May 2, 2014 |
AT THE box office and in the comic books that gave him birth, some signs are pointing to a slight decline in the popularity of Spider-Man, so Sony is hoping that "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" (in theaters today) will juice audiences for a franchise that already has four more sequels and spinoffs planned for the next four years. The first "Spider-Man" film a dozen years ago had a then-unheard of opening weekend haul of $114 million, on its way to a massive $403 million total. However, each subsequent film has seen a drop at the domestic box-office, culminating in "Amazing Spider-Man," the first film in what many thought was an unnecessary reboot, grossing only $262 million domestically.
March 9, 2011
BONO FINALLY returned to the scene of his crime last week - shockingly, his first visit to the victim in two months. The next afternoon, the two of me - tech lover and music critic - also went to inspect this long-suffering creature, the most gossiped and joked about, wildly anticipated and (in some quarters) despised musical in the history of the American theater, "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark. " It's not known what the U2 frontman and his fellow band member and show composer The Edge thought of their troubled, $65 million spectacle, which has been in paid previews since November and was mauled by impatient critics last month.
January 21, 2010 |
MICHAEL JACKSON bowed out of last year's Grammy Awards show when producers wanted him there to celebrate the 25th anniversary of "Thriller. " This year, he'll be there. Michael, in fact, will be a focal point of the show, with an unprecedented posthumous tribute. The Grammys will broadcast a 3-D video clip he made for "Earth Song," that was to be integral to his London comeback concerts - shows that never happened because of his June 25 death in Los Angeles. Usher, Celine Dion, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Smokey Robinson will perform alongside the clip, which producer Ken Ehrlich says will be the first time an awards show will feature 3-D. "Whenever we would do a show with [Michael]
January 18, 2010 |
The big news last week was Sony's shake-up of its lucrative "Spider-Man" movie franchise. While fans seem horrifed at the idea of a reboot without director Sam Raimi and star Tobey Maguire, here's what some folks inside the comics industry think about the idea. (For more on comic books, see Page 44.) "I actually think it's a good idea," said local writer/artist JS Earls ("Pistolfist"). "It's all about communication and if you keep telling stories with the same actors and directors, it's more difficult to communicate with your audience effectively.
January 21, 2008 |
Take some of the most powerful heroes on Earth, add an equally strong political metaphor, toss in a formidable and immediate crisis and add a sense of foreboding caused by a long-term threat and what do you have? "The Mighty Avengers," a book that is finally hitting on all cylinders. The Avengers have long been seen as Marvel's answer to DC's Justice League; that is, a team consisting of the Marvel universe's most powerful heroes. However, the launch of "New Avengers" saw that team become a collection of Marvel's more popular heroes, like Wolverine and Spider-Man.
June 15, 2007 |
In a strange twist this year, Wizard World Philly finds itself competing for attention and the industry's big names with Heroes Convention in Charlotte. But Wizard World Philly - today through Sunday at the Convention Center - can still boast hosting perhaps the biggest name in the industry. This is the year Brian Michael Bendis hits town. "This my first Philly convention ever, ever, ever," said Bendis, best known for helping launch Marvel's Ultimate line with "Ultimate Spider-Man" and a landmark run on "Daredevil.
May 4, 2007 |
THIS IS a great time to be a Spider-Man fan. Besides the highly anticipated "Spider-Man 3" hitting theaters today, Marvel has come out with enough titles featuring Spider-Man to choke a comic shop and has enough trade paperbacks available to fill a library. Most importantly, the material is diverse enough to be enjoyed by both new and old fans of the webslinger and appeal to a variety of ages and tastes. For those who want a young, wise-cracking, high-school-aged Peter Parker who is arguably the most like his movie counterpart, there is "Ultimate Spider-Man.
October 9, 2006 |
Of all the titles in Marvel's Ultimate line, "Ultimate Spider-Man" truly lives up to its title. More so than the other "Ultimate" titles starring the Avengers, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, "Ultimate Spider-Man" stays true to the core concepts of the character. The only difference is that the world of Peter Parker is being poured today, in the 21st century, as opposed to the "classic" version, created in the early 1960s. This means that, unlike in other titles starring Spidey, we get a teen still dealing with the responsibilities and repercussions of his powers rather than a seasoned veteran married to Mary Jane.
July 1, 2005 |
Thanks to Marvel Comics, America's heroes got to read a special story starring their favorite heroes recently. In April, Marvel announced it had joined the "America Supports You" program, a Department of Defense campaign to showcase and communicate America's support of the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. As the centerpiece of the partnership, Marvel created a custom comic book featuring beloved and well-known superheroes in the storyline. More than 1 million copies of Marvel's "Salute Our Troops" comic book were distributed in May to the troops and their families in the United States and abroad.
July 17, 2002 |
With all due respect to Elvis, there's no question that right now, Spider-Man is king. With over $400 million in domestic grosses, "Spider-Man" the film has broken several box-office records and almost assuredly will be the year's top-grossing film, becoming the first picture to best a new "Star Wars" movie in terms of box-office receipts. Spidey also had four comic books in the Top 10 and seven in the Top 40. Initial orders for books hitting stores in July show "Amazing Spider-Man" - his flagship title - beating out "New X-Men," the most popular X-Men title.