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In the past few weeks, further intel scraped up from the depths of the archive of leaked Sony emails revealed that in their contracts for Spider-Man specified that, among other things, Peter Parker must remain white and heterosexual in his big screen incarnations. This means we're not going to see the Miles Morales incarnation of the character in movie theaters anytime soon, and Stan Lee has shared why he too believes this is the way to go. "I'm just not too happy changing what has already been established," he told E!, when asked about the possibility of Spider-Man with a different sexual orientation or ethnic background. "For example, I'd like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who's homosexual," Lee continued. "I have no problem with having a black one, a Latino one, a Chinese one, anything—the whole world is our playground. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Monday’s “Ant-Man” premiere crawled with Marvel fans, creators and stars who infested Hollywood Boulevard and the red carpet leading into the Dolby Theatre.
Although the film’s journey to the screen hit a snag in May 2014 when would-be director Edgar Wright — who had been attached to the blockbuster since 2006 — suddenly departed, his replacement, Peyton Reed, said he’s ready for round two. “If we’re fortunate enough to do another ‘Ant-Man’ movie, I would love to do it,” he said.
Embracing his larger-than-life star status, Paul Rudd was the final star to file into the Dolby, charging down the carpet like a true Marvel action hero. But preceding Rudd was a littering of Hollywood oddities including two attendees in unicorn masks, a brief appearance from a rogue drone capturing the action from the sky, and a giant ant farm greeting fans at the entrance to the theater.
In typical fashion, »
- Seth Kelley
It's been all but official that Spider-Man will be making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in Captain America: Civil War next year, but the L.A Times recently asked Kevin Feige whether or not he could tease the Webslinger's role in the superhero-packed movie. "No," he replied before adding that, "Everyone takes for granted that he's in it, but I don't want people to have false expectations." The Marvel Studios president then discussed how the new Spider-Man incarnation will be different from the previous. "Well, you see the casting right away," he said, referring to the recently announced English actor Tom Holland. "He's younger by I think five or six or seven or eight years than either Tobey [Maguire] or Andrew [Garfield] when they were cast and that's very intentional. You look at the early comic books of Spider-Man and what was so great about what Stan Lee and Steve Ditko did »
Spider-Man won't be doing any same-sex webslinging anytime soon. Nor will he be anything but white. At least not if the Marvel superhero's co-creator has anything to do with it. E! News caught up with comic book legend Stan Lee at the premiere of Ant-Man (in theaters July 17) last night to get his take on a recently leaked studio memo that insisted Peter Parker/Spider-man always be Caucasian and straight. "The only thing I don't like doing is changing the characters we already have," he said. "For example, I'd like Spider-Man to stay as he is, but I have no problem creating a superhero who's homosexual. I have no problem with having a black one, a Latino one, a Chinese one, »
The 35-year-old actress - who plays martial artist Hope Van Dyne in the superhero movie - looked chic in a monochrome Halston Heritage floor-length gown as she posed on the star-studded red carpet.
Lilly is expecting her second child with long-term partner Norman Kali, joining their 4-year-old son Kahekili Kali.
Speaking about her desire to adopt earlier this year, she enthused: "What I wanted originally was six kids.
"I frickin' love being pregnant. I'm one of the lucky women who just had a blissful pregnancy, but I wanted to adopt four. My partner and I have really been through the ringer in the adoption world and it's hard, so we'll see what happens.
"Life is magically beautiful, and it brings you what is perfect. »
See Stan Lee hit the "Ant-Man" premiere red carpet in L.A. on Monday, one day after being rushed to the hospital. Watch as he lets Paul Rudd think he's the main attraction, pretending he needs to take it easy. Witness as he upstages this Audi without even trying. Spot the moment he decides to show them the legend is back. Bam! Pow! Woosh! Keep slinging those webs, Stan! Read more »
- TMZ Staff
“Ant-Man” may be small in stature but it is big in star power, as the Hollywood premiere for Marvel’s latest movie offering proved on Monday. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Evangeline Lilly all walked the red carpet at the Dolby Theater on Hollywood Blvd. in Los Angeles to celebrate the superhero adventure. Despite recent concern over his health, comic book legend and former president/chairman of Marvel Comics Stan Lee was among the A-list guests at the premiere. The 92-year-old looked fighting fit as he smiled for the cameras following a report on TMZ that he had been “taken »
- Debbie Emery
Comic book legend Stan Lee was rushed to the hospital Sunday morning ... TMZ has learned. According to our sources, the 'X-Men' and 'Fantastic Four' creator was taken from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The nature of the emergency is unclear ... he just said he didn't feel well. It sounds like he's on the mend, because a rep for Lee tells TMZ he will be at the "Ant-Man" premiere in Hollywood Monday night. »
- TMZ Staff
Stan Lee is more than a legend - he is an inspiration with one hell of a sense of humor! The man has been at the helm of some of the most incredible and imaginative tales ever told. Hell, the man can even make a Marvel flick better with his cleverly crafted cameos. And now, Mr. Lee is taking his knowledge and love to the small computer screen with YouTube's World of Superheroes. In an effort to ignite new... Read More »
This past week brought us the news that British actor Tom Holland (The Impossible) has secured the role of Peter Parker for the upcoming Captain America: Civil War and subsequent Spider-Man reboot, with Marvel chief Kevin Feige subsequently offering up a few details on how his studio is working alongside Sony for the latest take on the friendly neighborhood wall-crawler.
Well, Feige has now been speaking further on the matter during an interview with Zap2It, confirming that the 2017 Sony movie will take place within the Marvel Cinematic Universe – which of course opens up the door to McU characters appearing in Sony’s solo movies: “The biggest thing is that it takes place in this universe. It’s the first time that you’ll be able to see Spider-Man like he was in the comics, as a very different type of hero when compared to the other heroes in the universe. »
- Gary Collinson
SuperHeroHype spoke with Feige who only had good things to say about the partnership:
"We're producing that movie for Sony and in partnership with Amy Pascal, so it's been going through the same process of any other Marvel film would, and it's been great. Tom Rothman at Sony has been very supportive in the decisions and obviously the two big ones we announced this week."
Would any of the previous Spider-Man films inspire the upcoming one?
Will Spider-Man villains making appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? »
- Garth Franklin
San Diego Comic-Con 2015 has released their full schedule for Saturday, July 11. For your convenience, we have pulled out all of the movie, TV and DVD related panels and events below, but you can can visit Comic-Con.org to check out the full schedule including comic book and video game panels. Take a look at all of the movie, TV and DVD events that will take place during the first day of Comic Con.
10:00am - 11:00am SpongeBob SquarePants
The cast of SpongeBob is back! All your Bikini Bottom favorites are on hand to perform Idiot Box at a live table read as chosen by the fans online. Featuring Tom Kenny (SpongeBob), Bill Fagerbakke (Patrick Star), Rodger Bumpass (Squidward), and Dee Bradley Baker (all other Biukini Bottomites.. Following the performance will be a Q&A with the cast and creative director, Vincent Waller. Plus, a sneak peek at a »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Ant-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Ultron Revolution, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., X-Men: Apocalypse, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fantastic Four, Batman, Green Lantern, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Hellboy III, Heroes Reborn and more…
Well, the speculation is finally over. Marvel and Sony have cast their new Spider-Man! The two studios announced this week that young British actor Tom Holland (The Impossible) has secured the role of Peter Parker for the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s incarnation of the wall-crawler, while up-and-coming director Jon Watts (Cop Car) will also helm the as-yet-untitled Spider-Man reboot set for release in July 2017. Sony chairman »
- Gary Collinson
Sneak Peek Hot Toys' hammer-swinging "Thor" 1/6 scale hand-painted action figure, designed to the laser-specific image of actor Chris Hemsworth, complete with a light up 'Mjolnir', as seen in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age Of Ultron"...
"...'Thor' is based on the thunder god of Norse mythology, created by editor Stan Lee and penciller Jack Kirby, who co-plotted, and scripter Larry Lieber, debuting in Marvel Comics' 'Journey into Mystery' #83 (Aug. 1962).
"A founding member of the superhero group the 'Avengers', Thor often battles his evil adoptive brother 'Loki', a Marvel character adapted from the Norse god of mischief. He is among Marvel's most powerful superheroes. Many recurring characters in his stories are based on Norse Mythology.
- Michael Stevens
The Ant-man exclusive sneak peek is now running at Disney California Adventure park. Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17.
The next evolution of the Marvel Cinematic Universe brings a founding member of The Avengers to the big screen for the first time with Marvel Studios’ “Ant-Man.” Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant-Man suit from a new generation of towering threats.
Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world.
- Michelle McCue
When news broke of Tom Holland's Spider-Man casting yesterday (June 23), the initial response was a push-back against the Brit actor. "Cbbc does Spidey." / "'Spider-Child' might be a more apt title…" / "He looks about 12!?" were just some of the comments on Holland, who at 19 is the youngest actor to take on the Peter Parker role by some distance.
Resistance is understandable - change is always hard and Andrew Garfield was well-liked in the role (even if his films were spotty) - but the complaints seem at odds with who Peter Parker actually is. Or, more specifically, the divergence between the web-slinging comic hero created by Stan Lee and his subsequent portrayals on the big screen.
First published in a 1962 issue of Marvel's Amazing Fantasy, Peter Parker was a classic audience surrogate, a figure whose high school exploits comic readers could easily identify with. Prior to Spider-Man, younger heroes had traditionally been sidekicks (Robin, »
Stan Lee thinks the world “has a place for gay superheroes”.
The 92-year-old former president and chairman of Marvel Comics has revealed he isn’t generally bothered by the sexuality or race of a superhero, but doesn’t think it should be changed once the character has been established.
Speaking specifically about Spider-Man, he said: “I wouldn’t mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don’t see any reason to change that.”
Stan said an entirely new character ought to be developed if comic book fans are so keen to see a gay superhero.
He told Newsarama: “I think »
- Paul Heath
Stan Lee thinks the world ''has a place for gay superheroes''. The 92-year-old former president and chairman of Marvel Comics has revealed he isn't generally bothered by the sexuality or race of a superhero, but doesn't think it should be changed once the character has been established. Speaking specifically about Spider-Man, he said: ''I wouldn't mind, if Peter Parker had originally been black, a Latino, an Indian or anything else, that he stay that way. But we originally made him white. I don't see any reason to change that.'' Stan said an entirely new character ought to be developed if comic book fans are so keen to see a gay superhero. He told Newsarama: ''I think the world has a place for gay superheroes, certainly, but again, I don't see any reason to change the sexual proclivities of a character once they've already been established. ''I have no problem with creating new, »
Actress Evangeline Lilly playing 'Hope Van Dyne' in Marvel Studios' "Ant-Man", provides some updates about her character and superhero parents 'Henry Pym' (Michael Douglas) and his wife 'Janet Van Dyne' aka 'The Wasp', who is confirmed to appear in the new film in a flashback sequence:
Lilly is signed for several 'Marvel Cinematic Universe' films, presumably to take up the mantle of her mother as the 'Wasp'.
"I was raised by two superheroes," said Lilly about her character, "so, I'm a pretty screwed up human being.
"I am also fairly capable, strong, and kick-ass, which is wonderful to play, but the most fun to play was just how messed up she was from being raised by two superheroes.
"And the clear message sent by name is that I'm not a big fan of my father and so I took my mother's name."
- Michael Stevens
The creator of the web-slinging superhero has responded to the latest leaked Sony emails, saying he agrees with the decision to keep the character’s ethnicity and sexuality unchanged
After a new set of leaked Sony emails revealed a restrictive set of rules for Spider-Man’s on-screen persona, the character’s creator, Stan Lee, has spoken out in support of the controversial stipulations.
Related: Animated Spider-Man movie on the way from Lego Movie team
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- Benjamin Lee
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