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. 14, 2014 | 5:00 a.m.
The realms of science fiction and comics may be home to some of the most fantastic space battles, epic team-ups and heartbreaking deaths in entertainment. But as any Whovian, Trekkie or Marvel fan can tell you, the world of geek is also a world of lovey-dovey romance. And what better time than Valentine’s Day to celebrate the softer side of the genres that are typically dominated by alien invasions, lightsaber fights and spell wars? From “Star Wars” to “Spider-Man,” from “The Lord of the Rings” to “Harry Potter,” Hero Complex pays tribute to some of the cutest couples in genre entertainment. GIFT GUIDE: Valentine’s Day ideas for the geek in your life Click through the gallery above for a look at some of the most memorable romances on the silver screen, the small screen and the pages of comics. Did we […]
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. 11, 2014 | 10:33 p.m.
Peter Parker is swinging back from death in April with a new “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1 by writer Dan Slott and artist Humberto Ramos. “We’ve gone over 30 issues without Peter Parker, so when we let him out of that box and he gets to put on that costume again and he gets to swing through the sky, it’s going to be the greatest feeling,” Slott told the New York Daily News in announcing the late wallcrawler’s comeback. “But there’s a twist. There’s always a twist.” Parker was seen dying in “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 700, which was also by Slott and Ramos and released in late December 2012. At the time, Slott told Hero Complex about writing the hero’s demise: “It was tough to do this. I’ve been a Spider-Man fan since age 8. Short of my father, this guy’s […]
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 […]
Oct. 14, 2013 | 7:00 a.m.
Marvel ended its parade of All-New Marvel Now title announcements Sunday afternoon during its “Superior Spider-Man” panel at New York Comic Con, revealing that 2014 will bring No. 1’s for a cosmic “Captain Marvel,” an independent-from-Daredevil “Elektra,” an L.A.-bound “The Punisher” and a reunited (and expanded) team of “New Warriors.” The first unveiling, though, dealt with the hour’s titular largely reformed-villain’s-consciousness-in-a-hero’s-body: The project from writer Dan Slott and artist Giuseppe Camuncoli that had been teased as “The End,” will be February’s “Superior Spider-Man” No. 27.NOW, in an arc called “Goblin Nation.” (Yes, before the end, later this year a new Green Goblin will arise. More on that later.) “Everything, everything that’s been happening in ‘Superior Spider-Man’ so far has all just been setting up dominoes,” Slott said. “Bam! They’re all going down. Everything leads to this. Green Goblin on this […]
Oct. 12, 2013 | 2:00 p.m.
Kirk Jenkins doesn’t seem to notice the young woman suspended in the air in front of him, contorting her body through a hoop, or the man in a nearby corner, spinning a fighting stick. Instead, Jenkins sits on the side of the room of the Cirque School studio in Hollywood, intently focused on the steel blades in his hands. The Wolverine-reminiscent weapons are called kamas, and Jenkins grips them with controlled strength as he quietly goes through the motions of his 30-second audition routine. Jenkins, 24, who flew to Los Angeles from his home in Warrenton, Va., along with his father and coach Ron Jenkins, is one of hundreds of people to audition for “Marvel Universe Live,” a live-action arena stunt show that will unite many of Marvel’s most popular superheroes, including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Avengers. The Los […]
July 19, 2013 | 10:40 a.m.
Fans whose spider-sense has been tingling in anticipation of more “Amazing Spider-Man 2” news can now sneak a peek — and a listen — at Jamie Foxx in character as the supervillain Electro. A new 42-second teaser video, embedded below, opens with Electro obscured amid a tangle of wires while strapped onto some sort of high-tech gurney. As the camera pores over the equipment, Foxx says in an ominous whisper, “No matter what you do … you can’t contain me. You want to know how powerful I am? Well I want to know too.” FULL COVERAGE: San Diego Comic-Con 2013 Finally, a shot reveals the villain’s visage, with eerie bluish skin and a bald head, as he says, “I’m Electro.” Electro’s look in the movie is markedly different from his counterpart in the classic Spidey comics, in which he wears […]
June 18, 2013 | 5:18 p.m.
Morbius and Spider-Man go way back: The living vampire was first introduced to Marvel Comics readers in the pages of “The Amazing Spider-Man” in 1971. And it’s been a turbulent relationship, at best. But Morbius and the Superior Spider-Man – still Peter Parker’s body, but now controlled by the consciousness of arch-nemesis Dr. Octopus – will first cross paths Wednesday in “Morbius, the Living Vampire” No. 6, and writer Joe Keatinge is making the introduction. The tragic Michael Morbius is, as Keatinge had the character introduce himself in No. 1, “vampire-ish” – he has a taste for blood, yes, but also for garlic (especially in a nice pesto dish). His vampire traits came not from the bite of a bloodsucker, but from a failed experiment to rid him of a rare blood disorder. So far in the new series the […]