Kelly Thompson brings the mutants back together this January!

Prepare for a new chapter in one of the Marvel Universe’s great ongoing stories.

This January, writer Kelly Thompson and artist Pere Perez reunite ROGUE & GAMBIT for a brand new team-up series! The star-crossed lovers need to discover the source of mutant kidnappings across the world—and the answer won’t come easily.

But perhaps the bigger question lies in whether or not they’ll be able to stand each other’s company long enough to finish the job.

We caught up with Thompson to whet the appetites of Rogue and Gambit fans everywhere.

Marvel.com: Describe the difference between writing this series and your previous work on HAWKEYE or CAPTAIN PHASMA.

Kelly Thompson: You end up using slightly different muscles. I’ve done a lot of “solo” stuff and a ton of “ensemble” stuff, but this has been my first time writing a team-up book…except for GENERATIONS: THE ARCHERS, and of course the forthcoming Marvel Legacy arc in HAWKEYE. But I think it’s safe to say that Gambit and Rogue act pretty different than Kate and Clint do.

The trick, for me, has always just been about finding the voice for each character and then pinpointing what changes in each when you put them together—for both good and ill.

Marvel.com: What kind of chemistry or dynamic did you want to highlight between these two characters? 

Kelly Thompson: I think we all know that a Gambit and Rogue book can actually be a very tricky thing. Fans want a lot of things from the characters—and they’re not always the same things. We obviously can’t please everyone, but for me, the important thing about finding the right chemistry for these characters, and for our story, was to address the rich history Gambit and Rogue have—while also forging ahead and cutting new paths for them. So instead of shying away from that history, I built the story around it and we’re leaning into it—in what I hope reads as a creative way—that will be rewarding to longtime fans, but also accessible for those who might be new to the characters and curious to find out what’s so great about them and why fans both love and hate seeing them together.

I think as readers and fans (and I am both!) we often feel like we’ve already seen everything we could possibly see with Gambit and Rogue when it comes to their dynamic together. My greatest hope has been that we’re doing something new and different here—something a little outside the box—that still respects what came before. Gambit and Rogue are the comic book characters I have loved the longest in my life—they literally brought me into comics. Writing them has been a dream come true, but also, the pressure feels very on to do justice to them and to bring their many fans something they can really love. To write a story that will stand the test of time and carve a path for their future.

Marvel.com: How did you and Pere Perez approach these characters visually?

Kelly Thompson: Pere does such a great job. To be honest, this has been a very complicated book visually—it requires a lot of reference, research, and detail in the scripts—and of course that only makes things more complex for the artist. I can’t expand on that too much without giving some things away. It’s one of those things where you write a page and just hope that the artist can handle the demands (because you know they’re a lot) and then you see their version of the page and it’s better than you could have imagined. That is such an awesome moment on any book.

Marvel.com: What can you tease about how this story begins?

Kelly Thompson: We’ve got an all-new big bad that will be a lot of fun. I can’t reveal motives, but suffice to say they’ve got them in spades (no pun, I swear). Gambit and Rogue get assigned to the mission by Kitty, in part due to their long history together.

And while sometimes it may seem like their baggage might sink them on this assignment…I think we’ll see it’s what helps them survive. Even if that’s not how it feels in the heat of the moment.

ROGUE & GAMBIT, by Kelly Thompson and artist Pere Perez, arrives in January!

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The southern belle strikes at the heart of the hit mobile game!

Rogue hits “Marvel Puzzle Quest” at supersonic speeds, bringing her power draining abilities, mean right hook, and boundless determination to a team near you! Want to take out bad guys and look great doing it? Well we talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the southern belle’s powers, the future of mutants in “MPQ,” and the game’s impending anniversary. Read on!

Marvel.com: It’s been a while since we’ve seen anyone with an X-Gene join the roster. Can you talk a little about why mutants are back on the menu?

Josh Austin:
I know, right? Keeping the secret that we are bringing back the mutants was so hard! Players have been asking for a long time and Rogue is just the start. We will be releasing a few more, plus some mutant-themed events that should bring a lot of excitement to the game.

Marvel.com: Super happy to see Rogue making the cut too! Why was she the right mutant for the job?

Josh Austin: Rogue has been one of the top requested characters for so long. Every time I would send out a preview character with the community one of the top automatic responses seemed to be Rogue, so we wanted to start with her. She’s a 4-star character and will be tough to beat with her power siphoning and damage reduction. Players are going to have fun using her and dread facing her. The designers did a great job translating her powers to “Marvel Puzzle Quest” and she’s going to be a great addition to any roster!

Marvel.com: Rogue’s been in her fair share of video games in the past. What does the team have in store for us in “Marvel Puzzle Quest”?

Josh Austin: Since we did not want to disappoint on such a highly requested character, we definitely went with her familiar power set of draining powers, flying head on into combat with a devastating punch and even leading her team in the attack, all done in “Marvel Puzzle Quest” fashion.

Marvel.com: And what can she do in “MPQ” fashion?

Josh Austin: What the above overview translates into is Rogue’s first ability, Gloves Off, which costs five Green AP. This power then becomes Power Siphon. Power Siphon is a Passive ability that has Rogue absorbing enemy powers but risks damaging herself with continued exposure. What this means in terms of gameplay is enemy matches in this ability’s color generates no AP and [deal] no damage while friendly matches generate double AP and deal double damage! At the start of the turn, spend 14 AP in this ability’s color to deal damage to the target and deal about half that amount of damage to Rogue. This power then becomes Gloves Off again.

Rogue’s Second ability is called Sugah, You’re Goin’ Down and costs 12 Red AP. It’s a headfirst flying charge punch that sends the enemy reeling. It deals damage and destroys a block of tiles dealing damage but not generating AP.

Rogue’s final ability is called Leading the Charge and it’s a Yellow Passive. When Rogue is in front, enemy matches deal less damage for each teammate still in the fight. Whenever the enemy makes a Green, Red or Yellow match, Rogue is sent to the front automatically.

Marvel.com: Let’s talk a little about Gloves Off. Because of the potential damage Rogue risks, is this something she needs to use sparingly or do the benefits outweigh the risks.

Josh Austin: The risk is only if the player gets the 14 AP to set off Power Siphon’s damage function. The moment the player collects 14 AP in the chosen color, Rogue damages the enemy and receives damage. If you have someone that can use up the AP, so you’re just doing double damage on matches, Rogue will be totally fine.

Marvel.com: How about teammates? Who does she play well with?

Josh Austin: Because of Rogue’s ability to gain double AP with Power Siphon and the damage reduction with Leading the Charge, she works well with many characters and she will be a great ally or really difficult opponent! She is strong with characters that create Charged tiles like Black Bolt, Silver Surfer, The Hulk (Totally Awesome), Thor (Goddess of Thunder), Mordo, and Lockjaw.

Marvel.com: Is there anything else we need to know?

Josh Austin: Rogue is coming to “Marvel Puzzle Quest” on September 28. She will be in placement rewards for Hearts of Darkness, which starts the same day. Players will also have a chance to get her through tokens awarded in S.H.I.E.L.D. Training. Her featured event will be Webbed Wonder that starts October 1 and players can snatch her up as a progression reward. Her Versus Tournament, Close Contact, starts on October 1.

Rogue will also be the first character released in a mini-gauntlet at the same time as her debut event, which will reward players tokens to the debut event store and a cover of Rogue. We will have more information on the details of this change in the D3 forums closer to Rogue’s release!

Marvel.com: And I heard you have some other fun bits of news to tease for October?

Josh Austin: Yes! We are getting close to our four-year Anniversary of “Marvel Puzzle Quest” so players should stay tuned next week as we introduce details of what is coming to the game for the Anniversary. We are looking forward to the celebration and sharing more details about a couple of other X-Men characters coming to the game. You may have heard of them—Gambit and Nightcrawler! I can’t say anything more than that but stay tuned next week for more info about their release and a special in-game X-Men themed event.

Play with Rogue’s mutant powers here and stay tuned to Marvel.com and @MarvelGames on Twitter for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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Pepe Larraz shares his sketchbook, featuring Hank Pym, Ultron, Rogue, Gambit, and more!

It’s not often that old friends come together and just pick up where they left off. Oftentimes, events of the past pop up to make things weird. That might be the case when Hank Pym returns to Earth in UNCANNY AVENGERS #9 on June 1 wearing his creation and one-time murderous robot Ultron as armor.

Series writer Gerry Duggan and guest artist Pepe Larraz will team up to tell the tale while also bringing together a pair of beloved characters: Rogue and Gambit. While Hank deals with a team wondering his motives—and who’s really driving the bus—the two former lovers see where they stand these days.

We talked with Larraz about working with Duggan, drawing Hank Pym, and his affinity for the two star crossed mutants.

Marvel.com: The team in UNCANNY AVENGERS is incredibly unique and diverse when it comes to looks and costumes. Is it challenging making them look like parts of a whole instead of individuals fighting alongside each other?

Pepe Larraz: That’s a very good question. When it comes to the characters, I try to understand what their conflict is. I learn about their past in case I don’t know it yet and think about which one is my vision of them. I think the Avengers are a group of very different people with a common purpose. That makes every one of them valuable because of their differences, but also part of a whole thing, even if they aren’t really fond of all the rest.

About this particular team, I think we have two big leaders, Cable and Steve Rogers, and my aim is to be able to tell their different ways of leadership apart. Rogue behaves here like a lieutenant; she has initiative but she isn’t a leader of the team. The soldiers could be Voodoo, Torch, Quicksilver, and Synapse. Maybe we just need time to develop their characters more, but by now they carry less of the weight of the story than the other three. Oh, and then, there is Deadpool.

Marvel.com: “The Man Who Fell to Earth” revolves around this combined version of Hank Pym and Ultron. How was it working on this new version of such a classic villain?

Pepe Larraz: Well, it made sense that the suit was the same which was designed by Jerome Opeña at the end of RAGE OF ULTRON; Jerome’s design is so good, so I used that. Hank Pym’s face is well known, so in the end I didn’t have to design too much! I prefer to use what I think makes sense for the story rather than leave my touch on everything I do, just for it to be recognizable as my work.

I focused on his facial expressions; the way he looks like a very excessively mellow mood guy, this “more-human-than-human” feeling, so warm that it makes you feel cold and suspicious. I wanted to transmit the feeling that he can instantly change his mood, becoming cocky or even dangerous. He’s not a safe guy and the tension is big. I think Gerry wrote very good scenes, slow paced, but with tension growing every second.

Marvel.com: Hank’s been one of the most complicated heroes in the Marvel Universe for decades now. Do you enjoy playing off of that on the page?

Pepe Larraz: He is, indeed. Yes I think Gerry and I wanted to transmit that not everything is going well inside him; that the pieces are still adjusting—literally—and also the fear and caution of the people around him, waiting for him to explode any second. Hank has suffered a lot of conflicts in the Marvel Universe and I always saw him as a rather dark character. Maybe my vision is influenced by his ULTIMATES version. In the opposite direction, coming back from the dead, I wanted to present him as an “everything-is-cool” guy.

Marvel.com: You also get to draw Gambit and Rogue reuniting in this issue. What can you tell us about that meeting?

Pepe Larraz: I grew up with the Gambit and Rogue love story. I started reading X-Men books when I was a kid, so having them again on the same page was great. I think things became so intense between those two; they’ve been through a lot, and they are not as close as they used to be, but I wanted to give them some warm touches. That’s why I made the cartoony panel on page 3, to make readers smile tenderly watching them, as I was smiling drawing them. Both of them deserve it.

Marvel.com: It sounds like you and Gerry were on the same wavelength with a lot of the story elements. How is it working with him on this script?

Pepe Larraz: Great, actually. I knew little of Gerry’s work before this series, but, you know, that’s because I spend so much time making comics that I don’t have time to read them! I like the way Gerry writes dialog, builds the scenes and the fact that he’s not scared to make almost a whole issue of people talking on a super hero book, because the talk is worthy. He’s very open to suggestions, as well as the rest of the team, [editors] Tom [Brevoort], Alanna [Smith], and Daniel [Ketchum].

Gerry Duggan and Pepe Larraz bring Hank Pym and Ultron back to Earth while also reuniting Rogue and Gambit in the pages of UNCANNY AVENGERS #9 on June 1!

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Tentacled villain Omega Red debuts in this 90's classic!

It’s time to face facts, true believers — the 90’s were awesome. The pouches were plentiful, the costumes were impractical, and Marvel Universe dentists made a fortune correcting damages caused by perpetually gritted teeth. Thanks to the power of nostalgia, though, what would once be considered extremely embarrassing can now be called extremely awesome!

With that in mind, we’ve pulled a Marvel comic from the not-so-modern era and broken it down, one choice fact at a time! This week we’re singling out X-MEN #4 by Jim Lee and John Byrne. Here’s “The Resurrection and the Flesh” by the numbers!

X-Men (1991) #4

X-Men (1991) #4

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63 visible segments on Omega Red’s right tentacle

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4

20 hands laid on Omega Red’s body

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4

7 pouches on Cyclops’ belt

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4

5 tech-heavy Hand ninjas

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4

4 X-Men playing basketball

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4

3 shots that get nothing but net

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4


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X-Men embarking on a soon-to-be-sabotaged date

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4

1 slam dunk

Art from X-Men #4

Art from X-Men #4

The 90’s continue in the all-new X-MEN ’92 Infinite Comic!

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The Uncanny Avengers return on January 28!

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See one of the most popular X-Men in action as part of the Marvel MMO!

An incredibly unique hero in “Marvel Heroes 2015,” Rogue’s abilities allow her to steal powers from super villains or heroes alike! Her power tree can be customized accordingly based on what powers she has absorbed. Rogue also possesses Ms. Marvel’s super strength and flight abilities, allowing her to deal big melee damage with amazing brawling prowess!

Visit the official web site for “Marvel Heroes 2015” to get more info!

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See which heroes from the Marvel Universe made their mark with us during this crucial decade!

As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we move into the 1980’s, and “Marvel’s Main Event,” where established characters exploded, often times spinning off in new directions and encountering exciting new friends and foes while attempting to survive tumultuous events.


This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1980’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Excalibur by Alan Davis

Excalibur by Alan Davis

10. EXCALIBUR
First Appearance: EXCALIBUR SPECIAL EDITION #1
Why They’re #10: “For comic fans outside of the United States it’s often exciting to see their own country represented in their favorite books—even when they’re not always represented very accurately! As a Brit I was always thrilled to read the adventures of Captain Britain, but I was also a big X-Men fan, so when those two worlds collided in Excalibur, the United Kingdom-based team created to replace the feared-dead X-Men, it felt like a comic made just for me. Kitty, Kurt, Brian, Meggan, Rachel and Lockheed were all such great characters that any of them could easily be my favorite, and together this oddball family went on some of the wildest adventures I’d ever read. Creators Chris Claremont and Alan Davis did some of their all-time best work on Excalibur—and because they were both born in the UK, their version of Britain was actually recognizable!” – Andrew Wheeler 
Digital Comics Spotlight: EXCALIBUR (1988) #1

Dazzler (1981) #1

Dazzler (1981) #1

  • Published: March 10, 1981
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: September 17, 2008
  • Writer: Tom DeFalco
  • Penciler: John Romita
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9. DAZZLER
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #130
Why She’s #9: “Whit Stilman chronicled the torrid early 1980’s in his 1998 film ‘The Last Days of Disco.’ It was into that time of transition and dusky rhinestones that Alison Blaire first brandished a microphone. Originally envisioned at the height of disco’s popularity in the mid-70’s, Dazzler didn’t see her first single and series of duets hit the charts until February of 1980. Pitched as a multi-media tie-in meant to coincide with a flesh-and-blood songstress, the character transcended her origins and original purpose with a level of staying power none could have predicted. As a member of the X-Men, Excalibur, and even S.H.I.E.L.D., the ever adaptable pop sensation provides her own pyrotechnics with the mutant ability to reprise sonic vibrations as light emissions. The last scion of disco, once pegged as a potential one-hit wonder, outshone all her critics and continues to serve as the mutant ambassador in the world of glamour and celebrity.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comics Spotlight:
DAZZLER (1981) #1

New Mutants (1983) #21

New Mutants (1983) #21

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8. THE NEW MUTANTS
First Appearance: MARVEL GRAPHIC NOVEL #4
Why They’re #8: “The first ever X-Men spin-off series featured characters from all over the world as Professor Xavier continued his mission to help mutantkind by welcoming a new batch of students. The five original New Mutants—the Brazilian Sunspot, Vietnamese Karma, Dani Moonstar of the Cheyenne Nation, the Scottish Wolfsbane, and Cannonball from Kentucky—constitute one of the most diverse mutant teams ever. As their ranks grew to include a number of fan favorite female characters—Magma and Magik—as well as the dynamic duo of Cypher and Warlock, the teenagers experienced a dramatic shift when Magneto assumed headmaster duties from Xavier. Their education continued through triumph and tragedy, and they eventually struck out on their own, only to find a new purpose with the militaristic Cable. By learning from three drastically different mentors, the no longer new mutants possess diverse skill sets that now benefit such teams as X-Factor, the X-Men, and the Avengers.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: NEW MUTANTS (1983) #1

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #171

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #171

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7. ROGUE
First Appearance: AVENGERS ANNUAL #10
Why She’s #7: “The enigmatic Rogue made first contact as a villainous pawn of Mystique and the Brotherhood of Evil Mutants in November of 1981. Like the streak of white coursing through her russet mane, she sent a violent shockwave through the mutant community, robbing opponents of their minds and talents with the slightest touch. At the behest of the Brotherhood, she attacked Carol Danvers, and in the process permanently assumed her traits of resilient skin, augmented strength, and flight. In time, she fell under the wing of the Xavier School, where, over the course of many years, she learned to control the abilities that left her a pariah from an early age. Rogue remains a quintessential example of the mutant metaphor, overcoming the stigma of fear others attached to her uniqueness. Now this irrepressible Mississippi firebrand removes her gloves with her teeth, unashamed and eager to put her skill to good use, to contribute to the cause of her adopted family.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comics Spotlight:
UNCANNY X-MEN #173

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #131

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #131

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6. EMMA FROST
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #129
Why She’s #6: “Revealed yet guarded, cold but passionate, seemingly a pawn but always the master—few mutants revel in contradictions the way that Emma Frost does. Frost made her debut as the White Queen of the power hungry Inner Circle of the Hellfire Club, a villainess holding her own in the most patriarchal mutant group in the Marvel Universe. She subverted expectations with her revealing wardrobe and manipulated both her ‘superiors’ in the Club and her adversaries in the X-Men, usually without the aid of her telepathy. Even as one of the X-Men’s fiercest opponents, Emma still shared common ideology with the mutant heroes: the belief that young mutants should be protected, educated, and empowered to live their best lives. This shared belief eventually brought Emma to the X-Men as she became the team’s leading educator and, eventually, one of their most passionate and prominent faces.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight: UNCANNY X-MEN #151

Cloak and Dagger (1983) #2

Cloak and Dagger (1983) #2

  • Published: November 01, 1983
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 14, 2009
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5. CLOAK & DAGGER
First Appearance: PETER PARKER, THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN #64
Why They’re #5: “Two societal concerns of the early 1980’s—drug peddling and teenage runaways—proved the perfect combination as the foundation for the origin of Cloak and Dagger. While vastly different childhoods prompt the two 17-year-olds’ arrival in New York, circumstances quickly intertwined Tyrone Johnson and Tandy Bowen’s separate paths into one. Maggia henchmen ensnare the naive teens as test subjects for a new synthetic heroin. The normally fatal experimental drug actually triggers their powers: Johnson envelops evildoers in darkness while Bowen harnesses light as a weapon in the form of debilitating blades. While Cloak and Dagger burst into the Marvel universe within the pages of SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN, the vigilantes’ war on drugs grew to a limited series before long. The bond between Tyrone and Tandy runs deeper than their respective symbolic opposite powers, as Cloak finds himself constantly hungry to feed his dark powers with Dagger able to temporarily satiate him with her light. Indeed over time Dagger also convinced Cloak to lighten their vigilante approach to a more acceptable pursuit of justice. While born in the 1980’s, this duo still fights evil, winning new fans with every victory.” – Tim O’Shea
Digital Comics Spotlight:
CLOAK AND DAGGER (1983) #1

Fantastic Four (1961) #275

Fantastic Four (1961) #275

  • Published: February 10, 1985
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 19, 2010
  • Writer: John Byrne
  • Cover Artist: John Byrne
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4. SHE-HULK
First Appearance: SAVAGE SHE-HULK #1
Why She’s #4: “By placing herself in harm’s way while going head to head with the mob in a court battle, lawyer Jennifer Walters ended up with a bullet in her side. A blood transfusion from her cousin Bruce Banner—the Incredible Hulk—saved her life and gave her powers, but she already possessed a hero’s heart and determination. Unlike her gamma-irradiated cousin, Jen quickly learned how to control her transformations and utilized that knowledge to become the person she always aspired to be. Confident, inspiring, compassionate—you’ll be hard pressed to find a super hero more loved by her peers than She-Hulk. She never backs down from a fight, she’s always the last to leave any party, and she spends her time away from the Avengers fighting for justice in a courtroom. Just as the Hulk represents the danger of male repression, She-Hulk represents the strength and confidence that can be found in unrestrained femininity.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight:
FANTASTIC FOUR #265

Daredevil (1964) #179

Daredevil (1964) #179

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3. ELEKTRA
First Appearance: DAREDEVIL #168
Why She’s #3: “The flash of red, the whisper of steel, and she arrived. In 1981, Elektra Natchios slipped silently and lethally into the annals of Marvel history in the pages of DAREDEVIL. Despite her talents for stealth, she quickly asserted herself as the sort of character who could not be ignored, an antagonist as complex as the book’s titular hero. In less than a year, she became an icon of Marvel publishing, helped contribute to the dramatic reinvention of the Man Without Fear, and participated in one of the most brutal, tragic fights in the House of Ideas’ history. Then she would return some five years later, starring in ELEKTRA: ASSASSIN. A dose of surreal, mind altering storytelling, it remains one of the best second acts in Marvel Comics history. Importance must be measured in impact, not just ubiquity, and Elektra’s brief moments in the spotlight in the 80’s hit hard and left a mark for years to come.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
DAREDEVIL #181

Thor (1966) #339

Thor (1966) #339

What is Marvel Unlimited?

2. BETA RAY BILL
First Appearance: THOR #337
Why He’s #2: “Created by the legendary Walt Simonson, Beta Ray Bill is so heroic and selfless that he’s one of the very few people in the universe worthy enough to wield the enchanted uru hammer Mjolnir and take on the powers of Thor. He’s so worthy that he even bested Thor in combat, and Odin gave him his own hammer, Stormbreaker, that is the equal of Mjolnir. And on top of all that—he’s a golden horse-faced alien called Beta Ray Bill! Honestly, it doesn’t get much more awesome than that. Simonson designed Bill to appear like a monster, to demonstrate that heroes don’t always look the way you expect, and that’s still a useful message to take to heart today. The character also helped establish another idea that’s still very relevant today: Mjolnir can bestow the title and power of Thor on anyone, so long as he—or she—is worthy.” – Andrew Wheeler
Digital Comics Spotlight:
THOR #338

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #168

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #168

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1. KITTY PRYDE
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #129
Why She’s #1: “Katherine Anne Pryde developed severe headaches in adolescence, as her latent mutant abilities began flickering into being. To her own dismay, Kitty discovered she could turn immaterial long enough to ‘phase’ through solid objects like a living specter. In time she would master such abilities and slink through walls, nimbly as a ‘Sprite,’ stealthily as a ‘Shadowcat.’ But at age 13 in January of 1980, she emerged as a reluctant yet highly valued free agent in the ongoing battle between Charles Xavier’s X-Men and Emma Frost’s Hellfire Club. It played out like a fairy tale, with Frost as the imperious, predatory White Queen, and the X-Men as the young woman’s motley protectors. Kitty eventually enrolled as the youngest student at Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters, a new role model for young readers. The character offered a more contemporary voice, overcame prejudices, and found community and family amongst the X-Men. Wolverine and Storm came to present parental figures and mentors while Colossus arrived as the love of her life.

“Young fans lived vicariously through Kitty’s misadventures and relationships, representing the ultimate fulfillment of youthful daydreams. That someone so unassuming and ordinary, from a household not so different from those we passed through every day, could take flight with our heroes and enjoy their respect and camaraderie, was tantamount to personally donning the blue and gold. So many readers grew up with Kitty, stared down the dissolution of family, wrestled with the natural—and supernatural—ebb and flow of relationships.

“In 1981, just a year after her first appearance, Kitty headlined ‘Days of Future Past,’ a landmark story line from Chris Claremont and John Byrne that practically rewrote the very DNA of the X-Men saga. It stands not only as one of the most pivotal works of the 1980’s, but continues to influence the topsy turvy timeline to this day.

“Kitty Pryde still gets headaches, though now they stem from ill-timed video calls from Star-Lord or a student’s request for an extension on their paper. Once a pawn, she now holds sway over her own allegiances, her own comings and goings, as well as the shepherding of young mutants fearful of the walls closing in on them. If she knows anything, it’s that there’s often more than one way around—or through—every obstacle and she’s keen to share that knowledge in good faith.

“Her power is intangible. Her impact is anything but.” – Paul Montgomery
Digital Comics Spotlight:
UNCANNY X-MEN #143

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Find out the Divergent and 8 Mile star's favorite X-Man and learn about his new movie, The Suspect!

You probably know actor Mekhi Phifer best from his work on “8 Mile,” “ER” or “Divergent,” but do you know his favorite X-Man? It’s probably not the one you expect.

During a recent press call to promote his new film “The Suspect” we spoke about his love for Rogue, how he watches Marvel’s “Ultimate Spider-Man” with his son and much more!

Marvel.com: To begin, can you give fans a brief overview of what “The Suspect” is about?

Mekhi Phifer: I’ll describe it really quickly. I think it’s a cross between “The Usual Suspects” and “In the Heat of the Night” with Sidney Poitier. If those two films got married and had a kid, it’d be “The Suspect.” It’s definitely an intriguing film, you’re not on the edge of your seat all the time but you’re sort of wondering what the hell is gonna happen, what’s going on. You really don’t know until the end what’s happening.

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Marvel.com: Speaking of that, up to the end, which I won’t spoil, I was having trouble finding a protagonist for the movie. In your opinion, who do you root for throughout the movie?

Mekhi Phifer: That’s the beauty about this particular project. There’s not one person that I think you root for. I think it depends on the audience members and their background on who it is you actually root for. I don’t think it’s a clear cut, black and white, who do you root for kind of thing. It deals with a lot of human nature and the essence of who people are. So it definitely deals with complexities of man, for lack of a better term.

Marvel.com: I loved how, although it’s almost an action-thriller, everything could and does happen in today’s society.

Mekhi Phifer: Right. I think that our guy, Stuart Connelly, our director, he really did a good job not only writing it but portraying in a realistic, unbiased way, the way people innately think. It’s interesting because I do a lot of road trips; I travel a lot on the road. I take RVs cross-country and that kind of stuff. You really get to see how segregated America still is when you stop in these small towns and things like that to get gas or what have you. It was a very interesting and compelling story for me.

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Marvel.com: I think another great thing about it too was the subtlety of the police officers.

Mekhi Phifer: Right. But once certain questions were raised, certain things came out. It doesn’t make them bad people; it’s just their experience and how they grew up or what they were taught.

Marvel.com: What do you think about when you hear the name Marvel? Is there anything that comes to mind?

Mekhi Phifer: I love Marvel. You’ve got Spider-Man, this and that, but as a kid I grew up reading all the Marvel comics.

Marvel.com: Oh, really?

Mekhi Phifer: Oh, absolutely. No question about it. We’re talking X-Men and everything else that comes along with it. I just think of really cool comics when I think of Marvel and now good movies.

Marvel.com: Who would you favorite Marvel character be if you had to choose one?

Mekhi Phifer: Rogue from the X-Men. I liked that she could fly and do all this other stuff. I didn’t like that she couldn’t touch anybody. That sucks. I liked the powers of Rogue.

Rogue by David Finch

Rogue by David Finch

Marvel.com: What got you into comics in the first place when you were a kid?

Mekhi Phifer: It’s the same kind of thing that got me into being an actor; just the suspension of reality. It’s like why you go to the movies or why you go to a concert or something. It’s to be taken out of your normal, everyday life and be taken into another world. Comics always had a great way of doing that.

I’ve always wanted to play some sort of super hero or be in that kind of film. That’s what I loved about doing “Divergent” and things like that but I’ve always wanted to be in those kind of films. I have two sons, a 14 year old and a six year old and to see their dad in those movies would be great.

Marvel.com: What are they into comics-wise? Is it cool to have the kids like some of the same stuff you liked when you were growing up?

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Mekhi Phifer: Yeah, my oldest is in high school now so he’s more into other things, socializing with his friends and all that kind of stuff. My youngest, he loves watching [“Ultimate Spider-Man”] on Disney XD and what have you. The way you watch things is different from when I was a kid with the way they watch it today with the iPads and all that kind of stuff. We only had a couple of channels and we would watch either right before 4 PM or on Saturday. That’s the only time we could see cartoons and now cartoons are almost on 24 hours a day, every day. It’s definitely different.

Marvel.com: Like you were saying earlier, you’ve been in such a wide array of things. Can fans check out anything else you’ve got coming up?

Mekhi Phifer: I just had a film released called “A Day Late and a Dollar Short” with Whoopi Goldberg and just a great cast. “Divergent” is still in theaters!

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Mekhi Phifer in The Suspect

Check out “The Suspect” out now on DVD and Blu-ray. You can also follow Mekhi on Twitter @MekhiPhifer.

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Find out which presidents played along with Marvel's heroes and which ones didn't!

Despite all of the many differences between our reality and the Marvel Universe, there’s one area where they overlap completely. No matter what, the sitting president in the real world has always been the sitting president in the Marvel Universe, dating all the way back to Marvel’s debut 75 years ago.

Some interactions include when President Franklin D. Roosevelt presented Captain America with his circular shield in CAPTAIN AMERICA #255 and an appearance by President Kennedy – more accurately President Kennedy’s hairline –in FANTASTIC FOUR #17. Some presidents have even come up against the biggest villains in the Marvel Universe (President Carter stared down Doctor Doom in CHAMPIONS #16) while others have attended the heroes’ biggest celebrations (President George W. Bush attended Storm and Black Panther’s wedding). To celebrate a belated Presidents Day, we’ve highlighted five of the best presidential cameos!

Fantastic Four (1961) #123

Fantastic Four (1961) #123

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When Galactus started tearing Earth apart in search of his defected herald, President Nixon ordered Mr. Fantastic to give the Silver Surfer over to the devourer of worlds immediately. Reed Richards defied the president’s orders, knowing that Galactus never really grasped the concepts of “mercy” and “negotiation.” Nixon listened to Richards, even though he felt that deferring to a super hero would hurt his chances in the upcoming elections.

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #201

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #201

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While Cyclops and Storm battled it out for team leadership in UNCANNY X-MEN #201, Rogue went and had herself a little presidential encounter. While catching a ball hit into orbit by Colossus during one of the X-Men’s baseball games, Rogue flew into the path of Air Force One. Unable to resist herself, Rogue flew over and gave the window a quick peck, leaving President Ronald Reagan a little flummoxed.

Captain America (1968) #453

Captain America (1968) #453

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President Bill Clinton basically became a supporting character during Mark Waid and Ron Garney’s mid ’90’s run on CAPTAIN AMERICA. After branding Steve Rogers a traitor and stripping him of his U.S. citizenship in CAPTAIN AMERICA #450, the two made amends a few issues later after Cap saved President Clinton’s life. The president even got to carry Cap’s shield for a second, remarking that it felt like holding Babe Ruth’s bat.

President Barack Obama made his Marvel debut in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #583, mere weeks after winning the election. In the issue’s backup story, Spider-Man foiled the Chameleon’s plot to pose as the President during his inauguration. The web-slinger’s good deed earned him a fist bump from the new commander-in-chief.

Deadpool (2012) #4

Deadpool (2012) #4

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What this presidential comic lacks in reverence it more than makes up for in quantity. DEADPOOL‘s first storyarc pit the merc with a mouth up against the reanimated corpses of every dead president, and we do mean every dead president. Packed with more presidential trivia and jokes per page than any previous Marvel comic, this might just be the most inappropriately appropriate comic to read today.

For more Marvel adventures, check out Marvel Unlimited!

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No matter what, your Valentine's Day plans are bound to be better than these dangerous encounters!

Powers, wealth, fame, mansions, companionship, desirable jobs that let them come and go as they please – super heroes enjoy plenty of perks. But before you start getting super jealous, remember this: no super hero can ever go on a real date without coming face to face with death. Super villains seem to have a radar sense tuned to specifically pick up romantic vibes from their archrivals, thus allowing them to crash every hero’s dinner for two or getaway weekend.

For Valentine’s Day, we’ve compiled a list of five super hero dates gone wrong that will make even the worst dates you’ve ever been on seem a little bit better. That is unless giant robots actually did bring a restaurant down around you. In that case… our condolences.

Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #3

Fantastic Four Annual (1963) #3

  • Published: October 01, 1965
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Cover Artist: Jack Kirby
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What bigger date is there than a wedding? When Mr. Fantastic and the Invisible Woman tied the knot way back in 1965’s FANTASTIC FOUR ANNUAL #3, they had much bigger problems than just rowdy relatives. Pretty much every single bad guy in the Marvel Universe dropped by uninvited, leaving those in attendance to fight off everyone from Doctor Doom to the Skrulls.

Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine (1968) #2

Spectacular Spider-Man Magazine (1968) #2

  • Published: November 01, 1968
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: January 01, 2000
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Note to all super heroes: never ever go on a date in your archenemy’s home. Spider-Man learned that lesson the hard way when he and Gwen Stacy went on a double date with Harry Osborn and Mary Jane Watson in the Osborn family home! The catch? Norman Osborn had regained all of his Green Goblin-y memories and picked this date night to exact his revenge on the wall-crawler.

X-Men (1991) #4

X-Men (1991) #4

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Some super hero dates get crashed before they even get started, like the time that Omega Red and a posse of cyber ninjas ruined Rogue and Gambit’s romantic evening before they’d even pulled out of the X-Mansion’s driveway! Any date that begins with getting clotheslined off of a speeding motorcycle classifies as a date gone wrong.

Ms. Marvel (2006) #47

Ms. Marvel (2006) #47

  • Published: November 25, 2009
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: February 08, 2011
  • Rating: T
  • Writer: Brian Reed
  • Penciller: Mark Robinson
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Yeah, Norman Osborn’s H.A.M.M.E.R. goons interrupted this date and did considerable damage to the restaurant, but it classifies as a date gone wrong because of its overall awkwardness. Longtime friends Peter Parker and Carol Danvers decided to ditch their masks for one evening only to find out that the two of them work better as friends than anything more than that.

New Avengers (2010) #8

New Avengers (2010) #8

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With two entries on this list, Doctor Doom is now the unofficial King Ruiner of Romance. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage have gone on very few real dates during their history together, so when they finally decided to leave Avengers mansion for a night out, they had to know something bad would happen – they just didn’t expect it to be Doom-level bad. With a crashed Doom-rocket and a city street reduced to rubble, Luke and Jessica’s date had to take a turn towards the heroic.

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