Confirmed: New Cinematic Spider-Man Will Be Peter Parker, In High School

(Updated) Over the past few months, there has been quite a bit of buzz surrounding the return of Spider-Man to movies in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (for those confused, different companies own the movie rights to several Marvel properties, more on that later). With the upcoming movie, Captain America: Civil War, many were wondering how the story would be told without Spider-Man taking part. Comic aficionados remember that Peter Parker played an integral role, having first sided with Iron Man, and those favoring registration for those with super power, then later changing sides when he realized Captain America and those opposed to registration had pretty good reasons to stand against the program (I won’t go into much detail, because word is the plot in the upcoming movie will diverge significantly from the story in the comics). With Sony owning the rights to Spider-Man, there was no way Marvel could use him in their movie. Fortunately, a deal was struck which benefits both Marvel (allowing them to use Spidey in their movies without having to buy back the rights) and Sony (because they had been doing pretty terribly with making good movies featuring the web-slinger). As soon as the deal was announced, however, the buzz turned from how they’d do Civil War without Spider-Man to who would play him, which incarnation of Spidey it would be (many have donned the mask, and some were hoping it would be Miles Morales, while others were hoping for the original, Peter Parker), and if we’d have to see another origin story. Well, some of those questions have now been answered by Kevin Feige, one of the key players who secured the return of Spidey to the MCU, and the man who will (alongside Amy Pascal) produce the next full Spider-Man movie. In an interview with Collider, Feige confirmed that it would be Peter Parker who would be the web-slinger for the foreseeable future, but that (at least initially), he would be a young Peter Parker “In terms of the age of what we believe Peter Parker is, I’d say 15-16 is right.” Notice he did leave some wiggle room there, but continued “We want to play with Spider-Man in the high school years because, frankly, there’ve been five Spider-Man films, and there are so many things from the comics that haven’t been done yet,” continuing to imply that they want to show a more young and vulnerable side to the young Peter who just doesn’t fit in well as an adolescent. While many people are upset that Miles Morales wasn’t featured (the possibility of this is always open in the future), more are worried that there will be yet another reboot of the series which has already seen two origin stories in recent history. Given that his first appearance is supposed to be in Civil War, however, there isn’t likely to be time for this. Only time will tell how this will play out, however, especially with a full-fledged Spider-Man entry coming on the horizon. Update (23:16): Feige, in a one-on-one interview with CraveOnline clarified “It will not be an origin story.” Further, he noted “In Spider-Man’s very specific case, where there have been two retellings of that origin in the last, whatever it’s been – [thirteen] years – for us we are going to take it for granted that people know that, and the specifics” ...

Geeks Rejoice (Maybe?)! Lionsgate & Comic Con Partnering for On-Demand Programming

Looking to get your fix of sci-fi, fantasy, or comic-related material, but aren’t sure where to look (hint: our site is always a good start)? It looks like an interesting option is about to roll out, as Lionsgate and Comic Con International (the big San Diego Comic Con) have partnered to form a new subscription-based on-demand service which should see the light of day before the year’s end. “The new service will launch with a broad portfolio of content including original short-form content created exclusively for the channel’s subscribers, films and television series from Lionsgate and other studios designed to appeal to the diverse interests of Comic-Con’s fan base as well as exclusive archived footage from Comic-Con’s 45-year history.  As part of the new channel, the two companies will also work closely to make the Comic-Con International Independent Film Festival (CCI-IFF) a 365-day-a-year online event.” Plenty of details were released by their newswire posting, but we’re still waiting for more specifics regarding the content that will be available upon release, what the subscription itself entails, and how much content might cost beyond the subscription fee. If you’re interested in registering for more information on joining the program, you can submit your email address to their site for updates. ...

John Williams Stepping Away from Composing Spielberg’s Latest

-Originally Published 2015-03-18- As noted by The Verge, John Williams will not be scoring the next Steven Spielberg film, only the second time this has occured in 30 years (The Color Purple was the other film). Health issues have forced Williams, the prolific composer, to step back from Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies, but they are still working together on an upcoming rendition of The BFG. While this is surely a sad moment for many of us, it is doubly sad when considering that there is no likely candidate to step into his stead.To be sure, there are many talented composers around, but it seems that we, as a society, are too cool for the soaring scores, filled with sweeping and majestic tones. It generally seems the prevailing mood today is muted, toned down music. Which has it’s place, but is all the more reason to appreciate the impressive body of work put forth by John Williams.John Williams Bio Site John Williams’ Lengthy IMDB Resume ...

Avengers (Trailer) Takes Twitter by Storm

Twitter users were asked to tweet using the hashtag #AvengersAssemble in order to unlock the newest trailer for the upcoming release. Sure, it may be a cheesy promotional gimmick, but I’d say it’s worth it for this. ...

Did Neill Blomkamp Just Confirm He’s Leading Aliens?

-Originally Posted 2015-02-18- This afternoon, in a tweet, the mind behind District 9 and the upcoming Chappie said “Um…So I think it’s officially my next film. #alien instagram.com/p/zQwEQ0qhBq/ “. This is arguably the best news for the franchise in many years. Are you excited? ...

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