18 items from 2015
A tense trailer for a post-apocalyptic thriller, variant cover art for The Walking Dead #1 featuring Michonne and her pets, and Blu-ray / DVD release details for Lost Soul: The Doomed Journey of Richard Stanley’s Island of Dr. Moreau comprise this round-up.
Z for Zachariah: Directed by Craig Zobel from Nissar Modi's screenplay that's based on the 1974 novel by Robert C. O’Brien, Z for Zachariah stars Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine. The film is slated for a limited theatrical release from Roadside Attractions beginning August 21st.
Synopsis (via Collider): "In the wake of a nuclear war, a young woman survives on her own, fearing she may actually be the proverbial last woman on earth, until she discovers the most astonishing sight of her life: another human being. A distraught scientist, he’s nearly been driven mad by radiation exposure and his desperate search for others. »
- Derek Anderson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Luke Cage, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, The Punisher, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Fantastic Four, X-Men: Apocalypse, Silver Surfer, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and more…
Having been out in several international markets including the UK for over a week (enjoying an international opening weekend of $201 million and setting a record for the biggest ever opening for a superhero movie on these shores), Avengers: Age of Ultron finally made its way into U.S. theaters on Thursday night, with the latest Marvel Studios blockbuster pulling in a whopping $27.6 million from midnight screenings – almost $10 million more than its predecessor in 2012. Reports are suggesting that Age of Ultron claimed the highest opening day in history yesterday with between $94 and $97 million, and »
- Gary Collinson
To the delight of hardcore fans, Spider-Man is back in the hands of Marvel, but thanks to labyrinthine contractual technicalities, Sony can still exploit the character, and they will do so with their own animated movie slated to hit in 2018, with Phil Lord and Chris Miller as producers (and possible directors). Meanwhile, Marvel is eager to quickly integrate Peter Parker into their cinematic universe. It's widely expected that he'll pop up in next year's "Captain America: Civil War," setting the path for a standalone movie in 2017, leading to the character's participation in the two-part "Avengers: Infinity War." So in a way, this next bit of news makes a lot of sense. Latino Review is hearing that the standalone movie will be called "Spider-Man: The New Avenger." Evidently, the previously considered title was "The Spectacular Spider-Man," which following "The Amazing Spider-Man," seems uninspired. This new moniker will certainly let »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in March it was reported by Latino-Review that Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man reboot would be going by the title of The Spectacular Spider-Man, but now we have another possible title, with former Lr writer El Mayimbe claiming on Instagram that the working title for the film is Spider-Man: The New Avenger.
Of course, the film can’t be using both titles, and Latino-Review and El Mayimbe have been throwing out countless wild guesses, speculation and downright laughable “scoops” these past few months (Aunt May movie, anyone?), so don’t be too surprised if this one fails to pan out too. Chances are, they’ll be back with a third rumoured title soon anyway.
The new Spider-Man film is set for release in July 2017, with Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) thought to be in line to direct. According to reports, Timothee Chamalet (Interstellar), Nat Wolff (Paper Towns »
- Gary Collinson
How much Spider-Man is too much? Apparently there can never be enough. Marvel is busy rebooting the live action character for their franchise, but don't think Sony is sitting around and watching one of their valuable properties being handled by someone else. They're still free to try their own hand at the character and it looks like they really want the younger set to get on board with the web slinger. Hollywood's favorite franchise heroes, Phil Lord and Chris Miller, will produce and write the treatment for an animated Spider-Man film for Sony, that will hit cinemas on July 20, 2018 (that's one year after Marvel's scheduled, live action "The Spectacular Spider-Man"). This will be a standalone effort and not part of the Marvel universe. Lord and Miller — who have their fingers in the Lego franchise, "22 Jump Street" series, and are working on "The Flash" — are still deciding whether or not they'll direct this new 'Spider-Man, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Back in February it was revealed that Marvel Studios and Sony had struck a deal that would allow a rebooted Spider-Man to make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut – likely in Captain America: Civil War – ahead of a new solo movie in 2017. Well, now we have what may be our first look at the title logo for the latest incarnation of the wall-crawler – although the emphasis here is firmly on may…
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The above image comes by way of Moviepilot, who allegedly snapped the photo at WonderCon this past weekend, so it’s certainly odd that no one else noticed it.
What do you make of The Spider-Man as a title? Or do you prefer the rumoured The Spectacular Spider-Man? Let us know your thoughts…
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The Spider-Man reboot is set to swing into cinemas on July 28th, »
- Gary Collinson
The last year has been quite a rollercoaster ride for the Spider-Man movie property. After fans were expecting The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to deliver the first “real” Spider-Man movie since 2007’s Spider-Man 3 (flawed though that was), ASM2 suffered a decidedly mixed critical reception and brought in the lowest box office grosses of all five Spidey movies to date. This caused Sony to re-think their strategy towards the web-slinger’s movies, leading to the jaw-dropping announcement last month that Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios would be teaming up to bring Spidey back to the screen, starting off with an appearance in Captain America: Civil War (likely in a post-credit scene) before he gets his own solo movie released on July 28, 2017.
Despite being one of cinema’s more accessible superheroes to date, Spidey hasn’t exactly had an easy time for the last 8 years or so. Spidey 3 was disappointing, »
- Jack Pooley
Following the big Spider-Man news last month, we’ve heard plenty of speculation about Sony and Marvel’s plans for the wall-crawler. Several actors have been said to be in contention for the role, while it’s also been reported that Drew Goddard reportedly set to write and direct The Spectacular Spider-Man for release in 2017.
Well, today has brought more rumours on the Spider-Man casting front, with a tweet from former EastEnders star Sam Strike about landing a role in a major U.S. blockbuster leading several sites to report that he may be set to succeed Andrew Garfield as the wall-crawler.
As it happens, rumour specialists Latino-Review have debunked the story, stating that he’s “probably got cast” in X-Men: Apocalypse or Deadpool, and that Sony and Marvel are still actively reading teen actors to play a fifteen-year-old Spider-Man.
Update: Well, it turns out he’s not Spider-Man, and »
- Gary Collinson
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Age of Ultron, Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Ant-Man, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Wolverine, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern, Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Lucifer and more…
The big news this week was the arrival of the third trailer for 2015’s first superhero offering, Avengers: Age of Ultron [which you can watch here], with Marvel counting down to its release with a short teaser [see here], along with a series of character posters featuring Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Captain America (Chris Evans), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) [see them all here]. And that’s not all the Age of Ultron promotional material we’ve had either, as Entertainment Tonight debuted a behind-the-scenes preview [watch it here], a batch of promo art surfaced featuring Earth’s Mightiest Heroes alongside Ultron »
- Gary Collinson
Ever since it was announced Spider-Man was going to become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there’s be rampant speculation normally only reserved for dubious Star Wars: The Force Awakens concept art.
Will they canonise the Sam Raimi films, with Tobey Maguire reprising the role of Peter Parker? Is the Spider-Man going forward actually Miles Morales? Will Peter have a race change in a bid to diversify the McU? Can you expect a reference in the oh-so-close Avengers: Age Of Ultron? How exactly has a hero everyone was sick of only a couple of months ago become the biggest talking point on the internet?
Now those rumours are starting to coalesce into something regarding actual facts. The current suggestion is that, following the character’s debut in Captain America: Civil War, Sony’s 2017 stand-alone movie will see Peter Parker go back to high school, but »
- Alex Leadbeater
The Flickering Myth Podcast gets spectacular…
It looks like we may have the man to helm the new reboot of Spider-Man in the form of Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods), at least according to the likes of The Hollywood Reporter, Latino Review and Deadline.
According to reports, the film will centre around an already active Spider-Man battling the Sinister Six and will feature a cameo from Iron Man as he “auditions” for The Avengers. On today’s podcast, Luke Owen and Scott Davis discuss these rumours, the nature of speculation and whether there is a chance he could appear in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
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- Luke Owen
Latino-Review is reporting that Marvel and Sony have identified the man to relaunch the Spider-Man franchise, with Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) set to meet with studio execs this week with a view to writing and directing the latest reboot, which is apparently going to go under the title of The Spectacular Spider-Man.
Goddard had been working on The Sinister Six spin-off for Sony, but it seems the studio has scrapped all of its Spidey plans following the deal with Marvel, which will see a new version of the wall-crawler making his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in next year’s Captain America: Civil War.
The report claims that the new series will forego the origin story and instead begin with a high school-aged Spider-Man already established in his crime-fighting career. Allegedly, a “major part” of the first movie will see Spider-Man fighting Iron Man as an “audition” to join the Avengers, »
- Gary Collinson
It didn’t take long after the giant news that Marvel would be getting Spider-Man back (partially) for the company to find someone to take over the first installment in the new look superhero.
Latino Review reported on Monday that the studio is working on closing up Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) to direct and write the film. Goddard was previously set to run Marvel’s Daredevil television series, but left to focus on directing a Spider-Man spin-off, Sinister Six, with Sony.
It seems like he will still be working within the universe as the site says that he will be taking over the first standalone film, rumored to be called The Spectacular Spider-Man. The article adds that it is believed that Marvel is looking for an unknown to take on the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man with the hope that they can have a high school age »
- Zach Dennis
Drew Goddard is good news no matter what film you're announcing. I would say that Goddard is one of the most interesting guys to come out of the recent wave of TV-writers-turned-feature-writers. He's also, simply because of the way things have worked out, one of the most untapped resources working today. So it is tremendous (if not terribly surprising) news that Sony is looking to him to write and direct their second major "Spider-Man" reboot. Latino Review broke the news this morning, and it certainly matches what I've been hearing. I had not heard the rumor about them calling this new series "The Spectacular Spider-Man," but I think that's both consistent with Sony's behavior so far and instantly enjoyable for fans. The things I've heard as well include casting an actual teenager in the part and one movie a year, and if they work that quickly, what i hope happens »
- Drew McWeeny
Maybe this isn't a surprise to those who have been keeping a close ear to the ground on the ever-spinning web of rumors surrounding the Marvel/Sony Spider-Man team up, but the reboot (or whatever they'll spin it as) now has a guiding force and it's one that should surely make fans happy. Latino Review reports that Drew Goddard has been tasked to write and direct the tentatively titled "The Spectacular Spider-Man" (keep those adjectives coming!). And they have some interesting details about what the broad strokes of the solo movie will entail (**spoiler alerts ahead folks**). Thankfully, this new movie will ditch telling audiences the origin story for a third time, and thank god for that. Instead, the the plot revolves around Spider-Man "auditioning" to join the Avengers, which makes sense considering rumors that suggest he plays a significant part in "The Avengers: Infinity War." But what about "Sinister Six"? Well, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Titled “The Spectacular Spider-Man” the reboot will reportedly avoid the origins story route, instead beginning in a world where the web-slinger is already established.
Spider-Man’s personal life will be set during the High School years and both Sony and Marvel are keen on a new actor being able to grow into the role, which backs-up the previous expectation that Andrew Garfield is out and a new Spider-Man will need to be cast. The hope is the series could work similarly to the Harry Potter saga.
Latino Review report that a major part of the new Spider-Man movie will involve him going toe-to-toe with Iron Man and then attempting to pass an “audition” to become part of the Avengers ensemble.
The first film will involve the Sinister Six villains coming together, »
- Matt Holmes
As promised, Marvel and Disney Xd have continued to reveal more cast members for their Guardians of the Galaxy TV series throughout the week, with Vanessa Marshall signing on to voice Gamora and James Arnold Taylor taking on the dual role of both Yondu and Cosmo. In last year's live-action blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, Gamora was played by Zoe Saldana, while Michael Rooker played Yondu. They join previously-announced cast members Kevin Michael Richardson (Groot), Trevor Devall (Rocket Raccoon), Will Friedle (Star-Lord) and David Sobolov (Drax the Destroyer).
The series stars Peter Quill as Star-Lord, the brash adventurer who, to save the universe from its greatest threats, joins forces with a quartet of disparate misfits - fan-favorite Rocket Raccoon, a tree-like humanoid named Groot, the enigmatic, expert fighter Gamora and the rough-edged warrior Drax the Destroyer. The Marvel Animation series is executive produced by Alan Fine (Marvel's The Avengers, Iron Man, »
Marvel has announced who will provide the voice for the final member of the Guardians of the Galaxy in the upcoming Disney Xd animated series. Joining Kevin Michael Richardson as Groot, Trevor Devall as Rocket, Will Friedle as Star Lord and David Sobolov as Drax, will be Vanessa Marshall (who can currently be heard as the Ghost's pilot, Hera, in Star Wars Rebels) as "the most dangerous woman in the universe", Gamora. Like the other cast members, Marshall has plenty of experience having also played the likes of Mary Jane in The Spectacular Spider-Man, Black Widow in Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes , and Black Canary in Young Justice. Marvel will produce the series, with Alan Fine, Dan Buckley, Joe Quesada and Jeph Loeb on board as as executive producers. Update: James Arnold Taylor will voice Yondu and Cosmo. < »
18 items from 2015
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