Will The Odds Be In Your Favor? Read On To Find Out!

Sure, you could say Deadpool is having a huge summer. Don’t underestimate Neena Thurman, and don’t think of her as only Deadpool’s teammate.

Imagine being able to control your fate, just by participating in the cause and effect of a situation. That’s the life of X-Force’s own Domino. The psionic mutant flips the odds in her favor with telekinesis resulting in good luck for her, bad luck for her foes. Not a bad ability to have in tough situations.

While her real name is Neena Thurman, here she goes as Beatrice, seeing as how her existence is the result of a government breeding program called Project: Armageddon that used the precognitive mutant named Beatrice. The name Beatrice is an offshoot of the Latin “beatus” which means fortunate, and that is an apt description of Domino’s powers.

Read up on the what makes Lady Luck’s fate always err on the side of good fortune.

THE NEW MUTANTS #98 (1991)
Rob Liefeld, Fabian Nicieza

New Mutants (1983) #98

New Mutants (1983) #98

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Just like her ol’ pal Wade Wilson, Domino’s first appearance was in THE NEW MUTANTS back in 1991. Or was it? Turns out she was actually a shape-shifter named Copycat but for the sake of argument, this is the first time readers get a glimpse of fortuitous mutant.

DOMINO (1997)
Ben Raab, David Perrin

Domino (1997) #1

Domino (1997) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

In her very first series, we get a look at Domino’s origin story while she is on the warpath to save ex-husband Milo Thurman. Wolverine’s old foe Lady Deathstrike plays a big part in this series.

X-FORCE (2008)
Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost, Clayton Crain

X-Force (2008) #1

X-Force (2008) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

Cyclops calls upon Wolverine to lead a team called X-Force, made up of X-23, Warpath, Wolfsbane, Archangel and Domino. This violent alternative X-Men team goes up against the Marauders, pitting villains and heroes in a battle of epic proportions.

X-FORCE: SEX AND VIOLENCE (2010)
Christopher Yost, Craig Kyle, Gabriele Dell’Otto

X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010) #1

X-Force: Sex and Violence (2010) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

A team-up for the ages, Domino and Wolverine head out against all odds when the Assassins Guild puts out a hit on Neena. The title says it all–this book is filled with a lot of both. When you think about it, they’re a perfect match–Domino’s good fortune, Wolverine’s healing factor. Add in a whole lot of bloodshed and you’ve got a dynamic duo.

DOMINO (2018)
Gail Simone, David Baldeon

Domino (2018) #1

Domino (2018) #1

Not only is Domino back in featured in her own solo series, but she’s also solo in the sense that now she finds herself on the wrong side of the mercenary community and having to fight for her life. This series explores a stripped down version of Domino, but will her legendary luck see her through?

Can’t get enough Domino and want to read all these digital comics? Check out Marvel Unlimited!

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Cable's team tries to stop the unstoppable in this 90's classic!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s 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 gnarly fact at a time! This week we’re singling out X-FORCE #3 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Here’s “Battle Cry” by the numbers!

X-Force (1991) #3

X-Force (1991) #3

What is Marvel Unlimited?

110 pieces of fringe on Warpath’s costume

Art from X-Force #3

Art from X-Force #3

 

22 teeth in Juggernaut’s mouth

Art from X-Force #3

Art from X-Force #3

 

19 Es in Siryn’s sonic screeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeam

Art from X-Force #3

Art from X-Force #3

 

10 pouches on Warpath’s belt

Art from X-Force #3

Art from X-Force #3

 

7 visible black stripes on Siryn’s cape

Art from X-Force #3

Art from X-Force #3

 

7 people and 4 visible feet on the cover

Art from X-Force #3

Art from X-Force #3

 

5 X-Forcers that aren’t messing around

Art from X-Force #3

Art from X-Force #3

Juggernaut returns this week in AMAZING X-MEN #15!

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

As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we made it to the 1990’s, and “Marvel Reborn,” a period of equal parts success and upheaval, which saw a variety of different characters spin out of established franchises as well as make their own indelible mark on the Marvel Universe.

This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1990’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)

Ghost Rider (Daniel Ketch)

10. GHOST RIDER (Danny Ketch)
First Appearance: GHOST RIDER (1990) #1
Why He’s #10: “So-called legacy heroes almost never survive in the Marvel Universe, but Danny Ketch is the exception that proves the rule. The second Ghost Rider debuted in 1990 and soon blazed his own trail. Flaming chains whipping about him, the anti-hero clashed with the likes of Spider-Man, the X-Men, and especially the Punisher. But most often the Rider saved his vengeance for Blackout, the dark villain who murdered his sister. Ketch soon learned he was the long-lost brother of original Rider Johnny Blaze, and the pair teamed up both as a duo and with the mystic team known as the Midnight Sons. Since then, Ketch has remained an active part of the Rider’s world.” – Kiel Phegley
Digital Comics Spotlight:
GHOST RIDER (1990) #5

Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)

Scarlet Spider (Ben Reilly)

9. THE SCARLET SPIDER (Ben Reilly)
First Appearance: WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #118
Why He’s #9: “Created to be a villain and destroy Spider-Man, the clone who would come to be known as Ben Reilly had every reason to take the easy way out: slay Peter Parker, steal his life, and no one would be the wiser. In the end, however, Reilly was too much like the man whose DNA and memories he shared to either kill Peter or reject the axiom of with ‘With great power comes great responsibility.’ Thus, although it often left him grieving for the life he could not have, Reilly donned the costume of the Scarlet Spider and protected people, alongside his genetic twin, on his own, or with the New Warriors. The Scarlet Spider, time and again, rejected that which seemed to promise him his best chances at happiness so he could do the right thing proving, clone or not, he was unquestionably a hero.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
WEB OF SPIDER-MAN #122

Gambit by David Yardin

Gambit by David Yardin

8. GAMBIT
First Appearance: UNCANNY X-MEN #266
Why He’s #8: “Gambit defines the idiom ‘lucky at cards, unlucky in love.’ The charismatic mutant from New Orleans exemplifies cool. He has slick powers, an incredibly tragic love life—you gotta pull for him and Rogue—and he’s got style to spare. Since bursting on the scene in 1990, Remy LeBeau has pretty much batted the cycle as far as mutants are concerned. He’s been an intricate part of the X-Men and X-Factor, he’s partnered with Storm, had a piece of his brain taken by Mr. Sinister, and he even rolled with the Horsemen Of Apocalypse as Death himself. Trained by the Thieves’ Guild, the Ragin’ Cajun has more than a few tricks up his sleeve and continues to prove why it’s always best to play with a full deck of cards—especially when you can make them explode.” – Rick Laprade
Digital Comics Spotlight:
GAMBIT (1993) #1

Domino

Domino

7. DOMINO
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #98
Why She’s #7: “Thanks to her probability manipulation powers, things just seem to fall into place for the mercenary-turned-super hero named Domino. Don’t let her black and white demeanor fool you; this gun slinging and wisecracking mutant has one colorful personality. She even has a few different first appearances under her pouch covered belt, making her a contender for the most ‘90’s member of the extremely radical X-Force. She first appeared in NEW MUTANTS #98 as one of Cable’s go-to allies, and she helped him make the teen team more militaristic. A later visit from Deadpool revealed that Domino to be an imposter and also brought the genuine article into the fray. With her identity straightened out and her place on X-Force secured, Domino has evolved into the X-Men’s resident black ops specialist and good luck charm—accept no substitutes.” – Brett White
Digital Comics Spotlight:
X-FORCE #107

Marvel.com's Top 1990's Heroes

Marvel.com’s Top 1990’s Heroes

6. WAR MACHINE (James Rhodes)
First Appearance: IRON MAN #282
Why He’s #6: “It cannot be easy to be the follow-up act, especially when the person you are following is named Tony Stark and the role is Iron Man. That was life for James Rhodes who was recruited and periodically donned the armor of his friend and boss. But Rhodes became more than a stand-in and before long he had to strike out on his own. Rechristening himself War Machine and piloting the Variable Threat Response Battle Suit armor, he quickly proved that he was no mere second fiddle. Guided by his own morality now, Rhodes did not always fall into lockstep behind his friend or the Avengers, but there was never any doubt that he was every bit the hero.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight:
IRON MAN #310

The New Warriors

The New Warriors

5. THE NEW WARRIORS
First Appearance: THOR #411
Why They’re #5: “By the time we reached the 90’s, we had the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, the Avengers, and all their various spin-off groups, but these teams represented the past—those of us just coming into comics needed heroes for our generation. Enter the New Warriors, a new team with a diverse line-up featuring dark vigilante Night Thrasher, experienced hero Nova, conflicted mutant Firestar, straight arrow Marvel Boy, hot-tempered Namorita, and, of course, Speedball. The interpersonal drama generated by their extremely varied backgrounds and social beliefs—also: kissing—proved just as enjoyable to read about as them taking on foes like Psionex or The Sphinx. Two themes pervaded the initial run of the New Warriors: figuring out how to do the right thing in a more complicated world than other heroes came up in and making the hard choices that came with that mission statement. The original New Warriors have been often imitated, but never quite duplicated due to the unique love this combination of characters and their complex adventures yielded.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight:
AVENGERS #341

X-Force by Greg Capullo

X-Force by Greg Capullo

4. X-FORCE
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #100 
Why They’re #4: “After years of waiting to become the next X-Men, the New Mutants had become impatient. Abandoned by their supposed mentors, from Professor X to Magneto and the rest of the adult mutant group, they lacked direction. Enter Cable. The mysterious soldier from the future took control of the teen team and forged them into the paramiltary X-Force unit, proactively attacking threats ignored by the X-Men and X-Factor. However, before long, Cannonball and company would show their new leader as much as he imparted on them, and X-Force would prove to be the melting pot of all their teachers’ philosophies. With or without Cable at the head of the table, the one-time X-Men-in-waiting turned out to be the mutants who could balance multiple dreams and do what needed to be done in order to advance their cause.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight: X-FORCE (1991) #1

The Thunderbolts by Mark Bagley

The Thunderbolts by Mark Bagley

3. THE THUNDERBOLTS
First Appearance: INCREDIBLE HULK #449 
Why They’re #3: Do not pretend otherwise. There is no shame in it. The Thunderbolts surprised us all. Looking for all the world like a generic Avengers, a sort of copy of a copy standing in for Earth’s Mightiest Heroes after the events of Onslaught caused most of that team to disappear, the T-bolts hardly seemed to be poised to provide one of the biggest twist endings of the 90’s. And yet, there, on the final page, stood the team revealed as their true selves: the Masters of Evil in hero drag. What makes the Thunderbolts endear, however, comes after that moment. They were not just a twist ending in their first issue, but a complicated and challenging story of loyalty, redemption, world domination, love, interdimensional travel, and more. That template, established from the moment they arrived on the scene, has kept the team relevant through multiple volumes and lineups. Not bad for a team that had us all thinking they were Avengers-lite.” – Tim Stevens
Digital Comics Spotlight: THUNDERBOLTS (1997) #1


Deadpool

Deadpool

2. DEADPOOL
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #98
Why He’s #2: “Who’s Deadpool? Some call him an opportunist, some call him an anti-hero, still others call him late for dinner, but there’s no denying that the infamous ‘Merc with a Mouth’ himself thinks he’s the greatest mutant manhunter this poor world’s ever been saddled with. Wade Wilson’s got this incredible personal healing factor, see? With that in his arsenal, plus a few big guns and even bigger knives, he’s the guy you hire when all the smart people say ‘no!’ Deadpool will go anywhere, do anything, eat anything! And like it! I mean weird, right? All this along with his inimitable sick sense of humor made him a standout in his early appearances; when the razor’s edge walk between moral and unhinged kicked in not long after—a balance he struggles to maintain to this day—he became one of Marvel’s most indelible additions in recent memory.” – Jim Beard
Digital Comics Spotlight:
DEADPOOL (1993) #1


Untitled Image

Untitled Image

1. CABLE
First Appearance: NEW MUTANTS #87
Why He’s #1: “For better or worse, no Marvel character better embodies the 1990’s better than Nathan Summers, aka Cable. He burst on the scene enshrouded in mystery, his striking design and massive weapons assuring that nobody would ignore him. Whereas the New Mutants had forever been the overshadowed younger siblings to the X-Men, Cable imparted his ‘get them before they can get you’ philosophy on them and created X-Force. As the decade wore on, the enigmatic origins of the character came unraveled, revealing his ties to Cyclops and a troubled childhood he overcame through grit and faith in his destiny. The Cable who exited the 90’s only superficially resembled the one who entered it; embracing his lineage but not letting go of the experiences that forged him, he became equal parts soldier and philosopher. Early on, Cable may have seemed a fleeting figured destined to fade with his era, but the deeper layers to the character ensured his vibrant march into the modern day.” – Ben Morse
Digital Comics Spotlight:
CABLE: BLOOD & METAL #1

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Check out Avengers stars Cannonball and Sunspot's X-Force roots!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s 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 righteous fact at a time! This week we’re singling out X-FORCE #25 by Fabian Nicieza and Greg Capullo. Here’s “Back To Front” by the numbers!

X-Force (1991) #25

X-Force (1991) #25

What is Marvel Unlimited?

16 mutants on Magneto’s big screen TV: Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, Cannonball, Sunspot, Cyclops, Jean Grey, Storm, Rogue, Beast, Banshee, Siryn, Havok, Phantazia, Threnody, Adam-X, and Polaris

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

15 speech balloons filled with straight talk

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

10 clawed fingers and toes, 8 capsules, 2 double-bladed swords with 3 spikes on each hilt, and 1 ponytail

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

8 stampeding X-Forcers, and 1 shadowy figure

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

8 visible laser cannons in X-Force’s weapons depot

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

3 Mojo-isms: canceled (synonym for “dead”), fekt, and foojkies

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

3 “rilly”s and 1 “shoor”

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

2 dads not killed by Cable

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

2/5 original New Mutants invited to “Heaven”

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

 

1 powerful Cannonball punch

Art from X-Men #25

Art from X-Men #25

 

And 1 sweet sweet pun

Art from X-Force #25

Art from X-Force #25

Cannonball and Sunspot take the spotlight this October in AVENGERS #37!

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Justin Woods talks about Deadpool, Psylocke and Wolverine getting new looks plus upgrades for Archangel and Fantomex!

With the classic team from Rick Remender’s seminal run on UNCANNY X-FORCE now all a part of “Marvel: Avengers Alliance,” it’s time for them to start dressing the part.

Available now through July 21, Deadpool, Psylocke and Wolverine have received special Uncanny X-Force alternate uniforms that unlock new abilities for them as group as well as Archangel and Fantomex who have gotten boosts to their existing abilities.

We spoke with the game’s Producer, Justin Woods, about what the X-Force uniforms have to offer and why this squad got the nod.

Marvel.com: So to summarize, what are you putting out there in “Avengers Alliance” this week, Justin?

Justin Woods: We are releasing an Uncanny X-Force costume for Deadpool, for Psylocke, and for Wolverine. And then at the same time we will be making some small updates and adjustments to the X-Force Archangel costume that’s already in the game, and the Fantomex costume that’s already in the game.

Marvel.com: What was the inspiration for doing this? Was there anything in particular that made now the time to roll out the full Uncanny X-Force line-up?

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Deadpool X-Force uniform

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Deadpool X-Force uniform

Justin Woods: We just wanted to wait for a point in time where we had a lot of other mutant activity going on and now that the cat’s kind of out of the bag about what Spec Op 19 is about, we thought that it’d be kinda a cool time to launch these right before that.

Marvel.com: Now touching first upon the upgrades to the existing costumes, Archangel and Fantomex, how much at length can you talk about what kind of upgrades they’re getting?

Justin Woods: At the high level what we wanted to do is make it so that the X-Force team members interacted with one another. We have the Future Foundation costumes and they have these different bonuses that happen when you bring two different Future Foundation costume characters together. And that’s the same thing what the X-Force costumes do essentially is that every single one of [them] has a different bonus that it gives if you bring two different X-Force team members together. So you have Fantomex or Archangel or you mix and match any of the five and you’ll get that bonus from both of the two X-Force costume guys.

Marvel.com: Beyond that, for the new costumes for Deadpool, Psylocke, and Wolverine, are those going offer any alternate classes, any different abilities that they didn’t already have on their normal costumes?

Justin Woods: Yeah, they’ll all offer an alternate class. None of them have a change in abilities but they all offer an alternate class and usually we give every costume a brand new buff or passive ability of some sort so all of them will have some slightly different gameplay than the base costumes for each of those characters. Plus the added benefit of having a choice between two different classes.

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Psylocke X-Force uniform

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Psylocke X-Force uniform

Marvel.com: Is this something you think you’re going to do more of in terms of the already existing teams that are in the game?

Justin Woods: We do have plans for additional team buffs in the future.

Marvel.com: What was your favorite part of UNCANNY X-FORCE, the Rick Remender run. What were the high points?

Justin Woods: There’s two parts I really liked. The first one was the cringe-worthy part where Deadpool was feeding pieces of his skin to Angel; that was pretty disgusting. I think that Deadpool finds a way to say something funny about the most disgusting or horrible or most serious situations that are going on and I think that’s why a lot of people appreciate him. And then another part that I really liked was when they went into the Age of Apocalypse and there was that group that had the Ghost Rider Iron Man and Orange Hulk and all those guys. Those character designs were so neat.

Marvel.com: Anything else you want to cover?

Justin Woods: I know that some people have been curious as to why we didn’t give buffs to Spiral and other characters that have X-Force costumes or have been members of X-Force. It’s kinda the same reason as, well, so many characters have been X-Men before and so many characters have been Avengers before so we really wanted to focus on one unit, on one team, so we went for that first group of the Remender run. But that’s not to say that we won’t do other X-Force groups in the future.

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Wolverine X-Force uniform

Marvel Avengers Alliance: Wolverine X-Force uniform

Join “Marvel: Avengers Alliance” and get Uncanny X-Force uniforms now through July 21!

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Cable visits a library and Rictor remembers to leave a note in this action-packed issue!

It’s time to face facts, true believers – the ’90s 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 fresh fact at a time! This week we’re singling out NEW MUTANTS #98 by Rob Liefeld and Fabian Nicieza. Here’s “The Beginning of the End” by the numbers!

New Mutants (1983) #98

New Mutants (1983) #98

What is Marvel Unlimited?

3907 minutes pass from the first page to the last — 8:22 AM on December 3 to 1:29 AM on December 6

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

41 visible books in the X-Mansion library, most likely all ruined by that BWOMPOOM

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

20 visible pouches, compartments, and capsules on Deadpool’s costume

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

15 KLIKs

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

5 potential recruits quickly dismissed by Cable

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

5 visible pouches on Domino’s belt — and 3 knives in Deadpool’s back

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

4 questions asked by Boom Boom in 1 panel

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

 

1 goodbye letter

Art from New Mutants #98

Art from New Mutants #98

The merc with a mouth gets a rematch with the militant mutants next month in DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #1!

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Preview the new series coming this July with art by Pepe Larraz!

This July, big guns, big pouches, and big action all return as your favorite mercenary goes toe-to-toe with that band of militant mutants in DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #1, the first issue in a bombastic new limited series from writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Pepe Larraz! Journey back to the long-forgotten days of the 1990’s, when two characters made their thunderous debut and would go on to change the face of Marvel Comics forever.

That’s right – we’re talking about Cable & Deadpool! In this all-new tale, experience the duo’s very first meeting, well before their first comic book appearance together in NEW MUTANTS #98, as Cable and his soon to be X-Force race through the timestream to stop a reckless mercenary (that’s Deadpool!) before he destroys American history for good!

“Deadpool’s gone back to key points in American military history: the Battle of Germantown during the Revolutionary War; Gettysburg during the Civil War, and then… well, I can’t say anything else, because you know how one little musket ball has a funny of changing the course of human events,” says series writer Duane Swierczynski.

Join Cable and his band of mutants as they hunt Deadpool through the annals of American History before he can alter the space-time continuum as we know it! Can they stop him in time? Don’t miss the start of the blast from the past ride that will have everyone on the edge of their seat when DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #1 erupts off of the shelves this July!

DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE #1 (MAY140886)
Written by DUANE SWIERCZYNSKI
Art by PEPE LARRAZ
Cover by SHANE DAVIS
Variant Cover by J. SCOTT CAMPBELL (MAY140887)
FOC – 06/09/14, On-Sale – 07/02/14

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TWiM provides the latest news, plus Avengers, Iron Man, Secret Avengers and more!

It’s episode #133 of This Week in Marvel! Join Ryan, Ben and Marc as they look at the latest print and digital releases including AVENGERS #29, DEADLY HANDS OF KUNG FU #1, IRON MAN #25, SECRET AVENGERS #3, X-FORCE #5 and more, plus new additions to the Marvel Comics app and Marvel Unlimited!

Download episode #133 of This Week in Marvel from Marvel.com, check out Marvel Podcast Centralgrab the TWiM RSS feed and subscribe to This Week in Marvel on iTunes or Zune, so you never miss an episode!

Download Episode 133 of This Week in Marvel

Download Episode 133 of This Week in Marvel

This Week in Marvel will focus on delivering all the Marvel info on news and new releases–from comics to video games to toys to TV to film and beyond! New episodes will be released every Thursday (or so) and TWiM is co-hosted by Marvel Digital Media Group Executive Editorial Director Ryan “Agent M” Penagos and Marvel.com Editor Ben Morse, along with Marvel.com Editor Marc Strom and Manager, Video & Content Production Blake Garris.We also want your feedback, as well as questions for us to answer on future episodes! 

Tweet your questions, comments and thoughts about TWiM to @Agent_M@BenJMorse or @Marvel with the hashtag #ThisWeekinMarvel!

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Check out the newest digital comics available from Marvel Unlimited!

Already plowed through the thousands of comics available in Marvel Unlimited? Fret not, Marvelites! We add new books into the collection every week to keep you up to your neck in digitized comics! Now, you can expect an array of new issues every Monday, along with a sneak peek of what’s to come the following week. Stay abreast of all Unlimited releases by checking out the Marvel Unlimited Calendar!

AVENGERS (2012) #22
DEADPOOL KILLS DEADPOOL (2013) #4
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (2013) #8
HAWKEYE (2012) #14
INFINITY (2013) #5
INFINITY: HEIST (2013) #3
PUNISHER: THE TRIAL OF THE PUNISHER (2013) #2
SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP SPECIAL (2013) #1
THOR: CROWN OF FOOLS (2013) #1
ULTIMATE COMICS X-MEN (2010) #33
UNCANNY AVENGERS (2012) #13
UNCANNY X-FORCE (2013) #13
VENOM (2011) #42
WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN (2011) #37
X-MEN: BATTLE OF THE ATOM (2013) #2
YOUNG AVENGERS (2013) #11

Check out the full Marvel Unlimited library today!

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Duane Swierczynski and Jordan White hurl Cable's team back in time pursuing the Merc with a Mouth!

Mutant soldier Cable and mouthy mercenary Deadpool go back a long way—all the way back to the early 90’s, when Cable made his first appearance in NEW MUTANTS #87, and Deadpool followed a year later in issue #98. But even then, they had a history.

In the new four-issue series DEADPOOL VS. X-FORCE, writer Duane Swierczynski and artist Pepe Larraz will explore that history; and thanks to the wonders of time travel, they’ll also explore American history, as Cable and his team pursue the legendary loudmouth into the past.

This story finally reveals how Cable and Deadpool first met. As the title of the book suggests, it didn’t end up a friendly meeting.

We spoke to Duane and editor Jordan D. White to ask, where’s the beef? Is it in the chimichanga?

Marvel.com: Deadpool versus X-Force. Duane, Jordan; why can’t they all just get along? What’s going on here?

Duane Swierczynski: I have no idea. I originally pitched this as DEADPOOL HAS A QUIET SNACK WITH X-FORCE, then Marvel’s all like, “you need a little conflict, buddy”, so I had to totally change the story I had in mind. Now it’s pretty much Deadpool running amok in time, burning the very fabric of American history, with Cable and X-Force trying to smother the flames.

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1 cover by Shane Davis

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1 cover by Shane Davis

Jordan D. White: I was pretty sad that we had to cut the “Pass the mustard” sequence from that original first issue, but I think the series as a whole has benefitted.

Marvel.com: This story takes place before the first appearances of Cable and Deadpool. Should we prepare for some 90’s flashbacks?

Duane Swierczynski: That’s the funny thing. There are 90’s flashbacks as well as 70’s flashbacks—1777, that is—60’s flashbacks—1863—as well as the inevitable 30’s flashbacks—no, this time I do mean the 1930’s. It’s a time travel saga! There are going to be flashbacks! Or flash forwards, depending on your point of view. If Matthew McConaughey is right in that “time is a flat circle,” then Deadpool is pretty much popping it on the turntable and scratching the hell out of it.

Jordan D. White: The big thing I’ve been wrestling with on the production side is whether to give Deadpool his current yellow balloons, or his original 90’s white balloons with a red stroke around them.  But I did make sure to bring back the 90’s logos!

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1 preview art by Pepe Larraz

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1 preview art by Pepe Larraz

Marvel.com: Given that this story takes us into the history of America, is there anything you’re especially excited to see artist Pepe Larraz bring to life?

Duane Swierczynski: Oh man, pretty much the whole thing? Pepe’s rocking the face off this story. I took some reference shots of historical buildings in Philly and Gettysburg for him, and his pages make me feel like I’m actually there, bleeding in the mud. Wait—I mean, I was there, taking the photo, but I wasn’t wounded or anything. What I’m trying to say is that Pepe’s art makes me feel like I’ve been shot. Totally mean that as a compliment. Next question? Please?

Marvel.com: X-Force can be a little grim. Deadpool likes to play the fool. Which way are you planning to take the action?

Duane Swierczynski: If the tone of my answers doesn’t give you a clue, there’s no hope for you, Andrew. But don’t worry: there will be plenty of violence and action and high-octane grimness. If that’s a word.

Jordan D. White: It’s all about the gritted teeth. That was 90’s code for being really serious.

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1 preview art by Pepe Larraz

Deadpool Vs. X-Force #1 preview art by Pepe Larraz

Marvel.com: Cable and Deadpool are now buds, kinda, sorta. Though this story sees them at loggerheads, will readers also discover the first seeds of that beautiful friendship?

Duane Swierczynski: Many great relationships start with a tragic misunderstanding; at least, that’s what my parents always told me, referring to the day I was born. Same goes with Deadpool and Cable. There is both a tragic misunderstanding, but also a bit of the old Hollywood “meet-cute.” Only not so cute.

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