It is an experience that is both thrilling and daunting, getting the chance to make a Spider-Man movie. We know that another Spider-Man movie is coming, that part is inevitable, but the question of who will get to make, that’s a truly compelling point of interest. Sam Raimi made three, and despite whatever reservations you hold about that third one, he had one TKO in Spider-Man 2. Marc Webb, meanwhile, did a decent enough job on two Amazing Spider-Man films to at least make some bank for Sony, but it’s agreed all around that they were creative duds. Webb, of course, had a cool spider-centric last name, but as to his background, his previous claim to fame was the indie rom-com (500) Days of Summer. They wouldn’t go to that well again for a Spidey movie, would they? (more…)
Joss Whedon maybe god of the nerd movie universe right now having written and directed The Avengers, and Avengers: Age of Ultron, but he’s not infallible. Last week in a BuzzFeed interview, he talked about his miscalculations in co-creating Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but now he’s pondering whether Marvel made the right call when letting Daredevil go to series on Netflix rather than work to develop a Daredevil feature film. That may come as surprise to all those who a) have been loving Netflix’s Daredevil since it first hit the air several weeks ago, and b) have appreciation for Whedon’s own accomplished TV work. So what is the filmmaker’s justification for wanting Daredevil on the big screen? (more…)
Step one was getting Spider-Man back to Marvel Studios in the first place, but step two was figuring out just who the heck was going to spin the yarn (web?) for the next solo Spider-Man film director-wise speaking. It would have to be someone capable of managing a big budget with a thorough understanding of the character – like Sam Raimi – and not an indie success that got lucky with one low-budget hit and drowned in a list of studio demands and notes – like Marc Webb. There’s also two studios to please, and it’s probably hard enough just to please one studio as a choice to direct one of their tentpole franchises. So who could possibly come onto Spider-Man that would please all parties. Well, sources say it’s Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard. (more…)
Marvel Studios and Netflix have announced a late Easter treat for superheo fans: Daredevil. The first of five series co-produced by Marvel and Netflix has been in the works since last summer, and is now just four months away from mass consumption according to the video streaming site. Daredevil, based on the super-powered crimefighter created by Stan Lee and Bill Everett, will be the latest test for the Marvel empire launching the series on – drumroll please – April 10, 2015. As per usual, all 13 episodes of the series will be available for immediate binge watching obsessive types just after midnight on April 10, hopefully tidying over Marvel fans just a few short weeks before Avengers: Age of Ultron. By the way, that’s not all the Daredevil news we’ve got. See below. (more…)
Were you huge fan of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Chances are that your eyes may have had a blast looking at all of the pretty effects but once your bedazzlement faded, you were left thinking about the movie itself, which, other than Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield‘s chemistry, was less than amazing. The big budget sequel was the lowest grossing entry of the entire Spider-Man movie franchise, including Sam Raimi’s trilogy. However, Hollywood being the machine that it is, Sony still has big plans for their web-slinging franchise, including a villain led spinoff, Sinister Six. Whether or not Spidey fans would get to see their friendly neighborhood superhero in Sinister Six has remained a mystery and it looks like Peter Parker himself wants to keep it that way. (more…)
It seems that comic book movie firings can make for great soap opera, as further sordid particulars regarding the divorce between Edgar Wright and Marvel Studios spill out into the open. While some have inexplicably been backing the corporation (just look at the comments on Latino Review’s initial breaking of this story and then the ones on my own reporting), the rest of us who care about our cinema not being completely homogenized have been wondering if this is a case of Marvel going too far in terms of creative meddling. A new story over at The Hollywood Reporter has some pretty damning insight, all but directly confirming that the comic book entertainment factory couldn’t care less about “vision”. (more…)
Yesterday, the Internet was alive with rumors of the casting of Boardwalk Empire‘s Charlie Cox as Marvel/Netflix‘s new Daredevil. Since the cat was out of the bag, Marvel has gone ahead and made it official with a statement that includes an interesting bit about the series setup. (more…)
***UPDATED*** WITH INFO ON NEW SHOWRUNNER: Drew Goddard Leaves ‘Daredevil’ as New Details on Edgar Wright’s Exit from ‘Ant-Man’ Emerge
Are Disney suits polishing the brass on their own personal Superhero Titanic?
Yesterday, news broke regarding Edgar Wright’s departure from Ant-Man, the Phase Three Marvel MCU picture he had been developing with the studio for the last eight years. Details we sketchy regarding his exit, but with the film this close to shooting, speculation ran rampant around the Internet (as it tends to do). Today, Latino Review has dropped one of their patented “inside scoops” regarding the Wright disaster while almost simultaneously breaking the news that Cabin In the Woods director Drew Goddard has left the Daredevil series Marvel was developing with Netflix. The reports on both are troubling, to say the least, as it reads like Disney and Marvel suits are meddling in the creative galley, to the point that their talent are jumping ship left and right.
Being as how they don’t really have much to work with other than Spider-Man properties, the folks over at Sony have been searching for any possibility to keep their super hero franchise expanding. They certainly plan on playing out the Amazing Spider-Man films until the world turns to ash, but they also announced plans to focus on some of Spidey’s villains. Venom and the Sinister Six were two of the names dropped as future movie subjects, and now it looks like the Sinister Six movie has a director all lined up. And that director is none-other-than Drew Goddard. (more…)
It seems like every comic book character is getting sucked into an inter-connected universe lately — from the developing Arrow/Flash verse on the CW, to the proprietary Marvel Movie Universe, the burgeoning DC Movie Universe, and the nascent X-Men universe — and now you can add Spider-Man to the list. (more…)