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
With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 now released in the UK ahead of its Us bow on May 2nd, audiences and critics are starting to chime in with their takes on the highly-anticipated sequel. After Marc Webb laid some solid if familiar foundations with 2012′s reboot, there were expectations that he would move away from the franchise formula and carve out a new niche for the web-slinging superhero, something he’s done albeit with mixed results in this alternately entertaining and frustrating summer blockbuster, which nevertheless feels hugely inferior to Marvel Studios’ recent critical and audience hit, Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Few can argue with the craft involved in constructing a movie of this magnitude, and the performances in particular are the evident strong suit, but this follow-up is also hampered by some amateur mistakes also made by earlier entries in the series, and overall it’s merely »
- Jack Pooley
Update: The X-men scene is now explained! According to Variety, Sony is featuring the X-men: Days Of Future Past scene due to contractual obligations between the studio's indie banner, Fox Searchlight, and director Marc Webb. Webb was contracted for a second film after (500) Days Of Summer which he left to helm The Amazing Spider-man and it's sequels. To allow Webb out of the deal for a second film, Sony was required to advertise Fox's mutant sequel for free. So there goes any hope of a »
- Alex Maidy
As many of you might’ve already heard, there’s an X-Men post-credit scene at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which hits theaters early next month. But before you get your hopes up (which many of you might’ve already), sources are reporting that this is strictly business, and not a sign of a crossover movie.
The scene in question features Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique and will be shown during the end credits of Amazing Spider-Man 2. The scene shows Lawrence’s Mystique taking on the military forces of Josh Helman’s William Stryker with the help of Lucas Till’s Havok and Evan Jonigkeit’s Toad.
The Hollywood Reporter points out that said scene does not point to any future crossover, but since it’s too early to include any superhero footage relating to Spider-Man, the studio went with the next big Marvel thing. THR reports, “Collaboration »
- Laura Frances
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened here in the UK yesterday [read our review here], and if you’ve been to see the film – and not in IMAX – then you may have noticed a mid-credits tease for another upcoming Marvel movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past. Of course, with the rights to Spider-Man at Sony, and Fox controlling X-Men, this all seems a little confusing. Is Sony and Fox planning a Spider-Man / X-Men team-up to try and take on the might on Marvel Studios? Well, I’m afraid not.
According to Variety, the reason for the cross-promotion is because The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb had a commitment to develop another movie for Fox, the studio behind (500) Days of Summer. In exchange for allowing Webb to direct the Spidey sequel, Sony had to promote Fox’s upcoming X-Men sequel for free. So, if you were hoping to see Andrew Garfield’s wall-crawler sharing the »
- Gary Collinson
Update: Any comic book movie fan who saw yesterday's news story about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 containing an X-Men: Days of Future Past credits scene would no doubt have been giddy at the possibility of the cinematic worlds overlapping. Alas, Variety reports it's coming from a far more contractual and legal motivation rather than creative. Variety reports that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight following his work on 500 (Days) of Summer. Following the success of his work on the first...
- Matt Risley
Very soon you will be hearing Vivek Oberoi on screen.
In fact, his performance prompted Sony Pictures to approach him to fill in the Hindi shoes for Spider-Man’s enemy “Electro” – the super villain with the power to control electricity.
According to the Times of India, Oberoi stated the unexpectedness:
Oberoi described the challenge and how the project was unique for him; according to Toi:
“It was two days’ work but tougher than I had imagined. »
- Aashi Gahlot
News Simon Brew 17 Apr 2014 - 06:34
Yep, you read that right: Sony's new Spider-Man movie has a promo for a different movie franchise altogtether...
Well, this is a bit different. The press print of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 that we saw last week didn't have a post-credits sting on it, so we popped back to see the film yesterday on its UK release. And whilst it had one on that, it turns out it wasn't for a future Spider-Man project. Instead, the sting at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is actually for X-Men: Days Of Future Past.
Whilst both Marvel properties, Spider-Man and X-Men films are under the stewardship of Sony and Fox respectively, and as such, this is something of a curious move.
Now, Variety has details on how the cross-studio deal came about and it's all due to contractual obligations.
Director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight to helm another film following 2009's "500 (Days) of Summer." In 2012, Webb's negotiations with Sony to helm "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" stalled due to his Fox commitment.
Fox agreed to allow Webb to direct Sony’s "Spider-Man" sequel, but on the condition that Sony would promote its "X-Men" film for free with the stinger.
Despite the appearance, no "X-Men" and "Spider-Man" team-up movie is planned. »
- Garth Franklin
Come make history with us on Monday, April 21, when the cast and director of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 sit down for the first-ever movie-themed Google+ Shoppable Hangout. Fandango's Chief Correspondent Dave Karger will be on hand moderating a discussion with Spidey himself, Andrew Garfield, as well as Emma Stone (Gwen Stacy), Jamie Foxx (Electro), Dane Dehaan (Harry Osborn) and director Marc Webb. What makes this different from any other Google+ Hangout is that during the chat you'll be able to prepurchase tickets to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Fandango. Wanna prep for Spider-Man's next adventure by watching his previous one? You'll also be able to rent or buy The Amazing Spider-Man-- along with the sequel's soundtrack-- all through Google Play during the video...
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"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is set to hit Us theaters on May 2nd, but was just released overseas. While reviews are all over the place, the one thing fans are talking about is not the actual film, but the credits. In the UK screenings of the sequel, the credits contain a sequence from "X-Men: Days of Future Past," featuring Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Havok (Lucas Till) and Toad (Evan Jonigkeit) fighting William Stryker (Josh Helman) and his military men. What's interesting about this is that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is owned by Sony, while "X-Men: Days of Future Past" is owned by 20th Century Fox. We previously heard of Disney/Marvel considering cross-promotion with other studios, but Sony and Fox got together and created their own deal. That deal was set in place thanks to "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" director Marc Webb, who had an existing contract with Fox to direct »
"'Spider-Man' was born for IMAX," said Arad.
"This, I think, is the biggest Spider-Man movie to date," said Webb. "IMAX, in particular, is a wonderful environment in which to immerse yourself in the film…It’s a very special, almost physiological kind of experience you go through when you’re watching it on IMAX that I think is uniquely suited to Spider-Man."
"The Amazing Spider-Man 2" opens in theaters and IMAX May 2, 2014.
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- Michael Stevens
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters today over in the UK and viewers are in for a little treat if they stay after the credits... a montage sequence of X-Men: Days of Future Past. That's no typo. The scene puts Jennifer Lawrence's Mystique front and center alongside Toad and Havok fighting against a young William Stryker's goons. Now, before your heads collectively explode from the idea of the X-Men and Spider-Man universes being tied together, I have to be honest. This is not a crossover. I hate to be that guy, but I am about to burst your bubble.
The reasoning for Sony promoting a rival's superhero flick turns out to have nothing to do with superheroes and everything to do with Indie RomComs.
You see, Marc Webb was under contract over at Fox Searchlight to make another film after 500 Days of Summer, but after he began working on »
- Lucas Lowman
A music video for 'It's On Again' has debuted from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 soundtrack, which features lead vocals from Alicia Keys, a rap from Kendrick Lamar and music from composer Hans Zimmer and collaborator/producer Pharrell Williams. Watch as the foursome provides a new theme song for the iconic web-slinger set against scenes from this upcoming Marvel sequel.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 comes to theaters May 2nd, 2014 and stars Martin Sheen, Emma Stone, Andrew Garfield, Dane DeHaan, Stan Lee, Sarah Gadon, Felicity Jones, Jamie Foxx. The film is directed by Marc Webb. »
Earlier today, we reported that fans who stay to the end of Sony's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 credits will be treated to a scene from 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Days of Future Past. While the scene does not tie the two franchises together, many have wondered why the rival studios would team up for this kind of cross-promotion, with speculation that they may be teaming up for some sort of superhero crossover in the future. Variety has a new report which reveals that a Spider-Man and X-Men hybrid movie is not in the works, and that there is a simple, contractual reason why this extra scene was added to prints of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
When The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb was in negotiations to make The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the talks hit a brief snag, since the filmmaker is still under contract to make one more movie with Fox Searchlight, »
On May 2, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters and at the end, after all the credits, there will be a clip for X-Men: Days of Future Past. While post-credit scenes are old hat with comic book movies (or old mask, if you will), this is noteworthy because Spider-Man is Sony and X-Men is Fox, and, traditionally, disparate comic book movie universes don't overlap. Why it's happening has to do with (500) Days of Summer? Seriously. No, Fox didn't dump Sony and Sony is giving them ad-space to try to win them back. Years ago, Marc Webb signed a contract to make two movies for Fox. The first was Summer. However, instead of making another Fox movie, Sony stepped in with the first Amazing Spider-Man. Variety reports that Fox agreed to let go of Webb if Sony agreed to promote X-Men for free. Though this reasoning might disappoint nerds hoping for a »
- Jesse David Fox
This post-credits sequence isn't a direct crossover between the X-Men franchise and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but does mark a unique promotional development.
It will be the very first time that Fox and Sony have worked together to promote their respective Marvel Comics properties.
Fox ultimately allowed Webb to work on The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel if Sony agreed to promote the latest X-Men movie for free.
The agreement does not mean that there will be any crossover between the two Marvel Comics properties.
It does »
Sony Pictures has released behind-the-scenes footage for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which opened today in the U.K. ahead of its May 2 domestic release, featuring composer Hans Zimmer recording with his band, and B-roll from the set of this superhero sequel. In addition, we also have new information about Spider Slayers and Black Cat being featured in upcoming sequels, along with a new photo featuring Dane DeHaan as Harry Osborn. Be warned, there will be some mild spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, so stop reading now if you want to be completely surprised, even though this information has been rumored for quite some time.
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Two rival studios teaming up to produce a movie featuring the Cbm characters they hold the respective rights to is something fans have dreamed of seeing for many years..and unfortunately, they'll have to keep dreaming. Earlier today it was revealed that in some Countries, the post-credits stinger in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a scene from Bryan Singer's new X-Men flick, which featured Mystique, Toad and Havoc taking on Stryker and his men. The Webhead wasn't present of course, nor did the scene have a thing to do with the movie that preceded it, but some fans still thought this meant that a crossover was in the pipeline. Well, sorry to report that was not the case. Variety did some digging and here's what they discovered. The reason, Variety has learned, is that “Spider-Man” director Marc Webb had an existing contract with Fox Searchlight to helm another film »
The “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ opens today overseas, and fans are already buzzing on Twitter over its end credits. The Sony Pictures release concludes with a teaser for the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past,” a new sequence that has been added since “Spidey 2″ premiered in London last week.
The montage, which features a blue Jennifer Lawrence as Mystique, is meant to mimic the coda scenes that conclude the Disney and Marvel Pictures juggernauts, including “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” which introduce new characters.
But in the case of the “Avengers” films, Disney is promoting its own material. The Spidey situation is different: Sony, which owns the “Spider-Man” films, is plugging a rival studio’s product, since the seventh “X-Men” sequel is released by Twentieth Century Fox on May 23. (Marvel acts as a traditional licensor for the non-Disney-owned Marvel characters.)
Why would Sony do that?
The reason, Variety has learned, is »
- Ramin Setoodeh
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