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“Vacation” Writers Confirm “Spiderman” Gig

If you were anywhere near an Ant-Man screening over the last week or two (check out our review here), then you’ll most likely have gotten a little giggly at the reference to Spiderman in the final few minutes – a two second hint that got arguably as much attention as the post-credits sequence. And who could blame you. The latest MCU newcomer is the talk of the town, and with actor Tom Holland and director Jon Watts nailed down for the project, the Ant-Man nod was a nice reminder of what we’ve got to look forward to in 2017 with Spiderman‘s release. What more could we really ask for this early in the game? Well confirmation that of who’s writing the screenplay would be nice. Oh wait we totally have that! Continue reading “Vacation” Writers Confirm “Spiderman” Gig

“Spiderman” Could Get a New Villain and the John Hughes Treatment

Right then, Spiderman has been cast, his appearances have been scheduled, and we’ve got a release date for his first solo adventure. Now with all this solid information at our disposal, why don’t we throw it out the window and get into some good old fashioned speculation?

Well we’re in luck, because since young actor Tom Holland was cast as the web-slinger and directors or Jon Watts was reported as taking the helm, Marvel mogul Kevin Feige has taken to the interview circuit.

Screen Rant is reporting that Feige has been speaking not only on the subject of Spiderman, but also plans for the style of the film. A year or so ago this wouldn’t have been much to shout about since Marvel films tended to follow a pretty consistent style and structure. But since the reveal of Ant-Man showed that they’re playing with heist movie elements, the sky is potentially the limit for what we can expect stylistically. Feige seems to agree, according to an interview with Birth Movie Death:

“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”

I’m pretty certain no one could have called John Hughes as a possible influence for Spiderman. But is it really so unbelievable? Hughes cut his teeth and sharpened them to razor sharpness on the 80s teen movie, making himself synonymous with youthful emotional indulgence and some pretty serious pouting. And what is the basis for Spiderman if not pubescence in superhuman flux?

While there’s definitely some scope for emotional exploration, we’ve also got some news on villain choices for the new franchise. I say news,  it’s really just Feige saying this:

“Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before.”

This is a solid move for the studio. With familiar franchises where the audience is already well versed in all the characters, the tried and tested technique is focus on the hero in the first film and use a simpler, less adored villain to test the hero. Batman Begins used Rhas Al Ghul, Iron Man had the Iron Monger, even Star Trek used a Romulan time traveller no one had ever heard of! Then when you know the franchise is solid and safe, use movie number two to introduce some tasty villains.

Well it looks as though Feige is confident in Spiderman‘s chances. How about you?http://screenrant.com/spider-man-reboot-2017-new-villain-john-hughes/

Tom Holland is Marvel’s “Spiderman” – Jon Watts to Direct

We had a list of hopefuls, and now we have one new Spiderman. After having their pick of the up-and-coming litter for this latest incarnation of the web-slinger, Marvel has landed on fresh-faced Tom Holland to don the mask and take to the crime filled streets of New York City.

Deadline is reporting that the actor best know for his roles in The Impossible and How I Live Now won out from a wishlist including Asa Butterfield, Judah Lewis, Matthew Lintz, Charlie Plummer and Charlie Rowe. There were suggestions that Butterfield would take the role given his experience with science fiction and action in Ender’s Game, but Marvel gave opted for someone with what you might call a more versatile, dramatic background. Translation: not scifi.

Holland is also starring in this year’s In the Heart of the Sea from director Ron Howard, where he’ll be taking up with fellow Marvel star Chris Hemsworth. With any luck Hemsworth will become increasingly facial company if the rumours about Spidey’s involvement in other Marvel projects are to be believed.
But that’s not all: we also have a director in the form of Jon Watts. The decision to bring in Watts is dangerously close to Sony’s decision to enlist Marc Webb for The Amazing Spiderman. Webb had just made his mark at Sundance with 500 Days of Summer when he was recruited for the gig. It so happens that Watts has just had his own nugget of success at Sundance with Cop Car, a sharp little midnight movie if ever there was one.

Granted, Watts’ experience with using humour in his movies is a little more substantial than Webb’s. As well as Cop Car he’s directed several episodes of The Onion News Network. When you throw the vicious Clown  into the mix, it’s clear that Watts has a more acerbic humour that could suit a wisecracking Spiderman.
A solo Spiderman feature is still pencilled in for July 28th 2017,with a lot of time in between for Holland to turn up in other potential Marvel projects like Civil War.

You’d be forgiven for taking all this news with a pinch of salt – we’ve all been here before with Spiderman reboots. Hopefully we’ll have something a little more concrete to be excited about for this latest instalment.

Could Asa Butterfield be Marvel’s New Spiderman?

Let’s talk Spiderman guys. Captain America: Civil War is going to begin production before the end of the month (cutting it pretty fine), and for that to work Marvel and Don’t are going to have to pick their Spidey soon. Damn soon. For those out of the loop, this new Spiderman will be a combined reboot with Marvel Studios sharing rights with Sony. Don’t expect it to be simple, but with a new solo film promised for 2017, expect it to to be quick. Well quick isn’t even the word for it, since rumours are already abounding that a frontrunner has appeared in the potential list of candidates.

Screen Rant is reporting that Asa Butterfield is the current favourite for the role as Peter Parker. Young Butterfield is perhaps best known for his work on Ender’s Game a couple of years ago, working alongside Harrison Ford and Abigail Breslin. Now, according to Latino Review, he is moving ahead of the pack.

Who’s in the pack you ask? Well a short list of names has been floating around recently, so from what we can tell the current list of candidates consists of Nat Wolff (The Fault in Our Stars), Asa Butterfield (Ender’s Game), Tom Holland (In The Heart of The Sea), Timothee Chalamet (Interstellar) and Liam James (The Killing). Not a bad list right? All making waves in their own way, and all perfectly placed to play the Web slinger.

Why could Butterfield be out in front? Well, for starters he no stranger to action or scifi, and he’s had experience working alongside big Hollywood names, which can of be a boon for a new Avenger. Also, with the latest Peter Parker looking to be in his mid teens and still in high school, there’s a fair discrepancy between the actor’s ages (Wolff is the oldest at 20 and by far the oldest looking). However Butterfield makes a good showing at the ripe old age of 18, fresh-faced but still with blemish potential.
In the end, the choice will come down to staying power and audience appeal. The plan will be to make a lot more movies with this incarnation of Spiderman, so he’ll need to be someone viewers can grow up with. And let’s not forget he’s gotta be loved by viewers – we’ve gotten very critical when it comes to Spidermen.

Who would we like to get the part? We couldn’t possibly say.

Lord and Miller to Helm Animated “Spiderman” for Sony

It’s getting to the point now where it would take less time to list all the highly anticipated upcoming projects that AREN’T being helmed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller. The pair have had their nose to the grindstone recently, attached to Lego sequels galore as well as a Jump Street sequel and The Flash for Warner Bros., all the whole keeping their numerous tv projects humming along nicely. Well now they’re adding to their superhero repertoire with an animated Spiderman movie!

Empire is reporting that the writing directing team have been hired by Sony to created an animated movie to rebuild their Spidey rep. Even though a lot of leeway has been given to Marvel to include the web slinger in the MCU (Captain America: Civil War first and foremost), Sony can still make all the Spiderman movies they like. This time around they’re going animated and they’re going funny, drawing on Lord and Miller’s inexhaustible Scrooge McDuck sized treasure trove of comedy gold. This could be an admittance of sorts that they could never really compete in a classic superhero stage with Marvel, especially with the same character. So they’re switching things up, fine tuning their demographic and, in our opinion, opening things up for themselves in a splendid way.

The plan is for Lord and Miller to focus more on Peter Parker in high school, which seems to be the fashion now since the Marvel incarnation will most likely be a teenager. Rumours of this project have been floating around from a while now, stemming from the talks that took place in January to determine the future of the Spiderman franchise.

Hopefully this will be a new lease of life for Sony and Spiderman’s love/hate relationship: they certainly have the right people on it.
The untitled Spiderman animated movie is set for release on July 20th, 2018.

Drew Goddard in Talks to Direct New “Spiderman”

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but my new years resolution for 2015 was to eat more lentils and start caring about Spiderman again. Sure, I’ve been hurt over the last couple of years, but darn it I’m ready to love again. Then of course Marvel took some solid interest and responsibility for the hero’s cinematic  future and suddenly my resolution got a whole lot easier. Still can’t eat lentils though. Have you tried them? They’re like tiny sand explosions.

Anyway, now that Spiderman is once again a hot property with all this unbridled potential, we need a new team to make the magic happen. Fortunately we might be very close to securing a new director for the gig. Empire reports that Marvel movie maker in residence Drew Goddard has expressed seniors interest in helming Spideys return to Marvel and is currently in talks with Sony higher up and Kevin Fiege.

Goddard has recently spent most of his Marvel man hours putting together the Sinister Six movie. This wouldn’t have been an easy task with Amazing Spiderman shooting poorly constructed crossbow bolts into his ass, not to mention the considerable hype Dc is getting for its own villainous analog Suicide Squad. Now that Spiderman is in play, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Sinister Six takes a back seat for the time being so that Goddard can potentially focus on the hero – whether or not this will affect the overall schedule of release or have a knock on effect is anyone’s guess.

Goddard also has some experience working with uber nerd Joss Whedon on his subversive horror Cabin in the Woods. Let’s hope that Whedon passed on some sagely wisdom to young Goddard, because there’s no lack of pressure on him if he gets the job. Reimagining a superhero for the big screen is a cake walk compared to resurrecting one that’s already on screen. Just ask Josh Trank. No confirmation on Goddard as yet, but when we know, you’ll know.