Is the Box Office Ready for More Spider-Man With ‘Into the Spider-Verse’

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After a two-week lull, the final charge to the end of 2018 is back on at the box office as Christmas releases begin to make their entrance. And now it’s time for Sony to ask the world a question: after “Infinity War” and “Venom,” are you ready for more Spider-Man?

Sony is hoping the answer is an emphatic ‘yes’ as they release “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,” an ambitious, animated take on Stan Lee’s most famous creation that is earning even greater critical acclaim than last year’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming.” It currently sits as one of the top films of the year on Rotten Tomatoes with a critics’ score of 99 percent.

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But the strong reviews haven’t improved opening estimates from independent trackers, which have stayed still at $35 million over the past three weeks. For a comparison,
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Doctor Strange Was Almost in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’

Doctor Strange Was Almost in ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse is chock-full of characters and cameos, but there was one planned cameo that never came to fruition. Doctor Strange was originally set to make an appearance in Sony’s acclaimed animated superhero movie, but never made it past the first draft. Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the former of which co-wrote the […]

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Aquaman’s Rotten Tomatoes Score Has Been Revealed

After Justice League underperformed at the box office while falling flat with the critics, the Dceu is in need of a win right now, and while Aquaman isn’t quite getting those Wonder Woman-level reviews, we can already feel confident in calling James Wan’s underwater epic the second-most acclaimed film of this whole divisive superhero saga.

The movie’s review embargo was finally lifted today, and so far, Arthur Curry’s solo debut is boasting the pretty respectable score of 78% based on the opinions of 46 critics. To put this into perspective, Wonder Woman currently sits at 93%, but otherwise, Aquaman is comfortably beating its Dceu competition, with the next-highest scorers being Man of Steel at 56%, followed by Justice League at 40%, while Suicide Squad and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice sit at joint-last with 27%.

Meanwhile, to put this reception into a 2019 superhero movie context, though Deadpool 2, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse,
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‘Black Panther’ Named Top Movie of 2018 by African American Film Critics Assn.

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‘Black Panther’ Named Top Movie of 2018 by African American Film Critics Assn.
Ryan Coogler’s “Black Panther” has won three awards from members of the African American Film Critics Association, taking the trophies for best film, director, and song for “All the Stars.”

The Aafca made the announcement Tuesday and will present the awards in ceremonies on Feb. 6 at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles.

“Selecting Disney’s ‘Black Panther’ as the year’s best film was a no-brainer,” said Aafca co-founder Shawn Edwards. “Beyond its tremendous reviews and historic box office performance, the film changed the culture and became a defining moment for Black America. Finally, after years of painfully negative and blatantly harmful depictions of blacks on screen there was a movie full of positive images and characters that blacks could rally around. For many blacks the film’s release was like a national holiday.”

Spike Lee’s “BlacKkKlansman” won awards for best actor for John David Washington and for screenplay.
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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Flying High, ‘Mortal Engines’ Bracing for Fall

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Box Office: ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Flying High, ‘Mortal Engines’ Bracing for Fall
After a humdrum weekend at the box office, in which “Ralph Breaks the Internet’s” $16 million haul was enough to top domestic charts, multiplexes should get a boost from a trio of new arrivals.

Studios are re-entering the fray after a quiet post-Thanksgiving frame, and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” looks to be the title that ends “Ralph’s” three-week reign. Sony is projecting a $30 million launch when the web-slinging superhero enters over 3,800 North American venues. Industry analysts are far more bullish and anticipate that early buzz could lift its start to north of $39 million. Even the lower end of that range will be enough to best “Mortal Engines” and “The Mule,” the other newcomers this weekend.

The upcoming animated adventure spotlights Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore), a half-Puerto Rican and half-African-American teenager from Brooklyn whose Spidey senses start tingling when he visits an abandoned subway terminal with his uncle (Mahershala Ali). This rendition,
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Superhero Movies Are Taking Over the Oscars, and That’s Good News for Everyone

Superhero Movies Are Taking Over the Oscars, and That’s Good News for Everyone
With a few notable exceptions (“The Dark Knight” in particular), superhero movies have never been a significant presence in the awards conversation. And you know what? That’s just fine. In a righteous world, nothing that grosses a billion dollars and serves as an 150-minute teaser for its own sequel would even be eligible for a trophy; to quote the immortal words of Donald Francis Draper: “That’s what the money is for.”

By and large, Academy voters have agreed with that wisdom, and Oscar season has become something of a safe haven from the Galactus-sized genre that’s devoured much of Hollywood in its maw. Recent years have produced a clear demarcation in discourse: From mid-February until Labor Day, it’s all spandex and Infinity Stones, as moviegoers on both sides of the aisle agree to put aside their differences and pretend that Bucky Barnes is an actual character,
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Venom 2 Confirmed by Writer, May Include Spider-Man

Not that this will surprise anyone who has paid attention to the box office recently, but Venom 2 is happening. This has been confirmed by screenwriter Jeff Pinkner, who co-wrote Venom. While Sony has yet to make a formal announcement, this should come largely as an expected move and means that we're going to see more of Tom Hardy as Eddie Brock in the future. But, intriguingly, we also may see his character meeting up with Spider-Man, if things pan out.

Before digging into that bit, Jeff Pinkner, in a recent interview, talked about Venom and the success that it's enjoying at the box office, having recently crossed the $850 million mark worldwide and cracking the top five highest-grossing movies of 2018. To that point, he was asked about Venom 2 and, while Pinkner couldn't say much yet, he did confirm that it is indeed happening. Here's what he had to say about it.
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Watch: Exclusive 'Venom' Video, Plus: How To Own The Film Right Now

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Straight from theaters and into your living room, Venom is now available for streaming on FandangoNOW. And when you purchase a ticket for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (in theaters December 14) at Fandango, you’ll have a chance to own Venom for only $10. More details here. To celebrate the digital release of one of this year’s most successful comic book movies, we’re debuting this exclusive behind-the-scenes feature that takes a look at some of the clever Easter eggs...

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Look Out, Here Comes ‘The Spider-Verse’: Sony Animation Title Eyes $30M-$35M Opening – Box Office Preview

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Opening box office metrics point to Sony Animation’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse —a fresh take on the Marvel superhero where anyone can wear the mask told in a novel cartoon style– in the neighborhood of $30M-$35M, which would be a great start in this sleepy pre-Christmas marketplace.

Those who deal in box office projections are holding their hands up, emphasizing the leg-out factor of the movie, and how hard it is to make moviegoing a priority at this point in time during the holiday season. Interest is strong among families, African American and Hispanic demos. However, there’s an immense amount of heat surrounding this Phil Lord-scripted animated feature, which he produced with his creative partner Christopher Miller, as well as Avi Arad, Amy Pascal, and Christina Steinberg, so no one will be surprised if this movie overindexes. Sony has been screening this movie for the last month,
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Jake Johnson Shows His ‘Verse’-atility As New Spider-Man

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse shows us our friendly neighborhood superhero in an all-new setting: an animated film that follows him through a number of parallel dimensions. Jake Johnson plays this new version of the web-slinger, and he told us he’s proud to be taking on a role he’s loved, in a movie that he says [...]

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Film Review: ‘Aquaman’

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Aquaman isn’t like the other DC Comics superheroes, so it seems only right that his big-screen solo show should have a personality all its own — which, in the hands of “Furious 7” director James Wan, it does. Gone is the Aryan-looking Atlantean in green-and-orange spandex, replaced with a bare-chested Hawaiian super-stud with long, shaggy surfer hair and all-over tribal tattoos. After being unveiled to the DC Comics Extended Universe as the scales of “Justice League” last year, Aquaman gets his own adventure, and it’s kind of a shock that it doesn’t suck, but only if you’re willing to sit through two hours of waterlogged world-building before the movie finally takes off.

Remember, just a decade or so ago, the very idea of a stand-alone “Aquaman” outing was preposterous enough to sustain a running joke in HBO’s “Entourage” series, which poked fun at the notion that
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Issa Rae, Columbia Sign Multi-Picture Production Deal Promoting Diverse Screenwriters (Exclusive)

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Issa Rae, Columbia Sign Multi-Picture Production Deal Promoting Diverse Screenwriters (Exclusive)
Issa Rae’s production company, ColorCreative, has signed a multi-picture production deal with Columbia Pictures. The pact is unique in that under the agreement, ColorCreative will work with and back projects from emerging, diverse screenwriters.

The move comes as the entertainment industry is under pressure to develop films and shows that feature underrepresented talent both in front of and behind the camera. There’s a lot of room for improvement. Films such as “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” have demonstrated the commercial appeal of movies with minority leads, but they remain the exception, not the rule. A recent USC study found that only 29.3% of characters in the 100 top grossing movies of 2017 were from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

Rae is best known for creating, co-writing, and starring in the HBO series “Insecure.” Selected participants, to be announced in the spring of 2019, will work with Rae and the studio to
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Review: Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse, Once More With Feeling!

As a moviegoer who has grown weary of the unending barrage of superhero offerings clogging multiplexes these days, I was not particularly looking forward to Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Not only is it another addition to the dozens of comic book movies that all start to look the same after a while, it's also the fourth separate attempt to bring a version of Spidey to the big screen in less than 20 years. None of these are reasons to get excited in my book, however, having now seen this new iteration of what should be a well-trodden path, I am convinced that there is still life left in this character who is easily the most relatable big screen hero of the bunch. In a world...

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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Review

Features the voices of: Shameik Moore, Jake Johnson, Hailee Steinfeld, Mahershala Ali, Brian Tyree Henry, Lily Tomlin, Luna Lauren Velez, Zoë Kravitz, John Mulaney, Kimiko Glenn, Nicolas Cage, Kathryn Hahn, Liev Schreiber, Chris Pine | Written by Phil Lord | Directed by Bob Persichetti, Peter Ramsey, Rodney Rothman

Sony’s semi-reinvention of their staple franchise superhero Spider-Man has had more rebooted and retooled cinematic incarnations in the last decade than Peter Parker has had warm meals. Announced/leaked during the infamous Sony hacks of 2014 and coming off a reboot of the tragically inept and doomed Andrew Garfield’s The Amazing Spider-Man series and the Marvel re-introduced McU participant Tom Holland, as well as the critically and financially successful video game of the same name.

Not only does it look and sound like there’s a form of overabundance and oversaturation for audiences, but does Sony really want to risk it all again
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Miles Morales Discovers a New Super Power in Great New Clip From Spider-man: Into The Spider-verse

Regardless of the amazingly positive reviews that Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse has been getting, some people are still skeptical.

I loved the movie! I think it’s on par with the best that Marvel Studios has delivered. You can read my review for it here if you haven’t already. If you don’t believe me, maybe believe the 99% rating that it currently holds on Rotten Tomatoes. I know a lot of people aren’t fans of Rotten Tomatoes, but it’s still an impressive rating.

Anyway, we have a great new clip from the film to share with you today! If features a scene where Miles Morales and Peter Parker are trying to get some information from the multinational chemical corporation Alchemax. Miles finds himself having a few issues, and in the process discovers he has a new super power.

Check out the clip below and feel free to share your thoughts!
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Exclusive: Shameik Moore, Phil Lord & Chris Miller discuss Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

There hasn’t been a superhero movie quite like Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse since, well, ever. A creative, unique animation that will no doubt inspire and compel audiences around the world – and so naturally we were rather thrilled when we had the chance to meet its leading star, Miles Morales himself, Shameik Moore. We also spoke to two of the best writers/producers in the business, in the form of Phil Lord and Chris Miller.

With Moore, we asked how he came to be involved, and just fondly he’ll look back over his breakthrough role in Dope. He also speaks about entering into the comic-book world and how his knowledge was prior to signing up to this project. He goes on to talk about the importance in having black superheroes and seeing himself represented on screen. Naturally, we couldn’t help but ask about a potential Spidey crossover and
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Clip: Miles Morales Grooves and Finds a New Superpower

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Clip: Miles Morales Grooves and Finds a New Superpower
This week brings Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse into theaters, unleashing a bunch of different super-powered spider people onto the big screen. If you’re still not convinced that the movie, which has 99% on Rotten Tomatoes, is worth seeing, maybe a funny new clip featuring Miles Morales (Shameik Moore) getting some advice from Peter Parker (Jake […]

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Doctor Strange Was Almost In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

Doctor Strange Was Almost In Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse originally included a cameo by none other than Doctor Strange. The animated Spider-Man movie is set to arrive in theaters this weekend and the buzz , thus far, has been extremely positive. It should, at the very least, be enough to tide Marvel fans over until Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home arrive next year. While this is mostly a Spidey standalone (featuring several different versions of the character), it turns out, the universe was originally going to expand.

Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the duo behind The Lego Movie, are on board as producers on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Lord helped pen the screenplay alongside Rodney Rothman and, like most major projects in Hollywood, it went through several revisions before reaching its final form. As Lord reveals, the initial draft ended with the Sorcerer Supreme making an appearance. Here's what he had to say about it.
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Review: 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' is the Best Superhero Movie of 2018

Based on characters created by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli, the new Sony Pictures Animation movie, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, offers an entirely different take on Marvel's beloved web-slinging superhero, which was first introduced by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1962. Produced by the filmmaking team of Phil Lord and Chris Miller, the story centers on African-American/Puerto Rican teenager Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore of Dope and Netflix's "The Get Down") as he tries to fit in at the prestigious Brooklyn Visions Academy. Miles' father, Jefferson (Brian Tyree Henry of Widows and If Beale Street Could Talk), is a straight-laced police officer and his mother (Luna Lauren Velez) is a hard-working nurse — both loving parents who are proud of their son's achievements, and really want to see him succeed studying at the school for gifted students. Adjusting to a new school proves to
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‘Spider-Man’ Producers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Bring Miles Morales To Big Screen In Spectacular Style

‘Spider-Man’ Producers Phil Lord & Christopher Miller Bring Miles Morales To Big Screen In Spectacular Style
With Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, their latest animated outing, producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller took a big swing, experimenting with bold formal choices to meet great power with great responsibility. The big screen debut of Miles Morales—an Afro-Latino teenager who dons the spidey suit, within a Marvel multiverse—Spider-Man would feature an unprecedented visual presentation befitting a truly groundbreaking character. Created in 2011 by writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Sara Pichelli—and soon amassing a major fan following—Morales comes into his own in the fast-paced origin story, swinging through poignant family moments, rampant meta comedy, and various dimensions, coming face to face with a number of Spider-Men and Women, while combatting a dire threat to humanity.

An endlessly innovative duo, Lord and Miller have always sought to raise the creative bar, demonstrating that there are few limitations to what is possible, when imagination is in no short supply.
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