February 25, 2006

Spider-Man News

OK - call me a hopeless fanboy, but I’ve always loved Spider-Man. I don’t collect comics anymore like I used to, but I pick up a few now and again (and Maggie gets them for me around Xmastime in my stocking). I thought I’d report on some Spidey-related news.

This includes two, bizarre, real-life stories at the end of the post.

The Alien Costume (Film Version)

It seems pretty much a certainty that the next Spider-Man movie will feature the popular Spidey villain, “Venom.”

That conclusion follows from hte fact that initial teaser art for the black version of Spidey’s costume has just been released. For those unfamiliar with the comic-book version of the story (the movie will almost certainly be very different) Spider-Man happened to find himself on an alien world needing a new costume. What he brought back with him was a living symbiote costume, capable of mimicking any sort of clothing. It also looked pretty darn cool.

The symbiote had a mind of its own and, well, this led to problems. Venom was part of those problems. And there are different versions of the story as the comic-book story line was adapted for other media (like Saturday morning cartoons.)

After he got rid of the symbiote, Spidey wore a normal, sloth costume that resembled the symbiote because he’d gotten used to the look, I guess. Until Marvel decided that it was time to switch back to the classic costume.

That was back when I was collecting comics regularly.

Anyhow, the new movie-verison of the black costume does not look like the alien costume I know and love. It just looks like his regular costume painted black. But I’ll hazard a guess and say that the poster depicts a post-Venom Spidey costume, not the actual symbiote. In other words, he’s already gotten rid of the symbiote and has gone back to his old costume, but he’s painted it black. For some reason. Some people are already complaining, but I don’t care much, as long as they make a fun movie out of it. I imagine that an actual alien costume is going to have to be completely CGI (computer-generated) anyhow. I guess we’ll see.

Iron Spidey Costume

As coincidence would have it, the comic-book Spidey has another new costume.

I won’t go into all the story details, but basically this new costume was created by Tony Stark for 2 reasons. FIrst, a recent storyline has changed Spidey’s powers slightly. Secondly, Tony Stark (Iron Man) is trying to convince him to be best buddies in the run up to some Marvel Universe-wide conflict that is coming. Some sort of superhero civil war. At least, that’s my take.

In any case, Spidey is sporting a new Iron Man-like costume that can repel small caliber bullets and allows him to glide for short distances. Looks like it’s got extra legs, too, although they haven’t revealed all of its tricks.

It’s cool. But I like the Alien Costume better.

Now, in real-world Spider-Man news:

HK’s ‘Spider-Man’ protester pleads innocent

A British resident of Hong Kong pleaded innocent Monday to causing a public nuisance by dressing up as Spider Man and scaling a giant TV screen to protest Beijing’s bloody 1989 crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators in Tiananmen Square.

Our media has seriously failed its duty when we’re hearing about Entwhistle all the time (a few weeks ago, I grant) but we don’t hear about a Chinese Spider-Man protesting the Tienanmen Square massacre.

Caught On Tape: Spider-Man Robs Comic Book Store

This story comes complete with video.

A robber wearing a Spider-Man mask was caught on surveillance video Tuesday stealing a set of rare comics from a store in Culver City, Calif. Among the issues stolen were Fantastic Four #1, X-Men #1, and the comic in which Spidey first appeared, Amazing Fantasy #15, valued at around $2,500 an issue.

The thief has a sense of irony, donning the Spidey mask. Or maybe he just thought it was appropriate, or distract from other possible identifying traits.

This is the second post on this blog in as many weeks regarding theft at a comic book shop. What is wrong with the world?

Posted by James at February 25, 2006 10:45 AM
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Argh! This stuff leaves me spinning, in general, but then you add spiders and stuff!!!

Agghhh. Yechh^uckckh!!

"...a Chinese Spider-Man protesting the Tienanmen Square Massacre."

I bet most friends don't even remember T-Sqaure.
How sad is THAT?!

TCR

Posted by: TCR at February 25, 2006 11:20 PM

The Venom/Symbiote plot (in the comic) confused me, and felt like a shark-jump "dark for dark's sake." Appeared to bring in an "outside influence" to show they still had a handle on Peter's complex ego. Your mileage may vary.
Off-topic (except if "superhero comic movies" was the topic): I know it's DC, but what about the Mischa Barton as Supergirl rumors? Ironic (for O.C. fans) but she could fill the suit.

Posted by: ThirdMate at February 26, 2006 8:14 AM

Mary Jane needs a costume. Something with a tiger, maybe.

Posted by: Mike L. at February 26, 2006 8:50 AM

Mary Jane as a tiger? That's hot.

I think Venom was created to give Peter a villain that he'd actually be frightened of. But I think comics jump the shark over and over again, which is probably why it's good to stop reading for a bunch of years. I mean, they had Peter have his eye get ripped out a couple of months ago, and then die, for real. Of course "for real" is different in comics. Something crawled out of his corpse, coccooned itself and grew a new Peter. I saw a couple of sharks lurking below the water there... But what superhero hasn't died by now.

Anyone remember when Superman died? I guess Batman probably hasn't died. But he had somehting like his own Venom when they created Bane. There were a few years there when comics seemed to be about creating new nemesies for the big name heroes.

Dr. Momentum doesn't have a nemesis. Brian might have something to say about that. Where did I put my character sheet?

On Supergirl, I don't know enough about the O.C. to comment on the irony, but she kinda looks the part.

Posted by: James at February 26, 2006 11:12 AM

I remember when Superman died. I bought that one because I was hoping he'd stay dead.

Know who's cool? Carnage.

Posted by: Julie at February 26, 2006 4:36 PM

Carnage is a nutfudge.

Posted by: James at February 26, 2006 7:26 PM

Actually, now that you mention Carnage, I wouldn't bet against him being in Spider-Man 3. Venom+Carnage would be a more interesting movie than Carnage alone. The only thing that would worry me is that going through both of their origins and THEN having Spidey go up against Carnage might be too rushed for one movie. Spidey can't really beat Carnage alone.

Wow my blog got ultra-geeky. As if I care.

Posted by: James at February 26, 2006 9:49 PM

Okay, so Carnage is a nutfudge. But he's awesome-looking. All stringy and nasty.

Posted by: Julie at February 27, 2006 9:20 AM

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