Feb. 10, 2015 | 1:43 p.m.
Sony and Marvel Studios have spun a deal that will introduce Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, first in an unspecified Marvel film and then headlining his own movie in 2017. But who will play the iconic web-slinger? Fans are already rallying behind their favorite actors, with many pointing to “Percy Jackson” alumnus Logan Lerman, who was at one point a contender for the role that went to “The Amazing Spider-Man” actor Andrew Garfield, and to “Community” actor Donald Glover (also known as Childish Gambino), who was an inspiration for Marvel’s Ultimate Universe version of Spider-Man, Miles Morales. Others are calling for Tobey Maguire to return to the role he originated in Sam Raimi’s 2002 blockbuster and subsequent sequels. And many want Garfield to continue in the role he’s inhabited since 2012’s reboot; last year’s sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 10:34 p.m.
Black Panther fans will have to wait a little longer to see the character star in his own solo movie. Marvel’s newly announced partnership with Sony, which paves the way for Spider-Man to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe before returning to Sony for his next solo outing, required some changes in Marvel’s previously announced release schedule. To make way for the new Spider-Man solo film that is now set for release July 28, 2017, four other movies have been pushed back. Marvel’s “Thor: Ragnarok” will arrive in theaters Nov. 3, 2017; “Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman, will open July 6, 2018; “Captain Marvel” will follow on Nov. 2, 2018. “Inhumans” will now land in theaters July 12, 2019. The previously announced dates for Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War Part 1” and “Avengers: Infinity War Part 2” on May 4, 2018 and […]
Feb. 09, 2015 | 9:33 p.m.
Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Under a deal between Sony and Marvel Studios, the iconic character will appear in an unspecified Marvel film before headlining a new installment in his own franchise for Sony, which will arrive in theaters July 28, 2017. The next Spider-Man solo film will be co-produced by Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, who recently segued from her executive post at Sony into a producing deal. According to a release issued Monday evening, Marvel and Sony are exploring ways of possibly integrating characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films. “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie,” said Feige in the statement. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s […]
Jan. 30, 2015 | 4:31 p.m.
Jeff Lemire’s “Descender” is coming to the big screen. Sony announced on Friday that it had acquired the feature film rights to the upcoming Image comic series from Lemire (“Sweet Tooth,” “Trillium”) and artist Dustin Nguyen. The comic book, which was announced last year, is described as a sprawling space opera centering on an artificial boy, TIM-21, who might hold the key to the origins of a race of planet-decimating robots. Before long, he becomes the subject of a galactic search, and soon bands together with unlikely companions to travel to distant planets to flee his foes. The first issue will be published March 4. “It was a competitive situation for ‘Descender’…” said Lemire and Nguyen in a statement released by Sony. “We know that their film translation will do justice to the original comics, and we are thrilled with […]
July 23, 2014 | 12:47 p.m.
Fans will have to wait a little longer to see Andrew Garfield swing back into theaters as Spider-Man. Sony Pictures announced Wednesday that “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” has been delayed by two years. The film, which previously had been set to open June 2016, is now slotted for 2018. However, “The Sinister Six,” the Drew Goddard-directed vehicle that will focus on a cadre of Spider-Man villains, is now set to open on Nov. 11, 2016. Goddard, who won accolades for “Cabin in the Woods,” which he directed and co-wrote with Joss Whedon, is also serving as executive producer on another Marvel Comics-inspired project, the upcoming “Daredevil” series for Netflix, which will star Charlie Cox as the blind superhero. Marc Webb is expected to remain in the director’s chair on “Amazing Spider-Man 3” after his rousing success with 2012’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” […]
June 09, 2014 | 10:44 a.m.
The world’s largest annual video game trade show, the Electronic Entertainment Expo, kicks off in downtown Los Angeles this week, with more than 45,000 people expected to converge on the L.A. Convention Center for the event. Now in its 19th year, E3 has become a mecca for video game developers, retailers, industry professionals and journalists. The trade show, which is to run Tuesday through Thursday and is not open to the public, often serves as the pulpit for the industry’s biggest announcements, such as last year’s reveal of two next-generation video game consoles — Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Buzz on the show floor often revolves around the rivalry between the major consoles, and though the wars between the systems couldn’t be more contemporary or contentious, the modern-day brawl has been more than three decades in the making. […]
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 14, 2014 | 12:47 p.m.
“The Amazing Spider-Man 2” director Marc Webb has suggested that Andrew Garfield’s heroic Peter Parker will be tested as never before in the upcoming Sony sequel set to open May 2. But a new TV spot for the film sure does seem to intimate that it’s Peter’s relationship with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy that will be specifically affected by the events unfolding in the anticipated sequel, written by Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner. Fans in the know will recognize elements from Gerry Conway’s notorious 1973 comic book storyline centering on Parker’s lady love. Check it out below. “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Garfield’s wall-crawling hero face off against several foes, including Paul Giamatti as Aleksei Sytsevich, an Eastern Bloc criminal who becomes the Rhino, and Dane DeHaan as Oscorp heir Harry Osborn, who is poised to inherit the […]
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 22, 2014 | 7:00 a.m.
Sony’s new superhero fantasy “Infamous: Second Son” opens not with a bang, but with the hissing sound of a spray paint can. As a work of comic-book-inspired fiction, this PlayStation 4 video game aims high, asking right from the start if art can be weaponized. If sulfur bombs and pink and blue lasers count as art, then the answer is yes. Conflicted antihero Delsin Rowe, whom “Infamous” players will control, is a rabble-rousing Banksy wannabe who discovers his hands can conjure smoke and set the world ablaze. His stenciled graffiti art pokes fun at a police state set in a Seattle of the future. Fear brought on by the emergence of humans with superpowers has crippled a nation, turning the Pacific Northwest into a society where segregation and surveillance have run amok. Rowe is thrust into the role of unlikely […]