On Sale April 2nd in Comic Shops, April 8th in Bookstores: ‘Beautiful Scars’ and ‘Jim Henson’s Labyrinth: The Novelization’

BEAUTIFUL SCARS Original Graphic Novel Hardcover Written by D.S. Talon and E.G. Thompson Illustrated by D.S. Talon and E.G. Thompson Cover by D.S. Talon and E.G. Thompson BEAUTIFUL SCARS tells the story of Ridley Shaw as he explains to his …

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Enter a Latverian Legal Smackdown in She-Hulk #3

She-Hulk #3

This April, the sleeper-hit of All-New Marvel NOW! continues! Today, Marvel is proud to present your first look at SHE-HULK #3, from creators Charles Soule and Javier Pulido! When the son of Victor Von Doom seeks extradition from Latveria, Jen Walters will go to the ends of the Earth in her quest for Justice! Even if it puts her on the wrong side of one Dr. Doom! Time to settle the age old question – who would win in a fight? Plus, don’t miss a guest appearance by the Marvel Universe’s other legal crusader, the one and only Daredevil! Now is your chance to hop on board one of the most critically acclaimed titles of All-New Marvel NOW! when SHE-HULK #3 hits comic shops this April!

SHE-HULK #3 (FEB140757)
Written by CHARLES SOULE
Art by JAVIER PULIDO
Cover by KEVIN WADA
Variant Cover by KRIS ANKA (FEB140758)
FOC – 3/10/2014, On-Sale – 4/02/2014

Writers Markus & McFeely Pit Captain America Against the Winter Soldier

Writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely penned the screenplay for 2011’s “Captain America: The First Avenger,” which covered Steve Rogers’ (Chris Evans) transformation from 4F into the shield-wielding Super-Soldier, Captain America. In 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers” we saw Cap’s return to action following a 70-year hibernation, but for the next chapter of Cap’s saga in Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” Markus and McFeely opted to take a deeper look into Rogers’ psyche after rejoining modern-day society, as well as the inner-conflict regarding the organization he’s aligned with.

“Because the first movie was a war movie, first and foremost, that made the most sense in terms of the origin story for Steve,” said McFeely. “But given what he needs to deal with as a man out of time, dealing with different values…[and wondering ] who can he trust…the conspiracy genre [for this film] seemed like a really good one for him, and excited the heck out of us.”

Explained Markus, “The great thing about conspiracies is it’s not usually 16 people versus a conspiracy. It’s usually one guy, increasingly isolated until you’ve got one man who has to decide whether he’s going to run in the opposite direction or take them down.”

Striking the right tone for the film meant first identifying and eliminating clichés the writers wanted to avoid.

“We also knew the story we didn’t want to do, which was the ‘Grandpa Story,’ like ‘Oh my god, I’m in the future! What are these buttons? What do they do?’” said Markus.

In fact, Rogers will be more acclimated to his surroundings than he was in “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

“He’s been working for S.H.I.E.L.D., and he’s been on a lot of missions. He’s in the midst of a daily life now,” Markus said.

Thing is, out of sight isn’t always out of mind when it comes to your family and loved ones; lingering questions as to what happened to certain people from the 1940s still weigh heavily on Rogers’ conscience.

“[Cap has] got personal stuff to deal with,” added McFeely. “So in acclimating himself to this century, it’s not just finding the bus routes; it’s checking in on people who may or may not be dead and that kind of stuff.”

On the surface, working with Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and S.H.I.E.L.D. seemingly gives Cap purpose and a sense that he’s doing right by his country, but the questionable decisions made within the clandestine organization don’t always sit well with Rogers.

“Fury represents an obstacle for Steve in some ways,” McFeely said. “[The two] don’t always agree on how S.H.I.E.L.D. ought to get used. If the first movie was a movie about the U.S. Army, then this is a film about S.H.I.E.L.D. You will learn about S.H.I.E.L.D. You’ll learn where it came from and where it’s going and some of the cool things they have.”

Added Markus, “[Captain America] will always behave the way he behaves. But when you’re working for people who work in a grey area and they ask you to do grey things, it’s suddenly like, ‘Maybe I am in the wrong business because my skillset is more than killing, and yet you really need some killing done and here I am with my flag out there.’ There’s a great negative image of Steve there. [He] was frozen [for] years, he was alive for seventy years, periodically frozen, but I like the idea that [Steve] missed history, and he killed half the people in history. It’s such a betrayal of everything Steve holds dear. You know those few sacred things you have? No, sorry, they’re ruined. Which is great.”

Telling such an intricate story put a lot of the onus on Chris Evans to deliver, which the writers never considered a concern.

“[Evans has] been very dedicated to finding a center for Cap that is not this gloss, and I think, because [he’s] so likeable, he pulls that off,” McFeely said. “We worry about, on a script level, the grumpy grandpa stuff. I don’t worry about it from Chris.”

Get your tickets now for “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” in theaters April 4, and for the latest news and updates on Cap stay tuned to Marvel.com, follow @CaptainAmerica on Twitter and like Captain America on Facebook!

Marvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier concept art by Rodney FuentebellaMarvel's Captain America: The Winter Soldier concept art by Robert McKinnon

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Follow the History of Captain America Pt. 39

Follow the History of Captain America Pt. 39

Over seven decades ago, history occurred with the debut of Captain America in 1941. 70 years later, Steve Rogers and his star-spangled alter ego have grown to iconic status, remaining a mainstay of the Marvel Universe while also expanding into the realms of television, film and more.

On April 4, 2014, the Sentinel of Liberty returns to the big screen in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” from Marvel Studios. As the countdown to Chris Evans picking up the shield once more heats up, we present the definitive comics history of Cap, from his debut to the modern day.

Follow along with us weekly and look for more Captain America on Marvel Unlimited and through the Marvel Digital Comics Shop.

Back from the grave, Steve Rogers slung his famous shield through the years of 2012 and 2013 with all the might, majesty and experience his long career has brought him, and in the face of some of his greatest—and weirdest—challenges yet.

Still trapped in the frightening Land of Nowhere in CAPTAIN AMERICA #4, Cap depended on his network of friends to stop the mysterious Bravo’s plan to merge it with the real world. After their victory in CAPTAIN AMERICA #5, those same friends could only stand by helplessly as their ally suffered through nightmares of losing his strength and endurance.

A new Serpent Squad struck in CAPTAIN AMERICA #6 while Madbombs exploded around the country, a situation the Squad attempted to take advantage of in CAPTAIN AMERICA #7. Cap and Sharon Carter triumphed over the snakes in CAPTAIN AMERICA #8, but our hero’s nightmares came true when his strength disappeared for real, leaving Agent 13 to hunt for the Madbomber herself.

Machinesmith showed his hand in CAPTAIN AMERICA #9, but with Cap too frail to rush into action, the Falcon took on an escaped Bravo and his new HYDRA alone. Finally, Tony Stark developed a cure for Steve Rogers in CAPTAIN AMERICA #10, just in time to help the Falcon, who fell under the shattering weight of a Madbomb.

The deaths of super villains signaled the appearance of a new Scourge in CAPTAIN AMERICA #11, and Cap began to suspect that the Avengers’ former governmental liaison Henry Peter Gyrich knew more than he let on in CAPTAIN AMERICA #12. When the masked assassin hunted down former criminal the Porcupine in CAPTAIN AMERICA #13, Cap unmasked him as his old friend D-Man in CAPTAIN AMERICA #14.

A violent group called the Discordians attacked U.S. landmarks in CAPTAIN AMERICA #15, and a robot posing as a public figure raised the question of Cap’s obsolescence that divided the populace. More robots joined into spread the unnatural hatred in CAPTAIN AMERICA #16, prompting the Avengers to address the problem in CAPTAIN AMERICA #17. Ultimately, our hero faced off against the instigators, Bravo and Queen Hydra, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #18.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA #19, Steve Rogers ended his year by visiting the 1950’s Captain America in the hospital and regaled him with the story of his exciting life.

Cap celebrated his 90th birthday in CAPTAIN AMERICA #1 by first fighting the eco-terrorists known as the Green Skull, and then being whisked away by a strange subway car to Arnim Zola’s otherworldly Dimension Z. There, after undergoing a procedure by Zola, the Sentinel of Liberty escaped his foe’s clutches in CAPTAIN AMERICA #2 and fell into the hands of the Phrox, the dominant species of the dimension. With him came Zola’s young son, Ian, but the badly wounded hero could only worry over his adversary’s insertion of alien technology in his body in CAPTAIN AMERICA #3.

11 years passed in Dimension Z as Cap and Ian remained on the run from Zola in CAPTAIN AMERICA #4, and the Zola himself developed his own Captain America mutate. Ian’s sister, Jet Black, contemplated revenge on our hero for what she believed to be her brother’s murder. Resisting the overwhelming of Zola’s mind on his own, Cap battled Jet Black in CAPTAIN AMERICA #5, lost Ian to his father, and then destroyed Zola’s implant.

Cap invaded Zolandia, Zola’s fortress, in CAPTAIN AMERICA #6, while Ian’s “reeducation” continued. Our hero defeated his mutate clone in CAPTAIN AMERICA #7, and with the help of a confused Jet Black, discovered the fortress to be a gigantic battleship, poised to invade the real world. Zola set the now-powerful Ian against his surrogate father in CAPTAIN AMERICA #8, but Jet Black turned on her true father to help the Star-Spangled Avenger. When Ian stood over a downed Cap and began to come out of his brainwashing, he fell from a shot from Sharon Carter.

In CAPTAIN AMERICA #9, Sharon explained to Steve that he’d only been gone 30 minutes, though in Dimension Z it seemed to be years to Cap. In final battle with Zola—with help from Jet Black—the hero escaped the dimension in CAPTAIN AMERICA #10, leaving it behind to crash and burn. Unfortunately, that escape came to fruition through the sacrifice of Sharon Carter’s life.

Back in the real world, Steve Rogers struggled with Sharon’s death in CAPTAIN AMERICA #11, while the new threat of Nuke rose up to challenge him in Eastern Europe. With Jet Black and old compatriots like the Falcon at his side in CAPTAIN AMERICA #12, the eternal Sentinel of Liberty took up his shield once more and faced the future as America’s greatest hero.

Read more CAPTAIN AMERICA (2011) and CAPTAIN AMERICA (2012) on Marvel Unlimited!

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Fightin’ Fangirls: WWE Diva Lita

Fightin' Fangirls: WWE Diva Lita

For nearly a decade, Amy Dumas wowed WWE fans as Lita, a Diva who paved the way for revolutionary advances in women’s wrestling. Her accomplishments will be recognized and celebrated when she enters the WWE Hall of Fame this weekend as part of WrestleMania XXX in New Orleans, Louisiana.

We got to speak with Lita about her upcoming induction, her WrestleMania memories, what role she would play in the Avengers, her favorite Marvel movie and more!

Marvel.com: First of all, congratulations on your upcoming induction into the WWE Hall of Fame. How did you react when you heard the news?

Lita: It was out of nowhere for me. I wasn’t anticipating or crossing my fingers, or going, “Oh, it’s going to be ‘Mania season, they’re gonna start announcing people, I wonder if it’s me.” I’m pretty much a “whatever happens, happens,” kind of person, so yeah it was exciting but I can’t say it was anticipated.

Marvel.com: What are you mostly looking forward to in the ceremony and at WrestleMania in general?

Lita: I’m really looking forward to taking this moment, not only for the fans but for myself, because it’s like you’re always on to the next thing, you don’t get a chance to think about it. Or you don’t want to come across as, “Yeah, I did that!” because it takes so many people for one moment to happen. It’s like, the writers, the cameramen, the producers, the lighting crew, the people that come to the event. You don’t want to be like, “I did that. I’m cool.” but that’s kind of like what this moment’s about. While it’s a little uncomfortable to me, I’m looking forward to embracing it. Taking that moment for what it’s supposed to be and then going back to real life.

Marvel.com: Looking back at other WrestleMania events that you have been a part of, what has been your favorite and why?

Lita: Jeez, okay. You asked that in a singular question and I’m going to give you a singular answer. My favorite child, as I’m going to go and pick out, is the run-in series in the Astrodome, I believe it was [WrestleMania X-Seven], it was a TLC [Tables, Ladders, and Chairs] match [with] the Dudleys, Edge & Christian, and the Hardys where the Dudleys’ equalizer was Spike, Edge & Christian’s was Rhyno, and I was there for the Hardys. So we all did the run-ins and running past what was the largest crowd I had been in front of, at the Astrodome, and getting to jump into the middle of their already awesome match was really a super exciting match event and part of the match to be involved in. And just like bending the chair over Spike Dudley’s head and then getting 3-D’ed for my efforts. It was fun.

Marvel.com: I actually remember that, I was watching it live. That was great. Also, since your career is being commemorated for the Hall of Fame, if you had to be remembered for one thing about everything else, what would you hope it would be?

Lita: Inspiring chicks to be who they want to be and who they really are and just going after what they want to do.

Marvel.com: Ok, moving over to our world, if you were invited to join the Avengers, what kind of skills would you bring to the team?

Lita: My real life skills or do I get to pick what I want?

Marvel.com: Both.

Lita: Okay, so if it’s my real skills, I’m a great organizer. Like, OCD-level organizer so I can formulate business plans and I could take all of our skills and be like, “You’re gonna go do this.” I’m logistics and organizing in real life. And then in my virtual world of my team, I would want invisibility.

Marvel.com: Cool, why invisibility?

Lita: Because knowledge is power. So that way you can go and collect this knowledge and nobody would be the wiser because they wouldn’t know that you had this knowledge and then you could conquer the world.

Marvel.com: That’s awesome. If you were a part of the Marvel Universe, would you want to be a hero or a villain and why?

Lita: Well, the thing is, usually the villains are really just misunderstood or almost kind of like Walt in “Breaking Bad.” They didn’t start out as villains but then they get power hungry or things went awry or they kind of painted themselves into a corner. That’s just life. I think we’re all shades of grey. But being a hero, that’s too much pressure. I’ll just be a misunderstood villain.

Marvel.com: What’s your favorite Marvel film?

Lita: I’m a fan of “Iron Man.” I think the character is great, I think it translated really well into the big screen.

Watch the WWE Hall of Fame ceremony live this Saturday on the WWE Network, and visit WWE.com for more information on WrestleMania XXX! You can also follow Lita on Twitter @AmyDumas

Lita (courtesy of WWE)

Go Back To Work With Falcon and Do Some Good for the World

Go Back To Work With Falcon

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.

Sam Wilson has dedicated all areas of his life to helping people – including the areas that don’t involve a winged flight-pack. As a social worker, the Avenger known as Falcon focused his considerable compassion and empathy towards giving aid to those in need. By maintaining a home base in Harlem, Wilson has made protecting the neighborhood he grew up in a priority.

After a few years fighting at Captain America’s side, Sam Wilson decided to put his reputation as a respected social worker and community volunteer to use in a congressional campaign. But Falcon’s confounding past came back to haunt him in the form of a Daily Bugle expose. Sam nearly lost his mind trying to reconcile his past as the criminal “Snap” Wilson with his present as an erstwhile Avenger and potential political figure.

With his political aspirations behind him, Wilson instead focused on other ways to help his neighborhood. He battled super villains as the Falcon and slumlords as Sam Wilson, all while using his social worker skills to help guide teenagers away from violence and substance abuse.

Falcon has yet to be able to turn off his social worker side, even when he’s on the clock as an Avenger. When a scared mother begged Falcon to find her two missing children, the Avengers’ government liaison Henry Peter Gyrich refused to let the super heroes get involved citing that kidnappings were not within their jurisdiction. Falcon ignored Gyrich’s reasoning without hesitation and enlisted his many of his feathered friends to help track down the kids.

Check out Falcon’s big screen debut on April 4 in “Captain America: The Winter Soldier“!

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