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Was the Katee Sackhoff and Ms. Marvel connection greatly exaggerated? Does Chris Cooper think Norman Osborn will appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3? How does Jamie Foxx talk about Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2? What does Chris Hemsworth do different with a Thor movie versus an Avengers movie? Want to see a makeup test for X-Men: First Class? Could the lack of female superhero movies be out of Hollywood’s hands? Where can you see a beautiful animated Batman fairytale? Which Firefly star is coming to Arrow? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »

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Mary Jane Watson

Between James Ponsoldt’s The Spectacular Now, Gregg Araki’s White Bird in a Blizzard, and the YA adaptations Divergent and The Fault in Our Stars, Shailene Woodley is about to become totally ubiquitous. One place we won’t see her, though is in Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

The rising actress has just revealed that her small part as Mary Jane Watson has been excised entirely from the comic book sequel, months after she finished shooting scenes for it. But Team Mary Jane needn’t despair — she’s still set to appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 3, due out in 2014. Hit the jump to get the details.

UPDATE: Webb has now explained his decision, and there’s word that another actress could play the role in The Amazing Spider-Man 3. More after the jump.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4′ Announced

The Amazing Spider-Man

Sony Pictures is currently in production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but they’ve today announced release dates for two more Spider-Man films.

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will hit theaters on May 2, 2014 (as we’ve known)
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will hit theaters on June 10, 2016
  • The Amazing Spider-Man 4 will hit theaters on May 4, 2018

The fact that Sony is announcing these dates shows an insane confidence in the future of this comic book franchise, and have very likely already mapped out a story roadmap for the series at least through the third film. There have been rumors about an appearance of The Sinister Six in the third movie — a villainous super-group featuring the Lizard, Vulture, Electro, Rhino, and possibly the Green Goblin. That seemed like a lot to set up in time for the third film, but spreading out the story to four films gives Webb much more room to work.

Read the full press release after the jump.
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Doctor Who isn’t the only big geek property that is the subject of rumor today. Marc Webb‘s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (and the likely Amazing Spider-Man 3) and James Gunn‘s Guardians of the Galaxy are both the subject of rumor, with each specifically talking about a villainous character. The Spidey rumors are more likely to be substantial reveals than the Guardians one, but both remain unconfirmed at this point.

We’ll keep all the actual detailed talk until after the break, to prevent those who don’t want to be spoiled from learning anything. Read More »

Buried in the news of Shailene Woodley‘s latest piece of casting was a major piece of news about her participation in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Marc Webb is back to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Woodley has now been confirmed to play Mary Jane Watson, a role previously played by Kirsten Dunst in the Sam Raimi films. Of course in Webb’s first film, Emma Stone played another of the famous loves of Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield), Gwen Stacy.

So how does this all fit? Well, Woodley’s part in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will reportedly be small in contrast to Stone’s, setting her up for a larger role in the trilogy’s conclusion, The Amazing Spider-Man 3. Read more of the spoiler filled details after the jump. Read More »

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