Marc Webb doesn’t regret making the Amazing Spider-Man movies

When the history of superhero movies is written, Marc Webb’s two Amazing Spider-Man movies will likely be an awkward footnote. They left Andrew Garfield “heartbroken,” and franchise hopes were ultimately squandered when Marvel Studios decided to step in and take over, rebooting Spidey once again. But, when asked about…

Mouth-breathing bystanders in superhero movies love staring upwards

“Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird! It’s a plane!” Those iconic words, heard in each episode of The Adventures Of Superman, established a clear precedent for the superhero genre. Civilians exist in these stories mainly to be rescued from danger and to gaze in slack-jawed bewilderment at the costumed crime fighters…

Sally Field doesn’t give much of a shit about Spider-Man, either

It’s a good week for celebrities sincerely not giving a shit about the beloved franchises in which they appear. Hot on the heels of Ian McShane applying his own leathery brand of calculus to HBO’s Game Of Thrones and coming up with “tits and dragons” as the series’ core components, Sally Field has gone on The Howard…

Exclusive Marvel preview: The gorgeous “Learning To Crawl” concludes in Amazing Spider-Man #1.5

When Marvel announced the five-part “Learning To Crawl” miniseries delving into unrevealed events from Peter Parker’s first days as Spider-Man, there were some immediate questions. To start, why was it being published as Amazing Spider-Man #1.1-#1.5? And did Peter’s past really need revisiting again? The answer to the…

As unthinkable as it is, there might not be any Spider-Man movies for a while

When a couple breaks up and starts dividing their once-shared belongings—I’ll keep the TV, you keep the cat, etc.—some items will inevitably get lost in the shuffle. It could be a stack of CDs, some matching mugs, or even a series of Spider-Man movies. It happens to every couple, even a couple that is just a team of…

Marvel characters band together in this massive mash-up fan trailer

The Marvel Cinematic Universe—Marvel Studios’ attempt at creating a shared reality for their incredibly lucrative stable of characters to punch and blow each other up in—has produced a steady stream of surprisingly great summer blockbusters, most of which have benefited greatly from the added depth of shared…

Amazing Spider-Man 2 has a post-credits sequence you can only watch on your phone

This Friday, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will offer an annoying twist to the already annoying post-credits teaser phenomenon: You can only watch it if you “Shazam” the end credits. Clearly Sony is confused, because the name of Shaquille O’Neal’s film isn’t “Shazam.” It’s Kazaam.