As superheroes continue to win massive profits at the box office and graphic novels strengthen their literary credentials, the amount of comic book adaptation increase in turn. This year’s crowded slate kicks off on Friday with The LEGO Batman Movie. While the majority of these projects remain dominated by capes and tights, there is some cursory interest in exploring other aspects of the medium. What follows is an overview of 2017’s offerings loosely ranked by level of interest.
Last night, Marvel Studios unveiled the first full trailer for their upcoming Spider-Man solo film. This initial glance at the movie leans heavily on high-flying acrobatics and Robert Downey, Jr. Also, a glimpse of Michael Keaton’s Vulture.
Spider Man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland and directed by Jon Watts, opens July 7th 2017.
We’ve seen Peter Parker in high-school and in love, fighting his greatest enemies, twice in live-action (soon to be a third retelling) and many more in animation. It’s a familiar story that we all know by heart but tolerate so we can see how far it gets taken. One spin that I’ve always found inspired and unappreciated is the 1999 series, Spider-Man Unlimited… Continue reading Counter-Intuitive: Spider-Man Unlimited was the Coolest Spin on the Character
Eight years ago Marvel Studios unveiled their first effort, Iron Man. Since then Marvel has produced 11 more films and four television series while amassing a staggering amount of box office revenue. That is a huge accomplishment which either makes Iron Man seem like just the other day, or a long time ago, depending on your perspective. Regardless, it is hard to argue that Marvel has found a filmmaking approach which works for both them and their audience. Multiple factors are at play here, though, one of the key ones has been taking their time to let their Cinematic Universe expand organically. At first glance this statement might seem paradoxical when applied to an enterprise which since Day One has been geared towards setting up the next chapter. Hence all those mid/post credit scenes which remain one of the trademarks of the franchise. Yet, if nothing else, this emphasis on serial storytelling points towards a shared link between the movies and their source material. More importantly it gives characters room to breathe, allowing the actors opportunity to build on beats from previous appearances. This attention to nearly a decade of world and character building pays off this week with the arrival of Marvel Studio’s latest entry: Captain America: Civil War. It is an exciting, fast paced film which never loses sight of the flawed individuals at the center of its narrative.
PREVIOUSLY: Some time ago, Alan Moore traveled to Portland to discuss comics with his fellow comics creators. He is determined to discuss every issue of the Marvel Comics series Alias with Brian Michael Bendis…
Recently, after Alan left the coffee shop, a mysterious creature warned Brian not to trust Alan…
…Brian confronted Alan about his strange behavior…
…but Alan used a magic spell to erase Brian’s memory and suspicions…
As reported yesterday Marvel confirmed what had long been suspected: Miles Morales will be getting a new solo series set within the main, possibly only, post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe. That Miles survives Secret Wars had been established already by his appearance in the recent Free Comic Book Day Avengers teaser. Given the immense popularity of both Miles and his co-creator Brian Michael Bendis, it was assumed that Bendis would continue writing Miles’ adventures post Secret Wars. That Bendis will be reuniting with Miles other co-creator, artist Sara Pichelli was less expected. The teaming suggests that Marvel wants to give a “Back to square one” vibe to the reluanch. After all, just because Miles is still around, does not say anything about the large supporting cast the quickly developed around him. How many of these characters will make the cut? Will any? Personally I cannot imagine a Miles book without Ganke in it.
For now though, the more intriguing question is what this all means for Peter Parker. Marvel is trumpeting the importance of this news by insisting that Miles will not be Spider-Man Jr. According to Bendis, “[Marvel’s] message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.” This would imply that Miles Morales is the Spider-Man going forward. Yet, Marvel’s teaser images from earlier in the month depicted both heroes. It is hard to believe that Marvel thinks that there will be no asterisk next to Miles’ name if Peter Parker is still web-slinging on a regular basis. Yes, there was that period of time when there were two Batmans running around, but did anyone think for a moment that Dick was equal, let alone greater, in stature to Bruce?
Continue reading The Spider-Men’s Possible Futures
By Ryan North, Amy Chu, Danilo Beyruth, Cris Peter, Ryan Browne & Reilly Brown
Anthology titles can be a tricky beast to master; finding a consistency within shifting stories and creators is not easy. Despite this hurdle, 2015 hinted at a revival of the format with indie books such as Island and Fresh Romance. Marvel got in the game as well with their stellar Secret Love one-shot and a Guardians team-up book which was stronger than expected. All of this would bode well for Marvel’s new series A Year of Marvels. The debut issue may not reach the heights of last year’s examples, but it is still a fun read.
Marvel Comics’ Spider-Verse event continues to showcase a multitude of spider-themed heroes from across the Marvel multiverse. Characters like the anthropomorphic Spider-Ham and the obscure Japanese Spider-Man have made an appearance, so Nothing But Comics! asks – where is Italian Spiderman?
Marvel Comics published licensed Star Wars comic books from 1977 until 1986. Last week, the franchise returned to Marvel Comics with Star Wars #1, and the Nothing But Comics! team shared multiple perspectives on this debut issue. Reading a print copy, I noticed the advertisements published in the comic. These ads showcased toys, a book, toy retailers, a comic shop, and other Marvel publications. Thinking it would be interesting to compare the modern advertisements in Star Wars #1 to the ads published in the earliest vintage Marvel Star Wars comic book in my collection, I dug out my copy of Star Wars #13 (dated July 1978).