This weekend sees the release of After Earth, a brand new film from M Night Shyamalan, the director of Signs, The Sixth Sense, The Village and a bunch of other films that aren’t nearly as good as the first three I mentioned. You see, at one point in time, following the massive success of The Sixth Sense, Shyamalan’s name was used as a selling point. Now, following the colossal critical and commercial drubbings his subsequent films received, his name is the equivalent to bug repellent.
Of course, it wasn’t like that. In fact, M Night Shymalan is responsible for arguably the greatest origin film in movie history.
Find out more after the jump!
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Who were Peter Parker’s parents? This is not a concept that many of us ever think of. As readers, as fans, we are far too invested in Aunt May, worrying over her health, and how she herself worries over Peter. And then there’s Uncle Ben, whose death is the not only the catharsis for the true origin of Spider-Man, but also the core of the famous phrase, “With great power comes great responsibility.” It is shameful but it’s true, Peter’s aunt and uncle are so important in the Spider-Man mythology, that no one hardly, if ever, gives any thought to his parents.
Who were Richard and Mary Parker? Let’s find out after the jump.
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In just a matter of days the world will finally get to see the cinematic version of one of Spider-Man’s most dangerous foes, the Lizard. What some might not know is that the Lizard, much like Two-Face to Batman, is also one of the web-slinger’s closest friends and allies. Who is the Lizard? How did he come to be? And what might we expect on the big screen in The Amazing Spider-Man?
The Origin of the Lizard
The Lizard, also known as Dr. Curt Connors, first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #6 waaay back in 1963, in a tale called “Face to Face with… The Lizard!” Gotta love them Marvel Age exclamation marks. Yeah, he showed up early in Spidey’s career, in his first year of web-swinging, created by the legendary team of writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. He was probably the fourth or fifth (it’s subjective, do the Tinkerer and/or Doctor Doom really count?) of Spider-Man’s major classic foes to be introduced. This is the real thing, baby.
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Hoax Hunters, Mad Men, Swamp Thing And The Art Of The Origin Story With Guest Blogger Michael Moreci
All this month at Biff Bam Pop we’re looking at Origin stories – from films and comics and debut albums, to authors and their work. As part of this, writer Michael Moreci has written about the origin of his new series Hoax Hunters (you can read our previous interview with Michael here). For all you aspiring comic book creators out there, this is great insight into one artists’ creative process. Without further adieu, take it away Michael:
Origin stories are boring.
There, I got that off my chest (and I even mean it, in a way).
The necessity of origins stories is an unusual thing, I think, because it’s so exclusive to comics. Not to say other mediums don’t incorporate origins into their narratives (they do), they just don’t have the same level of devotion as comics do. Let’s face it: Comics are obsessed with origins. Year One, Earth One, Season One, reboots, secret origins, on and on. It never stops.
Now, before getting any further, let me preface what I’m about to say with a simple disclosure: I will never, ever be the creator who tracks down reviewers and confronts them about a bad review. Unless the critic gets something egregiously wrong or insults a member of my family, I won’t dissuade—or worse, bully—them from holding whatever opinion they have. So there. That said, I can express some frustration I had over a few reviews of Hoax Hunters #0 in a general way for the sake of this topic.
The Avengers movie comes out Friday, and many diehard fans will be lining up to see it Thursday night. To celebrate, we’ve got THREE (3) copies of the movie soundtrack courtesy of Universal Music to pass on to you! The soundtrack features music from artists like Soundgarden, Bush and Theory Of A Deadman, and should get you excited for one of the biggest movie releases of the year.
How to enter the Avengers CD Soundtrack Giveaway:
1) Post a comment below telling us whether YOU think The Avengers movie will live up to the excitement (must use valid email when commenting).
Three winners will be selected from all entries received by May 4th, 2012 at 6:59 AM EST.
The winner will be announced May 4th, 2012 right here at Biff Bam Pop!
The Avengers movie is the big ticket at the box office this week, and we’ve got our first winner of the Avengers Movie Soundtrack! There’s a copy to be won every day this week, so be sure to enter today for your chance to win!
Marie Gilbert came out the big winner yesterday for telling us about her favourite ‘Titanic Team’ of Avengers:
“I’m voting for Iron Man and Thor. Iron Man represents the technology of today’s generation and future generations to come. Thor represents the power and discipline of ancient times. With the joining of past and present, you have a win-win situation.”
We’ve still got FOUR (4) more copies of the movie soundtrack to giveaway, courtesy of our friends at Universal Music. Featuring artists like Soundgarden, Bush and Theory Of A Deadman, the soundtrack is a great addition to your collection! And for Day 2, we say hello to Biff Bam Pop’s theme for May: ORIGINS. Details on how you can win after the jump.