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Hasbro 2012: Check out new toys for 'Avengers,' 'Amazing Spider-Man,' and (!) 'Return of the Jedi'

The New York Comic-Con kicks off today, but the festivities got off to an early start last night, when Hasbro hosted a preview of their 2012 slate of toys. Since the manufacturer has the rights to big franchises like Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, we went in expecting some intriguing sneak peeks at next year’s superhero projects. But there was a nice surprise in store — or at least, a nice surprise if you’re the kind of excitable geek fetishist who used to save every issue of Star Wars Insider. (Guilty!) Read on… READ FULL STORY

Why do we care if Perry White is black?

Perry White and Spider-Man are both black now. Well, kind of. Laurence Fishburne will play the editor of the Daily Planet in the 2013 Superman reboot, and a mixed-race teenager named Miles Morales is taking over webslinging duties in Marvel’s “Ultimate” universe. Now, you could argue that these changes aren’t “real.” (If you pick up a typical Spider-Man comic book, Spidey’s alter ego is still the indisputably caucasian Peter Parker. If you pick up a Superman comic book, Perry White is still very much his last name.) You could also point out both Perry White and Spider-Man are fictional creations who have never existed, so technically they could be played by unicorns with German accents, and the characters wouldn’t care, because they are not real people. You could even note that race is an illusion, since in another couple hundred years we’ll be multi-racial Vin Diesel lookalikes, except for the anxious white people who will leave Earth to colonize Neptune and rename it “Planet Bob Jones,” which will have great food and terrible music.

But a quick tour through the EW comment boards indicates that people do care — and they care hard. Some commenters make decent, arguable points: READ FULL STORY

The new Spider-Man will be a half-black half-Hispanic teenager

Spider-Man is dead. Long live Spider-Man! Marvel Comics announced today that a new webslinger will appear in this week’s Ultimate Comics Fallout #4. According to the Associated Press, the new Spidey is Miles Morales, a mixed-race teenager of half-black and half-Hispanic descent. It’s an intriguing shake-up for the Spider-Man character; Marvel superheroes tend to be personified by one iconic alter ego, as opposed to, say, the DC Universe, where roughly one million people have been the Flash. (This is the part of the post where I am contractually obligated to note that this new multi-ethnic Spider-Man is actually part of the “Ultimate” side-universe, and that good ol’ lily-white Peter Parker is still toodling along in the mainline Marvel universe. Comic books!) READ FULL STORY

Andrew Garfield surprises 'Spider-Man' fans at Sony panel -- VIDEO

As Andrew Garfield told EW’s Jess Cagle in EW’s VIP lounge Friday, Spider-Man meant a lot to the actor when he was growing up. So it’s fitting that Garfield showed up to Sony’s panel Friday dressed as a fan — before removing his mask and revealing himself as the star of the upcoming gritty reboot. Appearing in front of the crowd in a low-grade Spidey costume, Garfield told the group of attendees, “This has always been a dream of mine,” and then revealed his true identity. The fun moment was followed by a passionate monologue from the British actor about his fondness for the superhero: “I needed Spidey in my life when I was a kid. And he gave me hope. In every comic I read, he was living out my and every skinny boy’s fantasy of being stronger, of being free of the body I was born into, and that swinging sensation of flight.” Continued Garfield, “He inspired me to be stronger .. he reassured me that by doing the right thing, it’s worth it. It’s worth the trouble, it’s worth the pain.”

He was right to tell the crowd, “Here I am as a fan.” A geek heartthrob is born? READ FULL STORY

This Week's Cover: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' -- plus, our annual Comic-Con preview!

Spidey’s back! Well, almost. The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t hit theaters for another year, but in anticipation of next week’s Comic-Con (July 21-24 in San Diego) we’ve got first looks at and inside scoops about the webslinger’s highly anticipated return — including interviews with stars Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone and with director Marc Webb. EW can also exclusively confirm that Rhys Ifans will be playing Doc Conners, who, in an experiment gone wrong, transforms into one of Spider-Man’s most formidable foes ever, the Lizard.

Four years after Spider-Man 3, starring Tobey Maguire, The Amazing Spider-Man promises to be a “more contemporary,” “more gritty,” and “more character-driven” look at the comic book hero. He’s a hero the 27-year-old Garfield knows well. Growing up, “I related to Peter Parker [Spidey’s alter ego] so much because I felt like someone else inside,” he says. “I loved the comic books and the animated TV series and I even dressed up as Spider-Man as a kid.” READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' sued for Julie Taymor royalties

In an arbitration claim filed today, the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society alleges that the producers of Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark owe royalties to Julie Taymor, who directed the musical until her highly publicized departure last March. (The suit was first reported by USA Today.) A rep for the show declined to comment on the suit.

After months of delays and previews, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is finally set to open June 14 on Broadway.

Read more:
At long last, ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ is a ‘frozen’ show

Bono on ‘Spider-Man’ musical: ‘We were way out of our depths’
‘Spider-Man’ reboots on Broadway: What did they change?
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’: Which review is the harshest?

Universal Parks announces new 'Despicable Me' ride, and a major face-lift for 'Spider-Man'

We all loved the yellow, pill-shaped minions populating last summer’s Despicable Me, but what would it be like to be one?

That’s the premise of Universal Studios Orlando’s new ride based on the animated hit, which the theme park announced this morning. Due in 2012, the 3-D experience, which will replace the Jimmy Neutron ride, will plop riders into the world of professed arch villain Gru and his horde of Minions in a story that takes place after the events of the film. “First you’ll be taken into Gru’s house,” says Thierry Coup, the head of Universal Creative Studio, the team developing the ride. “And then you’ll get to see his lab, and then it will get deeper and deeper into some of the areas in that world that are just fantastic.”  READ FULL STORY

What's your favorite superhero movie ever? (We'll tell you some of ours...)

When Thor hits theaters on May 6, it’ll kickstart a summer packed full of handsomely-costumed superpowered individuals fighting expensively CGI’d evil. June brings us the franchise preboot X-Men: First Class and the space-faring Green Lantern, followed by the Nazi-punching Captain America: The First Avenger in July. It’s a feast for comic book fans, and it’s very much the culmination of a decade that saw superheroes rise to the top of the summer box office season, with a host of new trilogies (X-Men, Spider-Man, Blade, Batman), fascinating curios (Kick-Ass, Superman Returns, Ang Lee’s Hulk), and plenty of outright disasters (Daredevil and Catwoman and anything called The Punisher, oh my!). But which superhero film is your absolute favorite? Has anything equaled Christopher Reeve’s Superman? Which Batman do you prefer: Tim Burton’s, Christopher Nolan’s, or Joel Schumacher’s? (Schumacher? Anyone? Bueller?) Do you prefer Iron Man‘s braggodocio or Spider-Man‘s nerdish lovability? Check out some EW favorites after the jump, then tell us your favorite superhero film in the comments. (Extra points if you include a cogent, coherent, and obscenity-free argument for your film.) READ FULL STORY

'Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark' faces sixth delay and possible exit of director Julie Taymor: Report

Spider-Man-Turn-Off-the-DarkImage Credit: Jacob CohlBroadway’s Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark is about to face extensive changes, including a sixth delay and the possible exit of director Julie Taymor, according to a report in the New York Times.

Producers may halt performances for two to three weeks and delay the show’s official opening to sometime this summer in order to rework the $65 million production, which continues to be one of Broadway’s highest grossers despite an icy critical reception last month.

Veteran Broadway directors Christopher Ashley (Memphis) and Philip William McKinley (The Boy from Oz) have reportedly been approached about joining Spider-Man‘s creative team, possibly without Taymor onboard.

When reached for comment, a rep for the show responded, “We are not confirming, or commenting, on the rumors.”

Read more:
Julie Taymor breaks silence on ‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ cast performs on Letterman
‘South Park’ creators: ‘Spider-Man’ musical ‘sucks’ — EXCLUSIVE
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’ seeking focus group feedback — EXCLUSIVE
‘Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark': Which review is the harshest?

Comic book fans: What are they saying about the slew of new superhero films?

superheroesImage Credit: John Schwartzman; Jay Maidment/Marvel Studios In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, we took a look at the superhero-heavy diet Hollywood is serving up to moviegoers for 2011 and 2012. It’s a regular binge of masked celebs, served with generous helpings of high-profile directors, hand-battered in sequels and reboots and deep-fried to golden crispiness. Most audiences will devour this repast of capes and tights. But what are crime-fighting movie fans with more discriminating tastes expecting?

We asked Ahmad Childress, Managing Editor of Crave Online, a media outlet that oversees such fansites as Super Hero Hype and Film School Rejects, to get his take on what comic book enthusiasts and the diehard fanboy-and-girl communities are saying about the upcoming deluge of villain-pummeling epics.

“The thing that usually polarizes people first is the casting,” Childress says. “That always gets debated to death out of everything.”

Read Childress’ take on the buzz surrounding each upcoming superhero flick after the jump:  READ FULL STORY

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