April 25, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.
Andrew Garfield, the star of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” took one glance around the Bel-Air eatery and made a quick assessment: “Peter Parker wouldn’t be allowed in here,” the 30-year-old said with a nod. It is nearly impossible to picture the brainy, blue-collar kid from Forest Hills, Queens, enjoying fine California cuisine on an upscale restaurant patio on an April afternoon, and even Garfield, the 30-year-old actor who has lived inside Peter Parker’s skin for the last few years, seems a little too low-key and comfortably unkempt to belong to the class of diners soaking up the mild sunshine. But Peter’s outsider quality and the transformational aspect of his accidental encounter with a scientifically enhanced arachnid was one thing that so deeply appealed to Garfield long before he ever starred in a blockbuster or had even settled on an acting […]
April 24, 2014 | 2:00 p.m.
Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx and more stars from Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” walked the red carpet tonight for the film’s New York premiere. Due in theaters May 2, the new $200-million production — directed like its predecessor, 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man,” by Marc Webb — Garfield’s wall-crawling hero is beset by numerous threats, chief among them Foxx’s Electro, an incandescent-blue bad guy who wields the ability to control the power grid. Yet even as he must try to contain the damage Electro inflicts across Manhattan, Peter Parker struggles to learn more about his own past, including his father’s inexplicable demise. He’s also wrestling with his relationship with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), attempting to balance his feelings for her with his desire to keep her out of harm’s way. Plus there’s the matter of an old friend, Harry […]
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 […]
March 10, 2014 | 6:30 a.m.
The New York of noir fiction is known for dark alleys, shady subways and organized crime — the perfect gritty territory for Frank Castle, better known as the Punisher, Marvel Comics’ marine turned vigilante who prefers killing bad guys to turning them in. But a change of scenery is on the horizon for Castle, as writer Nathan Edmondson takes over the comic book with art by Mitch Gerads and relocates the character to sunny Los Angeles with its sand, surf and palm trees. “We’re inviting the question that perhaps L.A. for too long has ignored the cancer that’s growing in the roots of those very palm trees and behind the facades of some of the more glamorous streets,” Edmondson said. “We wanted to offer something original, fresh and exciting. Set in New York, there were a lot of expectations, a […]
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, […]
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 […]
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 […]
Dec. 13, 2013 | 11:09 a.m.
Peter Parker’s big screen universe just got a whole lot bigger. Sony has announced plans for new movies about Spider-Man’s nemesis Venom and the collective of bad guys known as the Sinister Six via its Electro Arrives website. Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Ed Solomon will write the screenplay for “Venom,” while Drew Goddard will write, and potentially direct, “The Sinister Six,” focusing on the the villains in the franchise. Additionally, Kurtzman, Orci and Jeff Pinkner will write the script for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” which is set to arrive in theaters June 10, 2016. It’s been a busy time for the webslinger in terms of news. On Dec. 5, an action-packed trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” arrived, showcasing Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker facing off against a number of foes, including Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro and Paul Giamatti’s Rhino. […]
Dec. 09, 2013 | 8:38 a.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is set to swing into IMAX theaters. The anticipated sequel from director Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”) will land in IMAX 3D, as well as conventional movie screens, when it opens next summer. The film, in which Andrew Garfield returns in the role of Peter Parker/Spidey, will begin its international roll out April 16, 2014, and will debut in North America on May 2. It’s a busy time for the webslinger in terms of news. Last week, an action-packed trailer debuted for the movie, the follow-up to 2012’s ‘The Amazing Spider-Man,” also directed by Webb. In the clip, Spider-Man faces off against a number of foes, including Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro and Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” also sees Emma Stone return as Parker’s gal pal Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan […]
Dec. 05, 2013 | 8:46 a.m.
The new trailer for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” showcases lots — and we really mean lots — of Spidey action, with the web slinger going up against not just Jamie Foxx’s villain Electro but also Chris Cooper’s Green Goblin. “Every day I wake up knowing that the more people I try to save, the more enemies I will make,” says Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker at the beginning of the clip. The trailer then shows just how many enemies, and how much destruction, will be unleashed in the sequel, due May 2. Like its predecessor, “The Amazing Spider-Man,” the new film is directed by Marc Webb (“ Days of Summer”). Emma Stone returns as Gwen Stacy, with Cooper and Dane DeHaan joining the cast as Norman Osborn and his son, Harry. Sally Field also reprises her role as Peter’s Aunt May, […]