Spider-Man

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Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei in talks to play Aunt May for Sony/Marvel's Spider-Man reboot


Flawless
Jul 09
// Nick Valdez
Although I'm having trouble deciding whether or not a new set of Spider-Man films (thanks to Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe) is a good or bad idea, I'm definitely looking forward to them now. When they annou...
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Spider-Man in Civil War

It's official! Tom Holland's Spider-Man to appear in Captain America 3: Civil War


No word on the red and gold spider-armor
Jun 24
// Sean Walsh
As I speculated in yesterday's post, rumor had it ol' Web-Head would be appearing in Captain America: Civil War before he got his own movie. Today, it's official. This makes loads of sense, as Spider-Man is a major part of th...

Tom Holland cast as Peter Parker for Marvel's Spider-Man reboot

Jun 23 // Sean Walsh
Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017.  The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Marvel and Sony Pictures, and producers Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal conducted an extensive search for both the actor and the director.  The studios and producers were impressed by Holland’s performances in “The Impossible,” “Wolf Hall,” and the upcoming “In the Heart of the Sea,” and by a series of complex screen tests.  Following Marvel’s tradition of working with the brightest next wave of directors, Watts also went through multiple meetings with Feige, Pascal, and the studio, before winning the job. Commenting on the announcement, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Motion Pictures Group Chairman, said, “It’s a big day here at Sony. Kevin, Amy and their teams have done an incredible job.  The Marvel process is very thorough, and that’s why their results are so outstanding.  I’m confident Spider-Man will be no exception.  I’ve worked with a number of up-and-coming directors who have gone on to be superstars and believe that Jon is just such an outstanding talent.  For Spidey himself, we saw many terrific young actors, but Tom’s screen tests were special.   All in all, we are off to a roaring start.” Feige commented, “As with James Gunn, Joss Whedon, and the Russo brothers, we love finding new and exciting voices to bring these characters to life.  We spent a lot of time with Jon and find his take and work inspiring.” Pascal added, “Sony, Marvel, Kevin and I all knew that for Peter Parker, we had to find a vibrant, talented young actor capable of embodying one of the most well-known characters in the world.  With Tom, we’ve found the perfect actor to bring Spider-Man’s story into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Sony Pictures will finance and release worldwide the next installment of the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise on July 28, 2017, in a film co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the Web-Slinger. Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
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Miles Morales was a longshot, anyway...
I liked The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel a lot. I was hyped for the Venom and Sinister Six films Sony was talking about. Then, I was SUPER-PUMPED when it was announced Marvel wheeled and dealed their way into sharing the...

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Spidey

Spider-Man reboot/sequel/remake/thing has director shortlist


Spidey actor list known as well
Jun 02
// Matthew Razak
The next Spider-Man film might be the superhero movie I'm most excited for. The Garfield films were fun, but with him joining the Marvel U things should get back on the right track (or not). Sony seems to be doing their ...

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Spider-man was actually THIS close to being in Avengers Age of Ultron


Where's that no good wall-crawler!?
May 05
// John-Charles Holmes
It's no secret or surprise that there was a lot of content from Avengers: Age of Ultron that didn't make it off the cutting room floor and into the final movie, but according to a recent interview with Joss Whedon on the Empi...
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Spider-Man again

Lord and Miller working on an animated Spider-Man film


Apr 23
// Nick Valdez
It seems like I'm talking about Spider-Man every other day, so I care a little less every time. But you know what brings me back into the fold? Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the guys who're pretty much involved with every movie...
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Spider-Man again

Newest Spider-Man film will not be another origin story


Apr 14
// Nick Valdez
Thanks to Sony's Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I've spent far more time writing about comic book movies than I'd like. But I couldn't help it either because Spider-Man's muh dude. After spending some time ...
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Spider-Meng

Drew Goddard could direct Sony and Marvel's Spider-Man reboot


Mar 03
// Nick Valdez
When Sony announced they were bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I thought of many reasons it could be a bad or good idea. But one thing I had never thought of was what potential directors we'd get for th...

4 Spider-Man villains we PROBABLY won't see in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Feb 13 // Sean Walsh
White Rabbit: Having more in common with Batman villains than Spider-Man villains, White Rabbit has no actual super powers, and mostly relies in gimmicks like a carrot-shooting umbrella and robot rabbits. When your aesthetic is Lewis Carol and one of your nemeses is Frog-Man, you have made a disastrous go as a villain.    Swarm: Swarm is a mass of Nazi bees. Seriously. From Wikipedia:  Fritz von Meyer was born in Leipzig, Germany and became one of Hitler's top scientists. Escaping capture after World War II, he became a beekeeper or apiarist in South America, and discovered a colony of mutated bees. Intrigued by their intelligence and passive nature, von Meyer attempted to enslave the queen bee, but failed and the bees devoured him, leaving only his skeleton. The unique qualities of the bees caused his consciousness to be absorbed into them, allowing von Meyer to manipulate the hive to do his will, although some of his skeletal remains are inside the swarm itself. His consciousness merged with the swarm to the extent that they become one being. Nazi bees, ladies and gentleman. Rocket Racer: A hard-luck case with big brains, Robert Farrell used his intelligence to turn to crime to support his family, engineering a rocket-powered skateboard.He went legit eventually, but for a while this dude was racing around on a rocket skateboard committing crime. Yikes. Big Wheel: Naturally, with a last name like Weele, there's not much choice but to build a gigantic death-wheel and begin a life of crime. The Tinkerer, a slightly less obscure villain who is far more likely to appear in the MCU, built Jackson Weele his weapon of circular destruction after a deal Weele made with our pal Rocket Racer went south, a deal that resulted in Weele's apparent death. Twenty years went by before he reappeared, dabbling in heroics, but Big Wheel remains one of the biggest losers in the Spider-Verse. Bonus: Spider-Ham!  Peter Porker, Spider-Ham isn't a bad guy. He's just an alternate version of Spider-Man, but remains incredibly unlikely to appear in the cinematic universe because he is an anthropomorphic pig version of Spider-Man. A boy can dream though...
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Never say never, but we'll probably never see Big Wheel on the Big Screen
Sony and Marvel deciding to share Spider-Man is beyond awesome. It's something I've always dreamed of, ever since Marvel Studios started making movies. Now, one can presume that most if not all of Spidey's supporting cast and...

5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a bad idea

Feb 12 // Nick Valdez
Marvel's Films are Kind of Bland  As much as folks disliked The Amazing Spider-Man 2, I really enjoyed how many risks it took. It was messy and chocked full of half baked ideas, but it was all full of the humor and cheese that I've been wanting out of the Spider-Man movies for years (To be fair, the Raimi movies were full of this awesomeness too). Marvel's films don't really have that same charm. Having the films relate to one another is a blessing and a curse. It's great to have the connectivity, but it's at the expense of each film's uniqueness. Even their weirdest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, still has to reign in its eccentricity with a by-the-numbers plot and generic framework in order to align itself with the other films. It's like there's a sense of restraint on everything, and the loss of creativity is leading to the "Marvel fatigue" a lot of moviegoers are succumbing too.  When Spider-Man joins up, there's a good chance we won't get the crazy Spider-Man that shoots a mini web hand to save his girlfriend, speaks through a megaphone for some reason, and is full of the quips and quirks that Tony Stark already does for the Marvel films.  It's Hard Imagining a Better Peter Parker than Andrew Garfield Casting Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone was the best decision Sony will ever make. Their natural chemistry (and great direction from Marc Webb) helped anchor the two films. And while I agree that he may have been "too cool" of a Peter Parker, Garfield nailed everything else. His awkward, stuttering delivery as Parker was great especially when he shed it under the mask. He may not have written those Spidey quips himself, but a lot of them wouldn't have worked without his great delivery. A sarcastic tone couple with a Spider-Mouth only a mother could love, he was kind of perfect. Shame he's getting the boot.  We're Getting Another Origin Story As much as I want a different kind of origin story, it's still another origin story. Since reboots usually have to start from the beginning, I would've been fine had we at least been given a different character (which is why I'm pushing for Miles Morales so much), but looking at Sony's current prospects (who are both young and white), we're getting another Peter Parker who's in high school. As we can tell from The Amazing Spider-Man's overall box office performance, audiences are getting tired of being told the same story over and over. They're getting smarter, too. Another Spider-Man? Then again, none of this could matter since there's a possibility he's getting shoved into the worst story ever.  The Civil War Storyline is Pretty Dumb Multiple sources have confirmed (or at least what the Internet considers as confirmed) that Spider-Man's first Marvel movie appearance will be in Captain America: Civil War. But that story itself is kind of the worst. I think folks are more in love with the core concept (Captain America and Iron Man fight each other) than the actual story. Sure Spider-Man is a major part of the event, but his involvement in the story is also what sent Marvel fans into a huge, years long huff and eventually led to Marvel's version of the devil taking away his long time marriage to Mary Jane. You see Spider-Man reveals his identity as a way of showing support for Superhero Registration, but it's also at the expense of his own intelligence. The law only pushed for regulation and not full blown identity reveals. Also in the Civil War comic, a robot Thor kills a giant Black man.  What I mean to say is, Civil War just better be in name only. We don't need a huge film where characters just make decisions based on what the companies want rather than have them feel organic. Just because the films are acting like comic books, doesn't mean they should succumb to the same pitfalls. These movies are hard to follow enough as it is, so they shouldn't lump Spider-Man in that mess. His franchise has its own problems.  Sony is Still Pulling the Strings At the end of the day, it's still Sony making the final decision. Rather than a full on partnership, it's like Sony is lending out its characters in exchange for some of Marvel's stuff and a unified plan. Sony still has plans to release its Sinister Six and all female Spider team film, but is nixing Amazing Spider-Man 3. But do you realize how weird that is? If they're going to start with a fresh new take on the universe, why not just axe all of those things completely? And that's one of the many weird predicaments Sony has already put itself in just days after the deal was announced. Marvel may get to use the character sometimes (although we won't know in what capacity until much, much later), but the Spider-Man films are still in the same hands. Let's hope they're capable ones.  But hey this is, once again, a guy just yelling in the dark. It's far too early to see the true effects/ramifications of this business deal. And Marvel and Sony will always make decisions based on what's good for business instead of what some Spider-Nerd like me says. I will admit this, however. This news has me more interested in Marvel's 20 year plan than anything they've ever announced. I was growing tired of superhero films and now look what's happened! I'm writing about comic books on the internet! Look ma! Look at your boy and be proud!  What do you think Flixist Community? Spider-Man or Spider-Meh?
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Wherever there's a hang up, you'll find the Spider-Man
Yesterday I wrote up a list of five reasons why Spider-Man joining the MCU was a good idea, and while I stand by my points, I couldn't shake the feeling in the back of my head. Cold and cynical as I am, it felt weird just acc...

5 Reasons Spider-Man joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a good idea

Feb 11 // Nick Valdez
[embed]218932:42204:0[/embed] Marvel Probably Knows What to do With Spider-Man I may be one of the few Spider-Fans who actually enjoyed The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but even I'll admit it was a bit messy. Clouded with all sorts of open threads and ideas, it really reeked of Sony's desperation to turn a singular property into a massive set of films like Marvel has. And even after the film, Sony's plans were completely up in the air. Rumors of an Aunt May origin story, an all female Spider character team up (which is something I hope still happens regardless) with the best title (Glass Ceiling), and all sorts of complete shots in the dark. But compare that to Marvel's extensive "Phase" plans, Marvel obviously knows what it *wants* to do.  Given that they've bumped their own schedule to work his adventures into the universe, there's a good chance that there's a plan in place. But Marvel's not exactly the end all, be all either. There's no guarantee that their plan to work Spider-Man into a few films will work either, but at least it's more concrete than say an all villain team up movie featuring Paul Giamatti. But it's still up to Sony in the end.  Miles Morales, Miles Morales, Miles Morales If you're scrounging through the internet for more on this deal, then there's a good chance you've heard of Miles Morales. Morales is the Spider-Man in the Ultimate Spider-Man line of comics, an alternate comic universe featuring more streamlined origins for newer readers which Marvel is planning to integrate into the mainline series' later this year with their Secret Wars event. Why is he great? Taking over for Peter Parker after his death, Miles is a half Black/Latino youth who gains powers in basically the same way Peter does. But he's a lot more conflicted about it, and his guilt/anxiety makes for some great reads.  If they absolutely need a new Spider-Man, this could be the hugest step forward for everyone. First of all, Spider-Man would be in an Avengers film (which is what most kids and half of Google's photoshops have dreamed up anyway) and secondly, it'd be nice for more kids to have someone onscreen to relate to. We already have Samuel L. Jackson, Don Cheadle, Anthony Mackie, and  Chadwick Boseman (who's going to be the film's Black Panther), but what harm could come from even more diversity?  We Won't Get The Same Origin Story If we absolutely need to get another origin story (let's face it, it's gonna happen), if it's a brand new character then we won't get the same one. Besides there are quite a few interesting ways Sony/Marvel can go about this. They could either establish a new origin in a solo movie, set Spider-Man up as an already existing thing in whatever cameo role he gets in the Marvel films (so Sony has time to break down what they want to keep from The Amazing Spider-Man films rather than get rid of it all), or just hilariously keep Amazing Spider-Man stuff anyway.  At least we'll be introduced to a new Spider-Man in a new way. But I hope they go The Hulk route and just put the entire origin in the opening credits. Everyone already knows how Peter Parker (or whoever) became Spider-Man, but we need to know why we should care about Marvel Cinematic Universe's Spider-Man. New origin, new focus, same Uncle Ben death probably (but hopefully not). Or keep his identity a secret until the solo film or something.  People Will Stop Asking For It I've never been fond of the comment "Give Spidey to Marvel" when talking about The Amazing Spider-Man, so I'm glad it'll be a thing of the past. But in all seriousness, it'll mean far less confusion for the general audience. Which most likely isn't helped by the Marvel credit tag on Sony's films, most people probably wonder why Spider-Man hasn't shown up in say, Iron Man 3 or something. At least now, it'll be easier to explain to folks. I'll admit this isn't best reason to root for Spidey in the Marvel Universe, but hey I'll take any little step forward I can get at this point.   Marvel and Sony's Characters Mixing Will Make the Universe Better Overall With as big and convoluted Marvel's films are going to become, and with as many superhero films we're getting, the less confusion the better. With a bigger universe where anyone could show up in anything (Maybe Venom fights The Hulk or something), the smaller heroes will shine. I'm super excited for Spider-Man characters like The Kingpin, who could potentially make trouble in the Netflix series (like Daredevil) and then seamlessly pop up in the main Spider-Man films.  Sony also won't have to strain themselves to create a Spider-Man universe from one character. With license to use Marvel's smaller characters (I'm not sure if the bigwigs will come to play every time), there's room to breathe and it'll be easier to digest. But I'm hoping that's part of the plan. Don't forget the Netflix series' are a viable option, Sony!   At the end of the day, I'm just a guy yelling into the air. I'm glad Sony and Marvel both like money, and they'll be getting more from me pretty soon. As someone who's interest in Marvel's films has waned, this is the most excited I've been in a long time. What about you all, Flixist community? Yay or nay? 
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To him, life is a great big bang up
I don't know about you all, but I'm still shocked at the news that Sony and Marvel are finally getting along and Spider-Man will officially join the Marvel movies. The finer details of the deal are still shrouded in mystery w...

Sony's Spider-Man officially joining Marvel cinematic universe

Feb 09 // Nick Valdez
SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT BRINGS MARVEL STUDIOS INTO THE AMAZING WORLD OF SPIDER-MAN New Spider-Man Will Appear First in an Upcoming Marvel Film Within Marvel’s Cinematic Universe Marvel's Kevin Feige to Produce Next Installment of the Spider-Man Franchise with Amy Pascal (Culver City, California, and Burbank, California February 09, 2015) – Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced today that Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.  Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel's Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films. Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films. The new relationship follows a decade of speculation among fans about whether Spider-Man – who has always been an integral and important part of the larger Marvel Universe in the comic books – could become part of the Marvel Universe on the big screen. Spider-Man has more than 50 years of history in Marvel's world, and with this deal, fans will be able to experience Spider-Man taking his rightful place among other Super Heroes in the MCU. Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company said: "Spider-Man is one of Marvel's great characters, beloved around the world. We're thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building." "We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man," said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. "This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans." "Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker's story into the future," added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group. "I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie," said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. "Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel's involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years." Spider-Man, embraced all over the world, is the most successful franchise in the history of Sony Pictures, with the five films having taken in more than $4 billion worldwide.
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Does whatever a miracle can
Wow, so, uh, yeah. I'm at a loss for words. Because both Sony and Marvel like money, and Sony has been wondering what to do with the The Amazing Spider-Man franchise, the two companies are now working together. According to t...

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They all come (web)crawling back
After Sony was soundly disappointed by The Amazing Spider-Man 2 the company was struggling with what to do with the character. As some leaked documents (that we did not cover) showed they even reached out to Marvel ...

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Spooderman

Rumor: Sony is coming up with a bunch of random Spider-Man movie ideas


Nov 12
// Nick Valdez
We like to steer clear of most rumors here on Flixist because if we told you all about each one, we'd be writing about outlandish stuff every day. But Sony's discussing so many crazy Spider-Man movies, we gotta talk about 'em...
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Venom Spin-off

Alex Kurtzman teases a darker Venom spin-off


Just adapt that Spectacular Spider-Man cartoon
Sep 12
// Nick Valdez
It'd be incredibly risky to take a dark tone with a big superhero franchise, but that might be the perfect kick in the pants for The Amazing Spider-Man. And what better character to do it than Venom? After The Amazing Spider-...
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Spider-Woman?

Sony planning female led Spider-Man spin-off


Spider-Woman, Spider-Woman, does whatever a spider does
Aug 07
// Nick Valdez
While fans are waiting on Marvel or Warner Bros to usher in the first superheroine film (sorry Marvel fans, Feige said Marvel's too busy for that), the dark horse Sony may be the first to break ground. Amongst their seemingly...
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Amazing Spider-Man 3

Amazing Spider-Man 3 pushed to 2018, Sinister Six dated


Your delayed neighborhood Spider-Man
Jul 24
// Nick Valdez
After The Amazing Spider-Man 2's dubious quality (although I was a fan!) and tepid box office performance, it seems Sony's taking a step back with this franchise. In a classic case of "counting chickens before they hatch," So...
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Amazing Spider-Man 3

Roberto Orci leaves Amazing Spider-Man 3


Not-So-Amazing
Jul 15
// Nick Valdez
If The Amazing Spider-Man 2's quality left you wondering about the franchise's state of affairs, I'm sure this news may shake that up a bit more. Sony's had huge plans for the films with Venom, Sinister Six spin-offs, an...

Flixist Community Discusses: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

May 08 // Nick Valdez
Here are a few comments from community members who really liked the film!  carg0: Easily the best superhero movie to date, hands down. Chad Almasy: Surprisingly enjoyable. I'm glad I watched it. Scissors (who wrote a much more compelling case than I could do justice, which you can read here):  I loved it. It's my favorite superhero movie of all time, and I've seen pretty much all the ones made in the last 10 years. This movie has heart, yes it's imperfect and I could dissect what's wrong with it, but I don't care. When it delivered, it delivered. I was unsatisfied with the previous trilogy, but the 2 ASM films are telling the Spider-Man story I want told. I always liked the Spidey stories that focused more on the kid behind the mask, and that's why I'm loving these films. Haters be damned, I loved it and I don't care if so many others hated it. And now community members who believe Amazing Spider-Man 2 has too many underdeveloped villains and ideas, but is okay in some areas! Fengor (who also linked to this video review):  Call me when Spider-Man inadvertently breaks Gwen Stacy's neck and kills her. I mean let's face it, the girl is all but marked for death. On a less grim note. The problem I think stems from everyone now wanting to emulate the Avengers movie-universe, and from [the review's] description it sounds like Sony is just checking off boxes as they copy the formula. Jordan Mann:  In this movie's defense, it handled multiple villains considerably better than Spider-Man 3 did [and on the scenes with Peter's parents] Those scenes might have been ok if they went somewhere. But in the end they just added a small amount of exposition as to why Harry was going to turn crazy. Which didn't really warrant all the time spent on them. @VladZhao:  Electro was a different character after the accident and had no real reason to hate Spider-Man. DeHaan was really good. @DaddyBoJangles: Should have been Spider-Man vs. a more fleshed out Harry. Electro was unneeded, only provided some decent action scenes. Nick Valdez (from our review): The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ultimately suffers from franchise syndrome. As it seems intent to focus on the future, we don't get quite a fulfilling present. There's kooky fun to be had, but we're never given enough time to enjoy it before we're given more information about future movies. In fact if you took all of those extra scenes out (and believe me, they are extra), we'd have the best Spider-Man film, hands down. I really loved everything else, so I wish someone would have reigned it in a bit.  Matthew Razak (Flixist Editor-in-Chief/Cool Guy):  I felt it really suffered with the too many villains aspect once again, despite Rhino being a complete one off. They lost a lot of traction by shoving Goblin into the background for the whole Electro thing and really were far too desperate to cram in the set up for the Sinister Six. That being said I liked Garfield way more as Spider-Man this time around. His Peter Parker is still a bit too cool for me, and kind of a dick, but Spidey was way better. I wish they had delayed the Gwen Stacey conclusion a bit more as well. I think I enjoyed this one as a piece of action better than the first, but it definitely had its holes and the screenplay was a serious clunker. Webb's action direction came a long way, though. Some really cool stuff. Finally, here are community members who outright HATED it, but they all have compelling reasons as to why! @wlatham92:  Garbage...A step above the emo Peter Parker dance scene from Spider-Man 3 but not much higher. protoknuckles:  I didn't like it because the plot jumped all over the place, the pacing was off, and the focus on Peter's parents was boring Anime Dad:  Amazing Spidermess 2 is an absolute mess of a film. It's not cohesive, it's poorly scripted and the soundtrack is one of the most weirdly inappropriate things I've ever heard. I thought Electro was called that because he controlled electricity not because he controlled Electronic music. Also, we have Paul Giamatti with a performance so phoned in he had to get a contract from AT&T. Don't get me started on Ghost Dad. Also, what the hell was with Stan Lee's cameo, it was dreadful! So, where does that leave us? By reading all of your opinions, it seems that the more polarizing aspects of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 (the multiple villains, scenes of Peter's parents, most of the extra stuff) seem to turn people off so much, they don't enjoy anything at all. And that's completely understandable.  You all point out some very poignant flaws. While I didn't have a problem with Electro himself (since Jamie Foxx seemed to be the one person in the film who truly cared about what he was doing, let's be real), it's true that he completely stands out from the rest of the film. With the different focuses on Electro and Green Goblin, it's like two movies were hastily put together. And that's on top of all of the alluding to future films! That seems to be the root of everyone's complaints. Amazing Spider-Man 2's mismanagement of certain ideas completely ruined people's view toward the film altogether.  It all just comes down to how much we're willing to forgive for the sake of some goofball fun. I mean, it looks like we wouldn't even have that fun if we're thrown off by so much mess.  What did you think of The Amazing Spider-Man 2? Did you like our first Flixist Community Discusses? Comments or suggestions? Keep an eye out for future discussion opportunities (*cough* Godzilla or X-Men: Days of Future Past *cough*)! 
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Did it truly do whatever a spider could?
Thanks to the Spider-Man property's massive popularity, talking about its movies are the most fun. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 already started out in a hole since it seemed like a cynical sequel to Sony's original cyni...

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X-Men: DOFP

Here's Amazing Spider-Man 2's X-Men: Days of Future Past tease


That was a mouthful
May 06
// Nick Valdez
Normally we here at Flixist like to keep away from spoiling things like a post-credits scene (and not the one you have to Shazam for some reason), but this is such a bizarre situation, it should be okay to move forward. In o...
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Listen bud, we've got radioactive blood
From all of the talk I've seen here in the comments, on Twitter, and other film critics, everyone seems to be divided with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Much like the response to the first film, we have both extreme negative and ...

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Marc Webb on Mary Jane's deleted scene from 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'


May 02
// Isabelle Magliari
Earlier this week, director Marc Webb discussed the decision to completely cut Mary Jane from the much anticipated The Amazing Spider Man 2. In his interview with Movies.com, Webb revealed that it was...

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man 2

May 02 // Nick Valdez
[embed]217698:41489:0[/embed] The Amazing Spider-Man 2Director: Marc WebbRelease Date: May 2, 2014Rating: PG-13 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 takes place several years after the first film with Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) getting ready to graduate high school. Spider-Man is a better known hero across New York, and has earned himself a few fans. One in particular, Max Dillon (Jamie Foxx), was saved one day and became a superfan overnight. After an accident gives Max electric powers, he dubs himself "Electro" and threatens to destroy New York. While all of this is going on, Harry Osborn (Dan DeHaan) returns home to run Oscorp after the death of his father, and is looking for a cure to a genetic disease.  Since Raimi's original Spider-Man trilogy, many folks have been aware of the "too many villains" problem most superhero sequels face. When you pack a bunch of enemies into a film, none of those characters are given room to grow and breathe. ASM 2 has an even more egregious problem than that: too many ideas. It's trying to shove in so many characters, so many nods to the comics, and so many nods to future films, that most of the stuff falls flat for the general audience. There are periods of drought in the film that feel like characters spouting exposition and story when they should be just talking to each other like regular folks. But when the ideas stick the landing, it works.  For those concerned having three bad guys wouldn't work, no need to worry. Although the film clocks in over two and half hours to give each of these bad guys reason to exist, having them around is pretty fun. The villains are more sympathetic this time around, so you're surprisingly rooting for them too. While this is great for the future villain film Sony has planned, this is awful for now. Spider-Man is more of a jerk than ever. But it sort of works in a heavyhanded fashion as Spider-Man inadvertently creates his own enemies. Amazing Spider-Man 2 is amazingly quirky, and incredibly divisive. It has a tone that's going to throw a lot of folks off. It's muddily delivered as you get the sense that ASM 2 doesn't know if it wants itself to be taken seriously but, when it commits to the zanier elements of the comics, there's definitely a good amount of fun here.  First of all, the action is well made and well delivered. Other than a harshly shaky opening scene, the action (and web slingling) is fluid, dynamic, and easy to follow. There's a bit too much slow motion, but ASM 2 makes sure it at least looks nice. It's a big step up from the first film. Everyone else seems to be on their game too. Sally Field gets more to do as Aunt May (her exchanges with Peter have some of the best, and most charming dialogue in the film), Emma Stone's adorableness is amped up due to the nature of the story, Dane DeHaan is going to be a great addition to the franchise's credibility moving forward, and Paul Giamatti seems to phone it in but it's hilariously bad enough to work. The only stand out seems to be Jamie Foxx. He may be good as Max, but as his transformation into the growly Electro is short changed, he gets less room to play around with the character.  The fun I mentioned? It's here in spades. While the first film is bogged down in seriousness, ASM 2 finally plays around with how cartoony Spider-Man comics really are. Garfield gets to do something other than be awkward all over the screen, there are hilariously bad puns and jokes, Peter has the "Spider-Man! Spider-Man!" theme as his ringtone, and the music in this film is ridiculous in the best way. Seriously, Electro uses the power of Dubstep. At one point he even uses that power to play out a very familiar theme. You just have to be willing to wade through the web of exposition to get to the fun.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 ultimately suffers from franchise syndrome. As it seems intent to focus on the future, we don't get quite a fulfilling present. There's kooky fun to be had, but we're never given enough time to enjoy it before we're given more information about future movies. In fact if you took all of those extra scenes out (and believe me, they are extra), we'd have the best Spider-Man film, hands down. I really loved everything else, so I wish someone would have reigned it in a bit.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 slings a web that catches a good amount of flies but, instead of enjoying them, it's only focused on the flies it hasn't caught yet. 
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Spider-Man 2

You'll have to Shazam Alicia Keys to get Spider-Man 2's real post-credits tease


What goes around comes around, what goes up must come down, now who's cryin?
May 01
// Nick Valdez
For all of you going to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 this weekend, know two things. First, the mid-credits scene of the film is a commercial for X-Men: Days of Future Past due to hilarious contractual obligations, and second,...
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See The Amazing Spider-Man 2 early and free


Washington DC screening
Apr 28
// Matthew Razak
Spider-Man is back! I thought that the first Amazing Spider-Man was perfectly acceptable and actually hinted that this second one should be even better thanks to the whole Gwen Stacey thing unfolding. Want to see if I wa...
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Does whatever a spoiler can
I kid, I kid. But seriously, The Amazing Spider-Man 2's glut of promotional footage has gone and potentially spoiled the entire movie. But here I am hypocritically sharing it with you all. The weird thing is, I don't really ...

Super Bowl TV spots for The Amazing Spider-Man 2

Feb 03 // Nick Valdez
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Jan 13 // Michael Jordan
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Amazing Spider-Man 2

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 gets three new posters


Shockingly, these look okay.
Jan 08
// Nick Valdez
I'm in a weird place with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 right now. After its first trailer, I was mostly skeptical but hopeful. After its international trailer, I was a little more delighted. But now that some time has passed and ...
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Spider-Man 2 trailer...2

International trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2


Hey, this isn't too bad!
Dec 16
// Nick Valdez
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Amazing Spider-Men

Spider-Man getting Sinister Six, Venom spin-off films


Sony looking to turn their Spider-Boy into a Spider-Man
Dec 13
// Nick Valdez
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Does whatever a Spider-Man sequel can
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Amazing Spider-Man 2

UPDATE: Amazing Spider-Man 2 poster has all the villains


UPDATE: The higher res version of the banner both spoils the movie and makes it terrible.
Dec 03
// Michael Jordan
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Sony Pictures Entertainment to milk Spider-Man franchise


Because MONEY!
Nov 26
// Michael Jordan
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Not So Amazing Spider-Men

The Amazing Spider-Man's suit could've looked worse


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Nov 26
// Nick Valdez
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Amazing Spider-Man 2

This Amazing Spider-Man 2 photo has a funny hat


The Amazing Spider-Fireman
Nov 11
// Nick Valdez
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The Amazing Spider-Man 3 gets its writers


...and they're the same.
Oct 03
// Nick Valdez
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Amazing Spider-Man 2

UPDATE: A whole heap of Amazing Spider-Man 2 photos


First good look at Spider-man's new costume, some more Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx in Gruntface.
Jul 12
// Nick Valdez
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NRH's Weekly Analysis: A Freudian take on Spider-Man 2

Jul 01 // Nathan Hardisty
For those who don’t know, Sigmund Freud is largely attributed to being the founder of modern psychology, among Jung, Pavlov and all those other 20th Century cool kids. His theories ranged from abstract thinking to how the conscious, subconscious and unconscious interact to the ways in which sexuality is developed throughout life. Personally, I don’t agree with everything that Freud argued but his thoughts about the id/ego/superego are incredibly applicable to modern superhero films, especially Spider-Man 2. The ‘id’ is basically the primitive part of ourselves that operates on the ‘pleasure’ principle, desiring instant pleasure from food, sex, etc. It’s the first part of ‘us’ to develop. Next comes the ‘ego’ which governs on a ‘reality’ principle, basically one that attempts to compromise and fight off the urges of the ‘id.’ The final piece is one that develops well into teenagerhood, the ‘superego’: the piece of our brain that functions on the ‘moral principle’ which attempts to find the ‘good’ and stray away from selfish solipsistic perceptions of the world. Arguably the only superego in Spider-Man canon is Uncle Ben. In less than six words he instills Peter with a sense of outright moral compulsion. This happens in Spider-Man 1, but in Spider-Man 2 Peter, in a dream sequence, rejects his Uncle's words and turns inwards. The film is his redemption in trying to find his greater superego once more, despite the sacrifices he will have to make along the way. I began thinking about applying Freud to Spider-Man 2 a good while ago and particularly picked up on some dialogue exchanges between Aunt May and Peter involving heroes and kids. Aunt says herself that “I believe there’s a hero in all of us” and that “Kids like Henry need a hero.” One that “keeps us honest, gives us strength, makes us noble, and finally allows us to die with pride, even though sometimes we have to be steady, and give up the thing we want the most. Even our dreams.” There’s definitely a Freudian thrust behind this speech. The hero in all of us is the superego, that there truly is one in all of us that keeps us morally centered. “Kids like Henry need a hero” may be a nod to the need to have balance between all of the forces, which the superego brings when it is finally formed. Peter’s selfish retreat away from his superhero duties complicate Aunt May’s speech, as he has to realize that he cannot function without a superego and must fight to claim it back, even if it means sacrificing his dreams. Let’s take a hammer to what seems to be the film’s central focus: control. Harry Osborn lacks it after his father’s death, Doc Ock loses it to the not-hentai-metal tentacles and the psychological impact of his wife’s death, and Peter attempts to find control through compromise. What we have is a constant array of battles between id, ego and the superego -- “a hero in all of us” -- as Doc Ock seems to find his way to attain pleasure by trying to create a sun. Harry’s own psychological trauma is one of the bravest steps the film takes forward. It could so easily switch into a power revenge fantasy in which Harry hires some mercenaries and doesn’t do anything, but instead he slowly succumbs to his id too and creates an alliance with Doc Ock. The big reveal of Harry peeling off the Spider-Man mask was used in a lot of television trailers here in the UK to drive up tensions, and it’s definitely one of the film’s best moments. It’s incredibly interesting to notice how James Franco portrays Harry’s bemusement as Tobey Maguire just rips rope off of himself effortlessly. This is essentially the manifestation of the embodiment of a selfish id confronted with the superior, fully developed superego. But the hero within Peter Parker just seems a lot more interesting, doesn’t it? This is young adult Peter trying to find his superego, his moral compass, and mid-way through the film he bins it in order to try and truly focus in his life. It seems his ego is in control in trying to see a reality, but in reality the superego that belongs to him, his Spider-Man alter-ego, now belongs to the city too. Peter goes through what Freud might’ve coined a ‘psychological ghetto’ (he totally would’ve used those words) in refusing the balance between ego, id and superego. Spider-Man 2 approaches this directly by having its superhero actually fail quite a lot. The entire opening act seems to be pretty much dedicated to Peter’s misery, and when he throws the suit away you understand his thinking. Even his struggle with Doc Ock is only resolved by Peter managing to remember a few words. There has to be bumps on our road to redemption. One could say that Aunt May’s speech of “pride” in death might be the reason Peter chooses the suit over his own life; an attempt to die as a martyr for great change in the city. “Pride” in death also comes into play with Doc Ock’s final minutes. Peter’s superego eventually triumphs and the film almost explicitly says this. The mask itself represents the superego, as soon as Peter dons it again his entire mental hygiene changes. Harry however sees everything underneath the mask as important -- “Let’s see who’s behind this mask” -- a mirror of his own psychological imbalance. His father’s dreams triumph within Harry, but Spider-Man ultimately wins the day. Doc Ock is told point blank by Peter that sometimes we have to give up our “dreams” to do “what’s right”. Spider-Man 2 is ultimately about this force of moral control in the face of what might give us personal satisfaction. Ultimately it delves into superhero psychology more than a lot of modern fodder and ultimately shows Peter’s progression from id/ego/superego to id/ego and then back around to restore balance to his own psyche. It’s interesting to note the actual physical change that Peter undergoes. He has to put his glasses back on after tripping in the ‘Raindrops’ scene, which is just a lovely montage, and this most definitely displays the full-scale of the changes inside Peter. His very perception of himself has changed. The bruises, cuts and struggles towards the end are Peter’s bumps in order to attain his superego again, similar to the inner turmoil that adolescence brings, Freud said the superego came about in teenage years. The marriage with a comic book carnival of young adult inked-imagery with psychological growth is incredibly well realized.
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A psychological dip into the famed webslinger
Spider-Man 2 is one of the greatest superhero films ever made. It is incredible how it manages to have Peter Parker confront one of the most common dilemmas we all face--time management--and still keep a quick pace; Alfr...

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Sony confirms Amazing Spider-Man 3 and 4 because money


Sony: "Hey Avengers fans, haw-haw!"
Jun 18
// Nick Valdez
Before Sony Pictures even finds out how well The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will do in theaters, and before releasing the first teaser footage for it, they've confirmed that they're going to hold to the rights to Spider-Man for a v...

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