The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Denis Leary is in final talks to join the cast of the new Spider-Man movie playing Captain George Stacy. We know that Captain Stacy dies in a battle between Spider-Man and Doctor Octopus, but with all the changes going on in the reboot, one wonders if he’s going to bite the bullet or not.
Marvel says it is proud to announce the Death of Spider-Man, which actually seems rather morbid than exciting. The story that promises to change the Ultimate (Comics) universe forever will be written by Brian Michael Bendis and Mark Millar. Fans of Ultimate (Comics) Spider-Man won’t have to wait long for the event to occur as I’m told the arc kicks off in Ultimate Spider-Man #153. Those of you who are following the Ultimate (Comics) Spider-Man series may be scratching your head, as Ultimate (Comics) Spider-Man is currently at issue #15. Remember kids, Marvel is changing the number of issue #16, BACK to the old USM numbering, though they are still keeping the Comics in the banner, even though you won’t see it on the cover.
Confused? Don’t be, as Bendis said this will be an event no one has ever seen before.
“As a group and as individuals we have made a conscious effort to create stories this year that no one has ever seen before,” said Bendis. “I am very, very proud to be a part of this storyline and very proud of Marvel for even attempting such a bold endeavor. Sit back and watch as we unveil a storyline unlike any other!!”
An original story in an Ultimate Spider-Man arc would be rather cool, but I wonder when Doomsday will show up?
Millar added, “This is the biggest, boldest thing we’ve attempted in the ten years since we kicked this line off. This is the one thing that could be bigger than the CREATION of the Ultimate line and it’s great to be a part of it. Being part of something like this is a once in a lifetime opportunity and soon you’ll all get to read the story we’ve written for you, This should be up there with the very small number of events that really mattered. This is going to be big.”
The Death of Spider-Man kicks off in February in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man #153 and #154. And even though Marvel said they were going to lower prices, these issues will be $3.99 each.
Even though I’ve dabbled in the Marvel Universe from time to time, the announcement that Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos would be taking over the creative duties on The Amazing Spider-Man had me interested enough to seek out the issue, eager to read. So will I continue to put the title on my list, or will I retreat back to my Ultimate (Comics) Only Stance?
When Columbia Pictures reboots Spider-Man, Peter is going to need an Aunt May and Uncle Ben to give him some balance in his life. The rumor mill and insider reporting have been working overtime to dig up these two bits of casting news. First is the news that Martin Sheen is in final talks to play Uncle Ben. Sheen has always been a bit of a hard-ass character, so it will be interesting to see his take on the warm and wise Uncle Ben.
The other rumor has Sally Field being offered the role of Aunt May. If both of these rumors play out to be truths, then Columbia Pictures found a way to bring in the fans that span the ages – the old geezers that remember young Sheen and Field in the 60s and 70s, and the young kids who want to check out Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Rhys Ifans.
Hey, remember the 90s? When every comic was part of a crossover, every hero had a gun bigger than his head and every villain had a body count in the triple digits? If so, you probably still have some nostalgia for Carnage. How does the crimson symbiote’s new miniseries stack up?
Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios have announced that Emma Stone has been cast as Gwen Stacy in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. Stone will play opposite Andrew Garfield, the new Peter Parker.
“The chemistry between Andrew and Emma was stunning and made Emma the clear choice. At the heart of the story of Peter Parker is not only the amazing Spider-Man, but also an ordinary teenager who is wondering what he has to do to get the girl. Andrew and Emma will bring everything audiences expect to these roles, but also make them their own. Much to my surprise, it was fun to find out that our choice for Gwen (Emma) is also a natural blonde,” said director Marc Webb.
Spider-Man begins production in December and hits theaters on July 3, 2012.
For the past year, I have avoided the Amazing Spider-Man title, having heard from all corners of my local comic book shop that it was more than lacklustre. My hopes for the book were re-kindled, however, when I saw that Mark Waid was to write it. Has Waid delivered his usual high standards of writing? Find out after the jump!