Disney had no problem topping the charts again this summer with their release of the remake of The Lion King. Audiences may not be sure whether to call this movie animation or live-action, but they clearly had to see it for themselves to the tune of a $185 million opening weekend at the domestic box office. That’s enough to give the movie the #9 spot on the chart of the best opening weekends of all-time. Read More »
Jake Gyllenhaal‘s Mysterio, aka Quentin Beck, makes a big entrance in the opening minutes of Spider-Man: Far From Home, blasting into frame and announcing himself as a new hero in front of Nick Fury and Maria Hill. But while that flashy introduction got everyone’s attention, there was a different moment in the film in which Quentin Beck blended in so well that he went totally unnoticed. Read about Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio cameo below, and see a photo of what he was wearing that day so you can try to spot him during a rewatch.
Fair warning, though: spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home are ahead. Read More »
Donald Glover has had a longstanding relationship with the character of Spider-Man. A viral online campaign to get him cast as the next webslinger after Tobey Maguire was so popular that the actor has basically become a part of Spider-Man lore himself. Easter eggs in Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse reference him, and Glover even got cast to first voice Miles Morales in the animated Ultimate Spider-Man. And, of course, there was that cameo in Spider-Man: Homecoming.
But what about its sequel Spider-Man: Far From Home? Screenwriters Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers revealed that they initially planned to bring back Glover’s character from Homecoming to the sequel, but the cameo was ultimately scrapped.
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David, Devindra, and Jeff are joined by Dan Gvozden, co-host of the Amazing Spider-Talk: A Spider-Man Podcast, to discuss Spider-man: Far From Home. In a post-Endgame world, does the last film in the phase III of the MCU fill a void in the super-hero genre?
Watch the Youtube video “The Problem Solving of Filmmaking” by David Sandberg, director of Shazam!
Read Dan Gvozden’s “Definitive List of Spider-Man: Far From Home References and Easter Eggs” in The Hollywood Reporter. Watch ScreenCrush’s video analysis on Spider-Man: Far From Home’s end credit.
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Despite having three different Spider-Man film franchises, the stories and villains we’ve seen brought to the big screen haven’t had as much variety as you’d think. Sam Raimi’s original Spider-Man saga revolved heavily around Peter Parker’s relationship with Mary Jane Watson, his complicated friendship with Harry Osborn and his villainous father Norman Osborn, and The Amazing Spider-Man series tread similar territory, albeit with Gwen Stacy in place of Mary Jane and a much more ambitious set-up for the Sinister Six that never came to fruition.
But when it comes to the new Spider-Man franchise, we’ve seen plenty of stories that were never possible, and that’s largely thanks to the webslinger’s presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And according to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, that trend will continue in the next chapter of the Spider-Man series, which will adapt a Peter Parker story that has “never been done before on film.”
In order to discuss that possible storyline, we have to dive into spoiler territory for Spider-Man: Far From Home, so if you haven’t seen it yet, that’s your cue to run off. Read More »
(Welcome to Road to Endgame, where we revisit the movies of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and ask, “How did we get here?” In this epilogue, we explore how Spider-Man: Far From Home continues the MCU following the events of Endgame.)
This post contains major spoilers for Spider-Man: Far From Home.
In the first few breezy minutes of Marvel’s latest entry, Peter Parker (Tom Holland) and his classmates deal, at least nominally, with the effects of “The Blip” — a more palatable term than “The Decimation” — which saw half the world return from dust after a five-year interval. As luck would have it, the main cast from Spider-Man: Homecoming remains largely intact, since they were all wiped away. Now joined by new addition Brad (Remy Hii), a teenage hunk who was only a skinny tween when Parker last saw him, the kids all take a trip to Europe and mayhem ensues. Though besides Brad’s presence, only a brief mention of Queens’ homelessness problem and a tongue-in-cheek ‘In Memoriam’ slideshow make Spider-Man: Far From Home feel like it exists in the aftermath of an apocalyptic time-slip.
The trauma of dying during “The Blip” was handwaved in Avengers: Endgame — Parker, upon his resurrection, assumes he “must have passed out” — and why harp on the macabre here, in a teen comedy, anyway? Although, while Far From Home takes a wry approach to global catastrophe, it also rightly condenses the associated grief by grounding it in a single relationship: that of Peter Parker and his Uncle Ben in this series, the late Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.).
Though in making Stark a centerpiece once more, the Marvel series arrives at a vital crossroads: how will these films memorialize their own legacy?
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Marvel and Sony’s release of Spider-Man: Far From Home had no problem taking over the box office this past weekend. But rather than having a gigantic three-day weekend, the blockbuster release spread out the box office love across the holiday week thanks to an early opening on July 2. That allowed the movie to break several records that Avengers: Endgame was not able to shatter.
Meanwhile, on the indie side of things, A24’s release of the cult horror movie Midsommar debuted with the biggest indie opening of the year despite arriving outside of the top five on the box office chart. Read More »
Spider-Man: Far From Home has to answer some huge questions posed by Avengers: Endgame, tell its own Spider-Man story, and advance the relationship between Peter Parker and MJ. Those aspects are all expected elements of a post-Endgame Spider-Man film, but this superhero sequel also has plenty of surprises in store. We caught up with director Jon Watts for an in-depth, spoiler-heavy discussion about all of the film’s biggest and most shocking revelations, including the fantastic mid-credits cameo, that mind-bending post-credits scene, and much more. Read More »
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Spider-Man: Far From Home just hit theaters last week, but franchise director Jon Watts has already been thinking about the next film in the webslinger’s story. There’s quite the long list of villains that Spider-Man has contended with in Marvel Comics, but if the filmmaker has his choice, there’s one baddie that could be a lot of fun.
However, in order to dive into his answer, we must head into spoiler territory for those who haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home. Read More »
In Spider-Man: Far From Home, Peter Parker and his fellow students head to Europe, following a long line of Americans for generations that have headed abroad to expand their horizons. Naturally things go awry, travel plans get askew, and Parker cannot run far away from the obligations that his powers have committed him to.
There are hundreds films that speak to the experience of heading abroad and the kind of antics one gets up to that echo, in sometimes surprising ways, in this newest blockbuster. As more and more of cinema emerges as these megaproductions, there are still correlations, intended or otherwise, to different narratives we’ve experienced in the darkened halls of the movie palace.
In keeping with the notion we’re meant to take this formerly frivolous stuff seriously, here are a few films that speak to these life experiences (excluding Eurotrip was very much an active choice), and how they evoke a sense of Spidey’s own heroic journey.
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