Thursday, December 31, 2009

Kevin Feige on Marvel Movies


Here's something interesting I found on a latest report from Superhero Hype! about president and producer of Marvel Studios. Here's a little clip of him talking about the first "Spider-Man" film from the column.

Two weeks into my official employment, I found myself in a room with [director] Sam Raimi going over the script of "Spider-Man." That was the next step for Marvel. Of course there were concerns with taking on that project. Even when we shot the first promotion photo it looked so good a lot people thought it was CGI! But it wasn't and that's where we started to see things go the right way.

Here's the rest of the column here. Special thanks to Superhero Hype! for the news.

Opinion: My Choices For 'Spidey' Movie Villains

Since everyone is pushing around the subject about who the main villain or villains going to be in Spider-Man 4, coming out in May 5th, 2011. So I want to make a whole post on my opinions that who would make great candidates for Spider-Man 4. Then what you guys and gals can do is have your opinions too in the commment box below. So here we go, these are the villains I think would make a great addition to the movie (there's going to be a lot of them on here, but let me point out that these are just suggestions so that one or two of them make it into the film). Ok, here we go!

The Lizard: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Remember this tall green and scaly? Well it's not the Green Goblin, that's for sure. This is Dr. Curt Connors, or what we all know him as The Lizard. In the comics he tried using lizard DNA to regenerate his right arm back. But the experiment failed and mutated him into THE LIZARD. Well all of you know that Connors (played by Dylan Baker) has been in the previous two movies, and sources has been said that he's returning again for this next installment. As the Lizard this time? Maybe or maybe not. We don't know that for sure. But I wouldn't mind seeing this guy added in. I've been waiting to see him for a long time, so I think it's about time that Dr. Connors should finally turn into the green scaled monster. And maybe have Kraven the Hunter track him down, but that seems too much like the Spider-Man 3 game, doesn't it? What I like the most about the Lizard is that it's like Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Where in this story Connors has a family. A wife and a son. And when he transformed into the Lizard, it's like his whole life was taken away. For this story it would be great to show the impact and emotions of Connors for once and suddenly being controled by something else. In Spidey's situation is to only find a cure to help Connors turn back to normal and he would be redeemed that he could help a friend (Redeemed after what happened in Spider-Man 3). So that's why I think Lizard would be a great choice for Spidey 4.

Kraven the Hunter: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Ordinary Sergei Kravinoff is world's famous hunter Kraven the Hunter. In the comics he came to the US to track down one of the most amazing creatures that he could claim as his trophy: Spider-Man. Now adding this character and the Lizard in the same movie would make him have a great motivation to come to the US and track down the Lizard himself. And it would be up to Spidey to help Connors/Lizard and stop Kraven. I don't like Kraven so much as a villain, or think of him as a big threat to Spidey. But he would be good along with the Lizard...or with his half-brother instead?

The Chameleon: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Once known as Dmitri Smerdyakov-Kravinoff, the Chameleon is the master of disguise. He can make himself look like anyone, and copy their voices so well. I always like this villain. Seems obvious that I'm more into the outcast type of villains then the major ones seen already in the films. Chameleon was always my favorite from when I first read him in The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963). It would be fun to see the Chameleon changed to Norman Osborn or Harry Osborn just to fool with Spidey. I bet Sam Raimi would have fun with that. And he could team up with his half-brother Kraven the Hunter to taken down the web-slinger. But I'm probably the only one interested in seeing him in a movie, am I? Well hopefully if they do use this character that they can do him right. If that could be done, my hats off to Mr. Raimi.

Hobgoblin: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
I know that everyone is tired of seeing the Goblin in the previous movies, but I'm not. I would like to see what they can do with this guy. And I have a great idea for him too. It doesn't have to be Roderick Kingsley, the original Hobgoblin, but it can be Ned Leeds, so that Elizabeth Banks who played as Betty Brant JJJ's secretary at the Bugle could have a reason to return. Because in the previous posts she has stated that she will not come back unless she has more screentime. And bringing in Ned Leeds will be a great way for her to come back, because of the two characters relationship in the comics. For the story it would be like this, he is the new investigative reporter at the Daily Bugle and he is sent out to investigate the Osborn Mansion with householder's permission to find out some clues. He then stumbles upon the Goblin lair, and decides not to tell anyone and uses the stuff for himself to become the Hobgoblin!

The Crime-Master: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
I know that some of you may go, "Who?" And that's what I expect you to say. The Crime-Master is one of the original Spidey villains that worked along side with the original Green Goblin in issues #26 and #27. He was a short time criminal, because he dies in the last issue I mentioned. At that time he was about to say the Goblin's true identity, since it wasn't known for awhile until the Green Goblin reveals himself in issue #39. They can create the same story in a way with the Hobgoblin, since I think his identity should be a secret for the audience and the other characters until the end of the movie. So was the Crime-Master's identity was a secret, and that could be revealed by the end as well. Although I think the Hobgoblin should play out for two movies (this one and the next, if they were to do him), so that there could be a reason for Elizabeth Banks (mentioned above) to return as Betty Brant and to keep up the hype as well. So anyways back on this villain; why did I nominated this villain for Spider-Man 4? Because I think it's about time we have a crime/mystery for Spidey to unsolve, because that were the few things I loved about the older comics. In which they should've done it for the Green Goblin. But to make it short, I just want to see a crime lord and actually seeing the mob as a threat to Spider-Man. I like the Crime-Master because he looked cool and he would be great as a Spider-Man villain the movie. So they don't have to bring in the Kingpin, they could just put the Crime-Master or Tombstone...or maybe...?

The Big Man: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
I know that some of you who have watched "The Spectacular Spider-Man" TV series and might say, "Hey, isn't 'the Big man' Tombstone?" Well it appears that way in the show, but in the comics The Big Man a completely different person in the comics. First appeared in issue #10 shows Frederick Foswell (remember that reporter from the show?) he was the Big Man in the comics. Of course, they didn't reveal that until the end of the comic. But after being in prison for awhile he changed his ways, and well the way he appears on the show is the way he was like from the comics after being the Big Man. And he was the first to control the Enforcers team (and no Montana isn't Shocker like he is from the "Spectacular Spider-Man" TV series, but they could do that for the movie). But I never really like the Big Man, just because his name is lame (ha! I rhymed). By the way, Hoffman from the movies always reminded me of Foswell...maybe that's where the idea came from. Also, I was surprised he was the one killed off by the Kingpin in the earlier "Ultimate Spider-Man" comics (in that series he was called Mr. Big). Speaking of the Kingpin...

Kingpin: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Although he was already used in the movie "Daredevil" back in 2003, and maybe there will be some issues about using the characters (because I still think that Fox still owns the rights to Daredevil, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four). But I think he would be a great add into the Spidey movie universe. For me, it doesn't matter which criminal mob boss they use, I just like them all. And it would be different than using a super-powered person to be Spidey's foe in every film. And since I heard that the "Daredevil" movie is going to be 'rebooted', this might a good thing for the Spider-Man movies should do. After all, Kingpin was a Spidey villain way before he appeared in the "Daredevil" comics.

Tombstone: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Now Tombstone, the way he is portrayed in the "Spectacular Spider-Man" series, would be so great to see in a live-action movie. And I would like to see someone play as the albino African-American, that seems too cool. Why him? I like his attitude, and his personality resembles Kingpin so much. In fact these two could be working together in the movies, since they did that in the comics. And maybe some rivalry could happen, that's always great to see too.

Vulture: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Why the Vulture? Why not? He was considered to be in "Spider-Man 3", but they replaced him with Venom instead. So he is basically at the top of the Sam Raimi's villains list to use in the movies. And besides, it would look so cool to see Vulture and Spidey duking it out in mid-air non-stop. Do you think that would cool? I sure do!

Scorpion:
Heh, bug vs. bug. This could be interesting. Although how will the origin be explained? Simple: Mac Gargan is working for the Kingpin (or any other mob boss mentioned above) to investigate on Peter Parker. There are some suspicions that he may be Spider-Man. When he fails, the mob boss puts him into an experiment, and wha-la! Scorpion is made and his mission is to take down Spider-Man and reveal him to the world. And besides it would be cool to see him on the big screen, finally.

Electro: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
After playing "Spider-Man: Web of Shadows" a few times, I think it would be so cool and exciting to see Electron zip his way through New York and maybe cause a blackout too. For Spidey, he'll make a dangerous and worthy foe, and a challenging step to take him down too. I would also like to see them being set up as a friend to Peter at first and then becoming Electro later on, so that Peter would go on a journy to save a friend this time and redeem himself. Although that could be dealt with the Lizard (since Peter knows Dr. Connors from the previous films), but maybe Electro and Lizard should be in the same movie. I always like that friendship that Max and Peter kind of had in that animated series back in 2003 (The one with Neil Patrick Harris as ol' web-head). To me that would be interesting on screen and would be great for Peter to have more friends (like Flash Thompson too, because thats what happened in the comics) and more people to hang out with than just Mary Jane, Aunt May, or the staff at the Bugle. Just basically a new start for him, after what happened in "Spider-Man 3" he needs a fresh new start.

The Enforcers: (Character Bios: Ox | Montana | Fancy Dan)
These guys would be cool to see as well, just so they would be working for the mob boss and trying to take down Spidey. Although I know there's a limit to one or two villains now in the movies ever since "Spider-Man 3". But really...there's not that much to the Enforcers, is there?

The Rhino: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Now honestly I don't like the Rhino that much but after some thinking it would be cool so see a giant guy who looks like a Rhino causing some mayhem and destruction on the streets of Manhattan. And sure, throw in his wit too, because that's always funny to see. And I want him to look like "Ultimate Spider-Man" version mixed with the "Spider-Man 2" video game version.

Calypso: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Why Calypso? Just because if Kraven the Hunter is in the movie, she should be along his side trying to take down Spidey. And I find her interesting as a villain too.

Mysterio: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
What can I say? Give the illusionist a chance in the Spidey films! And better yet, get Criss Angel to play him. Why? Because to me Criss Angel is one of the best illusionists, and so they won't have to spend a lot of money on special effects on this villain. And Mr. Angel definitelly has the right looks and the tone in voice. I could never see Bruce Campbell as Mysterio (like many of you wanted), well since he already made 3 cameos in the movies as goofy characters. And it would be cool to see New York get destroyed, but really it doesn't (No, I don't have a thing for destruction, since it's just a movie it looks cool).

Carlyle: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Seen in the "Spider-Man 3" video game, known as the Mad Bomber, originally in the comics he was in to replace Doc Ock, but he failed because the original Doc Ock and Spidey took him down together. Why did I put Carlyle on here? Well Sam Raimi did want to have the Sinister Six, a group formed by 6 supervillains (Doc Ock being the leader), and since Carlyle was Doc Ock in the comics for awhile, he should come in as the new Doc Ock to form the Sinister Six. Maybe for the 6th film? Well who knows, he probably might as well make an appearance now than later (we wouldn't want to make the same mistake like they did in Spider-Man 3 with Gwen Stacy, and Capt. Stacy, and of course Eddie Brock).

Hypno-Hustler: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Yeah!! He would totally make a great threat and an awesome villain in "Spider-Man 4"!!! ....Only joking of course. :P He shouldn't be in the movies at all. If he is, we are all doom of watching a stupid cheesy movie. Click here to see why I mention this villain here in the first place, lol. (if he can even be called a villain)

Black Tarantula: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
I am not too familiar with this one, but if done right I would like to see him in the movie.

Black Cat: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Although I never really saw her a villain, but the rumors are saying that she's going to be in it as a villain. Well I hope but the middle or the end of the movie she becomes good and decides to work along side with Spidey in the next few movies. And maybe in this way Spidey will learn that he can't do everything by himself. Also if they want to introduce her, I rather have her introduced her as Felicia Hardy in this one and as Black Cat in the next one. That works out much better so we can already have a well developed character in two movies.

And last but not least...!!

Carnage: (Click Here For Character Bio.)
Nah, not a chance in a Spidey movie. With Sam Raimi around, I doubt that they will use Carnage in the next few Spidey movies (unless forced like Venom was for "Spider-Man 3", that wouldn't be so good, now would it?). But in the "Venom" spin-off we heard about recently? Maybe. But in a Spidey film? Not likely. So sorry guys, that's my honest opinion.

So I hope you like my list of villains that I think should be in either Spider-Man 4 or 5 or 6. But either way, I hope you agree with me on some of my choices (except for Carnage and Hypno-Hustler, those were thrown in for some gags). So take this as ideas and probably suggestions for any of the crew members of the next installment that might be reading this. And if not it was worth a try. But I don't want all of these characters in one movie, just some, and if only one or two of them are picked that would be satisifying.

So if you guys and gals want, voice your choices and opinions here on the villains you want to see in a upcoming 'Spidey' movie. Do you think some of my choices are good, and if not, why? Please comment and leave me a message on what I should know. I love reading your feedbacks!

So that's all for now, Spidey fans! Gobbie out.

Opinion: These 'Spidey 4' Rumors

I am getting so sick and tired of all these rumors. It's not that I should care about them, and then come on here to complain about them. But it's ridiculous of how some people can be so ignorant (no offense) that what they read from the internet might be true. Heck, lately some of the stuff could be true, but those ones actually sound accurate enough to be true. Some of the other stuff are just plain stupid and moronic. But that's the 'internet' for you, and for everyone else as well. So why am I posting this? To clear some things up. I doubt that Anne Hathaway will be in 'Spider-Man 4' and I doubt that she'll play as some made-up villain named "The Vultress" instead of being Black Cat. Well now that I think of it, she could be in it, but I don't want to anticipate on it. She's a very good actress, but still nothing is official yet. Do any of you think Sam Raimi would actually do that? Well sure, the 'Spider-Man 3' movie was a big disappointment towards fans, but really successful at the box office. But who cares? It still has some of the characters down right, and some of the sources right, even though not enough development on the new characters and way too many subplots. Sure he messed up on a lot of things, but so what? It's done, and it's just a movie. Get over it. People make mistakes, and when we make mistakes we learn from them.

What bothers me is that some people think that this movie will suck really badly. Uhh...how would you know that since the movie hasn't come out yet? Sure you can say "I have bad feelings about it...but I still think it's going to be good" but saying "It's going to suck because Spider-Man 3 sucks" is just plain stupid. I believe that Sam Raimi knows what he's doing, and since the studio wouldn't be a stick up his butt this time, maybe we can actually get a 'Spider-Man' movie better than the last one. It would be great to actually have Sam to put what he wants in it, and not what Avi Arad (the producer) and the studios (Sony Pictures) want this time. After all, I find them responsible for pushing Raimi into doing what happened in SM3 (having Venom in it, and Sandman as the killer of Uncle Ben). Because they are in charge, and if Raimi doesn't want to put in stuff for it he would've been fired. The studio only cares about the money, and since the 'Spider-Man' franchise made tons and tons of money, they're going to use that advantage. What I seen in 'Spider-Man 2' was Sam Raimi giving his heart to these characters and the plot. It wasn't for the money, and it wasn't for the fame. He did it because he is a true Spidey fan. Now that was a 'Spider-Man' movie.

Now about the other rumors, I don't mind seeing Vulture being in the movie, and I wouldn't mind seeing John Malkovich as him either. That I don't mind. Everything else like those articles about Mary Jane getting killed off and Anne Hathaway replacing her as Felicia Hardy (a.k.a. Black Cat) is just B.S. I don't believe that for one second. I don't think Sam Raimi would ever do that.

Also another thing, I know that much of you are hardcore fans and some of you aren't. But with some of you hardcore fans, you can be really picky when it comes to these movies. Sure they weren't perfect, and sure they aren't as great as "The Dark Knight", but at least we're seeing Spider-Man and all these wonderful characters brought to life on the big screen. I know the phrase, "If it can't be done right don't do it at all." Well I think these movies have been done right, even when we don't notice it. I sure as heck love these movies, but it took so long for me to adjust to 'Spider-Man 3', but right now I am fine with it. But like they always say, some people like it and some people won't, and to me that's fine. But when it comes to this upcoming film, I feel like I have to take a stand for it. I say give it a chance, and stop bashing on Sam Raimi. He's doing the best he can do right now, so lay off. I, for one, can't wait to see this movie. I think it's going to be a blast and exciting, and I will make sure to be the first one in line to see it on opening day.

So everyone, if I were you, stop believing in these rumors. And better yet, stop reading them. You know what also made "Spider-Man 3" bad? It was the fact that they revealed too much on the internet. And I remember reading from someone that he loved it because he never read a single article on the internet about it. So I say congratulations to him. I'll try to do the same, in a way. But that doesn't mean I won't still post here, it's just I will post more accurate and better news for all of you. And I will make sure to post more often as well. I'm sorry for the lack of updates.

So sorry about my long rant, but it has to be said someway or another. So make sure to choose wisely to read an article out there, because it might revealed too much that you don't want to know about. Let's just sit back and relax, and do other things before then, and when we see "Spider-Man 4" on opening day or whenever, we'll be amazed of how great it is, or we might be disappointed. But one thing that is important, that we should go in unexpecting anything about it and enjoy the ride. Because to me, that was the experience I had when I went to see the first 'Spider-Man' movie back in 2002. Man, it's great to be a Spider-Man fan.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tobey On 'Spider-Man 4' Villains

Here is a video of Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man/Peter Parker) being interviewed by MTV about the Spider-Man 4 villains. Here is what he has to say:



Source: MTV

P.S. Sorry for the lack of updates. I'll be posting up more news and updates as they come along, so be patient.

Monday, November 9, 2009

A New Female Lead for Spider-Man 4?

Early last month, director Sam Raimi said that they were about to start casting for Spider-Man 4, but we have yet to hear any official announcements of new talent coming on board. We knew Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were going to be back, and since then, Dylan Baker revealed that he'll return as Dr. Curt Connors.

Now, according to Mania, actresses are auditioning for the role of villain Felicia Hardy/Black Cat, and the site says that Rachel McAdams (upcoming Sherlock Holmes) is a frontrunner for the role. Mania adds that they are also casting for a male villain, which would mean we're looking at two villains for the fourth installment. None of this is confirmed, of course.

In the meantime, fans pointed us to The Observer where actress Romola Garai (Atonement) has a column in which she wrote the following:

"Love is at the root of everything good that has ever happened and will happen." This phrase swam into focus as I moved up the escalator at Oxford Circus tube on Tuesday morning on my way to put myself "on tape" for a part in Spider-Man 4. This is the acting equivalent of the London Marathon in that it's important to try your best as long as you understand that you aren't going to win.

Might she also be going for the Felicia Hardy role? We won't know for sure until we start hearing official casting news from Sony.

Spider-Man 4 is coming to theaters on May 5, 2011.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Opinion: Wow, this is interesting news. All I have to say is finally, I've been waiting to see Black Cat in a Spider-Man movie for a long time. I hope they get her character right. I wonder who's going to be the other villain?

Thursday, November 5, 2009

New Site Template!

Hey everyone, I thought I should let you all know about the new template for the site. Doesn't it look really awesome?! Give me your opinion on what you think about the new template in your comments below. Thanks!

Special thanks to FinalSense.com for the template!

Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man 4?

MTV interviewed original Green Goblin actor Willem Dafoe if he's reprising his role as Norman Osborn in the new "Spider-Man 4" movie. This is what he had to say:

"Let's put it this way — no one's called," the actor told MTV News in a recent interview.

If you want to read more about this interview, click here.

As for my opinion on this, I honestly think Willem should stay out of SM4 or any future Spidey films. I like him and he's a really great actor, but his character is done and over with. So hopefully Sam Raimi can just move on from the Green Goblin storyline and go with someone else. And it's not that hard, there's like a tons of Spidey villains out there dying to make it into one of these movies some day. The Green Goblin isn't the only Goblin out there (There's the Hobgoblin, remember?). So that's what I think. Anyone else have something to say? Please make sure to say it in your comment. Thanks for reading!

Source: MTV's Splash Page

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dylan Baker Confirms Spider-Man 4 Return

Ever since Dylan Baker first appeared in Spider-Man 2 as Empire State University professor Dr. Curt Connors, people have been buzzing about whether we might ever see him turn into Spider-Man's scaliest foe The Lizard. Unfortunately, we don't have the answer to that question just yet, but UGO had people at the Walter Reade screening of Michael Dougherty's Trick 'r Treat last night where actor Dylan Baker confirmed he would be returning as Connors for Spider-Man 4, when asked about it during a post-screening Q & A. He didn't go into details about how big or small his role might be in the fourth installment, although it seemed like it would be another "background" part, rather than The Lizard taking center stage as the next Spider-Man villain.

Source: UGO and Superhero Hype!

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Raimi to Get Back to Basics for Spider-Man 4

Director Sam Raimi was interviewed in the print edition of DVD & Blu-ray Review (via the Coventry Telegraph) and was asked about Spider-Man 4.

Asked about complaints that there were too many villains in Spider-Man 3, he said: "I think having so many villains detracted from the experience. I would agree with the criticism."

Raimi added that he had learned some new lessons and storytelling tricks from his last film, Drag Me to Hell. "I think I've learned about the importance of getting to the point and the importance of having limitations, and I'm hoping to take that into a production where I'm actually allowed to explore with more of the tools to pull it off with a little more splendor.

"I hope I don't lose that edge that I've just found. That would be my approach to 'Spider-Man 4': to get back to the basics."

Source: Superhero Hype!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Sam Raimi on the Spider-Man 4 Villain

While he naturally wouldn't reveal who the villain is in Spider-Man 4, director Sam Raimi told MTV what their thinking is behind the villain they will choose:

"What we're trying to do right now is really understand the journey Peter is going to go on this time and have the villain maybe be a counter to that growth, something that he has to overcome," Raimi said. "Or maybe he has to grow in a way to overcome the villain, because there always seem to be stories of coming of age, of a young man growing up and learning things about life, so once we are identifying the exact movement that Peter has to grow to, I think the villain—and we're trying this right now; we're trying to choose a villain based on who would be the proper counter to that growth, so we really have dramatic conflict."

You can check out the full interview here. Spider-Man 4 is scheduled to hit theaters on May 5, 2011.

Source: Superhero Hype! and MTV's Splash Page

Friday, October 9, 2009

Spider-Man 4 to Start Filming March 2010

Back in March, a little less than two years after "Spider-Man 3" opened with what was then the biggest first weekend ever, Sony and Marvel Studios announced an official release date for its fourth Spidey flick: May 6, 2011. Still up in the air was the date when production would actually begin.

In an exclusive conversation with MTV News on Friday, franchise director Sam Raimi reveled that if all goes according to plan, shooting will begin early next year.

"We're hoping that it's the first week in March," said Raimi.

At the moment, pre-production is in full swing, even as screenwriter Gary Ross ("great director and a very fine writer," said Raimi) continues to work on the script.

"He's working on a draft," he continued. "I just gave him some notes and he's doing a rewrite right now."

On other fronts, "Spider-Man 4" continues to chug along. "The production is starting to come together," Raimi told us. "I've got a production designer who is starting to design the sets and the environments that the picture will take place in. We just brought aboard Scott Stokdyk as one of the two visual effects supervisors, and I worked with him on all three 'Spider-man' pictures."

With Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst set to reprise their roles, Raimi and his team will soon turn their attention to filling out the rest of the cast. "None of the casting has really taken place, but we're starting to think about that now," the director said.

Our chat with Raimi was a wide-ranging one, filled with talk about where he wants to take the Peter Parker character, which villain(s) might be showing up on the big screen, and much, much more. Check back in the coming days for more exclusive Spidey news.

Source: MTV's Splash Page and Superhero Hype!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Gary Ross to Write and Possibly Direct Venom


Gary Ross is writing “Venom,” Columbia’s “Spider-Man” spinoff based on one of the villains from “Spider-Man 3,” as a potential directing vehicle. Ross is already writing “Spider-Man 4” for the studio.

In the comics, Venom is a gooey alien parasite that bonds with Peter Parker and later his newsroom rival, among other people, becoming one of more popular villains in "Spider-Man’s" rogue gallery.

Topher Grace portrayed the character in the 2007 movie, which ended with both the human and the alien symbiote apparently destroyed in an explosion.

The studio had no comment on Grace’s involvement nor on Ross writing the project.

Avi Arad and Marvel are producing the movie. Ross would also produce.

Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who wrote “Zombieland,” previously worked on the script, as did Jacob Estes.

Ross, repped by CAA, hasn’t directed a movie since 2003’s “Seabiscuit.”

Source: Heat Vision and Superhero Hype!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Venom Movie Moving Forward?


The Spider-Man franchise seemed to come off the rails creatively with the disappointing third chapter in 2007. No, it wasn't Batman and Robin, but suffice it to say fans weren't particularly happy, especially with the treatment of fan fave and longtime Spidey arch-nemesis Venom.

Now Sony is going forward with a Venom spinoff movie, which pretty much has fans split down the middle. Will it finally do the fanged black-ooze baddie justice, or will it be more of the same? The good news is that Zombieland co-writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have been tasked with penning the project (Zombieland is awesome, so fingers crossed).

Today Wernick confirmed to us that the project is still moving forward and the writing team has turned the script in to the suits at Sony. "We've written two drafts of Venom, and the studio has it, and they're pushing forward in whatever ways they push forward," Wernick told SCI FI Wire in an exclusive interview.

So when might Venom be going into production? "We're not sure, [but] we've turned in our two drafts," said Wernick.

One big question has been whether a Venom movie might happen even before Spider-Man 4, but that now appears unlikely. The latest rumors have Spidey 4 shooting in early 2010. When asked about the relationship between the two movies, Wernick was tight-lipped. "We can't really talk about that, unfortunately," the writer said before adding, "Basically, the studio and Marvel and the Arads are taking our drafts and going beyond and figuring out what's the next step."

Source: SCI-FI Wire and Superhero Hype!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Spider-Man 4 to be Released on IMAX May 5, 2011!


IMAX Corporation and Columbia Pictures today announced that the highly-anticipated action-adventure Spider-Man 4, will be released to IMAX(R) theatres simultaneously with the film's worldwide release on May 5, 2011. The fourth installment of the successful "Spider-Man" franchise, based on the Marvel Comicbook character, will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience. The film will be distributed by Columbia Pictures domestically and by Sony Pictures Releasing International overseas.

To date, the "Spider-Man" motion pictures have generated more than $2.5 billion in worldwide box office receipts.

"The last two 'Spider-Man' releases have been available in IMAX theaters, and we're very much looking forward to our return to a wider IMAX theatre network with this exciting new chapter in the continuing adventures of Spider-Man," said Rory Bruer, President, Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing. "The addition of so many new IMAX locations will give even more fans of Spider-Man an opportunity to experience the action and adventure in a unique way."

"'Spider-Man' continues to be one of the world's most popular motion picture franchises, and we are very excited to include the latest chapter as part of our 2011 slate," said IMAX CEO Richard L. Gelfond. "Our network has grown significantly and we continue to roll-out new theatres virtually every week, giving more moviegoers the opportunity to experience the movie in IMAX."

"We're so excited to once again work with our friends at Columbia Pictures, Sony and Marvel to bring this beloved superhero back to IMAX theatres," said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Filmed Entertainment. "The 'Spider-Man' franchise has been so important to the growth of our network and fan base over the years and we're certainly looking forward to re-teaming with the entire cast and production team to bring this next chapter to moviegoers worldwide."

Spider-Man 4 will reunite director Sam Raimi with stars Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst. The screenplay is currently being adapted by Gary Ross. Producers are Laura Ziskin, Avi Arad, Todd Black and Grant Curtis. Executive producers are Stan Lee, Todd Hallowell and Josh Donen.

The IMAX release will be digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of The IMAX Experience with proprietary IMAX DMR(R) (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Bigger Part for Bruce Campbell in Spider-Man 4?


At the premiere for Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs on Saturday, Bruce Campbell told Access Hollywood that Spider-Man 4 will start shooting in January 2010 and that he'll have a larger part:

The actor, who has a long relationship with director Sam Raimi via his lead role in the "Evil Dead" trilogy, made memorable cameos in the first three "Spider-Man" films.

However, he may have a bigger role this time around. Bruce told Access that in the next installment in the superhero franchise, he’s been told he has a major part – but didn’t yet know anything about his character.


Columbia Pictures has scheduled the fourth installment for a May 6, 2011 release

Source: Superhero Hype!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Disney to Acquire Marvel for $4 Billion!

Last week, Disney wasn't in the superhero business, having distributed Pixar's "The Incredibles" but produced little else to capitalize on popular comicbook characters. This week, it's poised to become the owner of Marvel and its vast array of crime fighters and villains.

The deal between the two companies, valued at $4 billion, would put Disney in charge of the comicbook factory that launched Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Captain America and other iconic characters.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Source: Variety and Superhero Hype!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

"The Real Spider-Man" Review


I just got this DVD of "The Real Spider-Man: The Making Of The Green Goblin's Last Stand" today from director Dan Poole. The DVD also includes the 50 min. 1992 film "The Green Goblin's Last Stand". This is truly amazing and I would like to share you my review from the fansite I made for the movie. Make please sure to comment and give me your thoughts. Thanks, and later!

Click here to read about it.

P.S. Make sure to get the DVD at the webstore on the site or by clicking on the AD below.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sony sets writer to spin 'Spider-Man'


As Sony Pictures Entertainment preps a fourth installment of "Spider-Man" to begin production early next year, the studio has quietly engaged screenwriter James Vanderbilt to pen "Spider-Man 5" and "Spider-Man 6."

Vanderbilt was the first writer on "Spider-Man 4." Director Sam Raimi brought on "Rabbit Hole" playwright David Lindsay-Abaire to rewrite him, and Gary Ross is now rewriting that script. The studio is enthusiastic about where it stands as the picture begins prepping for an early 2010 production start for a May 2011 release.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Vanderbilt's most recent script credits are the Sylvain White-directed "The Losers" for Warner Bros. and David Fincher's "Zodiac."

Special thanks to - Variety and SuperheroHype.com for the heads up!

Friday, August 7, 2009

EXCLUSIVE: Sam Raimi Talks 'Spider-Man 4’ Villain Possibilities -- But Will He Go Obscure?


It’s a question on the minds of film buffs and comics fans alike, as they look forward to 2011’s return of Peter Parker to the big-screen: Who will he be fighting?

Recently, Sam Raimi revealed to us that he’s a mere four weeks away from reading a first draft of the “Spider-Man 4” script. And along with writer David Lindsay-Abaire, there are a few key elements they’re looking for in a potential villain.

“I’ve talked with David about a possible villain, villains, villain-ess,” the director grinned, being careful not to reveal genders or numbers in regards to Spidey’s nemesis. “[We’ve spoken] about who knows what Spider-Man’s conflicting personas would be.”

Some longtime Spidey fans are arguing these days that Raimi should stick to the bigger-name characters and have Peter Parker square off against someone like The Lizard, Venom or Carnage, while others would prefer to see him shine a spotlight on such more-obscure villains as Morbius, the Living Vampire or Sinister Six characters like Vulture or Electro. At this point, Raimi told us he’s open to introducing even the most obscure of supervillains.

“That would be absolutely fine,” explained the filmmaker, whose insanely intense "Drag Me to Hell" lands in theaters later this month. “But I’m not looking [for things] like that.”

“I’m trying to, with the writer, find Peter Parker’s story primarily,” Raimi said of what factors will weigh on his selection of supervillains. “And find the right conflict for him to come up against. So that either he can grow as a human being and overcome this thing, or perish. It’s more about finding the villain that represents the best story for Peter.”

And although Raimi revealed to us that he does know which super-villains Lindsay-Abaire is working into his script, they are still subject to change. “Really, I have to read the screenplay and see if it’s working, what we’ve discussed,” explained the filmmaker. “Before I really, in my heart, could tell you that I knew.”

Spider-Man 4” is due in theaters May 6, 2011.

What do you think? Should Raimi go with popular villains, or make a star out of a more obscure character? Who would you like to see on the big screen?

Source: MTV Splash Page

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Gary Ross to Rewrite Spider-Man 4


Gary Ross, who directed Tobey Maguire in Seabiscuit and Pleasantville, has come aboard to rewrite the script for Spider-Man 4, reports Variety.

Sam Raimi will again direct the Columbia Pictures and Marvel Studios project that will go into production early next year.

The Spider-Man 4 script was originally written by James Vanderbilt, and then rewritten by David Lindsay-Abaire.

The fourth installment is scheduled for a May 6, 2011 release.

Source: SuperHero Hype!

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Spectacular Spider-Man: The Complete First Season on DVD!


    This adventure series finds our hero tackling more Super Villains, both old and new, including Chameleon, Venom and the Sinister Six: Electro, Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Sandman, Rhino and Shocker. While these criminals are almost more than Spidey can handle, his real struggle becomes an internal one. The stress is enough to drive a high school Super Hero over the edge, but making mistakes and learning lessons is all in a days work for the Spectacular Spider-Man!


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment has announced the July 28th release of The Spectacular Spider-Man - The Complete 1st Season, coming on 2 DVDs for $25.95 SRP. This collects all of the content previously released on single-disc titles, and adds two "all-new behind the scenes Spidey features". Running time is 299 minutes, with anamorphic widescreen video, English 5.1 audio (and a French 2.0 option), English subtitles and closed captioning for the hearing impaired. The new featurettes are titled "Spider-man: Re-Animated" and "Stylizing Spidey". Below is an early look at the front cover art, which is still subject to change, and farther down is a look at the trade ad we extracted it from (click the images to enlarge):




Source: TVShowsONDVD.com

Sunday, June 28, 2009

More From Michael Papajohn on Spider-Man 4

Last week, we received word that actor Michael Papajohn might be back for Spider-Man 4. Scooper 'Wolf' tried to follow up with him on Saturday and here's the result:

I was over at the weekly comic book show Frank & Son over in Industry, CA, and while I was walking around with my uncle we suddenly ran into Michael Papajohn. I wouldn't have noticed him except for the pictures he had all over his signing desk. He's a real funny guy - trying to sell us autographs and telling us about how the Lakers beat him out of the main table. Anyways, I asked him about Spider Man 4 because of the rumor I read that he was going to be in it. He said "I can't talk about it, but who says I died in the first one?" My uncle asked him again and he quipped "if I tell you I'll have to shoot you." Jokingly, of course. That's all I got.

Source: SuperHero Hype!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Michael Papajohn Returning for Spider-Man 4?


Scooper 'Cassassin' sent us the following note today about Spider-Man actor Michael Papajohn:

During a Q&A with Ted Raimi and Michael Papajohn at Wizard World Philadelphia today, Papajohn (aka the carjacker/original killer of Uncle Ben from the Spider-Man films) said that he would be reprising his role for Spider-Man 4. He then proceeded to say if he told us what his role entailed, he'd have to kill us.

If this will indeed happen, it will be interesting to see why they still need to show the character in another film considering what happened in the third installment.


"Spider-Man 4" is scheduled for a May 6, 2011 release.

Source: SuperHero Hype!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

New "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2" Trailers


Sorry that I didn't post these up sooner. I almost forgot, and the reason why I'm posting them now is because I want you to enjoy these awesome and very epic trailers of the new upcoming game "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance 2", coming out September 8th on all major platforms. Check out the official website by clicking here.

Official Trailer


E3 Trailer

Alfred Molina Would Love to Return to Spider-Man Series

I just read on ReelzChannel.com today that actor Alfred Molina who played as Dr. Otto Octavius a.k.a. 'Doc Ock' in Spider-Man 2 would love to return to the "Spider-Man" movie franchise. Let's see what he has to say in the article.

Click here to read more.

Special thanks to ReelzChannel.com for the info!

Monday, June 8, 2009

Stan Lee E3 Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 interview

Here's a new interview of Stan Lee about the upcoming video game "Marvel: Ultimate Alliance" sequel, coming out this fall. Here it is: (UPDATE - 6/16/09: I found the video on Youtube and here it is.)



Source: Stan Lee's MySpace Blog

Saturday, June 6, 2009

Comic Reviews: COMING SOON!

Hey Spidey fans, I know that I don't post a lot of news of Spider-Man comic books on here. Well that's because I don't have time to, but eventually I will. But I want to announce that I will also review most of my Spidey comics from my collection on here. And I got a LOT of them too, so each of them will take awhile. I also got some new issues too that I probably will review first. So stay tune, I will post the reviews up soon. Thank God summer is here. =D

Also in that pic of Spidey comics is my collection. That's not all of them, but most of the ones I keep in a plastic container. Try to see what issues I got! (click on the image to enlarge)


Sincerely,
GreenieGobbie

Dunst "Definitely On Board" Spider-Man 4


Everyone's getting in on the action trying to guess what to expect from Sam Raimi's return to the Marvel superhero franchise with Spider-Man 4, slated for release on May 6, 2011. It's obviously still very early in development, but that didn't stop the New York Post from asking Sony producer Todd Black a few questions in order to clear up some of the rumors that have been circulating.

In the article, Black confirms that Kirsten Dunst is definitely on board, but that there are no plans to have a wedding between Peter Parker and Mary Jane in the forthcoming movie. He also squashed the rumors that Morbius the Living Vampire will be the villain in the movie, but that the villain will be very New York centric.

This is what he told the Post about the potential villain: "We're just coming up with who the villain's going to be now. We'll be shooting in New York again. Trust me, people will appreciate who we pick, because it'll be a big part of New York."

So who do you think the villain may be? In the article, they speculate it could be either Kraven the Hunter or the Kingpin, although one should probably assume the latter is still owned by Fox as part of the "Daredevil" deal. Still, maybe it will be some sort of New York City mob/crime storyline in the next movie, and there are plenty of Spider-Man villains that fit the bill like Hammerhead and The Enforcers. Discuss it below.

(Thanks to SuperHeroHype.com for the information.)

Source: New York Post, Edward Douglas

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Spider-Man 4 Teaser Poster Fake!


On Wednesday, Ain't It Cool News posted this teaser poster for Spider-Man 4 that is on display at the Licensing International Expo in Las Vegas this week. While we no doubt believe that the poster is hanging at the Expo (to not discredit AICN's story), official sources are telling us that this poster was not created by Sony Pictures or Marvel Studios for the fourth film. It is indeed fake and no official artwork has been released yet for the movie.

(Click on the image on the right to enlarge it.)

So stay tuned, hopefully we will get some kind of artwork soon for the May 6, 2011 release.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Spider-Man 3 Actress Found Dead


Reuters reports that British actress Lucy Gordon, who played reporter Jennifer Dugan in Spider-Man 3, has been found dead after apparently committing suicide.

She was found in her flat in the 10th arrondissement of Paris on Wednesday, two days before her 29th birthday.

"We confirm the death of Lucy Gordon in an apparent suicide," police said.

Media reported she had hanged herself.

R.I.P Lucy Gordon

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Sam Raimi on Returning to Spider-Man

ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype.com interviews Sam Raimi on his return to the "Spider-Man" franchise and his plans for the future of the series. Read more of the interview by clicking here.

Special thanks to ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype.com for the info!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Spider-Man 4 in 3-D?


Forbes talked to Sony Pictures Entertainment's co-chairmen Amy Pascal and Michael Lynton and asked whether they were considering doing Spider-Man 4 in 3-D.

Pascal answered, "Could be," while Lynton added, "People are paying a premium to see movies in 3-D and that's a very big deal. It's never been done before that someone says you have to pay more to see Spider-Man than a romantic comedy."

2-D or 3-D, we'll be seeing Sam Raimi's fourth installment on May 6, 2011.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Sam Raimi to meet with Kirsten Dunst about Spider-Man 4


Spider-Man director Sam Raimi told reporters that he will meet with Kirsten Dunst soon to talk about her reprising the role of Mary Jane Watson in the upcoming fourth installment of the superhero franchise.

"I'm hoping that she is going to come aboard, and I've got a meeting coming up with her," Raimi said in a group interview last week in Beverly Hills, Calif., where he was promoting his upcoming horror film Drag Me to Hell. "I think she would like to. But I don't want to speak on behalf of her."

Following is an edited version of our interview with Raimi, who also talked about a proposed new Evil Dead movie. Drag Me to Hell opens May 29. Spider-Man 4 is eyeing a May 6, 2011, release.

Click here to read the rest of the interview.

P.S. (Off-Topic) Today's my birthday! I'm now 17, woo-hoo!! =D

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Reese and Wernick on the Venom Spin-Off


A few weeks back, ComingSoon.net/Superhero Hype! had the privilege of visiting the set of Sony's upcoming horror comedy Zombieland, starring Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin. While we can't talk just yet about what we saw, we did get to spend a good 45 minutes with the film's co-writers and executive producers, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, both cool guys who are clearly fans of genre. With that in mind, it was exciting to know they were working on the first draft for Sony's planned "Spider-Man" spin-off movie Venom, and we had to try to get in a few questions about that.

The duo actually went to Sony with a pitch for their take for the popular Spidey villain, but couldn't really say too much about it due to the usual non-disclosure agreements anyone involved with such a high profile project for Marvel would probably have to sign.

"Venom is something that we're very fired up to be writing," Reese told us. "We have turned in a draft and are waiting to hear back, so it's early in the process. But it's a thrill to be writing 'Venom' for obvious reasons."

As far as what Marvel is looking for, Reese did say that they had to follow "certain parameters" or the "47 rules" as Wernick called them.

"Obviously, with a character like Venom there's a ton of stuff to draw from," Reese told us. "Then they had specific rules about the villain and the backstory and stuff like that, so there were certain things they wanted us... certain parameters they gave us. But largely we pitched them something and they liked it but they had changes, so we worked on the outline for a long time and then we wrote the script. So with Marvel and Sony and us it's definitely very, very collaborative."

They couldn't talk about whether they were going to ignore everything that happened with the character in Spider-Man 3 or start fresh for reasons mentioned above.

They're also working on a project with Universal called Earth vs. Moon, which also sounds like an exciting idea for a film. For more information, here.

Source: Superhero Hype!

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Spider-Man 4 Script Due this Summer


Sam Raimi told SCI FI Wire that David Lindsay-Abaire's script for Spider-Man 4 should be ready by summer.

Raimi said the film has to make the announced May 6, 2011 release date. "We have to make the release date, and on all of these pictures, the 'Spider-Man' films--and I'm sure it's the same as with many of the other bigger-budgeted films--they have release dates far in advance of a screenplay," he said. "So it's about getting it ready the best you can in time for the first day of production. That's what we've always done, and that's what we'll try to do again."

The helmer also told Empire magazine he will have full control over the fourth installment - something he didn't have on the third. "They really gave me a tremendous amount of control on the first two films, actually," he said. "But then there were different opinions on the third film and I didn't really have creative control, so to speak."

He added that "The best way for me to move forward on films, is that I've got to be the singular voice that makes the creative choices on the film. I love Spider-Man so much that I'd like to continue telling Spider-Man stories. But only under those circumstances where I think I can honour him."

Source: Superhero Hype!

P.S. Opinion: I have faith in Sam Raimi this time. I really can't wait for "Spider-Man 4" and I hope it does well too.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Doug Jones Interview


This is Non-Spidey news. The reason I am bringing this up, is because I interviewed one of the coolest actors in the movie making industry; Doug Jones (From the Hellboy movies and the Fantastic Four sequel)! Go check out his interview at the link below.

Click here for the interview.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sam Raimi Talks Spider-Man 4


Both MTV and IGN talked to director Sam Raimi on Sunday about Spider-Man 4, which just received a release date of May 6, 2011 last week.

Raimi says that he and the production team are "in the earliest stages of working with the writer, trying to work out a story." He added that they are just working on the fourth installment and not also a fifth film. Previous reports had claimed that Sony Pictures would be making the fourth and fifth movies at the same time, but that doesn't appear to be the case.

The helmer said that they are closing in on Spider-Man's adversary or adversaries for the fourth pic. "All the characters or villains or villains, whatever we decide to do will be from Stan Lee's creations or those that came after him," he said.

And will Kirsten Dunst return as Mary Jane Watson? If it was up to Raimi, definitely: "I’m hoping she'll be in it and I'm planning on having a story with her in it... It wouldn't be the Spider-Man series without her."

Source: www.superherohype.com/spider-man/?id=8167

Monday, January 19, 2009

Review: Spider-Man Web of Shadows

What can I say? This game was pretty awesome, and different. I own this game for my Xbox 360, which doesn't mean anything for the other copies for the different platforms (Wii, PlayStation 3, etc.), but I thought I should mention that before hand.

The plot is very interesting, and it has a much darker tone to it too. It starts off with Spidey in the symbiote invaded New York City, regreting what had happen in the past few days. He tells the story of how it all started, and the choices that you have to make in order to save the city once more from Venom's evil plan to take over it.

The voice talents in this game were okay, but I like the guy who plays as Wolverine in this game. He is what soles the story and the more convincing role too. The voice of Spidey is OK, he just got a little annoying at times, but at least this time he is more funnier at his one-liners. That was great!

And the black suit and red suit choices is pretty cool too. I played through the entire game twice, first time red, second time black.
I am playing it for the third time now, and I am getting all of my upgrades, and making random choices that will alter the en
ding. I won't spoiler the two endings of the red suit and the bl
ack suit storyline, I'll let you see that for yourself, or just search for the videos at Youtube if you want.

This game is dramatic, intense, and fun all the way. You won't believe your eyes until after you play it. It's great for all Spidey fans, or even video gamers who just want to give this one a try. It's totally worth your time, and it'll make you wanting more by the end.



Rate: 8 out of 10

Sunday, January 18, 2009

J.K. Simmons to Return in "Spider-Man 4"


J.K. Simmons will return in "Spider-Man 4" to reprise his role as Daily Bugle Chief-in-Editor and publisher J. Jonah Jameson. Filming will start for the 4th installment of the Spider-Man franchise somewhere in 2010. Hope to hear more news by then. Stay tune for more, and click on the source link provided below.

Source: Click here

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Opinion: Morbius in "Spider-Man 4"...?


I just recently read that Sam Raimi brings up about Morbius, of how he likes him and our web-slinger duking it out in the comics. This could be a hint, that Morbius could be one of the villains in "Spider-Man 4". Along with the rumored villain Lizard, which Dr. Curt Connors was shown in the previous movies, played by Dylan Baker, as maybe one day he will turned into the green scaled reptilian villain. Hopefully Dylan Baker returns to reprise his role as Connors, and maybe the role as the Lizard. Who knows?

I would love to see both of these characters as the villains in Spidey 4, maybe a team-up can be possible. I really like the Morbius character, although I wish he was chosen to be in one of the Blade movies. But that's not happening anytime soon, since that series ended with Dracula nearly killing the vampire slayer. So I don't know. I don't know what Raimi is thinking about for the fourth installment. All I know is what I heard in this article (click on the provided link). Hopefully we get something soon about this, I am so excited right now I can't explain how much I am excited about it. I am basically speechless. Well, if anything new pops up, you know that I will report it here on my Spidey Blog.

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