This week on the Major Spoilers Podcast, Rodrigo is back, Michael Douglas is Ant-Man, so where is The Wasp? Also, is there a time limit for the death and return of characters?

Michael Douglas is Hank Pym!

Writer: Stuart Moore
Artist: Gus Storms
Publisher: Image Comics
A twisted far-future epic! An aging hero risks everything to rebuild his former team – but to do so, he must cross a line with his wife that can’t be uncrossed.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Writer: Eric Trautmann, Brandon Jerwa
Artist: Agnes Garbowska
Publisher: Dynamite Entertainment
Welcome to Stoker, Maine, the most normal, boring town in the world. Or is it? There are sea serpents roaming the docks, a mummy in the town hall. And a gaggle of ghouls and goblins just devoured the breakfast cereal aisle at the local Shop-O-Mart. Who is behind this monstrous rampage? And can it be stopped? When there are spooks afoot and arcane mysteries to be solved, it’s time for Vampirella-teen scourge of the supernatural-to crack the case! And if that isn’t enough, each Li’l book comes with a two-page activity sheet and a “Pantha” comic strip by Brandon and Orion Jerwa and Agnes Garbowska!

Rating: ★★★½☆

Writer: Victor Gischler
Artist: Juan Ferreyra
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Barnabus Black infiltrates the werewolf mafia’s mansion, only to be overtaken by an army of angry monsters, a dangerous wizard, and their werewolf godfather!

Rating: ★★½☆☆

Major Spoilers Poll of the Week
I have been working with friend of Major Spoilers, and artist extraordinaire, Thomas Perkins (Ben 10, Green Lantern, Beware The Batman) on new merchandise based on the Critical Hit: A Dungeons and Dragons Podcast. Thomas designed all of the characters for the Critical Hit shirts currently being sold through /Loot, and we want to do something more with those designs. Fortunately, we know some people who do 3D modeling, and have access to a 3D printer. Do you see where this is going?

What Critical Hit character do you want turned into a statue first?

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Life and death of characters (Peter Parker’s Return)
Magic: The Gathering – The Movie
Wally West returns in April

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  1. I want to first apologize because I’m not all that knowledgeable when it comes to comics but when listening to the podcast I had an idea and how Michael Douglas and Paul Rudd could BOTH be Ant-Man.

    The Captain America Marvel Cinematic Universe Character appears in movies during two drastically different time periods. The first movie, Captain America: The First Avenger takes place in the 1940s. Then in The Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier he is in the modern day. Could they not say that Ant-Man was an Avenger, say back in the 60s? 70s?

    If Hank Pym will be around Michael Douglas’ age (I believe 69 or 70?) then roll him back 40-50 years and he’s 20-30. Then like Rodrigo mentioned you have it be an almost Batman Beyond relationship between Hank Pym and whoever Paul Rudd is supposed to be. Hell, they could even make two separate Ant-Man movie characters. Have the Paul Rudd character and then shoot a movie taking place with Hank Pym as Ant-Man. Just cast someone who vaguely resembles Michael Douglas. Then you can include The Wasp in those movies.

    Just my two cents which might be wrong since I’ve just started getting into comics. Would love to hear any of your thoughts on it. Also a separate question I would be interesting in hearing you guys discuss; is there any possibility that the current Marvel Cinematic Universe is headed towards the Civil War storyline? Sorry if you have discussed it before, but I understand that Marvel had Three Phases planned for the movies and we’re in the midst/beginning of Phase Two. Would Civil War not work because of the absence of Spiderman?

  2. On the subject of the figures: I suggest that the bases interlock around a 6th figure: The statue the Torqletones have promised Smith they will one day build! (if you use a hex bases everyone will fit rather nicely…)

  3. Two points about Wally West…

    1) Ironically, I’ve noticed a lot of new fans gravitating to him over Barry by watching either “Young Justice” or the “Justice League” cartoons, which was released in its entirety on Netflix. And building off of that . . .

    2) I can’t help but wonder if DC’s reason for bringing back Wally isn’t that much different for Marvel’s bringing back Peter Parker. Like you said, there’s a Flash TV show coming soon, and I’m betting Wally West will eventually appear, much like Roy Harper now plays a big role on “Arrow”. I just hope DC doesn’t waste the appearances of fan-favorites like Wally West and Stephanie Brown now that they finally have them in place.

  4. I smell a lovetriangel in the Ant-Man movie.
    The old intelligent Hank – Not so old Janet – New and exiting Scott.
    I dont think Im goint to like it. But I call it.

  5. How long is too long for a character to come back from the dead? However long it takes for a comparable fan base to develop for that character’s successor. Wally West is a great example in this discussion, because there are many fans who identify more with Wally than with Barry. This might not have been a problem if Barry had come back in addition to Wally, but for Barry to displace Wally was a poor decision.

    In contrast take a look at Green Lantern. Every time they replace Green Lantern, it seems that the new Lantern becomes just as popular, if not more so, than Hal. But they find a way to adapt John Stewart, Guy Gardner, and even eventually Kyle Rainer to keep them in the universe. Similarly, when Bruce came back, Dick went back to being Nightwing.

    Anyway, I was supposed to be discussing how long is too long for death, not rambling about my bias toward Wally. When your audience identifies more with the new character than the old, you may have lost your window. Looking at the (likely) upcoming Justice League movie, there is going to be a large contingent of fans (many from the JLU cartoon especially) that are going to expect the Flash to be a smart aleck, brash, and somewhat inexperienced hero. Barry may be a real shock to this audience. The same audience may be confused as to why John Stewart is not GL.

    I started reading GL in the seventies, and as much as I like Hal, I would still prefer John Stewart in the movie. I could live with Barry as the Flash, personally, but that’s only because I hold out hope that Wally will be a part of the Teen Titans movie based on the Perez/Wolfman New Teen Titans team from the 80s run, although with Dick already being Nightwing in the movie version.

    I should probably end this ramble now before I discuss how Stephen should do a Critical Hit Kickstarter for statues and minis of the entire cast…

  6. Up until a few years ago a short novel can with each fat pack of Magic cards. My favorite story line is probably the three from the Time Spiral block. I read these without having read any of the other books and was subsequently drawn into the other books. If you were to read any I would recommend these before anything else.

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