The Original Script for ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Was Very Different…But Still Bad

- 07-15-14Comics, Film Posted by Brandon Marcus

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When we look back at this era of superhero films, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will be viewed as the modern Batman & Robin, a colossal train wreck that derailed a franchise and made other film makers reassess how much excess is too much. The good news is that Batman Begins was born from the ashes of Joel Schumacher’s disaster so we can hope that in a few years (maybe quite a few) The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will pave the way for another remarkable Spidey film. Until then, we can look back and wonder what went wrong.

Well, a lot went wrong. And as Badass Digest reports, the script had issues from day one. The site got their hands on an earlier draft of the script and, despite many changes, the screenplay was still too long, too jam-packed and filled to the gills with nonsense that should have been cut before draft one. But there was also a lot there that had potential and one wonders what a few more drafts could have produced.

So what changed from this early edition of the script to the final product? Let’s take a look.  Spoilers ahead for those lucky souls who skipped ASM2. (more…)

Is ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3′ Getting Pushed Back?

- 06-13-14Comics, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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I usually feel like a colossal piece of shit when I root for a film to fail (because who knows how art will age, be viewed in the context of history, etc.), but I definitely think I can make an exception when it comes to Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films. These ‘movies’ are artless, consumerist dog-piles; the worst examples of comic book anti-cinema being authored by a boardroom full of bottom-line motivated suits. But it looks like we’re going to be spared another feature-length trailer for future franchise installments for at least a little while longer, as Sony may be pushing Marc Webb’s third pile-driver of fuck back until 2017 (though ‘never’ is certainly the better option). (more…)

TASM 2 Round Up: How Rhino Should Have Looked, Stills From Cut Post Credits Scene, Sinister Six Talk, and MOAR!!!

- 05-05-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Spider-Man has once again swung into theaters with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The sequel, released this weekend, has been met with polarizing fanfare (have you seen our review?). While fans are still chattering on what they liked and didn’t like (with more on the latter side), the movie has grossed $369 million worldwide already. Which means we’re practically assured, whether the haters like it or not, more films under the Sony Pictures banner. Sorry kids, Marvel ain’t getting the Spider-Man film rights back any time soon. The Marc Webb established cinematic Spider-Man universe, and its hodge podge of ideas and encumbered story telling, is here to stay. While some of us less favorable fans come to terms with that, we’ve compiled a collection new TASM content to throw in your face. Below you’ll find concept art, stills from the cut post credit scene, and some words from Marc Webb on what’s in store for the future. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ is Anti-Cinema

- 05-02-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jacob Knight

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The Amazing Spider-Man wasn’t made for me.

Really, it wasn’t made for anyone outside of a targeted age range of thirteen to twenty-two  – a collective who were still spending their pre-adult years in school, be it junior high or a junior in college, upon the time of its release. Director Marc Webb’s reboot was for the folks who hadn’t already bore witness to a trilogy spanning a significant chunk of their academic career (Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man came out during the summer between my junior and senior year in high school, with his Spider-Man 3 being released just after I had received my Bachelor’s Degree). This self-realization actually makes me feel quite lucky, as the big studio take on my favorite superhero was actually crafted so by a bona fide artist; a cinematic innovator who molded the property to fit into his established auteurist filmography while still revering the source material.

Unfortunately, this generation gets nothing more than a set of Spider-Man movies made by committee; cynical cash grabs whose plasticity is readily apparent from the very first frame. The first Amazing Spider-Man made a bundle of cash on teens desperately looking for something to have on in the background while they made out in a dark theater. Surprisingly, a certain section of comic book fans even seemed to dig it as well, praising the picture for “getting wise-cracking Spidey right”, as if that were enough to make up for the film’s glaring technical and narrative flaws.

So of course we got a sequel. But those looking to quietly canoodle or give this film the same easy pass they did with the first will probably have an even more difficult time excusing The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a product tailor-made to remind us that these “movies” will not end until the Apocalypse comes and wipes humanity from the planet. Because only then will there be no more Burberry wallets left to gouge; no more parents’ bank accounts remaining to plunder. Those post-credit tag sequences are simply precursors to our own eventual demise, for only then will this “story” be 100% finished.

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Mary Jane’s Deleted Scene From ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′

- 05-01-14Comics, Film Posted by Luke Gallagher

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Did you know that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was to feature Divergent star Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson? She had filmed a scene, but was later cut from the movie. Why exactly was she cut and how would she have fit into the movie? Director Marc Webb reveals all.

WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead.

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Andrew Garfield Talks Miles Morales Taking up the Mantle of ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’

- 04-29-14Comics, Film Posted by Brent Cook

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With the expanding TASM universe, one has to wonder if we’ll ever see another character take up the mantle of Spider-Man on screen. If the rumor that Andrew Garfield won’t return for a fourth film is true, then we would definitely have to find another web-slinger to take his place, but could it be another character altogether? Perhaps, the character that took over for Peter Parker in the Ultimate Spider-Man comics, Miles Morales? Click on through to see what the current Spider-Man had to say on the possibility of passing the torch. (more…)

The Green Goblin is Looking Rough in Latest ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2′ Pic

- 03-26-14Comics, Film Posted by Brandon Marcus

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If anything, this latest picture of the Green Goblin from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will remind young movie fans that it’s really, really important you brush and floss your teeth everyday.

Yes, that’s Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn, a.k.a. the Green Goblin. Unlike his predecessor, Willem Dafoe, DeHaan actually looks like a real goblin. In others words, he looks super creepy.

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Final Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Highlights Harry Osborn, Puns, Possible GF Abuse

- 03-19-14Comics, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Alright, so I half-way made that last one up (but it IS weird that Peter Parker just thinks he can restrain his lady with some webs).

The final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 dropped today and it’s…pretty much more of the same. Dane DeHaan looks sickly as Harry Osborn. Jamie Foxx still blue himself as Electro. And I can’t quite figure out what exactly the Rhino (Paul Giamatti) is doing there, but I trust that this movie actually has a script that explained that to the actors (who will then relay said information to us, the audience, in-between massive explosions and slo-mo web slinging).

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The Amazing Spider-Man 4 Won’t Be a Marc Webb Joint

- 03-17-14Comics, Film Posted by Jacob Knight

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Good news for those who despised Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man (which, to be honest, feels like pretty much everybody). While Webb has directed the first two entries in the now Raimi-less series (and is signed to helm the third), he says he’s formulating an exit strategy from the Peter Parker game. (more…)

This ‘Spidey 2′ Featurette is All About Andrew

- 03-10-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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It seems that after what has to be like 300 featurettes about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 released so far, we’re just now getting one about the man behind the Spider-Man mask, actor Andrew Garfield. I know there weren’t a lot of fans of the first Amazing Spider-Man here at Nerd Bastards (listen to the podcast if you don’t believe me), but I don’t think one of the problems with the film was Garfield. The featurette does a pretty good job of reminding you why Garfield was a good pick for Peter Parker/Spider-Man and revisits Garfield’s journey from that first announcement of his casting in 2010 through to principal photography on the new sequel. (more…)