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Fanboy Analysis: Avengers vs X-Men Battles

Marvel has been putting out tons of preview pages for the upcoming Avengers vs. X-Men tie-in books.  All of these one-on-one battles intrigue the fanboy within so I can’t help but be fascinated by the matchups.

There are four new matchups that have been revealed in addition to the Magneto vs. Iron Man battle that was revealed earlier this week.  The four match-ups are shown below with my opinions as to who would win the battle.  Feel free to let me know what you think in the comments though.  I’m always up for a spirited comic book debate.

The first match-up we’ll cover is Black Widow vs. Psylocke.  Both are highly trained martial artists and have notoriously been depicted as being able to stand toe to toe with anyone in physical combat.  From my perspective Black Widow probably has the slight edge in martial arts but Psylocke takes the fight with her mutant powers.

Avengers: 0

X-Men: 1

Second up we have the God of Thunder, Thor, against the Queen of Wakanda, Storm.  Now this is an interesting match-up just because of the parallels of both combatants being able to use thunder and lightning as weapons.  But how does a mutant beat a god?  I just don’t see Storm pulling out the win against Thor.  Thor can take just about anything Storm throws at him and his still has his hammer which can do tons of damage.  Thor gets the win here.

Avengers: 1

X-Men: 1

Next we have Spider-Man taking on his amazing friend Iceman.  I like this pairing if only for the play on the 80s cartoon.  Just add Firestorm and it will be a reunion.  Iceman is an Omega level mutant once of the most powerful of the X-Men.  Peter Parker is finally getting his due as one of the smartest minds of the Marvel Universe.  His close relationship with the Future Foundation/Fantastic Four allows him to exercise his mind and encourages him to think first and then act.  Both combatants have a history and familiarity with each other.  Spidey’s big brain saves him in the end as he comes up with a good plan or technology to defeat Iceman.

Avengers: 2

X-Men: 1

The final battle puts the leaders of both teams against each other.  Captain America takes on Cyclops in what I think will be a fun read.  Cap is the longtime leader of the Avengers and is a historical icon.  Cyclops is the longtime leader of the X-Men and now the leader of Utopia and a vast majority of the remnants of mutantkind.  Both men are well established leaders and strategists so I think this battle comes down to one thing… experience.  Cap has been fighting since World War II long before Cyclops was even born.  His experience gives him the edge here and he exploits Cyclops’ obvious weakness, his visor.  Cap’s shield can take anything Cyke throws at it… but one shot from Cap’s shield to the visor and Cyclops is down for the count.  Cap takes this fight.

Avengers: 3

X-Men: 1

I spoke about the match-up between Iron Man and Magneto last week but I didn’t give a prediction as to who the winner would be.  Its a toss-up between Reed Richards and Tony Stark in regards to who the smartest man in the Marvel Universe is.  Tony’s powers all stem from his creations and the Iron Man armor is a phenomenal piece of tech.  Magneto has reformed from his terrorist ways and has become a solid member of the X-Men.  But he’s still the master of magnetism and Tony Stark wears a metal suit.  That fact alone makes me lean towards Magneto as the winner.  Tony might come up with a way to make his suit non-magnetic but there are still lots of other things around that Magneto can control to combat Shellhead.   Also factor in the fact Tony is still recovering from falling of the wagon and I think in the end Magneto comes out victorious.

Avengers: 3

X-Men: 2

With a current score of 3-2 nobody is running away with the fight and the Avengers keeps a slim lead.  As more of these match-ups come out I will continue giving my fanboy analysis.  In the end I think the Avengers will just barely eke out the win… but I could be wrong.  If you disagree with my predictions let me know and lets start a debate on this.  One of the best parts about being a comic fan is arguing over who would  beat who in a fight.

The Amazing Spider-Man Teaser Poster

The folks over at Superhero Hype got a pretty good score in getting the scoop on the latest teaser poster for the upcoming movie The Amazing Spider-Man.  It’s in black and white which I think gets it a cool look.  But honestly, I think the coolest looking part is how Peter’s awkward positioning on the wall lends itself to casting the shadow of a spider.  Is it realistic?  No, but it sure looks cool.  Take a look for yourself below.

The only thing that confuses me on this posters is how it is proclaiming ‘The Untold Story.’  As far as I know Spidey’s origin has been fairly well told over they years between multiple cartoons and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies.  Is Spidey’s origin going to get tweaked in this reboot?  If so, I hope its nothing drastic.

Marvel Reveals The Mighty

The mega-event at Marvel, Fear Itself, is about to wrap up with issue 7 due to drop next month.  As such it’s finally time to figure out who will step up to save the day.  Originally, Marvel released a promo entitled The Mighty with the silhouettes of 9 heroes.  Looking at the shadows you could get an idea of who these character are, but today final promo picture was released showing all of the heroes with their new costumes.  These costumes are a hybrid of Stark technology and Asgardian forged armor.

From left to right there is Ms. Marvel, Iron Fist, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Wolverine, Red She-Hulk, Black Widow, Hawkeye, and Spider-Man.  These heroes are The Mighty who will be tasked with stopping the Serpent and his Fallen.

I think that some of these armor designs are pretty boring, but I’m a big fan of Iron Man’s new armor.  This is one of the pieces that shows this truly a hybrid of Stark and Asgardian technology.  Stark’s new armor looks like the body of the Destroyer fused with an Iron Man head.  I think it looks great.  Some of the ones that miss the mark specifically Spider-Man and Hawkeye.  Spidey looks like he’d make a great Blue Lantern in his all blue costume with electric lighting and Hawkeye looks to have the same uniform but with Tron lights added on.  Those two costumes miss the mark.

Overall, I’m looking forward to seeing how Fear Itself ends.  My guess is that the Mighty will save the day at the end and after the Earth is saved their new armor/costumes are then destroyed or unusable.  It seems highly unlikely that Asgardian technology would remain in mortal hands.

Will Spider-Island Bring a Return of the Scarlet Spider?

One of the teaser posters shown at the San Diego Comic Con showed the blue hoodie worn by the Scarlet Spider, aka Ben Reilly aka the Spider-Clone, set ablaze.  This fueled speculation that Marvel might bring Ben Reilly back to life after his death in 1996.  Well prepare to add more fuel to that fire with the latest press release about the ongoing Spider-Island arc.  Pay special attention the the text that I have marked bold for emphasis.

It’s the Spider-Man event of the year, and with so many twists and turns – there’s no telling what will happen next! But there’s one thing we can tell you, fans can get excited for the return of someone very important to the life of Peter Parker. Except where will he show up? With Spider-Island selling out across the board, it’s obvious that fans can’t get enough of the Wall-crawler, all 8 million of them!

Haven’t checked out Spider-Island yet? No problem! Marvel is pleased to announce that that it will be going back to press on a wide number of Spider-Island tie-ins including, Spider-Island: Cloak And Dagger #1 Second Printing Variant, Spider-Island: Deadly Foes #1 Second Printing Variant, & Venom #5 Second Printing Variant! And with the Amazing Spider-Man #666 Second Printing Variant on the way, there’s no better time to get in on the action. So what are you waiting for? Head over to your local comic shop and get in on Spider-Island today!

Curious to who will be returning? Join the conversation on Twitter with #SpiderIsland!

While fans in general loathed the Clone Saga there is a part of the fanbase who genuinely enjoyed the character of Ben Reilly.  The subject of his return has long been taboo in the eyes of Marvel writers and editors.  Whenever they were asked about it in the past a return was quickly shot down.  So what’s changed their opinion now?  I’m not sure but Ben’s return has been hinted at in the beginning of the Spider-Island arc, with Miles Warren, aka the Jackal, discussing a perfect clone.

The press release and promo art seem to hint at Ben’s return, however it does not appear to be long lived.  Personally if they bring Ben back just kill him in a couple issues it seems like this is a move to appease the fanbase.  One part will be happy Ben is back, even if its for a short time, and another section would be thrilled to see the Spider-Clone die yet again. There is a lot of hatred for the Clone Saga and it seems to taint a lot of opinions about Ben.

As for myself, I would love to see Ben come back and potentially have adventures of his own post Spider-Island.  With all the superhero teams created due to the Initiative Ben could go anywhere and contribute. Plus there have already been other Spider-Men, wearing the Iron Spider-Man costume,  serving in the Initiative.

I hope Marvel keeps Ben around for a while mostly because the brother-like relationship with Peter is a great story element.  My worst fear is that if Marvel actually brings Ben back and keeps him alive he will end up with Mary Jane Watson.  Marvel seems intent on keeping her and Peter apart with Brand New Day and this would be yet another way to do that.  And something like that would shatter the relationship between Peter and Ben.

Who Is The New Ultimate Spider-Man?

As I’m sure you are all aware of Marvel killed off Peter Parker in the Ultimate Comics.  Shortly thereafter it was teased that a new Spider-Man would arise.  A Spider-Man that was not Peter Parker since he would be remaining dead.

The fallout over the death of Spider-Man has been taking place in the weekly mini-series Ultimate Fallout.  Right now the coverage is primarily on the funeral for Peter Parker and how some of the main characters of the ultimate universe are dealing with the fallout after Peter’s untimely demise.

There has been a good deal of speculation over who the next person will be to assume the mantle of Spider-Man.  Some people are theorizing that Spider-Man will be of a different race or even gender this time around.  One of the popular theories is that the Ultimate-verse Ben Reilly will be the new Spider-Man.  After all he does still have a vial of Peter’s blood.  I’m not going to guess… mostly because I think that I will end up being wrong.

I will be checking out Ultimate Fallout #4 when it comes out next week.  Marvel has issued a press release stating that this will be the first appearance of the new Spider-Man.  The promo art was released with a simple tagline:

‘Watch as history is made’

As for the Spider-Man costume, its not the same as the one teased on the cover of the upcoming new Spider-Man series, but it is a step in the right direction.  Many people are saying that this costume takes its inspiration from the costume in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man movie.  Aside from both costumes being belt-less I don’t see it.  The comic version of Spidey doesn’t look like a basketball.  As for the new ultimate costume I can handle it, though the knee pads and elbow pads look a little weird.

The New Spidey Movie Costume

I’ve made it no secret that I am not really a fan of the costume being used in the upcoming Spider-Man movie entitled The Amazing Spider-Man.  However, I will say that as time goes on it does begin to look a little better.  But that’s probably because we are finally seeing the actual costume and not one designed for stunt work.

I’m still not a fan of the radical redesign of Spidey’s costume.  I think his traditional red and blue costume is iconic and really shouldn’t be changed.  Spidey has worn different costumes in the comics, but he’s never really changed his traditional costume.  Maybe that’s why I dislike the new movie costume.  Credit for this find goes to the folks over at ComicBookMovie.com.

The Amazing Spider-Man Teaser Poster

Update: As some people might have noticed, this poster has been reported to be a fake.  Fused Film broke the story this poster was in fact a fake.  I think the first thing that should have clued me in is that Marvel Studios is referenced in this poster.  I did notice that to begin with but figured maybe Sony was allowing the Marvel Studios banner to be in place.  However, Sony Pictures is in charge of this movie and that enough is able to prove the poster is fake.

Original Story Begins Here

Sony released a new teaser poster for the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man.  About all it really gives us is a release date.  Other than that the poster is pretty plain.  But, as a Spider-Man fan I’m excited more official news is coming out about the movie.  I still have my doubts about how good the reboot will be but I really do want to give it a chance.

Marvel’s Ultimate Relaunch

Marvel’s Ultimate line of books were designed to bring in newer readers by basically restarting everything from scratch.  This was intended to make everything easily accessible to new readers.  Within the first few years of the Ultimate comics launch it gained the reputation that anything could happen.  To be honest I have enjoyed the Ultimate version of Peter Parker/Spider-Man more than the 616 version for the last few years.  But, that’s another a topic best saved for another time.

It came as kind of a shock a couple of years back when Marvel basically decided to kill off a good deal of characters in the Ultimate Universe with Ultimatum.   From that point many of the books relaunched from issue 1 and dealt with the fallout from the Ultimatum Wave.  The Spidey books were especially interesting to me at this time.  Needless to say, it came as a surprise when Marvel announced the Ultimate books were relaunching yet again at the conclusion of the Death of Spider-Man storyline.

Marvel has set the creative team for the relaunch of the Ultimate line, but I think the coolest part is they have chosen artist Kaare Andrews to draw the cover art for all the first issues of the relaunched books.  I’ve always enjoyed the style he presents so I was excited to see the artwork.  Marvel Senior Editor Mark Paniccia provided the following in regards to the relaunch and the artwork:

“Kaare is doing the best work of his career with these covers. With Ultimate Comics Universe Reborn, all of the titles will be tighter than ever, so when it came time to think up ideas and concepts for the covers – we wanted a sense of unity to tie the books together. At the same time we wanted striking covers that jump out at you on the stands. Kaare’s bold design sense made him a natural choice.”

I have to agree, the covers do look fantastic, especially for the Hawkeye and Spidey books.  Ultimate Comics Ultimates #1 and Ultimate Comics Hawkeye #1 both go on sale in August.  The remaining books, Spidey and X-Men, will be available later in the Fall.  I think we will be in for some surprises with these new books.  The first one I’ve noticed is that it appears the Human Torch is a member of the X-Men with Kitty Pryde and Ice Man.  I’m glad to see that friendship carried over from the Ultimate Spider-Man books, and hopefully its portrayed just as well in the new X-Men books.

I’ve very curious to see how the relaunch works out, and hopefully it works out well so that I can keep getting more cover art by Kaare Andrews.  The cover art is below so take a look, it’s quite good!

Marvel Comics Presents Spider-Island

Marvel has been trying to do large ‘epic’ events in many of the their comics lately.  This summer they continue that trend with a story entitled Spider-Island in the pages of The Amazing Spider-Man.  The storyline sounds like it could be interesting, but I have my doubts.  According to Marvel, here’s what we have to look forward to during Spider-Island.

Marvel is proud to announce Spider-Island, the comic book event of the summer from the creative team of Dan Slott and Humberto Ramos. Kicking off this August in AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #667 with a special prelude in #666, the citizens of Manhattan—including some of Spidey’s closest allies and deadliest foes—begin exhibiting the web-slinger’s very own powers! But as Spider-Man must stop a seemingly insurmountable super powered crime wave, he must also find out just who’s responsible for mutating Manhattan…and the truth will irrevocably alter his world. Fans will get their first full-length lead in to Spider-Island in Marvel’s special issue of AMAZING SPIDER-MAN, available for free at all participating comic shops on May 7, Free Comic Book Day.

The prospect of both Spidey’s allies and enemies having his powers is fairly intriguing.  I wonder if they will have a spider sense too?  Since Peter lost his spider-sense it could lead to an interesting dynamic where the newly spider powered folks have a leg up on Peter as they can avoid his attacks.  It will make Peter have to rely more on his instinct and past experience to overcome the odds.

I really do hope this turns out being a good story arc but I have prepared myself to be disappointed.  I’ve made no secret of the fact that I haven’t enjoyed the Spidey books nearly as much as I have in the past.  A great deal of this is due to the fiasco that is One More Day/Brand New Day.  I haven’t really been happy with ASM since Brand New Day but I have stayed faithful and kept reading the Spidey books.  To be honest if this story goes badly it might be enough to make me rotate Spidey out of my must read list.  It really does pain me to say that as I have been a Spider-Man fan ever since I was a little kid.

The New Ultimate Spider-Man

Marvel has been hyping The Death of Spider-Man in nearly all of their books in the Ultimate line.  As the title would suggest its expected that Spider-Man will die at the end of this arc.  In fact, in USM 157 he was recently shot by the Punisher while trying to protect Captain America.  This is all in an effort to lead up to the supposed death of Spider-Man/Peter Parker.  Marvel has also teased that the new Spidey will wear a brand new costume.  The costume is pictured below.

Marvel issued the following press release to hype the event:

New York, NY—April 18, 2011—Marvel has announced that after the shocking events of Death of Spider-Man, the sold out storyline currently running through Ultimate Comics Spider-Man and Ultimate Comics Avengers Vs Ultimates, there will be a new Spider-Man and a new character under the mask. Something’s happened to Peter Parker and here comes an all-new Spider-Man…in an all-new costume!

“We called this story Death of Spider-Man for a reason,” said Axel Alonso, Marvel Editor In Chief. “This is a huge story that’ll have fans around the world talking for a long time as we set the stage for the debut of our new Spider-Man.”

The Ultimate Universe is irrevocably changed with the conclusion to Death of Spider-Man in June’s polybagged Ultimate Spider-Man #160, but right now you can get in on the red-hot story that leads to the birth of an all-new Spider-Man, including new printings of the sold out issues:

And now for the opinion piece of this news article.  I have very strong doubts that Peter Parker will actually die at the end of this story-arc.  He’s really the mainstay of Ultimate Universe, and losing him would incite some fan outrage.  I know I would be upset since I enjoy the Ultimate books a lot more than Amazing Spider-Man lately.

The problem is that Bendis has almost written himself into a corner.  In the Ultimate comics Peter has been pretty careless about protecting his secret identity.  It seems as though all of Peter’s friends know he’s Spidey.  Also, most of his enemies and allies seem to be in the know.  Obviously this a problem.

So here’s my conspiracy theory about the death of Spider-Man.  Spidey is shot and obviously looking like he’s in rough shape.  The battle between the Ultimates and Avengers is being televised and covered by the news channels.  Norman Osborn and his cronies will see that Spidey is injured and take this as the opportunity to finally eliminate him.  They will enter the battle targeting solely Spider-Man and get quite a few licks in before the Avengers and Ultimates set aside their differences to try to save Spider-Man.  It’s quite possible Spidey will be unmasked during the fight and his identity revealed to the world at large.

After a savage beating on TV it will appear that Spider-man is dead.  In reality he will be badly injured and brought back to safety amongst his allies.  In an effort to allow Peter to have a life, it will be announced that Peter Parker, aka Spider-Man, died as a result of his injuries.  In turn Peter and his family will be given new identities to allow them to live their lives without being constantly targeted.

Since Peter still believes that ‘with great power, comes great responsibility’ he will not be able to quit being Spider-Man.  This leads to him making a new costume that looks quite different from his original.  The hope is this will make people think there is a different man under the suit.

This is just my crazy idea though.  I have no idea what Bendis is going to do.  I really hope that Peter Parker is not killed off, as I think it’s really hard to do a Spidey series without Peter.  The Spidey reboots in the early 2000’s didn’t do very well without Peter behind the mask.  Stay tuned for Ultimate Spider-Man 160 to see how this all pans out.  I’m assuming we’ll see the new Spidey (pictured below) in issue 161.