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Spider-Man Grabs Himself A Coffee, Surprises Customers (Video)
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Spider-Man: Homecoming Starbucks Pranks

We’re just a little over a week from the launch of the first movie in Sony Pictures’ latest reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, Spider-Man: Homecoming, this time with a little help from Marvel.

To help promote the movie a fun little prank was set up, as is quite the popular viral marketing technique these days. For this one, customers at a Starbucks in New York City are first confused when the barista calls out Spider-Man’s name for an order, and then surprised when Spidey himself drops down from the ceiling to pick it up. There’s even a cameo from a familiar face.

Check out the video below.

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Marvel’s ‘Dr. Strange’ Movie To Be Directed By ‘Sinister’ Filmmaker Scott Derrickson
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Dr. Strange

Marvel Studios has found the man to bring the Sorcerer Supreme to the biggest of screens as Scott Derrickson has signed on to direct their long-in-development Phase Three film Dr. Strange, based on the classic comic hero created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko back in 1963.

To snag this coveted assignment Derrickson beat out directors such as Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and Mark Andrews (Pixar’s Brave). His past credits include The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and the 2008 remake of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Derrickson also has the screenplays for the forgettable horror sequels Urban Legends: Final Cut and Hellraiser: Inferno to his name.

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The Ten Best Unproduced Comic Book Movie Scripts #3: ‘Dr. Strange’
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Batman Vs. Superman

Greetings, true believers. BAADASSSSS! has returned with the third edition of The 10 Best Unproduced Comic Book Movie Scripts. Get it while it’s still available because there will be no second printings.

If you haven’t checked out my bloated, unwieldy nerdgasm of an introduction to the series as well as a complete week-by-week breakdown of clues to each entry on this list you may do so here.

For this week’s entry I have chosen one of the more lesser-known unrealized superhero comic-to-film translations that also marked a rare moment in the history of civilization when an icon of the comics industry collaborated with a fearless guerrilla warrior of independent filmmaking to create their own magical work of cinematic nirvana.

Dr. Strange by Alex Cox and Stan Lee.

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Comic Review: Ditko Monsters, Volume 1: Gorgo
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Ditko Monsters, Volume 1: GorgoDitko Monsters, Volume 1: Gorgo
Edited & Desinged by Craig Yoe
Produced by Clizia Gussoni
Comic Scripts by Joe Gill
Comic art by Steve Ditko
IDW Publishing
Release Date: March 19, 2013
Cover Price: $34.99

Ditko Monsters, Volume 1: Gorgo is a real treat for any fan of Steve Ditko, comics history, and giant monsters. This book is REALLY well done, looks gorgeous and is the latest in IDW Publishing’s home run of collecting older material.

First, let’s take a look at the book itself. It is incredible!! Writer Craig Yoe is an absolute authority on Steve Ditko’s Gorgo, and Gorgo in general. His introduction and text writing in the book is very interesting and gives you a TON of information on every aspect of Gorgo and the Gorgo comics. Keep in mind, this is NOT a trade paperback or graphic novel. Yes, it does reprint some Gorgo comics drawn beautifully by Steve Ditko, but it’s almost text book like in it’s reading. Some VERY informative and awesome stuff.

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‘Ant-Man’ and ‘Doctor Strange’ Are Leading The Pack In Marvel Films’ Phase 3
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Dr. Strange

I think it has been enough time for all of us to come back down to Earth after taking the magical carpet ride that was The Avengers this past summer. The second phase of Marvel Films’ master plan to conquer the world of comic book blockbusters and make DC Comics their simpering puppet is well under way with Iron Man 3 first out of the gate in May, Thor: The Dark World in production now with a release set for this November, Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Guardians of the Galaxy fast approaching the start of filming in anticipation of their theatrical bows next year, and The Avengers 2…. well I’m sure the production offices are open and someone’s paying the electric and water bills.

Obviously people are now looking to the future and the elusive Phase 3 of the Mighty Marvel Movie Universe to see what the studio that is reaping the riches from bringing their four-color classics to the big screen the way they were meant to be seen has in store for us once The Avengers 2 inevitably reduces us all to quivering nerd puddles come May 2015. The only title in Phase 3 that has been announced so far is Ant-Man, which has Edgar Wright sitting pretty in the director’s chair and his frequent collaborator (and writer and director of 2011’s awesome sci-fi adventure Attack the Block) Joe Cornish co-writing the script with Wright.

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Happy 90th Birthday To The Unstoppable Stan Lee!
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Stan Lee

Stan Lee, who almost singlehandedly (along with illustrators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko) turned the fortunes of Marvel Comics around with his colorful and lucrative comic character creations, such as Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Iron Man, and Thor, and started a revolution in print and eventually television and film media which helped make him and the comic book industry a somewhat credible, facile establishment, with annual earnings reaching untold BILLIONS, turns 90 years old today!

Born in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1922 as Stanley Lieber, and growing up in poor squalor type surroundings during The Great Depression of the 1930s, Lee found his solace in plenty of books and cinema of that period, in particular the exploits of the characters made famous by old school actor Errol Flynn, best remembered for his portrayal of swashbucklers and Robin Hood. It led to Lee’s writing pastime, which then led to small time gigs where he wrote obits and press releases.

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Comic Review: The Amazing Spider-Man #700
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The Amazing Spider-Man #700The Amazing Spider-Man #700
Written by Dan Slott, JM DeMatteis, Jen Van Meter
Pencils by Humberto Ramos, Giuseppe Camuncol, and Stephanie Buscema
Inks by Victor Olazaba, Sal Buscema
Colors by Edgar DelGado, Antonio Fabela
Letters by VC’s Chris Eliopoulos
Covers by MR Garcin, Steve Ditko & Marcos Martin, Humberto Ramos & Edgar DelGado, Oliver Coipel & Justin Ponsor, J. Scott Campbell & Edgar Delgado & Joe Quesada, Danny Miki & Morry Hollowell
Marvel Comics
Release Date: December 26, 2012
Cover Price: $7.99

This is IT, True Believer! The Amazing Spider-Man #700 is the LAST issue of Marvel Comics’ flagship title starring their most popular character. Now, I don’t want to incur the Twitter wrath of writer Dan Slott, so you won’t find any spoilers here, BUT you’ll get the nuts and bolts of if this issue is worth it or not.

Slott has been writing Spider-Man a loooooong time. And, like he himself stated, this story began way back with his earliest work on the title, about 100 issues ago. First, let me say, the lead up to this story has been pretty entertaining. Not mind-blowing, but very entertaining. This issue, however, does have some VERY mind-blowing moments. It’s a classic Spider-Man story that will have fans of the series recalling all of their favorite issues, as so many of them have been told at this king of break-neck, beat the clock manner.

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The Lizard Sports A Familiar Garment In This New Photo From ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’
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Amazing Spider-Man

The Avengers is smashing box office records Hulk-style around the world and The Dark Knight Rises looks to do the same when it opens in July, but the third of this summer’s heavily-hyped superhero blockbusters The Amazing Spider-Man is the one both thrill-seeking audiences and longtime fans of the Stan Lee/Steve Ditko creation will watching the closest.

Trailers and stills from the much-derided reboot released in recent months have been greeted with mixed reactions. Most of their vitriol directed at the movie centers on the look of the latest villain to oppose Spidey (this time played by Andrew Garfield) on the big screen: Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans), the brilliant scientist whose quest to grow back his missing arm results in his transformation into the Lizard.

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Marvel Brings Back A Classic Team-Up For ‘From the Marvel Vault #1’
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From the Marvel Vault #1 CoverMarvel is bringing back some classic stories to a new generation with this new series of reprints, called From the Marvel Vault.

The first issue, From the Marvel Vault #1, features a team-up of the Human Torch and The Incredible Hulk. The two heroes must fight a villain who has captured the power of the Moon’s gravitational pull making him equal to Magneto. The story was originally crafted by artist Steve Ditko and writers Jack C. Harris and Karl Kesel. We have a first look at Incredible Hulk and Human Torch: From the Marvel Vault #1 for your perusal.

The good news is that the reprint is a buck cheaper at $2.99 than the new books on shelves. Most of these stories can be found in some graphic novel collection so is this new series necessary or just a money grab by Marvel? Let us know what you think. Scroll on down and check out the images and look for the issue on store shelves in June.

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Spider-Man Debut Comic ‘Amazing Fantasy #15’ Sells For $1.1 Million
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Spider-ManThe comic book in which your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man debuted sold this week for $1.1 million. That’s a lot of dough for a comic that originally sold for 12 cents. But Amazing Fantasy #15, the issue Spidey first graced comic book pages, is a comic issue of legend, held in very high regard among comic book geeks around the world.

I’ve always been a Spider-Man fan, more so than any other hero and growing up I remember first learning about Amazing Fantasy #15. There’s something enigmatic about that issue, something almost magical. I used to own several reprints of the issue back home in Australia, and while it was awesome to hold his origin story in my hands, it still wasn’t the Holy Grail of Spider-Man Comics: an original copy.

I recall snapping up Marvel’s spin to release Amazing Fantasy #16, #17, and #18 many moons ago. Clearly, it was an effort by Marvel to make more bucks off the character’s name and legend, but the storyline was a transition of what happens to Peter Parker from the closing frame of Amazing Fantasy #15 to the opening page of The Amazing Spider-Man #1. Call me a sucker for buying into it, but I loved the connection and transition the Marvel crew made — if anything, it paid tribute to the enigma of Amazing Fantasy #15, without tarnishing the reverence fans have for it.

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