Plus check out our reading list for the Dread one!

A notably powerful and persistent threat, Dormammu has been a dread presence for Doctor Strange since the Master of the Mystic Arts’ early adventures.

Watch the new installment of Marvel 101 above to learn the important info on Dormammu and why he’s such a dangerous foe for Doctor Strange – and indeed for all of mankind.

For more on Dormammu, check out our Marvel.com reading guide focusing on some of the key appearances for the character, beginning with his debut in STRANGE TALES #126, as Doctor Strange trespasses unto the Dark One’s realm after The Ancient One asks him to deliver a message – but of what nature?

Click here for the Dormammu reading guide!

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Meet the girl formed from the shards of the Cosmic Cube!

The picturesque front lawns and friendly neighbors of a sleepy town called Pleasant Hill belied the place’s dark reality—that it was a secret prison for a collection of brainwashed super villains. Introduced in AVENGERS STANDOFF: WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL #1, the key to maintaining the town’s facade came in the form of a young girl named Kobik.

In an attempt to manage the power of the Cosmic Cube, Maria Hill and S.H.I.E.L.D. accidentally converted the artifact into a person. Coalescing into a form that the powerful device found most comfortable, Kobik was born. As the series continued, through issues like AVENGERS STANDOFF: ASSAULT ON PLEASANT HILL ALPHA #1, Kobik developed distinct relationships with S.H.I.E.L.D. operators, villains, and, eventually, heroes.

When the super villains of Pleasant Hill rebelled against their carefully designed mental manipulation and began wreaking havoc across the landscape, the Avengers and the Uncanny Avengers came to fight. Throughout the Avengers: Standoff event, which occurred in the pages of ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS, CAPTAIN AMERICA: SAM WILSON, AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D., NEW AVENGERS, UNCANNY AVENGERS, as well as several other titles, a war between good and evil expanded across the Marvel Universe—with Kobik caught in the middle.

After disappearing in the wake of Standoff, Kobik reemerged in THUNDERBOLTS. As her relationships with Baron Zemo, Erik Selvig, and Bucky Barnes became strained, the sentient Cosmic Cube kicked off the events of Secret Empire. In a desperate attempt to save Steve Rogers’ life, Kobik altered the mind—and history—of Captain America, retroactively making him an agent of Hydra. Upon realizing the damage her actions caused, Kobik retreated to her own mindscape, where she encountered the real Steve Rogers, who resided there after being replaced.

As the event came to its dramatic conclusion in issues #8, #9#10, and Secret Empire: Omega #1, the living Cosmic Cube proved to be the only figure that possessed the ability to resist the might of “Stevil” Rogers. With the United States reinvented as the Hydra ideal, the real Captain America nowhere to be found, and Hydra Cap ruling uncontested, the fate of the globe rested on the shoulders of Kobik—the little girl; the master of reality.

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Watch the first 20 installments of Marvel's new one minute crash course on characters and more!

Please take your seats. Class is now in session.

Since its inception, Marvel Comics has been defined by hard-hitting action, engrossing story lines and an ever expanding library of some of the most heroic and complex characters of all time! Beginning today, Marvel is excited to present an all-new video series devoted to giving fans an educational deep dive into some of the most iconic Marvel super heroes, villains, and more you may, or may not, be familiar with. Start taking notes – this is MARVEL 101.

Starting November 23, with new episodes made available every Tuesday on Marvel.com and on Marvel’s YouTube page, fans will be introduced to a one minute episode that offers a background crash course on a selected Marvel character, storyline, weapon, location, and more. It’s your cram session for the Marvel Universe available in a quickly digestible short-form video.

With such a vast catalogue of MARVEL 101 content already scheduled for release on a weekly basis, today will be able to watch the first 20 videos devoted to the following list of Marvel heroes:

  • Ant-Man
  • Avengers
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Captain America – Steve Rogers
  • Captain America – Sam Wilson
  • Captain Marvel
  • Daredevil
  • Doctor Strange
  • Guardians of the Galaxy
  • Hulk
  • Iron Man
  • Jessica Jones
  • Luke Cage
  • Ms. Marvel
  • Nova
  • S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Spider-Man
  • Thor

Every Tuesday thereafter, MARVEL 101 will further explore the history of some of Marvel’s greatest such as Thor (Jane Foster), Hawkeye, Punisher, Winter Soldier, War Machine, Wasp, Quicksilver, Angela, Venom, and much more!

With MARVEL 101 this is your chance to quickly explore some of the most popular characters of all time, or to simply take a refresher course on some of the most incredible entries within the Marvel library.

Be sure to take notes – there may be a pop quiz.

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