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“With great power, comes great responsibility.” We all know the line, as it’s one of the most iconic phrases in superhero history. In fact, it was used so well in Sam Raimi’s 2002 Spider-Man movie, and echoed in the next two installments of the trilogy, that both The Amazing Spider-Man films and Spider-Man: Homecoming steered clear of it. As it turns out, however, the recent Marvel movie originally included an irreverent reference to it.
“At the end when Happy (Jon Favreau) is in the boy’s room in school we had him say, ‘Oh yeah, Tony wanted me to tell you, ‘With great power comes… something, I forgot.’ It was a little too meta.”
Honestly, it’s too bad that they cut this, »
- Christian Bone
With Disney and Warner Bros. raking in the cash thanks to their movies based around Marvel and DC characters, respectively, it only makes sense that other studios with similar privileges follow suit. To Fox’s credit, they’ve found much success with the X-Men because, let’s be honest, that’s one of the few properties out there that’s a universe unto itself.
When it comes to Sony, well, they’ve tried doing all they can with what Spider-Man brings to the table. Sure, he may boast one of the richest rogues galleries in all of comics, but it’s hardly what we’d say qualifies for a cinematic universe. Still, try telling that to errant studio executives that aren’t well-versed with the source material and are seeing nothing but dollar signs.
As you may recall, they were planning on doing something like this a few years ago »
- Eric Joseph
Sony has long dreamed of having a cinematic universe of Marvel characters.
In 2014, the studio planned to have “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” launch a series of spinoff films focused on super-villains such as the Green Goblin, Venom and other members of the Sinister Six. However, those plans were put on ice when the sequel disappointed at the box office.
With the success of “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” a reboot of the series that sends Tom Holland as the wall-crawler back to high school, Sony is revisiting its ambitions to create a Spidey-verse. The new film grossed nearly $260 million worldwide in its opening weekend. Sony has already announced a “Venom” stand-alone film, with Tom Hardy playing the super-villain, and is in preproduction on “Silver & Black,” which will pair Black Cat, a jewel thief, with Silver Sable, a mercenary.
- Brent Lang
According to reports, the upcoming Sony 'bad girl' action feature "Silver & Black", adapting the Marvel Comics characters 'Silver Sable' and 'Black Cat', will also include more Marvel super-villain characters:
Characters include 'Mac Gargan' aka 'Scorpion' from the upcoming feature "Spider-Man: Homecoming"...
'Mendel Stromm' aka 'Gaunt'...
'Anton Rodriguez' aka 'Tarantula'...
'Dimitri Smerdyakov' aka 'Chameleon'...
...and 'Lonnie Lincoln' aka 'Tombstone'.
Other Marvel characters that will make their big screen debut include 'Dominic Fortune' and 'Agent Mark Sim'.
'Black Cat' aka 'Felicia Hardy', was created for Marvel Comics by writer Marv Wolfman and illustrator Keith Pollard, debuting in Marvel's "Amazing Spider-Man" #194 (July 1979), as the daughter of a world-renowned cat burglar.
After suffering a traumatic event as a college freshman, she trained herself in various fighting styles and acrobatics and, after »
- Michael Stevens
Celebrities like Justin Timberlake and Peter Jackson have avoided the mad crush by going incognito at the San Diego Comic-Con fan event In 2011, Esquire magazine writer Chris Jones accompanied Justin Timberlake at Comic-Con dressed as beloved “Sesame Street” duo Bert and Ernie. While attending 2011’s Comic-Con to promote “The Amazing Spider-Man,” Andrew Garfield pulled a double-fake by dressing as… Spider-Man Former “Doctor Who” star Matt Smith put on a Bart Simpson mask to walk the floor at the 2013 event. Bryan Cranston surprised his co-stars at a “Breaking Bad” panel in 2013 with a creepily realistic Walter White mask. Former Harry Potter star. »
- Thom Geier
“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
Rob Leane Jul 13, 2017
Spider-Man: Homecoming makes the franchise feel fresh, without sacrificing its core values. What can Hollywood learn from that?
This article contains spoilers for Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is looking like a huge success already. Big bucks are being brought in at the global box office, the reviews have been glowing, and much of the casual down-the-pub level scuttlebutt seems to be positive as well. This is a remarkable feat, considering that this is the second attempt this decade to reboot Spidey’s cinematic saga.
So, what works so well about it? What lessons can Hollywood learn about reboots from the success of Homecoming? We did a bit of thinking, and came up with this list of things that make the film feel fresh, despite its reboot status...
Skip the predictable stuff
It often feels like the Trump regime has monopolized the business of bad ideas, but Hollywood can always be counted on to remind us that there’s plenty to go around. When Variety broke the news that WB is circling “The Shallows” director Jaume Collet-Serra for “Suicide Squad 2,” the well-sourced rumor was troubling in its own way. For one thing, the news would mean that there is a “Suicide Squad 2,” and that’s a lot to handle at a time when most of us are hanging on for dear life. For another, Jaume Collet-Serra is a promising filmmaker at the peak of his talent and the height of his sway, and “Suicide Squad 2” is the kind of burden that shouldn’t fall to someone who has so much to offer. Or to anyone else, for that matter, because haven’t we suffered enough?
One of the precious few modern directors »
- David Ehrlich
Rome – The Locarno Film Festival has unveiled a rich mix of titles spanning many genres for its 70th edition, marked by a strong French presence that will include Isabelle Huppert playing a physics teacher who undergoes a major personality shift in “Madame Hyde” and Fanny Ardant playing a man who has had gender-reassignment surgery in “Lola Pater” (pictured).
Focus Features’ spy pic “Atomic Blonde” with Charlize Theron and Netflix’s sci-fi thriller “What Happened to Monday?” will also screen in Locarno’s open-air, 8,000-seat Piazza Grande, though without talent in tow.
As in past editions, the lineup of the Swiss fest dedicated to indie cinema combines potential discoveries with new works by known festival auteurs such as Noemie Lvovsky, Anup Singh, F.J. Ossang, Wang Bing, Annemarie Jacir, and a posthumous pic by Raul Ruiz. The official competition comprises 14 world premieres, four of which are films by first-time directors.
Lvovsky’s “Tomorrow and Thereafter,” a »
- Nick Vivarelli
The conversation is changing. With each passing week, more and more female stars have shared their experiences with rampant Hollywood sexism, from horrifying stories about giving “blowjob eyes” at auditions to tales of pay inequality and pushing for more female-led stories. While the sheer scale of the stories is upsetting — it seems like every actress has their own tale to tell — that these stars feel comfortable speaking out on the subject is heartening, one step closer to an industry that doesn’t have this kind of discrimination seemingly baked into its everyday operations.
While there have certainly been misfires along the way — actress and director Elizabeth Banks was recently taken to task for (incorrectly) calling out Steven Spielberg for never directing films with female leads, and “Game of Thrones” star Emilia Clarke compared sexism to racism in an ill-concieved statement to Rolling Stone — the recent uptick in discussion is proof that the, »
- Kate Erbland
This past weekend I saw Spider-Man Homecoming with my friend Chap. We went to the theater right by us early in the afternoon on Saturday. It was the best experience I’ve had seeing a Spider-Man movie in theaters since I saw Spider-Man 2 with fellow ComicMix writer Arthur Tebbel back in 2004. That was thirteen years ago.
So much of what makes this movie work is Spider-Man himself. Tom Holland (no relation to Alec Holland, a.k.a. Swamp Thing) manages to nail playing both a boy with a superhero physique with enough awkward mannerisms to make it totally believable that he would be perceived as big nerd even by nerd science school standards. He handles the social anxiety and doubt of a teenage Peter Parker better than just about anyone else I’d seen play it or write it. Tom Holland approaches the character with a neediness, desperation, love, »
- Joe Corallo
Marvel Comics character Ann Weying is reportedly set to appear in Sony's Venom movie. The excitement for Venom has been through the roof since it was announced that Tom Hardy had signed on and with the possible addition of his ex-wife and Carnage, excitement is about to go up a bit more. Ann Weying first showed up in The Amazing Spider-Man #375 as Eddie Brock's ex-wife, a successful lawyer who is probably best known for turning into She-Venom, or the Bride of Venom and temporary symbiote, which lead her down a path that didn't end so well.
The studio is currently working from a new script by Jeff Pinker and Scott Rosenberg, but any particular plot points are currently unclear at this time. However, That Hash Tag Show is reporting that Ann Weying will definitely be a part of the upcoming Venom movie. According to That Hash Tag Show, the »
Spider-Man: Homecoming is a Spider-Man movie for a new generation -- a generation that desires to see a franchise reflective and representative of the world they currently live in. Yes, Tom Holland's Peter Parker still has to balance crime fighting with homework; and yes, he's still white, but the cast of characters around him are not.
"It was also important to make this the real world. The Marvel universe lives in a real sort of place, so we wanted to be a part of a real school. The real school is in New York," added Goldstein.
It turns there are still some momentum in the Spider-Man franchise, as the third modern iteration of the wall-crawling superhero did big business at this weekend’s box office, with the Tom Holland-starring “Spider-Man: Homecoming” walking away with the top spot at the box office and over $117 million in domestic returns alone. Now aligned with Marvel and its cinematic universe, the Jon Watts film has effectively re-introduced both Peter Parker and his web-slinging alter ego to a moviegoing public who might have felt a little burnt out on the iconic hero after sitting through five other movies and two different series in less than two decades.
Spidey is back, and based on his blockbuster first weekend and plans for a sequel, he’s not going anywhere. So how did Sony and Marvel re-re-boot the comic book kid into something fresh and new? And what can other superhero movies learn »
- Kate Erbland
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
- David Canfield
“The Amazing Spider-Man 3” will never see the light of day, which many consider a good thing. The first two films starring Andrew Garfield as everyone’s favorite web-slinger inspired a lukewarm reaction, while the just-released “Spider-Man: Homecoming” has earned much more positive notices. A new video looks back at what might have been in the third chapter of Marc Webb’s trilogy, including a resurrection subplot that sounds fairly out-there.
“Part of the discussion was that, possibly in ‘3,’ there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died,” says Dennis Leary, who played Captain George Stacy, in the video. “So there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode three.” Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) might have returned from the dead as well. »
- Michael Nordine
After a couple of dismal outings with the (not so) Amazing Spider-Man movies, Peter Parker is once again riding high at the box office. The friendly neighborhood hero has locked in $50.5 million during Spider-Man: Homecoming's first Friday in release. This comes from 4,341 screens around the country. Now, the movie is estimated to pull in $120 million or more over the course of its first three day weekend.
Spider-Man: Homecoming was already pretty much guaranteed to be a box office success this weekend, but not even Sony was prepared for these numbers. Sony quietly put out a conservative estimate earlier in the week of around $80 million domestically while other sources seem to have been right on with estimations hovering around the $120 million mark. The perceived competition from Despicable Me 3 seems to have little to zero effect on Homecoming, which makes complete sense since the latter was released last week during the holiday weekend. »
(Spoilers: Do not read if you haven’t seen “Spider-Man: Homecoming.”)
With Spider-Man’s move into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the character’s first solo outing was bound to include plenty of fun nods to the other famous superheros. From Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance as Tony Stark/Iron Man, to Peter’s school showing PSAs featuring Captain America, and references to Thor, Shield, and more, there was plenty for fans to take in.
Spider-Man Theme Song
The film starts right off the bat with a nod to Spider-Man’s long history. Rather than include the usual music that plays over the Marvel logo opening that’s included in every film, the music in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is actually the theme from the 1967 “Spider-Man” cartoon.
- Jacob Bryant
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