News from the Spider-Verse
I have some sad news from the comic book world to pass along. The story broke on Friday that legendary comic artist/writer Steve Ditko had passed away at the ripe old age of 90 years old. Ditko famously worked at Marvel Comics starting in the so-called “Silver Age of Comics” and during that time helped to create staples of the Marvel lineup such as Dr. Strange and, most notably, Spider-Man. Since Ditko’s passing was announced, people across the Internet and the comic book world have shared reactions and memorials, including current movie Spider-Man Tom Holland and former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and current CCO of Marvel Entertainment Joe Quesada. While I’ll leave the memorials to those who knew him and his material far better than me, I will say that Spider-Man has been one of my favorite characters since childhood, and is a big part of why I’m such a big fan of comic books and all Marvel media. So thanks to Steve Ditko for creating such a big influence on my life. With that said, there is a wealth of Spider-Man news circling the Internet, and with Comic Con coming up in a couple of weeks, so let’s dig into the new Spidey material on the horizon.
Spider-Man: Far from Home set photos and rumors
The follow-up to the hit Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t set to debut in theaters until next July, but that hasn’t stopped rumors from swirling across the, wait for it, web about plotlines and characters that could appear. Of course, spoiler alert for Avengers: Infinity War, the biggest plot point will play out in the next Avengers movie, since Spidey technically died in Infinity War. It’s not surprising that Peter Parker will return, since we’ve known about this movie for a while now, but rumor has it that Far from Home will take place just a few weeks after Avengers 4, and with principal filming taking place in the UK, speculation is that this film will be the Marvel Cinematic Universe debut for Captain Britain. Some photos from the set have been released showing actor Tom Holland...smiling...so not too much info can really be gleaned from that. A Twitter user also posted a short video of a scene being filmed with Spidey in street clothes looking distressed. Thinking about the fallout of Avengers 4? Could be anything really, but it’s exciting to see production underway nonetheless. Basically every Marvel character has been rumored to be involved, but most exciting are Spider-Man supporting characters like Gwen Stacy and Venom (who has his own movie coming up). Personally I’m most hoping for an appearance from Black Cat, aka Felicia Hardy, for no reason other than I’ve been crushing on her since 1996. More details for Spider-Man: Far from Home are sure to be released as production moves along.
Into the Spider-Verse: Introducing a new Spider-Man and then some
Although viewers will have to wait until summer 2019 for the next installment of Spidey in the MCU, the next film to hit the big screen will be Sony Animation Studios’ Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which will be released this holiday season. Featuring an alternate universe version of Spider-Man named Miles Morales, Into the Spider-Verse will explore the different universes that exist in Marvel comics. Alternate universes are a staple of Marvel comics but haven’t been explored in a major MCU release yet, and this film looks like it will be a fun entry into that rabbit hole. A version of Peter Parker is already confirmed to play a big role via the official trailer, as well as an alternate super-powered version of Gwen Stacy (aka Spider-Gwen. I know right?). There are few things I love more than universe-hopping in Marvel comics, making Into the Spider-Verse a much see for me.
Spider-Man PS4 update
Finally, what would a Spider-Man news roundup be without an update on Insomniac Games’ upcoming PS4 title? This week Marvel Games announced Spider-Man would be featured during an event at Comic Con, along with a few other Marvel titles in the works. Expect to see new gameplay and potentially some new villians that will be in the game. What Comic Con attendees won’t see are any other Marvel heroes. The game’s creative director confirmed on Twitter that no other heroes will appear in the game, even though there will almost certainly be at least mention of one or two of Marvel’s finest. Hopefully there will be plenty of content from the game coming up in the lead up to it’s September release (although no demo will be made available) to keep gamers satisfied until they can get there hands on it.
Marvel is showing no signs of slowing down with their most popular superhero, so there will certainly be plenty more to come for Spidey. Which title are you most excited to see or play? Let us know on Twitter @tbpynh and swing back by the Best Segment You’ve Ever Nerd for more nerd news and reports.