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“Spider-Man 3” Coming in 2018 and “Sinister Six” in 2016

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Sony has pushed back one of its most anticipated films, The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to 2018. That means it has been delayed two years unfortunately. But there is good news. Sinister Six has gotten a release date of November 11, 2016.

The Amazing Spider-Man 3 has not gotten a specific day in 2018. It was intended for May 4, 2018 but Sony has said that is no longer the plan. One reason the third installment was pushed back was the less than impressive box office results of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. 

Bringing in Sinister Six will show a different world of Spider-Man before the next film comes out, hopefully boosting interest in the franchise. The “Sinister Six” super-villains first appeared in 1964 and were drawn from Spider-Man’s list of enemies. Led by Doctor Octopus, they included Electro, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio, Sandman and the Vulture.

Sinister Six is directed by Drew Goddard who has proved himself in the past. Sony apparently agrees. Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group said,

“With ‘Sinister Six’ in the hands of writer-director Drew Goddard, we feel extremely confident placing the film on a prime date in 2016.”

Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man Trilogy Gets the Blu-ray Treatment

The official website for Marvel Entertainment has just announced the return of Sam Raimi!  Well, not Sam Raimi per se, but the original Spider-Man films the he directed.  This time they’re coming to Blu-ray and in a brand new special edition packaging. “But that’s not all.  There’s more!”  Each package will contain Movie cash for the release of Sony’s July 3rd release of The Amazing Spider-Man.

This looks an awful lot like how the Star Wars saga churned out their reproductions.  This is truly the merchandising that comes out when companies turn to the dark side.  At least each of these Ultraviolet digitial copies comes with a bucket full of features.  Let’s look at the list below; and hope that we see stuff with Bruce Campbell in it *SQUEE!*

The special features are listed as follows with the cover art:

New to the “Spider-Man” Blu-ray:

  • “Spider Sense Trivia Challenge” — Rise to the ultimate web-slinging challenge as you test your “Spider-Man” movie knowledge in this over feature trivia game. Do you have the spider sense to achieve the highest score?
  • “The Spider-man Cutting Room” — Create and share your own video using clips and music from the movie!
  • New collectible O-Ring packaging
  • “Spider-Man” Blu-ray Bonus Features Also Include:
  • Filmmakers and Cast Commentary Sam Raimi, Laura Ziskin, Grant Curtis, and Kirsten Dunst
  • Visual Effects Designer & Crew Commentary John Dykstra & Special Effects Crew
  • Tobey Maguire and J.K. Simmons Commentary
  • “Spider-Man: The Mythology of the 21st Century”
  • HBO Making of “Spider-Man”
  • “Spider-Mania” an E! Entertainment Special
  • Director Profile: Sam Raimi
  • Composer Profile: Danny Elfman
  • Costume Design Featurette
  • Seven Behind The Scenes of “Spider-Man” Featurettes
  • Screen Tests with Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, and CGI Spider-Man
  • Costume and Makeup Tests
  • Gag/Outtake Reel
  • Six Muti-angle Webisodes
  • Music Video: “Hero” performed by Chad Kroeger and featuring Josey Scott. Performed by Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, Saliva vocalist Josey Scott, Pearl Jam drummer Matt Cameron, and Theory Of A Dead Man guitarist Tyler Connolly
  • Music Video: “What We’re All About” performed by Sum 41

New to the “Spider-Man 2” Blu-ray:

  • New collectible O-Ring packaging
  • “Spider-Man 2” Blu-ray Bonus Features Also Include:
  • Commentary with cast and crew (Theatrical Version)
  • Technical commentary (Theatrical Version)
  • Commentary with Producer Laura Ziskin and Screen Writer Alvin Sargent(Extended Version)
  • Blooper Reel
  • 12 Part Making of — Making the Amazing Featurette
  • Hero in Crisis Featurette
  • Ock-Umentary Featurette
  • Five-Part Visual Effects Breakdown

New to the “Spider-Man 3” Blu-ray:

  • New collectible O-Ring packaging
  • “Spider-Man 3” Blu-ray Bonus Features Also Include:
  • Commentary with Director and Cast
  • Filmmaker Commentary
  • Bloopers
  • Concept Gallery: Sketches
  • Concept Gallery: Paintings
  • Concept Gallery: Sculptures
  • Photo Gallery: Special Effects
  • Photo Gallery: Director and Cast
  • Music Video: “Signal Fire” by Snow Patrol

Not exactly the hippest pieces of cover art I’ve seen.  They didn’t even bother to clear up the yellow light refractions from Spidey’s eyes overlooking a sunny New York; probably from when they got Photoshopped.

Maybe this new upcoming Spider-Man movie is the one we deserve.  Not the one that we need.

Also nothing on the list about the Bruce. *Sigh*

Venom: Web of the Spider-Man Franchise

It seems that Josh Trank, the director of Chronicle is in talks to direct a Spider-Man franchise spin-off. The movie which has been in the works at Sony since 2008 is called Venom, reports the LA Times.

It wasn’t that long ago in 2009 that Gary Ross; director of the Hunger Games; was in the very same talks to direct a Venom feature film. A draft of a potential script was produced several years ago, but Sony has since been looking for a new writer.

Venom made his first appearance in Spider-Man #252 as Spider-Man’s alien costume; made of a black liquid substance that moved of it’s own free will. The costume is actually a parasitic symbiote, but Spider-Man doesn’t know that yet. All he knows is that the costume makes it so he can change into whatever outfits he wants at anytime, plus it has somehow produces web fluid without replacement cartridges or web spinners. So the webhead returns with his new toy from the Secret Wars; a Marvel comics crossover.

A later full examination of what Spider-Man is wearing is conducted and Peter Parker freaks out as the symbiote tries to permanently latch on to him. Like a good super natural monstrous being, the symbiote has it’s share of weaknesses; loud noises and fire.

The symbiote is seperated from Peter Parker and is spurned like a jilted lover. Really? It’s trying to force itself onto another sentient being and it’s still has the gall to think it’s in the right. No means no!

Isn’t this the character traits of someone who is crazy? It turns out that other symbiotes also think the Venom entity is mentally unstable. Venom wants to share consciousness with the host rather than outright dominate.

To top it off, when venom bonds to another host, it also augments the new host with the exact same abilities as Spider-Man. If it’s really pissy, it’ll share with the host all of Spider-Man’s secrets like a gossipy ex-girlfriend. Also like ex-girlfriends, they tend to want lots of blood sacrifices. Venom now makes their host take on the appearance of Spider-Man with the addition of impossibly toothy smile and long serpentine tongue. Why? The better to eat people with of course.

So that’s that’s what Venom is all about. Since Spider-Man, the symbiote has passed on from one host to another like a case of alien German herpes; and somehow passed onto Peter Parker’s childhood bully, Flash Thompson. Hah! How’s that for karma? It was in the 90’s the Venom contracted the popular Anti-Hero bug that was sweeping the comic book bad boys of it’s day.

Though it remains to be seen if this Venom movie has any connection to the upcoming movie, The Amazing Spider-Man, it’s definitely unlikely that there will be any resemblance to Sam Raimi’s take of the Spider-Man villain. That’s right, no Topher Grace portrayals where Venom doesn’t look scary at all. It especially got ruined when the mask kept peeling back so Topher could talk more.

So out of the slew of potential candidates, who will be the subject host of the Venom symbiote? It’s almost like asking who my favorite Doctor is from Dr. Who, except less important. Two well known hosts are Eddie Brock, the muscle head failed photographer, and Mac Gargan, the original Spider-Man villain known as the Scorpion.

Forgot those two. It would require far too much writing and ret-cons to make any of the previous hosts a viable character. I hope they go with someone completely knew or relatively new enough.

You want a movie that will make Spider-Man fans sit up and take notice? Make the new host Miles Morales; that’s right, the kid who’s the new Spider-Man.

 

Look Out! Here Comes the Amazing Spider-Man Trailer

A new trailer was released by Sony for The Amazing Spider-Man that includes some new footage. The trailer which is best seen in 3D has at times a striking resemblance to the video game trailer for Mirror’s Edge. The film which will be released on July 3rd will be available in theaters in 2D, 3D and IMAX 3D starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Rhys Ifans, Martin Sheen and Sally Field.

The first things I noticed in this new trailer was Captain Stacy being played by Denis Leary; he really plays a convincing… Well if you’re old enough, you know. The next thing to hit me was the realization that Emma Stone was playing Gwen Stacy; who I agree with the internet in saying that she would have been a more convincing Mary-Jane Watson.  Stone already did well as a red head in Easy A.

How exactly does a science obsessed teen know how to sew that well? One of the things that’s never addressed in the films is how Peter Parker manages to sew together such a complicated body suit. Whether it’s the raised texture from the original films or the ribbed for his pleasure version in the new film, both materials are not off the shelf fabrics. Maybe Parker created the fabrics with science, owing to the radioactive blood again for passing on the ability to weave complicated webs to produce high tech fabrics. I’m still having problems fixing the ends of my pants ’cause they’re too long and being destroyed by my boots. If this new suit is any indication of the movie, it appears that the new take will be darker and gritty compared to that of Rami’s Spider-Man.

So what annoyed me in the original film is how the webs are organic and come out of Spider-Man’s wrists; rather than other orifices that would approximate a spider’s anatomy better. Which is annoying, because some of the best bits in the comics is when Spidey runs out of web fluid and has to change his cartridges out before going splat; or chuck them into the maws of a lizard who punctures the canisters in his mouth. In this trailer, you clearly see Parker experimenting with mechanical web-spinners.

Also what annoys me to this day are my failed web spinners I tried building as a kid. Wrist mounting a re-purposed supersoaker, filled with a rubber cement mixture solution does not spin webs, it clogs sinks. The only good part of my experiment; that got me severely disciplined for ruining the sink; was how I created the pressure release trigger for the device. A few months later I saw it built into the official Spider-Man wrist mounted silly string shooters. I nerd raged in the Toys R Us that day.

Check out the new trailer below:

The Amazing Spider-Man Website Gets Updated

The official website for the upcoming Spider-Man reboot has been updated with new wallpapers, avatars and character sheets courtesy of Columbia Pictures. We have included some of the new images and character sheets at the bottom! Continue reading