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Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite's Story Demo Feels Like Awkward Fanfiction

It’s hard to combine characters from wildly disparate sources into one epic story without things getting absurd. The Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite story demo’s strategy is to embrace the goofiness. The story concept is cool. Two powerful mechanical beings, Marvel’s Ultron and Mega Man X villain Sigma, driven by their shared desire to rid their respective worlds of biological life, merge bodies and universes in order to get the job done. It’s a great idea, and it makes for a very cool visual. I want an action figure right now. It’s up to the combined forces of Marvel’s heroes and Capcom’s random characters from largely disconnected video game worlds to stop Ultron Sigma and foil his vile plan. We’re teams! We rely on each other. We respect each other. We totally know each other. Granted this is a story mode demo, a sliver of a much larger tale, so it’s hard to say just how long all of the characters have been fighting side-by-side. Perhaps the merging of the worlds imparts some sort of familiarity that’s not explained in the 20 minute free download. Advertisement Advertisement READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Lego's Rocking Two New Thor: Ragnarok Sets

While moviegoers have to wait until November to watch the Hulk and Thor battle for Jeff Goldblum’s amusement, Lego fans can get in on the action starting this month with a new pair of Thor: Ragnarok playsets—Arena Clash and The Ultimate Battle For Asgard. How ultimate is it? Eh, middlin’. Available alongside the Arena Clash set this month internationally and August 1 in the U.S., The Ultimate Battle For Asgard doesn’t seem particularly ultimate. The $49.99 set is basically just six minifigures, a buildable Fenris wolf and a Commodore spaceship that will likely mean a lot more to me once I see the movie. I mean, it’s a nice enough spaceship with a cool disc sort of design, but it seems pretty simple. At least the minifigure selection is pretty awesome. You get the new Thor, Valkyrie, Hel with buildable scary legs, a pair of enemy fodder figures and a new Bruce Banner with a special ‘about to Hulk out’ face. For the full Hulk, you’ll need the $59.99 Thor Vs. Hulk: Arena Clash set, built to recreate one of the coolest moments from the movie trailer. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite Won’t Feature Mutants According to Leaked Character Roster

If you were looking forward to playing as Wolverine, Magneto, or Deadpool in Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite, we have some bad news for you. The character roster for the upcoming Capcom fighting game was reportedly leaked thanks to NeoGAF. Though the roster features a who’s-who of popular Capcom and Marvel Comics mainstays, there doesn’t appear to be a single mutant character in the game. This roster list was made available to NeoGAF user, Ryse, who has a good track record with Marvel vs Capcom: Infinite leaks. Below is the full character list (with one character missing from the Capcom side). Capcom – Arthur– Chris Redfield– Chun-Li– Dante– Firebrand– Jedah– Monster Hunter– Morrigan– Nemesis– Ryu– Spencer– Strider Hiryu– X Marvel – Ant-Man– Captain America– Captain Marvel– Doctor Strange– Gamora– Hawkeye– Hulk– Iron Man– Nova– Rocket/Groot– Spider-Man– Thanos– Thor– Ultron As Ryse posted, it is unclear whether “Rocket/Groot” is Rocket Raccoon with Groot assisting or if it’s an entirely new character. What is clear is that Capcom has completely omitted mutant characters from the game. This is strange considering how mutant characters like Wolverine, Cyclops, Sentinel, and Rogue have been in Marvel vs Capcom games from the beginning. Since READ FULL STORY…

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Here’s the time-twisting first trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2.

Here’s the time-twisting first trailer for Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. Looks like temporal super villain Kang is doing something that’ll let us play with characters from throughout Marvel Comics’ entire timeline. Doesn’t seem like such a bad guy, that Kang. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 Officially Announced

Warner Bros and TT Games have officially announced Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. A full trailer will be released next week, but today, we’re treated to a nice little teaser. If you’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, then you’ll know what the teaser is paying homage to. [embedded content] Kang the Conqueror will be the main villain of Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2. Players will fight the time travelling villain on his home base of Chronopolis. From this central area, they will travel to lands like Ancient Egypt, the Old West, Planet Hulk, and New York City in 2099. It will feature characters like Guardians of the Galaxy, Spider-Man, Spider-Gwen, Thor, Hulk, Black Panther, Captain America, Doctor Strange, and Carnage. Since this is a Lego game, the characters I just named are no doubt just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. The Lego game will also have a four-player multiplayer mode. Here, players can either compete against each other in a “battling mode” or cooperate in order to finish objectives. Since it centers around time travel, Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 will have branching story lines and the ability to change the timeline within the game. The press…

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Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is coming.

Lego Marvel Super Heroes 2 is coming. A teaser trailer for the latest all-star Lego Marvel game popped up on Facebook, giving us a brief glimpse of baby Groot and Doctor Strange, suggesting another game rooted in the cinematic universe. Look for more come May 23. READ FULL STORY AT KOTAKU!

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The Black Widow's First Kill Will Mess You Up

Natasha Romanoff has been a superhero. She’s also been a spy. Right now, she’s somewhere in between the morality of those two poles. Before she was either of those, however, she was an assassin. This week’s new Black Widow comic shows the first time the young Natasha killed someone. It’s nasty. Black Widow is one of Marvel’s best titles right now, a taut thriller centered on Natasha’s attempts to reckon with her checkered past. It’s being written by artist Chris Samnee with help from scribe Mark Waid; colorist Matt Wilson and letterer Joe Caramagna round out the creative team. The first story arc had Natasha in thrall to the Weeping Lion, a urban-legend operative who had access to her biggest secrets. After a flubbed mission, her involvement with the abduction of scientist Ho Yinsen—who helped Tony Stark build the first Iron Man armor while held captive by an evil warlord—became public knowledge. A confrontation with Stark gave her the means to discover psychic Ilya Knezevic as the Weeping Lion’s true identity, but she still didn’t know why he’s determined to destroy her. Knezevic’s motivation is revealed in this week’s Black Widow #7, as Natasha’s forces the psychic to help her…

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United Airlines Kicks Passenger Off Plane Because of Marvel Superhero Hat [UPDATE]

A passenger wearing a Black Panther baseball cap has been told to remove the headgear because it—along with a t-shirt with an upside-down American flag—makes the pilot “uncomfortable.” Advertisement Earlier today, freelance e-sports journalist Amanda Stevens shared images on Twitter from on-board a United Airlines flight to Chicago. Stevens was en route to cover the League of Legends quarterfinals but was told by flight staff that her shirt—an ASAP Rocky design pulled from stores a year ago—and baseball cap with the logo of Marvel Comics’ Black Panther made the pilot uncomfortable. The official United account tweeted Stevens in an apparent attempt to smooth things over. We’ve reached out to Stevens and will update this story with any further developments. Advertisement Advertisement UPDATE, 3:53 p.m.: Reached by phone, Steven told io9 that a United representative first raised concerns when she was preparing to board flight 5183 from Albany to Chicago. Stevens told me that she’s flown in this outfit before but turned the shirt inside out. She was then told that the hat was a concern as well. She was allowed to board the plane but had a tense exchange with an attendant who asked her to place her bag under…

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Real Talk About How Luke Cage Uses Blackness

The Luke Cage TV show is undeniably black. But that alone isn’t enough to satisfy every black comics fan who’s watching the show. Advertisement Three days after the series went up, it seems like everyone’s talking about Luke Cage. In many ways, it’s the show that folks have been waiting years for, myself included. What follows is a discussion between myself and three other notable nerds of African descent about what we thrilled to and were disappointed by in Netflix’s episodic adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics superhero. Joining me are: Advertisement Cheryl Lynn Eaton, writer and creator of the Ormes Society, an organization dedicated recognizing and promoting past and present contributions of black women David Brothers, formerly one-half of the almighty 4thletter! comics criticism site, current comics professional and Oakland representer Jamie Broadnax, managing editor and founder of Black Girl Nerds, a pop culture enthusiast social media community Evan Narcisse: Let’s kick things off by talking about what your concerns and expectations were in the long hype cycle leading up to last Friday? My biggest concern was that the series would hew too much to a standard-issue superhero template. But I liked how they were open about people knowing…