Monday Musings: Whatever A Spider Can

I started a new “job” today as editor of Whatever A Spider Can. I’m only putting that in quotations because it’s paid based on page views instead of an actual income and it’s fun, so it hasn’t felt like much of a job on day one. However, I’m still quite excited about it because now I get to do a ton of writing about Spider-Man and everything in that universe. Here are a couple of the articles I’ve posted today to kick off the relaunch of the site.

Brian Michael Bendis finished his run on Spider-Man

Brian Michael Bendis started writing Spider-Man comics back in 2000 with his long run on Ultimate Spider-Man. The series ran until 2009 and is a fantastic read. He’s also known for being the co-creator of Miles Morales, who has become quite the fan favorite. His work in the Spider-Verse didn’t end there, though. He also wrote Spider-Woman in 2009, which was a seven issue mini-series.

If you haven’t read any of his Spider-Man work, you’re definitely missing out.

Spider-Man’s next live action appearance and what to expect

In the trailer, Peter has the hair on his arm stand up when he senses trouble. Spider-sense is one of Peter’s abilities that gives him an advantage most heroes don’t have. In the comics, it’s been portrayed a variety of ways. In Spider-Man: Homecoming, Peter wasn’t totally confident in his abilities and how to handle himself. Avengers: Infinity Warshows that he’ll continue to learn more about his powers.

Even though Homecoming came out in 2017, I’m already looking forward to what role Spider-Man will play in Avengers: Infinity War. 

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Monday Musings: Star Wars Galore

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On Friday, I found myself sitting in the theater to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Initially, I had no plans to go on the official opening day, but thanks to Moviepass and some single seats still being available, I decided to go. Since then, I’ve been consuming quite a bit of content on the movie and wanted to share some of it. Spoilers ahead.

Rian Johnson on The Big Picture

Rian Johnson had a chat with The Ringer‘s Sean Fennessey about Star Wars: The Last Jedi. It’s a great (and quick) listen.

Just How Seriously Should We Take This Star Wars: The Last Jedi Backlash?

The divide between critics and “true fans” has been a long-running narrative surrounding the superhero films over at Warner Bros., but this is the first time Lucasfilm has really had to grapple with it. As Forbes points out, when it comes to Star Wars, this appears to be by far the biggest gap between critical and popular opinion. Or is it?

This is a good read on the various ratings around the internet for the film. Personally, I enjoyed it, but there certainly have been mixed reviews.

The Last Jedi Has a Snoke Problem

Now, there’s an argument to be made in favor of offing the Supreme Leader without explaining his whole deal. For one thing, it’s a clever subversion of expectations on the part of writer-director Rian Johnson. Rather than take the obvious path of giving us the information we crave, he makes an abrupt left turn and throws us off balance.

Abraham Riesman is a writer who I’ve been reading more and more from. If you’re looking for some takes to read on Snoke, check this one out.

‘The Last Jedi’ Has Something That No Other Franchise Can Claim

In 2017, our villains must be different. The real world is run by a menagerie of monsters, their misdeeds and grotesqueries made public with every passing hour. Who needs science fiction when we have C-SPAN. And so the Star Wars franchise, revived for modern times with a spunky, hopeful ethic that champions diversity and community, requires an evil that is more complex and more conflicted. Where once there was Vader, now there is his (only?) grandson, Ben Solo, reborn as the self-styled heavy-in-waiting Kylo Ren.

Yes, I started and ended this post with content from Sean Fennessey. This is a fun read on Kylo Ren as a villain.

I still have a ton of Star Wars content saved to check out, so this is only a little look at what’s out there.

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Monday Musings: Spider-Man and Jessica Jones

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I just have a couple things for today. I posted both of the trailers on the site’s socials over the weekend, but I wanted to get a few thoughts down on each. Check out the trailers for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Jessica Jones season two.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse trailer

Even though it’s just an animated film, I’m excited about Miles Morales being the lead. Sure, they imply there are other Spidey friends in the world, but I’m fine with that since it opens the door for us to see some other great characters like Spider-Gwen. We still have about a year before it’s out, but I think it’ll be worth the wait.

Jessica Jones season two trailer

What is there to say about Jessica Jones? She’s wonderful. One thing I really love about this trailer is that it doesn’t give away who the villain is at all. It’s all about Jessica and what she’s capable of. She also quotes Spider-Man’s “with great power comes great responsibility,” but isn’t a huge fan of the saying. I’m ready for this, so is it March 2018 yet?

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Welcome to Geekdom 059: Riverdale S1

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Welcome to Geekdom is back with an episode all about season one of Riverdale. It’s the first episode for Tim Mathews and we hope to have him back for future episodes. We chat about the characters, the city, the storylines, and more. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.

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Welcome to Geekdom 058: Stranger Things 2

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Welcome to Geekdom returns this week, as does Jacob Tender, with a discussion on Stranger Things 2. We dive into the characters and discuss the plot, setting, and music selections. You can subscribe on iTunes, Overcast, or Google Play and check out the episode below.

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