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Tom Holland is the New Spider-Man and Will be Directed by Jon Watts!

Howdy people of the internet, for the first time in a while I am here to give you some film news and of course its superhero-related! For a while there’s been rumoured and certain amounts of information surrounding the casting of the new Spider-Man film and the new director, but nothing official had been released… Until now! The following information comes from superherohype:

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Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have announced that, following a lengthy casting process, actor Tom Holland (The ImpossibleIn the Heart of the Sea) will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in their next Spider-Man film, which is set to hit theaters on July 28. 2017. In addition, director Jon Watts, director of the upcoming thriller Cop Car, will helm the feature.

Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director. The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in The Impossible, “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming In the Heart of the Sea, and by a series of complex screen tests. Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job.

“It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job,” Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said. “The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding. I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception. I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent. For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special. All in all, we are off to a roaring start.”

“As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life,” Kevin Feige added “We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.”

Amy Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world. With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

So we finally have our new Spider-Man and director, once again, FINALLY! No more rumours, no more speculation, just concrete official announcement online and it’s a nice feeling. With that being said I’m going to give my thoughts on the actor and then the director.

So Tom Holland, while he doesn’t necessarily look like someone I would cast as Peter Parker, that’s all subjective. What Holland does have going for him is that he’s young, talented and has been showing off some acrobatic skills recently too, so there’s that. But in all honesty I like this choice of casting, Holland seems like he has the right kind of body frame and face for a teenage Peter Parker so the school stuff will be believable, also going off of that video, hopefully Holland will be doing his own practical stunts like Andrew Garfield did in The Amazing Spider-Man. I have only seen him in The Impossible he was really good in that film, so that gives me confidence in his skills, looking at his filmography, it seems like he’ll be popping up in a few films and I’m looking forward to what he’ll bring to In the Heart of the Sea.

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As for the director Jon Watts, he’s another element altogether. With Marvel’s previous director choices I’ve at least known them by name or seen/heard of their films like the Russo Brothers with Community, James Gunn with Super, Joss Whedon with Buffy and Serenity, Shane Black with Kiss Kiss Bang Bang, etc. And with Sony the same rule applies, I knew about Sam Raimi because of The Evil Dead and Marc Webb because of 500 Days of Summer. But this Watts guy is completely off the radar, he’s done some TV work and has directed a few short films and one feature but he’s really an unknown at this point. Marvel Studios and Sony must have a lot of confidence in him to take on this project. Now I’m not saying that films have to have established directors onboard to take on huge projects, but it does make you curious to know what an unknown talent can bring to the table that a bigger name could not. Either way I say good luck to him, I hope he’s the man for the job.

So what do you think of this news? Are you excited or disgusted about the new actor playing Spidey and are you down with the director or not? Please leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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It’s Official: Spider-Man Enters the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

You when you wake up go online and hope to read something good, but end up seeing something totally unexpected that blows your mind? Well that happened to me today when I went on superherohype and saw the major news relating to Spider-Man and the Marvel Studios film universe. Just read the original article below:

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Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios officially announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man! Under a new deal, a new Spider-Man (not Andrew Garfield) will first appear in a currently-unspecified Marvel film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel’s world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other super heroes in the MCU.

“Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters,” says Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, “beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”

“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”

“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.

“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”

Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.

As a result of the new deal, Thor: Ragnarok will now arrive nearly four months later than planned, moving to November 3, 2017 (from July 28). Black Panther, which previously held that spot, gets delayed eight months, going from that original November 3 date to July 6, 2018. That, in turn, bumps Captain Marvel to November 2, 2018 and moves Inhumans all the way to July 12, 2019. The two-part Avengers: Infinity War, meanwhile, remains set for release May 4, 2018 and May 3, 2019.

Well fuck me! Fuck me sideways! I hate to use such profanity but believe me this kind of news that just requires a little swearing. This is good news. THIS IS FRIGGING GOOD NEWS! The heavens have opened up, there is a god and he has given us Marvel fans what we’ve always wanted. For YEARS people have wanted to see Spider-Man join the MCU especially after the way Marvel Phase One came together and gave us the likes of The Avengers. But since Sony owned the rights to Spidey and the producers seemed to stuck in their old ways to embrace the idea of change or collaboration, we thought we’d never get the chance to see the web head join the likes of the Avengers. However, I believe thanks to the misfortunes of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that required Sony to revise their approach to the character and the future of his film universe. Now Marvel and Sony have finally come together and have struck a deal for Spidey to join the cool gang of superhero films. Fans across the internet should rejoice because we’ve wanted this for SO long and we finally have one of the best Marvel characters in the shared universe he should have been in all along.

Now obviously because of this deal one can only assume that The Amazing Spider-Man film series and it’s story, characters and universe is done and dusted. I can see at least a few fans of those films being very angry and disappointed by this new deal. I know that there were fans of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s interpretations of Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy, some liked the more realistic take on the origin story, characters and web-slinging and the presentation. However there were problems that could not be ignored like retreading ground with the origin story, undeveloped villains, overcrowded storylines, tonal inconsistencies and dubstep music among some of the common issues. I do feel bad for the people who have been shafted after just two films, however it is Sony who has fucked them over in the first place so yeah I guess it is mainly the fans would will miss them most of all because they became invested in this world.

But now because of this deal, Marvel Studios have had to change a few things up by shifting a few of its film dates around for 2017 and with Thor 3, Black Panther, Captain Marvel and Inhumans all being pushed back a fair bit too. While I am gutted that I have to wait so long for even longer for these films especially when it comes to Black Panther at the same time Marvel Studios will be bringing us a NEW Spider-Man in 2017, sure it’ll be a while before that film gets released, but with someone like Kevin Feige behind it, I can’t help but feel absurdly happy and excited for the new version of Spidey. Now one has to wonder, since Andrew Garfield is out, who will replace him? And will there be another origin story or will we jump into the character being already established. Also will he be in Captain America: Civil War? I mean Spidey was an important part of the comic story and with this deal I find it hard to believe that he wouldn’t be showing up, that being said the film’s already well into development so they would have to squeeze him in pretty quickly.

Anyway that’s my quick thoughts on it, welcome back to the side of justice Spider-Man! Can’t wait to see you kick ass in the MCU. So what do you think of Spidey joining the MCU? Are you happy like me and many other fans across the world or are you sad to see your Amazing Spider-Man film universe fall apart? Please comment below and let me know. Laters!

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2015 in Films, Media

 

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Sony Pictures Announces Spider-Man Spinoffs Venom and Sinister Six!

Howdy people, time for some more superhero film related news and just when you thought that the announcements of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, X-Men: Apocalypse and the Godzilla trailer was enough to get you excited for the future of films, Sony Pictures comes out of nowhere with their shock announcement about the future of their Spider-Man franchise which sounds nothing short of intriguing. The following information comes from superherohype:

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“In a move said “to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen,” Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that they will, in association with Marvel Entertainment, develop several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.

The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will return to direct. That film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the first two movies. They will expand the franchise with Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon writing the screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct. Goddard, then, will write with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.

Commenting on the announcement, Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures said, “The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming films.”

Arad and Tolmach added, “This collaboration was born out of the great experience we and Marc had working with Alex, Bob, and Jeff on ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. With more than fifty years’ wealth of stories in the comic books to draw upon for inspiration, the Spider-Man universe is truly boundless; in addition, the Spider-Man comics have the greatest rogues gallery of any series, and to have the chance to explore that on film is truly thrilling. Until now, we have approached each film as a separate, self-contained entity, but with this move, we have the opportunity to grow the franchise by looking to the future as we develop a continuous arc for the story. That is what Alex, Bob, Jeff, Ed, and Drew will do in this unprecedented collaboration, and we’re excited about the directions they are taking the character and the world.””

Well firstly I have to say that Sony have balls. They’re the first studio to actively pursue a particular course of action that hasn’t yet been seen in the world of superhero film adaptations. Now what they’re saying is in addition to making the next Spider-Man film expected to drop in 2016, they’ve announced to villain spin-off film based on some of the most iconic characters and storylines in the Spidey comic mythos. The idea of making a villain-centric film has been talked about for years and even rumoured on numerous occasions, but no one’s ever gone ahead with it. It seems like Sony are gonna be the first ones to take the plunge.

How do I feel about this? Well I’m pretty intrigued. The idea of a villain-based film is something that I’m not sure of, but would like to see happen at some point because these are characters who have storylines just as interesting, if not more so than the heroes themselves. Plus if these villains have films to explain their origins then it’ll save them having to explain it in the next hero-based film and save on a lot of screen time too. For the Sinister Six, they have to get that team right, these are a bunch of villains who worked solo for ages and are brought together for the sole purpose of taking out Spider-Man, that team dysfunctional dynamic and humour have to be there 100%. As for Venom, he is the best Spidey villain in existence, however they choose to handle him it needs to be done with care. I want to see an Eddie Brock story or possibly a Mac Gargan version, but no bullshit new version with some cheap-ass storyline not involving an alien being from space.

Anyways that’s my two cents on the matter, what do you lot of the internet think? Sounds off your comments below! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2013 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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