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THQ and Marvel collaborate

  THQ and Marvel Enterprises announced today an exclusive agreement to develop and publish games based on some of Marvel's popular properties, including Captain America, Nick Fury, and the Punisher. THQ will have the rights to these titles through 2007 and will make them available to all game systems available; Playstation 2, Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and the PC. The first game to be developed under the new agreement is The Punisher, which is scheduled for release in late 2003.

   THQ and Marvel also announced that they will collaborate on a new comic boom series, The Call, which may also include some of the most popular characters to Marvel, Spider-Man and the X-Men. The Call is based on the adventures of real-life heroes in New York City and is scheduled for release in the fall of 2003 for comic books, and the spring of 2004 for videogames.

   "Working with Marvel not only on rich properties like The Punisher but in jointly creating a brand-new property like The Call is a huge win for THQ as we continue to execute on our strategy of bringing the best gaming content to market," stated Germaine Gioia, vice president, licensing, THQ. "THQ looks forward to tapping into the essence of these characters from their comic book roots and creating true digital experiences that reflect Marvel's future plans for the franchises."

   "Marvel is looking forward to a true partnership," said Bill Jemas, president and COO of Marvel Enterprises. "THQ's top developers will work closely with Marvel's best creators to produce the most exciting games on the market. We are especially excited about jointly developing The Call--an all-new property about real-world heroism."

4/8/2002 Matt Stensrud

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