Spider-Man

News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on August 26, 2014

in News

News and NotesUSA Today is reporting Donald Glover will be voicing Miles Morales in this Sunday’s new episode of Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting Adrianne Palicki has been cast as Mockingbird for the upcoming Second Season of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Cinema Blend is reporting that director Marc Webb has confirmed Kraven and Mysterio will part of the Sinister Six in The Amazing Spider-Man 3

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

by Alan Rapp on May 2, 2014

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2Building on the groundwork laid two years ago in The Amazing Spider-Man, the sequel returns all the core members of the first film (minus the Lizard) while continuing the story of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and the harsh lessons which frame Spider-Man’s mythology.

Although needing to spend the time setting up two different villain origin stories, one of the aspects of the sequel I most enjoyed was the fact that it never lost focus that this is primarily Peter Parker’s movie. Jamie Foxx is adequate as Electro, a super-villain with the power to absorb and control electricity, even if he’s given a rushed paint-by-the-numbers origin that relies on the introverted electrical engineer going from confused super-powered freak just trying to understand what has happened to him and deal with his new taste for all things electric to full-on super-villain a little too quickly for my tastes. The same could be said for Harry Osborne (Dane DeHaan) whose relationship with Peter doesn’t have enough time to develop and deteriorate to the point that the script needs to earn its eventual payoff.

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sixth Scale Figure

You can now grab your own Hot Toys Amazing Spider-Man 2 Sixth Scale Figure complete with 30 points of articulation, swappable hands, megaphone, vest, hat, scarf, display base, cobwebs and web-strings, and backpack, at Sideshow Collectibles now for the low, low price of $230.

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Spider-Man Polystone Statue

by Alan Rapp on September 20, 2013

in Toys & Collectibles

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As part of Sideshow Collectibles’ J. Scott Campbell Spider-Man Collection, here’s the Wall-Crawler himself in a new 19in. Spider-Man Polystone Statue which can be yours for the low, low price of $300.

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Nova #7

by Alan Rapp on August 28, 2013

in Comics

Nova #7It’s hard out there for a pimp, er.. new teenage super-hero. After saving the galaxy, Nova tries his hands at a little planet side heroics only to discover that 15 year-old with nearly unlimited cosmic powers isn’t always all that helpful for the day-to-day troubles inside the Marvel Universe.

Sam’s attempt to help in New York leads him to a confrontation with Doc Ock Spidey who puts the young hero in his place before sending him on his way. Nova is no more helpful in Los Angeles (where his big save disrupts an angered Joss Whedon’s latest movie set), or in a host of other places before the young hero finally returns home and helps repair the damage caused in New Mexico from his recent fight with Titus.

Although our hero isn’t able to get into much action, this issue is quite entertaining as Nova continues to struggle to grow into his role as a super-hero and try (and often fail) to learn the best way to use his powers to make a difference. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Scarlet Spider #20

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2013

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Scarlet Spider #20Picking up after he end of Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2, the second-half of “Sibling Rivalry” begins with both Kaine and Doc Ock Spidey captured by the Jackal who has taken a lab full of genetic samples for his latest clonetastic enterprise.

Thanks to Kaine (the only one of our heroes to show any heroics), the pair manage to escape and destroy the lab. Sadly, that means a fiery end for the clone of Gwen Stacy but not for the Jackal or all of his precious knowledge which manages to survive. The fallout leaves Kaine and the new Spider-Man far from on friendly terms, but that’s hardly Kaine’s biggest concern after he discovers the cellular degeneration which has plagued him his entire existence has once again returned.

My only real complaint (other than the fact in involves the “superior” Spider-Man) is the art of In-Hyuk Lee. It’s not bad by any means, but it’s a drastic change from both the first-half of the story as well as the regular art of the comic which has stayed relatively consistent despite showcasing the work of several different artists.

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Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2

by Alan Rapp on August 16, 2013

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Superior Spider-Man Team-Up #2Send in the clones. When the Scarlet Spider returns to New York to have a talk with Spider-Man nothing goes according to plan. First, Kaine is unprepared for the new Spidey (as no one has figured out that Doctor Octopus‘ mind is in control of Peter Parker’s body). Seeking revenge for his paralysis Kaine caused, Spider-Man attacks an increasingly confused and angered Kaine, but that’s only the beginning of what becomes a very long night.

Trouble multiples exponentially with the arrival of Spider-Clones, the Jackal, and even a gun-toting clone of Gwen Stacy. It would appear the new Clone Wars have officially begun.

I’ve stayed away from Superior Spider-Man as I’ve been less than enthused at the prospect of a Doc Ock Spidey. However, the back-and-forth between the two former super-villains trying to live-up to Spider-Man’s legacy works well here. I have enjoyed writer Christopher Yost’s work on Scarlet Spider and I’m intrigued to see just what the return of the Jackal has in store for everyone Spidey-related. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on February 25, 2013

in News

News and NotesComingSoon.net has a plot synopisis and the first official look at the new Spidey costume for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

The New York Post is reporting Damian Wayne, Batman’s current Robin, will indeed die in Batman Incorporated #8 which hits comic shops on Wednesday

Michael Bay has announced that Megan Fox will appear in his new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie scheduled for release next year

Deadline is reporting Community‘s Ken Jeong has signed on with Rob Corddry and Mason Cook for a new ABC pilot for the American version of the British sitcom Spy

Zap2It is reporting Alan Ritchson (Smallville‘s Aquaman) has signed-on for a guest role on Hawaii Five-0 as an old Navy SEAL friend of Steve McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin)

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Daredevil #22

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2013

in Comics

Daredevil #22Daredevil #22 is one of two Marvel comics released this week where the new “superior” Spider-Man (Doc Ock‘s brain in Peter Parker’s body) fights with, and against, other heroes of the Marvel Universe who are more than a little slow in figuring out this isn’t their Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man.

As with the latest issue of Avenging Spider-Man (where Spidey fights with Wolverine) our hero runs into someone with the ability to definitively determine the body is indeed Peter Parker. However in a world where mind control is common (see Winter Soldier), no one even suspects for an instant that Peter Parker might not be in control.

This issue features Daredevil vs. pseudo-Spider-Man who was sicked on Daredevil by Kristen McDuffie. The pair break it up long enough to take on an enhanced Stilt-Man before finally making peace with one another. Mark Waid also throws in an alternate explanation for Foggy Nelson‘s recent behavior. Although no more logical, it does open the door for an entirely new story for Daredevil and his best friend. For fans.

[Marvel, $2.99]

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Amazing Spider-Man #700

by Alan Rapp on January 1, 2013

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amazing-spider-man-700-coverI certainly can’t condone the actions (going as far as death threats), but after reading Amazing Spider-Man #700 I can see why writer Dan Slott is facing the wrath of Spider-Man fans everywhere. In this final issue Slott and Marvel Comics take a seismic shift in the Spider-Man mythos, something that even the Clone Saga never deemed do. Caution, true believers, spoilers ahead!

We begin with the fallout of Spider-Man’s recent battle with the Sinister Six in which Doctor Octopus has successfully swapped his mind with that of Spider-Man. For Doc Ock that means he’s now Spider-Man. For Peter Parker, however, that means he’s trapped in a dying body.

In the final issue of the series Slott allows Peter Parker to be beaten, and killed, by a super-villain who will go on to usurp his life. Slott doesn’t allow Doc Ock to get off completely as, before his death, Peter forces the new Spider-Man to experience all the memories of the old one, perhaps (slightly) changing his perspective on life.

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