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In other words: sequels are back, baby!
Last year saw the Death of the Sequel. So many follow-ups to hit movies and new installments of popular franchises bombed hard. Many of them surprisingly. Outside of some extreme exclusions, such as Finding Dory and Captain America: Civil War, it was a bad year for familiar characters. Enough that I listed 15 properties I believe expired (in current form) in 2016.
Well, it’s a new year and a bright new day for film series. Looking ahead at the next 12 months (present included), there are more sequels, prequel-sequels, spinoffs, and other types of franchise continuations, and a lot of them look really good. Sure, last year we were excited for the Jack Reacher, Bourne, and even Independence Day sequels, but this time it’ll be different.
Inspired by a comment made by Joanna Robinson on last week’s A Storm of Spoilers podcast about this potentially being Marvel’s best year »
- Christopher Campbell
If your only exposure to Spider-Man has been through the live-action movies, then you've only ever known the one Spider-Man. Sure, he may have been played by three different actors with three different takes, but every time they were playing Peter Parker. He's not the only teen to ever put on the Spidey suit, though. The other big name to do so is Miles Morales, and he's finally getting a movie. No, the Tom Holland Spider-Man we just met in Captain America: Civil War isn't getting replaced. That version will still continue on with Spider-Man: Homecoming. But that's not the only Spider-Man movie in the works at Sony. They're also doing an animated movie - one that will be disconnected from the Marvel Cinematic Universe - with The Lego Movie creators Phil...
- Peter Hall
Rumours of Miles Morales making it to the big screen have been strring for a while now and Sony has today made it official that the fan favourite character is heading to theatres for the studio’s untitled Animated Spider-Man movie.
During a presentation by Sony Pictures Animation which covered their upcoming projects, some key details for the animated movie were made public. Here’s the relevant info from the official press release:
From Phil Lord & Christopher Miller, the geniuses behind The Lego Movie, comes an animated Spider-man feature starring Miles Morales. The feature is directed by Bob Persichetti (head of story on Puss In Boots and The Little Prince) and Peter Ramsey (Rise Of The Guardians). The film is written by Phil Lord. Avi Arad (Iron Man, Spider-man), Amy Pascal (Spider-man: Homecoming), Phil Lord & Christopher Miller (Untitled Han Solo Movie) are executive producing; Christina Steinberg (Trollhunters) is producing.
- Samuel Brace
Author: Emma Withington
It’s #SonyAnimationDay and this evening a new Spider-Man has entered the fray. Sony’s Spider-Man collection just got bigger.
The tweets began with the reveal of a stand-alone, animated Spider-Man feature and the writing team at the helm: Philip Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie, 21 Jump Street). With these writers attached to the project, this is certainly a promising start.
#SonyAnimationDay presents video of executive producers of the stand-alone Spider-man animated feature, writer @PhilipLord and @ChrizMillr.
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) January 18, 2017
.@PhilipLord and @ChrizMillr are bringing the Miles Morales story to the big screen in all-new animated stand-alone Spider-man feature.
— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) January 18, 2017
Miles Morales, born of the Ultimate Marvel universe, is set to be Sony’s next webslinger of choice. Morales donned the Spider-Man suit back in 2011 and has since been a saving grace of the Ultimate universe. The comic series Spider-Men generated a »
- Emma Withington
Fans of the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man now have a reason to be very excited. During a recent presentation for Sony Pictures' upcoming slate of animated movies, the studio finally revealed details about their upcoming CG Spider-Man adventure. The most important detail the studio divulged is that Miles Morales, not Peter Parker, will indeed be the focus of this standalone adventure.
The event isn't being streamed to the public, but the Sony Pictures Twitter account has been posting updates from what they are calling Sony Animation Day. The account sent out a couple of updates related to next year's Spider-Man cartoon, which confirm Miles Morales, as well as some other details. Here is what they had to say about it.
"@PhilipLord and @ChrizMillr are bringing the Miles Morales story to the big screen in all-new animated stand-alone Spider-man feature. Experience the upcoming stand-alone animated Spider-man feature, directed by Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, »
Earlier today, Sony confirmed (after much speculation) that it will be the Miles Morales version of Spider-Man who will be featured in their upcoming animated film, which is due for release in 2018. No cast has been announced for the project just yet, and plot details are non-existent, but we do know that it’ll be written by The Lego Movie‘s Phil Lord, who will also executive produce alongside Chris Miller. Bob Persichetti and Peter Ramsey, meanwhile, will be behind the camera to helm.
At a presentation in Los Angeles earlier today, the studio told those in attendance that the film will not be set in the same continuity as Spider-Man: Homecoming, which was widely assumed, and will be completely standalone, allowing them to bring in a whole host of exciting characters who we haven’t seen in the McU yet.
For those unfamiliar with Morales, he took on the »
- Josh Wilding
Marvel Comics’ black Spider-Man is coming to the big screen via Sony. From Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the filmmakers behind “The Lego Movie,” comes an animated “Spider-Man” movie featuring the comic book character Miles Morales, the studio has confirmed. The announcement was made by Spa president Kristine Belson at a slate presentation on Wednesday morning at the Culver City, California studio. Also Read: Zendaya's 'Spider-Man: Homecoming' Role Revealed (Exclusive) “What inspired us the most is that anyone can where the mask. You can be any race creed or color,” said Lord and Miller via a pre-recorded video at the presentation. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
As with the Justice League trailer, Joblo have created another 8-bit rendition, this time for the hotly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming. In addition to the trailer being digitized beat-for-beat, there are some fun easter eggs including a Stan Lee cameo. Check it out here…
See Also: Spider-Man: Homecoming video showcases Spidey’s costume upgrades
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, »
- Robert Kojder
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Remade Trailer of the Day: Want to see what an old school Spider-Man: Homecoming video game would look like? JoBlo redid the movie's trailer in that style: Mashup of the Day: We would love an all-kid remake of Star Wars starring the kids from Stranger Things after seeing this poster by Michael Maher Jr. (via Geek Tyrant): Fan Theory of the Day: Is Harry Potter the biggest Dark Lord in the Harry Potter movies? MatPat goes deep to tackle this theory: Fake Movie of the Day: In her Saturday Night Live hosting gig, Felicity Jones plays the star of a movie called Hot Robot 3: Journey to Boob...
- Christopher Campbell
Why will a stand-in be used a little more often for Benedict Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange? What comic scene would Daredevil star Charlie Cox like to recreate with Mike Colter as Luke Cage? Does Ben Affleck know about the Sad Affleck meme that originated during the Batman v Superman press tour? Could Pierce Brosnan play […]
The post Superhero Bits: Sad Affleck, Batman & Superman Suit Auction, 8-Bit Spider-Man: Homecoming & More appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
Welcome to 8-Bit Trailers, where we take a kickass existing trailer and take it back in time to recreate it in glorious retro 8-Bit fashion. It's as if your Nes never went out of style! This time out, we've got a fan-favorite Marvel superhero swinging into the 8-Bit realm! in anticipation of the upcoming Marvel/Sony collaboration, we've taken Spider-man: Homecoming, starring Tom Holland,... Read More »
- Paul Shirey
Here he is again speaking to Deadline, commenting that: “Lando’s a big deal. He’s the first toy I ever got… It’s interesting, when you have something iconic in a range when people pay attention to it, it’s hard. You want to live up to the expectation, but you can only live up to your own.”
The second Star Wars Story is currently prepping for a February start date with locations in the Canary Islands and Italy reportedly being scouted.
The untitled Han Solo film sees Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The Lego Movie) directing a cast that includes Alden Ehrenreich as the titular smuggler, Donald Glover (Spider-Man: Homecoming) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (True Detective) as »
- Robert Kojder
After a year that felt longer than a marathon screening of the entire Star Wars prequel trilogy, 2016 is finally over. The heartbreak, headaches and downright hilarity of the year we would all like to forget, is now behind us.
Now, fear not! 2017 is here to save the day and it is absolutely packed full of all your favourite costumed crime-fighters. From Wall crawlers, to demigods, to eccentric spies, this year has it all. So, sit back, relax and let your friendly neighbourhood Thn talk you through what 2017 has in store. Check out our Comic Book Movie Preview!
First up is the highly anticipated Lego Movie spin-off, focusing on Will Arnett’s hilariously parodied version of Batman. While the idea was initially met with skepticism, trailers have so far indicated that this could be one of the caped crusaders greatest cinematic outings yet.
The film also boasts »
- Ben Read
Keaton will return to the world of comic book movies for the first stand alone Spider-Man movie for Sony/ Marvel Studios, and will play the villain of the piece, Vulture – or should we say Adrian Toomes.
“Not to give too much away, but interestingly, he is and he isn’t, that character,” Keaton said to Variety of The Vulture being a villain. “He’s a really interesting — and more interesting than I thought — villain because there’s parts of him that you go, ‘You know what? I might see his point.’ Really, really. It makes it interesting to play.”
- Paul Heath
Ever since Marvel announced that they’d be producing a series of Netflix TV shows that would be set in the same universe as their big screen adventures, fans have wondered when we’d see some kind of crossover. Many assumed that Avengers: Infinity War would be the movie that’d unite Earth’s Mightiest Heroes with the street-level vigilantes seen on Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage and Iron Fist, but alas, that wasn’t to be – and it’s actually looking more and more unlikely that it’s going to happen in the foreseeable future.
Wilson “Kingpin” Fisk, in particular, is a character that fans would love to see go up against the likes of Spider-Man and Captain America in the McU. Unfortunately, though, it just doesn’t seem that something like that will ever come to fruition. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio recently confirmed that we’d be seeing »
- Mark Cassidy
After a successful debut in Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland will return as Peter Parker in the upcoming standalone adventure Spider-Man: Homecoming. The actor is joined by a diverse cast of characters as Peter heads back to high school following the events of Captain America 3. New villain Adrian Toomes, a.k.a. The Vulture (Michael Keaton), emerges as a new threat for the young superhero. While we've caught brief glimpses at Adrian in his Vulture costume thanks to the recent trailers, much has yet to be revealed about the iconic Marvel character's transition to the big screen. Michael Keaton recently opened up about his role, offering some interesting insight.
Variety caught up with Michael Keaton to promote his new film The Founder, which expands nationwide January 20 after debuting in an awards-qualifying run in December. When the site mentioned that it's been quite some time since he's played a true villain, »
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Even all these months after its release, Captain America: Civil War still finds itself in the news every now and then. Granted, a lot of the focus has shifted away from Marvel’s massive threequel and towards some of their upcoming efforts like Thor: Ragnarok and Avengers: Infinity War, but Joe and Anthony Russo’s tremendously successful blockbuster is still on the minds of many.
Helping keep it there now is some brand new concept art, which has surfaced on the official website of artist Christian Cordella. If you’re unfamiliar with the name, he’s a notable costume concept artist who’s worked on projects like Star Trek: Beyond, Jurassic World and The Jungle Book. He’s also been hired to do work on some of Marvel’s upcoming efforts »
- Michael Briers
All eyes right now are on Spider-Man: Homecoming. After Tom Holland’s grand debut as the new wall-crawler in Captain America: Civil War, fans are beyond eager to see more of him. Thankfully, they’ll get a chance to do just that when the hero’s solo outing hits in July. But for those who love all things Spider-Man, the fun won’t stop there.
Sony is busy prepping an animated film featuring the iconic hero that’s set to release in 2018. Rumor has it that it’ll be the Miles Morales version of the character who takes center stage, which means this is going to be a very different movie than what we see with Homecoming. So far, that’s all we’ve really heard about it, but earlier today, notorious scoopster Umberto Gonzalez dropped a hot rumor on Instagram which pointed to the Prowler showing up as well. »
- Michael Briers
Michael Keaton will forever be etched in the memories of millions of fans worldwide as the original film Batman, having starred as the Caped Crusader in 1989's Batman and then again in its 1992 sequel Batman Returns, but this summer he's primed to leave behind a whole new kind of legacy, this time a much more menacing one. The Academy Award-nominated actor will of course star as Adrian Toomes a.k.a. The Vulture in Marvel's Spider-Man: Homecoming, which will be the beloved wall-crawler's official entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, following his debut in the 2016 blockbuster Captain America: Civil War. Keaton will star opposite up-and-comer Tom Holland (The Impossible), who is headlining the Jon Watts-directed film as everyone's favorite friendly neighborhood web-swinger. Academy Award-winner Marisa Tomei (The Wrestler) and 2x Academy Award-nominee Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) will also feature in key roles. In a recent profile on Variety, »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Avengers: Infinity War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Thor: Ragnarok, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp, The Defenders, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Runaways, Cloak and Dagger, Legion, Logan, Deadpool 2, X-Men: The New Mutants, X-Men: Supernova, The Batman, Justice League, Shazam, Aquaman, Wonder Woman, Gotham City Sirens, Green Lantern Corps, Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Gotham, Powerless, Justice League Dark, The Lego Batman Movie and more…
We’ll start this edition of The Week in Spandex off in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it’s been announced this week that Anthony and Joe Russo are taking Avengers: Infinity War to Scotland and will shoot in Edinburgh, Glasgow and the Highlands of Scotland. The report also claims that the budget for the film is £400 million (that’s almost $500 million), which would make it the most expensive movie of all time »
- Gary Collinson
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