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Be warned, True Believers! SPOILERS AHEAD!!!

If you haven’t yet seen Spider-Man: Homecoming, you do not want to continue reading this. Go check out the flick and return here as soon as possible because the producers responsible for the massive hit have finally commented on the long-speculated rumor about the character portrayed by Zendaya. At the conclusion of the film, the students involved in the academic decathlon are gathered around to hear that Michelle, Zendaya’s character, will be taking over as the group’s leader. She will only acquiesce if her new friends simply call her…

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After months of guessing and rumor mongering, Sony and Marvel have made their choice and it is sure to be controversial. Or at least second guessed by the fickle comic book movie nerd crowd. In a press release this morning, the combined franchising power of two big companies announced the future of Spider-Man, with 19-year-old actor Tom Holland now taking up the mantle of your friendly neighborhood wall-crawler, and up-and-coming filmmaker Jon Watts, of the recently released Sundance hit Cop Car, taking up the reins of the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man movie coming out in 2017. Can these two untested people now rise to the occasion and deliver the Spider-Man everyone’s pegging their hopes and dreams on? Who can say, but the powers that be are certainly stoked. (more…)

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You’re riding the elevator, you look up as the door opens and who walks in but Kevin Fiege and Amy Pascal. You notice the floor button Fiege pushes and now you know you’ve got the time it takes this elevator to get there to make your pitch. You wipe the doughnut crumbs off your shirt, pull up your pants, and swallow that lump in your throat as you decide to give them your best elevator pitch on how they should use Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. (more…)

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Tucked away in the Amy Pascal/Sony emails that were hacked and released to the Internet was one concerning who the Chief of Sony pictures believes should take over as James Bond when Daniel Craig‘s five movie contract ended, Idris Elba. It’s no secret that fans have been pushing for an Elba 007 for a while, even back before Craig’s casting was announced. Now that this is making the Internet rounds again, Elba took to the Twitterverse to put in his two cents. (more…)

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To say that Sony has been having a bit of a bad spell as of late would be a complete understatement. It seems like things are going from bad to worse for the company; with constant news hitting the headlines from the Sony Hacks debacle – with the studio eventually caving in to the hackers; admitting defeat by pulling Seth Rogan and James Franco‘s comedy The Interview from theatres nationwide. One interesting aspect of the hacks has been the ongoing leaks of ‘back-and-forth’ conversations/negotiations between Marvel and Sony that have been progressively hinting at some kind of eventual conclusion – and due to the relentlessness of Marvel director Kevin Feige – this has only made it all the more inevitable (he’s gained somewhat of a reputation as being a slightly formidable character). Thusly, it seems that the struggling company are willing to give up some of the proverbially fiscal Spider-Man pie, and it seems that Marvel is feeling rather sweet-toothed this time round: and we are saying to  executives, dig in and enjoy the party. (more…)

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Unless you have been actively avoiding the internet, television, news, and gossip from your best friends, you are very aware of the recent attack on Sony that resulted in the leaking of thousands of personal emails written and/or received by Sony staff, personal information (including social security numbers and birthdays) of current and past Sony employees, and even the early release of some of Sony’s upcoming movies, including the highly anticipated musical, Annie.  Amid the thousands of emails, various outlets have discovered some pretty damning conversations between some of the higher ups that are borderline racist (at best), disrespectful to the talent that brings in Sony’s revenue, and even conversations criticizing Sony’s own animation unit.  Now, after bowing to the hackers’ demands that Sony cancel the release of the upcoming Seth Rogan/James Franco starrer, The Interview, the public has to wonder: How can Sony survive this attack? (more…)

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The ongoing cyber-hacking issues of Sony Pictures have been both morally ambiguous and informative. In the wake of the cancellation of the release of The Interview, which Nerd Bastards commented on earlier today, news continues to be parsed from stolen e-mails about the various people and projects at Sony’s two studios, and a lot of that news has concerned Marvel Studios, the Walt Disney Company and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We discussed yesterday how negotiations to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War came apart as time was getting down to the wire for production to get started on the film. The end result was that there will be no cameo in Civil War for Spidey, but that was by no means the end of the discussion, and by no means the end of the negotiations. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many ways to draw Spider-Man into the fold. (more…)

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The Sony Hack is the gift that just keeps on giving. While I am not a fan of invading anyone’s privacy, some of the bat-shit crazy stuff that is coming out in the Sony Executives emails is otherworldly. I feel like that kid coming back from the dentist, “Is this the real world?” This time around it’s word that Channing Tatum, Chris Pratt, the Russo Brothers, and Paul Feig have a plan for a spin-off Ghostbusters movie starring Tatum & Pratt. That sound you just heard was your brain shifting gears to catch up with that idea.
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More news straight from the recently robbed Sony vault people; and we have a mix of revelations to dish out (once piece in particular leaving Sony Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal, looking rather “two-faced,”). With emails bouncing back and forth like a swing band full of ritalin and sugar-pop, overtice.com have been able to extract some more voyeuristically joyful imformation that we are relishing – in a schadenfreudian sense, of course – due to the torrent of bad movies they have assaulted our senses with in the past decade. It’s nothing personal (…oh, wait… maybe it is?!), as, if you are a fan of the Spiderman comics like myself, perhaps, you too, will be rubbing your hand together before reading this tangled web of a mess, feeling nothing but unadulterated gleefulness’. (more…)

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The rumor du jour is that Sony is looking to move some assets off their film division’s plate in an effort to save some cash and focus on the more lucrative video game side of the business. At least that’s what Comic Book Therapy tried to sell us today.

According to the story, Sony is considering an offer by investor Daniel Loeb and his hedge fund company Third Point to buy some key properties currently part of Sony’s roster like Resident Evil and…. Spider-Man. Seems kind of crazy, right? After all, Resident Evil was spawned five very profitable movies, and right now they’re pouring money into a biggie-sized Amazing Spider-Man 2.

If true, that would be huge: Sony studios selling a bunch of its biggest bread winners to a third party. Is there any evidence to back this up? Well, Comic Book Therapy did have the following quote from Sony Chief executive Kazuo Hirai  that he reportedly gave to investors on the issues:

“Third Point’s proposal involves the way we manage a core business of the Sony group and the direction of our management. So the Sony board will give it thorough consideration before replying to Mr Loeb.”

Still unconvinced? The Register had a follow-up that seemed to confirm saying, “Sony has said that it will consider a proposal from activist investor Daniel Loeb that the group should sell off parts of its music and movies business, which includes popular franchises Spider-Man and Resident Evil and the weepy ballads of Brit crooner Adele.”

Considering that Adele is currently one of the best selling talents in an otherwise desolate music industry it makes this news even more suspect, but some are letting their imaginations running wild right now. Comic Book Movie has speculated that perhaps this could mean that someway, somehow, Spider-Man might now find his way home to Marvel and Disney, thus making him eligible for Avengers membership.

But not so fast….

This afternoon, Ain’t It Cool founder Harry Knowles reached out to Sony boss Amy Pascal and asked her about the rumor. Here’s what Knowles posted:

Well, about 15 minutes later, Amy Pascall [sp] was on the phone and the word denial isn’t strong enough.   Amy said that she would “Never ever ever” let go of SPIDER-MAN.   She feels the property is directly tied to her legacy and time at SONY.  Not just that, she is really thrilled by the work on the new film.

And that, as they say, is that. But who knows, apparently Sony and Disney were close to a deal to include the Oscorp building in the New York skyline in Avengers before time ran out to finish the effects bu the deadline for the film’s release. So maybe the crossover hope is still alive sometime in the future. File this under the sad but untrue category.