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Marvel Snatches Up Slot Left by the Delayed Release of Spider-Man 3 & 4

10 hours ago | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

 

After Sony’s announcement that it was postponing the productions of Spiderman 3 & 4, Marvel Studios immediately snatched up the vacant 2018 slot for one of its own projects. What movie will Marvel release?

 

Due to the declining performance of Spider-Man films at the box office since the time when Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 was such a success—Amazing Spider-Man 2 did a respectable $700 million but it is seen as having underperformed—Sony has decided not to clutter the playing field with too many Spider flicks in a short period, giving the franchise breathing room.

As a result, Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been pushed back to sometime in 2018, and the planned Amazing Spider-Man 4 has been shuffled into limbo indefinitely.  This move allows Sony’s other Spider-related project, the Sinister Six, to have the spider spotlight all to itself in 2016, rather than risking spider fatigue at the box office. The Sinister Six will »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Rob Young)

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"Amazing Spider-Man 3" Won't Be A Reboot

13 hours ago | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

A decade ago he was the invincible king of the superhero franchises. Sam Raimi's first two "Spider-Man" films not only scored critical acclaim but around $400 million domestic and $400 million worldwide each in box-office revenue.

Today, things have changed. Since its reboot in 2012, the two Marc Webb-directed "Amazing Spider-Man" films have performed slightly better overseas, taking in around $500 million each. However, domestically they've slumped - the first nabbing $250 million and the recent second just $200 million. Reviews have also taken a dive - the first scoring a mixed/slightly positive and the second a mixed/negative reception.

In a recent interview with THR, Sony co-chairman Amy Pascal says "I would have liked Amazing Spider-Man 2 to make a lot more money for us than it did, but it made a lot of money for us anyway". In fact their source says the film's final tally was $100 million below internal predictions, »

- Garth Franklin

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Thanks Marc Webb and Sony, You Have Ruined Spider-Man

23 July 2014 9:49 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Thanks Marc Webb and Sony, You Have Ruined Spider-Man   Disclaimer: I am not biased against any movie studio, comic book origin, or production. I enjoy comic book movies for what they are, and always look for the best in any movie.   First off by letting this be known that I originally had hope for this franchise. As well all know, Spider-Man is one of the most cherished characters of all time. Whether you were reading about him in his first comic book appearance in 1962, or singing the theme song to his hit 1967 animated television show, or even destroying a large tub of pop corn to the 2002 blockbuster movie, you cannot resist the appeal to the friendly neighborhood spiderman. Sam Raimi’s original trilogy, well at least the first two, set a brand new precedent to not only expect when watching a superhero movie, but for the action genre as a whole. »

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'Amazing Spider-Man 3' Will Not Be a Reboot

23 July 2014 7:10 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier today, Sony Pictures did what many were expecting them to do for months, shift The Amazing Spider-Man 3 into an undetermined 2018 release date slot, while moving The Sinister Six into 2016. Many wondered if this move suggested the studio was planning to scrap The Amazing Spider-Man 3 altogether, and reboot the franchise once again. However, at story from The Hollywood Reporter claims that, while the studio does want to "freshen" the brand, a reboot is not in play, with Marc Webb returning to complete his trilogy with The Amazing Spider-Man 3.

"Privately, Sony admits it is seeking to freshen the brand but has no major overhaul plans, with Webb expected to return to complete the trilogy (as Sam Raimi did with the first three films)."

Marc Webb was confirmed to direct the third installment of this rebooted franchise in February, although this is believed to be his last Spider-Man movie. »

- MovieWeb

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7 Tantalising Ways Anne Hathaway Made Her Catwoman Awesome

23 July 2014 12:40 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Warner Bros.

We should have seen it coming. The questioning of Anne Hathaway’s casting as Selina Kyle in The Dark Knight Rises may not have reached the heights of Batfleck, but there were certainly people out there who questioned whether Princess Mia really was the perfect person to play Batman’s femme fatale thief. But, just as with 10 Things I Hate About You’s Heath Ledger and his appointment as Gotham’s Clown Prince of Crime, we needn’t have worried. Director Christopher Nolan knew exactly what he was doing.

Hathaway’s Selina Kyle proved to be one the best things about Nolan’s trilogy ender, at all times both smart and seductive, desirable and deadly. Some may have baulked at her role in (spoiler, if you haven’t seen this two year old movie) Bane’s death and that she (second spoiler) ultimately ran off to live the quiet life with Bruce Wayne, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Discuss: Why One Size Does Not Fit All For Superhero Franchises & Where Sony Went Wrong With ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

21 July 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Though they've been made since the very beginning of the medium, studios are still learning how to craft sequels. Follow-ups used to be frowned upon, perceived as nakedly commercial tactics that frequently didn't involve the participants of the originals. Then they became elaborate, ongoing serialized stories, ones where filmmakers were permitted to present a full saga in chapters. And now, “franchises” have become something else, a lifeblood of Hollywood, one that has flummoxed Sony in regards to the “Spider-Man” movies. Sam Raimi's first three “Spider-Man” films featured one basic, somewhat malleable storyline: here was Peter Parker, the young crimefighter who battled baddies like Doctor Octopus, Sandman, and a really inattentive super in a crummy New York apartment. There was continuity, but was it really going anywhere? “Spider-Man 3” ended up grossing $890 million, a series best, but in America it was the weakest performer in the series. When Raimi pitched a. »

- Gabe Toro

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10 Amazing Feats Of Genius In Comic Book Movies

18 July 2014 4:42 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Marvel Studios

What would Captain America be without his serum? What would Iron Man be without his suit? What would the Hulk be without his gamma radiation mistake? Scientific genius has proven crucial for the comic book genre, so we’ve scoured the genre seeking the greatest acts of genius in Cinema.

Hollywood is clearly infatuated with the comic book movie. This year alone we have seen the immensely successful Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and X-Men Days of Future Past hit cinemas. In each of these films an act of genius has been crucial in the plot; The Winter Soldier was the subject of a scientific experiment, Arnim Zola stayed alive through an equally bizarre yet simultaneously genius experiment. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was rife with scientific mayhem; The Goblin and Electro were both the result of Oscorp’s scientific investigations and The Rhino was »

- Samuel Clements

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Impressions of Evil Dead: The Musical

16 July 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Doris the Deadite greets us atop the stairs leading to Planet Hollywood’s V3 Theater in Las Vegas. Wearing a blood-splotched white dress with a matching white hat nestled on her curly blonde hair, Doris smiles through the peeling gray skin of her face. Teeth bared, eyes darting from sunken sockets, Doris cackles and beckons us closer for a photo. Welcome to the immersive atmosphere of Evil Dead The Musical Ultimate 4D Experience.

A tasty slice of horror heaven from director/producer Sirc Michaels that’s based on Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, as well as the book and lyrics of George Reinblatt, this Vegas production is packed with nods to its beloved source material, but also boasts buckets of blood-drenched originality.

After our photo is snapped with Doris, we hang out in the bar area for a bit before another Deadite calls us into the theater. As we walk down a short hallway, »

- Derek Anderson

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Comics to Read Before You Die #1 – The Amazing Spider-Man: The Night Gwen Stacy Died

16 July 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In the first of a new series here at Flickering Myth, Jessie Robertson looks at ‘The Night Gwen Stacy Died’…

Issues: The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122 (June-July 1973)

Writer: Gerry Conway

Pencil Art: Gil Kane

Inking: John Romita Sr/ Tony Mortallero

“She was young, she was beautiful, she was innocent and she would pay for it all with her life.”

These are the words etched on the back of my trade paperback as flavor text. Ominous grim words. In the history of Spider-Man lore, this event shaped his professional and personal life forever. Let’s talk about the story itself first.

The basic plot is that Green Goblin and Spider-Man both know each other’s secret identities (Norman Osborn and Peter Parker, respectively). Norman Osborn is insane and has a fragmented mind, where when he’s the Goblin, he forgets he’s Norman and vice versa. His goal is to kill Spider-Man. »

- Gary Collinson

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3 on 3: How does the 'Amazing Spider-Man' franchise save itself?

15 July 2014 1:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

On Monday, screenwriter Robert Orci revealed he was no longer involved with the "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise and frankly, that raised some eyebrows. Granted, Orci has enough on his plate as he will be making his directorial debut with "Star Trek 3," but  the "Transformers" and "Star Trek" screenwriter was supposed to be part of a "brain trust" to guide the Spidey franchise at Sony Pictures. And the question has to be asked: has Sony changed its plans after "The Amazing Spider-Man 2?" After promising to improve upon the tepidly received 2012 reboot, "Asm 2" received worse reviews, earned less than its predecessor domestically (by over $60 million to date) and barely earned $200 million after a $91.6 million opening (think about that for a second). Moreover, while most franchises' overseas grosses are growing as markets such as China and Russia explode, "ASM2" has barely surpassed the first Marc Webb film outside the U.S. And again, »

- Gregory Ellwood, Drew McWeeny, Kristopher Tapley

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13 Actors Who Almost Played Superheroes

15 July 2014 8:55 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

There are a lot of "what ifs" in the movie business. There are so many options when it comes to casting actors to play characters in movies. Superhero films are huge right now, and I love most of the actors that studios have cast to play these badass characters. Christian Bale as Batman, Andrew Garfield aa Spider-Man, Henry Cavill as Superman, Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, and Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man are just a few of many. But these characters could have easily been played by other actors. It's hard to imagine that now since we're already invested in what's in front of our eyes.

I've come up with a list of actors who almost played some of these superheroes. You may already know about some of the close calls on the list, you may not, but when I was researching for this article there were a few things I didn't know before, »

- Joey Paur

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Monday Movie Memo: Could Sam Raimi And Tobey Maguire Save Spider-Man?

14 July 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Over the weekend, huge -- and potentially sad -- news regarding the current Spider-Man franchise dropped, as producer and screenwriter Roberto Orci revealed that he didn't know the plans for the franchise. "I don't ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want each movie," Orci told the press. Wait. I thought that we Knew when they wanted each movie. At least, we have been reporting that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was down for June 10, 2016, and The Amazing Spider-Man 4 was down for May 4, 2018. There also have been plans for a Sinister Six movie, and a Venom spinoff. Some fans, however, are asking for a different change... a return to the hero's roots. And we talk about that in today's Monday Movie Memo. Could Sam Raimi return to the superhero franchise that he launched so many years ago? »

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The Amazing Spider-Man 3 Loses Writer, is the Franchise in Trouble?

13 July 2014 3:47 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

"The Amazing Spider-Man" films have been very profitable for Sony Pictures, but failed to surpass the success of Sam Raimi's original trilogy. With the studio planning to expand the Spider-Man universe, the hope was that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" would have performed better. The next film in the pipeline is "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," which is set to hit theaters on June 10th, 2016. But now comes word that Sony is having some difficulties, which may result in the delay of the third film and possibly change the release plan of the spin-off films, "The Sinister Six" and "Venom." In a new interview with IGN, Robert Orci, who was hired along with Alex Kurtzman to write "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," revealed that he's no longer attached to the project and that he's no longer aware of the franchise's future. "I don't know what their plans are for that franchise," he explained. »

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The Amazing Spider-Man Franchise Doesn't Have A Clear Timeline Going Forward

12 July 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

"So what do we do now?" That seems to be the question Sony is asking in the wake of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 . Expectations were high for the film, which ended up being the lowest-grossing in the franchise domestically and worldwide (including the Sam Raimi movies). Now Sony is looking at a release date for a third and fourth film, tentatively set for 2016 and 2018... and apparently reconsidering everything. And even the Spider-Man "braintrust" is wondering what the next step will be. IGN sat down for an interview with Roberto Orci, one of the members of that group of writers, who revealed that he's very much out of the loop in regards to plans for the next film. "I don't know what their plans are for that franchise. I don't ever want to say never, but we have to figure out what their scheduling is in terms of when they want »

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Dakota Johnson to star in Forever, Interrupted

10 July 2014 4:07 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Fifty Shades Of Grey star has come on board Gidden Media and Good Universe’s adaptation of Taylor Jenkins Reid’s book Forever, Interrupted: A Novel.

Amy Baer will produce through her Gidden Media while Johnson will also serve as executive producer alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe and John Middleton and Roy Lee.

Good Universe’s Erin Westerman will oversee the project, about a young woman who forms a bond with the mother of her recently deceased husband.

Baer launched Gidden Media in November 2013 and has secured a seven-figure development fund through private investors. Good Universe handled international sales on her first feature as producer, Last Vegas.

Baer’s development slate includes drama A Storm In The Stars to be directed by Haifaa Al-Mansour; sports drama Sarge; Endurance based on a script by Steve Zaillian; true-crime drama The Brian Banks Story; ensemble comedy Sundance Is Bulls**t; and comedy The Wedding Detective »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Spider-Man

9 July 2014 2:12 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Tobey Maguire packs a perfect Peter Parker as the friendly neighbourhood geek who is transformed into a web-slinging crimefighter after being bitten by a genetically altered spider. Completely aware that with great power comes great responsibility, director Sam Raimi does Stan Lee's comic-book hero true justice with a yarn which is both visually stunning and emotionally engrossing. Willem Dafoe provides Spidey's first nemesis as the maniacal Green Goblin while Kirsten Dunst puckers up a treat as girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson. »

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Body Paint: Sthefane Lomeu As Spider-man & Venom

8 July 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Spider-Man & Venom Model: Sthefane Lomeu * Photographer: Janio Carvalho Body Paint: Madison Araujo * Makeup: Thayna Brito Spider-man 3 - Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire) finally has the girl of his dreams, Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), and New York City is in the throes of Spider-mania! But when a strange alien symbiote turns Spider-Man's suit black, his darkest demons come to light changing Spider-Man inside as well as out. Spider-Man is in for the fight of his life against a lethal mix of villains - the deadly Sandman (Thomas Haden Church), Venom (Topher Grace), and the New Goblin (James Franco) - as well as the enemy within himself. Cast: Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Topher Grace, Thomas Haden Church, James Franco Director: Sam Raimi * Writers: Sam Raimi, Alvin Sargent & Ivan Raimi »

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10 Memorable Comic Book Movie Moments Involving Nameless Characters

8 July 2014 7:17 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When you think of the term comic book movie, who, or what, usually pops into your mind? Batman, Iron Man…a talking raccoon? Whilst watching a movie the mind is instinctively and inevitably drawn to the story of the main character or protagonist, with the outcome of their undertakings proving to be the thing you care about most by the time the credits roll. Everything else is incidental. Well, what about all those nameless characters that have in some way contributed to the saga of our hero over the years? These guys and girls not only play the bench to the main character, they aren’t even in the game.

To put it all in perspective, remember in the original Terminator when Arnold Schwarzenegger first travels back in time? When he comes across Bill Paxton and the rest of those weirdos? Arnold would still be walking around Los Angeles »

- Jesse Gumbarge

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Spider-Man 2

8 July 2014 3:36 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

There's no rest for the arachnid as Tobey Maguire's Spider-Man tries to rid New York of Alfred Molina's eight-armed madman Doctor Octopus. To add to his problems, poor old Peter Parker is still having issues with his sweetheart Mary-Jane (Kirsten Dunst). Yet again, director Sam Raimi spins an inescapable web of eye-popping SFX, heart-stopping drama and superguy-meets-girl romance. »

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Do superhero movies always have to start with origins?

8 July 2014 3:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We know how superhero stories start: normal person gets powers, gets reluctant, becomes heroic. But why does it have to be like that?

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An alien baby is evacuated from a dying home planet and grows up to discover that he can use his immense power on Earth and the values instilled by his adoptive parents to protect the world. A young boy’s parents are gunned down in front of him and he dedicates his whole life to making sure if never happens to anyone in his city again. A teenager gains exhilarating powers and is then taught the responsibility that comes with that power by the tragic death of his uncle.

These are all great examples of iconic and interesting origin stories, which shape the respective superheroes to which they relate. But in a world of reboots and endless franchise mileage, do they necessarily have to be the »

- sarahd

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