Mike Sampson Biography

Mike Sampson is the Editor-in-Chief of ScreenCrush. He studied to become a lawyer and worked as an architectural planner after graduating college but neither of these professions afforded him the opportunity to watch movies and TV for a living. He previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of JoBlo.com for 10 years. He lives in New Jersey and probably spends too much time playing video games and overthinking things.

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Review: A Superhero Movie That Lives Up to the Hype

by Mike Sampson May 5, 2016 @ 3:58 PM
When Marvel Studios began ambitiously building towards the first Avengers movie, many openly wondered: how can they do this? Many times over the years, notably in Sam Raimi’s bloated Spider-Man 3, too many characters had clogged up the screen, diluting those films of any real focus. This was a legitimate concern for Marvel and for The Avengers, a movie that was going to star not one, but seven superheroes. Flash forward to 2016 and seven superheroes suddenly seems like an intimate gathering. Now Marvel has arrived with Captain America: Civil War, the latest in their progressively expanding franchise, with a lineup that includes 12 superheroes and three villains. Have we reached peak superhero? Is this finally, once and for all, just too much? NOPE.

‘Captain America: Civil War’ Directors Talk Spider-Man, Post Credits Scenes and ‘Infinity War’

by Mike Sampson May 5, 2016 @ 3:17 PM
Jon Favreau directed two Marvel movies and then left to work on other projects. Joss Whedon directed two Marvel movies and left after some “really, really unpleasant” disagreements with the studio. James Gunn has said he can’t even think about returning

We Introduce ‘Captain America: Civil War’ Star Emily VanCamp to the World of Stucky Slashfic

by Mike Sampson May 5, 2016 @ 10:06 AM
Sharon Carter, as played by Emily VanCamp, didn’t really have much to do in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. She’s ostensibly the love interest in the film, but she’s not the woman that Cap actually kisses in the movie (that would be Black Widow...

Why the ‘Ghostbusters’ Trailer Is the Most ‘Disliked’ Movie Trailer in YouTube History

by Mike Sampson April 29, 2016 @ 11:45 AM
Sony / Empire
The first trailer for Paul Feig’s female-led Ghostbusters remake arrived in March of this year and the reaction was almost immediately disappointing. Even among those, like us, who are excited for the Melissa McCarthy and...

About That Time Tobey Maguire Got Fired From Spider-Man and Was Replaced by Jake Gyllenhaal

by Mike Sampson April 29, 2016 @ 10:31 AM
Sony Pictures/Getty Images
It’s 2003. Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man has just become the biggest movie of the year, grossing over $400 million (at the time, one of only four films to achieve that feat). Maguire had just wrapped filming on Seabiscuit, a prestige film that would go...

Paramount Faces Lawsuit Claiming They Didn’t Have Enough Product Placement in ‘Transformers 4’

by Mike Sampson April 29, 2016 @ 8:37 AM
Paramount Pictures
I barely remember anything about Transformers 4. I had to look at IMDb to remind myself what the subtitle was (it was Age of Extinction) and I’m pretty sure this was the one with the Dinobots? But the one thing that really...