevil, Hellcat, Elektra, Misty Knight, Punisher, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.  They may also have an opportunity to get some characters who you wouldn’t associate with the Defenders TV show, but who have been part of various Defenders teams in the comics.  We’ll also be resurfacing all of the outfits from the Daredevil event, including what might be my personal favorite Avengers Academy outfit of all time, Lawyer Loki.  We learned in the original Daredevil event that Loki has a gift for lawyering, and a fondness for lawyers and the profession, and that will continue in this event with some fun results.

Marvel.com: While those who missed out will be excited to try for all those returning favorites, what new faces join the mix?

Allen Warner: A cool and diverse group of characters who are often thought of as supporting players, but who will take center stage and show their heroic sides during this event: Foggy Nelson, Colleen Wing, Stick, and Claire Temple.  They each bring a really unique and fresh perspective to not only the events at hand, but the Avengers heroes and Avengers Academy traditions.  Our awesome art team did some really great and brand-new things with their various visual levels, and their animations are really fun, and play to their unique occupations, personalities, and talents.  I’m really excited about this group from a narrative perspective because there is so much unexplored territory.  These characters typically only interact with the characters in their respective spheres, so there’s a ton of opportunity to do things that no one has ever seen before.  Foggy will form relationships and go on adventures with Loki and Captain America.  Claire Temple will go on an intergalactic rescue mission with Cosmo the Spacedog.  Stick will butt heads with J. Jonah Jameson.  Madame Gao will match wits with Mephisto, and so on.  One of my favorite things about the world we’ve built in this game is having the opportunity to reimagine and expand upon existing characters and Marvel lore, and this event and this group of recruits provided an awesome opportunity to do a lot of things that have never been done before.

Marvel.com: What new ways will our heroes suit up to dispatch the Hand threat?

Allen Warner: In addition to the resurfaced outfits from the previous Daredevil event, there will be new outfits and stories for Hulk, Punisher, Elektra, Iron Fist, and Misty Knight.  We love coming up with new looks for our characters that are unique to the world of Avengers Academy, but we decided to take a different approach this time around and only include outfits that have appeared in the comics.  Some are very recent looks that fans may not even be aware of, while others are iconic looks that have been around for decades.  They all look incredible, are completely different from the characters’ usual outfits, and add a new angle to their personalities and powers that make for some really fun animations and stories.

Marvel.com: As excited as we are to dive back into Hell’s Kitchen and dispatch Madame Gao, there’s always one eye on the horizon. Can you tease anything coming down the line for the Academy and its heroes?

Allen Warner: One of our frequently teased schools will finally have to come out of hiding, and they’ll be bringing more recruitable characters with them than ever before.

For all the latest on “Marvel Avengers Academy,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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Charles Soule examines what has dissolved the bond between Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson!

Super heroes need friends, it’s as simple as that. Fighting for ideals is nice, but fighting for those you care about is better. You can beat up as many villains as you like, expose their crimes and put them in jail, but you need someone there at the end of the day who will kick back with you at Josie’s for a couple of pints.

At the moment, the friendship of Matt Murdock and Foggy Nelson lies on the rocks in the current “Purple” story arc for DAREDEVIL written by Charles Soule with art from Ron Garney. Yes, Matt has his secret identity back, but how did he achieve such a feat and will it prove worth it if his once best friend Foggy doesn’t have his back? As the arbitrator between the two parties, Charles gave us his hot take on the frail friendship and the delicate secrets threatening to tear it apart forever.

Marvel.com: We’re currently in the middle of the four-part “Purple” arc where we’re dealing with the idea of Matt Murdock restoring his secret identity and the return of a classic Marvel villain in Zebediah Killgrave aka Purple Man. And that’s not even mentioning the bounty on Daredevil’s head in the “Seventh Day” arc. With all this going on, what are the ripple effects being felt on Matt and Foggy’s friendship?

Charles Soule: The “Purple” arc is designed to pull back the curtain on why Matt’s made a lot of his recent choices; not only does it explain how he got his secret identity back, but it tells you what he decided to do with it. From Murdock’s perspective, a secret identity is a tool: it’s the first time he’s been able to work full on as an attorney in a while without people knowing that he’s also Daredevil—years, really—and he’s going to use that to its fullest extent. Unfortunately, Matt’s choices also caused him and Foggy Nelson to go “on a break”—they’ve interacted a bit in the 20 or so issues of my run so far, but it hasn’t been the full-on friendship they’re known for. Things seem very strained, very tense. It’s a shame!

Marvel.com: In anticipation of issue #19 coming April 19, can you give any hints as to what caused a rift between Matt and his best friend?

Charles Soule: Well, the real explanation comes in issue #20, but honestly, the pieces have been there since issue #1. Matt has his secret ID back and Foggy doesn’t like something about the way it happened, or what Matt’s decided to do since he got it back. Foggy’s the only person in the world who knows the truth, and he doesn’t know that he’s too excited about carrying that burden. But more to come on that…

Marvel.com: Are they coming at it from a lawyerly perspective or is emotion clouding their otherwise rational minds?

Charles Soule: This one’s 100% emotion, despite what they tell themselves. Matt Murdock is a big rationalizer; after all, the fact that he’s Daredevil at all requires being able to jump through some pretty big moral hoops, especially while being a lawyer at the same time. As an attorney myself, that was always one of the things I found most interesting about Daredevil as a character. A lawyer really can’t do what Daredevil does, not ethically—and Matt certainly knows that—but he does it anyway, because he’s compelled to. That’s great stuff.

Marvel.com: There’s no doubt that these are trying times for both Matt Murdock and his vigilante persona. It sure would help to have a friend around, but he’s out of luck. How is Matt handling things without this extra support and comfort from Foggy? In other words, what does it mean to be strained?

Charles Soule: I think we’ve seen it all through the run so far. On the surface, everything seems “fine”—Matt’s being heroic, stopping bad guys, all of that. But if you look a little deeper, the man’s barely holding it together. He can’t do it alone, but he thinks he can—also great for drama. This tension has brought him back to the Catholic Church, though, which was a nice thing to be able to return to the Daredevil mix. I always thought it was interesting that Murdock had a strong religious faith as part of his character, and it’s been a little missing from his portrayals recently. The church isn’t a substitute for a best friend, though.

Marvel.com: What is more important to Matt, saving his secret identity or his friendship?

Charles Soule: I think we’re about to find out…

Get the next hints on Matt’s secret identity and friendship woes when DAREDEVIL #19 by Charles Soule and Ron Garney hits on April 19!

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Plus stars Deborah Ann Woll & Elden Henson look forward to what's in store with Season 2!

Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson return to the streets of Hell’s Kitchen as Karen Page and Foggy Nelson in two new motion posters for “Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 2, along with a new interview with the stars! Check out both posters directly below, then keep scrolling to hear what’s in store for Matt’s integral supporting cast this season.

Karen and Foggy, Foggy and Karen–they back Matt Murdock on “Marvel’s Daredevil” but Ms. Page and Mr. Nelson stand as full characters in their own right, with their own troubles and challenges. Actors Deborah Ann Woll and Elden Henson understand those ups and downs and trust in the show’s creative group to explore them to greater depth in Season 2 of the series.

“I did have a conversation with [the producers] before we started [Season 2],” reports Woll, “but it was mostly for them to tell me what they were thinking [about Karen] and just sort of get my read on it. I think the main thing for me, was that sometimes I noticed in series you tend to have the same arc each season–you start over again–and I just wanted to make sure we built on what we had already established and continued to rise.”

“I just sort of leave it up to the professionals,” notes Henson. “It’s a world that I wasn’t very familiar with, you know? So [with] the reaction we got from the Season 1, I just sort of thought, ‘let me let them do what they do and try not to mess it up.’”

Karen Page’s background in the comics grew even darker as the stories progressed; does such an avenue intrigue Woll as material for the show?

“It intrigues me very much,” she admits. “I had a lot of conversations with the writers about what that might be because, obviously for my work, it gets changed based on what specifically we’re talking about, my performance. And so we have an idea of what we think that is and we hope to sort of tease that out for you guys at certain points.”

Foggy Nelson discovering Matt’s secret life as a vigilante changed the dynamic between the characters, a situation that Henson’s given some thought to as he moves forward with playing the neophyte attorney.

“I think the cool thing about these characters is that no matter what’s going on, the relationship is still one that’s highly valued by Foggy,” he says. “He really cares about Matt and really just cares about him being safe and his well-being. And obviously, it is going to change, I don’t want to give anything away as to how that happens, but all these characters, not just Foggy, are going to continue to grow and evolve in a really nice way that doesn’t feel like it’s just there to serve another character. It really feels like they’re each on their own journey.”

One aspect of Season 1 of “Marvel’s Daredevil” that viewers enjoyed centered on Karen and Foggy living their own stories while also serving the main story of Matt Murdock. Both actors hint that the same dynamic will apply to Season 2.

“We’re definitely involved in what’s happening in Hell’s Kitchen for Season 2,” Woll notes.

“The law firm we’ve created is still there and we’re still fighting for the people that don’t have a voice and trying to stand up for what’s right,” Henson adds. “Especially for Foggy, he loves Hell’s Kitchen. He loves the people there and so his main goal is to just, I think, keep things the same. He just wants his friends to be happy and to be around him.”

Catch Season 2 of “Marvel’s Daredevil” when it debuts only on Netflix March 18! Make sure to follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates on the Man Without Fear.

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Return to the streets of Hell's Kitchen with a new video looking back at the series' first season!

At New York Comic Con this weekend, fans at the panel for “Marvel’s Daredevil” got a special treat with a look back at the series’ first season in a new sizzle video, including a brief look into the upcoming second season!

Now you can see it all for yourself, right here on Marvel.com. Relive the highlights of Matt Murdock’s battle with Wilson Fisk, then check out your first look at Jon Bernthal as Frank Castle, Elodie Yung as Elektra, and much more!

While you wait for Season 2, follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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Matt Murdock prepares for his all-new series, only on Netflix April 10, with 3 new previews!

With just days to go until you can stream all 13 episodes of the first season of “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Netflix, we’ve got three new previews for you delving into the origin of the first Defender!

Catch one above and two more directly below as the war between Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) and Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) prepares to heat up in 13 action-packed episodes, all available for streaming this Friday on Netflix!

But while you wait for Friday, join the conversation by following @Daredevil on Twitter and liking “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook to keep up with the latest news!

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Get a new look at the cast of the upcoming series, only on Netflix April 10!

The cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil” take to the streets in five new character posters for the series, coming to Netflix April 10!

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio), Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson), Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll), and Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson) all get their own posters that fit together to form one full street scene, and you can catch them all in our full gallery below!

Tune in to “Marvel’s Netflix” when it premieres in its entirety only on netflix April 10! Follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the latest on the Man Without Fear.

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It's business as usual in brand-new images from 'Marvel's Daredevil,' only on Netflix April 10!

Get an inside look at the lives of Matt Murdock, Wilson Fisk, and more in these all-new images from “Marvel’s Daredevil”! Check out the photos below and watch “Marvel’s Daredevil,” only on Netflix April 10.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” follows Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) in his quest for justice. By day, he fights his battles in the courtroom as an attorney, and by night, he fights his battles on the streets as the vigilante Daredevil! See Matt at work in the photos below and see his competition for the heart of Hell’s Kitchen, Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio)!

Tune in to “Marvel’s Netflix” when it premieres in its entirety only on netflix April 10! Follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the latest on the Man Without Fear.

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The cast of 'Marvel's Daredevil' take to the streets to set the stage for the upcoming series, only on Netflix April 10!

The cast of “Marvel’s Daredevil” have taken to the streets of Hell’s Kitchen to set the stage for their new series, only on Netflix April 10, in a new motion poster!

Get a hint of just what Matt Murdock will have to face in his first 13-episode season directly above, as Karen Page, Foggy Nelson, Ben Urich, Wilson Fisk, and Wesley all join him for a walk.

While you wait until “Marvel’s Daredevil” hits Netflix April 10, follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the latest on the Man Without Fear.

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Matt Murdock and Wilson Fisk outline their plans for the city in a new trailer for 'Marvel's Daredevil'!

The battle for the soul of Hell’s Kitchen has begun in the latest trailer for “Marvel’s Daredevil,” only on Netflix April 10!

Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) matches fists with the criminal element and wits with Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) in the action-packed preview for Marvel’s first 13-episode Netflix original series. Plus get a new look at Karen (Deborah Ann Woll), Foggy (Elden Hensen), Claire Temple (Rosario Dawson), Stick (Scott Glenn), and more!

While you wait for April 10 to roll around, follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the news on the Man Without Fear.

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Take a look at Matt, Foggy, Karen, and behind-the-scenes shots from 'Marvel's Daredevil,' only on Netflix April 10!

Daredevil stands defiant in the face of danger in new images from “Marvel’s Daredevil”! Take a look at the images above and watch “Marvel’s Daredevil” when it premieres in full on April 10, only on Netflix.

In “Marvel’s Daredevil,” Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights for justice in the courtroom with the help of his law partner Foggy Nelson (Elden Henson). At night, Murdock watches over the streets of Hell’s Kitchen, New York as the masked vigilante Daredevil to dispense a more physical brand of justice! Wilson Fisk (Vincent D’Onofrio) also has plans for Hell’s Kitchen, but prefers more malicious methods. Check out these new photos from “Marvel’s Daredevil” along with some behind-the-scenes shots on the making of the series.

Be sure to watch “Marvel’s Daredevil” when it premieres in its entirety on April 10, only on Netflix! Make sure to follow @Daredevil on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Daredevil” on Facebook for all the news on the Man Without Fear.

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