13 Reasons to Look Forward to Marvel in 2013

We run down the biggest events in Marvel movies, comics, TV and games in the coming year!



As we head into the New Year, we wanted to look ahead to 2013 and preview 13 things we're really excited to see from our favorite heroes in the next 12 months!

From Marvel's "Iron Man 3" to AGE OF ULTRON, more Marvel NOW! and Deadpool getting his own video game, this is just a sampling of everything we've got in store for the next year. Let us know what you're most excited about on Facebook and Twitter, and from all of us at the House of Ideas, we hope you have a happy New Year!

"Iron Man 3"

Tony Stark rockets into an all-new chapter in "Iron Man 3," hitting theaters May 3! Robert Downey, Jr. returns once more as the genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist, and this time he's facing his toughest challenge yet as he finds his personal world destroyed at his enemy's hands. Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle and Jon Favreau also return as Pepper Potts, James Rhodes and Happy Hogan, while Ben Kingsley plays the menacing Mandarin. Don't miss all the action, as Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe kicks off with style!

Guardians of the Galaxy #1

The groundbreaking initiative that has brought new excitement to the Marvel Universe continues into 2013! In addition to the latest installments of UNCANNY AVENGERS, ALL-NEW X-MEN, INDESTRUCTIBLE HULK, FANTASTIC FOUR and all your favorite series, get set for new additions like NEW AVENGERS by Jonathan Hickman and Steve Epting, SAVAGE WOLVERINE by Frank Cho, NOVA by Jeph Loeb and Ed McGuinness, UNCANNY X-MEN by Brian Michael Bendis and Chris Bachalo, plus many more!

On November 8, Chris Hemsworth takes up the hammer once more in Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World"! In the aftermath of Marvel’s "Thor" and "Marvel’s The Avengers," Thor fights to restore order across the cosmos...but an ancient race led by the vengeful Malekith returns to plunge the universe back into darkness. Faced with an enemy that even Odin and Asgard cannot withstand, Thor must embark on his most perilous and personal journey yet, one that will reunite him with Jane Foster and force him to sacrifice everything to save us all.

Superior Spider-Man #1

Peter Parker has spun his last web, but a new wallcrawler will attempt to prove he can do better than the original in SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN beginning this January! Dan Slott and artists Ryan Stegman, Humberto Ramos and Giuseppe Camuncoli put the mind of Otto Octavius to the test as he tries to live up to the ultimate responsibility. The former Doc Ock will also make his presence felt in AVENGING SPIDER-MAN by new writer Chris Yost as well as throughout the Marvel Universe!

In 2012 we showed you how Marvel's pushing comics forward as the Marvel ReEvolution took full effect with Infinite Comics, Marvel AR, the Marvel Digital Comics shop, an improved Marvel Comics app and the new Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited Beta reader. We're going to blow the doors wide open in 2013 with exciting new advances to Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited, more ways to read your favorite digital comics, more Infinite Comics and plenty of surprises.

"The Wolverine"

Based on the celebrated limited series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller, "The Wolverine" finds Logan, the eternal warrior and outsider played once more by Hugh Jackman, in Japan. There, samurai steel will clash with adamantium claw as Logan confronts a mysterious figure from his past in an epic battle that will leave him forever changed as "The Wolverine" slashes its way into theaters July 26!

Age of ultron #1

It’s the Avengers’ worst nightmare as their most unbeatable foe, Ultron, achieves his goals and takes over the planet! Over 10-issues shipping throughout March, April and May, Brian Michael Bendis along with artists Bryan Hitch, Carlos Pacheco and Brandon Peterson pit Earth’s Mightiest Heroes against a world gone mad in a last ditch effort to save the Marvel Universe. The ramifications from AGE OF ULTRON will spill into multiple titles and be felt into the summer and beyond!

The Merc With a Mouth has taken control of High Moon Studios and put them hard at work developing his first ever video game! But hey, why don't we let Deadpool himself tell you a little more: "My game will feature all of my favorite things--katanas (check), big guns (and not just these amazing arm muscles) (check), crazy poop-your-pants action (check), hot chicks (check), maybe some of my X-Men friends (well, depending on what they’re wearing), burritos, bouncy houses and of course ME!!! (check) (check) And check!"

"Ultimate Spider-Man"

The Marvel Universe programming block kicked off inside Disney XD with the premiere of "Ultimate Spider-Man" and the return of "The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes!" in 2012, and now fans can expect even more animated action in 2013! It all starts with the special primetime season premiere of "Ultimate Spider-Man" Monday, January 21 at 7:00 p.m. ET, as Spidey faces off against two of his classic foes, the Lizard and Electro! It all leads to something extra Sinister this season, so you won't want to miss a minute of it. Then later in the year, keep your eye out for the premieres of "Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H." and "Marvel's Avengers Assemble" as the Marvel Universe continues to get bigger and better!

"Marvel Heroes"

Currently in Closed Beta, "Marvel Heroes" brings your favorite heroes and villains to life in their first online MMO RPG! With a story written by Brian Michael Bendis, you can play as Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Deadpool and more, including fan-favorites like Squirrel Girl or Nova. You can currently sign up for the chance to participate in the game's Closed Beta at the official "Marvel Heroes" website, and stay tuned to Marvel.com for the latest on the game!

2012 saw the world of Marvel XP grow with the edition of the critically-acclaimed "Avengers Initiative" mobile game, and that's just the start! The new year will bring more episodes for "Avengers Initiative" as well as new Spec Ops, new seasons of PvP and so much more for "Marvel: Avengers Alliance"! Plus, with new connectivity between the two games, completing challenges in one will now get you exclusive rewards in the other. Sign up for Marvel XP now and get the latest on the Marvel Gaming Universe as it happens, because things are only getting bigger!

Uncanny X-Men #1

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Children of the Atom! When Spider-Man turned 50, Peter Parker lost his spot to Doctor Octopus…what do we have planned for Marvel’s mutants? You’ll have to follow ALL-NEW X-MEN, WOLVERINE & THE X-MEN, X-FACTOR, CABLE & X-FORCE, UNCANNY X-MEN and the rest of the titles featuring Charles Xavier’s students to find out!

From t-shirts to action figures to limited edition collectibles and more, there's always something new and cool for Marvel fans. With a major movie releases, big video games, epic comics and hit animated series shining the spotlight on all your favorite Marvel characters, expect much more swag in 2013 from Hasbro, welovefine, PDP, Diamond Select Toys, LEGO, Sideshow Collectibles and countless others.

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      he was also killed by deadpool


      please do not bring him back issue 700 was amazing and sad


      WOW seems that 2013 will be a big year for Marvel. The Movie Iron Man 3, The Wolverine, Age of Ultron, Marvel Heroes and The X-Men turn 50 are the most juicy and tempting for this year for me


      people who get upset over the death of peter parker seem to have forgotten the time he was killed by Bendis in 2011.


      Let me make it 5 for 5. Bring back Peter Parker...


      3 things I am looking forward to in 2013: the death of Superior Spider-man, the return of Peter Parker, and the return of Spider-man comics to my local comic book shop holdbox.


      Killing Peter Parker is a cheap, unoriginal way to sell comics. I hope it backfires on you severely. Letting my subscription to MDCU lapse until Peter returns.