Marvel has announced even more 80th anniversary celebrations with limited time content for Marvel games, limited time merchandise, and retailer events in honor of Marvel’s legacy.
The publisher previously announced plans to celebrate its birthday on August 31: the day Marvel Comics #1 gave the world its first look at the Marvel Universe. To celebrate the worldwide impact that followed, there will be activations and retailer events around the globe.
Kicking things off on August 23-25 is the D23 Expo at the Anaheim Convention Center. Here, attendees can shop, snap Marvel-themed photos with friends, and discover hidden surprises around every corner in the Marvel section of the “Uptown Disney” booth on the show floor. Marvel will also have an exciting lineup of film, television, animation, and comic book guest appearances, panels, stage events, and more.
On August 28, Marvel Comics #1000 hits shelves! This massive, oversized special edition book features luminaries from both classic and current comics and reveals a long-kept secret of the Marvel Universe and some startling discoveries along the way. During Dragon Con on August 31, attendees can join the Marvel Birthday Celebration at the annual Dragon Con Parade, and Dragon Con’s social media channels. There will also be a cosplay meet-up complete with birthday cake provided by DecoPac and Kroger.
Throughout the months of August to December, fans can get their hands on limited-time anniversary apparel, accessories, collectibles, books and more from Hasbro, Funko, LootCrate, Diamond Select, Mattel, DecoPac, Mad Engine, Bioworld, C-Life, Citizen, Disney store|shopDisney and many more. At the same time – and especially on August 31 – retailers around the country including Amazon, Walmart, Target, Party City, Box Lunch, Hot Topic, Uniqlo, GameStop, FYE and more will have in-store activations, new merchandise, special offers, and celebratory fanfare.
Running now through September 11 at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, the Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes exhibition showcases more than 300 artifacts from Marvel’s past and present. The exhibition will reopen on October 19 at the Telus World of Science Edmonton in Canada. Marvel 80th anniversary merchandise can also be found at pop-up shops throughout China, Japan, Korea, and Southeast Asia. Special events will also be held at Disney Parks & Resorts, Marvel’s Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. locations and exhibits in Australia, Mexico and Brazil.
Marvel fans will also be able to celebrate Marvel’s 80th anniversary through their favorite Marvel Games! Marvel is collaborating with its partners to bring limited time in-game activations to celebrate key characters, stories, costumes, and other extras from Marvel history in Marvel Strike Force, Marvel Future Fight, Marvel Puzzle Quest, and Marvel Contest of Champions.
Commemorative art – drawn exclusively by legendary comic book artist Adam Kubert to celebrate Marvel’s birthday – will also be available as featured on select merchandise and t-shirts through the Marvel Design Vault on Amazon, shopDisney, and other retailers. While fans of Marvel’s animated series and family content, can visit Marvel HQ to dive into decades of Marvel content!
To learn more about Marvel’s Super Heroes and keep up with the ever-expanding Marvel Universe, fans can pick up the new edition of DK's Marvel Encyclopedia. To keep fans cool during the summer, Ample Hills Creamery has also released brand new flavors inspired by Black Panther, Captain America and Spider-Man.
Visit marvel.com/marvel80 or follow #Marvel80 for more information.