Stephen Wacker and Cort Lane talk about this weekend's two-part, season two debut on Disney XD!

What’s an intergalactic team of galactic guardians to do during a brief stay on Earth? Well, if they’re the Guardians of the Galaxy, they try to steal a shrunken asteroid from the Avengers, inadvertently blast the surrounding area with a satellite laser and team up with the Earth’s Mightiest Heroes to take on the High Evolutionary!

That’s how the first two episodes of the Disney XD series “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” will kick off on Saturday, March 11 at 9:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD. To get an early look at what to expect from “Stayin’ Alive,” “Evolution Rock” and the rest of the season we spoke with Senior Vice President, Animation and Family Entertainment Cort Lane and Vice President, Animation Stephen Wacker!

Marvel.com: This two parter features the Guardians teaming up with the Avengers to stop a series of threats. There are so many great interactions between characters like Rocket and Captain Marvel. Did those come naturally in the writing process?

Stephen Wacker: No. In the room with the writers and our story editor Marty Isenberg, we really played a lot. It took a while to get going on story because we were really playing the “what if” of how this character bounces against this one or how this character bounces against that one. I think what’s so rich about the Guardians is that every combination worked in their own way. You team any of those characters up with any of the Avengers and you get something new out of it. It wasn’t a situation where we just naturally said, “Oh, we want these two obviously together.” The problem was that there was so many iterations, that choosing which one gave us the best story [was difficult].

Marvel.com: The one that really clicked in my head was between Ant-Man and Star-Lord as both having outlaw backgrounds, but trying to do the right thing now.

Stephen Wacker: It’s been a year and a half since we broke the story, but I don’t remember that one coming instantly. We sat down with Marty and Mairghread Scott, our consulting producer, as we were breaking it all. I think we realized at a certain point, “Oh this is interesting. There’s some fun here that we can dig into.” When we first started to break into it, it was not long after the Ant-Man film had come out, so we brought in that fresh perspective from the movie as well.

Marvel.com: Going back a bit, you had a great first season, but I’m sure you’re always looking at what to do next. What were some of the big themes and ideas or even stories and villains you wanted to tackle this season?

Stephen Wacker: We get challenged by our bosses, and most directly Cort, with finding the new thing or new twist. Where we ended season one was with a big Thanos battle and the team on Earth. The season starts with shorts of the team finding a little something on Earth. What we really had from Cort after such a big action story was the challenge of really finding the fun. We ended with a big dramatic story, let’s come back in. Of course, we’re going to need action in the mighty Marvel manner, but let’s find the fun of this team on Earth because who knows if we’ll ever see this again.

So, if you had one time to tell this story, let’s make it as absolutely fun and funny as possible. There’s a lot of comedy in this show that is a little harder to pull off on, say, AVENGERS where it’s the end of the world for 22 minutes every week. Finding little things like Groot in his New York City John Lennon shirt, seeing how a bunch of people in Central Park react to the ship, seeing Gamora with a Statue of Liberty hat on, those were just moments we weren’t sure we’d ever get to see again and really wanted to have fun with it.

Marvel.com: Was the idea of teaming them up with the Avengers an extension of that idea of making this trip super memorable?

Stephen Wacker: Yeah, I come from that comic book world so I want to see our characters butt heads with each other and finally find a way to work together despite their differences. The Avengers are the greatest super team of all time and the Guardians, arguably, one of the worst, so there’s a great contrast there that’s a hell of a lot of fun.

Cort Lane: I would add that the Marvel Universe works because of the connections to some extent, but also the characters are so relatable because their emotions and personalities and flaws are so human. You can connect to them even these rogues in the Guardians. Getting really interesting, relatable diverse characters to interact with each other creates great character moments which I don’t think a lot of franchises connect to the way that Marvel can. We really wanted to play off the characters with each other and we did that in a really fun. I think my favorite in it is the way Rocket and Hulk actually really get along. Their personalities are not that different. And just like you mentioned, Star-Lord and Ant-Man are sort of similar, but different. There can be conflict and comedy, but also, in the end, some camaraderie with them playing off of each other.

Marvel.com: How was it coming up with this take on The High Evolutionary and his alien-based creatures?

Stephen Wacker: That strictly came from Marty. Marty is a fan of that character. I had done several High Evolutionary stories in publishing. I find the character baffling and impossible to wrap my head around. I certainly laid down the gauntlet to our writing team that if they want to use a character like the High Evolutionary, they really had to make it so I could understand it and, by extension, an audience of kids or new viewers can understand just what this character is. He sort of rides a line between good and evil depending on perception. I was very happy where they ended up. We really had to dig into the character, from my perspective, to make him understandable to a human being.

Cort Lane: I had the opposite reaction. I love the High Evolutionary, Wundagore Mountain. He’s right though, some of these villains across Marvel history have not been as fully fleshed out as a villain like Magneto or Ultron. So, it was good to challenge the story editors to give him a clearly defined motive and personality. I think it comes across well here because I was delighted to see him in animation.

Marvel.com: Going into these episodes, I was more on Steve’s side. I got the whole scientist thing, but adding in the part about him seeing himself as an artist really made everything click for me.

Cort Lane: The best Marvel villains have a relatable motive that you can connect with them and they’re not just cartoon villains.

Stephen Wacker: Yeah, High Evolutionary thinks he’s the good guy in the story.

Marvel.com: Without giving too much away, Rocket makes off with something at the end of the episode that comic fans may recognize. How will that play into the rest of the season?

Cort Lane: Steve, what can we say?

Stephen Wacker: It will play in a very big way. Everything Rocket has, is always important. As we learned, even a robot leg that wasn’t initially needed will become very important.

Cort Lane: There’s something interesting with making Rocket a bit of a scavenger, like a lot of raccoons are. The things that he gathers and uses become important in the story, particularly the thing you’re talking about. Yes, yes, a thousand times yes.

Marvel.com: My note when I saw that was, “Is that HIM?”

Stephen Wacker: I think we have talked about the character publicly.

Cort Lane: Yes, we have actually. We said that he’ll be important to this season. So, yes, it is HIM.

Marvel.com: What else can you tell us about this season and the stories or characters it will hold?

Stephen Wacker: I can say there’s a lot of Nova this year. The Nova Corps and Nova himself play an important role in the season and we really dig into Sam in particular, but everything about the Nova Corps and their relationship with the Guardians. We’ll see a return of the Black Order, Cosmo. We’ve got a really fun episode around 8 or 9 called “Me and You and a Dog Named Cosmo” when we find Cosmo going undercover. There’s a lot of belief that Cosmo could be a really fun character for us to flesh out the team.

Cort Lane: There’s a story for Tana Nie which is not something you’d expect, but it makes her a really compelling character and really relatable to young people too.

Stephen Wacker: A big storyline coming up this season, that I think will have a lot of people talking, is what we’re calling The Symbiote War. That’s coming about halfway through the season, following up on our Symbiote story from season one and it takes us back to Groot’s homeworld.

We’ll see more of Quill’s sister, we’ll see Thor throughout the season. It’s important for people to know that, like with season one, there is an arc to the season. Our stories can be enjoyed individually, but we do leave the team at the end of 26 episodes in a different place than we find them in. That journey’s going to be dramatic, with some wins and some losses. It’s going to have a little good, a little bad, a little bit of both throughout it. I know Cort and I are very excited about how deep we were able to dig into the Marvel cosmic universe this season.

Cort Lane: It’s a little more exploratory, even though there is a defined arc and something to do with HIM that carries us through the end of the season, but we get to meet a lot of new races and key characters throughout the Marvel cosmic universe. Last season was more of a scavenger hunt and them on the run, this is an exploration of the Marvel Universe.

To go exploring with the Guardians check out “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” season two as it returns on Disney XD this Saturday at 9:00pm 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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See a clip from the next episode, airing Monday, June 25 at 6:30-7:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

This coming Monday, Spider-Man will learn that the name Doctor Octopus is still one he needs to be worried about, in a brand new episode of “Marvel’s Spider-Man.”

In “Between an Ock and a Hard Place,” as Spider-Man discovers there is a new Doctor Octopus taking up the mantle from Otto Octavius, our hero finds himself drawn into this new mystery – and misses the danger right under his nose.

You can check out a preview clip from the episode at the top of the page!

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “Between an Ock and a Hard Place” airs Monday, June 25 at 6:30-7:00pm ET/PT on Disney XD.

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With Season 2 debuting June 22 on Netflix, take a look back at the destruction in Season 1.

Det. Misty Knight summed up the first season of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” when she told a triumphant Cage that he may be bulletproof, “but Harlem ain’t.” This dictum would go on to define the series, as Cage’s efforts to dismantle the Stokes-Dillard criminal syndicate meant that a whole lot of New York got smashed up, shot at, blown to bits and hurled through a window in the process.

We wanted to find out exactly the extent of the physical damage dealt to Harlem. To do this, we counted every busted door, ruined outfit, collapsed pre-war mixed use building and smashed window in the entire series to add up just how much the insurance company will have to pony up, and Sweet Christmas is it a hefty bill.

In a mere 13 episodes, Cage’s crusade led to:

● 19 shattered windows
● 16 perfectly good doors kicked in or ripped off their hinges
● A dozen walls needing significant repair to ameliorate severe drywall or masonry damage
● Upwards of 10 vehicles that need chassis repair or window replacement
● One shed containing a secret laboratory that has significant structural flaws following a reasonable and understandable rampage

That’s more than one door smashed through per episode! Pop’s barbershop alone — the Switzerland of Harlem — sustained thousands of dollars in damage, and then a mere 10 episodes later suffered all of that damage yet again. There’s a window of the barbershop that appears to have been broken three unique times in one season.

Much of this is because lots of employees of the Stokes-Dillard organization didn’t get the “Luke Cage is bulletproof” memo quickly enough. Luke’s bulletproof skin and courageous nature led to hundreds of dollars worth of hoodies and tee shirts being shredded as part of an honest day’s work, not to mention repeated bullet damage to rooms he was in.

Most of the damage to Harlem was done by the criminal element despite Luke’s attempt to stop it. Cottonmouth shot an RPG and destroyed a building. Diamondback detonated a bomb that destroyed prime warehouse real estate. The Dillard operation’s employees shot up their own establishment, destroying the entire bar, a commercial kitchen, and prime music venue.

All told, the damage was enormous, but Harlem can recover. There were nightclubs to restore, bars to restock and a lovely building on 171st & Broadway that needs to be rebuilt. The bill to repair materials alone is estimated to be approximately $6.56 million, and you’re talking at least double that when you factor in labor costs.

Harlem may not be bulletproof, but just like Luke Cage, it can take a punch, and it can bounce back, recover from the hit and rise again stronger than ever.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 debuts Friday, June 22 on Netflix. You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

Walt Hickey is a data journalist and writes the daily morning newsletter Numlock News. His work has previously appeared on FiveThirtyEight and Business Insider. 

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A brand-new episode of the Freeform hit airs tonight!

Today, Marvel Television gave the first official look at Ally Maki’s character, Mina Hess, on the hit series “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger,” see above!

Mina Hess is described as “a brilliant environmental engineer convinced that science will save the world, if the corporate suits will just get out of her way.” The original, new character will serve as “a mirror, a mentor, and a friend to Tandy.” Maki’s Mina Hess will make her debut on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” in next week’s episode titled ‘Princeton Offense,’ as Tandy is consumed with getting answers about the Roxxon cover up.

The role is Maki’s first foray into Marvel cinematic universe. Earlier this year, at the Freeform Summit, Maki exclusively shared with Marvel.com her excitement for the project. “Working with Marvel has always been one of my dreams,” revealed Maki. “My favorite character is Groot so anytime I see Groot, I’m just like, ‘We live in the same universe now!’ It’s mind-blowing. But I’m so incredibly stoked!”

What was it like working with Olivia Holt, who plays Tandy Bowen on the series? “The moment I met her, we had this girl chemistry,” gushed Maki. “Sometimes it takes a minute to get to know someone, but with Olivia, she’s so wonderful, so kind, funny and gorgeous. We had this instant girl crush bond thing. We worked together pretty much the whole time, so it’s definitely going to be a strong sisterhood duo that you see up there.”

“The most important thing about my character is that she’s this amazing environment engineer,” added Maki, a passion she possess in her everyday personal life. “The way that Tandy and Mina work together…we’re science girls. I believe in the environment and climate change, and what we’re doing to the planet. This is something that the next generation should be extremely aware of and vocal about.” Maki has hope that it sparks an interest in young viewers who don’t typically see two young women interested in science on television. She’s also incredibly excited for the Asian American community to witness “an empowered, strong woman who is cool in a different way.”

“Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” comes full circle for Maki. The project reunites the star with the Freeform network, which she previously worked on “10 Things I Hate About You.” In addition, Marvel.com learned that Maki used to be real-life roommates with another Marvel badass lady, Chloe Bennet AKA Daisy “Quake” Johnson, who helped her feel welcomed joining the Marvel family.

Brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” air exclusively on Freeform Thursdays at 8p/7c! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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Looking back at the comics inspiration behind the villain of 'Marvel's Luke Cage' Season 2!

Mustafa Shakir will play the formidable Bushmaster in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, debuting Friday, June 22 on Netflix. The live action incarnation of the character has his own compelling backstory and motivations, but is inspired by the Marvel comic book character of the same name.

Bushmaster has only made a few appearances since his debut in 1977’s IRON FIST #15, but clearly he’s made an impression. In advance of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, we’re taking a closer look at Bushmaster’s greatest hits throughout Marvel comic history.

Troubled Youth – CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

  • Published: January 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 05, 2016
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As a kid growing up in the Caribbean, John McIver would entertain himself by seeing how much fruit he could swipe from the local vendors, even if that meant his little brother Quincy tagged along. One night, Quincy got caught stealing by the shopkeeper. John later killed the man, propelling himself on a path that would lead him to a gun smuggler known as Herve Argosy.

John got Quincy in on the action too, but during a job, the younger McIver lost his arms and legs in a boat propeller accident. John didn’t stay around to help his brother recuperate, instead heading to Europe where he would eventually start taking over for the Maggia crime families after killing as many of their members as it took. Before leaving though, John told Quincy that he would take on the name Bushmaster.

Knight Falls on Cutlass Bay – IRON FIST #15

Iron Fist (1975) #15

Iron Fist (1975) #15

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In his very first appearance, McIver unwittingly played host to Misty Knight who had taken on an undercover assignment to infiltrate the mob boss’s Cutlass Bay estate. Operating under the alias Maya Korday, Knight kept close to John for a while without him getting a whiff of her deception.

The Truth Revealed – MARVEL TEAM-UP #63

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #63

Marvel Team-Up (1972) #63

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Bushmaster still had Knight spying on him when he arrived in New York’s Hudson Bay some time later. Before a big party, Bushmaster ordered a hired killer to murder Iron Fist. Knight blew her cover to get the details on the time and place of the attack, tossed Bushmaster around, and used her bionic arm to evade his goons. However, the deception lead the Maggia boss to add this mystery woman to his hit list.

Master of Manipulation – POWER MAN #48#49

Power Man (1974) #48

Power Man (1974) #48

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To get Knight, Bushmaster forced Luke Cage into an impossible position…he had to find her for the villain or see two of his best friendsClaire Temple and Noah Bursteindie. With Camanche and Shades watching, Cage fought Colleen Wing, Knight, and Iron Fist in Danny Rand’s house before telling them the truth. The four heroes then joined forces and took the fight to Bushmaster at Seagate Prison. There, he coerced Burstein to upgrade the experiments that turned Cage into Power Man with threats against Temple. The process proved a success and Bushmaster fought Cage to a standstill until a beam pierced a vat of chemicals that dowsed them both and caused an explosion that seemingly killed the villain.

Power Man (1974) #49

Power Man (1974) #49

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This story notably marks the first time Luke Cage and Iron Fist met in the comics, leading to their long friendship and partnership. So we can thank Bushmaster for his role in that!

Things Fall Apart – POWER MAN AND IRON FIST #67

Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #67

Power Man and Iron Fist (1978) #67

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Bushmaster survived, though in a less stable form as his body slowly began turning into metal. In an attempt to remove the powers Burstein’s experiments imbued him with, the villain once again threatened the scientist and had Power Man kidnapped to act as a guinea pig. When Iron Fist attempted to save his friend, Bushmaster moved to pull a switch that would kill Burstein’s wife. Danny Rand rushed to stop the movement, but Bushmaster turned to metal before he could send the final order. As the heroes made a break for it, Bushmaster’s body crumbled to pieces.

A Snake Of A Sibling – CAPTAIN AMERICA ANNUAL #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

Captain America Annual (1971) #10

  • Published: January 10, 1991
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: December 05, 2016
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Quincy McIver’s story didn’t end in a hospital as he recuperated from the loss of his extremities. While there, a Roxxon representative offered him the chance to take part in an experimental prosthetic surgery that could replace his limbs. Quincy agreed, but had no idea that the scientists intended to give him bionic arms…and a snake tail instead of legs. He also took on the name Bushmaster and joined up with various versions of the Serpent Society over the years. Unlike his brother, he’s still slithering around the Marvel Universe, giving everyone from Captain America to Jessica Jones trouble along the way.

Cruz Control – CAGE #12

Cage (1992) #12

Cage (1992) #12

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In the wake of his father’s death, John’s son Cruz stepped up and took over his dad’s duties with the Maggia. He also collected the pieces of his father from the bottom of the ocean and hired Hardcore to get Cage to inadvertently help him take over his dad’s power. Cruz got more than he bargained for, though, when he took a back seat to John McIver’s own personality. Taking on the name Power Master, he fought Cage and Iron Fist, but ultimately couldn’t hold onto the new body after being overloaded with electricity.

On June 22, watch season two of “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Netflix!

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The soundtrack will be available the same day Season 2 debuts on Netflix.

Friday, June 22 will be a big day for “Marvel’s Luke Cage” fans, as not only will the second season be released on Netflix, but the Season 2 soundtrack will be available as well.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album features original score by returning composers Ali Shaheed Muhammad (A Tribe Called Quest) and Adrian Younge (Ghostface Killah, JAY-Z, Bilal, Souls of Mischief), who received critical acclaim for their Season 1 score.

For the second season, the composers desired to expand the sound and included a rhythm section and orchestra. Inspired by the new character Bushmaster, Muhammad and Younge created what they call “symphonic” reggae” for his theme, blending the soul of reggae music with an orchestra. Their inspirations for Season 2 included the films of Alfred Hitchcock and “Mission: Impossible,” plus the television series “Kojak,” “Baretta” and “The Incredible Hulk.”

In addition to the score, the album also includes licensed tracks plus the song “King’s Paradise,” performed in an episode by Rakim, which was written by William Griffin, Younge and Muhammad.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album cover

Also featured in an episode is R&B singer Joi performing “Love You Forever Right Now,” a song she co-wrote with Marlon Cox and Gabrielle Dennis (Tilda Johnson) performing “Family First,” a song co-written by Younge, Muhammad and Dennis, with vocals produced by “Marvel’s Luke Cage” showrunner/Executive Producer Cheo Hodari Coker. The soundtrack also includes two covers by teen blues guitarist Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, “I Put a Spell on You,” and “The Thrill is Gone.” All songs were composed and produced by Younge and Muhammad.

Said Coker, “If Season 1 was about the hip-hop and the Wu-Tangification of the Marvel Universe, Season 2 is about the ROOTS of hip-hop: reggae and the blues. How both smashed up against each other to create the sonic backdrop of what we now know as hip-hop. The rhythmic stew of funk, rhythm and blues, soul, melded with the Jamaican ‘DJ’ tradition. Harlem’s Paradise, which is tied to the family legacy of both Mariah Dillard Stokes and John ‘Bushmaster’ McGiver, is where the musical sensibilities of both clash. One of the secrets of the show is whoever looks down at the club from Cottonmouth’s ‘perch’ controls the music of the club and has reign over Harlem.

Coker continues, “The music selection and the sequencing is a labor of love, and is one of the most important things I do as showrunner of this show. I love the fact that all of musical sensibilities meld with our storytelling and dramatic desires as a writer’s room, cast, and production crew. I get to be both John Wells and Quincy Jones.”

In Season 2 of the Netflix original series, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so visible has only increased his need to protect the community and find the limits of who he can and can’t save. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain. “Marvel’s Luke Cage” is rated TV-MA and is streaming now only on Netflix.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 Original Soundtrack Album will be available for download and at streaming services on June 22.

You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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New episodes of 'Marvel's Luke Cage' debut Friday, June 22 on Netflix.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2 debuts this Friday, June 22, on Netflix, and the hero of Harlem is now the subject of the latest Marvel 101!

Watch the video above to get an overview on what makes Luke the man he is, as seen in “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1, “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1, and “Marvel’s The Defenders.”

For more on “Marvel’s Luke Cage,” be sure to also watch our recent Marvel 101 focused on Shades!

In “Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 2, after clearing his name, Luke Cage (Mike Colter) has become a celebrity on the streets of Harlem with a reputation as bulletproof as his skin. But being so well known has only increased the pressure he feels to protect the community. With the rise of a formidable new foe, Luke is forced to confront the fine line that separates a hero from a villain.

“Marvel’s Luke Cage” is Executive Produced by series Showrunner Cheo Hodari Coker (“SouthLAnd,” “Ray Donovan”) along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”), and Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Marvel’s Daredevil”).

You can see Luke Cage in action in “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 1“Marvel’s Luke Cage” Season 1 and “Marvel’s The Defenders,” now streaming on Netflix. Follow @LukeCage on Twitter and like “Marvel’s Luke Cage” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.

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Spidey is back in new adventures beginning Monday, June 18 at 6:30-7:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” Season 2 premieres this Monday, with a special hour-long return that includes two brand new episodes, beginning at 6:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD.

First, in “How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation,” in a series of shorts, we follow Peter Parker as he tries to have the best summer vacation ever, only to have his plans be consistently ruined by his responsibilities as Spider-Man.

Then, in “Take Two,” Spider-Man is excited to start his second year as a super hero (and his second year as a student at Horizon High) but discovers that Doc Ock also claims to want a second chance… Can Otto be trusted?

You can check out a preview clip from the premiere at the top of the page, and the Season 2 poster and new images in the gallery below.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” – “How I Thwipped My Summer Vacation” and “Take Two” air Monday, June 18 from 6:30-7:30pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

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The brand-new original series amassed 7.3 million views across linear and digital platforms!

The debut of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” ranked as Freeform’s biggest series launch in over two years in Total Viewers (1.64 million). In fact, the series’ opener stood as Freeform’s most-watched drama telecast on any night since the series finale of “Pretty Little Liars” in June 2017.

In the first three days after its launch, “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” stood as the best-ever digital debut in Freeform history (716,000 starts) and generated 7.3 million views across linear and digital platforms. The series was Thursday’s No. 1 most-social scripted series with 112,000 engagements across Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Tumblr.

Competitively, “Cloak & Dagger” opened as Thursday’s No. 1 cable program among Teens 12-17 (151,000/0.62 rating), the No. 1 scripted series on cable among Women 18-49 (439,000/0.68 rating) and as the No. 1 original scripted cable series among Women 18-34 (165,000/0.47 rating), Adults 18-49 (737,000/0.57 rating), Adults 18-34 (261,000/0.38 rating), Persons 12-34 (412,000/0.44 rating) and Females 12-34 (249,000/0.53 rating).

After three days of TV playback, “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” jumped by +78% in Total Viewers over its L+SD average (872,000 to 1.56 million in L+3) to post the largest-ever L+3 lift of any Freeform debut.

Brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” air exclusively on Freeform Thursdays at 8p/7c! Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” and Marvel Television! Be sure to follow @CloakandDagger on Twitter and like the official “Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger” Facebook page!

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The season wraps up Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX!

The brewing conflict between David Haller (Dan Stevens) and the Shadow King (Navid Negahban) comes to a head Tuesday night on FX, in the “Legion” Season 2 finale! You can check out a new preview for the episode above, as David fights the future.

Written by Noah Hawley and directed by Keith Gordon, “Legion” – “Chapter 19” airs Tuesday, June 12 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

For more on “Legion,” which was recently renewed for Season 3, watch Earth’s Mightiest Show‘s interview with Dan Stevens and also be sure to read our look at the comic book history of the Shadow King!

You can follow “Legion” on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

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