Friday, September 21, 2018

All the things you can ask Sphero Spider-Man

spider-man eyes

Anyone who is the proud ally/sidekick to Sphero Spider-Man knows that he doesn't do any of the things a spider can. He doesn't swing, jump, stick to walls, or shoot webs, but he's pretty great at keeping an eye out for intruders, telling stories, and quipping. He's no J.A.R.V.I.S., but there's a long of list of commands that Spidey will respond to... you just have to know what to say. 

The accompanying iOS and Android apps have some sample commands and questions on a few of the screens, but most of them can only be found by trying to guess what the development team at Sphero decided to implant in his little web head.

Trying to guess what to ask Sphero Spider-Man can get tiresome, so here's a list of the ones I've discovered. If you know any Sphero Spider-Man commands that aren't here, please share them in the comments and I'll update the post.

Hang Out screen


Tell me a joke
Let's chat
Tell me a story

team up screen


Practice our skills

fight villains screen


Fight some bad guys

guard mode screen


Activate "Guard Mode"

Stand down


Activate "Watch with Me"
(when you start watching an episode of Marvel's Spider-Man)

watch with me ad


? What can I say?
Let's chat. Sweep the room.
Stand down. ?
Go to sleep. Shut up.
Be quiet. With great power comes great responsibility.
What's your secret identity? Do you know Peter Parker?
? ?
? ?
How old are you? ?
How did you get your powers? Who are your parents?
? What's the weather like today?
What day is it? What time is it?
How are you? Look behind you
Where do you live? ?
? ?
What's your spider sense saying? Do you know Batman?
What's your favorite color? Who made your costume?
What's your webbing made of? What's your favorite food?
What's up? ?
? Who's your best friend?
Who's your favorite super hero? Where do you go to school?
Do you have a girlfriend? ?
? Do something.
How do you work? How's school?
Say something. What are you?
? ?
What's my super power? ?
What's my name? What's Aunt May doing?
Set the alarm. ?
What's your battery level? Turn the volume down.
Turn the volume up. Tell me about Mysterio.
Tell me about Electro. Tell me about Doc Ock.
Tell me about Kraven. Tell me about Lizard.
Tell me about Venom. Tell me about Vulture.
Tell me about Carnage. Tell me about Green Goblin.
Do you know Harry Osborn? How is Aunt May?
How is Uncle Ben? Do you know the Avengers?
Do you know Iron Man? Do you know Tony Stark?
Do you know Thor? Do you know Captain America?
Do you know Black Widow? Do you know Hawkeye?
Do you know Hulk? Do you know Bruce Banner?
Do you know Black Panther? Do you know the Winter Soldier?
Tell me about J. Jonah Jameson


Make me laugh
Let's have some fun

What's on the scanner?
Good morning

What's the crime report?
Let's go on patrol
Wanna play a game?

Guard my room

Can you speak louder?
Can you speak quieter?
*shake him*

Who are you?
Is your spider sense tingling?
Let's dance (2 different responses)
Tell me about Dr. Otto Octavius
Do you know Natasha Romanov?
Do you know Steve Rogers?

Thursday, December 15, 2016

All of the Marvel Fireplace Videos

Here are all of the yule log fireplace TV videos from Marvel and Coca-Cola. Each one's crackling, shaky warmth only lasts for an hour, so if you want to play them all back to back while you're unwrapping your toys this Christmas, use these playlists: 

Up Close with Marvel Fireside Videos

Marvel Homes Fireside Videos in 4K 

Guardians of the Galaxy's Fireplace Up Close

Guardians of the Galaxy's Spaceship

Iron Man's Fireplace Up Close

Iron Man's Manhattan Apartment

Thor's Fireplace Up Close

Thor's Asgard Home

Ms. Marvel's Fireplace Up Close

Ms. Marvel's New Jersey Home

Captain America's Fireplace Up Close

Captain America's Brooklyn Apartment

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Greg Capullo's Working on a Secret New Project with Scott Snyder after Millar's Reborn

Panels at cons are usually interesting and sometimes they're fun, but Greg Capullo brought an energy to his Q&A at Fan Expo Canada that I've never seen before. I walked into the room knowing that Capullo looked like a biker dude and that his biceps could crush my brain if he flexed (he told a lot of his story on a couple of Kevin Smith's Fatman on Batman podcast and it's obvious that he's not like most artists or writers). What surprised me was the effort he put into engaging with his fans. He spent most of the panel walking up to audience members to hand them the mic and shake their hands.

Early on, Capullo mentions coming back to DC on a new book with Scott Snyder [tentatively titled DC Metal], suggesting that the writer got jealous after seeing pages of Reborn, Capullo's upcoming Image project with Mark Millar, which he describes as "Lord of the Rings/Road Warrior kinda crazy stuff". Look for Reborn #1 on shelves October 12, 2016.

Watch the video to hear what Greg Capullo thinks about the dark places Scott Snyder took their historic Batman run, why he stayed on Spawn for so many years, and what Todd McFarlane told him that keeps him from doing team books again after his old days on X-Force.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Marvel Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada held a Q&A at Fan Expo Canada

Former Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada was recently in Toronto answering audience questions at Fan Expo 2016. Joe had some great stories about saving a bankrupt Marvel by creating Marvel Knights, working on Daredevil with Kevin Smith, and how he went from getting laid off at Valiant to his first job at DC. He couldn't share any upcoming details on the Netflix shows, but he did talk about developing Captain America: Civil War, how he likes to handle character diversity, and the formula for creating the perfect Marvel character as told to him by Stan Lee.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Batman Artist David Finch and Rocket Raccoon and Groot Artist Michael Walsh Sketched She-Hulk at Fan Expo

Superstar Batman artist David Finch joined not quite as famous Rocket Raccoon and Groot artist Michael Walsh for a sketching dual and Q&A at Fan Expo 2016. Instead of drawing "Deadpool having sex with a beer", the audience selected the sensational She-Hulk as the subject. Watch the video to hear about some book recommendations, disturbing commission requests, and how to became better artists. One of the highlights is David Finch's story of getting hired by Top Cow to work for Mark Silvestri.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Deadpool Star Morena Baccarin Answers Fan Questions at Fan Expo

Morena Baccarin was at Fan Expo Canada answering questions about about her terrifying visit Universal Studios her experiences working on Deadpool, Gotham, Homeland, and Firefly.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

George Takei Gave a Revealing Q&A at Fan Expo

Just a few days before the 50th anniversary Star Trek, George Takei was in Toronto for Fan Expo Canada where he gave the audience some very thorough and insightful answers about his WWII internment, voice acting in Kubo and the Two Strings, why Sulu used a fencing foil instead of a samurai sword, and lobbying to keep the character straight in Star Trek Beyond.