The Spider-Man films have represented a diminishing set of returns, for Sony on the domestic financial front (though we don’t have all data for long-tail revenue) and for audiences in terms of satisfaction. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 often felt surprisingly derivative of Sam Raimi’s own Spider-Man 2. When it did explore new territory, the story threads were unconvincing. More than anything else, this latest film felt as if it was the product of yet another mid-stream course correction. To hear star Andrew Garfield tell it, studio notes hurt The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In his eyes, things were in pretty good shape before studio decisions started cutting stuff and messing with the flow of the script.
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The summer movie season is officially over and that means its time to wrap up our 2014 Summer Movie Wager. If you are unclear, every year a group of us attempt to predict which films will be the top ten of the summer season. You get points for being as accurate as possible.
Like most summers, 2014 was filled with surprises and familiarity. The biggest surprise? Guardians of the Galaxy. In just four weeks, it outgrossed every other film of the summer including massive hits like Transformers: Age of Extinction, X-Men: Days of the Future Past and more. What wasn’t a surprise? Almost everything else. Of the three contestants (myself, Peter Sciretta and Jeff Cannata) we all got at least 9 of the 10 films in the top ten right. The order was another story and is what finally declared a winner.
Below, check out the final point totals and watch our wrap-up video podcast. Read More »
Anyone who has a problem with the “Everything Wrong With” or “Honest Trailers” series are about to get very confused. The teams behind those two popular web series’, CinemaSins and Screen Junkies, have swapped gimmicks on the occasion of the ripe-for-parody sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2. So ScreenJunkies did the “Everything Wrong With” video, CinemaSins did the “Honest Trailer.” Up is down, left is right, cats and dogs living together, mass hysteria! Check out the videos below. Read More »
What Marvel movie does Robert Downey Jr. think is the best of the bunch? Were the Russo Brothers worried about Captain America 3 showing down with Batman v Superman? Want to see the Gotham City jail from that film? How much did Action Comics #1 sell for on eBay? Where does Guardians of the Galaxy rank at the summer box office? Why is the Hulkbuster armor in Avengers: Age of Ultron? Read about all this and more in the return of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Does Sony have a plan for the Spider-Man film series? Of course they do! Well, actually… maybe? Any film series “plan” must involve an evolving set of decisions, but in the case of Spider-Man some of those decisions seem to contradict one another. The throughline of the two new films so far has involved Peter Parker’s parents, his father’s work at Oscorp, and Oscorp’s tendency to develop technology that is really great for evil. In Marc Webb’s movies, the company is essentially Ikea for supervillains.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is now on Blu-ray, and some releases feature a bonus disc that explains some of the ideas that are loosely leading up towards the Sinister Six. In some of those bonus features, director Marc Webb confirms the identity of the guy seen at the end of both movies, explains some things that have been rumored about the film, and explains the origin of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 end-credits, as they relate to Sinister Six. )Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follow.) Read More »
How can you buy a 9.0 rated copy of Action Comics #1? Is there a new viral site for Captain America: The Winter Soldier? Want to see the Avengers: Age of Ultron Comic-Con trailer, via storyboards? Where can you see a clip from the Roger Corman Fantastic Four documentary? What does Vincent D’Onofrio look like as Kingpin in Daredevil? Why does Mickey Rourke still hate Marvel? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 by Angie Han
Update: Watch the alternate ending discussed here and many more deleted scenes in a 20+ minute footage embed below.
One of the issues with this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was that there was just too much damn story to get through. Electro’s origin, Harry’s reappearance, Harry’s transformation into the Green Goblin, Gwen Stacy’s relationship with Peter, the Rhino’s introduction… it was a lot to take in.
As it turns out, though, it could’ve been worse. An alternate ending making the rounds reveals yet another crazy twist that got excised at the last minute. Hit the jump for more details on the scene. (Spoilers for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 follow.)
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Want to see the first images of Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne in Batman v Superman? How about see some destruction from that set and where do we meet the hero at the beginning of the film? What does Charlie Cox look like as Matt Murdock in Daredevil? Is Chadwick Boseman going to play Black Panther? Did Paul Bettany reveal any cool Vision updates? Are there new behind the scenes videos from The Amazing Spider-Man 2? How much did Guardians of the Galaxy make on Monday? Read about all this and more in today’s seriously packed edition of Superhero Bits. Read More »
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Sony’s complete revamp of its Spider-Man franchise continues. First, the company moved The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back several years. Now, after Drew Goddard’s Sinister Six opens in 2016, Sony is planning to release a spin-off film starring one of Spider-Man’s female counterparts in 2017. There’s no word on which character it’ll be, though Spider-Woman and Black Cat are obvious options. Lisa Joy Nolan (Westworld, Pushing Daisies) has been hired to write. Read more about the female Spider man movie below. Read More »
This past weekend, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 crossed $200 million in domestic gross. Add in another $500 million across the world, and $700 million seems like a huge success. But fan reactions to the sequel were tepid and it certainly feels like excitement is waining. That’s not good for Sony Pictures, who famously recruited an army of talented writers and directors to shepherd the character in an every expanding, connected world. Two more Amazing Spider-Man films were tentatively scheduled, along with Venom and Sinister Six films. It was an ambitious plan that was definitely less certain after the slightly disappointing reactions to part 2.
Now the plans for The Amazing Spider-Man are even more in flux. Roberto Orci, who was scheduled to co-write The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Venom, revealed he’s left the franchise and isn’t quite sure what’s happening moving ahead. Read his quote about the future of The Amazing Spider Man franchise and more below. Read More »