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25.) “Spiderman 2” — The bottom of this list consists of Lee’s “blink and you’ll miss it cameos. During the first fight between Spidey and Doc Ock, Stan pulls a women out of harm’s way. 24.) “Spiderman” — Same here. Lee gets a freeze frame shot during one of the big fight scenes. This was before Stan Lee cameos became a major part of the Marvel moviegoing experience, so not that much thought was put into them. 23.) Iron Man 3 — You can catch Lee for a split second as a beauty pageant judge in this film. Compared to some »
- Jeremy Fuster
Captain America: Civil War is out and, Doctor Strange has wrapped production, so all eyes are on Marvel Studios slate of 2017 releases, and information about Spider-Man: Homecoming has been finally starting to pour in, though most of it has been rumors up until this point. We've known for quite some time that Cop Car director Jon Watts would be directing the first Spidey solo film that would be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the director took to Twitter yesterday to seemingly confirm some long rumored and much welcomed news. If the directors tweet is to be believed, it looks like Michael Keaton will indeed be playing the villain in Homecoming.
Though the director didn't use any words in his Tweet, that gif said more than his words ever could have. Knowing how Marvel is with their reveals, it would be very unlikely that this Tweet is anything but »
Truly, ever since it became clear that The Avengers was happening, fans had a lot of hope that Spider-Man would be a part of that world, and with the release of Captain America: Civil War, they finally got their wish. Tom Holland has delivered what very well may be the best on screen Spider-Man we have ever seen and he will be getting a big chance to really shine next year when Spider-Man: Homecoming is released and as the film nears production, we have been slowly learning details about the villains and loose plot details. Though it is very early on, it looks like Marvel Studios may be laying the seeds for something much bigger to come with Spidey's arc in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and that thing could be The Sinister Six.
For those that may not be as familiar with their Spider-Man history, The Sinister Six is essentially »
Ricky Church on whether movie studios are ruining shared universes…
In the years since the Marvel Cinematic Universe began and its massive success at the box office has come a tidal wave of news that studios seek to emulate Marvel’s idea of a shared universe for their franchises. For some studios, namely Warner Bros. with their DC Comics properties, that is to be expected, but other studios seem to be going a little too far with the shared universe concept. With so many studios set to milk this new concept for all its worth, will it instead have a negative effect and lead to the downfall of shared cinematic universes?
For companies like Marvel or WB, it makes sense for them to work on a large cinematic universe where their stable of characters interacts with one another on a near constant basis. After all, both comic publishers have had »
- Ricky Church
Earlier this week, an interesting rumor popped up claiming that Vincent D'Onofrio was being positioned to star as one of the main villains in Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actor would reprise his role as Kingpin from Netflix's Daredevil, marking the first time a character from a Marvel TV show has shown up in one of the McU movies. But apparently their is no merit or weight to this idea. At least according to the actor himself. Answering a question on Twitter about his possible involvement with the Spider-Man reboot, D'Onofrio said this.
"Sorry folks but this is news to me. It would be great but I don't think it will happen. V."
Now, this doesn't 100% confirm that the rumor is false. There is always the change Vincent D'Onofrio simply can't give an honest answer at this point. But a follow up tweet sounds sincere. And most Marvel actors don't usually get fans to bother Marvel. »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at X-Men: Apocalypse, Deadpool, Wolverine 3, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Luke Cage, Iron Fist, Moon Knight, Ghost Rider, Blade, Justice League, Harley Quinn, Suicide Squad, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, Powerless, Batman: The Killing Joke and more…
With X-Men: Apocalypse opening in the UK this past Wednesday [read our reviews here and here] ahead of its Stateside bow this coming week, 20th Century Fox has unleashed some new marketing material in the form of an Apocalypse character promo and international trailer [watch them here], a viral video taking the form of an 80s TV commercial for Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters [watch it here], a new clip featuring Michael Fassbender’s Magneto [watch it here], and a batch of new images from the mutant superhero sequel [see here]. And if you want to revisit the trailer, »
- Gary Collinson
Update 5/20/16: Nearly a month after it was reported that negotiations had ended, Marvel is back at Keaton's door for the still unspecified villain role in Spider-Man: Homecoming. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel is closing their deal with the actor soon. Update 4/22/16: Looks like we need to add a step 5 below. As it turns out, the talks with Michael Keaton for a villain have already ended and Sony is out looking for new actors for the same role. Previously 4/13/16: There has been a lot of Spider-Man news hitting this week, so let's just run down an order of events and see what kind of a conclusion seems reasonable. 1. Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Feige tells us the next Spider-Man movie will have characters we've never seen...
- Peter Hall
Tom Holland just debuted his version of Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and prior to actually seeing the film, many fans were starting to feel some fatigue with two reboots of the franchise taking place very near one another. Though Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield both had their strong points, the consensus now seems to be that Holland is the best version of this character we've seen in a live action adaptation to date. His first solo movie included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is gearing up for production, and the rumors are starting to fly. Be warned, this article may contain information that could be viewed as spoilers, so be warned.
A recent report by JoBlo claims to have a lot of new information about the villains in the film and how they tie into the larger scope of the McU. As has been rumored for quite some time, »
Now that Spider-Man is officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe thanks to his epic debut in Captain America: Civil War, everyone is more eager than ever for next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be the character's first solo film as part of the McU. We know that Tom Holland will be playing Peter Parker, but we don't yet know for sure who Spidey will be squaring off against. Word has it we are very close to finding out for sure. According to a new report, The Vulture will be the bad guy in the new Spider-Man film. Today, it is confirmed that Michael Keaton will very likely play him.
According to THR, the Oscar nominated actor is in final negotiations to join the superhero flick and is very close to closing a deal. This is far from the first that we have heard of Keaton flirting with the role in Spider-Man: Homecoming though. »
Michael Keaton, who in April was in early talks for a villainous role in the Sony-Marvel collaboration/reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming before falling out, is back in the mix again and we’ve been told his deal has closed. He apparently set to play iconic Spider-Man villain The Vulture and joins newly minted Spider-Man Tom Holland along with Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. who are also confirmed. Spider-Man’s first real supervillain, The Vulture was created by Stan Lee… »
Having momentarily passing on the opportunity to play the next “Spider-Man” villain, Michael Keaton looks to have had a change of heart as the actor is back in talks to join Sony’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”
Variety first reported Keaton was being eyed to play the villain last month but talks barely began before the actor pulled his name from being considered over money issues. Sources said the dispute occurred after Robert Downey was added to the cast to reprise his role of Tony Stark and at the time it looked as if the studio wouldn’t be able to afford both talents.
With Downey’s deal now closed, insiders say Sony and Marvel and have now returned to Keaton and look to have found a way to make both parties happy.
- Justin Kroll
The Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to grow, both on the cinematic and TV sides of things, but there has been little to no crossover between the two so far, save for Agent Coulson having appeared first in The Avengers and then headlining Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. However, a new rumor is suggesting that the TV universe will be crossing over with the movie universe for the first time. Apparently, Marvel is considering bringing Wilson Fisk, aka The Kingpin from the Netflix series Daredevil into the first Tom Holland led Peter Parker solo flick, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Screen Geek claims that the information comes from a "source close to the situation" but didn't have anything more specific to say about the rumor. The Netflix Marvel series have been very well received so far, but season one of Daredevil was regarded by fans and critics as one of the best things that Marvel Studios »
In Civil War, we met a radically different take on familiar character Aunt May – so we should be prepared to meet several other supporting characters in new incarnations in Homecoming as well. One that fans are eager to see return to cinema screens – after being rested for The Amazing Spider-Man films – is J. Jonah Jameson, Peter’s Spider-Man-hating boss at The Daily Bugle. But who could take on such a fan-favourite role?
Ideally, we would love to see Jk Simmons reprise the part he nailed so perfectly in the Sam Raimi trilogy, but this seems unlikely given the fact the has just signed on as Commissioner Gordon in the DC Extended Universe. Still, there are plenty other potential Jamesons in the sea, »
- Christian Bone
Captain America: Civil War is a movie packed full of amazing moments. From Spider-Man’s debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to that epic final battle between Cap and Iron Man, there are a lot of great scenes in there which fans are sure to be talking about for years to come.
However, Marvel Studios President and Captain America: Civil War producer Kevin Feige has revealed that the movie contains his all-time favourite McU moment, and it’s neither of the ones mentioned above nor probably any of the big set pieces you’re thinking of right now. Instead, it’s a far more personal sequence.
The scene Feige is describing below is the moment we learn that The Winter Soldier was responsible for the murder of Iron Man’s parents, Howard and Maria Stark:
“I think it’s my favourite moment in 13 McU films. The whole movie was building to that, »
- Josh Wilding
The Week in Movies discusses the last seven days in cinema, including rumours of Ben Affleck feeling “humiliated” behind the scenes at the reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the first trailer for the Michael Fassbender-starring Assassin’s Creed, a reported cameo for Tom Hardy in Star Wars: Episode VIII and much, much more…
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DC are working on a Booster Gold film!
DC are working on a Booster Gold film! DC are working on a Booster Gold film! DC are working on a Booster Gold film!
DC are working on a Booster Gold film!
…so, in case you haven’t heard, DC are working on a Booster Gold film.
I can’t wait for the gritty, Zack Snyder interpretation.
In lesser, non-Booster »
- Oli Davis
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, Gambit, Wolverine 3, Deadpool, Captain America: Civil War, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Ant-Man, Agent Carter, Marvel’s Most Wanted, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Jessica Jones, The Defenders, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern Corps, Booster Gold, Powerless, Krypton, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Batman: The Killing Joke and more…
This coming Wednesday sees the release of the fourth superhero movie of 2016, as Bryan Singer and 20th Century Fox unleash the latest chapter of the X-Men franchise with X-Men: Apocalypse. Flickering Myth’s Oliver Davis reviewed the film [read his ★★★ review here], while Fox also unveiled some new promotional material including a Mystique character promo and extended TV spot [see here], a Cyclops character promo [see here], a clip of Cyclops discovering his powers [see here], and a clip featuring Professor Xavier and Mystique [see here]…
- Gary Collinson
Good morning, ComicMixers. I believe we’re a good week and a day past the debut of Captain America: Civil War. I saw it with my wife on a much deserved date-night/Mother’s Day celebration. Suffice to say I loved the flick. And given that more than a handful of people at Free Comic Book Day were compelled to tell me they laughed at my anger over BvS: Dawn of Go Eff Yourself, it’s really nice to declare I loved this movie. I honestly have very little – if any – nits to pick. And rather than pick a single element and wax poetic on it for ya’ll, this week all my rattled brain will allow is a random smattering of thoughts revolving around the Russo’s amazing piece of six-one-six-cinema.
Oh, and clearly… Spoilers Abound. You’ve been warned!
Earned Angst – Look, I hate to start my random »
- Marc Alan Fishman
Rumours of Spidey joining the McU went back as far as December 2014 when the Sony Hack revealed emails that then-chairman Amy Pascal was in talks with Marvel Studios about a joint deal where the Wall Crawler would feature in Captain America: Civil War. This was confirmed in early 2015, but of course Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus were writing the script for the movie and needed to know if Parker was coming in or not. So how did they deal with this?
“He was in and out all over the place,” Stephen McFeely noted to Creative Screenwriting. “From the very beginning, we knew if we called something Civil War we were going to have to pay off what we called the ‘splash panel,’ which is that seventeen-minute fight where everyone goes at it. It was incumbent upon us to try to fill that with as many heroes as we could without »
- Luke Owen
We got a chance to talk to the Grand Architect of 20th Century Fox’s X-Verse, Simon Kinberg, about X-Men: Apocalypse (which you can watch below), and the ‘other’ big expanded cinematic universe came up: the McU.
20th Century Fox have a hidden mutant power of their own: the movie rights to the Fantastic Four. Marvel’s First Family are pioneers of the inter-dimensional travel (as seen in 2015’s Fantastic Four), a plot device that could conceivably retcon the entire X-Verse and Fantastic Four into the Marvel Cinematic Universe – uniting all three properties with their continuities intact.
“Well that gets complicated for reasons that are way above my pay grade in terms of how you integrate the Fox Marvel properties into the Marvel Studios properties,” admitted Kinberg. “I would love to see it. Obviously it’s working out with Spider-Man, and Kevin Feige is someone who I absolutely adore and »
- Oli Davis
Warner Bros has managed to enlist quite the roster of impressive actors to fill the supporting ranks of its DC heroes. Batman has Jeremy Irons, Superman had Kevin Costner and Russell Crowe and Wonder Woman will eventually have Robin Wright in her corner. However, the recently hired Willem Dafoe’s role in the Dceu has continued to elude us – until perhaps now. We’ve just learned that the former Spider-Man villain may portray a member of Aquaman’s supporting cast in Justice League: Part One. A new report from Birth.Movies.Death has just hit the web, and it seems to point towards Willem Dafoe portraying an Atlantean in the coming Justice League movie. This makes a great deal of sense, considering the supporting casts for heroes like Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman have already been fairly fleshed out with Batman V Superman: Dawn of »
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