07 April 2007

The Many Foes of Spider-Man - Tarantula

8 + 8 = 16. Its another octoganlly inspired foe: Spider-Man vs Tarantula

There have been a number of Tarantula's that have faced off against The Human Spider, but the most famous was Anton Miguel Rodriguez. Anton is a latino supervillain who wears a red stretch costume with a black tarantula on its chest. He's equipped with snazzy and stylish poisonous stings attached to his soles.

As a revolutionary terrorist and government operative, Anton Miguel Rodriguez was expelled from his small organization after murdering a guard without reason during a robbery. This is when Anton went on to the other repressive side of the government where they created the identity of the Tarantula for him and to serve as his country's counterpart to Captain America. He has clashed with Captain America, Spider-Man, and the Punisher.

He was hired by the Brand Corporation to kill Spider-Man. In an attempt to bestow him with spider powers, he was injected with a mutagenic serum and placed in an electrolyte bath. Unfortunately for Rodriguez, Will o' the Wisp disrupted the mutagenic process causing Tarantula to start transforming into an actual giant tarantula.

Rodriguez remained relatively humanoid at first (at the least, he functioned on a bipedal level). However, after several more skirmishes with both the Wisp and Spider-Man, he continued to mutate into fully arachnid appearance. Horrified and disgusted with what he had become, he leapt off of a tall building, begging for the police officers gathered below to kill him. In a hail of gunfire, Rodriquez struck the street below and died.

Villain Profiles:

the Beetle
Black Cat
the Chameleon
Doctor Octopus
the Green Goblin
J. Jonah Jameson
Jack O' Lantern
the Kingpin
Kraven the Hunter
the Lizard
The Sinister Six
Spider Slayers
The Spot

Spider-Man 3 debuts in 27 days!

05 April 2007

Transforming my Expectations & Grimlock

So, when I first heard about this Transformers movie, I thought it would be cool, but probably not too good. The more I see of trailers and pictures though, I am getting genuinely excited. Sure, it won't be Shakespeare, but it doesn't look to be a steaming pile either. Check out these pics, including a brief cameo of Grimlock, our favorite Dinobot (from themovieblog.com).

The Transformers arrive in 89 days!

The Transformers - The Movie (20th Anniversary Special Edition)

Radar Blips - The Last Starfighter

The Year: 1984

The Players: Um yeah. No one.

The Take: $29 Million

What's a Starfighter?: Starfighter is a fictional video game (Atari was going to make this game for real but ended up releasing it as Star Raiders 2) that the hero played in the movie. When beating the game, he was recruited into an intergalactic army to fly a Gunstar, the ship simulated by the game.

Why you should see it: To justify all those video games you play. Maybe someday you will save the galaxy. Actually, the hero, Alex Rogan, lives in a mobile home park full of hilarious folk including Shotgun Granny. The final battle is pretty unbelievable since it is Alex alone versus an armada... but I guess that's what he trained for. Just don't get in the way of his "Death Blossom."

The Last Starfighter

03 April 2007

Ink Blots LVIII - The Invincible Iron Man

It's heavy metal month! I am kicking things off a bit early as I am going to be on vacation this Tuesday, so enjoy a little helping of Iron while I am away.

Third in line of a series of direct to video features from Marvel comics, The Invincible Iron Man follows Ultimate Avengers 1 & 2 reviewed here and here. This time, the focus is set on a single hero... good idea as the Avengers films were so stuffed with characters that none of them really got a chance to shine.

This film is an origin story of the Ferrite Man and features battles with the Elementals and the Mandarin. I am not a real Iron Man aficionado, but this tale seemed to be a reasonable modernization of the Iron man story. Also, I really liked seeing Iron man do battle in several different suits. He dons an underwater suit, a bulky medieval gray suit and of course the classic red and gold armor. He uses these suits to battle in a glacier and volcano among other places. While that action was good, I was a bit disappointed that Iron Man really only wore his most recognized suit for one scene. Also, his end battle was a bit wussy. The armors in this film were all done with CG. The suits looked good, but felt a bit out of place against the 2D backdrop. Still, the animation and action in the film were pretty good for a DTV.

Tony Stark also got a lot of screen time without his armor as did his buddy Rhodey. This was all fine and good as it let you know that Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark are not clones. Anyways, I felt about the same after this as I did after watching the Avengers films. When they were over, I felt like I had seen a decent pilot to an animated series. But, since these films are stand alone projects, I felt disappointed that so much effort was spent setting up a character when no follow up is planned. I really hope to see an Iron Man 2 that builds on the character set up here. But as a stand alone Iron Man also earns a B.

Invincible Iron Man

Ultimate Avengers - The Movie

Ultimate Avengers 2