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'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Is a Shared Universe Cautionary Tale

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a contrived mess of four disparate competing plots and set-up for a shared cinematic universe that would never come to be. Why did Sony Pictures blow it?

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'Spider-Man 2' Is Old-fashioned Hollywood Entertainment at Its Finest

Despite being an exciting, fun piece of popcorn entertainment, Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 has a very serious, somber, mature core.

Comics

Growth and Regression in 'Amazing Spider-Man #1'

Spider-Man begins a new, but precarious, era.

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Jon Watts Who? One Director’s Super-size Leap to 'Spider-Man' Reboot

Jon Watts still can’t quite wrap his brain around the fact that — at age 34, with just two low-budget features to his name — he has landed one of the most coveted directing gigs in Hollywood.

Josh Rottenberg
Comics

It's Time to Hear the Truth After Growing Up Spidey

"Spider-Man No More", like other superhero stories of loss, are so universally true, so much about loss, responsibility, and guilt.

Gregory L. Reece
Books

Crossing the Troll Bridge With 'Marvel Comics in the 1980s'

It’s almost as if Pierre Comtois is trolling the reader, treating the printed page as a message board on which to make fans go crazy.

Comics

The High Art of Disownership in 'Death Sentence: London'

Death Sentence: London is quite possibly the most important work of 2015.

Comics

"Spider-Gwen #1" Grants a True Second Life

Gwen Stacy takes on a new role and crafts a new legacy for Spider-Men and Spider-Women alike.

Comics

Weaving A New Web: "Silk #1"

Cindy Moon's story is just beginning, but her potential is still growing.

Comics

Grading on a Curve: "Spider-Man and the X-men #1"

Spider-Man's first teaching experience with mutants has some new twists, but misses out on important lessons.

Film

The Rise Fall and Rise of Marvel Comics on Film Part 2: The Road Out of Development Hell

The story is far from over for The Fantastic Four and Spider-Man, but what of the Marvel Cinematic Universe? What of the incredible saga of all of those also-ran comic book films?

Comics

A Step Back From Amazing: "Amazing Spider-Man #1"

Peter Parker is back, but so are the flaws that make him less than superior.

Books

The Staff Become Characters Themselves in 'Marvel Comics: The Untold Story'

Licensing deals became all important, with comics becoming vehicles for selling things like toys, towels, and shampoo.

Games

Moving Pixels Podcast: Exploring Open Worlds

The Moving Pixels podcast talks about what the open world genre means to the last decade in gaming and what kinds of worlds most compel players to explore them.

Reviews

Bendis & Maleev Reclaim the Hidden Tensions in 'Moon Knight'

It's been a rough road to define a workable character arc for the Moon Knight character. The new creative team might just be the equal of the estimable run by crime writer Charlie Huston. That is, if writer Brian Michael Bendis has truly returned to top form.

Comics

Once More, With Feeling: Stan Lee's Soldier Zero #8

The real question for Soldier Zero, flagship title of industry legend Stan Lee's new line of comicbook heroes, is not whether the character can compete with Lee's classic Marvel creations like Spider-Man, Hulk and Iron Man, but how.

Charles Moss
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The Night Billy Buddy Died: Dr. Horrible’s Tragicomic Inversion of Spider-Man

The accidental death of Penny, the girl Billy Buddy aka Dr. Horrible loves, has parallels to the deaths of several comic book deaths, though none so much as the death of Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen.

Kevin M. Brettauer
Comics

Strange Tales and Mainstreams: When All Superheroes Are Uncanny

The long-term serialization of comics means that different creators get a chance to work with characters and storyworlds originally written by others. On occasion, they're given license to run wild.

Film

From the Evil Dead to the Emerald City

The one thing that will make new millennium audiences line up for a return trip to Oz is some manner of new, improved outsized visual aesthetic. Does Raimi really bring that?

Film

Oh Captain, My Captain America

Even though he's no Batman or Spider-Man, the buzz over who will play Captain America reached a fever pitch because he's the embodiment of the American flag and stands for the ideals of the United States.

Film

Has Hollywood Run Out Of Ideas? (trailers)

More remakes, sequels, and superhero movies ahead.

Film

A Little Human Magic in Recent DVDs

Either by coincidence or because I just happened to watch these all on a cold day when I needed a little warmth, the magic of the human condition emerged as a trend in these new DVD releases.

Film

The Burden of Being Pop Psychic

Based on the shock and awe the media is exhibiting over recent entertainment events, my predictions must involve supernatural psychic powers since I saw it all coming.

Culture

Santa Claus: Super Hero Icon and Religious Figure

Kris Kringle has flesh-and-blood status and is a religious secular figure. He is Superman, Peter Parker, Bruce Wayne, Gandalf the White, James Bond, Dr. Who and James T. Kirk all rolled into one.

Comics

Slingers

Marvel's recent republication of The Clone Saga lights a way in this economic downturn: that old gems can be mined once more. Why not republish the hidden treasure that was Slingers?

Comics

What the World Needs Now: Society’s Desperate Need for Superheroes

Hollywood has finally discovered what comic book fans have known all along: superheroes serve as brightly-colored, two-dimensional extensions of ourselves.

Charles Moss
Reviews

Spider Man: Friend or Foe

Spider-Man: Friend or Foe seems like a commercial for the upcoming WB Kids animated series The Spectacular Spider-Man with both its cartoony aesthetic and kid-friendly game play.

G. Christopher Williams
Music

Various Artists: Music From And Inspired By Spider-Man 3

Featuring exclusive tracks by the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, the Flaming Lips, the Walkmen and the Killers, Spider-Man attempts to court an indie audience.

Kevin Jagernauth
Reviews

Spider-Man: Deluxe Edition (2003)

On screen, Spider-Man necessarily becomes more literal, less imaginative.

Cynthia Fuchs
Reviews

Spider-Man

In Spider-Man's New York, adults are corrupt and irrational, as likely to thwart good deeds as to aid them.

Robert Rue
Reviews

Spider-Man (2002)

Spider-Man doesn't get caught up in its own snazzy special effects.

Todd R. Ramlow
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