On June 14, the Venom symbiote gets a brand new, untarnished host in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN: RENEW YOUR VOWS #8 written by Gerry Conway with art by Ryan Stegman. That’s right, responsible mom, loving wife, and trend setting fashion blogger and boutique owner Mary Jane Watson-Parker tackles a new challenge: showing that alien space suit who’s boss.
To see just where the bar is set let’s take a look back on past hosts…
Peter Parker and Miles Morales reunite for a milestone story!
In 2012, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli gave us the legendary team-up of Peter Parker and Miles Morales with SPIDER-MEN. Through the dimensional tampering of Mysterio, Peter ended up in the “Ultimate” universe and came face-to-face with his own death as well as a brand-new and younger hero with the mantle of Spider-Man. Five years, one Secret Wars and a Civil War II later, and the two now live together in the Marvel Universe, but one massive question still remains: Who is the Miles Morales of Earth-616? The first five-issue event left that particular juicy nugget of information on a cliffhanger that has yet to be resolved…until now.
The highly-anticipated follow-up to SPIDER-MEN arrives this summer from the reunited team of Bendis and Pichelli along with colorist Justin Ponsor. Luckily, you won’t have to wait until the first issue of SPIDER-MEN II drops in July for some answers. We spoke with Brian about the long-awaited sequel, the iconic web-slinging legacy of Spider-Man, and the question he’s been asked the most on social media for half a decade.
July 7is a historic day in the world of superhero movies because it is the day Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives in theaters. Why so historic? Well, this new, rebooted version of Spider-Man is the first to be produced by Marvel Studios (The Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America) in conjunction with two other studios. As producer Amy Pascal put it, “I don’t think it will ever happen again in the history of the movie business: you have three studios that came together to have this movie being made. And no studio likes to share anything with anyone, let alone three studios.”
When Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures worked out a deal for Spider-Man to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, none of us really knew what that deal entailed. I thought Marvel would get to play with Spider-Man as much as they wanted to, but that doesn’t sound like that’s the deal that was made. It sounds like Spider-Man could only be a part of the MCU for a limited time.
Spider-Man made his big debut in Captain America: Civil War and is set to get his own film with Spider-Man: Homecoming. After that, he will appear in Avenger: Infinity War, and that will be followed by a second solo film. According to former Sony Pictures head Amy Pascal, after that sequel, Sony Pictures will regain full control of the character. When talking to CosmicBookNews, she explained:
“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact it may never happen again, after we do the sequel. Because Sony, and Disney, and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film.
“I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do, and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would have never been able to do in any other way.”
It sounds to me like after the Spider-Man sequel Sony will have to decide whether or not they want to stay in business with Marvel. That’s obviously not a guarantee. It would be a pretty big bummer to see Spider-Man leave the MCU after we get used to him being a part of it. But as you know, Sony is developing their own cinematic universe that will launch with Venom, and if that does well they’ll probably going to want to include Spider-Man in it. I don’t know why else they would want to yank him out of the MCU.
We’ve still got awhile to go before these decisions need to be made, but I hope that Sony will want to continue this Spider-Man sharing relationship with Marvel.
1/6th scale Hot Toys Spider-Man homemade suit for Homecoming
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is officially home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe! The young Peter Parker was introduced in Captain America: Civil War last year and his surprising appearance has made fans hungry for more. This summer, the webslinger will swing back into action, juggling his budding superhero career with frantic high school life in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Today, the 1/6th scale Hot Toys Spider-Man homemade suit collectible figure was revealed.
Expertly crafted based on Tom Holland’s appearance in the movie, the Hot Toys Spider-Man (Homemade Suit Version) collectible figure features a newly-developed Peter Parker head sculpt as well as a masked head sculpt with three sets of interchangeable eyepieces for making a variety of facial expressions. It also comes with a finely-tailored outfit with web-shooters, an assortment of spider-web shooting effect parts, and a specially-designed dynamic figure stand with movie logo.
Special features of the 1/6th scale Spider-Man (Homemade Suit Version) Collectible Figure:
– Authentic and detailed likeness of Peter Parker/Spider-Man from Spider-Man: Homecoming
– One (1) head sculpt with authentic likeness of Tom Holland as Peter Parker in the movie
– One (1) masked head sculpt with three (3) sets of interchangeable eyepieces
– Specialized body with over 30 points of articulation
– Approximately 28.5cm tall
– Eight (8) interchangeable hands in fingerless gloves, including:
– One (1) pair of fists
– One (1) pair of open palms
– One (1) pair of hands for web-shooting
– One (1) left hand for holding spider web
– One (1) right hand for holding the mask
– Each piece of head sculpt is specially hand-painted
– One (1) red zip-up hoodie vest with the Spider-Man symbol printed across the chest
– One (1) light blue sweatshirt with wrist-mounted web-shooters
– One (1) pair of light blue sweatpants
– One (1) pair of red socks
– One (1) pair of red shoes
– One (1) Spider-Man mask (not wearable on figure)
– One (1) open spider web effect accessory
– Five (5) strings of spider web in different shapes and lengths, attachable to the web-shooters
– One (1) specially designed dynamic figure stand with movie logo
– Head Sculpted by Jae-sung, Eom
– 3D Design by Da-hye, Kim
– Painted by JC. Hong
– Head Art Directed by JC. Hong
“Welcome to my neighborhood, Spider-Man! Would you be my… could you be my… neighbor?”
How do you begin to describe Venom? He’s part antagonist, part anti-hero. He’s part man, part monster. He’s one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous foes, but he’s also sometimes a grudging and reluctant ally. Whatever he is, Venom’s larger than life personality and twisted appearance has made him incredibly popular with many of the artists and designers here at Sideshow – so for us, adding him to our rogues gallery has been a true labor of love! Continue reading →
“See, this is what I’m talking about! NO ONE takes crazy Eddie Brock seriously.” – Edward Brock
Developed and manufactured in partnership with Prime 1 Studio, we are proud to present Anti-Venom. Eddie Brock was debonded from the Venom symbiote, traces of it were left in his body. Later, suffering from cancer, Brock started working as a volunteer in the F.E.A.S.T. Center. Martin Li, the alter-ego of Mr. Negative, and founder of F.E.A.S.T. used his powers to cure Eddie’s cancer. In the process, he accidentally infused the remnants of the symbiote in Eddie’s bloodstream with his power and fused them to his white blood cells, creating a new hybrid symbiote which manifested when the Venom symbiote attempted to leave its then-current host and return to Eddie. This new symbiote had powerful healing powers and other powers that differ from the Venom symbiote, producing antibodies that can cure any known disease and remove any other impurities within a human body. Unlike other symbiotes, this symbiote is completely mindless and Eddie Brock is in full control of his actions. Continue reading →
In the comics, Flash Thompson was always a hulking bully who terrorized Peter Parker in high school. So when Marvel cast the scrawny Tony Revolori in the role, many people began to scratch their heads. I don’t mean scrawny in a negative way, but he’s nowhere near as large as the character who will eventually become Agent Venom. Continue reading →
Miles Morales will be the “star” of Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man animated movie. That’s the official confirmed news from Sony’s just-concluded animation presentation, a morning that also saw footage from The Emoji Movie and the next Smurfs movie (there are a lot more female Smurfs this time around). The big news is that, as hoped/rumored, Mr. Morales will be taking flight on the big screen as the would-be webslinger over Christmas weekend 2018 when the Bob Persichetti/Peter Ramsey-directed and Phil Lord/Chris Miller-executive produced animated adventure debuts. And it’s terrific news for several reasons. Continue reading →
I think it’s always been safe to assume that Spider-Man would be back in action fighting alongside the Avengers in Joe and Anthony Russo’s Avengers: Infinity War. However, there’s been no official confirmation until now, so if any of you had any doubt, Tom Holland confirmed it in an interview with Vogue. After all, the last we heard from Holland on the matter was that Spider-Man’s inclusion in the film was “all up in the air.” Continue reading →