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Spider-Man Sony Hacked Documents Now Online

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The leaked e-mails and documents as a result of the recent Sony hack are now online.

WikiLeaks published all the hacked documents, which includes information on Spider-Man and Marvel.

The WikiLeaks site has a search engine which allows users to input keywords, with “Spider-Man” returning more than 1000 results (inputting “Marvel” yields a similar number).

Leaked e-mails also reveal communications between Pascal and Disney billionaire and Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter.

E-mails reveal that Pascal and Perlmutter had a friendly relationship as e-mails are regularly sent back and forth between the two ranging from Pascal congratulating Marvel for a movie’s success, to Perlmutter and Pascal talking about Kevin Feige, to Perlmutter offering Pascal a Happy Jewish New Year and a happy birthday.

Further e-mails reveal some sort of problem with Drew Goodard as litigation is cited. E-mails from Head Of Marvel TV Jeph Loeb state something about litigation, Drew Goddard, Sony and Netflix – with Perlmutter replying to Pascal they should be “very concerned,” which was dated April 15, 2014. Subsequent e-mails read Marvel worked everything out, with Pascal excited for the upcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Goddard writing Sinister Six. Perlmutter regularly replies Marvel and Disney will help in any way and often calls Spider-Man, Marvel’s “baby.”

An e-mail sent from the CEO of Sony, Michael Lynton, reads he thought putting Spider-Man in Captain America 3 served no benefit to Marvel: “Putting Spider-Man in Captain America 3 with Chris Evans and with Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man doesn’t provide much benefit to Marvel, but it definitely provides a significant amount of benefit to Sony and to Spider-Man.”

An e-mail offers a tidbit about Sinister Six in that Spider-Man is set to appear. Andrew Garfield had questions about his pay as he wondered if it would be the equivalent of  an “Amazing Spider-Man 3,” as well as if it would fulfill his three movie contract obligation. Sony’s Doug Belgrad told Garfield’s reps Sinister Six was a “standalone” with Spider-Man only set to “appear.” In addition, a Sony e-mail reads they are not paying Garfield “the same money.”

Another e-mail from Perlmutter to Lynton reads Perlmutter apparently is against solo female movies and cites Electra, Catwoman and Supergirl as being “disasters.”

An e-mail from an executive at Marvel, John Turitzin, concerns Fox’s Deadpool movie as an article at Variety is cited to state Kevin Feige is producing. Turitzin’s e-mail to Bob Cohen of Fox Studios tells Fox that isn’t the case and to correct their information. The e-mail says Marvel doesn’t want people to think there is a chance of a Marvel / Fox crossover with the “falsehood” of Feige being involved on Deadpool (dated October 2014).

Regarding Spider-Man returning to Marvel, e-mails from Lynton to Perlmutter feature a list of articles on various sites, dated October 2014, about the character’s return. Perlmutter states some of the mainstream press is asking about Spider-Man returning to Marvel – with Perlmutter questioning “how can this be?” – and states it could be a problem. Lynton responds it has been brought to his attention, but he has no idea where it’s coming from, and that it can be ignored.

Other leaked Spider-Man documents include information on the Amazing Spider-Man films media budget, TV spots, Amazing Spider-Man 2 Superbowl trailer, marketing strategy (where a memo mentions they think AS2 will do better than the first), and lots more.

Bear in mind the e-mails were date 2014, so obviously things could have changed regarding some of the contents and subjects (and obviously have such as Spider-Man now a part of Marvel).

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Read: Marvel’s Alan Fine Slams Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2

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The President Of Marvel Entertainment, Alan Fine, managed to read the script for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 and sent off an e-mail regarding this thoughts to Tom Cohen, Marvel Studios VP of Production, and producer on Amazing Spider-Man.

Now due to the Sony leaks, the e-mail dated September 17, 2012, has been made available online.

We see that Fine wasn’t big on the script for Amazing Spider-Man 2 as he describes the movie as “too dark” and “way too depressing.” 

In addition, Fine has issues with the Amazing Spider-Man films being a total reboot as he mentions, “I think it is, potentially, very dangerous to undermine the significant events of the first Spider-Man trilogy.”

Fine then goes on to compare the two franchises offering up a critique and says, “The new trilogy is, in essence, a prequel to the original trilogy. However, many events of this draft attempt to tell a completely different story.”

Fine finishes the e-mail with mention the Amazing Spider-Man 2 is “way too long” and adds, “3 villains? Give me a break.”

You can read the first part of the e-mail here and the second here.

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Guardians of the Galaxy Owns Amazing Spider-Man 2

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Well, it’s official.

Guardians of the Galaxy has now passed the $200 million mark domestically, and in doing so, has passed by Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2.

It’s also passed Godzilla and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes as well as crushed the Green Lantern movie.

That’s pretty good for a rag tag team that no one has heard about before (well, no one outside the comic book world — and even then it was a small crowd).

Guardians of the Galaxy currently has about $222 million at the box office in the U.S., with a total haul of close to $419 million.

Sony’s Amazing Spider-Man 2 had a total U.S. gross of close to $203 million.

Godzilla came in at $200.5 million, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes had $201.8 million in the U.S.

The big two: Captain America 2 and X-Men: Days Of Future Past brought in $259.7 million and $232.4 million, respectively.

A sequel for Guardians of the Galaxy was greenlit at Comic-Con previous to the movie coming out.

In case you are wondering, the new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie isn’t doing that bad as it’s been the #1 movie the past two weekends. It’s already netted close to $118 million domestically, with a sequel greenlit as well.

Sony’s plans for the Amazing Spider-Man franchise next include movies for the Sinister Six and Venom, with a female superhero movie also rumored. Amazing Spider-Man 3 will hit in 2018.

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Watch The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Electro Morgue Deleted Scene

Sony has released a new extended/deleted scene from Amazing Spider-Man 2.

This time we see Jaimie Foxx as Electro waking up in the morgue with extra footage.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-Ray will be available August 19th and can be ordered through Amazon.

 

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Captain America 2 Owns Man of Steel At The Box Office

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With the showdown coming in May of 2016 between Captain America 3 and the untitled sequel to Man of Steel, Marvel Studios has won the first battle as Captain America: The Winter Soldier has surpassed the box office sales of the new Superman movie.

Captain America 2 has made over $703 million compared to Man of Steel‘s $668 million last Summer.

To date, Man of Steel is still doing slightly better than Captain America 2 domestically (about a $40 million difference), but Cap 2 manages to overcome internationally with about a $75 million surplus.

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Warner Bros. has since added both Batman and Wonder Woman to the Man of Steel “Batman Vs. Superman” sequel as well as more rumored cast featuring the Justice League, with it known a Justice League movie will follow directed by Zack Snyder.

Marvel Studios announced Captain America 3 for a May 6th release, with Warner Bros. following in hot pursuit by announcing Batman Vs. Superman on the same date.

Both sides have said they are not changing the release date for their films, but it’s guessed Marvel will most likely bow out as it’s really a no-brainer that the new Batman (Ben Affleck) as well as Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) on screen with Superman for the first time would be hard to compete against.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 has also recently crossed the $633 million mark with a strong international showing ($461 million).

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Godzilla Stomps Captain America 2 & Amazing Spider-Man 2 For Opening Day Record

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Following its monstrous Thursday night advanced screening debut, Godzilla has now taken the top prize for the best opening day in 2014 stomping both Captain America 2 and Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the process.

Godzilla opened with $38.5 million yesterday, which beat Cap 2‘s $36.9 million last month and Amazing Spiderman 2‘s $35.2 million a couple of weeks ago.

It’s now stated that Godzilla is on track for close to a $100 million opening, which is much better than the initial $60-70 million that was first estimated.

As it stands, Godzilla has a 72% positive rating amongst critics at the review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes, with 79% of audiences finding it favorable.

While the movie has generally been well-received, the biggest complaint amongst fans seems to be the lack of Godzilla in the movie, which actually isn’t that bad of a complaint if there are sequels.

Godzilla cost an estimated $160 million to make directed by Gareth Edwards starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe and David Strathairn.

Update: It’s now being reported that a Godzilla sequel has been confirmed.

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Gwen Stacy To Return In Amazing Spider-Man Sequels Teases Emma Stone (Video)

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Spoilers for Amazing Spider-Man 2 follow.

 

Arguably one of the best things about Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the performances of Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, albeit their screen time together may have been a bit too much for my tastes. As seen at the conclusion of the movie, Spider-Man is battling the Green Goblin where Gwen Stacy falls with Peter not able to catch her in time leading to her death. We see her funeral, and Gwen is even buried.

As it is a comic book movie, dead doesn’t necessarily mean “dead.” Could Emma Stone return as Gwen Stacy in subsequent sequels?

It might be a stretch, but in the following video Emma Stone teases that she might not be done with Spider-Man just yet.

Emma Stone mentions “there is a whole plot line that could happen that may bring her back.”

Fans of the Marvel Comics will know that Jackal brought back Gwen Stacy as a clone.

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Review: Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)

Revisiting a Sticky Situation

A Film Review of The Amazing Spider-Man 2

By Lawrence Napoli

 

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The summer is fully up and running what with a second comic book blockbuster to grace the box office in the much anticipated sequel to The Amazing Spider-Man.  We are almost two exact years to the day removed from The Avengers and the (ahem) amazing things it did by interweaving multiple franchises into a culminating, team-based extravaganza the likes of which have never been seen before.  Marvel Studios, and Kevin Feige in particular, certainly had sky-high ambitions regarding this effort, but they continue to reap the rewards as the trend setters.  Since then we’ve seen every other major studio with comic book rights setting themselves up for the same kind of “Avengers-like” mega film in hopes of duplicating, if not surpassing, $1.5 billion in global sales.  Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel/Justice League, 20th Century Fox’s X-Men and of course Sony Picture’s Amazing Spider-Man franchises all aspire to Marvel Studios’ success, but they all want to get to that Avengers money faster, and they’ve all figured throwing a whole bunch of major characters at audiences in one fell swoop is the key.

We all knew the rouge’s gallery was coming.  Every trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 specifically showed us the tech that “belongs” to classic members of The Sinister Six of which Sony has confirmed will have a stand-alone film not to mention a separate film to introduce everyone’s favorite lethal protector, Venom.  Rest assured true believers, references, name-dropping and direct appearances from major characters in Spidey’s universe are part of the very joy that makes ASM 2.  Unfortunately, it is also the major source my criticism for this film as I predict similar problems for future films in other franchises pursuing the character-bomb method.  You see, if a film is trying to sell me on multiple antagonists, then that film better have enough screen time to get the job done properly.  The problem is that ASM 2 is a film primarily concerned with Peter Parker’s struggle with his alter ego, his relationship with Gwen Stacy, his relationship with Aunt May and his search for the truth surrounding the mystery of his parents’ disappearance.  All of that stuff was absolutely great as Spidey’s moments with his girlfriend and Aunt are far and away the most dramatic and emotional high’s (and low’s) of this film.  The screenwriting team of Kurtzman, Orci, Pinker and Vanderbilt carried over the best plot elements from the first film and expanded upon Web-Head’s drama in the second.

Thus, it should be to no one’s surprise that this leaves little old Electro (and everyone else) a whole lot of bupkis regarding screen time to develop themselves as characters, to make their presence meaningful and to compare/contrast with the hero’s motivations to perhaps identify them other than flat, evil and dull.  I simply could not help but think that every one of these supposedly alpha villains was a mere afterthought to Peter’s intimate relationships, and this problem is amplified by their sheer number.  These fellows go through some pretty drastic personal and physical transformations in no time flat that results in some plot gaps here and convenient plot devices there just to get the audience from point A to B as efficiently as possible.  That’s all well and good for animated series and comic books because there’s always the next episode or issue to explain what just happened.  Movies need to get it right the first time around because sometimes a character arc gets fully resolved in the same film he or she is introduced.  Every single villain in this film, regardless of how strong or menacing they appear to be, pale in comparison to the Tyrannosaurus Rex that is Peter Parker’s personal insecurity, guilt and shame.  ASM 2’s villains are vacant spectacles of eye candy and they could have all been replaced with common bank robbers and gang bangers.

If story isn’t your meat and potatoes, ASM 2 has some of the best CG effects at work in the film industry today, and it almost makes up for one of the worst endings I’ve seen in a comic book adaptation to date (but more on that later).  I loved how the virtual camera gets in super close to Spidey’s POV while swinging around NYC. and I appreciated more than just one static angle where the audience only sees his hands, then webs then rinse and repeat.  Spider-Man has never appeared as aerial as he does in this film, and this welcome feature infuses some visually pleasing movement to the frame without jarring explosions or mid flight fisticuffs muddling the flow.  I believe director Marc Webb finds a good balance between real time and bullet time effects for the overall action.  Yes, yes, we all know the “Spider-Sense” is technically “on” all the time, but it would get pretty boring to watch slow motion action in every scene.  The visual aesthetics don’t get any better than the powered up Electro whose CG team were clearly drawing some inspiration from Watchmen’s Dr. Manhattan.  Every sinewy, neon bolt pops from every background in both day and night and seeing that character fling lightning and transport from place to place is a sight to see.

Cast performances are all over the map, but thankfully the main roles that are reprised are solid once again.  Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy is easily the most charismatic character onscreen, and it’s more than just her good looks at work.  She has a great smile, great energy, comedic timing a notable ability to dial it back for drama and dial it up for anger and all while having some genuine chemistry with Peter Parker a.k.a. Andrew Garfield.  And speaking of whom, Spidey is a perfect blend of smart-ass, hopeless romantic, and indecisive pariah as the charming Mr. Garfield delivers once again while minimizing his ADD nervousness around Gwen when he wishes to communicate his guilt about the relationship in light of the promise he made to Captain Stacy.  Sally Field gives the audience another reliable “mom performance” and continues to keep Aunt May energized with some attitude, which is fine by me because I never want to see that character as a decrepit grandmother ever again.

Everyone else appears to be out-acted by Dennis Leary playing the stoic ghost of Captain Stacy.  Paul Giamatti hasn’t played a more irrelevant character as Aleksei Sytsevich since the fraudulent Rudy he played in The Negotiator opposite Kevin Spacey and Samuel L. Jackson.  His appearance in this film as the “Rhino” is nothing more than a paltry down payment for future films which will hopefully evolve into more than a series of snarls and grunts, but don’t hold your breath.  Chris Cooper goes un-credited as Norman Osborn in an absolute throwaway role.  I suppose this is just as well because I too would want to forget that I was criminally underused as perhaps the most talented thespian of the cast in a mega-budget paycheck film.  Dane DeHaan delivers a duplication of the dreary and demented Andrew Detmer from Chronicle.  Seriously, his rendition of Harry Osborn is the exact same character, but with better clothes, and his Green Goblin … well, it could very well end up with the golden razzie for worst character of the year.

Perhaps it was silly of me to expect more out of an academy award winning actor like Jaime Foxx because quite frankly, those actors are usually not filling out these kinds of “popcorn” roles.  He definitely overplayed the hokey nature of Max Dillon almost as if he was mimicking Jim Carrey’s Riddler.  I understand he did this to accentuate his obsessive compulsive social disorder which in turn makes him a more pathetic target for everyone else to push around if not completely disregard.  It explains the anger he lets loose as a severely pissed off Electro, but it also left open a moment for Electro to be a sympathetic villain which almost happens in the Time Square sequence.  Due to time constraints and the pre-designation of that scene being a “fight” scene, that moment vanishes as quickly as it’s suggested as whatever character he had left loses all dimensionality and transforms as another, ho-hum (I’ll get revenge on Spider-Man!) villain that’s about as cookie-cutter as comic book villains get.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is a film that suffers from way too much going on at the same time for the duration of the entire film that it lessens the emotional impact of every moment as a result.  Peter Parker’s internal struggle was conveyed well at the expense of trivializing his external conflict.  This would not have been an issue had Electro been the sole villain which would have (potentially) expanded Spidey’s ability to talk down a would-be villain or find some way to reason with him or her to resolve the conflict other than knocking them out.  Alas, that option literally goes up in smoke as what seems like a natural end to the film after a climactic battle drags out into a half-hearted, amended ending for no other reason than squeezing in a couple more characters for the last precious minutes of screen time.  It’s the kind of moments you would see shoehorned into a post-credits or mid-credits teaser (of which there is none, so once you see the X-Men thing, you can leave the theatre).  What’s worse is that these token battles bookend a major (and somewhat expected) plot twist that simply does not deliver the emotional outburst it damn well should have accomplished.  It was a disappointing end to an already slumping third act that I kept shaking my head over and over seeing how the first 2/3 of the film was shaping up so well.

Spidey fanboys will go nuts over all the references in addition to all the dramatic placeholders left in this film that expanded universe films might eventually deliver upon.  There is plenty of action and special effects to satiate the average audience member looking to take a mental vacation for a couple of hours.  But if you’re looking for a real character-driven, action-adventure, set in an ever expanding cinematic universe, you might still be able to catch a screening of Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier.  This Spider-Man suffers from too much tacked-on, especially at the end.  Topher Grace knows exactly what I’m talking about.

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Watch: Sinister Six Amazing Spider-Man 2 Teaser: Characters Revealed

It looks as if we might have our Sinister Six for the new upcoming Sony movie of the same name as the Shazam App reveals a teaser trailer.

When the Shazam App is used with the end credits song to Amazing Spider-Man 2, “It’s On Again” by Alicia Keys, the user is taken to a screen that says “Look closely for plans of a SINISTER FUTURE.”

Then a teaser can be played which features images which look to make up members of the Sinister Six.

It looks as if the Sinister Six might be: Green Goblin, Doc Ock, Rhino, Vulture, Kraven and Mysterio.

The Sinister Six teaser trailer features blueprints of Rhino, the Goblin glider, Doc Ock’s arms, Kraven’s spear and Mysterio’s mask. 

Sony has yet to announce a release date for Sinister Six with it looking likely that Drew Goddard is directing.

Update: The Wrap reports this teaser was just that, and that the Sinister Six aren’t yet in place as Goddard is still writing the script. It’s also said that Sinister Six could begin production starting next January.

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New Amazing Spider-Man 2 Video Game Trailer Reveals Carnage and Shocker

Check out the new trailer for the Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game which reveals Carnage and Shocker.

The game will be available for the PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Wii U, PC, and 3DS on April 29th. 

In The Amazing Spider-Man 2, players once again assume the role of the iconic Super Hero in a unique side-story inspired by the feature film but set in its own continuity. Throughout his journey, Spider-Man will encounter a number of new foes as well as some old friends, as he confronts a new threat to his beloved city. The narrative will give Peter Parker, Spider-Man’s nerdy photojournalist persona, a greater role in the spotlight, as he investigates the complicated motivations and unique personalities behind the menagerie of Marvel menaces threatening Manhattan.

As Spidey, players will be able to free-roam through a greatly-enhanced Manhattancityscape, one set to offer livelier, more engaging opportunities with which to put his sensational skills to use. Central to the expansive depth and detail being poured into The Amazing Spider-Man 2 video game is the new “Hero or Menace” system, which incentivizes Super Hero behavior by rewarding the web-slinger’s crime-fighting efforts, and adds consequences for letting criminality fester. Spider-Man’s personal brand of web-swinging and up-close-and-personal combat will see a variety of new features as well.

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11 New Amazing Spider-Man 2 Images Includes Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn

Check out a batch of new Amazing Spider-Man 2 images including a new pic of Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

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The “Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into theaters May 2nd, 2014 directed by Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

Head on over to the Cosmic Book News Amazing Spider-Man Movie Hub for more news, images and trailers.

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Watch: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Post-Credit Scene

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 post-credit scene has leaked online.

Check it out:

The “Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into theaters May 2nd, 2014 directed by Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

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Watch: Amazing Spider-Man 2 Google Hangout Video

Below you can watch about a half hour of video footage of the Amazing Spider-Man 2 taking part in a Google Hangout chat.

Director Marc Webb is present along with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and Dane DeHaan for a live QnA.

The “Amazing Spider-Man 2” swings into theaters May 2nd, 2014 directed by Marc Webb starring Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Dane DeHaan, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Colm Feore, and Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn.

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