miles morales spiderman

Its been almost four years since Marvel revealed they would be introducing a half-Black, half-Hispanic Spider-Man named Miles Morales. But the character was part of the Ultimate Marvel Universe, which means that he remained part of a side universe sector of the Marvel Universe, which also included its own version of the classic Peter Parker character. So while it seemed like a huge step forward for diversity in comics, it was also seen as a compromise.

Marvel has now announced that Miles Morales is officially becoming Spider-man in the Marvel Universe, but that doesn’t mean he will be the only Spider-Man in town. Peter Parker is still around, so now we are presented with a universe with two spider-man characters. Will they be able to co-exist in New York City?

And while this is another step forward for Marvel, it seems like we won’t be seeing a black Spider-Man on the big screen anytime soon. Despite Spider-man comic writer Brian Michael Bendis and former Spider-man actor Andrew Garfield both suggesting that the new Marvel/Sony Spider-man should bring Miles Morales to the big screen, Sony seems set on a white Peter Parker as the main character in the series. Maybe that will happen someday too.

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Dope review

Note: This review was originally published during Sundance, in January 2015.

Four days in, Rick Famuyiwa‘s Dope is the best film I’ve seen so far at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. A coming of age story for the “post hip hop generation” best described as a mix of three films: Doug Liman’s Go, Greg Mottola’s Superbad and John Singleton’s Boyz n the Hood.  I’m posting this review the morning after the premiere and its being reported that six studios are rabidly bidding to distribute this film — its insanely accessible movie for a Sundance film and will sure to be a hit that lives on past its festival and theatrical runs. Read my Dope review after the jump.

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Jurassic World Frank Marshall interview

The week before Jurassic World hit theaters, I was able to get mega-producer Frank Marshall on the phone to talk not only about the new Jurassic Park sequel/reboot, but about a variety of other topics as well.

During the conversation we discussed the idea of weaponized dinosaurs, how he came to produce this movie (which has something to do with Star Wars), the cynical online fanboy reaction throughout the development, the Amblin feel of the movie, how the project evolved from earlier drafts, why the previous screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver are still credited on the film after Colin Trevorrow and Derek Connelly did a page one rewrite, the battle of practical vs. cg effects, planning for further sequels, Spielberg’s idea for trained raptors, how Jimmy Buffet ended up in the movie, if Universal Studios will be making a Jurassic World ride for their parks.

I ask him about some of the projects he has on his plate, which include new Bourne movies, a big-screen adaptation of Assassin’s Creed, and Indiana Jones 5. I also ask about the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future, a film for which Marshall acted as producer and second unit director. (I got some details on that latter gig.) All this and more is in my Frank Marshall interview, which you can read after the jump.

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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

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The 5 Best Things About Netflix’s Snazzy New Update

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This Studio Ghibli Full Sleeve Tattoo Has It All

The 10 Best Movies Of 2015, So Far

All The Ways Game of Thrones’s [REDACTED] Might Not Be Dead

Laz Marquez's new Pixar posters

Laz Marquez’s new Pixar poster series

How Greyscale In Game Of Thrones Compares To The Real Story Of Leprosy

Joe Lynch (Everly) Talks Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic World

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Rian Johnson Star Wars dream

When you sign on to work on a Star Wars film, you sign a huge NDA which prevents you from talking about the movie in almost any way possible (for example, see us try to get screenwriter Gary Whitta to talk about Star Wars: Rogue One here). But Star Wars: Episode VIII writer/director Rian Johnson has bet a tiny bit more forthcoming in interviews and on social media (he recently revealed the film format for his upcoming installment on twitter).

Yesterday the Looper/Brick writer/director took to twitter to relay the story of a dream he had which was to inspire a sequence in the upcoming still untitled Star Wars: Episode 8. Of course its nothing serious, but as Rian says, it is “a true story.” Read about the Rian Johnson Star Wars dream after the jump.

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Ant-man comic con exclusive

Hasbro has announced the tiniest San Diego Comic Con exclusive for Marvel’s tiniest hero. The toy company will be releasing a Comic Con exclusive limited edition Ant-Man figure, but the catch is the future will be almost life size: Thats right, the Ant-Man figure will be a 0.75-inch figure, or as Hasbo puts it “smaller than a penny (or a really big ant)”. Find out about this tiny SDCC exclusive as well as a much bigger Ant-Man Comic Con exclusive, after the jump.

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Jurassic World The Avengers Box Office

So you’ve probably heard by now, Jurassic World beat The Avengers U.S. box office opening record. Colin Trevorrow’s Jurassic Park sequel grossed $208,806,270 in the opening weekend, just enough to overtake Joss Whedon’s The Avengers‘ $207.4 million record from 2012. Marvel Studios has published an image online to congratulate the “new box office king.” Check it out, after the jump.

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Rise Against The Empire trailer

The following report comes from our video game writer Jon Christensen:

With E3 Expo 2015 happening this week in Los Angeles, a lot of Star Wars video game news has been unleashed upon us. Yesterday we wrote about the new digital collectible card game Star Wars: Galaxy Of HeroesStar Wars: Battlefront trailer showing 5 minutes of assault on both gameplay footage and a first look at Star Wars: The Old Republic—Knights of the Fallen Empire.  Today we have even more, Disney Infinity 3.0 has released the Star Wars: Rise Against The Empire trailer showcasing the second playset in the upcoming line, which features the reveal that infamous bounty hunter Boba Fett will be included in the new set. Also EA has released another Star Wars Battlefront video, this time a Co-Op Missions Gameplay Reveal featuring “Survival Mode” on Tatooine. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.

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Tom Hanks Art Show

On Saturday June 13th 2015, Gallery 1988 celebrated the opening night of “No Sad Stuff,” a group art show paying tribute to the film career of Tom Hanks, but only depicting movies from the years 1984-1994. The show features paintings, prints and sculptures inspired by films like Big, A League Of Their Own, The Money Pit, Turner & Hooch, The Burbs, Forrest Gump, Splash and Bachelor Party. Hit the jump to see some of the best pieces from the Tom Hanks art show “No Sad Stuff”.
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