Given today’s precarious job market it may be quite incomprehensible for young people to think that they could be at one company for three-quarters of a century. It’s not impossible, you just would have had to be hired in 1941. Like Stan Lee. Lee is well-known for creating the entire Marvel Universe as we know it in the 1960s, but his career at Marvel – and it’s various previous identities – goes all the way back to the 1940s. The Walt Disney Company took time out recently to remember that, and remember the long career of the man that made the company they now proudly own. (more…)
Stan Lee has often said that the reason Marvel movies do so well at the Box Office is because of his famous cameos – stating that audiences will see a movie twice just so that can spot the “All Father” of comics inserted in the picture. Well, when it comes to the upcoming Doctor Strange movie, it appears Marvel may only get single viewings out of fans. Cats out of the bag. Stan Lee’s cameo in Doctor Strange has been revealed. (more…)
Stan Lee is pretty much a literal deity nowadays. Having created many of our favorite comic book characters he’s already a national treasure. Given that now many of his superheroes are now on the big screen en-masse, it’s is a certainty that he will have a cameo in any film based on his characters. That’s not limited to Marvel Studios films as he has also cameos in Deadpool, The Spider-Man films, the original Fantastic Four films, as well as the X-Men films. It’s almost a certainty that he will show up in a film based on Marvel characters. However, the elephant in the room is that he’s not getting any younger. The 93-year-old is finally trying to slow down in his later years as he’s stopped traveling for many conventions and is trying to take it easy. With so many upcoming Marvel films, is he going to be making his cameos anymore?
A lot of Spider-Man movies have been released in the past fifteen years. Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the web-slinger launched just four years after Tobey Maguire hung up the cobwebbed cowl. Instead of finishing The Amazing Spider-Man series, the iconic character has instead swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another reboot now due for 2017. While it’s easy to see why some fans would be reluctant to get excited about another retelling of the same story so soon, a lot of the criticism already levelled at Spiderman: Homecoming has nothing to do with the potential lack of originality. (more…)
There is probably no greater name synonymous with the words “comic book” than Stan Lee. So it should come to no one’s surprise that someone out there was gunning for the rights to make a movie out of the man’s life. And it looks like Fox was the big winner. The interesting thing is what they plan on doing with those newly acquired rights. It turns out the story they plan on telling about Stan Lee is nothing what you’d expect. In fact, they’re the rumor is to turn his life into quite the adventure (think James Bond); turning all of the people he meets into the superheroes he would eventually create. It sounds like a crazy idea at first, but it could be crazy enough to work.
For something that seemed like it might be a sad occasion, it was actually kind of uproarious. What was billed as Stan Lee’s final Canadian con appearance Sunday morning at Fan Expo Canada was a treat to witness as the Godfather of Marvel Comics shared stories, laughs and memories with a packed house of 4,000 of his closest Canadian fans. If this was a going away party, it was one of the best you could have go to. (more…)
For those who only watch movies based on Marvel characters, Stan Lee is the old man who somehow always end up in the film, making a brief cameo. We fans of the comic books know that he is pretty much the Godfather of everything Marvel. Many of the characters we know and love he is the creator for. Many of them were probably made in a fever dream long ago when he was a writer for Marvel comics. He’s given us greats like Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, The X-Men, and much more. He has since stepped down from heavy involvement in the day to day at Marvel but still appearances in many of the films. He’s more than happy to see many of his creations on the big and small screen. However, not all of the Marvel films have been certified hits. What did he think of them? Does he have a film that he didn’t like as much as the rest?
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…)