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In honor of Avengers: Infinity War, Henry jumps in on a very special episode of the Divisive Issues Podcast to talk about how the strange, storied history of everybody’s favorite Mad Titan, Thanos! Hear about the early adventures of Jim Starlin’s signature creation and the infamous Thanoscopter story, where Thanos loses the Cosmic Cube to a small child! Then,  check it out as Henry and the D.I. crew explore Thanos Quest, the original story that details Thanos’ hunt for the fabled Infinity Gems! The building blocks of Marvel’s cosmic adventures unfold here!

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Hey there, True Believers! This was a very exciting week for new Marvel comics , so John and Gregg want to recommend a few of their favorite ones!

Enjoy reading some new comics, Midtowners!

Order Secret Wars #9 here: http://bit.ly/1mL5cr2 

SW #9

This recap contains some spoilers, but we’re purposely avoiding BIG ones and being vague about other ones! To properly appreciate the event, we strongly recommend reading it for yourself. Trust us, it’s worth it.

The Marvel Universe is constantly changing. From villains taking over to heroes battling each other over ideological differences, several big events have made drastic changes to the status quo in the primary Marvel Universe, which is called the 616 universe. However, nothing has impacted Marvel’s heroes and villains quite like the latest big event: Secret Wars by writer Jonathan Hickman and artist Esad Ribic.

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Marvel Comics

By Dan Gladston

You’ve probably seen our guide to DC’s upcoming films by now, but what about Marvel’s upcoming releases? We’ve now created a list of some of the most anticipated films coming from the Marvel cinematic universe.  If you’ve been aching to learn more about these future hits, look no further!

Please enjoy the list that follows and we hope you post your thoughts, concerns, and opinions in the comments section below!

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By Michael Kim  – @michaelny11731

Hello Midtowners, this is Michael from the back issues department for this blog entry on comic books and sports.  The Guardians of The Galaxy are the 2014 box office champions.  With no upcoming films to give the Guardians competition in their record gross earning, the Guardians will be sitting pretty for the rest of the year.  The GOTG were underdogs, B/C/D-listers in the Marvel library.  They’re known by comic book fans, but questioned by the casual ones.  They lacked the commercial appeal of The Avengers and other Marvel characters.  The Guardians weren’t (at the time) a household name, they weren’t iconic.  Producing a space adventure film made sense to keep the Infinity Gems and Thanos in the broad picture of the Marvel cinematic universe.  However, to use relative unknowns as their vehicle seemed risky.  Well, it seems the gamble by Marvel paid off.

The accomplishment of the film made me think of other success stories.  300 directed by Zack Snyder and based on the Frank Miller comic book series comes to mind: low budget, huge box office return.  But I digress.  This blog entry is about comic books and sports.  If the Guardians of The Galaxy film were a professional sports franchise, they would be the Super Bowl XVLIII Champion Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League.  Before Super Bowl XVLIII (48,) the last professional sports championship that the city of Seattle WA won was in 1979 by the Supersonics in the National Basketball Association (NBA.)  The franchise saw some success in the 90’s with head coach George Karl, point guard Gary Payton, and power forward Shawn Kemp.  The franchise came close to another championship, but lost to Michael Jordan and The Chicago Bulls.  In 2006, the team (along with eventual 2013-2014 Most Valuable Player of the Year Kevin Durant) was sold and moved to Oklahoma City OK, now named the Thunder.

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Bloggerinos! Raph here, with a quick guide to the latest Marvel extravaganza: Infinity! This has been one of the most exciting openings to an event in a long, long time. For those of you who haven’t been reading Marvel in a while, here’s a guide to what’s happened in the last year or so to set this up.

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