Marvel’s Video Game Variant Series Stars Scarlet Witch, Deadpool and More

An upcoming October variant cover series celebrates a wide variety of heroes as they appear in Marvel Duel, a hit card-battling mobile game.

From Deadpool to Scarlet Witch, the heroes of the Marvel Universe will appear in a new series of variant covers this October that celebrate Marvel Duel, a mobile card-battling game.

Each cover in the Netease Games Variant Covers series features sleek illustrations of the stars of Marvel Duel as they appear as cards within the game. Some characters appear more than once, as befitting multiple cards carrying their likenesses. For instance, Elektra is both on the cover of Moon Knight #16 and Savage Avengers #6, and the former depiction shows off her black and red live-action outfit from the Netflix Daredevil series while the second illustration features her traditional all-red comic costume. The full list of covers and their respective release dates are listed below. All of the covers are credited to NetEase Games.

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On sale Oct. 5

  • Ant-Man #4
  • Captain America: Sentinel of Liberty #5
  • Jane Foster & The Mighty Thor #5
  • Marauders #7
  • New Fantastic Four #5
  • Savage Avengers #6

On sale Oct. 12

  • All-Out Avengers #2
  • Gambit #4
  • Namor: Conquered Shores #1
  • Wakanda #1

On sale Oct. 19

  • Captain America: Symbol of Truth #6
  • Midnight Suns #2
  • Moon Knight #16
  • Shang-Chi And The Ten Rings #4
  • X-Force #33
  • X-Men #16

On sale Oct. 26

  • Avengers Forever #10
  • Strange Academy: Finals #1
  • Wolverine #26

On sale Nov. 2

On sale Nov. 16

On sale Nov. 23

What Is Marvel Duel?

Marvel Duel launched in 2019 as a collaboration between Marvel and NetEase, one of the leading internet and computer companies in China. Similar to Gwent, Hearthstroke, Legends of Runeterra and other digital card titles, Marvel Duel is a free-to-play experience that features cards highlighting the various heroes and villains of the Marvel universe. Players build a deck of at least 40 cards consisting of their favorite heroes, and then choose an avatar that can utilize various skill actions over the course of a match. A single match occurs between six players, with every player taking turns to battle each other one-on-one.

Marvel Duel is not currently available in the United States iOS and Android stores. At the moment, the game is available in select Asian regions, including Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan and Thailand, though it does boast an international player base via Android emulators like BlueStacks.

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NetEase released another Marvel title, Marvel Super War, in 2019 that is also only available in Asian regions and features multiplayer online battle arena (MOBA) action. Aside from its superhero work, the company has also worked on the Chinese localizations of popular Activision Blizzard titles, including the likes of Overwatch and World of Warcraft. NetEase also owns several international video game companies, including Quantic Dream — the makers of Beyond: Two Souls and Detroit: Become Human — and Grasshopper Manufacture Inc., the company behind the No More Heroes series.

Source: Marvel

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