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Is Director Marc Webb Going To Return For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2?'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 3, 2012 11:55 AM
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As of today, "The Amazing Spider-Man" is in theaters, ending the two-and-a-half-year build up to one of the more controversial superhero films in history. Plans for a "Spider-Man 4" were well underway at the end of 2009, with Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire both returning for a script (by "Rabbit Hole" writer David Lindsay-Abaire) which saw your friendly neighborhood web-slinger come against classic villain The Vulture (John Malkovich) and his daughter The Vultress (Anne Hathaway). But wary of spiraling costs, bad reviews for the third-installment, and an aging lead (Maguire would have been 36 by the time of the film's summer 2011 release, for a character normally portrayed at half that age), Sony pulled the plug and decided to start all over again, to no little protestations from fans.

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Director Marc Webb Talks Reboots, Music, 3D and Norman Osborn

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 2, 2012 1:05 PM
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Summer movies are always terribly complex and daunting, with a number of interested parties needing to be satiated and complicated visual effects being worked out throughout production (usually right up until the time of release). Things seem to be infinitely more daunting when it's a reboot of a popular franchise, and one directed by a director making his first blockbuster outing. Such is the case with this week's "The Amazing Spider-Man," which was directed by "(500) Days of Summer" helmer Marc Webb.

Review: 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Is A Good Teen Romance Struggling To Escape A Mediocre Superhero Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 29, 2012 3:34 PM
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We're likely reaching something of a tipping point with the superhero movies. The first wave is ending: "X-Men" has already been reinvented, Superman is getting his second relaunch in a decade, "The Hulk" has already had its third iteration, and Christopher Nolan's Batman-trilogy, which more than anything else brought a new level of respectability to the genre, is coming to a close. We're entering the second phase of the modern superhero movie era, and it's leading to some interesting possibilities. So far, these films have essentially been a genre in and of themselves, but as new filmmakers inevitably try out fresh ideas within its confines, we're likely to see other styles brought into the mix.

First Reviews For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Spin A (Mostly) Positive Web

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 19, 2012 6:17 PM
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Even though the film doesn't begin hitting theaters internationally until next weekend, U.K. critics have put on their monocles and taken out their quill and dropped the first reviews for Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" reboot. And, somewhat surprisingly, it's getting some mostly very, very positive early notices.

New 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Poster Sees Our Favorite Webslinger Return To The Skies Of Sunkissed New York

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 14, 2012 11:16 AM
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After a couple of darker marketing efforts, "(500) Days Of Summer" helmer Marc Webb's upcoming "The Amazing Spiderman" has now turned to an image synonymous with marketing for Sam Raimi's films: our favorite webslinger, played here by Andrew Garfield, high above a sunkissed New York City skyline. It might be nostalgia, or the superhero's iconography, but you know what? It works.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Arrives And Spins A New Web

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • May 3, 2012 6:58 PM
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With "The Avengers" already in theaters and crushing the box office, and with Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" looking to deliver the epic finale everyone is hoping for, can Sony's "The Amazing Spider-Man" make it three-for-three? Well, the newest (and, presumably, the last) trailer is here and it's pretty… blah. Sony is going to have to go into overdrive to convince people that it's worth sitting through another two hours of "how Peter Parker got his Spider-Man powers," because, really, this trailer isn't convincing anyone.

Cool: Paul Feig Wrote One Of The High School Scenes For 'The Amazing Spider-Man'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 24, 2012 9:20 AM
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One of this writer's annual traditions is to take some time out to watch the first, and sadly only, season of "Freaks & Geeks." As fans of the short-lived program know, it was an early stomping ground for the talents of Judd Apatow and Paul Feig, a place where their innate talent to zero in on the truth of the high school experience -- in all its hilarious awkwardness -- and relationships between men and women, first came into full bloom. Of course both have since gone on to bigger things, but it looks like Feig has returned to the hallowed halls once more to punch up one of the biggest comic movies of the year.

Glimpse Spider-Man's Musical Future In New Image from Marc Webb's Reboot

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 19, 2012 11:41 AM
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The newest image from director Marc Webb's “The Amazing Spider-Man” reboot has hit the net, and it hints a musical interlude of dazzling import could loom in the webbed crusader's future, and he's developed the perfect accessories for it.

Watch: New Trailer For 'The Amazing Spider-Man' Suggests Reasons For Optimism Without Sealing The Deal

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 7, 2012 3:10 AM
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Last year, we had four summer superhero films, of which two turned out to be fairly unqualified successes -- the Marvel pictures, "Thor" and "Captain America: The First Avenger" -- one a moderate success -- "X-Men First Class" -- and one that tanked like Lori Petty -- "Green Lantern." As we said sometime last week, this summer is less complicated when it comes to comic book fare, with two of the three films based on graphic novels being solid gold hits regardless of anything, namely "The Dark Knight Rises" and "The Avengers."

'The Amazing Spider-Man' Preview In 3D Looks Dark, Epic, Funny & Winning

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 6, 2012 5:07 PM
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Today in various cities across the globe (and linked, through the magic of technology, seamlessly), Sony presented a smattering of footage from July's hotly anticipated reboot "The Amazing Spider-Man," as well as the brand new (3D!) trailer. While much of the footage seems fairly familiar, with many of the same story beats being hit from Sam Raimi's original 2002 iteration, there were enough surprises to hold our interest, and visually the movie appears to be absolutely ravishing -- deep and immersive in ways most 3D movies lack.

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