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Spider-Man: Someone I know is sick. Very sick. I don't suppose...?
Doctor Strange: There are many things I can do. There are things I can't. It's possible we could make a deal with an interdimensional demon, but you know, that could come with an eternity of torment.
Spider-Man: Probably best to avoid that.

Anyway, with the site, I deal with pros and publishers, and, y'know, basically partner up, help out, push certain things. I mean, it's like you practically work for them already! And this show could be a big break — a guy who owes me a favor at DC is gonna introduce me around, maybe even get me into the DC party. Not bad, huh?
(Jerry and Pete agree.)
No, not bad. I just have to keep workin' it... eat a few more years of shit until, one day, Shazam! There I am in the big sandbox, full of all the best fuckin' toys ever. Batman. Superman. Superboy. Hal Jordan Green Lantern. Mon-El. Mon-El. Mon-El. Then, I start all over again — only from within, like a conquering virus, until I'm in a position to establish my so-called "shitty" fan-fic as canon. That'll show 'em. All of 'em! And the butthurt little fanshits that don't like it can go bag, board, and skull-fuck themselves!
Josh describes his plans for the future, The Eltingville Club #2, "Lo, There Shall Be An Epilogue!"
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Film — Live-Action

From the studio that inexplicably sewed his fucking mouth shut the first time, comes five-time Academy Award viewer Ryan Reynolds, as a man on an eharmony date with destiny.

Web Original

I think this book is written almost entirely from an angle of criticizing modern Spider-Man comics that came before it. [...] And like I said, I think the most interesting part about this book happens to be the not-so-subtle differences between Spencer's Peter Parker and Slott's Peter Parker, which is kind of what the whole first arc is about. Despite the two of them aligning pretty much the same politically and being friends behind the scenes, I can't help but notice how much of the subtext of this book seems to be taking potshots at Slott's writing over the years. Nick Spencer's Amazing Spider-Man book deconstructs and heavily criticizes Dan Slott's Amazing Spider-Man book. Given Slott's less-than-stellar relationship with the fans, that does a lot to get long-time Spidey readers back into the book. It's essentially saying that the weird direction the book has been going for ten years is over, and that Spencer is going to bring back a more traditional version of Peter Parker that's closer to what we had before...blegh.

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During a random sci-fi accident, Peter and Spidey become two different guys, divying up their personality traits equally among the two of them. [...] That's when I figured Spencer was going for something a little unconventional. He split Peter Parker into two halves— the character we all know and love who just wants to be responsible, and a not-so-exaggerated caricature of modern Spider-Man. I was wracking my brain over it for days, but I figured it out. This is that obnoxious, selfish douchebag that we've been reading for the past ten years. [...] Spencer takes every negative and annoying trope from the other run and turns it into a character that fully expresses what was so wrong with the book for ten years. In fact, he takes this version of Spidey and turns him into an antagonist for Peter. Peter doesn't beat him by just being smarter, in fact he takes advantage of Slott-Spidey's negligence and defeats him in a really simple way even an idiot could've pulled off. Peter ultimately triumphs because responsibility is the most powerful trait between the two of them. Even though the other guy has the brains, the jokes, and all the powers, he wasn't really Spider-Man, because Spider-Man is about doing the right thing even when it puts you in a world of hurt, not doing the wrong thing to avoid being hurt.

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Dalton’s Bond is a flawed character, but the movie embraces his flaws. While Connery and Moore were at times incredibly sexist, this marks the first time I noticed the movie calling Bond on his attitudes....M assures Bond that MI6 is “not a country club” — perhaps a direct reference the excesses of Moore’s time in the role, when it seemed like the spy organisation was basically a gentleman’s club Bond frequented?

Nog’s reaction to been thrown out of the programme is so shocking — it is clear that he has become entirely reliant on fiction...People praise Tom Paris to the high heavens for creating obscenely dull places like "Fair Haven" and yet Bashir is criticised for living out his adolescent fantasies in the holosuite. I know which show I believe in more!
Joe Ford on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, "It's Only a Paper Moon"

In particular, recall the reason given in "The Fires of Pompeii" for why you can't alter a fixed point in time — because if you could, the Doctor could go and change the end of the Time War. So what does he do in the only story explicitly situated between "The Waters of Mars" and "The End of Time"? He pilots his TARDIS into the Time War and changes the ending... But for (Steven) Moffat, there are just things you don't do. Moffat has said in interviews that the resolution of the Time War always stuck in his craw a bit for the simple fact that, in his view, the Doctor wouldn't do that.
El Sandifer on "The Day of the Doctor"

TL;DR: Western Comic Books are like a giant house that is never going to get finished because it is constantly being rebuilt and redesigned by a successive and never-ending stream of madmen, each of whom have a deep seated, fundamental, seething hatred of their predecessor's own, specific brand of madness.

Real Life

I thought it was a nice touch to have Ben harshly criticize Peter's pact with Venom. It showed that Ben was more like the Peter Parker we knew, loved and remembered than Peter was being at that time...I always hated the pact between Peter and Venom, I thought it was so out of character for Peter to make such a deal with a villain as obviously crazy and dangerous as Venom, and it was especially interesting to hear Ben voicing my own opinion. It was good to see this used as a way to show a major difference between Peter and Ben, and to perhaps imply that all was not right with Peter, that maybe Ben was the preferable choice between the two.
— Writer/Editor Glenn Greenberg on The Clone Saga


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