Author Brandon T. Snider discusses the Collector and Grandmaster’s adventures!

Tales about sibling rivalries have been the have been the inspiration for stories throughout the ages, even the Elders of the Universe aren’t immune to squabbling between brothers.

In “Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Vol. 1: Beginning,” readers get an inside look into family relations as the Collector and the Grandmaster —two characters with great screen presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe—come together after both having fallen from grace.

Will the brothers excessive and overbearing determination give them the drive they need to begin the hunt for the elusive Infinity Stones? We talk to author Brandon T. Snider to find out more.

Marvel.com: Fans who’ve seen Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War are sure to find fun in this story involving two Elders of the Universe. For those who may not have seen the movie, will they be able to jump right into the book?

Brandon T. Snider: Absolutely. “The Cosmic Quest” is set after “Thor: Ragnarok” and serves as a prequel to “Avengers: Infinity War.” The Grandmaster is fresh from his dethroning on Sakaar while the Collector is still recovering from the destruction of his museum in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” This story enhances the “Infinity War” experience in a variety of ways.

Marvel.com: Even if you’re just a human being and not a Celestial, people will be able to relate to the Grandmaster and the Collector’s sibling rivalry. How did you come up with their banter?

Brandon T. Snider: Writing these two bickering old Celestials was one of the great joys of my life. Their voices came fairly easily. I love the way they poke and shade each other. They know each other’s flaws and have no problem calling them out. It’s how they steal power out from under one another. A well-placed backhanded compliment is like art to these guys. If the Collector feels like a million bucks, the Grandmaster comes along and tells him he’s just a crumpled up $20…but with well-coiffed hair.

Marvel.com: There are clues that this was written after the film “Ragnarok” came out, was the Grandmaster Goldblum-esque tone purposeful? You can’t help but hear his voice in your heard while you’re reading it.

Brandon T. Snider: Jeff Goldblum is a presence on film and in real life. His Grandmaster was a highlight of “Ragnarok” for sure. I definitely tried to capture his eccentricities. He thinks out loud a lot. The Grandmaster is unafraid to say whatever horrible thought enters his brain. It’s my dream to have Jeff Goldblum read aloud from the book. A chapter, a page, one line…I’ll take whatever I can get. Email me, Jeff!

Marvel.com: Grandmaster’s naïveté about Thor’s hammer Mjolnir and the rest of the Galaxy is comical-as well as annoying to his brother—do you think he chooses ignorance or he’s just not self-aware?

Brandon T. Snider: I think it’s a mixture of both. The Grandmaster is incredibly self-absorbed. Very single minded. If it’s not about him, he’s not interested. I’d call him selectively ignorant. He knows more than he lets on. Sometimes it’s advantageous for him to play the dummy. Pretending not to know or understand something often allows him to escape the immense amount of trouble he often finds himself in.

Marvel.com: In introducing new characters like the Exalted Overseer or Keelan, how did you come up with them? Were they inspired by previous Marvel comics?

Brandon T. Snider: The Marvel Universe is expansive and the opportunity to add new flavors to this world was a career highlight for sure. I was inspired by a mixture of things, some real world and some fictional. Exalted Overseer is a spoiled brat who’s obsessed with Grandmaster as a cosmic icon. He’s a crazed fanboy with a dark side who’s got something Grandmaster wants and isn’t afraid make his idol sweat a little bit. Keelan is the Collector’s newest slave. She came to Knowhere with big dreams and, after a series of unfortunate events, ended up working for the Collector. She’s sharper than he thinks and has a couple tricks up her sleeve. I secretly hope this book is a springboard for Keelan. I’ve got the next phase of her story all ready to go.

Marvel.com: Is there anything hidden in the book that readers should look out for?

Snider: Yes! It wouldn’t be a Marvel story without a couple Easter Eggs.

Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War: The Cosmic Quest Vol. 1: Beginning” is available now on ShopDisney.com and wherever books are sold.

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See Marvel Studios' 'Avengers: Infinity War' in theaters now!

“Fun isn’t something one considers when balancing the universe,” said Thanos.

But it’s sure been a great ride for Marvel Studios’ fans! After 10 years and 19 movies, Earth’s Mightiest Heroes will gather for a final battle against their greatest threat yet in Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

In terms of scope and players, the Marvel Cinematic Universe may seem like a daunting undertaking. As Thanos’ shadows looms large, Marvel.com revisited Phase One and Phase 2 of the MCU. Like our heroes, we’ve come to our final battle to get you ready for when you walk into Avengers: Infinity War this weekend! Phase Three brings it all home with Marvel Studios’ Captain America: Civil War, Doctor Strange, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, and Black Panther. It’s been one exciting adventure after another, so before the big finale, it’s time to assemble and navigate the last six films!

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

  • In 1991 Siberia, using trigger words, HYDRA revive a cryogenically frozen Bucky Barnes
  • Present day, the newly assembled Avengers—Captain America, Black Widow, Falcon, and Scarlet Witch—are in Lagos to stop Brock Rumlow from stealing a biological weapon
  • Rumlow blows himself up attempting to take Rogers with him—instead, Scarlet Witch contains the explosion but loses control and destroys a building
  • At MIT, Tony Stark demos a piece of tech that triggers a childhood conversion with his parents, after the speech he is confronted by a grieving mother whose son was killed in Sokovia as a result of the Avengers’ battle with Ultron
  • The Avengers are visited by Stark and Secretary of State Thaddeus Ross, who explains that due to the events in Lagos, the U.N. has decided that the Avengers will sign the Sokovia Accords, which will oversee the team, a measure that Rogers opposes.
  • Helmut Zemo tracks down the HYDRA agent who controlled Barnes and seals his book containing the trigger words that activate the Winter Soldier
  • In Vienna, at conference discussing the Accords, security footage shows Barnes setting off a bomb attack that kills King T’Chaka of Wakanda, setting the king’s son T’Challa on a course for vengeance
  • Zemo recites the trigger word, activating the Winter Soldier who goes on a rampage, after coming to, Barnes explains that Zemo is the real Vienna bomber and was using Barnes to find out the location of the secret Siberian HYDRA base, where other brainwashed Winter Soldiers are resting in a cryogenic state
  • Rogers and Wilson recruit Scarlet Witch, Hawkeye, and Ant-Man, who face off against Stark’s assembled team of War Machine, Black Widow, Vision, T’Challa as Black Panther, and Peter Parker—a high school student who fights crime as Spider-Man
  • At Leipzig/Halle Airport, the two teams battle, ending with Rhodey being paralyzed after being shot down by Vision in battle
  • After discovering that Zemo killed the other Winter Soldiers as revenge for the death of his Sokovian family, Zemo shows Stark old footage of Barnes murdering Stark’s parents, Howard and Maria Stark
  • Stark turns on Barnes, causing Rogers to defend his friend as the three battle it out, ending with the Iron Man armor disabled, Captain America leaving his shield behind, Zemo attempting suicide only to be stopped and apprehended by T’Challa 
  • While Rogers frees his team from prison, Stark builds an exo-skeletal frame for Rhodey to help with his battle injuries and receives a phone and an apology letter from Rogers, once again repudiating the Accords but acknowledging that one day the team will reassemble again
  • MID CREDIT: On Wakanda, Rogers watches as Barnes is placed into a cryogenic sleep until a cure for his mental conditioning can be found
  • POST CREDIT: Parker checks out his Stark tech, which radiate a Spider-Man shaped symbol

DOCTOR STRANGE

  • In Nepal, marauders enter the secret compound Kamar-Taj, beheading its librarian, as the sorcerer Kecilius steals pages from the mystical book of his mentor, the Ancient One
  • In New York City, a reknown surgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange gets injured in a car accident, leaving him unable to perform surgery, and tries to recover with the aid of co-worker and former lover Christine Palmer
  • Through research, Strange discovers former-paraplegic Jonathan Pangborn, who directs Strange to Kamar-Taj, where he meets Mordo, a disciple of the Ancient One
  • While training with the Ancient One, Strange studies ancient books in the library guarded by the master Wong, where Strange learns that the sorcerer’s task is to protect the three Earthly Sanctums, in New York City, London, and Hong Kong, which are connected and accessed through Kamar-Taj
  • Strange secretly reads the text from the stolen pages, learning to bend time with the use of the Eye of Agamotto
  • Kaecilius summons Dormammu of the Dark Dimension, destroys the London and New York Sanctums, as Strange defends the New York Sanctum with the help of the Cloak of Levitation
  • Kaecilius mortally injures the Ancient One and reveals to the sorcerers that she has been drawing power from the Dark Dimension
  • Arriving in Hong Kong to find Wong dead and the Sanctum destroyed, Strange uses the Eye of Agamotto to reverse time and save Wong, creating an infinite time loop, which traps Domammu and himself inside the Dark Dimension forever
  • In exchange for Strange breaking the time loop, Dormammu surrenders and agrees to leave Earth with Kaecilius, leaving Mordo distraught over the Ancient One’s betrayal
  • Strange returns the Eye to Kamar-Taj, which Wong calls an Infinity Stone, and takes up residence in the New York Sanctum to continue his sorcery studies
  • MID CREDIT: Doctor Strange decides to help Thor who brought his Loki to Earth searching for Odin
  • POST CREDIT: Mordo confronts Pangborn stripping him of his magic because there are “too many sorcerers”

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2

  • As the now established Guardians of the Galaxy, Peter Quill/Star-Lord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket, and baby Groot exchange batteries for Nebula’s freedom from Ayesha, leader of the Sovereigns
  • The Guardians manage to escape with the help of a mysterious follower, who turns out to be Quill’s father Ego, after Rocket steals some of the batteries forcing the Sovereign to retaliate
  • Ego invites Quill, Gamora, and Drax to his home planet while Rocket and Groot stay behind to repair the ship and watch over Nebula
  • Upon landing on Ego’s planet, the team learns that he is a Celestial and the planet is an extension of his body—they also meet Mantis, an empath and assistant to Ego.
  • Ayesha hires Yondu and his crew who have been exiled from the Ravager community for child trafficking, to recapture the Guardians
  • Taserface, leading a mutiny among the Ravagers, imprisons Rocket and Yondu for his reluctance to turn in Quill
  • Ego hired Yondu to collect his child from Earth after Quill’s mother Meredith’s death, but Yondu kept Quill for himself while Ego has been searching for him ever since
  • Nebula arrives at Ego’s planet to kill Gamora, but they come to a truce
  • Ego reveals to Quill that he has travelled the galaxy, planting seedlings which terraform into extensions of himself, but needs Quill’s inherent Celestial power to activate the process
  • Impregnating women all over the galaxy, Ego hired Yondu to collect the children so he could kill them, as their Celestial power wasn’t present
  • Ego mind controls Quill to activate the seedlings, but the spell is broken when Ego reveals that he killed Meredith because she was a distraction from his greater agenda
  • With knowledge of Ego’s plan and under attack, the group finds Ego’s brain at the planet’s core
  • Rocket makes a bomb that Groot plants in the core while Quill fights Ego
  • The bomb explodes killing Ego, with Yondu ultimately sacrificing himself to save Quill, who he always thought of as his son
  • The sisters Gamora and Nebula reconcile as Nebula leaves on a quest to kill Thanos
  • The Guardians hold a funeral for Yondu when Ravager ships arrive to acknowledge Yondu’s sacrifice and accept him in death
  • MID CREDIT 1: Kraglin attempt to summon Yondu’s arrow only to stab Drax in the shoulder
  • MID CREDIT 2: Ravager Stakar reassembles his old team
  • MID CREDIT 3: Ayesha create a new being to destroy the Guardians of the Galaxy, naming it Adam
  • MID CREDIT 4: Peter Quill confronts Groot who is now a troublesome adolescent
  • POST CREDIT: The Watchers walk away from their informant as he tries to regale them with tales of his adventures

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING

  • Following the Battle of New York, Stark and the government form the Department of Damage Control (D.O.D.C.) which drives independent contractor Adrian Toomes and his salvage company out of business, an enraged Toomes keeps some of the scavenged Chitauri tech to create and sell weapons
  • Eight years later and after the airport battle, Peter Parker returns to his regular life as a high school student in New York, quitting his school’s academic decathlon team under the guise of focusing on his Stark Industries Internship, which is a cover for his late night crime-fighting activities as Spider-Man
  • Parker comes across Toomes’ underlings, Jackson Brice / Shocker and Herman Schultz who are selling Chitauri weaponry to small time criminal, Aaron Davis
  • Parker is caught by Toomes and dropped in a lake where he is rescued by Stark, who is monitoring Parker via the Spider-Man suit
  • Toomes accidentally kills Brice with one of their weapons, and promoting Schultz to become the new Shocker
  • Parker and Ned remove the power core from a weapon left behind by Brice, and add a tracking device to Schultz, which leads to Maryland, so Parker rejoins the decathlon team and accompanies them to Washington, D.C.
  • Parker discovers the power core is unstable and races to the Washington Monument where the core explodes, traps Ned and the decathlon team including his crush, Liz, in an elevator, where Peter saves them just in time
  • Parker gets Davis to reveal Toomes’ whereabouts—aboard the Staten Island Ferry, Parker captures new buyer Mac Gargan, but Toomes escapes after a malfunctioning weapon tears the Ferry in half, as Stark appears and helps Parker save the passengers, taking back the custom the suit as punishment
  • When picking up Liz for the homecoming dance, Parker finds out that Toomes is Liz’s father, who deduces Parker’s secret identity and threatens retaliation if he interferes with his plans
  • During the dance, Parker realizes Toomes is planning to hijack a cargo plane transporting weapons from Avengers Tower to the team’s new headquarters, donning his old Spider-Man suit he races to confront Toomes
  • At the lair, Toomes destroys the building’s support beams and leaves Parker to die, Parker manages to escape,  intercept the plane, steering it to crash on the beach where he and Toomes continue fighting, ending with Parker saving Toomes’ life and leaving him for the police
  • Parker declines an invitation from Stark to join the Avengers, and at home, he puts on his returned Stark upgraded suit just as Aunt May walks in
  • MID CREDIT: Toomes confronts Gargan in prison with a rumor of Spider-man’s identity, which Toomes denies
  • POST CREDIT: Captain America films a public service announcement on the importance of patience 

THOR: RAGNAROK

  • After a two-year unsuccessful search for Infinity Stones, Thor has been captured by the fire demon Surtur, who reveals Thor’s father Odin is no longer on Asgard and that it will soon be destroyed by Ragnarok once Surtur unifies his crown with the Eternal Flame in Odin’s vault
  • Thor secures Surtur’s crown in Odin’s vault and finds Loki impersonating their father, forces his brother to Earth to seek him out, only to find the retirement home destroyed where Odin was last seen
  • Loki and Thor encounter Doctor Stephen Strange who reveals Odin’s location in Norway, once there Odin explains that he is dying, which will allow his firstborn child, Hela the Goddess of Death to be released from her prison
  • As the leader of Asgard’s armies, Hela conquered the Nine Realms alongside Odin, but her history had been erased after Odin feared that she had grown too ambitious, with her powers expected to compound once she returns to Asgard
  • Odin dies, releasing Hela, who easily destroys Mjolnir, Thor and Loki flee using the Bifröst, with Hela in pursuit Loki and Thor are thrown out of the portal as she makes her way to Asgard
  • Beginning her reign in Asgard, Hela kills the Warriors Three, resurrects her undead army and giant wolf Fenris, and appoints Skurge as her executioner, as Heimdall hides the Asgardians away 
  • Thor crashes onto the planet of Sakaar where he is taken captive by Scrapper 142, who he learns is one of the legendary Asgardian Valkyrie warriors who previously defended Asgard against Hela, and sold to the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster
  • The captive Thor discovers that the reigning champion is Hulk, the Grandmaster’s Content of Champions battle between the two ends in a draw and Thor fails to convince Hulk and Valkyrie to help him save Asgard
  • Thor escapes to find the Quinjet that brought Hulk to Sakaar, Hulk arrives to find a recording from Black Widow which transforms him back into Banner for the first time since Sokovia
  • Thor, Banner, and Valkyrie escape to Asgard, where they fight Hela, Hulk fights Fenris, and Skurge sacrifices himself to allow the Asgardian people to safely board onto a waiting ship
  • During the final battle with Hela, Thor loses his right eye, has a vision of Ragnarok, and gets Loki to locates Surtur’s crown and place it in the Eternal Flame, giving way to Surtur’s rebirth
  • As Surtur destroys Asgard, Hela is killed prompting Thor to abandon his home and rebuild Asgard elsewhere
  • Thor is crowned king by the remaining Asgardians, and decides to head for Earth
  • MID CREDIT: Loki and Thor look out into space as a large spaceship appears
  • POST CREDIT: Appearing from a crashed ship, the Grandmaster comes face to face with the Sakaaran rebels

BLACK PANTHER

  • Centuries ago in Africa, five tribes warred over a meteorite containing the cosmic metal Vibranium and a warrior ingested a heart-shape herb that has grown out of the soil exposed to the element, giving him superhuman abilities
  • The warrior, the first Black Panther, united the tribes—with the exception of Jabari—to form the secretive nation of Wakanda, who use the Vibranium to develop highly-advanced technology while keeping their innovations a secret from the rest of the world
  • In 1992, King T’Chaka while visiting his brother N’Jobu, who was working undercover in Oakland, California, accuses N’Jobu of assisting notorious arms dealer Ulysses Klaue in stealing Vibranium from Wakanda as N’Jobu’s partner reveals he is Wakandan as well, and confirms T’Chaka’s suspicions about N’Jobu’s dealings
  • Following T’Chaka’s death at the U.N., his son T’Challa returns to Wakanda to assume the throne as the new king
  • As part of the ceremony, the Jabari Tribe’s leader M’Baku engages T’Challa in ritual combat, with T’Challa defeating M’Baku and sparing his life, becoming the new King of Wakanda
  • T’Challa’s friend W’Kabi urges him to bring Klaue to justice; however, T’Challa reluctantly releases him to CIA agent Everett Ross’ custody
  • T’Challa discovers that N’Jobu wanted to share Wakanda’s technology with the world, and as T’Chaka arrested N’Jobu, N’Jobu attacked Zuri, thus forcing T’Chaka to kill him, resulting in T’Chaka ordering Zuri to lie that N’Jobu had disappeared, but he left behind an American son, Erik Stevens, who became a U.S. black ops soldier, known as Killmonger
  • Killmonger kills Klaue and returns to Wakanda, revealing his identity and challenges T’Challa as the rightful heir to the throne, where he kills Zuri, defeats T’Challa and hurls him over a waterfall to his death
  • Killmonger ingests the heart-shaped herb, orders the rest to be destroyed, which Nakia manages to save one before the destruction.
  • Killmonger prepares to distribute shipments of Wakandan weapons to operatives around the world, while Nakia, Shuri, Queen Ramonda and Ross ask the Jabari Tribe for aid, there they find a comatose T’Challa, who was rescued by the Jabari tribe in repayment for sparing M’Baku’s life during the comb at ceremony
  • Healed thanks to Nakia’s herb, T’Challa returns to fight Killmonger, now wearing his own suit
  • Using Wakandan tech, Ross remotely pilots a jet and shoots down the planes carrying the vibranium weapons, while M’Baku and the Jabari arrive as reinforcements
  • T’Challa stabs Killmonger who chooses death over incarceration.
  • In Oakland, T’Challa purchases the building where his uncle N’Jobu was murdered, and establishes an outreach center to be run by Nakia and Shuri
  • MID CREDIT: T’Challa tells the United Nations that, for the first time, Wakanda will open its borders to help the rest of the world
  • POST CREDIT: Shuri visits Bucky Barnes, referred to the Wakandans as ‘White Wolf,’ who is recuperating after being awakened from his cryogenic state

Now that you’re all caught up with Phase One, Phase Two, and Phase Three of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Run out and see Marvel Studios’ “Avengers: Infinity War” now! Get tickets on Fandango!

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This Asgardian warrior brings her sword skills to the hit mobile game this week!

Not enough awesome Asgardians in your roster yet? Well, the Hela-fighting heroine from Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” Valkyrie, slashes her way into “Marvel Puzzle Quest” this week. Armed with a keen blade and some serious attitude, she’ll make mincemeat of her foes in no time. D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin was kind enough to break down the vicious Valkyrie, so if you need more info, look no further!

Marvel.com: Valkyrie’s just a tad late to the “Ragnarok” party but I’m glad she finally gets to show off her sword skills in game. I imagine the team’s excited too!

Josh Austin: We are definitely excited to bring Valkyrie (Asgardian Warrior) into Marvel Puzzle Quest as our latest 4-Star character.  The Marvel movies keep getting better and “Thor: Ragnarok” has a plethora of great characters!  The team has wanted to bring in Valkyrie for a while, so they were happy to finally bring her out and right now is a good time with the home entertainment release of “Ragnarok.”

Marvel.com: We already have a super bad lady sword-slinger in Gamora, what’d you all do to make sure Valkyrie feels different from the green-skinned Guardian?

Josh Austin: Gamora is definitely a tough assassin, but she’s focused on destroying her target and moving to the next.  But Valkyrie actually has an attack that will move to the next target if the first target dies during her onslaught!  Valkyrie also deals extra damage if the enemy team doesn’t have AP, so teaming her up with AP stealers is a different strategy than pairing Gamora with people that help gain control over purple tiles.

Marvel.com: Actually lets dig into her kit. How does Valkyrie bring the pain?

Josh Austin: Her first power is called Dragonfang Fury and it costs 11 Red AP.  The ability will deal damage 3 consecutive times or 5 times at power level 5.  If this ability downs an enemy, remaining attacks will continue to the next enemy.  Each individual attack can be modified by Friendly Strike tiles.

Her second attack is called Bounty Hunter and it’s a Black Passive power.  For this ability, she creates a Black Countdown tile that targets a random enemy.  If that enemy is downed or takes a certain amount of damage before the Countdown tile expires, this tile is removed and the player gets 4 AP in their strongest color while destroying 4 AP in the enemy’s strongest color.

Her last Power is called The Best Defense… and it’s a passive Yellow ability.  For this power, she protects her allies from evil by fighting back even harder.  Whenever an ally takes a specific amount of damage, create Yellow Strike tiles.  As long as the enemy has less then 8 AP in a color, friendly matches in that color deal extra damage.

Marvel.com: I love The Best Defense… ability! Quick clarification, if an enemy were to use a team strike ability, say Khamala Khan’s Embiggened Bash, would Valkyrie create 4 Strike Tiles? 

Josh Austin: That’s correct!  Her The Best Defense… ability will fire twice and create 4 Strike Tiles if both her teammates are hit at the same time. If you’re expecting some heavy team damage from the enemy, Valkyrie’s an awesome pick to make the most of a bad situation.

Marvel.com: And who does she fight best with? What kind of teams should we be picking her into?

Josh Austin: Valkyrie is strong with characters that create Strike tiles like Captain Marvel (Carol Danvers), Blade (Modern), Punisher (Max) and Iron Fist (Danny Rand).

Marvel.com: When do we get to play her for ourselves? 

Josh Austin: Valkyrie is available this Thursday, March 22, and she will have a “S.H.I.E.L.D. Training Event” between March 22 and 29.  Her store will be called “Valkyrie & Friends” between March 22 and 30.  Her release debut is the Simulator that runs from March 22 and 26.  Her featured event is “Thick as Thieves” that runs between March 25 and 30.  And finally her Versus Tournament titled “Scrapper 142” starts on March 25 and ends March 28.

Pick up Valkyrie here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews.

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With 'Thor: Ragnarok' now on Digital and Movies Anywhere, the director sits down for a chat.

Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok” has just been released today on Digital and Movies Anywhere — the Blu-ray will be out March 6 — and to mark the occasion, our own Ryan Penagos sat down with director Taika Waititi for This Week in Marvel to discuss some of the standout moments and characters in the hit film. Of course, if you’re familiar with Taika and his sense of humor, you won’t be surprised that this isn’t exactly a typical, straightforward interview… Check out the video above to see what Taika had to say!

You can check out plenty of bonus features when you bring home “Thor: Ragnarok” on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on February 20 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on March 6. Order your copy today!

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins; audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

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Feel the thunder in HD & 4K UHD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 20 and 4K UHD and Blu-ray Mar. 6!

“Thor: Ragnarok” is coming soon to Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ and we’ve got an early look at one of the bonus features!

In celebration of Marvel Studios’ ten-year anniversary, discover how Thor has been an integral part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, and Robert Downey Jr. discuss what it was like to introduce the character into the MCU in the video clip above.

You can see more bonus features when you bring home “Thor: Ragnarok” on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on February 20 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on March 6. Reserve your copy today: http://bit.ly/2m01ISX

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins;  audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

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Prepare to unleash the Grandmaster's champion in the Battlerealm!

Smashing his way through Sakaar in the big screen’s “Thor: Ragnarok” and into “Marvel Contest of Champions” comes Hulk, the Grandmaster’s champion.

Hulk demonstrates a unique blend of savage rage, showmanship, and unstoppable strength to smash through some of the strongest beings in the galaxy, and The Contest has no shortage of Champions for him to smash. Hulk’s revamped look highlights Sakaar’s gladiatorial armor and weapons.

In “Marvel Contest of Champions,” this “Gladiator” Hulk differs from his classic counterpart relying on the adoration and excitement of the masses (and they’re out for blood), their judgment of a champion fighter’s performance, and his special moves powered by his arena weapons.

Hulk’s ability kit focuses on what Hulk does best – SMASH! Special 1 knocks out his opponents when he smashes his hammer down sending out shockwaves. Special 2 unleashes a whirlwind of powerful series of attacks with both weapons. And Special 3 is a favorite of the crowd where Hulk uses his axe to throw his opponent to the ground before launching himself into a leaping smash.

Pairing Hulk with “Gladiator” Thor, Black Widow, Hela and Loki will provide him with unique bonuses while increasing his teammates’ special attacks.

Hulk (Ragnarok) is now available to check out in-game!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews and follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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Strikes digitally in HD & 4K UHD and Movies Anywhere on Feb. 20 and 4K UHD and Blu-ray Mar. 6!

It’s main event time!

The God of Thunder’s third installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” electrified both audiences and critics alike reaching over $845M at the global office. Now bring home the colorful cosmic adventure, loaded with action, humor, drama and spectacle, early on Digital in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and Movies Anywhere on February 20 and 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on March 6! Reserve your copy today: http://bit.ly/2m01ISX

In “Thor: Ragnarok,” Thor (Chris Hemsworth) is imprisoned on the other side of the universe without his mighty hammer and finds himself in a race against time to get back to Asgard to stop Ragnarok – the destruction of his home world and the end of Asgardian civilization – at the hands of an all-powerful new threat, the ruthless Hela (Cate Blanchett). But first he must survive a deadly gladiatorial contest that pits him against his former ally and fellow Avenger – the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) – and grapple with his silver-tongued adopted brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), the fierce warrior Valkyrie (Tessa Thompson) and the eccentric Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum).

Fans who bring home the Ultimate Cinematic Universe Edition (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital) of “Thor: Ragnarok” will experience all the thunderous action and lightning-fast wit in stunning 4K Ultra HD with next-generation high dynamic range (HDR) visuals and Dolby Atmos immersive audio. Exclusive, never-before-seen bonus features include deleted scenes; hilarious outtakes; an exclusive short: part three of the mockumentary “Team Thor,” retitled “Team Darryl” and featuring an eccentric new roommate; the evolution of MCU’s heroes culminating in “Avengers: Infinity War;” numerous making-of featurettes which explore the unique vision of director Taika Waititi; the story’s unstoppable women; the effortlessly charismatic Korg; the tyrannical leader of Sakaar, the Grandmaster; and the film’s comic-book origins;  audio commentary by Waititi; and more.

BONUS MATERIAL (may vary by retailer):

Blu-ray:

  • Director’s Introduction
  • Deleted/Extended Scenes – Deleted Scenes: The Sorcerer Supreme, Skurge Finds Heimdall & Hulk Chases Thor Through Sakaar and Extended Scenes: Thor Meets the Grandmaster, Stupid Avenger vs. Tiny Avenger & Grandmaster and Topaz
  • Gag Reel – Watch a collection of goofs, gaffes and pratfalls starring the cast
  • Exclusive Short/Team Darryl – Fresh off being unseated as the ruler of Sakaar, the Grandmaster makes his way to Earth to start a new life. It’s been over a year since Thor left Australia and Darryl has been struggling to pay his rent. Now Darryl needs a new roommate to help make the monthly payments. Unfortunately for Darryl, the Grandmaster was the only one who answered Darryl’s “Roommate Needed” ad and with no viable options, the Grandmaster moves in.
  • Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years – The Evolution of Heroes – Marvel’s universe is vast and transcends both time and space. We’ll examine the Cinematic Universe as a whole and revisit each of our heroes’ current location and their place in the current MCU timeline, as it all leads up to the one culminating event: “Avengers: Infinity War.”
  • Getting in Touch with Your Inner Thor – “Thor: Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi has brought his unique sensibility and sense of humor to the film in a great many ways but it is the evolution of Thor’s own sense of humor, which stands out the most in the new film. This piece explores the impact Chris Hemsworth has made on the development of his widely-loved character and celebrates the mighty cast and crew who reveal the fun and hard work that went into assembling Thor’s eccentric counterparts.
  • Unstoppable Women: Hela & Valkyrie – This piece explores the strong female characters in “Thor: Ragnarok,” their importance in the MCU, their incredible casting and their epic comic origins.
  • Finding Korg – A tongue-in-cheek interview with Taika on casting Korg. He describes the difficult search for just the right evolution of the character design, and the nuances of this instantly classic character in the MCU. This conversation will also delve into all the extraordinary visual effects that brought Korg, Sakaar and the worlds of “Thor: Ragnarok” to life.
  • Sakaar: On the Edge of the Known and Unknown – Sakaar is the collection point for all lost and unloved things. This documentary will answer all known and unknown questions while also exploring the hard work and creativity that went into creating the look and feel of Sakaar. From design inspired by Jack Kirby’s classic artwork to the dedication of the visual development team to the awe-inspiring physical and digital production, you will see this distant world come alive.
  • Journey into Mystery – A deep dive story piece with the writers, director and producer Kevin Feige about the inspirations for “Thor: Ragnarok” within the comics. Most notably, the contest of champions limited series where the Grandmaster pitted our favorite heroes against one another as he does in the film. This piece also further explores Thor’s comic book origins and classic arcs through interviews with some of the most important comic creators, such as Walt Simonson and Jack Kirby.
  • 8bit Scenes – Final Bridge Battle + Sakaar Spaceship Battle. Dive into these climactic sequences presented in retro video-game format.
  • Directors Commentary

Digital Exclusives:

  • Evolution of Thor and Hulk’s Bromance – We’ll examine this Super Hero friendship, which has spanned through several Marvel films. From their original Helicarrier fight match to the now iconic Hulk punch from Avengers 1, see how Marvel’s most powerful Super Heroes become the most extraordinary Super Hero buddies.
  • Additional Deleted Scenes – Travel to Asgard & Race To The Wormhole

Reserve your copy in choice format today!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Thor: Ragnarok,” and follow @ThorOfficial on Twitter and like Thor’s official Facebook page!

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The Main Event makes his way from ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ to the game!

Ready to smash things up and prove you’re the strongest one there is? Or at the very least, prove you’re the strongest Avenger? You’ll get your chance this week when the mean green fighting machine from the Sakaar arena, the one and only Hulk, garbed in all his gladiatorial gear, crashes into “Marvel Puzzle Quest.”

We talked to D3 Go! Senior Producer Josh Austin about the new Hulk and all the beautiful destruction he promises to bring to the game.

Marvel.com: We’re getting our very own Bruce Banner Hulk 4-Star! I’m geeked! He was awesome in “Thor: Ragnarok,” and I’m assuming the team is translating that awesome to “MPQ”?

Josh Austin: That is correct! Hulk (The Main Event) 4-Star is inspired by the Hulk in the “Thor: Ragnarok” film. Along with his Sakaar Arena look from the movie, his power set focuses on dealing lots of damage and shaking up the board.

Marvel.com: We now have a grand total of five different Hulk variations in the game. How does Hulk (The Main Event) keep things fresh?

Josh Austin: Our Hulk definitely stands out! He has the Sakaar Arena helmet and all his gladiatorial garb on. Plus, this version of The Hulk is a major show-off. He starts the fight with a Grand Entrance, kicking off the fight in style, and with The Crowd Goes Wild, he roars at the crowd and the crowd roars back!

Marvel.com: All right, you’ve teased the moves a bit here so let’s talk about the strongest Avenger’s abilities. What can this Hulk do?

Josh Austin: Hulk (The Main Event)’s first ability is called Grand Entrance and it’s a Green Passive. For this power, Hulk smashes his way into the Arena and wreaks havoc. At level five he destroys seven random tiles that do not deal or gain AP. Of course any cascades do damage and gain AP. At the start of the turn, he swaps two random pairs of tiles.

The next power is called Gamma Bomb and it costs 14 Purple AP. Hulk channels his inner wrestling superstar, grabs his opponent, and slams them to the ground dealing damage and creating Critical tiles.

The last power Hulk (The Main Event) has is called The Crowd Goes Wild and it costs 12 Yellow AP. For this ability, Hulk roars at the crowd, and they roar back cheering on the champ. This translates to creating Fortified Countdown tiles that each turn [do] one of the following: deal damage to the enemy team, give Hulk a burst of health or gain AP.

Marvel.com: Grand Entrance is interesting. If he swaps random tiles at the beginning of the turn, can he create Match 5s and will that lead to extra turns for the player? Or is it more like Rocket and Groot’s I Am Groot ability?

Josh Austin: There is a possibility this could happen, especially if the player gets any type of cascade from the swap or the destruction of the tiles due to Grand Entrance.

Marvel.com: How were you building the big guy cover-wise? I was thinking 3/5/5 would be a pretty solid load out. 

Josh Austin: 3/5/5 is what I would focus on to maximize on the damage from Hulk. The Grand Entrance is a fun ability to have, but the damage from the others is better than the chance at cascades and possible damage, depending on the outcome of the tiles being destroyed or swapped.

Marvel.com: And because this is a team game, whom do we want to force into the arena with him?

Josh Austin: Makes sense to have anyone that can give him some Purple. Scarlet Witch is a good addition to his team for the purple generation, also Star-Lord (Legendary Outlaw).  He’s strong with characters that react to Countdown Tiles like Carol Danvers, Agent Coulson, and Star-Lord (Legendary Outlaw).

Marvel.com: When can we pick him up for ourselves?

Josh Austin: He will be live starting tomorrow, November 16. Both the S.H.I.E.L.D training event and the Hearts of Darkness—Hulk is a placement reward in this event—starts tomorrow. The Hulk and Friends store will run November 19 through November 24. Hulk (The Main Event)’s featured event will be Webbed Wonder. His Versus Tournament is Raging Fire and it will start on November 19.

There will be a third Sakaar Arena that features Hulk and this runs November 17-23. Hulk (The Main Event) will be included in the store along with a 5-Star Thor (Gladiator).

Pick up Hulk (The Main Event) here and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Puzzle Quest” news and interviews, and follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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The Thunder God gets a revamp as a new challenger enters Battlerealm!

Thor’s smashed his way out of the Sakaar arena and into Battlerealm, bringing the thunder and his electrifying personality direct from “Thor: Ragnarok” to “Marvel Contest of Champions.” Instead of his hammer, the Thunder God wields divine lightning against his foes, and woe be to anyone foolish enough to stand in his way.

Kabam Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Character Designer Piero Herrera talked with us about this new Thor and all the awesome he brings to the Contest.

Marvel.com: This is an interesting development: the Grandmaster from “Marvel Contest of Champions” nabbing up Thor from the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Grandmaster? My mind is blown.

Gabriel Frizzera: The universes seem to be bleeding into each other, don’t they? That’s one of the best things of developing a story in partnership with Marvel: The awesome ideas cross-pollinate in all directions, and we end up with a much stronger Marvel multiverse. In the case of The Grandmaster, he shares a lot of traits between the movie and the game, and it was very cool that the Contest of Champions is making the jump from comics to game to movie. I hope the MCU guys don’t mind us borrowing their version of Thor to test his mettle; our version of The Contest can be pretty tough. We promised to return him mostly intact!

Marvel.com: And it looks like he’s come straight from the Sakaar arena, armor, weapons, and all! What were some of the most important details the team wanted to get right for this version of Thor?

Gabriel Frizzera: The cool asymmetric armor, of course! “Thor: Ragnarok” has a great art style, in some cases lifted straight from some of Jack Kirby’s most iconic designs. We love everything about “Gladiator” Thor, and his outfit and weapons are pure Kirby goodness.

Marvel.com: We already have a couple Thors in the game. What’s different about Thor (Ragnarok)?

Gabriel Frizzera: For all intents and purposes of a fighting game, other than the name, this Thor has very little in common with his classic counterpart. He was built from the ground up as a gladiator and his moves take advantage of the shield and mace combo, which is a first for us. It would be hard to create something radically different from the two Thors we have in game, so we’re glad we have a chance to create a fresh take on the God of Thunder while keeping his dashing personality, of course!

Marvel.com: Let’s talk about his abilities! Thunder God’s Wrath sounds absolutely awesome. We get to control lightning?!

Piero Herrera: Absolutely! Thor’s entire ability kit is focused around his Special 3 Attack, where he controls lightning and the effect lasts after the Special Attack as well. While this ability is active, Thor will be able to Shock opponents when attacking and being attacked. Shock will not only deal Energy Damage, but will also have a chance to inflict Armor Break and Stuns whenever it activates. This provides Thor huge burst damage capabilities, specifically if you use a Special 2 Attack to land as many hits as you can.

Marvel.com: What other abilities does the Odinson have access to?

Piero Herrera: Like I mentioned previously, Thor’s entire ability kit is focused on his Special 3 Attack, so it makes sense that he has multiple ways to get there. If you are able to maintain 40 hits in your combo meter, he will gain enough Power to do a Special 3 Attack within seconds. This is one of the most powerful Power Gain abilities in the game and will prove very useful whenever you are playing with this Champion.

Marvel.com: And what about his teammates? He might be alone in the arena, but Thor’s always been a team player.

Piero Herrera: Pairing him up with Hulk, Loki, and Hela will provide him unique bonuses that will make him one of the top tier Champions in the game and also make those teammates much more powerful as well. Specifically, the synergy with Hela will allow Thor to recover Health whenever he kills an opponent.

Marvel.com: When can we pick up Thor (Ragnarok) for ourselves?

Piero Herrera: Thor will be available on November 9; be sure to check out in-game messages to know how to get him and get a taste of the Thunder God’s wrath!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews and follow us on Twitter @MarvelGames!

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Use your iOS device to enjoy images featuring Thor, Hulk, and many more!

Just in time for Marvel Studios’ “Thor: Ragnarok,” download these adorable new Marvel Stickers released today!

Look for Marvel Stickers: Thor Ragnarok on the App Store and enjoy 21 animated images featuring Thor, Hulk, Hela, Valkyrie, Loki, Heimdall, and The Grandmaster!

Get Marvel Stickers now!

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