'Guardians of the Galaxy,' 'Avengers,' and more heading to your favorite parks soon!

True Believers! At D23 Expo today, Disney Parks Chairman Bob Chapek announced that a ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ attraction was coming to Epcot in Florida. Looking ahead to the 50th Anniversary of Walt Disney World, a brand-new E-ticket attraction based on the rockin’ and action-packed world of Guardians of the Galaxy will be among their exciting plans. The Guardians-inspired attraction will be added to Future World.

The Marvel love isn’t just limited to Disney Parks in the United States. The Walt Disney Parks & Resorts panel revealed a new hotel called Disney’s New York Hotel – The Art of Marvel will be coming to Disneyland Paris!

Chapek announced the “reImagination” of the Disney’s Hotel New York into a new Marvel-themed wonderland filled with all your favorite Marvel characters, including Iron Man, The Avengers, Spider-Man and more. Located steps from the Disney Village and theme parks at Disneyland Paris, Disney’s New York Hotel art deco style and contemporary décor will be the perfect place to spotlight favorite Marvel heroes and villains.

“We’re going to create a hotel at Disneyland Paris that would make Tony Stark proud,” Chapek said. “I’m thrilled to announce that Disney’s Hotel New York – The Art of Marvel will transport our guests to the action-packed, inspiring world of superheroes including Iron Man, The Avengers, and Spider Man among others!” Disneyland Paris is currently in the midst of a stunning 25th Anniversary Celebration.

Lastly and certainly not least, we’ve teased it before, but Chapek gave a hint at what’s to come next for some of your favorite Super Heroes at Disney California Adventure park. Soon, the Guardians of the Galaxy will be joined by Spider-Man and the Avengers in what will become a completely immersive super hero universe at the park!

These new stories will build on the success of the new and already popular Guardians of the Galaxy — Mission: BREAKOUT! and create a place where you can team up with your favorite Super Heroes like never before.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and the Disney Parks Blog for more updates on new happenings from our colleagues at Walt Disney World, Disneyland Paris, Disney California Adventure park and more!

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Get a glimpse into Rocket Raccoon's origins in Episode Two 'Under Pressure' starting June 6!

It’s time to get to know your favorite trash panda! We just dropped the first trailer for ‘Under Pressure,’ the second of five Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series episodes, which will be available starting June 6. Watch it above!

The Guardians just can’t seem to outrun the past (or their tab), but if they figure out how to control the untold power of their mysterious new relic, they might not have to. With help from dubious old friends and unwilling new allies, Star-Lord and company scour the galaxy for answers. But how long can they elude the genocidal maniac hunting them? And will simmering tensions finally tear the team apart?

Download ‘Under Pressure’ for $4.99 USD or equivalent. Individual episodes, and the series as a whole, can be downloaded on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One®, Windows PC, and Mac, as well as the App Store® and Google Play™. The series is also available as a special ‘Season Pass Disc’ at retailers across North America for an MSRP of $29.99 USD, and at retailers elsewhere across the globe. The special ‘Season Pass Disc’ includes episode one ‘Tangled Up in Blue’ and grants access to download the subsequent four episodes via online updates as they are released in the coming months of 2017. Additional platforms for release are yet to be announced.

For all upcoming news on the series, sign on for updates on the official website, like ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series‘ page on Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter @TelltaleGames.

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Chad Bowers and Chris Sims send the space heroes into Secret Empire!

Everybody and their father has been talking about the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” but what do Star-Lord and his intergalactic crew have going on in the comics, particularly in the wake of Secret Empire? Mentally prepare yourself.

As an unstoppable Chitauri army attacks Earth on behalf of a Hydra-fied S.H.I.E.L.D., an impenetrable forcefield erected by a reality-altered evil Steve Rogers keeps the planet’s heroes off-world. We spoke to ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANNUAL #1 writers Chad Bowers and Chris Sims—who team with artist Danilo Beyruth for the June 28-shipping special—about just what Peter Quill and friends plan to do about all this.

Marvel.com: How was it writing an annual set to go out right around the same time as a new Guardians movie? Do you see the comics as a point of accessibility to people who are getting into it because of the films?

Chad Bowers: Oh, yeah, that’s my absolute hope. I hope some people come out of the theater and drive down to the comic book store and see this next month and are all about it. That’s kind of the goal, to make sure that people [who] want more from the movie have an outlet for that. [Laughs] Yeah, it’s obviously no coincidence that several of the new characters from the new movie are in our book. We wanted to make sure we focused on those guys who the spotlight was on.

Marvel.com: So if the Secret Empire aren’t the big bad in this issue, do you focus more on the Chitauri? Or are there other enemies to contend with as well?

Chad Bowers: [The Chitauri are] sort of just a background force in our book. We don’t really go face-to-face with them; they’re a threat that’s just on the outside of our story. Honestly, I didn’t give a lot of thought to them. I tried not to put too much on who it was but rather on this thing that was looming and impending. It’s certainly a big idea because the way that the Chitauri have been portrayed in the main book is as this unlimited force battering away at people. Thinking of them as this weird limitless enemy is something we played with because it makes the stakes that much higher.

Chris Sims: Well, to talk about the enemies of the story, Yondu plays a big part, too. Yondu and the Ravagers are in there. Chad’s big high concept when we started pitching it, though, is that there was an old issue of the ‘90s GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY and it was set in the future and the cover has the blurb “Planet of the Punishers.” The idea is that, you know, in the 30th century the future versions of the Guardians come down to Earth and there’s this cult that worships Frank Castle and all these people in Punisher costumes who are attacking them.

Chad Bowers: At the time, I guess they were trying to keep people’s interest by getting as crazy as they could with the concepts and stuff, but that issue had a huge impact on me when I was a kid. I just loved the idea. Even just the title—“Planet of the Punishers”—is great. Visually it’s really cool, too. It almost has this European graphic novel feel to it, like a Mobius.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy Annual #1 cover by David Nakayama

Chris Sims: But in Marvel comics, there’s Frank Castle as The Punisher and then there are Galactus’ killbots that are also called Punishers, so we wanted to take the idea of “Planet of the Punishers” and do it in a way that was, like, cosmic. So the big obstacle that they face in the annual is the planet entirely populated by Galactus’ Punisher robots. We thought that would be a really fun enemy for them.

Marvel.com: What’s really cool about the Guardians is that their fighting styles are so specialized from team member to team member, physically and philosophically. How does that come into play against all these different enemies and the question of whether or not the Earth even can be saved?

Chris Sims: It’s really interesting, because Star Lord’s from Earth so he’s very intimately invested in this conflict where the other Guardians aren’t, and that’s a social conflict in our story. Where it begins, Peter has a desperation in him that is really kind of appealing to me on a character level. I mean, they’re desperate enough that Peter is gonna turn to Yondu. Peter is very much invested in trying to save the Earth because even though he’s been out in space for years and years, Earth is his planet. He has a connection to the larger Marvel Universe and to Earth specifically that goes beyond the fact that he’s human. It goes to his friends and the connections he has there.

We start the story start with all the different ways they try to get help and fail. And I think that, with Peter, that builds the desperation. With Rocket, and Gamora, that builds more of the feeling that they’re trying to fix this broken planet.

Chad Bowers: There’s nobody on that team that’s even of the same, like, species; it’s a really fun way to play because you’re not likely to find as diverse a cast in comics as you will [with the] Guardians.

Chris Sims: I think it’s an interesting place to go with the story because what we’re showing is what they kind of agree on as their last attempt to save Earth and whether or not that’s gonna work.

If you go back to the Civil War II stories with the Guardians, like, Rocket hates Earth. Rocket couldn’t care less. Everyone else is sort of trapped in the middle between those two extremes. There’s Peter being like, we need to do this because it’s my home, and Rocket being like, I hate that place. And then Drax is a pacifist and doesn’t really want to get involved in conflict and for Gamora, she sees what’s happening on Earth and she [sees] what Steve Rogers is doing, what the Chitauri are doing, and she thinks they’re essentially fighting a losing battle. Because if they get back to Earth, if they break down the shield… then what? It’s a lost cause for her.

Marvel.com: How does baby Groot feel on the matter?

Chris Sims: I think he feels I am Groot [about it.]

Marvel.com: So if they get the shield down, they’ll have more problems to deal with; how would one even go about fighting against an endless enemy like the Chitauri?

Chad Bowers: Well, that’s a good question; I think the heart of our story is that it doesn’t matter how you take on that enemy as long as you don’t do it by yourself. You find people who are willing to help you and you come at it from every direction with as many allies as you can and that’s what our story’s all about, trying to find help when the world’s falling apart. Though that’s probably not as cool an idea as kung fu.

Check out Chris Sims, Chad Bowers’, and Danilo Beyruth’s ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY ANNUAL #1 due out June 28.

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Gerry Duggan digs in on how his cosmic dream team gets along!

We’ve all seen the heroism of the Avengers and the X-Men, but another team always seems to have all the fun: the Guardians of the Galaxy. These seemingly mismatched personalities find themselves facing some pretty insane situations, and they’ve build deep bonds along the way. But as we’ll see in issue #4 of ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, the group’s interpersonal relationships can get a little dicey at times.

We asked writer Gerry Duggan for his insights on the ways in which each character’s personality and background impact the group dynamics.

Marvel.com: Rocket, of course, has a bit of an impulsive streak and, even though he has a good heart, he has a pretty salty attitude. Does this impact his relationship with the others?

Gerry Duggan: Yeah, I think so. Opportunistic beings are always good to have around; they’ll maybe be able to sniff out an exit strategy that you might not have thought of. In the second arc, Rocket will get a very surprising role on the team, and it’s one that I don’t think he would pick for himself, but it’s going to be one that he will come to really enjoy and relish.

Marvel.com: We’re going to see more of a focus on Gamora shortly, and she’ll get the Guardians into some trouble. She still has a bit of a loner’s attitude, even though she cares about the team. Does this affect the group dynamics?

Gerry Duggan: She definitely is not afraid to pull the group in the direction that she needs. And that’s actually what we’ll come to see as one of the driving forces of the first arc; her personal quest will either become a Guardian’s quest, or it will mean that she’ll have to leave the team.

The Guardians are, though, pretty rugged individualists. They do understand that they all have very different personal goals, even though they may be working side by side. So far they’ve been able to make that work. But I foresee a future where that may not always be possible with this group.

Marvel.com: Groot appears in his baby form in the book. How does this change the way they approach their gigs?

Gerry Duggan: What [“Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” director] James Gunn and his collaborators have done is great. In our book, even though it looks very much like he might be a baby, I view the Groot that artist Aaron Kuder is drawing more as being diminished, and not necessarily as being a baby. And at the end of the first issue, we begin to see why Groot is diminished.

All-New Guardians of the Galaxy #4 cover by Aaron Kuder

Marvel.com: Peter Quill, Star-Lord, has a tendency toward sarcasm, which comes off as very funny at the right moment but I think it could also be perceived as inappropriate at times. What do you think the others think of that? Does it ever get in the way?

Gerry Duggan: There’s an issue coming up, issue #4, that really sees Quill grab the bull by the horns and attempt to [solve] a problem, and that’s maybe the Peter Quill that used to grab for the Cosmic Cube and that sort of thing. So he definitely has a mouth on him, and that can get him into trouble, but I think it comes from a place of confidence in his abilities. And it has served him well so far.

Marvel.com: In this book, we find Drax trying to remain a pacifist—what impact does that have on the group?

Gerry Duggan: It’s much to Quill’s chagrin. And it’s made a joke of by everyone but Drax. And very transparently, for me as a writer, it’s an opportunity for a couple of gags for sure. But it also is very much coming from a crisis in Drax, and a sense of insecurity that has taken hold of him since we last saw him at the end of Brian Michael Bendis’s volume. So something happens there that makes him question the use of violence. And I should say, he’s trying to swear it off—how successful he’ll be by the end of the first arc is very much up for debate. But we’ll reveal why, and eventually he will have a bit of a reckoning. But for now I’m having fun watching Drax try and balance on this beam.

Marvel.com: Would you like to mention anything else?

Gerry Duggan: We have our first guest issue coming up with artist Frazer Irving in a Gamora-centric chapter that will explain a little bit more about what Gamora’s going through. And it will really be the catalyst for a lot of story that is to come. It will really change some people’s ideas about where this story is going to go, I think.

See the cosmic heroes on display on ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #2, coming May 24 by Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder, then Gamora goes solo with artist Frazer Irving on June 7, and Kuder returns for issue #4 on June 21!

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It’s time to Hero Up at Disney California Adventure Park beginning May 27!

Last weekend, “Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2” blasted its way to the top of the box office charts, and now the cosmic heroes are getting ready to land at Disney California Adventure park. The action kicks off in a big way May 27 with the opening of the all-new Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! and the launch of Summer of Heroes which includes Super Hero fun for everyone!

During “Guardians of the Galaxy: Awesome Dance Off!” Star-Lord and Gamora return to the Collector’s Fortress to retrieve a special artifact … Star-Lord’s precious boom box. Looking to avoid discovery, they ignite a lively party vibe, enlisting everyone gathered around to help out and show off your favorite dance moves in a rockin’ Dance Off.
And for the first time on Terra (that’s Earth to you and me) you’ll encounter the one-and-only Groot. He arrives on the scene just as the Dance Off is wrapping up, but is happy to stay for a while and visit with everyone as Star-Lord and Gamora make their escape.

Summer of Heroes also brings more excitement across Hollywood Land, including the Avengers Training Initiative featuring Black Widow and Hawkeye and heroic encounters with Black Widow, Captain America and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. This summer is going to be epic!

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The daughter of Thanos comes to Battlerealm, hunting for vengeance!

Thanos always manages to bring out the worst in people, including his adopted daughter Nebula. Forced to fighter her sister Gamora and mechanically enhanced when she lost, this fierce warrior unleashes her fury and combat prowess on Battlerealm, and if she runs into daddy dearest all the better.

We talked to Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Champion Designer Piero Herrera about Nebula and her seriously awesome abilities in “Marvel Contest of Champions.”

Marvel.com: Has Nebula finally found out that Gamora has been hanging out on Battlerealm? Has she entered The Contest looking to take down her sister, or for some more nefarious purpose?

Gabriel Frizzera: The Collector captured both Gamora and Nebula back in 2014, but for some reason preferred to add Gamora to The Contest and keep Nebula in storage—story of her life, really. The Guardians bump into her again when they travel back in time to 2014. All I can say is Nebula might tag along for future adventures, if Gamora and her can make up.

Marvel.com: And what’s going on with the new monthly quest? Can we get some details on that bad boy?

Gabriel Frizzera: This month’s quest, “Guardians Vol. Zero” is a throwback to the distant year of 2014, when The Contest started. Kang the Conqueror—who has a truce with the Avengers—hires the Guardians to salvage the wreck of his ship, the Damocles, where he keeps some important equipment. But Yondu gets there first, and after some shenanigans they’re all accidentally transported two years, four months, and 23 days into the past. Star-Lord sees this as a chance to warn The Collector about releasing Thanos in The Contest, but the time portal is closing; if they don’t find The Collector fast, they might get stuck in the recent past, forever—or I guess they can just wait for two years, four months, and 23 days.

This event is a great chance to look back and fill some of the untold backstory. Like in our new motion comic, where you see into the Collector’s thought process when picking Champions for his brand-new Contest of Champions. His selection process is less than perfect, as you can see here.

Marvel.com: It looks like Nebula is rocking her Ravager outfit from “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” What went into making sure her style stayed true to the movie look?

Gabriel Frizzera: We got lots of cool reference ahead of time from Marvel Studios for both Nebula and Yondu that allowed us to build models that are very similar to the movie characters—but of course we infused our own unique Contest style to them!

Marvel.com: Would you mind breaking down her kit for us? She doesn’t have a sword to swing around, but she’s got cybernetic implants and a mean left hook right?

Gabriel Frizzera: We decided to keep the two electric batons she fights with in the first “Guardians” movie, and that’s what Nebula uses most of the time. I think the animation team came [up] with a very unique fighting style that leverages the double weapons. She can also build up energy in her electric arm and discharge a powerful pulse to disable enemies!

Marvel.com: So what exactly is her style? How are we playing her and what do we need to look out for when relentlessly hunting down our sister?

Piero Herrera: Nebula is able to quickly charge up “Electroshock charges” when holding block. Those charges [enable] Nebula to deal high amounts of damage in a very short period of time and also can be used to lock the opponent’s Power Bar, temporarily disabling their ability to get Power. Hold block to get charges, land a Parry, and use Special 1 for Power Lock, or Special 2 for the high Shock damage burst. On top of it, Nebula also has a pretty good Self-Repair ability.

Marvel.com: How does her self-healing compare to some of the other regenerative characters in the game?

Piero Herrera: The way Nebula activates her Self-Repair is quite unique. Whenever she takes a lot of damage from a single hit, she will be able to heal all of the damage taken from that hit if she has a Self-Repair charge ready to be used. This also means that she is very strong against an opponent’s Special 3, since the damage from a Special 3 is just calculated in one big chunk after the cinematic sequence. Basically, the Self-Repair will activate whenever you need it the most.

Marvel.com: And when can we harness Nebula’s fury for ourselves?

Piero Herrera: Nebula is just about ready to start electrifying opponents with her electric arms and energy pulse discharges; be sure to check her out when she comes to The Contest on May 11!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

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The Guardians' dynamite duo reloads for another run!

The next characters to receive a “Marvel Puzzle Quest” upgrade bring bombs, bullets, and rocket fuel to the party.

Prepare yourself for Rocket and Groot reloaded as 4-Star brawlers to celebrate the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” We talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the pint-size pair and how they fit into the “Puzzle Quest” universe.

Marvel.com: Following close on the heels of Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) we have a revamped Rocket and Groot! How do they differ from their 3-Star incarnation?

Josh Austin: The most obvious difference is the size of Groot! Other than that obvious size difference, this 4-star Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) is more atomic, focusing on their last power, where an Atomic Bomb Countdown tile is created and will damage the enemy team, or if it’s matched before it resolves, it will damage both the opposing team and the players team.

Marvel.com: Thinking about Rocket and Groot’s dynamic as inseparable pals, what’s it like creating different abilities for two characters who work as one?

Josh Austin: Actually for these two it’s a lot of fun. Their characteristics from the trailer sparked the final animation sequence and power change. The “Don’t Push this Button” part of the trailer was fun and found its way into the game. Since Rocket and Groot are so inseparable, it makes it fun to combine them. Though, I have heard the community would like a 5-star “baby” Groot.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about Rocket and Groot’s kit. What kind of trouble will these two be stirring up?

Josh Austin: Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2)’s first power is called Rocket’s Pack and it costs 12 Blue AP. For this power, Rocket zips around the battlefield with his new Aero Rig, blasting any poor schmo that gets in his way. If a Blue Countdown tile hasn’t been created for this power already, this power creates one that deals damage and creates a Black Attack tile each turn.

Their second power is called Welcome to the Team and it’s a Yellow Passive, which means it costs 0 AP. At the start of the battle, this creates a bunch of Strike tiles. If there is another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy on their team, this creates stronger Strike tiles instead. Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy.

The final power is the most involved! The last power is called Don’t Push This Button and costs 10 Green AP. Rocket yells at Groot to not push that button [because] it will kill everyone! Using this ability first creates a 3-Turn Atomic Bomb countdown tile that deals damage to the enemy team. If it’s matched away, it deals slightly less damage then if the bomb went off to the enemy team and about 1/4th the damage to the players team.

While the Atomic Bomb countdown tile is on screen, this power becomes “I Aaaaaaam Grooooot!” which is a Green AP Passive. At the start of each turn, Groot makes a match for you. This clears lines and creates critical tiles as normal, but no extra turns. When the Atomic Bomb Countdown tile is matched or goes off, this power becomes Don’t Push This Button again.

Marvel.com: Welcome to the Team is really interesting. There aren’t too many abilities in the game that change depending on your team composition. Is this something the team is looking into exploring for other characters?

Josh Austin: We hope to be adding a lot of these before the end of the year; there isn’t much we can talk about yet, but we are hoping this becomes more of a thing very, very soon.

Marvel.com: And with I Aaaaaaaam Grooooooot!, does Groot make a move before, or after the player makes a move?

Josh Austin: Groot makes a move before the player does, which gives the player AP. This basically gives the player a few rounds of extra AP generation which is nice!

Marvel.com: Who fits best fighting beside the tree and space rodent? Obviously the Guardians work awesome together, anyone else?

Josh Austin: Because the Don’t Push This Button power is so strong, the player may want to focus on characters that fortify the player’s Countdown tiles like Green Goblin, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), or Hawkeye (Clint Barton). The player could also select someone that enhances or is enhanced by special tiles including Medusa, Punisher (Max), Mr. Fantastic, and Professor X.

Marvel.com: And when do we get a shot at these two troublemakers?

Josh Austin: Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) are available starting on Thursday, May 4. They can be found as placement rewards in the Meet Rocket and Groot event that is running from May 4 through May 8 and features their new art. Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) will be featured and available in the Vault for Thick as Thieves that runs May 7 through May 12.

Their special Guardians of the Galaxy story tie-in event is called Backup Plan, which continues the journey in the I Have a Plan event featuring Star-Lord. This event runs May 11 through May 16 and features Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) and grants the player covers in mission rewards. Their Versus Tournament is called Best Buds and runs May 11 through May 15.

Pick up the new 4-Star Rocket and Groot here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Celebrate the success of the Marvel mobile game with a Guardians of the Galaxy event!

The Guardians of the Galaxy roster expands in “Marvel Future Fight!” To celebrate the game’s second anniversary, two new heroes—Agent Venom and Mantis—join the battle while the game’s original Guardians don new uniforms inspired by the films, and finally, Whiplash adds his weapons to your arsenal. And just in time, because you’ll need new gear and fresh teammates to tackle the game’s World Boss Ultimate and Alliance Conquest modes.

We sat down with Minkyun Kim, Development Director at Netmarble Games, to see just what we could learn about the anniversary update.

Marvel.com: This update marks the second anniversary of “Marvel Future Fight;” what are you bringing to the game to celebrate this milestone?

Minkyun Kim: As a huge thank you to all the users who have shown us love, we’ve prepared a variety of events. First, players will have an opportunity to get new Guardians of the Galaxy characters and an exclusive, limited edition Comic Card. Players will also get additional opportunities for various rewards in events such as the seven day check-in.

Marvel.com: The biggest character addition has got to be Mantis; what does she bring to the table?

Minkyun Kim: Mantis, one of the new heroes appearing in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” will also be joining us this update. She mainly attacks with her hands through the use of martial arts. With her unique energy wavelength, she can attack from short or medium-range distances. You’ll be able to feel the thrilling action as you watch her acrobatic martial arts style and energy wavelength attacks.

Also, her ability to find enemy weak points and use of psychic empathy ensures that her teammates get buffs that will help in battle, the idea being that she uses her telepathic powers to communicate enemy weak points to her allies.

Her powerful mind energy and healing powers allow for resistance to debuffs. Her healing touch will be able to give teams an advantage in both team and solo battles.

Marvel.com: Alongside the new team members, players will be able to grab a few new uniforms. Who’s suiting up in new gear?

Minkyun Kim: With the opening of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” we’re introducing brand new uniforms: the [movie-versions] of Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon, Gamora, and the new Groot everybody’s been waiting for! Also, to celebrate the second anniversary of “Marvel Future Fight,” we’ll be introducing a new uniform for our original character, Sharon Rogers.

Mavel.com: A new World Boss mode is coming to “Marvel Future Fight” with this update. What can you tell us about World Boss Ultimate?

Minkyun Kim: There is a difficulty system in Ultimate Mode. As the difficulty goes up, bosses will become stronger, and a player’s characters will be placed in disadvantageous situations. In the higher difficulties, players will be placed in extreme situations never seen before on Original Bosses.

The key to winning will be determined by how detailed and effectively a player upgrades their character. Players will be challenged to constantly reduce their clear times and become the best.

Marvel.com: Outside of increasing their rank, will there be rewards in this mode that differ from the standard World Boss mode?

Minkyun Kim: As you challenge higher difficulties, the rewards will be more gratifying as well.

Rewards will now be proportional to the difficulty level that was challenged. Also, the first time a difficulty level is cleared against a boss, you’ll get a special reward. You can only get a limited amount of rewards per day, but you can always strive for better records and try out new strategies.

Marvel.com: A new PVP feature, Conquest, is coming to Alliances. What new ways can Alliances compete, and what kinds of rewards will they unlock?

Minkyun Kim: In the past, Alliance related content was based around an individual’s fight within the Alliance; Alliance Conquests will now truly be a battle of Alliances. Alliance Conquests will require communication between Alliance members to properly coordinate characters over the map to lead your Alliance to victory. Alliances with the best characters will have an advantage. Through Alliance Conquest, players will unlock Alliance Tokens which can be used to trade for items in the Alliance Shop and to upgrade your characters. Also, depending on your score, your Alliance will also get a cool frame.

Marvel.com: The third year of “Marvel Future Fight” is just beginning. Can you give us a taste of what’s to come?

Minkyun Kim: Looking back on the last two years, we’re grateful to all the players who have supported and loved our game and we know that we’ve had our faults. We’ll work our butts off to make sure that we become a game that is loved by all. Personally, as a fan of Marvel, I’m looking forward to the lineup of Marvel content coming up. We’ll take our own excitement and hopes and endeavor to create more varied content. Through the updates this year, we hope that our players will feel at home and join us to fight the villains of the Marvel Universe.

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Star-Lord and company pitch in against a cosmic threat!

As Nick Fury donned the Infinity Gauntlet in the most recent “Marvel Avengers Academy” event, the major players throughout the galaxy felt its power. With the Gauntlet’s location revealed, many will inevitably try to take it for themselves.

The first of those comes in Ayesha, bringing her Priestesses to the Academy to make a bid for the Gauntlet. The Guardians of the Galaxy being particularly familiar with cosmic threats like Ayesha will lead the charge against her while new faces from their previous galactic adventures will come to lend a hand.

We grabbed a few minutes from Lead Narrative Designer Allen Warner’s busy schedule to get the lowdown on everything we’ll see in this new event.

Marvel.com: Ayesha and her Priestesses are adding a new burst of intergalactic flair to Avengers Academy. What brings them to Earth?

Allen Warner: During our “Legends Assemble!” event, it was revealed that Nick Fury was in possession of an Infinity Gauntlet.  Using the Gauntlet drew the attention of beings from across the cosmos who’ve come into contact with it before, and they all rocket toward Avengers Academy to claim it for themselves. Ayesha and her Priestesses of the Sovereign arrive like a crew of golden, cold-blooded, intergalactic mean girls to cast judgment on the Avengers, remake Earth to fit their “perfect” standards, and get their hands on the Gauntlet.

Marvel.com: What threats aside from Ayesha and her crew will the Avengers Academy students face?

Allen Warner: Ayesha and the Priestesses have used their awesome powers and catty insults to bend powerful cosmic beings to their will, including Abelisk and Tiamut the Dreaming Celestial. These behemoths will protect the Priestesses and attack the campus while Ayesha searches for the Gauntlet. The Collector is also here to do battle, but he’s more concerned with adding an Infinity Gauntlet to his collection than going along with Ayesha’s plans.

We’re also introducing a new battle map feature that adds an element of choice and strategy to combat, allowing players to travel to different destinations around the universe to do battle with cosmic characters like the Chitauri.

Marvel.com: This event ties in heavily with the previous Guardians event; will new players miss out if they don’t have the previously released heroes?

Allen Warner: No, everyone will have a chance to get all of the Guardians characters from the first event, including Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, Groot, Nebula, and Yondu.

Marvel.com: What will players who do already have the previous Guardians be able to do in that first week?

Allen Warner: Nova will be available for the first time in week one of the event. I’m really excited to get him into the game because I’ve always been a fan of the Nova Corps, he’s one of the last remaining Champions members from the current comic team to enter our game, and he adds a lot of cool powers and personality to the cosmic mix.

Players will also be able to get an awesome Thor Groot outfit in week one. This is a riff off of the Thor Groot from [THORS during Secret Wars], but our amazing art team took the idea to the next level, and it’s really fun to see how Loki and Thor and some of the other Asgardians react to him having Thor’s outfit and powers.

We’ll also be releasing all of the buildings and some decos from the original event, along with items to upgrade the Guardians from the first event, and to help in the coming weeks.

Marvel.com: Beyond the returning Guardians, what new faces will be joining the Academy throughout this event?

Allen Warner: Nova, Mantis, Collector, Cosmo the Spacedog, Adam Warlock, and Lil’ Groot.  I think it’s an awesome mix of Guardian-centric cosmic characters, and they all turned out looking incredible.

Cosmo is a personal favorite of mind, as anyone who plays the game probably knows, and while he’s been around as a decoration before, he will now be a fully playable character with unique animations, his own storyline, voiceover lines, visual upgrade levels, and more. He’s only the second animal recruit we’ve ever had in the game, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see him cross paths with Lucky.

Mantis turned out amazing, and her visual levels are some of my favorite designs in the game. Adam Warlock’s are great too, as we reimagined him as a sort of golden, cosmic rock-god. Lil’ Groot is as adorable as you’d expect, and The Collector might be the best of them all. I really can’t wait for everyone to see what our art and animation teams created for these characters.

That’s not even mentioning the awesome outfits for Star-Lord, Gamora, Rocket, Drax, Falcon, Enchantress, Iron Man, and Captain America. They’re all great, but the Captain America is my personal favorite. I don’t want to spoil it yet, but I’ll just say that you’ve never seen Cap like this before.

Marvel.com: How will Ayesha shape her event district? What new structures will players add to their campus?

Allen Warner: The event district is Ayesha’s palace inspired by the film [Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2″], flanked by the giant golden Celestial, and the Collector’s hovering spaceship. The event building this time around will be the Collector’s Museum filled with incredible creatures, characters, and objects from across the galaxy. It’s one of the coolest and most intricate buildings we’ve ever made, filled with Easter eggs for future content, and events from the past.

Marvel.com: What’s next on the horizon for Avengers Academy?

Allen Warner: Thanos is closer than anyone thought, so it’s time for the Avengers to pursue every option possible to find their new recruits.

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The Guardians team with the X-Men, Nova, and more against a pan-galactic threat!

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!

What happens when GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, ALL-NEW X-MEN, NOVA, GUARDIANS TEAM-UP, LEGENDARY STAR-LORD, CYCLOPS, and CAPTAIN MARVEL team up? The Black Vortex, of course, which also included a pair of issues called GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY & X-MEN: THE BLACK VORTEX ALPHA and OMEGA.

Over in the pages of LEGENDARY STAR-LORD, writer Sam Humphries laid the groundwork for this crossover as Peter’s dad, J’Son of Spartax, now going by Mister Knife, stole the strange Black Vortex artifact. That didn’t sit well with his son and Kitty Pryde, who infiltrated his ship and made off with the object after witnessing how it transformed Knife’s Slaughter Lords. The Vortex proved to be a mirror-like structure created by a Celestial that allowed a person to reach their full potential, whether that be good or bad.

This kicked off the story proper as the Guardians headed to Earth to chat with the X-Men, mostly the All-New variety, but also Storm and the elder Beast. Almost immediately, the assembled heroes started arguing over whether they should destroy the Black Vortex or use it to power-up and then defeat Knife and the Slaughter Lords. Gamora, Angel and the older Beast decided to do exactly that, which raised more than a few eyebrows.

Despite losing his chosen weapon, J’Son continued his own schemes, trying to manipulate Thanos’ son Thane, making deals with the Brood and selling out his own planet, Spartax, in the process. Ronan even jumped into the fray after grabbing the mirror for the Kree and Supreme Intelligence, which did not sit well with the converted or J’Son. The good guys also found themselves joined by fellow heroes including Nova, as well as the time-traveling Cyclops and his dad Corsair.

Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha (2015) #1

Guardians of the Galaxy & X-Men: The Black Vortex Alpha (2015) #1

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Throughout the rest of the series, everyone from Nova and Captain Marvel to the bad guys gained control of the Black Vortex for a time. Ultimately, the heroes met with the ancient Gara who wanted to destroy the object. To save the people of Spartax, Kitty subjected herself to the Vortex and used her newfound abilities to save an entire planet, sending the attacking Broodlings away in the process.

After winning the day, Gara agreed to watch over the Black Vortex, noting that it could not be destroyed. She also offered to change some of the altered heroes back to their normal forms, saying that they might find themselves changed in various ways. Beast, Cyclops, Groot, and Iceman all asked to revert resulting in unseen changes in the first two and physical ones in the latter. Gamora, Kitty, and Angel decided to stick with their power-ups. At the very end of the story, Peter proposed to Kitty and she said yes!

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If you’re looking for even more Guardians goodness, be sure to check out the spinoff series GUARDIANS TEAM-UP which ran for 10 issues. In addition to Ronan appearing in #3, which played a part in Black Vortex, the book also saw the Guardians teaming up with the Avengers, She-Hulk, Nightcrawler, Ant-Man, Deadpool, and others. In addition to Brian Michael Bendis and Sam Humphries, amazing creators like John Layman, Andy Lanning, Bill Willingham, Paul Scheer, Javier Pulido, Tim Seeley, Mike Norton and others contributed the book as well!

Next, how will Peter Quill and his pals respond to his surprise election as President of Spartax?! 

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