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In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Spider-Man: Homecoming, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Thor: Ragnarok, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Moon Knight, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Hawkeye, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Punisher, Captain America: Civil War, Ultimate Spider-Man vs. The Sinister 6, Spider-Man, Big Hero 6: The Series, Logan, Deadpool/Wolverine, X-Men: The New Mutants, Legion, Wonder Woman, Justice League, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, The Batman, Superman, The Flash, Shazam, Gotham, Supergirl, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Powerless, The Lego Batman Movie, Batman Forever, Extreme Universe and more…
Hello and welcome to the first Week in Spandex of 2017! This year is shaping up to be another huge year for superhero movies, and we’ll kick things off this week with the Marvel Cinematic Universe and its upcoming solo reboot for the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, with Marvel releasing a brief promo video for Spider-Man: Homecoming, »
- Gary Collinson
Of all the criticisms that could be leveled at Kurt Sutter, overthinking a character’s backstory isn’t quite the first to come to mind. But the Sons Of Anarchy creator claims his efforts to delve into a violent vigilante’s motivations were what kept one of his visions off the big screen. In this Looper interview from the fall, Sutter says he was tapped to rewrite the script for the comic-book adaptation that would become Punisher: War Zone, but his ideas ended up being too far out there for Marvel Knights (the studio arm for the company’s “darker” fare) and producer Gale Ann Hurd (The Walking Dead).
Although The Punisher’s backstory seemed a perfect fit for Sutter, the Southpaw scribe actually wanted to “[shake] up Marvel, man!” with a new treatment, but that line of thinking ran counter to what the studio wanted him to do. Sutter ...
- Danette Chavez
While Lionsgate’s 2004 adaptation of the Marvel comic book series The Punisher failed to set the box office alight, the film has gained a cult following of sorts, while many fans were particularly impressed by Thomas Jane’s portrayal of the gun-toting vigilante Frank Castle.
Following the film’s release, Lionsgate spent several years developing a sequel to the film, with Sons of Anarchy creator Kurt Sutter coming on board to rewrite the original script from Jonathan Hensleigh, and Sutter has now shared a few details on his involvement with the project, his take on the character, and the reasons behind its rejection
“I had a couple of general meetings with Gale Anne Hurd, producer of The Walking Dead, and we had talked about a couple of things,” Sutter tells Looper. “She was a producer on the Punisher film, and they had gotten a draft of the script, so they brought me in, »
- Gary Collinson
After the success of 2000’s X-Men and 2002’s Spider-Man, the bell had been rung: Comic book movies were viable once again, and every studio was eager to push their own Marvel heroes into the ring. Outside of the further adventures of the X-Men and Spider-Man, the next few years brought with them cinematic outings for the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and more, with everyone behind them eager to launch franchises. It’s easy to take for granted now how good we have it thanks to Marvel Studios’ uncanny ability to push out hit after hit, but only just a decade ago comic book films had begun leaving more failed corpses behind than success stories, many of whom deserve to disappear into film history.
That’s not to say that even some of the worst didn’t have their occasional merits – for all of X-Men: The Last Stand‘s faults, »
- Geoff Cox
4 items from 2017
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