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Discuss: Why One Size Does Not Fit All For Superhero Franchises & Where Sony Went Wrong With ‘Amazing Spider-Man’

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2014 4:00 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man
Though they've been made since the very beginning of the medium, studios are still learning how to craft sequels. Follow-ups used to be frowned upon, perceived as nakedly commercial tactics that frequently didn't involve the participants of the originals. Then they became elaborate, ongoing serialized stories, ones where filmmakers were permitted to present a full saga in chapters. And now, “franchises” have become something else, a lifeblood of Hollywood, one that has flummoxed Sony in regards to the “Spider-Man” movies.

Would It Have Been Better? Dropped Plot Details And Characters For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' Emerge

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 17, 2014 12:11 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Earlier this year we broke down The Best & The Worst Of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2," and needless to say, there was a lot more of the latter than the former. And as with any big budget tentpole, particularly one racing to get into theaters two years after the first entry, a lot of decisions had to be made about which new characters to introduce, and which others were worth saving for down the road. One of the decisions that grabbed the most headlines was dropping Shailene Woodley's brief appearance as Mary Jane Watson altogether. But as it turns out, there were lots more little things that got shaved away as the movie was written and shot.

Roberto Orci Officially Leaves ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’; Series Could Be In Limbo

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • July 12, 2014 10:52 AM
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Amazing Spider-Man 2
“Where there’s smoke there’s fire.” I kinda hate that term because it always lends credence to every damn rumor out there (the recent Gus Van Sant/”Death Note” rumor of late is false and premature, for example). But maybe it applies here. A few weeks ago it was reported that “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” was going to lose its 2016 date and it may be delayed.

The Worst And Most Disappointing Films Of 2014 So Far

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 1, 2014 2:52 PM
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Worst/Disappointing So Far... 2014
We’ve said it before, notably as a lead-in to our recent Best Films Of The Year So Far feature, but 2014 is looking to be a pretty good year for the movies, with a lot more to celebrate than commiserate being unveiled this past six months. And if we can say that the week that “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is the big release, you know we must really mean it. However, as the song goes, along with all the sunshine, there’s gotta be a little rain sometimes, and how would we even know how great some of our high points were if we didn’t periodically experience the lows? Even in the best years, there’ll be a few films that stick in our various craws, and so in our bi-annual attempt to exorcize those demons, here’s a rundown of the films our staff members most disliked this year, thus far.

Who Are The Remaining Unused Marvel Characters And Could They Make A Viable Movie?

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 25, 2014 3:32 PM
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Marvel Characters That Could Be Movie
What people forget is that while the WB flexes their muscle, Marvel still has a ridiculously untapped listing of characters, both over at Disney as well as other studios like Fox, Universal and Sony.Marvel’s always going to outnumber and outmuscle them in some ways. The WB can only work on making their movies successful on their own terms.

With Rumors Of A Delay For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3,' Is Sony's Biggest Franchise In Trouble?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 13, 2014 9:32 AM
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Amazing Spider-Man 2
Amidst all the hoo-ha about the Warner Bros./DC Comics release schedule that landed yesterday, a little tidbit slipped out about when we might next see a film for one of the big rival superhero franchises. Ahead of the release of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" earlier this summer, Sony announced a summer 2016 release date for "The Amazing Spider-Man 3," and a similar date for "The Amazing Spider-Man 4" in 2018, with "The Sinister Six" and "Venom" spin-offs also planned at some point.

Box-Office: 'X-Men Days Of Future Past' Soars To $90 Million Memorial Day Weekend Opening

  • By The Playlist
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  • May 25, 2014 2:08 PM
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X-Men: Days Of Future Past
In order to convey that the X-Men are smaller, less-known characters in the Marvel Universe compared to The Avengers and The Amazing Spider-Man, director Bryan Singer has been given to describe the “X-Men” of late as the “bastard stepchild of the comic-book universe.” And while the X-Men are far from underground or on the fringes, perhaps Singer’s comments do have a tiny bit of merit. While his latest X-picture, “X-Men: Days Of Future Past,” did open to $90.7 million this weekend, that’s far below the forecasted $100+ million the soaring reviews helped project; the film did fall below the opening weekend gross of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Godzilla,” and even the poorly reviewed “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” So yes, ‘Days Of Future Past’ had the 2nd best opening weekend of an X-men movie ever (after "X-Men: The Last Stand"), but relatively, it’s the lowest opening weekend gross of all the summer blockbusters thus far.

Box Office: 'Neighbors' Knocks Down The Door With Big #1 Opening

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 11, 2014 12:10 PM
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Neighbors
It looks like Spider-Man's biggest villains this weekend were Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. The duo's "Neighbors" knocked Sony's superhero from the top slot with a big $51 million opening.

Marc Webb Wants Villain Kraven The Hunter For 'The Amazing Spider-Man 3,' Talks Film's Memorable Finale

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2014 5:58 PM
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Spider-Man Kraven
So, "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" is in the bag—and we broke down everything that didn't work (and did)—so might as well start talking about "The Amazing Spider-Man 3." The film is due in theatres in 2016, and naturally, director Marc Webb is already being asked about what's to come. With 'TASM2' laying down the seeds for Sinister Six, it would seem Webb has a slew of options, but it's actually another character—one who hasn't received a big screen incarnation yet—that he'd really like to bring to the table.

Petition Started For "Director's Cut" Of 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' In The Hopes That It Will Be Better Than Theatrical Cut

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2014 4:20 PM
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Even though "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" topped the box office the weekend, the Rotten Tomatoes, Metacritic and CinemaScore grades for the film were all down from the first entry in the new series. This afternoon, we broke down all the ways Marc Webb's film went wrong (and few things it got right), but one fan is taking his displeasure a bit further.

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