Posts Tagged ‘Spider Man’

Comic books in general have been known to pull some crazy stunts in order to boost sales or attempt to stay in line with pulp culture. Sometimes it’s totally awesome, sometimes it’s utterly fail. One of the biggest examples of a WTF moment was Spider-Man #700 where the writer even got death threats over the ending.

A lesser known WTF moment was the cancellation of Avengers Academy so that the characters could return in a new title. This, in and of itself, isn’t anything too noteworthy, but the fact that the new title is called Avengers Arena and is specifically about teenage students being forced to fight to the death caused several brows to be raised. Not only were they obviously capitalizing off the recent success of the Hunger Games movie but they literally stole their #1 cover from an earlier, and even bloodier, film called Battle Royale.

Avengers Arena #1 cover and Battle Royale poster

Avengers Arena #1 cover and Battle Royale poster

This made a lot of people unhappy for several reasons, least of all being that Marvel has taken a bunch of kids and basically said they were going to start killing them off… for seemingly no real good reason. It’s not the worse thing Marvel has ever done and a lot of the characters aren’t nearly as well known as, say, Spider-Man, and so the title debuted with about as much fanfare as any other title… until recently.

Just as quietly, a petition on Change.org was put up to get Avengers Arena pulled and retconned.

The cancellation of Avengers Arena by Dennis Hopeless: Cancel Avengers Arena and retcon the deaths that have happened.

Marvel has gathered together our favorite teenaged characters in a gambit to ride the coattails of The Hunger Games recent success. We cannot allow these young heroes in training to be killed off, it is an injustice to them and the future of comics – even if the majority of the comic populace; neither care, nor have heard of them. Each of these characters, established before this book, have seen substantial personal growth; growth which is about to be snuffed out in the name of sales. Let us show Marvel that we will not let this transgression go unremarked. Let us show that we will not allow our beloved characters to fade quietly into the night. Let us show Marvel that we are their dedicated fans and these are the characters we love! Join me by signing this petition, and help me show Marvel that this is not the right thing to do, that we will not sit idly by while they lump our beloved characters into the debris pile they have collected. Thank you, each and every one of you , even if you do not sign. So long as you have read this I have seeded the thought of this travesty against fans into your mind.

Now, correct me if I’m wrong, but this is the first time that a petition has gone up for anything like this, esp something that is not so mainstream as one of the ‘big named’ characters. I would have expected a Spider-Man petition long before an Avengers Arena. Then again, all it takes is one person who feels for these characters to put up a petition, and since AA is a smaller title, a petition might be the only way for anyone to take notice.

As for signing the petition, I’m torn. While I don’t like the idea of a Battle Royale style anything, let alone in my comics, I can’t help but think “this is Marvel, they’ll retcon themselves eventually anyway”.

At the time of posting the petition only has 63 signatures and it looks to have been put up almost a month ago (22 days). I don’t know what kind of advertising they did for it but it just hit Bleeding Cool and it’s only a matter of time before a few other outlets pick up the story as well.

In the end, I fully believe that even if the petition got up to 30k signatures, I doubt Marvel would take any notice. It will be all about the bottom line. If Avengers Arena doesn’t sell very well then they will cancel and perhaps go back to Avengers Academy or parcel the characters off into other titles, the ones that are still living that is.

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ComicBookMovie – Tollin/Robbins Productions  Settles SMALLVILLE Lawsuit With Warner Brothers
Of course I would think WB would want to keep the show on their network, they have the rights to the material. Though, granted, WB has put things on other networks, such as Fringe on FOX. I wonder if Smallville would have done any better on a larger Network, in reality, I don’t think so, and that could have ended it much quicker.

CinemaBlend – Smallville’s  Michael Rosenbaum Testing For Guardians Of The Galaxy – YES!

BleedingCool – Men In Black, Bond, Batman And Spider-Man Rank In Chart Of 2012′s “Movie Mistakes”

CinemaBlend – J.J. Abrams Grants A Trekkie His Dying Wish: A Screening Of Star Trek Into Darkness

imgur – Famous Actors Reimagined as Marvel Superheroes

Famous Actors Reimagined as Marvel Superheroes

Famous Actors Reimagined as Marvel Superheroes

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Going to try something new, unless there is a news article I really want to talk about or is just really big in its own right, then I’ll post some news round-ups which will allow me to not clutter as much and also include some articles I wouldn’t post individually anyway.

io9 – Marvel writer Dan Slott is getting death threats for the leaked ending of Spider-Man #700
some people take comics way to seriously… as the article points out, it’s a comic book, wait a dozen story arcs and whatever ticked you off will be retconned or rendered moot

ComicBookMovie – Jeph Loeb Reveals When We Should  Expect To See The First Episode Of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Hint, it’s Fall 2013, to get it in with the new Marvel movies but before the new Avengers film, it’s also when my X-Men series starts!

ComicBookMovie – BSG Actor James Callis Lands  Guest-Starring Role In ARROW
James Callis, otherwise known as Old Spice, something to look forward to

ComicBookMovie – Samuel L. Jackson Talks  S.H.I.E.L.D. TV Series; Teases CAPTAIN AMERICA 2 Role

CinemaBlend – Science Explains Why The Hobbit Looks Weird in 48 Frames Per Second
as our future x-men and comic book movies are likely going to be influenced by how well The Hobbit and this experiment in 48fps does, thought it was both informative and relevant.

CinemaBlend – Amazing Spider-Man Sequel is Changing Electro’s Look, says Jamie Foxx
because you can draw this stuff on people, but real people can’t wear it…

ComicBookMovie – Next Year a Female Marvel Superhero Will Come Down With Cancer to Raise Awareness
Which leads to the question as to why this hasn’t happened before, and why don’t superheroes get sick as often as regular humans do? But yay for raising awareness.

io9 – The 1990s X-Men Cartoon Opening Recreated with Action Figures
I haven’t seen the video, computer issues, but the io9 people seem to think it’s good.

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