[contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron]
Last week a list of five young actors in the running for Spider-Man hit the web, and already sources are saying Asa Butterfield will be the one to take on the power with great responsibility.
The others on the list were Nat Wolff, Tom Holland, Liam James, and Timothee Chalamet.
Reporting that Butterfield already has the part is the Latino-Review, so it isn’t exactly Entertainment Weekly breaking the scoop, but they claim industry insiders believe he already has the role and “Marvel has liked him since day one”
In other Spider-Man news, it is rumoured his first stand alone film, after a appearance in Captain America: Civil War, will be titled “Spider-Man: The New Avenger”, which makes a lot of sense considering at the end of Avengers: Age of Ultron we see Scarlett Witch, The Vision, War Machine, and Falcone in training as the newest additions to the team. Also in Phase Three will be introduced to Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel, Black Panther, so that title for the next Spider-Man wouldn’t be extremely shocking.
Can we all just be glad Marvel use subtitles so we don’t end up with Spider-Man, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3 or The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The follow up to the highly successful X-Men: Days Of Future Past has started filming, giving us our first look at Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Kodi Smit-McPhee, and Lana Condor.
Writer and producer of the new film, Simon kinberg, stated in Empire Magazine this month the the younger versions of iconic X-Men members are “as much a part of the movie as our main cast” and that “Scott is not yet the squeaky-clean leader. Storm is a troubled character who is going down the wrong path in life. And Jean is complex, interesting and not fully mature. It’s fun to see someone struggling with their powers when you know one day they’ll become the most powerful person in the world.”
X-Men: Apocalypse will be in cinemas May 26, 2016
Furious 7 has now became the fifth highest grossing film of all time. Only James Cameron’s Titanic and Avatar, Marvel’s The Avengers, and the final Harry Potter film stand in its way. So a lot of people have gone to see Paul Walker’s final movie. I have also seen the action film, but took a long time to do so.
In the three weeks between the films release and getting to see it, I was on social media constantly, and if anyone had mentioned parts of the film, well that’s my own darn fault for one, not seeing the film soon enough, and two, being stupid enough to go on sites that may reveal things about the plot when I hadn’t seen it yet. Luckily I wasn’t spoiled, and I was able to enjoy the film for what it was, but recent events have got me thinking: have we lost track of what a spoiler really means?
To me a spoiler is when something is revealed about a television show or movie ahead of it’s release date. I’ll use my beloved reality show Survivor as an example (yes, Survivor is still on TV. Fifteen years strong!). Survivor films it’s seasons well in advance, sometimes taking up to eight months to air after the events actually happened in some deserted South Pacific island. In the past the order of when people are voted out have been released before the season even starts. That is a spoiler! When I see tweets about the episode after it has aired in Australia, that is not a spoiler, as I can’t expect the world to stop for me. Even though it does suck when I have been stupid enough to go on Twitter straight after the episode aired on the East Coast of the United States, it’s nobodies fault but mine.
The incident much like the second example I explained happened to my sister when she posted about the most recent episode of Grey’s Anatomy on Instagram, a good 48 hours after the episode had aired. Half a dozen people screamed “spoiler” and that she “ruined it”, but what was she meant to do? Wait a week? A month? A year? That’s ridiculous!
As I said, stay away from social media if you actually care about seeing something before you hear it from someone else. It’s called social media for a reason. People are always going to be talking. So if you don’t want to spoil shows for yourself, and you don’t see it straight away, it might be best to stay offline.
Second month in, and I still haven’t started Rebels. I really should, after that season final that got all of the internet talking. I have a bit to report on though. Here we go:
Darth Vader Issue #1 – Salvador Larroca is an incredible artist. I loved the two page spread of Darth Vader in front of Jabba with those in Jabba’s Palace behind him. The story was good enough for me to want to see more, but I never got around to buying issue #2.
Princess Leia Issue #1 – I read a tweet about someone feeling okay but not great about this one about a hour before I read it. Safe to say I agreed with him. I was interested in the mini series, but the plot that was set up here, is so less compelling that Star Wars and Darth Vader.
The Empire Strikes Back commentary – Last week I listened to a commentary for a Star Wars film for the first time. Interesting stuff. this is what I learn’t:
We have a episode number in the opening crawl, as it wasn’t allowed for A New Hope, which made George mad. Irvin Kershner first said no to directing. He was also mad.
Irvin wanted to take a more serious tone than George’s ANH, and thank god he did. He wanted humour, he wanted emotion, he wanted character depth. He also loved to fill the screen, something that is noticeable when watching.
Irvin found it amusing we were watching a love story that goes nowhere, to be resolved in Return Of The Jedi.
George says killing off Obi-Wan in ANH lead to Yoda, and he knew they needed something alien like for the long talk scenes. He says doing those scenes were incredible hard, having to block scenes around a puppet. A major reason they went digital latter. The “there is another” line is to show that Luke could die, and that is expandable, unlike someone such as Superman.
Carrie Fisher says they had to take aa two hour break while filming the prison scene with Lando, because it got so heated.
These are my predictions for the awards. Most of the films I haven’t seen but sometimes a prediction can be an educated guess right?
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
The Theory Of Everything
My Pick: Boyhood
While we have all been talking about this for a while, I like many, thought it was exactly that. Just talk. But it looks like Spider-Man will be coming to the MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe) without Sony giving up the rights to the character. Most are speculating he will now appear in next year’s Captain America: Civil War, and could make future appearances in Avengers: Infinity War.
Here is the statement from Marvel”:
“Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.
The Force Awakens (December)
The hype for this film is massive. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen the amount of press and speculation about a film in my life time. The first thought I had when another trilogy was announced was, if this goes bad, it’s gonna be really bad. As in, Star Wars fans take things super seriously, and something tiny could ruin the film for them. But so far, everyone has been super positive about it, which is a good sign.
Age of Ultron (July)
The first Avengers film took me by surprise. At the time I hadn’t seen any of the five Marvel films that had proceeded it, but I absolutely loved it. And as most sequels go, this one will be bigger and better. On the flip side, some sequels are terrible, but that won’t be the case with this one. With the incredible Joss Whedon in charge we have nothing to worry about. Plus he has been taking inspiration from The Empire Strikes back, only the greatest sequel of all time.
Songs of Experience (Probably not even 2015, more like 2018, because this is U2, right?)
The most hated album of the year was one of my favourites, and ever since Bono mentioned a follow up, I’ve been wanted more from U2.
untitled 7th Kanye album (some time soon)
All through out 2014, there was meant to be a new Kanye West album. We got to end of the year and we had nothing. Now in 2015, it’s looking like a full album will be coming sooner rather than latter, now that a new single “Only One” with Paul McCartney has been released.
Game Of Thrones (April)
The worlds most downloaded show is back again. While I like shows with shorter seasons like Thrones (10 episodes a season), the ten month gap is painful. Luckily the wait is close to over.
Parks & Recreation (January)
NBC’s last decent comedy is nearly over, and they will be missed by many. Blink and you might miss the final season as it will be all over by the end of Febuary. Then all we will have is our memories Lil Sebastian (RIP Lil Sebastian).
If you have nothing happening this Sunday afternoon, I have one piece of advice. Get yourself to your nearest movie cinema and go watch Boyhood. I don’t want to say to much about the film, but it was amazing watching the process of the story being crafted over twelve years, and the young actor going from a boy to a man. If you don’t believe me, just listen to the parade of critics giving the film a enormous amount of praise. Richard Roeper went as far to say it was “one of the greatest films he had ever seen”.
MGM’S 1939 adaption of The Wizard of Oz is one of the all time classics. A film that can be enjoyed by children and adults alike, is as well received now as it was seventy five years ago. It’s astonishing that Dorothy walking into Munchkin land gives the same response, of excitement and thrill from the audience, as when Harry walks into the magical Great Hall at Hogwarts, and Oz was made a long time before anybody ever uttered the letters “CGI”.
From all my research into the making of The Wizard of Oz, I’ve never been able the find the answer I’ve been looking for, and that is why in the film was Oz changed to part of a dream Dorothy had after getting knocked out, unlike in the books by L. Frank Baum, where Oz is a real place that Dorothy eventually returns to.