Marvel: Avengers Alliance

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Marvel: Avengers Alliance is a Flash-based game developed by Playdom, a subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. It is a turn-based social network game released on Facebook at March 1, 2012, and on Playdom’s Official website at July 10, 2012(?). The mobile version was released on iOS devices on 13 June 2013.

Gameplay

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The game’s startup screen.

Players take control of an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D. and can fully customize the agent by gaining experience, leveling up, and equipping their agents with various weapons and uniforms obtained within the game. They can also team up with up to two out of the current available Marvel heroes in the game, each with their unique skills and abilities. Players start with only a few heroes, and the other heroes are locked. These heroes are needed to be recruited first by buying them with “Command Points,” a currency in the game, complete Special Operations, etc.

The gameplay itself consists of turn-based fights that pit your agent and heroes against one or more waves of three or less enemies, with each character having unique attacks. There are six character classes, each with a specific strength and a specific weakness to one of the other classes, except for the class Generalist, which has neither strengths nor weaknesses.

The Reality Number of this Marvel Universe is Earth-12131. It shares with the Avengers Initiative game.

Playdom.com Version

Asides from the existing version on Facebook, on July 10, 2012(?), Playdom released a version of this game on their own official website at Playdom.com. Certain features in this game like the Guilds system and Tournaments are currently exclusive to this version of Marvel: Avengers Alliance.

On March 20, 2014, Playdom was announced that the servers running on Playdom’s official website would be discontinued. The game was discontinued on April 20, 2014.

 

Wild Avengers: Age Of Ultron Rumours Which Ended Up Being Bullsh*t

Did anyone ever really believe that Spider-Man was going to show up? Marvel/Sony With a movie as big as Avengers: Age of Ultron, rumours are to be expected. They started almost as soon as The Avengers came out in 2012 and continued right up until the day before the sequel was released, and the same thing will no doubt happen with every other Marvel movie coming out between now and 2019. Sometimes they’re ridiculous and other times they’re believable, but only a handful from either category end up being true. In the case of Avengers: Age of Ultron, there were a lot of rumours about where Marvel might take the sequel, and they seemed to increase in volume every time a new piece of official information surfaced. Looking back at those which ended up being bullsh*t now that the movie is in cinemas is particularly interesting though; oh, what might have been! There are a lot of sites out there which take great satisfaction in looking back at the scoops they got right, but they always seem to forget the many they got wrong in the process. Here, you will find just ten examples of the wildest (and often pretty damn believable) Avengers: Age of Ultron rumours which ended up being complete and utter bullsh*t. From plans for surprising cameos to vastly different plot beats and character moments, you’ll either wish these rumours had ended up being true or grateful that they were nonsense… That really just depends on how much you ended up enjoying Avengers: Age of Ultron!

J.A.R.V.I.S. = Ultron

Marvel Studios Back in 2013, all fans knew about The Avengers was that Ultron would be the sequel’s main villain. A teaser shown at Comic-Con featured Iron Man’s helmet being smashed into the shape of Ultron’s head, making it clear that Marvel would be veering from the comics by having Tony Stark be the one responsible for creating the robotic villain, and not Hank Pym. Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take fans long to start speculating over the possibility that one of Tony’s past creations would end up developing into Ultron (even the “Dunce” robot from Iron Man 3 was at one point suggested). However, one report claimed that J.A.R.V.I.S. was destined to turn to the dark side, becoming the villainous Ultron in the process. They pointed to scrapped storyboards from The Avengers featuring Loki controlling J.A.R.V.I.S. as proving that Joss Whedon had at least considered turning the helpful A.I. evil, and went so far as to claim that Paul Bettany would play Ultron. Could it be that their source confused Ultron with The Vision? Probably not, as it ultimately reads like bad fan-fiction!

An Ant-Man After-Credits Scene

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Like Guardians of the Galaxy before it, many are predicting that Ant-Man will end up being Marvel’s first flop. The lack of Edgar Wright has certainly helped fuel that fire, but regardless of whether or not that ends up being the case, just about everyone was expecting Marvel Studios to use Avengers: Age of Ultron to introduce this obscure character to moviegoers.

The sequel obviously didn’t even have an after-credits scene, but for a very long time, there were rumours which indicated that it would, and that the tag would focus on Ant-Man.

The fact it didn’t happen is a major surprise and arguably a mistake on Marvel’s part, but this rumour was false regardless. There might at least have been some truth to it as recent rumours have claimed that Wright wrote an after-credits scene for Age of Ultron. However, it was apparently scrapped when he departed the project, and that does make sense.

Captain Marvel Casting

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There were rumblings of a Carol Danvers/Captain Marvel cameo from pre-production to post production, and when Marvel announced that the character would be getting her own movie, the rumour mill went into overdrive. The plan apparently was for Captain Marvel to be part of the New Avengers team which appeared at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. However, she wouldn’t have had any sort of role in the main body of the sequel, meaning that her surprise appearance as part of that roster would have baffled most viewers! The site which broke this story would later claim that she appeared in an early draft of the script, and it seemed like Whedon confirmed that when he talked about how he had wanted to use Captain Marvel during the recent press junket. However, Kevin Feige made it clear that they never considered letting Joss use the character, so this rumour was nonsense.

The Very Different Look For The Vision

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The news that The Vision was going to appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron broke when a newspaper claimed to have inside information about Paul Bettany being on set a few weeks before filming began as he underwent various makeup tests to play the android. Perhaps there was some truth in that, but their description of what he looked like was waaaay off. According to this rumour, he was supposed to be completely white (a look The Vision has actually sported in the comic books), and when shooting did begin, it was claimed that he was on set during scenes set in World War II. Those were presumably the ones between Steve Rogers and Peggy Carter, and this led to speculation about his role in the sequel. Could it be that The Vision would only appear in World War II? After all, the original Human Torch was teased in Captain America: The First Avenger, and some even thought time travel might be answer. It obviously ended up being none of the above, and not a single one of the rumoured descriptions of The Vision’s look ended up being even remotely accurate.

Planet Hulk Set Up

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Planet Hulk is one of the most popular Hulk stories of all-time, and both Kevin Feige and Mark Ruffalo have been fielding questions about a possible adaptation since The Avengers was released in 2012. Despite the fact that they’ve both said they don’t think a movie version would work (mainly due to the lack of Bruce Banner), lots of rumours were pointing to the Hulk being blasted into outer space at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron. That would have directly led into a solo movie for the Hulk or even a possible appearance in Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (Guardians of the Galaxy: Planet Hulk?) if various reports were to be believed. However, despite the somewhat ambiguous way that the Hulk’s fate was handed at the end of the sequel, there was nothing to indicate he’d take a trip into space. In fact, Nick Fury talking about the Quinjet splashing down removes any doubt (would one of the planes even be capable of travelling such distances?), but there is of course still a chance Marvel will surprise everyone by doing a version of the beloved story. The rumours about Age of Ultron ending with the Hulk actually being in space though were clearly wrong.

Marvel Avengers Alliance Spec Ops 28 task list

Attention all Marvel fans now, as the Avengers Alliance Ant-Man Spec Ops is now live in accordance with the release of the upcoming movie. As a result, we now have a heads-up for you with a full Marvel Avengers Alliance Spec Ops 28 task list.

The main prize on offer is the Modern Ant-Man hero, a brand new hero separate to Heroic-Age Hank Pym with a full set of new abilities.

There’s also a new 90 CP hero to recruit with Quake, but as far as we’re aware she isn’t needed as a deploy to access the epic boss.

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Without further ado, thanks to the Avengers Alliance wiki it looks like we already have a good look at the MAA SO28 task list.

25 tasks in total as usual, with Yellowjacket being the final boss on Mission 3. Take a look and let us know how you get on with the tasks and if you need any help.

Tast list for Ant-Man spec ops.

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What Would Be the Perfect Avengers Video Game?

Marvel’s Age of Ultron is almost here, but sadly, we won’t be getting a big-budget tie-in video game. But this might not be so sad after all – licensed games based on massive Hollywood movies have almost always been disappointing. But what if the stars aligned, and the perfect game studio got matched up with the perfect movie license?

We asked IGN Editors to explain who they would like to see make an Avengers game. It’s pretty much a guarantee that none of these games will never actually exist, but hey, we can dream, can’t we? Read on:

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Developer: Platinum Games
The Avengers is about an extremely powerful alliance of unlikely allies — all comparable in power, but diverse in personality to the point of causing problems. Platinum Games understands the appeal of power better than almost any other game developer, and silly though its stories may be, the studio’s characters are always memorable. With the right writer, a Platinum Games co-op action game starring The Avengers could capitalize on what one of Japan’s finest does best: Beating the heck out of everything. Character combat is the studio’s specialty, and with a handful of totally different fighters, there’s a ton of opportunity for awesome, fun brawls as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and more. Honestly, though, I just want Platinum to do to Hulk what it did to Raiden. - Mitch Dyer

Telltale’s The Avengers: Season One

I’d love a developer like Telltale to take a stab at telling an Avengers story. Instead of focusing on the handful of set-piece action scenes, I’d love to play through the quiet, contemplative, and character-driven moments of the films. The idea of choosing how the various relationships impact the team dynamic would make for an incredibly unique super hero game. Telltale could capture both the humorous banter of the films, as well as the powerful dramatic moments. Plus, as they’ve shown in both Tales Form the Borderlands as well as Game of Thrones, Telltale knows how to tell a story from multiple points-of-view.

My dream scenario for this game would be to tell a version of the Civil War storyline that the next Captain America movie is centered around. Helping decide which characters support the Superhero Registration Act and which vehemently oppose it would be incredible. Given that the entire arc revolves around liberty and moral responsibility, having the agency to mold those decisions would be right up Telltale’s alley. And ultimately having our choices effect which hero is assassinated would make for a pretty incredible gaming experience. – Marty Sliva
Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron / 15 Apr 2015
What Would Be the Perfect Avengers Video Game?
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We dream up 8 awesome Avengers tie-ins.

By IGN’s Avenging Editors Marvel’s Age of Ultron is almost here, but sadly, we won’t be getting a big-budget tie-in video game. But this might not be so sad after all – licensed games based on massive Hollywood movies have almost always been disappointing. But what if the stars aligned, and the perfect game studio got matched up with the perfect movie license?

We asked IGN Editors to explain who they would like to see make an Avengers game. It’s pretty much a guarantee that none of these games will never actually exist, but hey, we can dream, can’t we? Read on:

Cinematic Climax Action

Developer: Platinum Games

The Avengers is about an extremely powerful alliance of unlikely allies — all comparable in power, but diverse in personality to the point of causing problems. Platinum Games understands the appeal of power better than almost any other game developer, and silly though its stories may be, the studio’s characters are always memorable. With the right writer, a Platinum Games co-op action game starring The Avengers could capitalize on what one of Japan’s finest does best: Beating the heck out of everything. Character combat is the studio’s specialty, and with a handful of totally different fighters, there’s a ton of opportunity for awesome, fun brawls as Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, and more. Honestly, though, I just want Platinum to do to Hulk what it did to Raiden. – Mitch Dyer

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Telltale’s The Avengers: Season One

I’d love a developer like Telltale to take a stab at telling an Avengers story. Instead of focusing on the handful of set-piece action scenes, I’d love to play through the quiet, contemplative, and character-driven moments of the films. The idea of choosing how the various relationships impact the team dynamic would make for an incredibly unique super hero game. Telltale could capture both the humorous banter of the films, as well as the powerful dramatic moments. Plus, as they’ve shown in both Tales Form the Borderlands as well as Game of Thrones, Telltale knows how to tell a story from multiple points-of-view.

My dream scenario for this game would be to tell a version of the Civil War storyline that the next Captain America movie is centered around. Helping decide which characters support the Superhero Registration Act and which vehemently oppose it would be incredible. Given that the entire arc revolves around liberty and moral responsibility, having the agency to mold those decisions would be right up Telltale’s alley. And ultimately having our choices effect which hero is assassinated would make for a pretty incredible gaming experience. – Marty Sliva

Telltale’s Game of Thrones – Episode Three: “The Sword in the Darkness” Trailer
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Super-Kawaii Dating Sim

Developer: Hanako Games

There is an abundance of Avengers fanfiction on the internet, most of which features The Avengers dating each other in every possible combination. This lends itself perfectly to a Hanako Games-style visual novel/dating sim — it might be weird for some fans to get used to anime Avengers, but there are a lot of fangirls out there who would love nothing more than to set anime Steve up with anime Tony. Hanako Games’ Long Live the Queen showed us that they’re adept at setting up branching arcs with multiple endings as well as emotion-based strategy in an RPG vein, meaning you wouldn’t have to stop at the Superhusbands ending. There would be room for a full range of ’ships and plenty of drama, which, to be honest, is exactly what the internet wants. – Kallie Plagge

Stealth Espionage Action

Developer: Hideo Kojima

While this isn’t specific to the entire Avengers squad, I’d love to see a stealth/espionage game centered around Black Widow. There could be classic stealth based missions, in the vein of Metal Gear Solid, broken up by combat that would be reminiscent of the Arkham games. Additionally, the game would have espionage stages where you’d play as Romanova in deep cover. This could play out like the interrogation sequences in LA Noire, except… you know… good. The storyline would have you grappling with Natasha’s sordid past and crossing paths with other Marvel heroes like Daredevil and Iron Man. Get Rocksteady or team Kojima on the case and we’re looking at my GOTY 2017. – Zach Ryan

Chibi Sidecrolling Brawler
Developer: The Behemoth

Putting the Avengers in a sidescrolling beat-em-up isn’t a new idea — Captain America and The Avengers came out over 20 years ago. But few developers would be able to put as lighthearted and quirky a spin on it as The Behemoth. As the ongoing popularity of Castle Crashers has proved, this is a studio that somehow understands how to randomly insert scat jokes into a game and make it universally lovable. That streak of irreverence combined with the diversity of the Avengers’ roster, if done right, could provide a fun bit of fan service full of weird riffs on superhero powers, unexpected cameos, memorable boss battles, and easter eggs galore. And let’s not forget about the potential for adorable merchandise: given the art style of all The Behemoth’s games, there’d be a strong chance of very tiny, very cute statues of Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, and the rest of the team to put at all of our desks. – Alaina Yee

Gorgeous Open World Action

Developer: Sucker Punch

Part Infamous, part Arkham City, my ideal Avengers game would be an open world game created by Sucker Punch where you can play as all five heroes. Imagine everything from Iron Man’s fly-and-gun gameplay to Black Widow’s stealth mechanic to Hulk’s destructive combat system, this game would offer a little bit of everything to everyone, all residing in a shared, massive open world! – Winson Shuen

Strategy RPG

Developer: Square-Enix

My ideal Avengers video game would have to be something in the style of a strategy RPG similar to Final Fantasy Tactics or Fire Emblem. I imagine it would feel like playing with The Avengers action figures. It’d be cool to have a line up of all your favorite Avengers members over the years and you can pick and choose which ones you want in your party for each battle. Imagine the battle of New York from the first Avengers movie but re-created in the style of FFT and you had to strategically position where Captain America and Iron Man had to attack from but as adorable 16-bit sprites. That’s the dream… – Michael Huynh

2D Marvel Fighting Game

Developer: Capcom

I’d love to see an Avengers game from Capcom, in the style of one of their classic arcade fighting games like Street Fighter II or Darkstalkers. Just imagine how cool it would be to throw down against a friend as one of the legendary Avengers like Cap, Thor, Iron Man or Hulk. Hey, maybe they could even throw in some of the more recent additions to the team like Wolverine and Spider-Man! Actually. Wait. Nevermind. I just described half of Marvel Vs. Capcom 3. – Max Scoville

18 Shockers from Marvel’s Comic Relaunch

With Marvel officially releasing all of their comic books for their big relaunch this Fall after Secret Wars — dubbed All-New, All-Different Marvel — we were hit with quite a few surprises. Check out our list of the most shocking twists, then let us know yours in the comments.

Old Man Barton

 

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We figured that Jeff Lemire and Ramon Perez’s All-New Hawkeye was returning based purely on the fact that it was just released before Secret Wars, but what has us scratching our heads is why the Clint Barton from the Old Man Logan universe is on the cover along with Kate Bishop. Could it be that Wolverine isn’t the only survivor of that Universe after Secret Wars? We do know that the original Hawkeye is alive and well as a member of the New Avengers, so maybe Old Man Barton is stepping into the main solo title while he’s busy with his team duties.

A Mysterious New Uncanny Avenger

 

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Uncanny Avengers has received a bit of a team shake-up with previous members Brother Voodoo, senior Steve Rogers, Rogue, and Quicksilver being joined by Spider-Man, Deadpool and the fiery Inhuman Inferno on the Unity Squad. The presence of an Inhuman shows that this team has expanded to make an alliance not just between the Avengers and the X-Men but the Inhumans, too. This is yet another example of how Marvel is adamant about making the Inhumans just as popular as their other two mega team franchises.

Most curious of all is the masked mystery woman. While it could be a pre-existing character under that mask — perhaps Quake aka Daisy Johnson — to us it feels like a brand new character. Between her features and the white costume with a red circle, she could be a new Japanese hero. Marvel loves their secret identity mysteries, don’t they?

Green Arrow Team Reunites

 

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It’s pretty crazy that we’re getting an in-continuity Old Man Logan series where that grizzled version of Wolverine is now walking around in the main Marvel Universe. But most surprising of all is that writer Jeff Lemire and artist Andrea Sorrentino are the creative team. They worked together to produce an instant classic run on Green Arrow over at DC, so suddenly the odds of Old Man Logan being a smash hit got a whole lot better.

Avengers Idea Mechanics

 

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During Jonathan Hickman’s Avengers saga after the eight-month jump forward, Sunspot and Cannonball bought the evil science organization A.I.M. It appears that they’ve integrated into Advanced Idea Mechanics fully, now calling themselves Avengers Idea Mechanics. The idea of these heroes working alongside former evil scientists to save the world is packed with tons of zany potential.

Plus, the Young Avengers are peppered throughout Marvel’s new books, with Hulkling and Wiccan joining a main Avengers team for the first time.

All-New, All-Evil Illuminati

 

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The Illuminati was formerly a secret group comprised of the world’s top superhero leaders who tirelessly fought to save the world from destruction, but this iteration looks like it’s packed with villains. And look who’s in charge — former Cabal member the Hood. Is this version of the Illuminati a new Cabal, or do they actually have heroic intentions? We’re excited to find out.

Deadpool Lives

 

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Given that Deadpool died back in April, we’re shocked to see that the Merc with a Mouth is already back among the living. Wolverine died last year and he’s still dead, so it’s strange for Deadpool to come back before him. Still, it’s nice to have Wade back — Marvel’s publishing line has been experiencing a severe lack of chimichangas.

Uncanny X-Men Go Bad

 

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Magneto’s solo series has ended but looks like he’s received an upgrade. It looks like he’s now the leader of a team of X-Men comprised mostly of villains and anti-heroes. Psylocke is a hero with a dark past. Fantomex is a well-meaning thief. Mystique has to be the least trustworthy mutant in existence. And it looks like Sabretooth is back to his normal (i.e., sadistic) self. We feel bad for whoever has to fight these guys.

Big Name Creators

We knew this was coming, but it still doesn’t lessen the blow of seeing a Marvel landscape without writers Rick Remender, Kelly Sue DeConnick, Kieron Gillen, Matt Fraction, and Jonathan Hickman. Those names aren’t just some of the biggest at Marvel but in the entire comic book industry, so to lose them definitely knocks Marvel’s prestige down a notch. That’s not to say that there aren’t some great writers still among their line, but if you add up all the years of writing experience and acclaimed stories between everyone who left, it is a big loss indeed.

It’s a bit of a different story with big artists because while we don’t see big names like David Aja, Mike Allred, or Chris Samnee on any of the books, that could just mean that they are working on a project that hasn’t been announced yet. It takes a lot of time to draw something, after all. Only time will tell in that case.

Captain America v Captain America: Dawn of America

 

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Steve Rogers and Sam Wilson are longtime friends and allies, plus Rogers gave Wilson his blessing when he became the new winged Captain America. So why are they at odds in this image? Don’t do this to ‘Merica, guys.

Star-Lady

 

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You’d think that the Guardians of the Galaxy received enough of a shakeup when Peter Quill decided to live on Earth and the Thing joined the team, but no, a new female Star-Lord has joined the team. Another masked character!

Logic would say that it’s Kitty Pryde, who was recently engaged to Quill, but wasn’t she the reason he decided to stay on Earth in the first place? If not her, then maybe the Invisible Woman, who might want to spend some more time with her good friend Ben Grimm. And then there’s always the possibility it’s a previously unheard of little sister Peter never knew about.

Totally Mysterious New Hulk

 

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Usually the words “totally awesome” and “Hulk” don’t belong in the same sentence, but that’s what writer Greg Pak and artist Frank Cho are giving us. Bruce Banner is out of the picture and someone else who actually enjoys being the Hulk is taking over. It doesn’t make sense! But hey, we’re all kind of tired of the same old Jekyll/Hyde stories, or ones where Hulk is suddenly smart, so as surprising as this news is, maybe it’ll be good for the character in the long run.

And for the first time ever, not only is his face shadowed but also his arm. What the heck is going on with the Hulk’s arm? We don’t know, but we do have a few guesses as to who the Totally Awesome Hulk could be.

Missing Heroes

Secret Wars is currently at issue #4 of 8, so we don’t yet know who lives and who dies. With that in mind, there’s a startling number of major characters missing in Marvel’s Fall lineup, some of who are major players in Secret Wars and some who were teased as big players in All-New, All-Different Marvel. Either they don’t make it out of Secret Wars alive or they simply aren’t featured on a cover yet.

  • Cyclops
  • Emma Frost
  • Kitty Pryde
  • Mr. Fantastic
  • Invisible Woman
  • Wasp
  • Havok
  • Thor Odinson
  • Bruce Banner
  • Gamora
  • Luke Cage
  • Jessica Jones
  • Iron Fist
  • Hank Pym
  • Punisher
  • Black Widow
  • Winter Soldier
  • Deathlok
  • War Machine
  • Cannonball
  • Loki
  • Silver Surfer
  • Red Wolf
Warren Ellis Returns

 

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Whenever Warren Ellis does a comic book, it’s usually only for a few issues and he fundamentally makes the character more awesome, allowing other creators to pick up where he left off and run with it. A little movie called Iron Man 3 was inspired by his classic Extremis story, and his run on Moon Knight with Declan Shalvey reinvented the character with a sweet new suit and MO. We all know that Marvel is pushing the Inhumans really hard, so what better way to boost their profile than put Ellis on one of the more interesting of their bunch, the fault-detecting Karnak? Here’s hoping Ellis’ magic works on the Inhumans like it has everywhere else.

Forever Young

 

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This is a big, surprising spoiler for the end of Brian Michael Bendis’s X-Men run. It turns out at the time-traveling young X-Men are still in the present! It was largely assumed by the comic book community (and us) that Bendis would finish his X-Men story by returning the young X-Men to their proper place in time and then we would see how the results affect their future selves. Looks like that’s not happening anytime soon. The young X-Men are here to stay. You know that that means — road trip!

X-Men vs. Inhumans

 

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You might have noticed that the only young X-Man missing from the cover in the previous entry is Jean Grey. Looks like she has left her compatriots to join the main X-Men team — dressed as Marvel Girl, no less! Also on the team is Old Man Logan, which creates lots of uncomfortable romantic scenarios in our minds that we hope writer Jeff Lemire and artist Humberto Ramos steer clear of. They should be more like father and daughter, right?

In the most meta of all plot revelations, the X-Men will enter into a conflict with the Inhumans. That swirling green gas on the cover? It’s the Inhumans’ signature Terrigen Mist. The comic book community is pretty convinced that Marvel is trying to make the Inhumans the new X-Men, and having the two factions go head-to-head sure does seem like a very self-aware way to address that.

Your Friendly Globe-Spanning Spider-Man

 

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First of all, how freakin’ cool is it for Alex Ross to design Spider-Man a new high-tech costume. The glowing green eyes and web-wings give his new look such a neat retro look.

But the upgrades don’t stop there. Spider-Man will now be a globe-trotting superhero who uses the vast resources of Parker Industries to fight crime not only in New York City but in Shanghai and London and any place across the world that needs a little friendly Spider-Man action. This allows Miles Morales to be the everyman hero of the streets while Peter Parker gets to graduate to the next level and utilize his talents as a brilliant scientist and a crime-fighting superhero on a global scale.

Also, new Spider-Mobile!

Galactus Hungers for Friendship

 

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Even though the Ultimate Universe is gone, it looks like Marvel is still keeping the Ultimates name alive by rebranding the Mighty Avengers. The new team features Blue Marvel, Miss America Chavez, Black Panther, Monica Rambeau, Captain Marvel and Galactus.

Wait… GALACTUS?!

This one made us do a double-take so fast that we got whiplash. While some think of Galactus as a villain, he’s really just a living being in the universe who operates on a higher level than the rest of us. It’s a wonder why Galactus would ever want to join a team, so we are especially interested to see how he fits in… and how he will play poker with the team on Wednesdays.

Spider-Woman Is Expecting

 

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If Galactus gave us whiplash, then this one sent our heads spinning out of control. There’s a million ways to shake up the status quo of a costumed hero, but we never considered that making one of them pregnant was even an option. This is the one that made us stop and go What The Firestar.

This is truly a divisive new direction. Even we kind of hate it and love it at the same time.

On one hand, it’s a really weird looking image and Spider-Woman Jessica Drew didn’t have any big romances heading into Secret Wars, so it feels pretty weird.

On the other hand, it’s an intriguing concept that lets writer Dennis Hopeless and artist Javier Rodriguez tell a story unique to women that never gets explored much in superhero comics.

No matter how you feel about it, there’s still a dizzying list of questions. Can she still fight crime if she’s pregnant? Who’s the father? Will the baby have superpowers? Will we get to see Captain Marvel throw her a baby shower? Is it really a normal human pregnancy, or is it really an alien, a demon, or Doop playing a sick joke?

There’s already been a lot of debate about this online, which is why this is the most shocking — and interesting — part of Marvel’s new relaunch. We just hope the baby isn’t born out of web-lock.