Week in Review IV
Not much going on in television this week since the Fall 2011-Spring 2012 television season is drawing to a close. This week mostly focuses on Marvel’s plans for the summer and more movie news.
This week Marvel confirmed that this June Peter Parker will officially meet Miles Morales in a five issue crossover titled Spider-Men. The release of Spider-Men will mark the 50th anniversary of Amazing Spider-Man’s debut in 1962’s Amazing Fantasy #15. Plot details have yet be revealed, but it has been confirmed Peter Parker will be transported to Marvel Comics “Ultimate” universe, an alternate universe where his alternate counterpart has recently died in battle, leaving the Ultimate Spider-Man to be passed down to Miles Morales, a half-black, a half-Hispanic teenager. (Emphasizing the Amazing/Ultimate titles to identify the two characters.)
The mainstream Amazing Spider-Man remains alive and well in comics, but last year the death of the Ultimate Spider-Man made major news headlines across the nation. (The comic book community, or maybe it was just me, did not seem to care that the Ultimate Peter Parker was killed.) In addition, the debut of Miles Morales sparked controversial headlines as some readers argued Miles Morales was did not deserve to be the new Ultimate Spider-Man, while others complained about his ethnicity. Essentially, I personally do not follow Marvel’s Ultimate comics, so I have no real opinion.
In the end, some, but not all, fans and critics have warmed up to Miles Morales. To summarize the meeting between Spider-Man and Spider-Man would be the quote taken Senior Editor Mark Paniccia, who oversees Marvel’s Ultimate comics line, stating it was Marvel’s former editor in chief himself who proposed the crossover, “Joe Quesada suggested one huge way to celebrate 50 years of Spidey was to do the ultimate — no pun intended — Marvel team-up.”
To read the compete article check it out here.
In other comic book related news Avengers Vs. X-Men kicked off earlier this month and a preview of issue #2 was released earlier today. The big question readers have been asking is which side will Wolverine choose. In the first issue Wolverine and his X-Men team are siding with the Avengers, but could he potentially switch sides and rejoin Cyclops’ team in the following issues. Keep reading the find out.
This past Wednesday was the Hollywood Premiere for Marvel’s Avengers. However, the big surprise came yesterday when Robert Downey Jr. said the cast would be shooting a new scene. His statement was later verified by co-star Mark Ruffalo. Presently, the cast can not disclose, or if they know, the additional footage being shot. It is rumored to be either an alternate ending to the movie, or a post credit scene. For the most part no one knows what’s being filmed. Just watch the movie when it comes out.
On the flip side, Anne Hathaway and Christian Bale are featured on this weeks cover of Entertainment Weekly dressed as Catwoman and Batman. Once the Avengers hype fizzles the next big summer block buster for 2012 will be the Dark Knight Rises. Based on the cover Hathaway’s Catwoman outfit is reminiscent of the 1960s Catwoman outfit donned by Julie Newmar. Dark Knight Rises will be the conclusion to Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. Warner Bros. has yet to reveal any plans for the franchise, but if Marvel can pull of the Avengers perhaps Warner Bros. should consider a World’s Finest movie-cross over, or build up towards a Justice League movie.