The casting hasn’t been officially announced yet, and I suppose it could change, but word has slipped that actor Zendaya will play Mary Jane in Marvel’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie. Sounds fine by me.
I don’t know anything about Zendaya — like why she seems to only have one name — but I am perfectly fine with this casting. In fact, I’m really only writing this story so that I can put down my mark and make it totally clear that this fat, grumbly comic book nerd is totally and 100% fine with Zendaya being cast as the white, red-haired Mary Jane Watson.
She doesn’t need to die her hair or put on a red wig. She doesn’t need to do anything. Heck, I don’t even need her to say the “jackpot” line. If this is who Marvel has cast as Mary Jane Watson then I have total and utter faith in that decision. They have never failed at casting before, and they’re not about to start now.
So yeah, Zendaya as Mary Jane sounds good to me.
Also, if I can tack this one here, a potential leak has revealed that actor Bokeem Woodbine will be playing the Shocker! That’s amazing! Woodbine was absolutely fantastic in Season 2 of the Fargo TV show, and I would love him as the Shocker!
That casting is a bit less confident, and I really hope Marvel actually officializes some of these announcements soon. No need to keep secrets.
Also, while we’re on the subject, Season 2 of Fargo is bloody brilliant; some of the best, most gripping television I’ve watched in quite some time. And Bokeem Woodbine is responsible for a lot of that, along with the guy who played Nite-Owl in the Watchmen movie.
Wow, so, uh, for the first time in the history of my doing this blog, I forgot to post these comic book reviews this morning. I had them all written up and almost ready to go, but I woke up Saturday morning and thought to myself…nothing. I forgot all about them. Then I downloaded Pokemon Go and went for a walk around the city. Well, you understand what that would have done to me. Still, not an excuse! These are super late, and I hope they’re still good!
I tried out Kim & Kim from Black Mask Studios. I read through both Amazing Spider-Man and adjectiveless Spider-Woman. And I even gave both Batman and Punisher a try. Pretty standard week of comics, if I do say so myself.
Comic Book of the Week goes to Silver Surfer #5, because it is still a very delightful comic book.
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #15, Batman #2, Invincible Iron Man #11, Kaijumax #3, Kim & Kim #1, Punisher #3, Silver Surfer #5 and Spider-Woman #9.
What a strange two weeks. Last week, my pile of comics was so overflowing with good options that I didn’t have time to read and review them all! This week, there’s barely a smattering of titles I read, though a lot of the comics do feature characters that star in this week’s Captain America: Civil War. And I promise to get caught up on Black Widow. I really want to read that comic.
As it stands, I was a little too busy watching Civil War to get caught up on a comics, so the review offerings are a bit weak this week. Still, we got new Spider-Man and Iron Man comics, as well as the Comic Book of the Week, Punisher #1, by Becky Cloonan — though if I’m being entirely honest, I wasn’t that big of a fan of the issue.
My ‘problems’ with the Punisher are well-documented on this blog. They’re no one’s fault but my own.
Comic Reviews: Amazing Spider-Man #12, Invincible Iron Man #9 and Punisher #1.
I don’t know about you, but this was a pretty busy week for me. Work work work work work work work. I tells ya! I was able to get in a full-sized review of the first issue of Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers, which was pretty fun. But this week’s Henchie Bits are a little on the light side What can I say, I was morphed out.
But hey, any week with new issues of Batgirl and Iron Man is a good enough week for me! We’ve also got the first issue of Mark Waid and Chris Samnee’s Black Widow. I hope to stick with the title this time.
Comic Book of the Week goes to the second issue of Spider-Man. I do have a soft spot for Miles Morales, and this issue surprised me in a few interesting ways.
If only Donald Glover was still young enough to be cast as Spider-Man.
Comic Reviews: Batgirl #49, Black Widow #1, Invincible Iron Man #7 and Spider-Man #2.
This is pure speculation as to the big event that’s going to happen in Amazing Spider-Man #700. This is just a guess.
As I’ve written before, the milestone issue Amazing Spider-Man #700 is coming out in November, and writer Dan Slott has said that what he’s doing in this issue is the single biggest thing he’s ever done to a character. Something huge is going to happen, some kind of seismic change to Spider-Man’s world. But as Slott has also said, it’s not going to be a nice change. He’s worried about having to go into hiding when the issue comes out in order to escape the fans’ ire. As I wrote before, I hate this kind of hype and I hate big, dramatic changes that exist solely to piss off the fans and get them riled up.
We also now know that Amazing Spider-Man #700 is going to be the last issue of the series. This was announced the other day when the November solicitations came out. Most likely this is going to lead to a new #1 issue as part of Marvel NOW! No one said Spider-Man would be exempt from Marvel NOW! And rumor has it, though it’s not yet confirmed, that the title is going to change to ‘Superior Spider-Man’. Nobody yet knows what that means or implies.
So what will Slott write that will be so huge as to really anger the fans and warrant an entire relaunch of Amazing Spider-Man?
I think Doctor Octopus is going to kill Mary Jane Watson.
Join me after the jump to find out why!