Dakota Johnson in talks to play Madame Web

Dakota Johnson is apparently in talks to play Madame Web, in sony’s Spider-Man spin-off.
The film, which is part of Sony’s increasing library of Marvel-based films, will be directed by S.J. Clarkson.

Madame Web, who first appeared in 1980s The Amazing Spider-Man No. 210, is a clairvoyant mutant who specialises in foretelling the future of Spider-themed superheroes, having mentored not only Peter Parker’s alter ego, but also numerous generations of Spider-People.
She is traditionally represented as a blind, paralysed elderly woman who is surrounded by a web-like contraption that keeps her alive, implying that she avoids direct battle and instead dispatches others on missions.

Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, writers of the upcoming Morbius, have penned the script.

Madame Web is one of a handful of Marvel-based films in development, as Sony expands their Universe of Characters.
Sony, which owns the film rights to Spider-Man and his associated characters, has already released Venom (2018) and Venom: Let There Be Carnage (2020), as well as the Jared Leto-led Morbius, which is set to be released in April. Kraven the Hunter, starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, is also in the works.

The studio is currently riding high following the release of Spider-Man: No Way Home, which has grossed $1.74 billion globally, the highest in Sony’s history.

Listen to our review of Spider-Man: No way home here.

Review-Ben Reilly issue 1

It’s weird being a Spider-Man fan, I’m old enough to remember the original reaction to ‘The clone saga’. People hated it, they hated there was a Spider-Man that wasn’t Peter Parker. Nowdays, the appeal of the character seems to be that there are thousands of variations.

Written by J.M. DeMatteis, Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1, picks up shortly after Ben Reilly took over the mantle of Spider-Man from Peter Parker (before to the Beyond Saga), and he’s having identity issues.
The resurrection of Carrion, a living virus, as well as other villains from Peter’s past, doesn’t help matters.

DeMatteis transports the reader to the aftermath of the clone saga and tells a compelling story about a conflicted hero attempting to figure out who and what he truly is.

I adored the story’s complexities and Ben’s internal battle. His personality is intriguing, and the darkness within him makes the reader interested in his decisions. I’m really looking forward to seeing where this tale leads, and the conclusion of this issue has piqued my interest even more.

With its amazing attention to detail and unique, engaging style, David Baldeon’s art continues to excite and impress. His work manages to convey character feelings, as well as fantastic action and catches the 90s vibe.

Ben Reilly: Spider-Man #1 is a solid issue. It’s almost as if Ben Reilly has come full circle, since his first appearance so many decades ago, and this is a great example of how successfully the character can be handled.

There’s a lot to be explored, and this series feels like it might be the ultimate piece of proof that his long-ago creation was, in fact, a great idea.

Listen to our review of Spider-Man: No way home here.

Morbius delayed for the sixth time

Morbius, a Spider-Man spin-off, has been postponed for the sixth time.

Morbius will now open on Friday, April 1 instead of the previously scheduled Friday, January 28. The film’s star Jared Leto announced the news on Twitter.

The official reason given for Sony’s decision to postpone Morbius is due to a surge in COVID-19 cases fueled by the Omicron variation.

However, there is speculation that the film’s delay is down to the success of Spider-Man: No way home. No way home earned $1billion in just two weeks of its release. It’s still going strong now, selling out show after show. If this is the reason, I think it’s a wise move. Spider-Man: No way home is overperforming all box office projections. Morbius is a film, with a character most people are unfamiliar with. Even if it did really well, it wouldn’t do ‘no way home’ numbers and would look like a flop comparatively.

Morbius was initially due to open in July 2020. But was delayed due to the original covid outbreak. It sees Leto’s titular character go up against his childhood friend Loxias Crown, AKA Hunger, played by Matt Smith.

Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige discuss Spider-Man’s future

Amy Pascal, the longtime producer of the Spider-Man series, and Kevin Feige, the CEO of Marvel Studios, have an unusual creative partnership, as they demonstrated in a new interview.

Whilst speaking with the New York Times, about Spider-Man: No Way Home and the future of the wall-crawler, the dynamic-duo addressed Pascal’s previous comments that Tom Holland would star in a new “Spider-Man trilogy”.

Pascal said:

“We’re producers, so we always believe everything will work out, I love working with Kevin. We have a great partnership, along with Tom Rothman, who runs Sony and has been instrumental, a great leader with great ideas. I hope it lasts forever.”

Feige added:

“Amy and I and Disney and Sony are actively beginning to develop where the story heads next, which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after ‘Far From Home.’ That will not be occurring this time”.

In 2019, the original deal between both studios ended, leading to a financial dispute between Disney and Sony. For a while, it looked like Peter Parker’s time in the MCU sandbox was done. Fourteunetly, cooler heads prevailed and the studios got to work on no way home.

In the interview, Pascal and Feige also discussed how they first collaborated. Feige had worked as an unofficial script consultant on The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Most of his advice wasn’t taken up by Sony. When the film was released to widespread negative reviews, she and Feige met to discuss the next way forward. He suggested a co-production deal, with Marvel studios taking control of the character. She didn’t take the suggestion well.

“I threw a sandwich at him,” she said.

Feige added:

“She said, ‘I really want you to help on this next movie. We have these great ideas for the next one. It’s amazing stuff and I said, ‘I’m not good at that — giving advice and leaving. The only way I know how to help is if we just make the movie for you.’”

Despite Pascal’s initial scepticism, she and Sony eventually warmed to the idea after Feige offered more concrete proposals for how to integrate Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe:

She said:

“He said ‘I have an idea. What if Tony Stark makes Peter’s suit?’ And as soon as he said that, I understood the possibilities of what we could do together. To have Iron Man and Spidey in the same world, one rooted more in technological innovation — the new suit — and less in medical experimentation, which is where we were confined before, felt so much more modern.”

Since then, each of Marvel’s “Spider-Man” films, starring Tom Holland and produced by Pascal, has been a critical and commercial triumph, with most fans dubbing Holland “the best Spider-Man ever”.

Personally, as a fan. I’m excited to see where this partnership goes. They’ve opened up the multiverse now and with Sony continuing to make their own Marvel movies, the possibilities are truly endless.

Episode 277: Spider-Man No way home

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Kevin Feige confirms Charlie Cox will stay on as Daredevil

Kevin Feige has announced that Charlie Cox will continue to play Daredevil, which will come as no surprise to Marvel fans who have been following various behind-the-scenes speculations and intriguing MCU leaks.

Charlie Cox recently said that he expects to still continue on in the role, one day.

Feige spoke very carefully, as he spoke to CineBlend:

“If you were to see Daredevil in upcoming things, Charlie Cox, yes, would be the actor playing Daredevil. Where we see that how we see that, when we see that, remains to be seen.”

Personally, I don’t think we’ll be waiting too long to see Matt Murdoch. After the events of Spider-Man: Far from home. Peter Parker is going to need a lawyer. Murdoch represented him in the comics, so an appearance in the upcoming Spider-Man: No way home just makes sense.

The reappearance of Vincent D’Onofrio’s Kingpin was also hinted at in a recent episode of Hawkeye.
In the same episode, Maya Lopez, AKA Echo, was introduced, a figure is known for her connections to Matt Murdock in Marvel Comics, and it’s been announced that Alaqua Cox will play Lopez in an Echo spin-off series that could easily include Daredevil and Kingpin.

Spider-Man: No way home is due for release in the UK, on the 15th of December.

Teaser Trailer-Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse (Part One).

In my opinion, Spider-Man: Into the spider-verse is the best Spider-Man film of all time. So, I am eagerly anticipating the sequel.

Sony Pictures released a teaser trailer today, as well as news that it’ll be two films, not just one. Like we were expecting.

The first teaser picks up where the last Spider-Verse film left off, with Miles (Shameik Moore) laying in bed before a gateway to Gwen Stacy’s universe (Hailee Steinfeld) opens.

From there, it appears that Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) will strive to outdo the first film’s already great animation, with Miles hopping between numerous animated universes in a variety of graphic styles as he battles Spider-Man 2099. (Oscar Isaac, who voiced the character in the post-credit scene of the first movie.)

According to the official synopsis, the sequel will “transport Brooklyn’s full-time, friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man across the Multiverse to join forces with Gwen Stacy and a new team of Spider-People to face off with a villain more powerful than anything they have ever encountered.”

Details such as the villain etc are being kept under wraps for now.

Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse (Part One) is set for release in October 2022, with Part Two set to follow in 2023.

New Spider-Man trilogy in development

There has been a lot of speculation recently, including from Tom Holland himself – that Spider-Man: No Way Home, would be the end of his career as everyone’s favourite wall-crawler. The upcoming film does indeed mark the end of his current contract. However, according to producer Amy Pascal, this won’t be his last time suiting up, as there are already ideas in the works for a new trilogy.

Whilst talking to Fandango she said:

“This is not the last movie that we are going to make with Marvel or the last Spider-Man movie. We are getting ready to make the next Spider-Man movie with Tom Holland and Marvel. We’re thinking of this as three films, and now we’re going to go on to the next three. This is not the last of our MCU movies.”

This is wonderful news for fans who were worried about the companies splitting up, we came very close to seeing Tom Holland exit the MCU when the previous deal ended in 2019. However, both companies were soon able to reach an understanding of the continued use of the character.

Whilst it hasn’t been stated officially, I personally believe it was Sony that pushed Disney to open up the Marvel multiverse, so they could bring in characters from the Venomverse. It will be interesting to see how both companies utilise Peter Parker going forward. But one thing is for sure, Miles Morales will be the future for the franchise.

More from Pascal can be found here.

Spider-Man: No way home is out in the UK on the 15th of December.

Spider-Man Directors Sam Raimi and Marc Webb worked as Consultants on SPIDER-MAN: NO WAY HOME

According to The Cosmic Circus previous Spider-Man film directors, Sam Raimi and Marc Webb worked as consultants on Spider-Man: No way home. The pair helped the production team keep track of the backstories of the characters, from their respective films.

The film has been described by director Jon Watts as “Spider-Man: End Game”.

The film has villains from both previous franchises showing up to battle Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. Although they’ve not been confirmed by either Disney or Sony, fans are fully expecting Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield to show up as well. Personally, I think they’re in the film. It would be odd if they’re not. This would also be the perfect opportunity to wrap up their storylines.

Here is a synopsis for the film:

For the first time in the cinematic history of Spider-Man, “our friendly neighbourhood hero’s identity is revealed, bringing his Super Hero responsibilities into conflict with his normal life and putting those he cares about most at risk. When he enlists Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret, the spell tears a hole in their world, releasing the most powerful villains who’ve ever fought a Spider-Man in any universe. Now, Peter will have to overcome his greatest challenge yet, which will not only forever alter his own future but the future of the Multiverse.”

The movie stars Tom Holland as Peter Parker, Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Alfred Molina as Doc Ock, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Willem Dafoe as Green Goblin, Zendaya as MJ, Jacob Batalon as Ned, Marisa Tomei as Aunt May, Tony Revolori as Flash, and Hannibal Buress as Coach Wilson.

Aaron Taylor-Johnson set to play Kraven the hunter

Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass) has been cast in Sony Picture’s upcoming Marvel film ‘Kraven The Hunter’. It’s an unexpected, but very interesting choice. It will mark the actors third outing as a comic book character.

In the comics, Sergei Kravinoff a.k.a. Kraven the Hunter is an obsessive big-game hunter. Created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Over time, Kravinoff moved away from using the tools of a regular hunter and started taking down large animals with his bare hands. After taking a potion, he developed enhanced physical powers giving him the strength, speed and senses of a jungle cat. The potion also extended his life, health and vitality.

Sony’s casting description lists Kraven The Hunter as being of Russian origin, with “superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, and reflexes. The maniacal big-game hunter seeks to defeat Spider-Man to prove that he is the greatest hunter in the world.”

Directing duties will be taken up by J.C. Chandor (Triple Frontier). With Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man) writing the scripts.

Kraven the Hunter is set for release on January 13th, 2023.

Source: Variety