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The first Amazing Spider-Man felt like a pretty cynical piece of cinema. A reboot of a franchise barely five years dead (and rumored to be born only out of the necessity for Sony to hold on to the rights for the titular character), the finished product was rather underwhelming. A padded runtime, a perfunctory script and a thoroughly dull adversary overruled the undeniable merits of Andrew Garfield as the spandexed web-slinger. That’s not the case this time around – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 feels like a proper movie. It may never reach the wonderful heights of Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2, but with its goofy sense of humor and supervillain overkill, it’s the best Spider-Man film since that landmark.
- Dominic Mill
The Amazing Spider-Man 2, 2014.
Directed by Marc Webb.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Campbell Scott, Embeth Davidtz, Colm Feore, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, B.J. Novak, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, Chris Zylka and Denis Leary.
Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.
Dear reader, there’s two things I’d like to divulge here. 1) This contains some spoilers. Boo hoo. And 2) My writing style is not usual filled with so many open questions and Screaming Caps Lock but this film brought out the worst in me. I blame Marc Webb.
The sequel nobody wanted to the reboot nobody wanted. A script from the creative minds behind such beloved classics as Transformers, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, The Island, and Star Trek Into Darkness. The return of a director who demonstrated he »
- Gary Collinson
Gillian Greene's TV star father had an adage about career arcs that was applicable to any actor: "Who's Lorne Greene?" "Get me Lorne Greene!" "Get me the next Lorne Greene!" "Who's the next Lorne Greene?" At the moment, the next Gillian Greene is Gillian Greene, whose first feature, "Murder of a Cat" premieres next week at the Tribeca Film Festival. The off-beat comedy stars Fran Kranz (Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Cabin in the Woods") as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages 7 to 20, live with their mother. "Yeah, people are surprised I have so many kids, but I started kind of young," said the fledgling director, whose father was a star of the longtime NBC western "Bonanza" and, later, the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series. She met her husband, »
- John Anderson
There's a lot of pressure on "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" to perform well. Just how well though? You may be surprised.
Variety reports that Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal has set a goal of a $1 billion worldwide box-office for the sequel.
The figure isn't as outlandish as you might expect. 2012's first film raked in $752 million, while the three previous Sam Raimi films clocked in between $783 million to $890 million.
Sony has reportedly bet big on the film with more than $400 million in production and worldwide marketing costs riding on the movie. It is paying off though with tracking figures suggesting the film is headed for a $100 million opening weekend in the United States - a big jump up on the $62 million opening weekend of the first film. »
- Garth Franklin
Variety is reporting that Sony head honcho Amy Pascal is eyeing the $1 billion worldwide mark for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Given that Marvel hit that milestone with The Avengers, it’s easy to see why rival studios think they can achieve it as well. Plus, with The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Sinister Six and Venom all already in development, obviously the studio is hoping for a home run with Marc Webb’s second Spidey outing.
Of course, the question is, can Sony realistically hit $1 billion, as it’s not an easy feat. Looking back at The Amazing Spider-Man, though you couldn’t call it a flop, it did earn less than all three of Sam Raimi’s films and only took in $262 domestically and $752 million worldwide. Again, not terrible numbers, but definitely not what the studio was hoping for. Not only that, but reviews on the sequel are mixed so far, which »
- Matt Joseph
When Katie Holmes popped onto Hollywood's radar in 1998 as lovable girl-next-door Joey Potter on “Dawson's Creek,” many people didn't realize that by that time, she had already worked with Ang Lee and Tobey Maguire on “The Ice Storm.” Within the next two years, she teamed with Doug Liman on “Go,” Curtis Hanson on “Wonder Boys” and Sam Raimi on “The Gift.” Her more recent collaborators include Christopher Nolan (“Batman Begins”), Jason Reitman (“Thank You For Smoking”) and producer Guillermo del Toro (“Don't Be Afraid of the Dark”) — all of whom most actors would kill to work with. While Holmes »
- Jeff Sneider
After Marvel's "The Avengers" made a billion dollars, and became the third highest grossing movie of all time, rival studios freaked. And so, they began to plot their own massive, cinematic comic universes while also spending big money on their properties, hoping to join Marvel in the billion dollar club. Ambitious goals, but can everyone do it? We'll soon see as Variety reports that, according to their sources, Sony honcho Amy Pascal has set a target of $1 billion worldwide for "The Amazing Spider-Man 2." Well, yeah, probably. Given that the studio is going hard on this franchise, with "The Amazing Spider-Man 3" already slotted for 2016, and with "Sinister Six" and "Venom" films already in development, of course they want this to be huge. But is it even realistic? One has to look at the numbers to see if they're dreaming or if its realistic. The first "The Amazing Spider-Man" wasn't the kind of reboot Sony likely wanted. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The webslinger and his conspicuously male adversaries have some zappy scraps in this reboot sequel, but the most intriguing clashes here are between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy
Here is the second new Spider-Man film or the fifth, if you are tactless enough to remember the once colossal Sam Raimi-directed trilogy that finished in 2007, quickly to become the boringly obsolete boot to this reboot a sobering lesson in consumer capitalism and franchise movie-making.
This latest Spidey, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner and directed by Marc Webb, is high-energy entertainment; Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker has rangy charm and there is a genuine romantic spark between him and Emma Stone, as sharp as ever playing Gwen Stacy. Webb at one stage conjures a beautiful seasons-passing montage of Peter Parker's unhappy loneliness that reminded me of the relationship comedy (500) Days of Summer, which made his name. But despite sensational new backstory developments, »
- Peter Bradshaw
When The Amazing Spider-man was released in 2012, only five years after the abysmal Spider-man 3, many fans and critics felt Sony was re-booting the franchise too soon, that it would never compare to the original trilogy of films directed by Sam Raimi. With The Amazing Spider-man 2 opening in less than a month, there are still those out there who, having not liked the first outing of this second trilogy, believe there is no way the current franchise can surpass the Tobey Maguire-led blockbusters.
I’m not one of those fans. Let it be known that I loathed two thirds of the original Spider-Man trilogy, the lone exception being the excellent second act. There are so many reasons the first and third films didn’t work for me, and those reasons were exactly why I was so excited when I first heard Spider-Man was getting a reboot. Was it necessary so soon? »
- Dominic F
Welcome to Issue #41 of The Marvelous Da7e!
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
Come With Me To Days Of Future Past!
Did anyone else notice that the last trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past was scored by a remix of Led Zeppelin’s “Kashmir” but at a faster tempo with modern instrumentation, so it instantly called to mind the last modernized-up-tempo “Kashmir.” It was called “Come With Me” and was a track for 1998′s Godzilla.
Check out the video for that, in case you don’t remember.
Ok, then here’s the Days of Future Past “final trailer”
Do You Hear It?!?! It’S The Same Tempo.
As the proud owner of XMenDaysOfFuturePast. »
While promoting "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," producer Matt Tolmach spoke about the upcoming "Sinister Six" spin-off, revealing that director Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) is not sticking to the comics to choose which six villains will make up the team. "Nothing is sacred," he said. "It's going to be the best Six that you can imagine, but it's going to make sense in the world that we're building." It's likely that Electro (Jamie Foxx), The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) and Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) will be part of the six members. Plus, there is the other Goblin, played by Chris Cooper. And since Venom is getting a spin-off, The Lizard (Rhys Ifans) was left alive, and both Doctor Octopus and The Vulture are hinted at in "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," they are possibilities as well. This means that the original Sinister Six villains, like Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman, »
I've been quite blocked today (apologies) so I'd like to turn the time over to you for an open discussion. With news coming that Channing Tatum would love to play Gambit in a movie (poor Taylor Kitsch. It's not his fault everyone has tried to scrub X-Men Origins: Wolverine from their memory) Fox will surely be jumping all over that to make it happen.
Though the superhero movie boom will surely die out as all movie trends do eventually, we have no idea how long it will last so we'll just try to enjoy it while it does rather than bristle against it.
The other day on Facebook Stan Lee posted a 'name your five favorite superheroes' thread and I answered more quickly than I knew I could. Without thinking about it five names popped right into mind: Nightcrawler, The Human Torch, Storm, Spider-Man, and The Scarlet Witch. Other than »
- NATHANIEL R
As Spider-Man swings into his fifth major motion picture appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we thought it would be appropriate to also take a look back on some of the not so “Spectacular” moments from the last four movies ahead of what promises to be a sequel packed full of great ones (if you missed our post on the ten best, click here).
HeyUGuys’ own Stefan Pape gave the movie a very positive review (you can have a read of that by clicking here), and other critics have been kind to the sequel for the most part so far as well. As a result, fans are now definitely anticipating coming out of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with some new memories to cherish.
- Josh Wilding
Though many had initially questioned the need for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man trilogy, given how soon it arrived after Sam Raimi’s triumphant endeavour, the director has silenced many of his critics with yet another thoroughly entertaining blockbuster to match the first.
We were lucky enough to sit down with Webb and discuss his work on this eagerly anticipated sequel, as we talk about balancing the humour with the more profound sequences, why entertaining the viewer always comes first, and how he has personally adapted to the superhero genre, progressing in to such territory from far more independent, lower-scaled productions.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is released on April 16th, and you can read our review here.
- Stefan Pape
As The Amazing Spider-Man 2 starts to spin its way to a cinema near you this week, our Spidey sense is telling us that it is a perfect time to reflect on the previous four films starring the wondrous webhead.
As one of the comic book world’s most enduring and beloved creations, Spider-Man was hotly sought after for a film adaptation for many years, and was stuck in development hell until Titanic director James Cameron took hold of the material around the turn of the century. Even when Cameron dissociated himself with the project, Hollywood bosses knew that Spidey would make a splash on the silver screen – and right they were. The original film trilogy that spanned 2002-7, directed by Sam Raimi, did not disappoint, breaking numerous box office records and even winning an Academy Award. Such was the character’s popularity that just five years later »
- Christian Bone
When the first image of the new costume for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released last year, most people (including much of our staff) were convinced that it was a fake, photoshopped poster. It seemed like quite a departure from the suit Andrew Garfield wore in the first movie, and it looked suspiciously like the costume designs used in Sam Raimi’s films. But upon closer inspection, the costumes look very different from each other. Our Spidey-sense was way off that day!
The new costume in director Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel is the most faithful interpretation of the suit we’ve seen so far in a live action film. It looks straight out of the comics! But Prinster’s “The Mighty Masks of Spider-Man” infographic proves that the filmmakers could have literally put Peter Parker in a paper bag and still technically remained faithful to the comics.
- Eli Reyes
Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 3 didn't end up as awesome as we all hoped. I know different costume designs couldn't have saved the movie, but it is cool to see a couple of alternate costume designs that could have been. I've included a couple of photos featuring an unused test costume for Venom created by Frontline Design Inc. This costume comes from the same guys that created the new Superman costume in Man of Steel. I don't really care for any of the Venom designs that were created for the movie. That villain should have been so much more badass. Hopefully we get to see that in the new movie being developed.
Then, directly below, you'll find a rejected black costume for Spider-Man. The photo features Sam Raimi and the costume designer testing out a couple of different Spider-Man logos that they could possibly use with the costume. It's very »
- Joey Paur
I was a big fan of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man. It seemed to embody the comics pretty well and was quite close to the tone of what Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created back in the early 60s. Then along came Marc Webb with a reboot, after what felt like 3 weeks following Spider-Man 3. I liked it, it wasn’t necessarily a bad movie, but it really didn’t feel like a true Spidey movie. Taking far too much influence from Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight it was dark. Far too dark. And now, it’s got a sequel which is a million miles away from the first Marc Webb directed movie. I hate to say it, but I’ve forgotten about the Raimi versions. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is the best web slinger movie to date. Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds himself taking on Oscorp, in particular an Oscorp employee called Max Dillion, »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Across the course of these four movies, there have been a lot of “Sensational” and “Spectacular” moments for Spider-Man, thrilling both old and new fans alike. For some, Spider-Man was their first, while others may have been introduced to Peter Parker for the first time a decade later courtesy of Marc Webb.
Everyone is of course hoping that there will be even more “Astonishing” moments for the “Friendly Neighbourhood” hero in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, especially as the movie got a big thumbs up from HeyUGuys’ own Stefan Pape (you can have a read of that by clicking here).
For now though, we’ve decided to take a look back at ten of the very best moments (our top ten worst can be »
- Josh Wilding
★★★☆☆When everyone's friendly neighbourhood wall-crawler was rebooted in 2012 it was to scoffs, with the credits having barely rolled on Sam Raimi's version of the comic book superhero. Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man was largely a retread of the 2002 original but excelled in the improved chemistry between its leads, and in bringing a more faithful Peter Parker - played brilliantly by Andrew Garfield - to audiences. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014) swings into UK cinemas next week, and while it shares problems with its predecessor, it also confirms Garfield as the very best big screen iteration of Spidey. What's more, there's even perhaps an argument that he's the strongest of all of Marvel's movie misfits.
- CineVue UK
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