Marvel’s mightiest animals take on Tiger Shark in the mobile game!

Our favorite batch of lovable critters come to “Marvel Avengers Academy”!

The villainous Tiger Shark has teamed up with Fin Fang Foom and the Lemurians to launch an attack against the school. The Pet Avengers and their human—or humanoid—counterparts need to band together if they’ll have any chance of defeating this terrifying trio.

We grabbed some time with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to find out who’s joining the Academy, which heroes will see some surprising changes, and just how our team will bring the fight to Tiger Shark.

Marvel.com: The Pet Avengers are invading campus! What brings our heroes’ lovable companions to Avengers Academy?

Allen Warner: The classic villain Tiger Shark is angry about not getting accepted to Pet Avengers Academy, so he turns his frustration and rage into a revenge plot against both the Pet Avengers and Avengers. His fellow underwater villains the Lemurians have been without a leader since [the Avengers captured Attuma], so they decide to join Tiger Shark’s cause to get revenge and free their former leader. Tiger Shark knows that they’re outmatched, but he evens the odds by waking Fin Fang Foom, who is eager for his own revenge against the Avengers.

Marvel.com: Which fan-favorite animal heroes—both familiar and new—will we see as Tiger Shark wages his war against the Avengers?

Allen Warner: So many amazing animals and animal-themed heroes. New characters will include Hairball, Throg, Redwing, Firebird, Zabu, and Howard the Duck. For those counting at home, that’s a kinetic-powered cat, a frog with the powers of Thor, a telepathic bird, a sabertooth tiger, a surly alien duck, and a classic hero who was tutoring students at Pet Avengers Academy when Tiger Shark and the Lemurians attacked. I can’t even begin to tell you how amazing all of these characters look, and how fun their stories and unique animations are. This was a huge task for our animation team in particular because of all of the unique and varied body types these animal heroes have, and they absolutely knocked it out of the park. It’s such a fun lineup, and I think it’s a really great fit for a holiday event.

In addition to these new characters, we’ll be bringing back an array of awesome animal and animal-themed heroes, including Lucky, Cosmo, Lockjaw, Black Panther, Squirrel Girl, Devil Dinosaur, and many, many more.

Marvel.com: Meanwhile, the Avengers currently attending the Academy will need to gear up like their pet friends if they hope to win this battle. What new suits will we see throughout this fight?

Allen Warner: We did something a little different this time to celebrate the Pet Avengers theme. There will still be some really fun winter-themed outfits for Wasp and Loki, but there will also be some outfits that are unlike anything we’ve ever done before. For both helpful and mischievous reasons, Loki uses his sorcery to transform some of our heroes into actual animals. I can promise that no one has ever seen these heroes like this before, and our concept artists created some amazing designs. These animal “outfits” will be for Black Widow, Loki, Iron Man, Captain America, and Black Panther. There will be new stories about their adventures in their animal incarnations, and fun new animations that celebrate their classic traits and powers combined with their new animal forms.

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You can also expect the return of some of our coolest animal-themed outfits from the past, including Cap-Wolf, Cat Loki, and the always awesome Penguin Falcon.

Marvel.com: Where will Tiger Shark, Fin Fang Foom, and the Lemurians set up to bring the fight to our heroes?

Allen Warner: The villains will be hanging out around the conquered Pet Avengers Academy, which is of course, designed for our animal heroes. It’s a really cool design, and feels appropriately fun and festive for the holidays. We’ll also be covering the entire playspace in snow like we did for last year’s winter A-Force event.

Marvel.com: This event will wrap up 2017 for “Marvel Avengers Academy.” Can you give us any hints as to what 2018 has to offer?

Allen Warner: As always, you can expect us to celebrate the major Marvel movie releases, including “Black Panther” and “Avengers: Infinity War,” along with plans to showcase some of the major events and characters from the comics, and other big surprises. By the end of the Pet Avengers event, it will be clear who’s coming to Avengers Academy, and it will change everything…

For all the latest news and updates on “Marvel Avengers Academy,” visit Marvel.com and follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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Join Thor and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes as they combat a horrific threat!

The students of “Marvel Avengers Academy” have once again dispatched Baron Von Strucker. However, an even bigger threat looms on the horizon. Hela, along with some new friends, aims to bring Hel to Earth. Some fresh faces and familiar allies—cast out of Asgard by Hela’s conquest—come to the Academy to help our heroes battle the sorceress and put an end to Ragnarok before it consumes their home.

We took cover behind Van Dyne’s Outfits with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to learn more about Hela, Ragnarok, and the Avengers’ plan to put an end to them both.

Marvel.com: Hela comes to Avengers Academy with the goal of extending her reign to both Hel and Earth. How does she intend to make this a reality?

Allen Warner: When the event opens, we learn that Hela and her forces have already overthrown Asgard, imprisoning most of its greatest remaining warriors. She turns her attention to Avengers Academy to finish off the likes of Odin and Thor, and literally create Hel on Earth, but she knows that with the collection of powerful heroes at the school, this will be difficult. She decides to team with some of Asgard’s greatest enemies, the Frost Giants and Dark Elves, to attack the Academy, and use its powerful artifacts and portals to bring her kingdom to Earth. She’s already been out conquering the galaxy on her way to the Academy, and has gathered fearsome warriors, forcing them to do her bidding in exchange for saving their home planets. Hela’s plans are more intricate than they seem at first, and things will finally fall into place throughout this event that will pave the way for the first appearance of a long-rumored character who has a huge impact on Avengers Academy’s past, and its future.

Marvel.com: With the Asgardians specifically targeted here, will we see more of them join the Academy and their fight against Hela?

Allen Warner: Yes, both Heimdall and Valkyrie will be joining the Academy, and players will also have the chance to recruit Thor, who has only been available as an early access character to this point in the game. Heimdall and Valkrie are both really exciting because they’re characters we’ve been wanting to get into the game for a long time; their powers and visuals are so cool, and they have a great history [in] the comics, and now the films. I’m also excited that more players will have the opportunity to have Thor be a part of their campus. He’s one of [my] favorite characters to write in this game, and I really love his interactions with his family and heroes like Wasp and Captain America.

Players will also have the opportunity to recruit Grandmaster, Korg, and Miek. Hela took over Grandmaster’s intergalactic gladiator tournament while conquering the galaxy, imprisoned Grandmaster, and forced Korg and Miek to fight for her in exchange for the safety of their respective planets. All three of these characters are great, and bring something completely unique to the game. I’m really enjoying Grandmaster’s interactions with his fellow Elder of the Universe, Collector.

Since this is a war to end the world, and there’s a even bigger war on the horizon, you can also expect a surprise character who knows a thing or two about war.

Marvel.com: Will players also have the opportunity to recruit Asgardians who have enrolled in the past?

Allen Warner: Yes; Odin, Angela, Frigga, Sif, and more will be returning for the war to end all wars. We’ll also be bringing back some of the awesome Asgardian outfits we’ve created, and bringing back characters who aren’t technically Asgardian, but still have strong ties to those characters.

Marvel.com: Who will suit up in new gear to take the fight to Hela and her Frost Giant/Dark Elf cronies?

Allen Warner: There will be new Asgardian and gladiator themed outfits for Black Widow, Enchantress, Loki, Thor, Hulk, Falcon, and Iron Man. It will be a mix of familiar looks from the comics and movies, brand-new creations, and in one case, a really fun mix of both. As usual, our incredible art and animation teams have outdone themselves, and I think players will be really excited when they see what we have in store.

Marvel.com: Where and how will players battle these foes, both new and familiar?

Allen Warner: Players will battle Hela and her forces in Grandmaster’s gladiator arena, and will travel throughout the Ten Realms [battling] Dark Elves who have their own specific orders from Hela.

Marvel.com: Can you give us a taste of what’s in store for the rest of the year?

Allen Warner: An amazing winter holiday event that will introduce our most fun and most eclectic roster of event heroes yet.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for the latest on “Marvel Avengers Academy”!

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The lighting-packed Marvel Studios epic invades your favorite games!

As Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” takes theaters by lightning storm, the epic action comes straight to Marvel games! New content inspired by the film heads to “Marvel Contest of Champions,” “Marvel Future Fight,” “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” “Marvel Avengers Academy,” and “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2!”

“Marvel Contest of Champions” unleashes two new characters on Battlerealm: Thor (Ragnarok) and Hela. The Odinson looks ready and raring to bring the thunder, wielding a mace, swords, and shield into the Collector’s arena while Hela sports her classic green duds and appears every bit the fell goddess of the underworld that she purports to be. If you can’t wait for their in-game reveal come November, “Contest of Champions” players can already take a crack at the Grandmaster’s Challenge. Jeff Goldblum, aka The Grandmaster in Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” has readied his hand-selected a team of champions for battle! Think you can best an Elder of the Universe?

“Marvel Future Fight” brings three new characters to the game starting today: Skurge, an Asgardian warrior with an amazing armory; Heimdall, the guardian of the Rainbow Bridge; and Valkyrie, fierce fighter and skilled combatant. Alongside the new heroes comes new costumes for Thor, Hela, Hulk, and Loki, plus The Grandmaster as a new NPC.

Both Thor and Hulk step out of the alien arena and into “Marvel Puzzle Quest” sporting all their gladiatorial gear and awesome new abilities! Bring your team to the Sakaar Arena to duke it out in a lightning round-style event for rich rewards.

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“Marvel Avengers Academy” gets a massive update with five new characters straight out of Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok”—Valkyrie, Korg, Miek, Heimdall, and Grandmaster—and one deviously devilish NPC, Hela. And if you’ve been waiting for new outfits, well prep yourself for some serious wardrobe changes. Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Iron Man, Falcon, and Enchantress all get new looks.

“LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” will also come chock full of characters inspired by the film, boasting Thor, Hulk/Bruce Banner, Hela, Valkyrie, Loki, Grandmaster, and Kronan Warrior. “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” will be available on November 14, 2017 for PlayStation®4, Xbox One®, Nintendo Switch™ and PC.

Check out Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” when it hits theaters in the U.S. on November 3, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel games news and interviews.

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Area 13, the Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. and more spooky inclusions.

With the Inhuman crisis settled down, the students at “Marvel Avengers Academy” start getting ready for the biggest Halloween party any of them have ever seen. But Baron von Strucker has other ideas for our heroes. Despite being defeated multiple times in attempts to squash the Academy, Strucker has returned with his most nefarious plan yet. Our heroes will need all hands on deck to deal with the fearsome foes he lets loose on campus.

We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to get an idea of what’s in store for “Marvel Avengers Academy” this Halloween.

Marvel.com: Just when the heroes at Avengers Academy thought they could relax and celebrate Halloween, a new, spooky threat rears its head. What creepy plan does Baron von Strucker have in store for the Academy?

Allen Warner: After suffering multiple defeats at the hands of S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers, and watching his best agents see the wrongs of their ways and defect to Avengers Academy, Baron von Strucker is desperate to save Hydra School, and rebuild his organization.  He plots with an imprisoned villain to access the Nexus of All Realities, and uses the ultimate portal’s power to infiltrate the secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base, Area 13, unleashing its imprisoned collection of dangerous monsters and creatures, and holding the Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D. hostage.  Since Baron Zemo, Crossbones, and Madame Hydra have all betrayed him by becoming heroes, he also accesses an alternate universe to bring zombified versions of his former accomplices to join him in the fight. He’s hoping that the chaos, his new monstrous allies, and his powerful weapon the Satan Claw, will be enough to crush S.H.I.E.L.D. and the Avengers once and for all.

Marvel.com: Sounds like Strucker has a veritable army of frightening foes lined up for players. Who will we be up against in this event?

Allen Warner: He’ll be fighting alongside his remaining Hydra Agents and students, and his zombie minions, while using the strange tech and creatures within Area 13 to become more powerful, and stop the Avengers from freeing their allies.

Marvel.com: If Strucker breaks into Area 13 to free all these prisoners, will we get a look at the former S.H.I.E.L.D. base?

Allen Warner: Yes, the event area will be Area 13 itself, now controlled by Hydra, and overrun with an over-the-top collection of aliens, monsters, and extreme weirdness that has been released from the facility.  There will also be a separate Area 13 laboratory where the secret base ran its weird, high-tech experiments.  It all makes for a really cool mix of sci-fi-fi, fantasy, and horror that’s a great fit for Halloween.

Marvel.com: The students and faculty at Avengers Academy will need a hand tackling all these new enemies. Who joins the team to put some extra beatdown on Strucker and his cronies?

Allen Warner: Along with characters from our previous Halloween event, we’re bringing in a bunch of members from the Howling Commandos of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Dum-Dum Dugan, Man-Thing, Werewolf by Night, Vampire by Night, Jasper Sitwell, and Hit-Monkey.  Of course, Orrgo will also be returning from our ‘Monsters Unleashed’ event to help his team.  As anyone who follows the game and these interviews knows, I’m a huge fan of the weird and wacky side of Marvel, so it’s awesome to introduce all of these characters who are so different from one another and everyone else on our campus.  Dum-Dum Dugan is a Life-Model Decoy with ties to Peggy Carter, Captain America, Winter Soldier, and J.A.R.V.I.S.  Jasper Sitwell is a top-level S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent, and the nicest, most well-mannered zombie you’ll ever meet.  Man-Thing is a hulking, immortal swamp monster with a heart of gold.  Werewolf by Night is a classic werewolf, and classic Marvel horror hero.  Hit-Monkey is a ruthless assassin who just happens to be a well-dressed monkey.  And Vampire by Night is a really cool werewolf-vampire hybrid.  They’re all fun and weird and unique, and perfect fits for Halloween.

I also think it’s really cool that players will have the chance to collect characters who are all part of the same team, and who all visually evolve to wear similar S.H.I.E.L.D. uniforms, so even though they look so different, they collectively look like the ultimate monster squad, and fit right in with all of the other S.H.I.E.L.D. Agents already running around Avengers Academy.  As usual, our great art and animation teams did some amazing work with all of these characters, and have some really fun takes on them that have never been seen before.

Marvel.com: It wouldn’t be Halloween without costumes. Our heroes have to have fun one way or another, after all. Who all will take the fight to Area 13 decked out in their Halloween finest?

Allen Warner: Yes, it wouldn’t be an Avengers Academy Halloween without awesome costumes.  It’s a really great mix of fun and creepy outfits.  Some are original creations, and others are inspired by looks from the comics and TV.  There will be new outfits for Vision, Mockingbird, She-Hulk, Phil Coulson, Captain America, Thor, and Punisher.  Players will also be able to unlock the zombie looks for Baron Zemo, Crossbones, and Madame Hydra as outfits.  It’s exciting because these are the first outfits for a lot of these characters, and I think people are really going to love what our art team has created for each of them.

We’re also bringing back outfits from last Halloween, and other outfits befitting the holiday for Captain America, Wasp, Loki, Black Widow, Falcon, Enchantress, Iron Man, Maria Hill, and more.  It’s an amazing selection of costumes that look even cooler when everyone gets together for the traditional Avengers Academy Halloween-themed dance routine.

Marvel.com: Once Halloween has come and gone, what’s next for the Academy?

Allen Warner: An intergalactic gladiator tournament, an unexpected villainous coalition, and a celebration of everything Asgardian.

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Prepare yourself for their television debut with a royal adventure across five Marvel games!

The Inhuman Royal Family make their television debut at the end of September, but your favorite Marvel games are rolling out the red carpet well in advance of the monarchy’s arrival. We talked to a lot of people about the Inhuman goodies on the horizon, from the fine folks working on “Marvel Contest of Champions,” “Marvel Avengers Academy,” and “Marvel Puzzle Quest” to “Marvel Heroes Omega” and “Marvel Powers United VR.” Are you ready for the terrigen knowledge bomb we’re about to drop? We sure hope so!

The Inhumans Arrive in Marvel Contest of Champions

Marvel Contest of Champions” kicks off our Inhuman fun. Take Medusa into the Collector’s contest where she joins Black Bolt and her cousin Karnak as the Inhuman representatives on Battlerealm. You might have also seen Lockjaw in game already! Isn’t he just the cutest? Alongside Medusa and Lockjaw, players will also get to play an Inhuman-centric event pitting the chosen of Attilan against the Iso-8 Mafia.

“The Inhumans are one of my favorite Marvel families, because they have always been so weird,” exclaimed Gabe Frizzera, Art Director at Kabam. “The unapologetic ‘Kirbyness’ of the stories, with the lofty themes of alien gods experimenting with the fates of early humans, was one of my first tastes of sci-fi as a kid. I love every time we have a chance to bring an Inhuman to the Contest of Champions, especially Royals. I think they fit beautifully in our particular brand of Marvel cosmic extravaganza.” We couldn’t agree more.

The Inhumans Reveal Themselves in Marvel Avengers Academy

Not to be outdone, “Marvel Avengers Academy” is unleashing an entire event on players involving the Attilan Academy with a whole host of Inhuman characters joining the game’s roster including Medusa, Black Bolt, Crystal, and Triton to name a few.

“It seems like we’ve been waiting forever to introduce the Inhumans royal family to ‘Marvel Avengers Academy,’ shared Allen Warner, Director of Narrative at Tinyco. “We’re so excited that the time has finally come. It’s an awesome opportunity to embrace their inherent potential for comedy and otherworldly weirdness, which have always been big parts of our game, as well as reimagining what all of them would be like as school-aged students from Atillan Academy. I can’t wait for the world to see what our awesome artists have done with Lockjaw’s designs in particular. Hint: He looks even more amazing in a Black Bolt themed dog sweater!”

Lockjaw is a big help in Marvel Puzzle Quest

The gang at D3 Go! aren’t skimping on the Inhumans content either, with everyone’s favorite lovable teleporting dog popping into “Marvel Puzzle Quest” in early September. He joins Black Bolt and Medusa (one of my personal favorite characters, teaming her up with Carnage is so fun you guys!) as the third playable Inhuman and he’s bringing a few friends with him. Wink wink.

“Lockjaw will be our first playable dog character in Marvel Puzzle Quest!” revealed Josh Austin, Senior Producer at D3 Go! “With his Royal Escort ability, not only does he call in the many Inhumans we have in the game including Kamala Khan, Black Bolt, Medusa and Quake, but he also brings in two additional Inhumans: Crystal and Karnak!”

The Inhumans Join Marvel Heroes Omega

Have you picked up “Marvel Heroes Omega” for your PS4 or Xbox One yet? Well if you’ve been waiting for some Inhumans action, Gazillion has you covered. A new-to-console Black Bolt will be joining the playable cast with a costume inspired by his small screen look, as well as a fresh take on his classic outfit fans will no doubt dig.

“With Black Bolt, we introduce players to one of the most powerful heroes in the Marvel cannon,” said Anthony Gallegos, Designer at Gazillion. “With a voice that can destroy anything just by whispering, as well as an array of energy powers, super-human speed, and more, we can’t wait for players to try the king of the Inhumans for themselves. Black Bolt’s silence is only a reminder of his power and restraint — prepare to be awed when he decides to grace (or destroy) your very essence by daring to speak a word.”

Black Bolt and Lockjaw Make Their Way to Marvel Powers United VR

Last but not least, “Marvel Powers United VR” is adding two new characters to the game: Black Bolt and Crystal. Harness Blackagar’s electron-fueled energies and devastating voice or command the very elements themselves with Crystal Amaquelin. One thing’s for sure – you’ve never experienced Inhuman abilities quite like this before! Take a look at the game play trailer above!

“Having the opportunity to bring Black Bolt and Crystal into the game has been an exciting design and technical adventure,” admitted Mat Kraemer, Creative Director at Sanzaru Games. “They’ve become favorites with our team to throw down and kick some bad guy butt! We can’t wait to see what fans think when they wield Inhumans powers and jump into the fight!”

Before we sign off, we’ll leave you with a word from your man @ Marvel Games, Bill Rosemann, “With their combination of fantastic designs, bold personalities, wild powers, royal intrigue and sci-fi weirdness, the debut of the Inhumans symbolized the game changing genius of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. All these years later, and after so many amazing creators have expanded their legend, the Marvel Games team and all of our talented partners are excited to unleash them in a new medium, celebrate their awesomeness and help introduce them to a new generation of True Believers.”

Be sure to check out all the Inhuman action happening across a host of your favorite Marvel Games and watch the first chapter of “Marvel’s Inhumans” early in IMAX now and the complete series on ABC starting September 29. Stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow @MarvelGames on Twitter for the latest news and interviews from Marvel Games!

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Get ready for the Royal Family in a new event beginning September 7!

One of the most secretive schools in the world of Marvel Avengers Academy finally reveal themselves amid a hostile takeover. Maximus the Mad has forced his brother Black Bolt out of his position at the head of Attilan Academy. Now, he schemes to use the school’s resources to launch an attack on the Avengers’ beloved school! The once-reclusive Inhumans must band together with their superhuman brethren here on Earth to defeat Maximus and restore the balance of power in Attilan.

Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, joins us to detail the new enemies, allies, costumes, and more that we’ll see in this inhuman-ly packed event!

Marvel.com: Attilan Academy has so far been shrouded in mystery, hinted in a scant few lines of dialogue. Why has the school been so cautious, and why are they revealing themselves now?

Allen Warner: The Inhumans are notoriously mysterious and reclusive, keeping themselves isolated from the outside world.  They have their own customs and traditions and beliefs, and they see the human and superhuman populace as strange and dangerous, and don’t see any reason to put themselves at risk by leaving the comforts of Attilan.  Unfortunately, they find that their greatest threat has been living amongst them the entire time as Maximus uses his mind control powers to make them do his bidding, and usurp his brother Black Bolt’s throne.

Marvel.com: What does Maximus hope to accomplish from his spot at the head of Attilan’s hero school?

Allen Warner: Maximus thinks Black Bolt has been holding the Inhumans back.  He thinks they’re too powerful to be hidden away, and should be ruling the world instead of hiding from it.  He uses his powers to force the Inhumans to fight by his side, takes control of the kingdom, and launches an attack on the most powerful collection of superhumans in the world, Avengers Academy.

Marvel.com: Though they’ve been wary of Avengers Academy and other super-powered individuals up to this point, will the Inhumans’ desire to stop the Mad King lead them to join the heroes of Avengers Academy in battle?

Allen Warner: Yes, we’re actually introducing more recruitable characters in this four week event than we ever have before.  Players will be able to recruit eight amazing Inhuman heroes: Black Bolt, Medusa, Lockjaw, Gorgon, Auran, Triton, Crystal, and Karnak.  We couldn’t resist including all of these amazing characters, and I love how they each have completely different looks and power sets from one another.  Our awesome art team did their usual incredible job with each of their visual levels, taking cues from both the comics and the upcoming show, and I think people are really going to enjoy adding these characters to their campus.  Lockjaw in particular looks as cute and amazing as you would expect, and his visual upgrades take it to another level.  I can’t wait to see this giant teleporting dog trotting around everyone’s Avengers Academy.

Marvel.com: Can we expect this arrival of new allies to mean new threads for any of our heroes, too?

Allen Warner: Definitely.  There will be new outfits for Ms. Marvel, Quake, Wasp, Iron Man, and Loki.  We wanted to do something special for a couple of the Inhumans already attending the Academy in Ms. Marvel and Quake, and we embraced the royal theme in a really fun way with Wasp and Iron Man.  Loki gets a look right out of the comics that I’ve been wanting to get into the game for a really long time that is unlike any outfit our heroes have ever worn before.

Marvel.com: Where will the Avengers take the fight to Maximus and his cronies?

Allen Warner: The event space will be the Attilan Academy itself with Maximus perched on his brother’s throne, flanked by his mind-controlled minions.  I’ve always loved the various looks of Attilan and the unique Inhuman tech, and one of our awesome concept artists, Celeste Schulte, created a really beautiful representation of their kingdom.

Marvel.com: This event will take us past the end of summer and into early fall. Last year, we celebrated Halloween with the students and faculty of Avengers Academy. Should we expect the school to celebrate the spooky holiday again this year?

Allen Warner: Yes, we’re really excited for our second Halloween event.  The first one was one of our most varied, fun, and quirky events, and players can expect even more craziness this time around along with a bunch of amazing Halloween-themed characters and outfits.  The character line up might be the weirdest and most fun one yet, and we’re going all out to try and top our outfits from last year.

The four-week Inhumans event launches September 7 in Marvel Avengers Academy.

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Get ready to defend!

The Guardians flew back down, Spidey swung through again, and now the Defenders of Hell’s Kitchen return to Avengers Academy to battle a new threat in their neighborhood. Kingpin’s been imprisoned for nearly a year, and in that time Madame Gao stepped in to fill the power vacuum left in the criminal underworld of Hell’s Kitchen. The Defenders and the rest of the Academy students – with the help of a few new friends – need to dispatch Madame Gao and take back the neighborhood once more.

We grabbed a few minutes with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to see what The Hand has in store for us at the “Marvel Avengers Academy”.

Marvel.com: The Defenders are making their way back to Avengers Academy! What’s bringing the team to campus once more?

Allen Warner: With the Kingpin imprisoned, Madame Gao has seized control of the Hand, and conquered Hell’s Kitchen.  The Defenders held her off as long as they could, but she countered by kidnapping some of their closest friends and allies, forcing them to regroup and call in reinforcements.  With a firm hold on Hell’s Kitchen, and the combined resources of both the Hand and Kingpin’s entire operation, Madame Gao sets her sights on retrieving a powerful artifact that Director Fury has locked away in one of his secret vaults, launching a full-scale assault on Avengers Academy.

Marvel.com: Will players be returning to Hell’s Kitchen with the new event district?

Allen Warner: Yes, we’ll be revisiting Hell’s Kitchen and all of its iconic locales like Alias Investigations, Josie’s, and the law offices of Nelson and Murdock.  We’ll also be bringing back the Academy Courthouse from our Daredevil event, and giving some new recruits fun courtroom animations.

Marvel.com: How will the Avengers battle Madame Gao and her Hand minions?

Allen Warner: The Defenders and Avengers will team up to battle Madame Gao and her special henchmen on campus, as well as traveling away from the school to stop the Hand ninjas from attempting to take over the world.

Marvel.com: As with the Guardians and Spidey events before this, will players once again be able to recruit Defenders heroes from the previous event?

Allen Warner: Yes, this is a similar structure where players will be given another opportunity to get characters from the original Daredevil event, as well as some other characters who weren’t part of that event, but make sense to be involved with the Defenders.  Players will have a chance to get Iron Fist, Daredevil, Hellcat, Elektra, Misty Knight, Punisher, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.  They may also have an opportunity to get some characters who you wouldn’t associate with the Defenders TV show, but who have been part of various Defenders teams in the comics.  We’ll also be resurfacing all of the outfits from the Daredevil event, including what might be my personal favorite Avengers Academy outfit of all time, Lawyer Loki.  We learned in the original Daredevil event that Loki has a gift for lawyering, and a fondness for lawyers and the profession, and that will continue in this event with some fun results.

Marvel.com: While those who missed out will be excited to try for all those returning favorites, what new faces join the mix?

Allen Warner: A cool and diverse group of characters who are often thought of as supporting players, but who will take center stage and show their heroic sides during this event: Foggy Nelson, Colleen Wing, Stick, and Claire Temple.  They each bring a really unique and fresh perspective to not only the events at hand, but the Avengers heroes and Avengers Academy traditions.  Our awesome art team did some really great and brand-new things with their various visual levels, and their animations are really fun, and play to their unique occupations, personalities, and talents.  I’m really excited about this group from a narrative perspective because there is so much unexplored territory.  These characters typically only interact with the characters in their respective spheres, so there’s a ton of opportunity to do things that no one has ever seen before.  Foggy will form relationships and go on adventures with Loki and Captain America.  Claire Temple will go on an intergalactic rescue mission with Cosmo the Spacedog.  Stick will butt heads with J. Jonah Jameson.  Madame Gao will match wits with Mephisto, and so on.  One of my favorite things about the world we’ve built in this game is having the opportunity to reimagine and expand upon existing characters and Marvel lore, and this event and this group of recruits provided an awesome opportunity to do a lot of things that have never been done before.

Marvel.com: What new ways will our heroes suit up to dispatch the Hand threat?

Allen Warner: In addition to the resurfaced outfits from the previous Daredevil event, there will be new outfits and stories for Hulk, Punisher, Elektra, Iron Fist, and Misty Knight.  We love coming up with new looks for our characters that are unique to the world of Avengers Academy, but we decided to take a different approach this time around and only include outfits that have appeared in the comics.  Some are very recent looks that fans may not even be aware of, while others are iconic looks that have been around for decades.  They all look incredible, are completely different from the characters’ usual outfits, and add a new angle to their personalities and powers that make for some really fun animations and stories.

Marvel.com: As excited as we are to dive back into Hell’s Kitchen and dispatch Madame Gao, there’s always one eye on the horizon. Can you tease anything coming down the line for the Academy and its heroes?

Allen Warner: One of our frequently teased schools will finally have to come out of hiding, and they’ll be bringing more recruitable characters with them than ever before.

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

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The Academy and Avengers can't escape Vulture's tech!

With Vulture defeated and the Midtown Sci-Tech Homecoming dance saved, Spidey and the rest of the students at the Academy might have thought they’d have some time to relax. Unfortunately, a few new foes with a shared grudge against Tony Stark have gotten their hands on Vulture’s tech and started building their own suits of power armor. Their new factory can be seen from the Academy and the Avengers need to band together (along with some new friends) to tackle this new threat.

Marvel.com: Vulture’s been dispatched, but everyone at Avengers Academy is still feeling the effects of his tech. What do these familiar villains have in store for our heroes?

Allen Warner: At the end of the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ event, we found out that Vulture had been selling some of his scavenged tech and weapons to clients across the globe.  A few of these buyers are known enemies of Tony Stark who are using these materials to create new armor and weapons based on his designs.  Crimson Dynamo and Whiplash have personal vendettas against Iron Man while Yellowjacket orchestrates everything in an attempt to finally get Cross Technologies out of the shadow of Stark Industries.  They each have powerful armors of their own, but Crimson Dynamo is also attempting to build the most powerful armor that’s ever existed based on a stolen Hulkbuster prototype.

Marvel.com: Where are they going to hole up to launch their attacks on the campus?

Allen Warner: The armored trio have built a massive factory turned fortress where they each have their own work areas, and Crimson Dynamo is constructing her armored behemoth.  It’s really cool-looking structure where everyone has a section that fits their personality and skillset.

Marvel.com: With their foes decked out in new armor, surely some of the students will don new armor of their own?

Allen Warner: Yes!  There are new outfits for Wasp, Captain America, Enchantress, and Iron Man, including the debut of Tony’s iconic Hulkbuster armor.  I’m really excited about getting armored outfits for Wasp and Cap as Tony’s best friend and best frenemy.  It made too much sense that he would want to design custom armors for each of them, and the art team knocked it out of the park with their designs.  Enchantress has her own very Enchantress take on Iron Man armor, and we’ll also be bringing back one of Loki’s coolest armored outfits.  As anyone who plays the game knows, Tony is always eager to outfit his fellow heroes in customized armor, so we’ll also be bringing back some of our awesome armored outfits and characters from previous events.

Marvel.com: And who can players expect to join the fight (and the Academy) in the effort to stop Whiplash, Yellowjacket, and Crimson Dynamo?

Allen Warner: Iron Lad and Ironheart will be coming to the Academy to join the fight.  Iron Lad is a really interesting character who continues to build our roster of ‘Young Avengers,’ and of course couldn’t be more closely tied to one of our previous villains, Kang the Conqueror.  We’ll learn that Kang is more involved in these Armor Wars than you might expect.  Everyone is really excited about bringing Riri Williams to Avengers Academy.  She’s such a cool new character, and while her dynamic with Tony in the current comics is really interesting, her relationship with this younger version of Tony is something different altogether.  Both of these characters look great, and have some really fun animations, and I think people will be really pleased to make them a part of their campus.  As the Armor Wars are waged, Iron Man’s enemies will begin to see the error of their ways, and players will also be able to recruit Yellowjacket, Whiplash, and Crimson Dynamo.  They all turned out awesome.  Crimson Dynamo will be an early access character who will later be available as part of the main game, and I honestly believe she’s one of our coolest reimagined creations in this world.  I love her personality, and all three of her visual levels are some of the best we’ve ever made.  She’s no doubt one of my favorite characters in the game.

Marvel.com: The Armor Wars will end a little more swiftly than the last few events, so players are certainly eager to know what’s coming next. What can you tell us about the myriad threats on the horizon for Avengers Academy?

Allen Warner: We’ll be returning to Hell’s Kitchen to meet some new recruits, make some new enemies, and bring some iconic outfits to some old friends.

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Spidey swings back into the Marvel mobile game just in time!

Spider-Man and some of his spectacular friends swing back to “Marvel Avengers Academy” as Peter’s other school—the Midtown School of Science and Technology—prepares for their homecoming celebration. But the villainous Vulture has other ideas! He launches an attack on both learning institutions and it’ll take everyone at the Academy—plus some new pals Peter’s made over the last year—to thwart his plan and save the dance.

We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to learn everything Spidey brings with him in this latest event.

Marvel.com: What’s bringing the web-head and his spider-powered crew back to “Avengers Academy”?

Allen Warner: At the end of our previous Multiverse event, we learned that someone had been scavenging Maestro’s collection of “trophies” for tech and weapons, along with various labs and superhuman battle sites across New York. Nick Fury tasked Spider-Man with finding the perpetrator, and he’s coming back to report what he’s found. It also coincides with the homecoming dance at the Midtown School of Science and Technology, so Spidey will be bringing the party to Avengers Academy, and bugging everyone for dating advice.

Marvel.com: Why is Vulture so set on laying waste to Midtown Sci-Tech and the Academy?

Allen Warner: Vulture is a brilliant scientist and inventor, but was turned down by both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech after being accused of stealing other students’ tech and ideas to further his own goals. He feels like his fellow super-scientists don’t respect him, and the entire world is conspiring against him, so he starts using tech and weapons found in various superhuman battle sites to rebuild and repurpose mechanical monstrosities into things like an army of Vulture-ized Octobots. He wants power and respect, and he’ll destroy everyone and everything at both Avengers Academy and Midtown Sci-Tech to get it.

Marvel.com: The event district gives us a peek at Peter’s life outside the Academy; what new things will players discover?

Allen Warner: The event district is Midtown Sci-Tech itself, decked out for homecoming. It’s completely different than anything we’ve done before, and really cool because it brings a lot of fun, school flavor the campus. Unfortunately, Vulture shows up to ruin the party, so he’s perched atop the school with his prisoners and minions, plotting his attack on Avengers Academy.

Marvel.com: And the event building carves out a space for one particular Spider-heroine…

Allen Warner: Yes, we’re big Spider-Gwen fans over here too, so we wanted her to share the spotlight. The event building is a multi-tiered punk rock venue where Gwen and some surprise guests are going to perform, and throw their own brand of homecoming bash. The building represents Gwen really well with its gleaming white exteriors, colorful neon blue and pink graffiti, a unique stage and dance floor, and some other really cool surprises.

Marvel.com: How will players battle Vulture and his refurbished Octobot army?

Allen Warner: Players will battle Vulture’s tech on the campus as a team, while battling Vulture himself, and a couple of foes he’s tricked into fighting by his side. Part of his plan is to create chaos and keep the heroes busy by setting Symbiotes loose in New York, so your heroes will also battle in the streets of New York to protect the city.

Marvel.com: What new faces will join the Academy—and the fight against Vulture—as Peter calls on more of his friends from across the multiverse?

Allen Warner: A really cool collection of various Spider-Heroes, amazing friends, and one grumpy newspaper publisher. Players will be able to recruit Silver Sable, Spider-Girl, Agent Venom, J. Jonah Jameson, and Silk. J. Jonah Jameson was really popular as a cameo character during our first Spider-Man event, and I’d forgotten how fun he is to write until this event came around. His personality is great to bounce off of the students, and I can’t wait for everyone to see his visual upgrades. Silver Sable is one of my favorite Spidey characters. She looks amazing, and is a cool fit alongside some of the spies and mercenaries running around the school. Agent Venom is one of the most awesome Symbiotes, and he brings something completely unique to the table, and of course [his alter ego] Flash [Thompson] and Peter Parker have a classic rivalry. Spider-Girl and Silk are two of the coolest spider-powered characters in my opinion. They both were very close to making the cut in our first Spider-Man event, so I’m really excited to see them finally make it into “Avengers Academy.” As always, our art and animation teams have knocked it out of the park with everyone’s designs and actions, and I think players are going to love having all of these characters at their school.

Marvel.com: And there must be some cool new outfits on the way as well…

Allen Warner: Definitely. There are new outfits for Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Mary Jane, Venom, and Doctor Octopus. It’s a cool mix of some iconic looks, some seldom-seen but awesome outfits from the comics, and a couple of classics given fun Avengers Academy-style re-imaginings. It’s a really cool group that I think people will love.

Marvel.com: With the second Guardians of the Galaxy event, players were able to recruit the heroes from the previous event; will we see something similar here?

Allen Warner: Yes, we got a really positive response from players during the Guardians 2 event who enjoyed that opening week featuring characters from the original event because it gave them a first or second chance at characters they’d missed out on before, so we decided to do a similar thing here. The opening week will give new and longtime players the chance to get one of the outfits and a few of the characters from the original event, as well as a new character and outfit. Over the course of the event, players will have a chance to get every single character and outfit from the original Spider-Man event, including Miles Morales, Mysterio, Black Cat, Electro, Green Goblin, and many more.

Marvel.com: Once the Vulture is thwarted, what new adventures will players be able to look forward to?

Allen Warner: We’re going to find that Vulture isn’t the only person who’s secretly holding a grudge against Avengers Academy. He’s been sharing his scavenged tech and weapons with some faraway enemies, and they’re ready to go to war.

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

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Web up as the wondrous wall-crawler across Marvel mobile gaming!

“Spider-Man Homecoming” swings into theaters next Friday, July 7, but we’re starting the party this week with a slew of new updates to your favorite Marvel Games! You’ll see a ton of fresh Spidey content over the course of this week and next as we celebrate the film’s release.

To make things easy for all you fans of the web-head, we’ve gathered all the info on these updates in one place.

“Marvel Contest of Champions”

Spidey dons a new Stark Tech suit and leaps back into the fight! Meanwhile, a new Event Quest and a set of new Assignments from Tony Stark himself round out the new content for the fabulous mobile fighting game from Kabam!

Newly released into the Battlerealm, a Stark-enhanced Peter Parker gets swept up in the nefarious machinations of the Black ISO Mafia. As the villains begin to amass a mysterious power source with the help of The Vulture, this new Spider-Man sets off to foil their plans, against the urging of his mentor, Iron Man. With the help of the Summoner, Parker fights to prove his worth to the Avengers and make the Battlerealm safer for everyone.

Tony Stark takes a breather from saving the world to help mentor the next generation of Super Heroes. He’s got his sights set on Peter Parker and has given him the gift of a Stark-Tech modified suit. Tony’s got some rapid-fire scenarios set up to test Peter’s Spidey-Sense and the new features of his suit, but he needs your help to test them out first! Participate in Stark Assignments: quick, challenging Quests that appear at irregular intervals throughout the day. Complete as many as you can throughout the month, and collect valuable rewards, including rare Spider-Verse characters! Follow @MarvelChampions on Twitter to get notified when each Stark Assignment starts!

Download “Marvel Contest of Champions”

“Marvel Future Fight”

Our friends at Netmarble have put together a bunch of original content starring the web-slinger and his most fearsome foes! Spider-Man goes back to basics with his new uniform—modeled after Peter’s homemade suit first seen in “Captain America: Civil War”—and The Vulture joins the party, donning a new suit based on his “Spider-Man: Homecoming” gear. Alongside these new looks, players can recruit six familiar Spidey villains for their team, but not before battling them in the game’s latest sinister event quest. Take on the likes of Sandman, Lizard, Kraven the Hunter, Rhino, Mysterio, and Vulture himself to bring them to your side in the interdimensional battle!

“With the ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ film coming up, we thought it was fitting to introduce six new characters that are closely related to Spider-Man,” said Seungwon Lee, Chief Global officer at Netmarble Games. “Now players will be able to play as or against Spider-Man, and take part in a quest where the hero battles it out with his while earning a new quest pack.”

Download “Marvel Future Fight”

“Spider-Man Unlimited”

The wall-crawler hits the ground running in the latest update for “Spider-Man Unlimited”! Players have two new suits in which to deck out Peter Parker—both his homemade one and the new, advanced Stark Tech look. And he’ll need every advancement that gift from Tony Stark will bring as The Vulture threatens New York in the game’s latest boss battle!

Download “Spider-Man Unlimited

“Marvel Puzzle Quest”

The Sinister Six storm “Marvel Puzzle Quest” in hopes of finally stopping Spider-Man. There will be two Boss missions, featuring three members of the Six, and each comes with its own set of Supporting Character missions. Gather your alliance and work together to progress through each round and earn new rewards! These missions will run on July 6 and again on July 24.

Of course, who better to lead the charge against the Sinister Six than Spider-Man himself? Recruit Spidey to your team starting on July 6! If you prefer more villainous teammates, Vulture will be more than happy to join up starting on July 13.

Grab both new heroes and jump into the latest PVP Tournament: Junkyard Wars! Vulture will headline this tournament starting on July 20.

Download “Marvel Puzzle Quest”

“Marvel Avengers Academy”

It’s a veritable Spider-Party at the Academy this month! Spider-Man swings back to campus just in time for the Midtown School of Science and Technology’s Homecoming dance, but the villainous Vulture has other ideas. The almost-hero found himself spurned by both Midtown Sci-Tech and Avengers Academy amidst accusations that he stole tech and ideas from other students to further his own goals. Believing the schools and the world at large to be conspiring against him, Vulture attacks both the Academy and Spidey’s Midtown stomping grounds. To aid in the battle, Peter calls on other spider-heroes from across the multiverse! Recruit a batch of new heroes alongside some familiar faces from Spidey’s first appearance at Avengers Academy.

Download “Marvel Avengers Academy”

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