Can Sony's Spiderverse Work? by MyckNic

Sony seems on track to setting up their own Cinematic Universe, something they’ve been wanting to do since the Amazing Spider-Man Series. I don’t like the duology, but the spin-offs that Sony have been planning to make sound interesting to say the least. Might Sony’s desire for a long-term franchise actually have bred some good ideas?

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MyckNic
DfoD!: Quadruple-Header Pt 2

"Were two-headed monster movies a trend at some point…? They must’ve been, because AIP apparently had enough confidence in this concept to devote twowhole movies to it. Oh yes, that’s right- there’s two of these things. It’s a double-headed double feature that I’m quite certain nobody ever asked for."

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Angela Bullock
Double Feature of Doom! The Quadruple-Header pt 1

"Were two-headed monster movies a trend at some point…? They must’ve been, because AIP apparently had enough confidence in this concept to devote twowhole movies to it. Oh yes, that’s right- there’s two of these things. It’s a double-headed double feature that I’m quite certain nobody ever asked for."

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MG Marshall
How to Kill a Superhero

We’ve all been there right? You’re happily reading your favorite comic when all of a sudden, BOOM, the hero gets killed by some happenstance or villain plot. It doesn’t hurt for long though. At most you wait for 2 years for the next big event where they’ll be resurrected. It’s happened time and time again in comics, to the point it has formed its own tropes, some good and some bad. I am a firm believer that most any idea can be weaved into gold, including the Death of a Hero.

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Angela Bullock
Eddie Brock Sucks (But Venom's Great): Nic Woolfe

Not only did Venom have all of the black suit’s upgrades, but it had also managed to cancel out the Spider-Sense, which is supposed to alert Peter to danger. All in all, Venom made for a very powerful, paranoia inducing villain for Spider-Man. The only downside is that Venom had to be attached to Eddie Brock.

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Angela Bullock
A Case For Single Issues: Bones

About 15 years ago a slight shift happened. Publishers started to collect single issues into trade paper backs, moving the market (again) to book stores. The graphic novel section has been a growing part of books stores since, with classic and current story lines side by side. While I love the expansion of audience and availability, I personally still prefer the nearly 90 year old format of single issues

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Angela Bullock
A Case Against Single Issue Comics: Mousa the 14

I’m going to ignore all the other issues in the comic book industry that are causing the complete downward spiral of sales and profits and pop culture penetration… and just focus on the product itself. Because I don’t have the kind of time to do a full history and dissertation on why people who enjoy comics can’t have nice things. Let’s talk about Floppies v Trades.

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Mousa the 14
Marvel Doesn't know how to use MJ: Nic Woolfe

Now, for me, Mary Jane is the love interest for Spider-Man, having been so on Spider-Man the Animated Series and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy when I grew up. But the reason it was her and not someone like Gwen Stacy is because rather than “just being there” Mary Jane was created to be an injection of Silver Age fun meant to spruce up Peter’s life.

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MG Marshall's Double Feature of Doom! 1a

how could I not start with Roger Corman? I mean, he’s the “King of the B’s,” man! Anybody else would just fall short of his glory. For the uninitiated, Corman is a low-budget writer/director/producer who had a string of hits (in his own words, he “Never lost money on a single picture…”)

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Taste, Style, and Ability in Comics: Bones

Style does not have to do with skill though. A creator still has to successfully communicate their story. The Marvel and DC pioneer Jack Kirby (Fantastic Four co-creator among many many others) eventually got to a highly stylized way of drawing, with big blocky figures and a lot of foreshortening. He did this to get what he wanted across, these powerful beings slugging it out, or the awe-inspiring presence of a god-like figure.

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Diamond is forever, Comics are not: Mousa the 14

Despite superheroes being all the rage these days, superhero comics are barely part of the cultural conversation. If you ever have an opportunity, try asking some random non-geek people how many Marvel movies they’ve seen versus how many Marvel comics they’ve read. You will find that is probably one of the most disproportionate ratios you will ever see. Even I got my interest in superheroes from the wide variety of animated adaptations growing up before I had even owned my first ever Marvel comic.

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Mousa the 14
Countdown to Spiderverse: When to Stop Reading Comics: Nic

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been a Spider-Man fan. Whether it be the Raimi movies, the MCU, or The 90s Animated Series, Spider-Man’s been a part of my life. However, while I own a few trades centered around complete narratives, my exposure to Spidey, and superheroes in general, comes from adaptations. Superhero comics can be a very daunting commodity if you’re not prepared for it, so don’t blame yourself if the commitment turns you off.

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