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!

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“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.

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Get ready to snuff out your opponents with this Spider-Man villain!

Sandman, the original Spidey villain, brings his coarse, rough, and irritating particulates to the “Marvel Puzzle Quest” universe. Flint Marko joins the roster ready to suffocate his opponents underneath a mountain of sand and D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin’s here to tell us how he’s gonna do it!

Marvel.com: With the addition of Sandman we’re about a third of the way to a full Sinister Six! What’s so special about Flint Marko?

Josh Austin: We are very glad to bring Sandman (Flint Marko) as a new Super Villain to Marvel Puzzle Quest, and right after the release of the new Doc Ock 5-Star character. Sandman brings with him some great abilities to the 4-Star roster including a team damaging attack that also stuns a target, and he has a power that moves basic tiles around and converts some of the moved tiles to Yellow basic tiles to help generate Yellow AP.

Marvel.com: There’s so much that a man made of sand can do, from creating constructs to quicksand, to turning himself into a sandstorm. What did the team focus on while building Sandman?

Josh Austin: Sandman may not create a storm this time around, but he does some heavy hitting and board manipulation with his sand particles. His three powers have him forming a hammer out of sand to smash his opponents, pinning an opponent with a blast of sand that also damages the rest of his opponents, and he also changes shape maneuvering around the battlefield moving tiles around to his advantage while his enemies are distracted.

Marvel.com: Mind giving us the lowdown on Mr. Sadman’s abilities?

Josh Austin: Sandman’s first ability is called Sand Blast and it costs 9 Green AP. For this power, Sandman fills the area with sand from his limbs, pinning his target. This deals damage to the enemy team and stuns the target opponent in front.

His second ability is called Shifting Sands and costs 8 Purple AP. Sandman changes shape keeping the enemy off guard and moving around the battlefield to swap non-Yellow basic tiles around and converts some of those basic tiles to Yellow.

Lastly, Sandman has Sand Smash which costs 10 Yellow AP. For this ability, Sandman turns his arm into a giant hammer of hardened sand, which creates Protect tiles or deals damage by removing friendly Protect Tiles if the player has enough of them on the board when initiating this power.

Marvel.com: I’m really liking the AOE damage and stun in Sand Blast. It feels like he needs it to help him really get going and create those Yellow and Protect tiles to pull off the big damage later.

Josh Austin: It’s definitely one of his two unique abilities, it’s a great way to deal consistent damage and stun a specific target for whatever the situation calls for, delaying a Countdown tile, putting an opponent on hold for a bit to deal with a different one, etc.

Marvel.com: Outside of extreme heat turning his sand to glass, what sort of weaknesses does the big galoot have?

Josh Austin: Of course intense heat, handclaps from Hulk and water are devastating to Flint, but for Marvel Puzzle Quest he’s weak against characters that remove Protect tiles like Doctor Strange, etc.

Marvel.com: And it seems like anyone who creates Protect tiles will help him pump out those Sand Smashes. So the Falcon, Luke Cage, maybe a Mr. Fantastic?

Josh Austin: You are correct, people that create Protect tiles like Iron Man (Hulkbuster), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), Sam Wilson (Captain America), Luke Cage (Power Man), Invisible Woman (Classic), Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards) and Gwenpool. Another good teammate would be someone that Generates Purple or Yellow AP like Kingpin (Wilson Fisk) or Scarlet Witch (Wanda Maximoff).

Marvel.com: So when do we get to build sand castles with Flint Marko?

Josh Austin: Sandman (Flint Marko) will be available June 15. He will debut in Thick as Thieves that starts June 15 and he will be featured in the June 19 Strange Sights event. Sandman’s Versus event is called Sandstorm and will begin June 22.

Try out Sandman for yourself here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Join us at the Anaheim Convention Center July 14-16!

Marvel will make its way to D23 Expo’s show floor from July 14­–16 with an exciting look at its upcoming film titles in the Marvel Studios Pavilion, featuring an array of props and costumes from the Studios’ upcoming slate, including “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Black Panther,” and more. Fans will also be able to enjoy all-new console and mobile Marvel Games, plus incredible exclusive content and announcements throughout the weekend!

In Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok—the destruction of his homeworld and the end of Asgardian civilization—at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela. But first he must survive the Grandmaster’s gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger—the Incredible Hulk. Fans will get an up-close look at the costumes and props from “Thor: Ragnarok,” as well as photo opportunities with exclusive set pieces from the film.

The incredible costumes from “Black Panther” will also be on display. “Black Panther” follows the journey of T’Challa after the events of Marvel Studios’ “Captain America: Civil War,” where he returns to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation of Wakanda to serve as his country’s new leader.

In addition to the exciting props and costumes on display, Marvel Studios will host multiple giveaways and events within its pavilion space in Hall B. Fans will get the chance to meet with Marvel Studios’ filmmakers, development team, and talent. Exclusive artwork will be given away daily, along with other surprises. Details on talent appearances and special signings will be made available on the D23 Expo app.

For the first time at D23 Expo, guests will be able to get their hands on the hottest new console and mobile games featuring favorite Marvel Super Heroes, playing as the world-famous Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, and more!

  • “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2” is an all-new, original adventure and sequel to the smash hit “LEGO Marvel Super Heroes.” Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic battle across myriad Marvel locations ripped from time and space into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.
  • Adding to the infinite excitement of D23 Expo, “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” will offer attendees hands-on opportunities with the next era of the highly revered action-fighting game series. Marvel and Capcom universes collide like never before as iconic characters team up for action-packed player-versus-player combat. “Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite” features a variety of exciting and accessible single-player modes and rich multi-player content for new players and longtime fans alike and will be released on September 19, 2017, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
  • Gazillion will offer a chance to play “Marvel Heroes Omega” and win fantastic prizes. “Marvel Heroes Omega” combines the core gameplay style of Action-RPGs and MMOs with an expansive library of heroes from the Marvel Universe. With thousands of hours of character progression and rewards, “Marvel Heroes Omega” comes packed with tons of replay value and a steady stream of new challenges with regular updates.
  • Netmarble is bringing its best to D23 Expo with “Marvel Future Fight.” Featuring 120 Marvel Super Heroes to choose from, players create teams of their favorites to fight for their future. D23 Expo attendees can try their hand at saving the universe.
  • “Marvel Puzzle Quest” is where the best in match-3 puzzle gameplay meets Marvel’s biggest Super Heroes and Super Villains in the most epic puzzle adventure game available on your phone, tablet, and PC. “Marvel Puzzle Quest” combines favorite Marvel characters with deep RPG leveling, player-versus-player tournaments, Alliances, and much more. Guests can unleash their inner Super Hero and wage war against their enemies. Learn more at marvelpuzzlequest.com.

Marvel will present incredible panels during D23 Expo, including the fan-favorite Cup o’ Joe on Friday, July 14, at 1:15 PM PT in the D23 Expo Arena, featuring Chief Creative Officer of Marvel, Joe Quesada, in a no-holds-barred panel of everything Marvel! That same day at 6:00 PM PT on Stage 28, Marvel Animation presents a surprise-filled panel of sneak peeks, special guests, exclusive footage, and big announcements about the future of Marvel Animation on Stage 28. Details will be available on the D23 Expo app.

Tickets for D23 Expo 2017 are available for $81 for one-day adult admission and $59 for children 3–9. Members of D23: The Official Disney Fan Club can purchase tickets for $72 for a one-day adult admission and $53 for children 3–9. Multi-day tickets are also available. For more information on tickets and D23 Expo 2017, visit D23Expo.com.

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Get your tentacles on a classic Spider-Man villain!

Looking to spice up your “Marvel Puzzle Quest” roster with some classic Spider-Man villains? Well you don’t get much more classic than Doctor Octopus with a bowl cut and it just so happens he and his tentacles get the 5-Star treatment later this week. We talked to D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about the maniacal scientist’s upgrade and what players can expect from Otto Octavius, one of Spidey’s most dogged nemeses.

Marvel.com: Why the sudden Doc Ock love? Don’t get me wrong, I’m a fan of the man, but what was the impetus behind his 5-Star treatment?

Josh Austin: I am sensing it may be a big summer for Spider-Man and company. So why not a well-known villain like Doctor Octopus to start it off with a fun nod to his classic bowl cut look?

Marvel.com: Doc Ock 3-Star is all about using his opponent’s strengths against them. What kind of villain were you trying to create with the new Octavius?

Josh Austin: This version of Doc Ock is a lot of fun with the science aspect of his character. That mixed with the inventive use of his tentacles helping to continue the attack even when he’s stunned, helps make this variation stand out from the 3-Star version.

Marvel.com: Let’s get down to the nitty gritty and talk about his abilities. What sort of deviousness does he have in store for his enemies?

Josh Austin: The first power is called Superior Science and it costs 10 Black AP. For this power Doctor Octopus works on a new invention, grabbing hostages, forcing them to work before tossing them away. This power stuns the target and creates a Countdown tile. While on the board, it stuns the target each turn. When it expires, the target takes damage and it creates Strike tiles.

The second power is called Tentacles and costs eight Blue AP to have Doc Ock’s tentacles lashing out constantly. If he has fewer than four on the board, Doc Ock creates a Tentacle tile. Then he deals damage for each Tentacle tile he controls. This power also has a Passive that triggers at the start of each turn. If Doctor Octopus is stunned, his tentacles make a match for his team for each Tentacle tile he controls.

The last power costs 13 Green AP and is called Cunning Scheme. Doctor Octopus generously creates a nuclear reactor to power the city, but secretly rigs it to blow. Place a 10-turn Nuclear Reactor Countdown tile on the board that deals damage to each enemy.

The power then becomes Phase 2 and costs eight Green AP. Doctor Octopus’s generator powers hospitals. Upgrade the Nuclear Reactor tile to give a burst of health to each friendly character each turn. This power also has a Passive ability that if the reactor is matched it gains 11 Green AP. If it’s destroyed, this power becomes Cunning Scheme.  After using the eight Green AP this power then becomes Phase 3.

Now when this power becomes Phase 3, it costs six Green AP. This power upgrades the Nuclear Reactor tile so that it deals damage to each enemy each turn. There is a Passive that if the Reactor is matched it [gains] 14 Green AP and if it’s destroyed, this power becomes Cunning Scheme again. If the player is able to spend the six Green AP, this power becomes Final Phase.

Final Phase is a Passive! All his work has led Doctor Octopus to this perfect moment. If Doc Ock’s Nuclear Reactor is matched away when its timer reaches “1,” he wins the battle! If Doc Ock’s Nuclear Reactor is matched at another time, gain 18 Green AP. If it’s destroyed, this power becomes Cunning Scheme.

Marvel.com: So if I read this right, Doc Ock can wipe out the entire enemy team, boss Galactus style, with his Nuclear Reactor tile? That’s wild!

Josh Austin: That is correct! It’s a pretty complicated villainous scheme, but once it’s fully executed Doctor Octopus wins the match outright. What’s great about this complicated power is that it feels just like an actual villain’s plot to take down a super hero; it’s complicated and takes a while to get going just like all the villians do in the comics. The only missing part is a long monologue from Doctor Octopus!

Marvel.com: And he’s not too bad at incapacitating the other team so they can’t fight his Superior Science. Thor (Goddess of Thunder) feels like she would make a great teammate with that three-turn stun of hers. Anyone else come to mind?

Josh Austin: The teammates that the team recommends are characters that can protect or activate his Countdown tiles including Green Goblin (Norman Osborn), Hawkeye (Clint Barton), Sam Wilson (Captain America), and Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers). Of course rounding the team out with someone that can generate Green AP will help tremendously; this includes Jean Grey (All-New X-Men), Drax (The Destroyer), and Invisible Woman (Classic).

Marvel.com: I really like that his tentacles can do work for him, even if stunned! I just wanted to let the design team know it’s a super cool ability that gets to the heart of Doc Ock’s character.

Josh Austin: Thank you so much! The team has been doing a great job of adding characters and events lately to change things up. The team has been hard at work at continuously finding new ways to add to this game that [keep] it fun and competitive each year. And I agree, the new Doctor Octopus Tentacle tile and his devastating Cunning Scheme power are great additions to “Marvel Puzzle Quest”!

Marvel.com: When can we utilize Octavius’ nefarious intellect for ourselves?

Josh Austin: Doctor Octopus (Classic) 5-Star will be available on June 1. The 5-Star cover store will be available to get Doctor Octopus (Classic) with increased odds. Doctor Octopus will be featured in the Webbed Wonder event that starts on June 1 with his new art added into the event. The player will still get a Howard cover and will also be able to get a Token for the 5-Star Doc Ock Cover store. Doctor Octopus (Classic) will then be added to the Latest Legends store June 19.

Grab a hold of Doctor Octopus’ tentacles here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The deadliest woman in the galaxy gets a ‘Puzzle Quest’ upgrade!

Looking to add more cosmic Marvel heroes to your “Marvel Puzzle Quest” roster? Well Gamora’s rounding out the 4-Star Guardians of the Galaxy team, sword in hand, ready to slice and dice anyone unlucky enough to get in her way.

D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin gave us the rundown of the deadliest woman in the galaxy’s new variation and all her awesome abilities.

Marvel.com: A new 4-Star Gamora is slashing her way into the game. What kind of upgrades are we looking at for one of the toughest fighters in the known universe?

Josh Austin: Gamora (Awesome Mix Volume 2) is the only character in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” that can instantly down any character! That and her first ability delivers good damage for a 4-Star character that first deals damage to a target opponent and creates a Countdown tile that continues to deal damage each turn to the targeted opponent.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about her kit. What is this new Gamora all about?

Josh Austin: Gamora’s first ability is called Deadly Strike and it costs 10 Red AP. Gamora uses her sword to swiftly strike the enemy landing a deadly blow. This power deals damage to [the] targeted character and creates a Red Countdown tile that deals damage each turn to the targeted character.

The second power is called The Most Dangerous Woman and it costs nine Black AP. Here is the power where Gamora uses her sword to take out her opponents permanently! This power creates Purple Attack or Strike tiles and has a Passive that at the start of the turn, if all the Purple tiles are friendly specials tiles, Gamora removes them and downs the target.

Gamora’s last power is called Incapacitate and it costs six Blue AP. Gamora knocks out the enemy, giving her allies an opening. This power stuns a target opponent and has a Passive that whenever an enemy is Stunned, creates a Purple Attack or Strike tile.

Marvel.com: So she can literally take out any enemy, with any amount of health, with The Most Dangerous Woman? And filling every Purple tile, just how easy is that to pull off in a match?

Josh Austin: Gamora can take down any character in MPQ! The fun of this power is finding teammates that will help the player initiate this power. The Most Dangerous Woman power that the player uses AP to initiate already brings out at level one, four Purple Attack or Strike tiles or six, at level five. Team her up with people that remove enemy Special Tiles and/or help stun the enemy when getting the board ready for The Most Dangerous Woman and you have a great chance of destroying the enemy.

Marvel.com: What kind of teammates is Gamora looking for? Obviously her Guardians buddies, but who else makes the cut? I’m thinking she wants people who bring stuns on her side…

Josh Austin: Definitely want people that will help contribute to the events that can trigger The Most Dangerous Woman’s passive. This includes Ant-Man (Scott Lang) with his Pym Particles. There are also characters that remove enemy Special Tiles like Kamala Khan (Ms. Marvel) and Quake (Daisy Johnson) either separately or even together since they use both Purple and Blue to eradicate Purple basic tiles.

Marvel.com: And how are we building her? Where are you putting the points in her covers?

Josh Austin: For me, I’m still building my other characters, so I’d probably go with 3/5/5 so I could get the most out of creating Purple tiles and that stun with her third power. However, if I had more decked out characters I would go with 5/5/3 so I could rely on other characters for the stun and have that damage that comes from Deadly Strike since it delivers a good amount of damage!

Marvel.com: Is there anything else we need to know about the baddest swordswoman out there?

Josh Austin: Gamora (Awesome Mix Volume 2) goes live on Thursday and is a placement reward for the Hearts of Darkness event. She will be available in the Vault for The Hunt that runs between May 21-26. She will also [helps] conclude the three part Guardians story event called Plan C that will run between May 25 and 30. And finally, her Versus Tournament is called Sworded Affairs and runs between May 25 and May 29.

Unleash your inner Gamora here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The Guardians' dynamite duo reloads for another run!

The next characters to receive a “Marvel Puzzle Quest” upgrade bring bombs, bullets, and rocket fuel to the party.

Prepare yourself for Rocket and Groot reloaded as 4-Star brawlers to celebrate the release of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.” We talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the pint-size pair and how they fit into the “Puzzle Quest” universe.

Marvel.com: Following close on the heels of Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) we have a revamped Rocket and Groot! How do they differ from their 3-Star incarnation?

Josh Austin: The most obvious difference is the size of Groot! Other than that obvious size difference, this 4-star Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) is more atomic, focusing on their last power, where an Atomic Bomb Countdown tile is created and will damage the enemy team, or if it’s matched before it resolves, it will damage both the opposing team and the players team.

Marvel.com: Thinking about Rocket and Groot’s dynamic as inseparable pals, what’s it like creating different abilities for two characters who work as one?

Josh Austin: Actually for these two it’s a lot of fun. Their characteristics from the trailer sparked the final animation sequence and power change. The “Don’t Push this Button” part of the trailer was fun and found its way into the game. Since Rocket and Groot are so inseparable, it makes it fun to combine them. Though, I have heard the community would like a 5-star “baby” Groot.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about Rocket and Groot’s kit. What kind of trouble will these two be stirring up?

Josh Austin: Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2)’s first power is called Rocket’s Pack and it costs 12 Blue AP. For this power, Rocket zips around the battlefield with his new Aero Rig, blasting any poor schmo that gets in his way. If a Blue Countdown tile hasn’t been created for this power already, this power creates one that deals damage and creates a Black Attack tile each turn.

Their second power is called Welcome to the Team and it’s a Yellow Passive, which means it costs 0 AP. At the start of the battle, this creates a bunch of Strike tiles. If there is another member of the Guardians of the Galaxy on their team, this creates stronger Strike tiles instead. Welcome to the frickin’ Guardians of the Galaxy.

The final power is the most involved! The last power is called Don’t Push This Button and costs 10 Green AP. Rocket yells at Groot to not push that button [because] it will kill everyone! Using this ability first creates a 3-Turn Atomic Bomb countdown tile that deals damage to the enemy team. If it’s matched away, it deals slightly less damage then if the bomb went off to the enemy team and about 1/4th the damage to the players team.

While the Atomic Bomb countdown tile is on screen, this power becomes “I Aaaaaaam Grooooot!” which is a Green AP Passive. At the start of each turn, Groot makes a match for you. This clears lines and creates critical tiles as normal, but no extra turns. When the Atomic Bomb Countdown tile is matched or goes off, this power becomes Don’t Push This Button again.

Marvel.com: Welcome to the Team is really interesting. There aren’t too many abilities in the game that change depending on your team composition. Is this something the team is looking into exploring for other characters?

Josh Austin: We hope to be adding a lot of these before the end of the year; there isn’t much we can talk about yet, but we are hoping this becomes more of a thing very, very soon.

Marvel.com: And with I Aaaaaaaam Grooooooot!, does Groot make a move before, or after the player makes a move?

Josh Austin: Groot makes a move before the player does, which gives the player AP. This basically gives the player a few rounds of extra AP generation which is nice!

Marvel.com: Who fits best fighting beside the tree and space rodent? Obviously the Guardians work awesome together, anyone else?

Josh Austin: Because the Don’t Push This Button power is so strong, the player may want to focus on characters that fortify the player’s Countdown tiles like Green Goblin, Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), or Hawkeye (Clint Barton). The player could also select someone that enhances or is enhanced by special tiles including Medusa, Punisher (Max), Mr. Fantastic, and Professor X.

Marvel.com: And when do we get a shot at these two troublemakers?

Josh Austin: Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) are available starting on Thursday, May 4. They can be found as placement rewards in the Meet Rocket and Groot event that is running from May 4 through May 8 and features their new art. Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) will be featured and available in the Vault for Thick as Thieves that runs May 7 through May 12.

Their special Guardians of the Galaxy story tie-in event is called Backup Plan, which continues the journey in the I Have a Plan event featuring Star-Lord. This event runs May 11 through May 16 and features Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) and grants the player covers in mission rewards. Their Versus Tournament is called Best Buds and runs May 11 through May 15.

Pick up the new 4-Star Rocket and Groot here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Prepare yourself for the big screen sequel with cosmic adventure across five Marvel games!

Before the Guardians of the Galaxy blast into theaters next week, the rag-tag band of cosmic rebels will bring their unique blend of action, laughs, and wild visuals to Marvel games in an out of this world event of galactic proportions!

Starting April 25, content inspired by “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” will be appearing throughout five Marvel games: “Marvel Avengers Academy,” “Marvel Contest of Champions,” “Marvel Future Fight,” “Marvel Heroes Omega,” and “Marvel Puzzle Quest. Players should strap in their jet packs and prepare for a celestial storm of new characters, costumes, battles, and story content influenced by the blockbuster film.

“Just as the Guardians themselves are a family, the Marvel Games team and each of our partners have forged a tightly knit family of True Believers who are obsessed with delivering all the excitement, humor and action of our greatest characters to the gamers that love them,” says Bill Rosemann, Marvel Games Executive Creative Director. “No matter which Guardian, ally or enemy is your favorite – and no matter what type of gameplay experience you crave – our friends at Netmarble, Kabam, Tiny Co, D3Go, and Gazillion are bringing all of their collective firepower to the universe’s coolest crew of galactic misfits.”

“With each new movie inspired Marvel Games event we always aim to top the last one, yet somehow we’re still each blown away each time by the incredible ideas our partners come up with,” adds Tim Hernandez, Director of Game Production. “We know our players are going to dig the unique spin each game has put on their own Guardians event, along with awesome new characters, features and other fun surprises!”

Marvel Studios’ “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” arrives in theaters May 5, 2017.

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Peter Quill gets two new variations in to rock your world with!

Are you pumped for “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” dropping in theaters just two short weeks from now? Well D3 Go! wants to prep you for all the awesome cosmic madness coming up by introducing “Marvel Puzzle Quest” players to new 3 and 5-Star Peter Quill variations!

We talked to Senior Producer Josh Austin about Peter’s new upgrades and what they bring to the board.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk Star-Lord! We have 3 and 5-Star versions of the dashing cosmic outlaw blasting into “Marvel Puzzle Quest” to coincide with his return to the silver screen in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” on May 5. Are these versions more closely tied to the Marvel Cinematic Universe Peter Quill?

Josh Austin: With the new Guardians of the Galaxy movie coming out, we decided to focus more on the MCU version of Peter Quill, Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) for the 5-Star; [the] 3-Star Star-Lord (Peter Quill) sports a look [artist] Kris Anka gave him for the [recent STAR-LORD] comic.

Marvel.com: And what about this Star-Lord makes him different from his 4-Star variant? What did the team choose to focus on to make these variants feel unique?

Josh Austin: The new 5-Star and 3-Star Star-Lord variations are more heroic for one. Instead of trying to sucker punch and steal from the bad guys, now he heals and steals! He swoops in heroically, uses the Milano to unleash blasters on the battlefield, and while everyone’s distracted by the chaos he quietly pockets some loot.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about his kit. What’s going on under his hood?

Josh Austin: Star-Lord’s first power is called Something Good. Star-Lord swoops in with a last-minute rescue, looking surprisingly heroic in the process of course! For 10 Yellow AP, Star-Lord converts tiles of the enemy’s strongest color to Green Charged tiles. If one of Star-Lord’s teammates has less than 50% health, Star-Lord burst heals the team. The difference between the 3-Star and 5-Star is the amount this power boost heals; the 3-Star heals less than the 5-Star.

The next power is called Something Bad and it costs eight Purple AP. As mentioned above, here’s where Peter pockets some loot. Star-Lord steals random enemy Strike, Attack, or Protect tiles and if there aren’t any, Peter steals random enemy AP instead. The difference between 3-Star and 5-Star is the amount of tiles/AP being stolen.

The third power for both versions of Star-Lord is called Bit of Both and costs 12 Green AP. Star-Lord cranks up the volume in the Milano to complement its blasters as they unleash devastation on the battlefield. It destroys three random columns of tiles, leaving any friendly tiles and deals damage to the enemy team. Destroyed tiles do not generate AP or deal damage. The difference between 3-Star and 5-Star versions is the amount of damage that is dealt to the enemy team.

Marvel.com: Sounds like he’s going to be an awesome Green AP battery and force teams to rethink when and how they put special tiles on the board. That being said, when does Star-Lord really shine?

Josh Austin: Star-Lord is great against players that create Attack, Protect and/or Strike tiles; these variations really focus on changing the state of the board to change the tide of battle.

Marvel.com: And I can’t think of a better character to pair him with than Thor (Goddess of Thunder). Green Charged tiles help pump up her Smite, they both can dish out team damage, maybe throw in Cyclops (Uncanny) to keep her Smite up and let loose with the occasional Full Blast…who are you thinking for teammates?

Josh Austin: Star-Lord (Peter Quill) and Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) with The Hulk (Totally Awesome) as he creates green—or blue—charged tiles to complement Star-Lord’s Charged tile ability. Iron Fist (Danny Rand) with his ability to generate Green AP and fortify friendly tiles. Also Hawkeye (Hawkguy) is a good choice with his ability to create Strike tiles and remove them.

Marvel.com: When do we get to add Star-Lord to our rosters?

Josh Austin: Both versions of Star-Lord are going to be available on Thursday, April 27 and will be featured in the event Come and Get Me that debuts that day. Come and Get Me is a new Thanos boss event similar to Galactus and Ultron and the final progression rewards a token to a 5-Star cover store featuring Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2).

There is also a new three-part Guardians themed event starting on Sunday, April 30 that features Peter Quill that runs until May 5 and puts the Guardians hot on the trail of a powerful relic. Star-Lord’s Versus Tournament is called Hooked on a Feeling and starts on May 4.

Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know about? Any cool new characters coming down the pipeline?

Josh Austin: In such a short amount of time after Star-Lord launches we will be sharing more info about our new 4-Star Rocket and Groot (Awesome Mix Vol. 2) coming to the game that pairs awesomely with the fun of the “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” so yes we have tiny Groot! Rocket & Groot are part two of the Guardians themed event and our new 4-Star Gamora (Awesome Mix Vol.2) will be part three. The events are written by Marvel writer Alex Irvine and each part of the event ties with the launch of a new character starting with Star-Lord this week and concluding with Gamora later in May.

And before I forget I wanted to mention some cool things about the Come and Get Me event featuring Thanos, just to give players a taste of what they’ll be up against and can prepare accordingly. At the start of the battle in Come and Get Me, Thanos creates six Infinity gem Countdown tiles that do different things when they are matched, like heal the player’s team or disable the powers of the player’s team depending on the color of the gem. Thanos can also create Infinity Gauntlet Countdown tiles that can’t be matched and won’t fall; the player will have to destroy them via abilities or match four otherwise the player will receive massive damage if the Countdown ends. There’s more for players to discover but needless to say Thanos is truly a force to be reckoned with.

Marvel.com: And last but not least, has the team prepared any cool promotions for Marvel Insiders?

Josh Austin: Yes, fans should also join or check out Marvel Insider in the coming days for ways to rack up points doing “Marvel Puzzle Quest” related activities! Then, use all points to redeem an awesome in-game reward.

Pick up Star-Lord and take on Thanos here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The forces of darkness and light converge on the Marvel mobile game!

Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen prove that heroes come in all shapes and sizes. The dynamic duo, known in super hero circles as Cloak and Dagger, bring both crippling darkness and purifying light to the villains of New York City’s seedy streets.

We talked with D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about Cloak and Dagger’s abilities and the new mechanics they bring to “Marvel Puzzle Quest.”

Marvel.com: Cloak and Dagger are a really interesting choice for our next playable characters. And when I say characters, they actually fight as one, like Rocket and Groot right?

Josh Austin: Correct, Cloak and Dagger do fight as one in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” like Rocket and Groot but for this duo the player can flip between the two in battle!

Marvel.com: They actually switch positions during fights? What exactly do you mean by that?

Josh Austin: Cloak and Dagger actually swap places when using one of their abilities. The other two powers that don’t involve switching characters change depending on who is in the foreground, making the background character’s power a Passive. Cloak has a new power that reduces the power levels of one target opponent! Cloak and Dagger are also the first character that the player can swap between powers to see the unlisted powers in the roster. More characters will get this new roster treatment, but for now, Cloak and Dagger are the first character you don’t have to go into game to see the alternate power!

Marvel.com: Ok these two are introducing some cool new mechanics here. Let’s talk about their kit. Can you break it down for us?

Josh Austin: The first ability when Dagger is in front is called Light-Knives and it costs eight Yellow AP. Dagger fires several light-knives from her fingertips, cleansing the enemy of evil and darkness. She deals damage to the target and removes enemy Strike, Protect, or Attack tiles. If no such tiles exist, the damage is dealt to the enemy team instead.

When Dagger is in front, the second power is called Child of Darkness and it’s a Black Passive that doesn’t cost any AP. For this power, Cloak emanates darkness from within his pocket dimension, instilling the field with a cold sense of dread. At the start of the turn, if there are Black tiles on the board, this ability creates a Red Attack tile. If not, this power will convert basic tiles to Black.

The last ability with Dagger in front is called Pocket Dimension and it costs six Purple AP. Cloak and Dagger retreat into Cloak’s pocket dimension to launch a sneak attack. Deals damage and replaces Cloak and Dagger’s powers with new powers. If there are Black tiles on the board, this power costs three AP less, to a minimum of three.

The first ability with Cloak in front is called Child of Light and it’s a Yellow PASSIVE for zero AP. For this ability, Dagger emanates an aura of Living Light, cleansing the battlefield and fending off Cloak’s hunger. At the start of the turn, if there are Yellow tiles on the board, restore health to Cloak and Dagger, otherwise converts basic tiles to Yellow.

The second ability with Cloak in front is called The Darkness Hungers and it costs eight Black AP. Cloak creates a Black Countdown tile that targets the front enemy. While this tile is on the board, that enemy loses all levels in all powers, to a minimum of one.

The third ability with Cloak in front is called Pocket Dimension and it costs six Purple AP. For Cloak’s version, Cloak and Dagger retreat into Cloak’s pocket dimension to launch a sneak attack. Deals damage and replaces Cloak and Dagger’s powers with new powers. If there are Black tiles on the board, this power costs three AP less, to a minimum of three.

Marvel.com: Man these two sound like two of the most complex characters yet! But there’s tons of potential here for really cool interactions. What are the best times to have Cloak in front? And Dagger?

Josh Austin: Both stances benefit each other with AP generation. Having Dagger in front is better for removing enemy special tiles, but having Cloak in front not only gives access to his level lowering power, but the ability to heal Cloak and Dagger making the second stance great for players that need to heal during the fight.

Marvel.com: And it seems like Pocket Dimension was designed specifically to ensure the two can switch out fairly easily when needed. That feels like it’s going to be central to their play style.

Josh Austin: Definitely, the player can utilize both to build up the right AP for the board before swapping, or to change the tide of the battle in the player’s favor.

Marvel.com: While we know Cloak and Dagger don’t need anyone else to get by, who might be able to help them out best in a scrap?

Josh Austin: The best characters to team Cloak and Dagger up with would be anyone that benefits from friendly power activation. One of the best combinations [has] been Carnage (Cletus Kasady) and Medusa (Inhuman Queen). This offers a very high rate of special tile placement from Carnage maxed with Medusa’s healing when matching special tiles. Anytime too many enemy special tiles are placed from Carnage, Cloak and Dagger’s Light-Knives can remove most, if not all with ease.

Marvel.com: When can we play them for ourselves?

Josh Austin: Cloak and Dagger will be available on Thursday, April 6. They will debut in the Hearts of Darkness event running from April 6-10. The dynamic duo will also be available in their Vault for The Hunt that is running from April 9-14.  Cloak and Dagger’s Versus Tournament is called Double Jeopardy and runs from April 13–16.

Pick up Cloak and Dagger when they drop April 6 here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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The Immortal Weapon of K’un-Lun dons his Netflix attire!

Celebrating Danny Rand’s big jump to Netflix, “Marvel Puzzle Quest” unleashes a new 4-Star Iron Fist, bringing some seriously powerful martial arts abilities to bear.

We talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the Hero for Hire’s upgrades and the best ways to dish out righteous kung fu fury to the bad guys. Read on for the breakdown!

Marvel.com: In my humble opinion Iron Fist (Immortal Weapon) is one of the best 3-Star characters in the game. His Black AP generation is top notch and Iron Fist of K’un-Lun hits like a truck for cheap. What does this Danny Rand do differently?

Josh Austin: 3-Star Iron Fist definitely is one of the best characters in 3-Star land! This 4-Star Iron Fist (Danny Rand) is also powerful after you build up his chi, which in the game, translates to strike tiles that his abilities can generate. Basically the new Iron Fist’s abilities were designed to chain into each other—kind of like 2-Star and 3-Star Thor—so the player can gain AP.

Marvel.com: I noticed that just like 4-Star Luke Cage (Power Man), who has a unique interaction with Iron Fist, this 4-Star Iron Fist has a special interaction with Luke. How do the designers decide who gets these unique interaction? They’re fairly rare in “MPQ.”

Josh Austin: Iron Fist (Danny Rand) and Luke Cage have a history together with their Heroes for Hire partnership in the comic world, where they take assignments. A lot of characters have a synergy together in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” that’s not as apparent, but both Luke Cage and Iron Fist have been designed to work together and their power lists this out. This new Iron Fist (Danny Rand) brings either Luke Cage 3-Star or 4-Star—depending on which variant you have on your team—into the animation when using Danny’s second power and Luke Cage is on the team, which is a fun reinforcement of the upgrades the power contains.

Marvel.com: Care to tell our readers all about Danny’s kung fu? No doubt he’ll make the Thunderer proud.

Josh Austin: Iron Fist (Danny Rand)’s first power is called Chi Focus and costs six Blue AP. For this power, Danny concentrates his energy to augment his physical power. What that means in the game is this power creates a Purple Strike tile. Then, if there are any additional friendly Strike tiles on the board, it Fortifies them and the team gains Green AP.

Danny’s second power is called Crowd Control for eight Green AP. Danny rushes into the fray, making quick work of his enemies. This power deals damage, then if there is more than one enemy remaining, the team gains two Black AP. Otherwise, he deals extra damage.

Danny’s third power is called Like Unto Iron and costs 12 Black AP. Danny channels all his chi into his fist to deliver a devastating punch. It converts up to two friendly Protect tiles to Strike tiles, then deals damage.

Marvel.com: Like Unto Iron packs a seriously painful punch! And just to confirm I read that right, Danny changes Protect tiles to Strike tiles before he does direct damage? So he’ll get the added power of the Strike tiles behind his fists?

Josh Austin: That is correct for Like Unto Iron; the fist attack animation plays, then if the player has a Protect tile it converts to a Strike tile, and the enemy receives the more devastating hit.

Marvel.com: When we’re thinking about teammates, obviously Luke Cage enters the equation, but who else? Who makes Strike tiles quickly so Iron Fist can get right to fortifying them? And Sam Wilson, Falcon or Captain America, would make sure that there are plenty of Protect tiles to turn.

Josh Austin: Here are a couple examples of team-ups [that came up] during development! One team-up to make Iron Fist (Danny Rand) a strong damage dealer is to have Luke Cage (Power Man) and Wasp (Janet Van Dyne). Wasp works well as a means of strengthening whatever tiles Luke Cage and Iron Fist pump out. Luke Cage will be throwing down strong Protect tiles whenever an enemy activates a power and he will also slowly remove enemy special tiles with his Defender power.

Another option is to have Moon Knight and Medusa to put Iron Fist (Danny Rand) into a battery role. Using Iron Fist (Danny Rand)’s AP generation for Moon Knight to soak up and activate Moonsilver Blades and Fist of Khonshu while Medusa generates health and additional Green AP from matching any special tiles.

Marvel.com: And how are you building his covers? Honestly I feel like all of his abilities are worth having five points in them, but I’m thinking I would roll 3/5/5 making sure he’s capable of doing as much damage as possible. What do you think?

Josh Austin: That breakdown definitely makes sense. Definitely the Crowd Control fueling Like Unto Iron is a dependable way to generate AP since the cost of Crowd Control and the relatively easy condition of having more than one enemy remaining makes Crowd Control his go to Power.

Marvel.com: And when do we get to unleash the power of Shou-Lao the Undying on our foes?

Josh Austin: Iron Fist (Danny Rand) will be available this Thursday, March 23 and can be found in Venom Bomb that runs Thursday, March 23 through Tuesday, March 28. He will also be in the Juggernaut: Heroic Vault from Monday, March 27 through Friday, March 31. His versus tournament will be Last Defender and it starts March 30th and lasts until April 3.

Also, I wanted to mention that we’re running a 30% bonus currency sale right now through March 27 to celebrate Puzzle Quest’s 10th Anniversary. Players can use this currency boost to recruit or level up Iron Fist (Danny Rand)! Finally, we’re working with Marvel Insider on some upcoming promotions, so please stay tuned!

Pick up the all-new Iron Fist here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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