Welcome to July! This looks to be another big blockbuster month, so let’s get right to it. Once again, we at the Agony Booth are here to judge which releases this month will be...
These are villains who, for one reason or another, thought it’d be a good idea to antagonize a superpowered vigilante when at best they should be shaking down lemonade stands for protection money.
Bad Superhero Movie Showdown 2007: Spider-Man 3 vs. Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer vs. Ghost Rider
Four American superhero films were released in 2007: an extension of past failure (Fantastic Four 2), a brand new attempt at awful (Ghost Rider), the tragic last gasps of a series that at one point was the shining point of the entire genre (Spider-Man 3), and Underdog.
For Spidey, the 1960s were a never-ending parade of humiliation that helped shape Peter Parker into the rancid swamp of self-loathing and textbook school shooter personality that has made him one of Marvel’s most identifiable heroes.
What the hell was up with that single nipple spike? He looks like a kid trying to piss off his suburban parents rather than a supervillain on a rampage.
Coming up with a recurring enemy for Wolverine is harder than it sounds, because he has a habit of gutting them from throat to crotch like a misbehaving catfish, which is sort of understandable when your power is mostly indestructible claws and mood swings.
After seeing Civil War, Joey looks at a TV episode similar to the film that doesn’t get nearly enough attention.
“It’s a bit depressing to look at this film and all previous entries and realize that our heroes have spent just as much time fighting each other as they have saving the world, often from threats that somehow connected back to them anyway.”
The Suspect looks at the Spidey flick hated by many and defended by few: The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Is it really as bad as people make it out to be? Well no, but it has problems by the fuck-ton.
“Unfortunately, what you often end up with is one side representing a ludicrous, straw man position either out of the laziness of the author or as a result of the author clearly choosing a side and letting that choice dictate the direction the story takes.”
The second part in a mini-series celebrating heroes and villains who enjoy their chosen profession.
In honor of the third anniversary of the Graphic Novel Picture Show, Sybil flagellates herself for the amusement of her fans by reviewing both installments of the short-lived Amazing Spider-Man movie series.
“Casting a black or Latino Spider-Man for the sake of casting a black Spider-Man may or may not be the right move.”
19 KIDS AND COUNTING: Say No to the Dress!
“There’s one thing Marvel fans, movie fans, and pretty much all of civilized society are in unanimous agreement upon: Please, not another Spider-Man origin story.”
The Unusual Suspect reviews Andrew Garfield’s debut as our favorite web-slinging superhero. This is The Amazing Spider-Man!
“When 2017 rolls around and audiences find themselves being forced to see seven different movies (all within a four-month window) just to keep track of everything going on in multiple universes, we may see a real backlash.”
“Most of their work seems to be the result of a couple of not-very-bright guys trying their hardest to write really smart movies.”
“I wish I could say this film had potential. But potential would imply that someone gave a shit.”
Renegado has seen the sequel to the reboot of the Spider-Man franchise, despite not having watched the first one. Did avoiding the tired origin story make watching this movie more enjoyable? Watch the review and find out!