Spider-Man Returns to Marvel; New Movie Coming in 2017

In a reboot of the “Spider-Man” franchise, Sony Pictures Entertainment has announced a new partnership with Marvel Studios that brings the popular superhero into the Marvel universe.

A new Spider-Man film will hit theaters on July 28, 2017.

Sony has owned the feature rights to comic book character since 1999, when Marvel sold them for $7 million.

According to the deal, Sony and Marvel will cast a new Spidey after Andrew Garfield starred in the last two films, “The Amazing Spider-Man” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” Tobey Maguire played Peter Parker in the previous three installments for Sony.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce the rebooted Spider-Man with Amy Pascal, who recently stepped down as co-chairman of Sony in a new producer deal. She oversaw the $4 billion Spider-Man franchise for over 13 years at the studio.

Captain America: Civil War’ Super Bowl Ad Forces The Avengers To Choose A Side

 

 

Well, I guess we did end up with a Captain America: Civil War Super Bowl commercial after all, even if it’s before the big game. We got one for Captain America: The Winter Soldier back in 2014, which in turn led right into the second trailer for the film, but there is no reason to play 2-for-1 this time out with a frankly higher-profile sequel. And moreover, since the gimmick this time out is go small as much as possible (I’m assuming the big explosion scene is from the film’s inciting incident, but that’s a presumption), it makes sense to leave tonight’s sell at the thirty-second spot mark and leave the second trailer for the likes of Zootopia or Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

By the way, if Dawn of Justice ends up being lousy (I am still hopeful that it is not) and Walt Disney DIS -1.23% does wait for said premiere to drop the next trailer, then we’ll have a situation not unlike August 2012 when Sony dropped their spectacular Skyfall trailer with Universal’s truly terrible The Bourne Legacy. I wrote back then, somewhat tongue-in-cheek, that Sony should have played said Skyfall trailer AFTER The Bourne Legacy as a kind of “Wow, that stunk, but this one is gonna knock your socks off!” showmanship.

Anyway, this pre-Super Bowl spot is only a little less low-key and small(er)-scale as the trailer that debuted in the run-up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Said trailer certainly felt small compared to the third Dawn of Justice trailer or the likes of Warcraft, The Jungle Book, and X-Men: Apocalypse, but that’s arguably the point. As I’ve discussed here and there, it is of paramount importance that this film be treated as not Avengers 2.5 but rather Captain America 3. Disney and Marvel don’t want box office expectations leaning towards the $1.4 billion/$1.5 billion Avengers movies but rather the $714 million-grossing Captain America: The Winter Soldier. And that arguably goes for quality perceptions as well.

Without going into critic-y nitpicks, I think we can agree that most critics/pundits liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier more than Avengers: Age of Ultron. So from a quality and business standpoint, it is utterly in Marvel’s interest to sell this as a third Captain America movie as opposed to a new Avengers installment. So as such the focus has been on character drama and real-world action sequences. Interestingly enough, save for characters with super strength and a beat with a man inside a computer, The Winter Soldier was as “real world” as a Fast/Furious or Mission: Impossible movie. And that’s the sell we’re getting here, with character drama and mostly real-world action between would-be superheroes.

It will be interesting to see to what extent Marvel offers up what presumably will be the third-act threat that brings our heroes back together, assuming the film doesn’t end with everyone in true disarray. Yes, I would hope that the film may have the courage to do what Age of Ultron would not, which is end with our heroes not necessarily on the same page going forward, at least until everyone gets back together for Infinity War. But there is still a potential concern about reassuring parents that the film doesn’t end with Iron Man and Captain America bloodily pummeling each other to death or what-not, which is why Warner Bros./Time Warner TWX -5.11% Inc. gave away the third act threat that unites its heroes in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Netflix Confirms ‘Gilmore Girls’ Revival, Original Cast Returning

Gilmore Girls” is officially returning.

Following speculation and many reports, Netflix confirmed that the beloved series will be revived — and with original stars Lauren Graham, Alexis Bledel, Scott Patterson and Kelly Bishop. A premiere date or title has not been set.

While Netflix is not commenting on the structure of the show or the episodic order, sources tell Variety the revival will be comprised of four separate 90-minute installments, rather than a typical television series, as previously reported.

“Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is back for the reboot, along with her husband and producing/writing partner Daniel Palladino who served as a writer, director and exec producer on the show that ran from 2000 to 2007. The duo is attached to write and direct the reboot, which Netflix has dubbed the “final season.”

Also returning from the original series are cast members Sean Gunn and Keiko Agena.

For Netflix, the project will serve as a boost to the streaming giant’s growing nostalgia-themed programming, joining “Full House” revival “Fuller House,” which is also returning with the original cast.

Netflix’s “Gilmore Girls” revival hails from Dorothy Parker Drank Here Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.