Gerry Duggan previews the third act of his cosmic odyssey!

Written by Jess Harrold

The Infinity Stones have returned to the Marvel Universe, and the race is already on to find them. But when INFINITY COUNTDOWN ends, INFINITY WARS begins! Here, writer Gerry Duggan and editor Jordan D. White discuss the cosmic event to end all cosmic events!

Marvel: Gerry, you followed up ALL-NEW GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY with INFINITY COUNTDOWN, and now it’s time to ask you the big question: what are you counting down to?

Gerry Duggan: Guardians was the first act—and as big as Countdown is, it was the second act. INFINITY WARS contains the last act of my cosmic story.

Marvel: What can you tell us about the state of Marvel’s cosmos when Countdown ends?

Jordan D. White: Well, I don’t want to spoil the ending of Countdown, but suffice it to say possession of a couple of the Infinity Stones has yet to be completely settled until Countdown comes to a close. When it does, the stage will be set at last for the requiem of the Infinity Stones to begin, driving us toward Infinity’s end! We are going to learn a lot about the Infinity Stones, how they work and why. And we’re going to see some…interesting combinations of characters, let’s say. Ones no one is expecting, that is for sure.

Marvel: Can we expect to see the Guardians of the Galaxy front and center?

Gerry Duggan: Yes and no. They’ll play a part, but the Stones are scattered and in a lot of different hands. Some of those hands are very happy to be holding the one rock they have. Others will want to assemble the entire set. Yes, it will be a big story, but it’s also going to be a lot of fun. The first act of INFINITY WARS is like The Warriors—if each gang had a magic rock. Most of the Marvel “families” will be represented in one way or another. This story began in space, continues on Earth…and ends up somewhere new.

Marvel: Anything Infinity-related tends to involve a certain Mad Titan, who is making major waves in other media this year. What is Thanos up to during your story?

Gerry Duggan: He’s one of my favorite parts of this tale. I think his appearance in the PRIME issue will set a new tone for him and drive home that this is, in fact, a very different Thanos story, with some unexpected dividends in the back end.

Marvel: Obviously, “Infinity” is a word with quite some pedigree in the Marvel Universe. Were you a fan of Jim Starlin’s original INFINITY GAUNTLET/WAR/CRUSADE trilogy—and indeed Starlin’s cosmic storytelling in general?

Gerry Duggan: I love Starlin’s work. His collaborations were always so big and bold. That said, this is a different story. I don’t want to be anyone’s cover band. I know readers love Jim’s work as much as I do. I’m borrowing the toys to tell a different tale.

Marvel: Gerry certainly has taken Marvel’s cosmos in a very different direction—and one unique to him. Since he’s describing this book as his “final act,” it seems like a good opportunity to ask you, Jordan, what have you enjoyed about his stewardship of the Guardians of the Galaxy and the rest of the Marvel cosmos?

Jordan D. White: Working with Gerry is terrific—he and I share so much when it comes to sensibilities. We both come at even the most dramatic story from the structure of comedy, in an odd way. Which is not to say the story is a gag—far from it. The “punchline” in Gerry’s cosmic tales is more punch than line, and it’s going to knock people off their feet.

Marvel: Speaking of knocking folks off their feet, you have an art team capable of doing just that on INFINITY WARS, right?

Gerry Duggan: It will be worth it for Mike Deodato Jr. and Frank Martin’s work alone. They are so great. This is the best work I’ve seen from them, and best of all we’ve been at this long enough that they will be providing art for the entire run. I went to New York for a one-day meeting about this story at the end of last year, and we had a blast cooking up some of our biggest ideas. I’m really happy with what we’re going to get away with.

Marvel: So if your story was this year’s big movie, what would the trailer guy say about it?

Gerry Duggan: Not a damn thing. I’d kill him first.

The battle begins with INFINITY WARS: PRIME #1, on sale July 25!

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Get ready for more info from Marvel at C2E2!

The reach of INFINITY COUNTDOWN has expanded to every corner of the multiverse, but the question remains…Countdown to what?

This July, writer Gerry Duggan, artist Mike Deodato Jr., and colorist Frank Martin answer that query with one word that resounds throughout infinity: War.

In INFINITY WARS: PRIME #1, the heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe reap what they sow as their frantic search for the Infinity Stones leads to cosmic madness like never before. The simmering events of recent months spiral into something much, much bigger in this colossal story.

Prepare to hear all the details from Marvel at C2E2 on April 6-8—but for now, take a look at the Mike Deodato Jr. cover for issue #1.

Infinity Wars: Prime #1 cover by Mike Deodato Jr.

Get ready for INFINITY WARS: PRIME #1, by Gerry Duggan, Mike Deodato Jr., and Frank Martin, this July!

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Announcing Infinity Countdown tie-ins!

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This May, three new tie-ins join the expanding web of INFINITY COUNTDOWN.

Masterminded by writer Gerry Duggan, the race to wield infinite power kicks into high gear across the Marvel Universe with DAREDEVIL #1, CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, and a four-part DARKHAWK series!

Also released today is an Infinity Circuit map to help you track the evolving enigmas of the various Infinity Stones.

In writer Gerry Duggan and artist Chris Sprouse’s DAREDEVIL #1, Matt Murdock encounters the Mind Stone in the New York underworld. Can Daredevil keep an Infinity Stone’s power from wreaking havoc on the city?

Next, in CAPTAIN MARVEL #1, by writer Jim McCann and artist Diego Olortegui, Carol Danvers crosses the borders of reality for a mind-bending, cross-time adventure into Infinity Stone lore! Continuing the journey that’s taken her to another dimension into the clutches of Thanos and Nebula, Captain Marvel—in possession of the Reality Stone—returns to Earth, having contacted the Marvels of many worlds along the way…

And finally, following the Marvel Legacy event of DARKHAWK #51, the hero makes his return in a four-issue series from Chris Sims, Chad Bowers, and Gang Hyuk Lim! Spinning out of the war with the Fraternity of Raptors for the Power Stone, “The Hawk” is back to fight for justice for both New York and the world!

Don’t miss the first wave of INFINITY COUNTDOWN tie-ins coming to comic shops in May!

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Prep for Infinity Countdown by reviewing the history of Adam Warlock!

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Infinity Countdown begins with Adam Warlock.

A man shaped by his relationship with the enigmatic Soul Stone, the cosmic hero has returned from beyond to the land of the living. His long and difficult history with the Stone now leads him to investigate just how the Infinity relic has changed him throughout the years. Tomorrow, February 7, witness Adam Warlock’s past, present—and maybe even his future—in writer Gerry Duggan and artist Mike Allred’s INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK #1!

Adam has gone by many different identities over the years, and his journey has included time loops, alternate universes, and an archenemy that he sees whenever he looks into a mirror. It all adds up to quite a complex history for the hero, so before you see how he impacts the future of the Marvel Universe, read part one of our look at the adventures of Adam Warlock before diving into part two here.

Guardian of the Galaxy: After recovering his lost Soul Stone, Adam used it to unlock his full potential to defeat Ultron during the Annihilation Wave. Soon after, the group of cosmic allies that Warlock joined forces with during the battle would soon take a new name: the Guardians of the Galaxy.

This newly minted super team then took up the mission of protecting the damaged universe from invasion, patching up tears that the war left in the fabric of reality. Later, Warlock’s dark Magus persona took hold of him again, and in a moment of lucidity during his fight against the alter-ego, he begged Star-Lord and Captain Marvel to kill him, requesting that he—and the universe—be spared the horrors of the Magus.

Adam Warlock (Earth-19141)/Living Tribunal: During the events of THANOS: INFINITY REVELATION, Death tasked her devotee Thanos with returning a single deserving soul back to the land of the living. The soul, of course, belonged to Adam Warlock. The resulting alternate universe (called Earth-19141) eventually merged with Earth-616, causing that Adam to be replaced by his newly created counterpart. This version of Adam Warlock possessed the power of Eternity and Infinity, and due to his immense power, was considered a potential threat to the central universe.

The potential energy of this threat soon became kinetic, when the Earth-19141 Warlock got knocked out and unconsciously destroyed the universe. When he woke up, floating alone in an endless void, he pleaded with the One Above All to undo his disastrous mistake. This proposition was accepted by the One Above All on one condition: that this Adam Warlock take up the mantle of The Living Tribunal. The Warlock accepted, becoming the primordial cosmic figure and resurrecting the Earth-616 Warlock.

This newly resurrected Adam Warlock then journeyed with his close ally Pip, disappearing until he reappears tomorrow, on February 7, in INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK #1.

Who is Adam Warlock?

Adam Warlock is a wandering soul. The sometimes god, sometimes artificial human, sometimes Soul Stone entity has been resurrected so many times by his Infinity Stone that he’s been fragmented beyond repair, having lost elements of himself to the mysterious Soulworld forever. In a constant battle against the influences that try to warp his nature into something destructive and cruel, Warlock struggles against the Magus—the madness, the lure of power—in the name of good.

So what will become of Adam Warlock next?

Find out tomorrow, February 7, in writer Gerry Duggan and artist Mike Allred’s INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK #1!

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Who is Adam Warlock and what does he have to do with the Infinity Stones?

Adam Warlock has returned, once again reborn from another place.

A man shaped and changed by his contact with the enigmatic Soul Stone, the cosmic hero has come back looking for answers; his long and difficult history with the Stone now leads him to investigate just how the Infinity relic has transformed him throughout the years. On February 7, witness Adam Warlock’s quest in writer Gerry Duggan and artist Mike Allred’s INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK #1!

Adam has gone by many different identities over the years, and his journey has included time loops, alternate universes, and an archenemy that he sees whenever he looks into a mirror. It all adds up to quite a complex history for the hero, so before we see how he impacts the future of the Marvel Universe, here’s part one of our look back at the history of Adam Warlock.

Him
The first name Adam Warlock went by—“Him”—was bestowed on the being soon after his creation. The research organization that brought him to life, called the Beehive, sought to forge a perfect human being…and they nearly succeeded. Their intentions, however, proved to be nefarious, and it didn’t take long for the newly awakened “Him” to rebel against his creators and escape in search of his own destiny.

During this period, the hero was all but feral. He knew nothing about the ways of the galaxy, but the one thing he was aware of was his desire to be a force for good. After an early altercation with Thor, the man retreated to a regenerative cocoon to heal and mull over this new understanding of the sanctity of life. This was the first of many such metamorphoses throughout Warlock’s existence.

Adam Warlock
The designation “Warlock” came directly from the research-obsessed super being called The High Evolutionary. The High Evolutionary, who found Adam’s opening cocoon and guided the young hero in the ways of existence, gave him direction with the gift of the Soul Stone. Not long after, when traversing the Earth, “Warlock” crossed paths with some teenagers who decided that he needed a first name as well: “Adam.” On his first real heroic mission, the newly dubbed Adam Warlock saved Counter-Earth from a rampaging The Man-Beast and realized that helping people was his true purpose.

The Magus
Some time passed before Adam Warlock first encountered the “Magus,” a malicious future version of himself and the leader of the Universal Church of Truth. The Magus was a terrifying herald of things to come for Adam; insane and corrupt with his great power—Magus left Adam wondering whether or not it was futile to challenge a dark fate already seemingly written for him.

Despite these fears, Warlock chose righteousness above all else and was able to destroy the Magus’ timeline, vowing to let the experience serve as a warning and a reminder to always fight for the powers of good.

Journey Inside the Stone
The relationship between Adam and the Soul Stone, which served as the source of his fantastic powers, was explored when the hero ventured inside the Stone for the first time. The Stone tried to enslave him there before relenting when Adam threatened to abandon its power by killing himself.

Warlock and the Soul Stone soon found equilibrium once again, though the previously steadfast trust between the two would never be the same after this episode.

Leader of the Infinity Watch
After Adam Warlock sacrificed his life to deny Thanos’ first attempt to destroy the Universe on behalf of Mistress Death, the hero’s soul lived peacefully inside the Soul Stone’s own bubble dimension. When Thanos became a threat again, however, Warlock projected his soul into a newly deceased human, using the might of the Stone to reshape it into a more powerful version of his own lost body.

Adam Warlock briefly took control of the Infinity Gauntlet, but ultimately decided that such immense power was too dangerous in the hands of a single person, so he split the Stones evenly between a number of heroes to create a new team: the Infinity Watch. The group dissolved after their Infinity Stones were stolen by a threat from another universe, and caused Adam to lose all sight of who he once was. Reeling from the loss, Warlock set off to regain the Stone and his place in the universe.

Read part two of this retrospective tomorrow on Marvel.com! And on February 7, continue Adam Warlock’s journey in writer Gerry Duggan and artist Mike Allred’s INFINITY COUNTDOWN: ADAM WARLOCK #1!

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Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder on setting up a new mystery in the upcoming limited series.

The Infinity Stones are cropping up across the galaxy and you just know everyone wants a piece of the action. Heroes and villains alike will clash in the pages of INFINITY COUNTDOWN by Gerry Duggan and Aaron Kuder. And make no mistake, things are about to get ugly during this five-part series, which kicks off March 7, following a one-shot prelude, INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME #1 (by Duggan and Mike Deodato), on February 21.

For a more in-depth preview into the upcoming struggle, Marvel.com spoke with Duggan and Kuder about why the stones are cropping up and now and the tempting sway they hold over the entire Marvel Universe.

Marvel.com: Why do you think the Infinity Stones hold such influence over the Marvel Universe, aside from their immense power?

Gerry Duggan: The Infinity Stones are dumb rocks that sometimes bang together yielding spectacular results. We’re more interested in what happens to the people holding them, and what happens after. Strictly speaking they’re wonderful MacGuffins, but we’ve all seen Thanos in his gauntlet armed with immense power. We’re telling a very different story.

Aaron Kuder: Without their power the stones wouldn’t be anything special. Even if each stone only had a lot of power (in the sense of energy sources), that in itself wouldn’t be all that interesting. It’s the unique nature of each stone, Time, Reality, Power, Mind, Soul, Space, and the way they become something greater than the sum of their parts that makes them the universe’s most powerful and dangerous items. Any one of them could give someone the master over that specific element, combining any two could conceivably make someone the most dominate creature in the universe.

Marvel.com: What’s causing the stones to reappear across the galaxy and who are some of the major players after them?

Gerry Duggan: The universe exists and so do the stones. They’re the source codes for the Marvel Universe. They can be destroyed, but they must reappear elsewhere. The stones are different now, and they work differently. It’s a mystery as to the why. The mystery will be solved later in 2018.

Infinity Countdown #1

Marvel.com: In the first issue we’ll see a race to the Power Stone, which has grown to the size of a building. Why is that?

Gerry Duggan: It’s a very good question. One that will be answered at least later in INFINITY COUNTDOWN. Obviously it is different than we’ve seen it before, but then again, the Marvel Universe is different since we’ve last seen the stones.

Marvel.com: What’s the worst case scenario in this series if these stones fall into the wrong hands?

Gerry Duggan: Since I’m writing it the argument could be made they’re already in the wrong hands. But I think you’ll see the answer to your question play out in INFINITY COUNTDOWN.

Aaron Kuder: Worst case scenario? Death would be a mercy.

Marvel.com: How big of a scope did you want the story to have?

Gerry Duggan: This is the biggest story I’ve told on the Marvel stage, and I’ve told some pretty big stories in the last five years. I hope readers will enjoy reading it as much as we’re digging it behind the scenes. Sure, some big, heavy stuff is going to happen, but it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun.

Aaron Kuder: It’s a pretty huge cast of characters, that’s for sure… And it is spread pretty widely across the stars. No corners left untouched.

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Hear new details about Infinity Countdown from Gerry Duggan, plus so much more!

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Review the biggest comics of the week, including ALL-NEW WOLVERINEFALCON, and RUNAWAYS, with Ryan, Ben and Maggie. Check in for a riveting INFINITY COUNTDOWN discussion with Ben and writer Gerry Duggan and check out the exclusive pages below from Mike Deodato and Aaron Kuder! The West Coast crew drops knowledge on all things TV, movies, and games! Then come back home and join Ryan and Ben for a very special holiday edition of #TWIMURC, featuring stories the boys wrote themselves!

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

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A new epic of intinite proportions envelops the Marvel Universe beginning this March!

Scattered across the Marvel cosmos, six stones, each accompanied by inconceivable abilities…together they pave the path to omnipotence. Who will possess these invincible cosmic weapons? INFINITY COUNTDOWN will tell the tale!

INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME–available in February from writer Gerry Duggan and artist Mike Deodato–begins the procession to a new story so big it will engulf the Guardians of the Galaxy and bring about the end of that venerable group before calling the entire Marvel Universe to bear. With the five-part INFINITY COUNTDOWN series beginning in March, Duggan and Aaron Kuder gather the players for an upcoming adventure playing out with unimaginable scale.

“As we worked on the Infinity Stones’ story, it became clear the story was much bigger than we could contain in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY series,” explains editor Jordan D. White. “It starts with the Guardians, but the story extends out into the entire Marvel Universe, with stones popping up in some very surprising places. COUNTDOWN is the next step in the story…but as the name implies, it’s leading to something even greater.”

Infinity Countdown Prime cover by Mike Deodato

Infinity Countdown #1 cover by Nick Bradshaw

The epic promises to include everybody from the Avengers to the X-Men and all heroes and villains in between, as the mystery surrounding the Stones swells and pulls in more and more major movers and shakes. All the while, mysterious forces forge a new weapon like nothing ever seen before–how does it connect to the Infinity Stones? What will it mean for the Marvel Universe? And who will possess it?

The intergalactic action begins with INFINITY COUNTDOWN PRIME in February–featuring a prose primer on the Infinity Stones–and spills over into INFINITY COUNTDOWN proper the next month. Don’t miss the biggest event to impact the larger Marvel mythos since Secret Wars!

The countdown for the ultimate weapon begins this February…but where it ends, only time will tell…

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