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Retro Sci-Fi Review: Spider-Man (2002)

Directed by Sam Raimi. Written by David Koepp. Starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, and James Franco.

The Spring of Sci-Fi Review #11

Before this blog became The Number One Archives, it used to run under a different name. It used to be just me working alone on this blog. Occasionally, I will scroll through older posts that I did in the past. I noticed that there were a series of posts that I never finished. Today, I will finish the posts. The posts were about Sam Raimi’s superhero classic, Spider-Man (2002). After looking back, the posts were me giving summaries of the film while intoxicated. I remember that I was trying to have a movie marathon of the Holy Trilogy (original Spider-Man trilogy) two years ago. I watched the first two Spider-Man films, then I got sleepy so I never watched the third. I still plan on revisiting the third soon. Let’s talk about the first film.

If you haven’t seen the first film by now, shame on you. I will let younger audiences have a pass. They were probably raised in the Andrew Garfield/Tom Holland era more than likely. Tobey Maguire stars as Peter Parker, who is a high school student that gets bitten by a radioactive spider. The bite gifts Parker with powers, such as webbing, enhanced strength, enhanced agility, and spider-sense. After the murder of his beloved Uncle Ben, Parker adopts the moniker of Spider-Man and begins to fight the crime that took away his uncle. Spider-Man will get put to the test as the villain Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe) rises to prominence with a pure hatred for the hero. Spider-Man will have to risk his life to protect those he loves from the grasp of the Goblin’s fingertips.

Sam Raimi does an amazing job of capturing the essence of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s work on Amazing Spider-Man. In the film, Peter Parker is a person that we all can relate to. He’s in high school with a few friends and a few bullies. Rosemary Harris (Aunt May) and Cliff Robertson (Uncle Ben) did a fantastic job of recreating that loving environment that Peter Parker had in the comics. Tobey Maguire’s charm that he has helps us to connect with the character and portray to us why the movie characters want to support Parker. He’s a good kid, who has these awful struggles.

The special effects are still great, though a few are starting to look dated. A majority of these effects are still fantastic because Raimi would use practical effects when he had the chance. Spider-Man’s web-slinging through New York still has that fluidity and acrobatic movement that is to admire. The fight scenes are brutal to this day, especially the final fight between Spider-Man and Green Goblin. Raimi manages to get violent as possible while being able to maintain the film’s PG-13 rating. All of the fight scenes are full of emotion as both hero and villain know each other personally.

Raimi does well blending the genres of science fiction and horror together. We get the science of Parker transforming into a hero to Norman Osborn/Green Goblin morphing into a super villain. In these transformation scenes, we get a sense of terror from Raimi’s direction. A prime example is the scene where Norman Osborn injects himself with drugs that make him into a super human. Dafoe goes absolutely absurd with his eyes rolled up in his head during the scene. It’s exciting, yet terrifying. A scene that will stick with you.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man is a classic that’s still memorable in millions of minds across the world. It showed that Marvel could be a heavy hitter like they are now in cinema. The world was taken by storm in 2002 when this movie released. It now has inspired several Spider-Man films to follow its path. Be warned…this film induces the drug known as nostalgia.

Overall rating: 4/5.

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N1A Streams: Marvel’s Spider-Man

We’re on the home stretch now with the final games of Streamageddon. We’re going to play Marvel’s Spider-Man as we couldn’t get to it last night. We’re going to stream this until 5 p.m. At 5, we’re going to take a brief break to set up for the finale. Probably going to take a streaming hiatus after this lol.

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N1A Streams: Marvel’s Spider-Man Miles Morales

Part 2 of Marvel night. Gonna work on side missions and maybe new game plus. Come chill if you’re up late.

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Retro Review–Amazing Spider-Man: The Original Clone Saga (Part One)

Part One – Amazing Spider-Man #139

The Original Clone Saga is a Spider-Man series that started in Amazing Spider-Man #139. The issue that starts the saga is written by Gerry Conway and drawn by Ross Andru. The comic released in December 1974. New villain The Grizzly debuts with surprising villain Jackal appearing at the comic’s end. The comic is a slow start of potential things to come.

The story shows us that Peter Parker’s civilian life has been struggling. He’s looking for a new apartment that’s cheap enough for his income. That’s a hard act to complete in a city such as New York. Conway does a great job of quickly connecting readers to Peter and his plight. It’s sad to see Peter, who has done so much for the city, not even be able to find an affordable home. It’s a reminder of the homeless that are wandering the streets of New York at night.

Grizzly is a formidable opponent in his debut. He will remind readers of the Rhino. However, he will become a forgettable villain as he’s just the muscle for the true villain. Peter Parker in the issue investigates a townhouse in New York. Grizzly and Jackal await inside. They capture Peter Parker, then attach a device to Peter’s wrist. The device is to help Jackal figure out who Spider-Man is. This sets up the next issue where Peter has to figure out how to remove the device.

This is a slow start to the saga without giving much info to lure in readers. The only hint is that Jackal is playing a part. The artwork is superb in the book. Ross Andru is fantastic so far. Conway does great with the several issues that Peter faces. He just doesn’t have readers hooked yet into what’s to come.

Overall rating: 2.5/5.

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Miles Morales Mission Review: “New Thwip”

Spider-Man: Miles Morales by Insomniac Games.

Immediately after “Parting Gift,” Peter Parker tells Miles via his new suit’s mask that he has a nearby building for Miles to train and learn a few moves. This is the game’s way to teach players the various ways that Miles is able to fight. These training missions pop up on the map where players can learn new techniques. They’re similar to the Taskmaster and Speedball missions from Marvel’s Spider-Man.

The hologram system that Peter Parker makes is unique. It’s Peter’s way of training Miles, while being away. The technology gives Miles holographic enemies to fight. The training system is similar to Batman Arkham’s augmented reality training. Spider-Man’s A.R. system is better as hearing holographic Spider-Man crack quips makes training better.

Overall rating: 3.5/5.

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Miles Morales Mission Review: “Parting Gift”

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales by Insomniac Games.

At the end of the “Hold Onto Your Web-Shooters” mission, Peter Parker gives Miles Morales a parting gift before he goes away for a few weeks. In this mission, “Parting Gift,” Miles calls his friend, Ganke Lee, to meet him in a snowy Central Park to open this gift. This is the introduction to Miles’ friend, who happens to be a whiz at coding and mobile apps. Ganke Lee is similar to Peter Parker’s friend, Ned Leeds, from the MCU Spider-Man films. Ganke is a sidekick for the Spider-Men.

The gift that Peter leaves is a new Spider-Man suit for Miles. Miles’ first official suit. It’s nothing flashy, but better than the suit that Miles begins the game with. The important thing is the heart and the effort that Peter put into the suit. He cares for Miles. This mission is brief as it’s to introduce Ganke and the new suit.

Overall rating: 4/5.

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Miles Morales Mission Review: “Hold Onto Your Web-Shooters”

Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales by Insomniac Games.

Today, we begin reviewing story and side missions for Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales. We will try to keep these spoiler-free. We plan on taking our time to do these reviews, so people can enjoy the game themselves. The reviews are to analyze the scenes/missions, even if they are brief. Let’s dive in!

“Hold Onto Your Web-Shooters” delivers an exhilarating punch for the game’s first mission. Players catch up with Miles Morales a year later from the events of Marvel’s Spider-Man. Miles has been training with Spider-Man (Peter Parker) to master his skills. Those skills are put to the test when an iconic Spider-Man foe breaks out of a police convoy. The Spider-Men go a crazy, violent thrill ride to halt this villain.

The gameplay in this mission is fluid and smooth. Insomniac Games managed to make the web-slinging more polished than its predecessor. Players get a taste of Miles’ potential powers with the introduction of the Venom ability in this mission. Miles is able to summon an electrical charge that proves helpful in the defeat of the villain.

After the epic battle sequence, we are introduced to Simon Krieger, who is the Head of R&D at Roxxon Energy. Krieger owns the land where the fight sequence ends. Insomniac Games does a fantastic job of keeping the machinations of Krieger hidden. Is he good? Is he bad? We’ll see.

The mission ends with Peter Parker telling Miles that he’ll be gone for the next few weeks. Peter tells Miles that he’ll be the only Spider-Man for a while. Miles seems afraid at first, then embraces the idea in a beautiful cutscene. With the snow falling on a new Spider-Man, we are in for a fun ride.

Overall rating: 5/5.

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Retro Review of Venom: Lethal Protector #1 (1992)

Written by David Michelinie. Drawn by Mark Bagley. Published by Marvel.

“Venom: Lethal Protector” is the first solo series for the popular Spider-Man foe. The comic released in 1992 as a six-part series. Venom’s story takes place in sunny San Francisco, California. David Michelinie changes Venom from menacing villain to powerful antihero. Michelinie implements one distinguishing characteristic for this new Venom. Venom still hates Spider-Man, though he believes in helping humans.

Mark Bagley is the artist for the first three issues (parts) of the series. His Venom is huge with defined muscles and facial features. An example is when Venom saves a woman from a mugger. Venom smiles at her in his own frightening, yet heartfelt way. Bagley’s renderings of Venom’s face is sharp with strong line work.

Eddie Brock, Venom, is trying to start over in San Francisco. However, this proves difficult as he is wanted for murder. The cops give chase to Brock, who turns into Venom in order to escape police custody. A civilian takes a photograph of Venom, which makes its way to the Daily Bugle in New York via a U.P.I. wire. Michelinie and Bagley use a flashback sequence with white and black panels to detail the vicious rivalry between Spider-Man and Venom. These panels stand for the moral grayness that is Venom. A man, Eddie Brock, and an alien symbiote that both hated Spider-Man for their own reasons. Hatred made Venom evil, then Venom/Eddie Brock changed their heart when Spider-Man saved Brock’s ex-wife. Venom vows to not come after Spider-Man as long as Spider-Man doesn’t come after him. However, Peter Parker/Spider-Man heads to California after the Venom photo surfaces.

Towards the end of the comic, there’s a beautiful contrast of the two characters. Venom is in a park where he’s fighting a gang of mobsters, who are being hateful to a crew of homeless people. Spider-Man appears–assuming that Venom is attacking innocent people. Spider-Man is in the wrong as Venom is doing what he promised in his agreement. The morally sound character, Spider-Man, lets the grayness of Venom confuse him. Their relationship calls in to question the gray matter of what defines a hero. A strong point to build around.

Final evaluation– Lethal Protector is a great start for a Venom series. The analysis of the Spider-Man/Venom relationship drives this comic forward with strong art by Bagley.

Overall rating: 4/5.

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Huge Releases This Upcoming Week!

Next week will be a huge week in the world of gaming. Microsoft and Sony release their new consoles. Microsoft’s Xbox Series X/S launches this Tuesday, November 10th. Big games that launch exclusively for the Xbox Series X are Gears 5, Forza Horizon 4, and Sea of Thieves. The Xbox Series X costs $499, while the S sits at $299.

On Thursday, November 12th, the PS5 launches. Consumers have the option to decide between two different PS5s. The digital edition is $399 and the edition with the disc drive is $499. Games that will launch exclusively for the PS5 are Demon’s Souls, Godfall, Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales, and Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered. There are a few exciting titles that will launch on both platforms as well. Those games are: Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, Borderlands 3, Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition, Fortnite, NBA 2K21, Watch Dogs: Legion, and Yakuza: Like a Dragon. Good luck to those who try to land one of these consoles this week. The best retailers to try are GameStop, Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and Amazon.

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Jalapeno Black Plays Marvel’s Spider-Man (Episode 2): Doing Science!

Today, on my gaming channel, I uploaded a new episode of me playing Marvel’s Spider-Man. The video is brief and is the shortest out of the videos that I have released so far. The video features me showing Peter Parker at his job for the first time in the game. This is where fans are introduced to Dr. Otto Octavius, who is Peter’s boss. In this part of the game, players are introduced to science projects that can be completed to gain more XP for Spider-Man. They are completing projects that involve circuitry and the use of a spectrograph. I actually enjoy these small projects that are featured in the game. Hope you enjoy the video!