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Movie Review – Spider-Man Homecoming


Title – Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Director – Jon Watts

Cast – Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Robert Downey Jr, Jon Favreau, Zendaya, Bokeem Woodbine, Donald Glover, Marisa Tomei

The last time we saw the friendly, neighborhood Spider-man on screen, he was helping Iron Man fight Captain America in Captain America: Civil War. Apparently Tony Stark thought that it would be a great idea to bring an inexperienced high schooler in to fight a bunch of Avengers.  Before that though, he was being played by Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-man 2, where he was fighting Electro.  While I really like Garfield as Spider-man and his portrayal of the web swinger but the movie failed for impress from a storyline point of view.


Tom Holland does a brilliant job in portraying Spider-Man. He plays the role of Peter Parker and stays true to the idea that he’s a goofball and a sarcastic villain irritant. In exchange, this seems to be the first Spider-Man rendition where they never focus on his “Spidey Sense.” They make it a part of him being the wall crawler but never focus too much upon it. I think it was a good decision on their part.


Marvel usually has a list of villains who just play an adversary to the hero and are easily forgettable. Michael Keaton’s Vulture doesn’t fall in this category. He’s more characterized than most of their bad guys, and though he’s more understandable, the script and the story make Vulture’s part really outstanding.


The rest of the cast was fine for the token roles that they were playing.  You had the goofy sidekick that wanted to be “the man in the chair.” You had the love interest.  You had the  jerk.  You had the loner that’s not really a loner.  All cliche characters who proved to be useless plot wheels and kind of ruined the movie for me. If it was not for Peter and Vulture the movie would have been intolerable for most of the parts.


So with a great amount of successful humor, an exceptional performance by Tom Holland and Michael Keaton, Spider-Man: Homecoming is definitely a movie worth seeing. Despite all the mediocrity that feels like some fan fiction writer from tmblr wrote it, Homecoming found a way to make that standard formula feel a little different.

Rating – 6 out of 10



Eddie Brock is Back This May In The Oversized VENOM #150!


Reunited, and it feels so good! Or, is it bad? Either way you swing it, Eddie Brock is back, and he’s bonding with the symbiote once more ahead of the can’t-miss VENOM #150 – the oversized anniversary spectacular coming this May! Series writer Mike Costa is joined by superstar guest artist Tradd Moore for an oversized main story featuring Eddie’s return to the pages of Venom. Bonded together again, Eddie and the symbiote are web-slinging their way across New York City. But, is their relationship as harmonious as it once was? Or is their bond more sinister than ever?

But that’s not all! In addition to a brutal main feature from Costa & Moore, VENOM #150 features the return of iconic past Venom creators! First up, secrets will be revealed! How did Flash Thompson come to lose the symbiote before it found its way to former Army Ranger Lee Price? The Venom: Space Knight creative team of Robbie Thompson and Gerardo Sandoval have the answers! Then, it’s back to the mean streets of San Francisco as fan-favorite creators David Michelinie and Ron Lim present a tale set between the pages of their iconic Venom: Lethal Protector series!

It’s all happening this May as a parade of Venom creators past and present bring you the must-read VENOM #150 – on sale digitally and wherever comics are sold!


VENOM #150
On Sale May 2017!

6 New Comic Book Animated Shows (And 2 Revived) – I want to see on TV


We live in a golden era of Comic book movies and TV shows coming to life. For someone who grew up watching animated shows, I still believe that it is the best medium to tell a story. Animated shows have a power of storytelling that no other medium has. Spanning a number of episodes, these shows build a story layer by layer. Animation is cheaper compared to TV or movies and hence uses graphics and action sequences in a much elaborate way.

Over time and time animation has given us some great ones like Kevin Conroy as Batman, Mark Hamill as Joker and Clancy Brown as Lex Luthor. My last favorites, Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes and Young Justice were axed by their respective networks because the executives thought that it was too mature for their audience. Over time and time I have been wishing for more animated shows and here are some that I want to watch.

Marvel Max – Made for a network like Netflix or HBO, Marvel Max can elaborate adventures of Punisher, Daredevil, Luke Cage and have an opportunity to introduce new characters like Moon Kinght, Ghostrider, Blade in the process. The opportunities with this show is unlimited and so are the number of stories they can go with.


Teen Titans v2 – The current Teen Titans is so dumb and stupid that even the kids of this era are refusing it to watch. What we need is a Teen Titans animated show on the lines of Young Justice. We all know the origin of the classic Teen Titans team. This show will give a chance to introduce new members and departure of some old ones.


Fantastic Four – It’s been a while that we have seen anything decent related to Fantastic Four on TV. Marvel’s first family is a house of strong characters in terms of both heroes and villains. A new Fantastic Four show is the best way for Marvel to show Fox who is the boss. A more source material friendly style of storytelling can follow Hickman’s brilliant run on the family before he started working on Secret Wars.


Adventures of Superman & Wonder Woman – its canon, Clark and Diana are a couple in DC universe, so why wait? We have an amazing opportunity to tell adventures of this power couple while introducing their friends in every episode. Just like Batman: Brave and the Bold we will get a cool show loyal to DC’s new 52 run.


Wolverine – Remember Wolverine and the X-Men and how it was canceled just after a season. It was the best thing to exist on TV in those days and it went off for no reason. Why I want a Wolverine animated show, is because he is one of the most well-known characters in X Universe. A Wolverine animated show will tell us his origin story while introducing his life as an X Man. We will get a chance to meet his friends and enemies, most importantly Deadpool, Taskmaster, Omega Red and The Hulk.


New Avengers – One of the best episodes on Avengers: EMH was the one that told us the origin story of New Avengers team. What if Marvel could plan a spin off series about the team. Who wouldn’t love to hear banters between Wolverine and Spider-Man?

Apart from these shows there are two shows that were canceled the moment it started to go interesting. If there is some way to revive them then I’ll be the happiest man on this planet.

Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes – I am still waiting for Season 3 and 4 of this series. The Galactus finale was too rushed and was without purpose. After Secret Invasion they could have gone on the Civil War route while slowly foreshadowing the coming of Thanos, followed by a grand finale where Galactus comes to satisfy his hunger. Come on Marvel you can do this.


Young Justice – There are still question left unanswered. I am still waiting for the big bad to show up. I still need to know what the big plan was. Is that too much to ask? I guess not.


I know my hopes are high but a fanboy can only wish. Who knew that one day you’ll be watching Batman and Superman fighting on screen. It could have been just a dream a few years back.

Pros and Cons of Spider-Man in Marvel Cinematic Univese


Every movie fan had their dream come true when Sony and Marvel announced that Spider-Man will be joining Marvel Cinematic Universe and that Marvel will produce next Spider-Man film. While this is the best thing to happen to Spider-Man after 3 mediocre movies. Spider-Man is way more famous and popular character than most of the MCU properties and yet Sony had no idea what to do with him while MCU grew. Now that Spidey is back home, can we be sure that everything is going to be all-right now?

Here are a few pros and cons about Spider-Man being in MCU.


1 Spider-Man is now an Avenger – A nerd’s dream comes true. For years we have wished for Spider-Man to fight along side Avengers. Nick Fury or Agent Coulson show up and tell Peter about the mystery of his missing Parents and Spider-Man team up with Daredevil. Think about the possibilities they are limitless and they all can come true.


2 Civil War begins – Earlier Black Panther was filling in for Peter Parker stuck between Captain America and Iron Man but now we can see a Civil War movie as it was in the source material.

3 Kevin Feige as Producer – One of the consequences of the deal struck between Marvel and Sony was that Sony would still own the rights to the character of Spider Man, so long as they have a new movie in production at least every five years. Now that Feige is in charge we will finally get a good Spider-Man film.



1. No Andrew Garfield – After this deal Andrew Garfield is probably no more the Masked Menace, the only thing good about last two sucky Spider-Man movie was his portrayal of Peter Parker and that makes me sad.

2. New release dates – All the Marvel properties are now pushed back because of Spider-Man. These are some of the new properties with a lot of potential and people were more excited to see these movies rather than just another Spider-Man movie.

3. Yet another origin story – With rumors of a teenage Spider-Man we might get to see the origin story of Spider-Man again and that is something no one wants to see. We all are bored of Uncle Ben dying again and again. We all know how a radio active spider bites Peter Parker and we all know about Oscorp so please not again.

I am really hopeful about Spider-Man coming to MCU. I hope he just kills it on the screen, I wish if Andrew could reprise his role but whoever does otherwise I guess I’ll have to wait and watch.



Guide to Avengers : connecting the dots

Avengers set to release on May 4th 2012 which is set up in Marvel Cinematic Universe comprising of movies Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man 2, Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger will have the superheroes from all the four movies and some other new additions to the table. we are on the final course towards the assembly of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes (and one Asgardian God of Thunder) on the big screen. While there are many easter eggs focusing on the mythos of each character in each movie, I will single out those that may have ties to The Avengers.

The simplest way to do this is to look at the chronology. Chronologically the Captain America comes first in the Marvel Cinematic Universe second is Iron Man. It seems that the beginning of Iron Man 2 is third, with the events of both The Incredible Hulk and Thor beginning during IM2. As for the bookends for TFA some may assume that they are the final events before The Avengers. Although using the map from the end of IM2 it clearly has a blimp in the Arctic, leading to the finding of Cap. Also the deleted scene from The Incredible Hulk where he destroys the polar ice cap and where for the first time Captain America’s body and shield in the ice were seen for a sec may be the reason how SHILED found out Captain America there. The Storm during Incredible Hulk may too have took place at the same time when Thor was banished to Earth and the change in weather phenomenon was recorded worldwide. For further concept of timeline one must read this

With this the Easter Eggs and plot threads from Captain America: TFA that seem fit into connection. Seen at the Stark Expo is Jim Hammond, the Original Human Torch. This could be picked up in either The Avengers or in a Ant-Man movie as the Vision were based on the original designs of the Synthezoid Jim Hammond. They reference the Thor mythos a few times, but the next major connection seems to be Bucky falling off of the train to his death. Death is not actually the word I should use here because he was not shown dying instead he just fell into the pit in the same style in early comic books ,honestly, Bucky being on the operating table/interrogation room, never gets explained. While it could of been just another interrogation room, what if Red Skull/Zola tried a new sort of test super soldier serum on him, therefore he would survive the fall and that leads into him becoming Winter Soldier. Bucky does wake up dazed, so it’s plausible he doesn’t know if anything happened to him. This we may see in the Sequel

Finally in Captain America: TFA we see Howard Stark find the Cube at the bottom of the ocean while searching for Cap. Earlier in the movie we see Stark studying a confiscated piece of energy from the Cube realizing it could do wonders for the future of energy, before inadvertently blowing it up. From the SHIELD Vault on the Iron Man 2 Blu-ray and dvd, it references Project Pegasus, which stands for Potential Energy Group/Alternate Sources/ United States, Tony Stark built a Prismatic Accelerator to create his new metal in IM2 the plans were from Project Pegasus originally. The Accelerator looks very similar to that of energy cells in the Hydra base in TFA, while the core of the energy cells are very similar to the Arc Reactor from the Iron Man movies. Howard Stark may have created Project Pegasus to seek resolutions for better American Energy based off of the Cosmic Cube.

In Iron Man, though there aren’t many references other than the Nick Fury cameo after the credits. This was the beginning of The Avengers build up, which further developed in Iron Man 2. The biggest thing fans saw in was the Captain America shield, although not many fans would think about too much about it, on a site a question came up why Tony had this shield lying around (as seen in both Iron Man movies) perhaps he or Howard were trying to reproduce a shield for future Super Soldiers (as seen in The Incredible Hulk) it may have been for the US Agent or for the Patriot or may be that Tony idolized the stories of Captain America growing up, and tried to build a version of the shield for the sake of it. Also in IM2 is that Tony sees an image of the tesseract in Howard’s book that he studies which makes further connection between TFA and Thor here.

The most memorable Easter egg, at least for me, was the map during the debriefing between Nick Fury and Tony Stark. In this one scene Kevin Feige, President of Production of Marvel Studios managed to foreshadow future movies and appearances, as well as force the entire comic book community to have a nerdgasm at the possibilities of certain characters. First let’s examine the western hemisphere. We have Iron Man in California, Thor in New Mexico, Hulk in New England and Cap in the Arctic. Simple enough right? Depends on your definition really, because we still have the blimp in the middle of the ocean, obvious signs point to Namor and Wakanda where Black Panther is or may be Hank Pym is doing his research on Vibranium there .

The eastern hemisphere has only two blimps, one near Norway and one in Africa. Black Panther is in Africa, there on to the Norway blimp right,just wrong for assuming. This blimp could be Ant-Man as he could be studying Vibranium, maybe I am stretching here, but they could go the route original comics went when introducing Ant-Man Safe bet is definitely Black Panther though, as they will need Vibranium to make another Cap shield eventually. Onto Norway, well this one I believed to be either Bucky or Red Skull originally but after the events of TFA I was completely stumped. Why you may ask? Well if they go the Winter Soldier route, then Bucky would need to fall off the train near Russia which isn’t close enough to Norway for coincidences. As for the Skull he was sucked into another dimension via the Cosmic Cube at the end of TFA so he wouldn’t be technically on Earth so possibility of Namor cannot be denied

The Incredible Hulk had many Easter Eggs and plot threads that relate to relate with other Marvel Cinematic Universe films, some related and some not so related. As for the primary ones, in the opening credits we view plans for the sonic beam trucks created by Stark Industries, as well as a few documents wit Nick Fury’s name on them.

Another Easter egg is during the Culver University scene that can be seen at the end of Iron Man 2, the reporter states the names of the two students who captured the video of the Hulk, the names being Jack McGee and Jim Wilson. Jack McGee for those of you who don’t know was the reporter in the ABC Hulk series in the 70’s, no big deal another cute reference to the show. Jim Wilson however, is the nephew of Sam Wilson, The Falcon himself , so will we see the Falcon anytime soon? Perhaps not, but this is promising that Marvel Studios is trying to expand the MCU with more characters that aren’t exactly considered “A-list” characters. It brings great promise that this may be the case, perhaps we can see Beta Ray Bill in a future Thor movie?

The biggest egg in TIH is the repaired version of the Super Soldier serum. The serum is blue, much like in Captain America: The First Avenger and it also worked as seen with Blonksy during the Culver university sequence. The comparisons with TFA can be seen as the speed with which both Blonsky and Rogers move and execute attacks is so alike. Also the speed at which Blonsky recovered after having all of his bones “crushed ” helps better understand how Cap survived 70 years in frozen terrain, as well as hinting that the Red Skull could survive living in another realm, that being that the Serum has a self repairing side effect.

Scene followed the Culver university scene, it would have followed the debriefing of Tony by Fury. Therefore, this could have been around the time that Thor was taking care of business over in New Mexico, there is a two or three hour difference so it could be the same moment that Thor was taking out the Destroyer, which could cause atmospheric disturbances and change weather patterns throughout the nation. So outside of a theory with absolutely no meteorology experience this really could be no more than a simple coincidence or reference to Thor.

The Incredible Hulk ends with a clue of Bruce may be finally able to control Hulk as his eyes turn green, Loki’s Magic is also green and this may be the reference to the very first comic book where Loki takes control of Hulk causing Avengers to unite for the very first time thus Marvel Studios being loyal to fans by sticking up to what actually happened.

Speaking of everyone’s favorite God of Thunder, Thor is similar to TIH, it has many subtle eggs, and a few things that could be explained further explored with another scene from an MCU film. On with the refrences, Dr. Erik Selvig references Banner when talking about SHIELD, and also hints at knowing someone that has dealt with “these people before.” Now having read the script, this colleague is known to be Ant-Man himself, Henry “Hank” Pym. Now this could solidify the “theory” that Hank Pym is in Africa searching/studying Vibranium, all it actually says is that Hank has been involved with Shield in some capacity prior to Thor, which with Marvel Math you can assume is before IM2 if not the original Iron Man Around the 34 minute mark of Thor is the end Credits scene to IM2, now does this mean that this part of Thor falls is chronologically following the debriefing scene in IM2 ?

The easter egg is a simple phrase Loki says to Heimdall, “There are secret paths between the worlds to which even you with all your gifts are blind.” This phrase set up the route to which Loki arrives on Earth for The Avengers. Yet after seeing TFA we know that the Cosmic Cube is a path between worlds, whether or not Heimdall can see these paths does not matter. What does matter, is the fact that now we have a way for Thor to get back to Earth in The Avengers. When the Skull was sucked into the World Tree, the cosmic universe looked very similar to a scene in Thor, meaning he could have ended up close to Asgard. At the end of Thor we see that Shield has the Cube in custody with the idea that it has unlimited power and it is hinted that Shield may know that the Cube is a gateway to another dimension. Now with Cap unfrozen, he will be able to explain what happened to the Skull, which could lead to someone using it to get Thor back on Earth. Although, I would assume that Loki will have obtained the Cube somehow before Thor is brought back to Earth which would become the day unlike any other.

Another connecting dot in MCU is Agent Phil Coulson. He is introduced as an agent of Shield in Iron Man and then his role expands in Iron Man 2 and Thor. A original character created for movies played by Clark Gregg is now in the Avengers movie with his solo Shorts tie in to the movie showing how badass he is. Personally he has become one of my personal favourites MCU and would like his further character development in Avengers

Also the introduction of Hawkeye as an agent of Shield in Thor was another homage to original comics where he worked with SHIELD and was later framed and became a runaway hero. In Thor we got a glimpse into the Odin’s Vault which had Eternal Flame, Infinity Gauntlet, Warlock’s Eye, Orb of Agamotto andTablet of Life & Time. Out of these fans are most excited about the infinity gauntlet which can be a hint about Thanos whom we can see sooner and later in a marvel movie

Till now I am able to connect movies and MCU as much I could for rest we will have to wait till 4th of May 2012.

The New Age Desi Graphic Novel Industry

I grew up reading my dad’s awesome collection of comic books which consisted of Diamond Comics, Indrajaal Comics and vintage DC/Marvel comics. Later, I got into Raj and now defunct Tulsi comics — and my collection became the ever growing one. In between many small publications came around and went out of business the only because Raj and Diamond comics had a hold on the market for the respective age groups.

The sole reason behind other comic bookcompanies unable to grow up was lack of marketing skills and advertising options. By mid 90s crappy movies based on Marvel and DC comics had started coming, with no connection to the actual comic book interpretation, with simply having the characters from those comics. And even when these American comic books had their own shows on TV,Indian comic book industry stayed in the print area. By this time, Amar ChitraKatha kept printing issues with constantly improving artwork and stories and the only superheroes we had on TV were Shaktiman and Captain Vyom, which failed to create wonders in print. Also, Gotham Comics started bringing Marvel DC and other publications at genuine price, good enough for people to actually buy them, and read them.

Time passed by and during 2006 Gotham comics took a historic step that was said to change the graphic novel scene entirely. Gotham comics tied up with Marvel, and started publishing the story of Spiderman in Indian context. The story about a middle class teen, Pavitra Prabhakar, facing the usual problems of an Indian Teenager; it had marvellous artwork and story.Also, Gotham tied in with Virgin comics and a new line of comic books started coming in under titles, Ramayana 3392 AD had a new futuristic take on the classic story of Ramayana, coming out from the brilliant minds of Shekhar Kapoor and Deepak Chopra. Shekhar Kapoor also created Snake Woman a modern take on legends of Ichadhari Naags,Shakti, Devi, Sadhu etc. For a while everyone had an idea that this is going to change the graphic novel scene in India forever but sadly they all stopped publishing after a while and we returned to the same rusty phase.

After a gap of 2 or 3 years with new ways to advertise and better use of Internet, with the hype around social media, and blogging, we finally have a new breed of writers and artists who are ready to take chances. This started in 2009 when Shreyas Srinivas formed level10 comics and their first comics “The Rabhas Incident” a zombie story based in Bangalore came out. And after all this, the biggest game changer came out — as the first Comic Con India in 2010, Delhi on the lines of American Comic Book Conventions. Comic Con India proved to be a platform for comic book lovers as well as various Indian publishers, to promote their stuff.

Among the many awesome graphic novels, few of the notables are works published by Pop Culture Publishing, which consists of Ud Bilav Manus, Retrograde and Zombie Talkies. While you are reading this, Flipkart would have delivered me my copy of Ud Bilav Manus who is India’s first Bhojpuri Comic Character.

The Most notable name right now in the field of Graphic novels is Vimanika comics which has got a huge fan base in short time. They create modern interpretations about mythological figure with less violence making it suitable for readers of all ages. Their first graphic novel Mokshawas a huge success and they plan to do the same with Shiva and War of Independents. Jungle Book is coming in a new avatar by Campfire graphic novels and Holy cow Entertainment is on with Ravananyan.

While the creative content for these comic books arepretty original, the creators need to take care of the names of some characters, which don’t really sound original.But, anyway, the point being that we are competing right now with international players and a live action movie is needed soon. Two years back a Doga movie was too much in hype but then it all went off.

Comic Con India is the best way to promote but then there can be other ways too,like I got my first issue of Virgin comics after winning them on a radio contest. I also wish someone to reboot the Shaktiman Comic book franchise in their own style and rest of the stuff should look close to the modern Indian society– a graphic novel on CID or Rajnikant won’t be a bad Idea and a lot of work is to be done in the horror field, too. There are parts of Indian mythology which haven’t been touched.

Fans need to support these creators by not comparing them to western books — we are and will be a standalone genre of our own.

Things the next Spider-Man game should include

A free roam in New York city to web-swing around, more and better boss battles, select-a-Spidey, and more ideas I think Activision and Beenox should use to restore Spider-Man to video game greatness as they used to be.

Let’s face it, the most likely new game we’ll get for Spider-Man will be based upon the 2012 reboot, “The Amazing Spider-Man”, next July. But to be perfectly honest, I’d rather that Activision and Beenox, who have gotten hold of developing Spidey’s games since the recent “Spider-Man: Edge of Time” (which I admit, I haven’t played yet, so please keep that in mind when I refer to things about the game even though I haven’t actually played it yet), put just as much effort, if not more effort, into their next Spidey game based on the comic books. The problem is, the recent games have been severely lacking that original, fun quality past Spidey games have had. I’m going to break it down, nice and simple, and point out what SHOULD be done for Beenox’s next Spider-Man game. Here are my Top Ten things the developers should keep in mind when making a new Spidey game:

There’s a reason why “Spider-Man 2: The Movie” video game is still considered by fans as the best Spider-Man video game to date, and it’s because of the free-roam web-swinging you could do through the streets of New York. From what I understand of “Edge of Time”, most of the game-play takes place inside the same place: in a building. And if you think about it, that’s pretty peculiar to lack that in a game about SPIDER-MAN. He’s SUPPOSED to be swinging over the city. While “Shattered Dimensions” and “Edge of Time” have been fun for gamers, both have been frustrating to Spidey AND gamer fans alike for whatever reason, whether it was repetitive game-play or bad camera angles or whatever. But what most, if not ALL, Spidey fans want to see is Spider-Man going back to the free-roam style where you get to FEEL like you’re Spider-Man when you web-swing over the city streets. I mean, Spider-Man is known for web-swinging and wall-crawling, so both qualities can be used in needing to complete certain levels to keep things fun and not too repetitive. Why not give the people what they want, by having Spidey go explore over a free-roam environment of New York instead of through a building?

Everything needs to have a good story, because without it, your product is nothing. (Hear that, “Green Lantern”?) And from what I’ve read, “Spider-Man: Edge of Time” has its plot holes and can at times be weak in its story. The next game needs to have a good foe for Spider-Man to chase through the city to stop, because that’s what Spidey does: he fights bad guys in present day New York and swings from place to place. It can be a challenge to have a believable, realistic plot for a Spider-Man game when so many of the characters are superhuman characters in colorful costumes. Then again, that doesn’t mean we need aspects of the game-play that can be too repetitive and have the story be too short or too long. It’s a balancing act, yeah, but past Spider-Man games have proven if you keep the story simple, to the point, and fun with a few Easter eggs tossed in along the way, you can’t go wrong with a working formula for a Spidey game. Besides, what Spidey fan wouldn’t love going back to the free-roam style and explore places in New York like the Daily Bugle or the Fantastic Four’s Baxter Building hideout or Stark Towers or may be Avenger’s Mansion? One thing’s for sure: flipping switches and jumping through hoops have to go in a Spider-Man game.

I don’t care how it’s done, these guys need to stay put. Period. From what I’ve read, Barnes and Keaton are THE reasons for getting your hands on “Edge of Time” because of the chemistry between the two. Fans can argue who’s the better voice actor for Spidey and who should voice WHICH Spidey forever, but the fact is these guys ARE the voice of Spidey. The voice acting is rightly considered the best aspect of “Edge of Time” and I can say that because I’ve seen the clips released for the game. The jokes, the delivery, and Barnes’ classic “MARY JANE!” yell… from what I’ve heard, it’s all there. One of the things I miss, though, is the fact that Barnes hasn’t voiced the PETER PARKER Spider-Man since the popular Fox Kids “Spider-Man” animated series of the 1990s and I hope he voices the “real” Spidey for the next game, whatever it may be. Hopefully, if there’s a Spidey game where there’s multiple-alternate reality Spider-Men again, we can see Barnes as Peter Parker/Spidey, but one thing’s for sure: Barnes and Keaton should be in the next Spider-Man game in some capacity. If it ain’t broke…

This was one aspect of “Edge of Time” I was as intrigued by as I was irritated: the alternate Spider-Man costumes. Sure, Spidey’s had many suits over the years, but do we have to have so many variations in the game? And on the subject, why do so many of them have to be “exclusive” and “downloadable content when you pre-order it from (store name here) only”? It’s annoying and it’s ridiculous. The two “Spider-Man” games for PlayStation 1 got it right: you can have a select number of suits in the game, and THEY’RE ALREADY THERE. No hassle, no need to have a previously-saved Spidey game to unlock it. Some suits should be there, like armored Spidey or even Octo-Spidey, who I don’t think has ever been done in a game, because they’re from the comics. Then again, I don’t know how many people are lining up to unlock The Amazing Bag-Man alternate suit. Better yet, here’s a follow-up idea: how about you can select not only which Spider-Man you get to play (Ultimate, 2099, Amazing, etc.), but WHO THE VOICE OF SPIDEY IS TOO? Come on, you can pick a character’s suit. Wouldn’t it be cool if you could pick who the voice actor was, too? These guys record alternate dialogue for games all the time, so it shouldn’t be too far-fetched to have different actors do the same character’s lines but have the gamers pick out which actor voices him, right?

I was very disappointed when I found out about the lack of boss battles for “Spider-Man: Edge of Time”. Anti-Venom and Black Cat 2099 are bosses, sure, but the main boss isn’t someone recognizable and iconic like the Green Goblin or Doctor Octopus. Instead, we got… Dr. Walker Sloan? Really? Also, I wasn’t fond of the recent reveal of the “Atrocity” character, which mixed Sloan, Anti-Venom and Doc Ock. Mainly because that character was better in every conceivable way the first time around when PS1 introduced him as MONSTER OCK, when Carnage’s symbiote bonded with Doctor Octopus and gave us one of the best final boss battles in all of Spider-Man’s video game history. Atrocity is just… well, an atrocity. It’s ugly and seems to be ripping off an exclusive-for-the-game character of a past game. If you wanted a symbiote to bond with Ock, why not just bring Monster-Ock BACK?

Here’s what the next Spider-Man game should do: include more boss battles and use more of Spidey’s classic rogues. As I’ve said before, I’m surprised all of Spidey’s main enemies have never been in the same game together. This next game should have them ALL in some capacity and as either a minor or major boss battle for Spidey – Chameleon, Vulture, Doctor Octopus, Sandman, Lizard, Electro, Mysterio, Green Goblin, Kraven, Scorpion, Rhino, Shocker, Hydro-Man, Hobgoblin, Venom, Carnage, Anti-Venom, etc. And if you got characters to meet up and fight in an area best suited for their powers as a challenge for Spidey to stop them, like fighting Sandman on a beach or Mysterio in a movie studio, Spidey fans and gamers would likely get a kick out of it. People say that someone like Doctor Octopus, Venom, or the Green Goblin should be the final boss in the game. I say, I don’t care who shows up as the last boss for players to battle – can’t we just have them all in there somewhere?

Wouldn’t it be fun to go into a warehouse to take down some crooks and you instead find a hidden door that reveals a Goblin hideout, complete with gliders and pumpkin bombs? Better yet, why not drop by Forest Hills and check on Aunt May in her home for a visit? There are so many possibilities of what kind of Easter eggs you could do, like dropping by the Baxter Building and hang out with Johnny Storm or going by to foil a robbery, only to find Daredevil’s there and you get to briefly chat since he has already stopped said robbers May be an X-Men Reference or Hell’s Kitchen tour. I don’t care what Easter eggs the developers ultimately use, one thing’s for sure: there was a real lack of them in past Spidey games, and they need to make a comeback.

I’ve said this before, but then again, it bears repeating. Sometimes, some of the voice actors chosen for certain character roles can seem… off. Just look at “Web of Shadows” for proof. You need a good cast for all things Spidey, and video games are certainly no exception. If you’re going to bring in some of Spidey’s best baddies for the game’s boss battles, why not use guys that have voiced the character before? John DiMaggio has voiced Hammerhead, the Rhino and Sandman for past Spidey games and animated series, so why not have him back as the voice for at least one of those villains? Daran Norris has had involvement for past Spidey games and cartoons too, such as voicing J. Jonah Jameson for both the PS1 “Spider-Man” game and “The Spectacular Spider-Man” animated series, among other Spidey characters. Who wouldn’t want to hear “Spider-Man: The Animated Series” voice actors like Maxwell Caulfield and Mark Hamill reprise their roles as Alistair Smythe and Hobgoblin, respectively? Or maybe get Michael Dorn and Lisa Loeb to reprise their roles as Kraven and Mary Jane after voicing the characters for MTV’s “Spider-Man” computer-animated series. Or perhaps, get Peter MacNicol and Xander Berkeley back to voice Doctor Octopus and Mysterio, respectively, after they previously voiced the roles on “The Spectacular Spider-Man”. Heck, you could even get voice actors for the new “Ultimate Spider-Man” cartoon to come onboard, like Steven Weber as the voice of Green Goblin and J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson. The point is, these guys are still here and still contributing their voices to recent Spider-Man games. The problem is they’re usually playing either alternate reality version of the characters, like DiMaggio voicing Noir Hammerhead for “Shattered Dimensions”, or someone else entirely, like Berger voicing Kingpin for “Web of Shadows” rather than Mysterio. The possibilities are endless and besides, people like nostalgia. I know, this isn’t the first thing that’d come to gamers’ minds on their own wish list of what they’d like to see in a Spidey game, but I think it’d be cool to have Neil Ross back as the voice of the Green Goblin or Vanessa Marshall back as the voice of Mary Jane. Oh, and more Stan Lee narrations for the next game, please. We need more Stan the Lee in Spidey games. Lots more!

Sometimes, after you’ve beaten a certain level or even the game itself, it doesn’t really feel like you’ve accomplished much. One thing that was fun about the “Spider-Man: The Movie” game was that you could play as the Green Goblin after you beat it. I honestly don’t know what would happen if you beat the “Spider-Man 2” movie game, because, as fun and beloved as it is by fans, I have no clue because I don’t think anyone’s even BEATEN it yet because the challenges like jumping through hoops and stuff within a specified time limit can be so blasted hard. When you beat this Spider-Man game, give them something to show for it to have the replay factor be fun for gamers, whether they’re Spidey fans or not. You could unlock an alternate Spider-Man like the previously-mentioned Octo-Spidey (it’s Spidey with Doc Ock’s tentacles, folks – imagine the combo attacks NOW!), a different character like a close Spidey hero (Black Cat, Daredevil, etc.) or villain (Venom, etc.), or something to that effect. But the point is, it has to be something special, something that makes you feel excited and say “I’m glad I beat my game for this!” instead of asking in disappointment, “I beat my game for THIS?” They should take examples from X-men Legacy where Deadpool is unlocked after you beat the game or Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Just trust me on this one.

One word that’s being described for “Edge of Time”, from what I’ve read, is “boring”. And “boring” should never, EVER be mentioned in a review of a Spider-Man video game. The web-swinging and combat moves should feel fun and fresh, the levels and main boss opponents of the game should be challenging but not hard enough to make you want to break the controller in a Hulk-level bout of rage, and have the repetition of level tasks kept to a minimum. Granted, repetition is inevitable, but it should still be fun and make you want to replay the game. You could even bring back some old aspects of past Spidey games, like taking pictures for the Daily Bugle to earn money for webbing like the Sega Genesis’ classic “Spider-Man” game, or add features from the comics to help complete tasks in levels, like letting players use Spider-Man’s spider-tracers to track down escaping enemies or using Spidey’s belt beam Spider-Signal to look around darkened rooms. The point is, mix things up a little next time around. Players should get a thrill out of not just playing a Spider-Man game, but get the feeling that they ARE Spidey whether they’re swinging over a sidewalk or knocking Doc Ock’s lights out with a punch to the jaw.

Granted, this editorial would’ve helped me make my point a lot better if I actually rented and played “Spider-Man: Edge of Time” first, but I’ve simply lacked the time to do so. But from what I’ve read about the game, even if I HAD played it first before I wrote this, this review of mine might’ve still been written just the same.