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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 review

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Since the end of the first film, everything appears to be going great for Peter Parker and his alter-ego Spider-Man. He’s graduating from high school and taking down mobsters, but even though it looks like his life is perfect he’s still haunted by the memory of Gwen Stacy’s father and the promise that he made and broke. (more…)

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 first trailer

Okay so there is a lot of stuff packed into this trailer, but will the movie feel as crowded?

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The last time we had a Spider-Man movie with this many villains it led to the entire franchise being rebooted, so it’s a little surprising to see so many crammed into this sequel. Except this time it looks like there may be a good plan behind it and it was mentioned in the first film.

Oscorp seems to be at the centre of all things superpower related. Peter Parker was bitten by one of their genetically altered spiders and now it looks like the company may be responsible for not only these villains, but future ones as well.

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In the above still from the trailer you can see what looks like robotic wings and tentacles, which will likely belong to Vulture and Doctor Octopus in future Spider-Man films. This level of planning makes up for a lot of the worries about the overcrowded roster of villains as it seems like Harry Osborn, who will be the Green Goblin, is sort of a ring leader with Rhino and Electro almost as henchmen.

Though it’s a lot more organised than the three random villains from the third Sam Raimi Spider-Man movie, it is a little disappointing that Jamie Fox’s Electro doesn’t seem to be the main bad guy despite being at the centre of the ad campaign.

Dane Dehaan’s version of Harry Osborn has apparently skipped his dad to take on the title, which could mean that this time it will be the father avenging his son rather than the other way around. The big question is which one will kill Gwen Stacy?

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There have been a number of other interesting sightings in the trailer. The above picture may or may not be Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat nothing is really confirmed about who Felicity Jones is playing.

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Then there is this strange part that is a little confusing. If Shailene Woodley was cut from the film then why is she still in the trailer? Maybe she’ll just be ‘girl who almost gets crushed by car’ rather than the much more well known character Mary Jane Watson.

What do you think? Check out the trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments below.


Mary Jane Watson Cast

The role of Mary Jane Watson in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been cast, but will the new red head be able to compete with Emma Stone’s Gwen Stacy?

After some negotiating the part of MJ Watson was given to Shailene Woodley, who previously played one of George Clooney’s daughters in the Descendants and had a leading role in The Secret Life of an American Teenager.

It initially seemed that scheduling issues would force Woodley to choose between The Amazing Spider-man and, her upcoming film, Divergent, but this turned out not to be an issue as Mary Jane will not be a prominent part of the Spider-Man sequel. However, Woodley would play a bigger part in the third film, which is even more evidence that the death of Gwen Stacy will play out in the second instalment.

Oh Peter, if only you had listened to Gwen’s father instead of just pretending you were going to listen to avoid dealing with Gwen’s grief.

What do you think? Are you a Spider-Man fan? Do you think Woodley will be able to compete with Emma Stone (Wood versus Stone)? Which of Spidey’s love interests is your favourite, Gwen or MJ? Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below. Also, don’t forget to subscribe and, if you liked this post, click the like button.


The Amazing Spider-Man Review

Spider-Man is about to swing into cinemas, which means we’re going to have to find some other way to unload our spider related puns.

After seeing Spider-Man’s origins told on film only ten years ago in a series that continued until 2007, spanning three films, it may seem a little strange that the series is already being rebooted, which is why it was very important that it didn’t feel like watching the same movie again.  Director Marc Webb has done an excellent job and managed to tell a version of Spider-Man’s origin that is interesting, exciting, grounded and very different from the tale Sam Raimi told.

This version of the story puts more of an emphasis on Peter’s parents and the effect losing them had on him.  It’s this loss that drives him to look into their past, which leads him to Dr. Curtis Connors (Rhys Ifans).  Fans of Spider-Man will remember Dr. Connors as the one armed man who accidentally transforms himself into the Lizard.  The character appeared in Raimi’s films, but never got the chance to make the transformation.  In this movie, his potential is released and his character takes on the role of the villain, though it is an interesting dynamic as he himself aims to improve the world and doesn’t see his actions as evil, actually trying to explain to Spider-Man at one point that he didn’t need to be stopped.

Behind every great hero is a female who regularly gets into life threatening situations and is easily captured by evil doers.  In this film that character has been replaced by a strong, smart and brave young woman called Gwen Stacey (Emma Stone).  Gwen has been part of the Spider-Man universe for a long time, almost from the beginning, but her character is not well known by non-comic book readers for the very reason that she’s famous to fans of the comics.  In the comics, Gwen was accidentally killed by Spider-Man when he tried to save her from the Green Goblin.  In the film, Gwen is the head intern at Oscorp under Dr. Connors.  She is Peter’s love interest, but gets to be more than that when she proves that she is just as brave and no less capable than Spider-Man.

This time around Peter is played by Andrew Garfield.  After watching the movie it’s clear that Garfield, and the rest of the cast, really fit.  From Spider-Man to the lovable Aunt May and Uncle Ben the casting was terrific.  There’s an emotional depth between each of the characters, they don’t just exist next to each other they genuinely have feelings for each other and those feelings aren’t always positive, but that’s life and it’s represented very well in the movie.  If you want a hero film that’s more than just fighting, more than special effects, then this movie is what you’re looking for.  This is a movie were you will have fun watching it, but you’ll also care about the characters and feel like it was worth spending two hours following their story.

What do you think?  Are you going to see this movie?  Do you like Spider-Man?  Would you have preferred a sequel to the Raimi version rather than a reboot?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to click the like button, if you liked this post, and subscribe if you loved it.


Top 10 Things at E3

Now that E3 is over I thought I’d go through some of my favourite things that were shown at this year’s expo.  Starting tomorrow I’ll be going through some of the cool new releases individually, so be sure to check back for that.

10. The Wonderbook

If you were starting to get worried that kids may actually have to start reading then you’ll be happy to hear that Sony has come up with a new and exciting way to keep kids illiterate.

The Wonderbook is pretty much a blank book that, using augmented reality, turns into a variety of cool stories when looked at through the PlayStation Move camera.  The story they showed was Harry Potter, but it wasn’t any of the existing stories it was full of new more child oriented stories of how individual spells were made.  Players can then use the Move controlled to perform the spells and complete a variety of tasks.  Despite my earlier joke, this probably isn’t going to do any damage to child literacy and it looks to be a really fun, inventive game.  That I want.

9. ZombiU

If you ever thought you’d survive a zombie outbreak, I have the perfect game to prove you wrong.

A lot of people have been disappointed by the stream of action packed zombie games that have been coming out lately.  The move away from survival horror and towards action has divided zombie fans, particularly Resident Evil fans, but now Ubisoft are taking a massive step back towards survival horror and filling the demand for the return of that type of game.

ZombiU will be playable only on the Wii U and is one of the games that will be available upon release.  It makes great use of the Wii U’s handheld screen and effectively simulates a zombie outburst.  One of the things that the game does, which helps create a level of realism, is that you only have a singular life.  When your character dies they become a zombie and you have to start the scenario again as a new person, but all the zombies that were killed by your previous character are still dead and all the items that were picked up by that character are gone, plus your old skin is now trying to eat your new skin.  Don’t worry about running out of survivors; there is an endless stream of them.

8. The Wii U

I once called it the Wii’s sexier cousin, a phrase that puts me on top of the Google search, and I’m going to stick with that.

The Wii U looks like it’s going to be a fun, like its predecessor, but it seems to be focusing more on games that will appeal to hard core gamers.  That’s not to say that it won’t include the family friendly favourites that made the Wii so popular, it will, but there is more there for the mainstream gaming community than there ever was on the Wii.

7. Splinter Cell: Blacklist

A game demo so good it made me ashamed to not be a Splinter Cell fan.

Having only ever given Splinter Cell a shot once, I wasn’t particularly interested in the announcement of a sequel, but once the demo started I couldn’t help feeling a little disappointed that I hadn’t gotten into the series earlier.  This new game, the sixth in the series, is apparently more action oriented than previous titles.   Hopefully this won’t drive away old fans while attempting to bring in new ones, like me.

6. Watch Dogs

Is Assassins Creed and Splinter Cell had a game baby.

This is the third Ubisoft game on the list, the first two being ZombiU and Splinter Cell, which shows just how impressive Ubisoft was this year, well at least in my eyes.  Watch Dogs is a modern day assassin game were you get to attend fancy parties, hack into phones and kill people.  Like Assassins Creed, it is an open world game, but instead of being set somewhere in the past the events of the game take place in modern day Chicago.  It’ll be refreshing to have an open world game set in a real life modern day city that doesn’t take place in New York.  Another element coming from Assassins Creed is the ability to climb everything, which will apparently be part of the game.

5. Tomb Raider

Every dream of being stranded on an island with no hope of rescue and having to survive attacks from wild animals and gun wielding enemies?  No, must just be me.

This new Tomb Raider game was already on my radar before E3.  The series looks to be getting an extremely impressive reboot and it’s clear that the people behind the game want to give Lara Croft an origin story that will make fans of the series proud.

I think with games that have spanned as long as Tomb Raider, which currently has nine games, are often hard to market to new players.  They have such a rich history that those who play games for the story may avoid the series unless they are able to pick up the previous titles.  However, fans may have been surprised by the reboot as there has never really been a large amount of time without a Tomb Raider game.  The longest gap will be this time, as it will be five years since the last Tomb Raider game was released in 2013 when the reboot comes out.  Before this the longest break was three years, which isn’t really that long when it comes to making a next gen title.

4. The Amazing Spider-Man

A tie in game that serves as more of a sequel, count me in.  That is if The Amazing Spider-Man movie doesn’t suck, which I doubt it will.

Spider-Man movie tie in games are always fun.  They have new enemies, new storylines and you get to swing around New York City like you own the place, which you don’t Obama does.  While all the film tie ins have differed from their movie counterparts, this Spider-Man game takes it one step further and actually takes place after the events of the film.  The plot of the game will actually set up the story for the films sequel, which is a strange thought considering no one even knows if the films any good yet.

3. The Last of Us

Will you survive the… wait there’s a lot of survival on this list.

This game is less about the zombies and more about the story of two people, in a father daughter kind of relationship, that have to constantly struggle to survive in a post-apocalyptic world, which is a refreshing look at a plot that is clearly being used a lot in games today.

The most impressive things about this game, which I didn’t even know existed before the expo, is the gameplay.  It’s smooth and realistic, it suggests that every kill is going to be a struggle, nothing will be simple and it’s not the kind of game were you can just run around taking down large amounts of enemies with ease.  Feeling very cinematic, even during gameplay, the focus on story shows at every turn, which won’t appeal to all gamers.  Making the experience even more realistic is the AI which seems to be miles ahead of what we’ve seen in past titles like Resident Evil 5.  At one point Ellie, the fourteen year old female sidekick actually picks up a brick to aid the player, who was under attack.  Though the AI seems impressive, you may choose to play with a friend instead, which you can as the game is co-op.

2. DmC: Devil May Cry

Weren’t we supposed to get some news?

Now that the game was given a release date, Ninja Theory said they would be giving more information about the game.  Naturally it seemed E3 would be the perfect platform to distribute this knowledge, yet the only new thing shown was a weapon.  They did show off a demo, which really did remind be a lot of Bayonetta, and mentioned that the running time would be about twelve hours, which isn’t as long as I’d like.  Still, as a Devil May Cry fan I am looking forward to seeing what they do with the reboot, though next time Ninja Theory promises news they better provide some.

1. Resident Evil

Action, survival horror and being chased by a giant monster, Resident Evil 6 has it all.

At this point there isn’t much more information Capcom could give us without ruining the game.  The story is split into three campaigns, which can be played in any order.  Leon S. Kennedy and Helena Harper will have a more survival horror experience, though there will be action packed moments, Chris Redfield and Piers Nivans experience a military style action adventure and Jake Muller and Sherry Birkin’s story will be reminiscent of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis which had the main characters being constantly pursued by Nemesis.

What do you think?  Which are you most excited about?  Would you put anything different on the list?  Will you be rushing out to buy any of these?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below, also don’t forget to subscribe and click the like button.


The Amazing Spider-Man Super Preview

I know that I haven’t posted much lately, which is because I’ve been doing exams.  My last exam was today so I thought what better way to celebrate than doing a blog post and lucky this morning I heard about a four minute long preview of the upcoming Spider-Man movie.

There are a lot of stuff in the trailer that we’ve already seen in previous trailers, but the new stuff is pretty cool, including one seen that shows Peter trying to save a child from a falling car.  The method he uses is different than you might expect, it’s sort of like something you’d see in a real life rescue show or a drama and it was nice to see some heart in a superhero movie.  It really reinforced what director, Marc Webb, previously said about the film being about Peter and his orgins rather than a reharshed version of the previous live action films.

Check out the preview below and leave a comment letting me know what you think, also please feel free to click the like button and subscribe.


The Amazing Spiderman New Trailer and info

To avoid my usual pun about Spiderman info hitting the web, I’m just going to say that there is a new trailer for the upcoming superhero film The Amazing Spiderman and you can see it here, or in many other places.

So far all we’ve really seen is the action, but this time we get to see what’s at the heart of the story.  Peter desperately wants to discover the truth about his parents, where are they and why did they leave him with his aunt and uncle.  While going on this journey of discovery, he becomes Spiderman and learns that he can be a hero.

The film’s director, Marc Webb (oh come on seriously), said, at a press event, that he thinks of this as less about Spiderman and more about Peter Parker and his origin story.  Having suffered in silence through the last attempt at bring Spiderman to the big screen, I can honestly say that a character driven film will be a welcome change.

Though the well-developed characters and interesting plot take precedence over all else, in my eyes, let’s not forget about the action.  The trailer gives us a better look at the lizard, who looks to be a formidable enemy for the young web slinger.  When creating the character Webb aimed for a facial design that would be able to show emotions, though the only emotion shown in the trailer is anger, I’m sure there’s a full range of others to come in the movie.

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment.  Also, don’t forget that if you like this post, show it by clicking the like button or subscribing, if you really like it.


Spider-Man on the Web

A new Spider-Man viral video was released on WebbedMenace.com after wanted posters were put up at this year’s WonderCon telling people to visit the site.  The video is a fake news report, which includes an interview with one of the film’s characters, Captain George Stacy.  The video questions whether or not Spider-Man truly is the villain the police make him out to be or if he’s a hero, like many citizens believe.  Also in the video, there is some of footage of vandals spray painting the Spider-Man symbol, which helps set up for a different aspect of the website.

Along with the video, there is a section where people can send in pictures that they have took of Spider-Man or Spider-man related things, such as webs and what not.  This will hopefully lead to future videos, but with actual audience involvement.  It’s pretty smart, because people are actively getting involved and working on material that will essential advertise the film.  It’s kind of an advancement that viral marketing has been making for a while now; think of how Tron: Legacy and Dark Knight Rises have used fans voices in their movies.

What do you think?  Do you like this form of marketing?  Are you excited about the movie?  Will you be submitting pictures to the site?  Check out the video below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment.  Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button if you enjoyed this post.


Amazing Spider-man game – The Rhino Trailer

No matter how you feel about the, Toby Maguire, Spider-man movies, you can’t deny that the games were pretty good.  This could be because they didn’t follow the movie plot exactly, who knows, but one of the best things about them was the villains that didn’t feature in the movie.  Every one of the games had, not only the bad guys from the film, but also extra ones from the comics.  Now that the movie franchise is getting rebooted, the games are getting the same treatment and it looks like they are keeping up the tradition of including secondary villains.  A new trailer, for the game, hit the web, pun, today and it revealed that the Rhino will be in the game.

Rhino has been described as Spider-man ‘dimmest’ enemy and that’s how he appeared when he was in the game Spider-man 2.  However, this time he seems to be a lot tougher and have a bigger role to play and, while he wasn’t exactly holding up his scores on an IQ test, a voiceover in the video, as well as some of the scenes, would suggest that brains don’t matter as he simply uses his animal instinct.  The ‘beast’ is in control.

It isn’t only the villains that look tougher in this game; Spider-man is shown kicking some serious behind.  Throwing people, grabbing there head between his feet, flipping them, Jackie Chan eat your heart out.  There are so many different ways that you can beat up criminal, it looks really great and I’m glad that they kept it open city.  I never really doubted that they would.  It was such an important part of the previous instalments, though they are not related, it would have been foolish to leave it out when it works so well.

The other Spider-man games featured more than one new villain, so it stands to reason that this one will as well.  No word has been announced yet, but if I could pick I’d like to see either Black Cat, because I thought her part in the second Spider-man game was really good, or Morbius, just sort of an old favourite.  There’s no guarantee that another extra villain will appear in the game, but it is very plausible.

What do you think?  Are you glad Rhino will be in the new game?  Do you think there will be another extra villain?  Who would you like to see appear in the game?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also, don’t forget to follow and click the like button, if you like this post.


New Spider-man Clip

A clip from the upcoming Spider-man movie, The Amazing Spider-man, has hit the web.

It’s not exactly a spectacular, exciting or vital scene, but, if you’re excited about the film, this will help tide you over for a while.  The clip shows Peter on his way to see Gwen, maybe for the dinner scene that was shown in the trailer, but the doorman will not let him in until he lets him search his bag.

What could possibly be in there that would stop Peter giving the guard a look?  How will Peter get out of this situation?  We’ll have to wait to know for sure, but my guess is his Spider-man stuff is in the bag and Gwen probably sees him and calls for him to be let in.  Could be wrong, but those are the obvious answers.

Check out the clip below and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment, also, if you like the site, please follow and like the like button.