Spider-Man: Far From Home

This past week, fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe were hit with the bomb that Disney and Sony Pictures might not be able to finalize a new deal to keep sharing the movie rights to Spider-Man. That means we may not see Spidey swinging around with The Avengers anymore, and that means Peter Parker would be playing in a much different sandbox in the creative control of Sony Pictures instead of Kevin Feige and Marvel Studios. In short, it stinks, and now two of the key figures involved have responded.

Tom Holland has played the new Spider-Man through two solo wallcrawler movies, as well as Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame. Kevin Feige produced all of those movies. Now the two have spoken out for the first time about the Spider-Man deal debacle that has engulfed entertainment news all week. Find out what they had to say below. Read More »

Onward D23

Disney/Pixar is pumping the brakes on sequels, and its next movie is a totally original animated fantasy adventure called Onward. As usual, the cast is wildly impressive: Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Octavia Spencer star, and Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is the writer/director behind the new feature.

We learned a bit more about this elf-centric adventure film during today’s D23 presentation – here’s what we know so far.
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Spider-Man Far From Home - Tom Holland as Peter Parker

In his novel White Noise, which won the National Book Award, Don DeLillo famously wrote of an “Airborne Toxic Event.” It almost sounds like a plot device from a superhero blockbuster. Think: Suicide Squad’s self-conscious recognition of the “swirling ring of trash in the sky” trope. The weakest part, visually, of Spider-Man: Far from Home — an otherwise super-enjoyable romp through the post-Endgame MCU — is its CG “Elementals.” These were glimpsed in trailers so it’s no big spoiler to say they’re part of the movie or that one of them does internally swirl in a ring-like formation.

What’s interesting about the Elementals is that they’re loosely based on Marvel Comics villains yet their function in Far from Home, beyond the obvious spectacle, is largely symbolic. Full of sound and fury, signifying something, they’re the superhero blockbuster equivalent of a tweetstorm. Cross-reference: DeLillo’s Airborne Toxic Event. Notwithstanding the recent victory of Thanos, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has struggled in some ways to bring to life its supervillains with as much panache as its heroes. In this one respect, the intellectual-property farm of Marvel Comics has never quite enjoyed its full harvesting potential for Marvel Studios.

Not to worry: Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is now batting 2-for-2, villain-wise, in his solo movie adventures. The media loves a good scene-chewing villain: can we agree on that? Rather than argue politics in a superhero movie review, let’s objectively consider the idea of an attention-grabbing public figure who consistently “cuts through all the static” — vast, continental clouds of white noise — to make sensational headlines. Is he the anointed one, this man? Can he be trusted with ultimate power? To talk about that, we’ll need to get busy with some spoilers for Spider-Man: Far from Home.

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spies in disguise trailer

You know what kids love? Will Smith as a super spy who gets accidentally turned into a pigeon, apparently. Spies in Disguise is an upcoming movie starring Smith and Spider-Man: Far From Home‘s Tom Holland that still baffles the mind every time that twist comes up in a trailer. But it may just be so ridiculous that it’s genius. Watch the latest Spies in Disguise trailer below.

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Stranger Things Wax Museum Prank

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch as the kids from Stranger Things surprise fans with a prank at Madame Tussauds wax museum in New York. Plus, take a look back 24 years ago at the first ever Easter eggs placed by Pixar Animation in the original Toy Story, and listen as the Spider-Man: Far From Home cast answers the web’s most searched questions about themselves and Spidey. Read More »

Spider-Man Far From Home - Tom Holland as Peter Parker

Earlier this year, we learned that an early draft of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse had a scene that would have brought the versions of Spidey played by Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield and Tom Holland into the animated world. But it was thought that the movie may already be confusing enough without tossing other big screen versions of the webslinger into the mix. We never heard what the scene entailed, but Tom Holland recently discussed what would have been a cameo for his version of Peter Parker. Read More »

Spider-Man Far From Home Featurette

Spider-Man: Far From Home arrives in theaters next week, and with it comes the end of The Infinity Saga in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But let’s not forget that this is also a Spider-Man movie, and with it comes the evolution of the webslinging hero. Not only must Peter Parker (Tom Holland) step up to be a more responsible superhero in the wake of the death of his mentor Tony Stark, but he’s also now in control of the evolution of his suits. Well, he’s creating at least one of the new suits, but Nick Fury is responsible for the other one. We’ll let the new Spider-Man Far From Home featurette explain. Read More »

spider-man far from home clip

When you’re a superhero, you do as a superhero does: brood on a rooftop. Now it’s time for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker to have his existential crisis, as he ponders how his superhero double life is wreaking havoc on his personal life in the latest Spider-Man: Far From Home clip. And because it can’t be a Spider-Man movie without Peter having a morally dubious male mentor, Mysterio (Jake Gyllenhaal) steps in to give Peter a superhero pep talk. Watch the new Spider-Man Far From Home clip below.

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Spider-Man Far From Home TV Spots

After the events of Avengers: Endgame, do the high school antics of Peter Parker hold nearly as much weight? If the marketing for Spider-Man: Far From Home is any indicator, it’s the perfect movie to follow the game-changing events of the Marvel Cinematic Universe sequel.

Peter Parker (Tom Holland) quickly became a new kind of Spider-Man thanks to the mentoring of Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.). But now that the genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist is gone, that puts a lot of pressure on a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. But everyone around him keeps telling him how important it is that Tony Stark trusted in him to begin with. See if Spidey can handle being a true Avenger in a series of new Spider-Man Far From Home TV spots. Read More »

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Jimmy Kimmel in Spider-Man Far From Home

The Morning Watch is a recurring feature that highlights a handful of noteworthy videos from around the web. They could be video essays, fanmade productions, featurettes, short films, hilarious sketches, or just anything that has to do with our favorite movies and TV shows.

In this edition, watch a clip from Spider-Man: Far From Home featuring Jimmy Kimmel almost learning about Peter Parker’s secret identity. Plus, find out what a movie would be like if there was no gaffer on set, and find out how The Secret Life of Pets 2 star Kevin Hart does when he’s interviewed while connected to a lie detector test. Read More »