The 10 Spider-Man Stories You Need to Read

The 10 Spider-Man Stories You Need to Read

Out of all of Marvel’s characters, there’s one that has constantly stood the test of time as one of the greatest comic book heroes of all time. For over 50 years, Spider-Man has been bringing joy to readers with his unique powers, terrible jokes, and incredible stories. Choosing only ten was a hard task, but here are the Spider-Man stories that you need to read.

 

#10 Venom (Ultimate Spider-Man #33)

Venom was a great villain back when he was first introduced in Amazing Spider-Man #299 in the 80s. In the 90s however, Venom became more of a boring, one-dimensional villain that was constantly trying to do more and more “edgy” things.

The villain got a much-needed reboot in Brian Michael Bendis’ Ultimate Spider-Man series. Weaving the creation of Venom into Peter’s parents gave subtle hints that their deaths may or may not have been an accident. Venom himself was also written better. Bendis decided to focus more on the similarities between Venom and Spider-Man, instead of the differences, which made Venom feel like a deeper character and a darker mirror image to Spidey.

 

 

 

#9 The Green Goblin Unmasked (Amazing Spider-Man #39-40)

One of Peter Parker’s worst fears came true in Amazing Spider-Man #39. The Green Goblin had figured out his secret identity not by some overly complicated and unnecessary plan, but by disabling his Spider-sense following him home.

After the Goblin captures Peter and brings him back to his lair to kill him, he reveals himself to be Norman Osborne.

This and the following issue changed the dynamic between not only Spider-Man and the Green Goblin, but also for all superheroes and super villains. Before then, no one had explored heroes and villains knowing each other’s identities.

 

 

 

#8 If This Be My Destiny (Amazing Spider-Man #31-33)

The first of Spider-Man’s story arcs is also one of his most classic tales.

Peter while starting college, and worrying about a sick Aunt May in the hospital, also must track down a nuclear arms dealer.

Eventually Peter finds out that May is dying and it might be because of him. This makes him go on a rampage in order to find a cure, leading to the Master Planner’s underwater base. This leads to one of the most iconic Spider-Man images, him buried under tons of metal with the cure to Aunt May’s sickness just out of reach as water slowly enters in the room.

If This Be My Destiny is also noteworthy as it has the first appearances of his soon to be best friend Harry Osborne, and first love Gwen Stacy.

 

#7 The Death of Jean DeWolff (Spectacular Spider-Man #107-110)Spectacular-1-109-_The-Death-of-Jean-DeWolff-Part-Three_-He-Who-is-Without-Sin_

Superhero vigilantes are usually shown in a bright way. In a world of black and white, they’re always shown to be in the right.

The Death of Jean DeWolff took this ideal that readers had about Spider-Man and turned it on its head.

A new villain known as Sin Eater has murdered one of Spidey’s friends on the NYPD and Spidey goes on a rampage to find the killer. Eventually Daredevil teams up with him to help in his investigation.

The Death of Dewolff is only the beginning of this four-part murder mystery story arch. It shows that even a bright and comical hero such as Spider-Man can sometimes be incapable of handling his emotions when pushed too far.

The story also deepens the friendship between Spider-Man and Daredevil by having them reveal their secret identities to each other.

 

 

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#6 Spider-Man Blue (Spider-Man Blue #1-6)

Jeph Loeb did a series of Marvel titles named after colours that depicted early moments in their superhero “careers.”

Spider-Man Blue takes place on Valentine’s Day and has Peter Parker reminiscing on his relationship with Gwen Stacy. While recording his memories of their history together, he recounts how they met and how he slowly fell in love with her.

The story is incredibly emotional and still shows that even after all this time that Peter still cares for his first love.

 

 

 

 

#5 Spider-Man No More (The Amazing Spider-Man #50)stl-spiderman-fbc

Comics often romanticize the idea of being a super hero. Having super powers, saving citizens and being adored by the public are just a few of the tropes that most heroes have.

Stan Lee instead twisted the idea and made Peter Parker’s social life suffer while he was off being Spider-Man. Things also got worse as J. Jonah Jameson’s smear campaign against him really effected the public’s opinion of the wall crawler.

Eventually Peter Parker had enough of saving people who didn’t respect him and for letting his grades, and family suffer, so he gave up being Spider-Man. Eventually Peter comes to his senses and picks up the iconic red, blue, and black suit again.

Though not the last time Peter would try and give up being a superhero, this was the only time that it’s been done so well.

 

#4 The Kid Who Collects Spider-Man (The Amazing Spider-Man #248)

ASM-248The Amazing Spider-Man #248 tells the story of Tim Harrison, a young boy who the Daily Bugle has dubbed “The Ultimate Fan of Spider-Man.” He has clipping from every single Spider-Man story, including all of the retractions.

One night, Spider-Man arrives in his room and the two of them talk about his history as Spider-Man.

The boy eventually asks if Spider-Man could reveal his secret identity to him, and much to the shock of readers he does. He also tells Tim the story of how he became Spider-Man.

As Spider-Man swings away, it is shown that Tim is in a centre for terminally ill patients and the article from the Daily Bugle reveals that his last wish is to meet Spider-Man before he succumbs to leukaemia in a few days.
The Boy Who Collects Spider-Man is a fantastic and heartbreaking story. It shows that even with all of his powers and all of the people he’s saved, he can’t do a single thing to save someone who believes so much in him.

 

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(Web of Spider-Man #31-32, The Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132)

One of the darkest Spider-Man stories ever is Kraven’s Last Hunt. Tired of constantly being bested by Spider-Man, Kraven the Hunter tries one final time to defeat the “ultimate prey.” Instead of coming up with a typically elaborate and unnecessary plan, he simply shoots Spider-Man with a tranquilizer, and buries him alive.

Spider-Man awakens two weeks later and finds out that Kraven has been dressing up as him and brutally fighting criminals. He then goes to confront Kraven in his home to which he doesn’t fight back as he’s already won. He’s proven that he is the better Spider-Man and that he had defeated him.

Kraven then lets loose the C-list villain Vermin for Spider-Man to chase after. What follows next is one of the most shocking and unexpected scenes in all of comics.

Kraven’s Last Hunt is an incredibly dark tale that explores the idea of what a villain would do once they’ve defeated their biggest enemy.

 

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#2 Amazing Fantasy #15

Yes, the original story that started the long legacy of Spider-Man is still one of the best.

Originally forgotten after his story in Amazing Fantasy #15, sales figures soon rose for it and fan outcry led Stan Lee’s editor to make him give Spider-Man his own title.

In only a few pages at the end of the book, Lee told one of the most iconic, heart filled, and tragic backstories about a nerdy teenager that would become of the greatest superheroes of all time.

 

 

 

#1 The Night Gwen Stacy Died (The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122)AmazingSpider-Man122
This two issue Spider-Man story was the turning point in comics. It started the end of the Silver Age, and was the catalyst for other comics to get darker towards the Bronze Age.

Norman Osborne forgot Spider-Man’s identity following the events of The Green Goblin Unmasked, but soon regained his memory and kidnapped Gwen Stacy.

When Spider-Man arrived to the meeting point on the top of Brooklyn Bridge, The Green Goblin threw her off of it. In order to save her in time, Spider-Man shot a web out that caught her before she hit the water, but the force was so great that he accidentally snapped her neck.

Spider-Man then tracks the Goblin down again and savagely beats him in complete rage, but can’t kill him. The Goblin then triggers his glider to impale Spider-Man, but he dodges it at the last moment, having it kill The Goblin instead.

Gwen Stacy’s death was absolutely shocking to readers at the time it came out. Until then, no huge characters in comics really died. It showed that absolutely no one was safe in comics. It also forever impacted Peter Parker’s life as it made him more aware of his actions as Spider-Man and what repercussions it could cause towards his loved ones.

Retro Throwback: Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

Retro Throwback: Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage

Spider-Man is an iconic comic book character. He’s been in almost every medium imaginable from movies to TV to videogames. Some of his attempts were more graceful than others, and that’s where Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage lands. It’s not the greatest game ever made, and there are some random issues that hinder the experience. But its hard as balls difficulty; wicked soundtrack and fun gameplay make Maximum Carnage one of the best Spider-Man games out there.

Developed by Software Creations and published by the infamous LJN, the story is based on the 14-part comic of the same name that came out in 1993. It’s not one of the greatest plots around, but it’s badass enough to make it enjoyable. Without his Symbiote companion, Cletus Cassidy has rotted away in prison. That doesn’t last long because he discovers there is still some evil/alien/symbiote in his own biology, so he goes crazy and escapes. He wrangles up some Spidey villains like Shriek, Doppelganger, and Demogoblin, and starts terrorizing the city. It’s up to the Web-Head to stop him, but he can’t do it alone. He teams up with Venom and gets help from Black Cat, Cloak, Dagger, and Captain America to put an end to Carnage.

He does this by walking around the streets of New York punching the shit out of anyone in a trench coat.  It’s a side scrolling beat ‘em up, and that’s exactly what you do, but there is some variety here.  Spider-Man and Venom play differently. Spider-Man is a little faster, but a little weaker. Venom is stronger, but slower and just straight up more badass. There are wall crawling segments thrown in there to change up what you do.  It works because it’s spaced out enough that it keeps the game from getting repetitive while working within the context of what makes Spider-Man unique.

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The main complaint that’s always tossed around is its difficulty. Yea, it’s really hard. But aside from a few glitches that come with classic games, it’s something that can be conquered—it will just take work. Enemies have a tendency to surround the protagonists, and there are a lot of them at any given time. But hearts are dropped periodically, and there’s the odd way to go extra life thrown in there for good measure. But it’s not a game you’ll beat in one sitting.

If you muscle through that though, there’s a lot of fun packed into a red cartridge. Everything about it feels like a comic, from the art style down to the “Thwak” that flies across the screen when you finish off a baddie.  It makes everything feel like it was made with enthusiasm.

That’s what makes everything so enjoyable. There’s something for everyone. It’s based off of a comic that revolves around an awesome villain. The art style lends itself nicely to that too.  For the gamers, it’s really challenging with basic beat ‘em up controls mixed with web stuff. It all mixes together nicely in a way that only this game can pull off. Spider-Man and Venom: Maximum Carnage is the ultimate bundle of gameplay, fidelity and badassery  you can get your hands on.

Marvel Reveals 8 Brand New Titles To Come Out This Year

Marvel Reveals 8 Brand New Titles To Come Out This Year

Over the weekend at Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (or C2E2 for short) Marvel announced 8 new series that will be released in the later half of this year.

First are a handful of titles of under the name of 100th Anniversary Limited Series. These will be more “What-If” titles that give a possibility of what the Marvel Universe might look like in the next 50 years. So far there’s an Avengers title that will have Captain America trapped in the Negative Zone, a Spider-Man title that has him go up against the Kingpin after losing a techno-symbiote suit, a Fantastic Four title that introduces the Banner-Richard twins, and Guardians of the Galaxy title that has the team face a silver Galactus. There will also be an X-Men title with no plot details, however the cover has Scott Summers marrying Emma Frost.

All five titles will be released in July of this year.

The next series announced was the continuation of Stephen King’s Dark Tower saga titled The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three- The Prisoner.

This will adapt the first part of the second novel where the wounded protagonist Roland Deschain will find himself in 1980’s Chicago and will encounter heroin addict Edie Dean. The writers who adapted the previous Dark Tower series Peter David and Robin Furth will continue to write the series while art will be done by Piotr Kowalski.

The Dark Tower: The Drawing of the Three-The Prisoner will being in September of this year.

 

The next series will interest fans of the 90’s version of X-Force, as they will be fighting Deadpool. The four issue series tells the story of Cable’s first encounter of Deadpool and will try and stop him from changing the history of America.

The series will being in July of this year.

The grandfather of the modern zombie George A Romero will start the second act of his Empire of the Dead series in September. Act two will revolve around a war between rapidly evolving zombies, vampires, and a Southern militia trying to loot the vampire’s city.

With the release of Guardians of the Galaxy in a few months, it’s not shocking to see them trying to have the team in more titles. First Rocket Raccoon has a series coming out, now Star-Lord will have his own too.

The Legendary Star-Lord will have him fighting against the Badoon, a frequent enemy of his and will follow the aftermath after the Guardians of the Galaxy and All New X-Men crossover.

The series will start in July of this year.

Storm will also be getting her own solo series that will be written and drawn by Greg Pak and Victor Ibanez.

The series will have Storm separating herself from her teams to promote peace between humans and mutant kind. The series will show her dealing with both regular and supernatural events.

Storm will begin in July of this year.

Original Sin has barely even begun and yet it’s effects will already effect on the Marvel universe. Titles Thor: God of Thunder and Loki: Agent of Asgard will crossover during the event and will also be followed in Thor and Loki: The Tenth Relm.

In Original Sin, it will be revealed that Odin also had a daughter. Shockingly enough, it will be the fairly recent Marvel acquired Angela, who is originally from the comic Spawn. She was first dragged over into the Marvel Universe in last year’s Age of Ultron event and has been only featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy series. More can be read in one of our previous news posts.

Thor & Loki: The Tenth Relm will star in July of this year, but will also involve Thor: God of Thunder and Loki: Agent of Asgard starting in July as well.

Finally they reiterated that they will be really killing off Wolverine later this year. More can be read in one of our previous news posts.

The Death of Wolverine series will start in September of this year.

 

 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy Gains New Team Members

Guardians of the Galaxy Gains New Team Members

Alongside their upcoming feature film debut, The Guardians of the Galaxy are nearing another impressive milestone as the team reaches their 100th issue of a “Guardians” comic book with Guardians of the Galaxy #14.

Not only that, but the team is gaining two new powerful members – Venom and Captain Marvel – who will debut in the most recent issue.  

The group has come a long way since readers first encountered the eccentric team in 1969’s Marvel Super Heroes #18. The early 90’s saw them appearing in their own self-titled series written by Brian Michael Bendis that lasted 62 issues, and in 2008 they entered the modern Marvel Universe in the aftermath of the Annihilation: Conquest.

The inclusion of Venom and Captain Marvel will add an interesting layer to an already dynamic team which includes players from across the galaxy.

The Earthbound Venom, who has plenty of history with other characters as a result of the symbiotic suit, will give readers a fresh perspective on a team that is quite unlike any other. New readers coming in – likely as a result of all the hype surrounding the team nowadays – will appreciate this unique point-of-view Venom offers as he adjusts to crime fighting in space.

Captain Marvel on the other hand has been all over time and space, and will offer more of a leadership role with the team that deals with all sorts of baddies from across the galaxy, something she has plenty of experience with. Guardians of the Galaxy #14 hits shelves April 23.

Carnage Taken Into Consideration For Upcoming Venom Film

Carnage Taken Into Consideration For Upcoming Venom Film

Much is still unknown about the upcoming spin-off film surrounding Venom, but its co-producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are certainly open to the idea of bringing in one of Spider Man’s most popular villains.

“What a great idea,” Arad told IGN when asked about the possibility of having Carnage make an appearance in the announced Venom movie.

This is on the heels of last week’s post on The Daily Bugle’s tumblr page, which ran a story about notorious serial killer Cletus Kasady who later on turns into Carnage. Interestingly enough, it was also written by the one and only Eddie Brock, more commonly known as Venom.

Carnage has been a resurfacing character over the past few months, making appearances in the Superior Carnage series, and the most recent Deadpool Vs Carnage Vol. 1, where Deadpool and Carnage don’t become friends.

Carnage entered the web slinger’s universe back in Amazing Spider-Man #345 (1991), where he was introduced as Cletus Kasady and Eddie Brock’s cell mate. After Brock reunites with his black suit and escapes incarceration, his symbiote reproduces – these suits are alive and have the ability to do these things – and leaves its spawn behind in the cell. Kasady quickly discovers the strange goo and embraces the red alien suit, which consumes him entirely and heightens the serial killer’s lust for destruction and death.

He’s been involved with several storylines involving Spider Man and Venom, often requiring the two to team up and take Carnage down.

Most recently, he was even teased in The Amazing Spider Man 2 game trailer. Though he hasn’t been officially announced for the game, the hand covered in red goo gave it away, and there’s no doubt developer Beenox slipped that tiny segment in there on purpose. The game is set to hit shelves in North America on April 29th and will be available for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo 3DS, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, Xbox One, iOS and Android.

A Spider-Man-related film is scheduled for May 4, 2018. Though its currently listed as The Amazing Spider Man 4, it’s possible it will actually turn out to be the Venom movie or the Sinister Six spin-off.

You can watch The Amazing Spider Man 2 on the big screen on May 2. 

 

Five Marvel Characters In Need Of A Cinematic Reboot

Five Marvel Characters In Need Of A Cinematic Reboot

With Captain America smearing his stars n’ stripes all over screens this weekend in one of the best Marvel movies to date, it’s a damn good time to be a superhero movie fan. Not only has the Marvel movie factory proved to be a massive financial success, but they’re also arguably the most consistently creatively successful production company in La-La-land (well, aside from Agents Of SHIELD, but let’s ignore that for now). The most amazing thing about Marvel’s continued success is that they’ve essentially achieved it with their B-listers. The Marvel superstars like Spider-Man, The X-Men, and even The Fantastic Four are all in the hands of other studios with varying degrees of success. For the Marvel movie universe to take the next step, they’d need to grab a hold of their A-team and pull together the entire Marvel Universe for a proper big screen adventure. Sadly, that ain’t going to happen given that Sony won’t be giving up their Spider-Man money pit anytime soon, nor does Fox have any desire to let go of their X-Men or Fantastic Four franchises (and with Mark Millar now in charge of Fox’s Marvel division, things are about to get interesting). However, in the interest of comic book nerd fantasy, we’d like to present a list of five Marvel characters that desperately deserve a reboot in the golden age of comic book movies. Some Marvel Studios might treat right down the line others are mere fantasy, but all five deserve better treatment than what they’ve gotten in the past.

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5) Galactus: This planet-munching supervillain is easily the biggest and baddest villain of the entire Marvel Universe. He is a monstrous threat who requires a grander team up than The Avengers to bring down. Galactus would be the perfect bad guy for the ultimate Marvel crossover movie if Fox, Sony, and Disney were ever able to work out the red tape (perhaps in some sort of Secret Wars-esque sci-fi spin-off?). However, most casual superhero moviegoers wouldn’t know that. Thus far, Galactus’ only appearance on screen was in the horrendous Fantastic Four: Rise Of The Silver Surfer and even then, he appeared only as a cloud (God damn, that movie was bad). Galactus deserves far better. Moviegoers deserve much better. At one point, Marvel even tried to trade characters to Fox for Galactus just to right the wrong. It didn’t happen. Tears were shed. Hopefully Mark Millar and the Fox Marvel team have big plans for this big guy because he’s a cinematic icon just waiting to be unleashed.

 

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4) Venom: Ask any Spider-Man fan from the 90s who their favorite villain is and chances are they’ll say Venom (or at least they should if they know what’s good for them). Possibly Todd MacFarlane’s most enduring addition to the Spider-Man mythos during his iconic run as Spidey’s lead artist, the alien symbiote and perverse double of webhead is one of the most beloved villains of any comic book series. In the movies, he appeared once in Spider-Man 3 as an afterthought and in the ultimate kick to the fanboy community’s nuts, he was played by Topher Grace (seriously, what were they thinking?!). Even though Sam Evil Dead Raimi seemed like an ideal choice to bring the character life given his horror movie background, Raimi’s vision for Spider-Man was limited to the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko era. Raimi recreated that era perfectly and played an instrumental role in bringing the Marvel tone and visual style to Hollywood blockbusters in a way that still resonates today. However, he just didn’t understand Venom, and as a result, moviegoers were deprived of one of the greatest comic book villains ever conceived. Venom deserves a shot at movie stardom. Hopefully once Marc Webb ends his reign of mediocrity as captain of the Spider-Man ship, someone who understands Venom will get a chance to blow audiences’ minds. Eddie Brock’s time has come.

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3) The Hulk: This one is a little tricky. I’ve personally got a soft spot for Ang Lee’s bizarre art film take on Hulk and enjoy watching Toronto get ripped a new one in The Incredible Hulk. However, there’s no denying that despite the existence of two Hulk movies, the big green guy has yet to get a solo big screen outing worthy of his iconic stature. Now, The Avengers finally gave audiences the Hulk they deserve, but that was an ensemble piece in which the big guy was just one cog in the machine. With Mark Ruffalo inked to a long-term Marvel contract, it’s bizarre that Kevin Feige and co. didn’t write some wrongs by delivering a solo Hulk outing for Marvel’s Phase 2. Granted, there aren’t that many excellent standalone Hulk stories in the comics, but Planet Hulk and World War Hulk certainly exist and feel like they were written specifically for blockbuster adaptation. Hopefully someone at Marvel Studios noticed. Hell, even a She-Hulk movie feels overdue at this point.

 

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2) The Punisher: So far there have been three Punisher movies and all of them sucked (one with Dolph Lundgren from the 80s, one with Thomas Jane and—shudder—John Travolta from 2004, and one with Ray Stevenson from 2008 that failed to launch Marvel’s planned R-rated movie division Marvel Knights and killed the mini-studio before it started). In each case, the filmmakers found a good lead actor but screwed up the project in pretty much every other way. Given that The Punisher was once one of the most beloved characters in the entire Marvel Universe, the way he’s been mishandled on the big screen has been a big slap in the face to fans. This guy needs and deserves a movie worthy of his iconic skull. The trouble is that the vicious killing machine without a single superpower doesn’t really fit into the Disney corporation’s Marvel plans. For a Punisher movie to work it needs to be R-rated and good luck talking Disney into adding an R-rated entry to their cash cow. Ideally, The Punisher could slide into the Marvel universe as a supporting player (he was originally a Spider-Man villain after all), or if the Studio’s collaboration with Netflix works out, he’d fit into that ratings-free medium well. Regardless, Frank Castle deserves another shot (or a few hundred shots, depending on the amount of ammo he has on hand).

 

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1) Daredevil: Finally, this top choice is a bit of a personal one. Full disclosure: Daredevil is my favorite Marvel character. Granted, he’s always been more of a cult favorite than a marquee Marvel hero, but some of the Daredevil stories written by the likes of Frank Miller, Ed Brubaker, Brian Michael Bendis, Jeph Loeb, and even Kevin Smith rank amongst the greatest Marvel tales ever conceived. In the movie world, Daredevil only has a horrible Ben Affleck movie to his name (it’s a particularly frustrating movie given that all of the key Daredevil players were included, and it featured a perfectly cast Michael Clarke Duncan as Kingpin, yet still somehow sucked). That’s a real shame, but there is a silver lining. Marvel owns the rights to Daredevil again, and they have plans. Daredevil will launch Marvel’s upcoming Netflix offshoot and the series will be shot on location in the streets of New York. If the ratings-free zone of Netflix allows writer/director Drew Goddard (Cabin In The Woods) to create the grimy, gritty, and grounded Daredevil project that the fans deserve, it could be spectacular.

Daredevil is a secret weapon for Marvel Studios. He is the closest thing the company has to Batman and there are a long line of mature, psychologically complex, and brilliant Daredevil stories in their archives just begging for big screen adaptation. In particular, if Marvel is smart they’ll introduce the character/tone through Netflix and then bring him to the big screen in an adaptation of Frank Miller’s Born Again. Miller wrote that story while he was writing The Dark Knight Returns and even though Born Again doesn’t have a fraction of the fans of Miller’s bat-epic, it’s just as dark, rich, political, thrilling, smart, violent, and deconstructive of a superhero story. Adapt Born Again right and Marvel could have a Chris Nolan/Dark Knight style critical crossover hit on their hands. It’s a superhero movie masterpiece begging to be made. Everything is there on Miller’s pages, and it’s already written/drawn in a cinematic style. Hopefully Marvel knows what they have in Daredevil because general audiences don’t and they will be gobsmacked.

 

 

Oscorp plays big part in Spider-Man spinoff films

Oscorp plays big part in Spider-Man spinoff films

If you guessed that Oscorp would play an important part in the ever expanding web of stories surrounding New York’s popular web-slinger, you were spot on.

Film and television writer Robert Orci, one of the creative minds behind the recently announced spinoff films starring Spider-Man’s most popular enemies, opened up a little in an interview with IGN. When asked about what role Oscorp played, Orci said the powerful company is very important in how the villains are created, and it represents the good and the bad science has to offer humankind.

“It’s nice to have that organizing principal, but it wasn’t like, ‘We must keep it at Oscorp.’ It flowed naturally from the story development,” he said.

It would be difficult to stray away from this concept, and have villains from these spin-off movies originate outside of Oscorp now that such a heavy focus on the company has been established in the Amazing Spider-Man, and based on the trailer, Amazing Spider-Man 2. Unfortunately, this could very easily translate to a lousy origins tale for the Sinister Six, one of the announced spinoff films, if all they do is simply grow these villains in a test tube at Oscorp. Venom, the other planned spinoff from Sony, could mirror the origins tale found in the Ultimate Spider-Man series, where the black suit was actually created by Richard Parker – Peter’s father – and Eddie Brock’s father, in an attempt to cure the suit’s host of serious illnesses. Whichever direction they take, the outcome of a possible anti-hero with the emergence of Venom, who actually fulfills this role in the comics, could be far more interesting than just another villain bent on destroying Spider-Man and the rest of the city.

If you’re worried that the spinoffs are to replace The Amazing Spider-Man 4, which is penciled in for a 2018 release, you can rest easy.

“I think with Spider-Man 4, the intention is for it to be Spider-Man,” Orci said.

 

Sony reveals ‘Venom’ and ‘Sinister Six’ spinoffs

Sony reveals 'Venom' and 'Sinister Six' spinoffs

If you were a little underwhelmed with Venom’s presence in Spider-Man 3 – strangely enough he wasn’t even called by that name during his brief 20-minute segment – then you might be interested to know that Sony is planning to expand the Spider-Man franchise with two spinoff movies, one being Venom, the other,  The Sinister Six.

The news was uncovered on ElectroArrives.com, the promotional website for the Amazing Spider-Man 2, where Sony revealed the hiring of  screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Jeff Pinkner, Roberto Orci, Ed Solomon and Drew Goddard. According to Sony, they will create a “franchise brain trust” with director Marc Webb and producers Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer offers us a glimpse at the potential beginning stages of a Sinister Six formation, with the Vulture’s wing suit and Dr. Octopus’ mechanical arms sitting side by side in a lab.

“The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets,” Columbia Pictures President Doug Belgrad said on the website’s press release. “We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2.’ We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have the uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”

The Spider-Man movies are Columbia’s most successful franchise, and have grossed a combined $3.2 billion worldwide.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2, 2014. It stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field and Chris Cooper.

Venom #5 Review

Venom #5 Review

When this book was first announced, I was drawn to the cover art, as I loved the new look being used for Venom in this title.When it turned out that Venom was going to be Flash Thompson, I was even more excited, and I have to say that Remender hasn’t let me down yet, as this series has been extremely fun and enjoyable, as we see Flash struggle with not only the Venom symbiote, but also with maintaining a double life, keeping it hidden from Betty Brant, his girlfriend, and dealing with the government brass who control his operations as Venom.However, this issue is a departure from the action-oriented focus of the first few issues, as it’s a far more personal issue, as it explores the demons that Flash Thompson has always struggled with, which all stem from the troubled relationship that he had with his father.

It’s that emotional core of the issue that really draws the reader in, as the focus is far more enjoyable and relatable, as Flash Thompson is a man who has faced his demons, and in doing so, come to understand where they come from, and who they are.He may not have permanently conquered them, but he knows where his insecurities came from, his rage issues, his problems with alcohol… it all stems from the dysfunctional relationship he has with his father.

One of the best things about this series is how we get to see Flash Thompson in a different light, now that he’s the starring character of the book.He isn’t just a supporting cast member any more, and I’m glad we get to see more of his past, and how he’s had to deal with his family issues growing up, and seeing how even as an adult he has to face them head-on, often when least expected, not to mention wanted.This is a tremendously powerful, relatable issue, as it takes a very mature look into the nature of domestic abuse and substance abuse (in this case alcohol).Some of the best Flash Thompson stories of the past few years have been those that shed some of the flashier aspects of superhero comics, and instead tell character-rich stories, from Flash’s heroic sacrifice while in combat, to his dealing with the ghosts of his past and the tortured relationship with his father.The ending is particularly gripping, because although Flash succumbs briefly to the sadness that the entire situation has brought upon him, he rejects it in favour of the next mission, and I for one can’t wait to see what kind of effect this might have on him, not to mention him and Betty, in the future.

The artwork by Tony Moore is pitch-perfect, it’s dark, it’s moody, but it manages to capture the overall atmosphere of the storyline quite well.There’s tremendous emotion here, at times naked, ugly and raw, yet it’s illustrated plainly for the reader to see, and coupled with the script, it is at times heart-breaking, and very effective.

This is an absolutely incredible stand-alone issue, a great piece of character work by Remender, before this title jumps on into the upcoming Spider-Island epic unfolding this fall. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!