A decade removed, it seems crazy to think there was a time Spider-Man had yet to be given the big budget, Hollywood movie. In that time we’ve been given four movies and the character’s existence on the big screen is pretty much taken for granted. But imagine this. You’re sitting around in 2001 and a trailer plays touting not only the first Spider-Man movie, it’s directed by Sam Raimi, stars Tobey Maguire, and Spider-man has mechanical webshooters.

It happened. Maybe. Even if those webshooters never made the movie. After the jump check out a mysterious “unseen” trailer for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man that includes mechanical webshooters. Read More »


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Why did Ron Perlman recently dress up like Hellboy? Want to see behind the scenes photos of Christopher Nolan on the set of The Dark Knight Rises? Is there a way to get your phone synced up with Man of Steel content right now? Which problem occurred during the first Dark Knight Rises press screening? How much might Scarlett Johansson make when she returns for The Avengers 2? Did The Amazing Spider-Man have a good weekend at the box office? What honor was bestowed upon Christopher Nolan this weekend? And can you purchase Todd McFarlane‘s original art for Spider-Man #1? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

Comic book adaptations may be a cinema staple these days, but when Sam Raimi‘s first Spider-Man opened a decade ago, Hollywood still wasn’t entirely sure about this whole superhero movie thing. In fact, it was in part thanks to the critical and commercial success of that movie that we’re in the middle of a costumed-hero glut at the moment.

The trend came full circle this week with Marc Webb‘s reboot The Amazing Spider-Man, which starts fresh with a brand-new Spidey (Andrew Garfield) and a revamped origin tale. As that film takes the box office by storm, Kees van Dijkhuizen has taken it upon himself to revisit Raimi’s original trilogy. Watch his 6-minute montage of highlights from the Tobey Maguire movies — yes, even the disappointing last one — after the jump.

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Before we launch into the Andrew Garfield era of the Spider-Man movie franchise, Sony would really like it it you revisited the Tobey Maguire age one last time with its upcoming Blu-ray reissues of the Sam Raimi films. Also after the jump:

  • Sony drops the first TV spot for Men in Black 3
  • Blade 2‘s Blu-ray reissue will feature Guillermo Del Toro commentary
  • Damon Lindelof explains why Prometheus isn’t exactly a prequel
  • Dumb and Dumber 2 is happening, say the Farrelly Bros.
  • James Bond will be sipping Heineken in Skyfall

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Before Disney bought Marvel, the main place to find superheros like Hulk and Spider-Man in a theme park was Island of Adventure at Universal Studios Orlando. Doctor Doom’s Freefall, the Incredible Hulk Coaster and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man 3D Experience were among the most popular rides at the park. However, advances in digital projection and 3D technology had left the latter looking dated in recent years and last year it was announced the ride would get a substantial upgrade.

That upgrade goes into full effect March 8 with a grand reopening including enhancements to the film portion of the ride as well as huge technical upgrades. Read about them all after the jump. Read More »

It’s still the middle of winter now, but it’s never too soon to start planning ahead for vacation time — and with Universal Orlando’s announcement of new and updated attractions to debut in 2012, the theme park is looking better than ever. After the jump, find details on such rides as Despicable Me Minion Mayhem and The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man, as well as updates on the Blue Man Group show and more.

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Fans of films that might-have-been, but never-will-be, are likely aware of David Fincher‘s history with Spider-Man. (And if you read Superhero Bits Monday, you already know about this update. We’ve simply decided to highlight in detail.)

In 1999, Fincher was on a short list to possibly make the film that ended up being Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man (you can read about that here). A decade later he was once again on Sony’s wishlist before Marc Webb appropriately took the job to direct 2012′s The Amazing Spider-Man. In both cases, Fincher simply couldn’t connect with the material. We now have a pretty good idea why.

The meticulous director of Fight Club, The Social Network and The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, opening Tuesday, wanted to pack all of Spider-Man’s origin into an operatic music video that would have served as the opening credits before delving into a totally different story. Read his exact quote and more after the jump. Read More »

The effects house Amalgamated Dynamics is giving gifts this week. First we got a really brilliant reel of practical effects created for this year’s prequel The Thing. Now the company has posted an early effects test for one design of the Green Goblin that was created for Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man.

This test shows a Goblin that is a lot more like the classic comic book version than what we saw in the film, and also one that allowed a lot of emoting on the part of the actor wearing the makeup. But whoever wore this (Willem Dafoe eventually played the role) would have been totally buried in the prosthetics, which may have been part of the reason Raimi went with a mask instead.The mask is also more in keeping with the style of film Raimi ultimately made, even if it wasn’t a great version of the Goblin.

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