Everything you need to know about Marvel Games, this week!

True Believers, every week, make your way over to Marvel.com for a rundown of all this week’s Marvel Games news, from console game releases to character drops to mobile event updates, and more! 

Marvelites, we know you can’t get enough of Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War, now in theaters! Our month-long Marvel Games tie-in continues this week!

MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT

Do you know what makes this week EXTRA special? Marvel Games and NetMarble are celebrating the third anniversary of Marvel Future Fight!

We know you’re loving the previously revealed Avengers: Infinity War tie-in event. Once you’ve tackled that, Marvel.com had a great chat with Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann and senior producer Danny Koo about their favorite memories, and what’s to come. Check out an excerpt below, but head over here to read the full interview!

Marvel.com: What about your favorite content update?

Bill Rosemann: The Marvel Games team loves the X-Men, so it was an honor and privilege to help unleash – and continue to usher through subsequent updates – the mighty mutants into Marvel Future Fight.

Danny Koo: Every update, I am excited about the growth of the character roster and new features that players can enjoy. Shadowland is perhaps my favorite update, because you can take a simple idea of a ladder and make it a challenge that is thematically appropriate.

Also, when heading to your local comic shop this week, be sure to grab this Marvel Future Fight variant cover of RISE OF THE BLACK PANTHER #5, on sale this week, featuring a cover by Netmarble Games’ art director Jee-Hyung Lee! (You can also pick up the digital copy here.)

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS

Are you ready to earn the rare title of “Infinity Warrior”? Chadwick Boseman and Tom Holland’s Champion Challenge continues to May 17, to get you trained for the Contest’s upcoming Infinity War event!

Kicking off this week is a brand new quest!

  • INFINITY NIGHTMARE (May 2 – June 6)
    Thanos has won. His Infinity Gauntlet complete, and with it, he wields supreme power. Sitting atop the Battlerealm, he issues his first decree: “NO MORE GAMES. THE CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS IS OVER.”Everything grinds to a halt. His children hunt the heroes, who have taken refuge in the Astral Plane. It’s up to an uneasy alliance between M.O.D.O.K., Mephisto, and an army of free Champions, led by Captain America and Iron Man to stop Thanos, or die trying. Help them defeat Thanos now!

MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST

Entering the fray this week, we have one of the world’s greatest spies, the legendary 4-Star Black Widow (Infinity War)! Pick her up in the game starting today here!

 

Black Widow controls the enemy by Stunning the enemy and destroying their AP and Special tiles. She assists her allies by healing them and reducing the cost of her teammates powers. Pair Natasha’s powers with other characters that can stun enemies (Doctor Strange, Gamora, Ice-Man, Miles Morales, and Spider-Gwen).

  • Lights Out allows Widow to use covert weaponry to ensure no one gets past her stunning blows for three turns and deal 1,461 damage.
  • Defilade lets Nat hack the enemy’s surveillance system to keep herself out of sight and the line of fire, creating 4 invisibility tiles
  • While Black Widow has Invisibility tiles on the board, the power becomes Enfilade, allowing Black Widow to emerge from the shadows and strike out with her batons, surprising her enemy with a tactical strike. This destroys her Invisibility tiles and destroys 4 enemy Special tiles, dealing damage and gaining AP
  • Lastly, Brush Pass allows Nat to pass key intel to her teammate, giving them the upper hand, healing a chosen ally wth 7,159 Burst Health

The Web of Spies versus tournament starts this Sunday, May 6 and runs to Wednesday, May 9!

Meanwhile, in Marvel Puzzle Quest, there’s another badass woman to be on the lookout for — Peggy Carter Captain America!

Peggy Carter Captain America first appeared in Marvel Puzzle Quest during Captain America’s 75th birthday celebrations in July 2016. In this reality, Steve Rogers is killed and Peggy took the super-soldier serum in his place.

You can grab the special Peggy Carter Captain America special Marvel Puzzle Quest design cover for EXILES #3 at your local comic shop next Wednesday, May 9, or grab the digital version here!

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Marvel Games' Bill Rosemann and Danny Koo reflect on the dynamic mobile game's third anniversary!

This week, Marvel Games and NetMarble are celebrating the three years of Marvel Future Fight and the fans, heroes and True Believers who make the mobile game an amazing success!

Marvel Future Fight entered their third year with an Avengers: Infinity War tie-in event that saw our heroes facing the greatest threat yet—Thanos! With this impressive update, Marvel.com took the time to sit down with Marvel Games executive creative director Bill Rosemann and senior producer Danny Koo to discuss the hit mobile game as well as what’s to come!

Marvel.com: What were your first memories of working with Netmarble on Marvel Future Fight?

Bill Rosemann: What I remember most about beginning the journey with Netmarble on Marvel Future Fight is how intense and quick our first weeks together were. I had just relocated my family across country and on my first day at work in the Marvel Games office, I was told, “Okay, we’re launching this new mobile game in six months…go!”

Danny Koo: Marvel Future Fight was the first mobile game I started overseeing when I joined the team. The development team and I definitely hit the ground running to work towards the introduction of World Boss mode. Of course we didn’t stop there – we collaborated on the huge Shadowland update and Marvel Future Fight’s first original character – Captain America Sharon Rogers!

Marvel.com: How has the relationship between Netmarble and Marvel grown and strengthened over the years?

Bill Rosemann: The team at Netmarble has proven that they are True Believers of the highest order, going above and beyond in their efforts to create the greatest amount of – and just plain great – content for players with each and every update. The number of different characters, suits, event content and supporting visuals that they create each month is staggering. Through their diligence and efforts they’ve forged bonds of trust that can withstand even the power of Thanos himself!

Danny Koo: In terms of relationship, it has definitely been steadily strengthening over the years. The Netmarble team totally understands how to bring Marvel characters to life. The astounding number of characters that have been released in the game so far just shows how well our teams work together. I have made several trips to South Korea to visit the Netmarble team and celebrate with them for all the efforts they have put forth so far. Of course there might be some roadblocks along the way, but that’s a normal part of development. We huddle over those obstacles quickly and move on with even more determination.

Marvel.com: What is your favorite part of being involved with Marvel Future Fight?

Bill Rosemann: My favorite part of being involved in Marvel Future Fight is working through the entire creative process. We begin by discussing each 12-month plan, strategizing on which new characters should be added to the game and when they should be added, and then we see the Super Heroes and Villains come to life through the progression of two-dimensional designs, to three-dimensional bodies, to finally seeing them leap to life via in-game action. Oh, and when each a new piece of key art is created, from black-and-white sketch to final full-color art – it’s an artistic thrill every time!

Danny Koo: My favorite part is definitely the collaboration with Netmarble to create all-new, original characters, such as Captain America Sharon Rogers and Luna Snow. Those two characters are important to me and it’s amazing that Sharon Rogers has even gotten her own Funko POP! I’m looking forward to creating more original products based on Marvel Future Fight. Creating original content is a huge priority for me on this game.

Marvel.com: What are your future plans/hopes for the game in the coming years?

Bill Rosemann: I hope that the talented team at Netmarble continues to unleash wave after wave of amazing character and gameplay scenarios that keep players around the world fighting… for the future!

Danny Koo: I hope Marvel Future Fight continues to attract audiences from different corners of the world. We all want new exciting modes and original content for Marvel Future Fight and we will continue to work together to strive towards that! Here’s to another year to come!

Marvel.com: Who’s your favorite character in Marvel Future Fight?

Bill Rosemann: As much as I love our take on classic characters like Spider-Man, Black Widow and Hulk, there’s also a special thrill seeing our own unique characters like Sharon Rogers Captain America and Luna Snow being embraced by the Marvel Future Fight family.

Danny Koo: I have two favorite characters – Captain America Sharon Rogers (a.k.a. ShaRog, as the fans nicknamed her) andLuna Snow, the first Marvel K-Pop Super Hero!

Marvel.com: What about your favorite content update?

Bill Rosemann: The Marvel Games team loves the X-Men, so it was an honor and privilege to help unleash – and continue to usher through subsequent updates – the mighty mutants into Marvel Future Fight.

Danny Koo: Every update, I am excited about the growth of the character roster and new features that players can enjoy. Shadowland is perhaps my favorite update, because you can take a simple idea of a ladder and make it a challenge that is thematically appropriate.

Marvel.com: Can you describe the experience of developing original characters for the game?

Bill Rosemann: They may be digital creations, but the long and intense process of creating an all-new character who can stand alongside the legendary Iron Man, Daredevil and Captain Marvel…well, that’s a special adventure to be a part of. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank the Netmarble team for teaming with us and working so intently to introduce new heroes worthy of the name Marvel, and we also thank every Marvel Future Fight player who has embraced them. Bring on the cosplayers!

Danny Koo: Developing original characters takes time especially when come to collaboration. On Marvel Games side, we need to ensure that they are authentic Super Heroes and able to tell compelling stories. We also have so many characters in the Marvel Universe that we need to ensure the new character can carve up an unique space on their own. Also, we need to give Netmarble some iteration time in order to give the original character the most awesome treatment. So, in reality, we need to give Netmarble Monster some space and time to have the power to develop the original character that embodies the soul of a Marvel Super Hero with creativity in mind!

Can’t get enough of Marvel Future Fight? Watch the special Infinity War/3rd Anniversary livestream featuring Danny Koo!

MARVEL Future Fight 3rd Anniversary

Posted by Marvel Future Fight on Monday, April 30, 2018

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store® and Google Play™. For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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Everything you need to know about Marvel Games, this week!

True Believers, every Tuesday, make your way over to Marvel.com for a rundown of all this week’s Marvel Games news, from console game releases to character drops to mobile event updates, and more! 

Thanos isn’t only terrorizing Earth’s Mightiest Heroes on-screen with the April 27 release of Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War.” Starting this week, the Mad Titan will have our heroes scrambling to assemble across seven titles in Marvel Games roster. Now let’s get on to what cataclysmic events we can expect to see this week and what we can tease for the remaining participating titles!

MARVEL CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS

Are you ready to earn the rare title of “Infinity Warrior”? Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman and Spider-Man’s Tom Holland will be kicking off their Champion Challenge tomorrow, Thursday, April 19, and run to May 17, to get you trained for the Contest’s upcoming Infinity War event!

Beginning on Wednesday, April 25, you can expect to find four new events in-game with the latest build update, including the “Infinity Nightmare” story quest, a daily “Infinity Trials” quest,” the solo “Vanquishing Blows” challenge, and “Infinity Dungeons,” which features social co-op quests.

  • TRIALS OF THE MAD TITAN (April 25 – June 6)
    The powers of the Battlerealm’s Infinity Stones have spread throughout the Contest, leaving pockets of their condensed energies ripe for the picking. Cut your teeth on foes infused with the power of the Stones each day, and then collect Boosts that will temporarily give you access to the unique powers offered by each Stone! Combine these boosts on the final day each week to take on power enemies in the Trial of Omniscience, where the greatest rewards and most dangerous enemies lie.
  • INFINITY DUNGEONS (Available for a limited time only!)
    Team up with another Summoner to battle through an endless series of Rooms. Even better, they don’t have to be in your alliance! Strategize with them while in the Dungeon with the new Quick Chat feature. Each Dungeon has a unique theme depending on the day you play, including randomized Buffs on Nodes that are different every time you play.The further you go, the harder it becomes, and the better the rewards. Once you completed a Room, you must decide whether to push on to the next and more difficult Room, or conclude the Dungeon and collect the points and rewards you’ve earned so far. Points earn you a new currency called Dark Artifacts. Use these vessels of dark power to purchase new Infinity Dungeon Crystals containing Champions.

Cosmic warrior Proxima Midnight entered the Battlerealm last week, but she is never too far from her other half. Expect the arrival of Corvus Glaive and others invading the Battlerealm rolling out over the next few weeks!

MARVEL PUZZLE QUEST

Right out the gate, on Thursday, April 19, Captain America (Infinity War) brings his A-game, doing what’s right and saving the world one clandestine mission at a time. Pick up Captain America (Infinity War) here.

The good-all-around playable character is perfect for use in teams where you want to shut down problematic enemy powers. Harness the Super-Soldier’s powers during the “Come and Get Me Event,” running April 19 to April 22!

  • Rope-a-Dope allows Cap to distract the enemy with a false advance, misleading them and leaving their backline vulnerable
  • Coup de Grace lets Cap summon all his strength to land a finishing blow
  • Man Without Country means our hero can still protect the innocent with covert tactics
  • Lastly, Captain America can reach down and lift up his fallen ally and give a boost of health with On Your Feet, Soldier!

We gave you a taste of Supports early this month, you can expect plenty of Infinity War tie-in items and bonuses to help your heroes throughout the Event, kicking off starting on April 24!

MARVEL STRIKE FORCE

Never one to walk away from a challenge, the new action-RPG mobile game, available on iOS and Android, will have “Avengers: Infinity War” characters Thanos, Vision, Star-Lord, Loki, and Doctor Strange, assembling. You can expect Thanos timed raids and the Thanos legendary event kicking off Thursday, April 19!

LEGO MARVEL SUPER HEROES 2

You can absolutely expect a new level and “Avengers: Infinity War” characters debuting in the new event soon!

MARVEL FUTURE FIGHT

All we can say is — you better prepare for the first huge update inspired by “Avengers: Infinity War”!

Also, we can tease that Marvel Future Fight is also celebrating their 3 Year Anniversary this month. We wonder what surprises will be in store!

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED

Get ready for next week’s release of the Spider-Man (Iron Spider) playable character and a brand new Boss Battle against Thanos!

MARVEL AVENGERS ACADEMY

We’ve been teasing for over two years now, and the destiny has finally arrived in the form of Thanos descending upon the Avengers Academy and our heroes. Keep it on Marvel.com to learn about the heroes and villains across the universe who will need to team up to stop him.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

MARVEL’S SPIDER-MAN 

Game Informer continues their month-long coverage of all things Spidey! Pre-order the game and catch up on GI’s exclusive stories you may have missed this past week:

Thanks to Marvel, Insomniac Games and Titan Books, to get you ready for Marvel’s Spider-Man’s September 7 release, “Marvel’s Spider-Man: Hostile Takeover” will give you an early look at what kicks off the events in the game. The prequel book, written by David Liss and available on August 21, will feature some of Spidey’s most famous friends and foes, including the Shocker, Echo, J. Jonah Jameson, Mary Jane Watson, and the Kingpin.

Don’t miss out on “Marvel’s Spider-Man: The Art of the Game,” written by Paul Davies, which will follow on September 11, for never-before-seen images of Spider-Man, his costume and equipment, the Marvel version of his hometown New York, and the deadly villains he battles, fans will get a behind the scenes look at the game from initial designs, blueprints, and the breathtaking final concepts!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel Games news and interviews.

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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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Sharon Rogers as Captain America and Amadeus Cho as Hulk are on the way.

Just revealed at Toy Fair New York, the ever popular Funko Pops will be expanding with new releases centered on “Marvel Future Fight.”

Fans will soon be able to collect Pops of Sharon Rogers as Captain America and Amadeus Cho as Hulk, as part of the Marvel Gamerverse collection.

Check out images of both below and the video reveal at the top of the page!

The “Marvel Future Fight” Funko Pops will be available in May.

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Take the fight to Killmonger and Klaue in Black Panther’s home

Hot on the heels of the release of Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther,” the world of “Marvel Future Fight” get a little more Wakandan. Erik Killmonger and Klaue feature as the threats in the game’s new Legendary Battle, while Shuri comes to join the fight alongside her brother, T’Challa. Recruit Shuri, defeat and recruit Killmonger, and deck everyone out in their finest Wakandan regalia as the multi-dimensional battle rages on!

We spoke to several members of the Netmarble team to get the rundown of just how much of Wakanda we’ll see in this update.

Marvel.com: “Black Panther” hits theaters soon, but Wakanda makes a big showing in Marvel Future Fight this week. What can you tell us about this new update?

Minkyun Kim (Lead Game Designer): In this update, we have prepared various characters and content based on the regal nation of Wakanda to coincide with the release of the movie. While Wakanda was previously featured in the “Marvel Future Fight” storyline, this update provides a more detailed look at Black Panther’s home and his allies and enemies. Players will be able to experience the adventures of the sinister Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, as they plot against the throne, and the heroes that protect Wakanda, namely Black Panther and Shuri.

Marvel.com: Which characters will be sporting new threads as they take the fight to Killmonger and Klaue?

Youjung Kim (System Designer): We have prepared new uniforms for the heroes appearing in “Black Panther”; these uniforms were designed with the movie in mind. Black Panther gets a brand-new uniform, of course, his second movie-inspired costume to be included in the game. Princess Shuri has the Panther Blast Uniform, representing her unique appearance in the movie.  And finally, Erik Killmonger gets a golden Black Panther Uniform to face down his nemesis!

Marvel.com: What new heroes and villains are making their “Marvel Future Fight” premiere?

Jongho Park (Skill Designer): We have added the comic versions of Shuri and Killmonger to our game in this update. Players will see that we put great effort to keep Shuri and Killmonger closely aligned with their portrayals in the comics, including their appearances and innate skills. Players will also meet our other new character, Ulysses Klaue, in his movie form. We are excited for our players to experience how we integrated the characters from the film into the multiple layers of our game!

Marvel.com: The film and comic portrayals of Killmonger vary somewhat. Which Killmonger will we see here and how has his skillset been expressed in the game?

Jongho Park (Skill Designer): While Black Panther uses his Vibranium claws to defeat his foes, in the film, Erik Killmonger uses two swords as his weapons of choice. Players will see that this is reflected directly in the game, as his skills are based on his swordsmanship. Additionally, when Killmonger is fitted in his movie uniform, a Vibranium suit like Black Panther, he has greater defensive capability than his comic version.

Marvel.com: With this new update comes a new Legendary Battle. What will players fight their way through this time around?

Jungtae Pyo (Level Designer): This upcoming Legendary Battle is based on the conflict between Ulysses Klaue and Erik Killmonger, who vow to conquer Wakanda for their own reasons, and Shuri and Black Panther, who are sworn to protect it. The Battle is structured in 3 stages; Players will battle in Busan City, Wakanda, and the Vibranium Mine. T’Challa and Shuri must stand against this evil that threatens their home and their people, and the conflict leads them across the globe. We hope they are excited for the various bosses, stages, visuals, and other new elements that we have prepared!

Marvel.com: This update draws a lot from Black Panther and Wakanda as they are portrayed in the film. What fun new elements can you highlight for our players?

Minkyun Kim (Lead Game Designer): We have put tremendous effort in bringing the unique and compelling characters, settings, and other elements from the movie directly into the game, just as we did with the previous update inspired by Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnorak.” We hope that this gives players a chance to feel the same exhilaration playing the game as they get from watching the movie. Additionally, we made sure to focus much of our efforts on the backdrops and visual scenes for this update. Our ultimate goal is to have our players feel fun and excitement exploring the unknown lands of Wakanda and the adventures that unfold!

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store® and Google Play™. For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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A nation rises February 7.

Long live the King.

As we near Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” film debut on February 16, the King of Wakanda brings all the royal action 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” unveiled Michael B. Jordan’s Challenge. In addition to Erik Killmonger being released on Battlerealm, Thanos’ threat continues to grow across the battlerealm. In a last ditch effort to buy the Illuminati, led by Doctor Strange, some time, Black Panther heads off on a suicide mission to turn the tide of war in the Rise of the Black Panther Quest! Don’t forget to reflect on the teachings of the ancient guardian of the Black Panthers, Bast, with the Trials of the King. Show your skill in the Champion Challenge and earn the rare title of “Wakandan Warrior” by February 21.

Marvel Future Fight

Marvel Future Fight” unleashes three new characters to the game starting today: Shuri, T’Challa’s younger sister and head of the Wakandan Design Group; Killmonger, a new foe to Wakanda with designs on the throne; and Okoye, head of the Dora Milaje and fiercely loyal protector of Wakanda. Alongside the new players comes new costumes for Black Panther.

Marvel Puzzle Quest

Wakanda is under attack by H.A.M.M.E.R. and Ultron. T’Challa must travel to his kingdom with his allies to defend its greatest resources in “Marvel Puzzle Quest.” Play against all-new Hazard tiles in this new story event.

Marvel Avengers Academy” gets a massive update while “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” will come chock full of characters inspired by the film. Check back next week!

Check out Marvel Studios’ “Black Panther” when it hits theaters in the U.S. on February 16, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more Marvel games news and interviews.

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The ice-wielding K-pop star joins the mobile game!

Luna Snow has arrived in “Marvel Future Fight”!

Designed from the ground up by developer Netmarble in collaboration with Marvel Games, the new hero made her debut in the fight last week. Hailing from Korea, Luna Snow—A.K.A. Seol Hee—gained prominence as a K-Pop singer before taking on her powerful icy abilities and assuming her new super hero mantle.

We sat down with Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann and Senior Producer Danny Koo—as well as Netmarble Development Director Min Kyun Kim and Art Director JeeHyung Lee—to learn more about Luna’s creation and her role in the game!

Marvel.com: Luna Snow is the second original character to be created for “Marvel Future Fight.” The first—Sharon Rogers Captain America—emerged as part of an event across several Marvel mobile games, but Luna is an event unto herself. How did her creation come about?

Bill Rosemann: Luna Snow’s origins were the result of a combination of events: a request for a character with a specific power set and type of gameplay (an “ice magician” who could both heal and do damage), a desire to follow up on the success of the creation of Sharon Rogers Captain America with another popular all-new character, andperhaps most importantlya continuation of our commitment to introduce characters that are both culturally resonating and also authentically Marvel. With those goals as our north star, Danny Koo and I worked closely with Netmarble Art Director Jee-Hyung Lee to develop Luna Snow’s name, powers, personality, visuals, backstory, origin, gameplay, and every element of her big launch…including the lyrics of her first hit song!

Danny Koo: We learned a lot with the debut of Sharon Rogers and worked with the Netmarble team on how to introduce a new character in a big way. This is the result of a great collaboration with Netmarble on every single detail and aspect of Luna Snow and we are very pleased with the results, as you can see. With Luna as a pop star, we needed to invent a hit song of the same magnitude. The lyrics are carefully crafted in both Korean and English and really relate to Luna Snow.

Min Kyun Kim: Launching an original character for “Marvel Future Fight” has been an inspiring experience for us. Since Sharon Rogers debuted, we’ve been looking forward to the day we could give our loyal fans another original character dedicated to the game.

Marvel.com: Luna gets her start as a Korean pop star. Even after developing her powers and choosing to live as a super hero, she continues performing K-pop. How does she balance these two lives?

Min Kyun Kim: The life of a pop idol and the life of a super hero are very difficult ones. But the two halves have one thing in common: both require a love for people. Both lives can be lonely and difficult, but Luna accepts these difficulties and strives to find balance between the two to make the best of both her idol talents and super hero abilities.

Bill Rosemann: That’s the classic collision of “the super hero and the civilian” that all great Marvel characters must juggle, right? Like Peter Parker trying to make a living as a photographer for the Daily Bugle while also protecting New York City as Spider-Man, or Matt Murdock trying to deliver justice in the courtroom as a lawyer while also fighting evil in Hell’s Kitchen as Daredevil…it’s that push and pull between our characters’ separate lives that’s a key ingredient in all things Marvel.

Danny Koo: I think Luna Snow gets it. I imagine if there were ever evil doers that chose to invade one of her concerts, she’d choose to save the public from harm’s way ahead of continuing her performances. If there was an invasion of some sort, I think she’d cancel her shows to help others in need.

Marvel.com: Luna is one of a few heroes whose identities are known to the public from the get-go. How does this influence her?

Min Kyun Kim: Luna is a K-pop star with loyal fans; she enjoys the limelight and the attention. Luna is enjoying the attention from revealing her identity and it’s actually increased her fanbase. But now she’s fully exposed to any dangers that come her way, which is something she’ll be dealing with for a long time.

Bill Rosemann: Luna will have to learn from Marvel’s first family, the Fantastic Four, who blazed the trail as Marvel’s first super hero celebrities. How do you pursue your career dreams, take care of your family, and also battle villains? She’ll have to dig deep to face all of these unique challenges.

Danny Koo: It’s important to see how a hero can juggle her everyday life between her civilian job and her heroic duty. Seol Hee already has a kind and caring heart, illustrated by her care for her grandmother. She uses her talent to support her grandmother financially. She was already a hero before she became Luna Snowhaving her new power just means she can do more for others.

Marvel.com: Luna now joins a small, but growing, group of Asian heroes in the Marvel pantheon.

Bill Rosemann: As Marvel Games are driven to honor Marvel’s history of inclusivity, it’s important that we continue creating characters and stories that meaningfully reflect the lives of True Believers around the world!

Marvel.com: What was the design process behind her look and costume?

Danny Koo: I set out the requirements for what I wanted to see and quickly established the baseline style and colors with JeeHyung, the art director. I had this idea in my head and JeeHyung just amazed me with his ability to take that and make it a reality. He’s an amazing artist and we are grateful for his huge influence on the design, including her iconic emblem (a half-moon crest that mirrors an ice symbol on her jacket, belt buckles, and of course, her necklace). Her icicle earrings and differently colored eyes, which complete her half-dark and half-light ice look, were meticulously designed with modern K-pop culture in mind.

JeeHyung Lee: We had various ideas in mind before we landed on the idea of a K-pop star. We narrowed our ideas to what we thought was very cool and we gave her ice powers, since no other characters in “Marvel Future Fight” had ice powers. We gave her dark ice and light ice powers so that she became a hero with two different abilities who balances her powers between her two handsmuch like she balances her two different lives. We designed her hairstyle, costume, and even her mismatched eyes to tie in with the duality of her powers. Even her symbol consist of two different elementsa black moon and a white snow flake.

Marvel.com: How will her icy abilities play out in “Marvel Future Fight?”

Danny Koo: She has that combination of destructive dark ice, healing light ice, and her pop star moves, so it is very refreshing to see all these abilities come to life. For every ability, we’re careful to make sure that her icy powers shine through in the midst of a heated battle. I look forward to seeing everyone try her abilities out!

Marvel.com: Will players also see Luna apply her skills as a pop idol in battle?

Danny Koo: Her ability sets are thematically appropriate for an idol. I worked with the game design team to make sure to amplify her personality not just through her animations and visual effects, but also the overall theme music when you actually play her in a battle.

Min Kyun Kim: It will be very apparent that she is a K-pop star in the game. We added a new effect called ‘charm,’ which allows her to capture her enemy’s heart with her charisma. Those affected will be drawn to Luna and will not be able to do anything. She’ll also show off her dance moves when she uses her skills!

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store® and Google Play™. For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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Marvel & Netmarble introduce Luna Snow – a Korean pop star with an icy super hero secret identity!

Last year, Marvel Games and Netmarble added the original Marvel character Sharon Rogers — an alternate reality daughter of Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter who took up the mantle of Captain America — to “Marvel Future Fight.” The “Marvel Future Fight” community swiftly embraced this new star and she quickly became the most popular female hero in the game’s entire roster. Building on that success, Netmarble is proud to announce the debut of Marvel Future Fight’s newest original character, Korean pop star turned Super Hero, Luna Snow.

Responding to local audiences’ request for culturally resonating characters that are also authentically Marvel, Korean developer Netmarble Games Corp worked closely with Marvel to develop Luna Snow’s powers, personality, visuals, origin and ongoing story.

“Since Captain America Sharon Rogers’ debut, we continued our push to introduce new and exciting original characters into ‘Marvel Future Fight.’ Our creative process began when Netmarble Monster expressed an interest in debuting an ice magician character that plays both the role of healing and dealing damage,” said Marvel Games Senior Producer Danny Koo. “We worked closely with Netmarble Monster’s art director Jee-Hyung to come up with Luna Snow’s look, which includes an iconic emblem consisting of a half-moon crest that mirrors an ice symbol on her jacket, belt buckles, and of course, her necklace. Her icicle earrings and differently colored eyes, which complete her half-dark and half-light ice look, were meticulously designed with modern K-Pop culture in mind. It was over a bowl of ramen with Bill Rosemann that her hero name popped up into my mind! Seol Hee (Luna Snow’s civilian name) roughly translates to “Snow Hope” and embodies the characteristics of a hero who will step up and help people in need.”

“Marvel has the greatest fans around the world, and they deserve heroes that they can not only cheer on as they fight evil, but also connect with on a personal level,” said Marvel Games Executive Creative Director Bill Rosemann. “From her underdog beginnings as a young woman trying to realize her dreams, to her noble sacrifice which results in her gaining phenomenal powers, Luna Snow is a strong modern warrior who represents everyone who struggles with great obstacles but still rises to face their challenges. We are honored to join our friends at Netmarble and once again add another new star to the Marvel Universe!”

“We are very proud that the second original character born of our game, ‘Marvel Future Fight,’ is of Korean nationality,” said Netmarble Monster and “Marvel Future Fight” Art Director Jee-Hyung Lee. “While Luna Snow began her career as a K-pop artist, she is expressed as a strong, charismatic, and sophisticated female warrior in our game. As a hero of dualistic nature, holding the power of both White and Dark Ice, we believe Luna Snow is sure to make the new year ‘Icy Hot’!”

The Story of Luna Snow

Seol Hee was an aspiring singer hoping to use her voice and dancing skills to earn enough money to take care of her elderly grandmother, who has raised Seol since the tragic deaths of her parents. When the science-obsessed organization known as A.I.M. ambushed a Stark Industries event where Seol was performing, Seol bravely attempted to defend the attendees, resulting in A.I.M. soldiers locking her in a hi-tech storage freezer. While trying to escape, Seol was exposed to the contents of an advanced cold-fusion energy experiment, which unexpectedly granted her control over frozen elements. Using her newfound powers to fight back, Seol surprised and defeated the A.I.M. forces’ attack. Dubbed “Luna Snow” by the press, Seol’s heroic actions made her an overnight sensation, and she now uses her talents and powers as a part-time pop star and full-time Super Hero!

To celebrate this historic event, Netmarble will open a pre-registration event from January 10 to January 23 where players can sign up to learn more about this unique new character. By pre-registering, players will unlock in-game crystals and other rewards. The rewards increase in value as the total number of pre-registered players increases–so the more people that sign up, the more everyone gets rewarded!

After the pre-registration period has ended, “Marvel Future Fight” will unveil Luna Snow’s story and video, sharing Marvel’s newest Super Hero with the rest of the world.

Marvel Future Fight is available worldwide on the App Store® and Google Play™. For all the latest on “Marvel Future Fight,” stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter!

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The Tabby Awards honors the best mobile apps worldwide.

The Tabby Awards has recognized Marvel Games with two 2017 mobile games awards. The Tabby Awards winners represent the top 0.007% of the 1.4 million iOS and Android games available. “Marvel Future Fight” won the Android Phone – Role Playing App Award category, while “Marvel Contest of Champions” won the iPad – Action + Adventure Game Award.

“The Marvel Games team congratulates our friends at Kabam and Netmarble on their respective Tabby Awards, which celebrate the superior level of design and innovation that Marvel Contest of Champions and Marvel Future Fight achieved in 2017,” said Marvel Games Executive Creative Director Bill Rosemann. “Competing against a global field of 1.4 million mobile games, both Marvel Contest of Champions and Marvel Future Fight consistently delivered the phenomenal experience that our True Believers around the world demand and deserve.”

The Tabby Awards are a comprehensive, global competition, recognizing the best Android and iOS apps and games from around the world. The competition utilizes a double selection process of both mobile professionals and worldwide app users to short-list and finalize Tabby Awards recipients.

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