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What Are Sony And Marvel Doing With The 'Spider-Man' Franchise?

2/10/2015 7:38am EST
'Spider-Man' Franchise Joins The Marvel Cinematic Universe
Do you hear that? That light pop-pop-pop noise? That's the sound of every comic book and comic book movie fan's head exploding, in unison, from sheer joy.

No longer are the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony's "Spider-Man" franchise separate entities.

Marvel has announced that the two studios are coming together, and Spider-Man will feature in both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and a new series of Sony films.

Here's how it works: Andrew Garfield is out and Sony's "Amazing Spider-Man" franchise is dead in the water. Peter Parker will be recast and will debut in an upcoming (but still und...

The Explosive Movies That Crushed The Box Office On Independence Day Weekend

7/4/2014 8:01am EDT
Wild Wild West
The weekend following Independence Day here in America has become a must-perform spot on the calendar for movie studios. This year, the 4th of July lands on a Friday, leaving us bereft of new releases (although Transformers: Age of Extinction, which came out on the 27th, should do nicely). So with nothing new coming out, let's take a look at the bombastic films we celebrated freedom with in years past.

Wild Wild West

If there's one thing you need to know about Will Smith, it's that he loves July 4th. No other actor has benefited more from releasing films around Independence Day than Wil...

Box Office Predictions: 'Godzilla' Should Stomp Its Way To No.1

5/16/2014 9:28am EDT
Box Office Predictions: 'Godzilla' Should Stomp Its Way To No.1
1) Godzilla- 80M Weekend, 80M Total

Expect big things this weekend from a big monster of a movie. A lot of people have compared the ad campaign to World War Z, making it an apocalypse adventure on a global scale. What’s equally important here is that they’ve actually made a good movie, apparently. Godzilla is currently sitting at 84% on Rotten Tomatoes, higher than Million Dollar Arm, Neighbors, and Amazing Spider-Man 2. The only downfall is that the film technically lacks a bankable star, even though most people know who Bryan Cranston is by now. It does face some competition from the 2n...

'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Will Set Up 'Sinister Six' Movie

3/27/2014 6:37am EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
If you thought three villains in the upcoming The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was pushing it, think again.

The film will set up spinoff flick about six of the webslinger's major villains called, fittingly, the Sinister Six. The group has varied over the years in the verious comic book iterations, but mainly consists of Doc Ock, who brings the group together, Electro, Sandman, Kraven the Hunter, Mysterio and Vulture.

"At the tail end of this movie we set up some of the other characters that will probably end up being in the Sinister Six," Sony Pictures' Amy Pascal revealed in the latest issue of ...

Spoiler: 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Super Bowl Teaser Ends With Major Cliffhanger

1/31/2014 10:51am EST
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
A new TV spot for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released by Sony on Thursday, teasing that something big is about to happen in the new full-length trailer that's set to run during the Super Bowl this Sunday.

The teaser reveals a lot of what was already shown in the first full trailer, released at the beginning of December, but this 30-second preview ends with a huge cliffhanger: our hero catching girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) in mid-air and then the two crashing together through the glass roof of a skyscraper.

"See what happens next Super Bowl Sunday," a graphic then reads.

What happ...

Sony Confirms At Least Two Villain Spinoffs Of 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

12/13/2013 3:47pm EST
Spider-Man 3
Columbia Pictures has announced that at least two new films based on the Spider-Man franchise are in the works.

Two of the "several" planned films feature the web-slinging superhero's enemies Venom and the Sinister Six -- a group of supervillains that includes Electro, the main antagonist in next spring's The Amazing Spider-Man 2, played by Jamie Foxx.

Marc Webb, the appropriately and ironically named director of The Amazing Spider-Man 1 and 2, won't be directing any of the films, but he will be overseeing the story development for the spinoffs, according to

"The Spider...

First Full Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Released, Teases A Lot More Villains For Next Film

12/5/2013 2:01pm EST
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
A lot of people have been saying that with three major villains The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has gone too far. Well if you think three villains is a lot, wait until the next film.

After a brief teaser trailer focusing on new villain Electro (Jamie Foxx) arrived at Comic Con in July, the first official two-and-a-half-minute trailer has arrived and it looks, well, amazing.

"We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spide...

'Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark' To End Broadway Run In January

11/19/2013 5:01pm EST
Spider-Man Turn Off The Dark ending on Broadway
Broadway's superhero musical "Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark" is set to end its run early next year.

The production, which is the most expensive stage production ever at $75 million and features music from U2's Bono and The Edge, became one of the Great White Way's biggest earning shows after a very troubled start.

The play saw a big fall in earnings over the fall and prducers have decided to pull the plug after two years. It's not over though -- they'll merely be packing up the show and taking it to Las Vegas.

"Economically we have a greater opportunity in the Las Vegas market," producer...

Comic Con 2013: Superman & Batman Movie, 'Guardians Of The Galaxy' And 'Avengers 2' Dominate

7/22/2013 6:02pm EDT
Thor: The Dark World
Saturday was a huge day at this year's Comic Con, especially for Marvel studios.

The superhero movie-making factory had quite a few announcements to make, sending fans who were there (and who weren't there) into a frenzy over what's coming in the next two years.

To start, actor Tom Hiddleston reprised his role as Loki from "The Avengers," and the upcoming "Thor: The Dark World," trying hard to keep a straight face while in character to present the trailer for the "Thor" sequel.

Marvel also previewed next summer's sequel "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" and the highly anticipated "Gu...

Comic Con 2013: First Teaser Of Jamie Foxx As Electro In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Released

7/19/2013 2:56pm EDT
Jamie Foxx as Electro
The first teaser for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was released Thursday during San Diego's annual geek-Mecca Comic-Con, giving fans a first look at new villain Electro, played by Jamie Foxx.

The teaser is only 39-seconds long, showing Electro hooked up to some sort of table and explaining that he wants to know how powerful he actually is after gaining the ability to control electricity.

Fox plays Max Dillon, who becomes the super-villain after he's struck by lightning while working on power lines.

"I can feel it in the walls ... I feel it in my veins... You want to know how powerful I am? We...

Best Movies of 2012

12/24/2012 12:00pm EST
The Avengers
2012 was a great year for superheroes, James Bond, a former President of the United States and Ben Affleck. What defines a great film? It's different for everyone, but first and foremost it must entertain. Many movies did just that over the past year.

"The Avengers" was the highest grossing film of 2012, earning $623 million in the United States and a staggering $1.5 billion worldwide.

The number-three grossing film of all time (behind James Cameron's "Titanic" and "Avatar"), starred Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, Chris Hemsworth as Thor, Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, Mark Ruffalo as the H...

'Chronicle' Star Dane DeHaan Cast As Harry Osborn For 'Amazing Spider-Man' Sequel

12/3/2012 4:33pm EST
Dane DeHaan
Dane DeHaan, who played a troubled teenager imbued with superpowers in Chronicle, has been cast as Harry Osborn for the Amazing Spider-Man sequel.

Harry is the son of the Green Goblin, Norman Osborn, who has yet to be introduced into the series. Later on in the comic, he takes on the mantle of the Green Goblin following his father's death.

James Franco played the character in the first film series.

Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone are obviously returning for the next film, but there are now rumors that Mary Jane Watson will be cast for the flick as well. Sounds like we may have a love tria...

2012 DVD & Blu-ray Holiday Gift Guide

11/22/2012 8:00pm EST
Starpulse holiday gift guide
Hollywood has put out some great home entertainment releases over the past few months, and we have some suggestions for the film lover, TV fanatic, secret santa and more!

Not sure what to buy your picky uncle or reclusive sibling? Do you need something for the office grab bag? Check out our list of this season's must-have DVDs and Blu-ray discs...



The premium 4-Disc Blu-ray Combo Pack provides 5-unique ways to enjoy “Marvel’s The Avengers” (on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, DVD, Digital Copy and Digital Download of “Avengers Assembled” Music from and inspired by...

Jamie Foxx Powers 'Spider-Man' Villain Rumors - Could Be Cast As Electro

11/2/2012 11:07am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx appeared to only be teasing Amazing Spider-Man fans when he tweeted who he was dressing up as for Halloween. However, there may be more to his post than previously believed.

"Dressed up as Electro for Halloween last night. Costume fits well," Foxx tweeted on Thursday. Immediately, rumors swirled that it wasn't just a costume and Foxx was on track to play the electrified foe.

Electro appeared to make a cameo at the end of Amazing Spider-Man as a teaser. With the studio eager to begin production, it sounds like Foxx is #1 on the list to play the baddie. Variety reports he's in ta...

Shailene Woodley Tapped To Play Mary Jane In 'Spider-Man' Sequel

10/11/2012 8:57am EDT
Shailene Woodley
"The Secret Life of the American Teenager" star Shailene Woodley has emerged as the front-runner to play Mary Jane Watson in "The Amazing Spider-Man" sequel.

Woodley, who also appeared as George Clooney's daughter in "The Descendants," is in negotiations to join Andrew Garfield in director Marc Webb's follow-up, according to Variety.

In the past, Kirsten Dunst played Peter Parker's girlfriend in Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" trilogy, which starred Tobey Maguire as the webslinger.

Woodley's ABC Family show, "American Teenager," was just canceled after five seasons. She also stars in the upcomi...

2012 Summer Blockbusters - The Winners & The Losers

9/8/2012 3:00pm EDT
The Avengers
Sometimes the task of getting people to flock to the movie theatres during the summer months can be tricky, as some would rather soak up the rays from the sun instead of those coming from the projector. But if the soothing sensation of a cool, dark room isn't enough to attract the audience, what is? Here's a recap of this summer's hits and misses at the box office.

The season kicked off big time with "The Avengers," which brought in a record $207.4 million during its first weekend. Performances by stars such as Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson brought life to Iron Man,...

'Ice Age' Dethrones 'Spider-Man' At Weekend Box Office

7/16/2012 8:35am EDT
Ice Age Continental Drift
"Ice Age: Continental Drift," the fourth film in the animated franchise, knocked "The Amazing Spider-Man" from the number-one slot at the weekend box office. The film grossed $46 million, while the superhero epic took in $35 million. Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" came in third place with $22.1 million.

In "Ice Age," Scrat's acorn obsession sparks a continental catastrophe that sends Manny (Ray Romano), Diego (Denis Leary), and Sid (John Leguizamo) on an epic adventure involving pirates and an unexpected reunion.

Earlier this month, "Ice Age" shattered box office records around the world due to ...

Where Does The 'Spider-Man' Series Go Next? Possible Villains

7/10/2012 2:07pm EDT
Amazing Spider-Man
With The Amazing Spider-Man doing well critically and in box offices, it's time to think about the upcoming sequel - it's obvious one is coming, anyway. What could be in store for Andrew Garfield's Spidey? Let's take a look at some possible villains for the next films.

The Lizard is still around, although he's still in a jail cell. What keeps The Lizard around is his mental instability and a lust for perfection - just because he was given an antidote doesn't mean he won't try to continue his research, or regain the immense power he had before. He could appear late in a film to further comp...

5 Reasons Why 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Is Better Than Its Predecessor

7/9/2012 12:30pm EDT
Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man
As a critic of all things entertainment, it’s my job to make quick, black-and-white decisions. So when it was announced that Sony was rebooting its Spider-Man franchise just five years after the Tobey Maguire fronted “Spider-Man 3” swung its way into theaters, I wasn’t just skeptical, I was downright livid. It seemed like nothing more than a movie studio’s desperate money grab, creative integrity be damned.

After being somewhat softened by the four-minute trailer, I’m happy to admit that I am a full-on marshmallow after seeing the “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and have never been more gratef...

'Spider-Man' Takes Top Spot At Box Office; Doesn't Do As Well As Predecessors

7/9/2012 8:56am EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
Earning $65 million, "The Amazing Spider-Man" swung into first place at the box office over the weekend. The film, starring Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, opened to positive reviews on Tuesday and made a record-breaking $7.5 million in midnight ticket sales.

The film earned a total of $140 million over its six-day opening, less than the three previous films from the franchise. The first "Spider-Man" (2002) made $144.2 million in its six-day start, and "Spider-Man 2" (2004) made $180.1 million. "Spider-Man 3" (2007) took home a respectable $176.2 million.

Mark Wahlberg's "Ted" dropped to...

This Summer's Hottest Male Movie Stars

7/8/2012 8:00am EDT
Christian Bale the Dark Knight Rises
Superhero flicks "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "The Dark Knight Rises" are two of the biggest releases this month, and they star some of Hollywood's hottest celebrities.

On July 20, Christian Bale returns as the caped crusader, which picks up following the events in the previous film. He battles the deadly bane (Tom Hardy) and Catwoman (Anne Hathaway).

Oh, but there's more. Much more.

Escape the outside heat and get hot inside by seeing your favorite male stars on the big screen this summer. Watch the cast of the stripper flick "Magic Mike" and Colin Farrell and Jeremy Renner from the Aug...

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Confirmed As Part One Of Trilogy

7/5/2012 2:31pm EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
Studio bosses behind new superhero reboot The Amazing Spider-Man have confirmed plans to extend the franchise into a trilogy.

Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield took over the franchise from Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst last year in a bid to give the comic book classic a new look, and after smashing box office records by raking in $35 million during its opening day on Tuesday, it appears fans were happy with the result.

Now, executives have announced the new film will be the first in a three-part series.

A post on the movie's official page reads, "It's finally here! The Ama...

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Crushes Box Office Records

7/5/2012 10:33am EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
"The Amazing Spider-Man" earned a staggering $35 million during its first 24 hours of release, making it the biggest Tuesday opening in U.S. box office history.

The film knocks out Shia LaBeouf and Megan Fox's 2007 film "Transformers," which earned $27.8 million on opening day.

Droves of fans attended midnight Spider-Man screenings ahead of the July 4th holiday. The reboot stars Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, who embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets. Real-life girlfriend Emma Stone plays Gwen Stacy.

Garfield recently confe...

'The Amazing Spider-Man:' Andrew Garfield's Pain And Emma Stone's Boobs

7/3/2012 2:03pm EDT
Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield in
This week The Amazing Spider-Man swings into theaters with a new cast, Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker and Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy. Each actor had a unique take on their character. For Garfield, playing Spider-Man and his alter ego was a lot like his Tony Award nominated performance on stage in Death of a Salesman.

“There's not much difference, weirdly enough,” Garfield said. “In terms of how I approached it, my only intention was to honor the character. That goes for Biff Loman as well as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. So my approach was the same, just from my heart and guts. I got very upset ...

Review: 'The Amazing Spider Man' Is Not All That Amazing -- But It Is Very Good

7/1/2012 12:30pm EDT
'The Amazing Spider-Man'
The Amazing Spider-Man, shot in 3D and directed by Mark Webb (500 Days of Summer), is an edgy, emotional, action pack, and at times boring movie. Yes I did use the 'b' word.

In this version, which is definitely an improvement over all the 'Spider-Man' films, we meet Peter Parker (Max Charles) as a young boy. His renowned scientist father (Campbell Scott) and his mother fear that they're family is in danger and they decide to leave Peter in the care of his Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen) and Aunt May (Sally Field).

We flash forward years later...Peter (Andrew Garfield) is now a skateboarder/scien...

Emma Stone Is Cute As A Button In A White Frock At L.A. 'Spider-Man' Premiere

6/29/2012 9:31am EDT
Emma Stone
Emma Stone attended "The Amazing Spider-Man" Los Angeles premiere on Thursday wearing an adorable white dress with red embroidered ribbons.

Emma has been on a worldwide tour promoting her superhero film. In England she wore a sexy low-cut beaded blouse and trousers, and in France she opted for a gothic look.

It must be so much fun to travel the globe with her boyfriend Andrew Garfield by her side - who happens to be playing Spider-Man.

The movie centers on Peter Parker (Garfield), who embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets....

Andrew Garfield Says There Was A Huge Downside To Playing Spider-Man

6/28/2012 11:43pm EDT
Andrew Garfield
Andrew Garfield says playing the title role in this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man wasn't all it was cracked up to be.

The star kept a photo journal throughout the film's shoot so he could show fans that a day in the life of a comic book hero's Spandex super-suit was no walk in the park.

During an appearance on The Daily Show on Wednesday, Garfield showed off some behind-the-scenes photos of him standing next to a food cart but being unable to eat anything, and attempting to relieve himself in a restroom.

"There was a picture journal that I took throughout (filming) with a stills photog...

Andrew Garfield Used Adult Film Parody To Perfect Spider-Man Character

6/27/2012 10:58pm EDT
Andrew Garfield found inspiration for his Spider-Man character in odd places - he even checked a adult film parody featuring the comic book web-slinger.

The Amazing Spider-Man star admits he checked out Vivid Entertainment's Spider-ManXXX DVD while he was researching his role as Peter Parker for the upcoming blockbuster, and it appears director Axel Braun's racy 2011 film actually helped him.

Garfield tells, "I watched it a few times. I watched it more from an inspirational stand point than from a sexual standpoint. I think you can find inspiration from anywhere when it come...

Batman & Spider-Man Stars Had Trouble Breathing In Their Iconic Costumes

6/25/2012 10:00am EDT
The Amazing Spider-Man
Playing a superhero is hard work - and potentially deadly. Andrew Garfield nearly suffocated on the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man" after he discovered his spandex suit wasn't waterproof.

The actor plays Peter Parker, who embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets. Garfield nearly passed out while shooting an action sequence because he failed to learn proper breathing techniques required for the scene.

He told the New York Daily News, "I had to get wet, and I just kind of dove in and didn't realize that water on the mask made it imp...

Emma Stone Goes Sexy Goth For French 'Spider-Man' Premiere

6/20/2012 8:41am EDT
Emma Stone
A gothic-looking Emma Stone attended the French premiere of "The Amazing Spider-Man" held at Le Grand Rex Cinema yesterday.

The actress looked very dramatic in a black dress with a thigh-high slit up the leg and a low-cut neckline. The pale star accentuated her look with dark red lipstick. We think she would make an incredible vampire.

In the film, teenager Peter Parker (played by Stone's real-life boyfriend Andrew Garfield) embraces his incredible destiny after uncovering one of his father's most carefully guarded secrets. Stone plays Parker's love interest Gwen Stacy.

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