Marvel Entertainment Heads To SXSW For Some Big Announcements

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Marvel Entertainment will be attending the SXSW film festival for the third year in a row with plans to unveil “groundbreaking new initiatives”. The festival is almost entirely film focused, so expect announcements to be about their upcoming films and TV series. Hit the jump to see all their panel information.

From the press release:

New York, NY—February 19th, 2014—This March, Marvel Entertainment returns to Austin, Texas for a historic third year at the South By Southwest Interactive Festival with two can’t miss panels bringing fans the future of digital entertainment featuring all the world’s most renowned Super Heroes—Avengers, X-Men, Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and more!

First, at 1:30pm (CST) on Saturday, March 8th, on the SXSW Geek Stage presented by comiXology, join Axel Alonso (Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment), Kristin Vincent (VP, Digital Products), TQ Jefferson (VP, Games) and Ryan Penagos (Executive Editorial Director, Digital Media & @AgentM on Twitter) for Marvel: Your Universe! Learn how fans are a unique part of the Marvel Universe, be the first to hear exclusive news about Marvel’s hottest games and get a first look at new footage from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., the hit series airing Tuesdays on the ABC network.

“We’re excited to return to SXSW for a third year and unveil our exciting plans for the future of digital publishing, gaming and more,” said Dan Buckley, President, TV, Publishing and Brand Management, Marvel Entertainment. “This is our biggest SXSW yet—with more panels, more news and more exclusives than we’ve ever brought to the show before!”

Then, at 1:15pm (CST) on Sunday, March 9th, on the SXSW Geek Stage presented by comiXology, Marvel’s all-star lineup returns for Marvel: House of Ideas! This is the panel no fan will want to miss as Marvel unveils new initiatives that will redefine the world of comics as you know it! After the panel concludes, fans in attendance will receive a limited edition Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1 (while supplies last) and a chance to have it signed by Alonso, Jefferson, Vincent and Penagos in a special Marvel signing session.

“We’ve been blown away by the response from fans the past two years we’ve attended SXSW and this year we’re bringing them even bigger surprises as a special thank you,” said Alonso. “We have the best fans in the world and we’re coming to see them in Austin with the biggest announcements we’ve ever made at SXSW!”

Since the launch of Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited in 2007, the first major digital comics program in industry history, Marvel has been on the forefront of digital comics publishing. After becoming the first major publisher to offer single issue digital sales in 2009, Marvel has continued to expand its digital comics offerings to numerous platforms, with an unrivaled library of award-winning storytelling. Marvel also became the first comics company to offer free digital copies with select print issues and comic shop coupons with the purchase of a digital comic. In 2012, Marvel Entertainment became the first major comics publisher to attend SXSW, announcing such landmark initiatives as Marvel Infinite, followed by historic announcements in 2013, including Marvel Unlimited, Marvel Original Video and more.

Don’t forget, this event is free and open to the public, so everyone can be on hand to see Marvel’s newest game-changing innovations featuring all your favorite Super Heroes from comic books, television, gaming and more!

Stay tuned to www.marvel.com and www.sxswgaming.com for more details on both the Marvel: Your Universe and Marvel: House of Ideas panels, plus breaking news on Marvel’s plans for SXSW. Join the conversation on Twitter using #MarvelSXSW!