Agent M Loves Tacos

Hello there! I'm Ryan Penagos aka Agent M! I'm the Executive Editorial Director for Marvel Digital Media Group and What does that mean? Well, I write and edit and travel and tweet and do some pretty cool stuff for all things Marvel. It's a rad gig.

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What is your level at Avengers Alliance ? ;)
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

I’m level 238! 


Would you support a MARVEL comic about Avengers Alliance? I mean, using the whole Iso concept in the comic, and stuff...
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

Well, it’s my job to support Marvel things, so sure. And who’s to say the Iso concept hasn’t been introduced in the comics? 


Asker Anonymous Asks:
Any chance of getting Kamala Khan into the Avengers Alliance game? Would make a pretty great addition when Carol finally gets her Cap. Marvel suit!
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

Agreed! I’d love to see her in the game! There’s so much rad stuff coming for Avengers Alliance. 

Asker discovondoom Asks:
Avengers Alliance : Deadpool or X-23?
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:


Asker Anonymous Asks:
So I'm playing Special Ops 16 in Marvel Avengers Alliance on FB. I get to mission 3 and beat both Death (Iceman) and War (X-23), then realize my teams to go after Famine (Rogue) and Pestilence (Beast) are pretty much borked. I went back and replayed Mission 1 to reassign my strike teams for London and SF thinking it would give me the heroes I need, but nothing. Do I also need to replay Mission 2 and just leave the teams for Wakanda and NYC blank or something? Help please. :)
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

I got nuthin’, sorry. I just randomly assigned at least two characters of every class to the different teams. I just started Mission 3, so maybe I’ll know more later on.


Asker Anonymous Asks:
In Your Opinion, Who Has the Best Horsemen Alternate costumee in M:AA in terms of coolness and PvP viability, Mine is Beast, Horsemen of Pestilence.
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

I’m going with Rogue, Horseman of Famine. She’s gonna be Janet Jackson level nasty.

Got me some Doctor Doom in Marvel: Avengers Alliance!

Just got Loki for Marvel: Avengers Alliance!

Asker ashavenue Asks:
This question has been killing me all day long, and I figured if I had an Avengers Alliance question YOU were the guys to ask! So I have enough Command Points(135) to recruit either Deadpool or Cable- but I am having a terrible time deciding which awesome guy I want first!! So tell me straight: DEADPOOL or CABLE
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

That is a very good question! Deadpool is…Deadpool. He’s fun to use and very wacky, but he’s certainly not the best character strategy-wise in Marvel: Avengers Alliance. On the other hand, Cable is actually pretty amazing in PVP if used correctly and excellent in everyday use. I’m about to level Cable up to 11 (DP’s currently level 10 as well) and he’s pretty great. 

My advice: go with Cable!

For Marvel Avengers Alliance what is your opinion on what is the best team for PVP?
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

Now that Marvel: Avengers Alliance PVP season 2 is over, I wanted to give some insight into how I stayed in the top .5% and grabbed Cable. But remember, this isn’t gonna set you up right for the next tournament. I got knocked down to lower tiers all the time. I’d come back from a few hours away and be down 80 points. I was just able to mitigate some of the destruction with my layout below; I still had to initiate something like 300 attacks over the course of the tournament to stay afloat.

First, I chose my team of Phoenix Force Tactician Emma Frost and Mockingbird. Earlier on in the tournament I had WWII Tactician Captain America and Scarlet Witch. But they weren’t cutting it. Emma’s tough and her mind attacks affect most characters no matter what. Mockingbird’s just insane. She’s strong, she gets multiple attacks and she can take down just about anyone when she sees their vulnerabilities. But her defense isn’t that high and she does get killed quickly in some matches. But that’s who I’m sticking with for the next tournament…at least until I get a better handle on Cable and Deadpool. :)


Next, my Agent’s load-out. I tinkered with this a ton, throughout the tournament. Construct Matrix is crucial because it provides a shield and heals. Quantum Jumper is necessary because it gives your teammates an extra turn. If you’re lucky, you can get four to 7 turns before the computer even gets a chance to go thanks to Quantum Jumper and some hero bonuses. Sudden support I like because it gives my one weapon a boost. I first had a Phoenix weapon in there after watching my whole team get wiped out by Sudden Support & the weapon. But I like Laufey’s Needle because it has a Deathfrost status effect when it hits the entire enemy squad and a chill status effect when you get hit. That said, I’ll probably experiment a bit with that weapon slot. My advice: Don’t use any weapon that hurts you as an adverse effect. Not worth it.


Hero Bonuses! I have a pretty stacked collection of heroes and I know that’s not going to be the case for everyone. Level up as many of your characters as much as you can. Send them on flights and get them as strong as you can. The more you can boost your heroes, the better. Also, try to space them out. I had more Scrappers and Infiltrators earlier on, but switched their classes to Bruisers later to get a better defense rating.


Armory is a tricky one. I’m always adding high level items and weapons to the armory when I can. You can replace any item in any slot—you’ll just lose that older item. But a better rating makes it worth it. I’ve seen folks with SUPER high offense ratings, but weak defense and I’ve crushed them because I go with a more balanced angle. But it’s up to you and your play style. Just get that armory as stacked as you can.


Okay, now that I’ve shown you how to win, I expect you all to crush me in PVP Tournament 3. :)

Asker Anonymous Asks:
Two questions for you on Avengers' Alliance: 1) I've been seeing a lot of characters' costumes getting upgrades/characters getting new costumes and was wondering if you knew--and if so, could say--if any were in the works for Wolverine? I've got him at level 12, but he's not as effective as some other, much, much lower level characters, which makes me sad, bc he's my 2nd fav comic character & 2) Is there even a snowball's chance in Hades of X-23 joining MAA?
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

1! Alas, I cannot provide any information. But looking at the schedule of items, characters, missions, costumes and all kinds of rad Marvel: Avengers Alliance stuff—I don’t think anyone will be bummed at the amount of cool stuff on the way. The team behind M:AA is cranking out cool stuff every week. Can’t stop. Won’t stop. 

2! There’s definitely a snowball’s chance in Hades of us getting X-23! But, there’s an equally valid chance for most any Marvel character. That’s one of the reasons why I love this game—it’s PACKED with content. I counted over a dozen characters slated for release in the future and I don’t think they’ll slow down. 

Wish I could give you more answers or details about other stuff, but the seeeekrits’ gotta stay seeeekrit. 

On another note, I’m trying to hold onto my place in the current PVP tournament. Staying in the top .5% is a constant battle! FIngers crossed—I want me some Cable!

Asker skorped Asks:
Being a huge fan of Avengers Alliance too, Do you get any inside info about what characters or uniforms are coming next? Just sayin', that would be really awesome to know.
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

Ohhhhhh yeah. I’ve seen the plans for the next several months. And the plans, they are awesome.

Currently on the fence about Beast. Psyched for the British Invasion characters—Captain Britain, Black Knight, Union Jack & Psylocke. But that’s stuff you guys KNOW. Much more on the way.

Asker pbrown1224 Asks:
A lot of the time you post screen caps from Marvel: Avengers Alliance from FaceBook. I was just wondering if you actually have to play the game like everyone else, or if you just have unlimited gold, S.H.I.E.L.D. and Command points, and just get the new characters and items when they come out. I'm not trying to demean your skill at the game or anything, just wondering if this is just another perk for your job, because this game is AMAZING and I don't know how everyone on FaceBook isn't playing.
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

It’s a mix. Definitely a perk as the folks making the game have given me and my team some gold to help us get what we need in order to promote the game to the fullest. But, really, we’re all HUGE fans of Marvel: Avengers Alliance, we play even when we’re out of gold or any perks. And, really, the gold’s the only perk (albeit a big one). I totally didn’t get Deadpool in the PVP tournament, so I’m sans ‘Pool like most everyone else. 

Glad you’re enjoying the game and psyched for you and everyone else to see what’s in store! 

I unlocked Ghost Rider in Marvel: Avengers Alliance! Haven’t gotten Beast yet and I just wasn’t good enough for Deadpool. But I gotta catch ‘em all! Someday.

What about you guys? Did you get Johnny Blaze?

Asker creshlar Asks:
What's your favourite character on Marvel: Avengers Alliance? I've saved up 90 command points and I'm wondering who I should get. Recommendations?
agentmlovestacos agentmlovestacos Said:

It changes every so often. I’d say it’s a toss-up between WWII Captain America, FF Spider-Man and Scarlet Witch. I think the team has really done great work and some of the more recent characters are just great. Hercules and Quicksilver? SO good.