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Looking Back: 'Spider-Man 2' is Still One of the Best Comic Book Movies

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When it comes to sequels, there an expectation to raise the bar. If you think of some of the best sequels of all time, whether that's The Empire Strikes Back, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan or Aliens (to name a few), each film improved upon the foundation of the first in major ways. In the second part of our weekly Spider-Man retrospective series leading up to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7th this summer, we take a look at how Sam Raimi raised the bar for not only Spider-Man movies, but the entire superhero genre itself with Spider-Man 2. The superhero sequel hit theaters on June 30th, 2004 (that's 13 years ago!), just a week before 4th of July, and it once again went on to set records at the box office and beyond. After Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man movie swung into theaters on May 2nd, 2002 and made movie history, expectations were astronomically high for the »

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Looking Back at James Cameron’s Aborted Spider-Man Movie

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Ahead of the upcoming release of Spider-Man: Homecoming, Henry Bevan looks back at what could have been with James Cameron’s Spider-Man

James Cameron’s Spider-Man. It’s a big What If..?, up there with Kubrick’s Napoleon and Jodorowsky’s Dune. It seems like the perfect match, pairing one of Hollywood’s best action directors with one of its most action-suited characters. Just imagine what Cameron would have done with all of Spider-Man’s acrobatic flips and kicks.

Well, as most know, it almost happened. Supposedly, Cameron was setting up an adaptation after the release of True Lies, but due to legal circumstances surrounding the screen rights, he bailed. The director had convinced Carolco, the independent studio who gave him $100 million for Terminator 2: Judgement Day based on a half-page memo, to buy the film rights. He was all set to go. Then, it turns out Sony was also involved and Carolco didn’t outright own the character. Cameron then went to Fox hoping to outmuscle Sony, but Fox turned the project down, eventually allowing Sony to make the Sam Raimi trilogy, the two Amazing Spider-Man films and the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Cameron moved on, deciding to fund his deep-sea exploration obsession by making Titanic and raking in that dollar.

It’ll always be debated as to what Cameron would have done with Spider-Man. Fortunately, for us, and me considering I get to write about it, multiple scripts are on the internet. This article will be discussing the scriptment featuring Mary Jane Watson, Electro and Sandman, which is dated 1992. Whilst there is a full script featuring Doc Ock, concept art has been found online for the former. It seems that was the one that got further into production.

You can’t really gauge the success of a film or a directors vision by reading a scriptment. It is by definition vague, lacking dialogue, any detailed drama, and detailed characters. But, you can still see some of Cameron’s vision, and for better or worse, this would have been James Cameron’s Spider-Man. It would have been an adaptation, and some of the legendary directors ideas would have been controversial.

Here are five takeaways from the scriptment.

(1) Organic Web-Shooters

As Sam Raimi discovered, organic webshooters weren’t necessarily a popular thing. The Raimi trilogy doesn’t linger on how the impact the web-shooters would have on Peter, and its only in the second one the filmmakers make this mythology change part of the narrative. Cameron’s organic web-shooters are integrated into the story immediately. Peter develops two lumps on his wrists, and they are mark him out as being a “freak”. So, he hides them, wearing two bracelets so New Yorkers believe they’re mechanical. It’s clever writing, as Cameron reinterprets and acknowledges pre-existing mythology.

(2) Electro

Cameron makes major changes to Electro. Instead of being Max Dillon, Electro is Carlton Strand, a mob boss who uses his powers to control information and data. It’s an interesting deviation from the source material and very suitable for the early information age, before we all knew we could use electrical information to communicate and manage our money. It’s a smart move, and is more interesting than the version that appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

(3) Supporting characters

One of the major flaws of this scriptment is how Cameron under utilises Spider-Man’s supporting characters. Uncle Ben does his thing and dies, but Aunt May is barely in it and Mary Jane is reduced to an almost literal sex object, having an awkward bondage sex scene on top of the Brooklyn Bridge. Seriously, this is one of the more dialogue heavy scenes and Peter talks about how spiders have sex whilst webbing Mj up. It’s made even weirder by the fact Cameron makes it clear Peter is a virgin up to this point, and that Mj doesn’t even know who she is having sex with. You know the scene in True Lies where Arnie makes Jamie Lee Curtis strip for him and she has no idea it is her husband or who she is actually stripping for? It’s as awkward and has as muddled sexual politics as that, but it’s worse because it’s Spider-Man.

(5) Peter Parker / Spider-Man

One of Cameron’s themes is puberty, and he explores the theme using Peter and his powers. It’s a well-known interpretation of the Spider-Man origin and whilst Cameron goes a bit far with the idea with one scene depicting Peter waking up with “white mass completely covering him, gluing him to his bedding”, it is actually his depiction of Peter that makes it all a bit too much. He turns Peter into a sex pest, has him spying on an undressing Mary Jane after he gets his powers. In some scenes, he makes the guys in Superbad look normal. Whilst it speaks to the themes of puberty and power, it turns the hero into a unlikeable creep. There’s nothing wrong with some raunch and unlikeable protagonists, but it just doesn’t come across as an authentic Spider-Man.

(5) Themes

Still, Cameron explores his themes well. Beyond the aforementioned puberty theme, he explores power and how easy it is to abuse it by taking his characters to the line only the villains can cross. Peter at one point becomes a Robin Hood type, stealing money from a drug gang and literally making it rain on a local neighbourhood. But, the story is strongest when discussing identity. Spider-Man’s secret identity has always been important to him, and Cameron amps this up. Spider-Man wears a mask to protect Peter and the people he loves. But, he’s not the only one wearing a mask. Mary Jane’s mask is that she is the popular girl and that is trying to be the popular. In reality, she is a goofy nerd like Peter, and watching her come to terms with this is incredibly gripping.

In the end, it’s hard to imagine what Cameron’s Spider-Man would have been like. The scriptment is the bare bones of the story and there is sparse concept art, and even if the film ended up being a bad Spider-Man movie, I have no doubt Cameron would have made it his own.

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Edgar Wright Stands In Solidarity With Phil Lord And Christopher Miller Over Han Solo

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If you’re going to ask an uninvolved party about the situation currently facing the Han Solo spinoff – which saw its directors, Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, replaced five months into principal photography – there are few more qualified to respond than Edgar Wright. The Hot Fuzz filmmaker faced a somewhat similar scenario, albeit earlier in the production process, when he tried to make the Marvel movie Ant-Man.

While speaking to Digital Spy about his new effort, Baby Driver, the outlet asked Wright if he would have considered stepping in to take the reins of Han Solo, had it been offered to him. With his response, Wright firmly planted his feet on the side of Lord and Miller.

“No they’re friends of mine – I would never do that. Also, having been in that situation myself, the idea of finishing someone else’s movie is not something I would do on an ethical level.”

Though at first glance this seems like a passive-aggressive swipe at replacement director Ron Howard, Wright’s further comments make it clear that it’s the actions of some studios, when it comes to their biggest budget properties, with which he has a significant issue.

“That’s not to say I wouldn’t do a big franchise movie. Those movies are at their best is when there’s some authorship, whether it’s Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 or Nolan’s Batman movies.”

Like Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, Edgar Wright is obviously a fan of big budget studio franchises, which is why they all signed up to make them in the first place. The problem that Wright’s highlighting here is that which happens when filmmakers are hired, and then prevented from fully delivering their vision for the movie. It really comes down to the idea of ownership. While studios such as Lucasfilm and Marvel exert ownership over franchise instalments, Wright considers the act of replacing a director as “finishing someone else’s movie.”

It certainly would be an exciting prospect to see an Edgar Wright-directed “big franchise movie,” but the likelihood of one of that being a Star Wars film is probably now a lot slimmer than it was before Phil Lord and Christopher Miller were “let go” from the Han Solo spinoff. But, as Wright’s new movie, Baby Driver, proves – there’s always a great project around the corner for these excellent filmmakers. »

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Venom, Carnage and the future of the Spider-Man Franchise

22 June 2017 5:11 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

In a recent article in The Hollywood Reporter, which looks at the relationship between Marvel and Sony surrounding Sony’s rights to the Spider-Man franchise a few details about its future and planned spin-offs were revealed and how our young Spidey might fit in.

Related: Spider-Man: Homecoming News

It’s no secret that Sony’s grip on the web-slinger has proved not too fruitful in the past, but after coming to a deal with Marvel in which Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that Sony can deal with the business side while Marvel took control of the creative.

“It really came down to me telling Amy in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing,” Feige recalls. “Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, and market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe.”

As we are already aware Tom Hardy will star in Venom which incorporates the Villian, Carnage. Also, another spin-off will come in the form of Silver & Black, no release date has been set as yet but an autumn shoot is planned and it will feature characters Silver Sable and Black Cat. Other projects will focus on Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio. The idea says a studio source, is to build out a world gradually rather than launch one immediately. However, the Spider-Man villain ensemble, Sinister Six has been completely axed.

On the future of Tom Holland as our new neighbourhood hero, we already know he is already contracted for two sequels but their intention is to bring him into the spinoffs and possibly other Marvel films (he is currently shooting Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War).

Also, we can expect to see another Marvel character make an appearance in Spider-Man 2, As with Homecoming we get Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man but it has been made clear it will be a completely different character.

Kevin Feige said “Suddenly this goes from being a third reincarnation and a sixth movie to a first, “It’s the first time Spider-Man gets to interact with the world in which he belongs.”

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- Zehra Phelan

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The hero we deserve: Kevin Feige explains how he brought Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

22 June 2017 1:18 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

When it was revealed that Spider-Man would finally be returning home to the McU, it was met with applause, and a healthy dose of disbelief. How did Marvel do it? This was something that the Marvel fan-base had seemingly accepted as an impossibility. So what happened? Well, Kevin Feige happened. In a recent interview with THR, the president of Marvel Studios explained what he did to sway Sony to share the wisecracking web-slinger:

“It really came down to me telling Amy Pascal in her office that I think the best thing for this character is: Sony has the rights, that’s not changing. Have Sony pay for the movie, distribute the movie, market the movie. Just let us make the movie and incorporate him into our universe.”

A lot of this reads like an episode of AMC’s Mad Men. It looks like the biggest deal in comic book movie history was a result of two important people sitting in an office, and making a deal. No word on whether they were drinking gin on the rocks, and making grand postures during this exchange, but one thing is for certain: Kevin Feige is the hero we deserve, and luckily the one we have right now. Now go get Wolverine for us Kevin!

The result of this deal, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is releasing this summer.

See Also: Spidey will team up with another McU hero in Spider-Man 2 – but it won’t be Iron Man

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States.

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Venom villain revealed, Fantastic Four reboot, Avengers: Infinity War behind the scenes image and more – Daily News Roundup

22 June 2017 12:25 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Utter Carnage

It was announced last month that Tom Hardy would be returning to the comic book movie world for Venom, directed by Zombieland‘s Ruben Fleischer. In a new article from The Hollywood Reporter detailing the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony, it was revealed that the 2018 solo movie would feature Carnage as the villain and the studio is planning a series of other spin-offs for characters like Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter. Read more here.

Earth’S Mightiest Friends

Also in The Hollywood Reporter article, it was revealed that Spider-Man 2 would feature another McU hero but it won’t be Iron Man. Read more here.

Squad Goals

Speaking of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and Doctor Strange director Scott Derickson visited the set of Avengers: Infinity War and posted a behind-the-scenes image featuring Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man), Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) and Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch (Stephen Strange) and Benedict Wong (Wong). Read more here.

Lord And Miller Returning To Dceu?

Following the shocking news that Phil Lord and Chris Miller have been fired as directors on the untitled Han Solo movie, The Wrap are reporting the duo could be in contention to direct Dceu’s The Flash, which the pair had written the treatement for in 2015. Since then the directors chair has been filled by Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa, who have both exited over creative differences. Now, bear in mind this is from The Wrap so take it with a pinch of salt. Read more here.

Fantastic Reboot

After the failures of the 2015 reboot, many fans had hoped we’d see Marvel’s first family in the McU, but a new rumour from Bleeding Cool (so get your pinches of salt again) is saying Fox have a new reboot planned from Seth Grahame-Smith. However this one will be different from previous versions as it will focus on the children of Reed and Sue Richards. “The whole movie will be kid-centric with a vibe far more reminiscent of The Incredibles” and will look to differentiate itself from the Josh Trank bomb by focussing on Franklin and Valeria, the children of Reed Richards and Sue Storm (although The Thing and the Human Torch will also feature alongside Mister Fantastic and the Invisible Woman),” the site claims. Read more here.

Jigsaw Returns

It was once titled Saw VII, and then re-titled to Saw: Legacy, but the seventh entry in the gorenography series has been given the new name of Jigsaw. Read more here.

Article Of The Day

With the exit of Lord and Miller four weeks before the Han Solo movie finished production, Luke Owen looked back at other directors who left their chairs while filming was still underway. Read that article here. »

- Luke Owen

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Iron Man and Vulture Will Not Return in Spider-Man: Homecoming 2

21 June 2017 3:11 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Robert Downey Jr. will not reprise his role as Iron Man in the upcoming sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. It was reported back in December of 2016 that Sony had set a Summer 2019 release date for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 (which in all likelihood will not be the title), and Peter Parker (Tom Holland) himself recently let it slip that there will actually be 3 movies in total, making it a Spider-Man trilogy. Apparently Peter Parker has a lot of growing up to do and it can't be covered in just two movies. When the trilogy was leaked it immediately led to questions of whether Robert Downey Jr. would be returning as well.

Sources have told The Hollywood Reporter that Iron Man will not be in the next Spider-Man movie and that Sony will throw another Marvel character into the mix. Who that character will be is anyone's guess, but the answer may become more clear as Avengers: Infinity War gets closer to being finished. The studio could be looking for someone who doesn't command the fee that Robert Downey Jr. does. It has been reported that the Iron Man actor received $5 million per day for three days on the set of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which is $15 million for those looking for a calculator and quite a hefty fee.

Another actor that will more than likely not show up for Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 is Michael Keaton. It has been reported that the actor who portrays the Vulture only signed a one-movie deal. But this could change over time unless the Vulture is killed off during Homecoming, which we'll all have to just wait and see about that factor. Michael Keaton has stated previously that the Vulture never got a fair shot in life, that maybe the Vulture is seeing himself as a kind of victim of some sort.

It's pretty obvious why the studios wanted to have Robert Downey Jr. in the fresh reboot of Spider-Man: to get some fans into the theaters. While we'll never know the true impact of Iron Man's presence in the upcoming movie, we do know that the movie is tracking to make it upwards of $100 million at the box office. One thing that is certainly clear is that Tony Stark's presence will in no way, shape, form or hurt the first installment of the trilogy. But at the same time, $15 million is quite a gamble to throw in to what is more than likely a small part of the movie. Let's just hope they don't swing into the DC/Joker debacle of Suicide Squad, where the Joker was used to sell the movie and then not used in a meaningful way.

We're getting close to the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming and the early viewers are heaping praise on to the movie. Early viewing fans have said that it's on par with 2004's Spider-Man 2 while other viewers have given the common Marvel complaint that the villain is just ok. We'll have to wait until July 7th for us to see with our own eyes, but excitement just got a little bit more of a boost, that's for sure. »

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Carnage Is the Main Villain in Venom

21 June 2017 9:31 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sony's Spider-Man spin-offs continue to get more interesting by the minute. The studio is currently developing several movies, which will be centered on various characters from the Spider-Man universe, but may or may not actually include Spider-Man. The first of these movies is going to be a possibly R-rated Venom movie that is set for release next year and is to be directed by Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland). Now we know who the villain is, and this is a huge deal. Carnage, aka Cletus Kasady, is going to be introduced on the big screen in the Venom movie.

The news comes courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter, who recently spoke with Sony's Tom Rothman about the Marvel Universe they are currently setting up. In the report, some new details about these movies were revealed and easily one of the biggest reveals is Carnage being in the Venom movie. That opens up a whole lot of possibilities and definitely lends credibility to the idea that this movie is going to be R-rated. Here's what THR had to say about it.

"As for the expansion plans, Tom Hardy is starring in Venom, dated for Oct. 5, 2018, which will also feature the villain Carnage. A source says Holland is only contractually obligated to Spider-Man 2 and 3, but the intention is to bring him into the spinoffs and possibly other Marvel films (he is currently shooting Marvel's Avengers: Infinity War)."

It was hard to imagine a movie in which Venom was the good guy, but this is starting to make at least a little sense. Those who have read Marvel Comics over the years know that Carnage is one of the most ruthless and violent villains around. He makes Venom seem timid in some ways. In the beloved Maximum Carnage storyline, Venom actually teams up with Spider-Man, as well as Black Cat and Cloak and Dagger, in order to stop Carnage. So if there is one villain that could make Venom look a little less bad, it is Carnage. For those who may not be familiar, here is a brief character synopsis for Carnage.

"Cletus Kasady became a serial killer. He was then captured and sent to Ryker's Island prison for 11 murders, though he bragged about killing a dozen more, where he shared a cell with Eddie Brock, the host of the alien symbiote that turns into the supervillain Venom. When Brock's symbiote soon returned to be bonded again, allowing Venom to escape prison, the symbiote unknowingly left its offspring in the cell; due to its alien mindset, the symbiote felt no emotional attachment to its offspring, regarding it as insignificant, and thus never communicated its existence to Brock via their telepathic link. The new symbiote then bonded with Kasady, transforming him into Carnage."

The THR report also mentions that the Sinister Six movie they were working on was scrapped. That said, by bringing in Venom and Carnage, and with Vulture and Shocker over in the McU via Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was recently confirmed by Sony's Amy Pascal to be in the same world as Venom, it is hard not to wonder if a Sinister Six movie is being bandied about. The report also mentions Kraven the Hunter and Mysterio, so that would more or less give us the six needed for that. We'll have to wait and see, but for now, we can all just absorb the whole Carnage thing, which is, at least for Marvel fans, significant. »

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Spidey will team up with another McU hero in Spider-Man 2 – but it won’t be Iron Man

21 June 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following on from the news that Carnage will be the villain in Venom and Sony’s plans for an expanded SpiderVerse with Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter spin-offs, The Hollywood Reporter also dropped a little nugget of information for Spider-Man 2.

The site’s report says that Spider-Man 2 will see Tom Holland’s Spidey team-up with another McU hero, but it won’t be Ol’ Shell Head.

“Sony will get a to-be-determined Marvel character for Spider-Man 2 like it received for Homecoming with the box-office monster Iron Man, played by Robert Downey Jr,” the report states. “But sources say it won’t be Iron Man next time around.”

Who would you like to see Spider-Man team up with in the next wall-crawler outing?

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States.

Source: THR »

- Luke Owen

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Carnage will be the villain in Venom movie; Sony planning Kraven and Mysterio spin-offs before Sinister Six

21 June 2017 7:51 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sony are continuing their SpiderVerse plans, which will kick off fully next year with Ruben Fleischer’s Venom starring Tom Hardy, and development is in place for Silver & Black. If rumours are to be believed, it won’t just be Black Cat and Silver Sable in the movie as it will also feature other Spider-Man characters like Jessica Drew.

In a new article from The Hollywood Reporter, it’s noted that Venom will feature Carnage as the main villain and – contrary to other reports – could feature Tom Holland as Spider-Man.

The report also says Sony are planning on expanding their SpiderVerse further by having spin-off movies for classic villains Mysterio and Kraven the Hunter before potentially pulling them together for The Sinister Six.

This was always Sony’s plan when they launched the Amazing Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, with Daredevil showrunner Drew Goddard writing and directing, only this time they plan to introduce them individually rather than launching straight into the ensemble outing.

Sony will also be making Spider-Man 2 and Spider-Man 3 with Marvel Studios, with Spidey appearing in other McU films like Avengers: Infinity War.

See Also: Sony’s Spider-Man spin-offs to exist in the same universe as Spider-Man: Homecoming, Amy Pascal seemingly confirms

A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by thoughts of proving himself to be more than just your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man – but when the Vulture (Michael Keaton) emerges as a new villain, everything that Peter holds most important will be threatened.

Spider-Man: Homecoming sees Tom Holland and Marisa Tomei reprising their roles from Captain America: Civil War as Peter Parker/Spider-Man and Aunt May, alongside Marvel veterans Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. New additions to the cast include Michael Keaton (Birdman), Jacob Batalon (North Woods), Michael Barbieri (Little Men), Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Angourie Rice (The Nice Guys), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley), Donald Glover (Community), Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (Captain America: The First Avenger), Hannibal Buress (Broad City), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), Jj Totah (Glee), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange Is the New Black), Bokeem Woodbine (Riddick), Tyne Daly (Cagney & Lacey), Garcelle Beauvais (Hollywood Today Live), Tiffany Espensen (Kirby Buckets), Michael Chernus  (Orange is the New Black), Jona Xiao (Halt and Catch Fire) and Martha Kelly (Baskets). The film is set for release on July 5th in the UK and July 7th in the States. »

- Luke Owen

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First Spider-Man: Homecoming Reaction Calls It Amazing

19 June 2017 12:15 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

In just over two weeks, on July 7 to be exact, we are finally going to get to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, which fans have very high hopes for. This has to work. We simply can't stomach another reboot. So there is a lot of pressure on this movie to succeed for fans, for Sony and for Marvel Studios. But there's some good news! The first, lone reaction for Spider-Man: Homecoming has hit the web and it is extremely positive.

Daniel R has supposedly seen Spider-Man: Homecoming and decided to post his spoiler-free thoughts on Twitter. According to him, this is the "perfect" Spider-Man movie and sounds like it will be (almost) everything all of us want it to be. Here's what he had to say about it.

"Finally, the perfect Spider-Man film I've been waiting for my whole life."

It has been a long time since we have had a truly great Spider-Man movie. »

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No “Ticking Clock” On Spidey’s Time In The McU As Homecoming Director Clarifies Any Confusion

19 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When Sony and Marvel Studios first announced a collaboration that would allow Spider-Man to scurry on over into Captain America: Civil War, before headlining an entire trilogy of solo movies, comic book fans were beside themselves with excitement.

It was partnership long on the cards, even if many dismissed it as wishful thinking from the outset. And yet, here we are. Now that his place in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is secured, all eyes are beginning to turn toward Spider-Man: Homecoming to catch another glimpse of Tom Holland’s Web-Head in action.

On the other side of the fence, Sony is making serious headway on their own Spidey-less Marvel Universe, which all kicks off with the launch of Venom in October of next year. Ruben Fleischer is on board to direct Tom Hardy in the title role of Venom/Eddie Brock, and reports suggest Fleischer and his team are gearing »

- Michael Briers

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Early Buzz Says Homecoming Is The Best Spider-Man Movie Since Spider-Man 2

18 June 2017 3:14 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

We’re only six months into the year and already, 2017 is shaping up to be one to remember for Marvel Studios.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, James Gunn’s space oddity that continued the rip-roaring adventures of Star-Lord and the gang, has already cemented its status as one of the year’s biggest blockbusters with a worldwide haul of $844 million – so far, at least – and that’s before you factor in one simple, yet wildly exciting fact: For the first time in the McU’s lucrative history, Marvel Studios is launching three superhero tentpoles in the space of 12 months. Thor: Ragnarok will be the one to give the studio its riotous encore in November, but in between Star-Lord and the God of Thunder is the bouncy kid of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: Peter Parker.

Yes, Spider-Man: Homecoming has fast become one of summer’s biggest tentpoles ever since Tom Holland »

- Matt Joseph

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The Week in Spandex – Spider-Man: Homecoming tracking, Venom and the Fantastic Four not part of the McU, Justice League set photos, X-Men: Dark Phoenix casting

17 June 2017 7:27 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, Venom, Fantastic Four, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Inhumans, Avengers: Secret Wars, Marvel’s Spider-Man, Avengers: Age of Ultron, X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Deadpool 2, Justice League, Wonder Woman, Shazam, Batgirl, Batman, Batman & Robin, Batman vs. Two-Face, Shadowman, Gotham, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning, Hellboy: Rise of the Blood Queen and more…

…There’s less than three weeks to go before the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man swings back into cinemas for the Marvel and Sony-produced reboot Spider-Man: Homecoming, and according to tracking estimates, the film is looking to debut with a domestic opening weekend in the region of $90 million to $108 million. That would surpass both Amazing Spider-Man movies ($62 million and $91.6 million) and Spider-Man 2 ($88 million), but put it below Spider-Man ($114.8 million) and Spider-Man 3 ($151.1 million). And should »

- Gary Collinson

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Tracking For A Big Opening Weekend

16 June 2017 3:40 PM, PDT | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Can Spider-Man: Homecoming restore the character to his rightful place at the top of the superhero genre? As you know, this is the third reboot of Stan Lee's classic character since Sam Raimi's original iteration back in 2002, leaving many to wonder how much damage was done to the brand by Marc Webb's Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014. Additionally, Sony hasn't had a major blockbuster success since James Bond's Spectre in 2015.

Marvel also has a lot on the line, they need to prove that their mastery of the genre can extend to other studios. Marvel needs to maintain a positive relationship with Sony to ensure the character remains a cog in the ongoing McU. Returning the character to pop-culture prominence is good for everyone involved, obviously. Spider-Man will also appear in the upcoming Avengers: Infinity War next year, so it will be interesting to observe his interactions with Iron Man »

- David Kozlowski

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Spider-Man: Homecoming tracking $100 million domestic opening weekend, first track from Michael Giacchino’s score released

16 June 2017 9:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With exactly three weeks to go until Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into U.S. theaters, the official tracking numbers for the Marvel and Sony-produced reboot are in, and according to box office analysts the wall-crawler is looking at a domestic opening weekend of between $90 million to $108 million.

That’s down quite considerably from the $135 million projection from mid-May, and puts it in the same region as Warner Bros.’ Wonder Woman, which opened with $100.5 million at the start of this month. It would however be an improvement over Sony’s two Amazing Spider-Man reboots, which opened with $62 million and $91.6 million respectively.

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 – widely considered to be the best Spidey movie to date – opened with $88 million back in 2004, although the original enjoyed a $114.8 million opening weekend in 2002, while Spider-Man 3 set a record for the franchise with $151.1 million.

Should Homecoming come in on the low-end of the tracking, it »

- Gary Collinson

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The Vulture unmasked in new TV spot for Spider-Man: Homecoming

16 June 2017 3:15 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday we brought you a batch of stills and behind the scenes images from Spider-Man: Homecoming [check them out here], and not with just three weeks to go until its release, a new international TV spot has arrived online for the upcoming reboot, entitled ‘Vulture Unmasked’ which features some previously unseen footage; watch it below…

See Also: Tom Holland confirms Spider-Man 2 and 3

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A young Peter Parker/Spider-Man (Tom Holland), who made his sensational debut in Captain America: Civil War, begins to navigate his newfound identity as the web-slinging super hero in Spider-Man: Homecoming. Thrilled by his experience with the Avengers, Peter returns home, where he lives with his Aunt May (Marisa Tomei), under the watchful eye of his new mentor Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.). Peter tries to fall back into his normal daily routine – distracted by »

- Amie Cranswick

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Danny Elfman Replaces Junkie Xl As Justice League Composer

15 June 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After first hearing that Joss Whedon will serve as a closer of sorts, replacing Zack Snyder for reshoots and the remainder of post-production, those looking forward to Justice League must brace themselves because another major change in personnel has gone down. Don’t worry, though, because, like the one we just mentioned, it’ll likely instill you with confidence.

As it turns out, Junkie Xl (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is out as composer and Danny Elfman is in. Yes, this has come out of nowhere, but when you consider that Elfman was responsible for the music heard in Batman and Batman Returns – both of which remain two of the best superhero soundtracks to this day, at least in my opinion – the news should bring a smile to your face, right? But, if you need a little more assurance, know that his resume also includes heavy hitters in the genre such as Spider-Man, »

- Eric Joseph

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Justice League to be scored by Danny Elfman

15 June 2017 9:17 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Joseph Baxter Jun 16, 2017

Danny Elfman is drafted in by Joss Whedon to score the upcoming Justice League film...

Justice League, Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ superhero ensemble effort, has a daunting task ahead if it wishes to match the financial and artistic benchmark achieved by Marvel Studios’ Avengers films. However, the score for the burgeoning super-team film should be more than adequately covered with the acquisition of replacement composer Danny Elfman.

According to THR, a shakeup from Justice League’s relief director Joss Whedon – who recently stepped in Zack Snyder after the completion of principal photography, due to tragic circumstances - will not only see some London-based reshoots, but a changing of musical visionaries. Under the directorial stewardship of Whedon, Justice League will see a major personnel change, with Danny Elfman stepping in for the previously tapped Antionius Tom Holkenborg, an experienced talent in his own right, who operates under the name Junkie Xl. »

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Danny Elfman to Score ‘Justice League,’ Will Probably Charge More Than $1

15 June 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Elfman returns…to superhero movies. Danny Elfman, the composer for classic superhero movies like Tim Burton’s Batman and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, has signed on to score Justice League. This may throw a wrench in Elfman’s recently announced plans to score smaller films for $1 — I’m pretty sure Warner Bros. will pay him a little bit more […]

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- Hoai-Tran Bui

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