Every summer we are bombarded with big movies. The “summer blockbuster” is a concept we are all overly familiar with and it exists because historically, many of the most anticipated and successful movies have been released between May and August. 2016 was no exception, so let’s take a look back at some of the better movies from this past summer.Read More
Back during the summer of 2007, director Sam Raimi’s jam-packed Spider-Man 3 may have earned a hefty $890 million at the worldwide box-office, but what it didn’t earn was the same level of widespread acclaim the first two Spider-Man outings did. Ultimately, Raimi came away disappointed, but was still open to the prospects of a Spider-Man 4. The studio meddling from Sony and demands from producer Avi Arad helped make Spider-Man 3 a big, bloated dud as far as I was concerned, but even as development continued on the follow-up, Sam Raimi became increasingly frustrated at the constant creative disagreements and lackluster screenplay drafts, so he left the project altogether and Sony officially cancelled the film in early 2010.Read More
If you’re a big fan of comic book films like I am, I’m sure we’ve shared a similar frustration over the years of seeing various movie studios rigorously fighting tooth and nail to hold on to the movie rights of all these different Marvel Comics characters, which of course prevents them from ever joining forces on the big screen like they do in the comics. Marvel Studios (now owned by The Walt Disney Company) is where almost any fan will tell you all the characters belong, mainly due to their winning critical track record, loyalty to the spirit of the source material, and the fact that all their separate film franchises connect into one giant shared universe that’s full of crossover potential. However, Columbia Pictures (Sony) has held on to the Spider-Man rights for over 15 years and 20th Century Fox has owned the film rights to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four for longer than that! The history behind why the movie rights to all of these iconic Marvel comic characters are split between different studios is a story in and of itself.Read More
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After the knockout punch of X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, I lost faith in the X-Men franchise. I was sure that it was dead, especially when the long gestating Magneto origin film was nixed. I couldn’t even imagine them making another film after those two critical disasters, and I moved on, putting the X-Men out of my mind and focusing on the newly established Marvel Cinematic Universe. And then word came out that more films would be made with a new cast which would cover the early years of my favorite team of mutants.Read More