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.
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.