“Spider-Man: Edge of Time” Swings Both Ways

“Spider-Man: Edge of Time” Swings Both Ways (photo)

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Any good superhero creation eventually accrues a certain amount of interpretative flexibility around its core mythos. Different puzzle pieces from an origin, a modus operandi or a supporting cast can be removed, replaced or shuffled around to create new stories or whole new offshoots. One great example is Mark Millar’s “Red Son,” a story where the rocket carrying a baby Kal-El lands in Stalin-era Russia and Superman becomes the Comrade of Steel. It’s got familiar elements seen through a fractured lens and entertains in a new way.

Spider-Man’s got his share of variants, too, and last year’s “Spider-man: Shattered Dimensions” video game combined Spider-Man Noir, Ultimate Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2099 (along with the mainline Amazing Spider-Man) into one big reality-hopping adventure that got well-reviewed by critics and gamers alike. Activision’s just announced a sequel of sorts in the form of “Spider-Man: End of Time.” It’ll focus on just two Spider-Men–Amazing and 2099–in a game that travels up and down the timestream. The main feature of the game is a mechanic where things you do in one time period affect the other one. This kind of linear causality could be a great hook but, as most nerds know, time travel’s the cause of many a headache for heroes, villains and fans alike.

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But, the talents of Peter David–co-creator of Miguel O’Hara, the Spider-Man of 2099–should help out in that regard. David’s a revered and respected comics writer and novelist, with beloved runs on Hulk, Aquaman and various X-Men titles to his credit. David’s great at trocky plotlines and one of the best writers of characterization and ensemble casts in comics, so the dialogue should pop. Developer Beenox is returning after their successful take on “Shattered Dimensions” and, hopefully, players will get to see how the Montreal studio’s sharpened their skills in the new Spidey outing. Expect to play “Spider-Man: Edge of Time” this fall.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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