BarackObama.com: During a quick stop off in Denison, IA on the first day of President Obama’s bus tour across Iowa, there was a young supporter who had to get to the bottom of something that had been puzzling him for some time.
WILL EVERYONE PLEASE STOP WHAT THEY’RE DOING AND GO BUY/READ SPIDER-MAN BLUE? RIGHT NOW. No question the greatest Spider-Man graphic novel of all time. Classic 60’s Peter Parker dealing with Gwen Stacy and Mary Jane, Harry and Flash, Rhino, Scorpion, Green Goblin, the whole gauntlet. This is really the story of a young Peter growing up and falling in love with Gwen Stacy. Jeph Loeb (Story) and Tim Sale (Art) combine amazing storytelling with breathtaking visuals. BLUE is the reason people fall in love with Spider-Man. Please please everyone go read this right now. I’ll come to your house and read it to you if need be - it’s kind of amazing. And with the newest Spider-Man reboot is out right now (LINK TO AMAZING SPIDERMAN REVIEW) it’s especially appropriate.
Marvel.com Link - Spider-Man Blue
Minuteman Library Link - Spider-Man Blue
Amazon.com Link - Spider-Man Blue
People get why it’s ridiculous to assume Spiderman or Wolverine or anybody else is going to be in subsequent Avengers movies or comic book crossovers right?
I feel like I’ve been explaining this a LOT lately. In 1997 Marvel Studios (a subsidiary of Marvel Entertainment in charge of coordinating with film studios to create Marvel character-based movies) started to sell film rights to titles that would eventually become movies like X-Men (2000), Spiderman (2002), and The Fantastic Four (2005). These rights were only for the depiction of the title in film, but encompassed all the stories, main characters, villains, special items and environments. Studios like Fox, Columbia, and New Line Cinema produced and released these films, in coordination with Marvel Studios.
These movies did so well (and Marvel got so frustrated dealing with film studios) that Marvel Studios decided to start making their own films. Marvel Studios would produce films for the characters that Marvel still owned the rights to: Iron Man (2008), The Incredible Hulk (2008), Thor (2011), and Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). Marvel Studios was able to include these characters in The Avengers (2012) because Marvel owned the rights to the characters. Spiderman, for example, couldn’t appear in The Avengers because Columbia Pictures (a subsidiary of Sony) still owned the rights to the film depiction of the character. Marvel has been able to buy back some of the film rights (Blade, Hulk), but a few major names still are under outside control. So, unless Sony or Fox allow it (which would cost Marvel an enormous premium), neither Spiderman nor Wolverine are going to appear in any films created by Marvel Studios any time soon.
Ownership Map is above, if you don’t want to waste your time reading.
Amazing Spiderman was pretty Spectacular! No it was like an 8/10, I just wanted to make a Spiderman pun!
It’s funny because people were bitching about how Spiderman shouldn’t be rebooted so soon –people forget that the first Tobey/Sam Rami Spiderman came out in 2002. Spiderman 3 came out in 2007, and as if it hadn’t done enough damage to Spiderman, it nearly poisoned people on Amazing, which is a shame because it’s a great movie.
Andrew Garfield is just a better Peter Parker than Toby was. Dennis Leary did a great impression of Dennis Leary and Emma Stone is so likable she makes you hate Kirsten Dunst even more for ruining the original movies. Cast-wise, there wasn’t a weak link, even though there are points where the dialogue will leave you rolling your eyes. The plot seemed to lurch forward at times, but that didn’t really matter since you already knew the plot. Amazing was fast paced and action-packed. There was a lot of action. Did I mention the action? Because the action was sensational. Spiderman finally fights like the acrobatic web-slinging wiseass you love from the comics. The webbing earned its keep. Rooftop shots and the Rhys Ifans Lizard show you just how far CGI has improved since 2002. SEE THIS MOVIE IN IMAX.
Bottom line: I would (and have) see any movie based on Spiderman… but this is one flat out works. Go see it. And yes I did wear my Spiderman sweatshirt to the theatre.
Holy Spider-Avengers Fanboy!
So that’s Andrew Garfield (of the Amazing Spiderman) walking around with a stack of Avengers comic books under his arm. You remember the Avengers film right? Internet is abuzz about whether Spiderman will be featured in the inevitable Avengers sequel or an Avenger will be in a Spiderman sequel, or WHAT - there are some very interesting possibilities at play. Spiderman actually was an Avenger, but if you read far enough, pretty much everybody becomes an Avenger at some point. Bottom line - I absolutely LOVE that everybody is losing their shit about a guy walking home holding some comic books.
Got these Spider-Dog costumes for the boys. Marbles especially loves his; he’s cuddlier and has more of a pep in his step (i.e., he shakes his butt even more than normal when he walks). Oh and they glow in the dark. Sent to us via UStream - company is GW Little.