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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We didn’t get Donald Glover but we are getting Miles Morales. This past June, the original Spider-Man, Peter Parker, died in Marvel’s alternative “Ultimates” universe, making national headlines. On Wednesday, Ultimate Fallout #4 will reveal Parker’s webslinging replacement to be Miles Morales, a half-black, half-hispanic teenager. Cue even bigger headlines.

Plus, according to writer Brian Michael Bendis, Morales’s look as the new Spider-Man was indirectly influenced by Donald Glover’s campaign for the lead role in The Amazing Spider-Man when the reboot was being cast. Read Bendis’ quote, information about the character and more after the break. Read More »

Don’t expect to see popular Marvel comics characters like Spider-Man at the Disney theme parks any time soon. That seems to be the core take-away from today’s announcements from Universal Studios. The company made two announcements this morning:

  • A Despicable Me 3D experience will replace the Jimmy Neutron attraction at Universal Studios Florida in 2012.
  • The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal’s Islands of Adventure will be fitted with all-new digital animation done in 4K high definition.

By investing money to completely reanimate the Spider-Man ride, Universal is sending a clear message to theme park visitors: “we still own the rights to attractions based on some of the popular Marvel characters and you won’t see these characters at the Disneyland theme parks any time soon.” Read the full press release after the jump, which includes a bunch of details about the new Despicable Me ride.
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We’ve already seen photos of Andrew Garfield as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man and Emma Stone as love interest Gwen Stacy in
Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man. Today we have the first looks at Rhys Ifans as Dr. Curt Connors a.k.a. The Lizard, and Martin Sheen as Uncle Ben.

The first photo, snapped by college student J. Anthony Hall, shows Ifans and Garfield filming an outdoor scene. Not much is actually happening in the still, but it’s worth noting that Ifans is clearly wearing a bright green sock or covering over his right hand — presumably so it can be made to look missing or changed in post-production. (In the comics, Connors was a war surgeon who lost his arm in a blast. Upon returning to civilian life, he developed a serum from reptilian DNA and regenerated his arm. Then he became a full-on reptilian monster. Oops.)

The other images, from the Daily Mail, feature Sheen and Garfield standing outside in sunglasses. I’d guess that they aren’t in character in these pictures, but I can’t be sure. Scroll past the jump to see the full images. [Coming Soon via Obsessed with Film]

Also after the jump: possible bad news for Wonder Woman fans, possible good news for Pepper Potts fans, and an image from The Avengers set, and details on The Avengers‘ budget and locations.

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Welcome back from the weekend, everyone. We’ve got some quick superhero bits and pieces to kick off your week.

Captain America: The First Avenger star Chris Evans revealed in an interview that his character would be getting a new costume for the upcoming The Avengers film, due out 2012. This isn’t a huge surprise, seeing as this summer’s Captain America film takes place in the World War II era and next summer’s The Avengers takes place in the modern day — some updates were probably inevitable. But Evans’ talking about the new costume might indicate that the Avengers costume is significantly different from the familiar red, white and blue one we’ve already seen from The First Avenger. Evans didn’t reveal much else about what the new costume would actually look like, though he did say it was “awesome,” “really cool,” and “pretty rad.” [MTV via Movieline]

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Marc Webb‘s 3D Spider-Man reboot The Amazing Spider-Man won’t hit theaters for almost a year and a half, yet Sony has already ordered development of a sequel. Columbia Pictures has hired screenwriter James Vanderbilt to pen a follow-up. THR reports that Vanderbilt “had a meeting with the Spider-Man filmmakers and studio execs yesterday outlining his take, getting a thumbs up, and will now begin writing.”

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In case that mouthful of a headline didn’t tip you off, we have a plethora of comic book movie news to sort through, so let’s get cracking. After the break, you’ll find an update on the new 3D technology being used for The Amazing Spider-Man, Chris Hemsworth‘s response to the first cut of Thor, news on Ray Stevenson‘s potential reprisal of the role of Frank Castle for the The Punisher franchise, final talks of Summit Entertainment acquiring the feature rights to the comic Crosshair, a teaser trailer, new images and a poster for the upcoming X-Men anime, and Stan Lee‘s deposition for the ongoing Kirby family vs. Marvel court case. Read More »

VOTD: Patrick Boivin’s Black Widow Gone Wild

We’ve featured a bunch of Patrick Boivin’s videos in past editions of Video of the Day, including AT-AT Day Afternoon, a Batman vs. Hellboy movie trailer mash-up, Iron Man vs. Bruce Lee, Bumblebee’s stop-motion animated dance and Boba Fett’s stop-motion Mandalorian Dance. The French Canadian director has just released his newest creation, a stop-motion animated action figure short titled “Black Widow Gone Wild.” The short takes an action figure of Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and pits her against some of movies biggest stars, Whiplash, the t1000, Rocky, Michael Jackson, Superman, Batman, Jack Bauer, Predator and Spider-Man. And what if Black Widow was War Machine? Watch the short embedded after the jump.

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