Marvel Comics is canceling a shit-ton of books. That’s a good thing. If nothing else is evident at this point, it’s evident that Marvel needs to clean its house. First, Marvel chose not to renew the contracts of most of their established writers. Then their top dog, Brian Michael Bendis, jumped ship to the Distinguished Competition. When you factor in that Marvel has been, for the past few years, alienating its established readers by force-feeding us “diversity”–i.e. shoving new characters down our throats at the expense of established characters–and it’s no wonder sales have been in the toilet. It’s time to get it together, Marvel.

There is a rumor that Miles Morales may soon change his superhero name. He may become “Spy-D” or something. Doesn’t matter that I think the name is stupid. All that matters is that they stop calling him Spider-Man. He is NOT Spider-Man. Longtime fanboys like me will never accept the character as long as they keep calling him Spider-Man. It also makes sense within the context of the story for him to change his name. Why wouldn’t he want to establish his own identity, instead of being a “replacement” hero? CHANGE THE CHARACTER’S NAME, MARVEL. Sooner rather than later.

I’m gonna go on record right now and state that I do not believe it. Not a word of it. You have to look at the behavior of the people involved. Have any of the accusers filed charges? Nope. They’ve demanded money. Stan claims it is a “shakedown” and I believe him. It is Stan who may be filing charges, as he has, though his attorneys, issued a cease-and-desist letter to the business doing the accusing–which is exactly how I would expect an innocent person to react. All those pervs being “outted” as deviants, have you heard of even one of them filing charges against their accusers for defamation or slander? Nope. Why? Because those guys are guilty. The last thing they want is to end up in a courtroom, especially for a civil trial, where the burden of proof is substantially lower. Stan, on the other hand, reacted exactly as I would in the same circumstances, exactly as any innocent person would.

Initially I was afraid it might be a case like with former President George H.W. Bush, where he’s gone daft in his old age and doesn’t realize his behavior is wrong. But no, I don’t think Stan’s gone round the bend. I think he’s still got his wits about him. And I think he’s completely innocent of all charges.

I enjoyed this one a lot more than I would have expected. I’d initially planned to see it when it came out on video; I WOULD have consigned it to the nearest discount theater, and seen it there; it was, in my initial estimation, a perfect candidate for the discount theater. Alas, AMC decided to turn the only discount theater in the area into a regular theater–a move which will, I am certain, result in either the closing of said theater or its reversion to a discount theater in the near future. It worked out, though. I went to see JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE with family, and I loved it. I would have expected some silly fun, but the movie is a straight-up blast.

I have to credit the cast. Jack Black, who is either on or off with his skills as a thespian, is very much ON here. His comedic abilities are considerable. Likewise, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson should really focus on comedy, as he does his best acting that I’ve seen in this film. Kevin Hart is Kevin Hart, but it works in this one. My favorite character, though, is the one played by Karen Gillan, and it is Gillan who most impressed me with her performance. She was fine (I mean her performance; “fine” has more than one meaning, and both are applicable where she is concerned) as Nebula in the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY movies, and she did a good job in the Horror flick OCULUS, but she really gets to show her comedic chops in JUMANJI. (By the way, even Nick, or whichever one of the Jonas brothers that is in the movie, does a good job. Credit where it’s due.)

JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE is a fun, fun movie. I recommend seeing it on the big screen, even if you, like me, no longer have the option of waiting till it hits the discount theaters. It’s worth seeing at full price. Or at least a matinee.