Marvel Knights

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Marvel Knights is an imprint of Marvel Comics that contains material taking place within the mainstream Marvel Universe (Earth-616).

Production[edit]

In early 2006, Joe Quesada, Marvel's then editor-in-chief, announced that all ongoing titles under the "Marvel Knights" banner would move to the "Marvel Universe" imprint and that "Marvel Knights" would afterward contain high profile limited series. Quesada explained that Marvel Knights "is the showcase for 'evergreen events' — self-contained limited series that think outside the box, that challenge readers to re-think their favorite Marvel characters and re-evaluate the legends that surround them. In other words, Marvel Knights will be a place for top talent to work without constraints, and deliver the kind of product fans deserve!"[1]

The change began with Daredevil #82, Black Panther #14, Moon Knight #1, Squadron Supreme #1, and Wolverine #42. Marvel Knights Spider-Man became The Sensational Spider-Man with issue #23, and Marvel Knights 4 (featuring the Fantastic Four) became simply 4 with issue #28.[1]

Fury: Peacemaker, by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson, was the first limited series to launch under the redefined imprint in February 2006. This was followed by Silver Surfer: Requiem by J. Michael Straczynski and Esad Ribic (2007), Spider-Man: Reign by Kaare Andrews (late 2006), Ghost Rider by Garth Ennis and Clayton Crain (2007), and Captain America: The Chosen (September 2007).

"These stand alone stories won't just challenge readers to re-think their favorite Marvel legends," said Marvel Knights editor Axel Alonso in a press release. "Oftentimes, we'll focus on characters that are off the beaten path—boiling these archetypes down to their cores. We want to build on the tradition of limited series like Ennis and Crain's Ghost Rider, Frank Cho's Shanna, the She-Devil and Robert Rodi and Ribic's Loki — each of which offered very distinct visions for Marvel characters, and each of which — judging by sales numbers — were embraced by fandom."[2]

Ongoing series[edit]

  • Daredevil vol. 2, #1–81 (November 1998 – March 2006)
  • Black Panther vol. 3, #1–12 (November 1998 – October 1999)
  • Inhumans vol. 2 1-12(November 1998- October 1999)
  • Marvel Knights #1–15 (June 2000 – September 2001)
  • The Punisher Vol. 5#1–37 (August 2001 – February 2004)
  • Elektra vol. 2, #1–22 (September 2001 – June 2003)
  • Marvel Knights vol. 2, #1–6 (May 2002–October 2002)
  • Captain America vol. 4, #1–28 (June 2002 – August 2004)
  • Marvel Knights 4 #1–27 (April 2004 – April 2006)
  • The Incredible Hulk vol. 2, #70–76 (June 2004 –October 2004)
  • Marvel Knights Spider-Man #1–22 (June 2004 – March 2006)
  • Wolverine vol. 3, #13–39 (June 2004 – April 2006)
  • X-Statix #21–26 (June 2004–October 2004)
  • District X #1–14 (July 2004 – August 2005)
  • Black Panther vol. 4, #1–13 (April 2005 – April 2006)

Limited series[edit]

  • Punisher (1998 4-issue limited series)
  • Black Widow (1999 3-issue limited series)
  • Doctor Strange: The Flight of Bones (1999 4-issue limited series)
  • Wolverine/Punisher Revelation (1999 4-issue limited series)
  • Marvel Boy (2000 6-issue limited series)
  • Punisher (2000 12-issue limited series)
  • Sentry (2000 5-issue limited series)
  • Black Widow (2001 3-issue limited series)
  • Daredevil: Ninja (2001 3-issue limited series)
  • Daredevil: Yellow (2001 6-issue limited series)
  • Daredevil/Spider-Man (2001 4-issue limited series)
  • Fantastic Four: 1234 (2001 4-issue limited series)
  • Ghost Rider: The Hammer Lane (2001 6-issue limited series plus Wizard 1/2 issue)
  • Hulk Smash (2001 2-issue limited series)
  • Elektra: Glimpse & Echo (2002 4-issue limited series)
  • Marvel Knights Double-Shot (2002 4-issue limited series)
  • Spider-Man: Blue (2002 6-issue limited series)
  • Hulk: Gray (2003 6-issue limited series)
  • Marvel 1602 (2003 8-issue limited series)
  • Spider-Man & Wolverine (2003 4-issue limited series)
  • Black Widow (2004 6-issue limited series)
  • Daredevil: Father (2004 6-issue limited series)
  • Madrox (2004 5-issue limited series)
  • Man-Thing (2004 3-issue limited series)
  • Wolverine/Punisher (2004 5-issue limited series)
  • Black Widow: The Things They Say About Her (2005 6-issue limited series)
  • Daredevil: Redemption (2005 6-issue limited series)
  • Daredevil vs Punisher: Means and Ends (2005 6-issue limited series)
  • Ghost Rider: The Road to Damnation (2005 6-issue limited series)
  • Shanna the She-Devil (2005 7-issue limited series)
  • Claws (2006 3-issue limited series)
  • Fury: Peacemaker (2006 6-issue limited series)
  • Punisher vs Bullseye (2006 5-issue limited series)
  • X-Statix Presents: Dead Girl (2006 5-issue limited series)
  • Captain America: The Chosen (2007 6-issue limited series)
  • Daredevil: Battlin' Jack Murdock (2007 4-issue limited series)
  • Silver Surfer: Requiem (2007 4-issue limited series)
  • Spider-Man: Reign (2007 4-issue limited series)
  • Iron Man: Viva Las Vegas (2008 2 issues published of an intended limited series)
  • Sub-Mariner: The Depths (2008 5-issue limited series)
  • Spider-Man: With Great Power... (2008 5-issue limited series)
  • Angel: Revelations (2008 5-issue limited series)
  • Logan (2008 3-issue limited series)
  • X-Men: Magneto Testament (2008 5-issue limited series)
  • Punisher: War Zone (2009 6-issue limited series)
  • Deadpool: Wade Wilson's War (2010 4-issue limited series)
  • Deathlok (2010 7-issue limited series)
  • Spider-Man: Fever (2010 3-issue limited series)
  • Marvel Knights: Hulk (2013 4-issue limited series)[3]
  • Marvel Knights: Spider-Man (2013 5-issue limited series)[3]
  • Marvel Knights: X-Men (2013 5-issue limited series)[3]

One-shots[edit]

Other versions[edit]

Marvel Knights 2099[edit]

Cover to Marvel Knights 2099: Daredevil.

In 2004, Marvel Comics held a fifth-week event called "Marvel Knights 2099", which took place in the future on an alternate world (Earth-2992) that was not identical to the alternate Marvel Universe on Earth-928 featured in the 1990s Marvel 2099 books.

Ultimate Knights[edit]

Ultimate Knight members include Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Shang-Chi, Iron Fist, Moon Knight, and Spider-Man.

The Ultimate version of the Marvel Knights team made its debut in Ultimate Spider-Man #106. After Shang-Chi made an unsuccessful attack on the Kingpin, he was recruited by Daredevil to help bring down the Kingpin for good. Later, Daredevil, as Matt Murdock, met Spider-Man and asked him to join the group, with the plan of killing the Kingpin. Spider-Man objected to killing, and the group agreed to let Moon Knight, under the persona of Ronin join the Kingpin's employ. Ronin forcibly brought Spider-Man to the Kingpin as a captive. The Kingpin ties him up, unmasks him and tortures him and mocks him for being a teenager. After revealing that he knew that Ronin was Moon Knight, Kingpin had him beaten nearly to death, and let Spider-Man leave with the knowledge that one of the Knights was a traitor.

After a bomb destroyed the law offices of Matt Murdock, Iron Fist was revealed as the traitor, though only because Kingpin threatened his daughter. Iron Fist was sent back to Kingpin to distract him while Daredevil tried to kill his comatose wife. After a standoff between Daredevil, Kingpin, and Spider-Man, Kingpin agreed to leave the country in exchange for his wife's safety, but he secretly and furiously plotted to have Daredevil killed, Dr. Strange's hands broken, and Spider-Man's school blown up. Meanwhile, Moon Knight went to the police, revealed his secret identity, and said that Kingpin tried to kill him, which gave the police enough to arrest Kingpin on attempted murder charges. At the end of the arc there were brief images of the team going their separate ways: Shang-Chi caught a train out of town, Iron Fist returned to his daughter, Dr. Strange went back to his sanctum, and Daredevil berated himself at a church.

In other media[edit]

Video games[edit]

In the Marvel: Ultimate Alliance video game, Marvel Knights is a team bonus granted if you have any combination of the following characters on your team: Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Wolverine, Luke Cage, Spider-Man, Elektra and Moon Knight.

Movies[edit]

Marvel Knights is also the name of a branch of Marvel's film line, focusing on producing titles such as Punisher: War Zone and Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance.[4]

Animation[edit]

In April 2010 it was announced that Shout! Factory and Marvel Comics teamed up to release a roster of motion comic animated series on DVD.[5] The following titles have been released thus far:

  1. Astonishing X-Men: Gifted (September 28, 2010)
  2. Iron Man: Extremis (November 30, 2010)
  3. Black Panther (January 18, 2011)
  4. Spider-Woman: Agent of S.W.O.R.D. (June 14, 2011)
  5. Thor & Loki: Blood Brothers (September 13, 2011)
  6. Astonishing X-Men: Dangerous (April 10, 2012)
  7. Astonishing X-Men: Torn (August 14, 2012)
  8. Astonishing X-Men: Unstoppable (November 13, 2012)
  9. Astonishing X-Men: Collection (November 13, 2012)
  10. InHumans (April 23, 2013)
  11. Wolverine: Origin (July 9, 2013)
  12. Ultimate Wolverine Vs. Hulk (September 10, 2013)
  13. Wolverine versus Sabretooth (January 7, 2014)

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