Sony is building its own superhero universe and Venom is intended to be the launch pad. Tom Hardy will be playing the titular character, a man who bonds with an alien symbiote that gives him supernatural powers. Venom was portrayed by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3 (2007) as a rival freelance photographer who becomes the primary antagonist in opposition to Peter Parker. The alien symbiote also made a cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). The plan has long been to make Venom an anti hero in his own solo movie, pitted against a supervillain known as Carnage. In the Marvel comic books, Carnage, similar to Venom, is a symbiote, an alien life form that has tremendous physical strength and can change shapes. Now Riz Ahmed (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, top) is in...
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- Peter Martin
Sony is building its own superhero universe and Venom is intended to be the launch pad. Tom Hardy will be playing the titular character, a man who bonds with an alien symbiote that gives him supernatural powers. Venom was portrayed by Topher Grace in Spider-Man 3 (2007) as a rival freelance photographer who becomes the primary antagonist in opposition to Peter Parker. The alien symbiote made a cameo appearance in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). The plan has long been to make Venom an...
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Author: Zehra Phelan
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Although no word of which character he is in talks to play it has been confirmed that he will not be playing the films villain Carnage, even though he was previously linked to the character which is still yet to be cast.
Tom Hardy leads the cast as Eddie Brock, who in the comics was a photographer; Brock later becomes Venom after bonding with a Symbiote. Venom, conceived as a super villain, became somewhat of an anti hero. A Symbiote is a sentient alien, with a gooey, almost liquid-like form. With any real-world symbiotes, it requires a host, usually human, to bond with for its survival. After bonding, the Symbiote endows »
- Zehra Phelan
Back in 2013, ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ seemed like a sure-fire hit for Sony. During the production of the film, the studio was so sure of their franchise prospects that they began to formulate plans to open up the world of Spider-Man. ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘ and ‘Sinister Six‘ were both announced before the movie had even finished filming. A few months before it’s release, director Marc Webb was confirmed to direct ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3‘. It was in this span of a few months that they began to formulate ideas for the already announced sequel.
When the film came out however, a combination of middling reviews, the infamous Sony hack of 2014, a potential crossover deal with Marvel Studios, and the lowest worldwide gross of the franchise (although still a respectable $709 million) caused the ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3‘ to be cancelled in a matter of months. Then, as history goes, the Marvel deal »
- Taylor Salan
Aww! Look At The Cute Thing!
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, some brand new images from Rian Johnson’s hotly-anticipated Star Wars: The Last Jedi were revealed yesterday, featuring Rey (Daisy Ridley), Luke (Mark Hamill), Finn (John Boyega), Rose (Kelly Marie Tran), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Chewbacca and the Ahch-To inhabitants the Porgs and the Caretakers, along with shots of Supreme Leader Snoke’s Praetorian Guards, Kylo Ren’s Tie Silencer, and the Canto Bight location. Check them all out here.
The Jedi Speaks
And with all Entertainment Weekly photo releases, we also got quotes from Daisy Ridley, director Rian Johnson and Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill. “The fact that Luke says, ‘I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end…’ I mean, that’s a pretty amazing statement for someone who was the symbol of hope and optimism in the original films, »
- Luke Owen
Comic book movies are everywhere now. We’re no longer limited to just a yearly blockbuster film as the industry has more than tripled that number. In addition, we’ve seen our favorite heroes and villains branching out to television and streaming services like Netflix. But with so much saturation and the continual rise in popularity, it’s no longer a question of if but when in regards to the genre’s eventual decline.
As many say that history repeats itself, a strong correlation has been made between comic book movies and Westerns. Westerns have also had their periods of popularity and over saturation since the beginning of the film industry. From 1939 until the early 1950s, Westerns dominated movie entertainment. It was during the 1950s where they peaked, however, after significantly outnumbering other genres.
Just like the Western, comic book films are saturating the market right now. What once were »
- Ryan Christopher
While details on Ahmed’s role have not yet been revealed, sources say that he’ll be playing a popular Marvel Comics character. Sony had no comment on the casting.
Scott Rosenberg (“Jumanji”) and Jeff Pinkner (“The Dark Tower”) will write the script for “Venom,” with Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach producing the movie, along with Amy Pascal. Palak Patel and Eric Fineman are overseeing the project for Columbia Pictures.
“Venom” is set to hit theaters on Oct. 5, 2018.
- Justin Kroll
It’s crazy that a few short years ago, the character of Spider-Man was headed in a completely different direction. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had yet to come out, and anticipation was high that Andrew Garfield would play the character for quite a long time, and that the Spider-Man world would expand into something that would include the likes of the Sinister Six.
Sadly, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 spent a little too much effort trying to set up those films, and not enough making sure the movie itself was good enough. As a result, reception to the film was an all-time low for the franchise, and Sony ultimately scrapped any plans for an Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six movie. Of course, that doesn’t mean no preemptive work was being done on the projects.
Speaking with Den of Geek, Amazing Spider-Man »
- Joseph Medina
Simon Brew Aug 10, 2017
By now, we’ve all been well schooled in how the Spider-Man movie franchise has played out. Sam Raimi’s first two films were excellent, and raging hits. Spider-Man 3 was, by Raimi’s admission as well as many others, a cluttered mess, and not so successful. Then, in came Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man reboots. They were brought to a close when The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did underwhelming business at the box office, leading Sony to abandon its then-planned Spider-Man movie universe.
Now, though, it’s happier times. Sony has been collaborating with Marvel on Spider-Man films, and the first full fruit of that – Spider-Man: Homecoming – has been one of the successes of the summer. Rightly so, too.
All well and good, right?
Well, sort of. Because what all this »
Don Kaye Aug 8, 2017
Filmmaker Marc Webb burst onto the feature film scene in 2009 after an incredibly busy career as a music video director with (500) Days Of Summer, a bittersweet young romance that put Webb on the Hollywood map and made him a director to watch. He was courted after that to direct The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), a reboot of the Marvel Comics character that starred Andrew Garfield as the title character and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. While the film retread some of the same ground as Sam Raimi’s earlier Spider-Man movies, it provided a different enough take on Spidey to earn itself and Webb generally positive reviews.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014), however, was a different story, with a muddled script that seemed too focused on building out a »
Tad Hamilton? More like Dad Hamilton!
Hinshaw Grace later confirmed the news on her Instagram account, writing, “When you’re 6½ months pregnant and someone else does your hair/makeup/wardrobe and makes you feel like a princess for the first time in a whiiiiile.”
Reps for the actors did not respond to People’s requests for comment.
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- Jen Juneau
Back in May, Kirsten Dunst – who played Mary Jane Watson in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy – memorably made her feelings on the subsequent films to star the wall-crawler very clear. The actress remains loyal to the Tobey Maguire version of the character and believes that the two reboots of the franchise that have appeared since Spider-Man 3 landed in 2007 were purely fuelled by greed.
“We made the best ones, so who cares? I’m like, ‘You make it all you want.’ They’re just milking that cow for money. It’s so obvious. You know what I mean?’”
You know, she’s entitled to her own opinion and I’m not one to judge at all. »
- Christian Bone
This article explores some of the worst things that Venom has done to Spider-Man over the years, including single-handedly ruining Spider-Man 3! »
- Chris Snellgrove
Despite the fact that Sony has decided to confound us all by building a cinematic universe of their own comprised of Spider-Man’s supporting characters that doesn’t seem to actually be inhabited by the icon himself, it’s very hard not to look forward to a movie starring Black Cat and Silver Sable, even if it could use a better title than Silver & Black.
But as is the case with any superhero movie, we can’t help but wonder who the antagonists will be. Well, according to the folks at That Hashtag Show, there will be a handful. Fortunately, it won’t be the Sinister Six, but we still can’t help but express some concern because it appears as though Sony won’t ever learn from its mistakes and will continue to shoehorn as many characters into a given movie as possible. You’d think that overly bloated »
- Eric Joseph
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For Sam Raimi’s third outing with the amazing web-head, not only did the studio’s desire to stuff in characters like Venom steal focus from the villains that he wanted to include — Sandman and Harry Osborn’s the Green Goblin — the director’s extended stay with the franchise led to some of the film’s more distasteful tonal risks — dancing, emo Peter Parker anyone?
- Chris Hartwell
“They started seeing each other while they were filming Spider-Man,” says the source. “They’ve been super careful to keep it private and out of the public eye but they’ve gone on vacations with each other and try and spend as much time as possible with one another.”
Adds an insider: “They’re both really ambitious and they challenge each other — but, most importantly, they make each other crack up. They seem to have a really »
- Patrick Gomez and Melody Chiu
Welcome to this week’s “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Spider-Man: Homecoming swung into theaters last week with a huge $117 million debut, making it the second biggest Sony opening since Spider-Man 3 in 2007. The movie world is still abuzz over the new iteration of Peter Parker, but another one of the most anticipated movies of the summer opens this week in the form of War for the Planet of the Apes. The final chapter of the acclaimed reboot trilogy will be pitted against the PG-13 rated horror flick, Wish Upon. It might be obvious which one you should see, but let’s break them both down.
- Scott Davis
With final weekend numbers in, “Spider-Man: Homecoming” officially has the second-biggest opening for the famous web-slinger, finishing second to “Spider-Man 3” but outperforming the 2002 original and both of Andrew Garfield’s “Amazing Spider-Man” reboot films. But when the numbers are adjusted for inflation, they reveal a different trend that shows just how much times have changed since Tobey Maguire first slipped into the red-and-blue suit 15 years ago. While “Homecoming” is still a big win for Sony and Marvel Studios, it is definitely facing a far different cinematic landscape than before “Iron Man” changed everything. Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming': Can He Really. »
- Jeremy Fuster and Beatrice Verhoeven
Well, it seems like Spider-Man is officially back on the map. Despite the fact that this is the third incarnation of the character in less than 20 years — and despite the fact that people were already fed up with the character back in the early 2010s when The Amazing Spider-Man was released, it seems like Marvel Studios has helped to inject new life into the overused character. Spider-Man: Homecoming, the latest film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was only predicted to take in $80 to $110 million, with Sony’s own projections hovering more in the $80 million range. Thanks to incredibly strong reviews, as well as amazing fan reaction, the film went on to make $117 million domestically in its opening weekend. This puts it directly behind only one other Spider-Man film — Spider-Man 3. It has outperformed all others, especially the more recent Amazing Spider-Man films. What’s more is that the film has »
- Joseph Medina
Sony.s $US175 million bet on rebooting the flagging Spider-Man franchise looks like paying off as Spider-Man: Homecoming smashed opening records for the series in 56 international markets last weekend, including Australia.
That obliterates the $5.3 million debut of The Amazing Spider Man 2: Rise of Electro in 2014, which finished up earning just $16 million.
Just the second feature directed by Jon Watts, who made his debut with the obscure 2015 thriller Cop Car, the Marvel Studios/Pascal Pictures production raked in an estimated $116 million in the Us, the studio.s second biggest opening behind Spider-Man 3.s $151.1 million in 2007, and $140 million on 23,400 screens internationally.
In Oz the top 20 titles. receipts shot up by 58 per cent to $22.5 million, according to Numero, thanks to Spidey, »
- Don Groves
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