Happy Independence Day everyone!
This week has some pretty exciting news from Marvel Comics! The lineup and previews have been released for the All New Marvel universe. A more in depth description of Extraordinary X-Men is here, and the cover is intriguing. It looks like a couple characters from the alternate universes leftover from Battleworld are part of the new lineup, including Old Man Logan. And, is that young Jean Grey’s arm on Old Man Logan??
As for the All New Marvel, there are quite a few interesting titles that will debut. Web Warriors continues the Spider Verse conglomeration. Silk looks like a villain. Nova meets his family. Some more from the Ultimate Universe survive beside Miles Morales. Peter Parker looks to be somehow successful in Amazing Spider-Man. Spider Woman is pregnant?? Not sure if Rocket is really leading the Guardians of the Galaxy, but sure…sure. I’m not sure where original Thor is at where Jane Foster looks like a struggling Thor still. Captain America and Steve Rogers seems to be having a spat. The All New X-Men are still around. Not sure how that happened. It’s quite a lineup indeed.
The possibly more startling news is that Star Wars #7 will feature a story about Obi Wan Kenobi between Episode 3 and 4. We finally get to find out what he was doing on Tatooine before joining up with Luke!
Besides this are some news about Marvel’s presence at SDCC, and Contest of Champions – a series spinning out of both Secret Wars and the mobile game available on different platforms.
The Secret History of Ben Kenobi Revealed in STAR WARS #7!
This July, experience a very special issue of the blockbuster Star Wars series as special guest artist Simone Bianchi (Thanos Rising, Astonishing X-Men) joins chart-topping writer Jason Aaron for a look back into the past with STAR WARS #7! Luke Skywalker has uncovered the journals of his departed mentor Obi-Wan Kenobi. Now, experience Kenobi’s harrowing accounts of days long gone by! It is a time when injustice reigned on Tattooine. As villainous scum runs rampant over the blistering sands, only a Jedi Master stands any hope of liberating the planet from the grasp of gangs, thieves and thugs. But would Ben risk everything to do what was right? Even if it meant revealing himself to those searching for his whereabouts? Find out this July as Aaron & Bianchi bring you STAR WARS #7!
STAR WARS #7 (MAY150775)
Written by JASON AARON
Art by SIMONE BIANCHI
Cover by JOHN CASSADAY
Variant Covers by TONY MOORE (MAY150779), SIMONE BIANCHI (MAY150776)
And JOHN TYLER CHRISTOPHER (MAY150778)
Sketch Variant by JOHN CASSADAY (MAY150777)
FOC – 07/06/15, On-Sale – 07/29/15
New York, NY—July 1st, 2015— This Fall, prepare for an all-new, all-different Marvel Universe to begin! The House of Ideas is kicking off this bold publishing initiative with the free ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS, available today in comic shops! Can’t make it to a comic shop? Download the updated version right now via the Marvel Digital Comic Store or Marvel Comics App! Peer into the next phase of the Marvel Universe with striking images from some of the new titles launching this fall!
“Dropping the mic right before San Diego Comic-Con has become a Marvel tradition,” says Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso. “The ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS magazine provides a large snapshot of what’s to expect in the fall: new characters, new teams, new wrinkles for our heroes, and most importantly, fresh creative directions. And we’re just getting started. We have a few more aces up our sleeves.”
The future is here and it’s all new and all-different. See for yourself with the ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS!
Available right now, ALL-NEW, ALL-DIFFERENT MARVEL PREVIEWS is available now on the Marvel Comics app (for iPhone®, iPad®, iPod Touch® & AndroidTM devices) and online in the Marvel Digital Comics Shop!
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1 – Still Hated. Still Feared. Still Standing.
New York, NY—June 30th, 2015— The fate of mutantkind is decided here! Prepare for a new team of X-Men for a new set of threats this fall as the Marvelous Mutants return in EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1! Eisner Award-nominated writer Jeff Lemire (All-New Hawkeye, Sweet Tooth) joins chart-topping artist Humberto Ramos (Amazing Spider-Man) for the flagship X-Men title of the post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe!
Eight months have passed. The X-Men are in dire straits. A cataclysmic event that has altered the destinies of both Mutant and Inhuman. Many of the X-Men have gone missing – including their wayward leader Scott Summers. It will take the remaining X-Men to forge mutantkind into something stronger. Something…extraordinary! Now – Storm, Colossus, Magik, Nightcrawler, Iceman, Jean Grey and Old Man Logan will lead mutantkind headfirst into tomorrow.
“The chance to write the flagship X-Men book is a once in a lifetime opportunity,” says Lemire in an upcoming interview with Marvel.com. “It’s both exhilarating and somewhat intimidating. The X-Men have a staggering legacy and an extremely devoted fan base, so this is not an assignment I am taking lightly. I’ve poured everything I have into making this book something special. I don’t want to write just another X-Men run. I want the work Humberto and I do to stand up with the truly great X-Men runs. ”
Welcome to the new Marvel Universe, X-Men – hope you survive the experience! It all starts this fall as Lemire and Ramos bring you EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1!
For more information, visit Marvel.com tomorrow for the full interview with Jeff Lemire and Humberto Ramos!
EXTRAORDINARY X-MEN #1
Written by JEFF LEMIRE
Art & Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Coming Fall 2015!
Battleworld Continues in CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1 Coming this Fall
New York, NY—June 30th, 2015— After the end of Secret Wars and the rebirth of the Marvel Universe, the Battlerealm is created: a broken section of space-time that’s filled with the shattered remnants of Battleworld. Here, a grand game is played in a cosmic arena where heroes must fight for their very survival and existence. This fall, no one in the Marvel Universe is safe! This is the CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS!
Inspired by Marvel’s wildly popular mobile fighting game, “Marvel Contest of Champions”, the comic book series, CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS, will merge the worlds of gaming and comics into an epic journey and present a story unlike anything else from Marvel. “We’re doing something unique and exciting here by merging Kabam’s highly popular mobile game with the Marvel Universe,” says series editor Mark Paniccia. “The game has really cool elements and concepts that will become part of the Marvel Comics’ mythos, resonating in Marvel continuity in a big way. We’re working closely with the folks at Kabam to expand The Battlerealm and that organically ties into the aftermath of SECRET WARS.”
And just which heroes will take on the mantle of “champions” in order to fight for their very existence in the new Marvel Universe? “We’re going to have a whole bunch of Marvel’s finest popping up regularly – even the dead aren’t always beyond the reach of the Contest, so expect the return of an old face or two,” says series writer Al Ewing. “Some of the ‘pawns’ are there until they die, but others are beamed in, forced to fight and then returned to Earth with their memories wiped, all to add spice to the battles – in the first issue we have contestants ranging from Iron Man, Gamora and Venom to Moon Boy and Devil Dinosaur, so anyone can have a place in the Battlerealm!”
The contest begins as champions – both heroes and villains – from various universes must compete in a cosmic battle. The ultimate prize: their continued existence. The battle begins this fall with CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1.
CONTEST OF CHAMPIONS #1
Written by AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA
Coming Fall 2015!
Skottie Young’s Artwork Comes to Life for Exclusive SDCC Pins!
Available only at the Marvel Booth (Booth #2329)
New York, NY—June 30th, 2015— As if you needed yet another reason to head to the biggest pop culture event of the year! Marvel is debuting a line of one-of-a-kind exclusive pins that will be available for the first time ever at this year’s San Diego Comic Con! You know his massively popular variant covers. You’ve read his critically-acclaimed series Rocket Raccoon. Now, the inimitable artwork of Eisner Award-winning artist Skottie Young comes to life like never before with a set of exclusive Marvel SDCC Collectible Pins! Available only at the Marvel Booth (Booth #2329), you don’t want to miss out on the must have item of the entire show!
Starting at the opening of the show, fans can get their hands on 28 uniquely designed enamel pins featuring Skottie Young’s instantly recognizable Marvel artwork. Here’s a rundown of how you can get your hands on the entire set:
Guardians of the Galaxy Pin 4-Pack: Contains Star-Lord, Rocket Raccoon & Groot, Thanos and Nova. $25
Avengers Pin 4-Pack: Contains Black Widow, Hawkeye, Iron Man and Thor Odinson. $25
Amazing Spider-Man Pin 4-Pack: Contains Amazing Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Spider-Man 2099 and Silk. $25
Women of Marvel Pin 4-Pack: Contains She-Hulk, Thor, Squirrel Girl and Elektra. $25
Marvel Mystery Pin 2-Pack: Contains two of the following mystery pins. Which ones will you get?: Hulk & Bruce Banner, Captain America, Black Bolt, Black Panther, Iron Patriot, Iron Fist, Loki and Captain Marvel. $12.50 per 2-pack
Ultron, Ant-Man and Vision (sold separately) are only available in extremely limited quantities throughout the convention. Spend $30 or more at the official Marvel Shop for the ability to purchase one. $65 or more to purchase two or $100 or more to purchase all three. $10 each
Nick Fury Pin & Lanyard Set Display your pin collection with this exclusive lanyard featuring Skottie Young artwork. Also includes exclusive Nick Fury pin only available with the Pin & Lanyard set. $15
Didn’t get that one pin you couldn’t wait to get your hands on? Fans are encouraged to come by the Marvel Booth (Booth #2329) at specially planned Pin Trading Hours and trade with other fans and collectors. Please refer to the official booth schedule for scheduled Pin Trading Hours.
And that’s just the beginning! Keep your eyes peeled for more upcoming announcements of Marvel’s can’t-miss SDCC exclusive merchandise. Pin availability subject to change. Available while supplies last. All Marvel Shop sales final. No refunds, exchanges or returns.
Marvel Returns To San Diego For An Epic Comic-Con Panel Lineup!
New York, NY—July 2nd, 2015— The biggest convention of the year demands the biggest panels! That’s right, next week Marvel (Booth #2329) is heading back to Comic Con International in San Diego and we’re bringing the big panels, huge creators, and massive announcements! Over the course of the four day mega-event, we’re bringing the fan service that will make this year’s convention the place to be!
Want to get a sneak peek at the upcoming seasons of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter? Want to get the inside scoop on the Marvel Universe after Secret Wars? All that and more await you at the world famous Marvel Panels! And that’s just the beginning! Trust us, True Believers, you won’t want to miss these action packed panels!
Please note all panel line-ups and times are subject to change.
Thursday, July 9th
Marvel’s Disney Kingdoms
10:00am – 11:00am
Join the creators of the popular Disney Kingdoms imprint by Marvel. Discover what makes this collaborative relationship so much fun with a look back at previous titles as well as a glance forward at the future.
Marvel: Breaking into Comics the Marvel Way
1:00pm – 2:00pm
Are you a writer or artist? Ever dream of working for Marvel? Do you find yourself thinking, “I could do that…if I knew how!” Well, here’s your chance! Join Marvel Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and host of Marvel talent including Kris Anka (Uncanny X-Men) to find out the answers on how to get your foot in the door and make your job MARVEL!
This Week In Marvel – LIVE!
3:00pm – 4:00pm
Auditorium, San Diego Central Public Library
Marvel’s official, weekly, flagship podcast comes to Comic-Con for a special episode that may or may not include guests, secrets, news, free stuff, arm wrestling, guitar solos, and more! Don’t miss it!
Marvel: Uncanny Inhumans & Mutants
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Terrigenesis is upon us! Join Editor In Chief Axel Alonso, writers Charles Soule (Uncanny Inhumans), Cullen Bunn (Uncanny X-Men), Jeff Lemire (Extraordinary X-Men), and artist Humberto Ramos (Extraordinary X-Men) to get the 4-1-1 on Marvel’s royal family and merry mutants. What does the future have in store for Black Bolt, Queen Medusa, Cyclops, Storm and the rest of the gang? And how do their stories intertwine in this all-new all-different age of storytelling? Find out here!
Friday, July 10th
Marvel: Secret Wars
10:00am – 11:00am
The Secret Wars rage on! And we’ve got the architect of Marvel’s universe-destroying event, Jonathan Hickman himself, on hand to answer your Secret Wars questions! What’s more, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and writer Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader) will also be in attendance! Prepare for a tour of Battleworld and some of its most unique and dangerous territories!
Marvel: All-New All-Different Avengers
12:45pm – 1:45pm
Avengers fans ASSEMBLE! Get ready for an All-New All-Different team of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes! We’ve got Executive Editor Tom Brevoort and Director of Content & Character Development Sana Amanat, as well as writers Josh Williamson (Illuminati), Marguerite Bennett (A-Force), Mark Waid (All-New, All-Different Avengers), and Nick Spencer (Ant-Man) all on hand to discuss the newest developments in the Avengers family of titles!
Marvel Television Presents Panel
3:00pm – 4:15pm
Jeph Loeb (Marvel’s Head of Television) brings you exclusive news and surprises about your favorite action-packed Marvel series on ABC. Join Jeph, showrunners and the casts of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Marvel’s Agent Carter for this can’t-miss panel that’ll have everyone talking!
Saturday, July 11th
Marvel Animation Presents!
10:30am – 11:30pm
The Marvel Animation Studios team returns for one of the most anticipated television panels at San Diego. Join Stephen Wacker (VP, Current Series – Marvel Animation Studios), Cort Lane (VP, Animation Development & Partnerships), and Eric Radomski (SVP, Production & Creative Director, Animation) for exclusive first looks at the exciting new seasons of hit animated series: Marvel’s Avengers: Ultron Revolution and Marvel’s Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6. Plus, experience the world-premiere of never-before-seen footage from Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy animated series, starring Star-Lord, Groot, Rocket, Gamora and Drax in the highly-anticipated new animated series coming to Disney XD this year!
Marvel: House of Ideas
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Love having the best comics in the industry on your mobile devices? Want to know how Marvel stays on the cutting edge of technology? Then this panel is for you, True Believer! Get exciting news about Marvel’s Infinite Comics as well as what’s happening on the Marvel Comics App, Marvel Unlimited and MORE in this can’t-miss panel! Plus: Be here for the latest and greatest directly from Marvel Games, including an infestation of epic proportions! Panelists include Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, Marvel Games Creative Director Bill Rosemann, Marvel Games Executive Producer Mike Jones, and other Mighty Marvel Guests!
Marvel: Cup O’ Joe
2:45pm – 3:45pm
Join us for this Convention favorite! Here is your chance to Q&A with Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, for this no-holds-barred panel on everything Marvel. Got a question about a favorite hero? Want to hear the latest developments on Marvel’s Star Wars or Guardians of the Galaxy comics? This panel has you covered! Featuring special guest Editor in Chief Axel Alonso, Executive Editor Tom Brevoort, and Talent Scout C.B. Cebulski, as well as writers Charles Soule (Lando), Cullen Bunn (Drax), Kieron Gillen (Darth Vader), Mark Waid (S.H.I.E.L.D.), Greg Pak (The Totally Awesome Hulk) and some other Mighty Marvel guests this is one panel you do NOT want to miss!
LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers: From Silver Screen to Videogame Console
4:15pm – 5:15pm
Join Arthur Parsons (Game Director, TT Games), Matt Ellison (Producer TT Games), Mike Jones (Executive Producer, Marvel Games) and Bill Rosemann (Creative Director, Marvel Games) as they present an inside look at LEGO Marvel’s Avengers, the first console videogame featuring characters and storylines from the critically-acclaimed film Marvel’s The Avengers and the blockbuster sequel Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, all combined with a splash of classic LEGO humor. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and Marvel Games are teaming up to provide a spirited panel discussion on this brand new, action-packed Super Hero adventure, including a live game-play demonstration, reveals of enhanced character team-up abilities and power-up features, new artwork, the latest game trailer and more. Not to mention exclusive giveaways! LEGO Marvel’s Avengers will be available this winter.
Sunday, July 12th
Marvel Unlimited+ Member-Only Panel.*
10:00am – 11:00am
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel
Join Executive Editorial Director of Digital Ryan Penagos, writer Jeff Lemire (All-New Hawkeye) and other top Marvel creators for a private panel discussion of what’s happening inside the Marvel Universe. Get FREE merchandise, sneak peeks of upcoming comics, Q&A Session to answer all your burning questions and more surprises to be announced. Not to be missed! Marvel Unlimited Plus Members ONLY – show your Member Card or confirmation email at the Marvel Booth for a ticket to the event.
*Panel line-up is subject to change. Merchandise available while supplies last. Must show official Member Card, Photo ID or order confirmation email at the door to gain entry.
Marvel: Women of Marvel
11:15am – 12:15pm
From Ms. Marvel to the A-Force, from Twitter to tumblr, women in comics has been one of the most talked-about topics in comics recently. Join the conversation as women from multiple disciplines in the creative process at Marvel discuss what it’s like working as a woman in comics today and what it means for the future of the industry! PLUS – A surprise announcement or two! Panelists include Content Development Director Sana Amanat, Producer Judy Stephens, Social Media Manager Adri Cowan, Marguerite Bennett (A-Force), Margaret Stohl (Black Widow: Forever Red), Ann Foley (Costume, Designer, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.), and Lorraine Cink (Host of the Watcher)!
Marvel: Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends
12:30am – 1:30pm
If you want the lowdown on present and future Spider-Man titles, then join us for this exclusive and revealing panel! Hear announcements from editors and creators about new Spider-Man family titles, as well as some exciting news on Marvel’s street-level characters. Special guests will include Editor In Chief Axel Alonso, Editor Wil Moss, as well as writers Charles Soule (Daredevil), Chip Zdarsky (Howard the Duck) and more surprise guests!
Can’t make it to the convention? Follow along on Marvel.com starting July 8 for exclusive videos, real-time announcements from the convention floor and up-to-the-minute panel, in-booth, and signing schedules of all your favorite Marvel creators! And tune in July 9-12 for live streaming video direct from the Marvel booth at Comic-Con, as well as liveblogs of all the Marvel panels!