Marvel Entertainment Launches 'Marvel Super Hero Adventures' Program for Preschoolers
Published Sep 7, 2017
By Christine Dinh
Program includes animated shorts, chapter books and expanded line of merchandise debuting this Fall!
Little True Belivers, this one’s for you! Starting this Fall, we’re gearing up for the brand new school year with “Marvel Super Hero Adventures” – a multi-platform content program targeting Marvel’s youngest fans through animation and publishing. Through stories that touch upon aspirational themes of friendship, helping others, and heroism, preschool kids and young readers will have a gateway into the Marvel Universe. This new program will be supported by new offerings across comic books, graphic novels and merchandise including toys, lifestyle and apparel.
Marvel Animation will launch a season of 10 short-form episodes for the pre-school audience. The 3.5 minute animated episodes will feature Spidey in an epic team-up with other inspiring and brave Marvel heroes like Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Captain America, Ant-Man, Black Panther, Captain Marvel, Wasp, Ms. Marvel and more. Platforms and launch date for this short-form series will be announced at a later date.
Debuting in September will be a series of early-reader chapter books joining the existing line of popular Marvel Super Hero Adventures activity books and storybooks from Marvel Press. The first chapter book, “Deck the Malls!,” written by MacKenzie Cadenhead and Sean Ryan, illustrated by Derek Laufman, features Spider-Man and Spider-Gwen in a fully illustrated adventured with a bonus one-page comic. Three more chapter books and an expanding publishing program will continue through 2018 and beyond.
The Super Hero Adventures merchandise is led by a toy collaboration with Hasbro, featuring new character tie-ins and play experiences inspired by Marvel Animation. They’re a perfect way for preschoolers to celebrate their young passion for Marvel in their daily lives. Further merchandise rollouts include wide offerings across toys and apparel with supportive collaborations from Mad Engine, Jay Fanco, GBG, Jakks Pacific and others–all representative of the major categories for Marvel preschoolers. Additional Marvel Super Hero Adventures products will debut throughout October during Marvel Mania, Marvel’s celebratory campaign spanning marquee retailers including Walmart, Target, Toys R Us and more.
Parents and fans around the world can share the Marvel Super Heroes Adventure program with young fans as it expands even more in Spring 2018.
Kamala Khan breaks away from old mentors and teams up with new partners post-Civil War II!
These days, Ms. Marvel finds herself up against some pretty challenging circumstances. Her super hero idols have taken opposing stances on the Ulysses issue in Civil War II, and Kamala must figure out what she genuinely believes in.
We asked Sana Amanat, Marvel’s Director of Content and Character Development as well as the MS. MARVEL editor, about what we can expect to see in Kamala’s future.
Marvel.com:With everything going on in Civil War II, Kamala feels some doubt about whether she agrees with Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, who has served as her role model. Does she need to distance herself from her idols a little in order to grow as a hero in her own way?
Sana Amanat: While Civil War II may have initiated this rift, we’ve known for some time that Kamala would eventually need to separate herself from her idols. Her journey centers around self-discovery and identity, and a part of that exploration includes separating yourself from those you put on pedestals. The rift between Carol and Kamala doesn’t really have to do with right and wrong. It has to do with growing up and realizing that you perceive the world differently from even the ones you love.
Marvel.com:Soon, Kamala will help to launch the Champions with Nova and Miles Morales, moving toward a position of leadership. Can you tell us about your experience with taking Kamala on this journey? She started out as a brand new super hero who felt unsure about her role in that world, and now she finds herself really starting to step into her power.
Sana Amanat: I’ve had so much fun seeing it happen. I think part of Kamala will always remain wide-eyed and curious about the world, and we love that about her. Also, the Marvel Universe has really embraced her—and that in turn has allowed her to gain the experience and exposure she needs to become one of Marvel’s best.
Marvel.com:You also edit the CAPTAIN MARVEL series. So you’ve had a hand in both Carol and Kamala’s reactions to the Civil War II situation. Can you tell us a little about that?
Sana Amanat: I’ve enjoyed playing with stories for both camps. For CAPTAIN MARVEL, we’ve found it extremely important to demonstrate that she has a great deal of commitment and thoughtfulness when fighting for predictive justice. We wanted to show the complexities of her position—and that she has very honorable intentions. On the other end, Kamala looks at it from the ground up, realizing how complicated things can become when personal issues affect your implementation of justice.
Marvel.com:Kamala seems so empowered, and also really relatable. She has insecurities at times, but she believes in herself and draws from her inner confidence. When you first started creating Kamala, what important characteristics did you wanted her to have?
Sana Amanat: Writer G. Willow Wilson and I knew she needed to be relatable, yet distinct. We recognized the importance of humor, but the goal was to make sure it came from a place of naiveté. Her being a bit of a fan-girl and nerd made her feel more like a real person—and tied in very much with her issues of identity. In a lot of ways, she serves as the reader surrogate of the Marvel Universe because she has so much in common with our awesome fans.
Marvel.com:Kamala showed up in MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR #10 recently. In many ways, Kamala could act as an excellent mentor for Lunella: both of them young, and both Inhumans who feel kind of blindsided by their new powers at first. And interestingly, this comes at a time when Kamala feels uncertain about her own mentor, Carol. Will we see more of the two of them together?
Sana Amanat: Definitely. Kamala will see much of herself in Lunella, and helping to train her will become a fun adventure for her. Teachers learn much about themselves through their students, so we would love to further explore how their relationship evolves.
Marvel.com:What can you tease about upcoming issues of MS. MARVEL?
Sana Amanat: We will bring back some old cast members and introduce some new, fun ones. That’s all I’ll say!
Kamala Khan begins her next journey in MS. MARVEL #12, available October 12 from writer G. Willow Wilson and artist Takeshi Miyazawa!
Ms. Marvel Wins Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics
Published Feb 26, 2016
G. Willow Wilson praises fans for their support!
This past weekend, Marvel Comics’ MS. MARVEL, by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona, won the second annual Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics, presented at Long Beach Comic Expo in Long Beach, California.
Praising the fans of MS. MARVEL, Wilson gave an impassioned acceptance speech, graciously thanking all the fans that make the book the success that it is. “This award is very special to me, not just because of its connection to Dwayne, but because of what it represents. It is something being kept alive by one thing only and that is the readers and the fans who’s passion, who’s cosplay, who’s wonderful repartee on Tumblr and Twitter make this book such a joy to work on.”
Wilson continued, “You are the beating heart to this series. I would like to dedicate this award to them – to the readers – to the fans. They are the ones changing the face of this industry.”
Ms. Marvel is the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation. Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm!
Ms. Marvel Vol. 1: No Normal Cover by Adrian Alphona
The Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity in Comics is named for McDuffie, a writer and producer of several comic books and animation series whose work includes: Marvel’s DAMAGE CONTROL and DEATHLOK. He wrote stories for dozens of other comics, including, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT.
Marvel Comics was also nominated for MOON GIRL AND DEVIL DINOSAUR, by Amy Reeder, Brandon Montclare, and Natacha Bustos. Congratulations to all of those who were nominated for this prestigious award.
Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #1 Cover by Amy Reeder
If you haven’t checked out these award-winning series, head out to your local comic book retailer and pick up this great collection!
MS. MARVEL VOL. 1: NO NORMAL Written by G. WILLOW WILSON Art by ADRIAN ALPHONA ISBN: 978-0785190219 AVAILABLE DIGITALLY NOW! MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR Written by AMY REEDER & BRANDON MONTCLARE Art by NATACHA BUSTOS AVAILABLE DIGITALLY NOW!
Experience the second volume of the hit series as a movie in your mind!
GraphicAudio®, in conjunction with Marvel Comics, presents the audio drama MS. MARVEL VOLUME 2: GENERATION WHY,adapted directly from the Marvel comics themselves. Through cinematic music, a full cast of voices, digital sound effects, you’ll be immersed in this international-hit comic book series like never before!
Who is the Inventor, and what does he want with Ms. Marvel and all her friends? Maybe Wolverine can help! Kamala may be fan-girling out when her favorite (okay maybe one of her Top Five) super hero shows up, but that won’t stop her from protecting her hometown.
As Ms. Marvel discovers more about her past, the Inventor continues to threaten her future.
The fan-favorite, critically acclaimed, and award winning new series continues as Kamala Khan proves why she’s the best new Super Hero there is!
MS. MARVEL VOLUME 2: GENERATION Y is the latest in a series of GraphicAudio comic adaptions that include MS. MARVEL VOLUME 1: NO NORMAL and DAREDEVIL: GUARDIAN DEVIL, in addition to adaptations of the prose novels MARVEL CIVIL WAR, IRON MAN: EXTREMIS, DEADPOOL: PAWS, ANTMAN: NATURAL ENEMY, and many more.
Available from www.GraphicAudio.net and via the FREE GraphicAudio Access™ Mobile App which allows customers to directly download titles on their Android or iOS smartphones and tablets.
CD formats and Marvel TPBs also available at comic shops and Inhuman-loving bookstores near you!
Ms. Marvel Takes Top Honors at 2016 Angouleme International Comic Book Festival
Published Feb 1, 2016
MS. MARVEL wins 'Best Series' at 2016 Angouleme International Comic Book Festival
Kamala Khan awarded 'Best Series' at the 'Cannes of Comics'!
Every year the Angoulême International Comics Festival recognizes the best and brightest creators from around the world for their contributions to the comics industry. Marvel is pleased announce that MS. MARVEL Volume 1: No Normal, written by G. Willow Wilson with art by Adrian Alphona, won the prestigious award for “Best Series” this past weekend in Angoulême, France!
Humbled by this award, MS. MARVEL series writer G. Willow Wilson said, “The whole MS. MARVEL team is honored to accept the Angouleme prize for best series. Working on this book and connecting with readers and fans has been a unique joy for all of us. At a time when it sometimes seems the world is in a state of constant conflict, it is a privilege to work on a series that unites us through adventure, humor and a celebration of our common humanity. Thank you to everyone who believes in Kamala Khan, and thank you to Angouleme.”
As the only American comic book publisher to be recognized this year for their contributions to the international comic book community, this is also the first time that Marvel Comics has received the respected and significant award of “Best Series”! Marvel would also like to congratulate all the other nominees and winners at the 2016 Angouleme International Comic Book Festival.
Ms. Marvel, the groundbreaking heroine that has become an international sensation! Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City – until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either, but she’s here to prove that she is the next great Marvel Super Hero!
If you haven’t checked out this award winning series, head out to your local comic book retailer and pick up this great collection! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel heroes.
Ms. Marvel & The Unbeatable Squirrel Girl make Top 10 Graphic Novels for Teens
Published Jan 29, 2016
By Patrick Cavanaugh
YALSA makes Marvel the only publisher with two books in the top 10 and many other titles make their cut for 'Great Reads'!
YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) names MS. MARVEL and UNBEATABLE SQUIRREL GIRL some of the Top 10 Great Graphic Novels for Teens in 2016! Not only does this make Marvel the only publisher with repeat appearances in the Top 10, but many other Marvel titles join their expanded Great Graphic Novels for Teens list, books that are intended for readers ages 12-18 that are both quality literature and appeal to teens. See what other books made the list below!
It's all in the name! Kamala is back in an all-new adventure illustrated by by Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona!
The internationally-beloved, award-winning, butt-kicking, smack talking, most adorable super hero makes her triumphant return! Ms. Marvel is back! Marvel is pleased to present the oversized MS. MARVEL #1! Writer G. Willow Wilson alongside artists Takeshi Miyazawa and Adrian Alphona return to chronicle the ongoing adventures of Kamala Khan! Did we mention she’s an Avenger now? Yup, the dream has become a reality. She’s gone toe-to-toe with the best of the best, but will being one of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes be everything she hoped for? Is being a celebrity hero as wonderful as Kamala had hoped? Find out in the electrifying first issue this November in MS. MARVEL #1! Buckle up Kamala Korps, it’s going to be a wild ride.
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As G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona wrap up the first volume of MS. MARVEL, finding one moment from their “season finale” proves difficult in this poignant issue. However, the scene with Kamala and Ammi and the parental blessing given to the young heroine that underscores much of what readers love about this series. Tissue please!
When Loki shows up at the Valentine’s Day dance and spikes the punch with truth serum, it’s a magic mixture that captures the awkwardness and hilarity typical of many a high school dance gone awry. And who couldn’t sympathize with Bruno in this issue? Anyone? Anyone?!
Facing down The Inventor, Kamala echoes the frustrations many teens today feel with the elder generations looking down on them, an experience those older readers may remember from their days gone by. This issue reminds us once again how in touch with new fans comics can be and the importance of not forgetting who we once were in our youth.
For a series that emphasizes empowerment of the individual, this issue stands out in particular for the moment where Bruno encourages Kamala to avoid conforming to the expectations of the world around her and instead, to be her own version of Ms. Marvel. The world has a Carol Danvers, but it needs a Kamala Khan!
If one moment stands out from the rest in MS. MARVEL, it’s the first time we met Kamala Khan: From the smart new character design to the nuanced and complicated family relations, this issue makes it clear to readers that Kamala’s Ms. Marvel resides in the same space as Steve Ditko and Stan Lee’s original teenaged, problematized, but beloved super hero, Spider-Man.
Editor Sana Amanat shares her vision for Kamala Khan, including what her membership in the Avengers means and new threats!
Trying to keep up with the runaway hit MS. MARVEL proves to be no small feat! And Marvel aims to double down on its smash success story in its All-New All-Different initiative by bringing Kamala Khan into the Avengers in addition to continuing her solo series under writer G. Willow Wilson and artists Adrian Alphona and Takeshi Miyazawa.
To give readers a taste of what’s to come we sat down with series editor, Sana Amanat and spoke about her vision for the All-New All-Different MS. MARVEL!
Marvel.com: The All-New All-Different direction Marvel is taking post-Secret Wars seems like it will provide many new readers with a fresh start to many of the characters who’ve been juggling some long-standing story arcs. How do you see this initiative benefiting a relatively newer character like Kamala Khan?
Sana Amanat: It actually couldn’t come at a better time for this series. By the time this new launch comes around, it will have been almost two years since the premiere of MS. MARVEL—and boy, has Kamala Khan been through a lot since then. She’s been slowly coming into her own, dealing with the challenges of navigating adulthood and being a super hero. But her training is over now and it’s time for the big leagues; the question is can she handle it?
Marvel.com: With Kamala becoming an Avenger, she will now serve alongside Miles Morales, another super hero who has been widely praised for opening the door to a more diverse readership. How did this come together?
Sana Amanat: Well this is the genius of [ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS writer] Mark Waid and [editor] Tom Brevoort smashing brains together—although I’d like to say they’re stealing our good ideas! In all honesty, it just goes to show that there’s great value in these characters and having them in the Avengers further proves their worth. I was so excited when Tom showed me the first sketches of Ms. Marvel in the Avengers team—it really means that Kamala had earned her way to the top.
Marvel.com: So, how is MS. MARVEL going to differ from ALL-NEW ALL-DIFFERENT AVENGERS in terms of what we see from Kamala?
Sana Amanat: As much as Kamala has a right to be there—it’s still a bit of a culture shock. Dreaming of being an Avenger and then suddenly being one is a lot to take on for someone of her age. So, she’ll be a little awestruck, a little overly ambitious. Sort of like how I was when I started working at Marvel for the first time!
Marvel.com: Will she continue to be New Jersey’s “resident champion,” or will Ms. Marvel be moving up and onto a bigger stage?
Sana Amanat: Absolutely, Jersey City is a very important part of Kamala’s life and it’ll stay that way—whether or not her fellow citizens still want her there, is a whole other question.
Marvel.com: Last question: The first full arc for MS. MARVEL saw Kamala battling the Inventor as she came to terms with herself as an Inhuman. What sort of conflicts—and villains—can we expect as move into this next chapter of her story?
Sana Amanat: She’ll be dealing with the reality of her stardom backfiring on her, discovering that someone will be using her image for nefarious purposes. Further being an Inhuman will also have some very conflicting consequences for Kamala, which we’ll reveal later down the road.
Jersey City gets their very own super hero in Ms. Marvel #1, but the Garden State has seen action before!
This Wednesday, readers will take a trek through the Holland Tunnel to Jersey City, where Kamala Khan, the newest addition to the mighty Marvel pantheon of heroes, resides. As the latest to bear the moniker Ms. Marvel, the teen hero will use her powers to protect the citizens of New Jersey from super villains both local and from across the Hudson. Even if the majority of Marvel’s adventures take place in the five boroughs, the tales about to unfold in Ms. Marvel’s new ongoing series will not be the first to happen in New Jersey. Here are five Marvel Comics that prominently feature the Garden State!
Sometimes city prices are just too high – even for super villains! The brutally powerful Count Nefaria made a castle in the Palisades his evil lair until the Avengers delivered justice to his front door in this early adventure.
Before coming under the protection of the new Ms. Marvel, Jersey City had to rely on heroes willing to commute, like the Avengers did in this issue. However, travel times get considerably shorter when you can take a Quinjet. The Avengers don’t have time to figure out PATH train schedules when lives are at stake!
New York City isn’t the only place in America with abandoned factories that can be easily converted into oversized laboratories. The physician-turned-vigilante known as Cardiac used his facility in Hoboken to exact some revenge on the criminals Styx and Stone.
When super heroes settle down, they too crave the peace and quiet of the suburbs. That’s what happened to Scarlet Witch and Vision, who left Avengers Mansion in Manhattan for Cresskill, New Jersey following their wedding. They raised a family in peace until their children were erased from existence, as often happens in comics. Their reincarnated son, the Young Avenger called Wiccan, returned to his former home years later in search for answers.
When Hurricane Sandy hit in late 2012, Kate Bishop found herself trapped in a hotel in Atlantic City alongside others. To get medicine for a sick survivor, Kate dove headfirst into a flooded parking garage in order to make the dangerous Duane Reade run. After experiencing the resilience and solidarity of the city’s citizens first hand, Kate could only find two words to say: “Jersey rules!”
Follow the Jersey City adventures of Kamala Khan in MS. MARVEL!