Rumor: Could Marvel and Sony Team Up to Bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

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The Avengers, X-Men and Spider-Man are all Marvel, but that doesn’t mean Marvel Studios, Fox and Sony have to play nice – or play together at all for that matter.  Even though the Deadpool movie was finally officially announced, there has been talk of Marvel Entertainment possibly killing off the character in the comics and, on top of that, the Fantastic Four comic book series might be canceled as well.

However, even though there’s no sign of Marvel warming up to Fox anytime soon, there is a rumor floating around that the studio could join forces with Sony to finally link Spider-Man to the MCU.  Hit the jump for more.

Andrew Garfield Says Studio Changes Hurt THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Storyline

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Were you disappointed with The Amazing Spider-Man 2?  You’re not alone.  Apparently Andrew Garfield is in a way, too.  The film had its moments, but due to the overabundance of main characters, there just wasn’t enough time to flesh them out and make sure each had a compelling arc, so the result is essentially a mishmash of neat CGI tricks and a handful of particularly well acted moments, but nothing to link them all together.

Turns out, there’s a reason for that.  According to Garfield, it’s the studio.  Apparently The Amazing Spider-Man 2 did have a “thread running through it,” but some folks at Sony insisted that certain parts be removed from the final cut and when that starts happening, it’s tough to keep it all together.  Hit the jump for more.

Marc Webb Discusses SINISTER SIX Plans in the AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Bonus Features

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The Amazing Spider-Man franchise is a bit all over the place right now.  There was the Amazing Spider-Man 3 release date shuffle, Sinister Six landing in the November 11, 2016 slot and all this talk about the Venom Carnage movie, too.  On top of that, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t really do the best job of teasing what’s to come – but perhaps that’s just because they didn’t even know which movie would actually hit theaters next.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 just arrived on DVD and Blu-ray a few days ago and even though I haven’t had the opportunity to plow through the bonus features myself, many have and they’re sharing what Marc Webb said about building the mythology to prepare for Sinister Six and future films.  Hit the jump to check it out.  WARNING: There are Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 spoilers in this article.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Special Features Offers up a Look at the Visual Effects

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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hitting Blu-ray/DVD this week, Sony has been releasing snippets of the movie’s bonus features.  Several days ago, we got a look at the film’s makeup design and application for Electro (Jamie Foxx), and today there’s a clip from the featurette regarding the movie’s visual effects.  Visual effects supervisor Jerome Chen explains that Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) has become a bit of a daredevil, so that allowed the team to play with Spider-Man’s leaps and falls.  Additionally, animation supervisor Dave Schaub points out that they wanted to incorporate different moves into Spider-Man’s arsenal like scrambling on his weblines while swinging.  These featurettes are fun because they’re a reminder that even if you don’t like the movie, the work that goes into making it can still be interesting.

Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 visual effects featurette, and click here to buy the movie on Blu-ray or DVD.

Alfred Molina Would Bring Back Doc Ock in a Heartbeat for SINISTER SIX

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Considering every single role was recast for The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s highly unlikely that Marc Webb and co. would ever bring back someone from one of the Sam Raimi Spider-Man films, but if Alfred Molina were offered the opportunity to reprise his role as Doctor Octopus in Sinister Six, he’d take it.

While talking to Molina about his latest film, Love Is Strange, we took a moment just to see if he’d be interested and it turns out, he’d play the character again in a heartbeat.  Hit the jump to hear more about that as well as how Molina’s Love Is Strange co-star, John Lithgow, would like to squeeze himself into the Spider-Man realm as well.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Blu-ray Featurette Breaks Down Electro’s Makeup

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With The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray and DVD set to be released tomorrow, Sony has released a new featurette from the disc.  This featurette goes into how makeup artist Howard Berger crafted the look for Electro.  As with any good makeup featurette, there’s time-lapse photography, although this featurettes doesn’t tell you how many hours Jamie Foxx had to spend in the chair as he blue himself.

Hit the jump to check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 makeup featurette.  Click here to pre-order The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on Blu-ray or DVD.

Watch THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Opening Scene Online

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Remember when you still had hope that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 could be a solid sequel?   Now you can relive those 10 minutes because the opening sequence of Marc Webb’s second go-around with the hero is here.  Having seen the film, it’s impossible to ignore the fact that it never came together, but this sequence does serve as a reminder that there were some cool parts to it.

The release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opening scene is tied to the DVD and Blu-ray debut, but it also hit amidst of flurry of Spidey spinoff movie news including the plan for a female-led film, Sinister Six story details and also the reveal of the new title for Alex Kurtzman’s Venom movie, Venom Carnage.  Hit the jump for more.

Sony Planning Female SPIDER-MAN Spinoff for 2017 Release

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Though the studio is certainly celebrating the success of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel Studios was once again called out this weekend for its lack of a female superhero movie, and rightfully so.  The superhero genre is bigger than ever, but even in the midst of numerous $200 million plus tentpoles from various studios, we have yet to see a female-led franchise pic.  All of this despite the fact that female moviegoers make up a hefty portion of audiences (the Guardians opening weekend was 44% female—the biggest yet for a Marvel movie), and yet are massively underrepresented at the marketplace.  When studios do decide to make quality female-led features, the results speak for themselves.  Just look at the grosses of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire and Frozen.

And so now it looks like the time has finally come for one of the majors to move forward with a female-led superhero pic, but it’s actually coming from the least likely of sources: Sony Pictures.  The studio holds the rights to just one comic-book franchise, Spider-Man, but now it appears that they’re keen on breaking new ground with a female Spider-Man spinoff movie, which could hit theaters as soon as 2017.  Much more on this film after the jump.

Roberto Orci “Not Officially Involved” in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3; Franchise Timeline in Limbo

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When your movie brings in over $700 million worldwide, you’d think you’re in pretty great shape, right?  Well, not when the movie is The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and it ranks as the lowest box office in the franchise’s five films to date.  In the movie-making world of big studio productions, that means changes are a comin’.  One of the early casualties might just be screenwriter/producer Roberto Orci, who penned the Spidey sequel with former writing partner Alex Kurtzman.  While the duo went their separate ways to work on their own projects, Orci was supposedly part of Sony’s brain trust that would tackle not only The Amazing Spider-Man 3, but also franchise spin-offs Venom and The Sinister Six.  Now, the state of those future films also appears to be in disarray.  Hit the jump for more.

Weekend Box Office: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Nets $92 Million Debut; Worldwide Total Now $369 Million

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It wasn’t quite the highest debut of the year, but The Amazing Spider-Man 2 still managed to impress with its estimated $92 million domestic debut.  That’s a significant improvement over the 2012 launch of The Amazing Spider-Man reboot and only slightly under the $95 million opening of last month’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $92,000,000 $92
2.  The Other Woman $14,200,000 $47.3
3.  Heaven is for Real $8,700,000 $65.6
4.  Captain America 2 $7,762,000 $237.1
5.  Rio 2 $7,600,000 $106.4
6.  Brick Mansions $3,545,000 $15.4
7.  Divergent $2,175,000 $142.6
8.  The Quiet Ones $2,000,000 $6.7
9.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $1,735,000 $51.5
10.  God’s Not Dead
$1,725,000 $55.5

TOP 5: STAR WARS: EPISODE VII Cast Announced, THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, GODZILLA Trailer, Zack Snyder to Direct JUSTICE LEAGUE, THE INTERNET’S OWN BOY

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I’ll say this much for The Amazing Spider-Man 2: it’s unique. I can’t recall a film off the top of my head that delivers one cringeworthy moment after another, eye roll upon eye roll, only to stick the landing and actually make me semi-look forward to the next installment. As many have stated already, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are actually quite good in the film as its emotional anchors. As much as I enjoy Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man (and love his Spider-Man 2), I’ll take Garfield over Tobey Maguire as my wall-crawler of choice any day of the week. Still yet, that doesn’t change the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a tonal mess for about 90% of its runtime. To make matters worse, Jamie Foxx‘s Electro is so poorly written, and so ridiculously portrayed, that he’d be right at home in a Joel Schumacher Batman movie. And yet, that ending still resonates with me and I’m kind of interested to see what’s next. Like I said, it’s unique.

We’ll talk more about The Amazing Spider-Man 2 after the jump with Matt’s review and Steve’s video interviews. In addition, this week’s Top 5 also highlights the Star Wars: Episode VII cast announcement, the new international Godzilla trailer, Zack Snyder officially landing the Justice League directorial gig, and the first trailer for the excellent looking doc The Internet’s Own Boy. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

Friday Box Office: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Earns $35.5 Million on Opening Day; On Track for $94 Million Weekend

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The first weekend in May has arrived, and with it the official start of 2014’s summer movie season.  Over the past two years this particular frame has hosted the two biggest domestic debuts of all time, with Marvel’s The Avengers and Iron Man 3.  Next to its Marvel brethren, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 may look a bit weak by comparison; but compared to 2012’s first The Amazing Spider-Man, the sequel looks like a home run.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened at 4,234 locations yesterday and brought in an estimated $35.5 million, including $8.7 million from Thursday pm previews.  That’s just a bit lower than the $36.9 million ($10.2 million Thursday) that Captain America: The Winter Soldier earned in its debut last month.  Assuming the pattern holds, Amazing 2 should earn $94 million for its first three days.  Though a debut of $100 million is still technically possible, a failure to reach that goal will not in any way signal failure for the sequel.  Keep in mind that The Amazing Spider-Man brought in just $62 million for its first weekend in July 2012 and that its sequel has already earned over $155 million in limited international release.  We’ll have complete details tomorrow.

 Title Friday Total
1.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 $35,500,000 $35.5
2.  The Other Woman $4,800,000 $37.9
3.  Heaven is for Real $2,400,000 $59.3
4.  Captain America 2 $2,067,000 $231.4
5.  Rio 2 $1,725,000 $100.5

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Review

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When Sony decided to reboot Spider-Man, it was a bit of surprise since Sam Raimi‘s series still had life in it, and everyone involved in the production was eager to return for a fourth installment.  But the studio cravenly hit the restart button, and even though they hired a director with great potential and a strong cast, The Amazing Spider-Man was a weak return for the wall-crawler.  It was too gritty and the plot was an utter mess based on coincidence with entire plotlines cut to ribbons (what happened to Irrfan Khan?).  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 wants to function as a reboot of a reboot, and while it’s marginally better than its predecessor, it suffers from an overstuffed plot where no one seems to be on the same page.  There’s a fun, lighthearted tone that always peeks out, especially in the scenes between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone) as well as Spidey at his most buoyant.  But that vibrancy is always snuffed out by ridiculous villains, cheap motivations, and shiny but lifeless action scenes.

SINISTER SIX Villains Revealed in THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Credits Sequence

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The fact that Sony is planning a Spider-Man spin-off in the form of a Sinister Six film isn’t anything new; what is new is the possible reveal of just which villains it will feature.  As you can see from the above image, there are plenty to choose from.  Sony and Shazam have teamed up to tantalize fans via the following instructions:

After seeing THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 – opening on May 2nd - be sure to Shazam the end credit sequence to unlock a look into the sinister future.  Download @Shazam on iTunes or GooglePlay. #SpiderMan

Feel free to do that on your own when you check out The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theaters.  It will send a copy of the film’s credits to your mobile device which contains teasers for the Sinister Six movie.  We’ve included image grabs from those credits after the jump, but if you want to stay spoiler-free, now’s your chance to look away.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Special Edition Blu-ray Electro Bust Is a Bust

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hasn’t even opened in the U.S. yet, but Sony is already letting people pre-order the “Electro Collector’s Edition”, which is the 3D Blu-ray, Blu-ray, and DVD bundled with a bust of Electro.  The bust not only looks like cheap plastic, but it’s creepy to boot.  Even if you end up really, really liking this movie, how much do you have to like it to say to yourself, “Yes, I would like Jamie Foxx sneering at me every time I walk through my home.  I can’t imagine this haunting my dreams in any way.”  I suppose it could be worse.  They could’ve have done a bust featuring Green Goblin.

Hit the jump to check out the full bust.  No release date for the collector’s set has been announced.

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