Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach Comment on a Potential Marvel Movie Crossover for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

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Recent news of an X-Men: Days of Future Past post-credits tease at the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 had the internet all in a tizzy over the potential for a Marvel movie crossover in the future.  Although we updated our story to explain that this move was more to calm tensions between studios than it was to excite the fandom, there might yet exist some misunderstanding out there in the world.  Enter Spider-Man producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach.  Both have offered up their comments on a potential crossover between the friendly neighborhood web-slinger and other Marvel franchises; it doesn’t seem likely with Arad convinced there are plenty of spider-stories to tell, and Tolmach likening the appearance of Spider-Man in, say, The Avengers, as a “stunt.”  Hit the jump for more.

Marvel Crossover Alert: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Will Feature X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST Clip After the Credits [Updated]

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An unexpected Marvel crossover is happening, though it’s not the kind everyone’s been hoping for.  It has been confirmed that a clip from X-Men: Days of Future Past will be play after the credits roll on The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  This is not only weird because previews of upcoming movies usually come before the film and not after, but because X-Men and Spider-Man are owned by separate studios.  Yes, they’re both Marvel comics properties, but Fox retains the rights to all X-Men characters while Sony is in control of all things Spidey.  This has been the principal hurdle preventing possible crossovers between the Spider-Man/X-Men/Avengers universes, since the practicality of any “team-up” film would necessitate a split of profits between major studios.

Hit the jump for more on this odd move, and what it could mean for the future. [Update: A full explanation regarding why Sony agreed to promote Fox's Days of Future Past for free has surfaced.  Details after the jump.]

New Clip from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, and Jamie Foxx

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Sony Pictures has released another clip from 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 clip features some admirable creativity when it comes to the variety of ways Spidey must weave his web in order to save New York City’s hapless citizens from Electro.  However, you have to accept the notion that his webbing can move faster than electricity.

Hit the jump to check out the Amazing Spider-Man 2 clip.  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.

Early Reactions to THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 [Updated]

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Given the sheer magnitude of Sony’s marketing, it may feel like we’ve already seen The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but in fact the film had its first public screening just a few hours ago.  As such, the first reactions to director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel are now online and the verdict is…kind of all over the place.  Some were over the moon about the pic, some more reserved, and others downright negative.  The one agreeable factor seems to be the film’s unevenness, as even those who ultimately enjoyed the effort admitted that it was a bit scattershot.  That’s the risk you run when you up the ante in the villain department and inflate the scope of the film (which is also in service to expanding the Spider-Man universe for future films), but I’m hopeful that Andrew Garfield’s charisma and his chemistry with co-star Emma Stone at least give the film a character-centric grounding.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reviews won’t be available for a few weeks, but hit the jump to check out some brief Twitter reactions to this early screening.  The film opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd. [Update: A few full reviews have now landed online, and we've added a snippets from those after the jump as well.]

New Posters for Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2, Jon Favreau’s CHEF, and John Curran’s TRACKS

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Here’s a look at the latest and greatest posters from the following films:

  • The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Marc Webb’s superhero sequel starring Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma StonePaul GiamattiFelicity JonesChris CooperB.J. NovakColm Feore, and Sally Field opens May 2nd.
  • Chef – Writer-director-star Jon Favreau’s culinary comedy starring Sofia Vergara, John Leguizamo, and Emjay Anthony, with Scarlett Johansson, Bobby Cannavale, Dustin Hoffman, Oliver Platt, and Robert Downey, Jr., opens May 9th.
  • TracksJohn Curran’s adventure drama starring Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver, Emma Booth, Melanie Zanetti, and Jessica Tovey opens May 23rd.

Hit the jump to check out the new posters.

New Images from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Provide a Good Look at Green Goblin’s Glider [Updated with Hi-Res]

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Despite the fact that the movie doesn’t open for over a month, Sony is nowhere near done with it’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 marketing blitz.  Today’s batch of new images offer a behind-the-scenes look at the practical version of Green Goblin’s (Dane DeHaan) glider, another look at Paul Giamatti’s Rhino, and then a couple of other images that might cross the line into possible spoiler territory.  It’s been said to death, but given the amount of footage and such that we’ve seen from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, it feels like we have enough to plot out the entire story.  Despite feeling overwhelmed by it, the footage actually looks quite good, so hopefully director Marc Webb still has plenty of surprises waiting for moviegoers on opening weekend.

Hit the jump to check out the new images.  The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Sally Field, Jamie Foxx, Felicity Jones, B.J. Novak, and Chris CooperThe Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd. [Update: We've updated the article with high-resolution versions of some of the images.]

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.

New Clips from CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Clips from two highly anticipated superhero sequels have been released online.  First up, a new clip from Captain America: The Winter Soldier features neither Captain America nor the Winter Soldier, as we instead see a discussion between Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury and Robert Redford’s character, the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.  If you’re itching to see the titular duo, though, check out yesterday’s clip.  Early reactions to the film have been overwhelmingly positive, and I’m eager to see how Redford fits into the overall Marvel universe.  You’ll also want to stick around after the credits to see a scene directed by Joss WhedonCaptain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4th.

Additionally, two new clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have been released, just a day after the debut clip came online.  These two new clips feature, alternately, a scene between Peter (Andrew Garfield) and Gwen (Emma Stone), and a scene between Peter and Harry (Dane DeHaan).  They’re both quite character-centric, which is promising.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2nd.

Watch Spider-Man Talk Electro Down in the First Clip from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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While there’s been a lot of footage released for Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, today features the debut of the film’s first official clip.  Even as Webb recently addressed the concern of too many villains in this sequel, it wouldn’t be much of a movie without a bad guy.  Luckily, we get a look at the main one in this new clip, as Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield) attempts to talk down Max Dillon/Electro (Jamie Foxx) before the situation gets drastically out of hand.

The film also stars Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Paul GiamattiFelicity JonesChris CooperB.J. NovakColm Feore, and Sally Field.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.  Hit the jump to watch the first clip.

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. 

Stan Lee Narrates Three New Promo Clips for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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You can’t sell a big superhero movie these days without product integration or cross-promotion, and thanks to Sony’s team-up with Kellogg’s, three new promo clips from The Amazing Spider-Man 2 have landed online.  The clips show off some meaty bits of new footage (including Oscorp and Norman Osborn), but they’re mostly notable because they feature narration from comic book legend Stan Lee, adding a retro, heroic feel to the footage.  In the Marc Webb-directed sequel, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) finds himself 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.

Hit the jump to watch the three promo clips, one of which is slightly spoilery.  The film also stars Emma StonePaul GiamattiFelicity JonesChris CooperB.J. NovakColm Feore, and Sally Field.  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.

New Motion Posters for THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

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Sony Pictures has released a pair of new motion posters for director Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2.  While the character of Spider-Man easily lends himself to the idea of a motion poster, these are more like short Vines that end with a still poster image.  Nevertheless, if you’re itching to see more of Spidey’s web slinging in action, these should sufficiently appease that desire.  Webb was recently confirmed to return to helm The Amazing Spider-Man 3, and all signs are pointing to The Amazing Spider-Man 2 setting up a gallery of villains that may or may not be explored in further entries from Sony’s planned Spider-Man movie universe.

Hit the jump to take a look at the motion posters.  The film stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, Felicity Jones, and Paul Giamatti.   The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.

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.

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