So, after months and months of speculation, Tom Holland has officially been announced as Spider-Man. What’s funny is that I thought Asa Butterfield was Peter Parker for months now. I thought that Marvel was doing what Marvel does: hold their cards close to their chest and give nothing away. They had been trying to find Peter Parker forever and there have been lots of reports saying that there were five actors in the running.
Well, it has now been announced that Holland has landed the job. This is probably the most important casting in the MCU. Sony partnered with Marvel to bring in that legitimacy and Marvel magic to the Spider-Man franchise. Sony gave up a LOT of control after the debacle known as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and for good reason. The film was terrible, the company was floundering and they had taken such a nosedive. Spider-Man was becoming the hot girl in high school you see at your 10 year reunion: overweight with kids, messed up hair, divorced but still wants to party like she’s a teenager. Then Marvel, the right person at the right time, swoops in and creates real direction for her. We think that this is the right move but we’re just in the recovery stage of this. If Marvel fails at Spider-Man, their biggest property, how many other studios and companies (Fox anyone?) will be willing to work with Marvel in the future?
Sony needs this to try and build up their film studio again. They need Spider-Man to not only be a financial success but a critical one as well. They need this franchise, especially since their contract for the Bond films is set to expire soon. We know by the email hacks last December that Sony is in trouble and this could be the boost they need.
For Marvel, Spider-Man is their biggest name. Spider-Man has been carrying that company for the better part of 40 years. Think about that: Spider-Man has led Marvel through 7 presidents, two Middle Eastern wars, the Cold War and half of the life of a Twinkie. This is their guy. This is their Wayne Gretsky, Michael Jordan, Babe Ruth and Muhammad Ali all rolled into one. Sam Raimi helped put Spider-Man into a new medium: film. Now, superhero films (in part thanks to Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise) are the biggest films of the day. Marvel has done great with characters the general public wasn’t aware of pre-2008 (Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and Guardians of the Galaxy) but now they get their prize fighter back.
Anyway, this casting was huge for Sony and Marvel. So it’s not a surprise that there was some disagreements on who to cast. I still think Marvel has known whom they wanted but it was not the same person that Sony wanted. There have been reports that the two sides were wanting different actors (Sony wanting Holland and Marvel wanting Charlie Rowe).
I think Holland did a great job for himself by posting short videos of his athleticism on Instagram (see below). I don’t think it was the straw that broke the camel’s back but it made a few people turn their heads. Personally, while I think it’s great that the guy has some athletic talent it means nothing about his acting. You can find stunt doubles to do the action but you need a great actor to pull this role off.
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He is young enough for the part and he will be seen as the future of Marvel. I’m glad they got a kid to play Parker. Look, I liked both Maguire and Garfield’s depictions of Peter Parker but it will be nice to have Parker be in high school now. Now the rumors will start of a Spider-Man cameo in Captain America: Civil War.
Spider-Man will get his own solo film on July 28, 2017. Captain America: Civil War comes out on May 6, 2016.
OK, so I’m lucky enough to be able to attend the San Diego Comic Con this year. While I’m bummed that Marvel, Sony and Paramount will not be there I’ll be fine with Warner Bros./DC and Legendary. You know what? I’m really excited about their panel. This Warcraft film has had such little buzz or coverage and it is going to be released next year. This isn’t like Batman v. Superman or Captain America: Civil War or Suicide Squad. We aren’t getting daily photos from the set of Warcraft, even though they have a great director (Duncan Jones, Moon), good cast (Ben Foster, Paula Patton and Dominic Cooper) and great special effects company (Industrial Lights and Magic) working on it. So, I’m pretty surprised that we have seen only a few photos and a couple of posters so far.
That’s why it’s exciting that Legendary will be at SDCC. They will probably be there to promote the film and also be able to *maybe* show a trailer? That’s what I really want to see.
For how big Warcraft is and with how big of a deal this film is, I’m surprised there isn’t much buzz. On the other hand, there have been only bad to downright awful video game films so far. We’ve had not God-awful (Resident Evil films, Tomb Raider), So-Bad-It’s-Good (Mortal Kombat, House of Dead and Street Fighter), I Want Those 2 Hours Back (Need for Speed, Hitman, Max Payne), All Copies Should Be Publically Burned (Wing Commander, Postal) to Uwe Boll (seriously, why don’t the Razzies have a special award called the Uwe Boll Award?). Then there’s Mario Bros., which is probably the worst video game film and the first.
Maybe it isn’t a surprise that this film hasn’t been getting buzz. Why should we (the general public) care about another video game film if all the others have been bad?
Anyway, I’m confident that Warcraft and Assassin’s Creed will change that. The group behind both projects seem very promising. Now let’s get a trailer for Warcraft!
While it’s not surprising, Ben Affleck will be directing the solo Batman film. It doesn’t even have an official name but we know that Affleck will also be starring in it. It was pretty obvious that he would be directing this. I actually like to see Affleck become so invested in the DCCU. I like it because the guy has become a vast improved actor and film maker since Daredevil in 2003. He has won an Oscar for Argo and has worked on and acted in Gone, Baby Gone, Gone Girl and The Town. He has really shown what he can do as an actor and as a director.
I was never on board with the Affleck hate when he was announced. I say give him another chance; he has certainly earned it since Daredevil.
Batman is set to have its own solo film in November, 2018.
That’s what I got for today! See you all tomorrow.