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Spider-Man’s “Brand New Day” has ended and beginning with Amazing Spider-Man #648 he is entering the “Big Time”. The new arch is written by Dan Slott with art by Humberto Ramos. Marvel Comics’ official description for the issue:

Big Time begins! Big changes are happening for the Amazing Spider-Man: Bigger threats, bigger guest-stars, and a big opportunity that could turn Peter Parker’s life around! Which cast members are staying and who’s saying goodbye? Find out as we’re introduced to new characters and reintroduced to a number of Spidey villains as they make the triumphant return to the book! Plus: New developments for Mayor J. Jonah Jameson, the staff at Front Line, and The Sinister Six! The next chapter in Spider-Man history starts here! Guest-starring The Avengers and The Fantastic Four in a giant-sized, 390page lead feature! Plus: An all-new adventure featuring the all-new Spider-Girl! Tobin and Henry bring a tale of action & intrigue, and make a strong argument for why you can sometimes send a Spider-GIRL to do a Spider-MAN’s job.

Posted on November 6th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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  • J.J. Abrams’ Undercovers are going to have to stay undercover as NBC has put the breaks on the spy drama. The True Lies like series featured a married couple who were retired spies and brought back into the game. This is the second new show that NBC canceled this year, the first being the Jimmy Smits court drama, Outlaws.
  • Conan O’Brien’s new late night show starts this Monday on TBS! His first week of guests include Seth Rogan, Lea Michele, Tom Hanks, Jon Hamm, Michael Cera, Julie Bowen and others, along with musical guests Jack White, Soundgarden, Fistful of Mercy, and Jon Dore.  TBS has revealed that Conan episodes will be posted online the day after they air. Here is hoping that the show takes a big bite out of The Tonight Show.
  • Martin Sheen has been cast as Uncle Ben and Sally Field is in talks to portray Aunt May in Marc Webb’s Spiderman reboot. While on the surface it feels like very weird casting, they might actually be pretty good fits.  Sheen especially, he has the right feel for Uncle Ben. He isn’t as frail as Cliff Robertson, but with how Uncle Ben dies that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The film is really coming together, taking on the role of Peter Parker is Andrew Garfield, who rocked in Social Network, with Emma Stone as Peter’s first love interest Gwen Stacy and Rhys Ifans rumored to be Curt Connors, aka the Lizard. I really hope that MJ is in the movie, setting her up for future films.
  • The Hollywood Reporter has some really cool concept art from a couple of “lost scenes” from The Goonies. Check out the art here.

Rhys Ifans is the Lizard in Spiderman 4

Okay, I’ve been waiting since Rhys Ifans was announced as being the big bad in the new Spiderman flick to comment on it until his character was confirmed or at least leaked. Well, it looks like that time is here and Rhys Ifans will be portraying Dr. Curt Connors, aka the Lizard!

When they originally announced Spiderman 4 with Raimi and Maguire, I thought that the Lizard was going to face Spidy next. Then when things got all messy and Raimi left the project followed by Sony changing into a prequel/reboot with Marc Webb taking the helm I wasn’t sure. I was afraid they’d go the Green Goblin route again, or as rumors indicated, we’d see Venom again. Ugh. But now it seems that Webb is still moving forward with fresh stories by ignoring used villains and bringing the Lizard into the fold.

So, we have Andrew Garfield who just impressed me with his performance in The Social Network as Peter Parker. He is a good choice, but I’m still not sure if the 6 foot tall and mature looking actor can portray “puny” Parker in high school. Also leaving me unsure is why Emma Stone, who would make a picture perfect Mary Jane is actually portraying Gwen Stacy. I hate that Sony just feels like the characters are interchangeable when they are actually very different. I’m waiting on pins and needles as to who will take on the MJ, Harry, and Flash roles.

The Lizard vs Spiderman

Lets take a look at Curt Connors/Lizard. One of my favorite things about him is that he is actually a good guy. Connors is a surgeon who goes off to war to save the lives of wounded GIs. While there, he gets injured in a blast and loses his arm. Upon returning to the states he becomes obsessed with reptiles and how they can regrow their limbs. Studying them he is able to develop an experimental serum from reptilian DNA that he uses to try and regrow his arm. It works, but there is a side effect, Connors becomes a reptilian humanoid monster, The Lizard, and it puts his family’s lives in danger and everyone around him. The Lizard is usually portrayed as a mindless savage, but in different mediums he has had different levels of intellect. In Spiderman: The Animated Series the Lizard was just as smart as Connors and attempted to make a race of Lizard people, while in The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series he was portrayed as being purely animalistic.

Having the Lizard being mindless animal poses a problem for the film. It would mean no master plan or witty banter between Spiderman and the main villain. Having a monster that acts on instincts could lead to some amazing fights, but that could also create a story that really goes nowhere. What the Lizard needs is a cool counter part, someone like…

Kraven the Hunter is one of spiderman's most deadly villains

Kraven the Hunter

If we care about Curt Connors, we should want Spiderman to save and cure him rather than kill him. What we need is someone like Kraven the Hunter whose sole purpose is hunting down the lizard and making him part of his trophy room. Think of the three way fight over Manhattan and in the sewer systems. Could be epic. What do you think? Do you want to see someone like Kraven the Hunter added into the mix? Or how about someone else? Could the Kingpin try to harness the Lizard as a hitman? Or would JJJ try to use the Lizard to take out the Spider-menace? There are a lot of possibilities and I can’t wait to see what Webb comes up with.

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After a long wait, we’ll finally have some more answers with the conclusion of “One Moment in Time.” Still wondering how the world forgot that Peter Parker was Spider-Man? What about the status of Peter and Mary Jane’s relationship? Could it ever be the same? Marvel Comics is promising us that every question would be answered and that the past would be laid to rest.  The issue is from Joe Quesada and Stan Lee with pencils by Quesada, Marcos Martin, and Paolo Rivera and hits stands next Thursday September 9th, 2010.

Recently, after years and years, I stopped picking up new Spider-Man issues.  I hated the idea behind the “Brand New Day” and the relaunching of years and years of Spider-Man stories just to negate the fact that Peter Parker and Mary Jane were married. I loved their marriage and it is a shame they took it away in the main Marvel universe. Isn’t that what the Ultimate and What If universes are for?

Marvel Comics is also releasing Amazing Spider-Man #642 this week, which starts a new 5-part storyline, “Origin of the Species.” In the new story, Norman Osborn’s new baby is born and for some reason, every villain wants to get their hands on the little “goblin.”

Other non Spider-Man related Marvel Comics coming out on the 9th include Daken: Dark Wolverine #1, Daredevil #510, Deadpool Corps #6, Invaders #1, Invincible Iron Man #30, New Avengers #4, Thor #614, X-Men #3, among others.

What will you be getting?

Posted on September 3rd, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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As you can see, our short vacation has ended and we are fully back into the swing of things.  Big thanks to Lucian for continuing his Wrestling Recaps while I have been gone.  I have not been able to check out Scott Pilgrim vs. the World yet, but I’ve wanted to see it for a while and Lucian’s review only makes me want to see it more. Anyhow, I’m happy to be back with a new Pit and this week’s edition will have a slight superhero slant (sorry, but sooooo much has been going on while I’ve been out).

  • Okay, first up is the confirmation that X-Men: First Class will feature the Hellfire Club. That’s right, it is confirmed that Kevin Bacon will be the villainous Sebastian Shaw with Mad Men‘s January Jones will be Emma Frost, aka the White Queen. How does this fit into the past films with Emma being featured by Tahyna Tozzi in X-Men Origins: Wolverine? The film will start in the 1960s with James McAvoy’s Charles Xavier and Michael Fassbender’s Magneto working together for the future of mutant kind.  I hate that they’ve cast a younger Mystique… she’s a shape shifter, she can look as young as she wants forever. They should have kept Rebecca Romijn if we ever see an of age Mystique. At least it would feel a little connected to the other films. We shall see…
  • Okay, lets move off one X-Men prequel and onto another one: X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2 (god, I hope that isn’t going to be the official title).  It has been rumored for a while that the film would take Wolverine to Japan where he’d train to be a samurai warrior and fight the likes of Silver Samurai.  Yeah, so the Wolverine we met in the first X-Men film was no samurai, I guess that means he’ll be getting shot with another memory wiping bullet? Ugh.  Prequels are stupid, just make a good damn sequel.
  • Yesterday I checked out DC Comic’s animated Superman/Batman: Public Enemies and I gotta say, I dug it. DC has really been on a roll with its animated features, Superman Doomsday and Justice League:  The New Frontier were both very well done. I wasn’t before, but now I’m really interested in the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight’s next animated team up in Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. The film once again features Tim Daly as Superman and Kevin Conroy as Batman, and they are joined by genre fan favorite Summer Glau as Supergirl.
  • Okay, so this isn’t movie related, but it is both comic adaptation related and Batman related. It has been a long time, but Batman and Scooby-Doo will meet again!  An upcoming episode of Batman: The Brave and the Bold will feature the cartoon dog and Batman teaming up to solve a case. While I don’t regularly watch the series, I will be checking out this episode.
  • According to Mark Millar, Kick-Ass 2 has been officially greenlighted and we be based on his upcoming graphic novel follow up to the first series. Matthew Vaughn did an awesome job adapting Kick-Ass for the big screen. He knew just what to cut and what to keep to make the film as good as it can be. I hope Millar learns from what Vaughn did with the film to craft the sequel series.
  • AICN has been reporting that Fox has narrowed the possible directors list for its Fantastic Four reboot to James McTeigue, Joe Carnahan, and David Yates. None of them get me excited about the film.  McTeigue could make it visually impressive, Carnahan would be just as bad as Tim Story, and Yates is a passable director, but is he suited for the first family of superheroes? There is also a rumor that the studio wants a CGI Thing voiced by Bruce Willis. Um… okay.
  • Disney and Marvel Comics are moving forward with an Iron Fist movie! The karate expert with literal fists of fury could make a decent film. In the past, Ray Parks was rumored to be in the running for the role and I still think he’d make a great fit. I’m assuming that Disney will want to make the film be a kid friendly action flick. Hopefully we’ll see Luke Cage in it.
  • No MJ in the Spider-Man reboot? That’s the rumor from THR. If it is true, I can understand the need to want to distance the movie from the Raimi trilogy, but this is just plain stupid. Have MJ, have Gwen, and just concentrate on making the best Spider-Man movie possible. If this is true, it’d bring my interest for this re-do to zero.

Excited about all of the upcoming comic book flicks? Sound off in our comments!

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It is here, Marvel Comics’ AGE OF HEROES. And with it, the Marvel universe pulls out of the darkness that has held comics for the past few years and gets back to having true heroes. Today, both Age of Heroes #1 and Avengers #1 hit stands.

Age of Heroes launches the “Heroic Age” and spotlights life for some of Marvel’s biggest heroes.  With Norman Osborn defeated, the Avengers have one last foe to face for the public’s opinion, J. Jonah Jameson, the Mayor of NYC.  In Avengers #1, who will be apart of the new team? With Kang the Conqueror arriving from the future and ready to brawl, who will stop him? I’m assuming Ironman, Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, and Spider-Man are safe bets! 🙂

From DC Comics we have Brightest Day #2, what does it mean to the DCU, and The Legion of Super-Heroes #1, which relaunches DC’s heroes from the future. Image Comics has The Walking Dead #72 and Astounding Wolf-Man #23. Dark Horse has Emily the Strange: The 13th Hour #3. What will you be buying this week?

Check out these Marvel Comics trade paperbacks for sale…

 

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It has been a while since we’ve done one of these, but welcome back to The Pit!

  • Have a mentioned recently how freaking awesome it is that Lost got an extra half hour added to its finale. Any additional Lost will make me excited! Nervously awaiting the finale.
  • MTV has put into production their own (tamed down) version of the hit UK series, Skins. The network also recently announced a TV adaptation of one of the best horror/zombie films of all time, Dawn of the Dead. I doubt Dead will ever see the air (and I hope it doesn’t).
  • Chuck hasn’t been renewed yet, WTF. Help support the show by watching it Online. We’ve added the latest episodes to our side bar via Hulu. Every viewer (both Online and on TV) helps!
  • Comic Preview: Amazing Spider-Man #631.  Hitting stores on May 12th, 2010, “Shed” continues as does the “Gauntlet” as Spider-Man is forced to battle the Lizard.  Will Curt Connors be able to regain control? Or will he make the biggest mistake of his life?
  • It was great to see Martha Kent and Perry White back on Smallville (even if they were awkwardly together). Here is hoping that either one of them returns to the show next season (Perry would make an awesome regular!!!).  Click here to watch the episode on the CW website.

We’ll be back with another edition of The Pit this weekend!

Posted on May 11th, 2010 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (2)
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