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.]
Sony Pictures has released new The Amazing Spider-Man 2 movie clips, six minutes of B-roll, and a behind-the-scenes look at the recording of the score. 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 music stuff is particularly cool because it shows composer Hans Zimmer recording with the band. And if you don’t blink, you might see director Marc Webb playing guitar towards the end of the video.
Hit the jump to check out the clips, B-roll footage, and behind-the-scenes video of the scoring process. The film also stars Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.
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 Stone, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.
I think we can safely say that we are living in a golden age … a golden age of comic book movies. From follow-ups to the Avengers franchise, to a newly rebooted Spider-Man series, to past and present X-Men uniting to fight giant robots, who would have thought we’d ever see any of this during the days when we were lucky to get a Blade movie once in a blue moon? Though with this glut of costumed heroes hitting the silver screen, it’s sometimes hard to keep straight what is rumor and what is fact. Seems like the perfect time to walk through what has been confirmed and what is still rumor in the world of Marvel’s mutants, gods, and charismatic billionaires in iron suits.
Hit the jump for an overview of the future Marvel comics adaptations—from Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures, and 20th Century Fox—that we have on tap for the coming years.
For 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.
New posters have been released for your viewing pleasure. Briefly:
- How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Directed by Dean Deblois, the animated sequel opens in 3D on June 13th, and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Kit Harington, Craig Ferguson, America Ferrera, Jonah Hill, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, T.J. Miller, Djimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.
- Frank – Lenny Abrahamson’s off-beat, dark comedy Frank opens in the U.K. on May 4th, and stars Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy. U.S. distributor Magnolia Pictures hasn’t announced a U.S. release date.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – Marc Webb’s superhero blockbuster opens in 3D on May 2nd, and stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field.
Hit the jump to check out the new posters.
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.]
A few posters to share tonight:
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2 – The Amazing Spider-Man 2 IMAX poster will be handed out to those attending the first Thursday night IMAX screening.
- 22 Jump Street - Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum return for the sequel about the undercover cops transferring from high school to college.
- God’s Pocket - Philip Seymour Hoffman, Richard Jenkins, and Christina Hendricks star in John Slattery‘s feature directorial debut.
- The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - As a bonus, we have motion posters for the Hobbit sequel as it gets released on Blu-ray.
Check out the posters after the jump.
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 Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm 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.
- Tracks - John 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.
In case you haven’t seen enough of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 yet, Sony has released an extended TV spot containing even more new footage. I’m curious as to why they keep doing this. Are they worried people won’t come out to see a Spider-Man movie? It’s Spider-Man. People will see it. It will sell lots of toys and other merchandise. It’s also the first movie of the summer blockbuster season (no disrespect to Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but summer blockbuster season begins on the first weekend of May; it’s science). Does giving so much of the movie away really benefit anyone? I guess if you can’t get enough of the movie before you see the movie, then you’re over the moon about the company’s marketing campaign.
Hit the jump to check out the The Amazing Spider-Man 2 extended TV spot. The film stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd.
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 Cooper. The 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.]
A new image of The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘s Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan) has been released. It’s not an image from the film, but rather a close-up that highlights the character’s grotesque details. It’s definitely a far cry from the Green Goblin armor used in Sam Raimi‘s Spider-Man, but armor is still part of the costume. Now it’s just that cybernetic implants, bad hair, bad skin, and bad teeth are part of the design. They’ve even put on a prosthetic pointy nose to make him appear more goblin-like. Clearly, the character’s transformation process is falling from an ugly tree and hitting every branch on the way down.
Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Sally Field, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, and Felicity Jones. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 2nd.
Continuing our coverage from CinemaCon 2014 (Comic-Con for theater owners), I snapped a ton of pictures of the many posters and theater standees on display today. Included in this article are The Expendables 3, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Annie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Boxtrolls, Transformers 4, How to Train Your Dragon 2, Earth to Echo, Edge of Tomorrow, From the Rough, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Deliver Us From Evil, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Purge: Anarchy, Neighbors, and many more. Hit the jump to check them out and look for a lot more updates from CinemaCon all week.
And click here if you missed the first posters for director Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer, Brett Ratner‘s Hercules, Jonathan Liebesman’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and Gary Shore’s Dracula Untold.
Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Drafthouse Films’ dark thriller/comedy Cheap Thrills starring Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, David Koechner, and Sara Paxton. I watched the film last night and, while not for the faint of heart or stomach, I can’t recommend it enough. At its core, Thrills works from a single question: how far would you go to be able to provide for yourself and/or your family? It uses precision pacing, confident direction from E.L. Katz, and solid performances across the board to explore this question, all while gradually rising to a crescendo that feels both inevitable and wildly inventive. Offhand I can’t think of a film that blends the thrilling and the disgusting, excitement and repulsion, in a more entertaining way than Cheap Thrills. Regardless of whether you want to or not (and I don’t think you will), this is a movie you won’t soon forget.
In addition to talking a bit more about Cheap Thrills with Matt’s review and a couple of interviews, this week’s Top 5 also highlights our set visit coverage for Godzilla, Matt’s review of Divergent plus interviews with Shailene Woodley and more, the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Muppets Most Wanted interviews with Tina Fey among others. Read on for a brief recap and link to everything I mention above.
If you thought you’d seen everything that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has to offer, think again. We have new images and a new behind-the-scenes featurette to share with you today that pulls back the covers from the secretive entity known as Oscorp. This first featurette in an upcoming series delves into the film’s superhuman characters, their origin stories, and the ultimate goal of the evil corporation.
Starring Andrew Garfield, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Emma Stone, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Chris Cooper, B.J. Novak, Colm Feore, and Sally Field, Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in 3D on May 2nd. Hit the jump to check out the images and watch the new featurette.