imageAs a UK resident I have been able to see Amazing Spider-Man 2 a few days early and wanted to share a few thoughts with you. I will keep spoilers to a bare minimum as I don’t wish to ruin the experience for anyone. If you read no further, my parting words would be I enjoyed this movie, and encourage you to see it.

After the jump I will highlight (with only minor spoilers) why. Continue at your own risk, if like me you have already seen it please don’t mention any specific spoilers in the comments.
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Spider-Man2099VariantLeonardi-232b6Rick Leonardi, who penciled the original Spider-Man 2099 volume with Peter David, is returning to pencil a variant cover to the first issue. CBR has a sneek peek of it. What do you think? I love the image!

The Interwebs are all a’buzz today about news from overseas, where Amazing Spider-Man 2 is opening internationally. It seems that the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past movie has a teaser in the credits of the Spidey sequel.

Some folks immediately took this to be a sign that Fox and Sony were about to get together on a shared universe, bringing Spidey together with the X-Men Cinematic Universe – which Fox has already threatened to join up with their upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.

But IGN explains the X-Men teaser and why it’s not a reason for anyone to get excited just yet:

And now we have the reasoning behind all this, and it’s all very contract-based and mundane. According to Variety, the insertion of this scene in Spider-Man 2 happened because the film’s director Marc Webb “had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight to helm another film following 2009′s 500 (Days) of Summer. After The Amazing Spider-Man in 2012, Webb’s negotiations briefly stalled with Sony as he was caught in a tug-of-war with Fox. Eventually, Fox agreed to allow Webb to direct Sony’s Spider-Man sequel, but only if Sony would promote its X-Men film for free.” Hence the mid-credits stinger.

And there you have it. I’m surprised Spider-Man producer Avi Arad didn’t find a reporter to rant about how there’d be “nothing in it for them” by letting Spidey mix it up in a shared movie universe.

–George Berryman!


This is it Spider Fans! The conclusion to Superior Spider-Man. Goblin Nation comes to a conclusion and Peter Parker’s life is about to get very complicated very fast. I not only review the conclusion to Goblin Nation but also the series as a whole. Its been quite the ride and I give both the book and the series a good ending grade. Even though I feel there are still more questions than answers and as many holes as my hands disappearing with my green screen effects.

SuperiorSpider-Man#31--AltCover1“Wow. Your life’s about to get very complicated.”

And here we are—the very last issue of the Superior Spider-Man! Which is also the first story of Peter Parker as Spidey since his return. But the question this finale seems to pose is that, after Doctor Octopus has done…was Peter better off not coming back at all?

“Goblin Nation, Conclusion”
PLOT:Dan Slott
SCRIPT:Christos Gage
PENCILS:Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS:John Dell and Terry Pallot
COLOR:Antonio Fabela
LETTERER:Chris Eliopoulos
ASSOCIATE EDITOR:Ellie Pyle
EDITOR:Nick Lowe

“Actions Have Consequences”
WRITER:Christos Gage
ARTIST:Will Sliney
COLORIST:Edgar Delgado
LETTERER:Chris Eliopoulos

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THE END OF THE SUPERIOR ERA. WAS IT WORTH IT?

PLOT: Dan Slott
SCRIPT: Christos Gage
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: John Dell and Terry Pallot
COLOR: Antonio Fabela
LETTERER: Chris Eliopoulos
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

ACTIONS HAVE CONSEQUENCES”
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ARTIST: Will Sliney
COLORIST: Edgar Delgado
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Very cool story. Would you buy comics from a vending machine?

Here are six clips from the Ellen show with the cast of Amazing Spider-Man 2.

Check out the multiple suits you can wear. Looks cool!

There’s some new footage in this video. The most noticeable is about the fate of the falling Gwen Stacy. 


Getting ready for their mainstream debut in Miles Morales: The Ultimate Spider-Man. I take a look at the Human Fly Twins from the classic 1960s Spider-Man Animated series.

I take a very brief look at another alternate Spider-Man for the upcoming Spider-verse event this fall. This time with the Spider-Wolfman from Marvel Zombies vs. Ash and the Army of Darkness #5.

VENCARNThere’s a couple of Spider-Movie tidbits floating about this morning.

First up – can we expect Carnage in the upcoming Venom movie? IGN thinks so and quotes Spider-Man’s producers about it:

Last week it was strongly hinted that Carnage would make an appearance in a future Spider-Man film after The Daily Bugle tumblr ran a story about notorious serial killer Cletus Kasady (AKA Carnage) written by none other than Eddie Brock (AKA Venom).

When IGN asked co-producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach about the possibility of Carnage appearing in the announced Venom movie, Arad replied, “What a great idea.”

Furthermore, Tolmach said, “Exactly. The idea of Venom and Carnage… taking it into consideration. Watch out for this Venom movie. We are crazy excited.”

In other Spider-Movie news Dean DeHaan spoke with Entertainment Weekly about playing the HarryGoblin:

Making the physical transformation from Harry to Green Goblin wasn’t easy, but the process did help the actor get into the right mindset: “When you look at yourself in the mirror and you’re in the suit and full-on Goblin makeup? You feel like a badass,” says DeHaan. “I look at myself and think, ‘Hell, yeah, I’m the Green Goblin! Let’s go do this.’”

The EW article also has an interactive “Harry Map” that you can click around on to get more insight from DeHaan about playing the character.

–George Berryman!

ASM2Rhino“Not necessarily an ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ pic…”

Variety’s got some interesting info on the upcoming Spider-Verse movies they’re planning as part of their “Make It Rain” strategy.

The third Amazing Spider-Man movie will be released on May 27th, 2016. The next Spider-Man movie, the fourth installment, will follow in 2018. Of the fourth film Variety notes:

However, a “Spider-Man” movie, but not necessarily an “Amazing Spider-Man” pic, will still hit theaters in May of 2018.

No word on which of the ‘satellite’ films will air first between Venom and the Sinister Six.

More from the Variety article:

“Before we know what we do with ‘Spider-Man 4,’ we’re going to do ‘Sinister Six,’ ‘Venom’ and ‘Spider-Man 3,’ “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ producer Matt Tolmach told Den of Geek. “There is going to be a lot of crossover in those movies. So we’re just not at ‘Spider-Man 4′ because we still have a whole other ‘Spider-Man’ movie and two other movies. So we don’t know yet what ['Spider-Man 4'] is going to be.”

Amazing Spider-Man 2 arrives in North American theaters on May 2nd.

In other ASM2 news, MTV aired a scene of the upcoming film at their MTV movie awards this past weekend.

–George Berryman!

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Putting on the old Spider-Man Cap, I review the recent issue of Superior Foes and the launch of the new Ultimate Line. While I enjoyed Superior Foes despite being a filler issue. All-New Ultimates gets a much lower, lower grade from me and I can’t understand why they changed Jessica Drew to Black Widow in the Ultimate Universe.

Podcast294In this Friday Night Fight we have a classic battle between Spider-Man and Doc Ock from 1983. George takes a look at Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man # 75 & #76
*Hear how takes on Ock’s army of minions. Sound familiar? 
*As if  that weren’t enough, he takes on an army of the Owl’s men
*The Black Cat helps a bit but is nearly fatally wounded. 
*It’s a brutal fight that has Spidey pushed to the edge and ripping Ock’s arms out of their sockets.
*Ock doesn’t let the injured arms stop him from hurting Spidey where it hurts. 

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SEATTLE–(BUSINESS WIRE)– (NASDAQ: AMZN)—Amazon.com today announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire comiXology, the company that revolutionized the digital comics reading experience with their immersive Guided View technology and makes discovering, buying, and reading comic books and graphic novels easier and more fun than ever before.

“ComiXology’s mission is to spread the love of comics and graphic novels in all forms,” said David Steinberger, co-founder and CEO of comiXology. “There is no better home for comiXology than Amazon to see this vision through. Working together, we look to accelerate a new age for comic books and graphic novels.”


“Amazon and comiXology share a passion for reinventing reading in a digital world,” said David Naggar, Amazon Vice President, Content Acquisition and Independent Publishing. “We’ve long admired the passion comiXology brings to changing the way we buy and read comics and graphic novels. We look forward to investing in the business, growing the team, and together, bringing comics and graphic novels to even more readers.”


Thoughts on this buy out?

imagePower for Power

Writer: Michel Fiffe

Artists: Amilcar Pinna

Colorist: Nolan Woodard

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist: David Yakayama

Assistant Editor: Emily Shaw

Editor: Mark Paniccia

Plot:The All-New Ultimates have banded together to bust up the secret drug labs of Hell’s Kitchen. The issue features appearances by Ultimate Diamondback and Styx & Stone.
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During the 1980′s Fred Kida drew Spider-Man five days a week in newspapers across the country. He replaced John Romita senior on the Spider-Man strip and he did a hell of a job. He was the first artist I saw when I first started reading the strip. Fred passed away Wednesday April 3rd and was 93 years old. Kida was already well known in the golden age of comics penciling Airboy in the 1940s. He worked on comics and strips until 1987. Thanks to Mark Evanier’s blog for the heads up. Also here is his obit.  Check out one of the images of Peter getting rejected by Mary Jane when he proposes to her. I’d forgotten that happened. I hope Marvel continues to release the newspaper strips in trade form. 

Spec Radio 02Hello folks! Who’s excited for that interview with Firestar and Spidey? I AM. While you’re thinking of questions (and get those in quick!) click this little button below to listen to the Fan-Panel of Me, (Zach Joiner- Webmaster of Spidey-Dude.com) Jesse Garrett, Greg Bishansky, and Gerard Delatour II as we talk about our fandom in 2007 (Where I make an egregious error… long time fans of this sites Podcast will testify to this) and 2008, discuss the Vulture, Enforcers and much much more. Click Play now, and enjoy the show. (or go to this link to download directly)

If you want to contact the guys, call the voicemail line at 818-925-6631 or leave an email at spectacularradio@gmail.com

Thanks to everyone who has given us the overwhelming response to Episode 1. Be sure to come back for Episode 3 as we have Greg Weisman back on the show!

The Amazing Spider-Man # 1 variants continue to grow. At last count there were 14 different variants. Now you can add seven more. I brought you a long list of the variants on this post if you’d like to check them out. According to Bleeding Cool, each store needed to order 3000 copies of the book to get an exclusive variant. At last count, the book is just shy of 600,000 direct pre-orders. 

2D274905578162-140408-kirsten-dunst-harpers.blocks_desktop_smallActress Kirsten Dunst, who played Mary Jane in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies, is causing a big of controversy with her recent interview with Harper’s Bazar UK. In the interview she talks about gender roles in today’s society.

“I feel like the feminine has been a little undervalued,” Dunst, 31, told the magazine. “We all have to get our own jobs and make our own money, but staying at home, nurturing, being the mother, cooking — it’s a valuable thing my mom created.”

Dunst then goes on to say. 

“Sometimes, you need your knight in shining armor. I’m sorry. You need a man to be a man and a woman to be a woman. That’s why relationships work…”

Several feminine websites are outraged with her quotes. Check them out at Jezebel and Uproxx. Fox News is defending her opinion. What are your thoughts? 

A second song from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack has been released. This one is from a group called “The Neighborhood” and called “Honest.”What do you think?

311976993_745534648799131_1240601738_nThis Saturday I’m going to be recording a podcast with Dan Gilvezan and Kathy Garver. They voiced Spider-Man and Firestar on the classic 1980′s cartoon Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends. I’ll be taking message board questions so here’s your chance to get on the show. Just write them on this thread on our message board.

DVC CoverWriter Cullen Bunn has had Deadpool fight the Marvel Universe, Popular Fictional Characters, and even multiple version of himself.

Carnage and Cletus Kassidy have been put through the ringer, writers pushing them to new goals that ended up killing both. Death was unable to stop them and Bunn brought them back as one single entity, ready to take them back to their simple roots of chaos and carnage.

What happens when these two psychopaths cross paths?

 

Deadpool vs. Carnage: Round One

Writer: Cullen Bunn
Artist: Salva Espin
Colorist: Veronica Gandini
Letterer: Joe Sabino
Cover Artists: Glenn Fabry & Adam Brown
Editors: Frankie Johnson & Jordan White
Editor-in-Chief: Axel Alonso

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One of the funniest panels at this past weekends Wizard World Comic Con was at the Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi panel. Both of them appeared in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man trilogy. They don’t mention Spidey, but this is hilarious. I saw it in person and was in stitches. It’s worth checking out. 

sinister-six-by-alex-ross-10Drew-GoddardTHR is reporting that Drew Goddard has been named as the director of the Sinister Six movie. He was previously hired to write the screenplay,but will now director the film.
It focuses on Spider-Man’s villains who have yet to be named. However if you go by  the comics that consists of Doc Ock, Electro, Mysterio, Vulture, Sandman and Kraven.
Goddard is also the Executive Director of the Netflix Daredevil show. Goddard made his directoral depubt with a movie called “Cabin in the Woods.” He also has written for television those shows include Alias, Lost, and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He also wrote films which include World War Z and Cloverfield.

Its time for another look at the Spider-verse with everyone’s favorite 90s evil twin of Spider-Man, the Doppelganger.Spiderdoppelganger

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Meet Spidey’s youngest fan. 

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