Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg of Dogme fame, Roy Andersson, Baltasar Kormákur, Dagur Kári's Virgin Mountain, Pablo Larrain's El Club, Buster Keaton's The General, The Rescuers' albatross, The Lion King, over lunch at Café Select in Nolita, where a scene from Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was filmed, had to compete with cows fighting as topic of conversation.
In his anthropological documentary, Above And Below, Nicolas Steiner tells a story about five people surviving this world in their own way - in the sewers underneath Las Vegas, Nevada, in the California desert, and in a Utah facility that prepares for a mission to Mars. Over Swiss fare, Nicolas told me about the mountainous region he comes from and how that relates to the desert, a childhood cinema trauma, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
While many people were expecting Spider-Man’s role in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War to simply be a small cameo, we’re now learning that it may be a bit more substantial than that.
According to Birth.Death.Movies, the webslinger will do more than just “swing by and say hi,” as he’s set to have a few fight scenes as well:
How many scenes will Spider-Man be in? I don’t know the exact number, but sources have recently made it clear to me that there’s more Spider-Man in this movie than I expected. Spider-Man doesn’t just swing by and say hi – gets his hands dirty in this Civil War. He fights. And his fight scene might be the one that really gets fandom excited – not because of how top tier the face-off will be, but because of how profoundly dorky and unlike any other »
- James Garcia
After months of speculation and rumors, Marvel and Sony Pictures confirmed that Tom Holland is playing the new Peter Parker in Spider-Man, with Jon Watts coming aboard to direct. While Tom Holland was one of the top contenders for quite some time, the studio's choice of Jon Watts, a relatively-unknown director, to take the helm was quite surprising. The filmmaker recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly for his new indie drama Cop Car, which hits theaters next month, where he describes the process of putting together a low-budget indie and then moving on to Spider-Man.
"I'm not really sure what happened. I had never been to Sundance before. I was nervous because that was the first time we were showing the movie to an actual crowd. [Marvel] got to see Cop Car and they really liked it. Now, I've got to make a slightly more expensive version. It's an opportunity to just »
"We can finally acknowledge that," Daley told NPR. "This is the first time that we can say that we are writing it."
His partner Goldstein added: "We've been saying no comment for the last week… We're thrilled."
It's already known that the new Spider-Man movie will not be a straight origin story, instead focusing on a high-school age webslinger battling new franchise villains.
"He's a sharp kid and witty and kind of deals with the fact that he's an outcast and a geek through humour," Daley explained.
"It is sort of the »
Have you met Margo Roth Spiegelman (Cara Delevingne), the most contemptible Wes Anderson character to not star in a Wes Anderson filmc Well, she's the object of desire for one Quentin Jacobsen (Nat Wolff), or "Q" as he's constantly referred to in Paper Towns, a film so easy to hate it's almost as if it was created for that specific purpose. Adapted from the novel by John Green ("The Fault in Our Stars"), the hope here is to mimic the success of the previous adaptation, but there isn't even an inkling of the humanity, romance or humor found in The Fault in Our Stars to save this film from its loathsome self. We meet Q at the tender age of nine-years-old as his 18-year-old self tells us he believes in miracles. Every one of us receives at least one miracle in our lifetime he says and for him it's when »
- Brad Brevet
After working away for years on shorts and smaller films, including upcoming thriller Cop Car, writer/director Jon Watts exploded into the spotlight last month when he was selected by Sony and Marvel to direct the companies’ new take on Spider-Man. While the superhero movie will keep him busy for a while, he’s still setting up other projects, included an untitled film for financial backers/production company End Cue. According Deadline, the idea, which is for now known as The Untitled Urban Explorers Film, is apparently a young adult adventure that sees its characters travelling under the streets of New York’s Lower East Side. Watts will write the script with Cop Car collaborator Christopher Ford, and the project was nabbed by the company, which also backed Cop Car, before the big Spider-announcement.Of course, there’s every chance the End Cue team will have to wait to see the new project realised. »
The director of Tobey Maguire's trilogy said that he has "a lot of faith" in Marvel to get it right, and thinks that taking it back to high school will be "refreshing".
Raimi told MTV News: "I'm really glad Marvel's taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, and just like my favourite of the Spider-Man comic books. And I have a lot of faith that they really know their stuff."
And what would he like to see in the new film? Well, he wants Marvel to explore Peter Parker's relationship with Gwen Stacy and school bully Flash Thompson, who was played by Joe Manganiello in 2002's Spider-Man. »
At one stage, it looked as if the story of the Spider-Man movies was going to take a different turn. Post-Spider-Man 3, director Sam Raimi was all set to make a fourth Spider-Man adventure, before Sony pulled the plug on his Spider-Man 4. John Malkovich had been all but cast as The Vulture in the movie, but the studio went down the cheaper reboot option, bringing Andrew Garfield into the title role (instead of Tobey Maguire), and Marc Webb into direct.
The Amazing Spider-Man movies were born.
Now, in a new interview, Raimi has been chatting about the rebooted movies, and what he thinks about Spider-Man going back to the world of Marvel.
Chatting to MTV, he said that "I saw [both Amazing Spider-Man movies], they're great. And I’m really glad that Marvel’s taking it to high school. »
Now that Sony Pictures and Marvel are finally joining forces on a new Spider-Man movie, fans have been voicing their pleasure and displeasure with the news of a third Spidey reboot in 15 years. Tom Holland has signed on to play Peter Parker, with the studios offering Marisa Tomei the Aunt May role. One person we haven't heard from yet regarding this new web-slinger is director Sam Raimi, who directed Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3. While promoting his upcoming Starz TV series Ash Vs. Evil Dead at Comic-Con, the director told MTV that he thought Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 were "great," and expressed his excitement that the studios are bringing Peter Parker back to high school.
"I saw [both Marc Webb movies], they're great. And I'm really glad that Marvel is taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, and just like my favorite of the Spider-Man comic-books. »
The "Spider-Man" franchise is about to undergo its second reboot in less than fifteen years, but the character - indeed comic book movies in general - wouldn't be the juggernauts they are today without Sam Raimi's trilogy of Spider-Man films.
Raimi himself was the godfather of this franchise from 2002 to 2007 with Tobey Maguire in the role, ultimately handing over the reigns to Marc Webb who steered the two "The Amazing Spider-Man" films with Andrew Garfield. Now, Jon Watts has been hired to helm the Marvel-approved second reboot with Tom Holland in the role and a younger high school-set focus.
Raimi recently spoke with MTV about the franchise, Webb's films and the new reboot's direction. From the sounds of it, Raimi is keen to see where it's all headed:
"I saw [both Marc Webb movies], they're great. And I'm really glad that Marvel's taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, »
- Garth Franklin
Talking to MTV at Comic-Con this past weekend, Sam Raimi was asked to share his thoughts on Marvel Studios' plans for Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First however, he touched on Marc Webb's two The Amazing Spider-Man movies. "Oh yeah, I saw them both; they were great," he said before moving onto his excitement about Marvel's upcoming take on the hero. "I'm really glad Marvel's taking it to high school. I think that's gonna be refreshing, and just like my favourite of the Spider-Man comic books. I have a lot of faith that they really know their stuff." Asked what he would like to see Marvel explore in these new movies, the director of the original Spider-Man trilogy reiterated his interest in seeing Peter Parker in a high school setting. "I'd like to go into his high school life and his relationships with Gwen Stacy. I love Flash Thompson. »
With Spider-Man's introduction into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has been left to gather cobwebs.
But now - thanks to Denis Leary, who played Captain Stacy - a few details have emerged about the direction the film was planning to go in, leaving us to suspect that the reboot starring Tom Holland is actually for the best.
On the scrapping of the third film in Marc Webb's series, Leary said: "I was disappointed because I'm totally selfish and greedy. I came back briefly in two and possibly in [The Amazing Spider-Man] 3, there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died.
"So, there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode 3. So I was like, lets go!"
Given the formative experience Uncle Ben's death had on Peter Parker, it's »
It's almost as if Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man films were made to upset fans of the comics. Both of the films contained images or scenes that are surprisingly good, but both films also heavily rewrote the history of Peter Parker and ruined good villains. So it's really no surprise to hear Sony was thinking of revisiting a horrible Spider-Man story for what would have been The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Denis Leary, who played Captain Stacy in the films, was interviewed by IGN at Comic-Con when he was asked about the aborted third Amazing Spider-Man film. "I came back briefly in two and possibly in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died. So, there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode 3," he said. »
- Charles Dean
Tom Holland was recently cast as Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
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Speaking to MTV at Comic-Con last weekend, Webb said: "I'm really psyched that Spider-Man is going back to the Marvel universe, I'm really excited to see that incarnation.
"Jon Watts is directing it, I knew him from the old music video days and he'd done some really fantastic music videos, so it's really exciting. It's sad a little bit to surrender that in a way - but it's as it must be, I guess."
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He added: »
Long before Sony opted to broker a deal with Marvel over the rights for the webslinger, it looked to be that the company was going to emerge with another cinematic universe to join the Hollywood ranks. Alas, Marc Webb’s rebooted series, for all of its initial promise, failed to live up to expectations, and poor box office returns meant that all of the plans for spinoffs such as Sinister Six were quickly disbanded.
However, during San Diego Comic-Con, IGN spoke with Denis Leary – who played Captain Stacy in the films – about the change of hand and the canned plans for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Peter Parker fans, hold onto your butts.
“Possibly in 3, there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died. So, there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode 3.”
- Michael Briers
The new cinematic path for Spider-Man has been set, with Tom Holland the new big screen webslinger, and Jon Watts set to direct 2017's standalone movie. Spider-Man is expected to return to the big screen in Captain America: Civil War next year.
However, had 2014's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit big, then we could have been looking at a very different screen future for the character. Not least the once-planned The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which had been set at one stage for a 2016 release.
Both director Marc Webb and Captain Stacy himself, Denis Leary, have weighed in on what we might have seen had The Amazing Spider-Man 3 reached the screen. Leary, chatting to IGN, has revealed that "part of the discussion was the possible in 3 there was this idea that at one point Spider-Man would »
In this (abridged) edition of The Week in Spandex, we round up all the big superhero news coming out of the San Diego Comic-Con…
Well, the curtain has fallen on the geek mecca that is San Diego Comic-Con for another year, and over the past four days we’ve been treated to a wealth of superhero movie and TV goodness, as Warner Bros. unveiled its two big superhero offerings of 2016 in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad as well as its ever-increasing roster of DC TV shows, 20th Century Fox showcased the upcoming release Fantastic Four, along with next year’s Deadpool and X-Men: Apocalypse, and Marvel… well, Marvel decided to skip it this year, but we’ve still got some McU news, including promotional material for Ant-Man ahead of its arrival this Friday, and Wesley Snipes revealing that he’s held talks to reprise the role of Blade? »
- Gary Collinson
Over the weekend we heard the first comments from The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb about Sony’s decision to reboot the franchise alongside Marvel Studios – with Webb admitting that he’s “sad to surrender” the series – and now another former Spidey filmmaker has shared his opinion on the latest take on the wall-crawler.
“It’s cool that we’ll get to see another incarnation,” said Spider-Man trilogy helmer Raimi during a Comic-Con panel for the Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead. “I think it’s a good choice for Marvel to go with high school Peter Parker. It’s really interesting. That’s where I loved it the most, when he’s in high school, struggling to keep his grades up and being bullied by Flash Thompson. It’s filled with angst.”
The currently »
- Gary Collinson
Yes, you did read that headline correctly…
According to the actor, who played Captain George Stacy in the two Marc Webb directed movies, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 could have featured a rather bizarre plot point, with Spidey bringing characters back from the dead.
“There was this idea, at one point, that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that died,” Leary told IGN. “So there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode three.”
Over the weekend, Tasm and TASM2 director Marc Webb spoke about Sony’s upcoming reboot, saying that he was “sad to surrender” the franchise. If Leary’s comments are accurate, Webb must surely be the »
- Gary Collinson
After Marvel and Sony announced in February that they would be working together on future Spider-Man films, this understandably spelled the end of the Amazing Spider-Man series. Although Sony originally planned to build a self-contained Spider-Man universe, these were tossed aside in favor of throwing the Wall-Crawler in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Despite the creative shift, previous Spidey director Marc Webb doesn.t have any hard feelings about how things went. When asked by MTV how he felt about Marvel taking Spider-Man in a new direction, Webb stated that he.s glad to see the character back home with Marvel. In his words: I.m really psyched that Spider-Man has gotten to go back to the Marvel universe. I.m really excited to see that incarnation.It.s sad a little bit to surrender that in a way, but it.s as it must be, I guess. Webb went on »
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