Face it tiger, you just hit the big screen (again).
According to The Wrap, actress Zendaya is playing the iconic Marvel character Mary Jane Watson in 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Nowadays, casting reveals are almost always going to generate a heated debate online (even though the best course of action is to wait until we at least have some legitimate footage of the person’s performance), but in this case, it’s already causing some very ugly conversations. In the comics, Mary Jane Watson is a Caucasian with red hair, and Zendaya is *gasp* biracial and isn’t a redhead. #NotMyMJ! Is that what truly matters, though? From what I’ve seen, the conversation is focused on ethnicity, but the real question is, can she do Mary Jane Watson’s personality justice?
Article by Gregg Katzman (and excellent Kraven pic by Skottie Young)
Marvel has a lot of interesting villains. From cosmic heavy-hitters like Thanos to criminal masterminds like the Kingpin, there are a lot of foes who are full of story potential. But, believe it or not, my favorite fiend is one of Spider-Man’s longtime enemies: Sergei Kravinoff, a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter – okay, I guess it’s probably not that hard to believe if you’ve read the title of the article. In fact, I like the guy so much that this is my second time writing about why I think he deserves a comic – the reason is different this time around, though – and, I kid you not, I recently bought myself a bust of the character as an early wedding gift for myself!
To some, Kraven’s a man in a silly costume that occasionally gets punched in the face by Spidey. But to me, he’s a more complex villain – a man who clearly isn’t a good guy (despite technically once being an Avenger!), but he still has his own code of honor. He’s not the kind of guy who wants to blow up a city or take over the world – his stories are smaller in scale and character-driven. He simply wants to be proud of himself and his family. He wants them to be courageous, strong, and able to overcome any obstacle in their way. But what if he wanted to change his ways and use his talents for something more noble? The latest issue of Howard the Duck has placed Kraven on the path to becoming an antihero, and now it’s up to Marvel to capitalize on this story! Yes, the comic focused on being a hilarious comedy, but there’s a legitimately awesome possibility with the character here!
This week, Ted and Gavin are joined by Actor/Artist/Writer and friend of the store Tony Wolf. They chat his autobiographical Greenpoint series, as well as the new Captain America Civil War trailer, Spider-Man’s emote eyes, the new event series based on Vivek Tiwary’s The Fifth Beatle graphic novel, the Black Canary EP and of course, top picks!
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I admit, I wasn’t too overly-excited going in to watch the new Civil War trailer. We’re getting close enough now to the release that trailers risk spoiling their own films (or at least being edited in such a way that it seems as such), but it was trending and, as a comics nerd, I felt it was my duty to stay on top of such things.
Quite a treat located right at the museum’s entrance!
If you’re reading this article, then the odds are pretty good you’re at least somewhat interested in comic books! If so, we’re happy to say that walking through the New York Historical Society’s Superheroes in Gotham exhibit is something we absolutely recommend! It really doesn’t matter if you’re brand new to the medium, a casual fan of superheroes, or a longtime mega fan, because the exhibit has something for everyone to appreciate. From a detailed spotlight of popular characters’ earliest moments, to an insightful look at how the characters took over popular culture, the exhibit is not only educational, but also a ton of fun! Oh, and we can’t help but love the fact they have one of the Batmobiles from the classic 1966 Batman show right at the museum’s entrance!