8 Spider-Mannerisms Peter Parker Must Carry Into the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Thursday, June 25, 2015 at 5:00 am


Well, the wait is finally over, as it was announced this week that Tom Holland will play our newest friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We've had a couple of bad Spidey films, a couple of great ones and one that sits squarely in the middle, depending on whom you ask. What we have not had, however, is a Spider-Man that totally reflects the many facets of Peter Parker's storied publication history. Raimi got the core of the character and Webb added some nice nuances, but we're going to need to dig a little deeper to get the web-slinger we truly deserve.

In honor of his namesake's eight limbs, here are eight mannerisms or character traits Peter Parker must bring with him on the precarious - and hopefully successful - leap to the MCU.

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New Comic Book Day: Back to the Comic Book Grind

Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 6:30 am

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I have a newfound respect for LYT after running the show for a couple of days. I'm generally pretty plugged into the nerdweb, but I felt a whole new level of pressure to...exist as an Internet-only being, I guess? And Jesus, the last time I woke up at 5 in the morning freaking out about Transformers, I was 10 and in my dream I had to grab my Ultra Magnus toy before the red dust got me. But enough toy-based dream therapy - we've got comics to read!

This week in comics, the only issues we're working through are comic issues. Let's start with...shit, Transformers.

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EXCLUSIVE REVEAL: Oni Press' Invader Zim #1 Newbury Comics Variant Cover

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 11:25 am

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The new Invader Zim comic from Jhonen Vasquez and Oni Press is coming on July 8th, and they've given TR an exclusive first look at the Newbury Comics variant cover to issue 1.

The comic picks up years after the end of the fan-favorite cartoon. Dib, the paranoid young conspiracy theorist who regularly stopped Zim's plans to take over Earth for his native Irk Empire, has been preparing for Zim's return since he disappeared. Written by Vasquez with art from Aaron Alexovich, the new series will have all the characters from the show back, especially GIR, Zim's pet robot and probably the best character from that entire era of Nick cartoons.

This variant cover is exclusive to Newbury Comics, but anyone can get Invader Zim #1 in shops or on ComiXology on July 8th.

New Spider-Man Director and Star Set: Tom Holland and Jon Watts

Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 9:39 am

Maybe Saoirse can be the new Gwen?

Dammit, I was really hoping for Asa Butterfield, but he probably commands too high a price now (Heroic Hollywood speculates that his being taller than Robert Downey Jr. didn't help, which sounds semi-plausible). And if you were casually reading the headline, I bet you were hoping for Child's Play's Tom Holland to be the director. No such luck. This Holland, who was often talked about in the same breath as Butterfield for the Peter Parker role, is perhaps best known stateside for his role in the World War III drama How I Live Now, while Watts, who has directed TV segments for The Onion and the Eli Roth-produced horror Clown, is a surprise choice to helm.

Both are such unknown quantities to me that it's tough to have an insta-opinion, so I'll just make one up: ARRRRGGGHHHLLEBLARRGGLE! THEY SUCK! THIS IS WORSE THAN HAVING MY EYEBALLS STABBED OUT BY ADAM SANDLER!

Or, you know, maybe not. Also, thank God the rumors of Jared Hess weren't true.

Michael Keaton to Produce & Star In Imagine Agents From BOOM! Studios

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 4:18 pm

BOOM! Studios

BOOM! Studios, as part of their SDCC run-up, announced today that Imagine Agents is coming to the big screen, produced by and starring Mr. Mom himself, Michael Keaton. More after the break.

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Aaron & Bachalo To Team Up On Dr. Strange

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 2:34 pm


To hell with you, SDCC. Marvel's gonna announce what they want to announce when they want to announce it, con season schedule be damned.

EW has the news that Post-Secret Wars, Marvel's got a new Dr. Strange series from Jason Aaron and Chris Bachalo coming. They have an interview with Aaron and editor Nick Lowe on their site. Head below the fold for more.

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Batman: Arkham Knight Launch Trailer

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 11:30 am

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WB and Rocksteady released the final trailer for Batman: Arkham Knight today. I'm really not going to be able to resist buying a PS4 for much longer. Video's after the fold.

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Weekend Wrap Up: F Yeah Skylynx.

Monday, June 22, 2015 at 3:15 am


I'm back!

We're negotiating LYT's return to the country with the authorities, and we hit a little snag, so I'm going to be your guide through the nine circles of nerddom for one more day. Hope you survive the experience!

After the jump, we'll have a brief roundup of a surprisingly busy weekend for nerd news, including a look at some of those new Transformers Hasbro announced at BotCon over the weekend.

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IDW to Publish Atomic Robo & The Ring of Fire

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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What good is getting a soapbox if I can't abuse it a little bit?

Great news on the comics/crowdfunding front - Atomic Robo & The Ring of Fire, the popular small press book that converted over to a free webcomic earlier this year, will be published in floppy format by IDW Publishing. More after the cut.

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Southern Bastards Coming To FX Question Mark?

Friday, June 19, 2015 at 10:11 am

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Deadline is reporting that Scott Rudin is developing Southern Bastards as a potential series for FX. In other news, I will finally be getting around to reading Southern Bastards this weekend. Because having every one of my friends, several professional acquaintances, half the Best of 2014 lists on the internet, all of Twitter and three people who work at my shop telling me isn't quite enough, but shit, now there's gonna be a TV show! Better get off my butt.