ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, the new Batmobile and 'Avengers 2' plot synopsis are revealed, the Howling Commandos return (on TV), and Andrew Garfield calls out Sony on the failure of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'
Despite being one half of the duo that wrote the fairly awful 'Amazing Spider-Man 2,' Alex Kurtzman has been handed the reins of the upcoming 'Venom' movie, which will be the first time he's ever directed a project of this size (his directorial debut was the Chris Pine drama 'Please Like Us'). So yeah, it's okay if you're feeling a little wary about this one. Venom is a controversial character among comic book fans, but no one wants to see another bad Spider-Man universe movie in the wake of the most recent disaster.
By now, superhero fans have long since accepted that the chances of seeing Spider-Man appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe are slim at best. As long as Sony holds the rights to the character, they're going to keep making Spidey movies until the day the Earth stops spinning and the human race quietly fades into nothingness.
At least you'll be able to create your own Spider-Man/Avengers team-up with the upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0, which will include a cool Spider-Man playset. You can watch the super-goofy trailer for it above!
I met Webb at his SoHo hotel room -- or, if not his room, the room Sony had him sitting in at that particular moment -- to talk about the future of Spider-Man, what exactly Shailene Woodley's role would have been in the final movie had she not been cut, and Webb offers some, let's say, coy hints at the possible return of J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson.
'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' isn't in theaters for a few more weeks, but we're already talking about 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3.' And 'The Amazing Spider-Man 4.' And 'Sinister Six' and 'Venom', which today we learn will both arrive in between parts three and four of the 'Spider-Man' movies. If your choice of death involves overdosing on Spider-Man, the next few years are going to be very helpful.
It's a good thing people really like Spider-Man because he's the one thing Sony seems to be relying on at the multiplex. Although the studio fell on rough times these past few years, 2012's 'The Amazing Spider-Man' was a big hit and this year's 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' looks ready to rock the box, as well. But how much Spidey will audiences tolerate before they pull a J. Jonah Jameson and declare him a menace? Well, the folks at Sony are ready to push their luck on that front with plans to release one Spider-Man movie a year for the foreseeable future.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man just got a much bigger neighborhood.
Sony Pictures has officially announced their 'Amazing Spider-Man' spinoffs, expanding the Spidey universe with 'Venom' and 'The Sinister Six' films.
Technically, 'Truth in Journalism' is a fan film, but it's the kind of fan film that happens when everyone involved is a professional filmmaker with the goal of turning an entire genre upside down. This is a 16-minute short film disguised as a Belgian-made documentary shot in the '80s ... that just so happens to be about the iconic Spider-Man villain known as Venom. Yeah, it's really cool.
While certain Marvel-owned characters are currently breaking the bank worldwide with 'The Avengers,' the rights to Spider-Man and his family of characters are still owned by Sony. You probably know that 'The Amazing Spider-Man' is coming up in a few weeks, but what's next? How about that oft-rumored 'Venom' movie, which is apparently going to spin directly out of the world and events of 'The Amazing Spider-Man.'