I did not rush out to see The Amazing Spider-Man in theaters during its initial release, but apparently enough people did to warrant nearly $700 million in ticket sales and a sequel. I tried to like this movie, I really did … but in the end it came across as a petulant money grab from Sony. But last weekend I found myself with a free Red Box rental code … and figured “why they hell not?”
The Amazing Spider-Man was billed as the “untold story of Spider-Man’s origin” which was annoying and completely unnecessary. Back during its release, some enterprising denizens of the Interweb were able to put together the pieces from trailers and other released promotional material of this ‘untold origin’ that never made it to final cut. At one point my wife turns to me and says, “I feel like I’ve seen this movie before’ and she’s right … we all have.
Overall, The Amazing Spider-Man was a hackneyed, disappointing and ultimately unnecessary movie. While there was some really neat visuals, they did not make me forget that I really enjoyed seeing this movie in 2002 when Sam Raimi directed it.
Hey remember how fans were genuinely excited to see GI JOE: Retaliation this June? Paramount decided that instead of capitalizing on the buzz by pushing the release back NINE MONTHS to post convert the film to 3D.
The only good to come of this is that GI JOE: Retaliation will be coming out on my birthday, March 29, 2013. I’d like to echo something Rob brought up over at Topless Robot:
And what about Hasbro? Did they get any say in this? Aren’t G.I. Joe: Retaliation toys on toy shelves right now? These figures have been produced and shipped and stocked months ago; Hasbro can’t ask retail stores if they mind putting all their shit in the back until March. I wonder if Paramount has to pay Hasbro some kind of restitution for the loss they’ll incur on the Retaliation figures without an in-theaters movie to promote them, or if Hasbro is just getting totally fucked.
Hasbro is absolutely getting fucked in this. Retaliation toys have indeed started to show up at retail, and now what? Will Hasbro end up pulling everything back? Possibly … but there isn’t anything else for them to put out. I just can’t get over how exceedingly stupid of a move this is with a little over a month to go before the film’s release. I do understand one thing though, Paramount took a huge loss on Battleship … and may just be looking to write off 2012 in hopes of 2013 being a better year with Retaliation and Star Trek XII on the schedule.
Sony has released the trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man online just in time for it to run ahead of The Avengers in theaters this weekend. I’ll be honest, between The Avengers and The Dark Knight … I’ve kind of forgot about this one.
This trailer has some new footage, mainly of bad guy The Lizard (in his lab coat even!) and what appears to be a glimpse of the “final battle”. I must admit, this trailer definitely has me interested despite two major misgivings I have about this film.
The first being that I’m still not sold on the look of the suit, it’s too modern for my liking. The second item being that I’m not a big fan of this “we’re telling the untold story” angle. Look, we know it’s a reboot so just call it a reboot.
Overall, I think it looks pretty darn entertaining and I’ll be willing to give it a shot once it hits theaters July 4th weekend.
Hallmark has a very good track record in terms of licensing and producing nerdy Keepsake Ornaments. They’ve been producing Star Trek ornaments since 1991 (I have a good portion of them). In that time we’ve seen them branch out to DC and Marvel characters and a few random properties along the way, like Star Wars, Ghostbusters and Tron Legacy. This Christmas, Hallmark is looking to break the banks of fans and collectors with their very, very nerdy lineup featuring the likes of: Back To The Future, The Avengers, Lion O from The Thundercats, The Amazing Spider-Man, Star Trek: The Next Generation, and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
With other LEGO Avengers sets starting to show up on store shelves ahead of the April 8th release date, scans of the catalogs featuring future Marvel LEGO releases. And HOLY SHIT THERE’S GOING TO BE AN IRON FIST MINIFIGURE!!!
I was completely unaware that a Spider-Man set would be forthcoming, but there is no way in hell I will be passing up an opportunity to own a mini Iron Fist. There are few characters int the Marvel Universe that I truly love more than the Immortal Iron Fist. So after celebrating the rebirth of your Lord & Savior Jesus Christ this Easter Sunday … head to your local big box store and grab up some Marvel LEGO!
I will freely admit that I’m a Spider-Man fanboy. Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man movies hit right as I was getting back into comics after a long time away. We can all agree that by the time Spider-Man 3 hit, the magic was gone from the franchise. I will forever be haunted by the images of Emo Dancing Street Strutting Peter Parker (somehow HASBRO missed out on making an action figure of that). A fresh take was needed on the character, and I’m glad that Sam Raimi stepped aside.
So about this trailer. I will spare you the frame by frame analysis, I’ll leave that to the darker corners of the Interwebz. I will however outline my hits and misses:
A real person swinging around as Spider-Man, I understand that CGI needs to be used, but in-camera effects FTMFW
Emma Stone looks like she stepped out of the pages of a Steve Ditko issue of Amazing Spider-Man. It’s uncanny.
MECHANICAL WEBSHOOTERS #$%%^&&!!
The Reptile is the villain, finally!
I’m not really liking the look of Reptile, what happened to his snout? Why does he look like Killer Croc?
The suit … I’m a purist and I know this sounds like a nitpick, but there are few costumes that you do not mess around with and Spider-Man is on that list.
It’s being billed as “the untold story”, I just don’t want a long drawn out origin story. I’m pretty sure my mom and grandmom know how Peter Parker became Spider-Man.
Call me cautiously optimistic about this one, The Amazing Spider-Man hits theaters July 3rd, 2012.