The final trailer for Captain America: Civil War was released this week, and it had what a lot of us were waiting for: our first glimpse of a Spider-Man from a movie studio that can't seem to screw anything up. Wait... that might be an overstatement. To be more accurate, when you compare the track record of Marvel Studios to other production companies like Fox or Sony (another Fantastic Four movie, anyone?), even some of their more suspect movies start to shine a little brighter. The trailer is about two and a half minutes long and they save Spider-Man for the last five seconds, but what a glorious and thrilling five seconds.
I finally did it. It took almost a full twelve months, but I finally finished all six volumes of Bryan Lee O'Malley's Scott Pilgrim. First, I should make clear that it's not like Scott Pilgrim is the new Iliad: yes, the books are lengthy, but they're also super easy to read. It's just that I'm easily distracted. Also, I already knew the basic storyline from many, many viewings of the 2010 movie, so the prolonged duration of my reading is kind of justified. Secondly, the books are great. For real. But they really just made me want to return to the movie and soak it in again. Yes, the same movie that was met with critical apathy and general disdain from the viewing public.