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Final trailer for ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ debuts

- March 19th, 2014

After months of teasing, Sony is giving us the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, opening May 2 (the film opens April 18 overseas).

And in case you didn’t already know, Spidey is going to be battling a whole whack of villains this time out.

Your favourite neighbourhood webslinger will be facing Jamie Foxx’s Electro, Paul Giamatti’s Rhino, B.J. Novak’s Alistair Smythe and Dane DeHann’s Green Goblin. Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn is also lurking nefariously in the background.

Presumably some of this will be a set up for the upcoming Sinister Six and Venom spinoff films.

“What have you been up to?” DeHann’s Harry Osborn asks Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in the opening. “I do some web design,” Parker quips.

The new trailer recycles some imagery from the previous trailers – including the falling Gwen Stacy sequence that hints to The Night Gwen Stacy Died storyline from the comics – but we get an extended peek at DeHann’s Green Goblin as he squares off against Spidey as well as fresh looks at Electro and Rhino.

Check it out below and let us know what you think in the comments.

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New ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ trailer highlights Electro

- February 25th, 2014

*WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS POTENTIAL SPOILERS*

Sony has dropped a brand-new trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 teasing the Rise of Electro, and it seems to indicate things might not go so well for Spidey’s girlfriend Gwen Stacy in the upcoming sequel.

We’ve seen much of the footage, but there are a few new shots of Dane Dehaan’s Green Goblin (he posted a snap on Twitter below). We also get more threats from Electro: “I have so much anger… No matter what you do, you can’t contain it… It’s a force of nature, like me… You want to know how powerful I am? You’re about to find out.”

But the new spot seems to hint that Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) could be doomed. In the comics, Stacy was killed in a two-issue arc The Night Gwen Stacy Died. Later on, Peter Parker moves on and finds love with Mary Jane Watson. Interestingly, Shailene Woodley was supposed to play MJ in Spider-Man 2, but her part was cut.

“What if something happens to you because of me?” Spidey says, before a scene showing the web-slinger hurtling through the air to catch his plummeting girlfriend.

Unless director Marc Webb plans on rewriting history (and hey, that’s possible), there could be new romance for your friendly neighbourhood hero by the time The Amazing Spider-Man 3 hits theatres in 2016.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2.

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New ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ villain revealed?

- February 3rd, 2014

The new Spider-Man movie will feature three villains – Electro, Rhino and the Green Goblin – so what’s another baddie thrown into the mix?

Director Marc Webb may have spilled the beans about a fourth villain after he tweeted the name of the character B.J. Novak (The Office) is playing. Up to now, Novak’s purpose in the upcoming sequel was unknown.

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From that tweet we can surmise that Novak will be playing Alistair Smythe who, in the comics, creates Spider Slayer robots programmed to kill Spider-Man.

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Of course, Smythe’s Spider Slayers may not appear in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it’s looking like a safe bet that the character might be getting warmed up for Sony’s upcoming Sinister Six villain spinoff.

Two new trailers for the film were unveiled Sunday night, that shed some light on the relationship between Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). The new spots also show off plenty of action, and give us fresh looks at Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan).

Novak is set to release a debut collection of short stories, One More Thing, this week.

‘Spider-Man’ film franchise getting ‘Venom’ spinoff, ‘The Sinister Six’

- December 13th, 2013

Fans of Sony’s Spider-Man series are in for a treat. The franchise revolving around Your Friendly Neighbourhood Web-Slinger will be expanding in a big way, with films focusing on the villains Venom and The Sinister Six in the works.

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Sony made the announcement late last night on the website electroarrives.com, but here are some highlights:

  • A franchise “brain trust” has been set up to expand the Spider-Man universe for the brand
  • Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci and Jeff Pinkner are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Marc Webb will return to direct for release June 10, 2016
  • A screenplay for Venom will follow
  • Drew Goddard will write, with an eye to direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise

The full press release is below:

CULVER CITY, Calif., December 12, 2013 – In a move to forge a new legacy in the story of Peter Parker on screen, Sony Pictures Entertainment, in association with Marvel Entertainment, is developing several new projects in the Spider-Man franchise, with Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, Jeff Pinkner, Ed Solomon, and Drew Goddard to collaborate on overseeing the developing story over several films that will be produced by Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, it was announced today by Doug Belgrad, president of Columbia Pictures, and Hannah Minghella, president of Production for the studio.

The five writers, along with the two producers and Marc Webb, have formed a franchise brain
trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread
throughout the films. Under the deals, the studio announced that Kurtzman & Orci & Pinkner
are writing the screenplay for The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which the studio hopes Webb will
return to direct; the film will go into production next fall for release on June 10, 2016. In
addition, the team will build on the cinematic foundation laid by Webb, Arad, and Tolmach in the
first two movies. They will expand the franchise as Kurtzman & Orci & Solomon will write the
screenplay for Venom, which Kurtzman will direct; also, Goddard will write, with an eye to
direct, The Sinister Six, focusing on the villains in the franchise. Hannah Minghella and Rachel
O’Connor will oversee the development and production of these films for the studio.

In tapping these five writers, the studio and the producers are guiding the future of the franchise
with the writer/producers who have each played significant and key roles in developing such
highly successful franchises, films, and series as Star Trek, Transformers, “Alias,” “Fringe,” Men
in Black, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, World War Z, “Lost,” Cloverfield, The Cabin in the
Woods, and Marvel’s upcoming “Daredevil” series.

Commenting on the announcement, Belgrad said, “The Spider-Man film franchise is one of our
studio’s greatest assets. We are thrilled with the creative team we have assembled to delve
more deeply into the world that Marc, Avi and Matt have begun to explore in The Amazing
Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. We believe that Marc, Alex, and Drew have
uniquely exciting visions for how to expand the Spider-Man universe in each of these upcoming
films.”

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2, 2014, and features Spidey squaring off against Rhino (Paul Giamatti), Electro (Jamie Foxx) and the Green Goblin (Chris Cooper).

The full description from the official website reads:

It’s great to be Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield). For Peter Parker, there’s no feeling quite like swinging between skyscrapers, embracing being the hero, and spending time with Gwen (Emma Stone). But being Spider-Man comes at a price: only Spider-Man can protect his fellow New Yorkers from the formidable villains that threaten the city. With the emergence of Electro (Jamie Foxx), Peter must confront a foe far more powerful than he. And as his old friend, Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan), returns, Peter comes to realize that all of his enemies have one thing in common: OsCorp.

The Venom and Sinister Six films are big news for the Spider-Man franchise because it means the series will extended beyond the next installments that are set for June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018.

It also is a departure from the typical superhero-centric model that has dominated multiplexes thus far. DC had a successful run with its Villains Month titles earlier this year. So, maybe… maybe we’ll see more films based on baddies from DC and Marvel.

What other villains would you like to see get their own film? Sound off in the comments below.

‘Amazing Spider-Man 2′ poster shows Electro, Green Goblin and Rhino

- November 30th, 2013

Right now, we can only assume that we’ll be seeing various iterations of this poster for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in theatres soon, but from this first look, one thing appears to be certain: Peter Parker will be squaring off against a host of bad guys in next summer’s Spidey sequel.

Twitter user @arkhamhc [via Collider] spotted this ad ahead of the premiere of the first trailer later this week. In it, we see Green Goblin, Electro, and Rhino with Times Square burning in the background.

We’ve known for months that Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti) are the two main villains battling Spider-Man (Andrew Garfield), but in a recent interview with MTV, Chris Cooper talked about his role as the Green Goblin.

“‘[Amazing] Spider-Man 2′ was an introduction to Norman, and — you’ll see — an extremely odd introduction, which apparently will lead to something more,” Cooper said.

With Spider-Man 3 and 4 already confirmed for 2016 and 2018 respectively, it seems filmmakers are setting the stage for the appearance of the Sinister Six – Doctor Octopus, Vulture, Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, and Sandman – in future movies.

When MTV caught up with Paul Giamatti at TIFF, he hinted that’s the direction the superhero series is headed.

“I believe there’s a lot of stage-setting for the next film. There are several villains in this movie, and some of them are more foreground and important. Jamie Foxx is and stuff. A couple of us are more hanging around the background because I think there will be a bigger deal,” he said.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens May 2, 2014.