Peter Parker is one of Marvel Comics' most enduring characters, as popular as ever since making his print debut in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962. The subject of several animated series, a 1970s live-action TV series, a trilogy of movies and, most recently, last year's movie reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man, the character has found success in a variety of mediums. However, Spider-Man fans are not always pleased with the way the character is portrayed, as evidenced in the recent issue of The Amazing Spider Man #700, where Peter Parker's fate wasn't well-received by some fans, who sent writer Dan Slott death threats online as a result.
While there weren't death threats sent to Sony of the Amazing Spider-Man movie (that we know of), there were some that weren't happy with the studio's reboot of the Spider-Man movie franchise. After earning $752 million in worldwide box office, The Amazing Spider-Man was certainly a financial success, but the fans at Cinema Sins have found everything that they think is wrong with the movie and have included the errors in 2-minute video summary. watch the video >> Posted 01.02.13 by Ryan
After deciding to reboot following Sam Raimi's exit from his Spider-Man franchise, Sony/Columbia successfully reignited the series with The Amazing Spider-Man, which arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray today.
Critics cited the reboot's lack of an "untold story" that was promoted to be the movie's significant change from the previous trilogy, but there's one category where the reboot has been able to separate itself from its predecessors: villains. While Raimi's movies hinted at the inevitable arrival of the Lizard, The Amazing Spider-Man delivered, and it would appear that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will also bring a new villain to the big screen: Electro.
Jamie Foxx (Ray) is rumored to be up for the role, with Foxx tweeting a not-so-subtle hint that's he's accepted the part, and director Marc Webb quickly following suit. Even though Amazing Spider-Man 2 is about a year and a half away, we thought the time was right to see which of the two villains is a better foe for your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). And there's only one place for the two villains to face off: the Character Cagematch! review their strengths and weaknesses before voting in our poll >> Posted 11.06.12 by Ryan
Who should play Peter Parker's best frienemy?
Even though director Marc Webb has expressed some reluctance about leaping right back into the swing of things (pardon the pun) with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 so soon after The Amazing Spider-Man, plans for the sequel are moving right along. We recently learned that Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) has been offered the role of Mary Jane Watson, Peter Parker's college girlfriend and eventual wife in the Marvel comic books and his paramour in the Sam Raimi-directed trilogy. And, only days ago, Academy Award-winner Jamie Foxx (Ray) teased fans by tweeting that he had "dressed up as Electro for Halloween," the villain known to be menacing Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) in the sequel, a bold casting move that Webb seemed to confirm when he later called Foxx an "electrifying" actor.
The only other new character that is known to be appearing in the sequel and that does not yet have an actor's name attached is Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn, whose company was directly responsible for the creation of both Spider-Man and the Lizard (Rhys Ifans). In the comic books, as in Raimi's movies, Harry was Peter's friend until his father, wearing the guise of the Green Goblin, is killed during a battle with Spider-Man. Harry then takes up the mantle of the Goblin and sets out to destroy Spider-Man. James Franco got his big break by landing the role of Harry in Raimi's trilogy. Who do you think has what it takes to fill Franco's shoes and go tit for tat with Garfield in the sequel?
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Posted 11.05.12 by BrentJS
Who Should Play the Demented Industrialist?
The Green Goblin wasn't the first Spider-Man villain and he's not the most powerful, but the colorful character has become Spidey's signature nemesis over the years, appearing in just about every board game, video game, and animated series based upon the wall-crawler's exploits, as well as featuring prominently in Sam Raimi's trilogy (played with great aplomb by Willem Dafoe). Norman Osborn, the wealthy industrialist who first took on the mantle of the Green Goblin, did not figure prominently in this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man, but director Marc Webb laid the groundwork for his big screen return, setting up Osborn's company, Oscorp, as the manufacturer of the biotech that inadvertently created both Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) and the Lizard (Rhys Ifans) and also inserting a tag scene at the end that shows a mysterious figure that may or may not be Norman Osborn.
While most speculate that Electro will be the primary villain in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 because of the Electro-ish lightning seen in the credits, the return of Norman Osborn and the Green Goblin are inevitable, especially in light of the recent news that Shailene Woodley (The Descendants) will likely have "a very small part" in ASM2 as Peter's other major love interest, Mary Jane Watson, and that Sony intends to "build to the classic 'Death of Gwen Stacy' story" that saw the Green Goblin killing Peter's high school sweetheart. Help us choose the new Green Goblin: Who do you think has the drive and determination to play a billionaire industrialist willing to experiment on himself to save his own life?
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Posted 10.29.12 by BrentJS
After raking in an estimated $7.5 million during its midnight screening, The Amazing Spider-Man is predicted by many to take in between $100 and $150 million in its first six days in theaters — not taking into account international ticket sales, which already account for an estimated $50 million thanks to its earlier release overseas — which puts director Marc Webb's reboot at least on par with Sam Raimi's Spider-Man movies, if not a contender for the title of superhero movie champ currently held by The Avengers.
Whatever the final numbers turn out to be, Sony knows that the Marvel Comics character is as good as gold and the studio has plans to roll out Spider-Man movies for years to come. In fact, producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach recently revealed to SuperHeroHype that "at the very least three" more movies in the current continuity are planned, with as many as five more movies possible. They even suggested that they might follow the model used by Marvel Studios leading up to The Avengers — releasing a series of solo movies to introduce characters and then have them team up in one movie — but flip it on its head by building toward a supervillain team-up movie featuring the Sinister Six. a supervillain team-up in spidey's future?! >> Posted 07.05.12 by BrentJS
Comic book adaptation The Amazing Spider-Man has yet to open in the U.S., but is already a hit overseas. Throughout parts of Asia, in fact, Sony's reboot of the Spider-Man franchise is already breaking box office records, contributing to a total of $50.2 million over the weekend according to Box Office Mojo. That's good news for Sony, who have already scheduled a release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with screenwriters Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman working on rewrites on the initial script from James Vanderbilt.
While details on the sequel are scarce, producer Matt Tolmach told MTV that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will take place shortly after the first and won't jump forward in time, despite the fact that actor Andrew Garfield is nearing his thirties yet will still have to play Peter Parker as a teenager.
will director marc webb be back? >> Posted 07.02.12 by Ryan
Eventually, who knows? But the next movie will take place in relative proximity to this one. Because, the story, there's a lot more to be told in this story, and in this quest that he's on. So there's not going to be a huge time jump because we have more business to do here with the character.
The upcoming adaptation of The Amazing Spider-Man won't be the first theatrical representation of Gwen Stacy, Peter Parker's first love from the Marvel comic books (prior to Mary Jane Watson and with apologies to Betty Brant), as Bryce Dallas Howard played the character in 2007's Spider-Man 3, the final installment in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man trilogy. A few years later, Emma Stone is playing the blonde-haired object of Parker's affection in the upcoming reboot, which takes Parker back to high school and his radioactive spider-bite beginnings. Talking with THR before the movie's Los Angeles premiere, Stone admitted that her version of Gwen, as well as the reboot itself, will be very different from the trilogy that ended five years ago. stone talks the already scheduled sequel >> Posted 06.30.12 by Ryan
The Amazing Spider-Man's release marks the fourth Spider-Man movie in the past decade — and the original trilogy sets a pretty high bar for the franchise's reboot to live up to. Well, the first two do. The third one, not so much… In any case, Sam Raimi created a pretty memorable series of movies, not to mention a wonderful depiction of the original comics.
We have no doubt that the latest release will do better than its namesake, TV's Amazing Spider-Man. (If you're not familiar with this 1977 gem, check out the trailer. It kind of speaks for itself.) Even so, we remain worried about whether the reboot's plot can stand up to what we've seen before. Not only did Raimi's first installment do justice to Spidey's origin story, it also went through a couple of his better storylines: namely the entire Green Goblin soap opera and the creation of Venom. The Amazing Spider-Man, on the other hand, focuses on The Lizard. While he's certainly an iconic villain, his story never had the same weight.
If the reboot has any box office success, we can pretty much assume a sequel waits in the wings. In case Sony's executives are looking for ideas, here are five storylines from the comics worth bringing to the big screen — even if we have doubts as to whether they could get a green light.
See Spin Me a Tale: 5 Spider-Man Stories We'd Like to See >> Posted 06.28.12 by reelz
Though mostly known for projects that involve aliens (Cowboys & Aliens), robots (the Transformers movies), and outer space (Star Trek), writer-director Alex Kurtzman's directorial debut is actually about real people in real situations.
People Like Us, starring Star Trek's Chris Pine, is inspired by true events in Kurtzman's life. Though Kurtzman is currently promoting People Like Us, it's nearly impossible for Kurtzman to not talk about the Star Trek sequel, which he is co-writing and producing. Kurtzman talked about what it was like to walk on the Enterprise on J.J. Abrams' set and how everyone involved didn't want to rush the project.
We’re not going to be ready and we don’t want to rush this. We felt very fortunate that the first movie was well received, and the last thing that we wanted to do was destroy that by rushing something. It’s very precious to a lot of people. We love our Trek and we just wanted to keep it safe. why Star Trek is skipping Comic-Con this year >> Posted 06.16.12 by Chris
Denis Leary has made a nice career out of playing cops and firemen lately. After playing firefighter Tommy Gavin on FX's Rescue Me for seven seasons, Leary is very happy with his latest role — playing "Emma Stone's dad" in Sony's upcoming Spider-Man reboot, The Amazing Spider-Man. "That’s the point in my career I’ve reached," Leary recently told The LA Times. "It will be ‘Emma Stone’s dad’ now, which, by the way, I’m fine with being. She’s the real thing; she’s fantastic."
Leary plays Capt. George Stacy in the reboot. While the character does meet a tragic fate in the Marvel comic books, it looks like Leary will be sticking with the franchise, admitting last August he will return for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, should the potential sequel happen. That means more improvising of his dialogue as he did for director Marc Webb. new writers hired for Amazing Spider-man 2 >> Posted 04.25.12 by Ryan