This episode was exceptional enough it warranted a review. Season two of Ultimate Spider-Man has been a significant improvement over the first, but this one hit it out of the park. Just for the record, behind Spider-Man and his cast, Deadpool is my favourite comic book character. And keeping in mind this is a kids cartoon, they absolutely nailed his character in this episode.
He breaks the fourth wall just as frequently as this Spidey does, which is essential considering the nature of this show. We only see him in a few fight scenes, and those are all bombastic and fun especially when Spidey is trying to stop him from “un-aliving” people. Speaking of, they nailed the core of what Spider-man versus Deadpool is all about, the morals behind what they do. Granted, it would’ve been nice to see them actually fight in the final moments but as any Deadpool fan should know, he always does exactly what you don’t expect or necessarily want him to.
Lastly, I know people love Nolan North as Deadpool, I recently just finished the video game and he’s terrific. But Will Friedle absolutely kills it as Deadpool. He delivers the humour and insanity in spades with his depiction, and really brings a depth to the character. North might be the voice everyone recognizes Deadpool as, but Friedle just became a competitor in my books.
However, your opinion of Ultimate Spider-Man and this episode really boils down to your opinion of the direction Marvel is taking with it. Yes, ultimate Spider-Man is not as good as Spectacular Spider-Man, or Earth’s Mightiest Heroes. Yes it’s juvenile and kind of tame. But Spidey is as popular as ever with kids, and they are learning more and more about the Marvel universe and that increases the likelihood that they’ll get into comics. If you can digest the fact that it is for kids, maybe you’ll see it’s not a bad kids show and can enjoy the ride the way I am.
Superior Spider-Man #13
We get to see Lizard come back in a big way it looks like. This could be a really interesting conclusion to this arc, and I’m quite excited to see it play out.
Superior Foes of Spider-Man #1
In a series which I don’t have much confidence in, we’ll get to see the villains perspective on Spidey’s turn to a bit more of a jerkwad. It could be a fun ride, but we’ll have to find out.
Venom is going old-school super hero. Honestly I think it’s kind of lame and kind of cool, but if the art stays consistently amazing, I’ll be sold.
Venom TPB Enemy Within
A very odd-ball collection of Venom stories in a single package, which will no doubt showcase the very best the 90’s had to offer. Yeah, that was sarcasm.
Scarlet Spider #18
Part two of three comes out in Kaine’s latest arc. A Wolverine and Scarlet Spider team-up? I’m down
Kind of Spider-Man news…kind of. The following was announced during a Marvel Live Blog earlier today.
For those who haven’t read Age of Ultron be warned there are spoilers ahead.
At the conclusion of Age of Ultron Wolverine breaks everything. The time line’s are broken and in the conclusion we see Miles staring at awe at Galactus. Mainstream Galactus.
Yeah, it was kind of crazy.
In a live even blog posted today, they announced Hunger, a mini-series set in the Ultimate universe where the Ultimate universe has to take on Galactus. Seeing as how the Ultimate universe is in a constant state of being messed up, this will be interesting to see. It’s going to star Rick Jones, who was intoduced in a highly enjoyable arc back in Ultimate Comics Spider-Man, shortly after the Ultimatum wave.
So how is this related to Spider-Man? Well in the blog Bendis said: “There is a lot coming over the next six to eight months in terms of Miles Morales and the concept of a Marvel multiverse, characters realizing that door is there. Miles becomes a very important lynchpin.”
In a comment that didn’t seem to have much to do with the event Bendis also said: “The death of Ultimate Spider-Man created a quiet arms race that has really been going in some sense since Captain America. Some people like the Roxxon Corporation have no morals. They’re creating monsters and heroes.”
It seems Hunger might be an important event to read for Ultimate Spidey fans. I read all the ultimate books anyway, so I’m looking forward to picking this up.
In what will no doubt be divisive news, Mary Jane Watson has been cut from The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Marc Webb has opted to focus on the Peter/Gwen relationship, and has pushed the MJ story to the third movie. What’s more actress Woodley may even be recast for the third movie.
While some will be bummed that everyone’s favourite red head won’t be in the next movie, this is probably for the best. A tighter movie is only a good thing, and it means the second movie will be less bloated then it looked like it was shaped up to be.
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POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT
Pushing MJ to a sequel to focus on Gwen, could be a sure sign that her fate is sealed. We won’t know until the movie, but wait and see.
Interesting day for news.
First off, Marvel announced a new graphic novel called Spider-Man: Family Business. It’s being written by Mark Waid and James Robinson and being drawn by Gabrielle Dell’Otto. It’s set to take place in continuity as Spidey takes on the Kingpin.
But what’s interesting is it’s also set to introduce a character named Teresa, who claims to be the long lost sister of Peter. And it’s also set to star Peter, not Otto. With graphic novel coming out in May 2014, Peter could be back in the saddle by then. For the full story, click here.
Also, Sony has announced the release dates for Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4. They’re set to release in 2016 and 2018 respectively, it’s just surprising that Sony is so gun-ho to get these movies out there. They have a lot of faith in their cash-cow it seems. Hopefully the movies can deliver. For the full story, click here.