April 10, 2014 | 8:42 a.m.
Inside a darkened sound mixing stage on Sony’s Culver City lot, Marc Webb, the director of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” labored to balance a sonic cocktail of music, sound effects, background noise and dialogue while, across a massive screen at the front of the room, Electro, the luminescent blue villain played by Jamie Foxx, wreaked havoc on a busy night in Times Square. “Does it sound sloppy there?” Webb asked editor Pietro Scalia. “How far down can we drop the sound effects and how long can we keep them out? It just feels really busy.” With just two days left to finalize the movie’s soundtrack, the pair worked alongside a team of roughly a dozen technicians to refine a key sequence in what is expected to be one of the biggest movies of the summer. A reverb effect was added […]
April 01, 2014 | 3:28 p.m.
While Gerry Conway has spent his storied comic career standing out, he’s now looking to fit in. At least for a night. Conway took to Twitter today to kick-start a campaign to be invited to the premiere of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” As one of the co-creators of the Punisher and a longtime scribe of “Justice League of America,” Conway is still best known among Spidey fans for his memorable work in the summer of 1973 — “The Amazing Spider-Man” Nos. 121-122 featured the death of one major character who also happens to have a prominent role in Sony’s May 2 release. (Although there’s no word on whether the events in the film will exactly mirror those in the comics, anyone who would prefer not to know who dies in Conway’s story line might want to stop reading now and […]
March 19, 2014 | 11:48 a.m.
Oscorp Industries heir Harry Osborn teams up with the powerful villain Electro in a new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The trailer also features plenty of web-slinging acrobatics and some gravity-defying fight scenes between teenaged hero Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and a plethora of baddies, including Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Rhino (Paul Giamatti). The film, due in North American theaters May 2, stars Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as Peter Parker’s pal Harry Osborn, son of Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper), who in the comic books becomes the Green Goblin. And judging from the new trailer (watch it below), the sinister workings of Oscorp Industries will play an integral part in the new film. The sequel, helmed by returning director Marc Webb, follows the critical and box-office success of his 2012 Marvel adaptation “The Amazing Spider-Man,” which rebooted the franchise that Sam […]
Feb. 25, 2014 | 6:35 p.m.
Filmmaker Marc Webb appears set to direct “The Amazing Spider-Man 3.” Word came Tuesday that the director responsible for both 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man” and this May’s coming follow-up, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” is in final negotiations with Sony to complete the movie trilogy starring Andrew Garfield as the heroic Peter Parker. Webb came to the franchise as a somewhat unlikely choice — the respected indie director was previously best known for the Los Angeles-set “(500) Days of Summer,” starring Joseph-Gordon Levitt and Zooey Deschanel. But his original Marvel adaptation, which rebooted the franchise that Sam Raimi had so successfully helmed roughly a decade earlier, turned out to be a blockbuster hit that took in upward of $262 million at the domestic box office, and also earned critical praise, thanks in part to the winning chemistry between English actor Garfield […]
Feb. 24, 2014 | 11:54 a.m.
Jamie Foxx’s Electro takes center stage in a new international trailer for director Marc Webb’s superhero sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Electro greeted comic book readers in 1964 as an electrician named Max Dillon who gains the ability to generate and control electricity after he’s struck by lightning while repairing a power line. But in the upcoming film, Foxx’s Dillon is a meek Oscorp employee who becomes obsessed with Spider-Man after the hero saves his life — and he uses his high-voltage powers to wreak havoc on the streets of New York. “The Amazing Spider-Man” star Andrew Garfield reprises his role as teenage hero Peter Parker, and the film’s cast also includes Emma Stone as Gwen Stacy, Paul Giamatti as the Rhino, Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) as rich boy Harry Osborn, son of Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn, who, fans will remember, […]
Feb. 03, 2014 | 1:23 p.m.
A new trailer and new film stills for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ tease an action-packed superhero movie with a dash of humor and plenty of villains. Andrew Garfield reprises his role as the web-slinger in the sequel to 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” and Emma Stone returns as Peter Parker’s love interest Gwen Stacy in the new film, due in theaters this May. A two-part Super Bowl spot directed fans to a promotional website, www.enemiesunite.com, featuring the full-length trailer. The trailer, which runs nearly four minutes, reveals the film’s take on the origin of villain Electro (Jamie Foxx). Spidey saves Oscorp employee Max Dillon’s life, and the geeky, soft-spoken guy becomes starstruck and obsessed. “It must be pretty cool, huh, to have the whole world see you like that,” he tells Stone’s Gwen Stacy in the trailer. “The amazing Spider-Man. I […]
Feb. 02, 2014 | 8:26 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ brought more explosive action to Super Bowl Sunday, debuting new scenes from the anticipated sequel in a big game spot. The film, which like its predecessor, 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”), has Andrew Garfield’s Spidey battling multiple villains, including Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. In the first part of the clip, which was released Thursday, the electrifying antagonist is glimpsed unleashing some of his shocking powers, while Spidey flies through the sky and leaps onto the streets of New York. Here, Spidey is sky-born once again, leaping through blasts of fire and destruction, though as Peter, Garfield’s also seen exchanging a passionate kiss with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy. In the new film, Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan play Norman Osborn and his son, Harry, respectively, while Sally […]
Jan. 30, 2014 | 9:33 p.m.
“You wanted to be the hero, now you gotta pay the price.” It’s an ominous message Jamie Foxx’s shocking villain Electro has for Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker in a new teaser for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Released Thursday, the clip is designed to tout the movie’s upcoming Super Bowl spot, which is set to air Sunday during the big game. The film, which like its predecessor, 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”), has Spidey battling multiple villains, including Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. In the brief clip, the electrifying antagonist is glimpsed unleashing some of his shocking powers, while Spidey flies through the sky and leaps onto the streets of New York. Emma Stone returns in the sequel as Peter Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan playing […]
Jan. 03, 2014 | 8:00 a.m.
2013 might have been a superb year for fans of genre entertainment, but 2014 doesn’t look too shabby when it comes to interesting fare arriving at the multiplex. Filmmakers are tackling original, high concept sci-fi tales in major studio releases, and a myriad of fan-favorite characters — including Kermit the Frog and Katniss Everdeen — are returning to the screen for new adventures. Following are the Hero Complex picks for some of the most anticipated new films of the year. Let us know which movies you’re most excited to see in the comments section below. RoboCop: Paul Verhoeven’s 1987 satire about a police man remade as law enforcement machine gets a sleek update from Brazilian filmmaker Jose Padilha with actor Joel Kinnaman starring as Alex Murphy, a futuristic Detroit cop who finds himself encased in metal after being critically injured […]
Dec. 31, 2013 | 1:36 p.m.
Count Spider-Man among those ringing in 2014 in grand style in New York’s Times Square Tuesday night. Three minutes of new footage from “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ will debut on the super-sized video screens in Manhattan’s famous tourist district beginning at 10:50 p.m. EST. Hero Complex readers also can watch the footage below via a special New Year’s Eve webcast. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2″ sees Andrew Garfield reprise the starring role of the wall-crawling webslinger. The film, which like its predecessor, 2012′s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”), sees Spidey battling multiple villains, including Jamie Foxx’s Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. Emma Stone returns in the sequel as Peter Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan playing Norman Osborn and his son, Harry. Sally Field also reprises her role as […]