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The Sinister Six To Be Released In 2016 & Amazing Spider-Man 3 Pushed Back To 2018

Howdy ladies and gentlemen, time for some film news and this has to do with the future of Sony’s Spider-Man films and the shared universe that they are trying to create. The following information comes from ComicBookMovie:

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“Given that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the lowest-grossing Spidey movie ever and, quite frankly, a critical flop, there has been much uncertainty about where Sony Pictures will take the franchise and its previously-announced villain spin-off movies. Now ahead of this week’s San Diego Comi-Con, The Hollywood Reporter reports that the studio has scheduled to first release The Sinister Six on November 11, 2016,  and will eventually release The Amazing Spider-Man 3 in 2018. The third and fourth sequels to Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man were initially set for release on June 10, 2016, and May 4, 2018, but Sony is apparently happy with The Sinisher Six writer/director Drew Goddard’s rough script and ultimately what he has planned for the supervillain team-up movie, which The Amazing Spider-Man 2 notably spent precious screen-time trying to establish.

“With Sinister Six in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016,” said Sony president Doug Belgrad in a statement.”

Firstly let’s talk about the main point of interest here; the fact that Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to 2018. Ha! I’m sorry but I can’t help but snigger a little bit at this. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, despite there being some elements that I liked, overall it was just a mess of a film. TASM2 it is the lowest money-making Spidey film and one of the worst critically received films in the series too and besides a few die-hard fanboys, most comic book film fans despise the film. So now the film has been delayed in favour of the Sinister Six villain film. Now while I can understand the logic on Sony’s end to go ahead with the villain-based film that includes some of the already established characters in TASM2, but at the same time that leaves a massive gap between now and the next Spider-Man film.

Four years! Four bloody years, that is a bloody long time when it comes to distance between sequels. The standard gap is at least two, three years tops. The Four year gap did not do Star Trek Into Darkness any favours as it really killed the momentum created by its prequel back in 2009. I know that the difference here is that we will be getting a villain film in-between to hold us over that takes place in the same universe, but unless Spider-Man is somehow involved then the gap between films will still feel pretty long. As for The Sinister Six, while I’m interested as to how it will turn out, however without the right care and attention I don’t think it will be a good experience, and considering the way Sony and the writers behind TASM2 have treated Spidey so far, I’m not expecting anything amazing the way that the Goblin, Rhino and Electro was handled. I hope that the vision and creativity behind this villain film is better than what has come in the past.

 
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Posted by on July 23, 2014 in Films, Media

 

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Review

Good day to you people of the internet, time to review a new film and today’s the one I have been cautiously looking forward to, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now check it, I wasn’t too keen on the first Amazing Spider-Man, I re-watched it recently and liked it a bit more than I remember, but I’m still not over the moon about it. So with this new film I had hoped that it would be the one to win me over, ever since the first trailer I’ve been hyped and since I loved Captain America: The Winter Soldier this film had a lot to live up to. So has Marc Webb and his team succeed with this film? Well read on and find out!

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So what’s going on with the story? Well firstly Peter Parker is still Spider-Man but he’s definitely become a well-known figure in New York, he saves lives, the people know and love him (for the most part) and as a superhero he has become a lot more confident. Outside of the suit Parker is also continuing his relationships with Gwen Stacy and trying to find out what happened with his parents and how it ties to Oscorp. Oscorp also plays a big role in this film as it leads to the return of Harry Osborn and the creation of the villain Electro, a villain ready to wreck things up for not only Spider-Man, but the rest of New York.

What we get in this story is a better look at the life of Peter Parker, seeing how he balances his life between being a superhero and then trying to hide his secret to Aunt May and continue his relationship with Gwen although he is haunted by the promise he made to her father in the last film. The film is at top form when it focuses on the relationship between Peter and Gwen, it is the core element of this film and that got right. The rest of the plot has its moments but none of it comes off as effectively. Besides the backstory involving Peter’s parent’s ties to Oscorp which finally gets some clarity in the way I’d hoped in the last film, this film just feels a bit bloated  with there being there’s a lot of things going and with some of these other plot points don’t get the screen time they deserve to feel as relevant. I do like how this film draws from its comic book source material and it does have some moments of greatness, however it doesn’t feel like a cohesive film and at times because of the heavy focus on Peter and Gwen’s relationship I felt like I was watching a romantic drama with comic book elements sprinkled in which made this film less like a superhero film to me.

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As for the characters there are pretty good for the most part. Let’s start with Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. Garfield does a great job with the role here as he’s definitely become more comfortable with this role and has been able to take it to new places emotionally. Peter in this film has a lot of issues to deal with from his relationship to with to hiding his superhero identity from his aunt to reconnecting with Harry and on top of that be Spider-Man and I feel like Garfield acts well. Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy is amazing, besides the fact that I love this woman because she is beautiful, she definitely is really good in this role. Gwen in this film is still smart, sassy, funny and has a lot of relevance in this film and I loved what the writers did with her character in the film. As for Jamie Foxx as Max Dillon/Electro this where things get a bit iffy. As Dillon, the electrical engineer who works for Oscorp as someone who no one notices he’s good, he has odd personality traits and weird. After Dillon becomes Electro I like what they did with his powers and I liked him more than the Lizard, that being said this villain wasn’t nearly as compelling or had the gravitas of other good superhero villains like the Joker, Loki or a better example would be Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock.

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Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn was cool, this version of Harry is a lot more distant, suave, sophisticated and emotionally complex and I loved what DeHaan did with the character and his chemistry with Peter was pretty intriguing although I think it needed more time to develop. However as the new version of the Green Goblin DeHaan was a bit hard to watch because of the over-the-top nature of the acting. And lastly Sally Field as Aunt May was lovely, I feel like she continued to be a good support for Peter and she definitely steps up and does a wonderful job where the emotional moments matter.

When it comes to the presentation it is really good for the most part. Visually the film looks gorgeous, the GCI is very sharp, vivid and beautiful. The cinematography is also very nice with some incredible first person shots, wide shots that showcase the incredible New York landscape and tracking shots that look really awesome too. The fight Spider-Man’s fight scenes and web-slinging look as good as ever and are way more advanced and intricate than before. And the soundtrack by Hans Zimmer is a bit of mixed bag. Normally Zimmer can do no wrong and for the most part this score has a better presence and heroic sound to it than the previous film, that being said, this film also has some questionable music tracks inserted that really take me out of the film and feel like they were added to try and make the film feel modern which was really unnecessary.

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In conclusion The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is good, but wasn’t the Spider-Man that I wanted. The central storyline involving Peter and Gwen is where this film succeeds, that and the great action sequences, but beyond that not much else works. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier I knew I was in love with that film almost immediately, but now with Amazing Spider-Man 2 I’m still indifferent to it. There’s stuff I liked and stuff I didn’t but as an overall piece of work I can’t figure out how I feel about it. This is gonna be one of those films that splits the audience down the middle again and your enjoyment will really depend of your thoughts on the last film, what kind of comic fan you are or whether you prefer these new films to the Sam Raimi ones. As it stands this film was not a train wreck, but it wasn’t amazing as the title implies, watch the film for yourself to form your own opinion yo. I’m out. :S

Rating: 7.5/10 (A film that has its moments, but just isn’t consistent)

So what do you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did you love it or hate it or are you indifferent to the film like I am? Whatever your thoughts are be sure to leave them in the comments below and I’ll see ya on the next film review, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on April 17, 2014 in Film Reviews, Films, Media, Reviews

 

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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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My Super Bowl Movie Trailer Roundup

Howdy ladies and gents, with the Super Bowl come and gone again for another year its time to talk about those delight TV spots and trailers that came out of it because that’s what most of us wanted, just a tiny fix of film goodness!

Now before I continue I just want to say I have not watched the Amazing Spider-Man 2 videos, I want to see as little as I can for that film and considering how much was sown last night I’m afraid that Sony might fall into the same marketing trap that made the first Amazing Spider-Man such a let-down (because all the good stuff was shown in the trailers, literally). But I have provided videos for those who wish to see it anyway.

Anyway lets begin:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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This is very patriotic and dramatic in tone and I love it. What we have is a montage of clips from the film, some of which we’ve seen before and some new and it shows more of the Winter Soldier, the action, Falcon and Cap being badass, it is good stuff.

The New Trailer:

While I am not any more impressed with this trailer than I was with the first one, this trailer I think has a better tone and shows off so much more in terms of the characters and plot. For a second I thought I was watching the old trailer again because of that intro, but then the music and scenes changed and then I felt fine. Cap/Steve Rogers knows he’s in for the fight of his life because of Winter Soldiers attributes and seeing more of Winter Soldier and the way he wrecks shop is awesome. There’s also some cool moments with Black Widow and Falcon and it looks like shit is gonna hit the fan and I can’t wait. Oh and the icing on the cake, March 26 over here in the UK, get in! 😀

Need For Speed

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What we have here is a 30-second montage of people driving cars really fast and it looks awesome. There is no narrative to it, what we have it a quickly edited montage of several cars driving, scenes of the cast, police, and more cars catching air time and crashing and only one spoken line of dialogue from Aaron Paul, “Got anything faster?” Yeah bitch! I really hope this film does well.

Transformers: Age of Extinction

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Okay now I’ve not mentioned anything about Transformers 4 on this blog because I just don’t care, I liked the first film but I hated the 2nd and 3rd ones. So since we have footage to work with now I feel the need to pass on my thoughts. In truth it doesn’t look any different from the last few films, it’s still incredibly detailed robots beating the crap out of each other with humans caught in the middle. Mark Walhberg looks fine and that’s it. Some have complained that the CGI looks crappy and blurry, I can kind of see it but the film isn’t coming out for ages so they have time to correct it. Plus other fans have complained about one of the Dinobots looking more like a dragon than a T-rex, to be honest I don’t care.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Now these are the trailers I haven’t seen and it is just so I don’t ruin anything for myself early on. I’ve read comments and it sounds like good stuff and everyone who knows the comics reckons there is foreshadowing to Gwen’s death in this film too. That sounds awesome. I’m just gonna wait for the next trailer.

So there’s my picks of the best of the Super Bowl movie trailers. So what did you think of the media on-show this year and which one was your favourite? Leave your comments below and I’ll see ya on the next blog post yo! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2014 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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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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Films To Look Out For In 2014 Part 2

Howdy ladies and gentlemen and welcome to PART 2 of Films to look out for in 2014! In this series of blog posts I’ll basically be listing a number of films that you should keep your eyes on over the course of the year.  If you missed part 1 you can read it here.

The Rules:

  1. Obviously a lot films come out, so if they’re not only my list it’s either because I don’t know about them or I don’t care.
  2. 2013 films getting their UK releases this year don’t count! 😛

Alrighty then, let’s start 😀

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Release Date: April 4th (USA), March 28th (UK)

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Trailer:

Okay, this is where the year starts to get serious with its films. Entering a lot earlier than previous Marvel films is Captain America 2 and I CAN’T WAIT! This film looks incredible, the trailer looks lovely and all the interviews with the cast, directors and Kevin Feige all point towards greatness. What I see is the potential for a kick ass action thriller with politics, wonderful fight scenes and the adaptation of one of the best Captain America comic book storylines. I pray that this film works out.

Sabotage

Release Date: April 11th (USA), 25th (UK)

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It’s 2014 and we have another Arnie film, life is good again. While Schwarzenegger has add a bit of a bumpy year in 2013, this looks like it could be his return to form. It is a genre he is familiar with, the supporting cast are good and story seems like it could work and potentially be something specially with the director being the man behind Training Day. Here’s hoping that it works yo.

Transcendence

Release Date: April 18th (USA), 25th (UK)

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Now while this film isn’t on my high priorities list, it does look unique and interesting. I am very weary about films with Johnny Depp in them, but this looks like it could be good with the whole science and subconsciousness stuff. Plus the director, while I’m not too keen on his comments about The Avengers, looks like he could craft a good film on his own with his really good cinematography. Guess we’ll see what happens.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Release Date: May 2nd (USA), April 18th (UK)

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I’ve said it countless times before but I’m gonna say it again, I did not like Amazing Spider-Man. It was alright but nowhere near as “amazing” as the name suggests. However this trailer looks a HELL of a lot better than the last film with the new set of villains, storylines and potential tie-ins to the comic book source material. The film does look a bit crowded and we could be potentially looking at another Spider-Man 3, but I pray to god that this is the Spider-Man film that fan deserve.

Godzilla

Release Date: May 16th (USA & UK)

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Trailer:

Oh my god, I need this film now! I need this film to be good. I have been a fan of Godzilla for a good few years now and us western audience need a proper version of Godzilla made that will be shown in the cinema rather than having to search around for it on DVD. This film looks like it’ll be badass, the teaser trailers look kick ass with some incredible visuals, a wonderful dark tone and a good cast. I hope that it’ll be the one and conquer 2014!

X-Men: Days of Future Past

Release Date: May 23rd (USA), 22nd (UK)

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Ah X-Men, for the longest time you only had two good films to your film series, however luckily First Class changed the game and The Wolverine, while not perfect had the best interpretation of the title character yet. So Days of Future Past has a lot to live up to. It looks pretty solid, the cast are big and incredible and Bryan Singer is back to direct. But those points I just stated both excited and scare me. I want this film to succeed and I NEED it to succeed. However there are so many potential red flags that come up, I’m afraid. I just pray that it works.

Maleficent

Release Date: May 30th (USA & UK)

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This film is something that I’m curious about and yet not overly interested in at the same time. I thought the teaser trailer looked interesting and the character is one of the coolest and most terrifying female villains I have known since my childhood. A film centered on the character could go one of two ways; it could be either really good or really bad.

Edge of Tomorrow

Release Date: June 6th (USA), May 30th (UK)

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Now this is a film I’ve been following for a long time since the first imagine of Tom Cruise in his exoskeleton suit came online. The overall trailer wasn’t what I expected, however I feel like it is again a unique enough concept to made a story around and justify the crazy action going on. My current issues with the film trailer make me believe that we may have another Oblivion on our hands and some stupid story that won’t get a proper satisfactory ending, but hell we’ll see what happens.

22 Jump Street

Release Date: June 13th (USA), 6th (UK)

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21 Jump Street from 2012 was one of the better films I saw at that point in the year and was surprisingly fun, while I didn’t love it as much as a lot of other people did I still found it to be enjoyable. So with there being a sequel I’m down, the trailer looks just as ridiculous as the last film and as long as it makes me laugh then we’re gonna have a good time.

How to Train Your Dragon 2

Release Date: June 13th (USA), July 4th (UK)

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And lastly we have the sequel to the Dreamworks film that everyone wouldn’t shut up about back in 2010. I still haven’t seen the first film, yes I said it. Back at the time I had no interest and I was very picky with children’s animated films. I’ve been meaning to watch it for a while but just haven;t gotten around to it. I’ll be sure to check it out before this sequel comes out, I’ve heard good things about the trailer so I’ll be in the cinema when it shows up in June.

Alright then, part two is done! That is your fix from April to July, the months that matter! So yeah there’s my picks from the summer, make sure to come back to the blog asap as I finish the year off with part 3! 🙂

P.S. What do you think of the list? Also is there any films you think I’ve left out? Feel free to drop me a comment below and I’ll get back to you asap. Until the next time laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on January 15, 2014 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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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Trailer #1 Review

Howdy people, time to review another trailer and today’s the one that loads of people have been waiting a long time for, it is of course the next big live action Spidey adventure, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Now I have been cautiously looking forward to this sequel for a while now, there’s been both things I’ve liked and hated in the promotional imagery and casting revolving this film. So now we have a trailer, is it looking good or not? Read on to fight out my thoughts.

Take a look at the trailer below:

Okay, my first initial thoughts after seeing this trailer?… THIS. IS. AWESOME!

Now check it out, if you’ve been following this blog for a while then you know I wasn’t too much of a fan of TASM last year, it has some interesting new visuals, a good cast and new twists on the classic tale. But in the end the film fell a bit flat in the whole “new” department, didn’t really divulge the “untold story” and showed too much in its marketing trailers.

But this trailer, this trailer is what I’m talking about. I’m seeing the kind of Spider-Man film that I’ve wanted for a while now which is serious, reflective of the comics and has some proper danger, drama and urgency.

So what the trailer so good? I think it is just the tone. Everything feels realistic like the last film, but rather than feeling all gritty and serious just for the lack of it, in this film there is a real sense that shit is gonna hit the fan, like a bomb that’s slowly ticking away and then explodes everywhere!

So what’s going on with the story? Well from what I can gather Peter’s still being Spider-Man, continuing his relationships with Gwen Stacy and trying to find out what happened with his parents and how it ties to Oscorp. Seems like Oscorp may be the central hub for the creation of several of the new villains including Electro, Rhino and the Green Goblin. Harry Osborn is working for his father behind the shadows. Electro plays a big part as the villain in this film, ready to wreck shit up for not only Spider-Man, but the rest of New York.

As for the characters here we see a more mature Peter Parker who is aware of the world around him, he knows that for the good stuff he does, there is danger lurking in the shadows. Parker is still on the hunt for the mystery behind his parents while still having fun with Gwen Stacy, but is also got new enemies coming out of the woodwork left, right and center and its awesome! We also got to see our first proper look at Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn and while I wish he had a look closer to the comics, I still like where this film is going with his character and how tightly connected he is to the chaos unfolding with the villains and Oscorp and of course, his father Norman. In this trailer we didn’t really get a sense for what’s going on with Emma Stone as Gwen and how all this affects her world outside seeing Peter, so I’m curious to see how she fits into the story. We also didn’t see that much in the way of Jamie Foxx’s Electro besides a few clips here and there, he looks fine, although his CGI looks a bit questionable at times (probably because its not finished yet).

Like the first film I like the sense of scope you get, New York seems so much bigger, wider and vivid than before, so when destruction goes down you can feel it like in The Avengers or The Dark Knight Rises. And speaking of the destruction, the action in this film looks great. So much chaos! Spidey’s web-slinging is as swift and intricate as ever with slow motion bullet dodging and everything else. The visual effects looks so clean, fluid and vivid, and I’m liking the choreography, ESPECIALLY that scene at the end where Spidey is swinging through that power plant dodging Electro’s attacks, that just screamed of awesomeness to me.

Now let’s briefly talk about the ties to the prior source material. This film looks like it’s still combining the Amazing and Ultimate series of comics and blending them together. But the other big thing that I got a feeling for was The Spectacular Spider-Man, TSSM is one of my favourite TV shows ever and is one of the best/if not THE best adaptation of Spider-Man in any media. For some reason with all the subtle movements of new characters, danger and action sequences, I was getting a lot of vibes from the former Spidey show and that to me is always a good thing. 🙂

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In conclusion The Amazing Spider-Man 2 looks surprisingly awesome and a HELL of a lot better than the last film. Only time will tell whether this film can deliver the goods, but right now I’m liking what I’m seeing a lot and it does have the potential to be the best Spider-Man film ever. I just hope that there’s an equal mount of screen time for all the characters, that the story is consistent and doesn’t from a plot point halfway through and that the film is at least true to the source material and doesn’t give us some cop-out bullshit.

So what do you think of TASM2 trailer? Well your thoughts below, laters! 😀

 
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Posted by on December 5, 2013 in Films, Media, Reviews

 

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Spider-Man and Electro Land on the Cover of Entertainment Weekly

Okay well it looks like today is a day worth caring about after all because we’ve got some new official images from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to check out haha, so let’s talk about that! As per usual the following information comes from the ever reliable superherohype:

“Entertainment Weekly has just unveiled the covers to their “Comic-Con Preview” issue and two of the covers feature some familiar faces to our readers. The first cover features The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Andrew Garfield as the webslinger himself, Spider-Man, and also the first official look at Jamie Foxx as Electro. In addition, EW has also revealed a new image from the film including Garfield and Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn.”

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Well let’s talk about the obvious main image and that is the one-on-one picture with Spidey and Electro. This is the first image where we have a look at Jamie Foxx’s Electro outside of those strange set pictures. To be honest I like it really, it looks practical without seeming too goofy and is totally different from the original comic book counterpart (which is obviously a good thing). But right now I’m seeing a bit of the Electro costume from The Spectacular Spider-Man TV series in the sense that rather than having a stupid star mask he has his head exposed (but in Jamie Foxx’s case his head isn’t constantly electrified).

I do hope/wish that he’ll have more on an electric look like the Spectacular Spider-Man version (pictured above).

As for the second image with Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan as Peter and Harry I’m kind of half and half about it. Firstly Garfield looks fine as Parker, he looks normal and in line with what we’ve come to expect from a modern Peter Parker costume design. As for DeHaan as Harry that’s where things are a bit iffy for me. Sure DeHaan has the rich, posh-boy look about him, but as Harry Osborn it’s not like any version I’ve seen before. I’m sure in this Spider-Man universe every character besides Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy just doesn’t want to look like their comic book counterparts, either the filmmakers just want to try something different or they just have no intention of making the cast look similar to the comics at all. Anyways DeHaan looks alright, I’m just not overly keen of DeHaan’s look, he looks no different then he does in general or in other films. I’ll wait to see him in the film and judge his acting talents as the character instead of the way he looks.

Anyways that’s my two cents on the two images, what do you lot think about the latest images from TASM2? Sound them off in the comments below.

 
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Posted by on July 10, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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Sarah Gadon Joins The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise

Okay people of the internet time for some more superhero film news and now we have some small but interesting news about another person who has joined the Marc Webb Spider-Man series. The following information comes from superherohype:

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Earlier this week came the shocking report that actress Shailene Woodley’s role as Mary Jane Watson had been cut from the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and would instead be moved to the third film,already dated for release on June 10, 2016. Once this news hit, rumors began to circulate that the role would be recast, with no concrete evidence that it was indeed happening. Now we may have an answer.

Speaking with Entertainment Tonight Canada, A Dangerous Method andCosmopolis star Sarah Gadon confirmed she will be joining The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, which is already set to go to four films. Gadon didn’t confirm which role she’ll be playing in the series, but many have already begun to speculate she will become “the new Mary Jane” and will replace Woodley. Other outlets have reported that this is in fact not the case and that Gadon will play a different role in the series. Check back here for future confirmation on the matter. Do you think Gadon will be playing MJ? Sound off below!

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opening May 2, 2014, for Peter Parker (Garfield), life is busy – between taking out the bad guys as Spider-Man and spending time with the person he loves, Gwen (Emma Stone), high school graduation can’t come quickly enough. Peter hasn’t forgotten about the promise he made to Gwen’s father to protect her by staying away – but that’s a promise he just can’t keep. Things will change for Peter when a new villain, Electro (Jamie Foxx), emerges, an old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, and Peter uncovers new clues about his past.

UPDATE: The Wrap’s Jeff Sneider has posted the following update to his Twitter feed. It’s looking like Peter Parker isn’t going to be hitting the jackpot until 2016.

“100% CONFIRMED: Sarah Gadon IS in Amazing Spider-Man 2 briefly,” he writes. “She is NOT playing Mary Jane Watson, who will NOT appear until Part THREE. A FALSE rumor started that Sarah replaced Shailene as MJ. She confirmed to ET Canada she’s in the movie. Fans made a connection. It’s wrong. Nothing else to report, so calm down everyone. No drama here to see. Marc Webb cut MJ appearance to streamline the story.”

Precisely who Gadon will be playing remains to be seen, but check back for updates as they become available.

UPDATE 2: Reiterating the news, Gadon herself has taken to Twitter with the following message:

“To all those a twitter,” she writes, “I will not be playing MJ in Spider-Man. I have a role in the film, but it is not that one :)”

Now initially Gadon was speculated to take over the role as the new Mary Jane Watson and even though it was a rumour I was very interested. Sarah Gadon looks totally beautiful that she would make for a much hotter Mary Jane (I know looks aren’t everything but my god would Gadon be an improvement over Woodley). But then I was thinking “That’d be highly unlikely.” So now it’s obviously been confirmed that Gadon isn’t going to be Mary Jane and Shailene Woodley is still gonna be the iconic red-head still (Oh well). But then there was a role I could see for her instantly from the time I saw her amazing face… Felicia Hardy/Black Cat. If you’re a fan of Spider-Man and you can’t imagine her in that role then you’re insane. Gadon has the perfect look and I feel she’d be an incredibly good-looking choice for the role. Since she already has a small role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 I pray to god that Black Cat is the role they have in mind for her, it’d be perfect!

 
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Posted by on June 22, 2013 in Films, Media

 

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