Dan Slott had one simple statement when asked about the Disney acquisition of Marvel Comics.
“Squirrel Girl on Toon Disney. It could happen.”
Soon there will be high quality cardboard versions of Jessica Alba and Wesley Snipes to flip on our kitchen tables. I kid you not.
We have breaking news.
Upper Deck will release the Marvel Superstars TCG, a new game based on the Marvel Universe as envisioned by the movies, in February. This will be the first time that the movies, including Iron Man, Hulk, Fantastic Four, the X-Men Trilogy, the Blade Trilogy and others, will interact with each other in a Marvel game.
A Starter Deck will be the first release, followed a few weeks later by the Booster Packs. Approximately 300 cards will be released in the first set.
Each player chooses to become a classic Marvel hero or villain, then constructs a team to defeat the opponent.
Upper Deck will be hosting demos using a beta version of the game at Gen Con this week.
This is a shock. It is the most thrilling curveball I can imagine for the future funfest to be called the Marvel Superstars Trading Card Game. My heart just jumped out of my chest and landed on the Silver Surfer’s board, only to be grabbed by Anna Paquin and absorbed into nothingness.
What. A. Stunner.
That poignant portrait is by Taki Soma. It is owned by a collector named Guillaume, residing in France. Thanks to Marvel Masterpieces, Squirrel Girl really gets around.
I opened that comic and what did I see? Squirrel Girl herself, smiling at me.
It seems that Norman Osborn’s Dark Reign now includes the Great Lakes Avengers. Gravity has been sent back to the midwest. Does this mean even MORE Squirrel Girl next month? We sure hope so. Stay tuned for breaking news as it happens.
Those are one-of-a-kind sketch cards that were included in the Marvel Masterpieces 3 packs at random. The artist is Meghan Hetrick, and she is our new hero.
Click here for more. Spectacular stuff.
While talking about the upcoming Marvel Superstars game with the worldwide flock of friends on CBR, we received a strange request for a large image of the Wrecker masterpiece by Arthur Suydam. Don’t you just love it when a plan comes together? Mission accomplished.
I can’t wait to see the art for the new game. Vs. System was one of the most glorious galleries that mankind has ever known.
It is the news we have all been waiting for, and it is official. Upper Deck will continue to produce the highest quality trading card games in the world using the most spectacular characters in the universe. The first new product will be called Marvel Superstars, and it will debut at GenCon Indianapolis on August 13th, 2009.
“We are extremely excited about the possibilities that this newest partnership opens up for us,” said Scott Gaeta, director of new business development at Upper Deck. “Gamers and trading card enthusiasts alike will benefit greatly as a result of the collaborative efforts by both companies.”
Paul Gitter, president of consumer products, North America at Marvel, added: “The Marvel Universe and Marvel Studios’ upcoming slate of feature films are ideally suited for trading cards and trading card games that will appeal to a wide audience.”
At this particular moment in time, on Sunday July 26th, 2009, at 2:12 pm Eastern, the googling of “Marvel Superstars” only turns up only one specific match. It is a gorgeous fan-based painting by Deputee on deviantart.com. Feast your eyes.
That is just a taste of what we have in store. Spider-Man, Captain America, and Nightcrawler against Magneto and Juggernaut, captured on cardboard. Here is another quote from Scott Gaeta to help us frame the future.
Vs. System was a great game but the general consensus in our discussions both internally and with Marvel is that we want to broaden the accessibility. Our target is still core gamers but the real growth potential is reaching the tens of millions of fans who have been exposed to all the great Marvel characters in recent years. Our goal is to bring new players in to our category and to do that we feel we need a new game. As we get closer to launch we’ll share more details but I can say that we are going to do something very fresh with our new Marvel TCG.
Very fresh indeed. Starting with the name. Marvel Superstars, here we go!
Stay tuned to this station for more, and bookmark our new blog which will be dedicated totally to the new game.