Sony originally had massive plans for an explanded Spider-Man based film franchise, but that all seemed to have evaporated with the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. While the studio is relaunching the franchise with Spider-Man: Homecoming, it was assumed (with that film’s integration with Marvel Studio’s MCU) that we wouldn’t see anything outside the mainline films for the series.
Well, we were apparently wrong.
Out of the blue, yesterday Sony announced that it was making a Venom movie with a release date of October 5, 2018. While there were initially rumors that Alex Kurtzman would direct, the studio has since clarified that no director is currently attached to the project. It has been confirmed that Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script for the film though.
We know pretty much nothing else about the project, and which version of the character will be in the movie or if it will tie into the MCU are questions that are still up in the air. That October 5th 2018 release date is date DC’s Aquaman recently abandoned, and is just a couple short months before the (still untitled) animated Miles Morales Spider-Man film comes out (which Aquaman currently shares a release date with).
Frankly, this is just a lot of Spider-Man stuff. I mean, with Homecoming later this year, and its sequel greenlit for a 2019 release, this means we’re getting four Spider-Man related films in three years. This could be, quite frankly, Spider-Man overload.
Okay, so the new red band trailer for Life only really has a moderate amount of screaming, but that’s only if you don’t include my screaming during the disturbing finger breaking shot. Oh yeah, it has a disturbing finger breaking shot.
Life is, of course, about a group of astronauts who discover alien life, and then promptly wish they hadn’t found it. The film stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, and Ryan Reynolds, and looks like some pretty solid science fiction horror.
Oh, and apparently the trailer uses some B-Roll originally shot for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3. That part’s funny, whether it ends up in the movie or not.
Amazon has now officially picked up science fiction anthology series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams for a ten episode season. Executive Produced by Ronald D. Moore, Bryan Cranston and Michael Dinner, each episode will feature a different science fiction tale based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick.
The project, developed at Sony, was originally intended to air on AMC in the states, but was dropped by the network. Amazon picking it up makes perfect sense though, as they already have one series based on Dick’s work on air (The Man in the High Castle) and it gives them something to compete with rival streaming service Netflix’s Black Mirror.
Look, it’s commonly accepted wisdom that only a minority of nerds and geeks really care about organized sports. I mean, there’s nothing wrong with liking sports, but it’s just not as common in our community as it is in the rest of the general populace.
That said, every year during the Super Bowl ads for things us geeks are extremely interested in debut, and we really want to see them. To help out those of you who chose to skip Sunday’s game though, we’ve rounded up most of them right here… because we’re good people.
On this episode of Nerd & Tie (and its triumphant return to video), we discuss Sonequa Martin-Green’s casting as the lead in Star Trek: Discovery, David Ayer potentially directing Gotham City Sirens, discuss the amazing Rogue One, contemplate the official cancellation of the con Anime Apocalypse, and examine the trailers for Spider-Man: Homecoming and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.
We also take the time to mock Michael Bay, but only because he deserves it.
Let’s be clear, I’m 36 years old. In my adult life, Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the third version of Spider-Man on the big screen. I mean, if you don’t count his appearance in Civil War, this’ll be the sixth time I’ll have seen him on the big screen. That is a lot.
Not only that, but because I’m 36, this isn’t even the Spider-Man I grew up with. I mean when I was collecting the books, my Peter Parker was a married adult (I stopped reading when that “married” part got erased). Frankly, I never read comics about high school aged Peter Parker. Whenever they get to “my” Spider-Man in his timeline, the damned franchise reboots. This is all to say that for me to get excited about yet another film adaptation of high school aged Peter Parker takes a lot.
And yet… the new trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has kind of done that.
I mean, what can I say? I mean, of course the movie has gone through the standard trailer filter which can make many a bad movie look good, but what we’re seeing here still looks more solid than most films. Is it yet another coming of age story? Yeah – but it looks like a good one.
And as long as there are zero flashbacks to Uncle Ben dying in the final film, I’m actually completely on board.
On this episode of the Nerd & Tie Podcast: Bryan Fuller has stepped down as show runner for Star Trek: Discovery, DC’s Flash Movie has lost its second director, Young Justice is actually getting a third season, The Dark Tower is delayed until next summer, Wizard World is cutting back for 2017, Steve Wozniak’s Tokyo Comic Con takes a bad crossplay position (and then reverses it), and actor Ray Park was questioned by police for allegedly assaulting a woman at Super Megafest Comic Con.
Also, we talk a bit about Doctor Strange and the basic formula of lazy writers’ genre shows.
The film adaptation of The Dark Tower seems to be perpetually just out of reach. After a good decade of going in and out of development hell, the movie finally started coming together last year. The film got a couple of amazing lead actors, filming actually happened, and it looked like it would actually make its February 2017 release date.
Well, sadly not so much on that last one.
Entertainment Weekly is reporting that the film has hit delays in post production, and the film will now find itself on the Summer schedule for 2017 instead. While it’s a special effects intensive fantasy epic, but The Dark Tower only has a budget of $60 million. As the effects were taking longer than expected to produce, the studio had to choose between delaying release or pouring millions more into the film to get it done in time.
It’s not the worst news we could get at this point, but considering how rocky a road the film has had (and how long its taken for the film to actually happen), it does seem like it’s a bit cursed.
This episode of Nerd & Tie was recorded at Geek.kon 2016 at the Madison Marriott West in front of a live studio audience. We’re also continuing our “audio only” streak, because (frankly) it’s easier to set up and tear down at conventions.
We tackle the hard pressing issues this fortnight, like Shatner almost apologizing for Star Trek V, and director Doug Liman moving from the Fox/Marvel Gambit production to DC’s Justice League Dark movie “Dark Universe.” We also cover some lighter fare… like how the reveal that Zendaya’s Spider-Man: Homecoming character is none other than Mary Jane Watson showed us all exactly how many racists we hadn’t weeded out of our Facebook feeds yet.
The CW Seed’s new webseries also looks pretty cool, and (in a pretty weird story) Wizard World Chicago almost let a gun dealer vend.
Back in March, actress Zendaya was cast in an unknown roll in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming. Details about who she was playing were largely kept under wraps, but it was believed she was playing a potential love interest for Tom Holland’s Peter Parker. Most of us were pretty damned curious if she was playing a pre-existing character or not.
Well, we may have an answer.
According to The Wrap, Zendaya is playing none other than Mary Jane Watson. Mary Jane Watson is the most notable long term love interest for Spider-Man, and (unlike Gwen Stacy) she has a habit of not being dead… which is, y’know, a good thing. We last saw the character onscreen in Sam Raimi’s trilogy, as played Kirsten Dunst.
I thought about trying to come up with some kind of witty transition here, but couldn’t think of something that wasn’t terrible. You see, at some point I needed to bring up the fact that the character of Mary Jane Watson is traditionally portrayed as white, and Zendaya… isn’t. And while apparently no one minds that Nick Fury is played by Samuel L. Jackson, angry racists on the internet will undoubtedly complain about this too.
Well, I say “will,” but I’ve already seen it.
So we here at Nerd & Tie just want to go on record and say that we like this casting. We think Zendaya will do more than enough justice to the part of Mary Jane Watson, and we hope that she is able to brave the inevitable shit-storm from closed minded jerkwads.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is currently scheduled for a July 7, 2017 release.