The Comic Book Lore Behind the 3 New Costumes Coming to Marvel's Spider-Man

Next week, the excellent Spider-Man game for PS4 is getting its first piece of downloadable content. It’s a new mission that brings Felicia Hardy, the Black Cat herself, back into Peter Parker’s Spandex-clad life. But it’s bringing with it even more costumes, if you can believe it, including a pair right out of the…

Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Game of Thrones Collide in the Best Toys of the Week

Welcome back to Toy Aisle, io9's round up of the best toys we’ve seen all week. This time round, a very cool take on the comic book Iron Spider suit, Obi-Wan Kenobi reaches out into the Star Wars figuarts line, Darth Vader’s sinister castle gets a slightly less sinister Lego set, and more. Check it out!

Venom Is a Surprisingly Solid Action Movie That Just Wants to Show You a Good Time

Venom strikes an imperfect balance between two extremes—sticking too close to, or straying too far from, Marvel’s source material. And that’s a testament to Sony’s belief that audiences are going to want to watch a charmingly-disheveled Tom Hardy murder and eat people in the name of twisted justice in this movie and…

The Most Detailed Into the Spider-Verse Trailer Breakdown You Could Ever Want

This morning brought with it another sumptuous look at Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony Animation’s gorgeous take on the world of Miles Morales (and his cross-universe Spider-Friends). Not only does it give us our best peek yet at the film, but it’s jam-packed with dozens of little details and Easter eggs.…

The New Video Game Spider-Man Just Got a Fascinating Introduction to Marvel's Comic Universe

The beauty of Spider-Man is that there are so many interpretations of the character across a myriad of mediums—Spiders-men, women, kids, hams, and so on. The latest of them, the Peter Parker starring in Marvel’s Spider-Man, is a fascinating take on the character. But his comic book debut just made things a whole lot…

A Mind-Blowing Into the Spider-Verse Trailer Introduces Spider-Ham and Peni Parker

The most curious thing about Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is the potential to weave every single one of the studio’s previous Spider-Man films into one, loosely-connected multiverse with Miles Morales, Gwen Stacy, and Peter Parker at the center of it. In the latest trailer for the animated…

Venom Director Ruben Fleischer on Reimagining the Lethal Protector Without Spider-Man's Help

Sony’s Spider-Man-free Venom solo movie is finally upon us, and as wild as it might sound to comic book purists, the film totally works without the titular antihero’s nemesis. We recently spoke with director Ruben Fleischer about his personal connection to the source material, and why deviating from Venom’s canon…

Chip Zdarsky's Farewell to Spectacular Spider-Man Is a Heartfelt Tribute to One of Comics' Most Earnest Heroes

There are nearly 60 years of Spider-stories out there at this point, across comics, TV shows, movies, and games, all in their own ways advancing the rich web of character arcs that have made Spidey endure as one of the world’s greatest superheroes. But this week’s Spectacular Spider-Man offers the simplest reminders…

In Marvel's Spider-Man, Mary Jane Watson Is the Most Compelling She's Ever Been

Mary Jane Watson is one of the most important players in Spider-Man’s expansive mythos, but in the five decades she’s been appearing in Marvel’s comics (and other properties based on them), her character’s never really been fleshed out in a way that made her feel like a three-dimensional person. That fact is what…