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Marc Webb Addresses The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Villain Overload Concerns

Good day to you ladies and gents, time for some film news and today we have a little story on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The following info comes from superherohype:

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“It’s pretty clear from the promotional material that has already been released that director Marc Webb is packing quite a lot into his upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The May 2 release is already set to feature Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino and Dane DeHaan and Chris Cooper as Harry and Norman Osborn. That’s in addition to teases in the trailer of Doctor Octopus and the Vulture, with further rumors floating around surrounding every foe of Spidey from Venom to the Robot Master. Webb today revealed at SXSW (via The Hollywood Reporter) that, while he’s not giving away exactly what surprises are in store come May, too many villains aren’t going to hurt the story and that Giamatti’s Rhino actually only has four minutes of screen time.

“We’re obviously familiar with the complaints people had,” he said. “We’re very careful to make sure the stories intertwine. For Peter Parker, it’s very important that you create obstacles that are difficult to overcome… I’m going to embrace the spectacle. I’m not going to be beholden to smallness. I want it to be fantastic, to be big, to command and express that feeling when you’re a kid and reading the comics.”

Well I am glad that this was finally brought to Webb’s attention. I am glad that he is aware of fan concern about the apparent over-saturation of villains appearing in this sequel. Webb seems to have a have control of the situation as he wants to present a challenge for Peter Parker/Spider-Man which is equal to that madness that’s taken place in comics. I hope this man knows what he is doing and finds a way to balance all the characters, it is not an impossible task because films like The Lord of the Rings Trilogy has found a way to make it work, so here’s hoping TASM2 gets it right.

 
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Posted by on March 10, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Marc Webb Returning to Direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3

Howdy ladies and gents, time for some film news. I know this news story is a fair bit late but I would like to talk about it anyway. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Variety is reporting that The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb will return once again to the director’s chair for the planned third film in the series, The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Last October, writers Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner were brought back to script the third part in the series which is currently set for release on June 10, 2016.

Star Andrew Garfield will return for the third film in the series, and even Paul Giamatti, who appears as Aleksei Sytsevich, aka The Rhino,  in this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, has said he’ll also return for the third film, but what other cast members will return remains to be seen.

The Spider-Man universe will be expanding on the big screen even more after the third film as Sony also has a fourth film planned for May 4, 2018, along with two spin-off films including Venom, to be written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon and directed by Kurtzman, and The Sinister Six, which will be written and directed by The Cabin in the Woods‘ Drew Goddard.”

Well this seemed like a no-brainer really and I could see this being a decision that was made a while back. While I didn’t really like the first Amazing Spider-Man, it did have pretty solid direction and Webb seems to understand the material he is working with. The people at Sony must be loving what he’s done with Amazing Spider-Man 2 to fast-track him along for the next instalment in this series. I’m down with this decision as long as TASM2 ends up delivering the goods and ends up being the best Spider-Man film ever. It certainly has the potential.

 
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Posted by on February 26, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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Marc Webb Calls The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ‘An Aggressive Step Forward’

Yo ladies and gents of the internet, time for me to relay onto you some news about the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 film which is sounding really good. The following information comes from superherohype:

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We’re just six days away from The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s new Super Bowl Spot and to further pump up the eager fans, director Marc Webb has some high praise for the upcoming sequel.

Speaking with Total Film, Webb spoke about the giant scale of the film saying, “It’s huge. We’re pushing the levels of effects, the level of action and the emotional capacity of this kid. It’s an aggressive step forward….We throw around the term ‘operatic’ because of the spectacle and the theatre involved, which is pretty epic.There are enormous sets and great set-pieces. But really it’s a very intimate song – this relationship between Peter and Gwen is very delicate and beautiful.”

“Epic” is an appropriate term for the film, which will be the second in a planned four-film series that will further expand to include spin-offs for The Sinister Six and Venom in the coming years.”

Well this sounds good, as much as I dislike The Amazing Spider-Man, I am a Spider-Man fan for life so I can;’t help but feel at least intrigued by another instalment in this film franchise. Slowly I’ve been getting interested in the film especially after the new suit was shown off, but since the first trailer came out I’ve gotten stupidly excited, I want to believe that this film will be the best thing ever and blow every other Spidey film away, but it is a big task to undertake. Marc Webb different blow me away with the first film, but it seems like her has the right ideas. He’s pushing the boundaries and taking things to a new level and that’s definitely what this series needs. I feel like it has the potential to be brilliant and if they balance the character screen time, make sure that the relationship between Peter and Gwen works and gives us action sequences that are grand and memorable then we’re onto a win.

Just don’t show EVERYTHING in the fucking trailers Sony!

 
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Posted by on January 28, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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February Start Planned for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Okay while I wasn’t as happy with The Amazing Spider-Man as most people was, I thought it was a good summer film and I have been much more interested in the sequel and the potential awesomeness that could come of it. And while there has been a good few announcements made for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, there really hasn’t been much that I’ve wanted to blog about, but through superherohype again I’ve found something interesting to blog about:

“The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield is ready for the sequel. Garfield was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show this week (video below) and he confirmed that the sequel will begin production in February.

Also, in an interview with E!, Garfield spoke about where he wants the sequel to go: “I feel really excited, I feel like we got over a hump with our first one,” he said, “We had to reinstate the character, and we had to reinvigorate an audience to the character. And I hope to bring more of this theme—the theme of the orphan. I wanna keep exploring that theme of being fatherless, being motherless, searching for purpose and finding a purpose within himself, being a self-made man, I guess.” 

In case you think differently, Garfield takes his role as Spider-Man very seriously: “It is a responsibility to play that role, and I don’t take it lightly. I think there’s so much to explore with that mythology and within the tension between living a double life, struggling with being good, struggling with choosing good behavior over bad behavior, with the pressures of a city on your shoulders.”

Garfield confirmed with Ellen that the film is already into pre-production, which could explain why Emma Stone has already gone back to her Gwen Stacy hair. She was seen last night at the Ninth Annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards with her blond hair. Check out a photo from the event below!

Garfield also brought up the changes to the costume that director Marc Webb mentioned. Webb said the costume would feature ‘Bigger Eyes’ and ‘Gnarly web shoorters,‘ but it seems there was another reason for the costume change than simply a new design. “The suit is undergoing a redesign because I couldn’t urinate in it last time,” Garfield said “So I’m less nervous ’cause that’s gonna be nice.”

Shailene Woodley is also attached to co-star in the May 2, 2014 release. Though it hasn’t been officially confirmed, Jamie Foxx is expected to play Electro in the sequel. The Amazing Spider-Man is available now on DVD and Blu-ray.”

Okay so TASM2 is already in pre-production? Cool, I wanna see some Spidey and I want there to be more new and interesting aspects of the comics explored in this sequel. I hope the villain and action scenes will be more impressive than the last film and I hope that Peter and Gwen’s relationship continues to grow but be similar to the comics or maybe even the more recent Spectacular Spider-Man TV series.

 
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Posted by on November 14, 2012 in Films, Media

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Review

So here we are in July and this Marvel movie has finally come out, in this summer of cool, crazy and interesting films I feel I have to give my opinion one of the most important films of the year (for me at least), The Amazing Spider-Man. Also bare in mind that I was meant to have this review out on the 4th of July the day after the film came out but I ran into complications recording my YouTube review and then I moved into my new house which currently doesn’t have internet, so that’s why it has taken me this long to get it online, sorry! XD

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Now I have made it no secret that I have been waiting for this film for ages, with my interest in the film building from the time the set videos were posted up online during early production of the film to the latest film trailers that have been showcasing more interesting and original elements about the film. Just after The Avengers had come out and blew me out of the water I had sort of forgotten about The Amazing Spider-Man until all the trailers and TV spots started showing up out of nowhere and nearly blew up the internet! Okay maybe it wasn’t that bad but the fact of the matter was that the marketing and advertising for this film was pretty quiet up until May/June time where nearly everything about the film became public knowledge to those willing to look at it.

So was it good? Well unlike my normal reviews where I write a proper descriptive review I have decided to show you my YouTube review which perfectly illustrates the way I feel about this film because I found it easier to put into a video format than that of a written one. And I have also put a written conclusion at the bottom for those who want a more concise summary of my thoughts on the film. Hopefully you enjoy the review yo:

 

In conclusion I would say that The Amazing Spider-Man is a successful reboot of the Spider-Man film series. It takes the source material that we know from the comics and previous Spider-Man film and reworks and updates it for a new audience. With a cool story, great performances from Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and cracking practical and special effects, this film is a nice little film to show up in between the hype of The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. Some will call this film the best Spider-Man ever either because of its close links to the source material or if they purely didn’t like the Sam Raimi films ad are looking for something a little more realistic. For me this film was interesting and even pretty damn cool in some areas, but the fact remains that it just didn’t leave me with that sense or awe and magic that comes with most superhero films. So the film isn’t perfect and it definitely has its flaws, it didn’t blow me away and in no way will it replace my love for The Avengers, but I will recommend it for casual audiences and comic book fans alike. The Amazing Spider-Man is a lot of fun and I will be watching it again. 😀

Rating: 7.5

 
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Posted by on July 11, 2012 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer 3

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to another blog post from your blogging friend, the hypersonic55! Today I wanted to talk about the last trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man that was released just days ago. If you haven’t checked it out, then take a look at the video below:

For me I have always been a bit hesitant about this new adaptation of Spider-Man because of not only my attachment to the Sam Raimi films, but also because of the direction the film was taking with the story and the characters involved. But slowly over the course of time the film has been swaying me over with its interesting set pictures and videos. Also all of the interviews I have watched and read with the director Marc Webb and our main actor Andrew Garfield has started to make me think that this Spider-Man film good actually be pretty good. As time has gone by The Amazing Spider-Man has just started to look better and better and even around the titan films like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises, this new film was definitely showing up on my radar. Now this new trailer has come out and my god, it is the best one yet!

I think the main issue I had with The Amazing Spider-Man was the fact that it hadn’t shown me a trailer like The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises that made me shiver, that made me freak out or me shout, “I NEED TO SEE THIS FILM RIGHT NOW!!” The first teaser trailer really wasn’t all that and only provided a few glimpses of what the film could be or only things that the fans good pick up on. Granted it was rushed out after being leaked on the internet, but still it was pretty dull. So then around a few months ago we got the first proper full trailer (technically trailer number 2), the film started to look interesting with all of the interesting things we learnt about the characters, story and the scenes of Spidey fighting and swinging through New York and stuff of that nature. So by that point I was definitely interested. But still not overly swayed like I was for The Avengers or Batman.

Now this third trailer I’ve watched twice now and I have to say that this film actually looks pretty damn good. This trailer just has so much more to look at from the visual standpoint in terms of action scenes of Spidey fighting the Lizard or seeing him avoid the police. The scale of the film looks pretty big and GCI looks so much more improved and adds a new dimension to the film. There are a lot of POV shots in this trailer and many scenes that look like they are meant to be experienced in 3D. However one of the best aspects of this trailer is singing Spidey’s trademark humour, there is a scene where a robber and the line Spidey comes out with is simply incredible. That was the real selling point of this trailer. After seeing The Avengers my life was techincally complete and I forgot about a lot of the otehr films coming out this summer, but this new trailer has put The Amazing Spider-Man back on the map for me. I need July to happen right now! 😀

 
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Posted by on May 6, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man Trailer 2 Review

Just recently the second trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man film came out and I wanted to offer up my thoughts on it real quick. Now since last year when a lot of the set pictures came out and the plot started to emerge I was really wary of this film and wasn’t sure what to make of it. I know that it was a new story, a new cast and overall it was another interpretation of the origin story of Peter Parker/Spider-Man. And after the first trailer came out last year in the summer it was clear that this film had a different tone to it, it wad darker, grittier and wanted to take Parker’s life in completely different direction than in the Sam Raimi films. Even looking at the way the film is shot and the use of locations gives the film a completely different feel from the original trilogy, though in the first trailer there wasn’t that much of Parker in the new costume and no sign of the Lizard. I know that the trailer was released around the time when the CGI was still rough in production according to the people who saw it at Comic-Con 2011, but this trailer was mainly about setting the tone of Peter Parker’s lonely life as an orphan, an outsider and how it unfolds with Gwen Stacy and Dr. Curt Connors. And of course at the end of the first trailer we had the whole “3D perspective of Spider-Man” thing at the end which looked interesting but undoubtedly very similar to the video game Mirror’s Edge, so at the time that trailer did divide the opinions of many fans.

So now in 2012 a few months down the line we have the second trailer and all I can say is… Damn! What a frigging improvement. This is a good trailer. We get a lot more to look at this time round, we see scenes of Parker interacting with Captain George Stacy and his work on his webshooters, we also see a bit of the bullying element at school come into play and we also get a better understanding of how Peter’s life is connected to Dr. Connors. More impressive is how they’ve incorporated the humour element into this film, Marc Webb said that the film was going to have it, but because of the dark tone the first trailer set it was hard to imagine it. But in this trailer Peter & Spidey are cracking jokes and they are well done (not quite comic book standard, but so far so good). We also get to see some proper scenes with Spider-Man in the suit and he definitely takes some cues from the first trilogy in terms of the way he moves through the air when web slinging, though his movements are a lot faster in this film, also Spidey’s fighting and evasive skills in hose action scenes looks pretty impressive. We even get some glimpses of the Lizard and he looks okay, but for me it doesn’t seem to have the design that I like with the long snout, but so far he looks alright.

And lastly I just wanted to mention that this film looks like it’ll have a pretty massive scale from the way some of the action scenes play out, especially towards the end of the trailer. Reminds me to some degree of Spider-Man 3 and the Transformers films (though with less explosions). Overall there was some very impressive stuff showcased here indeed, The Amazing Spider-Man is definitely looking better than ever before and some of my reservations have been retracted. While I am still wary, I am also dead excited for this film too so here’s hoping when this film comes out in July it’ll be a good one.

Here’s the trailer:

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2012 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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