Regular, everyday movie goers liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2 well enough. It’s got a solid 7/10 on IMDB and 4½ stars on Fandango. More importantly, it raked in $203 million at the domestic box office and $708 million worldwide, while costing “just” $200 million to make. However, critics were unimpressed with the film, citing a choppy storyline that tried to do too much. So The Amazing Spider-Man 2 got just a 53% on Rotten Tomatoes and a 53 on Metacritic.
But why do I bring all this up now, when the movie came out four months ago? Because in a recent interview with The Daily Beast, Andrew Garfield basically said, yeah, the movie kinda sucked, and it’s all the studio’s fault:
It’s interesting. I read a lot of the reactions from people and I had to stop because I could feel I was getting away from how I actually felt about it. For me, I read the script that Alex [Kurtzman] and Bob [Orci] wrote, and I genuinely loved it. There was this thread running through it. I think what happened was, through the pre-production, production, and post-production, when you have something that works as a whole, and then you start removing portions of it—because there was even more of it than was in the final cut, and everything was related. Once you start removing things and saying, “No, that doesn’t work,” then the thread is broken, and it’s hard to go with the flow of the story. Certain people at the studio had problems with certain parts of it, and ultimately the studio is the final say in those movies because they’re the tentpoles, so you have to answer to those people.
In other news, if anyone’s looking for Sony Pictures, they’ll be hanging out under a bus.
On Monday morning, Andrew Garfield went on Good Morning America to promote The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and ended up gushing over his co-star and girlfriend Emma Stone.
“She’s a full genius, or she has found her genius and she’s doing it so beautifully,” Garfield explained. “I think everyone who works with her, everyone who brushes shoulders with her, or even makes eye contact with her gets a shot of sunshine.”
Frankly, I don’t know what the hell he’s talking about with that “found her genius” stuff. Maybe I’m just not smart enough to get it. (Though that’s unlikely, because I’m really smart). The second part I get, though. Numerous scientific studies have determined that Emma Stone is in fact made of 100% pure sunshine. And if for some reason you have the balls to argue with science, just look at her “Lip Sync Battle” with Jimmy Fallon on The Tonight Show from Monday night.
Fallon does these lip sync battles, what, at least once a month? Yet in walks Emma Stone, a total newbie, and she absolutely destroys him with lip sync covers of “The Hook” by Blues Traveller and “All I Do Is Win” by DJ Khaled.
Be careful, Andrew Garfield. The whole world covets your girlfriend.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hits theaters this Friday, May 2. Emma Stone is in it. Get your tickets now.
Had enough yet of superhero movies? Well then, how about a supervillain movie?
Yes, it is a brilliant idea. However, I can’t take the credit. This one is all Sony. On the heals of the release of the first trailer for next summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2, they’ve announced two supervillain spinoffs. One will be about Venom (who non-comic book nerds will remember from Spider-Man 3, a.k.a. the crappy one), and one about “The Sinister Six” (who are Doc Ock, Vulture, Electro, Kraven, Mysterio, and Sandman).
Oh, and The Amazing Spider-Man 3 will come out in 2016.
Writing the screenplay for Venom will be Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Ed Solomon, while Drew Goddard will write and maybe even direct The Sinister Six.
Sony explains, “we have formed a franchise brain trust to expand the universe for the brand and to develop a continuous tone and thread throughout the films.” But that’s just industry mumbo jumbo. The important thing here is that, for the first time ever, we’ll get full-lenth feature films about bad guys. Which is awesome.
Are you excited for The Amazing Spider-Man 2? No? Well, I don’t blame you.
There was nothing wrong with the first installment of the Spidey reboot, of course. Andrew Garfield was good. Emma Stone was good. The movie as a whole was good. However, it came out just three years after the last Spider-Man trilogy had wrapped up, which would have been weird even if the third Tobey Maguire picture hadn’t sucked. But it did suck, and that took some of the wind out of the franchise’s metaphorical sails. As a result, compared to all the other superhero flicks currently in production, the excitement for Amazing 2 has been extremely low.
That might change, however, now that Sony has released the first official trailer. Is it good? Well, despite the fact that, at times, it looks like Spider-Man might have plugged himself into The Matrix—there is some serious Neo-like bullet-dodging going on—I’d say yes. In fact, I’d say it’s kind of awesome. So you might just want to keep May 2 open.
We’re going to have to wait a whole year to be certain, because The Amazing Spider-Man 2 doesn’t open until May 2014, but holy crap, we think we know how it’s all going to go down. And that all has to do with set photos revealing Emma Stone‘s Gwen Stacy wearing a suspiciously familiar outfit. The folks over at Yahoo parsed it all out for us. Fair warning: there are some major spoilers ahead.
Gwen Stacy dies. She dies so hard. Yahoo points out that her purple skirt, sea foam green overcoat, and black boots are all identical to those she’s wearing in the comic The Amazing Spider-Man #121 (June 1973), the one in which she gets chucked off the George Washington Bridge by Norman Osborne’s Green Goblin. In that scene, Spiderman catches her, but he discovers that she’s already kicked the bucket and he weeps over her lifeless corpse as he vows revenge. What’s worse, he doesn’t know if she was already dead when she was thrown, or if his spider-catch killed her. Oh the Spidermanity.
Hey, on the plus side Amazing Spider-Man 3 will probably happen. And Spidey’s tears can always be dried by Shailene Woodley‘s Mary Jane Watson. We’d like to cry on her, um, shoulder.
Remember when everyone in the world (other than me) loved the Spiderman movies from Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire? And then Spiderman 3 came out and everyone was like WTF, why is he dancing like the Mask at the Coco Bongo Club? And even more prominent in fan discord: Why are there so many goddam villains in this movie? Well I guess Sony, Marc Webb and co. have not learned their lesson, because as filming begins, yet another foe has been added to the cast list to go up against Peter Parker. Chris Cooper has been named as the man to portray Norman Osborn, who will eventually become Green Goblin. His son Harry, aka the Hobgoblin, was already cast with Chronicle‘s Dane DeHaan taking on James Franco’s past role. And let’s not forget that Paul Giamatti is the Rhino and Jamie Foxx is on board as Electro, who for a split second seemed like he might be the only villain in the flick.
For a franchise reboot and built on the idea of being different from the three movies that came before it, it’s becoming more and more difficult to tell the two versions apart. Especially with the new costume that Comingsoon.net got a hold of, which you can see the full image of after the jump, which looks nearly identical to Maguire’s. Why even bother rebooting if you’re just treading the same water again? Check Out Spidey’s New Suit »