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This information is still strictly resigned to the rumor mill for now, but the Youtube channel The Hashtag Show is reporting that Sony and Marvel are eyeing Matthew McConaughey to play Norman Osborne in their newest Spider-Man installment. The channel isn’t that widely known, but has had a few confirmed leads in the past; including some early Avengers: Age of Ultron spoilers. So while it may not be wise to get your hopes up, you may not want to completely dismiss this news. (more…)

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It was only a matter of time before we learned who’d landed the role of Norman Osborn, head honcho of Oscorp and eventual Spidey nemesis, Green Goblin. The Hollywood Reporter has the scoop, and the role has gone to Chris Cooper. Man, that’s some damn good casting! Cooper makes a marvelous, sleazy, villain in a business suit. Not sure how his Green Goblin would stack up, but there’s no guarantee we’ll see that side of him in this flick or the next.

In fact, Osborn was mentioned a few times in The Amazing Spider-Man, and he was referred to as being sick and near death, so I’m unsure how active his role will be in this sequel. Cooper joins the film’s other villains, Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino, giving Amazing Spider-Man 2 and impressive roster of baddies.

What do you think of Cooper for Norman Osborn? Will we see him transform into the Green Goblin by film’s end?

Source: MTV’s Splash Page

 

It’s easy to forget that we are still in the adolescence of comic book movies. Donner’s Superman and Burton’s Batman essentially began the thing, and Singer’s X-Men updated it and showed that a “team” movie could work. Now we’re splendidly fat with superhero movies — some good, some not, but all carefully constructed and lavishly produced because beyond the fantastical and compelling stories that come with these movies, they are also cash cows.

The Avengers is the best example of the precision and forethought involved with comic book movies now. A quintet of prequels building into a spectacle of realized ambition and largess, that while not deep enough for the full dedication of my heart, certainly thrilled me and had me salivating for the next chapter… always the next chapter. For Marvel, that next chapter will be Iron Man 3, which is presently filming with Shane Black behind the camera and Robert Downey Jr., of course, playing Iron Man for, technically, the 5th time.

It is, beyond important for Marvel, with this next batch of sequels, to continue ramping up the action, the heroics, the stakes, and the scope in the wake of The Avengers so that they can continue to ramp up box office numbers. Now, I don’t expect Iron Man 3 to come close to the final tally of The Avengers, but with Marvel increasing the budget on the film, clearly, they expect big things, and that’s why we’ve got, yet again, an influx of villains. See, that was the problem with Iron Man 2, too fat, too many villains with Hammer and Whiplash. The film lacked focus and thusly, it lacked the impact and quality of it’s predecessor.

IM3, which is, apparently very loosely, following Warren Ellis’ Extremis storyline, will feature not one or two villains, but four. Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce), Firepower, and if rumors are to be believed, Mandarin (Ben Kingsley) and The Iron Patriot. Now, setting aside my mountainous gripe with the multitude of villains, the inclusion of The Iron Patriot is what I really want to talk about. (more…)

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