The 'Legion' star on how things are different for her character in Season 2.

“Legion” returned this past week for Season 2, and things are as wild as ever. It’s a year later for the characters on the show – well, most of them at least, since David Haller (Dan Stevens) feels like virtually no time has passed since he was abducted at the end of Season 1 in front of Syd (Rachel Keller).

On a visit to the set of “Legion,” sat down with Rachel Keller to find out how Syd is processing everything that’s happening around her, from her new location at Division Three, to David’s return, to the benefits of sometimes using her mutant power to change places with a cat… David’s back but a lot is different for Syd. What can you say about where her head’s at?

Rachel Keller: For her it’s been a year, but for David it’s been like twenty minutes. So for her, there’s been some deep exploration and maturation that’s happened in her abilities. She’s been practicing and honing who she is and what she can do. I think she’s sunk deeper into who she is. It’s like anything… When we learn something about ourselves it can be new and confusing, but the deeper you get into it you can start to accept and acknowledge and maybe even thrive in that thing that is you. She’s in that place. I’ve been really enjoying exploring the relationship between the two of us where I’m in one place and you’re in the other place and I still really love you, but where are you? Because here I am a year later and you haven’t grown. How’s that going to work with me with where I am right now?

Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett in “Legion” Everyone is now working with Division Three. Do you think she’s found a new niche while he’s been gone?

Rachel Keller: I think you could say that. She tends to be the sponge that listens and sucks things in. Her ability is to swap places with someone, so she has her pet cat this year and she spends a lot of time walking the corridors as the cat and soaking up all the juicy secrets and details and is very aware of everything going on. And I find her to be kind of resilient and consistently searching for what she can do to help. I think she really wants to be of service to getting David better and deepening the exploration of all these people with all these different abilities. I imagine Syd swapping with that cat is giving you some interesting things to play?

Rachel Keller: Oh, yeah! It’s like an animal project. It’s been fascinating.

Rachel Keller as Syd Barrett in “Legion” What is her relationship dynamic like with Melanie at this point?

Rachel Keller: Well, Melanie is in a really new place too, in a more reserved way – less of the leader. So I think that as the kind of female energy that’s present for her… Melanie last year took on a lot of those masculine traits of pragmatic, logical, rational leadership skills and behaviors. And because that’s dwindled this year, because of what she’s been going through, I think Syd, in a way, is trying to keep the group together. But ultimately she’s kind of an anarchist, cares not about the system, cares only about the people that mean the most to her. This show is known for including some outrageous sequences. Is this season still keeping you on your toes when you get a script?

Rachel Keller: Yes, I would say it always keeps us on our toes. The other thing is, last year we really didn’t know what to expect at all. This year we fold those bizarre, uncanny scenarios and situations in a little bit more smoothly. It’s less jarring to see a certain situation happen. It’s more like “Oh, yeah. Sure, we can do that!”

Legion airs Tuesday nights at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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Check out a clip from the new episodes airing Sunday, April 8 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

The Guardians of the Galaxy now have everything they every dreamed of – fame, fortune, and riches – this coming Sunday morning on Disney XD in two brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!”

First, in “Money Changes Everything,” our Guardians learn the hard way that boundless wealth can’t always get everything they want or solve their problems. Then, in “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves,” Gamora decides to use her new riches to repay all of the people she has wronged throughout the years. But when Nebula shows up looking for her cut, Gamora decides to try to teach her the value of doing good. Can Gamora make amends and convince Nebula to give up the teachings of Thanos?

Check out a clip from the episodes above, as our Guardians are caught hanging in a tough predicament!

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” – “Money Changes Everything” and “Sisters Are Doing It For Themselves” air Sunday, April 8 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

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The 'Legion' star on going from embodying the Shadow King to becoming controlled by him.

Aubrey Plaza got to go to a lot of memorable places as an actor in the first season of “Legion,” which was especially impressive given her character, Lenny, died in the first episode of the series. However, both the audience and David Haller (Dan Stevens) would continue to see Lenny, as she appeared to him, and eventually came to be known as the main representation for the Shadow King, who was hidden inside David’s mind.

With “Legion” Season 2 underway, following this past Tuesday’s season premiere, the Shadow King is now inhabiting the body of Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement), even as we see that both Oliver and Lenny are trapped inside with him.

On the set of “Legion,” spoke to Plaza about the path Lenny has taken, the conversations she’s had with showrunner Noah Hawley about Lenny’s current status as an undead, mental prisoner of the Shadow King, and more… What can you say about where Lenny at in Season 2? She’s clearly changed a lot.

Aubrey Plaza: Lenny’s power has been stripped away. She’s no longer embodying the Shadow King. She’s now being controlled by him. Lenny has become a puppet trapped in the astral plane and really in her own afterlife because Lenny, as a human, died. So it’s a really different energy for Season 2. In Season 1, Lenny eventually became the avatar for the Shadow King and you got to go all Super Villain there. Is it interesting for you to take a step back and have this very different perspective on her and who she is?

Aubrey Plaza: It’s definitely interesting. The initial conversations I had with Noah [Hawley], he was really interested in exploring Lenny’s human side and getting back to who she was as a human and her own vulnerability. It was about stripping down all of the personas and figuring out who she really is at the core, which is interesting when you have a character that’s morphed into all these different characters. To get back to the real Lenny is a challenge. Lenny and Oliver are sort of stuck in the same predicament now.

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, I think we are. Maybe he’s kind of embodying [the Shadow King] more than Lenny is this season, in a way that she did last season, but in that first scene we’re both laying side by side in bathing suits, floating in a pool in the blazing, 106 degree sun and we’re kind of trapped together. It’s been fun!

Aubrey Plaza as Lenny Busker in “Legion” What’s it like to work with Jemaine?

Aubrey Plaza: He’s a ridiculous person! [Laughs] We actually shot a movie together a couple months ago which was a total coincidence. We were attached to that movie before he was cast in this show so we have a really fun dynamic. Those were really different characters. But we both come from the comedy, improv world so we have a very playful vibe with each other. I love working with him. You knew Noah’s talent from the start, but now that you’ve seen what the first year of “Legion” looked like, and how striking the series is, does it help to better visualize when you get a script and it’s got these strange aspects?

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah. I never know how these things are gonna be put together in the end. So the challenge for me is always to filter out all of the noise and really focus in on what Lenny really wants. It’s sometimes hard to focus on that when the show is just so trippy and abstract and dealing with all kinds of weird dimensions, but I try to just focus on the human story. Lenny was fully this corrupt, Shadow King version of herself at the end of last season. But now that she has some of her true self back, what is she feeling about David? Does she want to help him?

Aubrey Plaza: Yeah, I think David was Lenny’s only friend when she was a human. Like her only real friend that she ever had. So I think in a way, now that she’s back and conscious of who she is and what she’s doing and not being controlled by the Shadow King, I think she desperately wants to be friends with David again and to have him trust her again. But how can you trust someone that was trying to kill you for an entire season?

Watch ‘Legion’ Tuesdays at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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Watch the 'Legion' season premiere Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

The acclaimed series “Legion” returns to FX tonight — Tuesday, April 3 — kicking off another season of grippingly mind-bending, visually striking episodes following the journey of the powerful mutant David Haller (Dan Stevens) and his allies as they battle to stop the threat of the Shadow King.

For those looking for a refresher on where the series left off, click on over to our article giving a run down on the “Legion” characters and where we last saw them.

Beyond that, you can read what “Legion” showrunner Noah Hawley had to say about Season 2 and the hunt for the Shadow King, and see what star Dan Stevens had to say about how David has changed going into the new season.

Based on the Marvel Comics by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz, “Legion” follows David Haller, a man who believed himself to be schizophrenic only to discover that he may actually be the most powerful mutant the world has ever seen.From childhood, David shuffled from one psychiatric institution to the next until, in his early 30s, he met and fell in love with a beautiful and troubled fellow patient named Syd (Rachel Keller). After Syd and David shared a startling encounter, he was forced to confront the shocking possibility that the voices he hears and the visions he sees may actually be real.

Syd led David to Melanie Bird (Jean Smart), a demanding but nurturing therapist who heads a team of specialists – Ptonomy (Jeremie Harris), Kerry (Amber Midthunder) and Cary (Bill Irwin) – each of whom possesses a unique and extraordinary gift. Together, they helped David to recognize and harness his hidden powers. With their support, David finally unlocked a deeply suppressed truth – he had been haunted his entire life by a malicious parasite of unimaginable power. Known as the Shadow King, this malevolent creature appeared in the form of David’s friend Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), but is actually an ancient being named “Amahl Farouk.”

In an epic showdown, David and his friends battled his demon, ultimately forcing it from David’s body. Unfortunately, Farouk found a new host – Melanie’s husband Oliver Bird” (Jemaine Clement) – and escaped. Just when they thought they’d earned a moment of respite, a mysterious orb appeared and took David away to an unknown place. With David and Oliver missing and Farouk on the loose, the team forms an unlikely alliance with their former enemy Clark (Hamish Linklater) and his well-funded government organization, Division III. Meanwhile, Amahl Farouk (Navid Negahban) is on a new path to attaining infinite and world-ending power.

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

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Get a refresher before the Season 2 premiere airs Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX.

With the superb and surreal Legion returning to FX for Season 2 on Tuesday, April 3, viewers may be in need of a refresher before the new season rocks their world.

Based on Marvel’s David Haller/Legion character — who was created by Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz and debuted in NEW MUTANTS #25 — Legion’s first season dealt with David realizing that he’d spent the bulk of his life being mentally invaded and manipulated by the being known as the Shadow King.

In the Season 1 finale, “Chapter 8,” David’s comrades at Summerland, a safe haven for mutants founded by Melanie and Oliver Bird, attempted to forcibly remove the Shadow King from David’s subconscious mind.

Watch the video at the top of the page for a recap of the first season via David himself — joined by… David! — and then read on below for a rundown of where we left off with each character.

David Haller (Dan Stevens)

As the powerfully telepathic son of an as yet-unnamed mutant, David spent the majority of his life as a severely mentally troubled individual. It wasn’t until his lengthy stay at Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital that he both met the girl of his dreams, Syd Barrett, and learned that his mind had been infested, since childhood, by a parasitic mind mutant known as the Shadow King.

In the Season 1 finale, David confronted the Shadow King on the astral plane while Cary Loudermilk tried to separate the two. While David was being strangled, Syd allowed Farouk into her body in order to save David’s life.

We last saw David — finally free of the Shadow King for the first time in decades — being sucked into a mysterious flying orb, no bigger than a basketball, and whisked away. Probably the worst time to get trapped in a drone, right?

Sydney “Syd” Barrett (Rachel Keller)

With a mutant power that forces her to mentally trade places with anyone she touches, with her mind entering their body — and vice versa — Syd Barrett found a loving, kindred spirit in David, a man who she could touch, worry-free, inside the astral plane.

In the Season 1 finale, after a confrontation with the Shadow King –who she was connected to due to her once swapping bodies with David — Syd decided to go against protocol and help Farouk escape after becoming convinced that David wouldn’t survive a full Shadow King split.

After she allowed Farouk into her body, via a kiss to David’s lips, Syd inadvertently sent Farouk into young Kerry Loudermlik, and the Shadow King then transferred into an unassuming Oliver. Syd in the meantime thought she and David could have some happy time together, only for that pesky orb to get in the way…

Shadow King (Navid Negahban)

Insanely powerful mutant, Amahl Farouk – The Shadow King – lost a duel to the death against a hated mutant enemy inside the astral plane. With his physical body dead, Farouk invaded the mind of David Haller, his enemy’s son, who had been given up for adoption.

Having been contained and backed into a corner within David’s mind, Shadow King, in the form of a decaying and rotting Lenny, convinced Syd to help him escape David’s mind.

Once free, and in the body of Kerry Loundermilk, Shadow King took down Cary, Ptonomy, Melanie, and Clark, before clashing with a fully recovered David. The result of this showdown, however, was Oliver becoming Shadow King’s newest host. And foolproof escape vessel.

Cary/Kerry Loudermilk (Bill Irwin & Amber Midthunder)

Cary and Kerry Loudermilk are mutants whose symbiotic relationship allowed Kerry, the muscle, to live inside the body of Cary, the brain. While inside Cary, Kerry doesn’t age, which is why she is decades younger than Cary.

Cary and Kerry enter the Season 1 finale on the outs, with Kerry resenting Cary for what she considered to be an abandonment when they were both in the astral plane.

By the end of the episode though, with Cary injured and on the floor of his wrecked lab, Kerry ran to him, thankful he was alive.

Ptonomy Wallace (Jeremie Harris)

Ptonomy, a Summerland mutant whose abilities include the power to transport others back into their own memories, was instrumental in helping David discover the presence of Amahl Farouk inside his mind and how his presence dated back to David’s early childhood.

In the season finale, Ptonomy tried his best to stop Farouk (who was inside of Kerry’s body) from escaping the lab. Unfortunately, he was overpowered while trying to shoot his gun and taken down.

Melanie Bird (Jean Smart)

As one of Summerland’s founders — along with husband Oliver and Cary Loudermilk — Melanie and her team rescued David from the hands of anti-mutant task force Division 3 after he had been taken in following the mass death and destruction that had befallen Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital.

Melanie began the Season 1 finale feeling a bit shaken over the fact that, though he was miraculously back after 20 years, Oliver had no recollection of her or their marriage.

Later, during Cary’s attempt to separate David and the Shadow King, Melanie tried to stop the parasitic telepath from escaping the lab. She was taken down with a psychic blast from Kerry/Farouk’s playful “fingergun,” and soon her husband would once more be taken from her – this time thanks to the Shadow King’s possession.

Oliver Bird (Jemaine Clement)

Having finally returned, after years spent inside an icy chamber he’d constructed within the astral plane — albeit with much of his memory missing — Oliver assisted Cary in his scientific attempt to ungraft the Shadow King from David’s psyche.

Unfortunately, this placed Oliver in a prime spot to be overtaken by Farouk when his psionic energy field clashed with David’s. Sadder still, Oliver finally remembered who his wife Melanie was just minutes earlier. Now however, he’s Shadow King’s new host and together they took off on the open road while Division 3 rushed in to help sort out the chaos inside Summerland.

Clark (Hamish Linklater)

Clark, the “Interrogator” from Division 3, was initially in charge of David Haller’s capture and containment following a bizarre psionic attack on Clockworks that left many inmates and employees dead.

Presumed dead, Clark’s recovery period following the Summerland mutants freeing David – during which Clark was badly injured — was shown at the top of the Season 1 finale. We learned about his husband, his son, and his drive to get back out in the field to exact revenge.

However, after witnessing the Shadow King in action, Clark exited the first season with a full understanding of Farouk’s powers and a newfound desire to work with the Summerland mutants to stop him.

Lenny Busker (Aubrey Plaza)

Lenny, a fellow patient at Clockworks Psychiatric Hospital during David’s lengthy stay, was tragically killed when Sydney accidentally swapped consciousness with David. Overwhelmed by his vast telepathic powers, Syd caused David’s power to seal off all the inmates in their rooms – catching Lenny inside a wall.

In a way though, Lenny never truly left the series, as the Shadow King then used her form to further manipulate David. Even after Farouk possessed Oliver and fled from Summerland, we saw Lenny, indicating the Shadow King isn’t done with her just yet.

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX. 

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Those in the Los Angeles area can experience the Legion Chamber through Sunday, April 1.

With “Legion” Season 2 debuting Tuesday night on FX, fans in the Los Angeles area who are awaiting the show’s return have the chance to check out a really cool and unique experience this weekend – the Legion Chamber.

Located at Goya Studios in Hollywood, the Legion Chamber is an artistic video installation that allows fans to step inside a 360-degree micro-theatre featuring a one-of-a-kind presentation from the internationally-acclaimed Marco Brambilla Studio. had the opportunity to visit the Legion Chamber and it’s a really fascinating and immersive experience that feels very much at home within the world of the TV series.

Visitors walk inside the small chamber with a few other people and, after the door is closed, all around you the visual space fills up with a moving kaleidoscope of imagery from the series, backed by music, showing glimpses of characters like David (Dan Stevens), Syd (Rachel Keller), and Lenny (Aubrey Plaza), including some glimpses from Season 2. Mirrors above the 360-degree screens add to the experience, reflecting the imagery, and helping it completely envelope you in a very trippy, very “Legion” manner.

The experience is free and runs from Friday, March 30 through Sunday, April 1. You can reserve a time slot to visit the Legion Chamber by going to

Visitors to Goya Studios while the Legion Chamber is open can also take a photo with a series of mirrors, evoking the imagery seen in the “Legion” Season 2 cast photos – check out the photo gallery above for a glimpse!

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX. 

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The star of 'Legion' on what's next for David, as he returns in the April 3 season premiere on FX.

Dan Stevens is back as the mutant David Haller in “Legion,” premiering April 3 on FX, as the series returns for another fascinating and offbeat season.

On the set of “Legion” Season 2, visiting press watched as Stevens filmed a scene between David and… Well, to even discuss who or what he was interacting would be saying too much. But suffice to say, things continue to be as intriguingly cerebral and surreal as fans would want from the show.

During a break from filming, Stevens sat down and spoke about how David, no longer sharing his body with the Shadow King (who continues to be a threat from afar), is different in Season 2. He also discussed the dynamic between David and Syd (Rachel Keller) after David returns from his long absence — having been taken away by that mysterious orb at the end of Season 1 — and why he loves “Legion” not always giving quick and easy explanations for what is occurring.

This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

Question: We’re meeting up with David a year after we last saw him. How has that year changed him?

Stevens: For David, it hasn’t been a year. So, he’s kind of getting his head around that, for a start. For everybody else, it’s been a year, and a lot has happened in that year. And yeah, David’s had another strange experience. He thought his problems maybe were solved with the expulsion of the Shadow King, but actually, it’s not that simple.

Question: What’s it like for David now that we’ve gone from having sort of an internal villain [in Season 1] to dealing with something more external?

Stevens: There’s still a lot of internal conflict in David, and if you know the comic books, there’s still quite a few characters left in there that we’ve got to deal with at some point. The Shadow King was a big deal, and there is some sort of structural changes, I guess. The structure of the components of David have been reshuffled and they’re reconfiguring at the same time as, you say, there is this external threat. Everybody’s becoming much more aware of that. There’s maybe a partnership with Division Three that definitely wasn’t on the cards last time I checked, so that’s kind of strange. It’s an interesting thing where everybody assumes that this externalization means everything is really straightforward – “David is now on our side, everything’s going to be great and we’ll solve this war situation.” But it’s never that simple.

Question: How does the year away affect things for Syd and him?

Stevens: That’s the really interesting shift, and an interesting turn for their relationship, and we do see kind of a maturing and deepening of that relationship. But the great issue of trust comes along. I think anybody who gets into a relationship with somebody like David has to assume a certain amount of lies with the truth, or certainly a kind of [altered] perception of reality. But in some of these situations, it seems that David is just flat out lying. And even he’s not sure if he’s telling the truth some of the time. So that complicates the relationship for sure and they have to work on some of those issues together.

Question: What’s been really key for you with building the David and Syd relationship onscreen?

Stevens: I think it’s always interesting to develop those sort of long running romantic relationships and there’s obviously the classic ‘Will they/Won’t they?’ type trajectory. This being “Legion,” it obviously takes a slightly different angle on that, and I think it asks some quite complex questions about relationships. And like I say, putting David in a relationship with anybody is going to be quite a fascinating dynamic. Obviously, you still have the incredible obstruction of not being able to touch, so there are these psychic spaces that they continue to occupy. The mind play that goes on in a relationship is fascinating, and it fascinates Noah [Hawley] as a writer, along with the exploration of that kind of relationship. Putting that in our universe, it just gets weirder.

Question: Now that he’s free of the Shadow King, how is David evolving this season?

Stevens: Well, that’s another interesting question. You have somebody’s identity with an illness, or with some sort of external body inside them, and then their identity without that. So what remains and how attached to that was he? What’s the dynamic there? David’s obviously very fond of Lenny in a kind of weird, hostage-y way, but nonetheless, he feels that absence. So he’s got a bit of that, at the same time as dealing with Syd and her trust of him.

Question: How are David’s mutant abilities this season a reflection, or connected to his emotional life?

Stevens: I guess when looking at super powers in these sort of paradigms, there’s always the evolution, the sort of baby giraffe stage of not really knowing how to wield these things. And then there’s that sort of flush of ego, where you think, ‘Wow, I’m invincible, I can do all these things!’ We saw a bit of that in Season 1, and that sort of continues into Season 2. He also starts to feel that maybe he’s being used a bit as a weapon, and maybe nobody was actually interested in him after all and it’s actually his abilities, which, again, is a sort of interesting take on that kind of predicament. And, he certainly runs up against some characters who he can’t fully manipulate in the way that he seems to be able to manipulate most people, which is an interesting obstruction.

Question: Do you think audiences are more receptive now to this sort of show where you don’t necessarily get all the answers handed to you on a plate? And are you as an actor getting more comfortable with that ambiguity?

Stevens: I love ambiguity. And I hope that the audiences are entertained by that. I wouldn’t want a show that sort of told me everything in hour one, because if I got the joke and all the information in one hour, then I wouldn’t need to watch the other nine, or 20, or whatever. I’ve really enjoyed the response to Season 1 – that people have felt really, like, wonderfully confused by the show, and rewarded visually. Hourly, there’s a lot going on, and a lot to unpack. And like a great novel, it’s something you want to dive into and find out that you don’t really care how many pages there is because there’s just something delicious about that journey.

“Legion” Season 2 premieres Tuesday, April 3 at 10:00pm ET/PT on FX. 

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The 'Marvel's Jessica Jones' Season 2 soundtrack is now available digitally!

Jessica Jones’ past isn’t the only one with a past who comes back to haunt her. From the vault, we’ve unearthed Trish Walker’s music video for the single, “I Want Your Cray Cray,” (as performed by Rachel Taylor and Kandi Marks) above!

“I Want Your Cray” is off the “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” Season 2 soundtrack, available now, from Marvel Music and Hollywood Records. The album features original music from the Netflix original series’ second season composed by Sean Callery, as well as a new version of the composer’s main title theme.

Catch the official track listing below:

[1] Jessica Jones Main Title (Double Shot Version)
[2] The Experiment Room
[3] Malcolm Suits Up
[4] The Bear on the Wall
[5] Alisa’s Theme
[6] Run Whizzer Run
[7] I Want Your Cray Cray – Rachel Taylor & Kandi Marks
[8] Hogarth’s Unexpected News
[9] Malcolm and Trish
[10] Gunpoint
[11] Rooftop Movie Night
[12] Alisa Surrounded
[13] It Didn’t Have to Be You
[14] Hogarth Getting Even
[15] Roadside Assistance
[16] The Abandoned Lab
[17] Cheng Window Shot
[18] Escaping the Fire
[19] The Ferris Wheel
[20] Starting at the Beginning

Travel back in time to when pop-up videos were a thing and Trish Walker was a star. ‘I Want Your Cray Cray’ and the rest of the album is now available.

Don’t say we never gave you anything!

Watch the first two seasons of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” streaming now only on Netflix, and stay tuned to @JessicaJones and the official Jessica Jones Facebook page for the latest!

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Check out a clip from the new episodes airing Sunday, April 1 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

The Guardians of the Galaxy’s conflict with Thanos continues this coming Sunday morning on Disney XD in two brand new episodes of “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!”

First, in “I Fought the Law,” the Guardians have captured Thanos but it is no easy task transporting the most wanted criminal in the galaxy. Then, in “Titan Up,” the Guardians chase Thanos and Sam Alexaner (Nova) to Thanos’ home planet of Titan, where they discover a gladiatorial arena featuring prisoner Jesse Alexander – Nova’s father!

Check out a clip from the episodes above, as Drax and Thanos battle!

“Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” – “I Fought the Law” and “Titan Up” air Sunday, April 1 from 8:00-9:00am ET/PT on Disney XD.

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Cort Lane reveals news about upcoming projects and future storylines!

Marvel fans were treated to a variety of exciting announcements and first looks at this year’s WonderCon. From voice cast reveals to sneak peeks at never before seen shorts, Marvel Animation: From Pencil To Screen was the place to be for the scoop on Marvel’s latest animation news.

Cort Lane, Marvel’s SVP, Animation & Family Entertainment spoke to exclusively to give us even more insight to the production and development of these exciting new projects.

During the panel it was teased that “Marvel’s Avengers: Black Panther’s Quest” would introduce a new stylistic direction, “by simplifying and streamlining the character animation—and make it a little more cartoony, for lack of a better term—more expressive with the faces,” explained Lane.

“This is at its heart a story of a brother and a sister, who love each other but have conflict and humor—he’s overprotective, she’s sassy and frustrated that her brother won’t let her do stuff—let that character story play out better in animation, by really having the character faces express that,” furthered Lane. The new style sets the pace for a new tone as well, Lane defined, “It’s also a high stakes espionage story that travels around the world with lots of sleek movement and shadows, and so the style of the animation also accomplishes that as well. It’s different than a straight ahead super hero story because it’s got those elements.”

The always popular “Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Breakout!” series is in for a few stylistic changes as well. Speaking again about design, on the panel, writer and story consultant Mairghread Scott teased that there would be a huge change in animation styles, specifically for the Black Vortex arc. “Midway through the season, the Collector gets his revenge and he pushes them to the point where they have to escape. During that escape they are sent to different dimensions separate from each other. Now they have to find a way back to each other.”

Lane hesitated, as not to reveal too much, “Each dimension is animated in a different style—the styles are fascinating. I wish I could say more! Some of them are inspired by classic animation styles, some of them are unique to the character, it allows us to push styles and visuals.” Lane was emphatic, “It is the most stunning animation we have produced.”

The Guardians will also delve more into the shared universe with a Symbiote storyline which brings together shared alien specimens, once again bringing in the ever-popular Venom along with the biggest villain in the galaxy, Thanos.

As if proof was needed that the new animated “Marvel Rising” was going to be big, a group of cosplayers that showed up to the panel in completely detailed outfits was the confirmation. The group’s devotion brought a tear to Lane’s eye, “To see this massive group of young women and girls already dressing as these characters, band together as a team for something that hasn’t even been seen yet—we haven’t show a second of footage—and they’re already embracing them as a group.”

There is an anime influence on this series which helps push the animation further for the character’s unique emotions, Squirrel Girl in particular, “The one thing I’ll reveal,” divulged Lane, “Because she’s just so goofy, [at one point] things aren’t going well and she goes, ‘We need to attack, anime style!’ and then they literally get anime faces.”

“Marvel Rising” will consist of six four-minute digital shorts focused on Ghost-Spider’s point of view, followed by a feature-length animated film. The film is grounded in a relationship between two best girl friends, Ms. Marvel and Squirrel Girl.

The pair prove to be typical young girls, trying to find themselves and kicking butt along the way. “Because they’re young people with different personalities, they don’t always get along and that’s good,” Lane asserted. “Because girls want to see some conflicts and interesting dynamics between the characters. Ultimately each of them wants to be the best version of themselves—prove themselves, doubting themselves—and they have that in common.”

Lane believes the audience will related to the team’s intuition, “When they decide at the end to stick together—it comes very naturally out of the story that it’s just young people trying to find their way.”

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