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 »
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If I were to judge The Amazing Spider-man 2 solely on the responses I’ve seen on my film-geek filled twitter feed and my movie critic-filled RSS feed (the film has a 55% rotten critic rating on Rotten Tomatoes), I would think this might be the worst comic book movie of all time.
I saw Amazing Spider-man 2 after some of the negative buzz and was pleasantly surprised. Maybe its that I had such low expectations, but I enjoyed The Amazing Spider-man sequel despite the many problems contained in the villain storylines. But I wasn’t the only one to enjoy the movie, the movie is getting a respectable 7.5 and 74% ratings on IMDb and Dlixster, with almost 250,000 user votes.
Not only was The Amazing Spider-Man 2 a better film than the last movie, but it was a better film than Sam Raimi’s last installment of the superhero tale. Many people seem to be clouded by the awesomeness of Spider-man 2 (one of the best superhero films of all time, in my opinion), and forget just how bad Spider-Man 3 was. Not only that, but the Spider-man 2 rub makes people forget about all the horrible stuff in the first Sam Raimi film (I seem to remember Macy Grey singing a concert in Times Square and Peter Parker coming across an underground professional wrestling cage match in an alleyway, featuring Macho Man Randy Savage).
I watched some of Spider-man 3 over last weekend (yes, its worse than you even remember), and I don’t know how anyone could think that Spider-man 3 is a better movie. I can understand if you had problems with The Amazing Spider-man 2, but it seems to me that most of the people on my social feeds had made up their minds about the movie before seeing it.
The guys at CinemaSins have put together a 13-minute Everything Wrong with Spider-Man 3 video, and ScreenJunkies have released an honest trailer for the Sam Raimi Spider-man trilogy. Watch both videos embedded after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Comic book movies are hotter than ever these days, and one of the people we have to thank for that fact is producer Avi Arad. As the founder of Marvel Studios, he got the ball rolling with films like X-Men and Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man. And while he’s no longer at Marvel Studios, he’s still riding the trend he helped start with films like the new Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Of course, he’s not doing it alone. His partner on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is Matt Tolmach. Unlike Arad, Tolmach is relatively new to the comic book movie game; his only previous superhero movie is the last Amazing Spider-Man. But the results speak for themselves, in a financial means at least. That film was a hit, and the new one is poised to become one too.
At a recent press event, I got the opportunity to talk to the two producers about comic book movie diversity, whether non-Spidey heroes might show up in the Spidey universe, and why comic books still resonate.
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Posted on Wednesday, May 7th, 2014 by Angie Han
Marc Webb wasn’t the obvious choice when he was tapped to direct the first Amazing Spider-Man. His only previous feature directorial effort at that point was (500) Days of Summer, an offbeat not-quite-romcom that — on the surface at least — had little in common with an action-packed comic book franchise like Spider-Man.
But he pulled it off well enough that he was asked back to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and this time he was able to bring a wealth of new knowledge and experience with him. At a recent junket, Webb sat down with me and talked a little bit about, among other things, his involvement in Venom and Sinister Six, his upcoming non-Spidey projects, and why he signed up for so many Amazing Spider-Man movies to begin with.
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