The appearance of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War was seen as a hard reset of the character, a necessary reboot after two misguided Amazing Spider-Man films directed by Marc Webb, which seemed more concerned with building a universe than telling interesting, new Spider-Man stories. With ebullient praise being offered for the work of Tom Holland, and the crew for Spider-Man: Homecoming it might be understandable if the guy that made the last Spider-Man movie might take things a little personally, but Webb says that he has no regrets about making his Spidey movies no matter how much you hate them… (more…)
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…)
It seems the interweb has gone into overdrive due to all the leaked information regarding Sony‘s Spider-Man franchise. The fact that we now know Marvel tried their best to acquire the character by reaching out to Sony, makes the leaked information all the more irritating. Taking a stab in the dark here, I’m guessing I wouldn’t be the only one thinking that it is time for Spider-Man to return home, where he will finally be able to join his crime-fighting co-horts. Sony need to stop beating at the proverbial dead horse, as they have done all they can with Spidey. Another (soft) reboot would be a horrific idea that would no doubt result is Spider-Man fatigue (some of us already had Spider-Man fatigue before the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man hit the big-screen). Come on Sony, …pass it on to someone with the Midas touch (Kevin Feige) and you can still make some money out of the franchise through a distribution deal. (more…)
Dear-oh-dear, poor Spidey, and poor Sony. They were on a winning streak with Sam Raimi‘s Spiderman 1 & 2, then they became greedy and took away creative control from Raimi; and chucked him after the third film (which broke Box Office records despite the unfavorable reviews). Five years later (2012) Sony rebooted the franchise to mediocre reviews, with the second installment of the reboot receiving even worse reviews and under-performing at the Box Office. As we reported earlier on today, Sony executives will be having a Spiderman summit come January to decide where to take the character next. It has been the Sony leaks, due to the hacking scandal, that has sparked an interest in Spidey’s fate after it was announced that Sony had been negotiating with Marvel about introducing the character in Captain America: Civil War. Spider-Man plays a big part in the comic book story arc during Civil War Chapter and would have been a terrific addition. (more…)
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…)
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…)
I usually feel like a colossal piece of shit when I root for a film to fail (because who knows how art will age, be viewed in the context of history, etc.), but I definitely think I can make an exception when it comes to Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man films. These ‘movies’ are artless, consumerist dog-piles; the worst examples of comic book anti-cinema being authored by a boardroom full of bottom-line motivated suits. But it looks like we’re going to be spared another feature-length trailer for future franchise installments for at least a little while longer, as Sony may be pushing Marc Webb’s third pile-driver of fuck back until 2017 (though ‘never’ is certainly the better option). (more…)
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…)
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.
Did you know that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was to feature Divergent star Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson? She had filmed a scene, but was later cut from the movie. Why exactly was she cut and how would she have fit into the movie? Director Marc Webb reveals all.
WARNING: Potential spoilers ahead.