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Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse

Bryan Singer to direct X-Men: Apocalypse

In total, there have been seven X-Men movies. Bryan Singer has directed three and written/produced another. Now, it has been confirmed that he will direct another X-Men flick coming out sometime in the future. The thing I find funny about this is that of all the superheros available, Sony and 20th Century Fox WILL NOT return the rights for Spiderman and X-Men. No matter how bad the flick (Spiderman 3 or X-Men Origins: Wolverine), these two companies will hold onto the characters with an iron grip for as long as possible.

And why shouldn’t they? Marvel was silly enough to sell a bunch of their characters years ago, and now they are missing out on a bunch of money. It’s like Nintendo giving Sony the boot during development of a disc-based console. We all know how that turned out.

My point is this; X-Men: Days of Future Past is coming out next year, and they’re already setting up for another one. This is good because it keeps Fox in the running to hold onto the X-Men characters for longer, but it’s also good because we get to see what else they have up their sleeves. The group of mutants have stumbled along the way and have even taken a face-plant (again, X-Men Origins: Wolverine comes to mind), but I think the X-Men movies hit their stride with First Class. It was a good beginning that paved the way for The Wolverine and now Days of Future Past, which looks like it could be good.

Let’s hope that they introduce Apocalypse with a bang! I’ll keep my eyes open, but I think this could be very good.

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REVIEW: Ultimate Spiderman Vol. 1: Power and Responsibility

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Ultimate Spiderman TPB Volume 1
Power and Responsibility
Written by Brian Michael Bendis; Art by Mark Bagley
Published June 1, 2002
Marvel, 184 pages

At the turn of the century, Marvel decided to reboot their most famous heroes and storylines and give them a modern feel. This new venture would appeal to a wider audience while peaking the interest of veteran fans, too. It turned out to be a success as the Ultimate Universe was born (Earth 1610) was born.

Beginning with Ultimate Spiderman in 2000, readers got a much younger Peter Parker/Spiderman. Actually, he was fourteen at the time, and it provided a character that was more relatable to the youngsters of the time. The first arc in this ongoing series, Power and Responsibility, acts as an introduction to Peter Parker and his life as Spiderman. A lot is different this time around including Peter Parker’s job, and even the circumstance leading to Uncle Ben’s death.

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The reader is immersed in a day of the life of Peter Parker; harsh bullying from his peers, but a loving family at home. This is greatly appreciated because it sets up how complicated his life will soon become after he is bit by a genetically altered spider. Note that other versions had him bitten by a radioactive spider, but this is a more modern take on the beloved wall-crawler.

Things only escalate as his home life is turned upside down, and this volume was an interesting opener for the series that lasted over ten years. This Peter Parker is quite relatable to anyone who has ever been a hormonal teenager, and it shows as he steps up to uphold his responsibility.

More reviews to come!