This October, we will apparently be getting yet another relaunch of The Amazing Spider-Man with a yet another #1 issue, with Dan Slott still doing the writing chores. The difference, however, is that Giuseppe Camuncoli appears to be the regular artist for the series. The other title will be another relaunch of Spider-Man 2099, with Peter David and Will Sliney continuing Miguel O’Hara’s adventures, yet Bleeding Cool states O’Hara will apparently have “a very new look.”
So with all of the “All-New, All-Different Marvel” stuff that’s been going on, one of the questions is what’s going to happen to Peter Parker once Secret Wars is done? Well if what Bleeding Cool is reporting is accurate, we may have gotten some idea.
Although the article doesn’t specify, it not only seems Peter Parker will still be Spider-Man along with Miles Morales, he’ll also still be an Avenger. The difference though is he’ll be joining the Uncanny Avengers, which will relaunch this October with a new #1, and be written by Gerry Duggan and illustrated by former Superior Spider-Man and Scarlet Spider artist, Ryan Stegman.
As for who Spidey’s new teammates will be, they will include Steve Rogers (now in his late-seventies due to the loss of his super soldier serum), the Human Torch (unsure as to which one), Rogue, Deadpool, Quicksilver, and Brother Voodoo. No news, however, as to The Amazing Spider-Man, but we’ll keep you guys posted.
Yep, three more Spider-Man spin-off titles are on their way this October, as according to Bleeding Cool and their continual revealing of more upcoming post-Secret Wars titles for Marvel’s “All-New, All-Different” Relaunch.
The second title is a Carnage ongoing, illustrated by Mike Perkins and written by Amazing Spider-Man veteran, Gerry Conway. Considering how Conway has never tackled any of the symbiotes as far as I know, it certainly would be interesting to see how he handles Cletus Kasady, especially if the super-powered psychopath is still in his inverted post-AXIS state. (UPDATE:Just been told Carnage is no longer inverted, as seen in Nova #25-27.)
Just as they did with the earlier story regarding Venom: Spaceknight, Bleeding Cool is also reporting Spider-Gwen will be in another ongoing, this time with a team of different Spider-Men and Women (and pig). Spinning (no pun intended) out of Secret Wars and it’s Spider-Verse tie-in mini series, the new series is titled Web Warriors, is set for an October release date, and is to be written by Mike Costa, with art by David Baldeon. Along with Spider-Gwen, the other member include Spider-UK, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Man: India. So gang, what’s your thoughts about the spider-powered Gwen Stacy from another universe getting a second series?
Bleeding Cool is reporting that Venom will be getting another ongoing, only this one will be based in space. Venom:Spaceknight will allegedly be written by Robbie Thompson and Ariel Olivetti. It seems Flash will spend a bit more time in space out with the Guardians of the Galaxy. Will you be picking this book up?
Stillanerd’s favorite movie news site BirthMoviesDeath has posted a write-up with comments from Marvel’s Kevin Feiege on what to expect about Spider-villains in the upcoming Sony/Marvel reboot and also about the overall tone of the movie. From BirthMovieDeath’s Devin Faraci:
I hope Kevin Feige agrees with me. I think he does. Talking to him this weekend at the Ant-Man junket I asked about this aspect of the Spidey story and whether we might see more of the soap opera side of Peter Parker’s life in the next film. Feige dropped an atom bomb of a reference in his reply: John Hughes.
“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” said Feige. “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”
For Feige that aspect – the soap opera, the supporting characters – means that the stakes in a Spider-Man film are not only about the machinations of the villain.
“What’s fun about a Spider-Man movie for us – I think you pointed this out, that Inside Out had the biggest stakes of any movie this summer,” Feige said, referring to this editorial. “Stakes don’t need to be end of the world. Oftentimes, in our films, it is, and in our future films Thanos doesn’t work small. But sometimes the stakes can just be ‘Will this little girl grow up to be healthy and well put-together, or are there too many issues for her to overcome?’ That’s HUGE! That overrides a threat to reality itself. And I think Spider-Man straddles that line in a fun way in his comics. What we wanted was a movie where the stakes could be as high as ‘This bad person is going to do this bad thing, and a lot of people could die’ OR ‘You don’t get home in time and your aunt is going to figure this out, and your whole life is going to change.’
“Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death. Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death. The stakes are high at that age, for the same reason you talk about in Inside Out.”
And about those villains…
But enough about the soap opera – we all know what’s going to sell a Spider-Man movie, and that’s the bad guy and the action. We’ve had five Spidey movies with eight villains, including three iterations of the Green Goblin/Hobgoblin. Is the next Spider-Man movie going to be bringing back familiar villains?
Feige says that Spidey has a deep bench of rogues. “That’s the advantage,” he told me. “Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before.”
So no Green Goblin this time around (although don’t be shocked if Harry and Norman Osborn show up). Could it finally be The Vulture’s time to shine? Or will there be a Kraven the Hunter or a Mysterio or a Molten Man in our cinematic future? I’d love to see Spider-Slayers, or maybe the Chameleon teaming up with a villain who offers more of a physical threat.
Feige also commented on the possibility of Spidey springing up in one of Marvel & Netflix’s series, such as Daredevil:
“My general answer to that is never say never,” Feige said. “But our current Sony deal is very specific – we’re producing the standalone film, with a certain amount of back and forth allowed.”
Never say never is a good thing.
Hat tip for the heads-up to both Erick Theman via Facebook and… our very own PartyHardy, aka podcast panelist Ashley (also via Facebook!) Thanks, you two!
I hadn’t planned on seeing Ant-Man in the theater. Nothing about it has “grabbed” me, so to speak, and I’ve been annoyed that it’s Scott Lang and not Hank Pym. As a big fan of Giant-Man and the Wasp, I’ve been a little ticked that two original Avengers have basically been tossed into the Marvel Cinematic Universe dustbin.
But that’s changed now. It’s gone from “I’ll catch it on BluRay” to “I’ll probably have to see it at the dollar theater later this year.” After a press screening last night it was revealed that Ant-Man will have two end teaser scenes (which have been described as ‘huge’) and that the movie will be the first to reference Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Also, Marvel held a press screening of the film last night and allowed folks to talk about it. The important thing to come out of the screening is that there are 2 post-credit scenes and they are supposedly worth the price of admission. The film also is said to contain the first reference to Spider-Man. You can check Twitter for more thoughts as they seem to be everywhere.
Fortune Magazine is doing a three-part look at the Sony hack from last fall. In Part one (posted today) Peter Elkind talks a bit about Sony’s disappointment in Spidey’s box office fizzle.
For those of you always saying “How can a movie that makes $700 million be a disappointment?!?,” pay close attention. Here’s where Forbes backs up pretty much what I’ve always said about ASM2’s disappointing performance.
Meanwhile the pressures at Sony Pictures intensified. Sony was counting on big box-office numbers from the latest installment of Spider-Man, its biggest franchise, whose previous four films had grossed a combined $3.25 billion. (Lynton invited Loeb to the New York premiere but instructed his staff to make sure that the investor’s seats be “nowhere near Amy or me.”) But at $709 million in worldwide ticket sales, Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed; Sony had projected $865 million. An outright flop came two months later, with the comedy Sex Tape. “I think it kills the year,” Lynton emailed Pascal, as the depressing results arrived. “ We keep putting our heads in the sand. I fear that this may just be one too many.”
I will keep an eye out for any more Spidey info that might be coming in the next two parts.
While promoting the upcoming Ant-Man film with Paul Rudd (which I think may be Marvel’s first stumble), Kevin Feige talked to the Hollywood Reporter about Marvel’s deal with Sony and got into specifics about how the upcoming Spidey movies will be produced.
HR: After Civil War, how much will Marvel be involved in Sony’s Spider-Man movie?
FEIGE: Well, we’re producing it for Sony. It’s exciting, and we’re treating it like we treat all of our films. To try to make the best version now of Spider-Man and a version of Spider-Man that inhabits this universe that we’ve created. We’re in lockstep with [Sony Motion Picture Group chairman] Tom Rothman and [producer] Amy Pascal at every turn.
HR: So some of your Marvel characters will show up in the Sony Spider-Man movies?
FEIGE: Specifics of the story aside, the agreement that has been made between Sony and Marvel is that we could do that.
HR: Do you risk giving up any of your autonomy by working with Sony?
FEIGE: Without getting into the contracts, it’s definitely a Sony picture, produced by Marvel Studios. We’ve been working with each other for a number of months now. It’s been just as healthy as any of our internal discussions. We just look at it as having additional team members. We wouldn’t want to do it if we couldn’t do it in the way we’ve done all the other movies, and I think that’s what Sony wants from us.
You can read the rest at the Hollywood Reporter. Feige also talks a bit about what may happen when contracts start running out and talks a little bit about the upcoming Black Panther and Captain Marvel projects.
I know next to nothing about Tom Holland, nor what he sounds like. He’s English, but I’m sure he’ll change his accent for the Spider-Man film. Andrew Garfield was able to pull it off. Here’s an interview he did with the AP and Manny the Movie Guy. What do you think of this young actor?
Marvel.com sent me this press release this morning. Will you be picking up volume two?
SPIDER-GWEN #1 Swings Back Into Action This Fall!
New York, NY—June 24th , 2015— She’s back! The character that took the world by storm, launched thousands of cosplays, fan art, music and more is swinging back into comics this fall for SPIDER-GWEN #1 – a brand-new ongoing series! The red-hot creative team of Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi return to chronicle the adventures of Marvel’s breakout sensation! Read the rest of this entry »
To that end, Lee, the co-creator of Peter Parker and Spider-Man, would like to see Peter stay the way he is—because that’s how he was created.
“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” Lee said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”
Recent leaked Sony documents show that Marvel Comics’ licensing agreement with Sony Pictures for the Spider-Man movies mandate that Spidey should be male, not smoke tobacco nor abuse alcohol, and not be a homosexual “(unless Marvel has portrayed that alter ego as a homosexual).” This caused Gawker to conclude, somehow, that “Spider-Man is a f—ing dork.” That same documents show that Peter Parker, though not necessarily any alternative Spider-Man character, is Caucasian and heterosexual.
And Lee is satisfied that movie Peter Parker is heterosexual, same as comic book Peter Parker.
“I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly,” he said. “But again, I don’t see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they’ve already been established. I have no problem with creating new, homosexual superheroes.”
In short, Lee feels Peter Parker is well established in the public consciousness after 53 years of being Peter Parker.
“It has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that,” Lee said. “Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I’ll do it myself.”
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in “The Impossible,” “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming “In the Heart of the Sea,” and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job. Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job. The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.” Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life. We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.” Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger.
U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagen is evidently a Spider-Fan. The court handed down its decision on a royalty case involving a patent on a Spider-Man toy that shoots silly string. A product inventor wanted wanted Marvel to pay royalties indefinitely but the court sided with Marvel.
In writing the decision Justice Kagan said:
“The parties set no end date for royalties, apparently contemplating that they would continue for as long as kids want to imitate Spider-Man (by doing whatever a spider can).”
“Patents endow their holders with certain superpowers, but only for a limited time.”
“To the contrary, the decision’s close relation to a whole web of precedents means that reversing it could threaten others.”
“What we can decide, we can undecide. But stare decisis teaches that we should exercise that authority sparingly. Cf. S. Lee and S. Ditko, Amazing Fantasy No. 15: “SpiderMan,” p. 13 (1962) (“[I]n this world, with great power there must also come — great responsibility”).”
So Spider-Man’s greatest message is now on the books. How cool is that?
Here’ a video with the patent holder from a few months ago.
It appears there will be quite a few new Spider-Man titles spinning their way out of Secret Wars this fall. At least if this teaser by artist Ariel Olivetti is anything to go by.
The teaser, showing the classic black-and-white spider emblem associated with Venom and Spidey’s black costume, appeared on Olivetti’s Facebook page, along with a note, as reported by Newsarama, in which the former penciler for such titles as Daredevil and Punisher War Journal “[thanked] his agent Eduardo Alpuente, seemingly for getting him hired by Marvel.”
As to what the teaser could mean, the popular theory is it not only refers to Olivetti’s return to Marvel, it may also refer to Eddie Brock becoming Venom once more in a new series. If so, then what of the current wearer of the symbiote, Flash Thompson? And if Olivetti is doing the art, then who will be the writer? What say you, Crawlspacers?
It seems after Secret Wars, Miles Morales will be sticking around in the 616 universe with Spider-Man. New York Daily News was given a scoop by Marvel revealing the creative team of the new book which will simply be called “Spider-Man.” Brian Michael Bendis will write it and Sarah Pichelli will pencil it. What do you think of the news?
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Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more to wring dry from the hacking of Sony’s e-mail servers, it appears there are still a few more drops left to be squeezed.
Sam Biddle of Gawker appears to have combed through some more of these leaked e-mails on WikiLeaks’ searchable database, and has uncovered what appears to be a licensing agreement between Sony Entertainment Pictures and Marvel Studios regarding how Spider-Man should be portrayed on film. Dated sometime in September of 2011, the agreement lists a series of rules and guidelines for both Spider-Man and Peter Parker. The “mandatory character traits” for Spider-Man are listed as:
You read right, I am not only selling off my collection but I’m getting out of comics for the time being. While there are several reasons why, the main two are both cost and entertainment. Add in my wife, Melissa being unemployed over the last year and my son having medical costs, I just can’t do it anymore. I haven’t even seen Age of Ultron or watched Winter Soldier yet. I’m also burned out with the industry with read this and read that and forget what the fans think and I’m calling it quits and selling off my entire comic book collection except for my Spider-Girl/MC2, some Roger Stern, J.M Demantis and a few Conway issues. I’m selling off all of my trades, first editions and hard to find series. I want them to go to great homes and everything is listed below. I want to thank Brad, George, JR, Ashley, Zach, Michael and everyone from the Spider-Man Crawlspace over the years for not only creating a wonderful website and podcast but also letting an old comic book collector like me provide you with entertainment reviews and more over the last few years. Please check out my auctions and thank you again. Read the rest of this entry »
It’s a coat and also a sleeping bag. It can be yours for the low, low price of $149. Would you buy it? You’d think for that much money they could spell Spider-Man correctly. They forgot the hyphen on the bag.
Marvel Universe Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors #11
Amazing Spider-Man Vol. 5: Spiral TPB
Miles Morales: Ultimate Spider-Man Ultimate Collection Book 2 TPB
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 HC
Avengers: No More Bullying TPB
Damage Control: The Complete Collection
Secret Wars heads into the final stretch with the Spidey-Solicits for September, 2015.
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