clown trailer

In the years since he filmed the horror movie Clown, director Jon Watts went on to make the critically acclaimed thriller Cop Car and snag the director’s chair on the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. So I could open this post about the latest Clown trailer by making a bad joke about this movie following a perfectly ordinary man who gains extraordinary abilities after being bitten by a radioactive clown, but I would never subject you to such lackluster comedy.

Actually, Clown is about a perfectly ordinary man who gains monstrous new appetites after putting on a clown costume that turns out to be the “skin of a demon.” You know, that old chestnut.

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spider-man

Last summer, it was announced Tom Holland had secured the role of Spider-Man. At the time, we already knew the character would appear in Captain America: Civil War, a role that was highlighted in the last trailer for the film. While it would’ve been more fun to experience the character on the big screen for the first time, it was an understandable decision on Marvel and Disney’s part to promote Spidey’s involvement.

Fans of Spider-Man will most likely be pleased with his role in Civil War, which shows the character at his youngest and nerdiest. Below, Marvel’s Kevin Feige discusses the new Spider-Man, the experience of casting Tom Holland, and collaborating with Sony.

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new spider-man costume

UPDATE: At CinemaCon, Tom Holland confirmed that the title of the upcoming Spider-Man solo movie would be Spider-Man: Homecoming, adding that “it really is a homecoming” for the character. Sony’s Tom Rothman said the title was “obviously” a high school reference, so it seems to fit with the John Hughes vibe we’ve heard about before. Holland says that throughout the story Peter Parker is really trying to find where he belongs. Check out the logo below:

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spider-man marvel cameos

The Marvel Cinematic Universe understands the inherent joys of a connected superhero world – various characters from all corners of the world can brush shoulders, team up, and occasionally battle it out. You pick up an issue of The Amazing Spider-Man and you get a scene where Peter Parker stops by Hank Pym’s lab for assistance. You read a Daredevil story and Black Widow shows up to help out. This isn’t exclusive to Marvel, but the company invented the modern concept of a shared universe back in the ’60s. It’s kind of their thing.

The film version of the shared Marvel universe has proven incredibly rewarding. Bruce Banner can pop up in Iron Man 3, Falcon can show up in Ant-Man, and so on. Did anyone think that the new Spider-Man movie would not take advantage of this? If there were any doubts, they were just put to rest: other Marvel characters will play a role in the next Spidey adventure.

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31 release date

Everybody loves a clown, so why don’t you? Well, probably because the movies have taught us that clowns tend to be insane murderers at best and child-devouring supernatural entities at worst. Anyone willing to put on a red nose and a wig, cinema says, is someone you should not trust.

But hey, at least they make pretty solid fodder for horror movies and it’s starting to look like 2016 will be a banner year for the “evil clowns kill a bunch of people” subgenre. 31 and Clown, both about evil circus folk and both represented by noteworthy filmmakers, have landed release dates. Nightmares do come true!

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Spider-Man IMAX

Even though we haven’t gotten a single look at the new Spider-Man who will be making his debut in Captain America: Civil War in a few months, that’s not stopping the wallcrawler from having his future theatrical affairs put in order. Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have struck a deal for a worldwide IMAX release in theaters when the film arrives in the summer of 2017. Read More »

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Marvel and Sony’s new Spider-Man won’t make his big-screen debut for another seven months, and he won’t get his own solo film for another 15 months after that. As such, it’s going to be a while before we get any concrete plot details about the rebooted franchise.

But in the meantime, director Jon Watts is dropping some intriguing hints. In a new interview, he revealed which books he’s reading as research for his new Spider-Man movie. Find out what Watts’ Spider-Man comic book influences are after the jump. Read More »

age Spider-Man

For some time now, we’ve known that the new Spider-Man entering the Marvel cinematic universe in Captain America: Civil War will be a high school-aged Peter Parker. However, we had yet to hear specifically how old the webslinger will be until today.

Director Jon Watts has been making the rounds talking about his indie thriller Cop Car, and while speaking about the first solo outing for his high school wallcrawler, he confirmed what age Spider-Man will be in the 2017 movie. Read More »

Spider-Man director

Jon Watts got the gig as the new Spider-Man director for Marvel and Sony thanks in large part to his Sundance entry Cop Car, which casts Kevin Bacon as a sheriff on the trail of two kids who have taken his cruise for a joyride. That film shows a great deal of empathy for, and understanding of the young kids at the center of the film. It’s not difficult to see how that empathy, blown up to a larger scale, would be a big plus for Spider-Man.

Still, we don’t know a lot about Watts. And aside from talk that the new Spider-Man movie, with Tom Holland in the title role, will have something of a John Hughes film quality, we don’t even know much about the project at all. In a new interview, Watts talks in general terms about Spider-Man, and while he’s guarded enough to reveal very little, what he says does help build our understanding of the upcoming film. Read More »