The creator of supernatural superhero Spawn has revealed a few more details about the upcoming reboot, and his determination not to repeat the mistakes of the critically panned 1997 New Line film. In a recent interview Todd McFarlane hinted at the tone and format for his script of the movie, and probably to the delight of many fans, categorically stated that it will not be another origin story.
Spawn – who is also known as deceased Marine Al Simmons – was first created and introduced to the printed page by McFarlane in May 1992. A vigilante character with a finite source of power, he instantly became a hit. The 1997 movie adaptation stars Michael Jai White in the title role, and is a basic origin story. It covers Simmon’s Faustian pact with Malebolgia, a ruler of hell who creates his super-powered alter-ego. However Spawn rebels against his demonic influences and becomes a force for justice as the film ends. It received a wealth of negative reviews, and despite making a worldwide profit of over $87m from a budget of $40m, the sequel was in it’s own version of hell for 20 years.
That was until McFarlane was recently announced as the writer and director for a reboot of the character, which is being made in conjunction with Blumhouse productions. Although specific plot details are yet to appear, and any casting is yet to be announced, he has been dropping hints about what to expect ever since. Speaking to Yahoo! Entertainment, at this year’s New York Comic Con, the artist/writer/director gave this response when he was asked if the new film would be another origin story:
Here’s the Marvel movie watch list you didn’t know you needed
“A Marvel cinematic universe fan made a list of the correct order to watch the long catalog of superhero movies along with some brutally honest commentary.
It has gone viral, for all the right reasonsmostly because its so accurate.
It began when Victoria Aveyard, the New York Times-bestselling author of the book Red Queen, was asked by her roommate to create a checklist of theperfect order in which to watch the films.
From thatrequest, this beauty was born.
when your roommate asks for a Marvel watch list with commentary pic.twitter.com/a4v91EQGvW
— Victoria Aveyard (@VictoriaAveyard) March 16, 2019
The advice is brutally upfront, and gives potential viewers a sense of the films before they even get started.
She calls Iron Man, the granddaddy of them all, while Iron Man 2 is trash.
And for Thor, well she advises to just ignore Natalie Portman, who played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster in the first Thor movie. She appeared later inThor 2: The Dark World, which Aveyard calls “silly.”
She goes on to call the Guardians of the Galaxy fun, and describes Doctor Strange as if House was a Wizard.
Oh, and if youre thinking of watchingIncredible Hulk at all…just don’t.
Aveyard wrote that her comments were intended to guide her roommate, who doesnt like war.
But other Marvel fans stand behind her list.
This is outstanding.
— Rainbow Rowell (@rainbowrowell) March 16, 2019
skip incredible Hulk’s the best advice pic.twitter.com/O8KluT7QCc
— Leo Oliveira (@souoleoedai) March 16, 2019
IF HOUSE WAS A WIZARD.
IT CANT GET MORE ACCURATE THAN THIS https://t.co/zKHeWmPTNu
— Tri #Bye (@hamsterkookie) March 16, 2019
This list is made valid by “Michael Keaton is BDE” https://t.co/ky3wZTEvuI
— Kiara Bermudez (@QueenKiara20) March 16, 2019
‘ignore natalie portman, x2 attention tom hiddleston’ yoooo https://t.co/miScGdHKcx
Superheroes and freaky cats: how Captain Marvel rewrote the rules
From the story behind Nick Furys eyepatch to the rehabilitation of the Skrull, the latest Marvel film has altered comic-book canon in fruitful ways
“If theres one thing we should have been primed for, prior to viewing Captain Marvel, it would be to expect the unexpected. Marvel is a studio that, time and again, has chosen to twist comic-book canon to suit new needs, rather than deliver overly faithful adaptations of the original work.
The addition of the Skrull, a race of alien shape-shifters, to the Marvel universe, prompted predictions that we may ultimately see storylines riffing on the 2008 Secret Invasion storyline, in which various members of the Avengers are replaced by extraterrestrial interlopers. In the comics, the Skrull are usually evil and often bent on invading Earth and taking it for themselves. So the fact that Captain Marvels trailers showed Skrull disguising themselves as human while fighting Carol Danvers (Brie Larson) naturally led observers to suspect they were up to their old tricks.
To twist that narrative on its head and make the Skrull the victims of a race of fascistic alien warriors, the Kree, was the kind of masterstroke that only Marvel could pull off. Any other studio would have faced accusations of subverting canon, but the Disney-owned studio has done such a great job of creating its cinematic universe that it has credit in spades from fans.
We trust that if Marvel has chosen to alter the way the MCU works for the big screen, there must be a good reason. And here, there is: it is the involvement of the Skrull, and the revelation that they are not the bad guys after all, that allows Danvers to escape her straitened existence as a sort of Kree pet and achieve her destiny as Captain Marvel…………………………………………………………….”
Doom Patrol Extended Trailer | DC Universe
DOOM PATROL reimagines one of DC’s most beloved groups of Super Heroes: Robotman aka Cliff Steele (BRENDAN FRASER), Negative Man aka Larry Trainor (MATT BOMER), Elasti-Woman aka Rita Farr (APRIL BOWLBY) and Crazy Jane (DIANE GUERRERO), led by modern-day mad scientist Niles Caulder aka The Chief (TIMOTHY DALTON). Each member of the Doom Patrol suffered a horrible accident that gave them superhuman abilities, but also left them scarred and disfigured. Traumatized and downtrodden, the team found their purpose through The Chief, coming together to investigate the weirdest phenomena in existence. Following the mysterious disappearance of The Chief these reluctant heroes will find themselves in a place they never expected to be, called to action by none other than Cyborg (JOIVAN WADE), who comes to them with a mission hard to refuse. Part support group, part Super Hero team, the Doom Patrol is a band of superpowered freaks who fight for a world that wants nothing to do with them.
Based on DC characters originally written and drawn by Arnold Drake, Bob Haney and Bruno Premiani #DCUDOOMPATROL premieres February 15.