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Spider-Man officially joins Marvel’s Cinematic Universe

- February 9th, 2015

Can you hear that?

That’s the sound of millions of fanboys and fangirls crying tears of happiness in unison with one another.

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures finally gave audiences what they’ve been dreaming of since the dawn of Disney’s film franchise with the announcement that Spider-Man would be joining the cinematic universe on Monday night.

“Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe,” an official statement from Marvel Comics published on their website stated.

Although the statement doesn’t make any inclination as to what film Spider-Man will be joining, it’s been speculated that the ideal moment for the web slinging hero to make his first appearance would be in the upcoming Captain America film helmed by the Russo brothers, Civil War.

In the original comic, Spider-Man plays an essential role in the epic battle between Captain America’s team fighting for the freedom to keep their civilian identities a secret after the government introduces the Superhero Registration Act and Iron-Man’s army who are quite vocal about their support for the bill.

Spider-Man not only acts as the moral conscience of the entire mini-series, but becomes the voice of reason as he learns more and more about the act, vicariously becoming the readers reaction to what they’re reading about as it unfolds.

Although Civil War would be the ideal moment for Spider-Man to step up to the plate, it’s not the only project Marvel and Sony are collaborating on.

“Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago.”

Sony’s Spider-Man series has been a bit of a mess with their most recent instalment, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 being critically panned by most outlets.

Teaming up with Feige, who’s spearheaded the monumental success of Marvel’s studio division from the get go, may be the magic dust they need to revive the beloved character.

“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment in the same statement.

To make room for the upcoming Spider-Man movie, Marvel has also pushed back the release dates of some of their most anticipated features. Thor: Ragnarok moves to November 3, 2017, Black Panther has been pushed back to July 6, 2018, Captain Marvel gets a November 2, 2018 release date, and Inhumans has been pushed back to July 12, 2019.

According to the statement, this isn’t just a one-way street either.

Marvel and Sony are actively pursuing other avenues to integrate more Marvel Cinematic Universe characters into stand-alone Spider-Man films for Sony.

Now if only Fox would jump on board and make a deal with Sony and Disney.

It’s only a matter of time before AvX, a popular comic in which the Avengers take on some of the most prolific X-Men, is being shown on the big screen.

Spider-Man rejoins the Avengers in ‘Avengers: Infinity War Part 1′

- January 14th, 2015

The day Marvel fans have been waiting for is here: Spider-Man is returning home.

After tentative rumours that the web slinging hero might show up in Captain America 3: Civil War, Badass Digest and Latino Review are reporting audiences can see Peter Parker join the rest of the Avengers in Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 in 2018.

Although the deal has yet to be finalized, BadAss Digest’s Devin Faraci suggests that the silent answer from Marvel’s camp instead of an outright dismissal of the newest reports suggests secretive handshakes and meetings are happening behind closed doors.

It’s been a struggle for years to get Marvel, now Disney, and Sony to work on a contract wherein they could both share the beloved, young character. Rumours about his involvement in Civil War fell flat when contract negotiations were muddled between high level executives, but it appears things are definitely on track.

BadAss Digest also reported that Sony was supposed to have a Spider-Man summit this month, and if it has indeed already occurred, that would explain the recent news surrounding Spider-Man’s involvement in the distant Marvel film.

While the three year wait seems promising for Marvel and Sony to finalize contracts regarding who keeps majority ownership over Spider-Man, it also means there’s room for deals to go awry. Sony could still pull out of the deal in a couple of months, leaving Marvel to rummage through the archive of characters they own that could make the jump from page to screen successfully.

Other news from the sites include confirming that Thor and Captain America will not be making their return in the first part of the Avengers infinity series, as previously rumoured, but will instead be put on reserve until the second installment in 2019.

Morgan Freeman rumoured for ‘Doctor Strange’ role

- December 15th, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch may have been officially revealed as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, but the casting rumours surrounding the film have yet to simmer down completely.

Bill Nighy (About Time, The World’s End), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla), and most importantly, Morgan Freeman have apparently all been approached by Marvel Studios to take on the role of the Ancient One, superhero film news site Latino Review reported Monday.

The Ancient One is a crucial character in the Doctor Strange universe. He’s the mad man –the previous Sorcerer Supreme- that eventually becomes Stephen Strange’s mentor.

It’s still unclear just how big of a role the Ancient One will have in the film since Marvel has explicitly said the Cumberbatch lead project won’t focus on the character’s origin story.

That being said, Morgan Freeman would make for a pretty outstanding Ancient One. He has plenty of experience playing cosmic characters in a variety of genre movies, and would be a perfect contrast to Cumberbatch’s newbie magician.

As the film gets closer to shooting, more information about the casting of secondary characters will be revealed.

Until then, it’s rumour mill central.

Watch: First trailer for ‘Tomorrowland’ with George Clooney drops

- October 9th, 2014

Disney has just dropped the first teaser trailer for next summer’s Tomorrowland. The highly-secretive film pairs George Clooney with director Brad Bird (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in a story from Damon Lindelof (LOST).

In the spot we see Britt Robertson being released from a detention centre. As she’s handed back her belongings, she is given a pin with the letter ‘T’ on it. It’s not hers she says, but when she touches it she’s immediately transported to a field that’s nestled beside a futuristic-looking city.

“What if there was a place?” George Clooney teases in a voiceover. “A secret place, where nothing was impossible. A miraculous place where you could actually change the world.”

The clip fades to black, and then we get a glimpse of Cloony’s Frank Walker. “You wanna go?” he asks. The title card comes up before a split second bit of action.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Lindelof hinted that film’s sci-fi leanings. “What Hogwarts is to magic, Tomorrowland is to science: They are both easy to find if you are a wizard and very difficult to find if you’re a Muggle,” Lindelof tells the magazine. “Walt Disney is not a character in our movie, but he is referenced as having some involvement in this mysterious place called Tomorrowland, as a huge futurist and aficionado of space travel, rocketry, cities of the future, and space travel.”

Tomorrowland opens May 22, 2015.

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‘Avengers 3′ release date set?

- July 23rd, 2014

Hey internet, you’re going to want to sit down for this one – the Avengers 3 may have just gotten a release date.

All of this is ahead of Comic-Con, so don’t expect any confirmations or denials from the Kevin Feige camp anytime soon. They’ve got their hands full already.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, amidst various release date announcements from the FOX and Sony camps, Marvel is joining the bidding war.

It took only hours after Sony made the announcement they were delaying Amazing Spider-Man 3 from 2016 to 2018, and pushing back Amazing Spider-Man 4 to an announced date for Marvel to swoop in and snap up the May 4, 2018 weekend.

Although Disney won’t confirm what movie will be released (remember, busy with other things), one source close to the Reporter confirmed it would be a big movie and it falls directly in line with the other Avengers release dates.

The first Avengers was released on May 4, 2012 and Age of Ultron is scheduled to be released May 1, 2015. If the rumours of the unannounced project being the third Avengers movie are true, it would be exactly six years after the first movie premiered.

Talk about fan pandering in the best (and most convenient way) possible.

The May 4, 2018 weekend announcement comes just one week after Disney revealed they had five massive films set for release dates through 2019.

With Sony and FOX reorganizing their big budget blockbusters to get the biggest bang for their buck, it’s very apparent the bidding war has only just begun.

Let the games begin.