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Should Electro be the villain in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

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

Who should play Harry Osborn in 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'?

Tucked inside the news that Shailene Woodley is in talks to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the news that director Marc Webb is also on the hunt for an actor to play Peter Parker’s best friend, roommate, and eventual arch enemy Harry Osborn.

The role of the troubled only son of mysterious and distant mega-conglomerate mogul Norman Osborn was, of course, played by James Franco in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man movies. Franco was cast as the rakishly handsome counterpart to Tobey Maguire’s nerdy everyman, but with the new Peter Parker played by the rather rakishly handsome Andrew Garfield, who should fill the shoes of his monied compatriot? Not surprisingly, we have some ideas.


Superhero Showdown, Round 2: Superman vs. Thor! Spider-Man vs. Hulk! And more!

Today, we begin Round 2 of our Superhero Showdown bracket game, moving one step closer to deciding which costumed crimefighter is the greatest superhero ever. The Round of 16 kicks off today with four agonizing big-ticket match-ups. Superman and Thor enter the arena, representing the dead planet Krypton and the heavenly realm of Asgard. Fresh from an upset victory over Ghost Rider, Hellboy will battle Captain Marvel for supernatural supremacy. Green Lantern and Invisible Woman will hurl energy at each other, some of it green, some of it invisible. And in the final bout, Marvel icons Spider-Man and the Hulk will decide once and for all whether it’s better to get your power from a radioactive spider or a gamma bomb.

Click on the image above for a printable bracket. Check out our pocket biographies of each superhero, and scroll to the bottom of each page to register your vote. Voting will conclude in exactly 48 hours, at 12:30 PM EST on August 15. Be sure to check back tomorrow for the other half of Round 2: Batman vs. The Punisher, Wolverine vs. Jean Grey, Wonder Woman vs. Captain America, and Iron Man vs. Deadpool. READ FULL STORY

Marvel characters set to invade Danville

If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if Dr. Doofenshmirtz teamed up with M.O.D.O.K. you are in for a treat.  Disney is creating a crossover special, titled Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel, set to air next summer. The show pairs the Phineas and Ferb gang with Spider-Man, Iron Man, Thor, and the Hulk to stop the two evil geniuses and their allies — Red Skull, Whiplash and Venom — from taking over the world!

The Marvel heroes enter Danville after Dr. Doofenshmirtz’s latest “inator”scheme accidentally removes their powers and immobilizes them. Soon Phineas and Ferb are cooking up a scheme to help them regain their powers and defeat the Marvel Super Villains and Doofenshmirtz.  This sounds like loads of fun, but the claim by Dan Buckley, publisher & president of the print, animation and digital divisions at Marvel, that the crossover “may go beyond this one special” gives me pause. Can we expect to see a Buford/Punisher crossover next?

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Entertainment Geekly: Spider-Man on Film

Ten years ago, the runaway success of Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie kickstarted the whole modern era of superhero movies. This week, Sony rebooted the web-swinging franchise with The Amazing Spider-Man, a movie which has earned critical praise (and a bit of cash) despite the general perception that it might be, well, a bit unnecessary. On this week’s episode of Entertainment Geekly, we talk about the history of the Spider-Man movies — and offer just a bit of praise for the widely-loathed Spider-Man 3 — and ponder where the franchise could go from here. We also talk a bit about Comic-Con, where Jeff will be hosting a certain panel featuring the cast of a certain shortlived Joss Whedon TV show about characters who went on adventures while wearing brown coats. (Hint: It ain’t Dollhouse.) READ FULL STORY

The 'Amazing Spider-Man' credits sequence: So...who was that? [SPOILER]

Every sunset is just the prologue to another sunrise, and every superhero movie is just the prologue to another post-credits scene featuring a first look at a potential sequel villain. And so, the angsty web-swinging reboot The Amazing Spider-Man concludes with a brief tease for the already-in-development Amazing sequel. As far as post-credits scenes go, Amazing wins points for pure non sequitur obscurity. Very little is revealed, although much is teased. Let’s unpack it a little bit, shall we? (Spoilers from here.) READ FULL STORY

Your Comic Book Primer for 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

Amongst all the excitement for Columbia Pictures’ Amazing Spider-Man reboot, there lurks a nagging question: Why the Lizard? There were, after all, proven commodities like the Green Goblin and Dr. Octopus, to say nothing of Venom or the Sandman. (No, I’m begging you: Say nothing about Venom or the Sandman.)  If you or your curious tween wants to know more about the web-head’s latest cinematic foe, you should pick up two recent Spider-Man collections: Spectacular Spider-Man: Here There Be Monsters (2004) and Amazing Spider-Man: The Gauntlet #5 — Lizard (2010).  READ FULL STORY

PopWatch Planner: Plenty of fireworks with 'Spider-Man' and 'The Walking Dead'

Happy Fourth of July Weekend, Part I. It remains to be seen whether July 4 falling on a Wednesday is the best or worst possible scenario for festivities celebrating our nation’s 236th birthday. But at least we have a returning hero who wears the red, white, and (black and) blue on his sleeve. Spider-Man swings back into action after disappearing for… well, only five years. Andrew Garfield might be a Brit, but he was born in Los Angeles, so his Spidey is more All-American that the current Batman and upcoming Superman. U – S – A! U – S – A!!

Sunday, July 1
Euro 2012 final, Spain vs. Italy, ESPN, 2:45 ET p.m.

The most-watched sporting event this weekend won’t be at Yankee Stadium or the grass courts at Wimbledon. It will be a soccer match played in Ukraine, where two powerhouses square off for the European championship. READ FULL STORY

Movie and a manicure? Nail polish inspired by 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

 The Amazing Spider-Man doesn’t swing into theaters until July 3rd, but  a line of nail polish inspired by the superhero franchise is now available at a salon near you.

While much of the merchandise tied to the summer flick will appeal to a male demographic, Sony Pictures commissioned OPI to create a Spidey-themed nail polish collection in an effort to attract female moviegoers. The limited-edition line includes colors like “Your Web or Mine?” red, “Just Spotted the Lizard” metallic green, and “Call Me Gwen-Ever” coral, as well as a new shade of the beauty brand’s patented shatter polish.

This isn’t the first attempt to get women lacquered up before they head to the movies. OPI has previously released polishes timed to the release of The Muppets and Alice in Wonderland, while earlier this year shopping network HSN packaged two of Hollywood manicurist Deborah Lippmann’s most popular nail shades into its Snow White and the Huntsman fashion collection.

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On the scene: Andrew Garfield is a good sport for Worldwide Orphans

As shown in a recent video, Andrew Garfield is pretty handy with a ball. So it was a natural fit when the Amazing Spider-Man star announced he would serve as the Ambassador of Sport for the Worldwide Orphans Foundation (WWO). Donning pipe cleaner mock-ups of the blue spectacles worn by WWO founder Dr. Jane Aronson, Garfield explained that he was drawn to the Foundation after recently becoming an uncle. Seeing the love and opportunities his brother’s twin sons had, he wanted to give the same chance to children all over the world. “Jane and I are trying to offer these kids… a normal, necessary outlet to be physical,” said Garfield. READ FULL STORY

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