Mephisto Trick or Treats at ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’

Halloween rapidly approaches, and while the students of “Marvel Avengers Academy” prepare their costumes and plan their parties, the demon Mephisto assembles his minions for a celebration of his own.

Mephisto will soon cross over from his hellscape to the Academy’s plane of existence, hungry for new souls and servants. With the villain flanked by Dracula, Satana, and an army of Fire Demons, the Avengers have their work cut out for them if they hope to put an end to his invasion.

We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to get the low-down on Mephisto and his motivations, along with what Halloween celebrations we’ll see at the Academy.

Marvel.com: What brings Mephisto to our plane?

Allen Warner: We learned at the end of the Daredevil event that Kingpin had struck a deal with Mephisto to help him enter our dimension, and was working with the Hand to use their occult magic to open a dimensional rift. Of course, with those three factions, there was and will continue to be plenty of double and triple-crossing, as each one tries to use the others to get what they want. The Avengers Academy students and the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen managed to stop Kingpin and the Hand before they could open the portal, but the Hand still weakened the area enough for Mephisto to finish the job as the Halloween season further blurred the boundary between the physical and supernatural worlds.

Mephisto collects souls and thrives on fear and subservience, so he sees this new dimension and campus filled with superhuman and supernatural heroes as an untouched realm for him to conquer that will expand his kingdom and take his already incredible powers to the next level.  Part of the evil joy he gets out of collecting souls is forcing people to give them up voluntarily, so he uses his charms, his minions, and his talents for emotional manipulation to trick and torment the students rather than immediately launching a full-scale assault. He wants to humiliate his adversaries as much as he wants to collect their souls, and we’ll learn over the course of the event that he’s really after one person in particular.  Only one soul has ever challenged him in his own dimension and escape unscathed,  and he can’t rest until he gets his revenge.

Marvel.com: While Mephisto is the big-bad here, what other threats does he bring with him?

Allen Warner: He’s working with a couple of other shady, self-interested characters who are perfect for Halloween in Dracula and Satana. Dracula actually has sort of “good” intentions, trying to turn the Avengers Academy students into vampires as a means of rebuilding his vampire nation, which has fallen on hard times and is nearly extinct. The demoness Satana simply wants to feed on souls. She’s always hungry for more, and Avengers Academy seems like the perfect place to sink her teeth into. We see very quickly that she doesn’t like to take orders from anyone, and she doesn’t share Mephisto’s love for drawn out mind games, so there’s a lot of friction there that will eventually result in her setting her eyes on a much bigger prize. Along with these two powerful helpers, Mephisto is also bringing a legion of Fire Demons from his home dimension that come in all shapes and sizes, and will try to drag anyone they battle back to Hell.

Marvel.com: What new heroes will be brought into the fold in order to help dispatch their new supernatural foes?

Allen Warner: A really exciting lineup: Misty Knight, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, and Blade.  Each one brings something completely different to the table, and comes with awesome abilities and a great backstory. If players can defeat Dracula and Satana, they’ll also be able to recruit them to the Academy to help in the battle with Mephisto. There will also be one more surprise character who will be revealed further into the event. It’s someone I don’t think many players will be expecting, but a character who couldn’t be better suited for Halloween.

Marvel.com: Ghost Rider comes to the game hot on the heels of his TV debut in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” while Misty Knight just made her live-action debut in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” today on Netflix. What actions and abilities do these heroes bring to the Academy and the fight against Mephisto?

Allen Warner: Yeah, the timing is amazing. To be honest, we planned this out so long ago that we had no idea either one of these characters would be debuting in different TV shows at the same time the event is launching, but we obviously couldn’t be [happier]. It’s always great when we can support Marvel characters in different media and vice versa, and both of these characters are so awesome that I’m glad to see them getting introduced to a new audience.

Ghost Rider is someone we connected to a potential Halloween event way back at the beginning of development. Like [“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”], we’re also using the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider to include even more diversity in the game, and support the more modern approach to the character. It’s great because he’s one of those characters like Ms. Marvel or Miles Morales that already have this youthful approach and energy, and they can walk right off of the comic page into our game without some extensive reimagining that we do for other characters.  We love that aspect of our game, but it’s also cool and exciting when a traditionally young character enters the game and interacts with characters like Black Widow and Captain America who aren’t usually in their age range. Ghost Rider will use all of his awesome abilities from wrapping bad guys in his flaming chains to hopping inside of his fiery car to take off and do donuts.

Misty Knight might seem like a strange fit for Halloween at first because she doesn’t have the obvious supernatural connection the rest of these characters do, but she might play the most critical role in the whole event. I always like to connect all of our events together narratively, and there were a few mentions in the Daredevil event of Misty investigating exactly what Kingpin and the Hand were planning. We focus on her great detective skills, and I like the idea of a “normal” character being in an event filled with supernatural characters because she can be the voice and viewpoint of the player, and comment on all of the weirdness like we would. She’ll have actions relating to her awesome skills and abilities from martial arts, detective work, and using her bionic arm to not only punch, but to use its cryogenic blast for an amazing animation.

Marvel.com: Blade and Moon Knight round out the additions; what new, unique actions will players see these two tackling?

Allen Warner: Blade is the ultimate vampire hunter and the Daywalker, having all of the vampire strengths without any of their weaknesses. We had some fun with those ideas in his actions and animations, along with playing to his traditionally stoic persona. He’s a no-nonsense guy in a campus filled with nonsense, so it’s fun to see how he bounces off of the other students.  He was another character we mentioned from the very beginning as being part of a potential Halloween event, so it’s great to see him finally entering the game, and embodying everything that makes him so cool in the comics and movies.

Moon Knight is such a unique character that you can approach in so many different ways. We wanted to address him being embodied by an Egyptian god. The split personalities. The fact that he’s literally come back from the dead. Not to mention that he has a huge collection of awesome moon-themed gadgets and vehicles. He has some really fun animations, some awesome combat animations, and some great decorations related to his backstory and tools of the trade.

Marvel.com: The Academy students will be fending off Mephisto and his subordinates, but what other activities will players be able to participate in during this event?

Allen Warner: There are a lot of fun new things to do in this event. The main event building is Haunted Avengers Mansion. It’s the iconic Avengers HQ decked out in creepy, authentic Halloween decorations for Wasp’s big Halloween party. We’re also adding a Halloween themed park, and a bunch of characters will use both places for brand-new actions and animations.  You’ll also be able to send characters through Mephisto’s portals for some extra-dimensional trick-or-treating, bringing back materials to defeat him and his minions. Last but not least, we’re introducing a feature that lets players pair up characters, using a bunch of fun dual actions and animations. Completing these actions gives you access to outfits and other prizes that you can’t get anywhere else. The students have to strengthen their relationships with each other to combat Mephisto’s manipulative powers, culminating in an iconic multi-character animation that I think people are going to love.

Marvel.com: This new threat arises during a Halloween party, so our heroes must be rocking costumes. What will players see their favorite characters dressing up as?

Allen Warner: This is one of the most exciting parts of the entire event. We’re adding new Halloween costumes for every main story character in the game to this point, from Iron Man to Hulk. We usually only give new event outfits to the earliest characters since some people may have just started playing the game, but Halloween seemed like too good of an opportunity to not give everyone at least one outfit. If you just started, and it will still be awhile before you reach characters like Ant-Man or Maria Hill, you can still acquire the outfits, and the outfit and related quests will unlock as soon as you’ve recruited that character. For our longtime players, it will be the first time we’ve offered alternate outfits for characters like Ms. Marvel, Enchantress, and Taskmaster. Since most of the new characters in this event are pretty serious people, we decided to go with the opposite approach for the costumes. Even if you’re a lifelong Marvel fan, I guarantee you’ve never seen a lot of these characters look anything close to what they’ll look like in some of these Halloween costumes.

It was a ton of fun brainstorming and creating the different looks, and we owe a big thanks to our fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit for suggesting and voting on outfits they wanted to see.  The winner was Cap-Wolf, which looks great with some amazing animations, but we also used quite a few of the other suggestions we received: Loki dressed as Thor, Black Widow wearing a “This is my Halloween Costume” T-shirt in classic unimpressed Black Widow fashion, and more.  My personal favorite is Falcon dressed like a Penguin.  I don’t want to spoil everything just yet, but I really feel like people are going to get so many smiles and laughs from the awesome designs and animations created by our always amazing art and animation teams, and the great ideas suggested by our creative and passionate fans.

Marvel.com: How will the event district play into Mephisto’s siege?

Allen Warner:
The event district is Mephisto’s hellscape. It’s a massive area of fire and brimstone where Mephisto watches everything from his throne. This is where the recruitable heroes will be trapped in Mephisto’s magic, along with the portals used for extra-dimensional trick-or-treating. There’s a large open area in front of Mephisto’s throne because when it’s time to finally battle the big boss, the students will have to bond together, and perform an iconic Halloween activity to infuriate the demon, and distract him with synchronized hilarity before taking him down for good.

Hopefully, they’ll be able to defeat him and close the dimensional rift once and for all, but if not, they may have to seek out the assistance of a certain sorcerer who’s no stranger to dimensional travel…

Play “Marvel Avengers Academy” today and stay tuned for further updates and events!

Mephisto Trick or Treats at ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’

Halloween rapidly approaches, and while the students of “Marvel Avengers Academy” prepare their costumes and plan their parties, the demon Mephisto assembles his minions for a celebration of his own.

Mephisto will soon cross over from his hellscape to the Academy’s plane of existence, hungry for new souls and servants. With the villain flanked by Dracula, Satana, and an army of Fire Demons, the Avengers have their work cut out for them if they hope to put an end to his invasion.

We sat down with Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to get the low-down on Mephisto and his motivations, along with what Halloween celebrations we’ll see at the Academy.

Marvel.com: What brings Mephisto to our plane?

Allen Warner: We learned at the end of the Daredevil event that Kingpin had struck a deal with Mephisto to help him enter our dimension, and was working with the Hand to use their occult magic to open a dimensional rift. Of course, with those three factions, there was and will continue to be plenty of double and triple-crossing, as each one tries to use the others to get what they want. The Avengers Academy students and the heroes of Hell’s Kitchen managed to stop Kingpin and the Hand before they could open the portal, but the Hand still weakened the area enough for Mephisto to finish the job as the Halloween season further blurred the boundary between the physical and supernatural worlds.

Mephisto collects souls and thrives on fear and subservience, so he sees this new dimension and campus filled with superhuman and supernatural heroes as an untouched realm for him to conquer that will expand his kingdom and take his already incredible powers to the next level.  Part of the evil joy he gets out of collecting souls is forcing people to give them up voluntarily, so he uses his charms, his minions, and his talents for emotional manipulation to trick and torment the students rather than immediately launching a full-scale assault. He wants to humiliate his adversaries as much as he wants to collect their souls, and we’ll learn over the course of the event that he’s really after one person in particular.  Only one soul has ever challenged him in his own dimension and escape unscathed,  and he can’t rest until he gets his revenge.

Marvel.com: While Mephisto is the big-bad here, what other threats does he bring with him?

Allen Warner: He’s working with a couple of other shady, self-interested characters who are perfect for Halloween in Dracula and Satana. Dracula actually has sort of “good” intentions, trying to turn the Avengers Academy students into vampires as a means of rebuilding his vampire nation, which has fallen on hard times and is nearly extinct. The demoness Satana simply wants to feed on souls. She’s always hungry for more, and Avengers Academy seems like the perfect place to sink her teeth into. We see very quickly that she doesn’t like to take orders from anyone, and she doesn’t share Mephisto’s love for drawn out mind games, so there’s a lot of friction there that will eventually result in her setting her eyes on a much bigger prize. Along with these two powerful helpers, Mephisto is also bringing a legion of Fire Demons from his home dimension that come in all shapes and sizes, and will try to drag anyone they battle back to Hell.

Marvel.com: What new heroes will be brought into the fold in order to help dispatch their new supernatural foes?

Allen Warner: A really exciting lineup: Misty Knight, Ghost Rider, Moon Knight, and Blade.  Each one brings something completely different to the table, and comes with awesome abilities and a great backstory. If players can defeat Dracula and Satana, they’ll also be able to recruit them to the Academy to help in the battle with Mephisto. There will also be one more surprise character who will be revealed further into the event. It’s someone I don’t think many players will be expecting, but a character who couldn’t be better suited for Halloween.

Marvel.com: Ghost Rider comes to the game hot on the heels of his TV debut in “Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.,” while Misty Knight just made her live-action debut in “Marvel’s Luke Cage” today on Netflix. What actions and abilities do these heroes bring to the Academy and the fight against Mephisto?

Allen Warner: Yeah, the timing is amazing. To be honest, we planned this out so long ago that we had no idea either one of these characters would be debuting in different TV shows at the same time the event is launching, but we obviously couldn’t be [happier]. It’s always great when we can support Marvel characters in different media and vice versa, and both of these characters are so awesome that I’m glad to see them getting introduced to a new audience.

Ghost Rider is someone we connected to a potential Halloween event way back at the beginning of development. Like [“Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”], we’re also using the Robbie Reyes Ghost Rider to include even more diversity in the game, and support the more modern approach to the character. It’s great because he’s one of those characters like Ms. Marvel or Miles Morales that already have this youthful approach and energy, and they can walk right off of the comic page into our game without some extensive reimagining that we do for other characters.  We love that aspect of our game, but it’s also cool and exciting when a traditionally young character enters the game and interacts with characters like Black Widow and Captain America who aren’t usually in their age range. Ghost Rider will use all of his awesome abilities from wrapping bad guys in his flaming chains to hopping inside of his fiery car to take off and do donuts.

Misty Knight might seem like a strange fit for Halloween at first because she doesn’t have the obvious supernatural connection the rest of these characters do, but she might play the most critical role in the whole event. I always like to connect all of our events together narratively, and there were a few mentions in the Daredevil event of Misty investigating exactly what Kingpin and the Hand were planning. We focus on her great detective skills, and I like the idea of a “normal” character being in an event filled with supernatural characters because she can be the voice and viewpoint of the player, and comment on all of the weirdness like we would. She’ll have actions relating to her awesome skills and abilities from martial arts, detective work, and using her bionic arm to not only punch, but to use its cryogenic blast for an amazing animation.

Marvel.com: Blade and Moon Knight round out the additions; what new, unique actions will players see these two tackling?

Allen Warner: Blade is the ultimate vampire hunter and the Daywalker, having all of the vampire strengths without any of their weaknesses. We had some fun with those ideas in his actions and animations, along with playing to his traditionally stoic persona. He’s a no-nonsense guy in a campus filled with nonsense, so it’s fun to see how he bounces off of the other students.  He was another character we mentioned from the very beginning as being part of a potential Halloween event, so it’s great to see him finally entering the game, and embodying everything that makes him so cool in the comics and movies.

Moon Knight is such a unique character that you can approach in so many different ways. We wanted to address him being embodied by an Egyptian god. The split personalities. The fact that he’s literally come back from the dead. Not to mention that he has a huge collection of awesome moon-themed gadgets and vehicles. He has some really fun animations, some awesome combat animations, and some great decorations related to his backstory and tools of the trade.

Marvel.com: The Academy students will be fending off Mephisto and his subordinates, but what other activities will players be able to participate in during this event?

Allen Warner: There are a lot of fun new things to do in this event. The main event building is Haunted Avengers Mansion. It’s the iconic Avengers HQ decked out in creepy, authentic Halloween decorations for Wasp’s big Halloween party. We’re also adding a Halloween themed park, and a bunch of characters will use both places for brand-new actions and animations.  You’ll also be able to send characters through Mephisto’s portals for some extra-dimensional trick-or-treating, bringing back materials to defeat him and his minions. Last but not least, we’re introducing a feature that lets players pair up characters, using a bunch of fun dual actions and animations. Completing these actions gives you access to outfits and other prizes that you can’t get anywhere else. The students have to strengthen their relationships with each other to combat Mephisto’s manipulative powers, culminating in an iconic multi-character animation that I think people are going to love.

Marvel.com: This new threat arises during a Halloween party, so our heroes must be rocking costumes. What will players see their favorite characters dressing up as?

Allen Warner: This is one of the most exciting parts of the entire event. We’re adding new Halloween costumes for every main story character in the game to this point, from Iron Man to Hulk. We usually only give new event outfits to the earliest characters since some people may have just started playing the game, but Halloween seemed like too good of an opportunity to not give everyone at least one outfit. If you just started, and it will still be awhile before you reach characters like Ant-Man or Maria Hill, you can still acquire the outfits, and the outfit and related quests will unlock as soon as you’ve recruited that character. For our longtime players, it will be the first time we’ve offered alternate outfits for characters like Ms. Marvel, Enchantress, and Taskmaster. Since most of the new characters in this event are pretty serious people, we decided to go with the opposite approach for the costumes. Even if you’re a lifelong Marvel fan, I guarantee you’ve never seen a lot of these characters look anything close to what they’ll look like in some of these Halloween costumes.

It was a ton of fun brainstorming and creating the different looks, and we owe a big thanks to our fans on Facebook, Twitter, and Reddit for suggesting and voting on outfits they wanted to see.  The winner was Cap-Wolf, which looks great with some amazing animations, but we also used quite a few of the other suggestions we received: Loki dressed as Thor, Black Widow wearing a “This is my Halloween Costume” T-shirt in classic unimpressed Black Widow fashion, and more.  My personal favorite is Falcon dressed like a Penguin.  I don’t want to spoil everything just yet, but I really feel like people are going to get so many smiles and laughs from the awesome designs and animations created by our always amazing art and animation teams, and the great ideas suggested by our creative and passionate fans.

Marvel.com: How will the event district play into Mephisto’s siege?

Allen Warner:
The event district is Mephisto’s hellscape. It’s a massive area of fire and brimstone where Mephisto watches everything from his throne. This is where the recruitable heroes will be trapped in Mephisto’s magic, along with the portals used for extra-dimensional trick-or-treating. There’s a large open area in front of Mephisto’s throne because when it’s time to finally battle the big boss, the students will have to bond together, and perform an iconic Halloween activity to infuriate the demon, and distract him with synchronized hilarity before taking him down for good.

Hopefully, they’ll be able to defeat him and close the dimensional rift once and for all, but if not, they may have to seek out the assistance of a certain sorcerer who’s no stranger to dimensional travel…

Play “Marvel Avengers Academy” today and stay tuned for further updates and events!

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Look for the pro-wrestling series starting on Saturday, October 1st at 12:45PM PDT (Saturday)

Crunchyroll has announced the addition of Tiger Mask W to its fall 2016 anime lineup. This reboot of Ikki Kajiwara and Naoki Tsuji’s classic pro-wrestling manga from the late 1960s to early 70s features plenty of remarkable voice talents, including real wrestlers, along with 79-year-old Hidekatsu Shibata reprising his role as Mister X. Get the details after the jump.

Crunchyroll Adds “Tiger Mask W” To Fall Anime Lineup

Look for the pro-wrestling series starting on Saturday, October 1st at 12:45PM PDT (Saturday)

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Nintendo Reveals Japan’s Version of the NES Classic Edition

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Nostalgic Nintendo fans in the west will be able to celebrate the company’s first home console when the NES Classic Edition launches in November. Japan is getting in on the fun too, and, well, the Nintendo Famicom Mini is going to be pretty hard to resist. Read on for more.

IDW Publishing’s 2016 New York Comic Con Schedule

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Marvel NOW! Hear This: Squadron Supreme

Popular wisdom states that you can’t just go and kill one of the longest-running characters in the Marvel Universe without some kind of repercussions. No, not for SQUADRON SUPREME writer James Robinson and artist Leonard Kirk, but for the members of the team who offed Namor when the series kicked off after Secret Wars.

With a new day dawning, the team—currently split to various corners of time and space thanks in part to their actions during Civil War II—must decide if they should work towards bringing the king of Atlantis back from the dead and figure out what that means to them as a grouping of beings from dead parallel universes trying to keep their new home safe.

We talked with Robinson about where the team members will start out and how they might come together to bring their victim back to the land of the living.

Marvel.com: Going into SQUADRON SUPREME #13 and #14, the team is scattered with Blur and Thundra captured, Hyperion and Doctor Spectrum awash in the timestream, and Nighthawk doing his thing. What makes these smaller groupings appealing to you as a writer?

James Robinson: I think they appeal to any writer of a team book. There is a direct correlation between the amount of character and humanity you can give a scene and the amount of [principal] characters involved. If you break the team up, the smaller groups and their separate scenes give everyone a chance to talk, opine, and shine. It helps writers avoid those group scenes when someone says a throwaway line just to remind people he/she’s in the scene at all. Or characters looking stupid, standing around saying nothing.

Marvel.com: Can you talk a little bit about the initial conversations that lead to the Squadron Supreme beheading Namor in the first issue? I think it surprised plenty of readers!

James Robinson: I wanted to show the readers that the Squadron would do anything if they thought the end justified the means. And with the way to bring him back clear in my mind, from the onset, I beheaded Namor, because it’s such a finite death. You blow him up, or something where you don’t see the body, you know the character isn’t really dead. I wanted readers to be shocked by how seemingly permanent Namor’s killing was.

Marvel.com: What does the return of Namor actually mean to the Squadron?

James Robinson: It’s a chance for redemption for some of our team and dread for others. It will definitely shake things up for our Squadron. Namor is fearless. He’s a good character to remind the Squadron how to be supreme.

Marvel.com: Between Civil War II and this splitting-up of the team, how will the Squadron be different when they finally get back together?

James Robinson: When the Squadron gets back together, Nighthawk will have learned things from the Inhuman Ulysses that will make him distrustful of Hyperion. The events of “Finding Namor” will also have members distrustful of Nighthawk. The team will be highly wary of each other when they are finally all together again.

Marvel.com: You’ve worked on Jim Hammond both in this book and in ALL-NEW INVADERS. What keeps drawing you to that character and what makes him work so well in SQUADRON SUPREME?

James Robinson: I love Jim Hammond. I love the fact that he was the very first Marvel super hero—and no, anyone who says Namor is, you’re wrong. I love the fact that by being the only truly, totally artificial man, he’s this unique figure, striving to find his own humanity. His goodness and heroism too, shines through always—traits that we think of as the stuff of humans, not artificial humans.

I also love how “un-non-human” he is. He’s as much a classic hero as Captain America, in my opinion. I think he’s the perfect foil for the Squadron because they come with such moral ambiguity and he is so straight-up and good. He has honor and ethics.

However, as we’ll see in “Finding Namor,” Jim is due for a bit of a shake-up; when he next crosses paths with the Squadron, so watch out for that.

Marvel.com: You and Leonard continue to work really well together. How has your collaborative relationship evolved since you started?

James Robinson: I think Leonard is a genius. I’ve said this many times. We’ve worked together for more than three years now, and it never gets old for me. I love seeing his designs and the way when interpreting my scripts he always adds stuff to make what I’ve imagined even more spectacular.

If I had to say anything specific about how we work now, I’d say that I trust him more. I write pretty detailed scripts, where I describe layouts and pacing and camera angles and such. With Leonard, I know his abilities so well, I ease up and let him do his thing. I’m never sorry.

James Robinson and Leonard Kirk continues to put the team through the paces in SQUADRON SUPREME #13 and #14, this November and December!

“Fate/Extella” Shows More Story and Action in Second Full Promo

Crowd-battling action game hits Japan on November 10, the west this winter

The final two Servant clips for Fate/Extella: The Umbral Star debuted last week, so it’s time to zoom out to see the bigger picture with the second full promo. You can see some brief story setup after the jump, followed by a rapid-fire intro to all the Servants and plenty of action footage.

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“Reborn!” Author Revisits Character In Twitter Short Manga

Also mentioned, there will be an update on the winter 2017 TV anime adaptation of Akira Amano’s ēlDLIVE coming next week

Reborn! author Akira Amano is not one of those manga artist who frequently, or even ever, shares sketches on Twitter. Well, she doesn’t really even have a personal account. Instead, it’s something that an editor manages. But, announced this month, she’ll be revisiting the series’ cast in an irregular series of post, which started today with Fran. Get a look after the jump.

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Marvel Heroes 2016 Roll Call: Luke Cage

Want to pound bad guys into the pavement while shrugging off bullets and look great doing it? Gazillion’s throwing a Power Man party in “Marvel Heroes 2016” to celebrate the Avenger’s Netflix series debut with chances to earn Luke Cage costumes and other fun Heroes for Hire in-game swag.

Game Designer Brian Waggoner stopped by to chat with us about the Luke Cage lowdown on all the cool stuff in store for players.

Marvel.com: The team is dropping a bevy of awesome Luke Cage action coinciding with the release of his show on Netflix, not least of which are a couple of visual updates. How are you guys making Luke look fresher than he already does?

Brian Waggoner: We gave both his Modern costume and Classic costume visual updates. For his Modern costume, the art team went for more of a realistic look instead of a more stylized look this time around. The costume has an incredible amount of detail—you can see folds in fabric, different textures and significant amount of new facial detail.

Luke’s Classic costume now brings his original 70’s look to life more than ever. His shirt now has a great texture to make it look like an era-appropriate silk shirt, and our art team has added some sideburns and enhanced his hair. He also got the same facial detail upgrades as his Modern costume.

Marvel.com: And he’s getting an all-new Netflix series costume too right? He sports a fairly street-style outfit in the series, so what’d you guys look for to make it pop visually?

Brian Waggoner: The goal was to focus on accentuating the materials. The team built his hooded sweatshirt look with some new, larger materials to make it stand out more than you would expect. In a world full of flashy super hero costumes, a black hoodie can stand out without a lot of help. The costume also has some nice yellow fabric around the hood that is a nice throwback to his yellow shirt that he wore in the comics to tie it all together.

Marvel.com: But the fun isn’t just about Luke Cage. Jessica Jones is entering the game as a Team-Up character! How well does she complement her main squeeze?

Brian Waggoner: As only Jessica could. She is very melee oriented, much like Luke Cage, so they are in the fray, mixing it up with bad guys together a lot. They excel at throwing things like cars and chunks of concrete, which showcase their extraordinary strength. If you love throwing punches and heavy things, she is your kind of Team-Up!

Marvel.com: And apparently there’s some fancy XP event and a tournament? What can you tell us about that?

Brian Waggoner: Our Heroes for Hire event is focused on celebrating not only Luke Cage’s history in the comics, but also the Heroes for Hire team. Players who play as Luke Cage, Iron Fist, She-Hulk, Human Torch, and Black Cat will gain increased experience for the duration of the event. Additionally, while playing as those characters, we have an in-game tournament that tracks how many Gang Members, Maggia, and Mercenary enemies that you defeat, as well as how many civilians you rescue, placing you on a leaderboard with other players. The higher you rank the better rewards you receive at the end of the tournament. The tournament is very casual-player friendly, resetting every four hours, so everyone has many chances to participate. As you would expect, we have many exciting rewards, including an item that lets players tag the ground with “CAGE,” letting enemies know who just took them down!

Marvel: And I think finally players are going to get a crack at a Heroes for Hire Fortune Card. What do they have a chance of winning?

Brian Waggoner: This Fortune Card is focused on showcasing the 1997 HEROES FOR HIRE comic run. It contains costumes for Luke Cage, Iron Fist, and She-Hulk as they appeared in that series. It also contains two different pets, including our first cat! Mr. Hammond’s Cat is a cute little guy that I know players will love, and Ignatz is a Deviant that Ant-Man teamed up with during his time with the Heroes for Hire. The Fortune Card also includes chances to obtain random boosts as always.

Marvel.com: How long does the fun last?

Brian Waggoner: The event will run until 12:01 AM PDT on Friday, October 10. 

Marvel.com: Anything else we need to know?

Brian Waggoner: Be sure to log in to “Marvel Heroes 2016” on Saturday, October 1 to get a token to completely unlock Luke Cage for free!  Players who already have Luke Cage can use this token to upgrade his ultimate ability.

And as a side note, you’ll want to visit MarvelHeroes.com for all the nitty-gritty details on the biggest systems update we’ve ever made for the game, which will be coming later this year.

Check out Luke Cage on Netflix today, power up Power Man in “Marvel Heroes 2016,” and stay tuned to Marvel.com for more “Marvel Heroes” news and interviews.

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