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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And the release date for the Netflix series is redacted no more!

If you’ve been hoping to see more of “Marvel’s The Punisher” — and wanting to find out exactly when you can watch all of the episodes of the Netflix series — your wait is over, with the release of a new trailer for the series!

Check out the trailer above to see Frank Castle (Jon Bernthal) begin to discover more about the death of his family and set out to stop those lurking in the shadows…

Steve Lightfoot (“Hannibal”) wrote the first two episodes of “Marvel’s The Punisher,” in addition to serving as showrunner and Executive Producer. Jim Chory (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and “Marvel’s Luke Cage”) will also serve as Executive Producer along with Jeph Loeb (“Marvel’s Daredevil,” “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” and “Marvel’s Luke Cage”), Marvel’s Head of Television.

“Marvel’s The Punisher” premieres globally November 17, only on Netflix.

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Watch brand new episodes of 'Marvel's Spider-Man' and 'Marvel's Avengers: Secret Wars' on Disney XD!

Buckle up, Marvelites! We’ve got brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” airing on Disney XD this weekend!

This Saturday, October 14, at 7:30 AM on Disney XD, Spidey takes on Blizzard! When Blizzard steals new tech and freezes New York, an unprepared Spidey has to upgrade his gear and stop the villain before the city is put into a new Ice Age. Check out the clip above!

Meanwhile, the future is looking bleak in “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars”! Vision and Wasp head to the future to save Falcon who has joined forces with Kang the Conqueror! Preview the new episode below and check it out this Sunday, October 15 at 8:30 AM on Disney XD!

Tune in to brand-new episodes of “Marvel’s Spider-Man” and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” this Saturday 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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Nothing will stop Medusa in a new episode airing TONIGHT at 9|8c on ABC!

This week’s new episode of “Marvel’s Inhumans” is called “Make Way for… Medusa,” as the Queen of Attilan is determined to do whatever it takes to reunite with her husband, Black Bolt.

Check out a sneak peek from the episode above, as Medusa (Serinda Swan) forces Louise (Ellen Woglom) to follow after a helicopter by car, no matter what gets in their way.

The next episode of “Marvel’s Inhumans” airs Friday, October 13th at 9|8c on ABC.

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The hip-hop duo discuss their comic collaborations!

Fans of “Marvel’s Iron Fist” on Netflix know that music plays a huge role in the show—and in Danny Rand’s life.

They’ll also remember a song prominently featured in Danny’s story: Camp Lo’s rocking “Krystal Karrington.” And the legendary band’s work with Marvel doesn’t end there—in 2015, ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 got a special hip-hop variant cover by artist Ed Piskor, designed in the style of Camp Lo’s 1997 classic Uptown Saturday Night.

We met up with band members Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba to chat about “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” their history with comics, and their upcoming project The Get Down Brothers—released on October 13.

Marvel.com: What do you think makes “Krystal Karrington” a good fit for “Marvel’s Iron Fist”?

Geechi Suede: We felt extremely excited and honored when we got the news [that the song would be in the show]. And it’s funny, we always kind of refer to ourselves as Power Man and Iron Fist. I guess that could’ve been energy attracting energy. But I think “Krystal Karrington” presents that vibe of, “I’m ready to take care of business. I need some power, some get-alive, get-right energy.”

I think that’s why it fit. It got Danny psyched for what he was about to embark on.

 

Marvel.com: What were your thoughts about Ed Piskor’s ALL-NEW X-MEN #1 hip hop variant homage to Uptown Saturday Night?

Sonny Cheeba: That became another amazing Marvel moment. I just want to say much love to you guys—thanks for thinking of us! We’re huge Marvel fans.

Marvel.com: Comic book artist Keron Grant created the artwork for the cover of the upcoming The Get Down Brothers. How did you connect with him? What do you like about his work?

Geechi Suede: He’s an incredible talent. That connection came through our management. I think Marvel has always been amazing at choosing their artists—how they stay within what you know Marvel art to look like from way back in the day. It was another exciting moment, and we were honored once again that we could have a Marvel artist like Keron do our cover. It makes you feel special. This will easily be—probably after Uptown Saturday Night—one of our best covers.

Marvel.com: What can fans expect from The Get Down Brothers?

Sonny Cheeba: The sound feels a bit new. So the album cover kind of matches the sound, actually.

Geechi Suede: Yeah, we definitely went in a new direction sonically. There’s some stuff on there that’s reminiscent of what fans know us for, but I’d say the majority of the record, we went in a new direction. And the album cover really seems fitting.

Camp Lo’s newest record, The Get Down Brothers, drops on October 13!

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The new digital destination for kids and family entertainment debuted today!

Exciting news, true believers! Today Marvel launched MARVEL HQ, a digital destination for kids and families, available on YouTube and the YouTube Kids App.

“We are absolutely thrilled to launch a destination for kids and families where they can watch their favorite Marvel characters anytime,” said Cort Lane, Marvel’s Senior Vice President of Animation and Family Entertainment. “The end result? Giving kids and families the opportunity to connect deeper with the Marvel heroes they love.”

Marvel HQ gives viewers the opportunity to experience their favorite Marvel heroes through hundreds of episodes of Marvel adventures. Marvel HQ features full-length, family-friendly episodes, shorts, and behind-the- scenes content from the most popular titles in the Marvel kids and family library including favorites like: “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble” “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Marvel Funko animated shorts, and “LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload,” with even more exciting titles to be added to Marvel HQ in the future!

To subscribe to MARVEL HQ head to YouTube.com/MarvelHQ

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'Marvel’s Spider-Man,' 'Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy,' and even more exciting reveals!

Marvel fans at New York Comic Con were treated to one surprise after the other during the Marvel Animation panel. Hosted by SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment Cort Lane, fans got exclusive sneak peeks of unaired episodes, special guest appearances, and more.

“Marvel’s Spider-Man” is in its first season and the audience was treated to a sneak peek of an upcoming episode of titled, “Venom” which doesn’t air until October 21!

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy” is a big hit with fans thanks to great writers like Mairghread Scott who came to talk about the upcoming season. In the third season the Guardians will travel to new universes, stage a massive sting operation inside the Nova Corps, and expose a Secret Invasion years in the making. Along with a surprise appearance by “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy’s” own Gamora, Vanessa Marshall, GotG fans were shown special videos that included a never before seen clip of Stan Lee’s cameo.

It’s always exciting to get to know the voices behind favorite characters and “Marvel’s Avengers: Secret Wars” fans were excited to see the voice of Ms. Marvel/Kamala Khan, Kathreen Khavari, on the panel.

Following last year’s success of animated shorts, once again Marvel is collaborating with Funko to create eight brand-new 90-second shorts that showcase team ups and face-offs with some of your favorite Marvel super heroes. Spider-Man, Star-Lord, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, Ant-Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Venom, Loki, and last, but not least, Baby Groot, all get the Funko treatment! The second season of Funko shorts is animated by A Large Evil Corporation and launches this summer across various platforms, with new episodes debuting all the way into 2018.

Lego fans were thrilled to see the premiere trailer for “Marvel Lego Super Heroes GOTG: The Thanos Threat.” Even as a Lego piece, Baby Groot is irresistibly charming! As if that wasn’t enough excitement, Marvel announced another special treat for Lego lovers, “Lego Black Panther!” Thanos, Ronan, Nebula and the Ravagers seek to possess the Build Stone– a powerful and creative relic –and the fate of the universe depends on the Guardians of the Galaxy to protect it.

Last but not least, Marvel is excited to announce a brand-new destination on YouTube for all things Marvel kids called, MARVEL HQ! Today Marvel launched MARVEL HQ, a digital destination for kids and families, available on YouTube and the YouTube Kids App. Marvel HQ gives viewers the opportunity to experience their favorite Marvel heroes through hundreds of episodes of Marvel adventures.

Marvel HQ features full-length, family-friendly episodes, shorts, and behind-the- scenes content from the most popular titles in the Marvel kids and family library including: “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” “Marvel’s Spider-Man,” Marvel Funko animated shorts, and “LEGO MARVEL Super Heroes: Maximum Overload,” with even more titles to be added.

For all the up to date Marvel news and information, check out Marvel.com and @Marvel on Twitter!

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Check out an exciting look back and a new blooper reel before Season 5 begins.

At the end of last season of “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”, Agent Coulson was left on board a ship in deep space. Now the team will have to discover where they are and how to get home while the clock ticks out on humanity. This exciting adventure will continue when “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” returns for its fifth season with a special two-hour premiere, Friday, December 1st (8:00-10:00 p.m., EST), on the ABC Television Network.

New secrets and mysteries are only the beginning for what is sure to be the most surprising and exhilarating S.H.I.E.L.D. adventure yet!

The premiere date was revealed during the “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” New York Comic Con today, along with a sizzle reel looking back on Season 5, and a new blooper reel spotlighting some moments that went a bit awry with the cast. Check out the sizzle reel at the top of the page and the blooper reel below!

“We’re so proud of the way that ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’ has grown creatively every season. The series is a top performer for us especially in delayed viewing, where we see almost triple digit increases,” said Channing Dungey, ABC Entertainment President. “Season five is their strongest season yet, and we can’t wait for the fans to see it. We feel that the move to Friday, creating a ‘genre night’ on ABC, appeals to the show’s loyal fan base.”

The series will air in its regular time period beginning on Friday, December 8 from 9:00-10:00 PM, EST.

For more information on “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” visit ABC.com, follow @AgentsofSHIELD on Twitter, and like “Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D.” on Facebook for all the latest news and updates.!

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The highly-anticipated series premieres exclusively on Hulu November 21!

Every teenager thinks their parents are evil, what if they actually are? Check out this early look at “Marvel’s Runaways,” a Hulu original series, above!

After discovering their parents are super-villains in disguise, a group of teenagers band together to run away from their homes in order to atone for their parents’ actions and to discover the secrets of their origins.

Take a look at the Runaways and the Pride.

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on “Marvel’s Runaways” and Marvel Television!

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The next episode of "Marvel's Inhumans" airs Friday, October 6th on ABC.

In the two-hour premiere of “Marvel’s Inhumans,” Maxiumus (Iwan Rheon) wrested control of Attilan from his brother Black Bolt (Anson Mount). But with Black Bolt and most of the Royal Family having fled to Earth, what is next for Maximus?

The clip above from Friday night’s new episode gives us a hint, as we see Maximus again confer with Bronaja (Ari Dalbert) about what might be waiting behind an ominous door. With Bronaja able to see visions of the future, can he help Maximus prepare for what awaits him?

The next episode of “Marvel’s Inhumans,” “Divide and Conquer,” airs Friday, October 6th at 9|8c on ABC.

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