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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Superman Lives, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Vixen, Supergirl, Batman: The Killing Joke, Justice League: Gods and Monsters, Fantastic Four, Fantastic Four 2, Deadpool, X-Men: Apocalypse, Wolverine 3, Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, The Punisher, Jessica Jones, Thunderbolts, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Agent Carter, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors, Guardians of the Galaxy, Gods and Secrets and more…
We got another peek at Warner Bros.’ Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice this week with the release of some new stills featuring the likes of Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill), Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg), Lois Lane (Amy Adams), Perry White (Laurence Fishburne), Alfred Pennyworth (Jeremy Irons) and Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) [see here, here and here], while some new rumours emerged regarding the possibility identities »
- Gary Collinson
Lionsgate has been trying to mount a live-action adaptation of popular manga series Naruto for a long while, and that project is making some major advances today with word that up-and-coming helmer Michael Gracey is being tapped to direct by the studio.
The project is still expected to follow the adventures of Naruto Uzumaki, a young ninja-in-training who hopes to one day become the Hokage, known as the most powerful ninja of his hometown village.
The Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Masashi Kishimoto has become massively popular around the world, emerging as the third highest-selling manga in history. It has already been adapted multiple times, including as an anime series and in eleven animated features.
- Isaac Feldberg
While it isn't exactly known when Sony and Marvel's new Spider-Man movie will start production, star Tom Holland is slated to make his debut in the first Marvel Phase Three adventure Captain America: Civil War. Production has been under way on Captain America: Civil War since May, but it was never confirmed when Tom Holland would actually shoot his cameo appearance. While promoting their directorial debut Vacation, Spider-Man writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein teased that Tom Holland has already shot his appearance, and they will see footage of the cameo at Marvel Studios this weekend. Here's what Jonathan M. Goldstein had to say.
"We hear good things. We might even get to look at the Spidey suit, which is exciting."
Back in the year 2000, director Steven Spielberg had been slated to direct Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, but he passed on the project, opting to take his career in a different direction by taking on both A.I. Artificial Intelligence (check out a recent visual study of the film) and Minority Report (which is […]
- Ethan Anderton
Last week, a Twitter account surfaced that claimed to be run by Captain America: Civil War directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo, which appeared to be teasing bits and pieces of the new Spider-Man costume. While the Twitter account and the photos were never verified as authentic, Latino-Review has uncovered a fan illustration from 2012, which, according to, "a source with access to the Spider-Man costume," hints at what the costume looks like. Naturally, the authenticity of this depiction cannot be confirmed, but it certainly is intriguing. And it must be noted that the images in question are fan art that has been swimming around on the Internet for a few years, and in no way associated with Sony, Marvel or the movie itself. These are just close enough to tease the type of homemade costume Tom Holland will sport in the movie.
Producer Kevin Feige has stated in the past »
Latino-Review has a piece up about the new Spider-Man costume, and while they don't go into a lot of detail, it does sound pretty interesting. Apparently this version of the suit is going to be red and black, and they've used the piece of artwork below (which is from 2012 and was apparently "found by a source with access to the Spider-Man costume as a way of legally reporting on how it looked") to give us a better idea as to what we should expect when Spidey makes his McU debut. While they point out that this fan-art should only give us a very rough idea as to what we should expect, this is certainly in keeping with what Kevin Feige said about Peter Parker donning a homemade suit. As the site's source is only using this as a guide, there will no doubt be some major differences between this and »
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 »
The Marvel Cinematic Universe.s Spider-Man reboot has slowly been coming together over the last several weeks. Tom Holland is starring as the next cinematic Peter Parker, Jon Watts has been hired as the director, and it has been confirmed that comedy writing duo John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein will pen the script. Since it.s still early in the creative process, the writers aren.t sharing specifics of what they have planned, but they did reveal one important thing fans won.t have to suffer through: Spider-Man doing any kind of dancing. At the premiere of their new movie Vacation on Monday, Daley and Goldstein told USA Today.s Entertain This! that Tom Holland.s Spider-Man will not show off moves similar to Tobey Maguire.s in 2007.s Spider-Man 3. As Daley put it: I think we.re going to avoid the emo dance [from Spider-Man 3]. Since Spider-Man 3 »
During a promotional interview with Screen Rant to promote this week’s release of his latest film Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, Jeremy Renner has spoken briefly about Hawkeye’s role in the next Marvel movie Captain America: Civil War, as well as sharing a few thoughts on how the studio might proceed after Avengers: Infinity War closes out Phase Three.
“[Captain America: Civil War] is more active, a lot of fun stuff happening in that one,” said Renner. “I can’t speak too much for it. They’re still filming that sucker right now. But yeah, there’s a lot of stuff happening in that one physically for me anyway. Then who knows in the future? I don’t know what’s going to happen.”
The topic of conversation then shifted to Phase Four, and whether Marvel will stick with »
- Gary Collinson
John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein (whose credits include The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Horrible Bosses) were among those considered to direct Marvel's Spider-Man reboot, but pretty much all of us forgot about the other candidates when it was announced that Jon Watts will direct Tom Holland in the movie. That made it all the more surprising when the duo were revealed to be the writers of the movie, and they expanded on that in a recent interview with Deadline. "Our agent helped get our foot in the door with Marvel, sending them a script we had written, and letting them know our track record and that we’d love to move from broad comedy to action and action comedy," Goldstein reveals. "Also, it helped that Kevin Feige wanted to draw on the spirit of John Hughes for this Spider-Man, and we had just written and directed a sequel to »
"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 »
After a fast rise up the comedy writing ranks, John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein make their directorial debut on the sequel to Vacation. And they can finally admit they’ll write the new iteration of Spider-Man for Sony and producers Amy Pascal and Marvel’s Kevin Feige. Deadline: The web is on fire today with all these stories claiming they’ve confirmed you are going to write Spider-Man. Deadline broke the news that you were getting the job, a couple weeks ago. Did… »
It’s fair to say that 20th Century Fox’s upcoming reboot of the Fantastic Four has struggled when it comes to getting fans of Marvel’s First Family on board. A lot of hate has been thrown at the movie from the moment it was first announced, which much of the early criticism aimed towards the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, a.k.a. The Human Torch.
“I thought it was a great idea”, said Lee, before turning to critics of the casting: “They’re outraged not because of any personal prejudice. They’re outraged because they hate to see any change made on a series and characters they had gotten familiar with. In Spider-Man, when they got a new actor, that bothered them, »
- Gary Collinson
Stan Lee helped create "The Fantastic Four" for Marvel, and Lee just weighed in on the casting of Michael B. Jordan as Johnny Storm, aka the Human Torch, in the new movie coming out August 7. The character was originally written as blond-haired and blue-eyed, and some fans objected to casting a black actor. In May, Jordan wrote an essay on the subject for Entertainment Weekly, addressing his critics and saying Lee had given his Ok. Lee updated in a new chat with EW to say he was "more than Ok" with the plan: "I thought it was a great idea!"
However, the Marvel legend can see both sides of this, and doesn't view the criticism as a race issue as much as a knee-jerk reaction from fans who want to see a faithful adaptation of the characters they've embraced. As he told Entertainment Weekly:
They're outraged not because of any personal prejudice. »
- Gina Carbone
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up #1 (2001)
Written by Brian Michael Bendis
Art by Matt Wagner
Colors by Jc
Published by Marvel Comics
Back in 1972, Marvel’s most iconic character got a second solo title. With a twist. It was called Marvel Team-Up and featured Spider-Man (and sometimes Human Torch) meeting and fighting crime with a variety of guest stars, both famous (X-Men) and obscure (Werewolf by Night). This stories acted as fun standalone superhero adventures while also introducing readers to the wider Marvel Universe in a pre-Wiki era.
Ultimate Marvel Team-Up was launched by Ultimate Spider-Man writer Brian Michael Bendis and his editor Ralph Macchio (He didn’t act in Karate Kid.) to introduce important Marvel characters to the Ultimate Universe without taking time away from Spider-Man’s personal stories in Ultimate Spider-Man. The book also was a showcase for a smorgasbord of comics talent, who normally wouldn’t draw Spidey, the month’s guest star, »
- Logan Dalton
George Rr Martin revealed he is getting "tired" of Marvel's bad guys. The reason? They have the same superpowers as the heroes.
He wrote: "Also, while Yellowjacket [Ant-Man's antagonist] makes a decent villain here (in the comics he was actually one of Hank's later identities, after Giant-Man and Goliath), I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I want »
George R R Martin revealed he is getting "tired" of Marvel's bad guys. The reason? They have the same superpowers as the heroes.
He wrote: "Also, while Yellowjacket [Ant-Man's antagonist] makes a decent villain here (in the comics he was actually one of Hank's later identities, after Giant-Man and Goliath), I am tired of this Marvel movie trope where the bad guy has the same powers as the hero. The Hulk fought the Abomination, who is just a bad Hulk. Spider-Man fights Venom, who is just a bad Spider-Man. Iron Man fights Ironmonger, a bad Iron Man. Yawn. I »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Ant-Man, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Daredevil, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Gambit, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Justice League Dark, Hellboy 3, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Batman Unlimited: Monster Mayhem, Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: The Killing Joke, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl and more…
After topping the worldwide box office last weekend with $114 million – including £4 million here in the UK, where it dethroned Minions – Marvel’s Ant-Man is set to face new competition from Pixels in the States this weekend, but with $133 million in the bank by close of play on Thursday the miniature superhero is performing on par with Captain America: The First Avenger and will be looking to crack the »
- Gary Collinson
Over the past three years, Marvel Studios have released a total of six movies (Warner Bros. on the other hand have had only one DC Comics adaptation in theaters). They're a varied bunch, and while some have divided opinions more than others - can we please move on from that Mandarin twist in Iron Man 3? - each and every one of them have definitely had their fair share of good points. "Phase 2" featured three big solo sequels, two risky adaptations, and the follow-up to the biggest superhero movie of all-time. All of them have succeeded though (some even far exceeded expectations), and as "Phase 3" nears with Captain America: Civil War on the horizon, there's simply not stopping Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige. Hell, they even have Spider-Man back now! The question now is, which of these movies was your favourite? Here's your chance to let us know! »
In case you didn’t know, The Russo Brothers are on Twitter. You might not know this because they never tweet anything. However, the duo have been sending out some teasing photos from the set of Captain America: Civil War – and one of them could be our first look at the new Spider-Man suit.
Check out the tweet below:
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) July 10, 2015
If this is the new Spider-Man suit, it looks a lot like the original Amazing Fantasy Spider-Man suit which was red and black as opposed to red and blue. We have heard teases that this Spider-Man suit will “blow people away”, could this be what they were referring to?
What do we think?
Captain America: Civil War is set for release on April 29th 2016 in the UK »
- Luke Owen
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