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    Guardians of the Galaxy Sneak Peek Landing in Disney Parks July 4

    Marvel Unlimited Plus Event at Special Edition: NYC

    Find Out Who Made Marvel.com's Top Ten 1970's Debuts List Pt. 4

    Brute Force Returns in Deadpool Bi-Annual

    On the Edge of Spider-Verse: Spider-Man Noir

    Go Back To Work With Lockjaw

    Path of the Black Panther: A Retrospective Pt. 3

Guardians of the Galaxy Sneak Peek Landing in Disney Parks July 4

Starting July 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is coming to Disney Parks with an exclusive sneak peek!

From the studio that brought you “The Avengers” comes a new team. They call themselves the Guardians of the Galaxy, and they’re the crew at the epicenter of one of this summer’s biggest movie events. Starting July 4, “Guardians of the Galaxy” is coming to Disney Parks with an exclusive sneak peek, offering guests an extended look at the film before it opens in theaters. At Disneyland park in California, you can catch this limited time intergalactic preview in 3D with special in-theater effects at the Magic Eye Theater in Tomorrowland, where Captain EO is typically shown. Captain EO is expected to return at a later date. For those of you visiting Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, you’ll be able to experience the cosmic adventure of “Guardians of the Galaxy” at the ABC Sound Studio at Disney’s Hollywood Studios presented in spectacular RealD 3D, a new dimension of entertainment. “Guardians of the Galaxy” finds space adventurer Peter Quill the object of a bounty hunt after stealing an orb coveted by a treacherous villain, but when Quill discovers the power it holds, he must find a way to rally the quartet of ragtag rivals hot on his trail to save the universe. “Guardians of the Galaxy,” releases in U.S. theaters on August 1, 2014.

Information provided by Disney Parks Blog.

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Marvel Unlimited Plus Event at Special Edition: NYC

Read up on what's in store for Marvel Unlimited Plus members at this weekend's show! On Sunday, June 15 at 11:15 AM, join Marvel luminary “Agent M” Ryan Penagos along with Marvel editors and top creators such as Simone Bianchi and Ed McGuinness for a private, insider panel to discuss the future of the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming comics, and participate in a Q&A Session to answer all your burning Marvel Universe related questions and more!* Already a Marvel Unlimited Plus member? Stop by Marvel booth #305 to get your event pass! Not a member? Join today for your opportunity to attend!

* While supplies last. Must have event pass and a valid Sunday Special Edition: NYC ticket for entry. Event pass does not guarantee entry to Marvel event.”

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Find Out Who Made Marvel.com's Top Ten 1970's Debuts List Pt. 4

See which heroes from the ever-expanding Marvel Universe made their mark with us!

As we continue to celebrate Marvel’s 75th anniversary all year long on Marvel.com, we move into the 1970’s, and an “Age of Expansion,” where every avenue from mystical cities rooted in the martial arts and the farthest reaches of the cosmos became fertile breeding ground for heroes. This week, we count down our top 10 Marvel heroes to debut during the 1970’s. Have your own thoughts? Let us know on Twitter using the hash tag #Marvel75!

Read part one!

Read part two!

Read part three!








First Appearance: MS. MARVEL (1977) #1

Why She’s #4: “You wouldn't have guessed it from her unceremonious early appearances as a supporting character in the pages of the original CAPTAIN MARVEL series, but United States Air Force Colonel Carol Danvers would go on to blaze trails and punch holes in the sky in her own series starting in 1977. As Ms. Marvel, Danvers became the first unabashedly feminist Marvel hero—appropriate for the groundbreaking decade in which she made her super powered debut. In the initial MS. MARVEL series, she simultaneously slugged it out with super villains and battled against J. Jonah Jameson's regressive notions about women as the editor of the Daily Bugle's Woman Magazine.” – Brett White Digital Comics Spotlight: AVENGERS #171


First Appearance: MARVEL PREMIERE #15

Why He’s #3: “Born of privilege, marked by tragedy, and reborn anew as a hero does not, perhaps, feel like the most unique origin. However, most such stories do not also include a secret hidden mystical city, a child being trained in martial arts for a decade, and an enormous, terrifying dinosaur. Iron Fist gladly went that extra mile in his 1974 debut. Emerging from the experience a green and yellow clad master of martial arts and focused chi, Danny Rand returned to the gritty, dangerous place that was the Big Apple of the 70’s, a man apart in his own country. Not satisfied there though, Rand’s encore killed, joining the nascent Heroes for Hire and forging one of the most distinctive friendships in comics with Power Man himself, Luke Cage.” – Tim Stevens Digital Comics Spotlight: IMMORTAL IRON FIST: THE ORIGIN OF DANNY RAND #1

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Brute Force Returns in Deadpool Bi-Annual

Comedians Paul Scheer and Nick Giovanetti bring back one of Marvel’s forgotten teams to clash with Wade Wilson!

Who says annuals can only come out once a year? Deadpool's asking that exact question this September with the release of his first ever bi-annual— and he's bringing along a few big guest stars to ensure that no one will ever be able to top the madcap mayhem released within the issue's forty pages. In DEADPOOL BI-ANNUAL #1, Wade Wilson will jump into the deep end in an all out brawl against Brute Force, a team of environmental warriors from the early ‘90’s that just so happen to also be armored-up animals. Writers and comedians Paul Scheer and Nick Giovanetti will guide the Merc with a Mouth through this ferocious fracas, with artist Salva Espin illustrating every deadly flipper, sword, and feather that comes into play. We spoke with the writing duo to prepare audiences for Brute Force's long-awaited return. Marvel.com: How does it feel to be making your Marvel writing debuts, and how does it feel to be doing so with Deadpool? Paul Scheer: This is a childhood dream come true. Seriously, I dreamt this whole thing while in a "Dead Zone"-like state as a child. I also saw some other terrible atrocities that I could have prevented throughout my life, but I just ignored those focused on writing a bi-annual for Marvel. Nick Giovanetti: That’s how I met Paul years ago. I almost died on an ice fishing trip. Paul stopped me before I went and told me one day he and I would make beautiful fart jokes together. I’m very thankful he saved me that day. Not sure why he let my friend and his father die, but getting to work for Marvel on Deadpool is the thrill of a lifetime, so I’m okay with it now. Marvel.com: You’re bringing Brute Force back into action after an almost 25-year-long hiatus. Who pitched the idea to bring back the Brutes? Nick Giovanetti: That was our extremely talented editor Jordan [White’s] idea. Oddly enough, I was already thinking about using them for something else when Jordan pitched us the idea, so I was super psyched. Hopefully people will dig our take on the characters, because we think they are a lot of fun. Paul Scheer: I’d never heard of Brute Force, but Jordan explained that these characters were essentially a failed attempt at a toy line. It seemed ripe for a re-launch because the territory wouldn’t be too sacred to poke fun at. Marvel.com: Both Brute Force and Deadpool could easily be played for laughs, so who fills the "straight man" role in this conflict—if anyone does? Nick Giovanetti: There is no “straight man,” this is a bi-annual issue. Paul Scheer: I disagree—there is a hot dog vendor in this issue that is giving a Ryan Gosling-esque performance.

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On the Edge of Spider-Verse: Spider-Man Noir

David Hine talks about bringing his and Fabrice Sapolsky’s creation back, a re-imagining of Mysterio and more!

Attention, all Spider-Men and Spider-Women, every Spider-Thing: Fate readies to pluck at an intricate web, calling each and every wall-crawler into action once more. This fall, a host of writers and artists highlight the action from every corner, starting with five issues, each a tale trumpeting a different hero from the very EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE. It all starts in September, as David Hine, Fabrice Sapolsky and artist Richard Isanove summon one of Spider-Man’s most popular modern incarnations from out of the shadows. In EDGE OF SPIDER-VERSE #1, the dauntless Spider-Man Noir rides again! “This time round we’ve jumped ahead in time to 1939 and the New York World’s Fair,” explains co-writer David Hine. “The Fair wasn’t just about science and technology. The most popular part was the amusement area, with displays of Freaks Of Nature, a Jungle Land with 600 monkeys and Salvador Dali’s Dream of Venus featuring topless women doing vaguely surreal things.” Into this celebration of entertainment and innovation strides a madman. “In this setting, Mysterio doesn’t appear too out of place with his amazing displays of magic and escapology,” says Hine. “But he’s after a lot more than just the adulation of the crowd. He’s also after Spider-Man’s blood—literally. And if he doesn’t get it someone very close to Peter Parker is going to die a very nasty death. Oh yeah, if he manages to survive Mysterio, he’ll be up against the greatest threat ever faced by a Spider-Man, along with—what is it?—37 other versions of Spider-Man. Spider-Man Noir will, of course, put them all in the shadow.” Isanove renders the lamplight and circus oddities of 1939. Hine considers him an ideal candidate capture that milieu and draw readers back into the world of Spider-Man Noir. “The period detail in SAVAGE WOLVERINE shows he can depict the 1930’s with the kind of authenticity we’re looking for and his art on that book has been spectacular,” Hine says. “And of course his color work on THE DARK TOWER was just mind-boggling.” Noir comes with its own unique trappings and language, a toolkit Hine keeps close at hand. He continues to derive inspiration from the masters of the genre.

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Go Back To Work With Lockjaw

This big dog provides transportation for the Inhuman Royal Family.

It's Monday, and that means that you've had to find the strength to shake off the after effects of a weekend well spent just to get back into shape for the weekday work-athon. It's tough, sure, but it's a fact of life – one that isn't lost on super humans either. Yep, Mondays mean back to work for super heroes too, as they trade in their uniforms for something more business casual. Business casual for Lockjaw, however, might just mean changing collars. Still, the Inhumans' dog-like sidekick puts in plenty of hours using his mighty teleportation powers to transport Black Bolt, Medusa, and other members of the Royal Family from one end of the galaxy to the other. Lockjaw fulfills the role of a pilot, airplane, and airport simultaneously, providing an incredibly essential service for a group of people that have at times chosen to live on the moon.

Fantastic Four #45

Lockjaw debuted alongside many other Inhumans back in 1965 and acted as Crystal's mode of transportation from New York City back to the Inhumans' home. Lockjaw's strange appearance startled Johnny Storm upon their first encounter – and Storm had seen a lot of weird stuff as a member of the Fantastic Four. Guess a nearly seven feet long bulldog with an antennae growing out of its head can really startle people.

Secret Invasion: Inhumans #3

During Secret Invasion, Kree scientists gave the teleporter an upgrade that allowed him to instantaneously travel through the galaxy. Lockjaw used these boosted abilities to help the Inhumans launch a rescue mission for their king, Black Bolt, after the Skrulls kidnapped him.

Lockjaw And The Pet Avengers #1

Lockjaw's proved himself to be a hero in his own right during his many adventures alongside the Inhumans. Never have Lockjaw's heroic instincts been more apparent than when he tasked himself with finding the all-powerful Infinity Gems. The Inhuman then used his teleportation powers to assemble a team of heroic animals to form the Pet Avengers!

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Director Peyton Reed and Writer Adam McKay Join Marvel's Ant-Man

Director and Writer brought on for Marvel’s 2015 release

When Marvel's "Ant-Man" hits theaters July 17, 2015, director Peyton Reed will help shepherd the hero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a cast led by Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas, with writer Adam McKay contributing to the film's script. Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, con-man Scott Lang (Rudd) must embrace his inner-hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym (Douglas), protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats. Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.

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Path of the Black Panther: A Retrospective Pt. 3

Joe Quesada, Christopher Priest, Reginald Hudlin and Axel Alonso recall their work shaping the story of T’Challa!

Pick up the Path of the Black Panther retrospective with part one and part two, chronicling T’Challa’s adventures through the early 1990’s…

Already a landmark character after his 1966 debut in FANTASTIC FOUR #52 and solo adventures in JUNGLE ACTION, his own BLACK PANTHER series, and MARVEL COMICS PRESENTS, T’Challa, King of the Wakandans, stalked toward the new millennium with the aid of an assortment of star creators.

Black Panther (1998) #1

T’Challa returned to his African home of Wakanda in 1998’s BLACK PANTHER ongoing series, written by Christopher Priest and illustrated by Mark Texeira as part of the Marvel Knights imprint. At the time, then-Marvel Knights co-editor and current Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada felt certain of the character’s ability to carry his own title again, and to once more push the boundaries of comic book super hero fiction.

“I've always loved the character,” Quesada says. “As a kid who grew up on Marvel comics, I remember picking them up and I remember seeing the Black Panther for the first time, and what an incredible influence the character had upon me. I'm not black but I'm Hispanic and I grew up in a neighborhood in Queens, where I had friends that came from all walks of life and all different ethnicities. I had an opportunity to read comics from different companies, and seeing the Black Panther in FANTASTIC FOUR, to me, was so significant. The fact that the Marvel stories took place in the real world, it felt to me like these were stories that were meant for me in my world, and about the world I was growing up in. “So I always had a warm spot in my heart for the character, and I just love the way the character looks and the origins of the character and everything about him, so when we were developing Marvel Knights, the Black Panther was one of those characters that I just felt was sort of underused, underappreciated. I really wanted to take a shot at bringing him back to comics. We felt there was a story to be told there and we got the shot to do it.” Though Priest eventually immersed himself in T’Challa’s world, strengthening it with new characters such as U.S. envoy Everett Ross and the Panther’s protégé, Queen Divine Justice, he at first seemed reluctant to take on the project. “Initially, I wasn’t all that attracted,” the writer remembers. “I’d hoped Marvel Knights editors Joe Quesada and Jimmy Palmiotti were going to offer me DAREDEVIL, only to hear the words ‘Black Panther.’ I considered passing, but Mark Waid and Brian Augustyn sort of tag-teamed me on not only the relevance of the character but the possibilities of the new direction Joe and Jimmy wanted to take with him. “I subsequently had a conference call with Joe and Jimmy and insisted Panther could no longer be this guy who got beat up, hit from behind—sometimes by little kids—or dragged behind motor vehicles. The Panther, as I understood him, was this incredibly wily strategist who beat the crap out of the Fantastic Four, largely on the strength of Ben Grimm’s arrogance in assuming he’d be no threat to them.

Black Panther (1998) #11

“That was the core dynamic I wanted to exploit: the readers’ assumption that T’Challa was just some guy and was no match for people like Mephisto. Panther’s State Department handler, Everett K. Ross, became the voice of the skeptical reader, always assuming Panther was in over his head, while T’Challa always had a winning strategy. I’d love to take credit for that, but that dynamic was invented by Stan Lee. I just went back to Stan’s original concept.” After a 62-issue run, both Priest and Quesada knew they’d been involved in a unique take on the Black Panther, even going so far as to introduce a temporary replacement for T’Challa, Kasper Cole, when the original Panther fell prey to a brain aneurism and fought a long battle to recover not only his health, but his towering status as a hero. “The Panther, I believe, was groundbreaking in the sense of his being an uncompromised person of African lineage debuting during the turbulent civil rights movement in America,” says Priest. “He was presented not as a mascot or as comic relief—although he did laugh a lot—but as a person of immense power, wealth, and an intellect to rival—and out-fight—Reed Richards. This was unique at a time when minority characters appeared mostly as comic relief or wince-inducing stereotype. “I suppose that people—Marvel characters, Marvel readers and Marvel itself—take T’Challa seriously again [after our series]. That’s actually to Joe and Jimmy’s credit, but I’m very pleased to have been part of that effort to refocus the character and firmly establish him in the Marvel Universe.” “I was just happy that we got a chance to bring him back into the mainstream and put a spotlight on him,” Quesada adds. “And the fact that there have been so many great stories that have been written since that point with the character, and bringing him back to the Avengers, and all the great things that have happened to the character since then, and hopefully in the future as we move on. So for me, that's really the best I can say, is that I was glad to be a part of the Black Panther story, and part of his ongoing history.”


The King Takes a Queen

In 2005, a new BLACK PANTHER title once again brought T’Challa to an exciting place with fresh challenges, this time the sharing of his life with a bride and the desperate atmosphere of a super hero civil war. Series writer Reginald Hudlin possessed an expansive view of the scope of the Black Panther’s influence not only within his fictional universe, but as one of the industry’s linchpin characters. “Black Panther isn't just historically significant as the first black super hero, he's also a perfect concept who sums up the hopes and dreams of a people the way Superman does,” he says. “As the king of an African nation both technologically and morally superior to the West, he's the ultimate black nationalist fantasy. But like Captain America, he's a man of great principle which prevents him from being a jingoist prop and makes him broadly accessible. I wanted to write him as a way of paying back all the inspiration that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby gave him for creating him, and paying forward to the next generation by telling the stories I always wanted to see.” “T'Challa is brilliant, strong, and sports the best costume in all of comics,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso notes. “He's a historic figure, for sure, and while his appeal is universal, his world view—who he is and what he stands for—has found a special connection with five generations of African America fans.” The king of Wakanda took the X-Men’s Storm, whom he’d known since his teens, as his bride, and together the two heroes reached out to other nations to cement their kingdom as a force to be reckoned with. When the Superhuman Registration Act reared its ugly head, the Panther and Storm sided with Captain America’s rebels and later joined the Fantastic Four as temporary replacements for Reed and Sue Richards. “I'm very proud of the swagger that Reginald Hudlin, John Romita Jr., and all the artists who contributed to the long-running ongoing series brought to the character,” says Alonso. “That series, especially the first arc, drilled down to the core question, ‘Who is the Black Panther?’ and showed a new generation of readers what sets T'Challa apart from everyone else in the Marvel Universe. The Black Panther was—and continues to be—a key piece of the puzzle that Marvel is building.”

BLACK PANTHER (2005) #18

“It's hard to pick one thing I'm most proud of with my Panther run,” Hudlin admits. “I guess it would be a tie between him beating Captain America and choosing a queen and marrying Storm. I know they were good ideas because fans tell me all the time; and both have been undone, so they upset the right people.”

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By Trystian Sullivan