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Black Cat Almost Killed Spider-Man (With TERRIBLE Luck)

Spider-Man is known for being a Marvel hero with perpetually bad luck. Even when he wins a battle as Spidey, he often misses a date or work appointment as Peter Parker, making his personal life a mess. But as inconvenient as Spidey’s “Parker Luck” can be, he once came down with a case of bad luck so terrible it nearly killed him – thanks to his then-girlfriend Felicia Hardy, aka the Black Cat.

An enigmatic character, the Black Cat has had her powers frequently retconned, making it difficult for many fans to understand what she can and can’t do. At one point, however, her super powers were literally a type of magical disease – infecting others with a bad luck hex.

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Although Felicia seems to have her powers under control these days, let’s take a look back at when it really was dangerous to have a Black Cat cross your path.

Originally introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #194, the Black Cat was originally a cat burglar who liked to fool others into believing she truly had “bad luck” powers. Before every crime, she would strategically rig certain objects – such as windows and ladders – to malfunction at key moments, aiding her escape. Thanks to these booby traps, Spider-Man genuinely believed Felicia had powers.

Eventually, Spider-Man and the Black Cat fell in love (taking a page right out of the Batman/Catwoman playbook) and became crime fighting partners. However, Spidey soon discovered Felicia had no powers when she was seriously hurt in a fight against Doctor Octopus. Although her recovery helped them grow closer, Spider-Man became concerned about having her fight by his side. In response, Felicia tried to buy superpowers – approaching the Avengers, Hank Pym, Tony Stark, and even the Fantastic Four and asking them to experiment on her. Her activities caught the attention of Wilson Fisk, the Kingpin of Crime, who saw an opportunity to use Felicia as an unwitting pawn against Spider-Man.

Approaching Felicia anonymously, the Kingpin had his scientists experiment on Felicia. As is common in Marvel pseudoscience, the scientists found and awakened a latent superpower perfectly suited to Felicia’s personality. This power caused bad luck to befall anyone who tried to harm Felicia. If a criminal tried to shoot her, the gun would backfire on the shooter. If someone tried to sneak up on her, her “bad luck” powers would cause him or her to trip and fall. It seemed like the Black Cat had found the perfect protection… or so she thought.

Once Felicia reunited with Spider-Man, however, her new powers revealed a lethal downside. Spidey began to get more and more clumsy in battle – tripping on chimneys, getting caught in his own webbing, and letting villains get the drop on him. At one point, he jumped off a roof and forgot how to properly fire his web shooters (since he was wearing his black alien symbiote costume which fired webbing from the backs of his hands rather than from under his wrists).

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Why was Spidey behaving so oddly? Turns out, the longer he spent around the Black Cat, the more Felicia’s bad luck powers attached a hex to Spider-Man’s aura – literally infecting him with bad luck. The Kingpin hoped he could use this as a way to jinx Spider-Man – essentially using Felicia as a Trojan Horse weapon. The longer Spider-Man spent around the Black Cat, the more likely her bad luck would kill him. Fearing for his life, Felicia decided to break up with him – only to have Peter beat her to the punch.

This, however, didn’t solve problems for Spider-Man, since the Black Cat’s “hex” was still stuck to him. A visit to Doctor Strange helped fix this, as the Sorcerer Supreme was able to remove Spidey’s bad luck with a spell. In the process, however, he erased Felicia’s own powers. This proved nearly fatal for the Black Cat since she was fighting a group of thugs and was relying on her power to protect her – only to have it blink out, leaving her defenseless.

From this point on, the Black Cat’s powers began changing in weird ways. Although Felicia no longer had her bad luck powers, Doctor Strange’s spell had mutated them, causing her to develop superhuman strength, speed, agility, balance, night vision – and retractable claws. Felicia used these powers to become a new Black Cat – only to lose them again in an accident with a machine that also temporarily removed Spider-Man’s powers.

Despite her willingness to use these technological enhancements, Felicia is still comfortable fighting without them. Already an Olympic-level athlete and brilliant detective who understands the criminal mind (thanks to first-hand experience), the Black Cat can easily hold her own in battle using just her own strength, sneakiness, and strategy.

For a character whose bad luck ability originally came from a plot by the Kingpin to use her as a pawn, the Black Cat has since made an effort to become her own woman and acquire super powers on her own terms. Although Felicia Hardy never did manage to rekindle her romantic relationship with Spider-Man, the Black Cat now makes her own luck – and thankfully it’s the useful kind that won’t accidentally kill Peter Parker.

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2020-02-02 02:02:58

Michael Jung

Marvel’s NEW Incredible Hulk is Spider-Man (Yes, Really)

A good Hulk comic book gives fans exactly what they’re looking for from their favorite hero. But a truly great one delivers something they never knew they needed. Which is exactly what Marvel has cooked up with their latest announcement, passing the power of the Incredible Hulk to Spider-Man this January in Immortal Hulk: Great Power.

Its obviously an exciting time to be a fan of the Hulk, and not only because of Al Ewing’s new series making Bruce Banner and his other half a true horror story. In the pages of the Absolute Carnage event, Eddie Brock’s symbiote has decided it needs someone stronger, and instead merged with Bruce Banner to create the Venom-Hulk, crossing it off countless comic fan bucket lists. Now it seems the Hulk persona will be taking the same lead, ditching Bruce Banner for Spider-Man. And if the rage and strength of Hulk can turn Bruce Banner into a walking nightmare, just imagine the havoc he can wreak in a superhuman body like Peter Parker’s!

The mash-up may only be temporary (obviously) but it stands a good chance of being fairly unforgettable, as well. Seeing Hulk bursting out of Spider-Man’s iconic costume isn’t something you see every day, and picturing something as massive as Hulk swinging from a web feels strangely impossible. But then, Tom Taylor has a knack for re-imagining heroes in horrifying fashion. Fans can mark their calendars for the issue’s release, but in the meantime, both Spidey supporters and Hulkamaniacs can enjoy the first cover image for Immortal Hulk: Great Power #1 below:

Now the only question is exactly how the Hulk persona will be passed to Spider-Man at all. It isn’t exactly a power or gift, and the plot synopsis for the issue confirms that mystery will be part of the fun. All we know is that Spider-Man will grow to be Hulk-sized, and possibly realize how much more of a burden other ‘superpowers’ can be. But what else do readers need to hear to convince them? Check out the full solicitation details and plot synopsis below:

  • IMMORTAL HULK: GREAT POWER #1
  • Release Date: January 29th, 2020
  • Written by: Tom Taylor
  • Art by: Jorge Molina
  • Cover Art by: Jorge Molina
  • When Bruce Banner wakes up in the middle of the night without the Hulk, he thinks he’s finally free. But the Hulk is immortal—and the night’s not over yet. If you thought he was dangerous in the body of mild-mannered Bruce Banner, wait till you see him now. Peter Parker is a man with the proportional strength and agility of a spider, capable of lifting trains on his bad days… And he’s about to get a big, green power-up—with a temper to match.

Immortal Hulk: Great Power #1 will be available at your local comic book shop on January 29th, 2020.

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2020-02-02 01:02:10

Andrew Dyce

It’s Spider-Man vs. The Nazis in Marvel’s NOIR Miniseries

The Spider-Man Noir comic is about to send an alternate universe Peter Parker into battle against a group of Nazis across entire continents. As part of a five-issue mini-series kicking off in March from writer Margaret Stohl and artist Juan Ferreyra, Spider-Man Noir will chronicle the dark, brooding, noir-inspired version of Spider-Man from a different earth in the years leading up to World War II.

Marvel fans will surely recognize Spider-Man Noir from his movie debut, playing a pivotal role in 2018’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse animated movie that nabbed the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Voiced by actor Nicolas Cage, Spider-Man Noir joined a main cast of spider-related characters, including Miles Morales as Spider-Man, Gwen Stacy as Spider-Woman, Spider-Ham, and more in an attempt to save the multiverse. Now, he’s getting his time to shine in the comics, too.

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As Marvel’s official solicitations for April have confirmed, Spider-Man Noir #2 tells the tale of the gritty titular character crisscrossing the globe to hunt down the Nazis, after their discovery of an ancient evil entity in one of their numerous archaeological dig sites around the world. Reeling from the death of a person in his friend circle, Spider-Man Noir is on the case, using his detective-based skills and super-human spider abilities in a thriller filled with backstabbing, big-time action and other noir versions of classic Marvel Universe heroes and villains.

Readers can have a look at the cover art for Spider-Man Noir #2 by Dave Rapoza below:

Spider-Man Noir made his debut in Spider-Man Noir #1 back in 2009, a four-issue mini-series written by David Hine and Fabrice Sapolsky with art from Carmine Di Giandomenico. This series was a part of Marvel’s attempt at creating a new, alternative continuity inspired by film noir and pulp magazines that were wildly popular in the early 20th century. Spider-Man Noir #2 is an issue from the character’s second ever solo comic series, after an 11-year absence. Given his appearances in other media, his usage in the original “Spider-Verse” comic book storyline from writer Dan Slott and its sequel, Spider-Geddon, it’s understandable that Marvel wants to continue pushing Spider-Man Noir into the spotlight, and have him stand as one of the top figures in its Spider-Man line of comics.

Marvel has been publishing an increased amount of books featuring spider characters, as April’s releases include a Gwen Stacy mini-series, the iconic Amazing Spider-Man, a Spider-Ham mini series, Spider-Gwen in Ghost-Spider, Miles Morales in his own solo book and the finale issue of a Spider-Verse spin-off series among others. As a character that’s been mostly seen as of late interacting with other spider heroes, it will be a welcomed change to see this Peter Parker on his own globe-trotting adventure in Spider-Man: Noir #2 coming in April 2020.

More: Every Spider-Man Movie In Development: MCU, Villain Universe & Animated


2020-01-23 01:01:54

Shamus Clancy

5 Things We Miss From Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy (& 5 That We Don’t)

Spider-Man has been one of the most iconic and beloved superheroes for decades and was also one of the key characters in making comic book movies Hollywood’s biggest draw. After filmmakers like James Cameron failed to bring Spidey to the bug screen, Sam Raimi succeeded and created some of the most beloved superhero movies ever made.

RELATED: 10 Amazing Behind-The-Scenes Facts About Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy

While Spider-Man continues to be successful long after Raimi’s films ended, there are still some who prefer those adventures to the more recent Spider-Man films. Of course, Raimi’s films were not perfect and there are some aspects we’re glad to be done with. Here are some things we miss and don’t miss about Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy.

10 Miss: The Cast

Raimi’s movies did an amazing job of bringing iconic characters to life in a way that felt like they were coming straight from the pages of the comics. A lot of that had to do with the talented cast he assembled for his films.

Tobey Maguire made for an excellent and inspiring Spider-Man, playing the awkwardness of the character wonderfully. His supporting cast included great performances from Kirsten Dunst, James Franco and J.K. Simmons, all helping to define their roles, while great actors like Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina made for spectacular villains.

9 Don’t Miss: Old Man Spider-Man

One of the most fun aspects of Tom Holland’s Spider-Man and Miles Morales in Into the Spider-Verse is that they seem so youthful. Watching the Raimi films, you might forget that Spider-Man is supposed to be a young kid thrown into an extraordinary situation.

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As charming and effective as Tobey Maguire can be in the role, he did not feel young. In fact, he was rushed out of high school halfway through the first film. Seeing the more recent films, it’s clear that having a younger Spider-Man gives the character a much different and interesting feel.

8 Miss: Sam Raimi’s Style

The idea of the director behind Evil Dead directing a Spider-Man film sounded like a crazy idea back in the day. As a surprise to everyone, Raimi proved to be a pretty great fit for the character and made the transition to big-budget filmmaking while maintaining his unique style.

Raimi’s work has always had a kooky edge to it, and he is able to fully embrace it in these films as well. It might seem like a weird fit for a big comic book movie, but it works surprisingly well and gives each film a distinct feel that separates it from other superhero movies.

7 Don’t Miss: Dull Romance

Romance has always been a tough thing for superhero movies to pull off and Raimi’s films were no different. The romance between Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson has always been a big part of the comics, but it was always uninteresting in these movies.

The actors were solid and they had chemistry, but not in that way. The movies seemed to think the only way to make their romance engaging was to throw forced love triangles in each installment. By the end, it was hard to care much about their relationship at all.

6 Miss: Action Sequences

As fun as the MCU Spider-Man films are, their action sequences have never been all that memorable. The humor and characters make those films work but the action feels like typical superhero stuff.

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This is one area in which the Raimi films really excelled. Even the sequences of Spider-Man swinging around New York City were thrilling as it felt like something we’d never seen before. Also, the train sequence in Spider-Man 2 remains one of the best action sequences in any comic book movie.

5 Don’t Miss: Goblin Drama

Willem Dafoe helped kick the franchise off with his stellar villain of Norman Osborn aka Green Goblin. However, Dafoe might have been too good as his character cast a large shadow over the rest of the movie.

From beyond the grave, Norman influenced his son Harry to become the next Green Goblin and kill Spider-Man. The whole storyline was stretched over the entire trilogy and always felt a little thin. By the end, it was pretty tiresome and the emotional impact of the storyline faded away.

4 Miss: Stand-Alone Stories

It’s undeniably fun to see Spider-Man as part of the massive Marvel Cinematic Universe and interacting with other iconic heroes. However, the fact that Raimi’s Spider-Man was only a part of his own smaller universe was effective.

Once you see Spider-Man go into space and fight Thanos, the notion of the friendly-neighborhood Spider-Man is pretty much gone. Raimi’s films had a charm to them for being self-contained stories that are actually quite intimate compared to other modern superhero movies.

3 Don’t Miss: Lackluster Venom

Spider-Man has one of the greatest rosters of villains of any superhero, but perhaps the most beloved Spidey bad guy is Venom. Needless to say, fans were thrilled to learn Venom would be included in Spider-Man 3 but things did not go as well as the fans were hoping.

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The casting of Topher Grace in the role raised some eyebrows initially as well as the lack of the character in the trailers. The end result was a character fans loved showing up in the third act and feeling very different from the Venom we were hoping for. It seemed pretty clear Raimi had little to no interest in the character.

2 Miss: Cartoonish Fun

Something all of the Spider-Man films seem to have understood is that these stories should have a sense of fun. The MCU Spider-Man films are basically high school comedies and Into the Spiderverse is filled with great humor. Raimi’s films took a fun approach as well, but in a different tone.

Raimi seemed to embrace the cartoonish nature of the story and filled the movies with tongue-in-cheek and off-beat humor. It felt cheesy at times, but in a good way. It was an unexpected approach that gave the films a lot of charm.

1 Don’t Miss: Uneven Tone

The downside of the unusual humor that added a spark to these films was that Raimi sometimes got carried away with it. The infamous disco dance in Spider-Man 3 has been rightfully mocked for years, but it’s even more bizarre when you look at the film around that moment.

The story of Spider-Man 3 is Peter Parker’s spiral into darkness. Raimi’s brand of humor really bumps up against such a story. He has ridiculous dancing scenes that are likely intentionally goofy then followed by a scene of him hitting Mary Jane. Raimi seems unable to juggle the two tones effectively.

NEXT: 10 Storylines From Spider-Man Comics That Should Be Made Into Their Own Video Games


2020-01-18 01:01:39

Colin McCormick

Gwyneth Paltrow Seems To Forget She Was In Spider-Man…Again

Gwyneth Paltrow has once more forgotten she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming. This is not the first time Paltrow has forgotten she was in Spider-Man: Homecoming, either. While on co-star Jon Favreau’s Netflix cooking show The Chef Show, Paltrow denied having been in any Spider-Man movies until shown a clip of her scenes in Homecoming. After being shown the scene, she was apparently surprised to learn that was Spider-Man and not a different Avengers movie. Paltrow may have forgotten one of the many MCU movies she was in as a side character, but she has also forgotten entire co-stars, including Tom Holland who plays Spider-Man and was reportedly heartbroken to find out she forgot they worked together.

Paltrow has also forgotten Sebastian Stan who plays Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier, and she seems to have forgotten not only Stan but his character’s name. In an interview with Elle, Paltrow explained she keeps forgetting which MCU movies she’s been in because of the overlapping production schedules and general similarity in her role from movie to movie. However, that doesn’t explain why she forgets entire co-stars including Samuel L. Jackson. How anyone forgets Samuel L. Jackson is unknown.

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It has happened again, this time on Instagram but noticed by Comments by Celebs. Paltrow commented on a photo of Zendaya in a sculpted pink top saying they finally had something in common, as Paltrow wore the same top for her photo which will be on the cover of next month’s Harper’s Bazaar. However, Zendaya starred in Spider-Man: Homecoming as MJ, one of Peter Parker’s classmates, meaning she and Paltrow already had something in common.

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Though Paltrow and Zendaya were both in Spider-Man: Homecoming, they don’t really have shared screen time. However, neither are insignificant to the plot. One would hope that eventually someone would help Paltrow keep track of what superhero movies she has been in and with what co-stars. Forgetfulness on the part of stars is nothing new in Hollywood of course and has even become a trope when poking fun at celebrities. Not remembering everyone doesn’t have to indicate malice or a lack of caring.

Of course, there have been numerous suggestions that Paltrow might wish to stop acting in the MCU franchise. She seems to still be doing so, although her potential role in Spider-Man: Far From Home never made it to the screen. The incredible demand of meeting many overlapping production schedules on different parts of a long and involved storyline may be some of the motivation. Still, Spider-Man: Homecoming seems to have become a particularly difficult blind spot for Gwyneth Paltrow.

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2020-01-16 10:01:44

Isabel McCormick

Sony’s Spider-Man Universe Is Building To The Sinister Six

A surprising cameo from the Vulture (Michael Keaton) in the Morbius trailer suggests that Sony’s Spider-Man universe truly is building toward the introduction of the Sinister Six. In Marvel Comics, the Sinister Six is a team of Spider-Man’s biggest villains whose primary goal is to bring down their greatest nemesis. The team was originally formed in the 1960s when Doctor Octopus, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman, and Vulture decide that since they can’t beat Spider-Man alone, an alliance between the six of them could bring Spider-Man to his knees. Fifty years later, they remain one of the most popular villain teams in the comics, which is why fans have been eagerly anticipating their live-action debut.

Perhaps the biggest takeaway from the Morbius trailer is the reveal that it takes place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Apparently, this goes for Venom and its sequel as well. When Venom was in production, there was much talk over whether or not the film was set in the MCU, and contradicting comments made it unclear. It was eventually understood that Venom existed outside of the MCU and instead served as the first installment in Sony’s Marvel Universe, a cinematic universe which only includes Spider-Man characters owned by Sony.

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The Morbius trailer changes everything by confirming that Morbius and Venom share the same world as the MCU. A scene where Spider-Man is labeled as a “murderer” clearly acknowledges the cliffhanger ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home. Also, Vulture from Spider-Man: Homecoming cameos at the end of the trailer, thus erasing any lingering doubts about Sony’s Marvel Universe being integrated into the MCU. The Vulture cameo will have big ramifications for the MCU and Sony’s Marvel Universe going forward, not the least of which being the implication that the Sinister Six is on its way.

Vulture’s cameo in Morbius is far from the first indication that the MCU could have its own Sinister Six. The notion of an MCU Sinister Six has been present since Spider-Man: Homecoming. The movie includes three iconic Spider-Man villains – Vulture, Scorpion (Michael Mando), and Shocker (Bokeem Woodbine) – and all three have been members of the Sinister Six at one point or another. All three are still alive by the end of the movie, so an eventual team-up isn’t ruled out by the events that take place in Homecoming. The Spider-Man: Homecoming mid-credits scene takes this setup a step further by having Scorpion ask Vulture about Spider-Man’s identity. According to the Scorpion, there are quite a few people who want revenge on Spider-Man. Vulture doesn’t seem interested at the time, but Scorpion at least is presented as a possible future member of the Sinister Six.

The sequel, Spider-Man: Far From Home, doesn’t directly setup the Sinister Six or take any meaningful steps toward the team’s introduction, but it does add one key Sinister Six member, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal), to the MCU. Mysterio is seemingly killed at the end of the movie, but the character’s deceptive nature could open the door for a return. Given Mysterio’s expertise when it comes to illusions and special effects, it may not be outside of the realm of possibility that Mysterio faked his own death. Also, Spider-Man’s public identity reveal paints a target on his back that would present an opportunity for Spider-Man’s villains to plot their revenge. Now that the world knows who he is, tracking him down or luring him out shouldn’t be too hard.

When Vulture makes his shocking appearance, he speaks Morbius’ name and remarks “Got tired of doing the good guy thing, huh? What’s up doc?” Vulture was last seen in prison, but his situation has obviously changed. He could have escaped or have been released legally – or perhaps Morbius finds himself in prison, temporarily, at one point in the film. Either way, Vulture must have a reason for seeking out Jared Leto’s Michael Morbius. The most obvious answer would be that Vulture wants to recruit him for some nefarious purpose. It could be that what Vulture has in mind is the formation of the Sinister Six.

If Vulture has experienced a change in heart about going after Spider-Man, he could be putting together a team of criminals to go up against the wallcrawler. However, this was the just the goal of the comic book team. The movie version of the Sinister Six could have a goal that has nothing to do with Spider-Man (especially if Vulture has given up his vendetta against Peter Parker). Having a different goal would make sense, since the movie versions of Venom and Morbius currently have no reasons to hate Spider-Man.

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Vulture clearly has his eye on Morbius, but who else would be on his Sinister Six team? Venom and both Spider-Man movies have created numerous candidates for membership. Aside from Vulture and Morbius, there’s Venom, Shocker, Scorpion, Mysterio, and soon, Carnage. However, only some of these characters may actually make it onto the team. Mysterio could be dead, and the MCU (and Sony) may not have any further plans for Shocker. Scorpion and Venom, on the other hand, do feel like they have good chances of making the team. The Scorpion, in particular, is a character who the MCU still hasn’t properly developed. His role in Homecoming was limited, and he still hasn’t received his signature tail or “Scorpion” moniker. For this reason, Scorpion could be revisited later.

The Sinister Six could also include yet-to-be-introduced characters, such as a villain from Spider-Man: Homecoming 3. Who Tom Holland’s Spider-Man will be fighting in his third solo film hasn’t been announced, but a heavy favorite is Kraven the Hunter, who Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts has already expressed interest in using. Kraven would diversify the Sinister Six roster in a way, as the character’s reputation as a man who relies on his natural skills as a hunter rather than technology would make him a unique addition to the group. Kraven’s inclusion could provide interesting interactions between members of the Sinister Six. Other possible members (who haven’t been used yet) include Doctor Octopus, Norman Osborn, and Rhino.

What exactly is the plan for the Sinister Six? Sony could have another project in the works that hasn’t been announced yet. If this plan is a Sinister Six movie, it’s worth noting that this is something Sony actually wanted years ago back before the Sony-Marvel deal that brought Spider-Man into the MCU. Given the success of Venom and the connections to the MCU, Sony could finally see a future for the Sinister Six.

Alternatively, the Sinister Six may appear in a Marvel movie instead. While Sony’s Morbius may be what sets them up, it could be a Marvel film that acts on Morbius‘ Sinister Six tease. The Sinister Six could be featured as the villains of Spider-Man: Homecoming 3, which would make it Marvel’s biggest crossover movie of 2021. With Venom and Morbius potentially appearing in a Spider-Man movie, it would greatly enhance the film’s box office potential.

As things stand, the Sinister Six could fit into either studio’s plans, but the most interesting scenario would be one that allows them to cross paths with Spider-Man. Sony and Marvel have a new deal doesn’t seem to lock Tom Holland’s Spider-Man out of Sony’s universe, and the confirmation that both universes are connected provides further proof that Spider-Man could appear in one of Sony’s films. This means that the Sinister Six may be able to fight their archenemy, regardless of which studio makes the movie.

More: Morbius Movie Trailer Breakdown & MCU Story Reveals


2020-01-16 03:01:15

Nicholas Raymond

10 Villains From The Spider-Verse That Could Make Up Sony’s Sinister Six

Sony’s Morbius has had its first trailer released and it’s already started speculation on the studio wanting to create the Sinister Six for the first time on the big screen. This is something that Sony has been trying to achieve for a while, but there is a large possibility for the team’s debut.

RELATED: Morbius: 10 Things You Need To Know About Him Before Watching The Movie

However, the members of the Six would have to come from across the Spider-Verse that has been created thus far, in Sony’s films and in the larger Marvel Cinematic Universe. Here are 10 characters who could be included in the Sinister Six for their first outing.

10 VENOM

Tom Hardy’s Venom was the first character to enter Sony’s larger Spider-verse and for the most part, he was very successful. Fans seemed to gravitate towards the film, enjoying it as a sort of superhero throwback, with slightly more violent action sequences.

In fact, people are already looking for crossover opportunities for the character. We don’t know how the symbiote would react to Peter Parker swinging around the city, so perhaps Venom would start life on the Sinister Six before charting a path to redemption.

9 CARNAGE

Of course, the villain that will be surfacing in the next symbiote film has already been introduced. Played by the talented Woody Harrelson, Carnage is set to make an appearance in the sequel and is sure to wreak havoc in Venom’s life.

The serial killer is far more dangerous than any threat that we’ve seen in Sony’s Spider-verse so far and could make for an unpredictable addition to the Sinister Six. The only problem is that Carnage isn’t too good at playing well with others.

8 MORBIUS

It’s obvious that Morbius is one of the central characters for this discussion, as it is his trailer that has prompted the Sinister Six idea in the first place. He seems awfully familiar with the Vulture and there’s something villainous about Jared Leto’s performance.

RELATED: Morbius: 10 Things You Missed In The Trailer

Whether he’s an anti-hero or a straight-up bad guy, we expect to see Morbius form some part of the original Sinister Six. The vampire-esque creature would serve as one of the more powerful members of the team but could also end up seeking redemption.

7 VULTURE

The Vulture was actually featured in the Morbius trailer, portrayed by a returning Michael Keaton. It seems extremely likely therefore that one of the best Spider-Man villains will probably be suiting up for a return to villainy as part of a new team.

Vulture could absolutely be the brains of the operation. He’s already lead a pretty successful team in the past and he’s certainly looking for some kind of revenge on the web-head. It could even be him that actually assembles the unit in the end.

6 SHOCKER

If Vulture is assembling the team it makes sense that Bokeem Woodbine’s Shocker would also be recruited for the job. The character has previous experience of working with a team and has only recently acquired the Shocker gauntlet.

Although he hasn’t been given a major focus so far, he has enough abilities and a cool costume that he could make for a fun addition to the team. There’s a long history between the characters in the comics so we hope he gets his due on the big screen.

5 MYSTERIO

The master of illusion is apparently dead, but Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio has pulled off bigger tricks than faking a death (although he has faked death as well). Mysterio is ultimately responsible for the unmasking and framing of Spider-Man.

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This has played into the wider universe but we imagine that Mysterio isn’t done there. He could absolutely act as a shock final villain to complete the team, surprising Peter since he’d assumed that he was dead that whole time.

4 TINKERER

The Tinkerer may not be an official member of the team but he will play a vital role no matter what combination of villains will be introduced as part of the Sinister Six. Every good team will need proper suits and gadgets.

The Tinkerer can produce all manner of weaponry in order to take down the web-head. We can imagine him upgrading many of these villains on this list and may even be able to create more powerful technology for Mysterio to use.

3 PROWLER

The Prowler hasn’t been introduced as an official villain, but Donald Glover’s charm has certainly made the role very interesting. He’s the uncle to Miles Morales and has been displayed as a petty criminal at best. All that can change though.

With a few upgrades from the Tinkerer as well as some financial motivation, Prowler can be added to the team very easily. He’d be working at a completely different level to the rest of the team, unsure about every step and perhaps could be a betrayer.

2 SCORPION

The Scorpion is yet to suit up and all we’ve actually seen of him is a tattoo on his neck. However, we know he’s looking to seek revenge on Spidey and chances are he’ll feel a lot better doing so when he’s amongst a criminal team.

The Scorpion is one of the most vicious criminals on this list and it would be no surprise to see the Tinkerer a full-on mechanical costume for him to fight Spider-Man with. He’d be a very cinematic addition to this growing roster.

1 CHAMELEON

The Chameleon hasn’t even been shown to be a villain yet but we’re just waiting for Dmitri to turn on Fury and the team he was working with, to take down the annoying brat Peter Parker. He’s kept his cards very close to his chest so far.

We guarantee that he has the technology to change his appearance though and there’s probably an ulterior motive here. It will be a great twist when another character is revealed to be Dmitri in disguise, betraying Peter and setting the evil plan into motion.

NEXT: Spider-Man: 10 Stories We Could Have Seen Tom Holland Have With Tom Hardy’s Venom


2020-01-15 03:01:14

George Chrysostomou

Spider-Man Just Joined DC’s Universe (Yes, Really) | Screen Rant

Warning: SPOILERS for Young Justice #12

The roster of DC’s teen superhero team Young Justice has expanded to include some new recruits. But the last thing fans ever expected was for one of them to hail from the Marvel Universe. It’s time to meet DC’s new Spider-Man.

The publisher had previously informed fans that new Young Justice members would be joining the series. And in practice, Young Justice #12 turns out to be a cunning crossover between the new heroes of Wonder Comics, the young imprint launched by writer Brian Michael Bendis upon his arrival at DC. In his first Young Justice issue, Bendis gave a nod to his former employer by suggesting that Marvel’s Universe exists inside the Speed Force. Now that playful parody has escalated significantly, welcoming a new Spider hero into the Young Justice roster.

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As the heroes surround the dimensional rip that their good friend Superboy disappeared into, technology wielded by the Wonder Twins triggers activity (of exactly what kind isn’t clear… in any book other than Young Justice, that might seem strange). But instead of Conner Kent, the dimensional rift spits out Miguel Montez and Summer Pickens. Better known to fans of Wonder Comics as the current protagonists of Dial H for Hero. And masters of one of the strangest pieces of technology in the DC Universe.

It’s possible that the lore and stars of Dial H for Hero will be new to even seasoned readers of DC Comics, considering its very premise requires an absence of recognizable heroes. The series is based around a mysterious, seemingly magical dial (recently in the form of a rotary telephone). When a user is chosen, they are given the ability to — you guessed it — dial the phone, at which point they are transformed into a superhero with a new identity, name, and superpower. But there’s no telling what the resulting powers will be, meaning Miguel or Summer’s super-personas are limited only by the writer and artist’s imagination.

That’s where the latest bombshell comes in, as well. Understandably, Miguel is starstruck to find himself face to face with the heroes of Young Justice. In a moment neither will soon forget, Robin–sorry, Drake reassures his teammates that “if they’ve been entrusted with the dial, they are okay.” Whatever the teens are dealing with, their misfiring tech is connected. So deciding that a team-up is in order, Miguel gives a spin of the dial (to the delight of Impulse). And as the heroes leap into action to shut down the villains behind these hijinks, Miguel debuts his new look:

Even if Young Justice wasn’t being written by Brian Michael Bendis, creator of the Ultimate Spider-Man, Miles Morales, the appearance of a teenage Spider-Man swinging from energized webbing would be hard to miss. For those who know their Marvel/DC Amalgam history, this isn’t actually the first variation of Spider-Man to appear in the DC Universe. That honor goes to the merged Spider-Man and Superboy of the crossover adventure. But this new version isn’t a match, meaning fans are witnessing the arrival of a new Spider hero in his first Young Justice mission. But to find out if this hero has a name — and just how close DC will walk to parodying Marvel’s wallcrawler — fans will need to stick around for the following issue. In the meantime, readers can find the full credits and plot synopsis for the issue below:

  • YOUNG JUSTICE #12
  • Written by: Brian Michael Bendis
  • Art by: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb
  • Cover Art by: John Timms, Gabe Eltaeb
  • It’s an epic Wonder Comics crossover: Naomi, the Wonder Twins, and Young Justice all come together for the first time to confront the secrets behind the entire first year of the teen team’s series. Where did Conner Kent come from? Why does Bart Allen remember everyone but no one else does? How does it all connect to Jinny Hex’s trunk? It’s a Wonder Comics blockbuster!

Young Justice #12 is available now from your local comic book shop.

MORE: The Death of Spider-Man Miles Morales Revealed By Marvel


2020-01-14 11:01:18

Andrew Dyce

Morbius Movie Image Causes Strong Reaction From Spider-Man Fans

Jared Leto’s Morbius look has leaked online and is causing powerful reactions from fans of the iconic Spider-Man villain. Following the release of Venom, Sony Pictures is moving forward their own personal Marvel Universe starring Spider-Man foes as the leads, and the next one arriving is Morbius. Since Morbius‘ announcement in 2018, limited details about Sony’s film has been shared so far. Production finished towards the latter half of 2019, but despite of that, Sony Entertainment have been staying silent during post-production.

Small things were teased about the film during its production, including Morbius having sequences which involve flying. With the character best known as a villain to Spider-Man, the film will surely be taking Morbius in an anti-hero direction similarly to Tom Hardy’s Eddie Brock. With the film coming this summer and a new Morbius trailer expected to be released by Sony this coming Monday, a leaked image has already made its way online, giving the internet its first look at Leto in full Morbius make-up and costume. Screen Rant has reached out to Sony Pictures for comment and an official high-resolution version of the image.

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With the online world being as reactionary as it is to first looks, it’s lucky fans of Morbius have reacted strongly positive to it thus far. Responses are still coming in non-stop on Twitter, with fans sharing their thoughts on Leto’s Morbius look. While the image is heavily focused on Leto’s face, not much is revealed about the actual costume. One user, @ScienceNerd616 stressed that the film would be a letdown if Morbius didn’t sport his iconic costume involving a vampire-shaped cape.

While many have been cautious about getting optimistic about Morbius having his own solo-film, others are praising the comic-accurate design. One reaction from @0_0MrWhelan0_0 states that while they had reservations about the movie, they still appreciate the production’s dedication to Morbius’ classic look. Several users are putting the leaked image side-by-side with a popular shot of Morbius from the comics, perfectly capturing the feeling of bringing something from panel to screen. Another fan, @KXA_Prime, deeply felt that the new look was worthy of “yikes”. @KXA_Prime stresses that while they enjoy the character in comics and from Spider-Man: The Animated Series, they expect it to have Venom-quality which had a mixed bag of reactions.

As positive as some fans have been with their first look at Morbius, others are still skeptical about the character even having his own film, with some explaining how just one image isn’t going to do it for them simply because it’s comic-accurate. With the reported arrival of the official Morbius trailer being on its way, it won’t be long until the world gets a first taste of what Sony’s new film will look like.

Next: Everything You Need To Know About Morbius

Source: Twitter



2020-01-11 02:01:57

Andy Behbakht

Black Cat Confirms She is NOT Spider-Man’s [Spoiler]

The romance, rivalry, and occasional team-ups between Spider-Man and Black Cat rival even those of Batman and Catwoman. But even if the pair have been depicted as adversaries, lovers, friends, allies, and opponents, there is one thing that no Marvel fan can call Felicia Hardy a.k.a. Black Cat. Not unless they want to explain the definition of ‘a Spider-Man villain,’ that is.

For those who don’t knew the story of how Felicia Hardy became the Black Cat, the series has done an admirable job of bridging her accepted origin to her current predicament. After following in the footsteps of her father, Watler Hardy, Felicia became a burglar (and was trained by the same thief her father had learned from — the mysterious Black Fox). In the current series, Felicia has been hired by the black Fox to procure some high-profile items without a lengthy explanation of what it’s all actually for. That mission has brought her into an impromptu team-up with Janice Lincoln a.k.a. The Beetle. And when the question of Black Cat’s status as ‘a Spider-Man villain’ arises, Felicia lets the truth be known, once and for all.

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It’s a surprisingly organic exchange, with The Beetle’s role in the newly formed all-female Sinister Syndicate making her recruitment of Black Cat obvious. And just in case any Marvel fans out there still considered Felicia’s more heroic actions exceptions to her thieving, villainous nature, consider yourselves corrected. Because even in the comic book world, “ex-girlfriend” doesn’t automatically mean “villain,” too:

  • BLACK CAT #8
  • Written by: Jed McKay
  • Art by: Dike Ruan, Anni Wu
  • Cover Art by: J. Scott Campbell
  • Black Cat and the Thieves Guild are now in an all-out WAR! •  In wars, there are casualties and Felicia needs to get someone she loves out of the city immediately. But can she trust THE BEETLE (fresh off her AMAZING SPIDER-MAN supporting role) to help her?
  • The Black Cat is back and starring in her first ever ongoing series! Felicia Hardy has a taste for the finer things in life and a certain set of skills that can get her into any mansion, vault or museum to…procure said finer things. But due to her actions in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, Felicia’s not only on the run from the police but also by the New York Theives Guild and their boss ODESSA DRAKE! High-octane heists, climactic chases and twist after twist that will keep you on the edge of your seat like a cat on a perch.

Black Cat #8 will be available from your local comic book shop on January 8th, 2020.

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2020-01-05 04:01:40

Andrew Dyce