InhumanSpecial#1--cover“Sorry. I’ve already forgotten your names.”

Don’t let the name of this comic fool you. Even though it has “Inhuman” in the title, and features the Inhumans, this is still very much as Spider-Man comic as much as it is a continuation from last months Amazing Spider-Man Special #1. Whether or not it’s a good Spider-Man comic, however, is another matter entirely.

“Inhuman Error, Part 2”

WRITER: Jeff Loveness
ARTIST: Ryan Lee
COLORIST: Nolan Woodward
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Sabino
ASSISSTANT EDITOR: Devin Lewis
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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MJPeterBetterDaysMarvel.com is recognizing Mary Jane Watson’s (or as many of us still like to consider her, Mary Jane Watson Parker!) 50th birthday.

Well – the 50th anniversary of her first appearance, anyway. Marvel marks it as this month, though I think that may be a month early.

From Marvel:

Gwen Stacy, Felicia Hardy, Carlie Cooper—the Ultimate Universe’s Peter Parker even dated Kitty Pryde. But only one woman has actually called Spider-Man her husband: Mary Jane Watson.

Two quick things:
1.) Carlie Cooper being lumped into the same rank with MJ, Gwen and Felicia is laughable. Hell, Deb Whitman was more impacting and interesting than Carlie Cooper.
2.) Marvel dares to acknowledge the fact that Mary Jane and Peter were married in the not so distant past. But then they’ve been doing that a lot lately since they want you to buy ‘Renew Your Vows.’ After the ‘Renew Your Vows’ collected edition comes out Marvel will probably go back into “try not to mention it” mode again.

More:

For decades, MJ has been Spidey’s partner in crime-fighting, acting as both a supporting and lead character in hundreds of comics. But Mary Jane’s importance and independence has eclipsed her love interest role; her perseverance and determination—not to mention her vivacious attitude—have made her a fascinating character to relate to and root for.

This is another interesting tidbit, as it can be argued that Marvel has actually tried to knock down Mary Jane’s popularity over the years. Having Mary Jane around has often presented a stumbling block from many writers injecting their own romantic foils for Peter. Former Editor in Chief Bob Harras once tried to take her out of the picture permanently in a plane explosion; even that couldn’t keep Mary Jane down.

We’ve seen the character thrive through J. Michael Straczynski Highs and suffer with the Bobby Carr Celebrity Doper Lows. Whether she’s soaring under writers and editors who understand and appreciate the character or sinking from being mishandled, Mary Jane continues to be popular in the hearts of Spider-Fans everywhere.

So Happy 50th, Mary Jane. No – actually, Happy 50th, Mrs. Parker. It may take decades to get back to it but here’s hoping you have a bright future someday. Heaven knows you’re due!

–George Berryman!

The large comic book and entertainment convention known as the Chicago Comics & Entertainment Expo (C2E2) has revealed some very interesting Spider news for both Spider-Man and his alternate titles.

Revealed at C2E2 by writer Jason Latour, our favorite alternate universe Gwen Stacy’s series will be ending in June for the time being and heading over to the Secret Wars: Spider-Verse series.

From CBR:

Asked if there were plans for Spider-Gwen after her current series ends, Latour said, “There will be things that happen.” Immediately, the character will appear in the “Secret Wars” tie-in series “Spider-Verse.”

In “Spider-Gwen,” Gwen Stacy will interact with Peter Parker in a very emotional scene, but Latour said the creative team also has plans for “Felicia Hardy the Black Cat and ninjas and all sorts of crazy stuff.”

Editor Nick Lowe then talked about the connection between Secret Wars and Spider-Verse, which picks up from the end of the event and stars Spider-Gwen.

Again, from CBR:

“Spider-Gwen is in it, Spider-Man Noir, Spider-Ham, everyone is in it,” said Lowe. “That book takes ‘Spider-Verse’ to the next level.”

Next level huh? It was also revealed during the Secret Wars panel that there is a Spider School that might include a certain Spider-Man universe characters in the Shang-Chi: Master of Kung Fu mini series starting in July. Spider-Woman writer Denis Hopeless is saying that he wanted to go back to street level.

Again, from CBR:

“It’s very ’80s Daredevil, her running around and punching people in the face. Now the world’s going to end and we’re taking that away from her.” Hopeless praised Rodriguez’s art, saying that people should at least buy it just for the art.

Dan Slott did not reveal anything about Renew Your Vows or anything Spider-Man related. Slott talked about his art team on Silver Surfer being nominated for the Eiser Awards.
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PoochieToTheExtremeAnother entry from the Sony Wikileaks treasure trove. A.V. Club’s Sean O’Neal read a tweet by Twitter user ‘Duke,’ who had made an enlightening find on the Sony Wikileaks searchable database. It was an email sent to Amy Pascal from Nick Shore, a former MTV exec who had moved on to a company called Astronauts Wanted. Shore was suggesting that Spidey could maybe be more ‘millennial.’

From the A.V. Club:

Shore’s entire email (which begins “a couple of rando thoughts,” though you should force yourself to keep reading) offers a poignant glimpse into the desperate demographic-chasing that takes place behind the scenes of most modern entertainment. And it confirms that, for all the flak Sony’s taken for the handling of Spider-Man, it could have been so much worse:

And here’s the email from Shore to Pascal:

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Hey Amy – just a couple of rando thoughts from 35,000 LAX-JFK:

- A rising trend we see with Millennials are the really extreme forms of experiential exercise like Tough Mudder (a sort of filthy triathalon), the Color Run and even things like Hot Power Yoga, veganism etc. Millennials will often post “N.B.D.” on their social media after doing it , as in No Big Deal, also known as the “humble brag”…..wondering if Spidey could get into that in some way….he’s super athletic, bendy, strong, intense….and it’s all NBD to him, of course.

- EDM (electronic dance music) is the defining music for Millennials. Wondering if there’s an EDM angle somewhere with Spidey? His movements are beautiful, would be awesome with a killer DJ behind it

- Snapchat just launched a “story” functionality, which is sort of “day in the life of me” told in a series of snapchats that expire after 24 hours. It has a very VIP quality about it, since invitation only. Getting invited into Spidey’s Snapchat circle would be huge, and very buzzworthy and cool.

Pascal then forwarded the email on to Sony’s Michael Lynton, with a two word response: “LOVE THIS!”

At some point, it seems, cooler heads prevailed and someone took this idea aside and said “Oh HELL no.” And the planet is a better place for it.

–George Berryman!

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The return of our favourite Spider-Scribe continues in this exciting edition of “Amazing Spider-Man .1 issues that should have replaced the actual numbered issues”. Conway hits it out of central park once again.

WRITER: Gerry Conway
PENCILER: Carlo Barberi
INKER: Juan Vlasco
COLORS: Israel Silva
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER ARTISTS: Arthur Adams and Morry Hollowell
VARIANT COVER ARTIST: Gabrielle Dell’Otto
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SpideyWomenSo after reading those Sony e-mails which were hacked last December and posted by WikiLeaks during the past week, we’ve seen one marketing executive’s proposal for future Spider-Man films, and that based on what Drew Goddard was proposing for his Sinister Six movie, he was either an ambitious, mad film-making genius or was just plain mad. However, as was rumored last summer, there was superhero film Sony had planned which could potentially beat both Marvel Studios and DC/Warner Brothers to the punch—a Spider-Man spin-off staring a female superhero, or an all-female superhero team.  The question was who, or whom, would those characters be?

Sony code-named this proposed superheroine Spider-Man spin-off project “Glass Ceiling,” which included a packet containing bios, images, and comics of possible characters to consider. In an e-mail sent to actor and director Paul Feig dated March 20, 2014, Amy Pascal appears to have been ecstatic over the proposed film:

HERE IS THE PACKET MY GUYS PUT TOGETHER FOR YOU ON THE “GLASS CEILING” PROJECT.  I KNOW IT MAY TAKE A MINUTE FOR YOU TO GET TO IT.  I CANT TELL YOU HOW MUCH I LOVE THIS  IDEA.   ITS SORT OF SHOCKING THAT NO ONE HAS EVEN ATTEMPTED IT BUT THATS WHY ITS SO GREAT. …THERE ARE LOTS OF WAYS TO APPROACH THE STORY..SO WHEN YOU HAVE A CHANCE LETS GET ON THE PHONE…MY FANTASY WOULD BE THAT NO ONE EVER KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT IT UNTIL WE HAVE PUT THE WHOLE THING TOGETHER….CUZ I DONT WANT ANYONE TO REALIZE WHAT AN AMAZING MOVIE ITS GONNA BE….ANYWAY SO MUCH TO DISCUSS AND DREAM ABOUT….

In another of Pascal’s e-mail dated May 5, 2014 to producer Matt Tolmech, when she wasn’t expressing concerns over not wanting the Sinister Six film to cost over budget, and how they could gently tell producer Avi Arad “he needed to take a back seat…because he isnt good or no one likes him,” Sony appeared to be exploring several options, especially given the reception towards The Amazing Spider-Man 2:

we do need to lay out release  schudule [sic] targets for all these movies….sinister six in june of 2016
venom maybe  october 2016 or spring of 2017.  even im being real i dont really know when a spiderman 3 goes at this point….is it summer 2017 fall 2017 is it 2018 …in a way i dont really see it before then…and then of course what  is  it? spidey now fights the sinister six? or venom? who directs it?when do we need them? we need to  think  about budgets for these  movies…..i dont want to   spend 200plus on sinister six…..we need drew [to] knowthat [sic] ….. what about venom im seeing that in the lower range of these movies and the same wit girl  version….im worried we have [too many] of [the] same charracters [sic] in ss and peoplle [sic] are gonna say  same old  same  old….i know we can t have ss in 2016 and spiderman in 20117? am i right?

However, there was one character Sony appeared to have settled on, a character who would not only be the lead for an Amazing Spider-Man spin-off film, but also a spin-off, if not a direct sequel, for The Sinister Six. Someone who could also lead a team of her own. That female superhero was…

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AmazingSpider-Man#17.1--cover“Whoa. Someone’s a bit tetchy.”

It’s part two of Gerry Conway’s return to The Amazing Spider-Man comics (or least a series of “Point One” issues) and this time, he’s got Spidey and the Wraith matching up with one his own villains, Hammerhead. Oh, and they also fight Phil Urich, who was also created by Conway. Hey, when it comes to making original super-villains, even great comic book writers can have their off days.

EDIT: Scratch that, it was Terry Kavanaugh who created Phil Urich in Web of Spider-Man #125. All is forgiven, Mr. Conway.

“Spiral, Part Two”

WRITER: Gerry Conway
PENCILER: Carlo Barberi
INKER: Juan Vlasco
COLORS: Israel Silva
LETTERER: VC’s Joe Caramagna
COVER ARTISTS: Arthur Adams and Morry Hollowell
VARIANT COVER ARTIST: Gabrielle Dell’Otto
ASSISTANT EDITOR: Devin Lewis
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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SpideyThwippVariety is reporting that Sony will be producing a new Spidey animated film to be released July 20, 2018.

From Variety:

Spider-Man is going back to his graphic roots. On Thursday, Sony announced a new animated feature for the Marvel superhero from “The Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

The movie hits theaters July 20, 2018.

Lord and Miller, the filmmaking duo behind “22 Jump Street” and “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” will write the treatment and produce the Spider-Man movie.

Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman made the disclosure at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The animated film will exist independently of the projects in the live-action Spider-Man universe.

Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal are on board to produce the picture.

Rothman did not, however, reveal any news on the live-action “Spider-Man” from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe that will debut on July 28, 2017. Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Sony’s Pascal will produce that movie.

Spidey will make his next film appearance in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War,” which bows May 6, 2016.

Hopefully we will hear more soon!

UPDATE: I’ve edited this to remove the “apart from the Marvel Cinematic Universe” stuff. I’ve read conflicting reports at different sites about whether or not it’s going to be in the MCU. Hopefully we’ll know more soon!

–George Berryman!

detailAfter a wonderful performance by Vondie Curtis-Hall in Netflix’s Daredevil, Ben Urich steps up his game here. Does the rest of the issue falter to give Ben some solid material? Check in to find out. 

Spider-Woman #6: Super-Sleuth

Writer: Dennis Hopeless

Artist/Cover Artist: Javier Rodriguez

Inker: Alvaro Lopez

Letterer: Travis Lanham 

Editor: Devin Lewis & Charles Beacham & Nick Lowe

Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso

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With more Secret Wars comes more Spider-Men and Women, as we roll on into the Spidey-solicits for July 2015.

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #3
DAN SLOTT (w) • ADAM KUBERT (a/C)
VARIANT cover by  Sara PICHELLI
• The most controversial Spider-Man story of the year continues!
•There are some lines Spider-Man won’t cross. Right?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99
*SECRET WARS SERIES

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #20.1
GERRY CONWAY (w) • CARLO BARBERI (a)
Cover by YASMINE PUTRI
Variant Cover by NICK BRADSHAW
• The final chapter of “Spiral” brings Spidey and Wraith together- but not as friends.
• The crime landscape of New York City is changed from here on out…
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

SPIDER-ISLAND #1 & #2 (of 5)
CHRISTOS GAGE & TOM DEFALCO (w)
PACO DIAZ & RON FRENZ (a)
Cover by HUMBERTO RAMOS
Issue #1 – VARIANT BY RON FRENZ
Issue #1 – INHUMANS 50TH ANNIVERSARY VARIANT COVER BY TBA
Issue #2 – VARIANT COVER BY GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
• The Spider-Queen has turned Manhattan into an island of Spider-Madness and Peter Parker has lost, thanks to Spider-Scribe CHRISTOS GAGE (AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, SUPERIOR SPIDER-MAN) & rising star artist PACO DIAZ (WOLVERINE, SCARLET SPIDERS).
• With Spider-Man defeated and captive, does Flash Thompson, A.K.A. VENOM stand a chance?
• All this, plus visit the MC2 patch of BATTLEWORLD! Mayday Parker and her Spider-Family are back courtesy of classic Spider-Girl team TOM DEFALCO, RON FRENZ & SAL BUSCEMA!
Issue #1 40 PGS./Rated T …$4.99
Issue #2 32 PGS /Rated T …$3.99

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sinister-six-by-alex-ross-10Reading through more of the Sony emails made available by WikiLeaks is not unlike taking a tour through a sausage factory, only without the smell and with more hilarity than disgust. Last time, we read through a November 15, 2014 proposal from Executive Director of Creative Advertising at Screen Gems, Juan Capdet suggesting Sony should work on up to seven Amazing Spider-Man sequels and spin-offs over a five year period, along with the one tie-in film which they had already green-lit.

That film, as some of you may know, was The Sinister Six, which was to be written and directed by Drew Goddard and originally planned for a November 2016 release date. And apparently, Goddard was so eager to do this movie he defected over to Sony during the production of the Netflix TV series, Daredevil, in spite of being the series’ show-runner–a move which, as reported by Bleeding Cool, almost resulted in Marvel taking legal action against him. Guess he and Sony had a lot of faith in this film because, based on the content of the e-mails, Sinister Six had the potential to be the most insane comic book superhero movie ever made.

Aside from the comics, Goddard drew inspiration for his treatment from such films as The Dirty Dozen (1967), The Wild Bunch (1969), and especially Willaim Friedkin’s Sorcerer (1977), which he suggested Pascal and Senior VP Rachel O’Connor watch as part of their research. One of the reasons Sony was so eager to do this film, aside from wanting to expand their “Spider-Man Universe,” was to have a team-up film to compete with Marvel Studios. In addition, it also became apparent, as stated by screenwriter and producer, Michel De Luca, in a forwarded e-mail dated October 1, 2014, that Sony needed something to potentially compete with DC Comics and Warner Brother’s upcoming Suicide Squad movie:

They are using the new superman to intro the justice league and then hope to do one off movies after justice league, sort of the reverse of Marvel. They don’t have a Feige, they sort of have Nolan and Goyer and Zack Snyder. Plus the dc characters are corny and it remains to be seen how this all works out. Ayers suicide squad is dc’s version of sinister six so we shouldn’t dilly dally.

Of course, the big question was just which unsavory villains would comprise the Sinister Six? Would it be the original line-up as first introduced in the very first Amazing Spider-Man Annual? If it tied into The Amazing Spider-Man 2, would the team include Paul Giamatti’s Rhino? The return of Jamie Foxx’s Electro? Dane DeHann’s Harry Osborn/Green Goblin? Well, combing through various e-mails, it appears Sony’s version of the Sinister Six would have been:

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Despite the fact that both director Joss Whedon and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige have both denied that the Avengers: Age of Ultron will have a post-credits scene (a mid-credits scene has been confirmed) new footage has hit the Interwebs claiming the opposite. The teasing reveal? Spidey and a window washer, with Stark Tower in the background.

Via MTV:

Because leaks are apparently the hot new craze of 2015, the very final scene for the highly anticipated film has been uploaded online… But could it be a fake?
Although many have been quick to say the footage is a fake, it seems seriously elaborate to just be an amateur’s work.
Considering excitement over Spiderman re-joining the Marvel universe has been high, this does seem like a treat Whedon would want to give the fans. Still, we guess we’ll have to wait until April 24 to find out for real.

Posting the video below. If it gets yanked off of YouTube then that may tell you what you need to know as to whether or not it’s authentic. What say you, Crawlspacers? Real or fake?

–George Berryman!

UPDATE: Yeah I’m gonna call it on this. It’s been up long enough now that if it was the real deal Disney Marvel would’ve already had it shut down. So we’ll rule it clever and extremely well done fakery!

UPDATE #2: Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon confirms that it’s fake.

209911-1“Yeah, I’m hilarious. Let’s get you to bed…”

WRITER Peter David
ART Will Sliney
COLOR Antonio Fabela
LETTERER VC’s Joe Caramagna
EDITOR Devin Lewis

Miggy finds his way back to Earth-616. So! What the shock is happening?

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Found an interesting article by Briley Kenney at Overmental.com which wonders if we had a Spidey cameo in the new Netflix Daredevil series in the form of an easter egg.

The possible cameo in questions comes in Episode 12, ‘The Ones We Leave Behind,’ and focuses on a moment in Ben Urich’s apartment. While Ben’s working at his desk, we see news clips pinned on a cork board above his desk.

One of the news clips has a photo showing a familiar pair of white eyes on what might be a reddish mask. Posting below the fold for the spoiler squeamish, though it doesn’t spoil anything in the Daredevil series at all.

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Hey everyone,

Ryan here and I am selling off most of my comic book collection. From my complete set of Superior Spider-Man to my full sets of Daredevil volumes 3 & 4 and they are all signed. I have some bills to pay and I have no other choice but to sell some of my most prized comic books. I want to thank Brad for giving me permission to sell these books. Please take a look and share or let me know if you are interested.

Complete Mark Waid Daredevil set signed
Complete Superior Spider-Man collection signed
Complete Uncanny Avengers series
Signed Harley Quinn classic costume prints signed by Ramon Perez

Spider-Man_Venom_BlackCatAs George Berryman alluded in his post “Sony Emails: Kevin Feige’s Notes on Amazing Spider-Man 2,” the emails from Sony Pictures Entertainment which had been previously released by North Korean hackers last November have been posted online as a searchable database by WikiLeaks.  Among the over 173,000 emails and 30,000 documents are, of course, lots and lots of inter-departmental discussions regarding Spider-Man both before and after the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).

As some of you may be aware, prior to their arrangement with Marvel Studios, Sony was attempting to build a competing film franchise centered around the Web-Head, one of them being a proposed Sinister Six film by Cabin in the Woods (2012) writer/director and Netflix’s Daredevil creator, Drew Goddard.  But what exactly would such a series of future Spider-Man films have looked like, especially since there’s only so many supporting characters and villains within Spidey’s world for Sony to use?  Well buried within the deep black hole of the Sony emails, we have some idea thanks to a proposal written by Sony Pictures’ Executive Director of Creative Advertising at Screen Gems, Juan Capdet.

In a November 15, 2014 dated email under the subject heading “Thoughts on a Franchise,” Capdet opens his proposal with the following:

So I have been doing a lot of thinking… over the past weeks we have seen both Marvel (who have a tight plan) and DC/WB (who look like they might finally be getting their shit together) make huge announcements for the future of their slates and franchises.  On the other hand, we have been assailed by rumour after rumour of bizarre spin-offs (Aunt May) or that Spidey is going to be sold or loaned back to Marvel.  What we need is a solid plan for the future. Clearly laid out for the next five years at least that shows the fanship and the public that Spidey is still in safe hands.  I also believe that this studio needs a dedicated Spider Division that runs as a studio within the studio.  Marvel and DC Entertainment are successful because there are dedicated resources and teams that just focus on these properties.  We need that here.On that note, here are my ideas for the future of the franchise.  These are just rough outlines but I think could be a good start to the path to success.  I thank you in advance for humouring me by listening to me.  Looking forward to your thoughts…

And what would this “five year plan” have consisted of? Well, get ready, folks, because Capdet’s idea, along with Sinister Six, included seven–yes, seven!–additional Spider-Man sequels and tie-ins:

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FeigeASM2Comicbookmovie.com’s Josh Wilding did some digging around in the leaked Sony emails recently posted online at WikiLeaks. The dumped emails are searchable on that site and the email in question can be found at this link.

Before we get into the meat of Feige’s notes, here’s a comment from Wilding that I agree very much with:

What’s abundantly clear here is that Feige just gets Spider-Man. Like every other Marvel character he’s brought to the big screen, the man just understands what makes them tick and the right way to bring them to life.

While I do agree with Wilding that “Feige gets it,” I do not agree with all of Feige’s suggestions and observations. On with Feige’s notes! Remember that the email is dated November 2013, well before Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters. It also gives us insight into things that were planned but cut out.

More – lots more! – below the fold!

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AMZXM18From our very own Brad “I’m On Vacation, Damnit–!” Douglas comes this moment from Amazing X-Men #18.

Iceman, Firestar and others are huddled around a fire, talking to the former Juggernaut, Cain Marko, on how they can stop the current Juggernaut (Ahmet Abdol, the Living Monolith).

Iceman’s suggestion? “Call Spider-Man.”

If there is anyone who knows just how badass Spider-Man is, it’s the X-Men. Bigtime. And… well Cain Marko, too. Heh!

Thanks, Brad!

–George Berryman!

TIMEMadTIME Magazine’s Eliana Dockterman wrote up a snarky piece regarding Marvel & Sony using Peter Parker instead of Miles Morales as Spider-Man in the upcoming reboot & MCU films.

Some highlights:

The Miles Morales rumors are not true, according to Marvel hed Kevin Feige. Is this headline beginning to sound repetitive? The new iteration of Spider-Man, who will appear in the Captain America: Civil War movie before getting his own feature film, will continue to be a high school-aged Peter Parker. This is bad news for fans who were hoping to escape watching the same teenage origin story of Parker yet again.

Except that we’re not getting another Spider-Man origin story, as Kevin Feige later clarified & confirmed. But honestly? I don’t think a possible origin story is what really got Dockterman upset (emphasis mine):

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APKFWhile tens of thousands of hacked Sony emails are being dumped online, Bleeding Cool has posted a very interesting take on the Spider-Man deal with Sony and Marvel. In essence, Rich Johnston postulates that rumors about a Spidey/MCU crossover in the fall actually led to it happening – and he uses the Sony email hack releases to make his point.

According to Johnston, it started with rumors posted by HitFix’s Drew McWeeney (who once wrote for AICN as ‘Moriarty’) and culminated with email exchanges by Marvel’s Isaac Perlmutter and Sony’s Michael Lynton.

One highlight stood out in particular – an email from Sony subsidiary TriStar’s chairman Tom Rothman, who explained to Sony’s Amy Pascal:

the answer is: YES THEY DO NEED IT, AND I AM TELLING YOU THEY WILL MAKE THE DEAL– not right away maybe, but if they BELIEVE you will never give them the other thing, then they will make the deal for spidy in capt.  why wouldn’t they????   trade spidy in capt for hulk/widow/thor/or capt in spidy.    fucking STICK.  they will fold.

Another interesting thing to take from this is that while Marvel & Sony appear to be communicative and willing to work with one another, Marvel has a very different tone with Fox, who currently has rights to X-Men pictures and also running the Fantastic Four property into the ground. Here’s Marvel’s John Turitzin writing to Fox’s Bob Cohen regarding Variety’s article announcing the Deadpool movie:

I’m writing to you to correct the misimpression left by reporting concerning Fox’s plans for a Deadpool motion picture.  According to a September 18, 2014 report in Variety, “Fox and Marvel have slotted Deadpool, their long in development X-Men spin-off for Feb. 12, 2016.” (http://variety.com/2014/film/news/deadpool-release-date-fox-marvel-1201308783/).  As you are aware, Marvel has no involvement in the decision to produce a Deadpool film, let alone when that film will be released.  The article continues with the falsehood that Kevin Feige is producing the film with Lauren Schuler Donner.  Kevin Feige will have no involvement in a Deadpool motion picture, should Fox decide to produce one, and we will not be designating Kevin as an executive producer for any of the films made under the X-Men license (unless we advise you otherwise).  We are, however, designating Stan Lee as our executive producer for the upcoming X-Men films of which we are aware are in production (i.e., Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse).  Additionally, Tom Cohen who was designated as Associate Producer should be removed from any credits.

We can’t determine, of course, the extent to which that misimpression was created or fostered by Fox, but please ask your people to be careful not to imply that Marvel Studios or its personnel are producing any of the X-Men films licensed to Fox by Marvel and to correct any reports that suggest otherwise.  Misrepresentations in press reports lead to inaccurate speculation that there could be cross-overs between Marvel Studios produced movies and those produced under license by Fox.

Ouch! There goes my hopes of one day seeing Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine appearing in an MCU film! The Wrap also found another tidbit concerning Marvel, Daredevil and Drew Goddard, who had worked on the Netflix Daredevil series and who has been rumored to heading the new Spidey MCU reboot. From the Wrap:

Before the May 24, 2014 announcement that show-runner Drew Goddard was dropping out of Netflix’s “Daredevil,” things got difficult and litigious for Marvel, Sony and Goddard’s team. “It looks like they are giving us no choice but to litigate this matter,” Marvel TV EVP Jeph Loeb wrote in an e-mail in April. In a followup e-mail, Marvel’s Ike Perlmutter forwards the Loeb e-mail to Pascal and adds even more panic: “Since we spoke on Wednesday, the problem we are having with Drew Goddard is getting even worse…We should both be very concerned about this situation.”

Check out more at Bleeding Cool and the Wrap!

–George Berryman!

OMDRYVThe Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates offers an opinion on what constitutes the “worst Spider-Man story ever.” I politely disagree with the eventual ‘winner.’ The author starts off first by agreeing with i09’s rundown of their four worst Spider-Man stories ever told:

While anxiously awaiting the retconning/re-marriage of Peter Parker, I came across this io9 list of the four worst Spider-Man stories of all time. The contenders are The Clone Saga, The Gathering Of Five, Sins Past and One More Day. I’m not sure if these are in order of awfulness or not, but I agree with the listing—these are all pretty bad.

I know of one person who liked Sins Past, and I know some have enjoyed the Gathering of Five. One of our resident Webheads, Spideydude, is all about the Clone Saga. But in the years since it was inflicted upon us I have never seen someone, aside from Joe “Breaking the Toys” Quesada, who has ever said they enjoyed One More Day. Even most of the vitriolic Parker marriage haters I’ve listened to over the years have have acknowledged that OMD was a terrible story but accepted the poor storytelling as a means to an end.

Coates later makes the choice:

So which of io9‘s four do I dub truly most baleful?  My disdain for One More Day is fairly well known, and I feel like, at this point, it’s a little too easy to hate on. I’m going to go with The Clone Saga for the great sin of resurrecting Norman Osborne.

And here is where I politely disagree. While I’ve gone on record, many times, about how bad the Clone Saga was, and about how Norman Osborn never should have been brought back, and about how awful trying to pull a switcheroo on readers as to who the ‘real’ Peter was just for the sake of having a single Peter once more… One More Day was by far the worst transgression in Spider-history. The Clone Saga was a poor choice; a bad idea that went on way too long. It even made me stay away from Spidey comics for over two years. But there has never been a more egregious breach of trust between Marvel and their readers than One More Day, which was done largely to satisfy an EIC’s personal whim. Is it the worst breach of trust in comics ever? I wonder about that a lot. Was One More Day worse for Spidey fans than, say, Dan Didio’s New 52 was for DC fans? And in the end, which was more selfish?

One thing is important to point out here. While you can look at One More Day and The Clone Saga and debate which one ultimately was worse, the root cause for both was the same: editorial trying to bring back a ‘swinging single’ Peter Parker. Both stories also returned Osborns to life. The Clone Saga brought back Norman who, admittedly, was part of some very interesting stories after. One More Day brought back Harry, completely retooled (emphasis on tool) his personality – then quickly forgot about him and sent him away when his stories & subplots tended to be more boring than unbuttered toast.

Many Spider-fans would agree with me when I say that One More Day needs to be addressed, fixed and ultimately thrown back into the creative emptiness from which it was spawned. But what makes me nervous as we approach the upcoming Jonathan Hickman Marvel reboot/non-reboot is the fact that Renew Your Vows is being handled by people of the same anti-marriage mindset that forced One More Day on us in the first place. I suspect it will be used as a blunt force weapon to “show” us why a married Peter just won’t work, despite decades of stories showing us precisely the opposite. Either way, it does make me nervous about what’s coming up. Not that good kind of nervous you get when you see Wanda freaking out during the Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer. No, that kind of nervous that comes from a place of cold dread.

Spider-Man as a character has suffered many wounds over the last seven years. Different teams have tried to forcefully wedge Spidey into whatever role and personality they prefer, rather than what’s natural and sensible for the character. Much of it has been done with all the clumsiness of a toddler trying to hammer a square peg through a circular hole.

We’ll see what Renew Your Vows brings us. The third part of the ‘opus’ Quesada started with OMD? A story that heals all wounds – or makes those wounds infected? I know what I am hoping for, but history tells me what we’re getting. At the end of the day, hope holds the door open and welcomes disappointment.

–George “Dreading the Summer” Berryman!

SMMopeezFunko, makers of the insanely great Pop! figure line, has announced a new bunch of Marvel superhero Mopeez dolls, including Spidey, Captain America, Hulk, Groot, Rocket Raccoon, Iron Man and Deadpool.

New Marvel Pop! figures include Agent May from Agents of SHIELD, an Avengers: Age of Ultron Scarlet Witch – oh and an awesome Deadpool with a Chimichanga truck.

–George “I love that damn Pop! stuff!” Berryman!

SPTM1Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel’s Kevin Feige talked about Spidey’s comedic side:

In particular, Feige suggested that fans should expect more of the character’s comic book comedy in his next incarnation. “When he puts that mask on, in the comics, he has a non-stop wit that’s almost as troubling to the bad guys he fights as his webs and agility. We feel we haven’t really seen that yet.”

While speaking with IGN, Robert Downey Jr. (who plays Spider-Man villain Tony Stark – heh!) talked briefly about Spidey and his entrance into the MCU:

“However we spin it, we’re going to try and defy the expectation of what it would mean,” Downey said. “That’s been the directive from jump. But I think that a great job has been done with Spider-Man so far. And I think that the direction that Spider-Man is going to take is exactly what the fans would be delighted to see.”

Avengers: Age of Ultron hits theaters May 1st!

–George Berryman!

Spider-Man No More - All SuitsI’m going to be taking some time off from the site for a few months. Since 1998 I’ve been working on the site to make it what it is today. That’s 17 years this August. Since 2006 I’ve been editing podcasts almost weekly and turned several out a month. I created this place as a hobby and the last few months it’s just felt like a job. I really am just burned out.  

Editing the podcasts, updating the front page just haven’t been as much fun as they used to. So I’m going to take some time off. There won’t be any new podcasts recordings this April or May. My goal is to bring the gang all back together this summer in June and start recording new shows. 
The Crawlspace isn’t going anywhere. I’m still paying the bills to keep the lights on with a few dollars of support from you all of course.  I still have some amazing reviewers that will keep the front page going. There will also be news on the front page and you’ll have a back log of 368 podcast episodes to listen to. I’m just tired. I’m also a bit frustrated at comic creators, fellow Spider-sites and fandom in general. I’ll be back in June. After 17 years without a vacation, I’m going to re-charge.  

detailIn this issue, Gwen lets her secret identity slip past her more than once and a iconic Spider-Man figure joins the supporting cast. Is it worth checking out?

Spider-Gwen #3: Most Wanted Part 3

Writer: Jason Latour
Artist/Cover: Robbi Rodriguez
Color Artist: Rico Renzi
Letterer: Clayton Cowles
Design: Idette Winecoor & Jessica Pizarro
Editors: Nick Lowe & Devin Lewis
Editor-In-Chief: Axel Alonso

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HerbTrimpeSpideySad news today. Longtime Marvel artist Herb Trimpe, who drew the first Wolverine in Hulk #181 in 1974, has passed away at age 75.

Trimpe was mostly known for his Hulk and early G.I. Joe work, but he also worked on Spidey stories in Marvel Team-Up and an arc on Spectacular Spider-Man, in which he co-created the Spot.

More at BleedingCool.com. Thanks to Extreme Spider on our message boards for the heads-up.

–George Berryman!

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Reported by Deadline Mike Marts has left Marvel Comics as executive editor to join with industry veteran and former Marvel writer Joe Pruett to start AfterShock comics. AfterShock Comics co-CEOs are Facebook’s former Chief Privacy Officer Michael Richter, and Jon Kramer who has a background in Hollywood. Lee Kramer is in as AfterShock’s president, with Silicon Valley investor Jaward Qureshi listed as Senior Vice President of Investor Relations. Marts was at Marvel for about a year, where he had had been editing the X-Men and Guardians Of The Galaxy comics and was on Spider-Man for a brief time. The new company AfterShock is currently on build mode. Marts is a 22 year veteran of the American comic industry, beginning as an Associate Editor at Marvel in 1993 with stints at Acclaim and DC Entertainment before returning to the publisher in January 2014 as Executive Editor in charge of the X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy titles.

Thoughts on this?

Time to get the wallets open as Marvel begins their Secret Wars Variants starting with these great covers by Mike McKone, J. Scott Campbell and Gabriele Dell’Otto.

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