A lot of Spider-Man movies have been released in the past fifteen years. Andrew Garfield’s incarnation of the web-slinger launched just four years after Tobey Maguire hung up the cobwebbed cowl. Instead of finishing The Amazing Spider-Man series, the iconic character has instead swung into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with yet another reboot now due for 2017. While it’s easy to see why some fans would be reluctant to get excited about another retelling of the same story so soon, a lot of the criticism already levelled at Spiderman: Homecoming has nothing to do with the potential lack of originality. (more…)
Although Disney is the home court for Marvel properties, there are certain exclusions to the game. Fox has dibs on the X-men characters, thus the recent home run for the studio with Deadpool, and Sony still has partial ownership of Spider-man and characters associated with his comic. It was assumed that the shared rights might kill any new movies in the Spider-man franchise, but it seems that may not be the case! Sure, Sony killed the Amazing Spider-man 3 reboot that was planned with then web-slinger, Andrew Garfield, but they’ve announced a new untitled reboot set to appear in theaters sometime next year. And with that under their belt, the powers that be have their eyes on another project, a certain villain turned anti-hero known as Venom.
Comic icon Stan Lee – who helped create Spider-Man and his alter-ego Peter Parker – came out this week in defense of leaving his creation as he was created: white and heterosexual. Leaked Sony documents stipulated that Peter must male, a non-smoker, and not be gay (unless Marvel ever portrays him as gay first… then all bets are off). (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…)
By now, everyone knows that the Spider-Man franchise is being rebooted… again. This time Sony has bent over for Disney and given them the opportunity to use Spidey in their own version of the Marvel Universe. This gave rise to a lot of fan outcry that Marvel should give one of the other favorite incarnations of Spider-Man a chance – namely Miles Morales. But according to MCU overlord Kevin Feige, they’ll be sticking with the familiar face of Peter Parker. (more…)
Considering all the hate that Spiderman 3 gets, it still has its redeeming qualities. However, the threequel is generally remembered as being a huge misstep for the web-slinger, with the over-cramming of characters and villains, the “emo” Peter Parker, and the “terrible job of bringing Venom to the big screen.” Moreover, having just come off the back of the critically acclaimed Spider-Man 2, it seems that the studio were wanting to up the ante the third time round. Thusly, what most people seem to forget is that a lot of the blame for the shortcomings’ in the third movie were due to studio interference. However, it seems that Sam Raimi has now yielded to the torrent of criticism and admitted defeat, which is a sorry state of affairs when it boils down to how it actually panned out. (more…)
You might recall an enthusiastic push from fans prior to the casting of Andrew Garfield as The Amazing Spider-Man to give the role to Community co-star Donald Glover. You might even remember Glover egging that campaign on, and wearing Spider-Man pajamas in the second season premiere of Community. True, Glover didn’t get the part, but when the nerd gods close a door, they also open a window. And with that, we get the news that Glover has been cast to give voice to Ultimate universe Spidey Miles Morales in the new season of the Disney XD series Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors. (The series is being re-named for its third season.) (more…)
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.
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…)
Unless you read the monthly adventures of Spider-Man on the comic page, that headline might make no sense to you. Isn’t Peter Parker already Spider-Man? Poor, naive reader, for the past year Spider-Man has really been Dr. Otto Octavius – AKA: Doctor Octopus. Say whaaaaaat? It’s true, through the miracle of body swapping, Doc Ock was able to put himself in Spidey’s youthful, super-powered body and put Peter is his dying husk of a human shell. When the Doc’s body died, so did Peter, but since nothing – except Uncle Ben – stays dead in comics for long Marvel has revealed that “the one, true Spider-Man” is bound for a comeback. From the dead… (more…)