Man, those Marvel types are a fickle bunch, eh? I mean geez, the guys create one mega-million dollar “shared universe” cinematic behemoth, generate another few hundred million dollars in advertising and tie-in product revenue, and single-handedly save not only their company but the superhero genre itself from the Pit of Despair, and they think they can just pick and choose whomever they want to play their characters on their own time frame. The nerve!
Okay, that pseudo-rant is not all entirely accurate. Marvel is working closely with Sony to pick the successor to the Spider-Man mantle, what with their “shared business universe” and all, so all sides need to be on the same page with the casting – and apparently, Asa Butterfield won’t be the winner of this race. While the reasoning for his being dropped isn’t immediately clear, some people think he may have rubbed Marvel the wrong way by recently hopping on Reddit threads and replying to posts about him portraying the web-slinger.
According to The Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider, there are only three actors left in contention for the role of Spider-Man in the MCU: Tom Holland (“The Impossible”), Charlie Plummer (“Boardwalk Empire”), and Matthew Lintz (“Kill the Messenger”). In his report, Sneider indicates that Plummer is the leading choice from the Marvel side, and Holland is the frontrunner in the eyes of the Sony camp. The two companies are going to have to start drawing straws or something soon, as romor has it that Spidey is slated to start filming his portion of Captain America: Civil War next month.
The newest Captain America film – jokingly labeled Avengers 2.5 by many fans, due to the high superhero count – is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016. Sound off below, fellow Bastards: who would you most be interested in seeing cast as Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man?
06-02-15 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
All eyes are on the casting process for the new Spider-Man, the young actor who will carry the mantle of the web-slinging hero into his next solo film and through other appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This is sort of big deal, and Spider-Man himself still looks likely to make his first full appearance in next spring’s Captain America: Civil War (rumors that casting was taking place recently in Atlanta, where Civil War is currently filming further suggests this), but fans have been eager to see if hints will be made in upcoming Marvel projects. Some shrewd fans got the better of the internet with a faux scene that was supposedly the end credits tag for Avengers: Age of Ultron of Spider-Man yelling at a window washer, but as it turns out you may not have to wait for Civil War to get your Spider-fix. (more…)
It’s practically official – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios have decided on Asa Butterfield to star as their Spider-Man. It has been confirmed that Butterfield’s reps are now under negotiations with Marvel, and an official announcement will be released soon after. Our new, younger Spidey beat out a bunch of great actors, as seen from the various leaked short-lists for the role. Nat Wolff, Liam James, Tom Holland, and Timothee Chalamet were among the other notable contenders. (more…)
When Sony and Marvel were finally able to meet in the middle to have your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it was a cause for rejoice. At long last, the web-slinger would be back home and (man, oh, man) appear on screen with The Avengers. The big question every fan had on their mind was whether audiences would see a third incarnation of Peter Parker in less than 10 years take the screen or if the MCU was really ready to become as diverse as Marvel Comics has become and finally introduce theatergoers to Miles Morales. Well, as we have learned, we will be getting yet another Peter Parking outing and if the rumors are to be believed, Enders Game’s Asa Butterfield is the frontrunner to play Spidey. (more…)
04-23-15 • Comics, FilmPosted by Adam A. Donaldson
The agreement between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios got fans excited about the fact that Spider-Man will finally be able to take his rightful place next to Captain America, Iron Man and the rest of the Avengers inside the Marvel Cinematic Universe continuity. But with great franchise consolidation comes great new casting possibilities, and if you’re a white male teenager than you’re number might be coming up to take on the role of the Spectacular Spider-Man (the rumored title of the next solo film). Specifically, it seems that the great, wide potential casting list has been widdled down to five, and if you’re wondering what the next iteration of Spider-Man might look like under the mask, then prepare to look into the faces of the candidates who might next embody the film identity of Peter Parker. (more…)
Ever since Marvel (thankfully) regained the rights to include their endlessly popular Spiderfella in the ever-expanding MCU films, speculation has run rampant as to who may be behind the webs. Outside of who would be playing the iconic web-head, there’s also been a lot of hubbub over which of the many iterations of Spider-Man would be appearing in Marvel’s films. Of course now that we know that it will be an apparently young Peter Parker behind the mask, the only thing we have left to ponder is the identity of the young new movie hero. Today, as if the casting Gods heard our pleas for answers, a second young actor has been brought forward as a potential contender for the role. (more…)
With Ender’s Game, writer/Director Gavid Hood (X-Men Origins: Wolverine) delivers a strong and pleasing — yet occasionally dull and dispassionate — sci-fi epic, proving that Orson Scott Card’s allegedly unfilmable literary classic just needed the right guiding hand. Yes, the right guiding hand previously guided Wolverine into a ditch, deal with it. (more…)
There’s just over a month to go until director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game hits the big screen on November 1st and the marketing should be picking up steam in the next couple of weeks. This first television spot focuses more on an overview of the film rather than any particular part or character.
Director Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game has released a new trailer onto the Internet, it’s got plenty of Harrison Ford as Col Hyrum Graff, Ben Kingsley as Mazer Rackman, and of course some Asa Butterfield as Ender. This time around the trailer focuses on the overall plot of the movie with some fantastic new looks at the space ships and battle effects we’re going to see.
So far what I’ve seen looks great, and I’m planning on seeing this in the theater that opening weekend. Take a look at the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments section below.
Ender’s Game hits theater screens on November 1st.
The marketing machine behind Gavin Hood‘s Ender’s Game has stepped up the pace and released a number of new treats for SDCC 2013. There’s a recruitment video featuring Harrison Ford as the head of Battle School, Colonel Hyrum Graff and a look at one of the legendary heroes of the IFC (International Fleet Command) Mazer Rakham played by Ben Kingsley. Both give us a good look at the overall style and special effects we can look forward to.
If that wasn’t already enough for one day, there is this additional bit of viral marketing attached to the recruitment video, it’s a link that takes you to the International Fleet’s Aptitude Test.
Ender’s Game hits theaters screens November 1st starring Asa Butterfield, Ben Kingsley, Harrison Ford, Hailee Steinfeld, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, Nonso Anozie, Stevie Ray Dillmore, Andrea Powell, Moises Arias, Conor Carroll, Aramis Knight, Brandon Soo hoo, Jimmy “Jax” Pinchak, Suraj Parthasarathy and Khylin Rhambo.
In the near future, a hostile alien race called the Formics have attacked Earth. If not for the legendary heroics of International Fleet Commander Mazer Rackham (Ben Kingsley), all would have been lost. In preparation for the next attack, the highly esteemed Colonel Hyrum Graff (Harrison Ford) and the International Military are training only the best young minds to find the future Mazer.
Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), a shy but strategically brilliant boy, is recruited to join the elite. Arriving at Battle School, Ender quickly and easily masters increasingly difficult challenges and simulations, distinguishing himself and winning respect amongst his peers. Ender is soon ordained by Graff as the military’s next great hope, resulting in his promotion to Command School. Once there, he’s trained by Mazer Rackham himself to lead his fellow soldiers into an epic battle that will determine the future of Earth and save the human race.
The one thing that sprang to my mind in watching this video of Mazer Rackham is perhaps this could be the way to bring Randy Quaid’s Independance Day character back to life in the ID sequel. If Mazer Rackham can Kamikaze into a Mother-ship and survive to train Ender, why can’t Randy?