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Harry Osborn and Eugene “Frog-Man” Patilio: A ribbeting parallel — harryosborn.net

Eugene Patilio, a Z-list superhero who I was always quite fond of, showed up on She-Hulk last night! Well, sort of. That was #NotMyEugene, as Twitter might say. Others have pointed out that She-Hulk’s rich loser, amusing though he was, didn’t really have much in common with the Frog-Man of the comics, and was really […]

Harry Osborn and Eugene “Frog-Man” Patilio: A ribbeting parallel — harryosborn.net

I wrote this over at harryosborn.net and decided to post it here too! Sadly it only has two frog puns in it.

Comics, canon, fanfiction, mythology

Recent unpopular events in the Spider-Man comics (yes, even more of them) have got me thinking about the whole concept of ongoing comics as a storytelling medium. And then I have to stop and take out a word, because I don’t think what comics have at the moment is storytelling? Not in Marvel world, anyway, not sure about DC comics. If Spider-Man or Iron Man or Dr Strange aren’t allowed to grow in many significant ways, or to stay dead if they die, how can that ever work?

At the moment it feels like current comics “canon” is more just us the readers seeing people play with toys over and over again. There’s a lot of value in playing with toys, of course, but why should one person’s made up playtime story matter more than another’s? Can’t my fanfiction be canon too, especially in a world like Marvel’s where canon barely exists as is? Didn’t several of their characters fight in the Vietnam War until Marvel literally, and yes this is as bizarre as it sounds, replace the Vietnam War with a fictional war involving a sentient country? How on earth are you supposed to have a “canon” when stuff like that is going on?

At the moment it feels like Marvel comics are at best a testing ground for ideas that might make it into the MCU, and at worst a long and convoluted advertisement for Funko Pops and Fortnite skins. You can’t grow attached to any character because a retcon or shocking twist will inevitably happen and ruin them. You can’t appreciate your favorite toy because some other kid on the playground is going to rip it out of your hand and stomp on it, and good luck affording a new one. I’ve heard comics called modern mythology but they’re only mythology via capitalism, and thus not mythology at all, in the same way that a story which is forbidden to end cannot be a story.

Do fanfiction.

MCU fanfic: Peter and Peter

Man my fanfiction has been all about the Peters recently hasn’t it? This one stars Peter Parker but is actually about Peter Quill. There is no point in loving Quill because everyone on the internet and beyond loathes him, but I do it anyway.

Title: Peter and Peter
Fandom: MCU/Spider-Man/Guardians of the Galaxy
Summary: In the immediate aftermath of Tony Stark’s death, Peter Parker suddenly runs into a weird dude.

Read on AO3, or click below:

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Twelve Questions I Still Have About the Kindred Saga — harryosborn.net

It’s been several months now since the conclusion of Nick Spencer’s run on Amazing Spider-Man and the end of the Kindred Saga, as it’s called now. Am I still salty? Oh god I’m still salty. Here’s 12 questions I still have about the whole sorry show. Perhaps some of them will be answered one day? […]

Twelve Questions I Still Have About the Kindred Saga — harryosborn.net

I wrote this today! Guess the saltiness will last a good while yet.

Spider-Man: No Way Home fanfic: Spoilers

No, that’s not a warning, that’s the title of the fic! I mean, there ARE spoilers, big ones. But the fanfic is also called “Spoilers.” Ya with me? Okay good.

Title: Spoilers
Fandom: Spider-Man
Summary: Two characters from different universes talk about their lives and relationships.
Notes: Disney seems determined to exclude bisexual relationships from their Spider-Man franchise. This is… not the case here.

Read it on AO3, or click below:

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Some Spider-Man: No Way Home cosplays!

While eagerly awaiting No Way Home I spoiler-blocked everything, but some cosplays that people wore to the premieres and midnight showings slipped through the cracks. And hey, there’s no spoilers involved here, so check them out!

(Reddit doesn’t embed properly, sorry. Still worth clicking through though.)

And this one’s my favourite:

Spider-Man: No Way Home

I saw it! Small spoilers, then big spoilers beneath the cut:

This film is one hundred percent fan service (references to the comics, the games and even the memes are all included) and it’s all the better for it. A absolute crowd-pleaser, even in the subdued and quiet cinema I went to (ya gotta avoid that Omicron) there were some muted cheers at a few points.

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Spider-nails

In celebration of going to see No Way Home tomorrow, I decided to give myself Spider-Man themed nails! The web is only on one finger because I could only pull off detailed work with my right hand, not the left. Still, it looks pretty cool! (It’s much, much better in real life than the photo.)