Something interesting from yesterday’s Marvel solicits (Well, beside Untold Tales of The Punisher somehow being both “#1 (of 5)” and “ONE-SHOT,” that is): The Amazing Spider-Man: The Movie comic. How long has it been since we had a straight-up movie adaptation from Marvel? The Avengers isn’t getting one, neither did Thor or Captain America, and I’m pretty sure that X-Men: First Class didn’t, either… Iron Man did, but some time after the fact and it wasn’t a straight adaptation.
I’m tempted to say – and I fully expect someone to contradict me with reality here – that the last concurrent-with-release adaptation Marvel did was Spider-Man 2, way back in 2004, which makes me wonder whether there’s some Sony/Marvel contract clause that allows the studio to demand a tie-in comic, or whether Amazing Spider-Man is just so good that Marvel is doing its first movie adaptation in “real time” for eight years.
(Personally, I hope this is some kind of sea-change in Marvel’s thinking, and we’ll see more movie adaptation comics; I always used to love those as a kid.)