Spider-Man: Homecoming debuts in theaters later this week on July 7 (or July 6 if you’re in certain places). Although this is technically a reboot of the film incarnation of the character, Marvel Studios decided not to spend yet another film focused primarily on the hero’s origin. Instead, new web-slinging actor Tom Holland cameoed in Captain America: Civil War as a rookie hero who’s already been using his powers to help people for a couple months by the time we meet him. Spider-Man: Homecoming picks up some months afterwards. It’s a wise decision, as audiences and readers have already seen quite a few origins for him over the decades. But just in case you’re not familiar yourself, or if you know some but are curious about how the others compare, here’s a rundown of the different ways Peter Parker became “your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.” More →
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Thanks to the Iron Man films, Tony Stark has become a major superhero around the world. The star of three of his own feature films, he has also been a main character in both Avengers films, the movie Captain America: Civil War, the upcoming movie Spider-Man: Homecoming, and the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War. Known as the weapons-maker-turned-hero, Tony Stark’s career as Iron Man began when he was injured by one of his own weapons and had to build a suit of armor to free himself, a suit that also worked with an electro-magnet that kept some nasty shrapnel from shredding his heart. In Iron Man 3, Tony gets surgery and no longer needs this magnet powered by a magnetic repulsor arc unit. But in the comics, he’s had a few more body modifications than just that.
We tend to marry heroes to a special weapon, vehicle, super-power or fighting technique that they use. Superman flies. Spidey has web-shooters. Batman has his cool car and his batarangs. Wonder Woman has her lasso. Captain America has his mighty, ricocheting shield. But for Cap, that wasn’t always the case. For years, the shield was not used as a discus weapon. And for the first few stories, it wasn’t even round. More →
The late 1980s were full of cartoons and comic books that were, essentially, built around the need to sell toys. For instance, the Transformers and their predecessors the Diaclones were just a bunch of toy robots. It was up to the writers of cartoons and comics to build a mythology about the planet Cybertron and its civil war between living machines known as Autobots and Decepticons. Likewise, a toy from Parker Bros. wound up inspiring a comic book series that wound up outliving the original product and made the character far more popular than it ever would have been otherwise. Now, that character is owned by Hasbro and lives again in science fiction comics published by IDW. His name? Rom, Spaceknight. More →
This week, Marvel Studios released new ads for Spider-Man: Homecoming, a movie that might just become the best live-action adaptation of Marvel’s web-slinging wonder. But did you know that Spider-Man, introduced in 1962, wasn’t the first web-using or arachnid-based hero in comics and related media? There are several who preceded him. Let’s take a look! More →
The planet Vulcan is known to many science fiction fans. No, not the world full of mercury swamps that the Second Doctor visited in 1966 in Doctor Who. I mean, of course, home of Spock from Star Trek. Just as famous is Krypton, the birth planet of Kal-El, known on Earth under the names Clark Kent and Superman. But did you know that folks here in the real world have actually located both of these fictional planets?
The Lego Batman Movie is a wild success and some say it’s the best Batman film on-screen. But this is, of course, not the first animated film starring the Dark Knight, nor is it even the first animated Batman film to be released in theaters. So here are five other such movies you might want to check out. More →
Last week, Warner Bros. announced that it wants to put a live-action Nightwing film into production, with The Lego Batman Movie‘s Adam McKay as its director. Some of you may know that Nightwing is actually Dick Grayson, the first of Batman’s apprentices to take on the name and identity of Robin. Eventually, Dick grew up and left the Robin threads behind. But where did he get the name Nightwing? More →
Aside from wall-crawling, Peter Parker’s most famous feature is his webbing. While other heroes fly or run across rooftops with grappling hooks, Spider-Man swings on web-lines, zooming through New York at up to 40 MPH. But just what is this webbing and its true nature? More →
Published by DC Comics in 2001, written by Joe Kelly and Brandon Badeaux, with art by Mark Morales and Moose Baumann, Action Comics #783 gives a great single issue story. Advertised on the cover as “The Choice,” the story within is actually called “The Gift” and is a fine example of how a character like Superman can do more than punch monsters and engage in some property damage in the name of good. More →