AmazingSpider-Man#8-variant“A home. A family. That’s was his dream. That’s all he ever wanted.”

So how do you celebrate the return of a popular Spider-Man spin-off character known for its bright and sunny optimism? Why stick her in a story about death, of course! Don’t worry, kids. We’ve got Spidey teaming up with another plucky young teenage girl to make it all better. Or try to, anyway.

“Ms. Adventures in Babysitting”
PLOT: Dan Slott
SCRIPT: Christos Gage
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: Cam Smith
COLORS: Antonio Fabela
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

“Edge of Spider-Verse: My Brother’s Keeper”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILS: Humberto Ramos
INKS: Victor Olazaba
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

COVER: Camuncoli, Smith, and Fabela
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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Another beloved Spider-character in danger. Will May Day Parker make it out of Spiderverse alive?

“Adventures In Babysitting”
PLOT: Dan Slott
SCRIPT: Christos Gage
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: Cam Smith
COLORS: Antonio Fabela
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

“Edge of Spider-Verse: My Brothers Keeper”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILS: Humberto Ramos
INKS: Victor Olazaba
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

COVER: Camuncoli/Smith/Fabela
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
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Foes16-1“Look Out! He’s Gonna Shoot!”

‘How To Get A Head In Bad-Guyvertising’

WRITER Nick Spencer
ART Steve Lieber & Rich Ellis
COLOR Rachelle Rosenberg
LETTERER VC’s Clayton Cowles
EDITOR Lauren Sankovitch

We’re coming to the end of the line, and it’s an all out brawl for control of the Maggia!

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As Spider-Verse starts to wrap-up in the month of January, 2015, it can only mean that it’s time for more Spidey-Solicits!

AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #13
DAN SLOTT (W) • GIUSEPPE CAMUNCOLI (A)
Cover by OLIVIER COIPEL
Variant COVER by GABRIELE DELL’OTTO
WELCOME HOME VARIANT COVER BY Mike Del Mundo
Marvel Animation Spider-Verse variant by Jeff Wamester
SPIDER-VERSE PART 5 – THE FINAL BATTLE BEGINS HERE!
• EVERY SPIDER-MAN EVER MUST FIGHT AND NO SPIDER IS SAFE!
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SPIDER-MAN 2099 #8
Peter David (W)
William Sliney (A)
Cover by Francesco Mattina
SPIDER-VERSE TIE-IN!
• Spider-Man 2099 and Lady Spider must reunite with the rest of the spiders in time for the final battle against the Inheritors!
• Who will survive the Spider-verse?
• Will Miguel finally be able to return home? And by “home” do we mean 2099 or 2014?
32 PGS./Rated T …$3.99

SPIDER-WOMAN #3
DENNIS HOPELESS (W) • GREG LAND (A/C)
VARIANT COVER BY W. SCOTT FORBES
SPIDER-VERSE TIE-IN!
• Spider-Woman is in the tightest spot she’s ever been in. What if even succeeding with her mission means her death?!?!
32 PGS./Rated T+ …$3.99

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2099-1“You? And me? On the same side? Screw that!”

WRITER Peter David
ART Will Sliney
COLOR Antonio Fabela
LETTERER VC’s Joe Caramagna
EDITOR Ellie Pyle
SENIOR EDITOR Nick Lowe

Spidey 2099 and the Scorpion duke it out in Trans-Sabal while Tiberius Stone scrambles to stay alive!

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From the head writer of the 90s Spider-Man cartoon series, John Semper Jr, comes audio recording of the first panel the show was a part of in 1994. It’s an interesting panel, with Stan Lee, Christopher Daniel Barnes (Peter Parker), Sara Ballantine (Mary Jane) and more on the panel.

They discuss things like how last minute the panel was, replacing Gwen with Felicia, future storylines, villains, and more. It’s an interesting look back at history for the iconic show. Be fore-warned, there is a lot of Doctor Who love in this podcast as well, as the episode is framed through the narrative of taking the TARDIS back in time to this panel.

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podcast334picWe tackle your dozens of message board questions. Highlights include:
*Would you buy a Spider-Man 1977 comic book based on the live action TV show?
*Our coolest Spidey memorabilia
*What comics started strong and were tough to read at the end of the run? 
*Grading the 1987 wedding issue
*Thoughts when people visits BD’s Spider-shrine
*JR and BD turn their wives into Spider-villains? 
*What villain has fought Spidey to a standstill the most?

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Podcast #333-Spider-News
Podcast #332-ASM 1.5 and Superior 33 Reviews
Podcast # 331-Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon Reviews
Podcast # 330-Message Board Q &A

1be6de07250b5a5dac5dadc823463bf6_xl “This is probably going to be weird for you…”

Musician/writer Gerard Way makes his Spider-Man debut, closing out Edge of Spider-Verse. Do we end on a high note or is it all just noise?

Writer: Gerard Way

Artist: Jake Wyatt

Color Artist: Ian Herring

Letterer & Production: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist: Jake Wyatt

Variant Cover Artists: Greg Land & Morry Hollowell

Associate Editor: Ellie Pyle

Editor: Nick Lowe

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Podcast333picWe tackle Spider-News in this episode. The topics include:
*Itunes reviews
*Crawlspace reaches #50 on Itunes chart
*Popularity of Spider-Gwen
*Kirby settlement with Marvel
*Reporter finds lost Spider-Kid
*John Byrne hates the Green Goblin
*Steve Ditko yearbook for sale on ebay
*Stan Lee draws Spider-Man? 
*Spider-Man and Batman vs heckler

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Podcast #332-ASM 1.5 and Superior 33 Reviews
Podcast # 331-Ultimate Spider-Man Cartoon Reviews

Podcast # 330-Message Board Q &A

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miles6  See? I told you…he’s the real deal.”

Time for some answers! Will Miles only find more questions??? Here’s a big one-can anyone with Oz die?

Writer: Brian Michael Bendis

Artist: David Marquez

Color: Justin Ponsor with Jason Keith

Lettering: VC’s Cory Petit

Cover Art: David Marquez with Justin Ponsor

Production: Irene Y. Lee

Assistant Editor: Emily Shaw

Editor: Mark Paniccia

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spidergwenMarvel sent me this press release to make it official. 

MARVEL PROUDLY ANNOUNCES SPIDER-GWEN!

New Series Focuses on Gwen Stacy who was Bitten by the Radioactive Spider Instead of Peter Parker

 New York, NY—October 17th, 2014 — Revealed at Marvel’s New York Comic Con “Spider-Man” Panel, Marvel Comics is excited to announce the latest addition to the Spider-Man mythos – Spider-Gwen! The new on-going series will focus on Gwen Stacy, who, in an alternate universe, was the one bitten by the radioactive spider giving her spider-powers!

 After a sell-out introductory issue that’s part of the events of the current Spider-Man storyline, “Spider-Verse“, the new series, written by Jason Latour (Edge of Spider-Verse, Wolverine and the X-Men), artist Robbi Rodriguez (Edge of Spider-Verse, All-New X-Men), and colorist Rico Renzi spotlights Marvel’s latest cult-favorite hero as she introduces readers to a whole new world where she is the one true spider-hero!

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PeterParkerWeb-ShootersThe answer, as according to a May 10, 2014 article from Matthew Gault at Medium.com, appears to be yes…some day, and some day real soon. Only a real-life Spider-Man won’t happen from someone being bitten by radioactive spider; instead, it may come from research being conducted by the United States Military.

As according to the article, the Pentagon has been working on means for a person to cling to and scale walls without ropes or cables for several years:

Back in 2012, the Air Force formally requested a better way to climb walls. Undergraduates at Utah State University had the winning idea. Their system involves a powerful vacuum attached to suction cups

The setup looks ridiculous and it’s loud—but it works. The Air Force wrote a check for $100,000 for a more compact prototype.

Other developers are working on more elegant solutions.

Scientists applying what’s known as the Van Der Waals force to create clothing that allows human beings to climb vertical surfaces like geckos do. Prof. Kellar Autumn from Lewis & Clark College in Oregon developed a lizard-like synthetic material two years ago. He got the idea while working on wall-scaling robots for the Pentagon.

He’s not the only one. Physicist Nicola Pugno from Turin University in Italy published a paper back in 2007 describing gloves made of carbon nanotubes that help the wearer to stick to surfaces. “We are not very far, in my opinion, from a kind of Spider-Man suit,” Pugno wrote.

There are still others. Using military funding, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is developing Gecksin, its own version of the gecko-inspired material. Engineers at BAE Systems are working on a similar substance.

But if you think this is just limited to wall-crawling, think again. The piece also goes on to state how scientists at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York have already created an experimental “web-fluid” which “gains strength when heated.” Also, the University of Chicago is working on a separate suit which can replicate “spider-sense.”

The suit contains tiny microphones that send and receive ultrasonic signals. If an object gets too close, robotic appendages built into the outfit apply pressure, compelling the wearer to move. [University of Chicago student Victor] Mateevisiti tested the suit by blindfolding participants and arming them with cardboard ninja stars to take down their attackers.

The participants hit their targets—while blindfolded—with 95-percent accuracy.

Also, remember how in The Amazing Spider-Man movie OsCorp had genetically altered spiders in order to mass produce spider-silk?  Well, the article says that’s already happening, too. This includes splicing the DNA from spiders into other organisms, including silkworms, goats, and even tomatoes.

Speaking of OsCorp, remember the Green Goblin healing exoskeleton suit from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? That’s being in development, too:

The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit (TALOS) is the Maserati of military exoskeletons. U.S. Special Operations Command boss Adm. Bill McRaven proposed TALOS a year ago. Along with imparting extra strength, TALOS would assess minor wounds and fractures … and treat them.

Suddenly, comic-book science doesn’t seem so far-fetched anymore.

Thanks to one of our Crawlspace members, Big Al, for notifying me about this fascinating read.

Source:  Medium.com

halloween-highlights-creepy-creative-L-li4hNTSo what is going on in this picture? Add a funny caption in the comment section. 

tumblr_nbfpm70FTg1r9l594o1_500Celebrating our 100th lady who loves Spidey. 

unnamed (1)Marvel sent me this image without any text. What do you think it means? Is it a sequel? Is it a lost tale? A What If story? Comment below. 

Silk#1--CoverAs announced earlier today at Marvel’s “Spider-Verse” panel at this year’s New York Comic Con, Spider-Gwen isn’t the only new comic that will come out of “Spider-Verse.” Cindy Moon (who was bitten by the same radioactive spider which gave Peter Parker his powers) will also be getting her own ongoing series come February, 2015, to be written by Robbie Thompson, and illustrated by Stacey Lee. As reported by the New York Daily News:

There have been Spider-Girls and Spider-Women throughout Marvel history, but the Asian American Queens resident has been sparking conversations since her introduction earlier this year – part of the publisher’s ongoing effort to match the diversity of its readership…

…”Cindy has been situated in such a unique way-she’s tied to so much, and yet is completely free to find her own place in this amazing universe,” writer Robbie Thompson told the News via email…

…”For new readers, there’s the fun of watching a brand new character interact with an established, incredible universe,” teases Thompson, who writes for CW’s “Supernatural.” “You’re meeting these characters at the same time as Cindy is and getting to know them through her point of view.

“For established readers, you get to see a new hero with direct ties to an enormous event in Marvel’s History come up against icons and villains that fans know and love, and see her unique point of view on that universe.”

“So, there’s something for everyone here, I hope.”

The Daily News, in the same piece, also talked with Spider-Man associate editor, Ellie Pyle, about the prospects of an ongoing Silk series:

“It’s not intimidating, it’s exciting to find that audience and find who the story will be reaching,” says editor Ellie Pyle. “It’s just a matter of finding things to get people to get the eyes on Silk on the first place, once they do they’ll fall in love with her.”

Pyle is particularly excited about the “woman out of time” conceit that worked out so well narratively for Stan Lee and Jack Kirby when they thawed out Captain America in 1964.

Moon’s struggles to adjust to life in 2014 after ten years out in a bunker will be a major part of the direction of the book.

“The world has changed so much, from the practical, to the personal to the super-heroic. Twitter, binge-watching TV shows, the various cataclysmic Marvel Events that have gone down over the years-it’s all new to Cindy,” says Thompson.

“And while she’s desperate to catch up, she’s also surprised and at times bewildered by how much has changed.”

So with Dennis Hopeless and Greg Land’s Spider-Woman, Jason Latour and Robbi Rodriguez Spider-Gwen, and now Robbie Thompson and Stacey Lee’s Silk, is there a viable market for three different Spider-Man satellite titles each featuring a different Spider-Woman?  Marvel sure seems to think so.

Source: New York Daily News

Spider-Gwen#1--CoverWith “Spider-Verse” on the horizon, and with this being the week of the New York Comic Con, there was bound to be some news of forthcoming Spider-Man related events emerging from the convention. The “Spider-Verse” panel was the last one Marvel was showcasing, and, along with Spider-Man group editor Nick Lowe and Amazing Spider-Man writer, Dan Slott, also included Amazing Spider-Man artists Humberto Ramos and  Giuseppe Camuncoli; Spider-Man 2099 writer, Peter David; writers Mike Costa, Robbie Thompson, and Christos Gage; and editor Ellie Pyle. 

Highlights from the panel include:

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ZachZach2Crawlspace’s Zach Joiner is off the market, ladies!

Our very own Spideydude tied the knot over the weekend with his girlfriend Ashtin. They are now Mr. & Mrs. Spideydude!

In true Spider-Fan style there was even a Spider-Man cake for the groom.

Congrats pal! We’re all very happy for you!

–George Berryman!

Taymor“An incredible battle wound…”

Following the Spider-Man: Turn of the Dark debacle, and the tumultuous drama that unfolded behind the scenes, Julie Taymor has moved back to familiar territory. The director has just finished a film version of her adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream.’

During an interview with the Associated Press, Taymor was asked about her work on the Spidey musical and if she felt she had been misrepresented:

AP: Do you feel that you were misrepresented in the “Spider-Man” coverage?

Taymor: I don’t know. I wasn’t really represented. I think yes, misrepresented or non-represented. Part of it was, ‘What are you going to say when there’s that onslaught (of media coverage)?’ I decided that people were hungry, there was a feeding frenzy. I don’t necessarily think that the whole story was reported. It wasn’t, but let’s move on. I’m happy to have moved on. It was four years ago, but it’s an incredible battle wound… The final thing was my production in every way visually, but not what I had hoped it would be.

The musical ended its Broadway run in January of this year. The current plans for Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark include an arena tour starting in late 2015.

–George Berryman!

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SpideyCostumeWorldRecordThroughout history, human beings have been determined to do something no one has ever done. Run the fastest mile on foot. Be the first to go to the Moon. Grow the world’s longest fingernails.  And on October 3, 2014, something else happened which was never done before–nearly 400 people gathered together in one place to dress-up as your friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man. Either that or it’s another cloning plot by the Jackal.

As reported by UPI:

A British costume company said it gathered 398 people dressed in Spider-Man costumes to set a Guinness World Record.

The company, Escapade, said 398 people donned official Marvel Comics licensed Spidey suits Oct. 2 at the University of London’s Student Central to set a Guinness World Record and raise money for charity.

Each participant made a donation to veterans charity Help for Heroes in exchange for their costumes, Escapade said.

While the actual amount raised by the event is not yet available, organizers for the event believe “participants donated several hundred pounds to the charity.” And what did the students get for their participation? As reported by The Escapist:

Escapade worked with Student Central, a membership that offers activities and sports for London students for the event, for the week-long Fresher’s Fayre, a series of events to welcome students. Students participating received a Spiderman costume for free…

…Beyond the successful world record attempt, the event included a gravity-defying corde lisse aerial show, crowd participation competitions, and a flashmob dance routine.

“Starting university is a big time for students but events like tonight’s is what makes the whole thing so special,” Steve Harwood, Student Central’s staff administrator and performance manager, said in a prepared statement. “It was a great turnout, and our members really loved the chance to put themselves in the history books.”

This is not the first time Escapade has organized such an event. Last year, the costume company made the world record for “The Largest Gathering of People Dressed As Superman,” which totaled 867. Even higher, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, is “The Largest Gathering of People Dressed As Star Trek Characters,” which comes to a total of 1,063 participants, set in October 20, 2012 by Media 10 Ltd (UK) at ExCel London.

One of students who participated, Erik Pazos, was quoted as saying:

I knew of this a long time ago, I even put it in my calendar.  Ever since my Mother got me my first Guinness Book of World Records in the year 2000, I’ve always wanted to help make a Guinness World Record and I was just so excited that we were been given a chance to do this.”

Sources: UPI, The Escapist, Screen Invasion, Escapade, and World Record Academy.

cover “You’ve heard it before, a million times…but you’ve never heard the story quite like this.” 

After attempting to liberate creatures from lab testing, Patton Parnel gets bitten by an irradiated spider, changing not only his life, but of those around him. What sinister turn awaits?

Writer: Clay McLeod Chapman

Artist: Elia Bonetti

Color Artist: Veronica Gandini

Letterer: VC’s Clayton Cowles

Cover Artist: Garry Brown

Variant Cover Artists: Greg Land & Morry Hollowell

Asst. Editor: Devin Lewis

Editor: Ellie Pyle

Senior Editor: Nick Lowe

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Spider-GwenEven before the release of Edge of Spider-Verse #2, Spider-Man fans have wondered if the alternate version of Gwen Stacy, who’d been bitten by the radioactive spider instead of Peter, would be getting her own monthly series.  Certainly, it seemed possible given the overwhelming positive reaction.  Well, wonder no more.  In the “Retailer Exclusive: Meet Marvel” panel at this year’s New York Comic Con:

During this “closed door” panel…Marvel also revealed that the recently introduced Spider-Woman known as “Spider-Gwen” would be getting her own ongoing series in February, 2015. This new title, spinning out of the critically-acclaimed Edge of Spider-Verse #2 story, will see writer Jason Latour and artist Robbi Rodriguez returning to the character.

There was no new artwork or further details released by Marvel.  Nevertheless, it appears that, unlike her 616 counterpart, Gwen will survive Spider-Verse. The question is what the title of this new ongoing series will be (I’m thinking either The Amazing Spider-Woman, or Gwen Stacy: Spider-Woman), and whether or not it will take place in her world…or the 616 Marvel Universe.

Sources: Newsarama, Comic Book Resources, Comics Beat, and Bleeding Cool.

IDWAmazingSpider-ManStripAs some you Spider-Man fans well know, comic books are not the only print medium where you could follow the wall-crawler’s adventures.  Since 1977, Spider-Man has regularly appeared in a daily newspaper comic strip, which was originally written and illustrated by Stan Lee and John Romita, Sr.  And while new strips of The Amazing Spider-Man are still being published and are available in print and online, wanting to read the original strips in their entirety takes a bit more work.  Even though some of the older strips have been previously collected in hardcover, they did not include the full-color strips from the Sunday funny pages.

Until now, that is.

As announced at this year’s New York Comic Con:

Adding to IDW Publishing’s ever-growing partnership with Marvel, the publishers announced today at New York Comic Con they will be teaming up to bring the world’s most popular Super-Hero, The Amazing Spider-Man, to IDW’s Library of American Comics (LOAC) imprint.

The wondrous wall-crawler’s long-running newspaper strip by Stan Lee, John Romita, and others will be collected in a series of deluxe new hardcover editions that are sure to leave Super Hero fans and comic-strip collectors equally delighted. Consistent with the other newspaper strip reprints in the Library of American Comics line, each volume in the Spider-Man series will include full-color Sunday pages…

…LOAC’s Spider-Man series is designed by Dean Mullaney and edited by Bruce Canwell, both winners of multiple 2014 Eisner Awards for Genius, Illustrated: The Life and Art of Alex Toth.

The first volume of The Amazing Spider-Man newspaper strips will go on sale in early 2015. Which not only means saving the trouble of having to hunt down old editions in a relative’s garage or the morgue file of your local paper, but an opportunity to read more classic Spider-Man.

Sources: Newsarama and Comics Beat.

Podcast332In this episode the gang reviews:

*Amazing Spider-Man 1.5. The Learning to Crawl mini-series wraps up. 
*Superior Spider-Man 33. The Spider-Verse launches here. 

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635484748118360002-Secret-WarsWill Spidey get another symbiote? Will the Thing be replaced with She Hulk? Will Hulk go beserk? Oh wait, that was the 1984 Secret Wars. USA Today got a nice exclusive from the New York Comic Con.
It looks like the 616 universe will fight various realities. Will the Beyonder be involved, lets hope he shows up with his awesome 1980’s hair.
Johnathan Hickman will write the year long story and it will be penciled Esad Ribic. Editor Tom Breevoort says, “The scope of it is about the biggest thing we’ve ever done or attempted to do.” 

ASM2014007-DC21-de9e6Guys this one is going to be an intense sad review, because this issue has one of the most life shattering moments in Spider-History. I’d rather live through the death of Gwen a thousand times than this scene. SO YOU ARE WARNED HERE AND NOW SPOILERS BE A COMING….Don’t read until you’ve read the issue.

“Ms. Marvel Team-Up”

PLOT: Dan Slott
SCRIPT: Christos Gage
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: Cam Smith
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

 

“Edge of Spider-verse: Web of Fear”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: Cam Smith
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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AmazingSpider-Man#7--cover“Oh! My! Gosh!…I’m in a Spider-Man Team-Up!”

So, after six months, we’re back to having The Amazing Spider-Man come out twice-a-month again, which I guess also means we get two stories to get off the occasion. One in which Spidey meets the new Ms. Marvel while fighting another “Ms. Marvel.” And another where we’re introduced to a Spidey who is travels through time and space…who’s also British. Only he doesn’t have a blue 1960’s police box.

“Ms. Marvel Team-Up”
PLOT: Dan Slott
SCRIPT: Christos Gage
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: Cam Smith
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

“Edge of Spider-Verse: Web of Fear”
WRITER: Dan Slott
PENCILS: Giuseppe Camuncoli
INKS: Cam Smith
COLORS: Edgar Delgado
LETTERS: Chris Eliopoulos

COVER: Camuncoli/Smith/Fabela
ASSOCIATE EDITOR: Ellie Pyle
EDITOR: Nick Lowe

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SpideyHose“Let us come in and help…”

I held off on this because it first started popping up on all the usual clickbait sites. But then Entertainment Weekly chimed in – and that’s why we’re putting it up now.

Speculation has been rampant regarding the direction of Sony’s flailing Spider-Franchise. Many of us have wished that Disney could get the film rights to Spider-Man back (and God willing the Fantastic Four as well, because damn). But Sony is loathe to let go on one of the few moneymakers they have, even if that moneymaker is starting to look like damaged goods.

It’s no secret that Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a disappointment for Sony. It fell short of the desired mark by about $300 million or so, and it continued the downward Box Office trend that started with the first Spider-Reboot film. But according to EW, cash-strapped Sony is moving ahead with its announced Sinister Six film.

But what if the Sinister Six also disappoints, and diminishing returns continue to plague Sony’s Spider-Franchise?

EW looks at some scenarios and gives a bit more meat to these rumors, though again it’s still speculation:

This is why no one should expect any deal-making to happen soon. Sony wants to keep its character, and Marvel has plenty of other characters to occupy its schedule. But it was the success of 2002’s Spider-Man (and Bryan Singer’s 2000 blockbuster X-Men), that made the comic book company realize it might want to stop licensing its heroes and start making movies on its own. Sony already traded back most of the revenue on toys and other merchandise for the webslinger, and Marvel could easily kick in financing for a Sony film if it meant getting its character back for cameos or supporting roles in ensembles like the Avengers movies. But time is on both studios’ sides: If Sony bungles Sinister Six, Marvel is in a much stronger position to say, “Let us come in and help.” That’s where a sharing partnership could come about. Or Sinister Six could crash so badly, and Spidey could become such damaged goods, that Sony simply surrenders the rights as other studios have with less-iconic properties. Marvel gets what it wants in both scenarios. The only way it loses is if Sony wins big with its next installment.

EW continues…

The point is, this is a long-ball game. Titanic corporations are in a tug ‘o war over this character, and solid developments will take a long time to play out. A few tentative notes have passed between them, yes. That much is certain. But with great box-office power comes great intractability.

Again, everything is speculation. Nothing is set in stone. But if the Spider-Franchise continues its downward trend, Sony may be “examining all options.”

–George Berryman!

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