Marvel News Mash-Up (“Captain Marvel”, “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, Retro Review)
Marvel News Mash-Up
“Spider-Man: Far From Home” International Trailer Shows A Lot Of New Footage
After the release of the first “Spider-Man: Far From Home” teaser trailer, an international trailer popped up online and it has a ton of new footage not shown in the U.S. trailer. This image above shows that even though Peter decided in the first teaser not to bring his Spidey suit, Aunt May packed him a little surprise. Pretty cool stuff!
After seeing Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, the guys at Nerd Alert and I named our favorite Spider-Man movie. Spider-Verse was close for me, but I had Spider-Man 2 as my #1. Taylor Katcher asked me when had I seen Spider-Man 2 last and I had to admit that it had been several years since I had seen it. Taylor said I should watch it again, because he had seen it recently and felt the movie hadn’t aged well. Always up for a challenge, I popped in Spider-Man 2 the other night and came to the conclusion that it still holds up very well. I admit, it’s not perfect. Sam Rami has some real problems with the extras that he casts, especially those that have lines to speak. But overall, I think it is a great Spider-Man movie. So here are some things that I felt really made the movie really shine:
Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker and Spider-Man. I just love his performance as both. As Peter, he is a great big nerd, but as Spidey, he is all about confidence and really does a fantastic job as Spider-Man. Once Sony decided to reboot Spider-Man over and over, the character seemed to get younger and younger each time. I love Tom Holland as Spider-Man, but his version of Peter is 15 and to me that is not a Spider-MAN. I always liked when Peter was a bit older and had experience under his belt, and maybe not at his prime, but getting there. This Peter has a job, works for the Daily Bugle and has his own place. I also really enjoy this version of his Spider-Man suit. Back when the first Spider-Man came out, we never thought we were going to get a comic book accurate suit, especially after seeing what Fox did with the X-Men, but this Spider-Man suit was pretty damn close and it really has not changed throughout the whole trilogy. Something like that would never fly these days because of merchandising and toy sales. I also like that they went with organic webs. I know in the comic books he had web shooters but felt that having organic webs made him even more of a superhero, or make that more like a spider. And there are so many iconic Spider-Man poses lifted right from the comic books in this movie.
One of those rare sequels that is better than the original. You think back and it is hard to name a sequel that is better than the original. Back then, you had Empire Strikes Back, Terminator 2, and some will even say Godfather Part II. Now, we have The Dark Knight and Infinity War, but Spider-Man was a huge leap forward from the original. The best part is as soon as the movie starts, it only takes him a few minutes to swing into action. We don’t have to wait and see him go through another origin story. To me, it just seemed a more fleshed-out story than the original and far superior to the third.
Alfred Molina’s portrayal as Doctor Octopus. Michael Keaton did an awesome job in Homecoming as The Vulture, but to me, Doctor Octopus is the best Spider-Man villain we have ever seen. The problem with Michael Keaton’s Vulture is we saw more of his alter ego than we saw of The Vulture. Once Doctor Octavious became Doc Ock, he was Doc Ock. And the CGI work for those tentacles still holds up. Doc Ock is also a real threat to Spider-Man, both physically and mentally. The several fights that Spidey and Doc Ock have in this movie are both classic and something that looks like it popped right out of the comics.
J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson This may be the most comic book accurate portrayal of a character ever. If you need another reason to watch Spider-Man 2, just watch it to see how great J.K. Simmons is in this movie as J. Jonah Jameson. He’s the one thing that all of the reboots are missing. And how do you even replace J.K. Simmons as J.J.J? He did such a perfect job as him.
Like I said, it isn’t perfect. Kind of hard to accept that Spider-Man loses his powers because he is suffering from panic attacks. Harry’s butler is always awful in all of the movies, especially when he talks. And it is a real stretch to believe that MJ would be the star of her own Broadway play, especially after seeing some of the performances, but the positives outweigh the negatives on this one. And this really is a comic book movie. Fun and light, and a bit goofy at times. If you haven’t seen Spider-Man 2 in a while, give this one a shot and you may be surprised.
I give it a 9/10.
New Captain Marvel Posters Released For IMAX And More
With less than two months before Captain Marvel opens, we are starting to see more and more of the character through trailers and TV spots. But now, it seems like this latest group of posters gives us our best look at her costume and her mask.
Marvel recently released this official poster recently and it is far better than the hanger poster that we have seen for months. Definitely my favorite of the bunch. Here is Captain Marvel front and center surrounded by cosmic energy. Just awesome!
This next poster is the official Captain Marvel poster for Real 3D.
Next we have the official IMAX poster. In this image, we see a nice look at her helmet/mohawk. Go see it in IMAX if you want to see 25% more of the picture projected on the really big screen.
The official poster for Dolby Cinema seems to take the IMAX poster and remake it into a sort of homage to the classic posters for The Rocketeer.
“Captain Marvel” Looking At A $140 Million Opening Weekend
We still have some time to go, but so far the opening weekend box office for Captain Marvel is looking quite impressive at an estimated $140 million plus. There are many factors that will lead to this either meeting these expectations, or even exceeding or falling short of them. One very big factor is that this is the first Marvel movie to be released since the highly successful Infinity War. In a way, this is a prelude to Infinity War since we will see Captain Marvel appear in Avengers: Endgame, and if Marvel markets this one correctly, fans may be curious as to see how she might impact the outcome of Endgame. And let’s not forget the critics. More and more, critical praise or condemnation has had a drastic effect on the box office returns. Hopefully Captain Marvel will earn a lot of positive critical reaction.
Sony’s CES 2019: Less About Tech And More About The Future Of Spider-Man
At this year’s Sony CES (Consumer Electronics Show) press conference, it was less about tech and more about pushing their movie and entertainment business. Sure, they announced their new line of 8K TVs and that the PS4 has sold over 91 million units since launch, but this press conference seemed to focus a lot on Spider-Man. One-third of Sony’s conference was dedicated to Spider-Man.
Let’s face it, they hit a home run with Spider-Man. The Spider-Man game for the PS4 has sold over 9 million copies. Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has made $303 million at the box office so far. Even more impressive, Venom has made $856 million. So what does this all mean? It is going to be even harder for Disney to buy back the movie rights to Spider-Man. The way it works now, Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is on loan to the MCU. So as of right now, we definitely will see that Spider-Man as part of the MCU for the foreseeable future in movies like Avengers: ENDGAME and Spider-Man: Far From Home, but after that, it’s anyone’s guess for how long it will take Sony to say we don’t need Marvel anymore. But… it is possible that by introducing Spider-Man into the MCU, that this did help Sony with their spin-off movies and video game.
This image above troubled me the most. You see all of these characters above on the big screen? Every single one of them, and more, will be getting their own solo live action movie and Sony could not be happier about that. Now that Venom is a box office success, as is Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, and of course lets not forget Spider-Man: Homecoming, Sony will be milking the Spider-Man franchise for years to come. Do we really need a Morbious The Living Vampire movie starring Jared Leto? And more than likely that move will follow the precedent that Venom started by not even having Spider-Man in the movie. Disney purchasing Fox and getting back the movie rights for the Fantastic Four and the X-Men was a huge get for the MCU. But, Spider-Man has always been the face of Marvel. That is the one thing that Disney really needs to get, but right now it seems like it is going to be a long, uphill battle. Then again, this is Sony. They rebooted the Spider-Man franchise three times with very little time between each franchise. So we may just have to sit back and wait for them to get overly confident and screw things up again and hopefully then Disney can come in and purchase the rights.
Sideshow Collectible Corner
Now here is a classic Spider-Man villain that really needs to get some love, hopefully one day in the MCU. This very cool statue shows Hobgoblin flying on his Goblin Glider and ready to toss some deadly pumpkin bombs through the clouds. Ghost Rider not included.
Sideshow and Iron Studios are proud to announce the newest villain in the Battle Diorama Series Art Scale 1:10 line – the Hobgoblin! Representing one of Spider-Man’s greatest enemies, the Hobgoblin comes with a fully detailed base complete with billowing smoke!