Carson's episode will air on Disney XD September 16!

Disney Channel “Descendants 2” star Sofia Carson will take on another super villain’s offspring role when she guest stars on “Marvel’s Spider-Man.” Carson will voice Keemia, the estranged daughter of Flint Marko aka Sandman. The episode will premiere next Saturday, September 16 at 7:00 AM ET on Disney XD!

Keemia meets Spider-Man in Marvel’s Spider-Man

In addition to possessing super powers like her father, Keemia can be best described as smart, cunning and vengeful. In the episode appropriately titled “Sandman,” Spidey meets the powerful, yet uncontrollable Sandman and helps him reunite with his estranged daughter with the help of the Venom symbiote.

Tune in to brand-new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” next Saturday, September 16, beginning at 7:00 AM ET/PT on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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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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Spidey & Amadeus Cho collide with Flint Marko in 'Marvel's Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6,' airing Sunday morning!

Life’s a beach for Spider-Man when he runs into Sandman in a clip from “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6”! Check out the clip above and watch an all-new “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” this Sunday at 9:00 AM ET on Disney XD.

In hopes of getting to villains before Doc Ock can recruit them, Spider-Man and Iron Spider collide with Flint Marko! Unfortunately for the Spiders, Sandman seems to have malicious motivations as the trio battles at the beach. See the Spider show their smarts to Sandman in the clip above!

Catch a new “Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6” this Sunday at 9:00 AM ET on Disney XD! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for all the latest news and updates on your favorite Marvel animated series.

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Spider-Man and Human Torch join forces against the Sandman!

MARVEL TEAM-UP launched in 1972 and ran for 150 issues, but did you know the very first issue featured two of Marvel’s most popular heroes joining forces on Christmas Eve? Written by Roy Thomas and drawn by Ross Andru, “Have Yourself a Sandman Little Christmas!” brings together Spider-Man and Human Torch in an attempt to stop the title villain who resurfaces on the beach the day before Christmas.

Peter Parker happened to be covering the polar bear plunge when Sandman appears. Considering the villain more of a Fantastic Four foe thanks to his membership in the Frightful Four, Spidey goes looking for help. Johnny Storm’s down in the dumps because of some lady trouble and the Webhead wants to go see his girl Gwen Stacy, but they decide to do the right thing and stop the escaped madman.

The two head over to New Jersey in a version of the Fantasticar, stop to save a woman from muggers and a runaway truck, and eventually find the criminal. They all throw down and Sandy gets the drop on them before making a break for it.

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #1

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #1

  • Published: March 10, 1972
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: March 29, 2010
  • Writer: Roy Thomas
  • Penciler: Ross Andru
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Eventually, the two heroes track the baddie down breaking into an old lady’s house. Instead of robbing her blind, Sandman just wants to say hello on the holidays because it’s his mom. Spider-Man even gives him the present intended for Gwen so she can have something to open.

The heroes decide to leave Sandman alone for the night and go their separate ways, but not before learning about the true spirit of the holidays.

On the eleventh day of X-Mas my true believer gave to me eleven Torches torching, ten hammers a hammering, nine Spideys swinging, eight Hulks a smashing, seven skull ornaments, six claws a-popping, five skiing Rhodeys, four fallen Daredevils, three killer trees, two Doom Bots and a demon in the X-Mansion.

Come back soon for another Holiday Grab Bag featuring MARVEL HOLIDAY SPECIAL 2005.

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Issue #4 introduces another classic Spidey foe to the hit mobile game as well as Spider-Girl, Spider-Man 2099, and more!

Gameloft were pleased to announce at Marvel’s House of Ideas panel at this year’s New York Comic Con the future plans for “Spider-Man Unlimited,” with the unveiling of issue #4’s villain: Sandman.

Sandman, who first appeared in 1963’s AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #4, is the newest threat to Spidey’s world as our hero and his ever-increasing army of Spider-Men use our dimension as the last stand against a plan of pure destruction. This update will feature an all-new issue packed with 25 stories as the war of the Spider-Verse continues, as well as a brand new environment which will recreate the New York Highline, including hidden pathways and authentic recreations.

Spider-Man Unlimited: Issue #4

Spider-Man Unlimited: Issue #4

Reaching far into the depths of Marvel’s comic book lore, the update will also introduce Spider-Girl, the game’s first of several female Spiders, and Spider-Man 2099, the highly anticipated Spider-Man from the future, both of which are the catalyst for a host of new and exciting content coming to the game which ties-in specifically with the newly published Spider-Verse comics from Marvel, a series that sees all Spider-Man unite for the first time in the comic books.

The update will be released in the coming weeks, for iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android Smartphones and Tablets, and Windows Phone.

Download and play issues #1-3 now: http://gmlft.co/SpiderManUnlimited

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The bad guys come together to tear their archenemies apart in these escapades!

Sometimes super villains can play nicely with each other, as long as their specific ideas of world domination and hero humiliation happen to overlap.

The bad guys will take over the spotlight in a big way as part of AXIS, this fall’s mega event spinning out of the pages of UNCANNY AVENGERS. This evil type of love will be felt again when Doctor Doom shows up in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #6, joining the god of mischief in preparation for the Red Skull’s takeover in AXIS.

But before those two get together later this month, take a look at these five other super villain team-ups, presented here in chronological order!

1. JUGGERNAUT & BLACK TOM

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #103

Uncanny X-Men (1963) #103

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These two super powered crooks’ partnership runs a lot deeper than knocking off banks and annoying the X-Men. Juggernaut and Black Tom Cassidy also happen to be best buds for life. Their bromance began with Tom’s first appearance in UNCANNY X-MEN #101 and continued through the next few issues as the duo put the X-Men’s new recruits—Storm, Colossus, Wolverine, Banshee, and Nightcrawler—through the wringer.

2. DOCTOR DOOM & MAGNETO

Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) #14

Super-Villain Team-Up (1975) #14

  • Published: October 10, 1977
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 07, 2011
  • Writer: Bill Mantlo
  • Penciler: Bob Hall
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This team-up didn’t go exactly how either participant wanted it to. Magneto approached Doom with a plan to take over the world together, but the arrogant dictator took offense to the Master of Magnetism’s offer. Doom does not share! Instead, he took control of Magneto’s brain and threw his new living weapon at the Avengers. Magneto shook off Doom’s influence in the middle of the battle and then swore vengeance.

3. ACTS OF VENGEANCE

Avengers (1963) #313

Avengers (1963) #313

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More than just two Marvel super villains teamed up in the during the Acts of Vengeance storyline. Super villains like Kingpin, Loki, Red Skull, Mandarin, Dr. Doom, Wizard, and Magneto revealed their new alliance in AVENGERS #312 and began a war. The bad guys’ big plan to trade opponents and catch the heroes off guard worked well for a while—until the super villains started double-crossing each other.

4. THE SINISTER SIX

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #337

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #337

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Doctor Octopus began reforming his old Sinister Six team in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #334 and eventually brought Vulture, Mysterio Electro, Sandman, and Hobgoblin together to crush Spider-Man. As always, Doc Ock had another motive and viewed his five “allies” as a tool to use for his own personal gain. Once Sandman switched sides and joined Spider-Man, this newly formed Six fell apart fast.

5. THE HOOD’S CRIME SYNDICATE

New Avengers (2004) #35

New Avengers (2004) #35

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As a petty criminal with a demonic cloak, the Hood never got the respect he wanted from the A-list bad guys. Instead of sucking up to villains like Red Skull or Doom, he turned to his other underestimated bad guy brethren. The Hood offered forgotten criminals like the Controller, Grey Gargoyle, Jigsaw, Madame Masque, Mandrill, Mister Hyde, Tiger Shark, and a dozen others a hefty sum of seed money to turn themselves into hero-crushing machines. His Crime Syndicate then went up against the New Avengers—and nearly beat them.

Loki and Doctor Doom cross paths in LOKI: AGENT OF ASGARD #6!

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Before Earth's Mightiest get an influx of new recruits, check out some of the most offbeat additions the Avengers ever made!

As Marvel’s biggest super hero team heads into the Avengers NOW! initiative this fall, the halls of Avengers mansion will be populated with a number of fresh faces.

An ever-changing and expanding roster has become the norm for the Avengers over the past 50 years, as heroes—and sometimes villains—from all walks of life have added an official Avengers membership ID card to their super-wallets. But no matter how odd you might think some of the incoming members might be, just remember that making Avengers out of the most unexpected and unlikely heroes around has kinda become the team’s thing.

Here are six of the most unlikely Avengers of all time, presented in chronological order!

1. HAWKEYE

Avengers (1963) #16

Avengers (1963) #16

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Before you get up in arms about the inclusion of the Avenging Archer on this list, you have to put his addition to the team in context. At the time, Hawkeye was a carny-turned-criminal who used trick arrows to annoy Iron Man and pined away for the Black Widow’s affection. His induction to the Avengers, the team that previously included every one of Marvel’s powerhouse heroes, seemed like a real head-scratcher at the time. Hawkeye came into his own and not only became a definitive member of the team, but an inspiration to human heroes everywhere.

2. DOCTOR DRUID

Avengers (1963) #279

Avengers (1963) #279

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There’s only room for one mystical wizard in the Avengers’ ranks, and that spot most definitely has to go to Doctor Strange. If you’re not gonna get Strange on the team, which the Avengers tried to do for decades, then the mystical telepath Anthony Druid would make for a fine substitute. Unfortunately for Doctor Druid, he spent most of his time as an Avenger as a mind controlled operative of the super villain Ravonna. He eventually broke free of the brainwashing, but his reputation had been tarnished.

3. SANDMAN

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #348

Amazing Spider-Man (1963) #348

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Yeah, Sandman. The Spider-Man villain attempted to turn over a new leaf in AVENGERS #329 when he became a reserve member of the Marvel Universe’s most prominent super hero team. Sandman’s good intentions didn’t pan out, though, when he stopped a street-level crime—an offense that did not meet the world-threatening criteria specified in the team’s charter. Sandman quit, assuming (incorrectly, as it turned out) that Captain America would fire him over the mistake.

4. DEATHCRY

Avengers (1963) #364

Avengers (1963) #364

  • Published: July 10, 1993
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: July 15, 2013
  • Cover Artist: Steve Epting
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Every super hero team in the 90’s needed an animalistic bad girl on their roster, and the angry avian alien Deathcry provided just that for the Avengers. As the Avengers’ Shi’ar-appointed protector, Deathcry prioritized defending the team from the Kree over all else. Because of this, the warrior never achieved more than just probationary membership with the team—even though she stood by their side for three years.

5. WOLVERINE

New Avengers (2004) #5

New Avengers (2004) #5

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The clawed Canadian called Wolverine might just be the most recognizable X-Man of all time, so rebranding the mutant as one of the new Avengers took a lot of time—and convincing. Wolverine’s on this list mainly because Captain America himself considered Logan to be an unlikely Avenger. He fought Iron Man’s decision to allow Wolverine on the team, pointing out the X-Man’s murder-filled past. Iron Man convinced Cap, and Wolverine’s heroism eventually earned him a seemingly permanent spot on the team.

6. EX NIHILO

Avengers (2012) #17

Avengers (2012) #17

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Sometimes bad guys take the “if you can’t beat ’em, join ’em” approach. Ex Nihilo made his grand debut as a major threat to the expanded Avengers roster; he threatened to remake the Earth from scratch by destroying everything on it. Then, with the threat of the even more merciless Builders fast approaching, Steve Rogers extended membership to Ex Nihilo and his sister Abyss.

For the further adventures of unlikely Avengers, check out AVENGERS WORLD!

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See what Sandman, Batroc and more would do with the powers of Spider-Man! Learn lessons in power, responsibility and stupidit

For over a year, Doctor Octopus became the Superior Spider-Man…but what would other villains do with Spidey’s powers? Sandman, Batroc and Bulldozer share their master plans!

Watch the latest Marvel Super Heroes: What The–?!

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Marvel: Avengers Alliance Producer Justin Woods speaks on his love for Symbiotes, the redemption of Sandman and much more!

In the world of “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” the familiar heroes and villains of the Marvel Universe have been thrust into a variety of situations both familiar and brand new, or sometimes a blending of the two. Classic storylines like Avengers Vs. X-Men have been re-imagined and oft-forgotten characters like Omega Sentinel have received new twists during the monthly Special Operations—or “Spec Ops”—running parallel to the larger saga of the game.

This month in the latest Spec Op, once again “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” receives an infusion of new blood—this time of the symbiotic variety.

We spoke to “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” Producer Justin Woods about the new Spider-Man-centric mission, including how his own love of Symbiotes contributed to their inclusion, the redemptive qualities of Sandman, choosing a role for Eddie Brock, and much more.

Marvel.com: With the Spec Ops, sometimes they will tie in to theatrical releases or comics events, but sometimes, like with this one, they’re wholly original; how do the different types of storylines get generated?

Justin Woods: We have had a lot of Spec Ops that were just these ideas that were formulated around a group of characters we wanted to tell a story about, rather than the story itself. Sometimes it’s the other way around but this particular Spec Op fits into the category of, “Hey, we wanted to do something with Symbiotes because there’s tons of Symbiotes out there and it might be cool to just do them all at once instead of [trickling] them into the game.” I [have] wanted the Symbiote Spec Op in the game since almost maybe two years ago, and just never found the right place for it, the right time for it, because there were stories that we more urgently wanted to tell or there were characters that were already done. There was a space [this month] and we wanted to fill it with some of the stuff that the developers really wanted to do and in the case of a lot of these characters, they can come from any developer on the team. But this particular one happened to be my interest in that I am a big Spider-Man fan and I’m a big Symbiote fan because I grew up in that Todd McFarlane era of Spider-Man. The very first comic I ever purchased ever, with my own money was VENOM: LETHAL PROTECTOR #1, foil cover [and all].

Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) #1

Venom: Lethal Protector (1993) #1

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Obviously Venom’s already in the game and Agent Venom got into the game. So we had a couple of Symbiotes already there and we’re like, “Well, there are some big Symbiote names out there, how can we most interestingly fit as many into the game as possible?” And one of the things we did was we decided to kill off the Life Foundation Symbiotes so that we could introduce Hybrid into the game because we thought he was a really good group boss candidate and since the [Circle of Eight] is going around killing people off anyway [in the game’s main story], it’s like, wow, this is just in our laps. It works. It’s already there and so they were on our kill list and the Symbiotes lived on to make Hybrid.

Then Carnage is obviously the biggest name in Symbiotes after Venom. So Carnage had to get in there and hey, if we’re telling a Life Foundation story, how do we do that without Scream, the person who kills off the others? Then there are two heroic Symbiotes to choose from: We can either do Toxin or we can do Anti-Venom. And the thought was, let’s do Anti-Venom because Toxin is currently Eddie Brock [in the comics]; let’s make [Eddie Brock Anti-Venom] because we can have multiple other people be Toxin if we ever want to introduce him into the game.

Marvel.com: So the other Symbiotes were killed off, “off-screen,” during a chapter? They were Circle of Eight victims?

Justin Woods: Chapter Five. Chapter Five they were killed off, in-dialog: “Oh, we found Phage and Riot and whatever, they all got killed, Agony and Lasher.”

Marvel.com: That’s right, I was trying to keep track of those villains that you killed but I didn’t realize it was all of those Symbiotes. That’s cool, that’s a nice little Easter egg.

Justin Woods: We kill eight per chapter, and they were four of the eight that we killed in Chapter Five. It’s cool because it lines up so perfectly with Hybrid’s origin story.

What’s also neat about the game in general is that you have the regular story arc, the chapters and the seasons, and then you have these Spec Ops, and if you really look and search, Spec Ops aren’t just side missions off on their own, they’re obviously attached to the regular storyline in some way, shape, or form. Sometimes it take a little bit more looking at it and digging to realize what the connections are, sometimes they’re very obvious, but they are connected to the overall story.

Anti-Venom in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Anti-Venom in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: I want to run through the characters a bit. Let’s start with Anti-Venom because he’s kind of the centerpiece of the whole thing. You both fight against him and get to team up with him and he’s the guy you’re working towards. You explained why Eddie Brock is Anti-Venom, as a character in the game; why is he valuable, why is he going to be interesting, both in the terms of the story dynamics but also in terms of the gameplay?

Justin Woods: Well, let’s talk about his story first because I think it’s going to lend to the gameplay a lot. Eddie Brock is a really conflicted character. He’s been all over the place, psychologically speaking; he’s been in control, he’s been out of control. He’s had a lot of trouble in his life and he’s a very interesting person because he, at his core, I believe he wants to do good and wants to be a good person, but he has no idea how to do that and he’s aggressive in nature and generally believes he is right about things. I think that that was evident when he was Venom but it was really, really, pushed when he was Anti-Venom. I think Anti-Venom took him to an extreme at the root of his character.

Shortly after he lost the Anti-Venom Symbiote, he went on a rampage trying to kill Symbiotes with a sniper rifle completely depowered. He goes and he kills Hybrid and he kills Scream in the comics. So we kind of merged that idea because that fit his character so well with him being Anti-Venom and Anti-Venom’s whole shtick is, “I wanna cure the world of these diseases, I want to rid the world of these diseases that are Symbiotes, that are people with super powers.” That puts him at odds with the Alliance, the player, because there is a Symbiote in their ranks: Flash Thompson. But the Symbiotes are running wild, our goals are aligned. That’s why Anti-Venom joins the Alliance ultimately.

His move set is based on healing, curing, and depowering people so I think the most iconic thing that you’re going to see is that he has an AOE [Area of Effect] debuff that can depower people. That’s sort of the flavor or the lore behind it. He’s depowering everyone around him by sort of sucking the disease out of them, as he sees it.

Sandman in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Sandman in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: As for the other character you can get, the lockbox character, we’ve got Sandman.

Justin Woods: Yeah. Making him a lockbox character was inspired by the film [“Spider-Man 3”] and how he’s always trying to help his daughter and he was a bad version of Robin Hood. “I’m going to rob from the rich to try and help my daughter.” And he just kind of fell way, way, down the rabbit hole on that and so we wanted him to go on a path of redemption, and what better way than to do that than in a Spec Op where Spider-Man is very involved. That’s what’s so beautiful [about] Spider-Man. Spider-Man’s so human and Spider-Man is the guy that can see the good in everybody. And so, he needs Spider-Man to vouch for him to be able to join the Alliance and Spider-Man is willing to do that. With a little bit of trepidation, he is kind of like, “You know what, I know why you did the bad things that you did and I have a hard time forgiving you for that stuff but if you’re going to join us, I truly believe that you want to go on the straight and narrow.”

I think that at the root of this whole Spec Op, there’s this really good Spider-Man story in there. You may or may not see it if you’re paying attention to all the Symbiote stuff going on.

Carnage in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Carnage in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: Okay, let’s talk about Carnage. How do you make a character like Carnage work in a game like Avengers Alliance on multiple levels, because number one: He’s a mass murderer. He’s a serial killer. And number two: he’s definitely a product of a specific era in comics, so how do you make him work in a game in 2014?

Justin Woods: That’s tough. He was killed in the beginning of [Brian] Bendis’ NEW AVENGERS run. Ripped in two and then was gone forever, it seemed. And then CARNAGE, U.S.A. happened, and then you got the Minimum Carnage storyline, then SUPERIOR CARNAGE, and now DEADPOOL VS. CARNAGE and he’s going to be in the upcoming Axis storyline. Carnage is getting a lot of play right now, and that was part of [it]: “Hey, let’s do Carnage, he’s important right now.” I think that inherently, because we’re telling our own story and we’re telling a different story, that he feels different. He doesn’t talk as much or monologue as much as he did in the comics. He’s more short and sweet, “Let’s get to the bottom of this, I just want to kill stuff.”

He’s, at his core, being true to the character, a murderous guy who’s going around killing stuff. That’s the part of him that we captured but we wanted to tie him into the entire story that we’re telling about Spider-Man, Eddie Brock, and the [Life Foundation]. He definitely has his moment with Eddie, especially since Carnage is a spawn of Venom. I think 2014, as an era of comics, is all about really strong character development. So I think that that’s what you see [“Marvel: Avengers Alliance” writer] Alex [Irvine] doing a lot with story is just giving these guys their moment in the limelight to become more interesting. And if they’re not doing that now, it’s because we planned to introduce them into the game now, and then we’re going to tell more story with them later on.

Hybrid in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Hybrid in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: Hybrid is an interesting choice as the group boss and also one of the bigger bosses just because he’s not a well-known character. He showed up in the 90’s and has really only made a couple of appearances. But, as you were saying, in terms of power set, perfect to be a group boss because he can shift abilities.

Justin Woods: Hybrid is one of those choices where we’re going through all our comic book history of characters and we’re like, “Hey, let’s do a little bit more research on this guy and figure out if they’re cool.” In the case of Hybrid, as the local Symbiote fan, I was already intimately familiar with the idea that the Life Foundation created all of these Symbiotes and four of them “Voltron-ed” up into a bigger Symbiote—and that’s all you need to know that Hybrid is a guy that has to be in our game, right? There are four Symbiotes and they merge together to make a Super-Symbiote. So sweet! You combine that with the fact that, hey, other than getting killed in two panels of VENOM, he hasn’t really been in the comics in a long time and so it gave us the opportunity to have [“Marvel: Avengers Alliance” graphic artist] Sam Wood draw a character in a more modern art style. Hybrid’s really powerful but a lot of fans are like, “Hey, he’s a hero in the comics! He’s a vigilante in the comics!” While that’s true, number one: We haven’t actually revealed who is host is and number two: We haven’t really revealed what his motivation is either.

Scream in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Scream in Marvel: Avengers Alliance

Marvel.com: Finally, rounding out, we’ve got Scream, who was the first female Symbiote. So to me, that’s a gimme. You had to have her in the game, right?

Justin Woods: Yeah. And I think if you’re telling the story of Hybrid, she has to be a part of that conversation because that was a group of five Symbiotes and she rounds it out. I feel like her and Hybrid came as a package together but she’s also so cool. Her design is so cool. In fact, this may be sacrilege, but she probably has the coolest Symbiote costume ever because of how multi-colored it is.

Is she black or red? I don’t know. She’s yellow and then her other color is a black-red. How do you even do that? It’s so weird. It’s black but when light shines on it, it’s red. Her costume is so complex and strange that I think she just looks so cool. If I could be a Symbiote or have a Symbiote, I would love to have that one because it just looks so badass.

Marvel.com: How did you guys come up with the new weapons and tech for this Spec Op?

Justin Woods: First thing that came up in that conversation was, “What is the weakness of Symbiotes?” Because not every character has an inherent weakness, but the Symbiotes are one group of individuals that we know are weak to sound and are weak to fire. And that is something that we wanted to make the core of what weapons we did. And again, to not necessarily spoil everything that’s out there, there are weapons that are based on the concept of Symbiote weaknesses; there are weapons that are based on Spider-Man because he’s never really had a Spec Op. He’s never really had a time to shine in our game. He’s been involved in the game throughout but this is kind of his moment to jump in and say, “Hey, this is a Spidey story! These are my villains, I know these guys! I’ve done this before!” So we had to get some Spider-Man themed gear in there as well. I think that’s it. Symbiote weaknesses and Spider-Man, that’s kind of the thoughts behind where that stuff started.

Marvel.com: Is there anything else you want to talk about before we close the door on this Spec Op?

Justin Woods: Just [that] players should expect that we would do things like this more in the future, which is to say, stories with some characters that may be more obscure that they haven’t heard of before, but to give it a chance because these characters are awesome. We want to tell stories that help players understand who they are and what they’re about. We hope that they are really excited to see some of the other crazy things that we have in store over the next however many months.

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