We’ve still got a couple of years before the next Spider-Man reboot, but a new report suggests that we already know who the web-slinging hero will be fighting in his next outing. As previously revealed by Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige, it won’t be a villain we’ve seen on the big screen before — according to the latest rumor, that’s accurate.
This past week, Hasbro and Marvel teamed up for another fan vote to determine one new figure for the Marvel Legends line. The qualifying rounds actually took place at San Diego Comic-Con, with each day of the convention hosting a different round of four. You had to visit the Hasbro booth to place a vote, but the initial round of 16 was quite intriguing. In addition to well-known characters like Symbiote Spider-Man, Quasar, Nebula, Lady Sif and Nova, there were a lot of fringe heroes and villains thrown into the mix like Lyra, Cosmo, Bor, the Executioner and Angela.
Now that I look at these names again, there were a lot of cosmic and Asgard-related characters. Guess that means there's likely to be a Thor line and a cosmic hero line in the next year or two, which makes sense given Marvel's movie schedule (Thor: Ragnarok and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 are both due in 2017). Of the sixteen announced, only three (Mysterio, Spider-Man and the Hood) wouldn't fit into those two molds. When all was said and done at SDCC, only four characters remained, and fans would have to choose from Mysterio, Symbiote Spider-Man, Darkhawk and Angela to determine the next Marvel Legend.
Spider-Man stands at the pinnacle of Marvel's heroes. The story of Peter Parker is a universal narrative, one that encapsulates teenage woes and the burdens of responsibility and heroism. Readers have come to know Peter Parker very well, but one of the interesting distinctions about Spider-Man is that it could be anyone under that mask. That's the fact that allowed for the debut of biracial, Brooklyn raised, Miles Morales on this day in 2011 in Ultimate Comics: Fallout #4; a young man who would later become the Ultimate Universe's --- and the Marvel Universe's --- Spider-Man.
Although cosplay has been present for decades within the comics, anime, and sci-fi/fantasy fandoms, social media has played an integral role in the thriving communities of costuming that exist, such as Cosplay.com and the Superhero Costuming Forum. Over the years, the cosplay community has evolved into a creative outlet for many fans to establish and showcase some impressive feats of homemade disguise, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics at conventions. In honor of the caped crusaders of the convention scene, ComicsAlliance has created Best Cosplay Ever (This Week), an ongoing collection of some of the most impeccable, creative, and clever costumes that we’ve discovered and assembled into a super-showcase of pure fan-devoted talent.
The comics, sci-fi, gaming and fantasy communities’ talents for homemade disguises, craftsmanship, and sartorial superheroics are definitely on display this weekend at Boston Comic Con, and we were there to check out the show as well as capture some of the stellar cosplay on display.
Photos by Betty Felon & Lauren Moran.
With Marvel and Sony’s deal firmly in place to reboot Spider-Man yet again, one of our primary concerns has always been with the possibility of having to sit through yet another Spidey origin story. But we can all breathe a sigh of relief as the writers of the new reboot have confirmed that we will not have to endure a retelling of how Peter Parker became the web-slinging hero.
Well that was fast — though not entirely surprising. Captain America: Civil War has been filming for a few months now, and various set photos have confirmed that the film is basically Avengers 2.5, featuring just about every major player in the MCU. One of those characters will be our new Spider-Man, Tom Holland, who is set to make a cameo in the film ahead of his solo Spidey movie.
Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige previously discussed the tone of the upcoming Spider-Man reboot, comparing it to the classic teen films of John Hughes. That’s a pretty high bar to set for the franchise, but an admirable aspiration all the same. It’s a challenge that director Jon Watts seems capable of taking on, and while we don’t know too much just yet about his plans, Watts has opened the door just a crack to give us a peek at what he has in store for Spidey.
Comic book fans know that Spider-Man has always been something of a wise-ass, cracking a lot of jokes while on his way to defeating Doctor Octopus or Mysterio. The laughs in the cinematic versions of Spider-Man have varied. The three Sam Raimi film captured the tone of the books, but were mostly light on laughs (emo Peter Parker notwithstanding). The two Amazing Spider-Man movies captured some of Spidey’s goofiness (remember when Spider-Man pulled Rhino’s pants down?), but tried to balance that with a humorless plot. The new Spider-Man reboot is still a few years off, but the writers of the film are at least talking a good game about making Spider-Man’s humor crucial to the plot.
It’s still a bit strange that we’re getting a third Spider-Man franchise already — the second reboot in three years, and the second reboot since Sam Raimi kicked off the franchise with 2002's Spider-Man. Following Marvel and Sony’s highly-anticipated deal to collaborate on the new reboot of the character, Raimi himself is weighing in with his thoughts on the deal and his faith in the future of Spidey.
ThreeA has long been crafting original figures and collectibles based on the art and designs of co-founder Ashley Wood, but in recent years, the company has expanded its reach with a variety of licenses in comics, animation and films. That essence of Wood's aesthetic is still ever present though, and his influence still informs the design sense for many of ThreeA's upcoming pieces.
At San Diego Comic-Con this year, the company went all out with a major presentation of its upcoming slate. Normally included as a small part of IDW's booth, ThreeA's installation this year was set up like an art show, and showed off a great deal of promising figures in a range of scales and sizes. With figures from Frederator and 2000 AD, as well as Marvel, it appears the company is finally ready to make a big splash in the market beyond its original works.