Marvel introduces a half-Black, half-Latino Spider-Man, floats the idea that we may even have a gay Spider-Man one day. The usual suspects react like totally racist jerkwads. Meanwhile, all of this happened in the Ultimates universe, which does not affect actual Marvel continuity. Call me when Parker actually kicks the bucket. (Source 1, Source 2, Source 3)
Remember the “Paradise Lost” movie I mentioned a few weeks ago? Word is that Meryll Streep’s son-in-law, Benjamin Walker will be playing the role of Archangel Michael. I still think this is a horrible idea, but if Walker and Bradley Cooper battle it out shirtless, I may be persuaded.
Finally, check out these sketches Wendy Macnaughton did for the New York Times! (Source)
Of course, the big news of the day is J.K. Rowling’s announcement regarding Pottermore. Rather than a Massively Multiplayer Online Roleplaying Game (MMORPG) or an online game as some newspapers announced, the website is just a little bit more. Not only will it be the only place to get your ebook versions of the novels, it will also have interactive features and additional information about the books, characters, and the story, provided by Rowling herself. I personally just want to know which house I’ll be sorted in. (Source 1, Source 2)
Spider-Man is dead! SPIDER-MAN IS DEAD! WHATEVER SHALL WE DO NOW?!? Oh wait, it happens in the Ultimates universe, so it basically affects nothing. Nothing at all. (Source)
The New York Times has an interesting piece on Eva Gabrielsson, Stieg Larsson’s partner for more than three decades. I am particularly interested in the Viking curse ritual. (Source)
Lastly, NPR has a really touching story on Alice Ozma and Jim Brozina, a father and daughter pair who kept up a tradition of reading together every night for nine years. (Source)
I’m a twentysomething who loves reading books, whether they’re good or bad. I started out stealing books; now I review them.