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Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Gets a Gameplay Demo

During today’s PlayStation 5 reveal event, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales got a further spotlight with a brand-new gameplay demo.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales is the follow up to the best-selling and award winning Marvel’s Spider-Man that’s available now for the Playstation 4. The game will be available on the PlayStation 5 and is coming “Holiday 2020.”

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New Mutants #12

We’ll have a relatively abbreviated Monday due to Labor Day here at GP but that doesn’t mean we don’t have lots of articles coming at you. Stay tuned throughout the day! And while you hopefully have a relaxing day, here’s some comic news and reviews from around the web in our morning roundup.

Deadline – Amazon In Talks For Sony’s Suite Of TV Series Featuring Marvel Characters, Led By ‘Silk’ – Intriguing.

The Mary Sue – Warner Bros. and Ray Fisher Clash Over Justice League Investigation – A good rundown of where things are at.

Reviews

Batman News – Batman: Three Jokers #1
Talking Comics – Empyre #6
Monkeys Fighting Robots – New Mutants #12

Sony Nabs The Kaiju Score from James Patrick, Rem Broo, Dave Sharpe, and AfterShock

AfterShock has announced that Sony has cut a deal to bring The Kaiju Score to the big screen. Being published by AfterShock, the comic is by writer James Patrick, artist and colorist Rem Broo, and letterer Dave Sharpe. The comic releases in November and is described as:

It’s the most dangerous heist ever attempted. Four desperate criminals are going all in on a once-in-a-lifetime chance to steal millions in art and turn their miserable lives around. The catch? They have to pull it off under the nose of a one thousand-ton kaiju. And a giant monster might just be the least of their problems.

Escape Artists’ Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, and Steve Tisch will produce, along with Tony Shaw who brought the property into Sony. AfterShock Comics’ Lee Kramer and Jon Kramer will also produce.

Jiao Chen is overseeing the project for Sony Pictures. Sony Pictures’ Drew Reed and Jake Bauman were instrumental in the deal, as was Rive Gauche Television with Steve Burkow of Ziffren, Brittenham, who negotiated on behalf of AfterShock.

The Kaiju Score

Olivia Wilde Will Direct a Female-Centered Marvel Film for Sony

Olivia Wilde

Deadline is reporting that Olivia Wilde has been chosen to direct a secret Marvel film project for Sony revolving around a female character. Speculation is the film is Spider-Woman. Sony hasn’t confirmed the hiring but Wilde Tweeted the original story with a little symbol indicated the rumor is true.

Wilde and Katie Silberman will write the film with Amy Pascal producing and Rachel O’Connor will be the executive producer.

The film is thought to be on top of the Madame Webb film being directed by S.J. Clarkson and the in-development Black Cat and Silver Sable film. When it comes to the “Spider-Verse,” Spider-Woman is the logical choice for a female-centric film though Spider-Gwen would be a possibility as well.

While mostly known as an actress, Wilde earned praised with her film directorial debut with Booksmart. She has generally stayed out of the world of comic film adaptations and only appeared in Cowboys & Aliens in 2011 from DreamWorks and Universal.

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It was a fairly quiet holiday weekend but we still have some news you can enjoy as you kick off your week.

Kotaku – Sony’s Still Not Sure a Silver and Black Movie Can Work Without Spider-Man – This isn’t surprising. But… Venom…

How to Love Comics – What Are Comic Book Events? – For those that are new and might not know.

The Mary Sue – Jem & the Holograms Should Get the She-Ra Animated Treatment – Yes!

Jem and the Holograms Dimensions #3

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales Announced for the Playstation 5

Miles Morales will swing on to the Playstation 5 in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales a new adventure from Insomniac Games. The game is the follow up to the best-selling and award-winning Marvel’s Spider-Man which came out for the Playstation 4.

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales will be released during the holidays in 2020.

Check out the announcement trailer below!

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Ludocrats #1

The weekend is almost here! We’ll be using it to read some new comics and attempt to enjoy the improving weather. What geeky things will you all be doing? Sound off in the comments.

Newsarama – Sony Prepping SPIDER-MAN Spin-Off Movie JACKPOT – Report – Interesting choice of character.

The Beat – Play it again, Dex: STUMPTOWN renewed for season 2 – Yes please more!

Reviews

The Beat – An Embarrassment of Witches
Newsarama – Ludocrats #1

Underrated: The Amazing Spider-Man

I drastically overslept today, so rather than the planned column, we’re revisitng one from 2017 when I went to bat for one of the more maligned Spider-Man movies.


This is a column that focuses on something or some things from the comic book sphere of influence that may not get the credit and recognition it deserves. Whether that’s a list of comic book movies, ongoing comics, or a set of stories featuring a certain character. The columns may take the form of a bullet pointed list, or a slightly longer thinkpiece – there’s really no formula for this other than whether the things being covered are Underrated in some way. This week: The Amazing Spiderman


Today I wanted to talk about the first reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise from waaaaaaaay back in 2012. After the Sam Raimi trilogy which, lets be honest, didn’t exactly end on a high note, Sony would eventually decide to relaunch the Spider-Man movie franchise, and it’s the result of that reboot that I wanted to talk about today.

If you’re surprised that this is the movie we’re focusing on today, then you may have missed that the Marvel Studios/Sony collaboration Spider-Man Homecoming is in theaters  (and the MCU!) now; and you may also have been unaware of the amount of people who are now complaining about this movie (or maybe that’s just the people I hang out with?) – or you may have never really enjoyed this movie. But regardless of where you sit, I’ve always really enjoyed this movie, and feel that it’s stronger than a lot of people give it credit.

Why? To the bullet points!

The chemistry between the leads
One of the strongest aspects of the Amazing franchise is the relationship between Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker and Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. Their interactions on screen approach poetry in some scenes, and without a doubt these two actors elevate the film beyond what a typical pair of romantic leads can do.

 Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man
Garfield may have been to cool to genuinely pull off a nerdy Peter Parker, but his Spider-Man was top notch; his boundless energy and fast mouth was unlike anything we had seen before in live action, and Garfield pulled it off spectacularly. This was a Spider-Man whose failures were a palpable weight on his spandex clad shoulders, and in the quiet moments throughout the movie you can genuinely sense that through Garfield’s body language.

 The webswinging
The effects team did a wonderful job guiding Spider-Man’s journey through the skies in what is, for my money, the most realistic depiction of a man flying through the air on super strong glue to date.

 The costume
I’m kidding. I wasn’t exactly fond of this movie’s Spider-Man look. The orange lenses weren’t my thing, and the way the red came down the legs weren’t my favourite.

 The lack of the actual words “With great power there must also come great responsibility”
I know this is probably a contentious point to make, but loved that Peter learned this lesson throughout the film without having the quote used just for the audience who feel they must hear those words in the movie. It was far more powerful for Peter to learn it through his actions and reactions than have the lesson spelled out in what could have been an awkward and stilted scene. Plus, it lent a much heavier weight to Uncle Ben’s voice message at the end.

There are quite a few aspects of The Amazing Spider-Man that I thoroughly enjoyed, more than I should probably talk about in this article, but I’m aware that this isn’t a flawless movie – it’s not even the best Spider-Man movie- that honour is reserved for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2. Yes, The Amazing Spider-Man  did have its issues; the Lizard wasn’t the most compelling villain, and his design was somewhat weak, but he isn’t the weakest in any of the Spider-Man movies (Topher Grace a Venom will hold that title for quite some time). His rationale is still just understandable enough when you break it down for yourself, but you do need to be aware of his misguided, yet deeply hidden altruistic thought process. And only a few years removed from Spider-Man 3, did we really need to see Uncle Ben die again? Not really.

I’m aware that it had it’s problems, but I don’t care; I love it anyway. For years, this was one of my favourite Spider-Man films, until we got the two Tom Holland flicks. I’ll always enjoy this movie, but it won’t be the first Spider-Man movie I reach for.


There we have it. Are there other comic book related stuff out there that is, for whatever reason, underrated and under-appreciated?

Absolutely.

Because of that, Underrated will return to highlight more comic book related stuff  that either gets ignored despite it’s high quality, or maybe isn’t quite as bad as we tend to think it is. In the meantime, though, if you do get a chance check out the characters in thisUnderrated, then you may need to hunt through the back issue bins for some, but others do have some stories collected in trades.

Until next time!

The Blacklist Teases its Final Episode Animation

Described as an “animated graphic novel,” The Blacklist is delivering a unique seventh season finale. The episode airs on NBC May 15 at 8pm ET/PT.

The season’s 19th episode, entitled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway into filming in New York when TV productions across the industry were halted due to COVID-19. Looking to do something out of the box to finish the episode and close out the season, producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes.

Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes to ensure a seamless transition between the two styles, as editors and animators complete their work remotely.

Clip Courtesy: NBC/Sony Pictures Television

The Blacklist Gets a Graphic Novel Style Animated Episode for its Season 7 Finale

The Blacklist

The seventh season finale of NBC’s acclaimed drama, The Blacklist, airing May 15 (8p.m. ET/PT) is ending the season in style with a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation.

The season’s 19th episode, entitled “The Kazanjian Brothers,” was midway into filming in New York when TV productions across the industry were halted due to COVID-19. Looking to do something out of the box to finish the episode and close out the season, producers came up with an idea to add graphic novel-style animation that would incorporate with the already filmed live-action scenes.

Cast members recorded dialogue from their homes for the animated scenes to ensure a seamless transition between the two styles, as editors and animators complete their work remotely.

The Task Force investigates an accountant who works for lucrative criminals in order to find the violent and thuggish brothers hired for his protection. Liz must make a momentous decision. Presented in a unique hybrid of live-action and graphic novel-style animation. Guest starring: Brian Dennehy, Laila Robins

NBC announced in February that The Blacklist has been renewed for an eighth season. The 150th episode of the series will air May 8 (8 p.m. ET/PT). The show stars James Spader, Megan Boone, Diego Klattenhoff, Amir Arison, Hisham Tawfiq, and Harry Lennix.

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