Thursday, July 31, 2008

Sony Eyeing Spider-Man Spinoff

Marvel's VenomWith Heath Ledger's villainous Joker drawing attention and boxoffice dollars, Sony is moving forward with "Venom," a potential "Spider-Man" spinoff based on a bad guy.

The studio is developing the project, based on the gooey nemesis who appeared in "Spider-Man 3" and is hoping the character could serve as an antidote to the aging "Spider-Man" franchise in the way that Fox has used Wolverine to add longevity to its "X-Men" franchise.

But getting any spinoff off the ground, let alone one centered on a villain, can be tricky.

The studio had commissioned a draft of the script from Jacob Estes, a writer of the specialty film "Mean Creek," released several years ago by Paramount Classics. He's also attached to the Plan B drama "The Gifted."

But the studio is considering going in a different direction from Estes' script and is seeking writers for a new draft.

Casting also is no simple matter. Topher Grace played the character in the film, but agents have been eyeing the role for their clients, as Sony is not yet convinced the actor can carry a tentpole picture.

Neither Sony nor Marvel would comment for this story.

In "Spider-Man 3," Venom is essentially a parasite that attaches itself to a host via a sticky substance that then gives the host special powers. The fact that it is a substance rather than a character could give Sony leeway to cast a new actor.

"Venom" came about as part of the licensing deal between Marvel and Sony for the Spider-Man movies, which contained provisions allowing for the use of spinoffs based on other Spider-Man characters.

The project is part of a larger feeding frenzy for superhero projects, scores of which have been signed up in the last few months while movies such as "Iron Man" and "The Dark Knight" light up the boxoffice.

Sony is developing a fourth "Spider-Man" film for 2011, but that picture would come out nine years after the original movie debuted, adding to the studio's desire to see new Marvel characters.

Special thanks to The Hollywood Reporter for the heads up!

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Marvel Ultimate Alliance II: Fusion Trailer

I knew about this sequel to the first "Marvel Ultimate Alliance" video game since I've read about it in GameInformer, and I am sorry that I didn't mention about this earlier but it just went past my mind. But pretty much all of you fans known about this. The reason why I am posting about this in my Spidey blog is because it's part of Marvel and mostly because it's Spidey-related too (What can I say? Spider-Man is a playable character in it). This game will be released in 2009 and the official site is up but nothing much there except for the trailer which you can view below. (Click here to view the official site.)

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Special thanks to the members of the Spider-Man Movie Network for the heads up!

Spider-Man 4 Movie & Web of Shadows Game Updates

Here's Sam Raimi at San Diego Comic-Con being interviewed about the Spider-Man 4 movie.

Here's the new trailer to the upcoming Spider-Man video game "Web of Shadows," coming out this in stores October 21st, 2008. (Also check out the game's updated official site here.)

Special thanks to IGN for the Spidey 4 interview and Superhero Hype for the video game updates!

Monday, July 28, 2008

New Spectacular Spider-Man Season Two Poster

Here is the show "Spectacular Spider-Man" season two poster. Looks awesome, huh? (Click on the poster to enlarge)

(Two new villains to the show's second season are revealed in the background of this poster. Can you guess who they are?)

Comic Continuum reveals something about season two. Here's a clip:
"While it was announced that Season 2 will likely begin around March, it was not announced where the show will air. It is highly unlikely that Spider-Man will return to The CW 4Kids."

Special thanks to Mayday from the Spectacular Spider-Man fansite for the heads up! (Click on the link for more information)

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Choose the Spider-Man: Web of Shadows Game Package

Just in from Activision:

The future of New York City will be in gamers' hands this fall and starting today Activision, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI) is allowing them to determine the Spider-Man™: Web of Shadows package image. Starting today, members of the Spider-Man consumer VIP community can go to to vote for their favorite videogame package options, all featuring the heroic web-slinger as he prepares to confront a devastated Big Apple. The consumer control campaign will continue through launch, giving fans the opportunity to vote on various aspects of Spider-Man: Web of Shadows marketing campaign.

To date, members have already helped Activision cast voice actors for actual roles in the final game, based on auditions that were held at this year's New York Comic Con. Voting has also commenced to find the perfect models to portray fan favorites Black Cat and Mary Jane in the Activision booth at San Diego Comic-Con in July. Fans will continue to have unprecedented control over the campaign with upcoming votes including gifts for pre-sell, gameplay content to be posted on the community website, packaging layout, and more.

In development by Shaba Games and Treyarch, Spider-Man: Web of Shadows is scheduled for release this fall and has not yet been rated by the ESRB. Fans can learn more about Spider-Man: Web of Shadows and the full consumer control campaign details by visiting

Special thanks to Superhero Hype/Spider-Man Hype for the heads up!