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SpiderMan PS4


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I just completed Spiderman on PS4.  What a great game. It really is.  Best in it’s genre since Arkham City.  No other experience to date has captured being the wall crawler so well.

Except when its not.

As a lifelong Spidey lover, I DO have a few bones to pick with the game. So, before I go any further, let’s get two things out of the way:

  1. This is a new take on Spiderman, from the studio Insomniac.  So while they draw from the Spiderman mythos, they make several changes and updates. Most are good and make sense in the context of the game.  Some are horrible.  But most importantly I understand that this is not the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko Spiderman.
  2. There are MASSIVE spoilers ahead.  I am covering everything that bugged me. (not a pun, Spiders are arachnids)

 

So, here is a list of what I think they got wrong:

 

The Advanced Spidey Suit

Dumb. Looks horrible. The game has fun with the suits. I get it.  But I still spent the majority of the game in the classic Spidey suit.  I wanted to be Spiderman, not the Insomniac Spiderman. I am sure the devs wanted to put their own stamp on the Spiderman saga, so I don’t really begrudge them..but I hate how it looks and how it fits in the game.  The game goes to great lengths to show how down and out Peter is, and how low on cash his place of work is….so being able to create this suit seems shoe horned in….just to have a “new” suit.  Peter Parker is a genius, yes.  But part of the charm of Spiderman is that he is a “home made hero”….not Tony Stark.  And for those wondering, yes, I hate Spiderman:Homecoming because of this.

Mary Jane Watson

The character that get the most radical transformation is Mary Jane.  She is nothing like her comic book counterpart. She is now an investigative reporter. Call her “Lois Jane” I guess.  The departure of her character is done to fit the narrative, as she assists Spiderman in her own “stealth missions”.  These missions are a chore, and really take you out of the game. Not to mention the fact they make MJ seem like a person who makes really bad decisions, gets stuck, and has to be saved by Superm….err…Spiderman.  The devs must have known this, because they inserted a subplot in which MJ scolds Peter for always saving her, even though she gets places herself in incredibly dangerous situations throughout the game.  It made me hate MJ.  I don’t want to hate MJ.

Doc Ock

First, let me say he was STILL awesome in the game. I liked how they developed the character, which was again, a departure from the comics.  It was how they ended his story arc that got me.  After all the relationship building the game did between he and Peter, the ending was just a fist fight. There was so much pathos built up to that moment, to have it turn into Peter just pummeling him…was a let down.  And the reveal that he knew that Peter was Spiderman all along seemed forced.  There was no build up.  No discovery.  During a cut scene in the final fight, Doc Ock just reveals that he always knew. For as smart and crafty as they made Doc Oak out to be in the game, this was very much out of character. Doc Ock would have used this to his advantage from the start, to remove the threat of Spiderman.  Instead, he forms the “Sinister Six” and uses them to try to take out Spiderman.  I get this, they needed an excuse to put classic Spiderman villains in the game…but it was very much out of character.

The Symbiote

Well OF COURSE we have to have a Venom reference in the game. He is a popular character and has become one of Spiderman’s biggest foes, but FFS….really?  First, let me say that I am a Venom hater. I like CLASSIC, SILVER AGE Spidey villains.  I have never really been a fan of Venom. But, like I said, he is popular…so any Spiderman game is going to have him.  But his origin is complicated, so over the years, it has been retconned to make it easier on writers.  No longer an alien, the symbiote is almost always a created in a lad for nefarious means.  This game is no exception, and we are shown that the symbiote was created by Oscorp to save Norman’s son (and Peter’s best friend) Harry.  At the end of the game, we see that Harry is in a GREEN fluid, surrounded by a black substance that reaches out to Norman.  UGH….

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My only hope is they DON’T make Harry Venom, and that Norman still becomes the Green Goblin.  Harry Osborn is NOT Venom!!!

Killing Aunt May

I have only one question: Why? What does it really serve to kill off one of the most beloved Spiderman characters, and one that Peter has always so desperately relied on?  I know that it serves the story….that Peter had to make the choice….to prove that once again that “…with great power comes responsibility”, but killing Aunt May is unforgivable. And oh yea….she knew he was Spiderman all along, too.  DUMB.

Yea, these are nit picky.  I am a comic book fan.  We are very territorial creatures. This is STILL a great game and I loved practically every minute of play time. I will play it again.  For it’s small faults (IMO), it is still the single best Spidey experience.

 

 

 

Thor: The Dark World


ImageLet this be a warning.  If you are trying to hop on the Marvel Movie Bandwagon, Marvel Studios will grant you no mercy.  Going into this film, there is an expectation that you have seen all the movies up to The Avengers. If not, good luck understanding much of what is going on in this film.

More so than Iron Man 3, Thor: TDW is a sideways sequel to The Avengers. A couple story lines from The Avengers are carried into this film. The most obvious is Loki’s fate and the ramifications of his actions.  In fact the film opens with Odin sentencing Loki to solitary life in an Asgardian dungeon.

From there we are whisked away to Thor and the Warriors Three defending one of the realms from an invasion.  Then we are taken to London to find Jane Foster trying to get back to a normal life, but still obsessed with Thor.  Back to Asgard and we find a sullen Thor trying to accept that he has to be King, and only wanting to be with Jane. And then back to London where Jane finds a temporal anomaly and gets sucked into another realm, where she comes into contact with the Aether, a mysterious dark force hidden away eons ago by Odin’s father, Bor.

When she makes contact with the Aether, she absorbs it into her body. This does a couple of things. It makes Thor come to Earth to see what the hell happened, and it wakes up Malekith, a dark elf who wants to use it to plunge the universe into darkness. Thor takes Jane to Asgard, and this is where the film really starts to shine.

Malekith and his dark elf army discover that the Aether is in Asgard and attack. Asgard suffers pretty significant losses because they were not prepared.  Thor is forced to team up with Loki to defeat Malekith. Cover_of_The_Mighty_Thor_347

The relationship between Thor and Loki is tumultuous at best, and this film really has fun with it.  Loki is probably the coolest villain in the world.  The banter between Thor and Loki is really quite funny in this film as well.

My only real beef is with the bad guy.  Malekith is kinda boring.  You never really know why he wants to plunge the universe into darkness. He just wants to.  The threat seems bigger than is actually portrayed on the screen.

This is a fun movie.  I really enjoyed it, and recommend it highly.  However, if you have not watched Thor and the Avengers, you may want to do that.

Marvel has once again shown that they get it.  They understand that these characters are great, and are only made better by sharing a universe together.  I have said it before, but that was always the best part about reading the comics.  Knowing that these characters live in the same universe and would interact with each other made reading the stories all the more exciting.  The Marvel cross over events were legendary.  6 or 12 issue mini series that all characters participated in.  One story that affected every hero in the universe.  Secret Wars, Inferno, The Infinity Gauntlet.

Ahhhhh the Infinity Gauntlet.  Let’s talk about that.

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****SPOILERS*****

The mid credit scene  all but announced what Avengers 3 will be.  Some version of the Infinity Gauntlet.  We got a hint of it in the Avengers mid-credit scene, with Thanos smiling when his minion speaks of “courting Death”.  The mid-credit scene in Thor: TDW all but confirms this is where the story is going.

Seriously, stop reading because I am going to tell you.

Still here? Ok.

Sif and Volstagg deliver the Aether to THE COLLECTOR.

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Yes….the COLLECTOR.  He then says, “one down, five to go”.  So the AETHER is an infinity gem.  And we also learn the TESSERACT is an infinity gem.

MARVEL NERDS will note that The Collector was one of the keepers of an infinity gem.  We know that Thanos is alive in this universe.  We know that next summer’s Guardians of the Galaxy has Gamora and Drax, two characters with very close ties to Thanos and have prominent parts in the Infinity Gauntlet.  This is happening.

I seriously cannot wait for Guardians of the Galaxy.

Make Mine Marvel!

The Amazing Spiderman


The more I read about this film, the more confident I am that my decision to not see it is correct.

The biggest problem I see is that he never confronts Uncle Ben’s killer. They disregard almost 50 years of motivation.

I bet Mark Webb (the director) likes Tim Burton’s original Batman for making The Joker his parents killer.

Spiderman is my favorite character of all time and I refuse to pay money to see this film.

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THE AVENGERS


By now I am sure you have heard that Joss Wheedon has managed to deliver an ensemble superhero that doesn’t suck.  That he performed a miracle by containing all the character and ego in one film.  You have heard that The Avengers is the bee’s knees.

I am here to tell you it totally is.

And for the average movie goer, it will become one of their favorites.  And rightly so.  Even without the characters you would still have a great movie with action, drama and tons of humor.  The Avengers is not just a great superhero movie.  It is one of the best, most entertaining movie I have seen at this scale.

But how does it play out for a Marvel Zombie?  It almost hits it out of the park on that level as well.  The overall tone of the film, the threat of the villains, is epic.  And that is how the Avengers story lines always played out.  Sure Captain America and Iron Man has bad guys in their respective books, but as Avengers, they were always taking on galactic level threats.  The film gets that.

And seeing these guys fight side by side, just like I used to imagine when I read the comics…but no longer limited to a great couple panels, is a dream come true.  And the Hulk is by far the star of this film.  This is the best on screen Hulk we have ever had. He shines…and smashes.

It was also great to see Captain America take the leadership role he was destined to have.

If I had to get nit picky ( as fanboys are want to do), it would be regarding the  alien race that Loki uses.  Due to legal bullshit, Marvel cannot use their own Skrulls….a very popular Avengers enemy.  They are replaced with generic aliens ( that at least resemble the Skrulls). The end credit tease, however, more than makes up for it, and tells me that they REALLY wanted to use Skrulls. But that is minor.

And the geek in me would have liked for Captain America to have let loose with the ‘AVENGERS ASSEMBLE” battle cry.

 

 

And let’s talk about the end credit teaser ( there are two this go around…stay until the VERY end).  I wish I could tell you who they are setting up.  But you have to see.  If you are a Marvel zombie, you will squeal like a girl. Marvel has really thrown down the GAUNTLET for the next film. It is clear they are not worried about confusing people with epic, big stories.  They are doing it.  Stories that I read years ago and said “man this would make a great movie”.

I love living in the Marvel Age of Movies.

Ok, if you REALLY want to know, and didnt pick up on that REALLY obvious hint, you can click below.  Or stay spoiler free until you see it.

YES IT IS HIM