Spider-Man is joining his Avengers pals in the movies, though he might not be a Spider-Man you’re familiar with. Sony Pictures, which owns the movie rights to the wall-crawler, has agreed to let him appear with his fellow Marvel Comics characters in upcoming Disney/Marvel movies.
Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is set to appear in Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” in 2016 and have his own movie in July 2017, to be co-produced by Marvel and Sony.
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What’s good news for Spider-geeks isn’t so good for fans of Andrew Garfield. The actor, 31, who has appeared in Sony’s two “Amazing Spider-Man” movies, won’t return to the role. Some say he’s too old; others have cited studio displeasure with just about everything in Sony’s last two Spider-movies. Variety reports the front-runners to replace Garfield are Logan Lerman (“Percy Jackson,” “Fury”) and Dylan O’Brien (“The Maze Runner”).
A real Oscar race?
Well, this is getting interesting. Last Saturday, the bellwether Directors Guild Award went to Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for “Birdman,” pretty much sealing the deal for him to get the directing Academy Award, and possibly best picture. Except the following night, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (aka BAFTA, another Oscar predictor) went the other way and awarded best film and director to “Boyhood” and its creator, Richard Linklater. As the Washington Post puts it: In a year when the acting winners are all but written in stone, the best picture and direction nominees are uncharacteristically up in the air.
The BAFTA acting awards went to the usual suspects: Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” and Julianne Moore for “Still Alice,” and supporting awards for J.K. Simmons (“Whiplash”) and Patricia Arquette (“Boyhood”). But don’t count out Michael “Birdman” Keaton to swoop in for an acting Oscar. The Academy Awards will be presented Feb. 22. Good luck with your Oscar bets.
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