Category Archives: Comic Books

The Bat, The Cat, and The ?????

the-batman-villains-jonah-hill-riddler-penguin-comicbookcom-1188756-1280x0Now that Robert Pattinson has signed on to answer the bat-signal, it’s time to start filling out the rest of Gotham, and what better place to start than with one of the Batman’s closet allies, Commissioner Gordon. While many were expecting that we’d see J.K. Simmons’ return to the role after Justice League, but after that film’s underperformance, it looks like Gordon is getting put into the reboot machine as well, and now he’s being played by none other than Westworld‘s Jeffrey Wright. Read the rest of this entry

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Happy Homecoming, Spider-Man!

0085510c768c538b923ed422c2cef267c9d687b3And just like that, Spidey is back in the MCU.

In a surprising turn of events (okay, not THAT surprising), Sony and Marvel Studios have renegotiated their deal to keep Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the MCU for another two movies, and they’ve even got the third film on the schedule for 2021, a mere two years away. After nearly a month passing with the deal seemingly dying, many (myself included) resigned themselves to the fact that the deal was over and done with, and that we’d have to live with a Spidey in a post-MCU world. But it seems like cooler heads have prevailed (or at least realized how much money was being left on the table), and we’re going to get at least two more adventures with the wall-crawler. Read the rest of this entry

Spider-Man No More?

d1835fff38abe64c-600x338The Marvel Cinematic Universe could have a Spider-Man shaped hole in its future depending on how the current negotiations between Disney and Sony go. Naturally, this causes quite the dilemma for myself, your friendly neighborhood Spidey fan. It’s easy to point the fingers at Sony, given their less than stellar track record with the character prior to the MCU deal, but Disney’s not off the hook either, and it’s all thanks to the one foe that even Spider-Man may not be able to take down: Good old fashioned corporate greed! Read the rest of this entry

What To Do With The Merc With A Mouth In The House Of The Mouse

disney-deadpoolDisney and Marvel Studios are in a bit of a predicament. While much has been made (and celebrated) about the studios’ purchase of Fox and all their properties, there’s one property from Fox that has been met with a lot of confusion: Deadpool. The Unabashedly hard R franchise has done gangbusters business for Fox, but, under the new ownership it’s struggling to find its place. Disney and Marvel know a sure hit when they see it (hell, they just need to see the box office for Deadpool and the sequel), but at the same time, they finally have the use of the Marvel characters that Fox was using, and they want to put them into the MCU mega machine. So what’s a studio to do with a character as unabashedly profane as Deadpool?

Well, the answer is probably a lot simpler than you think. Read the rest of this entry

First Impressions: Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order

Marvel_Ultimate_Alliance_3.0.jpgThe original Marvel Ultimate Alliance game is one of my all time favorite video games, so the news that the Nintendo Switch would be getting Marvel Ultimate Alliance 3: The Black Order as a system exclusive was extremely exciting to me. After a decade without this type of game (and after a lackluster sequel was released), I was overflowing with hype around the game. Would it rekindle the feeling I had when the first game was released? Would I find myself doing multiple play throughs with different team combinations like the first game? As I near the end of the story mode of the game, I can confidently say that all signs are pointing to yes. Read the rest of this entry

So Long And Thanks For All The Walkers!

01.0Something happened that many thought never would: Robert Kirkman’s pop culture behemoth, The Walking Dead, is ending. Read the rest of this entry

“I’m Batman…. At Thirty”

MV5BMjA3MzI3NjI2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTgwMjIzNjEwMzE@._V1_SY1000_CR0,0,1512,1000_AL_.jpgTim Burton’s Batman did a lot of things. It changed the cultural landscape for superhero films, proved that Michael Keaton could be more than Mr. Mom, and kickstarted a whole new generation of comic book movies. It was also one of the first movies I remember watching over and over again, to the point where I almost burnt out the VHS tape it was on. As the movie hits the 30 year mark, I wanted to take a look back at a movie that stands as not only one of my all-time favorites, but one of my first instances of seeing a comic book brought to life as a movie. Read the rest of this entry

The Rise of Battinson

s0rRXNiAfter some unverified reports a few weeks ago, we can finally confirm who our next Batman will be. After months of speculation, the next Dark Knight is none other than Robert Pattinson, the man made famous thanks to the Twilight Saga. It’s a surprising development, but one that I’m pretty intrigued by, and no one is more surprised by that statement than myself. Read the rest of this entry

The Bat and The Cat

indexAny time a creative team is taken off a book early, it’s bad. But when news hit that Tom King would be leaving Batman with issue 85, twenty issues before his planned run was ready to end, it was near catastrophic. The acclaimed, Eisner-award winning writer behind Marvel’s Vision and the recent Miracle Man miniseries had done wonders with the Dark Knight, and it seemed like King was still going to have free range to finish out the story that he wanted to tell on the title. But now, that’s changed, and DC and King himself are making this seem like it’s similar to Grant Morrison’s run on the character, which spanned the initial Batman series before moving into it’s own title, Batman, Inc. But I’m not entirely sure that’s the case. Read the rest of this entry

The Mysterio Multiverse

spidermanWe’ve got a new look at Spider-Man: Far From Home in the latest trailer, but one of the biggest revelations isn’t just how the MCU has moved on from the heroic sacrifice in Avengers: Endgame. No, it’s the fact that Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck (aka Mysterio) is apparently from an alternate Earth. According to the exposition from Nick Fury, Thanos’ “snap”, or one of the other ones, caused a few portals to open in the MCU, causing Beck and the Elemental creatures he and Spidey will fight to arrive on our Earth. It’s an interesting spin to the Mysterio character, and could pave the way for the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to make their way into the MCU proper.

If it were true. Read the rest of this entry