Saturday, March 1, 2014

Black Cat - Marvel Comics

Did you know that Anne Hathaway almost played the Black Cat in Sam Raimi's Spider-man movies?
I wonder how that would have went?

Black Cat - Marvel Comics

And here we have another cosplay favorite, one of the sexiest women in comics, the second hottest "cat based" female comic book character and one third of the Mary Jane/Peter Parker/Felicia Hardy triangle, the Black Cat! And she's also living proof that Mr. Parker despite everything else is one of the luckiest guys on the Earth.

Felicia Hardy was created by Marv Wolfman and Keith Pollard and first appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man #194 in July 1979. Interestingly, the Black Cat was based on an old Tex Avery cartoon (Bad Luck Blackie, 1949) and was originally created to be a nemesis for Spider-Woman. And though his is not credited, her costume was designed by the late Dave Cockrum.

Like most Marvel and DC characters, Felicia has been through the wringer.... Originally she was just a costumed acrobat. Then she got the ability to affect probability fields. Then she lost that. Then she got cat-like abilities, including night vision, claws in her fingertips, plus your standard enhanced speed, strength, agility, and endurance. Then she got her "bad luck" powers back. Then she got a LOT of gadgets from the supervillain, the Tinkerer. Yeah...that's his name. But in all fairness he used to be "The Terrible Tinkerer"..... Moving on....

The Black Cat has shown up in a few animated Spider-Man series, Spider-Man (1981), Spider-Man: The Animated Series (1994) and The Spectacular Spider-Man (2008).

She was also "supposed" to be in Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 and his projected Spider-Man 4. Get this....Rami wanted Anne Hathaway to play Black Cat if Spider-Man 4 was made. I guess feline comic book characters were in Anne's future either way.....

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