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It may be tough to believe, but there was once a time—before the McU existed and before the “gritty reboot” was all the rage—when superhero movies did not rule the world. They were still just another genre of filmmaking, with its fair share of highs and lows. But that all changed in 2002 when Sony Pictures’ long-developing adaptation of the Spider-Man comic finally made its way to screens, and made movie history in the process. It’s fitting then that, with Avengers: Age of Ultron’s massive opening weekend in full swing, exactly 13 years ago today, on May 3, 2002, Spider-Man opened in theaters and broke a slew of box office records of its own. Anticipation for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movie was indeed high in 2002, but few could have predicted exactly how huge the film would be. Bryan Singer’s X-Men two years prior had certainly been a sizeable success of its own, »
- Adam Chitwood
We heard earlier this week that Asa Butterfield is the frontrunner to play Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as Kevin Feige looks to find a young actor who can take Peter Parker back to high school (and who won't be well into their 30s by the time the character is supposed to be only college age). According to Badass Digest's Devin Faraci, he's heard that as of last week, there were two names in the mix to play the iconic superhero next year. Butterfield and Tom Holland. There's a chance of course that neither actor will be cast or - based on that most recent report - Butterfield has already nabbed it, but these are two very interesting choices for the next Spider-Man. Butterfield is best known for movies like Ender's Game and Hugo, while Holland starred in The Impossible and will soon be seen in In the Heart »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Silver Surfer, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and more…
Having been out in several international markets including the UK for over a week (enjoying an international opening weekend of $201 million and setting a record for the biggest ever opening for a superhero movie on these shores), Avengers: Age of Ultron finally made its way into U.S. theaters on Thursday night, with the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster pulling in a whopping $27.6 million from midnight screenings – almost $10 million more than its predecessor in 2012. Reports are suggesting that Age of Ultron claimed the highest opening day in history yesterday with between $94 and $97 million, and »
- Gary Collinson
During a promotional interview with Crave Online to promote the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has been speaking about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, discussing the upcoming debut of Spider-Man, the chances of Charlie Cox’s Daredevil making the jump to the big screen, and the introduction of the Inhumans in ABC’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. ahead of the 2019 movie.
On Spider-Man: “Spider-Man we knew about when we were doing that [Phase Three] announcement in October. We’ve been thinking about it as long as we’ve been thinking about Phase Three. In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last whatever it’s been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics. It will not be an origin story. But, with great power comes great responsibility. »
- Gary Collinson
With Spider-Man finally joining the Disney/Marvel Cinematic Universe, he needs to be reintroduced to audience in order to establish his newest interpretation. The best way to do this would be to introduce him on the small screen—Netflix or Agents of Shield—Before utilizing him in an McU movie.
Disney has a lot of plans on the horizon for the McU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) and they now include Spider-Man. That means the amazing web-spinner has to be introduced to the McU. “Why does he need to be reintroduced?” you might ask. “Everyone knows who Spider-Man is.” True, but no one yet knows what this interpretation of Spider-Man will be like. After all, not every version of Spidey is the same. No one can deny that the Tobey Maguire Spider-Man was quite a bit different from the Andrew Garfield version. And those of us who remember the forgettable, short-lived 1977 TV series The Amazing Spider-Man, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Rob Young)
Stan Lee is the world's greatest cameo actor, and now he's passing on his wisdom to the next generation.
"I didn't get to be the world's greatest cameo actor overnight," he says. "It took years of hard work."
The video was released to coincide with the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron, following Lee's many fleeting guest appearances in Marvel films.
Watch a supercut of Stan Lee's Marvel cameos below: »
Warning: Daredevil comics and potential season 2 spoilers.
The success of Netflix's Daredevil show led to the unexpected (and entirely welcome) decision to commission a second season which will begin filming before the end of the year. But with the first season largely covering the origin stories of Matt Murdock as Daredevil and his nemesis Wilson Fisk (the Kingpin), where can season 2 go with it? We've taken a look to try and find out. Although beware – you've definitely got spoilers for the comics and probably for Season 2 as well!
If you had to bet on any story getting adapted, this'd be the one. Frank Miller's critically-acclaimed Daredevil run was actually split into two parts, and this is the second. It teamed Miller with artist »
Spider-Man is going through some changes, and about time too. Both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield’s on-screen versions of the comic hero have been older than the source material’s classically teenaged dork, who nonetheless dons a colourful costume to become a hero. According to a possibly leaked shortlist of actors Sony are looking at for their third rebooted Spider-Man, they’re going back to school.
That’s what the age range of those prospective actors suggests, and it’s been backed up McU mastermind Kevin Feiege as well: “In terms of the age of an actor we’ll eventually to cast, I don’t know. In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right. We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because frankly there’ve been five Spider-Man films and the amazing thing about it is, »
- Tom Baker
Kirsten Dunst is celebrating her 33rd birthday on Thursday, and we're marking the occasion with a look back at her stunning Hollywood evolution. Kirsten got her start at just 12 years old when she starred as Claudia in Interview With the Vampire - the role nabbed her a Golden Globe nomination as well as her first kiss, which she shared with (the much older) Brad Pitt and later recounted as "disgusting." From there, she gave us memorable performances in The Virgin Suicides, Bring It On, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and the Spider-Man trilogy, and off screen, Kirsten has remained vocal about her struggles with depression, proving herself as an inspiring example to former child stars and fans alike. In honor of Kirsten's big day, we've rounded up photos documenting her two decades in Hollywood. Keep reading to see them all now. »
When it comes to Marvel, everyone knows there is one man in charge: Kevin Feige. The company's producer/guru makes the final call on everything, with Joss Whedon even recently admitting there was some "friction" during the making of "Avengers: Age Of Ultron." Feige has a clear, distinct vision for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it's his job to find the talent to execute it, end of story. That means if you're a filmmaker looking to put your own distinct stamp on a property, there won't be room for you (see the Edgar Wright/"Ant-Man" situation). But it also means that Marvel movies are cohesive and flow logically from one to the next, and for audiences they remain clearly focused. It's that latter quality that Warner Bros. is apparently lacking. Read More: Interview: Kevin Feige On 'Thor: The Dark World,' Firing Carter Burwell & Reclaiming 'X-Men' & 'Spider-Man' »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This summer Marvel Comics is set to commemorate half a century of their premier intelligence agency with the S.H.I.E.L.D. 50th Anniversary initiative, granting us Priority A-1 Clearance with a series of weekly one-shots, twelve Art of Evolution variant covers, and two trade paperbacks in S.H.I.E.L.D. by Stan Lee & Jack Kirby: The Complete Collection and S.H.I.E.L.D.: The Complete Collection Omnibus. Here’s a selection of the covers…
Amazing Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows #1
When Stan Lee and Jack Kirby first introduced S.H.I.E.L.D. in the pages of 1965’s Strange Tales #135, boldly proclaiming it “The Greatest Action-Thriller of All Time!” – the landscape of the Marvel Universe would be changed forever. Now, half a century later, S.H.I.E.L.D. has made the jump beyond the comic page – bringing us some of the most iconic stories and memorable characters in all of popular culture. Join us as we celebrate this »
- Gary Collinson
With little under a month until its release, the marketing campaign for 20th Century Fox’s modern Poltergeist retelling is beginning to plateau; after all, there’s only so much of a horror film you can tease before undercutting the element of surprise. But before Gil Kenan’s reboot looms into theaters, the studio has unveiled what is surely the last poster for the upcoming movie, showcasing the fine, neon-blue line between our world and the next.
Taking a slightly different approach to the seminal, Tobe Hooper classic from 1982, the Monster House director will introduce us to a young couple portrayed by Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt who soon unearth dark, supernatural forces beneath the idyllic exterior of the new suburban home. Said forces soon manifest themselves through various electrical equipment in the house – hence that iconic shot of hands pressed against the television set – and kidnap the pair’s youngest daughter. »
- Michael Briers
Let’s be honest. When you think of cameos in movies today, you think of Stan Lee. The Marvel legend obviously didn’t invent the cameo, but he’s made it his own over the past twenty years in everything from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to the Spider-Man films, X-Men films and even Mallrats. That last one, more of […]
- Germain Lussier
Check out the first creepy video which was released on the film’s official Facebook page here.
They will also be releasing additional terrifying videos via the film’s official Snapchat account – @PoltergeistFilm. But clear your minds… it knows what scares you.
Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces.
When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
- Michelle McCue
Though he’s no longer affiliated with Latino Review, scoopster extraordinaire El Mayimbe (aka Umberto Gonzales) is still working hard to break comic-book news for impatient superhero aficionados the world over. And yesterday, he emerged with a rather interesting rumor about Sony’s upcoming Spider-Man reboot, which will bring the wall-crawler into the Marvel Cinematic Universe under the watchful eye of Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige. According to El Mayimbe, the title of the pic is not Spectacular Spider-Man, as previously rumored, but Spider-Man: The New Avenger.
Now, clunky as it is, that subtitle would allow Feige to bring Spidey closer to the McU and distance him from Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man films. It would also confirm what many already suspect – that Spider-Man will become a member of the second Avengers lineup, which will be formed following the cataclysmic events of Captain America: Civil War. A separate rumor »
- Isaac Feldberg
Created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby in 1961, the Fantastic Four are Marvel’s First Family and the superheroes who started it all. They came before Spider-Man, the X-Men, and even The Avengers, and while the team hasn’t retained the A-List status they had in the 1960s, their importance in Marvel history can not (and should not) be ignored by any comic book fan.
After a trip into outer space which saw them bombarded by cosmic rays, the Four returned to Earth with extraordinary abilities. Ever since then, Mister Fantastic, The Invisible Woman, The Human Torch, and The Thing have been a mainstay of the Marvel Universe, and they’ve saved the Earth – and even the entire universe – on a number of occasions.
The team may not have a long list of classic storylines, but their comic series has introduced countless iconic villains, including Annihilus, Doctor Doom, »
- Josh Wilding
Following on from the behind the scenes featurette earlier, a new poster for Poltergeist has come our way, capturing what is probably the most iconic scene from the original in a fantastic, and wonderfully creepy, new way. Check it out below. Released: 22nd May Synopsis: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
As both a fan of the original Poltergeist and director Gil Kenan's brilliant Monster House, I find myself excited for his remake of the classic horror movie to the point that I think my brain will actually melt. I understand that other people may need more convincing, so here's a new behind the scenes featurette which sees Kenan and producer/cinematic master Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, Spider-Man) talk you through their new vision of the classic haunted house movie. Released: 22nd May Synopsis: Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe-set Spider-Man movie doesn't have a title yet... and it will be interesting to see what it winds up settling on. After all, the simple elegance of just calling it Spider-Man was taken by Sam Raimi's trilogy, and the short-lived Amazing Spider-Man series took the second best option available. So what will the next big screen incarnation be called? Spectacular Spider-Man? Superior Spider-Man? Ultimate Spider-Man? Well, if a new rumor is to be believed, then the film may be called Spider-Man: The New Avenger. This story has been put online by movie reporter and frequent rumor source Umberto Gonzalez, who claims to have gotten unconfirmed information about the in-development collaboration between Marvel Studios and Sony. If it turns out to be true, it would fit in with Marvel's past title, specifically the first Captain America movie, Captain America: The First Avenger. At this point »
Spider-Man: The New Avenger? According to Umberto Gonzales (who is no longer part of Latino-Review and is instead creating his own site), that might be the title of Marvel's Spider-Man reboot. It's strictly a rumour for now, and chances are that those previous reports about the movie being called Spectacular Spider-Man were correct. However, Spider-Man: The New Avenger works a lot better, especially as it will make it clear to regular moviegoers that this version of the wall-crawler exists in the same world as The Avengers, and not the one created by The Amazing Spider-Man movies. Kevin Feige will want to do everything possible to distance this franchise from that one. This title would also confirm that Spidey will be a member of the team which rumour has it will be led by Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe following the events of Captain America: Civil War. »
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