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‘The Flash’: Sam Raimi, Marc Webb Pass On Directing; Billy Crudup Exits
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Well, that was fast. We just learned that Sam Raimi was on a shortlist of potential directors to helm The Flash. Robert Zemeckis and Matthew Vaughn are also among the top names.

But just after that list was reported, word is that Raimi has taken himself out of the running. And that’s just the beginning. Another potential director we didn’t know about, Marc Webb, is also passing. It appears that Barry Allen will be without a father in the standalone film as well, as Billy Crudup has also dropped out. More on these stories below.

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‘Gifted’ Trailer: Chris Evans Plays A Different Kind Of Superhero
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Gifted Starring Chris Evans

Chris Evans has taken up the shield as Captain America for the past five years, but now the actor will be playing a different kind of hero. Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer for Marc Webb‘s Gifted, a heartwarming film that centers on Frank (Evans), a single parent who’s raising Mary (Mckenna Grace), his 7-year-old niece who just so happens to be a math prodigy.

While he does his best to honor his late sister’s wish of giving her a normal life, he is put at odds with his mother (Lindsay Duncan), who wants to enroll Mary in a special program for gifted students. Check out the trailer below.

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Sony Sets Release Dates For ‘Sinister Six,’ ‘Amazing Spider-Man 3,’ ‘Uncharted’
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Sinister Six

A year ago Sony Pictures Entertainment had such high hopes for their rebooted Spider-Man franchise. Production on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was moving forth without a hitch and early footage from the blockbuster sequel screened at the 2013 San Diego Comic-Con to an enthusiastic response. Back in December the studio was so certain that it was going to be the biggest movie of this summer, if not 2014, that they announced plans to exploit their ownership of the movie rights to the Spider-Man universe by developing spinoffs that would star Spidey villains Venom and the Sinister Six.

The plan originally was for Amazing Spider-Man 2 screenwriters Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci, and Jeff Pinkner to collaborate on the Venom feature, while Cabin in the Woods director Drew Goddard would write and eventually be called upon to direct the Sinister Six movie. Then Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened to withering reviews from critics and less box office than the studio had initially projected. I haven’t seen the second movie in the rebooted series yet but the consensus is that the gluttony of villains, lack of attention paid to the main characters, and an anti-climatic ending that was to have paved the way for the spinoffs are what hurt its chances at the box office. A $706 million worldwide haul is hardly anything to sniff, but Sony was hoping that Amazing Spider-Man 2 would top out at a solid billion and change at the very least.

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Deleted ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Post-Credits Scene Reveals Possible Villain Resurrection
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The mega-budget web-slingin’ sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was crammed from one end of the 35mm film frame to the other with reimagined villains like Electro (Jamie Foxx), the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), and the Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Sony Pictures Entertainment has made crystal clear its intentions to expand their rights to Spider-Man and the various characters in his universe into a cornucopia of spin-offs, including films based on the villains Venom and the Sinister Six.

The studio and director Marc Webb embedded clues in Amazing Spider-Man 2 hinting at the future of the main franchise and its possible side-quels, but the comic book blockbuster’s end credits sequence was originally supposed to include a scene implying that yet another of Spidey’s adversaries could make a return to terrorize the superhero and the people of New York.

SPOILER WARNING…

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Post-Credits Stinger Will Be ‘X-Men: Days Of Future Past’ Scene
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Spider-Man and the X-Men

(I used to love that game.)

Spider-Man has teamed up with the X-Men countless times in the comics and video games and on Saturday morning television. Yet the odds of the two Marvel Comics properties uniting on the silver screen has long seemed unlikely due to different movie studios owning their rights and being heavily reticent to crossovers.

In a somewhat unprecedented move, however, it’s been revealed that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 will feature as its post-credits highlight a special preview of X-Men: Days of Future Past.

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New ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Images Give Us A Close Look At The New Goblin Glider
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The Spectacular Spider-Man animated series showed us that there was a connection between the Vulture’s Tech Flight Suit and Goblin’s Glider. In the past few trailers we’ve seen for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, we see the mysterious man walk by two high-tech supersuits that resemble Doctor Octopus’ arms and Vulture’s wings.

Now newly released images show how closely related the two are because the resemblance is uncanny. Hit the jump to check out the new images of Dane DeHaan as Green Goblin/Harry Osborn, Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) holding on to some web for dear life, Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) embracing Gwen Stacy, The Rhino (Paul Giamatti) preparing for battle, and much more.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Final Trailer Wants To Catch A Spider
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With the massive marketing that is going into The Amazing Spider-Man 2, one has to ask: is there anything left to see in the theater? The trailers, the clips, the Super Bowl spots, the TV spots, not to mention the viral marketing, makes it feel as though Sony has burned through everything stopping short of showing the entire film.

The third and supposedly final trailer lays down the gauntlet by revealing the three villains that will appear in the film. But before you think being inundated with three villains is going to be Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 all over again, director Marc Webb has said that Rhino (Paul Giamatti) will appear in the film for only a few minutes, and that Max Dillion aka Electro (Jamie Foxx) will be the main villain. The trailer actually does a great job of digging deeper into Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) and Harry Osborn’s (Dane DeHaan) complex friendship.

Hit the jump to watch the final trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man 2.

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‘Amazing Spider-Man 3’ To Be Marc Webb’s Last; James Mangold Shoots ‘Wolverine 3’ After ‘X-Men: Apocalypse’
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There’s the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and then there’s everything else. For everything that falls under the latter, Sony and Fox are trying to establish their own cinematic universes and keep a tight grip on their respective Marvel properties. Sony already has plans to build a universe around the new Amazing Spider-Man franchise by launching spinoff films, while Fox is creating a world around X-Men and Fantastic Four, with the possibility of the two merging into one universe.

With Sony already working on spinoffs, the studio will have to look into finding a new director after The Amazing Spider-Man 3, as it has been confirmed that director Marc Webb will leave the franchise after the trilogy. On the X-Men side of things, The Wolverine director James Mangold confirms that he will begin shooting the tentatively titled The Wolverine 2 after X-Men: Apocalypse. Hit the jump for more.

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SXSW: ‘Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Glut Of Villains Addressed By Marc Webb (Minor Spoilers)
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Marc Webb

As promotional material, trailers, and posters began to emerge for Marc Webb’s upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which featured shots of main villain Electro along with Green Goblin, Rhino, and allusions to Vulture and Doc Ock, fans began to worry, and rightly so, that too many characters were being shoehorned in. Comparisons to Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, which featured Sandman, Venom, and New Goblin, were immediately made and not in a good way.

This weekend at South By SouthWest (SXSW), Webb was at a Q&A where an attendee brought up the Spider-Man 3 comparison and the concerns of the movie being undone by having too many villains. Webb responded in kind, which you read below. This comes with some minor spoilers, so proceed with caution.

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‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’ Super Bowl Spot Part 1 (Video)
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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Super Bowl football field

All week, Sony Pictures has been teasing their upcoming Super Bowl ad spot for their anticipated film, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which comes to theaters this May.

Ahead of the Big Game, the studio has released online the first part of the TV spot. Check out the 39-second video here below. The full spot will be shown during Super Bowl XLVIII on Sunday, February 2, 2014 on FOX.

Directed by Marc Webb, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 stars Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Chris Cooper, Paul Giamatti, Felicity Jones, Martin Sheen, and Colm Feore. The film opens in theaters May 2, 2014.

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