Movies based on Marvel characters have been comparatively successful of late – compared to a diamond mine, that is. The strategy from Marvel, to form its own Entertainment division and work with Disney to create a universe rather than just a film, is paying off in a major way. And that success is limited to the Marvel Studios.
Sony continues to churn out Spider-Man movies, while Fox holds on to the rights of several Marvel characters, most notably the X-Men and Fantastic Four. Regardless of the studio behind it, Marvel characters are hot in films right now. We’ve accumulated all the news and rumors of the upcoming Marvel characters for you to sort through. Check back often, as we will continue to update this page.
This article will contain minor spoilers, so if you are hoping to remain completely unspoiled, this might not be the page for you. Otherwise, just choose from one of the upcoming films below or take look at all the upcoming DC films, both rumored and confirmed.
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2, 2014)
(This article was original published on July 6, 2013. Any updates or additional news will be posted with the date of the update next to them.)
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (May 2, 2014)
Paul Giamatti can be seen in some shots as Aleksei Sysevich, a Russian mobster in the film, and the character that would become the Rhino in the comics. Later shots and glimpses from the trailers seem to confirm that he will play the Rhino, and the “Rhino” itself is a mech-like suit.
More revealing though, are the shots of Jamie Foxx as Max Dillion, aka Electro. The images confirm that the film’s Electro will be modeled on the Ultimate Electro, who rather than wearing a gaudy yellow costume is instead himself electric blue. Leaked images also confirm that the story will be set around Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey’s high school graduation. Surprisingly, the film will also feature a third villain in the form of Green Goblin, but it appears that this Goblin will be Harry Osborn (Dane DeHann), rather than his father Norman (Chris Cooper), who looks to be deathly ill.
- Sony has announced that there will be a third and fourth Spider-Man film, debuting on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018 respectively. It may be that the story director Marc Webb and Sony initially envisioned warranted four movies, but it may also have something to do with ensuring that the rights to the character stick with Sony for a while to come. If Sony does not develop a film based on the property for a set period of time, the rights revert back to Marvel.
- Shailene Woodley was set to appear as Mary Jane in the film, but her role has been cut and pushed to the third and fourth films, presumably due to pacing issues. There are rumors that the role may be recast as well.
- Actress Felicity Jones has been cast in an unknown role, but she will play a villain of sorts, leading many to believe that she will appear as the Black Cat.
- Jones has further gone on record stating that she is playing the “Goblin’s girlfriend – I’m in a relationship with him, and his accomplice.” If the film follows the comics, that could make her Harry Osborn’s girlfriend, Lily Hollister. In the comics, Hollister stumbles upon Norman Osborn’s Green Goblin gear (along with his super strength serum) and becomes the villain Menace. [7/17/13].
- Giamatti will only be in a few scenes, and Webb has called it “a little bit of a tease,” which could mean we’ll see him again in the future. [7/22/13] [7/23/13]
- Harry Osborne and Peter Parker are childhood friends who haven’t seen each other in years. Harry has been at a private boarding school called Ravencroft. In the comics, the Ravencroft Institute is a maximum security prison for the criminally insane. [7/22/13]
- Norman Osborn (Chris Cooper) will be sick throughout the movie, building on the story started in the first film that will likely continue on through the sequels. [7/22/13]
- Webb has hinted that the fourth Spider-Man movie could feature multiple superheroes and be a team-up film. Sony owns the rights to all characters that primarily appear in the Spider-Man comics, so there are a lot of possibilities to introduce lesser known, but still compelling, secondary heroes. That also would fit with the rumors that the super villain team the Sinister Six will be introduced. [7/25/13]
- Jamie Foxx has confirmed that there has been discussion about the possibility of bringing the Sinister Six to the big screen. [9/13/13]
- Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner, screenwriters of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, have been brought back to begin work on the script for the third film. [10/2/13]
- In the film’s Tumblr feed, a faux news article was posted. In it, the name Spencer Smythe was mentioned as the head of Oscorp’s engineering division, which was currently working on a flight harness and robotics. That flight harness is likely going to end up as the Green Goblin’s glider, while the robotics could become “Spider Slayers,” robots that in the comics Spencer Smythe created to destroy Spider-Man. [10/14/13]
- The first full trailer has arrived. [12/6/13]
- The international trailer shows that the film will have a lighter side, and Peter Parker cracks jokes, just like in the comics. [12/13/13]
- Sony is in the very early stages of developing two Amazing Spider-Man spin-off films, one featuring Venom and another starring the Sinister Six. [12/13/13]
- Colm Feore will appear as Donald Menken, who in the comics is a personal assistant to Norman Osborn. The character of Menken may have been the mysterious person that appeared at the end of the first film representing Oscorp. [1/17/14]
- A new post on the films faux-Daily Bugle Tumblr site has posted a story introducing geneticist Miles Warren. this may simply be color to expand the Spider-Man universe in the yes of its fans, or it may be the first step towards something more. In the comics, Warren became the Jackal. After falling in love with Gwen Stacey, he cloned her, and then Peter Parker leading to a story arc known as “The Clone Sage.” [1/17/14]
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