With the recent release of “Spider-man: No Way Home” (see our review on the Comic Zombie podcast), it really got me thinking about another Spider-man movie that also just so happens to deal with multiversal shenanigans: “Into the Spider-verse”! So I recently revisited this groundbreaking animated movie and not only did it hold up extremely well, I’d argue that it’s easily one of the best comic book movies ever made!
2018’s “Spider-man: Into the Spider-verse”, written by Phil Lord (of ‘Lego Movie’ and ’21 Jump Street’ fame), directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey and Rodney Rothman – is about the origin of Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) as the newest Spider-man in a multiverse teaming with spider-themed heroes!
On this week’s Marvel-heavy episode we’re discussing our initial thoughts on the first 4 episodes of “Hawkeye” (now on Disney+), giving our predictions for this Friday’s “Spider-man: No Way Home”, and celebrating the life and works of the great George Pérez for our first artist spotlight. (Minor Spoilers for the post-credit scenes for “Eternals”, “Shang Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”, and “Venom: Let There Be Carnage”)
*Note: We ran into some slight technical issues on today’s episode, so the audio quality varies a little bit throughout, but it does improve as the episode goes on. Thank you for bearing with us!
Phase Two picks up after the events of ‘The Avengers’ and re-focus back on their individual adventures before they reform in ‘Age of Ultron’. We also get introduced to some new characters as the cosmic side of things starts to take center stage. The timeline also gets a little nebulous here as these events take place roughly around the same time in different corners of the universe.
We also decided to include the Netflix Marvel shows on our list since they are tangentially related and according to rumors may still end up impacting upcoming MCU films and shows. Before we jump in though, we need to give a massive *spoiler warning* for anyone new to the MCU because most of these movies have some pretty big twists, so proceed with caution…
In the last part I looked at Geoff Johns’ Avengers, and this part is somewhat similar, in that the writer is also a big name for other projects, and the character is pretty popular.
In the early part of the 2000’s, Marvel launched their Marvel Knights line, which was headlined by Kevin Smith writing Daredevil, with art by Marvel Knights editor/comic artist/eventual Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada, which saw Bullseye, Daredevil’s longtime enemy, kill Karen Page, Daredevil’s longtime girlfriend. Following their run was the hugely popular, highly acclaimed run by Brian Bendis and artist Alex Maleev, which saw Daredevil get married to a blind girl named Mila, Daredevil ‘dethroning’ the Kingpin and getting both Kingpin and Bullseye arrested. Oh, it also had Daredevil’s secret identity as blind attorney Matt Murdock revealed to the world. Following up their run would take something special, and maybe just as importantly, someone willing to pick up where Bendis left off, namely having Matt Murdock disbarred and placed in prison for being Daredevil.
Enter: Ed Brubaker. His first arc, ‘The Devil in Cell Block D’, is as good a Daredevil story as you can find.