The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in a few weeks, but Sony continues to busily construct the architecture to turn its solo superhero franchise into a multi-spinoff megafranchise, with villain-centric films about The Sinister Six and Venom promising to offer a slightly darker alternative to the glitter-bright Marvel Studios universe. (If you will, Sony’s Spider-verse is the Hot Topic to Marvel Studios’ Pacific Sunwear.) The Sinister Six appears closer to reality, with Drew Goddard apparently onboard to write-direct. But the studio also dropped a potentially big hint about the Venom film on the Daily Bugle Tumblr built for Amazing Spider-Man 2. READ FULL STORY
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2014 will be a big year for Shailene Woodley, Hollywood’s new go-to lady for YA adaptations between the dystopian Divergent and the melancholy romance The Fault in Our Stars. But Woodley originally had a third major role this year, playing ginger galpal Mary Jane Watson in this summer’s Amazing Spider-Man rebootquel. Photos of Woodley on the set showed the young actress rocking some denim jackets and some unconvincing red hair — because no redhaired superhero girlfriend will ever have convincing red hair, and we can all just accept that and move on. But the filmmakers pulled a Paquin before it was cool, cutting Woodley out of the movie, presumably because they needed more time to service current love interest Gwen Stacy, not to mention all the villains from all the spinoffs.
Speaking to MTV’s Josh Horowitz at Sundance, Woodley admitted that she didn’t really know what her future was with the Amazing franchise, but she seemed ambivalent about the possibility of returning. “I don’t know anything,” she said. “But seeing as how they picked up the next two Divergent films, I don’t know how I would keep my sanity doing two big action films in one year. But anything can happen.” True, anything can happen — and if Divergent explodes, it’s possible that Sony would rejigger their ambitious Spidey schedule to make room for an ascendant superstar.
But let’s assume that doesn’t happen. And let’s also assume that that thing we all think is going to happen in Amazing Spider-Man 2 happens, and Mary Jane as a character becomes hugely important for Amazings 3 and 4. Who should take on the role of Peter Parker’s eventual one true love? Here are a few possibilities, ranked on the Dunst scale; post your own in the comments!
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The buzziest project at the four-day geekfest known as Comic-Con must have been something with elaborate costumes, breathtaking special effects, and an epic battle between good and evil… right?
Interestingly, not so much.
EW has partnered with General Sentiment to develop aggregate scores that record not just what’s trending on social media, but also what users are actually saying about those topics. And according to our analysis, the most talked-about thing on social media at the Con wasn’t superhero, sci-fi, or fantasy-related — it was CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, a sitcom entering its ninth and final season this fall.
Those who feel that TV has taken over the Comic-Con crown from movies in recent years have reason to feel validated in this data as well: four of the top five topics trending this year were TV shows (X-Men being the lone movie in that short list).
Check the list below to see which other TV shows, movies, and brands made the top 10 list.
Attention, Spidey fans: EW has teamed up with Tumblr and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 to host a meetup this Friday at San Diego Comic-Con. You can find tickets here — or enter our giveaway to win one of five V.I.P. passes, each of which includes a plus-one.
To enter the contest, come up with your best caption for the exclusive Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo below. It can be a snippet of dialogue between Spidey and Max Dillon (a.k.a. Electro), a goofy guess at what they’re arguing about, a haiku, whatever — so long as it’s about the picture and it’s funny, you’ve got a shot at winning.
Submit your caption through our Tumblr Ask box, along with a valid email address (formatted as “username AT website DOT com,” so that Tumblr doesn’t think it’s spam). We’ll accept entries until 9:30 a.m. ET Thursday, July 18. Winners will be announced later that day.
And please, don’t enter the contest unless you’re already going to be at Comic-Con — even if you’ve got a great idea for a caption.
Last year’s teenybopping reboot The Amazing Spider-Man grossed $750 million at the global box office, which made it the 7th-highest-grossing movie of 2012. (It’s also the lowest-grossing movie ever made with Spider-Man in the title, but hey, have any of your movies made $750 million?) Thus, the sequel, currently titled The Amazing Spider-Man 2, has commenced filming. Columbia Pictures announced that the movie will be the first in the franchise filmed entirely in New York State, which means all the greenscreens will be authentic New York product, not like those fake Los Angeles greenscreens — which might look greener, fine, but that’s just because they go to the gym more often.
In a press release, Columbia revealed the plot for the reboot-sequel: READ FULL STORY
The Superhero Delusion: How Superhero Movies created the Sad Perfect Badass Messiah, and what that says about America
Imagine a world where everyone is a superhero. Would you like to live there? Do you think it would be better than our own world? Or would it be worse? This is an important question, because judging by the most successful movies made in 2012, our country — and our world — really likes superheroes. We all know that the two highest-grossing films of 2012 were about superheroes – The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises. The third major superhero movie released last summer was, The Amazing Spider-Man, which earned $262 million domestically. It was the sixth-highest-grossing movie of the year in American theaters. We tend to lump these movies together because they are all about costumed codenamed characters who originated in comic books. They are Superhero Movies. READ FULL STORY
After 50 years of spinning webs and catching a who’s who of criminals, Peter Parker is out of the hero game.
But Spider-Man is still slinging from building to building — reborn, refreshed and revived with a new sense of the old maxim that Ben Parker taught his then-fledgling nephew that “with great power, comes great responsibility.”
Writer Dan Slott, who’s been penning Spidey adventures for the better part of the last 100 issues for Marvel Entertainment, said the culmination of the story is a new, dramatically different direction for the Steve Ditko and Stan Lee-created hero.
“This is an epic turn,” Slott said. “I’ve been writing Spider-Man for 70-plus issues. Every now and then, you have to shake it up. … The reason Spider-Man is one of the longest running characters is they always find a way to keep it fresh. Something to shake up the mix.”
And in the pages of issue 700, out Wednesday, it’s not just shaken up, it’s turned head over heels, spun in circles, kicked sky high and cracked wide open. READ FULL STORY
Whether they’re dancing half-naked on national TV or playing undercover cops in a film, the chemistry between these couples is undeniable. And with a superhero, the “sexiest man alive,” and an all-star on our list, it only makes sense that these studs’ other halves would be perfectly content with the match-up.
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield, The Amazing Spider-Man
Stone and Garfield made such a convincing super couple in the film that they were ”bitten” off-screen as well. Their chemistry was palpable anytime they shared a scene, especially during their romantic rooftop kiss when the webslinger swept Gwen Stacy off her dainty feet.
Just 24 short years ago, eminent comedienne and Hollywood muse Emma Stone came into the world. Since then, the sometimes-blonde, sometimes-redhead, always-adorable starlet has consistently graced the movie world with her impeccable comic timing and that irresistibly smoky voice.
Along with the news that Shailene Woodley will likely be dying her hair red to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 — and that she’ll be joined by an as yet unnamed hottie playing Peter Parker’s best friend Harry Osborn — we learned yesterday that director Marc Webb and his fellow collaborators are circling Electro as the sequel’s possible Big Bad.
This isn’t exactly shocking news (pun unfortunately intended). The after-credits sequence for The Amazing Spider-Man featured a man (played by character actor Michael Massee), clad in a black coat, sporting a black fedora, whose presence is presaged by flashes of lightning. In the Spidey comics, Electro, a.k.a. Maxwell “Max” Dillon, is an electrical engineer who becomes able to control electricity after he’s struck by, yup, lightning. READ FULL STORY
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