Spiderman

Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy Travel to ‘Planet Venom’

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Cover by Nick Bradshaw/Source: Mtv News

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.

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Spider-Man vs Deathstroke: Who Would Win?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Winner: Spider-Man!

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!

 

Venom Character Analysis

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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.

 

A Brief Introduction…

Our story begins on a hot summer afternoon in Greystone City. A black sedan roars down the street, hurtling towards a busy intersection of innocent pedestrians!  Is there no one that can stop this out of control getaway car?

This looks like a job… (cue dramatic superhero music) for an unknown, mediocre blogger!

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And that’s how you make an entrance…  (Wait, you’re still reading? Huh, never thought I’d make it this far.  Keep going!  The next paragraph gets even better).

Okay, so maybe I went a little bit over the top with the intro.  But you have to admit, the wave of superhero stuff that has crashed over our society in the past few decades is pretty cool!  At least I think it’s pretty cool, and I’m guessing you do too if you’re reading this blog.

Let’s take a step back, I want to tell you a little bit about myself.  My name is Jordan. I’m a 21 year old college student and comic book junkie.  I know what you’re thinking.  Yes, I did have Spiderman pajamas equip with built-in armpit webs as a child.

In fact, I had a lot of cool superhero stuff as a child.  Hand-painted murals of comic book characters in my bedroom, an extensive collection of action figures, a motorized Batmobile…  The list is virtually endless.  I was raised on comics.  And that’s probably because my dad is just as big comic book nerd as I am.

You see, he grew up during a time when you could buy a stack of comic books for a dollar.  He’s got a collection of thousands of vintage comic books in his basement.  It’s pretty impressive.

I’m growing up during a time when anyone with a computer and some free time can publish his/her unfiltered brain-leakage on the internet. Unfiltered brain-leakage plus an unnatural superhero fetish equals my new blog, Cure for Kryptonite!

 

*Disclaimer:  I am not a comic book expert.  I have never operated a comic book shop, nor worked on producing any professional comic books.  I’m just an average guy who likes comics. So there’s a high probability that I’m going to get some facts mixed up, or you’ll disagree with some of my opinions.  But, hey, that’s what the first amendment is all about! This must be what Captain America was talking about…