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The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Well, that was a fun 24 hours there. There were reports yesterday that got fans excited about the possibility of Spider-Man coming home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as of 2018, and an appearance in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1, but rumors of Your Friendly Neighborhood Wall-Crawler joining Earth’s Mightiest Heroes seems to have been somewhat exaggerated. According to Sony, anyway. In the back and forth of will-they or won’t-they, a Latino Review column made it sound like a solid “they-will” after a firm “they-won’t” back in December. There’s been a lot of talk about the idea of getting Spider-Man in a Marvel movie since the disappointing critical and audience reaction to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and while the movie gods answer all prayers, at this moment the answer, it seems, is “no.” (more…)

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The Sony revelations due to the hack scandal just keep giving, with this latest piece of information will be sure to interest geeks, the world over.  In has been quite a fun week – in a strictly anti-corporate voyeuristic sense – watching more and more details being released from the Sony Pictures hack scandal, with information seeping out into the big bad interwebs (or caught on Spidey’s webs), which, quite frankly, has no bounds. From angry and discontented staff waxing lyrical about the lack of quality content the company have been churning out (Adam Sandler movies, Happy Madison, Mall Cop: Paul Blart 2 etc…),  it’s interesting to get into the mindset of the geniuses over at Sony (…they had Passwords in a folder called ‘Password’) to find out where the company’s heads are at in regards to one of their biggest franchises (in fact, sole franchise…) Spider-Man after the disappointing run of the second installment of the reboot at the start of the summer. (more…)

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters earlier this year and was met with more than a little criticism. The crowded story and over the top acting walked a line that was a bit too reminiscent of 1995’s Batman Forever for Spidey fans and while the movie still managed to drum up a little over $700 million worldwide box office, it was still the lowest earner of the franchise.  There are plenty of things that could have made the movie better, and the people over at HISHE have given TASM2 the “How It Should Have Ended” treatment to show us just how much better it could have been. (more…)

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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…)

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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…)

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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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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…)

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Today we have some Amazing Spider-Man 2 news that actually has NOTHING to do  with marketing spam (well, not directly)! I know, I can’t believe it either. But with the  movie coming up in just a few weeks, I guess they feel comfortable enough with what  they’ve put out there thus far? Anyways, the new information is regarding a couple of  interesting things. The first is that, oddly enough, Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature no TASM after-credits scene, but it will feature a clip from the upcoming X-Men: Days  of Future Past. The other, more sane-sounding bit of news is that some folks are finally talking about what we might see in Amazing Spider-Man 3. Scroll down for all the juicy  info. (more…)

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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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