We live in a pretty exciting time. Later this year – in a few months to be exact – the Amazing Spider-Man will swing his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sure, the character debuted in last year’s Captain America: Civil War, but July’s Spider-Man: Homecoming will mark the character’s official arrival. The new film will star Tom Holland – who won the Rising Star BAFTA Award – as the iconic character. Holland’s role in Civil War was one of the movie’s most praised components; literally everyone adored his interpretation of Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
The character is one of the most successful on film; with five films under his belt, the Spider-Man property has grossed over $3.9 billion worldwide (not including Civil War). Of course, the character was previously portrayed by Tobey Maguire – in Sam Raimi’s trilogy – and Academy Award-nominated actor, Andrew Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man films.
If you hop on Twitter or Facebook, “who is the best Spider-Man” is a debate that is constantly going on. Well, producer, Amy Pascal, has shared her thoughts on who she feels is the best Spider-Man:
“Well I love all my Spider-Men, and they all have different qualities that I think are really special. The thing that they all are is that they’re all f*cking awesome actors. Whether it was Tobey, or Andrew or Tom, they can act like crazy. And I think that’s been a really important thing.”
Okay, she kinda cheated. In all honesty, I think all three actors are so vastly different. It is hard to compare Garfield to Maguire, and Maguire to Holland. Every interpretation has been quite unique and solid. Holland has said that he used both actors’ versions of Spidey when it came to developing his own performance. Pascal went on to say:
“I think youth was really important. We tried to find somebody who wasn’t English, but, there you are. We wanted somebody who looked like Peter Parker, and somebody who we’d have empathy for and who was trying really hard.”
So, how do you guys feel? Who is your favourite Spider-Man – so far? I think all three have been pretty awesome. You can check out Holland’s performance as Spider-Man when Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theatres on July 7th.
6 Ways Sony Can Make ‘Venom’ Actually Good
A while ago, it was announced that Sony was interested in revisiting the Venom property after featuring the character in the contentious Spider-Man 3, with the intent to have a new franchise that wouldn’t necessarily be tied to the current cinematic iteration of Spider-Man. Progress on that stalled when it turned out that Sony would be placing emphasis on developing an animated movie instead; While news on that movie has steadily been released, Venom seemed to be put on the back-burner for a while. Now, in what appears to be a knee-jerk reaction to Aquaman moving to take Avatar 2‘s planned release date, Sony has suddenly announced that the Venom project is back in business, and will be arriving on the same day that Aquaman was originally going to be released.
Naturally, this has left a lot of fans with concerns, particularly with the team that’s producing Venom – Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, the duo behind the unnecessary The Amazing Spider-Man reboot series that caved in on its second installment and indirectly led to Sony’s decision to re-reboot into a much more accurate and well-received take on Peter Parker into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures as a company has been taking a lot of flak for a number of creative decisions recently, such as greenlighting the already-maligned animated feature The Emoji Movie and deciding to cancel the Ghostbusters III film that was in development in the late 2000s in favor of pushing out a reboot with a half-assed script, a decision that the contributed greatly to Sony’s billion-dollar write-off for their film division last year when their would-be mega-franchise came up incredibly short. They’re not exactly in the best place right now as a company, and it’s going to be a while before Spider-Man: Homecoming (hopefully) puts them in a better position as far as their tentpoles are concerned.
But there’s still a chance for Venom to defy expectations and actually turn out to be a good movie. The easiest option for Sony would be to wait a bit and cooperate with Marvel Studios before thinking about putting the Lethal Protector in one of their movies – since it’s very likely that Spider-Man will get the Symbiote in Avengers: Infinity War, and Venom will probably play a part in their own plans – but given the divide between Arad and Marvel Studios following his departure from the company, this does not seem likely. Operating on the presumption that Venom will be set outside of the MCU’s continuity – which ultimately may not be the case – here are 6 things that Sony must do to make sure that they get the villain/anti-hero right this time.