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Well, that didn’t take long.
As soon as it was announced that Spider-Man had joined the ranks of the Marvel Cinematic Universe due to a cross-pollination deal between Sony and Marvel, speculation was abound that there would be rumours of an appearance of the wall crawler in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
As we said, it didn’t take long.
According to speculation from various websites, the poster for Avengers: Age of Ultron (which was released on Tuesday) reveals that Danny Elfman has provided “extra music” for the film. Now the speculation goes that Danny Elfman provided music for Ang Lee’s Hulk back in 2003, but more famously wrote the score for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2 for Sony. Could this mean he has been hired to bring back his Spider-Man score for Avengers: Age of Ultron? Check out the poster below:
Of course, this is all rumour and speculation. »
- Luke Owen
A new alternative poster has been released for touching drama Love is Strange, which you can check out below. You can also read our review of the movie here.
A darling of this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Love Is Strange has had some very strong reviews and word-of-mouth have left many waiting patiently for the film to be released. The film stars John Lithgow (3rd Rock From the Sun) and Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2) as a newly married couple , George and Ben, whose lives are turned upside down when George is let go at his job, forcing the couple to separate and find accommodation with friends and family, which puts added strain on their already stressful situation.
- Luke Owen
So, there we have it! Monday this week Marvel announced their new partnership with Sony, after striking a deal to cement The Amazing Spider-Man’s future firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The news was welcomed by many of the web-slinger’s fans, who were left disappointed by Sony’s previous Spider-Man instalments.
Personally, I’m not very thrilled.
Every time there was talk of “negotiation” between Marvel Studios and Sony it gave me the awkward feeling that something just didn’t fit. Marvel has been on a winning streak for years producing entertaining, yet highly qualitative superhero movies, while the Spider-Man franchise has been in a downwards spiral ever since the series’ highlight, Spider-Man 2. Not once, but twice Sony killed its own cash cow by oversaturating their Spider-Man movies with an unbalanced amount of characters and diluting the characters that actually mattered. »
- Gary Collinson
Since making his movie debut as Harrison Ford's doomed sidekick in Raiders of the Lost Ark, Alfred Molina has appeared in everything from critically-acclaimed dramas like Prick Up Your Ears to Hollywood blockbusters ranging from Species to Spider-Man 2.
His latest film, Love Is Strange, centres on a long-term gay couple who are forced to live apart while they search for a new home. It opens on February 13, a canny piece of counter-programming to the omnipresent Fifty Shades of Grey. To mark the occasion, Digital Spy took a trip down memory lane with Molina to speak to him about the roles that defined his career.
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) - Satipo
"My very first time in front of a camera! I knew nothing, the only thing I knew about filmmaking was the fact that films got made at all. I knew nothing about the technique of film; I was very, »
Drew Goddard's Sinister Six film won't be arriving in 2016 now, but it remains in development at Sony...
Yesterday's announcement that Sony and Marvel are joining forces on the big screen future of Spider-Man - that we've distilled here - left us with the not-unreasonable assumption that plans for Sony's movie universe set around the character were done and dusted. We know that the next Spider-Man film won't be The Amazing Spider-Man 3, we know that Andrew Garfield and director Marc Webb aren't returning. And so we figured that the Sinister Six and Venom spin-offs were off the slate too.
But that may not be the case. At least in the case of Sinister Six, the film that Drew Goddard quit the Daredevil TV series to write and direct, there's still a glimmer of hope. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the Sinister Six film is remaining in development at Sony, »
Now Marvel and Sony are teaming up on the future of big screen Spider-Man, lots of questions spring up. So we try to answer them.
In case you haven't heard the news, Sony and Marvel jointly announced yesterday that Spider-Man will be joining the Marvel cinematic universe. Here are the facts:
* The deal will begin with Spider-Man appearing in at least one McU movie before 2017.
* In 2017, Spider-Man will get a new film, co-helmed by Marvel and Sony.
Those statements aren't much, but they leave us with a lot of questions to answer. And here are our attempts to answer them.
How has this happened?
As astonishing as this move seems, there's a certain amount of inevitability to it. The studios might like to spin it as a creative decision, but like everything in Hollywood, it's all about the money. If you look at the box office numbers for the five Spider-Man movies Sony has produced, »
Go big or go home. That seems to be the motto of directing duo the Wachowskis, who pulled out all the stops for Jupiter Ascending, their very own space opera, cramming this thing so full of backstory and character history, that it might have been better suited for a dozen novels instead of one two-hour fairy tale. Will it go down as a underrated gem a la Speed Racer? A misunderstood near masterpiece a la Cloud Atlas? Or is it something closer to Star Wars -- particularly the prequel trilogy -- for better or worse? Previously on Stripped: Dumb and Dumber To, Big Hero 6, Interstellar, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Godzilla, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Edge of Tomorrow, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Guardians of the...
- John Gholson
Given the ho-hum performance of last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, speculation had been mounting that Sony might sell the superhero back to Marvel and Disney. Instead, it made a move no one expected: opting to lease the rights to the web-slinger to its rival for a single film. It was a savvy move for a beleaguered studio still feeling the aftershocks of the devastating November hack that led to co-chairman Amy Pascal stepping down last week, moving from the executive suite to a producer role on Spider-Man and other titles. Marvel has been trying
- Tatiana Siegel, Borys Kit
In what's probably the single biggest piece of comic book movie news since the announcement of Batman v Superman, it was confirmed this morning that Spider-Man is finally allowed to return to his own universe on the big screen.
The widespread excitement at this news was dampened somewhat by the absence of Andrew Garfield's name from Marvel's announcement, which seems to implicitly confirm reports that the actor will not be reprising his role as Peter Parker.
So while Spider-Man is confirmed for an appearance in an upcoming Marvel Cinematic Universe movie, before getting his own new standalone film on July 28, 2017, it'll be a different actor behind the mask - and potentially a different character, since Peter Parker's name isn't mentioned in this announcement either.
Garfield's performance was one of the few elements in the Amazing Spider-Man reboots that was pretty universally praised, so following his admittedly brief tenure is a tall order. »
It follows Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2, which under-performed at the box office last year. Despite taking $709m at the global box office, it was the lowest-grossing of Sony’s five Spider-Man films to date.
Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next instalment in the $4bn Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017.
The film will »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The rumours were true: Spider-Man has joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
The character will now appear in "an unspecified Marvel Cinematic Universe movie", while Marvel's Kevin Feige will produce the next Spider-Man movie with Amy Pascal, due to hit cinemas on July 28, 2017.
We desperately hope that they won't wade through the origins story again. It already feels like Uncle Ben has been cast in Edge of Tomorrow.
But either way, should they stick with Garfield, or should a new actor be given the role? Vote in our poll above and let us know your thoughts in the comments box below. »
No, your eyes are not deceiving you. And yes, that is indeed the collective squeal of every geek, fanboy, fangirl and intelligent life form on the planet.
After months and months of speculation following the unexpected critical (and partially financial) failure of the Amazing Spider-man 2, Sony and Marvel Studios have now joined forces. Both companies have managed to work out a deal, that will allow everyone’s favourite webslinger to exist within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That means that worldwide audiences will now be able witness a brand new iteration of Spider-Man, who is no longer contractually forbidden from appearing alongside The Avengers on the big screen (a sentence that brings a tear to my eye). The new franchise will be co-produced between Sony’s Amy Pascal and Marvel guru Kevin Feige, with the character said to be making his debut in an upcoming Marvel Studios production, before appearing in his own solo-outing. »
- Ben Read
Well this is awesome.
After weeks of speculation following a series of leaked Sony emails that disclosed that Marvel Studios (under the leadership of Kevin Feige) was talking to the entertainment giant about reacquiring the character after the dismal box office and critical performance of last summer's franchise nonstarter "Amazing Spider-Man 2," it's official: Spider-Man is now part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a late night message posted on Marvel.com (a bit of news so seismic it crashed the site), it was announced that Sony and Marvel Studios will be joining forces on the spectacular Spider-Man. The web-slinger will first make an appearance in an undisclosed Marvel movie before moving on to his own movie on July 28th, 2017. Feige will co-produce with recently ousted Sony chief Amy Pascal, who started the franchise with Sam Raimi's original trilogy 13 years ago, and Sony will continue to finance, distribute, own, »
- Drew Taylor
Disney and Lucasfilm have confirmed that Oscar-nominated actress Felicity Jones, will star in the first stand alone 3D "Star Wars" movie spin-off, to be directed by Gareth Edwards ("Godzilla"), opening December 16, 2016. Jones is known to genre fans as 'Felicia' aka 'Black Cat' in Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man 2". It is not known who will star as 'Black Cat' in the next round of "Spider-Man" movies.
"...'Felicia Hardy', the daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar had developed a 'thing' for 'Spider-Man'.
"After suffering a traumatic event as a college freshman, she trained herself in various fighting styles and acrobatics and, after deciding to follow in her father's footsteps, adopted her costumed identity »
- Michael Stevens
Spider-Man is considered one of the greatest comic book characters of all-time, and it’s not really all that hard to understand why. Peter Parker has remained a constant for Marvel over the years, and while there have certainly been some dark periods for the character in terms of the stories being told, it’s hard to find a fan who doesn’t love the wall-crawler.
Spider-Man’s big screen debut in 2002 was nothing short of groundbreaking, and Spider-Man 2 is still considered one of the greatest superhero movies of all-time. Spider-Man 3 not so much, while the rebooted The Amazing Spider-Man franchise appears to have stopped his momentum dead thanks to some terrible decisions behind the scenes.
Going back to the comic books though, and Spidey’s history is as fascinating as you might expect for a character who has been around for over 50 years now. Along the way, »
- Josh Wilding
Sony took it on the chin last year with a slew of scandals that left them bruised and battered. In fact, ‘taking it on the chin’ might be an epic understatement. They got their skull beaten to a bloody pulp before having it severed with a roundhouse kick now known as “The Sony Hack”. Thanks to the repellent comedy The Interview, Sony had their servers violated and their dirty laundry aired. It was the kind of train wreck that you couldn’t look away from. Each subsequent leak provided more sobering insight into the maddening world of studio politics. Amy Pascal, the head of Sony Pictures, came across looking like a hybrid of Anna Wintour and Richard Nixon. With little recourse, she stepped down this week leaving behind an a marginally talented era for Sony. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Given Marvel Studios currently has at least four movies dated without directors attached, HitFix recently asked Selma helmer Ava Duvernay would she be up for tackling one of the high-profile gigs if she were to be approached by the studio. In light of her Spider-Man 2 publicist credit, diverse background, and Academy Award-nominated depiction of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic struggle, Duvernay would seem like a excellent candidate to helm either the Captain Marvel or Black Panther movie... even if she's not too familiar with any source matarial or the superheroes themselves. "That would probably be the first step... figuring out what they got over there," Ava told the HitFix reporter. "I'm not a big comic book fan, but I know that I love to deconstruct heroes, deconstruct myths. I probably would want to do some kind of origin story, where you get to the core of it, »
Updated (02/06): Chris Pratt made good on his #TwitterBowl bet. Pratt, dressed in full Star-Lord gear, visited victor Chris Evans' choice children's charity, Christopher's Haven in Boston. The Marvel actor posted the evidence on his Facebook page, admitting defeat:
It was the Super Bowl bet to end all Super Bowl bets: Captain America vs. Star-Lord.
During last night's football game, The Avengers’ Chris Evans stuck true to character, supporting the New England Patriots, while his Marvel colleague, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt, had all bets on the Seattle Seahawks. Their stakes were adorable: showing up at their opponent’s local children’s hostipal in full superhero garb.
The pair used their Twitter accounts to leverage the popularity of the now infamous “#TwitterBowl,” calling upon their fans to help support their respective charity (and football team).
Let's go #12s #JurassicWorld trailer #twitterbowl #Psalm126:3 #12sEverywhere#TomBradysBeautifulSkin #Lob #SuperBowl pic. »
- Sasha James
Pascal, who will remain at Sony in a new role as a producer, has long been known around town for her keen eye for winning projects. Though her reputation has suffered recently as a result of North Korea’s infamous hacking attack on the studio, which revealed a few unseemly email exchanges in which Pascal and other execs criticized the attitudes of A-listers and made racially tinged jokes at the expense of President Obama, Pascal steered the studio through her share of triumphs.
Any career as long as Pascal’s is bound to have its peaks and valleys. From the highest heights (“Skyfall,” “Spider-Man 2”) to the lowest lows (“Jack and Jill,” “Sparkle”), Pascal led Sony through it all. Here’s a look »
- Kevin Noonan and Marianne Zumberge
The Spider-Man movies – the first of which was released 13 years ago, believe it or not – have been a mixed bag in terms of critical and financial success. Sam Raimi’s trilogy – starring Tobey Maguire as the titular hero – started with the well-received Spider-Man, which grossed $822 million worldwide, continued with the equally well-received Spider-Man 2, which grossed $784 million worldwide, and climaxed with the critically panned Spider-Man 3, which grossed $891 million worldwide.
The newer Amazing Spider-Man franchise – with Andrew Garfield taking on the lead role as the Webbed Wonder – started with the well-received The Amazing Spider-Man, which grossed $758 million worldwide and continued with the latest offering, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which massively underwhelmed critics and grossed $709 million worldwide.
In spite of the differing quality and success of each movie, the one thing they all have in common is that fans love to theorise about them, including on what might happen in the future. »
- K.J. Stewart
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