Behold, the Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Official Trailer Is Upon Us

 

Grab your Walkman because it’s time to rock n roll! We just dropped the first trailer for Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series. See it above!

Players will take on multiple roles within the ragtag band of heroes, and take the pilot’s seat in directing their escapades around the universe.

The interactive episodic game series is now available for pre-order at your preferred retailer. The first episode, ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ premieres April 18th. The season pass disc will be available beginning May 2nd in North America and May 5th across the globe.

For all upcoming news on the series, sign on for updates on the official website, like the new ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series‘ page on Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter @TelltaleGames.

Continue the Conversation of Women’s History Month!

In honor of Women’s History Month, we continue the discussion of women working in comics, plus comics for women, with a roundtable discussion with hosts Sana Amanat & Judy Stephens and guests Lorraine Cink and Christina Harrington.

Listen to the Women of Marvel – Episode 140 now!

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So you just stopped Thanos from undoing reality (again) and Nova Prime is probably going to spend weeks on the paperwork alone. Here’s an Infinity Gem of an idea: let’s kick off the space boots, head to the backyard and have a COSMIC PARTY! We’re inviting a motley crew of galactic greats and they’re bringing essential party items featuring the Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain Marvel herself and the Nova Corps! Order by 5/15 at 9pm PT.

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The Women of Marvel podcast assemble to chat all things Marvel and more! New episodes will be released every Thursday, co-hosted by Marvel Director, Content and Character Development Sana Amanat, Marvel.com Producer Judy Stephens, along with Marvel DMG Senior Social Media Manager Adri Cowan.

Have feedback or questions? Email us at WomenOf@marvel.com, or tweet your questions and comments to @Marvel with the hashtag #WomenOfMarvel!

A.I.M. Institute, Hydra School and Attuma’s Undersea University Join Forces Against ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’

After being defeated multiple times by the kids at “Marvel Avengers Academy,” A.I.M. and Hydra decide to join forces, and reach out to Attuma and his villainous underwater school to form a coalition of evil. The trio of villainous schools take a new approach to their attack by imprisoning the Academy’s faculty first, leaving the school in disarray. The students have to overcome their personal rivalries and the villainous invaders to free their mentors, imprison the evil leaders, and restore order.

We tapped Allen Warner, Lead Narrative Designer at TinyCo, to get the full rundown on this new 4-week faculty event that kicks off tomorrow.

Marvel.com: The stakes are different in the latest threat facing Avengers Academy. How do the students find themselves without their teachers and mentors?

Allen Warner: While the Academy was distracted with Ultron’s revolution and rampaging monsters, their rivals have been plotting a way to finally defeat the Avengers once and for all. The A.I.M. Institute was crushed with the help of M.O.D.O.K., Phil Coulson, and Squirrel Girl, and Hydra School was dismantled when their star pupil Red Skull was captured and Madame Hydra defected to join Avengers Academy. Arnim Zola has since taken control of Hydra, and Scientist Supreme has started to rebuild A.I.M., but they realize that their only chance to ever beat the Avengers is to join forces with another villainous school and launch a three-pronged attack. They convince the aquatic conqueror Attuma and his Undersea University to launch the assault, hitting the Academy with giant tidal waves, docking massive battleships at the gates, and capturing the faculty in an attempt to throw the campus into disarray.

Marvel.com: A three-school team-up is easily the biggest enemy our heroes have faced. What will they have to do to defend the campus and free the faculty? What new ways can players prepare and battle their foes?

Allen Warner: Each week, the heroes will face a new faction’s boss, battleship, and minions. Attuma’s Lemurian minions are different from any henchmen group we’ve ever made, and the coolest yet in my opinion. Besides the rotating factions, the other thing that’s completely new to this event is allowing the player to battle using the Helicarrier. Each villainous faction has a battleship, and players will attempt to destroy their ships with the Helicarrier.

Marvel.com: How will the combo of Attuma, Zola, and Scientist Supreme shape the event district?

Allen Warner: The event district looks awesome. The entire area is submerged in water due to Attuma’s tidal waves, and each villainous group arrives with an aquatic headquarters and battleship befitting their theme. Attuma and his forces arrive with a gigantic armored sea creature, Hydra has a flying fortress, and A.I.M. has some crazy floating future-tech.

The event building is really cool too. Tony Stark builds an aquatic center to help everyone train for underwater combat, but since it’s Tony it’s equal parts practical, creative, flashy, and fun.

Marvel.com: What characters will be recruitable this time around?

Allen Warner: Some legends of Avengers Academy and overall Marvel lore. Odin, Nick Fury, Leader, J.A.R.V.I.S., Frigga, and Hank Pym. It’s awesome to finally make some of our established faculty available, and great to introduce these other iconic characters. It’s a lot of fun to see how these (generally) more mature mentors interact with the crazy kids of Avengers Academy.

A.I.M. Institute, Hydra School and Attuma’s Undersea University Join Forces Against ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’
A.I.M. Institute, Hydra School and Attuma’s Undersea University Join Forces Against ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’
Attuma in ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’

Odin in ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’
Nick Fury in ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’
Hank Pym in ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’

New Outfit Available in ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’
New Outfit Available in ‘Marvel Avengers Academy’

Marvel.com: Several members of the Avengers Academy staff can be recruited here. Has this been the plan from the beginning? Or did the team decide sometime after launch to make these characters playable?

Allen Warner: We always knew we’d make the faculty playable at some point. It just wouldn’t seem right to have these iconic characters walking around campus without making them recruitable. We wanted to wait to make the moment they stepped into action feel really special, and it’s really exciting to me because some players have been interacting with these characters for over a year, and now they can make them their own, and dig into their personal stories instead of having them appear in some other hero’s story. Anyone following the overall story knows that Odin, Hank Pym, and Nick Fury know the secrets behind the origins of Avengers Academy, the timefog, and these younger heroes and villains. We also know that they’re hiding multiple objects of immense power underneath the campus. Some big pieces of both of those mysteries will be revealed during this event.

Marvel.com: What outfits will the heroes wear to counter this coalition of evil?

Allen Warner: There will be some really cool aquatic themed outfits for Enchantress, Falcon, and Iron Man, combat-oriented outfits for Peggy Carter, Odin, Frigga, Leader, and J.A.R.V.I.S., and one of our most requested outfits: Bruce Banner Hulk. I know I’ve said this before, but these are some of the coolest outfits we’ve made, and our incredible art team outdid themselves yet again. The combat outfits in particular are really varied, and unexpected, and unlike anything that’s been in the game to this point.

Marvel.com: Beyond that, can you give us any other hints about what’s to come?

Allen Warner: Nick Fury will do something during this event that draws the attention of the entire cosmos, and the Avengers will need the help of some old friends and new recruits to guard their corner of the galaxy.

Avengers Point One: Working Retro

In 1965, three criminals joined Captain America to redefine and rebuild the Avengers. Cap, Quicksilver, Scarlet Witch, and Hawkeye became known as The Kookie Kwartet in one of the most momentous storylines in Avengers history, “The Old Order Changeth”—but, 52 years later, turns out their story wasn’t over.

AVENGERS POINT ONE writer Mark Waid and artist Barry Kitson have woven a new history into the fabric of the Marvel Universe. And the epic story, set across time and space from 1965 to 2017 and beyond, will conclude on March 29 with AVENGERS #5.1!

We sat down with Mark to discuss the art of telling an untold tale across Avengers eras, characters, and creators.

Marvel.com: What excited you most about enhancing a story that’s existed for so long? What new emphases did you want to bring to these characters?

Mark Waid: The appeal to me here was diving into a period of the Avengers that was really fraught with emotion and really fraught with soap opera, in a way they maybe haven’t been before or since quite that much. The idea that Captain America, who has been out of the ice—at this point in Marvel history—for about eight minutes, is handed the keys to the Avengers Mansion. Adding in three new criminals, who were not his choice to join the group. I was really intrigued by the ability to go back and deepen some of these relationships and do a little bit more, in a contemporary comics way, with how they felt about each other.

Marvel.com: Cap’s alignment with these three criminals—Hawkeye, Quicksilver, and Scarlet Witch—is one of the most fascinating components of this story. What’s your favorite aspect of writing that dynamic? How did you see it as specifically relevant today?

Mark Waid: My favorite element is Quicksilver and Scarlet Witch having to really acclimate to American culture. They’d never seen a television before. They weren’t stupid, but they were impoverished kids who came from an area in Europe where there was no industrialized background. So being able to play with that and being able to play with how they feel about suddenly being adored by people—going from being criminals to being, not only accepted, but considered heroes. That was the most fun of it for me.

Marvel.com: Is there a difference between the way you write the 1965 iterations of these characters and the way you write the 2017 versions? Do you approach them differently?

Mark Waid: The characters, no, I don’t approach them differently than I would today. That’s kind of what makes it fun. Taking my modern bag of tools and doing the kind of emotional beats that Stan Lee couldn’t do back in the day because it just wasn’t done. And doing that in the context of a much simpler Marvel Universe is what makes the whole thing appealing.

Marvel.com: What are the in-universe challenges of telling a new story that’s set in the midst of an old one?

Mark Waid: The specific challenge, and it’s one that I actually enjoy—working with editor Tom Brevoort trying to deal with this—is making sure that it fits. Constantly making sure that we get it right, making sure that we don’t screw up anything, or make it impossible to consider this something that actually happens between issues #16 and #17 of the 1965 series. And it’s not easy; sometimes I would plot something and have it ready for scripting and then I would realize, or Tom would realize, that the Avengers hadn’t done that by that point, or these characters hadn’t met yet, or this guy’s wearing a different suit, or whatever. But that wasn’t a hindrance to us, that was actually the fun of playing in that sandbox.

Marvel.com: Are there specific or unique creative obstacles that come with this kind of project?

Mark Waid: Not really, because here’s the thing: I have grown incredibly tired of pastiche. I don’t enjoy the attempt to emulate something so perfect [like Stan Lee’s voice] so concretely that it’s indistinguishable from what you’re trying to copy. We already had enough elements that are reflective of 1965—the style of lettering, the way the display lettering is done. So, to me, if I wanted to write this as if it was published in 1965, if I wanted to write it in Stan Lee’s voice, then I could have done that, but then it would’ve felt cheap. We wanted to have our own story, using more contemporary storytelling tools.

Marvel.com: You’ve worked with Barry Kitson for years now, so considering the source material, was your process for the Point One series any different relative to your past work together?

Mark Waid: No, actually it was very similar. The first issue had actually been written full script before we even had an artist, so I’m not used to working that way with Barry. But for the next four issues, once we had Barry on board, then its about letting Barry run with the action and the pacing. And then I would do the dialogue based on my original notes and whatever notes Barry gave in the margins. So it was very much the same way we’ve worked for years and years. We know each others’ rhythms by now and how to work together and how to trust each other.

Witness the grand finale with AVENGERS #5.1, by Mark Waid and artist Barry Kitson, on March 29!

Infamous Iron Man: Infamously Reed

Reed Richards makes an appearance in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #7, out April 26, but it’s not the famous Mister Fantastic of the equally famous Fantastic Four, but rather the infamous alternate Reed from the equally infamous Ultimate universe. And that ain’t a good thing.

So, that begs the question “Do all alternate versions of Reed Richards stand for evil?” Well, come with us on a brief tour of Reeds and we’ll see if we can answer that…

The Maker – ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #1

The real problem with this Reed lay in his serious belief in the “ultimate” tag. With heightened intelligence from cosmic rays and a monstrously big ego, Ultimate Reed eventually declared himself “The Maker” and tried to ditch his own reality for a “better” one, which led him to ally himself with the real Reed during Doctor Doom’s whole Secret Wars deal. Then he betrayed everyone and the Molecule Man zapped him into pizza. And now he’s back somehow and…we’re betting Doom’s not going to be too happy about that. 

Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #1

Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #1

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The Brute – MARVEL PREMIERE #2

The Reed Richards from the High Evolutionary’s Counter Earth discovered he could transform into a giant purple evil thing called the Brute, which prompted him to join the Frightful Four to destroy the real Fantastic Four. In the end, he managed to sacrifice himself to help our Reed defeat Annihilus in the Negative Zone, but rumors of his survival keep surfacing. 

Marvel Premiere (1972) #2

Marvel Premiere (1972) #2

  • Published: May 10, 1972
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 13, 2007
  • Cover Artist: Gil Kane

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The Dark Raider – FANTASTIC FOUR #387

Another Reed Richard unsatisfied with his own name, the so-called Dark Raider fell into madness after losing his family to Galactus and decided to seek out and obliterate every other Reed that existed anywhere. A rogue Watcher called Aron seemingly destroyed the Raider, but he returned just so the Invisible Woman could destroy him herself. 

Fantastic Four (1961) #387

Fantastic Four (1961) #387

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The Zombie – ULTIMATE FANTASTIC FOUR #21

This Reed really took the cake when he deliberately infected the rest of his team with a zombie virus, just because he basically thought it seemed pretty cool. A real nutjob, Zombie Reed met Ultimate Reed for a showdown before ultimately falling to pieces when he ran up against the righteous indignation of Ultimate Invisible Girl. 

Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #21

Ultimate Fantastic Four (2003) #21

  • Published: July 13, 2005
  • Added to Marvel Unlimited: November 26, 2007
  • Rating: A
  • Writer: Mark Millar
  • Penciller: Greg Land
  • Cover Artist: Greg Land

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The Council – FANTASTIC FOUR #570
Hmm, maybe we’re getting somewhere now. Okay, our Reed Richards discovered an entire council of alternate versions of himself, banded together to compare notes and whatever stuff brainy science-types do when they get together. At first Reed thought he’d enjoy the company, but upon realizing the others lacked his compassion, he left the group. Good thing because, uh-oh, Celestials killed all but four of them and those survivors invaded our Earth and…dang. Evil Reeds. 

Fantastic Four (1998) #570

Fantastic Four (1998) #570

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The Ape – MARVEL APES #1

Wait! Can it be? A good alternate version of Reed Richards? Yes, simian Reed helped the Gibbon return to the real Earth after meeting him on Ape Earth, and also identified the vampire Baron Blood posing as Captain America before regretfully being killed by said baron. Whew. Leave it to an ape to make an ape out of all those bad Reed Richardses… 

Marvel Apes (2008) #1

Marvel Apes (2008) #1

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Doom is the hero? Richards is the villain? It is a world gone mad! Found out who will come out on top in INFAMOUS IRON MAN #7 by Brian Michael Bendis and Alex Maleev, available April 26!

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series Premieres April 18

True Believers, strap yourself in because we’re so close to the release of Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series! The interactive episodic game series is now available for pre-order at your preferred retailer.

The first of five episodes, ‘Tangled Up in Blue,’ will be available to download beginning April 18th on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, iOS, and Android-based devices for $4.99 USD. Several digital retailers have a special pre-order deal on the season pass, so be sure to check your retailer of choice to see what they have in store for you. The North and South America PlayStation 4 pre-order deal includes an exclusive premium theme. In addition to the digital release, players will be able to find the special season pass disc at retailers across North America beginning May 2, and elsewhere across the globe beginning May 5.

Take a look at the gallery above to see new key art and packaging art, including Thanos joining the ring! Are the Guardians any match for him?

Stay close to Marvel.com as we’ll be releasing a new trailer for you this Thursday and for all upcoming news on the series! Or sign on for updates on the official website, like the new ‘Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series‘ page on Facebook, and follow Telltale Games on Twitter @TelltaleGames.

DJ Juanyto and Stat Guy Greg Join The Marvel Podcast

DJ Juanyto (Hot 97 and Feed the Meter podcast) and Stat Guy Greg (ESPN’s Cheap Heat podcast) join the show to talk about Marvel Comics and its connection to hip hop, growing up in New York City, wrestling, Spider-Man, the ‘90s X-Men cartoon, and much more.

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