The Guardians of the Galaxy will have their hands full this November when they travel to a planet inhabited entirely by symbiotes! Earlier today, Marvel announced the release of an upcoming Guardians of the Galaxy story arc entitled “Planet of the Symbiotes.” Brian Michael Bendis is set to write this three issue arc in collaboration with an artist new to the title, Valerio Schiti.
Since the Venom symbiote’s comic book debut in 1984, this is the first time that fans will get a look at its history and origin beyond the original Spiderman story.
“I looked it up and I was like no, there’s been a planet we’ve seen taken over by symbiotes, but have we not seen the planet of the symbiotes?” Bendis said. “I called [Marvel Senior Vice President Of Publishing] Tom Brevoort, I go, could it be that even in the craziness of the ’90s when it was Venom, Venom, Venom every five seconds, that this story has not been told? And he goes, yeah we’ve never been there. And I’m like, now I have to do it! It’s crazy.”
Now I know what you’re thinking, “This sounds like an awesome story for the big screen! Guardians of the Galaxy 2, maybe?!” Yes, this would make an awesome Hollywood movie. Unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. At least not in the near future.
Marvel’s summer blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy is still doing well in the box office, and Sony has a Venom movie in the works. But as of now, “Planet of the Symbiotes” wouldn’t fly in the cinematic universe because different studios own the rights to the different characters.
“At least for now, the legality of copyright and trademark would make certain storylines impossible in the movies,” Bendis told MTV News, the outlet that broke this news. “I like doing it for the comics!”
I, for one, am excited to see the direction that Bendis will take this story. Venom is my favorite Spiderman villain, and I’d love to learn more about his origin and backstory.
The symbiotic goodness begins with “Guardians of the Galaxy #21″ in November. Make sure to pick up your copy when it hits the shelves.
There’s a good chance that by now you’ve seen the teaser image of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. And if you’re anything like me, you may have nearly spit out your morning coffee the first time you saw the picture.
Yep, this version of Wonder Woman is coffee-spitting good, and it’s making me even more excited for Batman v. Superman. Our favorite Amazonian princess is finally getting some time to shine on the big screen and her character design is outstanding! The boots, the bracelets, the weapons… Everything about her costume just works. The pieces all come together to make an incredible ensemble.
Personally, I think this costume does justice (no pun intended) to Wonder Woman’s true essence. It has hints of the classic comic book design, while still fitting in with Zack Snyder’s gritty universe. Gadot is not overly sexualized in this costume, but she still maintains an aura of that special brand of Wonder Woman sexual magnetism.
But the thing I like most about this Wonder Woman is she is tough. The dark color scheme and rigid metal features of her costume help to emphasize her strength. There is nothing more infuriating to me than artists and directors portraying Wonder Woman as weak. Diana is a warrior, an Amazon, and one of the toughest characters in the DC universe! This costume hits the nail on the head in terms of getting that point across.
My one small criticism is that Gadot is not very muscular in this image. I would like to see her bulk up a little bit before the actual filming starts (after all, Wonder Woman is an Amazon!), but overall I’m very satisfied with this character design.
What do you think about the new Wonder Woman? Leave your opinion in the comments section below!
Why does Batman do what he does? Why does he throw himself out into the night only to be rewarded with bruised ribs and torn flesh? There must be a reason. There must be a rationale that justifies his pain, sacrifice, and unrelenting commitment. Some say that it was the tragic experience of witnessing his parents’ murder that caused Bruce Wayne to take up the cape and cowl. Or that it was the evil and decrepit nature of his city that drove him toward desperation.
But I like to think of things a little differently. To me, it wasn’t the evil in Gotham that lead Mr. Wayne to become Batman, it was the good stuff. The people. The history. The culture. Bruce took a long hard look at his city, and he found something worth fighting for.
Today is the 75th anniversary of Batman’s first appearance in comic books. Throughout the years, Batman has established himself as one of the most popular superheroes in the world. Every day more and more people across the globe are falling in love withe the caped crusader. And I’ll be the first to admit that I’m one of them.
He is my favorite comic book character, and in my opinion the greatest super hero of all time. What is it that makes him that great? Easy. He’s so damn relatable. We look into his dark eyes, and we can’t help but see a piece of ourselves. From the child dressed in a Batsuit for Halloween, to the weekend-warrior with a Batman t-shirt stuffed in his gym bag, we have all fantasized about what it would be like to be Batman.
Well, ladies and gentlemen, here’s your chance.
All over the world, cities and towns just like Gotham need your help. Local businesses play a huge role in the economic and cultural development of a city. Unfortunately these local establishments often get ignored. Instead of buying from a local bookstore, people will get their books online. Instead of eating at a local sub shop, people will hit-up the McDonald’s drive-through.
I’m here to tell you that buying local and supporting local small businesses is incredibly important. Yes, it may cost you a few extra dollars for your dry cleaning, but the benefits that your support has on your hometown are priceless.
Not sure where to start? Hundreds of local comic book shops and book stores across the country are offering free promotional items today in honor of Batman’s anniversary. Find a participating store close to you and check it out! Get some free stuff and while you’re there, maybe think about buying something that catches your eye.
If Batman has taught us anything, it’s that it only takes one person to change the world. Get out there and be like Batman. Stand-up for your city!
That’s right! It’s a battle between two genetically-modified super dudes with cool masks. One was bitten by a radioactive spider, and the other is a product of secret government experimentation.
Deathstroke’s extensive arsenal of weaponry and brutal tactics are sure the push the web-slinger to his limits in this fight, but Spidey has a few tricks of his own. The one-eyed mercenary is gunning for your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man in today’s match up! Here’s the scenario:
Norman Osborn is desperate. His experimental prototypes at Oscorp are all failing due to intervention by Spider-Man and he is losing millions of dollars. In his desperation, he hires a high-end mercenary named Deathstorke to eliminate Spider-Man. Deathstroke puts together a plan to confront his target on the rooftops of New York City.
Spider-Man is arguably the most popular character of the Marvel Universe. And there’s a reason for that, he’s a pretty darn good comic book character. One of the best there is and ever was, in my humble opinion. Whether it’s his sassy retorts or his rich (sometimes tragic) backstory, there is just something special about Spidey.
Spider-Man has a laundry list of awesome powers such as super strength, speed, and agility. But beyond the basics, he also has the ability to stick to most surfaces, web shooters that deploy strong webbing, and a ‘spider sense’ that alerts him of incoming danger. Pretty cool, right?
There is no doubt that Spider-Man is awesome. But his opponent in this fight is also awesome. Of course I’m talking about Deathstroke, aka Slade Wilson.
Weapons expert, master tactician, genetically modified super soldier… Okay, so maybe that last one sounds more like Captain America, but my point is there are a lot of ways to describe Deathstroke. And I think the most accurate description is “a pure badass.” He’s a master of combat and strategy, primarily working as a mercenary. He’s a gun for hire who is very good at what he does. For example, Deathstroke single-handedly took down a full team of Justice Leaguers in the popular story Identity Crisis.
But Deathstroke has never had an opportunity to go one-on-one with Spider-Man. If he did get the chance, here’s how I think it would go down:
Spider-Man is web swinging across the New York skyline for his nightly patrol. It’s been a quiet night for him so far, just a couple of muggers on the Lower East Side. Then he notices an eerie orange glow in the distance. Spidey rushes towards the disturbance and is shocked to see the top two floors of the Daily Bugle engulfed in flames! He shoots a web and thrusts himself towards the blaze. Deathstroke is poised on the top level of an office building adjacent to the Bugle. Like a moth to a flame, his prey draws nearer to the trap. Spider-Man makes one final jump towards an open window, and as he does Deathstroke hits the switch on a remote actuator. Suddenly, an explosion tears through the interior of the building. The force of the blast throws Spider-Man backward and he finds himself falling towards the street.
Spidey shoots a quick web and pulls himself back to the building. A burst of energy tingles his spine and his spider sense starts going berserk. Spider-Man’s instinct leads him to dive to the right. And as he does, a .50 caliber slug from a sniper rifle shatters the brick behind him. Spider-Man uses his web shooters to catapult himself towards the sniper. Deathstroke quickly draws his sword.
Spider-Man jumps through the shattered glass window, and Deathstroke cuts him across his back. Spidey retaliates with a few acrobatic kicks to Deathstroke’s center mass. Deathstroke tries to swing his weapon again, but Spider-Man webs it to the floor. This makes Deathstroke increasingly more frustrated and he swings at Spider-Man with a wild blow. Seeing his opportunity, Spider-Man dodges the blow and hits Deathstroke with a glob of webbing. A swift kick send the incapacitated Deathstroke out the broken window, and one final web leaves him hanging by his ankles over the New York street.
Spider-Man is faster, stronger, and more agile than Deathstroke, so he gets the win. He also has spider sense, which would be extremely helpful for telegraphing Deathstroke’s attacks. And his web shooters are great for incapacitating his opponents! The only way I could see Deathstroke winning is if he completely understood the opponent he was dealing with and had time to come up with a plan. But even in that case, I think Spider-Man would have the edge.
Who do you think would win this fight? Would Deathstroke’s tactical planning and marksmanship be enough to take down Spider-Man, or do you think he bit off more than he could chew with the wall-crawler? Leave a comment below!
On this morning’s episode of The View, Marvel Comics released some big news. Popular comic book character Thor is being replaced by a female predecessor! It is still unclear as to whether character change will take place in an all new title, Thor: God of Thunder, or a different project.
The only thing we do know is that Thor will make a foolish mistake, and that will cause him to lose his hammer. He is no longer worthy of wielding Mjolnir (his magical hammer), so he must pass it on to a female character. The identity of the new character is unknown. It is rumored that she is someone who Thor saved in the past, so she chooses to model her own identity as a superhero after him. She will even keep the name ‘Thor’ despite her gender.
More to come on this breaking story as details emerge!
Update: The new character is part of a brand new series simply titled Thor. Marvel’s “Thor #1” will debut in October, from the creative team Jason Aaron and Russell Dauterman.
Both Wonder Woman and Red Hulk are powerhouse superheroes who possess incredible strength. If these two ended up fighting, the collateral damage from the battle would be massive! But the real question is, who would emerge as the champion?
I always get excited when I think about two super-strong dudes (and lady dudes) smashing each other! Imagine this scenario:
Ares is becoming weak. To fuel his power generated through conflict, he teleports a host of monsters onto the beaches of Themyscira. Red Hulk just so happens to get caught in the teleportation and ends up in Themyscira. As the Amazon forces battle the other monsters, Wonder Woman squares off against the hulking red creature.
The reason that I like this particular match up is both of these heroes are very stubborn in their own way. Take Red Hulk, for example. As Thunderbolt Ross, he was a military man obsessed with eliminating the Hulk. Why? His hatred for the Hulk is rooted in an even deeper obsession within himself. He is obsessed with power.
Even after he achieves ultimate power and becomes Red Hulk, it still isn’t enough. Jeph Loeb wrote a story arc where Red Hulk goes on a rampage and steals the power cosmic from Silver Surfer. But I must admit, that whole series was way out of character for Red Hulk, and he was written to be overpowered. The Loeb force Red Hulk is not the version of the character in this fight.
So he doesn’t have the power cosmic, but Red Hulk is still very powerful! He has superhuman strength, stamina, and durability. This guy is a Hulk, which means he is very, very strong. Red Hulk has gone toe-to-toe with some heavy hitters like Thor, A-bomb, and Green Hulk.
That’s an impressive list. Princess Diana has her hands full with this fight. On the other hand, she has also gone up against some heavy hitters of her own, guys like Doomsday, Ares, and even Superman.
Wonder Woman is by far my favorite female superhero. She has superhuman strength and speed, enhanced senses, and the ability to fly. She can react fast enough to deflect bullets with her impenetrable bracelets, and she has an indestructible lasso that can force opponents to tell the truth.
When it comes to strength, I think Red Hulk has the upper hand. He is probably stronger than Wonder Woman, but Diana has additional powers that could level the playing field. One thing is for sure, it would definitely be a close fight!
Red Hulk looks around, surveying the area. Somehow he has been transported to a forest, and there is what looks like a city in the distance. Red Hulk uses his powerful leg muscles to jump high into the air, heading toward the city. Suddenly, something hits him hard and he is sent hurtling back towards the ground. Wonder Woman is hovering above him as Red Hulk comes to his senses. She calls out a warning, offering the beast one chance to leave her home before she makes him leave. Red Hulk responds to her offer by uprooting a massive oak tree and striking Wonder Woman with it. She is smacked out of the air and hits the ground hard. Red Hulk pounces on top of her and begins to strike her violently, beating a crater into the earth. Wonder Woman calls to Gaea for strength and manages to kick Red Hulk off. She then summons all her strength and hits Red Hulk directly in the spine. The force of the blow causes him to fall to the ground, and as he does Wonder Woman loops her lasso around his throat. Red Hulk thrashes his limbs and struggles for breath, but Wonder Woman is able to hold the lasso firm. Red Hulk’s oxygen is cut off and he slowly slips into unconsciousness.
Winner: Wonder Woman!
I said that I thought Red Hulk was stronger than Wonder Woman, but it’s not by much! Wonder Woman is one of the strongest heroes in the entire DC Universe, and even if Red Hulk is stronger, she has enough supplemental powers and weaponry to more than make up the difference. This would be a long, tiring battle that would drain a lot from the Amazon, but I believe she would come out on top.
Who do you think would win? Do you agree that Diana has the power needed to take down a hulk, or would Red Hulk’s strength prove to be too much for her? Tell me your opinion in the comments section below!
DC Comics and MTV News just announced that a new creative team will take over the Batgirl title in October. I wish that I could say I’m a fan of the new direction, but unfortunately, I have some issues with it. Fan-favorite writers Cameron Stewart and Brenden Fletcher joined artist Babbs Tarr to create a drastic revamp of a classic character.
The goal behind this revamp is to re-invent Batgirl as a lighter, happy-go-lucky character. Apparently, she’s set to break-off all of her previous connections in Gotham, move to a hip/trendy neighborhood, and “live the life of a young, single girl in the city.” My inner fanboy is weeping.
But before I get to the criticism, let me just say that I am 100% in favor of the movement to get the younger female demographic interested in comics. The joy of comics should be given to everyone, and young girls do need strong female characters that they can look up to! What I’m not happy about, however, is one of my favorite characters in all of comic book history getting carelessly wiped-out like a discarded drawing on an Etch-A-Sketch.
Overall, I don’t like the art style but there are a few things that I do like about the new character design. This version of Batgirl features a much more practical costume with a leather jacket as opposed to spandex and combat boots as opposed to heels. On the other hand, I find the artwork overtly juvenile. I’m usually not a fan of comics that are drawn to resemble doodles in a high school art student’s notebook.
Rumor has it that Barbara will make this new costume herself out of items she finds at various vintage boutiques and thrift stores. I guess I can see the folksy, light-hearted charm, but the problem is Batgirl isn’t really a folksy, light-hearted character. She’s gritty and dark, and that’s what makes her so interesting. She is (or at least was) a shining example of determination and unrelenting will, with a splash of vengeance. Think about it: Barbara has seen her friends and family members die, she witnessed her own brother become a mass murderer, she has been beaten and tortured countless times, not to mention she was put through all the events of Alan Moore’s The Killing Joke… Oh and did I forget to mention that she was paralyzed for years, but still managed to fight for good despite of her handicap!
That’s the character I want to read about, not little miss trendy’s adventures in Gotham city.
The new creative team will start their run with a fire burning all of Barbara’s previous possessions. I think that’s an accurate symbolic representation of the new direction; all of Batgirl’s great history and character development going up in smoke.
Like I said, it’s great that the industry is recognizing the younger female demographic and writing heroes for them. It’s just a shame that DC had to destroy one of my favorite characters in the process.
The World Cup is a great opportunity for different nations of the world to come together and engage in multiculturalism, sportsmanship, and overall unity… unless your team gets knocked-out by Belgium with a heartbreaking loss in extra time. That was a hard loss to take. Still, I can’t help but wonder what might have happened if the United States had a few superheroes on the roster.
In today’s post I’m picking 11 heroes that I think would make the perfect World Cup team. My picks are all coming from the Marvel comics universe, and they must all be United States citizens.
Team Captain: Captain America Cap is an obvious choice for my team. His speed, strength, agility, and strategic skills make him an incredible athlete and competitor as is, but he also has the fiercest leadership skills out there. Can you imagine the pep-talks he would give in the locker room? With Cap as team captain, all of the players would be sure to give 110%.
Hawkeye Hawkeye’s marksmanship earns him a spot on this team. He is able to use various weapons with pinpoint accuracy, so his shots on goal would be very accurate.
Spider-Man I think that Spider-Man is a good pick because he’s another fast and agile character. Also, his spider-sense might allow him to know where the ball was going and if it was coming his way.
Iron Fist Iron Fist is a martial arts expert. This means that he has incredible speed, balance and agility. He’s also accustomed to using his legs for kung-fu kicks. Kicking a soccer ball would be easy for him.
Cloak Teleporters have the potential to change the game. Because Cloak can teleport, he could be anywhere on the field in a matter of seconds.
Hank Pym His Pym Particles let Hank Pym become Giant Man and grow to massive sizes. This means he could cover the entire distance of the field in a matter of seconds. It would also make him a tough defender.
Quicksilver (naturalized citizen)
So Quicksilver wasn’t technically born in the United States, so he is not technically a US citizen. However, I’m still including him on the list because he has naturalized US citizenship according to Marvel Wiki. And naturalized citizens are allowed to play for their new countries in the World Cup. Quicksilver is one of the fastest heroes in the Marvel universe, that fact alone gets him a spot on my team.
Invisible woman What?! A woman on the World Cup team? Yup. Actually, I picked a few lovely ladies for the team. Gender is not an issue when we’re talking about about superheroes with this much power, and the Invisible Woman’s power is especially useful in this case. Think about it. She can become invisible and therefore be anywhere on the field. She can also put up invisible force-fields for defense and turn the ball invisible.
Jean Grey My team needs a telepath, and Jean Grey is one of the strongest ones ever. She would be able to telepathically communicate with her teammates. She also has telekinetic abilities, which would give her great control over the ball.
Blink Blink is another teleporter. But hey, you can never have too many teleporters! What attracted me to her character is she has the ability to throw teleportation portals like javelins. So if she could hit the ball with one of these javelins, she could teleport it into the opponent’s goal.
Goalkeeper: Mr. Fantastic Mr. Fantastic can contort and stretch his body to any shape. His stretchy abilities make him the perfect goalie. Just try and get one past a man who can make his body the exact size and dimensions of the goal!
So there you have it, that’s my team! And I think the US would stand a much better chance in the World Cup with a few of these guys on the roster. Who would you pick for your team? Maybe someone could put together a superhero roster for a different country’s team. Canada could be interesting…
Like always, let me know what you think in the comments section below.
Horrific, disgusting, monstrous, powerful, and incredibly dangerous. His name is Venom, and he is one of Spider-Man’s most fascinating enemies. Venom originally started out as a replacement costume idea for Spidey, but he soon developed into a living nightmare that would terrorized the web-slinger for decades.
Throughout the years, Venom has become a popular favorite among Spider-Man fanatics. And for good reason! The depth of this character is cavernous. He has everything that a great comic book villain needs: an awesome costume, incredible powers, and a really cool name. But he also has something more that I think sets him apart as an absolutely stunning character. Venom’s entire character is driven by a powerful yet hidden metaphor.
To me, Venom is the personification of addiction.
The story of Venom is the story of an addict succumbing to his darkest desires and then struggling against the evil that his addiction creates. Like a black ooze, addiction clings to its prey, slowly at first, until it completely consumes the victim. It is like a parasite that will not release its hold. Even if you do manage to struggle free from addiction, it will take a piece of who you are and who you could have been.
The parallels to Venom’s character are uncanny. He is the black ooze that clings to your flesh like a thick tar. And just like an addiction, he becomes your worst nightmare. Yourself, completely out of control.
It’s an interesting thought. Consider this, the villain that scares Spider-Man the most is an imprint of his former self. Venom doesn’t alert Spider-Man’s spider-sense. That fact alone is terrifying! And the only explanation for this is Venom is a living part of Spider-Man, a dark part that serves as a constant memento to a time when Spider-Man was addicted to power.
With great power comes great responsibility. Venom is the result of Spider-Man’s addiction to great power.
What’s better than one sidekick brought back from the dead as an antihero? Two sidekicks brought back from the dead as antiheroes! This match-up features the Winter Soldier against the Red Hood.
These two characters are somewhat similar in their skills and abilities, which means that this fight is going to be a good one! I want to thank Gamer Ramble for suggesting this match-up. If there are any specific fights you would like to see, let me know in the comments section.
Here’s the scenario for this fight: Both Winter Soldier and Red Hood are contracted to take out an unidentified target. Little do they know that the contracts are actually a set-up for them to take out each other! They both arrive at an abandoned warehouse where a deadly confrontation ensues. Red Hood is armed with dual 9mm pistols, and Winter Soldier has an AR70 assault rifle with one clip. The first person to incapacitate his opponent wins.
Throughout comic book history, there have been several versions of both of these characters. But we’re going to stick with the most famous versions for this fight.
Bucky Barnes was Captain America’s sidekick during World War II until a tragic plane crash caused him to lose his life (or so we thought). Come to find out that Bucky had actually survived the crash and suffered torture and experimentation at the hands of Russian scientists. The experiments give Bucky amazing marksmanship and fighting skills as well as a bionic arm. His memory was erased and he came to be known as the Winter Soldier.
Red Hood has a lot of similar skills, he is also an expert marksman and fighter. And he also began his career as a sidekick. Jason Todd was Batman’s second Robin. That is until Joker managed to kill him by beating him with a crow bar and then setting off a bomb. But have no fear, Todd was also somehow miraculously resurrected from the dead! He took up the mantel of the Red hood and began fighting crime through lethal force.
The similarity between these characters is uncanny. They both have similar skill sets, training, experiences, and moral codes. So it ultimately comes down to who does what they do better. On the other hand, firearms are the weapons of choice for both guys, which means this match-up could potentially be ended by a lucky shot. This one would definitely be close, but here’s how I think it would play out.
The fight begins with both characters entering the warehouse. Bucky sets himself up in the rafters, taking aim with his rifle. He spots a target moving below. Jason enters through the main gate and surveys his surroundings. He senses that this might be a trap and jumps back towards cover. Just as he does, a round from Bucky’s assault rifle screams through the air and shatters a wooden crate. Jason peeks out long enough to lay down some suppressing fire. Surprised that his target has weaponry, Bucky vaults down from the rafters and switches his weapon to automatic fire. He begins spraying rounds in Jason’s direction. Jason fires a few shots of his own, two of which ricochet off of Bucky’s bionic arm. Bucky continues to shoot bursts towards Jason until his magazine runs out of ammo. When Jason hears his enemy’s magazine click empty, he seizes the opportunity and rushes towards Bucky. He attacks with a flying kick. Bucky anticipates the attack and hits him hard with his metal arm. The force of the blow causes Jason to drop his guns. Jason quickly rises two his feet and lands a few blows to Bucky’s back, but it is too late. In the brief moment Jason was on the ground, Bucky retrieved one of his 9mm pistols. He fires two rounds into Jason’s chest and one into his head.
Winner: Winter Soldier!
Like I said, these guys are similar in terms of their skills. So it comes down to who is a better marksman and a better fighter. I think Bucky wins in both these categories. He is a trained, hardened killer with extreme marksmanship abilities. Also, I think his bionic arm gives him the edge in hand-to-hand combat.
Who do you think would win? The Soviet sleeper soldier or the once-dead sidekick with a huge grudge and anger management issues? Give me your opinion in the comments!