Killing Eve Theory: Konstantin Is Responsible for Kenny's Death

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Season 3, Episode 5 of Killing Eve, “Are You From Pinner?”

One of the biggest mysteries on this season of Killing Eve has been who tossed Kenny (Sean Delaney) off a roof in the premiere. Many believe he was thrown off the Bitter Pill‘s building for his research getting him too close to the Twelve, but recent events suggest there’s someone much closer to his family that could be responsible for the kill.

This suspect is none other than Konstantin (Kim Bodnia). The reason he might be behind the hit is because Konstantin might have a huge stake in the bank account Kenny was tracking.

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The account Kenny was looking into and that Konstantin may have a stake in is Frank’s. Fat Panda was monitoring it, hoping to learn more about the Twelve’s terrorist mission in the first two seasons. Then, Frank was killed by Villanelle, as the Twelve deemed him an expendable MI-5 traitor, but Kenny kept tabs, realizing Frank’s account was active again. In fact, $6 million was withdrawn from it recently, and it seems Konstantin has been keeping secrets of his own regarding these funds.

The first red flag comes with the accountant, Charles Kruger, going nuts after seeing the cash was withdrawn. Charles is actually a Russian spy named Sergei, and he was responsible for monitoring the account for the Twelve. He calls Konstantin over to help him by replenishing the funds. However, Villanelle’s given a mission by the Twelve to terminate Sergei, which now has people wondering if Konstantin manipulated the hit.

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The conspiracy deepens when Konstantin asks Villanelle to murder Charles’ wife, Bertha. He does so off the record, promising Villanelle information on her mysterious family if she does the job. What’s so shady is Bertha contacted Konstantin earlier and revealed that she received an email from her husband that might have information about who stole the funds from the account. This kill could simply be Konstantin tying up loose ends and ensuring incriminating evidence doesn’t get out into the open. After all, the Twelve wouldn’t like discovering a handler’s stealing from them.

It’s hard not to wonder why he’d do this, though, as he’s already made a lot of money in his career. It could be greed or that he’s just bored, as seen when he visits his daughter, Irina, and she chides him for his career choices. Ultimately, we just can’t trust him because he promised Bertha he’d keep her safe, he promised Villanelle he wouldn’t lie and use her as a pawn and he also promised Irina he’d step away from the game. The most damning clue, though, comes with him stringing along Carolyn’s daughter, Geraldine.

Geraldine came back home after Kenny’s death and Konstantin gave her a gift: a refrigerator magnet. However, the magnet’s bugged, so he can hear everything that happens in Carolyn’s house. It’s clear he can’t hang around too much or else Carolyn would grow suspicious and see through his charade. Make no mistake, death’s still part of Carolyn and Konstantin’s friendship because it’s a game of killers, after all, and we can tell Konstantin wants to maintain an air of diplomacy as a terrorist who’s a friend to Carolyn, an MI-6 stalwart. But when Carolyn sees him leaving a meeting at home with her daughter, and Geraldine then lies, she knows something’s up.

Either way, Konstantin may have known Kenny’s business, as he and Carolyn were still in frequent contact, and we could see Konstantin using thugs to kill him. Konstantin often stayed at Kenny and Carolyn’s home, too, so he’d know when and where to hit. However, with Carolyn seeing him buddying up to Geraldine, Konstantin might have slipped up and exposed his true motives to a longtime colleague who’s now hungry for revenge.

Starring Sandra Oh, Jodie Comer, Fiona Shaw, Kim Bodnia, Harriet Walter, Danny Sapani, Gemma Whelan and Steve Pemberton, the third season of Killing Eve airs Sundays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on AMC and BBC America.

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USA Cancels The Purge, Treadstone TV Series | CBR

Both The Purge and Treadstone have been canceled by USA after their second and first seasons, respectively. The move comes after a programming shift in USA’s schedule.

USA is apparently moving away from ongoing scripted series toward more live and unscripted programming. The Purge and Treadstone were fairly costly and viewership decreased over time; The Purge, in particular, saw its viewership decrease by half during its second season. In the age of streaming, more premium scripted series are often relegated to streaming or channels like HBO, so it makes sense for USA to pursue other avenues.

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Based on the popular film series of the same name, The Purge is set in a world where crime is legal for 12 hours once every year.  The second season dealt with the aftermath of Purge night, as several survivors are drawn into a conspiracy. James DeMonaco, who created the film franchise, served as an executive producer with Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes banner.

Treadstone is based on the Jason Bourne film franchise and focuses on several sleeper agents who, like Bourne, were part of the Treadstone program. Heroes creator Tim Kring served as executive producer and writer on the series, while Ben Smith served as executive producer and showrunner. The entire series is available to stream on Amazon Prime Video.

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(via Deadline)

USA has opted not to move forward with future seasons of The Purge and Treadstone as part of a shift in network programming.

Playmobil Announces New Back to the Future Playset | CBR

Playmobil is celebrating the 35th anniversary of Back to the Future with the launch of a new playset line featuring popular staples from the franchise, including Marty McFly, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown and the DeLorean Time Machine.

Releasing later this month, the Playmobile Back to the Future DeLorean Time Machine playset ($49.99) will feature McFly and Doc Brown figurines. They come with their 1985 outfits, Einstein the dog and the DeLorean DMC-12, complete with a plutonium tank, flux capacitor and dashboard time travel indicator. The DeLorean’s wheels also have a function that allows them to be rotated to a 90 degree angle.

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Playmobil also released a set containing McFly and Doc Brown in their 1955 gear ($7.99), which also includes Marty’s Gibson ES-345 electric guitar from his memorable performance at his parents’ high school dance and Doc Brown’s changing newspaper.

Premiering in 1985, Back to the Future became a cultural phenomenon that grossed $389.1 million worldwide. The film went on to spawn two sequels, an animated series, video games, a theme park ride and Back to the Future the Musical, which took the stage in February this year.

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More recently, Lea Thompson and Josh Gad announced the cast would reunite in a Back to the Future special for charity. Although they did not reveal specifically which members of the cast would take part, it was hinted both Michael J. Fox and Christopher Llyod would return as Marty McFly and Doc Brown.

Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Back to the Future stars Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, Lea Thompson, Crispin Glover and Thomas F. Wilson. The film franchise is currently streaming on Netflix and is available to own on Blu-ray and DVD.

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Ghost of Tsushima: How History Inspired the Game | CBR

Sucker Punch Productions latest entry in the open-world action-adventure genre, Ghost of Tsushima, has piqued the interests of many and is highly anticipated. While recent updates have drawn some ire, such as the announcement that the game will not have waypoints or a traditional HUD system to encourage exploration, the most interesting things about the game isn’t its design mechanics. It’s the game’s setting and historical inspirations.

Ghost of Tsushima is set in the late thirteenth century and takes place on Tsushima Island during the Feudal Era in Japan. Specifically, the game has been noted to take place starting in 1274, a significant year in Japanese history, as it was the beginning of the Mongol Invasion of Japan by Kublai Khan.

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The invasion pitted the Samurai against the Mongol Empire, leaving them to defend their feudal lords from the invading forces. The Mongol invasions of this period proved to be major events for both the history of Japan and for the Japanese warriors known as Samurai. This makes it a significant and incredibly interesting time period in which to set an action-adventure game in, something that Sucker Punch seems excited to have done.

In Ghost of Tsushima, Sucker Punch has fictionalized many important elements of this first invasion by the Mongol Empire. The Mongols in the game are led by a man known as Khotun Khan, a fictional representation of Kublai Khan. The island of Tsushima itself also is located north of Japan, which the Mongol’s would have needed to conquer first as well in order to continue their quest to conquer the mainland of Japan.

During the real invasion of Japan, Kublai Khan and the Mongols were bested by a hurricane, dubbed by the Japanese as the “Kamikaze,” which meant “divine wind.” However, Sucker Punch has alluded to the idea that there will not be any divine natural disaster to defend Japan from the Mongol Invasion. Instead, there will be the protagonist, Jin Sakai, the nephew of defending army’s leader, Shimura. While a lot of details about the plot or Jin have been announced as of yet, there are rumors that his design, specifically elements of his Samurai sword, are based off of wind and storm depictions. This is a major indication that Jin Sakai will be the stand in for the Kamikaze in Sucker Punch’s retelling of the Mongol Invasion.

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Jin Sakai might start off as a more traditional Samurai at the beginning of the invasion, but as the title of the game suggests, he will have to forsake his traditional training and combat and adhere to more guerrilla-type combat in order to take down the Mongols. This is both a major departure from history and a huge benefit to the game’s combat system. It seems that the game’s design and mechanics will be based around stealth combat, something that might prove to be extremely enjoyable to master and also pertain to the supernatural elements of the story that come from Japanese lore.

While most aspects of the game are, by design, intended to be faithful depictions of Japanese history, Sucker Punch has obviously taken some artistic liberties in order to make the game enjoyable to play and explore. That being said, it is truly extraordinary how much care and effort it has put into making this game both historically faithful and exciting in terms of how it will advance the action-adventure genre going forward.

The developers consulted with a variety of cultural experts and historians to ensure that the game accurately depicts feudal Japan, and is even including director’s commentary that features a real Japanese historian in special editions of the game. Sucker Punch put a great deal of care respectfully representing Japanese history while also making a mechanically sound game.

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InkyPen On Switch Makes No Sense | CBR

Released on the console back in the Fall of 2018, InkyPen allows Nintendo Switch owners to peruse an exciting array of Western and Eastern comic books. The former group includes titles from publishers such as Archie, IDW and Valiant, but recently, they’ve also added a plethora of manga, courtesy of Kodansha, the second-largest manga publisher in the world.

Kodansha publishes such renown series’ as Attack on Titan, Akira, That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime and several Japanese light novels. It’s certainly a boon for Switch users, and its $7.99 price makes the endless reading potential a steal. Despite how exciting the app might be, it’s certainly puzzling as to why its exclusively on the Switch. After all, the console has recently had its third birthday and is still without several stalwart apps and programs that are usually sure things on modern video game consoles. Here’s a look at what programs Switch owners are still begging for, and why InkyPen may have beaten them to the punch.

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Since the Switch launched, many have bemoaned the lack of what should be guaranteed apps. These include Netflix and other streaming programs, as well as a dedicated web browser. These absences are especially egregious, given that they are not only present on other current gen platforms, but were also on the Switch’s predecessors, the Wii and the Wii U. Despite lacking what many would see as priority services for modern consoles and gadgets, the Switch does have exclusivity for InkyPen. Perhaps the performance of the Wii U made Netflix hesitant to work with Nintendo for the Switch, but the Switch’s performance so far should have assuaged those fears.

The platform was apparently envisioned from the getgo for the Switch, and so far plans for other consoles and devices are only tentative. InkyPen even bypassed a mobile format, even though this might have made the most sense as a place to read comics and manga. The benefits of a mobile format are notably arguable, given the growing success of Webtoon. A version of the service for Android and iOS would have been a good way to test the waters before branching out into video game consoles. With how long in the making the service had to have been, it also means that planning began when the Switch was still a relatively new console. Since its immediate predecessor was such a notorious flop, why make a comic book and manga reader for the still fledgling console?

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The most obvious reason for why the Switch was the perfect home for InkyPen is its own dual format. Not only can it broadcast media onto a TV screen like a home console, but it can also be taken on the go. This essentially makes it the last and only handheld video game console on the market, as even Nintendo’s own venerable 3DS line is now dead in all but name. Likewise, its widescreen also makes it a good way to view reading material.

Another benefit is that the app launches on the Switch with a relative lack of competition. Without Netflix or Internet, Switch users will want something to occupy their time with the system when they’re not using it to game. On top of that, there’s simply nothing else like InkyPen for the Switch, as even Crunchyroll, who had an app for the Wii U, currently lacks such an app for the current system.

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There’s also the high probability of crossover appeal between the manga available through the service and video games based on them. The Switch has become known as the home of niche Japanese titles, picking up the slack from the defunct Playstation Vita to give players the chance to experience weird, off-the-wall games from the East. Many of the licensed anime games on the platform are also available for the PS4, but some of the Switch’s first-party titles, such as Fire Emblem: Three Houses and Xenoblade Chronicles 2, have a heavily anime-inspired aesthetic. Thus, a manga reader definitely feels more at home on the Switch, as opposed to the Microsoft Xbox One.

While this does help explain why the app’s creators chose the Switch over other current gaming consoles, it’s still certainly a sore point without any Netflix or web browser to accompany it. Hopefully, if fan demand and popularity for InkyPen sore, the anime for the Kodansha books could be added to the app as well. Until then, Switch users have seemingly endless reading material through InkyPen, and basically no watching material through anyone else.

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Fruits Basket: Akito's Darkness Lurks in the Background of Beach Episode

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Fruits Basket Season 2, Episode 6, “Are You Really This Stupid?” now streaming on FUNimation and Crunchyroll.

If there’s an overriding ethos to this season of Fruits Basket so far, it’s “keep Tohru happy.” There’s been a lot of pain and sadness just out of her sight, and she’ll have to face it all eventually, but for now, she’s being kept amused and occupied while the others deal with their own baggage. It’s becoming something of a formula: Tohru gets dressed up nice while Yuki and Kyo work out their issues, Tohru goes to a haunted house while Kureno struggles are introducced elsewhere.

This week, Momiji invites Tohru to the Sohma beach house for summer vacation. Kyo, Yuki, Haru, Kisa and Hiro also take up Momiji’s invitation. It’s another chance for fun, humor and relaxation. However, Fruits Basket‘s darker side creeps in throughout the episode, both in the action outside of the vacation and in memories Yuki is keeping hidden from Tohru.

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While Momiji’s invites most of the Sohmas to his vacation plan, Shigure has business to attend to before he can join up with the rest. While Tohru is swimming and hunting rhinocerous beetles, the Dog has a lot going on. First, Rin comes to Shigure’s house acting in desperation. While the exact context of their conversation isn’t revealed yet, you know it’s a big deal when Rin’s running into the house without even taking off her shoes. Her seductive manner further hints at what she’s seeking (how unexpected for the most fanservice-y shot in an anime beach episode to not take place at the beach).

While Rin wants to be close to Shigure, however, this episode offers the first real suggestion of who Shigure is truly closest to: it’s Akito. Shigure meets with Akito, the two closely embracing each other. Shigure is able to speak to Akito in ways others would get in trouble for, while Akito continues to exert power and control over the other Sohmas and expresses the desire to “teach them a lesson.” Shigure invites Akito to the beach house to teach that lesson. Clearly Shigure is even less trustworthy than he appears.

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Memories of Akito’s abuse are haunting Yuki, triggered by something unexpected: a hat. It’s a hat that Tohru was given by a mysterious boy to cheer her up a long time ago. She’s unaware that “mysterious boy” was in fact Yuki. As Yuki remembers this episode from his childhood, he also remembers his abuse at Akito’s hands. Yuki thinks about telling Tohru about this, but decides against it for now. For now, the priority is keeping Tohru happy.

New episodes of Fruits Basket Season 2 premiere Mondays at 1:30 PM EDT, dubbed on FUNimation and subtitled on Crunchyroll.

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The Undertaker Scared One WWE Star So Badly, He Now Has a Phenom-Phobia

Without question, one of the biggest highlights of WrestleMania 36 was the Undertaker’s Boneyard Match, which main evented the first night of the two-night show. The Boneyard Match received universal acclaim from fans and critics alike, and alongside night two’s Firefly Fun House Match has helped to usher in the new WWE era of cinematic pre-taped matches. The match, which might have been the Undertaker’s last, was beloved by everyone — well, nearly everyone.

Perhaps the one holdout who didn’t enjoy the Boneyard Match was the Undertaker’s opponent, A.J. Styles. While the Phenomenal One got in some good shots on the Phenom, the end of the match was all Undertaker. The Deadman managed to fight off Styles’ hooded minions, beat down Styles’ OC stablemates Gallows and Anderson so badly they’ll never appear in WWE again, teleport out of AJ’s clutches, choke-slam Styles off a farmhouse roof, and finally, bury AJ alive. The match ended with Taker unveiling AJ’s tombstone before driving off on his American Badass chopper, while AJ’s hand poked up out of the grave behind him.

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It must have taken Styles quite a while to dig himself out of that grave, since he wasn’t seen back on Raw for over a month until making a surprise appearance at the Last Chance Gauntlet Match to take Apollo Crews’ spot in the Men’s Money in the Bank match (which he won). AJ cut a promo to assure the audience that, despite his apparent death at WrestleMania, he was neither a ghost nor a zombie, and challenged the notion that he had lost the Boneyard Match at all, since no one had ever outlined how exactly one goes about winning (or losing) a Boneyard Match.

While AJ talked a big game on Raw trying to no-sell any lingering after effects of the shellacking that he took in the Boneyard Match, it appears that he may not be able to shake off the beatdown he suffered at the Undertaker’s hands quite as easily as he’d like the WWE Universe to believe.

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While battling his way to the top floor of WWE headquarters, Styles began hunting for Rey Mysterio. After briefly mistaking a framed poster of Mysterio for the real deal, Styles began jawing with the poster, trash-talking about what he was going to do to the Master of the 619 when he found him — until he turned the corner and came face to face with his greatest fear: the Undertaker himself.

Of course, it wasn’t the Deadman in the flesh that froze AJ in his tracks, but a giant framed poster. AJ’s fear of the Phenom ran so deep that even the poster seemed to terrify him. He tried to shake it off, until the door of a nearby room opened to reveal a coffin and other spooky Undertaker-themed decorations. Styles tentatively approached the coffin to see if the Undertaker himself was in it, and while it was implied that Taker wasn’t actually residing inside, AJ still howled in terror as the door swung closed.

While AJ did his best to recover after escaping the Undertaker-themed room, he never really got back into a groove in the remainder of the match after being forced to confront his new Undertaker Phobia. Alongside Daniel Bryan, he meekly slunk away after being scolded by Mr. McMahon for attempting to brawl in the boss’s office. While he made a brief comeback, reaching the top of the ladder right ahead of Smackdown‘s Baron Corbin, Styles ended up coming up just short in his quest for the briefcase, fumbling it into Otis’ waiting hands while fighting off Corbin for control of the case.

While real-world PTSD is a serious issue that should never be made light of, in the make-believe world of professional wrestling, AJ Styles’ “Undertaker Phobia” is the perfect comedy gimmick for AJ’s blowhard heel character. Many fans were disappointed when AJ showed up a month after his burial alive seemingly no-selling any long-term ramifications of the bout. In the past, wrestlers coming back from that kind of kayfabe storyline injury would have incorporated it into their characters, so it’s nice to see that WWE isn’t totally ignoring any fallout from the Boneyard Match for AJ’s character. Giving him a comedy gimmick in which AJ is “haunted” by the Undertaker like Principal Seymour Skinner is haunted by his past in Vietnam is a perfect fit with both Styles’ and Undertaker’s characters that (so far) doesn’t cross the line into mocking genuine PTSD.

It appears that WWE will be moving forward with this storyline, as AJ was seen the day after Money in the Bank watching a commercial for WWE’s The Last Ride documentary series. While the vignette finished with AJ hurling popcorn at the screen in some combination of anger and disgust, it’s worth noting that he was wearing an Undertaker t-shirt in the scene, so it’s possible his phobia may begin evolving into Stockholm Syndrome in the coming weeks.

While it remains to be seen where WWE ends up taking the storyline and how much actual involvement the Undertaker will end up having in it, so far it’s been an inspired idea on WWE’s part. It’s been a great way to give the Phenomenal One a new creative direction after the release of the OC, while also being a unique way of gaining more mileage out of one of the most exciting feuds WWE had this WrestleMania season — without even needing the Undertaker to make an in-person appearance. If it does end up leading to another Styles vs Undertaker match somewhere down the line, WWE fans will be shaking in excitement — while Styles is secretly shaking in his boots.

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AJ Styles appears to have developed a bad case of Undertaker Phobia following his defeat in WrestleMania's Boneyard Match.

Spider-Verse – A Complete Guide to the Spider-Man Crossover | CBR

One of the most ambitious Spider-Man crossovers of all time was Spider-Verse, which brought together web-slingers from across the Marvel Multiverse for an epic battle against Morlun and his twisted family that preyed upon animal totems mercilessly. In addition to bringing together the alternate universe wall-crawlers that had already been established, the event saw the creation of new fan-favorite alternate universe characters who would go on to thrill fans in comics, television and film after the initial crossover.

Here’s a complete reading guide to the 2014 crossover event by Dan Slott, Olivier Coipel, Giuseppe Camuncoli, Wade Von Grawbadger, Cam Smith and Justin Ponsor, including the build-up, the most important tie-in issues and how the event influenced the Marvel Universe, both in comics and on the big screen.

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J. Michael Straczynski and John Romita, Jr. created Morlun in 2001’s The Amazing Spider-Man #30, which established him as a new villain that devoured the life essence of totem-based superheroes like a vampire. With Peter Parker as a spider totem, Morlun hunted him on two separate occasions, and Peter was reborn after giving into his spider nature in their second confrontation. During the 2014 crossover event Original Sin, another arachnid hero, Silk, was released from a protective bunker. After sensing the arrival of an important new spider totem, Morlun resumed his hunt.

Marvel Comics’ 2014 Free Comic Book Day special featured an original story, Spider-Man: Staging Ground, by Slott, Camuncoli, John Dell and Edgar Delgado. Serving as a prelude to the crossover event, the short story revealed that Morlun had mysteriously gained the ability to travel through the Marvel Multiverse itself, as he arrived on Earth-311, the 1602 world of the Elizabethan Marvel. Interrupting a performance at the Globe Theater, Morlun easily killed and drained Marvel 1602 Spider-Man, departing as the world came to an end.

The prologue to the main event was told in The Amazing Spider-Man #4-8 (vol. 3) while its impending impact was also seen in Superior Spider-Man #32-33 and Spider-Man 2099 #5 (vol. 2). The five-issue miniseries Edge of Spider-Verse would introduce many of the alternate universe superheroes that would subsequently appear in the event, most notably Spider-Gwen, created by Jason Latour, Robbi Rodriguez and Rico Renzi, and SP//der, created by Gerard Way and Jake Wyatt.

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The core series was contained to The Amazing Spider-Man #9-15, bookended by two issues of Spider-Verse that brought the Spider-People of the Multiverse together. These are the most vital issues to the crossover’s overall story while Edge of Spider-Verse #2 and #5 would introduce Spider-Gwen and SP//der, respectively. Other tie-ins would explore what the more ancillary characters were up to, including Spider-Man 2099, the Scarlet Spiders and Spider-Woman Jessica Drew.

The most immediate fallout of Spider-Verse was the introduction of new characters including Spider-Gwen and Spider-Punk, with the former receiving her own, long-running solo comic book series following her adventures on her native Earth-65. Alternate universe characters, like Spider-Man Noir and Spider-Ham would be restored to prominence, receiving revival miniseries of their own. The event’s success set the stage for future Spider-Man crossovers, including Spider-Geddon and a new Spider-Verse miniseries that brought the various heroes together again.

Beyond comic books, the impact of the crossover is perhaps even more visible. Spider-Gwen would appear on animated television series Marvel Rising while the event itself would be loosely adapted in Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, the third season of the Disney XD animated series. The web-based — no pun intended — video game Marvel: Avengers Alliance would adapt Spider-Verse in a massive update, as would the popular mobile game Marvel: Future Fight.

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Of course, the crossover had its notable inspiration on the 2018 animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, which brought heroes from across the Marvel Multiverse to stop a plot by Kingpin and his minions after they developed a universe-connecting particle accelerator. The film featured Spider-Gwen and SP//der in prominent roles, alongside Miles Morales, Spider-Ham, Spider-Man Noir and the Peter Parker of an alternate universe, and it took several other cues from the crossover event and subsequent comics spinning directly out of it. The film would go on to become a commercial and critical success, earning the Academy Award for Best Animated Film.

The crossover’s writer Dan Slott was inspired after working on the 2010 video game Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions, which similarly brought together various Spider-Men together on a multiversal adventure. Slott decided to expand on the premise in comics, leading to Spider-Verse after years of planning. With the creation of fan-favorite characters that inspired their own multimedia appearances and wave of merchandising, Spider-Verse remains one of the most influential crossovers to emerge from Marvel in the past decade. And with the multiversal web-slingers continuing to swing throughout the Marvel Multiverse nearly six years since the crossover’s launch, the impact of the event is still very much being felt today.

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The 1950s Jack Kirby Comic That Inspired the Creation of the Cadmus Project

This is “Just Like the Time Before,” a feature where I examine instances from comic book history where comic book creators did early versions of later, notable comic book characters and plot ideas. Essentially, the “test runs” for later, more famous characters and stories.

Today, I look at Jack Kirby’s early clone comic book story that inspired his Cadmus Project during Kirby’s historic Jimmy Olsen run.

When Jack Kirby took over Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen with #133 (inked by Vince Colletta initially), Kirby introduced a whole bunch of wild new characters, along with modern versions of Kirby’s 1940s characters, the Newsboy Legion.

We slowly realized that all of these wild characters were all tied to one Project, which Superman introduces Jimmy to in Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #135…

Yes, they’re all about clones at this place. At the end of the issue, they debut their clone of the Guardian, the superhero who teamed up with the Newsboy Legion back in the day…

In the next issue, Superman goes into even more detail about the Project, including introducing one of the scientists there, a “DNAlien” named Dubbilex…

The Project was mostly kept just as “The Project,” while it would also occasionally be called the DNA Project.

When the Project was introduced into Post-Crisis continuity in Superman Annual #2 by Roger Stern, Ron Frenz and Brett Breeding, it was now dubbed the Cadmus Project.

This was a reference to the Greek myth of the Cadmus seed, where Cadmus planted dragon’s teeth and from the teeth grew an army of warriors.

However, I think Roger Stern MIGHT have also been influenced in the use of the name by an earlier Kirby comic book story that used the word Cadmus (it might be a coincidence, as well, of course) that was clearly Kirby’s inspiration for the Jimmy Olsen stories.

Kirby wrote and drew “The Cadmus Seed” in Harvey Comics’ Alarming Tales #1.

It was written and drawn by Jack Kirby in that weird little period where the comic book industry had basically collapsed and so Kirby had to go wherever he could for odd jobs before finally getting to the point of working more or less full-time at Marvel Comics.

It is about a scientist who comes up with a way to grow people…

You can even see the bit with the cells looking like little people copied directly from the original story! Crazy.

Okay, folks, you MUST have some suggestions for other characters and/or plots that fit into this theme! Preferably more obvious ones than these coincidental ones, but I’ll take coincidental ones, too! So drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com for future installments!

In their feature spotlighting 'test runs' of characters & plots, CSBG shows the Jack Kirby comic that later inspired Kirby's Cadmus Project idea.

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What Was The Winning Idea For the 'Design the Serpent Society HQ' Contest?

This is a feature called “Win What’s Never Been Won.” This is about looking back at the history of comic book contests and showing who the winners were of the various contests (if we can tell who the winners are – I don’t think anyone will ever know who won that Clark Bar Superhero Sweepstakes from the late 1970s).

Today, we reveal the fan who won a contest to design the headquarters for the Captain America villains, the Serpent Society.

The Serpent Society debuted in Captain America #310 (by Mark Gruenwald, Paul Neary and Dennis Janke), as a novel idea of a group of snake-themed supervillains who worked together like a trade organization…

An issue later, we saw them in their secret headquarters for the first time…

The issue with their secret headquarters was that it was SO MUCH a secret that we were not actually shown what it looked like on the outside in the comics!

That was because they didn’t KNOW what it looked like on the outside just yet.

So Mark Gruenwald decided to turn that idea into a contest. Fans had to write in to come up with a design for the headquarters…

The contest launched in Captain America #315 and the winners were announce seven issues later…

The winning idea was to have the Citadel hidden in a defunct state mental institution…

Elliot Brown then used that idea to design the headquarters and it was included in the Official Handbook of the Marvel Universe Deluxe Edition…

Very fun stuff, huh?

Gruenwald always knew how to interact with the fans really well. He was an excellent comic book editor (and fan).

Okay, folks, I am sure that you have suggestions for notable comic book contests! Heck, maybe you WON a notable comic book contest! That’d be awesome. I’d sure love to know who won that darn Clark Bar contest that no one can figure out (it might be the toughest mystery in comic book history)! Whatever the case may be, whether you just want to suggest a contest or if you won one, feel free to drop me a line at brianc@cbr.com and I’ll see if I can’t use your idea!

In their feature on notable comic book contests, CSBG shows the fan who designed the headquarters for the Captain America rogues, the Serpent Society