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Brian Michael Bendis Says Miles Morales Is Spider-Man

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 22 Jun 2015 12:00 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 6202 Views

(DM) – Monday June 22, 2015 Remember when Peter Parker was Spider-Man? Wait, you mean you didn't know? Miles Morales is now Spider-Man. According to Marvel writer Brian Michael Bendis.

Through Bendis, Marvel has decided. Or is it the social justice warriors of Reddit? You spoke, and Marvel listened, but only if you are in your early twenties and on Tumblr. No longer are comics an escapist read. They apparently form society.

The creator of the Miles Morales Spider-Man, Brian Micheal Bendis announced on his own Tumblr page Sunday June 22, 2015. "Sunday Bomb Drop!!"  referring to a New York Daily News Article with his own quote, “It’s meant a great deal to a great many people. Our message has to be it’s not Spider-Man with an asterisk, it’s the real Spider-Man for kids of color, for adults of color and everybody else.”

This is a misleading statement. Miles will jump over from the Ultimate Universe to be part of the Peter Parker universe (Marvel 616), but to call him The Spider-Man is what Bendis alone insists. Then again, Marvel may get behind him soon on this. Miles Morales is a great Spider-Man. Yet he is an off-shoot of the original. If Batman dies and Robin takes over, okay. But while Bruce Wayne is a live, Robin is still Robin. Until the King is dead, a prince is a prince etc... Why insist Miles is "THE" Spider-Man?

So here I come off racists because I am willing to argue against his specific statement "It’s meant a great deal to a great many people."  What are the demographics of people that want Miles and how many are in the market segment for Peter Parker? Without any definitive proof, the realistic answer is a very loud few are being serviced.

Would it makes sense if Bendis is claiming 80 percent of the paying public want Miles Morales as Spider-Man when in fact that 80 percent actually wants and buys the Peter Parker Spider-Man? The answer is no.

The first issue will drop in a couple months and first issues always sell big. As do the next few before the real audience sticks it out.

Don't use that rational with social justice zealots though. It doesn't matter what makes sense when you are dealing with ideologues. Bendis believes what he wants to believe on an emotional level. And it's hard to argue when someone stands on a tearful story such as this as told by Bendis in the same NY Daily News article: He was shopping with his adopted daughter of color when she found a Spider-Man mask. She said, “Look daddy, I’m Spider-Man!”

Bendis had a natural heartfelt response. “I started crying in the middle of the aisle,” He says. “I realized my kids are going to grow up in a world that has a multi-racial Spider-Man, and an African American Captain America and a female Thor.”

Allow me to use sarcasm to drive home a point. By the social justice warrior logic, there are a lot of black churches singing praise to a white diety, and we need to do something about that too. Are white people demanding a Caucasian remake of Friday (1995)?

I guess Bendis forgot to mention to his daughter there are in fact a couple other super heroes his daughter could read at Marvel: She Hulk, Captain Marvel, Black Widow, Electra, Spider-Woman, Rogue, Jean Grey, Emma Frost, Storm, Dominoe, Invisible Woman: Sue Richards, Wasp, Lady Deadpool, Marvel Girl: Rachel Summers, Ms. Marvel: Carol Danvers and Silver Sable.

Perhaps she can even read something from the competition at DC?  Batgirl, Wonder Woman, Catwoman, Supergirl, Raven, Hawkwoman, Zatanna and Black Canary.

When she grows up she even has Indy comics to turn to: Orphan Black, Shi, Ghost, Vampirella, Lady Death, Tank Girl, Barb Wire, Witchblade, Razor and Angela.

In fairness to Bendis less than half of these characters have their own titles. Yet the list is still extensive. And still there is a demand to take iconic characters and make them female or black or anything but a white male.  

What is challenging here is I have no bone to pick with Brian Bendis. I enjoy many of his stories and don't dispute his excellent writing skills. That includes creativity. The issue is over his argument and the big two publishers argument in re-appropriating established super heroes. Take Wonder Woman and make her man, and that is just is ridiculous as making Thor a woman and calling her Thor. I'll get to that later.

If you are a long time comic book fan – you know... over thirty. You're an old head. You're out of touch and you don't matter.

Why?

Marvel needs new blood! If you didn't have kids for a host of reasons, you didn't do your duty and indoctrinate your kids into comics and for that sin you've been condemned to reading old comics. ...Read more...





Marvel Netflix A.K.A. Jessica Jones Explained

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Mon 18 May 2015 12:45 PM EST
Category: Pop Culture | 3244 Views
(DL) – May 18, 2015 The Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones (Krysten Ritter) will be a huge superhero for Women. For some time female comic book enthusiasts have been demanding a female super hero in cinematic form. What is Jessica Jones’ super hero power? It should be super human strength, but her story of recovery is what will make her a major hit. Adapted from the Marvel MAX 28 part series Alias, Jessica's story unfolds during her post super hero career. Now retired, she works as a private investigator.

Marvel Netflix aka Jessica Jones

To understand why Marvel Netflix A.K.A. Jessica Jones will be a hit for women, it is best to explain the changed climate in super hero needs spawned by the recent past super hero films and current shows that have set the table for A.K.A. Jessica Jones. ...Read more...

CW's Legends of Tomorrow Will Not Include Flash or Green Arrow

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Sat 16 May 2015 11:32 AM EST
Category: Articles | 1295 Views
(DL) – May 16, 2105 Good artist copy, great artist steal. Picasso said that. Examining Legends of Tomorrow and it seems like Suicide Squad meets the Justice League but without a name. 

CW's Legends of Tomorrow

Super hero team-ups abound. The Fantastic Four, Avengers, The Justice League, the list can go on and on. Yet with the success of DC’s CW shows Arrow and The Flash, an unlikely superhero team up is on the horizon. One that is oddly named at best, Legends of Tomorrow.

CW will soon launch a 13 episode season of Legends of Tomorrow. Early word the series itself will begin in January or February of 2016. Trailers beg loads of excitement but what most people have not noticed is who is absent from the team. Arrow and Flash. Look at the promotional artwork, Legends of Tomorrow won’t include Flash or Arrow. They will of course guest star but CW producers believe they won’t need The Flash or Arrow. What smells here is the usual greed of networks. They are milking a cash cow and striking while the iron is hot. The Arrow and The Flash fans may be in for a poor surprise....Read more...

Gotham on Fox – Review: Faithful and Good Storytelling

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Thu 25 Sep 2014 12:38 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 2086 Views
Four Dangers

(DL) – DC has been incessantly getting it wrong convoluting their universes. Just look at the *New52 in print. Fans are appalled that DC won’t revert to the original origins. Then you have the film Green Lantern, and reboots of Superman. Only Chris Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy made for a great superhero franchise while itself not staying true to canon. It’s frustrating to those that read comics and know the original back stories.

Gotham

Yes, print and cinema are uniquely different but then we get many DC shows all part of the same TV universe that don’t connect (except Arrow and Flash – different timeline saves DC on this one) they will confuse the casual DC viewer....Read more...

Guardians of the Galaxy - Film Review: Marvel's Best Movie Yet

Lars Hindsley
By Lars Hindsley Fri 1 Aug 2014 4:51 PM EST
Category: Film Reviews | 2648 Views
Five Dangers

(DL) – Guardians of the Galaxy is the most advertised Marvel movie to date. It’s the strongest effort produced by Marvel studious yet. Guardian’s is more of a science fiction romp than a superhero flick, scoring a five out of five. More than just a film worth seeing, it’s worth owning in your media library with strong replay value.

Directed by James Gunn, Guardians of the Galaxy is quirky, hilarious at times, balanced in action, character oriented, with a sensational blend of Marvel personalities that do not come off as Star Wars cantina oddballs.

Voiced by Bradley Cooper Characters such as Rocket Raccoon will keep you in stitches and at no time do you hear Bradley in the character. Without knowing he is the voice, you could never pick him out. On the trivia front, Bradley cites Rocket’s voice based on Joe Pesci’s character Tommy DeVito in Goodfellas (1990).

Vin Diesel as Groot is nothing short of adorable. Unimaginable but true. Zoe Saldana as Gamora is another actress that despite any prejudices you may have for her due to her disdain for comic books, she is fantastic in her part. Only pro wrestler Dave Bautista as Drax the Destroyer is soft on acting. Dave becomes an acceptable Drax due in part to well defined mannerisms and humor.

It’s a story that carefully brings together these group of space misfits. They have hardly anything in common except distrust and fighting ability. ...Read more...

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