Jake Gyllenhaal as Mysterio

UPDATE: We’ve got word that Spider-Man: Homecoming villain Michael Keaton will be returning as Vulture. We talk about what that could mean in our story below.

Jake Gyllenhaal has come close to entering the superhero genre a couple times in his career. When Tobey Maguire tried to play hardball to negotiate a new contract for Spider-Man 2 and any sequels that might follow, Jake Gyllenhaal was waiting in the wings to take the job. Then the Donnie Darko and Nightcrawler star almost suited up for DC Comics as one of the top choices to play The Dark Knight in Batman Begins. But now it will be a Marvel villain role that brings the actor into the fray.

Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are working on their sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming starring Tom Holland. While it would seem that Avengers: Infinity War and Avengers 4 leaves the wallcrawler’s future uncertain, the studios are moving forward with casting for the sequel, and they’re currently in talks with Jake Gyllenhaal to play the Spider-Man villain Mysterio. Read More »

hollywood salaries

Robert Downey Jr. only appeared in Spider-Man: Homecoming for 8 minutes, but those 8 minutes were enough to net him a $10 million payday. If that seems like a lot to you, just wait till you learn how much money Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is making for an upcoming film called Red Notice. Get the details on some Hollywood salaries below.

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mcu timeline

Folding Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe was one of the best decisions that Marvel (and Sony) ever made. But it also may have just messed up the tightly-plotted MCU timeline for good. Is there any way to explain away the timeline inconsistencies caused by the eight-year time jump in Spider-Man: Homecoming? Well, Avengers: Infinity War co-director Joe Russo is going to try.

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spider-man homecoming revisited

(Welcome to Road to Infinity War, a new series where we revisit the first 18 movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask “How did we get here?” In this edition: Spider-Man: Homecoming offers a peek at the margins of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.)

The “Homecoming” sub-title has a sly double meaning in North America, but both the phrase and its many localizations – usually some variant of “Returning Home” – sent a singular message to most of the world. This was Spider-Man back where he belonged, at the House of Ideas, right alongside characters he’d shared the page with for over 50 years. In order to re-establish him though, Marvel needed to answer a key question following his appearance in Captain America: Civil War: Where does Spider-Man fit in a world of Avengers?

The Marvel Cinematic Universe had been around for nearly 10 years by the time we got Spider-Man: Homecoming. This fictional world began shortly after Tobey Maguire vacated the spider-suit, and it continued through Andrew Garfield fizzling out. Tom Holland was to be the third on-screen Spider-Man in under a decade, and separating him from the other two became imperative. In both prior incarnations, Spider-Man was the only hero around and he had to rise to the occasion no matter how big the threat. Holland’s Peter Parker however – younger, smaller, and of meeker demeanor – exists in a world much like our own: a world where a kid his age had grown up watching Avengers rule the skies, as the little guys looked up in awe.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Sequel

With less than a week until release, all of the attention is on Avengers: Infinity War with Marvel Studios is kicking off their domestic promotional tour with a press junket today. While there likely won’t be any major revelations to come about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, it seems that some little details teasing what’s to come are likely to surface. At least that’s the case with one of Marvel’s superheroes who just started his own franchise last year.

Spider-Man: Homecoming kicked off a whole new Spidey franchise after bringing the hero into the MCU with Captain America: Civil War. So even though some heroes may see their story arc coming to an end, Spider-Man won’t be one of them. Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios already have a sequel scheduled to arrive in the summer of 2019, and when Spidey returns to action without The Avengers surrounding him, he won’t be staying in New York. In fact, he won’t be staying in the United States either. Read More »

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2017 most profitable movies

Box office reports are easy to parse through, but what about the overall net profit of a movie? And when you factor in production and marketing costs, what do the lists of highest-grossing movies really look like?

According to the new reports about the 2017 most profitable movies, not too different than what you’d expect.

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We caught glimpses of Spider-Man’s Iron Spider suit at the end of Spider-Man: Homecoming and in the trailer for Avengers: Infinity War. Now a new image provides us with a new look at the Infinity War Iron Spider armor in all its glory, including a feature that originally appears in the Civil War comics. See it below.

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All the Marvel Big Bads, Ranked By Badness

Black Panther Trailer

This past weekend saw the release of Marvel’s Black Panther and the debut of Michael B. Jordan’s striking new villain. So you know what that means: it’s time to update our Marvel villain ranking.

If you’re still reading, there are two things to keep in mind regarding this particularly ranking of Marvel’s bad guys. One, I’m judging them all based on Personality and Plan Points. How magnetic are they? How stupid is their plan for world domination (or whatever else they’re seeking)?

Two, Thanos isn’t on it because he doesn’t count. He’s not a villain; he’s a Postmates customer with the munchies. I’m sure we’re all looking forward to Infinity War, when he can legitimately join this list.

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sony marvel deal

From the “We’ve made a huge mistake” department comes word that Sony came very close to owning the Marvel characters of the MCU for a rock-bottom price, only to turn the deal down. Back when Marvel was first starting to branch out into movies, they offered Sony an opportunity to snap up the rights to Iron Man, Thor, Ant-Man, Black Panther and more for $25 million.

Sony’s reply? “Thanks, but no thanks.” Whoops.

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Moring Watch - Moments Between Montages

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch the directorial debut of actress Kristen Stewart with a short film called Come Swim. Plus, find out what happens in the moments between a movie’s montage, and watch a Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer cut in the style of the most recent Black Panther trailer. Read More »