ICYMI: First looks at The Shocker in Spider-Man:Homecoming, and Deathstroke in..???


Hey guys, time for a new column here on the Guide, where we cover any big comic book movie news that for whatever reason you missed out on hearing about for whatever reasons that may be, maybe you’re a casual fan, maybe you have a life and don’t have time to spend online all day waiting for nuggets of awesomeness to fall from the sky of the internet.   In any case, you’re here now, so let’s get you caught up.


The real big story that broke last week was when Ben Affleck leaked some footage of an actor in Deathstroke’s iconic outfit last week, with no context behind it whatsoever.  Is it from Justice League, are they pre-planning Affleck’s Solo Batman movie already? We don’t know, but we do know this, the suit looks pretty freakin sweet.


No news on who’s in the suit, though rumors point to True Blood, and the once and future Flash Thompson, Joe Mangianello taking on the role, whom I think could do a great job in the role, though my personal favorite choice would be to get Ron Perlman in the suit, as he’s already done the character before in the original Teen Titans cartoon, and he looks like the comic book version, so that’d be my vote personally.

If you don’t know who Deathstroke is, a quick recap for you, from Watchmojo.com


On to the other big news drop, well not so big in the terms of the Deathstroke reveal, but big to me, as I’m a fan of the character, last week we got our first look at The Shocker from the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming.


Actor Bokeem Woodbine (The Big Hit, Belly) has been rumored to be playing the role in the first full length Spider-Man adventure set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.   I don’t think he’ll be a major player in the movie, as Spidey (Tom Holland) will already have to tangle with Michael Keaton playing The Vulture and The Tinkerer, so I’m imagining this will be more of a throwaway appearance, but still one I’m psyched to see.  For longer than I can remember,  in superhero movies, even in the MCU for the most part, it seems that in between the adventures of the movies, nothing happens to the heroes.  There’s no lesser villains they take down, just the big bads of the movies, and then like…bank robbers and purse snatchers the rest of the time.  We got a taste of things that were different in Amazing Spider-Man 2, using The Rhino as that throwaway type villain, or Cillian Murphy’s other appearances as The Scarecrow in The Dark Knight trilogy, but for the most part, 0 D-List villains, which could spice up a superhero movie the way that a jobber or enhancement talent makes wrestlers look good from time to time in the wrestling business.  Sometimes you need a quick squash match in the middle of your movie, and that’s where we need to bring in the D-Listers.   Your 8 Balls, your Spots, your The Tops if you will, maybe even  Rocket Racer, why not?

That’s it for this week’s edition, who are some of your favorite D list villains?  I’d love to find out.



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