Ever since singer/actress Zendaya was cast for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), Spider-Man: Homecoming for a “key role,” there has been some speculation as to who she was going to be. Originally her character’s name was “Michelle” which obviously was a red herring. Fan speculated that she possibly could be Liz Allen, a racially recast Felicia Hardy (AKA Black Cat), or even a completely original character created for the upcoming film. Recently it was confirmed that the actress was to be Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker’s long-time love interest for the film. Traditionally Mary Jane was a white character and has been portrayed by so in the many incarnations of Spider-Man on film. First by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, and also by Shailene Woodley in the Marc Webb Spider-Man films, although she was cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Needless to say, many fans online were not happy with the ethnicity changes for a character who has historically be white since 1965. With the many changes in diversity in both the comics and in the Marvel films, some fans have been quite vocal expressing their disappointment in Zendaya being Mary Jane.
Stan Lee. Not only is he one of, if not the most, influential all fathers of comic books, he’s also one of the great orators of our time. This is a man who was once asked if digital comics would replace actual comics and famously said “Comics are like boobs. They look great on a computer, but I’d rather hold one in my hand”. He speaks. We listen.
In a moment that is clearly being blown out of proportions, at the premier for Suicide Squad, director David Ayer said “F*ck Marvel!” while responding to a fan that said that same thing. David Ayer quickly took to Twitter to apologize, saying that he got caught up in the moment. Ayer was just a guy pumping up the building and confident in his movie. Despite the apology, the outburst triggered fans. Hard.
The great Stan Lee has responded to the remarks by David Ayer, settling the matter indefinitely. (more…)
Superhero movies have become such a staple of pop culture these days that many forget that it wasn’t too long ago that filmmakers had to struggle to convince a studio to bring their vision of a favorite comic book character to the big screen, especially if that vision didn’t include Batman or Superman. Once the new millennium hit, it brought with it a new trend and, really, the birth of the era of superhero blockbusters. One of the first of those films was Sony’s big budget offering, Spider-Man. Starring Tobey Maguire as the titular webslinger and directed by genre favorite Sam Raimi, the film managed to break new ground with its incredible (at the time) special effects and fun story. Comic book fans had been waiting their entire lives to see something like this and, as it turns out, perhaps they weren’t the only ones. (more…)
Captain America celebrates his 75th Anniversary this year and he might just be eating cake alone.
Last week, Marvel Comics debuted a new Captain America comic book series entitled “Captain America: Steve Rogers” #1 that shook the comic book world at its foundation. So much talk has been generated over Marvel’s decision to have the superhero, who always stood for justice and doing what’s right, reveal that he has been an agent of Hydra this entire time. We were duped. Big time. Like, for 75 years. With nearly everybody giving their two cents on this surprising revelation, what do you think Stan Lee thinks about it? This past weekend, fans in attendance at a comic book convention found out. (more…)
One of the most prolific creators in all of nerddom – not to mention, one of the most commonly spotted Easter eggs in the Marvel cinematic universe – Stan Lee has become almost as widely recognised for his quirky movie cameos as for his wealth of iconic comic creations. His impact on the comic community and industry is all but unrivalled. The worlds and characters he has written have been celebrated the world over. He was integral to the work that made Marvel ahuge multimedia corporation, from its roots as a small division of a publishing house. He spearheaded the first significant challenge to censorship in comic books. (more…)
Let’s face it: we all owe a great deal to comic book icon Stan Lee. Without his contributions to comics in general, we wouldn’t know such great characters as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, The X-Men, and countless others. The last 10+ years of superhero films wouldn’t exist without his contributions. Even after he stepped down from an active role at Marvel, Lee continued to be a part of geek culture. Everything from lectures across the country on his impact to the industry, to his charity work, to his numerous cameos, and of course him always being on the comic convention circuit. Over the years, Lee’s always made himself available at many comic conventions, including the big ones: San Diego Comic-Con and New York Comic-Con. As he has grown older, he has tried to remain active at conventions, even though he eventually started winding down in his appearances. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end. (more…)
The final episode. Harry must somehow escape from Whitecross jail to save his wife and daughter and confront Golding who is desperate to take possession of the magic bracelet. But with it linked to Harry, the only way he can possibly accomplish this would seem to be to make the ultimate sacrifice. But exactly how much will the bangle help Harry along the way? Will he make it in time? Will we care? (more…)
“What are you doing with a man’s head in your freezer Harry?”. An excellent question if ever there was one Suri. The head belongs to the hulking Russian Yuri Becker and soon his body is found, thanks again to an anonymous tip-off, giving DS Winter no choice but to charge Harry with murder. And like the late Kevin Grey and his brother Richard before him, Harry gets shipped off to the dodgy Whitecross Prison and an unknown fate. Will Golding finally reveal himself and get the bracelet? (more…)
Harry and Suri are called to a murder scene and Harry is shocked to discover that the victim is his brother’s girlfriend, Babs. Worse still, she’s been killed by a gunshot fired from an antique Napoleonic pistol and the antique-dealing Rich is missing. Orwell is put on the case with Suri and Harry is told to keep well out of the investigation. Yeah, like that’s gonna happen. (more…)
Investigating the death of a fleeing man on Chelsea Bridge, and what appears at first to be the scamming of rich, foreign students, Harry and Suri find it all traces back to the mysterious Golding. As Anna also uncovers a connection to the elusive man, and despite warnings from Eve about just how much luck can be derived from the bangle, Harry deliberately puts himself in the line of fire. (more…)