SINISTER SIX Release Date Set for November 11, 2016; THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 Pushed to 2018

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Two Sony superhero projects that seemed to be very much in doubt over the past few months (ever since The Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to match expectations at the box office) are now back on the map in a major way.  Sony has just announced firm release dates for both the villain spinoff The Sinister Six and The Amazing Spider-Man 3.  It’s not all confetti though, since this means The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will be pushed one year beyond the already rumored release date shift to 2017.

All of this means that The Sinister Six release date will be November 11th, 2016 while The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has to wait all the way until May 4th, 2018.  That last date might not be such a bad thing, as it gives Sony and director Marc Webb (if he stays attached) more time to course correct a franchise that has been sinking at an alarming rate.  Hit the jump for more on The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and Sinister Six release dates.

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3 May Be Pushed to 2017

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You’d be forgiven for forgetting that a movie called The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actually came out this year.  In fact, it opened in theaters just over a month ago.  Though Sony’s villain-packed sequel wasn’t a total bomb at the box office, its worldwide total of $699.1 million is nearly $60 million short of the first film, and it marks a series low for the franchise; for the first time in history an X-Men movie is poised to surpass Spider-Man.  This isn’t a Wild Wild West-style disaster, but given that Sony was touting a massive interconnected Spider-Man franchise with two more sequels already dated and spinoffs for The Sinister Six and Venom in active development, one has to wonder if the studio may be rethinking its strategy post-The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

According to a new report, that may be exactly what they’re doing, as word comes that The Amazing Spider-Man 3 might be delayed to an unspecified date in 2017.  More after the jump.

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.

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.

Andrew Garfield & Marc Webb Talk THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Hans Zimmer, Electro, Comparing the Filming Experience to the First Film, and More

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Now playing around the world and opening in North America this weekend is director Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  As most of you know, the follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris CooperB.J.Novak, and Felicity Jones.  For more on the film, here’s everything we’ve posted which includes trailers, clips, images, behind-the-scenes footage, toys, and much more.

At the recent New York City press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb.  They talked about the experience of making the sequel compared to the first film, the vibe on the set this time around, whose decision it was to have Electro as the villain, the amazing musicians that recorded the score, and if Webb only took on the Spider-Man franchise because he wanted to play guitar with Hans Zimmer.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

TOP 5: DRAFT DAY, Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Colbert Replacing Letterman, Drew Goddard Directing THE SINISTER SIX, STREET FIGHTER: ASSASSIN’S FIST

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collider-top-5-sliceFor the first time that I can remember since I started writing for Collider in 2010, director Peter Weir‘s The Truman Show made headlines this week when we learned that Paramount is developing a TV series adaptation of the film. While I won’t waste any space today discussing my feelings on the adaptation (mostly because there aren’t any real details to dissect as of now), I will absolutely take this opportunity to talk about my adoration of the film. The Truman Show ranks among my all-time favorites with ease and, if pressed to name a lone favorite, it would likely make that cut too. I actually didn’t watch it until my second year of college, circa 2007, but I credit that first viewing as a benchmark cinematic experience for me; one that helped me begin to understand the impact that a movie could have on a person’s outlook and perception of the world around them. I would eventually go on to dedicate my graduate school research to the film, during which I watched it at least 15 more times; wrote this semi-boring perceptual effects analysis; and wrote/recorded this somewhat less boring seven song record. On paper, these projects were a way to fulfill requirements towards my degree. In reality, it was an excuse to delve further into the headspace of a work that, for all intents and purposes, changed my life.

All personal reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 features interviews for and Matt’s review of Draft Day, early reactions to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman on CBS’ The Late Show, Sony selecting Drew Goddard to direct The Sinister Six, and the first look at Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

We’ve Seen the First 15 Minutes of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Recap and Thoughts on the Footage

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Early Monday morning, Sony gathered select press for a preview of The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The first fifteen minutes of the sequel was shown, in addition to two other sequences from the film: an early Times Square fight between Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) & Electro (Jamie Foxx) and a later scene involving Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) and Electro.  For a recap and thoughts on the footage screened, hit the jump.  (Of note: there are, of course, spoilers in the following article).

Final Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Sony Pictures has released a final theatrical trailer for director Marc Webb‘s upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The follow-up finds Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) surrounded by antagonistic forces as Electro (Jamie Foxx) emerges, Parker’s old friend Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) returns to New York City, and everyone seems to have a connection to the shady goings-on at Oscorp.  This trailer would probably be a bit more exciting if Sony hadn’t previously released an overwhelming amount of trailers, clips, and images (keep in mind that the movie is still six weeks away), but there’s still plenty of action and a heavier emphasis on Harry Osborne/Green Goblin even though Electro is the main villain.  The movie looks good; I just wish the studio hadn’t already shown us so much of it.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiSally FieldChris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.

Marc Webb Says He Won’t Direct THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 4

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By 2016, filmmaker Marc Webb will have four feature directorial efforts under his belt, three of which will have been Spider-Man movies.  The (500) Days of Summer director was somewhat surprisingly pegged to reboot Sony’s Spider-Man franchise with 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man, and he returned to helm this May’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and is already onboard to direct The Amazing Spider-Man 3 for a June 10, 2016 release date.  However, it appears that Webb has decided his involvement with the Spider-Man franchise will come to an end with the third film—at least directorially.  Hit the jump to read on.

Marc Webb Addresses “Too Many Villains” Concerns for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2; Says He Was Reluctant to Direct First Film

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As Sony continues to pummel the public with new trailers, images, posters, promo clips, etc. for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, many fans have started to express concerns over the amount of villains in the film.  We were initially led to believe that Electro (Jamie Foxx) was the primary baddie in the Spidey sequel, but as more materials have been released, additional big Spider-Man villains have been revealed to have a presence in the follow-up.  Director Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 suffered from antagonist bloat, so it’s understandable that fans are worried Amazing Spider-Man 2 might have the same problem.

While speaking at SXSW in Austin this weekend, director Marc Webb addressed concerns that there are too many villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and explained why this isn’t the case.  In the process, he revealed that Rhino only appears in the film for a few minutes, discussed what he’s improving upon for the sequel, and talked about his initial reluctance to direct the first film.  Read on after the jump. 

New Featurette for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Puts the Focus on Peter and Gwen

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Sony has released a new featurette for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  The featurette shines the spotlight on the relationship between Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), which was easily one of the best parts of the first movie.  If this featurette is any indication, it will also be one of the best aspects of the sequel as the two actors continue to have terrific chemistry, and there’s still a commitment to making Gwen more than a one-dimensional love-interest/damsel-in-distress.

Hit the jump to check out the featurette.  The film also stars Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, B.J. Novak, and Paul Giamatti.   The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.

Marc Webb Attached to Direct Soviet Spy Film COLD COMFORT for Fox

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In a bit of a bidding battle, 20th Century Fox has acquired the Soviet spy thriller Cold Comfort for Marc Webb to direct.  Deadline reports that plenty of other studios and directors were in the mix given that the material lends itself to a strong comedic performance for a lead actor in the vein of Jonah Hill, and Fox will develop the property as a directing vehicle for Webb, who will also produce.  The pic is an adaptation of the upcoming novel Cold Comfort (aka How to Catch a Russian Spy) by columnist Ellis Henican and follows an American civilian who convinced the FBI to allow him to help bring down a Russian agent on American soil.  Hit the jump for more on when Webb might be able to tackle the material.

Marc Webb Confirmed to Direct THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3; Sony Plans to Release a SPIDER-MAN Film Every Year

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Sony Pictures is making big plans for its Spider-Man franchise and beyond.  When the studio announced plans to move forward with a Venom spinoff and a Sinister Six film in addition to further adventures in the proper Spider-Man series, it became clear that the studio was keen on building its own mini-universe not unlike Marvel’s interconnected franchises.  Now it appears that the plan involves releasing a new Spider-Man film every year for the foreseeable future.  That begins with 2016’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio has now confirmed that Marc Webb will indeed be returning to direct.  Hit the jump for more.

International Trailer for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Plays Up the Comedy with New Footage

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Sony announced some big plans for its Spider-Man universe by way of Venom and Sinister Six films late last night, but first on the docket is director Marc Webb’s sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  A new international trailer has gone online, and it plays up the more comedic aspects of the film instead of focusing on the multitude of villains like the first domestic trailer.  The strongest aspect of Webb’s 2012 reboot was the smaller character moments, and I hope that’s explored further in this follow-up.

Hit the jump to watch the new trailer.  The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, and Chris CooperThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2, 2014.

Breaking Down Sony’s Villainous SPIDER-MAN Spin-Offs VENOM and THE SINISTER SIX

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A few weeks ago, Sony Pictures Entertainment Co-Chairman Amy Pascal hinted at expanding the Spider-Man universe, and I’ve been saying for months that the company’s superhero strategy rests on supervillains since they only have one superhero, Spider-Man (creating a superhero from scratch is apparently verboten).  Their only option is to dig into Spidey’s vast rogues gallery, and that’s exactly what they’re going to do.  Last night, Sony outlined how they plan to compete with Disney/Marvel, Warner Bros/DC Comics, and 20th Century Fox (X-Men and Fantastic Four).

Hit the jump for more details on the studio’s plan.

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