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The Weekly Bugle: Stan Leequality


Chances of a Spider-Man Reference in “Ant-Man” Are HIGH

I first noticed TMS reporting that the mills of rumor are once again turning; but this mill doesn’t grind wheat, it grinds tweet -and my what a harvest! We mentioned last week that Ant-Man might be giving us the first glimpse of Marvel’s newest Hero, but now that early reviews for the film are rolling in – it’s looking like we actually have good odds. John (of ETnow) sure seems to think so – and check out what Kyle Buchanan (of Vulture, New York Magazine) tweeted a few days ago:


And then an interesting conversation from that:


That could mean a few things – but I’m definitely going to see Ant-Man on opening night, I’ll tell you that.

Kevn Feigi: Next Spider-Man Will Have New Villains, John Hughes Vibe

If you have time, birthmoviesdeath.com has an intriging interview with Kevin Feigi – you would probablly enjoy reading. If you want the basics though, here’s a few things he said of note:

“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting,” said Feige. “Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”

Especially interesting was Kevin’s desire to keep the focus on “Small Stakes” instead of saving the world every movie – a concentration that reminds me of early Spider-Man comics, where unpaid rent was sometimes Peter’s greatest foe.

“Stakes don’t need to be end of the world. Oftentimes, in our films, it is, and in our future films Thanos doesn’t work small… What we wanted was a movie where the stakes could be as high as ‘This bad person is going to do this bad thing, and a lot of people could die’ OR ‘You don’t get home in time and your aunt is going to figure this out, and your whole life is going to change.’

“Particularly at that age, in high school, everything feels like life or death. The tests feel like life or death. Coming home from being out with your friends seemed like life or death.”

Feigi went on to say they were looking at villains that hadn’t been onscreen yet – as well as a stance to “never say never” to Spidey showing up in a Netflix series. You can read the whole article HERE.

The Amazing Spider-Man Composer James Horner Dies in Plane Crash

We are deeply saddened to report the passing of James Horner. From the Hollywood Reporter:

Horner’s agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, said in a statement released Tuesday: “It is with the deepest regret and sorrow that we mourn the tragic passing of our dear colleague, long-time client and great friend, composer James Horner. … Our thoughts and prayers are with James’ family at this difficult time, and also with the millions of people around the world who loved his music. A shining light has been extinguished, which can never be replaced.”


Stan Leequality 

Stan Lee has made the News this week because of comments he made about Peter Parker; eventually turning into a largely sensationalized and ultimately scandalous story.

Now… I’m just going to try and sum all this up. I’m not The Washington Post. If you want their long and in-depth coverage, I don’t blame you – HERE it is. But let’s hit the highlights.

Long story short, Stan “The Man” Lee (Co-creator of the Amazing Spider-Man of whom we all love) was asked to comment on this mess surrounding Spider-Man’s depiction in the movies. And it has been a mess – I’m sure if Stan had seen all the comments I’ve seen this last year, he would’ve been more careful. You can read the interview with Newsarama HERE.

“I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way,” Lee said. “But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”

How dare he?!

Articles started going out with titles like “Spider-Man Can’t Be Gay or Black,” via a Gawker headline. “Stan Lee: Spider-Man should stay white and straight,” wrote the Guardian.

There’s a real conversation to be had about Lee’s comments – and how comic fans react to diversity; but there was clear misdirection in some of these articles. First off, Stan was talking about Peter Parker’s portrayal in the comics… and it’s not completely clear that he was even making a statement about the movie depiction. He continued:

“I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly,” he said. “But again, I don’t see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they’ve already been established. I have no problem with creating new, homosexual superheroes… It has nothing to do with being anti-gay, or anti-black, or anti-Latino, or anything like that,” Lee explained. “Latino characters should stay Latino. The Black Panther should certainly not be Swiss. I just see no reason to change that which has already been established when it’s so easy to add new characters. I say create new characters the way you want to. Hell, I’ll do it myself.”

Stan Lee’s comments support new diverse characters: bring on all the Miles Morales you can find – that’s great! But despite his support of new types of heroes, it’s clear that Stan likes the idea of his characters keeping their continuity – a staple of his writing method since the earliest days of comic-books, when Stan changed the way storylines and shared universes worked forever in the comics biz.


Sideshow Collectibles teases new Symbiote Spider-Man statue

Sideshow Collectibles teased a new addition to their Premium Format Figure collection: Symbiote Costume Spider-Man… READ more at The Newsbox


We have several Spidey-related videos this week – including some interesting fan videos. Here’s all the Spider-videos from the last week!

So that’s where Norman went after Goblin Nation

Who wouldn’t want to play as Jameson in Spider-Man: Unlimited?

And Everything Else…

Here at Superior Spider-Talk – we release a lot of News and Features every week; they are all well-written and expertly crafted to be interesting and fascinating for hours – but you don’t have to take my word for it!

*90’s transition slides articles into view*

Ultimate Spin #18: Please Send Help (Ultimate End #3)
Ultimate End #3 – REVIEW
Amazing Spider-Talk #19.1
Amazing Spider-Man #19.1 – REVIEW
Clone Saga Callback: Hologram “Anniversary” Issues
Dan Slott to Write Amazing Spider-Man Relaunch
Marvel’s October Spider-Man B-Title Plans

Have something you think is worthy of the Weekly Bugle? Tweet your Spider-Sightings at @IAmTheZeke, and you might see your leads or pictures in the Bugle! But no jobs! Freelance! Best thing in the world for a kid your age. You bring me some more pictures of that newspaper-selling clown, maybe I’ll take ’em off your hands. But I never said you have a job. Meat. I’ll send you a nice box of Christmas meat. It’s the best I can do – get out of here.




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