Get your hands on this blue-skinned Ravager!

Hawkeye might be the greatest archer around, but nobody’s better with an arrow than Yondu. The blue-skinned Ravager’s ready to wreak whistling havoc on the enemy team and we talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about “Marvel Puzzle Quest’s” newest alien addition to the roster.

Marvel.com: Yondu, don’t you mean Mary Poppins? Mary Poppins will be joining the “Marvel Puzzle Quest” roster?

Josh Austin: Yondu (Mary Poppins Y’all), I mean, Yondu (Awesome Mix Volume 2) is a 4-Star character coming to Marvel Puzzle Quest and is a celebration of the digital release of “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” movie. Since the film released in theaters, interest for Yondu has been incredible and we wanted to bring the old Ravager as a playable character to join in the Guardians festivities in “Marvel Puzzle Quest.”

Marvel.com: The blue-skinned Ravager and his arrow were my favorite part of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” bar none. What were some of the cool things the team wanted to bring to his “MPQ” version?

Josh Austin: What makes Yondu so awesome is not only his tough personality, but his Yaka Arrow and its uniqueness. So the team worked on bringing that out as much as possible in the game. He does damage and heals passively, and as someone on the team said, “why work when the arrow can do that for you?”

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about Yondu’s abilities in game. What’s he capable of?

Josh Austin: Yondu (Awesome Mix Volume 2)’s first ability is a Passive Yellow. “Mary Poppins Y’all!” Yondu uses his Yaka arrow like a parachute, cause, “Yeah, he’s cool.” If the player makes a match-4 or greater and Yondu is below 50% health, a Yellow Countdown tile is created that restores health each turn if one does not exist already.

His second ability is Ravager’s Ruse and it costs 7 Black AP. For this power, the Yondu looks out for his own best interest by destroying AP from the enemy’s highest colored AP pool, then creates a Strike tile for each AP destroyed.

Yondu’s last ability is called Centaurian Archery and it costs 10 Blue AP. Here’s where the Yaka Arrow comes in, as Yondu starts whistling and at level 5 damages the enemy for 9,698 damage and transforms this power to Yaka Assault.

Yaka Assault is a PASSIVE blue where the Yaka Arrow deftly flies across the battlefield damaging the enemy with the lowest health. At level 5 this means 1,592 damage at the start of the turn to the weakest enemy. The power becomes Centaurian Archery if Yondu receives damage past the power level’s threshold (at level 5 that’s 992 damage).

Marvel.com: I’m really interested in Centaurian Archery and Yaka Assault. Basically it’s a bunch of burst damage for 10 AP, then free, unavoidable damage afterwards? Is it balanced around the fact that if you commit to this, you lose his burst in favor of sustained damage over time?

Josh Austin: That’s correct in that you lose the more heavy damage attack, but the good thing about this is since it is 10 AP to trigger, the power continues to damage the weakest enemy while you can gather more Blue AP, however of course if Yondu receives enough damage, this power will then revert back.

Marvel.com: And how well does using allies like Carnage, that damage their teammates, work in reloading Centaurian Archery?

Josh Austin: Actually with the ability to create a bunch of strike tiles with Ravager’s Ruse for 7 Black AP, he works well with characters that create Strike tiles like The Punisher (Max), Rocket & Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2) and Blade (Modern) or with characters that strengthen his Strike tiles like Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Sam Wilson (Captain America), Professor X (Charles Xavier), Wasp (Janet Van Dyne), and/or Medusa (Inhuman Queen).

Marvel.com: And Yaka Parachute a permanent heal, or just for the current fight? Because then I can see my Carnage/Yondu team working even better!

Josh Austin: Haha, if you want to damage him to trigger his Yaka Parachute, then match 4 or greater, then of course you will get the Yaka Parachute Countdown tile which is a Permanent heal! That’s right, not burst, but permanent for Yondu only!

Marvel.com: When do we get to experiment with ol’ fin head?

Josh Austin: Yondu is releasing on August 10. He will be a placement Reward in a revamped Guardians event titled Honor Among Thieves that starts on August 10 and ends August 14. He will be a featured character in Thick As Thieves (of course right?) starting August 13 and ending August 18 where he will be available in the Vault. Lastly, his versus tournament will be called Ravager Clan and it starts August 17 and ends August 21 where he will be featured and available at best odds!

Whistle while you match with Yondu here (http://bit.ly/2ve1lKE) and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Mockingbird infiltrates the smash game!

Mockingbird joins the long list of “Marvel Puzzle Quest” heroines ready and raring to take a bite out of crime. Armed with her battle staves and a badass attitude, she’ll fit right in. We chatted with D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about Bobbi Morse and what she brings to the “MPQ” U.

Marvel.com: Mockingbird is a really cool choice for “MPQ.” How’d she make the cut?

Josh Austin: We receive various character requests from our players and we are very excited to introduce the highly requested Mockingbird to “Marvel Puzzle Quest.” Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse) was just in the right time and right place to make it into the 4-Star roster!

Marvel.com: When a character doesn’t have the most high profile of histories, like Bobbi here, what does the team do to nail down their abilities?

Josh Austin: There are a lot of rabid Marvel fans in the design team, they share a multitude of interesting variations of characters and we choose one to focus on. Then we work closely with Marvel until we find the one that fits “Marvel Puzzle Quest” the best. Sometimes it’s down to the color scheme and what will make the character pop more, or just the way the character in a particular area fits in with the other “MPQ” characters. A lot goes into choosing the right version for the game, from AP color, abilities and how they can add to the current roster (ex: do they stand alone, get supported or help support other players), and how they look.

Marvel.com: And since we are talking about abilities, what can Mockingbird do in game?

Josh Austin: Mockingbird’s first ability is called Bombshell and it costs 9 Red AP. This ability has a chance to do some great damage with a risk to it. Mockingbird sets up a bomb and walks away without looking back. This creates a Fortified Red Countdown tile. If the Countdown tile expires while another one exists it can do a lot of damage to the enemy, however if there aren’t two of them on the board when one goes off it does less damage and even damages Mockingbird.

Bobbi’s second power is called Opportunist and is a PASSIVE Yellow ability. For this ability, Mockingbird deflects attacks with her battle staves to provide tactical openings for her team. What this means game-wise is if the enemy matches four or more of an AP color and the player has some AP in that color (including Team-Up) then it fires off a random friendly power at no cost! If not, the team gains AP in the color that was matched.

Mockingbird’s final power is called Secret Mission and it costs 8 Purple AP. For this ability, Mockingbird destroys some of the enemy’s strongest color and also generates AP in the player’s team’s strongest color. Also there is a PASSIVE with this ability that triggers if the player has some AP in the team’s strongest color, giving friendly matches more damage.

Marvel.com: She feels a little like Agent Coulson, capable of big damage while also manipulating the team’s AP. What makes her different than the chief S.H.I.E.L.D. agent?

Josh Austin: The big differentiator is the Opportunist power, which triggers a random free power from any hero on the players team when the enemy matches 4 or more tiles and the player has AP in that color (depending on level of ability). This makes Mockingbird sort of a cross between Agent Coulson and Doctor Strange (3 or 5-Star) since a power is used automatically based on an action done by the opponent.

Marvel.com: Who are we teaming her up with? I actually like how insidious she would be with Loki (God of Mischief). Any four match nets you either a free power or AP from Mockingbird, and stolen AP from Loki. You’d be rolling in AP!

Josh Austin: Since she’s a support character, there are a lot of characters she could be teamed up with. Anyone that has an active power as their strongest color would be useful, 5-star characters to do additional match damage, and any characters that create Strike tiles. She is seriously fun to use with any character because she’s so versatile and she’s great against characters that are prone to making cascades.

Marvel.com: And when do we get to try her out for ourselves?

Josh Austin: Mockingbird will be live July 27 and will have her debut in Simulator which starts July 27 and ends July 31. She’s going to be in placement rewards for this event. Her featured event is Meet Rocket & Groot which starts August 3 and ends August 8. Bobbi will also be in her very own Versus Tournament that starts August 3 and runs until August 7. She will be featured and available at the best odds for the event.

Beat down baddies with Mockingbird (Bobbi Morse) here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more news and interviews.

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Snatch up this classic Spider-Man villain in his first 'Marvel Puzzle Quest' debut!

The Vulture makes his very first appearance in the “Marvel Puzzle Quest” universe after an awesomely successful opening weekend in “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” To get a better idea of what the “MPQ” Vulture is all about we talked to D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about Toomes’ abilities, his playstyle, ideal teammates, and more. This isn’t the sheer green tights-wearing Vulture you remember gang – this is a whole new bird of prey.

Marvel.com: The MPQ Sinister Six is complete now that the Vulture’s joined the squad. All the game’s Spider-Men and Women really need to watch the skies now huh?

Josh Austin: That’s right, as players saw in the Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six event, 4-Star Vulture (Adrian Toomes) can go airborne to generate Green, Blue, Black and Red AP and deal devastating attacks. If Vulture is airborne and the team has 10 Blue AP, he will use his Hybrid Tech Slicer to destroy enemy Strike, Protect, Attack and even Invisible and Countdown tiles! Vulture (Adrian Toomes) is another formidable villain added to the “MPQ” roster!

Also, while you got to play against him in the Spider-Man vs the Sinister Six event, there is going to be a second run of the event and Vulture (Adrian Toomes) will get the new MPQ character boost for the rerun of the event between July 24 and July 27.

Marvel.com: How much inspiration did the team take from the film version of the Vulture when designing his abilities? Did any of his comic appearances help round out his kit?

Josh Austin: It’s inspired by the comic book version, but with the movie coming out, we worked with Marvel to get the character close to the movie version.

Marvel.com: Speaking of his kit, what can Mr. Toomes do exactly?

Josh Austin: His first ability is called Circling Prey and it costs 6 Black AP. This ability sends Vulture Airborne for 2 turns with a (PASSIVE) that gains Green, Blue, Black and Red AP.

His second ability is called One Fell Swoop and it costs 9 Green AP. For this ability, the Vulture swoops from the sky to rend his enemies with sharp talons, which in game translates to creating a Countdown tile that deals damage when it expires. There is also a (PASSIVE) with this ability that if the Vultures returns from being Airborne while the countdown tile is on the board, it removes the tile from the board and deals damage to the enemy team instead of just the opponent in front.

The third ability is called Hybrid Tech Slicer and it costs 10 Blue AP. For this ability, Vulture uses that cool energy weapon he has in the movie in a type of fly-by that deals damage and destroys up to 4 enemy Strike, Protect or Attack tiles.

Marvel.com: Ok Vulture sounds really different than a lot of the characters in “MPQ” because he WANTS to be airborne. Most of the time being airborne is like being stunned, but is it fair to say Toomes is built around being untargetable and then flashing in for damage and then escaping to the skies?

Josh Austin: That is correct! He’s unique in how he gets AP for going Airborne which helps him use his abilities while Airborne, which is new to “MPQ”! And remember, Toomes isn’t targetable while Airborne and he has an ability that speeds up if he returns from Airborne while the special tile is on the board. Put all this together and you’ve got a kit that can really ruin a do-gooder’s day!

Marvel.com: Who helps him keep to the thermals and supports his hit and run style?

Josh Austin: Vulture is strong with characters that help him get Airborne including Gwenpool and Colossus and characters that use Green or Blue AP including Iceman, The Hulk (Totally Awesome), The Punisher (MAX), Quake, War Machine or Rocket & Groot (Awesome Mix Volume 2). He’s even great against opponents that send him Airborne like Nova and Riri (Iron Heart).

Marvel.com: And when can we take him under our wing?

Josh Austin: Vulture is available on Thursday, July 13 and will be available as placement rewards in Venom Bomb that starts that same day and runs until July 18. He will also be featured in The Hulk event which runs between July 17 and July 25. His versus tournament is called Junkyard Wars and runs from July 20 and July 24. I also would like to note that “Marvel Puzzle Quest” will be at the D23 Expo this weekend in Anaheim, CA. Come by the Marvel booth and check out the new Vulture, Spider-Man and other characters with us. Any one that has the game downloaded on their device, will get a free in-game gift so that is a nice incentive to come by and say hello!

Snatch up Vulture (Adrian Toomes) here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Get your hands on an all-new 5-star Spider-Man!

The “Spider-Man: Homecoming” hype train is pulling in to the station early thanks to “Marvel Puzzle Quest” and their all-new 5-Star Spider-Man. We talked to D3 Go! Producer Josh Austin about Spidey’s new look and abilities and a new boss event the team has in the works!

Marvel.com: Peter Parker in a Spidey suit is about as classic as you can get but this time it looks like you’re putting the MCU spin on our favorite wallcrawler.

Josh Austin: That’s right! With the film due out next week, now seemed like the best time to have Peter Parker be our new 5-Star Spider-Man. He joins a cast of other awesome Spideys like Classic, Original and Back in Black, so we definitely couldn’t miss Peter Parker in MPQ as we prep for some fun upcoming events in the coming weeks.

Marvel.com: With all the different Spidey suits already in the game, what kind of special sauce does this Spider-Man come with?

Josh Austin: For this MCU variation we added the new Tony Stark tech suit introduced in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” film. For this Spider-Man, with the helpful direction from Marvel, we made sure to emphasize the tech of the suit to make him stand out from the previous variations.

Marvel.com: Ok let’s talk about his abilities. What’s going on under the mask here?

Josh Austin: Spider-Man (Peter Parker)’s first ability is called Stick Around. It costs 6 Blue AP and creates web tiles. What’s great about this power is if there are enough web tiles on the board then this power will stun the entire enemy team.

Arachnid Agility is Peter’s second ability, which costs 10 Green AP. Spider-Man deals damage to a random enemy, then the same amount of damage to another random enemy once for each web tile on the board for a Max of 5 web tiles (or 5 times).

Lastly, Parker’s final ability called Web Shot sends out a spider drone from Spider-Man’s new outfit. This ability costs 7 Red AP and deals a good amount of damage and converts web tiles to Critical tiles based on the ability level and how many are on the board. For example, at level 450 and power level 5, if there are three Web tiles it converts 1 to a Critical tile and if there are 5 or more, it converts 3 of them to Critical tiles. AND this power has a PASSIVE that creates Web tiles if there isn’t any on the board helping to feed into his other powers.

Marvel.com: What do you think Spidey does best here? Looks like he has no problem webbing them up and keeping them out of the game

Josh Austin: Spider-Man (Peter Parker) deals a good amount of damage and has the ability to stun the whole team. His Blue and Red powers are relatively low cost, while his Green ability can be pretty powerful, but it is to a random enemy. So overall, he follows the more reactionary variation of his powers, relying on his spidey sense and his drone spider from his new suit!

Marvel.com: And it seems like anyone who creates web tiles would serve as an awesome teammate to the embattled Peter Parker. Am I on the mark here?

Josh Austin: That is 100% correct! The more web tiles the better! So teaming him up with Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen will help build on his Blue and Red powers. Also, anyone that can help generate Green would help with his costlier power like Star-Lord (Awesome Mix Volume 2) and The Hulk (Totally Awesome).

Marvel.com: Am I missing anything else cool about Spidey? I also hear there is a new Boss Event?

Josh Austin: For a 5-Star his abilities have a low AP cost, he has an active power that can stun the whole enemy team and his Web Shot ability has potential to create some devastating cascades with the Critical tiles it can generate. Aside from an awesome new Spider-Man 5-Star character and the recent addition of some of his well-known foes, we are adding a new Story event to Marvel Puzzle Quest called Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six.

This Sinister Six is themed to “Marvel Puzzle Quest,” and will feature Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Carnage, Venom, Green Goblin and even the new Vulture before he’s released as an earnable character. Overall the event follows other Boss events, but the Boss Node will have a wave of different variations of the Sinister Six. As the players Alliance completes rounds, the boss node will get harder, but the good news is as a new boss comes in, their AP resets to 0 so the player should stand a chance against these ruthless foes.

Marvel.com: And when can we pick up Spidey?

Josh Austin: Spider-Man (Peter Parker) is available in the Legendary Cover store starting July 6. He will also be rewarded in the Spider-Man vs. The Sinister Six event that starts Thursday, July 6 as well so just in time to experience some Spider-Man fun as you get ready to see the movie.

Pick up the all-new all-awesome Spider-Man (Peter Parker) here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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

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

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

“Marvel Contest of Champions”

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

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

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

Download “Marvel Contest of Champions”

“Marvel Future Fight”

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

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

Download “Marvel Future Fight”

“Spider-Man Unlimited”

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

Download “Spider-Man Unlimited

“Marvel Puzzle Quest”

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

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

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

Download “Marvel Puzzle Quest”

“Marvel Avengers Academy”

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

Download “Marvel Avengers Academy”

For all the latest on Marvel gaming, stay tuned to Marvel.com and follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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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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