Two Minutes Of ESPer Action Featured In Latest “Mob Psycho 100” Anime Preview

Look foward to the series’ July 11th premiere

A third preview of summer’s Mob Psycho 100 anime has been published. This one offers more than two minutes of the Bones’ (Blood Blockade Battlefront, Space Dandy) adaptation of the manga by ONE, best known as the author of the original, self-published One-Punch Man

Sequel to ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ Hits Theaters on March 9, 2018

Walt Disney Animation Studios’ announced today in a special video on Facebook Live that its smash hit Wreck-It Ralph is getting a sequel. The Oscar®-nominated team from the original film is reteaming for the follow-up, including director Rich Moore (Zootopia, The Simpsons) and producer Clark Spencer (Zootopia, Bolt). Phil Johnston (writer, Wreck-It Ralph, Zootopia) joins Moore as director and a Continue Reading

More New Pokémon Revealed in “Pokémon Sun and Moon” Trailer

Next 3DS outing launches this November

A handful of new Pokémon recently leaked, and some of them were strange enough to make people wonder just how legit they were. A Japanese Pokémon Sun and Moon trailer was hot on its heels with a confirmation, though, showing the oddball likes of Tapu Koko, Charjabug and its evolution Vikavolt, Drampa, Bruxfish, Cutiefly, and Togedamaru. More after the jump.

Follow the History of the Hulk Pt. 27

For over 50 years, the Incredible Hulk has been smashing his way through the Marvel Universe and into the hearts of fans. Whether you’ve discovered the tale of Bruce Banner and his other self through comics, TV, or film, get the whole story here…

Deep in a dream in INCREDIBLE HULK #351, the grey Hulk remembered a trip to his beloved Jarella’s other-dimensional world where the natives worshipped him as a god. After awakening in INCREDIBLE HULK #352, the magic spell cast on him on that world wore off and for the first time in three months, the Hulk changed back to puny Bruce Banner.

Trying to find out what happened to him, Banner wandered around Las Vegas in INCREDIBLE HULK #353 and discovered his alter-ego’s troubles with the Maggia crime organization. Transforming again into the Hulk, he broke up the Maggia’s attempt to use their Persuaders to take over the city in INCREDIBLE HULK #354. Meanwhile, the Hulk’s friend Marlo looked into the connection between the grey giant and Bruce Banner.

The Hulk went after Madripoorian crime boss Tyger Tiger in WOLVERINE #7, but found the situation too complicated after Logan’s involvement in WOLVERINE #8.

The cosmic gadfly Glorian returned in INCREDIBLE HULK #355 to create a special illusion for the Hulk, but the behemoth decided to kill him while Marlo watched. Glorian woke from his “death” in INCREDIBLE HULK #356, still determined to bring nobility to his friend and willing to sell his soul to do it. Meanwhile, Bruce Banner accepted a job as a janitor at a radiation treatment center in INCREDIBLE HULK #357.

With a contract signed in blood by Glorian, the demonic Satannish sent his Ghoul creature after the Hulk in INCREDIBLE HULK #358. The resulting fight brought down the house on the casino, earning our hero a pink slip from his boss. Glorian told the grey giant about his bargain with Satannish in INCREDIBLE HULK #359, and that the Hulk needed to perform a noble act to save him. The Hulk rolled the dice to save the cosmic vagabond, but the Shaper of Worlds appeared to rescue Glorian from the devilish contract.

After Banner’s ex-wife Betty lost her baby in INCREDIBLE HULK #360, the Hulk teamed with Iron Man in INCREDIBLE HULK #361 to break the Maggia’s hold on Las Vegas. Later, the Hulk hoped to reconcile with Marlo in INCREDIBLE HULK #362, but ultimately the two parted ways permanently.

Bruce Banner made friends with scientist Phil Stearns in INCREDIBLE HULK #363, but this new ally betrayed him in INCREDIBLE HULK #364 with a secretive dose of poison. When the Abomination forced Banner to change into his alter-ego with gamma radiation, the poison brought on a heart attack for the Hulk.

Stark Week: Extremis

Dive into one of Iron Man’s most iconic adventures on Marvel Unlimited every day with Stark Week!

Like any tech-minded individual Tony Stark constantly looks for ways to update his inventions to stay on the bleeding edge of technology. Along similar lines, comic creators tend to seek out ways to keep characters who debuted during the previous century fresh by updating their origins.

Both of those ideas came together in the “Extremis” story by Warren Ellis and Adi Granov that ran in the first six issues of the 2005-launching IRON MAN series. Ellis shifts Tony’s timeline to feature interactions with Al Qaeda in Afghanistan instead of Vietnam. He still nearly dies thanks to one of his own weapons and creates the first Iron Man suit to save himself.

Back in the present, a take on the Super-Soldier Serum called Extremis finds itself out in the world. Stark’s old friend Maya Hansen asks to see him after her partner kills himself, taking the blame for Extremis getting out. She explains that it completely rewrites the body, using what’s there to build better, more powerful organs.

Meanwhile, a guy named Mallen becomes the first Extremis test subject to roam free and begins wreaking havoc. Tony tests his suit against Mallen’s modifications and finds himself severely lacking to the point of near death.

Back with Hansen, Tony demands that she administers a customized version of Extremis that not only recreates his body but also makes it so the under sheath hides inside his body which he can now fully control with his mind along with the armor itself. Rebuilt to be stronger, faster and far more powerful, Iron Man faces Mallen in a knock-down, drag-out battle that results in one of them losing their head.

The “Extremis” storyline not only updated Iron Man’s backstory and gave him a huge power upgrade, but also influenced the Iron Man feature film that debuted a few years later. Both feature similar looking armors, high tech concepts and a slightly cheekier version of Stark that Robert Downey, Jr. perfectly captures on the big screen.

Hacking the System

Like all wildly efficient Super-Soldier Serums, Extremis continues to pop up to cause trouble from time to time. Versions wound up on the black market after Maya Hansen’s murder, Tony’s long-forgotten foster brother Arno Stark created his own variant and even Bruce Banner used a modified form to control his transformation into the Hulk. Tony Stark even released an app-based version during AXIS when his motives remained far from pure thanks to the inversion. And, of course, “Iron Man 3” revolves around Extremis exploding onto the scene of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Next, Matt Fraction and Salvador Larroca force Stark to face “The Five Nightmares” in the first seven issues of INVINCIBLE IRON MAN.

Best of Funko 2016 (…So Far!)

Since Funko is releasing more products than ever before, we’re starting a recurring feature to reflect on some of our favorite figures from the past few months while showcasing the incredible people behind the scenes! 

We’d also love to hear from you, the fans! Please post a photo of yourself with your favorite Funko figure from 2016 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram tagged with #Funko16! Two lucky winners will receive a mystery Pop! prototype! The contest will end on Thursday, July 7th! 

Check out some of our favorites below!

Tim (Art)

Taryn (Customer Service)

Mark (Marketing) 

Monika (Powered By Funko)

Amanda (Art)

Britni (Sales)

Doug (Accounting)

Poppy (Art)

Nina (Sales)

Tessa (Sales)

Stephen (Operations)

Amos (Art)
Check out Part 1 from earlier this year!

Crunchyroll Adds “OZMAFIA!!” to Summer Anime Lineup!

Starts 7/6 at 9:30am PT

Like a bolt out of the blue, new announcements continue to issue forth from Crunchyroll, and the next one of the day is OZMAFIA!!, a spin-off anime that focuses on the school life of characters from the OZMAFIA!! PC game. Read on for full details!

Saluting Captain America: White

Every day we celebrate Captain America’s 75th anniversary by looking deep into the Marvel Unlimited archives and going through some of Steve Rogers’ most thrilling adventures. Happy diamond anniversary Sentinel of Liberty!

Few collaborators get to the heart of iconic characters like writer Jeph Loeb and artist Tim Sale. After co-creating a series of moving stories in DAREDEVIL: YELLOW, SPIDER-MAN: BLUE, and HULK: GRAY the dynamic duo joined forces to tackle the Sentinel of Liberty in the CAPTAIN AMERICA: WHITE limited series.

Set mainly during World War II, this story focuses primarily on how deeply connected Steve Rogers felt to his young partner James Buchanan Barnes. Taking many of its cues from the classic stories of the Golden and Silver Ages, WHITE posits a time when Steve brings Bucky under his wing after the young man wanders into his tent as he changes into his Cap costume.

From there, the two train and eventually head over to Europe to fight the evil Axis powers alongside the likes of Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos and a French Resistance group led by Marilyne “The Gypsy” called Cirque de la Revolution. Marilyne proves incredibly proficient in taking on the Nazis, including Red Skull and Baron Von Strucker.

In the process of saving Paris from the Nazi scourge, Bucky runs off to confront the Skull, which leads to a quick and fairly easy capture of the hero. Luckily, Steve rolls right in and makes short work of the villain before saving his pal.

By the end, Cap earns the respect of Fury, who notes it’s not easy wrapping yourself in the flag and leaping into the spotlight saying, “That’s an impossible task and yer doin’ a pretty good job of it, Rogers.” Even better than that, though? Steve shares his first kiss with the lovely Marilyne much to Bucky’s delight.

A much smaller part of this story takes place after Cap wakes up during the events of AVENGERS #4 and revolves around conversations with Nick Fury, now head of S.H.I.E.L.D. Fury shows the unthawed soldier a pair of statues at Arlington representing Captain America and Bucky which results in the former coming to a crumbly end thanks to a well thrown shield by the Star-Spangled Avenger himself.

Even though we now live in a world that’s had Bucky running around in good health for over a decade, it’s important to remember how profoundly the assumed death of his best friend weighed on Steve Rogers after he woke up from the deep freeze. You can’t just erase all of the torment and pain, even though you can celebrate the knowledge that it might have been unnecessary.

Cap Declassified

One member of Cirque de la Revolution will probably seem familiar to longtime Cap fans: Olivier, “The Leaper.” Far from a secret, Steve recognizes the French martial art known as savate right off the bat which precedes a full-page ode to Jack Kirby’s silent fight scene between Cap and Batroc from his appearance in TALES OF SUSPENSE #85. As if all that fails to tip the hat, the fatally wounded revolutionary asks Marilyne to watch out for his grandson Georges, otherwise known as the international mercenary Batroc the Leaper.

Next, Ed Brubaker, Butch Guice and Michael Lark chronicle Bucky Barnes’ post-Cap adventures in the pages of WINTER SOLDIER. 

Retailer Advisory: Valiant’s Sold-Out Summer Event Rockets into Second Printings for 4001 A.D. #2, 4001 A.D.: X-O MANOWAR #1, and 4001 A.D.: BLOODSHOT #1

On August 3rd, the most ambitious comic book event of the summer roars back into stores with new printings for three essential issues of 4001 A.D.! Valiant proud to announce that three pivotal chapters of 4001 A.D. – the epic summer crossover event led by New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (DIVINITY II) and […]

Ayane Sakura Joins the Cast of “Orange” TV Anime

Adaptation of Ichigo Takano’s romance manga with a time-travel twist debuts on Tokyo MX on July 03

Additional voice actors have been announced for Orange, an upcoming TV anime based on the romance manga with a time travel twist by Ichigo Takano. Hit the jump to learn more.

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Entering Marvel Contest of Champions: Civil Warrior

Wondering what Kabam and “Marvel Contest of Champions” have in store for Captain America’s 75th birthday celebration? We talked to Art Director Gabriel Frizzera and Game Designer Justin Ostensen about their plans and the special playable character they’ve been working on.

Marvel.com: Who in the world is this Civil Warrior chap? I don’t think I’ve ever seen him before…

Gabriel Frizzera: That’s because he’s our brand-new, exclusive character! We designed him as a surprise character to appear in the final chapter of our “Cosmic Civil War” event, and also as our homage to Captain America’s 75th Anniversary!

Marvel.com: When it comes to creating original characters, especially for such an awesome event like Cap’s 75th birthday, what does the team try to focus on? What were you guys excited about for the Civil Warrior?

Gabriel Frizzera: We wanted to create a character that was the embodiment of the Civil War event that split the Marvel Universe. We started questioning what would happen if there was a reality where the war among heroes became so bad, it engulfed the planet? What if Cap and Iron Man had a final battle where Tony Stark perished [at] Cap’s hands? That would transform Steve Rogers into a different man, consumed by guilt and grief, and ultimately drive him to stop a conflict like that from ever happening again.  

Marvel.com: What went into his visual design? How did the team try to meld the Cap and Iron Man aesthetics?

Gabriel Frizzera: We wanted him to be mostly Captain America. So the base of his design is Cap’s uniform, instead of an even mix between Cap and Iron Man. After the war ended, Steve Rogers collected parts of prototype armor from Tony’s destroyed lab, and added bits and pieces to his own costume, both as battle enhancements and as [an] homage to his fallen friend. Finally, he discovered a special prototype shield Tony was working on before their conflict started: a vibranium shield with an embedded ARC Cannon, capable of shooting powerful repulsor blasts. The perfect combination of attack and defense, and the symbol of union between the two factions.

Marvel.com: Can you tell us a little about his kit? It looks fairly defensive and dang annoying to play against with that heal block!

Justin Ostensen: Civil Warrior definitely fits into the defensive ability kit. His Arc Shield allows him to Armor Up while he’s blocking, and his special attacks allow him to Power Drain his opponents. These combine to allow him to greatly reduce incoming damage as well as deny his opponents their much needed special attacks. Lastly, his Heal Block effect is triggered by performing Heavy Attacks, allowing savvy players to bypass powerful regeneration effects.

Marvel.com: What are the kinds of champions we want to team him up with?

Justin Ostensen: Civil Warrior is a version of Captain America underneath his Arc Reactor-infused suit. Bringing along his allies Winter Soldier and Falcon will increase his already formidable Armor, while teaming up with his opponents, Iron Man and Hulkbuster, will allow him to raise his Critical Damage and offensive capabilities.

Marvel.com: Do you guys have any other cool things happening in the “Contest of Champions” universe?

Gabriel Frizzera: We have many events planned for this year—the Battlerealm will be busier than ever! A lot of it we want to keep under wraps, but I can reveal a few juicy tidbits. After the Civil War ends, we’re going to have a new event focused on the X-Men! People might have seen a few characters and art pieces floating around the internet. All I have to say is that what you’ve seen is just the tip of the iceberg! It will involve unexpected characters, or families of characters, from the Marvel Universe. And after that…well, there’s something big coming, and it will shake the foundations of the Contest of Champions!

Stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Contest of Champions” news and interviews.

D3 Publisher Counts Down to PS Vita Idol Project

A little over 3 days remain in mystery countdown

D3Publisher recently launched a website and Twitter account that’s counting down to the reveal of a “new idol project” on PS Vita. Right now we just have a background image and the “i-death” URL to go on, with the full reveal set for July 3. Hit the jump for more.

NBCUniversal Supports Next Class of Millennial Trains Innovators

NBCUniversal’s continued commitment to the Millennial Trains Project (MTP) will allow 50 young leaders to embark on life-changing journeys. 

They’re entrepreneurs, non-profit founders, social activists and changemakers. They have exciting new ideas and are working on projects that address timely social issues: Youth voter turnout. Gun violence. Equality. Government Transparency. National Service. 

And this August, on their cross-country MTP trips, they’ll further develop their ideas and bring them to fruition. 

MTP’s vintage rail cars serve as moving incubators for participants. As they traverse the country, they stop in six major American cities and meet with local leaders. In between stops, they’re brainstorming and refining their projects with each other and with mentors who come aboard.

The August 1st through 7th journey departs from Pittsburgh and will stop in Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque and Los Angeles. The second train runs August 8th through 18th. It begins in Los Angeles and travels through San Francisco, Denver, Milwaukee and Detroit.

NBCUniversal is proud to partner with MTP and support the next generation of leaders. In addition to sponsoring the journeys for the second year, NBCUniversal has selected a number of participants as scholarship recipients who will receive funding to cover the costs of their trips. NBCUniversal will also award Impact Grants to help participants further develop their projects once they’ve departed the train.

To meet the participants and learn more about MTP, go here.

The partnership with Millennial Trains Project is part of NBCUniversal’s unifying vision for social impact: Open Possibilities. Focused on uniting media, technology and community to ignite passion around social issues, unleash creativity and connect us to something bigger, Open Possibilities represents what is possible when we push the limits of what technology and media can achieve to move communities and people forward.

 

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Divided We Stand: The Future of Marvel NOW!

With Civil War II already underway, the scars have begun to show across the Marvel Universe—and it’s only the beginning.

Following the current epic event engulfing Iron Man, Captain Marvel, and the rest of your favorite heroes and villains, the familiar branding of Marvel NOW! returns with a new tag line: “Divided We Stand.” As we edge toward the midway point of this summer’s biggest series, a special preview catalogue highlighting some of the titles to come this fall will be released on Wednesday, July 13 alongside CIVIL WAR II #3, both of which will be available at select comic book retailers starting at midnight.

We pulled Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso aside for an eye-opening chat on what to expect when Marvel NOW! returns and the huge ramifications of Civil War II.

Marvel.com: Back in 2012, the original Marvel NOW! kicked off a huge new era for the company coming out of Avengers Vs. X-Men. Why a new Marvel NOW! initiative for post-Civil War II?

Axel Alonso: Well, we think it’s an effective branding, it sends a message that it’s a jumping on point for readers; not only that, but it starts a new chapter moving forward. In the aftermath of Civil War II, not everything’s hunky dory. There’s a winner, there’s a loser, certain characters are elevated to new heights, other characters have a lot to reconcile and atone for, so there’s gonna be a lot of changes in the Marvel Universe; they’re gonna affect the fabric of the Marvel Universe and the relationships amongst the characters. That’s why we took the Marvel Now! logo and fragmented it a bit—there’s a message there.

Marvel.com: In addition to that, the tag line “Divided We Stand” is being used—can you speak a bit to that?

Axel Alonso: Like I said before, there will be scars left by Civil War II. New alliances will be formed amongst certain characters [and] there will be fissures amongst others; new teams will form, some a reaction to what happens in Civil War. It’s gonna be a complicated landscape, but out of conflict comes great stories. Before you bemoan the fact that the Marvel heroes are not united, I don’t think there’s ever been a period where the Marvel heroes have been united, but let’s just say we’re upping the ante and doubling down on that right now. Again, any big war is gonna leave scars. This one does and it’s gonna reposition a lot of characters for the future. It’s gonna leave a window of opportunity for characters to step into the spotlight and do big things as well.

Marvel.com: Speaking of the future and speaking of characters stepping into the spotlight, the younger heroes are going get something of a push coming out in Marvel Now! Can we talk about that a little bit?

Axel Alonso: Without giving away too much, the younger characters have a lot on their mind in the aftermath of Civil War II. Its resolution inspires certain questions on their minds. They’re a different generation of hero and in certain ways you’re gonna see characters step out from under the shadow of the classic adult heroes in the Marvel Universe. We think this is an organic thing. We [have] watched a number of our characters from Kamala Khan to Miles Morales to Amadeus Cho step forward and into the spotlight in the past year. And this is just one more step in them forging their own identity and perhaps connecting with a younger generation of readers.

Marvel.com: Now, in the Mike Deodato image we’re putting out with this interview, front and center there’s a lot of Iron Man imagery, but there’s no Tony Stark. Do you want to address that?

Axel Alonso: I don’t! [Laughs] I want people to speculate. You know, as we said, big stuff happens in Civil War II. And if you’ve seen what we’ve been willing to do in the last couple of years to shake up the Marvel Universe, you know that taking Tony off the table isn’t out of the realm of possibility. That said, I’ll say that teaser image is meant to give you a snapshot of characters to keep your eye on in the coming year. That’s not to say that there aren’t characters not pictured, like Tony or say the female Thor or Sam Wilson or Bruce Banner who, assuming they survive Civil War II, will obviously have a place of prominence in the Marvel Universe moving forward.

Marvel.com: There’s some interesting choices on the art to be sure. Are there any characters or books that you’re really excited about?

Axel Alonso: I’m really excited about the two characters at the foreground of the image. On one end you see a guy who looks a little bit like Doctor Doom holding an Iron Man mask and on the other side you see RiRi wearing what looks to be something like Rhodey’s armor. I’m very excited about what we’re doing. You know, we have a very very diverse group of heroes in the Marvel Universe right now; I think that never more than now, have our heroes sort of represented the breadth of our audience out there. Male, female, white, black, Hispanic, Asian. I think it’s a healthy thing for the industry, but more importantly is it was an organic outgrowth, it wasn’t a mandate. It’s just something that sort of bubbled up and we haven’t suppressed, we’ve rolled with that and we’ve landed in a place where we have characters connecting with readers of all stripes as well.

Marvel.com: To wrap things up, talk to me about the preview magazine that’s coming out on July 13 and what it’ll show, what kind of indication it gives of what’s in store for Marvel NOW! with some—though not all—of the titles spinning out of the initiative.

Axel Alonso: The preview magazine is more of a deep dive into the future of the Marvel U, highlighting some key central books that are part of the publishing plan, a couple of which really really really speak to the new predicament in the Marvel Universe, the notion of “Divided We Stand.” It’s a deep dive including creators, commentary on the books, and it gives you a first look. It’s sort of like a trailer for a movie, in a different format. It’s something new, I think it’s something that’s overdue.

Keep following Marvel.com and our social channels for the latest news on Marvel NOW!

D.Gray-man – Announcement on Remaining Episodes

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Different Writer/Director Team To Lead New “Blue Exorcist” TV Anime

More information has leaked concerning the 2017 TV anime adaptation of “Blue Exorcist,” which promises to present an adaptation of the Kyoto Impure King Arc

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