Welcome the latest Children of the Atom to the mobile gaming adventure!

Brother and sister smash and slash their way through the latest update to “Marvel Future Fight” as the interdimensional battle wages on. This month, recruit some extra help from X-Men members. Channel the steel powerhouse Colossus and his sword-wielding sorceress younger sister Magik. Bring on hope – or destruction – with Angel or the diamond telepath, Emma Frost. Be sure to grab some MARVEL NOW! looks for Cyclops and Wolverine!

To get the full rundown all things mutant-related, we grabbed a few minutes with the team over at Netmarble Monster: lead game designer/director Minkyun Kim, lead system designer Youjung Kim, lead skill designer Jongho Park, and lead level designer JungTae Pyo.

Marvel.com: Could you give us a quick introduction for the latest “Marvel Future Fight” update?

Minkyun Kim: In this update, X-Men members Magik, Colossus, Angel, and Emma Frost will be available as new playable Heroes. In addition, Cyclops and Wolverine, who are already in the game, will be getting new Uniforms. As for new content, a new Dimensional Rift has been added with the newly an alternate-universe version of Angel as the Rift boss, as well as a few in-game improvements that I think our users will appreciate.

Marvel.com: Will our heroes sport new looks?

Youjung Kim: Cyclops and Wolverine will be getting new Character Uniforms. Cyclops will be getting the ‘Marvel NOW!’ uniform that he wore while leading the Mutant Resistance, which many of our Cyclops fans were hoping for. For Wolverine, we have prepared the ‘All New Marvel NOW!’ uniform that was created for Wolverine by the Superior Spider-Man.

Marvel.com: What can players expect to see in-game with the inclusion of these newly-added characters?

Jongho Park: We did our best to implement X-Men abilities that appeared in the comics. Users will see that Magik has her iconic Dimensional Warp skill along with other magical abilities. Colossus, the ‘guardian’ of the X-Men, will have immense tanking ability arising from his extra solid body, and Angel will have great supportive capabilities through his healing skills to help his fellow X-Men. Emma Frost will have various telepathic skills that will be sure to confuse and debilitate her enemies!

Marvel.com: Colossus is known to have the ability to transform his body into a solid weapon of pure steel. How strongly is this expressed in the game?

Jongho Park: We took extra care to express Colossus’ Herculean strength and body in the game. We made sure to focus on his innate concrete strength, rather than speed, for his abilities. We also put effort into implementing his steel body to reflect immense defensive capability and exclusive skills that make him extremely formidable to characters that use Physical Attacks.

Marvel.com: What improvements have been made to enhance the player experience? 

JungTae Pyo: The enormous Frost Beast that appears in the Alliance Battles seemed to have some counter-intuitive aspects regarding his attacks. Users were only able to evade them by roughly estimating the range of his attacks previously, so we made efforts to improve on this by adding an indicator that shows the range of his attacks.

Marvel.com: Lastly, can you share anything fun or surprising that’s exclusive to this mutant special?

Minkyun Kim: After the very first X-Men update of last year, we’ve been wanting to expand and add more X-Men to the game. This was easier said than done, as there are so many incredible X-Men characters to choose from. Picking which ones to add to the game required considerable forethought. Our hope is that our users will see that we put a lot of thought into the X-Men characters selected for this update. Our mission was to quench their thirst for X-Men characters through the unique and engaging skillsets of the new characters. We plan to continue adding characters from the X-Men universe in the future, so we hope our users will continue to play and love our game!

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

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See Illyana Rasputin go from Colossus' little sister to leader of the New Mutants!

Every Friday we use the powers of Marvel Unlimited to look back at the very first appearance of a major character, place, or object that made waves this week.

NEW MUTANTS: DEAD SOULS debuted this week, giving team leader Magik and her crew—Rictor, Strong Guy, Wolfsbane, and Boom-Boom—a mission to investigate some of the weirder, more supernatural threats hiding out in the shadows of the Marvel Universe. With issue #1 of this six issue limited series by Matthew Rosenberg and Adam Gorham already in stores, we decided to focus on the New Mutants’ leader and check out her wild history in comics!

New Mutants: Dead Souls (2018) #1

New Mutants: Dead Souls (2018) #1

Illyana Rasputin debuted right alongside her big brother Piotr, A.K.A. Colossus, in 1975’s GIANT SIZE X-MEN #1. Though unnamed in that story, we see her saved by her brother after he armored up and stopped a tractor from running her over. This heroic act led Professor X to ask Piotr to be part of his new X-Men.

Some time later, Arcade used a robot double of Illyana to attack Polaris in UNCANNY X-MEN #145#147. The real version of the hero had been kidnapped and brought to Doctor Doom’s castle in an effort to lure Colossus and the X-Men there. After being saved, Illyana returned with her brother to the X-Mansion and lived there for a while.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #145

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #145

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Then everything changed for the young woman in the pages of UNCANNY X-MEN #160. In that story, a demon called Belasco lured the girl away from her fellow mutants to another dimension called Limbo. Belasco intended to use both Illyana and Kitty Pryde to help get him out of of the zone, but the X-Men fought the demon and made their escape. With Kitty grabbing hold of Illyana in her dimension and Belasco holding onto her in his, Kitty eventually managed to pull her through, but instead of seeing the little girl version of Illyana that went in, a 13-year-old teen stood in front of her! Though she seemed to only spend a few seconds on the other side of the portal to Limbo, Illyana actually spent seven full years with Belasco in his demonic realm.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #160

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #160

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Feeling out of place, but now with a great deal of power and experience, Illyana joined the New Mutants, took the codename Magik, and became an important member of her team, as well as the larger X-Men squad. Magik has dealt with the dark corners of the universe plenty of times, even serving as one of the five hosts for the Phoenix Force during AVENGERS VS. X-MEN.

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In the four issue MAGIK limited series by Chris Claremont and John Buscema, readers learned more about what actually happened to Illyana in Limbo. Though tormented, she did have allies like that dimension’s versions of Storm and Kitty Pryde who taught her white magic and physical combat skills.

Magik (1983) #1

Magik (1983) #1

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Still, Belasco managed to train her in the ways of black magic while also creating Bloodstones every time he corrupted part of her soul. In defiance, Illyana managed to create the Soulsword, take over Limbo, and banish Belasco before being pulled back into her home dimension nearly a decade older.

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Illyana Rasputin returns to therapy in the heart of the Inhumans Vs. X-Men war!

The client Illyana Rasputin had a prior therapeutic relationship with this therapist that was interrupted due to a series of life events. At the time of therapy she was engaged in a variety of therapeutic interventions including family therapy with her brother Piotr (also known as the mutant rights activist Colossus), group therapy with adult and adolescent survivors of abuse and crime, and extensive, eclectic talk therapy utilizing elements of Dialectical Behavior Therapy (for emotion regulation), Interpersonal Psychology (to reconcile her images of herself), and Cognitive Behavior Therapy (to diffuse faulty thought patterns like, “Destruction is the only way to achieve my goals”).

As before Magik presents as though she is older than her chronological age due to a combination of being artificially aged by time in Limbo and an extensive trauma history. She continues to engage with her memories in a flat, distant way, suggesting some level of dissociation, most likely as a defense mechanism. When not discussing herself, she continues to present as tightly wound and moments from losing her temper. She did not actively rant as she did during her previous round of therapy but the anger is still obviously present.

Magik’s concerns, however, were far less spiritual/mystical than what brought her in the first time. She continues to identify as a demon sorceress and claims to have no soul, but rather than worry about that, she admits to having a crisis of confidence.

Mutantkind has experienced significant setbacks as of late, from M-Day forward and Magik feels particularly responsible for some of them given her failed participation in the so-dubbed “Phoenix Force,” a group of mutants identified as terrorists whose behavior has since been excused on the basis of the corrupting influence of the cosmic being known as the Phoenix.4378935-illyana_rasputina_(earth-616)_uncanny_x-men_vol_3_4_cover

Now, she finds herself once more fighting for what she identifies as the future of mutantkind against another sect of super powered individuals, the Inhumans. Increasingly, she has been thrust to the forefront of this effort and now features prominently in an apparent plan the she feels will end the battles, provided it is successful. She declined to describe it in more detail, however, so this writer has no ethical obligation or, to be honest, ability to report the possible future legally questionable activity.

Regardless, given her past mistakes and what she characterizes as failures, she is deeply worried she will be unsuccessful leading this activity and cripple the mutants’ attempts to protect themselves. Despite her exterior, she presented as worried and vulnerable towards the latter part of session as she disclosed her feelings of being certain she will fail and the will be, once again, responsible for a devastating blow to her community.

Utilizing her past therapeutic experiences, the therapist guided her through several thought stopping activities designed to challenge the negative automatic thoughts she is experiencing.

The therapist also attempted to engage her around the idea that a violent solution is the right or only solution and that putting herself in a situation such as this is an unhealthy choice that may harm her and her population as much, if not more, than it may help them. This therapist makes note of this because it may have been an error in approach to, as a member of the majority with significant privilege, suggest to a client who is of an oppressed minority the “best way” to behave. While I remain dedicated to nonviolence, to imply that the use of violence is never good, given her history and the history of mutants, came from a place of privilege and no doubt represents a rupture in the relationship. This writer will work to repair this rupture in the next session and going forward.

For further insights into the client, this therapist will also be reviewing the scholarly work of Doctors Jeff Lemire and Victor Ibanez available to the public on February 22 in the journal EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #19.

Psy D. Candidate Tim Stevens is an Outpatient Therapist who tried to ease tensions in session by singing “All These Things I’ve Done.” The client did not react as expected, despite the quality of Stevens’ rich baritone singing voice.

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The ruler of Limbo teleports in for mystic mayhem in the Marvel MMO!

Illyana Rasputin: mutant teleporter, Queen of Limbo, X-Man—it’s a wonder she ever has time to sharpen that giant sword of hers.

Well soon you’ll be able to take Magik out on the town, slicing and dicing and summoning demons. Gazillion Game Systems Designer and Character Designer Michael May dropped by to talk about all of her awesome abilities and what you can look forward to in “Marvel Heroes 2015”!

Marvel.com: Out of the hundreds of X-Gene imbued mutants out there, why did the team decide to pick up Magik for “Marvel Heroes 2015”?

Michael May: We didn’t! Our amazing community of players chose her in our first-ever fan poll to determine the final hero of our 2015 Advance Pack. The people have spoken!

Marvel.com: That being said, she might have one of the most varied power sets among the X-Men. She’s a teleporter, the wielder of mythic blade the Soulsword, and capable of summoning demons from Limbo. Oh and she’s more than a little fluent in magic. How did you guys package all that?

Michael May: Simply put, Magik has more powers than most heroes in the game, if not the most among all heroes. We couldn’t leave any of those features of her character out, so she ended up with a very high power count to represent all of her aspects.

Marvel.com: If you had to paint her with broad strokes, how would you categorize her? Is she a melee mage? A melee summoner? 

Michael May: At her core, Magik is definitively a teleporting melee hero. To supplement her melee combat, Magik brings a variety of summons, utility spells, and magical area attacks.

Marvel.com: Can you go over her different abilities trees? And what have you guys been having the most fun with?

Michael May: First, we have her Soulsword tree, which houses her melee attacks and teleportation powers. This makes up a large portion of Magik’s abilities and should be the first place to look for starting most builds. Her middle tree includes all of her Limbo summons, including the ability to teleport enemies into Limbo, capturing them, and forcing them into servitude—one of my favorite powers. Finally, her Magic tree includes all manner of utility and area-clearing sorcery spells, such as her Signature power, Otherworldly Nova.

Marvel.com: What exactly is the Command system? And how does that affect her gameplay?

Michael May: Command is a resource that allows Magik players to create a “loadout,” customizing their build. Command can be spent on Limbo minions, Limbo Bosses such as N’astirh, or can be spent to enhance Magik’s own defensive and offensive capabilities by changing the functionality of certain powers. If players enjoy Magik as she stands, Command can be instead spent on raw damage or health bonuses. There are many configurations of Command available, so players can play Magik in whatever style they feel appropriate.

Marvel.com: How do you balance someone who can bring so many other different characters into play? And because she does have all these different summoning abilities, does that mean she’s fairly squishy when she does come swinging into the fray?

Michael May: Magik’s Limbo minions each have different Command requirements, so a powerful minion like N’astirh consumes more Command than her smaller, weaker minions. This allows them to be balanced, as players will make the choice between a smaller number of average minions, or one big Boss minion. However, players who aren’t interested in minions will still find Magik to be quite durable as a melee hero. She can definitely hold her own, especially when utilizing her Eldritch Armor.

Marvel.com: What are you guys most excited to see when players get to pick Magik up? And when do we get to recruit her for ourselves?

Michael May: We’ve supported a wide array of potential playstyles with her using the Command system, so I can’t wait to see all the different build configurations players come up with. We aim to have Magik available before Thanksgiving—appropriate, since we’re so thankful to our players for voting her in!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Heroes 2015” news and interviews.

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Revisit the fiery ruins of Manhattan in these preview pages by Javier Garron!

This May, the world of Secret Wars takes you back to the fiery wastes of Manhattan as the X-Men delve back into…INFERNO!

Marvel is pleased to present INFERNO #1 from writer Dennis Hopeless (SPIDER-WOMAN, AVENGERS ARENA) and artist Javier Garron (CYCLOPS)! Welcome to the ruins of Manhattan, now ablaze with fire and brimstone. Five years ago, a band of demons rose up out of those fiery depths and turned the world to Hell on Earth. The X-Men were all that stood in the way of complete obliteration. The X-Men fought for survival. The X-Men failed…

Now, on this the fifth anniversary of the fall of the world, Colossus is leading a surviving team of X-Men back into the Inferno. None of them know what lies on the other side, but one thing is certain, they’re not coming back without his sister! Now, amidst the fire and the fury lies demons, ghouls, and the Goblin Queen herself. Colossus and his team of Nightcrawler, Boom Boom and Domino will face them all in an effort to save Illyana. But can she be saved? Or has she already been lost?

The answer lies beyond the fires as INFERNO #1 is set to burn up the comic stands this May!

INFERNO #1 (MAR150650)
Written by DENNIS HOPELESS
Art & Cover by JAVIER GARRON
Variant Cover by ADI GRANOV (MAR150651)
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Dennis Hopeless revisits one of the X-Men's most devastating adventures, with Colossus, Magik & more against a demonic NYC!

Once upon a time, demons invaded New York City, transforming landmarks and citizens alike in the event marked as Inferno. Fortunately, the X-Men battled back the forces of evil, albeit at great personal cost, and managed to save the day.

However, in one of the Warzones! we will see beginning this May thanks to writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Javier Garron as part of Secret Wars, the INFERNO rages on.

“One thing that always bummed me out about the original story was how quickly everything got resolved,” confesses Hopeless. “It was an issue or two of crazy in each series and then back to normal. I always wanted more. So in our story, the X-Men lost the battle over Manhattan five years back and the evil has been transforming the island ever since. At this point the Empire State Building is this hideous living spire that just keeps growing and twisting up into the charred sky. The city’s a burnt out husk and the demons run the show.”

For Hopeless, taking the writing reins on INFERNO allowed him to revisit a scenario that appealed to him on a professional level and tapping into his X-Men fandom.

Inferno #1 variant cover by Adi Granov

Inferno #1 variant cover by Adi Granov

“I just love the basic concept of the X-Men versus demons in an evil Manhattan,” he explains. “Also, demons are a lot like evil robots or monsters in that it’s ok to straight up destroy them. No punches pulled here.”

The original Inferno delved into many of the mutant heroes’ dark sides, but perhaps none more than Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik.

“I really loved the exploration of Illyana’s growing up in [Limbo],” Hopeless recounts from the classic tale told in NEW MUTANTS at the time. “She has this whole crazy history with all these demons that none of her teammates or her brother understood. We’re definitely going to be delving into Illyana’s Darkchylde side and how it affects her relationships.”

Speaking of Illyana’s brother, Colossus, who Hopeless previously handled during his run on CABLE & X-FORCE, will be stepping to the fore during INFERNO, taking a rare leadership role as his battered squad of X-Men—including Nightcrawler, Boom Boom, and Domino—stands their ground against demonic forces and former teammates alike.

Inferno #1 cover by Javier Garron

Inferno #1 cover by Javier Garron

“[This] Colossus is much more single-minded than the one we know and love,” the writer warns. “He lost his sister to the Inferno five years ago and is absolutely obsessed with getting her back. Unfortunately, nobody is allowed in or out of the island. Piotr has been carrying this heavy burden around for years, always waiting for his next opportunity to right the wrong. He’s definitely not somebody you’d want to mess with.”

Also factoring into INFERNO: Cyclops, Jean Grey, Madelyne Pryor, Havok, N’astirh, and S’ym; in other words, all your old favorites in a terrifying new campaign.

“Javier’s covers have this amazing ‘X-Men starring in super creepy renaissance paintings’ feel that’s just pitch perfect for the series,” says Hopeless of artistic collaborator Garron. “I really look forward to what he’ll do with the story.

“Did I mention X-Men fighting demons?”

Follow the latest updates on Secret Wars daily on Marvel.com and via our social channels!

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The team at Kabam welcomes Illyana Rasputin and her mutant sorcery to the Marvel mobile fighting game!

Ready for more “Marvel: Contest of Champions” goodness? Kabam’s very own Creative Director, Cuz Parry, plus Lead Character Artist Gene Campbell and Game Designer Shane O’Connor dropped by to give us a sneak peak into their newest combatant, the ruler of Limbo, Illyana Rasputin, aka Magik!

Marvel.com: How did Magik, sword-wielding sorceress and merry mutant to boot, find herself in the Collector’s Contest of Champions?

Cuz Parry: Anybody that has had a taste of the Phoenix Force has got to be considered as a candidate to enter The Contest. Besides, and I know the debate this will trigger, we needed another Mystic to balance out the classes in The Contest. Mutant vs. Mystic debate commence.

Gene Campbell: I also think it’s important to us as fans to not only make all the big AAA heroes that everyone expects, but introduce some of the maybe lesser known Marvel characters like Magik, a personal favorite. Another great thing about the huge roster of characters Marvel has to pick from is that there are tons of super powerful, tough, and lasting female heroines. I think this makes a great opportunity for us to showcase an integral Marvel character like Magik in The Contest.

Magik in Marvel Contest of Champions

Magik in Marvel Contest of Champions

Marvel.com: Magik carries a big sword, but is she ready to throw down with some of the Earth’s mightiest heroes and maniacal villains?

Shane O’Connor: I’d ask if the others are ready to throw down with her! She’ll be bringing some terrifying new abilities to The Contest that have never been seen before.

Marvel.com: Tell us a little about her basic attacks and special moves. Obviously she’ll be doing some slicing and dicing, but what about her trademark teleportation?

Shane O’Connor: One of Magik’s latent abilities allows her to teleport not just through space, but through time. Imagine how that could turn the odds in her favor!

Marvel.com: Any chance she’ll be calling upon any of her Limbo minions in combat? Limions… Limbnions… Limboions?

Gene Campbell: I don’t know if The Collector will let her bring help—I also don’t think she needs it.

Magik in Marvel Contest of Champions

Magik in Marvel Contest of Champions

Cuz Parry: Yeah, I think the Adaptoids and Super Adaptoids have The Contest covered on the minion front…for now?

Marvel.com: How fun was it designing Illyana’s digital self? What parts of her were absolutely essential to creating the Magik that we all know and love?

Gene Campbell: Well the “Soul Sword” was a given; who’s Magik without the power of her giant fiery Soul Sword? Aside from that, working on the Eldritch armor was a lot of fun. As an artist, it’s always cool to get to play around with different materials and textures until you find just the right look and feel, a look that says “Demonic Bad-Ass”.

Cuz Parry: And, to nip a purist dispute in the bud, Magik’s Soul Sword is effective against all opponents in The Contest, not just demonic or magical ones. The Collector figures why have a weapon if you can only use it against a few of the combatants foolish enough to take you on.

Marvel.com: When do we get a chance to harness Magik’s power for ourselves?

Cuz Parry:  Get your team of Champions ready to rumble, because Magik becomes a prize hero in an Arena Event starting January 21.  Look for her to become available in various other ways sometime after the event ends.

Keep your eyes peeled for more incredible “Marvel Contest of Champions” news right here at Marvel.com!

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Meet the characters who helped the all-new X-Men make it through their early days!

The X-Men have always gotten by with a little help from their friends, and never has an X-Team needed more help than the one assembled in the historic GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1.

Veteran X-Man Cyclops tried his hardest to get newbies like Nightcrawler, Storm, and Colossus on the same page with the laid back Banshee and the tough-as-nails loner known only as Wolverine, but the group’s inability to master teamwork in the same way that the original squad had allowed them to lose nearly as many battles as they won.

Luckily for the new team of mutants, creators Len Wein, Chris Claremont, Dave Cockrum, and John Byrne kept creating complex supporting characters for the X-Men to react to. The team struck up a number of friendships that would benefit them both immediately and later down the road.

You’ve no doubt already heard of characters like Wolverine, Storm, and Nightcrawler; now get to know the X-Men’s uncanny supporting cast.

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ILLYANA RASPUTIN
First Appearance:
GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1
While she only appeared once during the ’70’s in a cameo as the little sister that Colossus rescues from the path of a runaway tractor, Illyana Rasputin would go on to play a big part in the X-Men’s lives. The youngster would age seven years in-between panels of UNCANNY X-MEN #160, transforming from a little snowflake to the dark sorceress called Magik. She currently serves as one of Cyclops’ most trusted associates in UNCANNY X-MEN.

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MOIRA MACTAGGERT
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #96
The X-Men first met Moira MacTaggert assuming her to merely be a housekeeper hired by Professor Xavier. Then, immediately after her arrival, Moira fearlessly grabbed a machine gun and helped fight off an attacking demon. This “housekeeper” revealed another big secret by telling the team about the Nobel Prize she received for her work in genetics. The X-Men first traveled to Moira’s mutant research facility on Muir Island in UNCANNY X-MEN #104. They returned at the end of the decade in UNCANNY X-MEN #125 to fight Proteus, MacTaggert’s out of control mutant son. She would go on to become the X-Men’s premiere science expert, with Muir Island acting as headquarters to its own band of X-Men and, eventually, Excalibur.

Lilandra

Lilandra

LILANDRA NERAMANI
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #97
After appearing disguised in a bug-like suit of alien armor in a number of Professor X’s dreams, Shi’ar royal family member Lilandra Neramani finally arrived on Earth in UNCANNY X-MEN #105, seeking help fighting off her brother, the mad Emperor D’Ken. The X-Men joined her fight and helped prevent D’Ken from destroying the universe with the power of the M’Kraan crystal. Xavier and Lilandra also fell madly in love; the Professor took to the stars as the newly crowned Empress Lilandra’s consort. Lilandra and Xavier’s relationship would be tested throughout the years, most notably during “The Dark Phoenix Saga,” and would end tragically and epically years later in NEW X-MEN #133.

Amanda Sefton

Amanda Sefton

AMANDA SEFTON
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #98
No character demonstrates writer Chris Claremont’s ability to play a long game better than Amanda Sefton. Her one panel appearance in UNCANNY X-MEN #98 establishes her name and hints at a romantic relationship with Nightcrawler. This came back into play in 1979’s UNCANNY X-MEN #123 when the villainous Arcade kidnapped a group of X-Men along with their dates—Amanda included. Her history as a witch named Jimaine Szardos, including her history as one of Nightcrawler’s dearest and closest childhood friends, did not get revealed until a year later in X-MEN ANNUAL #4. The couple called it quits in UNCANNY X-MEN #204, and Amanda went on to offer her sorcerous services to Muir Island’s X-Men team. Sefton and her ex-boyfriend can currently be seen doing a bit of will they/won’t they in the pages of NIGHTCRAWLER.

The Phoenix Force

The Phoenix Force

THE PHOENIX FORCE
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #101
While originally not intended to be an independent character, one can’t really run through the X-Men’s ’70’s supporting cast without mentioning the Phoenix. This cosmic being posed as Jean Grey, complete with all of the original X-Man’s memories, and gave the team a considerable power boost. Her off-the-charts telepathic and telekinetic abilities came in handy when the group went up against Proteus, but she encountered an even greater threat while on Scotland: Mastermind. The manipulative mutant began his long con in UNCANNY X-MEN #122, plans that would eventually bring about “The Dark Phoenix Saga.”

The Starjammers

The Starjammers

THE STARJAMMERS
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #104 & #107
Fans currently enjoying the ongoing CYCLOPS series would be greatly served by checking out ’70’s UNCANNY X-MEN, specifically issue #104—which introduces Corsair, Ch’od, and Cr’reee—and #107—which rounds out the cast with Hepzibah, Sikorsky, and Raza. These space pirates arrived on the scene just in time to help the X-Men battle D’Ken and keep him from corrupting the all-powerful M’Kraan crystal. In the midst of battle, Phoenix discovered Corsair’s secret relationship to Cyclops and made a promise to the lead Starjammer that she would not say anything. Still, Cyclops began to put the pieces together in UNCANNY X-MEN #114, when he noticed that his mustached face resembled Corsair’s. The two would go on to be reunited as father and son in UNCANNY X-MEN #154, a dynamic currently playing out all over again in CYCLOPS.

The Imperial Guard

The Imperial Guard

THE IMPERIAL GUARD
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #107
Considering them neither friend nor foe, the X-Men only clash with the Shi’ar Imperial Guard when under extreme circumstance. Their first skirmish came while mad Emperor D’Ken held the throne, and the powerful alien assemblage proved to be more than a match for the ragtag mutant team. Mainstay Imperial Guard members like Gladiator, Oracle, Smasher, Starbolt, Tempest, and Astra all made their debut during the first Phoenix saga. The team would later return—with a vengeance—in 1980’s UNCANNY X-MEN #137, and most recently appeared in INFINITY.

Alpha Flight

Alpha Flight

ALPHA FLIGHT
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #109 & #120
After James “Vindicator” Hudson made his debut in UNCANNY X-MEN #109 as a lone agent of the Canadian government sent to reclaim Wolverine, the rest of super team called Alpha Flight followed a few years later in #120. Northstar, Aurora, Shaman, Snowbird, and Sasquatch first tussled with the X-Men when Wolverine and his pals flew over Canadian airspace. The two teams seemed evenly matched, only calling a truce when Wolverine agreed to surrender and go back with his old teammates. Of course, Logan double-crossed Alpha Flight and immediately escaped. The Canadian team would go on to headline several ongoing series, and Northstar has since become a big time X-Man.

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MARIKO YASHIDA
First Appearance:
UNCANNY X-MEN #118
On their epic journey back to New York following a battle with Magneto in Antarctica, the X-Men found themselves traveling through Japan when it came under attack from the terrorist called Moses Magnum. The X-Men teamed up with former colleague Sunfire to fight Magnum, but that’s not the most memorable part of that story. While in Japan, Wolverine met Sunfire’s cousin Mariko Yashida, the woman that would go on to be the love of his life. Wolverine immediately softened his gruff demeanor around Mariko, surprising her with his fluency in Japanese and by presenting her with white chrysanthemums. The star-crossed lovers’ relationship came to an end because of Mastermind’s meddling in UNCANNY X-MEN #173. Things just don’t end well for supporting characters that fall in love with an X-Man.

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Thor's not the only Marvel hero with a tall family tree!

Thor and Loki might just be the most famous pair of siblings in the Marvel Universe right now, but the Asgardians will soon discover a whole new branch on their family tree. Thanks to the events of ORIGINAL SIN, Thor and Loki will meet their long lost sister – Angela. Turns out that the angelic warrior from another dimension has a little bit of Asgardian blood running through her veins. These revelations will occur this July in the five-part THOR & LOKI: THE TENTH REALM series from writers Jason Aaron and Al Ewing, with art by Lee Garbett and Simone Bianchi.

Sure, Angela’s introduction into Odin’s family sounds like it’ll be a high stakes adventure in the mighty Marvel manner, but it’s about par for course where other super siblings are concerned. Being a super hero only magnifies your family drama, as evidenced by these five other super siblings.

Invisible Woman & Human Torch

Fantastic Four (1961) #32

Fantastic Four (1961) #32

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After being exposed to crazy levels of cosmic radiation, Sue Storm and her younger brother Johnny became half of the super-powered quartet called the Fantastic Four. This surrogate family, forged with Sue’s fiancée Reed Richards and his best friend Ben Grimm, helped replace the one that the Storm siblings had previously lost. As depicted in FANTASTIC FOUR #32, Sue and Johnny’s mother had died from injuries caused by a car crash, injuries that their father – a celebrated physician – could not fix.

Medusa & Crystal

Secret Invasion: Inhumans (2008) #3

Secret Invasion: Inhumans (2008) #3

  • Published: October 08, 2008
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: May 14, 2010
  • Rating: Rated T+
  • Writer: JOE POKASKI
  • Penciller: Tom Raney
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They may be called Inhumans, but the relationship between Medusa and her little sister Crystal feels all too human. The sisters have clashed in the past, usually because of Medusa’s role as queen of their people, but they’ve been able to work through their differences when situations demanded it. When the Skrulls kidnapped Medusa’s husband Black Bolt, Crystal stepped up and supported Medusa’s take-no-prisoners approach to rescuing her king.

Cyclops & Havok

 

Even though Scott and Alex Summers spent their childhoods in separate orphanages following the apparent death of their parents in a fiery plane crash, all the love, jealousy, warm memories, and name-calling came rushing back when they were finally reunited as young adults. Alex followed in his brother’s footsteps when he became an X-Man and leader of X-Factor. At times it appeared as though Alex made it his main motivation to step out of Scott’s shadow, but the younger Summers brother would still begrudgingly turn to his older brother for advice about leadership.

Trickshot & Hawkeye

Hawkeye (2012) #12

Hawkeye (2012) #12

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To say that Barney and Clint Barton didn’t have an easy childhood would still be an understatement. Their abusive father made their home unstable, creating an environment where the Barton brothers could only rely on each other. Following the death of their parents in a car accident, the Bartons made a pit stop at an orphanage before joining the Carson Carnival of Traveling Wonders. There they both caught the eye of the Swordsman, who turned both of them into master archers. Despite many years together, the duo eventually ended up separated by the law; Barney became a criminal called Trickshot while Clint became Hawkeye, an Avenger.

Colossus & Magik

Uncanny X-Men (2011) #8

Uncanny X-Men (2011) #8

  • Published: March 07, 2012
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 25, 2013
  • Rating: T+
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No other siblings on this list have had it as bad as Piotr and Illyana Rasputin. Colossus’ little sister spent all of her adolescence fighting demons in the nightmarish Limbo dimension and returned to Earth a teenager. Years later, the Russian government murdered their parents just a few months before Illyana – who had since been de-aged back to a child – succumbed to the Legacy Virus. Piotr’s grief drove him to join Magneto’s Acolytes. Not long after that, he rejoined the X-Men – and then died. Colossus got better, as heroes do, and the demon Belasco used black magic to resurrect Illyana. One would hope that these two, alive and reunited, would finally know peace. Nope! Recently, Magik allowed for Colossus to be possessed by the evil demon Cyttorak so that he would understand her inner pain. This manipulation and betrayal proved to be too much for Colossus, and the two have not spoken since.

For more family drama, check out THOR & LOKI: THE TENTH REALM #1 this July!

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Get the latest Augmented Reality updates from Moon Knight, Wolverine & The X-Men and more!

Have you taken the next step in your comics reading experience by experiencing Augmented Reality via the Marvel AR App for iOS and Android devices? If not, you’re missing out! Here’s Marvel Content Producer & Manager of the AR App Judy Stephens to give you the overview:

“The Marvel AR App brings new, exciting and free content to your print comics by using an iOS or Android device. To access any of the content, all you need is your phone/tablet, the app and an internet connection. Hold your device over the panel with the AR icon and watch the future unfold! With Marvel NOW!, we’re kicking off a schedule of even more Marvel goodness for your eyes and ears! Each week stay tuned for bonus content including videos from the creators, original sketches & pencils, art evolutions, surprise celebrity appearances and more! 

Got an idea for a Marvel AR video or bonus content? Let us know on twitter @Marvel!”

Have you got your Marvel AR App downloaded and your iOS and Android ready to go? Then check out the exciting AR content available this week!

IRON MAN #22
It’s the conclusion to “Iron Metropolitan” by Kieron Gillen and Joe Bennett! Life coach Anne Cooleen offers advice to the Stark brothers on working with family members.

MAGNETO #1
Cullen Bunn and Gabriel Hernandez Walta give the Master of Magnetism his own series! Watch a special trailer and hear from Bunn.

MOON KNIGHT #1
It’s Marc Spector as you’ve never seen him before, courtesy of Warren Ellis and Declan Shalvey! Get a sneak peek and what’s to come, plus Shalvey shares his thoughts.

UNCANNY X-MEN #18
Brian Michael Bendis and Marco Rudy bring Cyclops into conflict with Kitty Pryde! See a conversation between Emma Frost and Magik come to life through animation.

WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN #1
It’s a new semester with Jason Latour and Mahmud Asrar sounding the school bell! Preview what’s next and get the scoop from Latour.

To see Marvel AR video executions from this week and more, visit our YouTube playlist and keep checking back for new additions!

Each Marvel NOW! comic with Marvel AR also features a special look at what’s led up to the issue and what to expect within that you can access just by aiming your device at the cover.

Enjoy this week’s AR, and we’ll see you next week for another round!

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