Once upon a time, Marvel Comics was being dragged hopelessly into bankruptcy. In order to stay afloat, they sold off precious movie rights to their most popular characters. That money helped enable them to create their own studio, and that’s why we get to see awesome films like ‘The Avengers’ and ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy.’ Those film companies would become rivals and prove themselves incapable of regularly releasing hits starring the Marvel properties. An attempt at making a good Hulk movie bombed and the rights went back home. Same deal with Daredevil. But Spiderman is a longshot. Sony Pictures is dead set on keeping that property, even if that have to reboot it every few years – origin story rehash included! And Cinema Sins and Screen Junkies will be there to point at them and laugh. Welcome to 19 whole minutes of blasting the crapfest that is ‘The Amazing Spiderman 2.’
Just a couple new images to share, nothing earth-shattering, but if you’re looking for either your daily Star Trek Into Darkness or Amazing Spider-Man sequel fix, here ya go. Above we’ve got Kirk (Chris Pine) and Spock (Zachary Quinto) rockin’ their Starfleet blacks. Into Darkness will find the crew of the Enterprise on an intergalactic manhunt for terrorist, John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch),
But of course, if you’ve been following any of the news around Into Darkness you know the real questions is whether Cumberbatch is actually Harrison or a update of a classic Trek villain. For instance, KHAAAAAAN. It’s been the movie’s most discussed secret, and with the flick releasing on May 17th, the may just manage to keep it a secret until then.
On to another sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which isn’t the official title, just so you know, is a little further off. The sequel isn’t set to release until May 2nd, 2014. Thing is, it’s almost like we know more about Amazing Spider-Man 2 than we do Into Darkness. We know Electro (Jamie Foxx) and The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) will appear as villains, we know Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) will appear, we know we’ll see the first meeting of Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Mary-Jane (Shailene Woodley). That’s a lot more than I can say about Into Darkness.
Anyway, here’s an extremely cryptic new still of something from Oscorp,
Any thoughts on what this could be? Director Marc Webb added the caption, “There are chainz in there,” does that help?
Source: Screen Rant
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
Clearly, today is a day for Marvel movie news. So far we’ve seen the goods on Iron Man 3 featured in this month’s Empire Magazine and been to set of The Amazing Spider-Man sequel and seen a few shots of Andrew Garfield‘s stunt double in the new Spidey suit. What else could today offer? How about the first look at Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson!
We’re not sure whether she’s in costume or not, though I wouldn’t rule it out. Looks like something Mary Jane would wear, right? The photos come courtesy of Just Jared, as if you couldn’t tell, and were snapped where Amazing Spider-Man 2 is filming in New York City. What do you think of Spidey’s new red head? I wonder if Emma Stone is jealous she can’t sport her lovely red locks?
Source: The Mary Sue
Not to say that it would be EASY to pull off, but as far as the tensile strength of certain kinds of spider webbing go–specifically that of the Darwin’s bark spider–stopping a subway train might be “amazing”, but it’s by no means absurd.
A group of students at the University of Leicester (on the heels of another academic who recently built a “spider sense suit”) determined that to stop a train as in the famous scene from Spider-Man 2, the webbing would need to absorb approximately 500 million joules of energy to withstand 300,000 Newtons of force without snapping. All it needs is to be properly anchored–and get this: Only ONE strand of spider silk would be necessary, not the multiple strands Spidey uses in the film (though I have to applaud his erring on the side of caution). It just HAS to be the Darwin’s bark spider, whose silk is 10 times stronger than kevlar.
As one of the study’s (charmingly titled “Doing Whatever A Spider Can”) three authors, Alex Stone puts it:
“It is often quoted that spider webs are stronger than steel, so we thought it would be interesting to see whether this held true for Spider-Man’s scaled up version. We were surprised to find out that the webbing was portrayed accurately.”
Fascinating….But I admit I have my doubts: Someone get Mythbusters on this!
Source: The Mary Sue
The basic design hasn’t changed much for Spider-Man in any of his big screen adaptations, but each version tweaks the costume just enough we get excited for a new reveal. Above is our first look at Spidey’s new costume from Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, what do you think?
Most noticeably this costume features larger eye-holes and slight differences in its color and texture. Below you can check out a side by side comparison of this new outfit with what Spidey was sportin’ in the first Amazing Spider-Man.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx, Martin Sheen, Shailene Woodley, Paul Giammatti, Felicity Jones and Colm Feore, and hits theaters May 2, 2014.
Source: Coming Soon
Why is everyone stressing so much about iron Man 2? They are expecting it to be in the same realm as Spiderman 3. The Guardian states:
This time Iron Man 2 will have to balance Robert Downey Jr with Sam Rockwell and Scarlett Johansson and Mickey Rourke and Don Cheadle and Samuel L Jackson and Gwyneth Paltrow, and a shedload of exploding robots. Plus, there’s a good chance that Tony Stark’s also going to be an alcoholic in this one. And that’s where the worry starts to seep in.
A tangled love story? Too many villains? A hero struggling with his demons? Unless I’m mistaken, that sounds just like Spider-Man 3 – a superhero movie legendary in its bloated naffness.
I for one will give it the benefit of the doubt. The first one was unbelievable, and while yes, the IM2 does seem to have alot going on, I feel we should give it Spiderman 2 accolades. One of the best reviewed comic book films in history and delving into darker territory as well. I will be one of the first in media to say, No, I am not worried…..Yet.
Wanna worry? Worry about the Teen wolf Reboot. Yes. It’s coming.
I’m getting sick of “Rumors” to tell you the truth and would like some good, solid fact! Spiderman 4 has more rumors bouncing around then beachballs at a Nickelback concert… (Random movie quote). This one is straight from io9.
Rachel McAdams, sexy AND she can act! Hot of Sci-Fi Smash Action Hit “Time Traveller’s Wife”, it is RUMORED she is in talks to play…………..Black Cat!! YAY! But I digress.
It wasn’t more than a few weeks ago, talkin’ villains that I mentioned the crowding that crippled the beauty of Spiderman 3 and sullied the image of part 2. So with Black Cat in the mix as a partner/love interest/pain in the ass that he has to deal with, I say, ditch saving Mary Jane…Again…And get some hot tail..heheheh…Rachel McAdams is not nailed down yet, and there may still be other auditions. Hopefully this might bring a little more grace to the film, and with Tobey Maguire getting his ass handed to him frequently, I think now that Harry is dead, he needs a partner in crime.