Al Ewing helps to illuminate the history of The High Evolutionary!

The High Evolutionary loves change.

That’s an important factoid to know as you head into ULTIMATES 2 #9, out July 19, because when the Evolutionary teams up with The Maker, another guy who loves change, well, nothing will ever be the same again.

Now, you might be saying, “Who’s this High Evolutionary? Why’s he so big on changing everything? What’s he gonna change?” Those would be good questions, because he’s one of the universe’s most enigmatic figures, neither truly a good guy of a bad guy—although the Ultimates may disagree on the latter. They’ve got to figure out just what High Evolutionary’s up to as he puts his latest scheme to advance evolution into play.

Luckily, the team—and you!—have writer Al Ewing on their—your!—side to help everybody figure it out by offering up a few more factoids, and maybe even a few hits about the upcoming Eternity War in ULTIMATES 2.

Dude’s Name is Herbert

“Taking a look at the High Evolutionary, you’d be forgiven for thinking that he was some kind of human-sized Celestial, or at the very least an alien being,” Ewing notes. “But underneath all that weird pink/purple armor is a real live actual human named Herbert Wyndham who studied genetics under Nathaniel Essex—the man who became the X-Baddie Mister Sinister—and worked extensively with Spider-Woman’s father, Jonathan Drew. In fact, his armor is purely practical—to protect against werewolf attacks.”

Army of Half-Animal Servants? Check

“Herbert knows all about werewolves, as well as other human/animal hybrids, because he makes them in his various secret laboratories and rules over them like a god,” says the writer. “The High Evolutionary’s semi-animal subjects are known as the New Men, and they’re actually super-evolved animals who once helped him battle the demonic entity Cthon, and in the process released the arcane energies that merged with psychic soldier Emmett Proudhawk to become the Psi-Force.”

Ultimates 2 #9 cover by Christian Ward

Send his Christmas Cards to Counter-Earth, a Duplicate Earth He Built Himself

“Stuff like that meant that eventually Herbert was persona non grata on ordinary Earth—so he created Counter-Earth, a second duplicate Earth orbiting on the other side of the sun, forever hidden from the ‘true’ Earth,” explains Ewing. “How did he do it? By ‘evolving’ a small chunk of terrestrial material. The High Evolutionary has some interesting ideas about what ‘evolution’ involves.”

He Has Some Very Interesting Ideas about What Evolution Involves

“As we’ve seen, he’s evolved animals into humanoid forms—usually still with the heads of the original animals,” insists the writer. “He’s evolved a bit of rock into a full-scale replica Earth. He’s even experimented on himself. Scientifically minded readers might have noticed that his idea of ‘evolution’ owes a lot to Intelligent Design—his intelligence in particular—and he doesn’t limit himself to things that are capable of evolving. So what would happen if he was convinced to ‘evolve’ an entire multiverse? And would we survive?”

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“What makes Herbert spectacularly dangerous is that he believes he’s firmly in the right,” Ewing concludes. “No matter what mad scientific scheme he’s up to his pink/purple neck in, he convinces himself it’s for the good of all. That’s bad enough when you’re playing with human or animal life—when you’re playing with the destiny of an entire cosmos, things have the potential to get very bad, very fast…”

Find out how bad how fast in ULTIMATES 2 #9, available July 19 courtesy of Al Ewing and Travel Foreman!

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Watch this clip to see the Hulks at their most primal and tune in to the episode Sunday at 8:00 a.m. ET on Disney XD!

The Hulks really use their heads to solve a problem in a clip from this week’s “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.”! Check out the clip above and tune in to the episode this Sunday at 8:00 a.m. ET on Disney XD!

In this week’s episode, the Hulks finally make their way back to Earth, but things are a little different there. It looks like the High Evolutionary has gotten there before they did and devolved everyone into primitive versions of themselves! Luckily, Skaar is already primitive, so it’s up to him to stop the High Evolutionary. Check out the clip to see how primal Hulk has gotten!

Tune in to a new episode of “Marvel’s Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.” at 8:00 a.m. ET on Disney XD! And make sure to keep an eye on Marvel.com for all of the latest on your favorite Marvel Animated Series.

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Producer Justin Woods talks about opening up a new environment with fresh heroes to team with and villains to battle!

Over the course of “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” players have seen waste laid to New York, London, Wakanda, and more, but a whole new world opens up in the latest Spec Op with the Savage Land serving as a fresh battleground.

Producer Justin Woods spoke to us about the latest mission and environment, as well as the addition of Ka-Zar, new villains and more.

Marvel.com: So what is the theme of this Spec Op?

Justin Woods: This is a really exciting Spec Op for us because it’s [not] often that we launch a new geographical area in the game with new maps and new combat arenas. We’re going to the Savage Land in this Spec Op. We’re going to meet up with Ka-Zar and figure out what’s going on down there. The High Evolutionary is causing some ruckus and we gotta figure out the Avengers can help out there. All-new maps, all-new villains. New characters to fight against; we have A.I.M. and Hydra—well now we have Dinosaurs.

The High Evolutionary in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

The High Evolutionary in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: Ka-Zar is the reward hero, but the Lockbox hero is Kang the Conqueror. How does he tie into the Savage Land story? That’s kind of a neat fit.

Justin Woods: I will say that in typical Kang fashion, he sees something in the future that’s going to pan out and it’s extremely important that he comes and intervenes. He decides that it’s in his best interests to ally himself with S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers Alliance at least for a temporary time to prevent this future from happening.

Marvel.com: Does this Spec Op tie-in with any of the ongoing stories of the game?

Justin Woods: It’s more of a standalone story. The High Evolutionary is experimenting on dinosaurs and the local populace, so those are characters that you will fight against and see in battles in the Spec Ops. While he’s down there, he’s drawn all these other science-type characters down there. So you’ve got the Lizard down there. You’ve got Sauron, who lives down there. You actually got new villains [like] Stegron down there. Just a pretty big hodge podge and everybody’s down there doing science on dinosaurs and trying to get a piece of the action.

Ka-Zar & Zabu in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Ka-Zar & Zabu in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Ka-Zar for a sec. What’s cool about him and what he can do in “Avengers Alliance”?

Justin Woods: He’s a jungle man. That’s pretty awesome. I feel that he’s unique in the Marvel Universe. He doesn’t really feel like a super hero yet he still totally does and he’s got a different vibe to him altogether. What’s cool about him in “Avengers Alliance” is that he’s extremely unique in that he’s actually two characters in one. He has Zabu with him at all times and most of his attacks involve both him and Zabu doing something. You don’t have to summon him. He’s always there and they’re next to each other and they do coordinated attacks together for all of his moves.

Marvel.com: High Evolutionary is a pretty big-time villain to be debuting. His power level is right up there with Apocalypse and some of the other guys you’ve used. How are you playing him?

Justin Woods: He’s going to be a group boss, which is what we’ve kind of typically done with these kinds of villains. You’re going to see Doc Ock and Lizard and those kinds of guys in [the Spec Op itself].

Stegron in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Stegron in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: Anything else you want to talk about as far as this Spec Op?

Justin Woods: I would say that the thing about this Spec Op that’s really fun and exciting that people have to look forward to is that it [has] got so much content in it. So much new stuff. All the dinosaurs you get to fight. The two new bosses. A Lockbox hero. All the new maps. It’s really exciting and it’s really content rich so people will have a lot to look forward to. And it will be worth the wait.

Join “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” and play the Savage Lands Spec Op today!

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Scott Lang joins up with the Fantastic Four and Heroes for Hire as his adventures continue!

In 1962, the legacy of Ant-Man began; today, over five decades later, the legend has come to encompass multiple heroes and will take shape as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2015.

To celebrate the 75th anniversary of Marvel as well as prepare for Marvel’s “Ant-Man,” coming to theaters on July 17, 2015, learn all about the history of this unique hero.

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #24 cover

Amazing Spider-Man Annual #24 cover

With important, formative years as a solo super hero under his belt, in the 1990’s Scott Lang formed associations as Ant-Man with established teams that enriched his experience, but also brought new challenges, some of them far more personal than he’d imagined.

Shrinking Spider-Man and losing him to a subatomic world might’ve been a poor way to start a decade, but that’s what Scott Lang managed to do in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN ANNUAL #24. With that out of the way, Ant-Man juggled a few solo adventures, such as when he defused an atomic bomb in MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS #81, but when a founding member of the Fantastic Four came calling, Lang knew he couldn’t refuse.

Sue Richards, the Invisible Woman, brought Lang to Four Freedoms Plaza in FANTASTIC FOUR #384 as an electronics expert, someone who could work on sensitive equipment left behind by her presumed-deceased husband Reed, aka Mr. Fantastic. Lang threw himself into the task, not just because the work seemed interesting, but to be as close to the beautiful heroine as possible. After witnessing the kind of danger the Fantastic Four found themselves in, he finished working on a time-sled project for Sue in FANTASTIC FOUR #387.

As Ant-Man, Lang fought alongside the team as they made their way from one alternate reality to another. He met and battled Hank Pym as Giant Man in FANTASTIC FOUR #388, and saw an alternate future with a ruined New York City in FANTASTIC FOUR #389.

Fantastic Four (1961) #388

Fantastic Four (1961) #388

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More adventures followed as the team faced off against the Watcher, Galactus, and the enigmatic Dark Raider, and Scott stuck with it all the way up through the return of Reed Richards in FANTASTIC FOUR #407.

At loose ends again, Ant-Man joined with Thunderstrike, War Machine, and She-Hulk to halt an evil scheme of Loki’s in THUNDERSTRIKE #21. Triumphant, Lang suggested that the four heroes band together to form a new team, but they ultimately dismissed the idea and went their separate ways.

When New York City shuddered under the weight of Onslaught’s Sentinel attack in X-MEN #55 and UNCANNY X-MEN #336, Ant-Man stood with his fellow heroes in battle, proving himself as valiant and courageous as the best of them.

Jim Hammond, the android Human Torch, asked Lang to join his new incarnation of Heroes for Hire, and in HEROES FOR HIRE #6, Ant-Man revealed himself to the team during their mission to help the Eternals. Though his new bio-electric sting came in handy, some members of the group grumbled at his covert inclusion. Things hit a bit too close to home when in HEROES FOR HIRE #7, Scott’s daughter Cassie fell prey to the Super-Adaptoid, who used her mind to jump-start his own artificial one.

Heroes for Hire (1996) #13 cover

Heroes for Hire (1996) #13 cover

Like Hank Pym before him with the synthezoid Vision, Lang shrunk down to microscopic size in HEROES FOR HIRE #13 to examine Hammond’s android body from the inside out. While there, he adopted some of the Torch’s fire-producing cells to become “Fire-Ant-Man.”

Things grew weirder for Lang when he found himself devolved by the High Evolutionary in HEROES FOR HIRE #13 and QUICKSILVER #11, later to be cured of the back-and-forth condition in HEROES FOR HIRE/QUICKSILVER ANNUAL 1998. The team disbanded in HEROES FOR HIRE #17 when the new owners ruled against keeping ex-cons on the payroll, so once again Ant-Man flew solo, unsure of what the future might still bring.

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Chris Yost and Marcus To get together on carrying on a legacy, creating new characters and much more!

Each week on This Week in Marvel NOW!, we’ll speak with the creative minds behind the top characters and hottest books in comics as part of the All-New Marvel NOW! initiative!

This Week in Marvel NOW! - New Warriors

This Week in Marvel NOW! – New Warriors

This episode, writer Chris Yost and artist Marcus To join forces to speak on NEW WARRIORS–first issue on sale today–picking up the legacy of the beloved original team, adding new characters, the agenda of the High Evolutionary and more!

Download This Week in Marvel NOW! – New Warriors from Marvel.com and check out Marvel Podcast Central!

This Week in Marvel NOW! focuses on delivering all the Marvel info on the latest comics being produced as part of All-New Marvel NOW! New episodes will be released every Wednesday co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse. 

We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @AgentM@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #TWiMMarvelNOW! And if your message is longer than 140 characters, send it through fans.marvel.com!

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The High Evolutionary unleashes his master plan in preview pages by Marcus To!

If it isn’t human – it dies! Marvel is proud to present your first look at NEW WARRIORS #2 from the creative team of Christopher Yost and Marcus To! Evolution has gone off the rails, and the High Evolutionary and his army of Evolutionaries have taken it upon themselves to put things right, through the complete extermination of all super-powered beings in the Marvel Universe! And it’s up to the New Warriors to stop him – but will they be enough? Their first mission may just be their last! If they want to survive, they’ll have to learn to be a team first – and that’s much easier said than done. Plus, what does the High Evolutionary want with Nova? The answer may surprise you! Find out this Feburary in the explosive NEW WARRIORS #2!

NEW WARRIORS #2 (JAN140699)
Written by CHRISTOPHER YOST
Art by MARCUS TO
Cover by RAMON PEREZ
Variant Cover by JORGE MOLINA (JAN140700)
FOC – 2/10/14, On-Sale – 3/05/14

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