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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2‘ is coming to Comic-Con, and it wants to show off Jamie Foxx‘s character Electro. So much so they’ve cut a little teaser for his appearance at the Con.
There’s not much here but a little marketing shock and awe, but for those worried that Foxx might look a little goofy in his costume and get up, this seems to erase those doubts. And with the announcement that it will be in Hall H on Saturday, it also suggests that this arrival isn’t something that will be kept within the walls of the convention center. We’d hazard a guess that there will be some sort of trailer coming out of the panel.
But Sony and everyone involved seems to think they have a winner on their hands, and considering the recent Entertainment Weekly magazine cover, they want to build the hype for the movie starting now even though the film isn’t due out until next summer. They’re planting seeds, which — after the mixed reception that ‘The Amazing Spider-Man‘ got — is smart.
We’ll be covering the panel this weekend, but expect that we’ll offer any and all updates as soon as they’re available. Stay tuned as we bring you more information straight from Comic-Con 2013.
Andrew Garfield has revealed he would like to play Spider-Man as a gay character.
The Social Network star plays Peter Parker in Marc Webb’s franchise reboot of the comic hero, The Amazing Spider-Man.
Andrew told Entertainment Weekly he has had discussions with producer Matt Tolmach about whether Peter’s main love interest “MJ”, short for Mary Jane in the comic books, could stand for a boy’s name.
“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” he said. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking!… So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”
Andrew – whose real life girlfriend Emma Stone plays Peter’s highschool sweetheart Gwen Stacy in the films – revealed he even has an actor in mind to play a male MJ.
He said: “I’ve been obsessed with Michael B Jordan since The Wire. He’s so charismatic and talented. It’d be even better – we’d have interracial bisexuality!”
Asked by Entertainment Weekly director Marc revealed he had heard a lot about Andrew’s idea.
Michael B Jordan appeared in cult TV show The Wire as a teenager caught up in a drugs gang.
Shailene Woodley was signed up to play Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, but it was recently revealed she will not be appearing in the sequel, as it was reported director Marc had decided not to introduce Mary Jane until the third instalment.
Marvel and Disney dropped a bomb on their fan nation with the news that two untitled superhero movies are scheduled to hit theaters in 2016 and 2017. These two films are bulking up the post-’Avengers 2‘ Phase 3 slate, but now there’s even more news. It’s been revealed that another Marvel movie has been added for a 2016 release!
Coming at us from Collider, we now know that another and equally mysterious movie is popping out of Marvel Studios July 8. We repeat, this is in addition to two untitled films already dated for May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017, respectively.
We’ll keep you updated as more information is revealed, though we’re anticipating some huge announcements coming next month during Comic-Con 2013. So far, speculation on these titles has centered around the highly talked-about ‘Doctor Strange,’ ‘Black Panther‘ and even sequels to the previously established ‘Thor’ and ‘Captain America’ films. Also, now that we know Robert Downey, Jr.’s Iron Man contract has been renewed all the way up to ‘The Avengers 3,’ perhaps we’ll be seeing the superhero team’s third outing in one of these new slots.
So far, the currently slotted Marvel schedule includes ‘Thor 2‘ (November 8, 2013), ‘Captain America 2‘ (April 4, 2014), ‘Guardians of the Galaxy‘ (August 1, 2014), ‘The Avengers 2′ (May 1, 2015) and ‘Ant-Man‘ (November 6, 2015). Keeping in mind ‘Iron Man 3′ hit theaters this past May 3, you’ll notice Marvel’s trend of releasing two films a year. So expect at least one more movie, untitled or not, to join the 2017 title.
In other news, Disney simultaneously announced the release date for its upcoming, live-action adaptation of ‘Cinderella,’ hitting theaters March 13, 2015. Directed by Kenneth Branagh, the film stars Lily James as Cinderella, Cate Blanchett as her wicked stepmother, Holliday Grainger and Sophie McShera as her wicked stepsisters, Richard Madden as her Prince Charming, and the recently announced Helena Bonham Carter as her fairy godmother.
As Captain America: The Winter Soldier wrapped two weeks of filming Friday on Cleveland’s West Shoreway, onlookers were treated to their first glimpses of the Sentinel of Liberty’s new costume, previously only seen in concept art. The Plain Dealer was, of course, on hand to snag photos.
As you can see, that’s not Chris Evans on the motorcycle, but rather a stunt double. As such, the costume isn’t exactly like the one the star will wear; it’s loose-fitting, and probably not as detailed.
Directed by brothers Anthony and Joe Russo, the film also stars Sebastian Stan (Bucky Barnes/Winter Soldier), Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow), Anthony Mackie (Sam Wilson/Falcon), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury), Emily VanCamp (Sharon Carter), Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), Toby Jones (Arnim Zola), Frank Grillo (Crossbones), Max Hernandez (Agent Jasper Sitwell) and Robert Redford (Alexander Pierce). Captain America: The Winter Soldier opens April 4, 2014.
Not if director Joss Whedon has anything to say about it. As the man behind the mega-success of The Avengers, Whedon has stated, in fairly unequivocal terms, that he will not make The Avengers 2 without Robert Downey Jr.
Now, it’s not like the future of the franchise is in serious jeopardy. Downey Jr.’s costars are simply chafing a little bit under their pay scale. The cast wants more money, and with Downey Jr. out of his contract with Marvel, he’s been supporting them, saying that he will not return as Iron Man in The Avengers 2 if Marvel does not start paying his friends.
Whedon’s attitude is that no one can replace RDJ in The Avengers 2, or anywhere else. Here’s what he had to say:
He is Iron Man. He is Iron Man in the way that Sean Connery was James Bond. I have no intention of making ‘Avengers 2′ without him, nor do I think I’ll be called upon to do that. I don’t think it’s in my interest, Marvel’s interest, or his interest, and I think everything will be fine.
Maybe Whedon should not have used James Bond as an example, given the number of times the actor has been replaced in that franchise, but the sentiment is there. With Marvel producer Kevin Feige flexing his muscles and claiming that Downey Jr. is not irreplacable, it’s good to hear the director of the franchise making some non-categorical statements.
In other ‘Joss Whedon is becoming the coolest person on the planet’ news, Whedon has also said that he wants more heroines in superhero-land:
Toymakers will tell you they won’t sell enough, and movie people will point to the two terrible superheroine movies that were made and say, You see? It can’t be done. It’s stupid, and I’m hoping The Hunger Games will lead to a paradigm shift. It’s frustrating to me that I don’t see anybody developing one of these movies. It actually pisses me off. My daughter watched ‘The Avengers’ and was like, ‘My favorite characters were the Black Widow and Maria Hill,’ and I thought, Yeah, of course they were.
BAM! Thank you, Mr. Whedon, for striking a blow for kickass chicks. Black Widow was one of the best, and most surprising, parts of The Avengers. With The Scarlet Witch confirmed to be in the script for The Avengers 2, and Whedon’s dedication to bringing more tough women to the screen, maybe we are actually moving away from top-heavy damsels in distress. Now if we can just get reporters to stop asking Scarlet Johansson if she’s wearing any underwear, we’ll be all set.
Can we just pause for a moment to give some serious respect to both Robert Downey Jr. and Joss Whedon? Two major forces in the superhero franchise world and they’re using their powers for good. I think Tony Stark would be proud.Written by: Lauren Humphries-Brooks Source-WeGotThisCovered
Hundreds of Sears Holdings Corp. employees apparently had a more interesting morning than you did.
At 11:30 a.m. today, 566 employees gathered at the retailers’ Hoffman Estates headquarters to break the world record for the largest number of people assembled in one place while wearing Superman costumes. (The previous record was 437 people, FYI.)
The stunt, a celebration of Sears’ brand placement in the upcoming “Man of Steel” movie, required working with Warner Bros. Pictures and costume-maker Rubie’s Costume Co. to design and create 600 of the official uniforms worn by British actor Henry Cavill in the film. Employees were allowed to keep the costumes.
According to a Sears statement, “pivotal scenes” in the movie, to be released June 14, are shot inside a Sears store. Popular Sears products and brands also make cameos. Off-screen, members of Sears’ Shop Your Way rewards program will receive access to sneak peeks and promotional products.
The retailer is far from the only company to hitch itself to the new Superman film. According to Crain’s sister publication Ad Age, the movie grabbed more than $160 million from more than 100 promotional partners and will be the most heavily promoted Warner Bros. film of the year.
Other tie-ins come from Warby Parker, which will provide Clark-Kent-inspired glasses, Procter & Gamble’s Gillette, Walmart, Chrysler and Nokia.