Part of what you get when you read a Stan Lee comic, particularly the ones from the “Marvel Age” days in the 1960s, is a sense of unadulterated, caution to the wind fun. Everything ends with an exclamation point. Everything has color commentary. Everything is bright and ecstatic with the thrill of having a sandbox full of superheroes as a playground. Nowhere is this more apparent than in Lee’s early issues of The Amazing Spider-Man, the teenager superhero that would become Marvel’s flagship character. Lee wrote the first 100 issues of the title, introducing most of Spidey’s chief allies and enemies along the way, but it’s the title’s early issues that are in many ways the most groundbreaking and the most fun to revisit. Take issue #8, in which Spidey has to save his high school from a massive green robot.
For those of us that haven’t freaked out on message boards or burned copies of Ultimate Spider-Man yet, the new Spider-man is a young African-American male named, Miles Morales. The news was hit with a ton of negative and racist comments online but that hasn’t stopped Marvel from making the change in the Ultimate universe.
For those that don’t know, anything can happen in the parallel universe known as the Ultimate series; heroes can die and sometimes someone else needs to step up. Your beloved Peter Parker is still alive in his own universe, so get over it. But with the ability to do whatever they want, continuity be damned, Marvel may have some big plans further down the line for Miles.
Creators of the series have said that they haven’t ruled out a gay Spider-Man and that stopped nugget of information is creating all kinds of confusion.
Say What? Click the jump to learn what Spidey’s sexual orientation will be, ’cause these things matter, people. (more…)
07-15-11 • Comics, FilmPosted by Veronique Medrano
Sony has just released images of costumes, scene, and key characters to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man. These images give everyone a good look of what to expect before the official film footage release at Comic Con. After taking a look at some of the photos I must say that I really like the fresh new image of Andrew Garfield as Spidey. He looks amazing as Peter Parker, and in the suit he looks just like the classic Spider-Man.Writer Russ Fischer of Slashfilm describes Andrew Garfield as:
“potentially all awkward and a bit gangly but primed for the transformation into a hero.”
Check out the photos after the jump, and tell us what you think about this new step in the Spider-Man franchise. (more…)
While I’m sure these pictures aren’t the big Lizard reveal you’ve been hoping for, they do give us some clues as to what the scaly side of Dr. Curt Connors will look like. Unlike previous set photos this time Rhys Ifans doesn’t have a bag over his head like some kidnapping victim but instead is sporting some scaly skin effects.
The gallery after the cut also includes some of our first looks at Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben, Sally Fields as Aunt May (noticeably less dowdy than her previous screen incarnations) and Andrew Garfield interacting with his new Gwen Stacy, Emma Stone.
Think the skin effect looks nifty or pretty lame? It’s subtle, that’s fore sure. But maybe that’s because they’re saving up for their biggest reveal. Dr. Connors’ hand will actually mutate into a living, breathing…Kermit the Frog!
Easy on the eyes isn’t she, folks? In a recent interview with Jay Leno, Emma Stone has been quoted as saying she may be staying a blonde for quite some time because there is more than one Spiderman movie afoot!
“There’s a few Spider-men, so I may have to keep it for a couple of years.”
Blonde or red-headed we’d say she looks damn good and if she is signed on now to play Gwen Stacy more than once, we’re happy and excited to see it. Also while on the Leno show, she talked about her training sessions for the rebooted franchise, saying:
“I had no idea how out of shape I was. I was Cheez Whiz and TV, didn’t play sports in high school and have no hand-eye coordination.”
She also added that she had no idea how tough the physical nature of the film would be. It doesn’t help that the poor girl also has asthma, so who knows what we’ll be seeing from her once she is actually on screen. She’ll bring the cute and sexy, but action? That has yet to be seen. We might have to leave that all up to Andrew Garfield, the man who was tapped to play Peter Parker AKA Spiderman in this reboot. Garfield is apparently up to the task, since our new Gwen Stacy says she won’t even let him into her training and workout sessions because she feels like a weenie in comparison. Don’t worry Miss Stone, with a face like that, you don’t need no stinkin’ muscles!
There have been many rumors about the female lead in the new Spiderman reboot, but we finally have a definitive answer. The Wrap reports that we will not be seeing Mary Jane’s delicious red tresses in the upcoming movie to be filmed, but merely Gwen Stacy played by the lovely Emma Stone. Originally there was an idea thrown around that both Mary Jane and Gen Stacy would be in this movie, creating a love triangle for Peter Parker, but the idea has been scrapped. That’s probably a good thing. Spidey has more important things to think about than stupid ol’ girls. This is what The Wrap had to say:
Meanwhile, an individual familiar with the project has told TheWrap that Mary Jane Watson will not appear in the film after all, as the character is not currently featured in James Vanderbilt’s screenplay, and apparently never was.
This rides along with the news that Sally Fields is in talks to play Aunt May in the reboot, though that is not anything definite yet. So as we keep getting more and more news about how the movie will be shaping up, how is everyone feeling about it? Excited, pissed off, ambivalent? Let us know in the comments.
Ah finally the great debate can stop! Who will be playing Peter Parker in the new version of Spiderman, set to hit theaters in 3-D 7/3/2012? That would be Andrew Garfield, ladies and gentlemen! Yes, that lovable fat cat we all know and love….no wait, wrong Garfield. Ah yes, THIS Garfield.
Other actors who were testing for this role were Jamie Bell from 2008’s movie Jumper, Frank Dillane who was Tom Riddle in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince and Aaron Johnson from Kick-ass. Sorry guys, you just didn’t kick enough ass to get the part.
He definitely looks the part so we here at NB are hoping that he is a good choice and will act the part well. He recently played Anton in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and did a great job in that, his acting chops are well proven already. He is 27 years old but still looks like he’s 15 and I’d say that is just what director Marc Webb was looking for. Congrats, Mr. Garfield! Do us proud.
It’s a tale many of us nerds are familiar with from comics, films, tv and video games: the heroic orphan. Some of these kids have no memory of their parents, while some older children watch them get murdered. Some might later find new homes, while others wander the world in isolation.
Orphans in fiction are meant to reflect our own fears and differences from society at large; it’s something to “overcome.” In the cases below, the orphaned children (mostly) overcome the raw deal life has handed them and embark upon a hero’s journey. Below, check out a five fictional orphans who found their mojo and did great things.