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Spider-Man has the distinction of having been rebooted three times in the last fifteen years.  Both the Raimi Films and the Marc Webb films have good points.  Raimi’s Spider-Man 2 is a high point for super-hero themed films.  But they also never quite fully got Spider-Man as a character.  Maguire’s Peter Parker could be to goofy, while Garfield’s Peter was to moody and mopey. Sony hit some hard times, made all the… Read More

Oh… Daredevil… On the heels the success of the X-Men, Marvel pushed forward to get other properties going.  Spider-Man was in the works and so was the Hulk.  This was before Marvel Studios existed and the company was working with other studios.  There was no cinematic universe, because different studios had the rights.  Then the Marvel brass worked out a Daredevil deal.  Daredevil was getting a resurgence due to the Marvel Knights… Read More

Seriously…Iron Man 2… not Invincible Iron Man???  What a miss… Anyways, The first Iron Man was a surprise hit.  Marvel was building towards their shared movie universe and did not want to mess that up.  So, they stuck to their guns.  Favreau was back to direct Downey Jr. and the entire cast that survived made it back for the sequel. Well, almost everyone.  Terrence Howard tried to renegotiate his fee, and Marvel… Read More

Simply described as: How to start building your bigger, badder franchise. Iron Man has a history going back to 1990 in attempts to bring it to the screen.  Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator) was on board for Universal…years later, Nick Cage and Tom Cruise sought the role of Tony Stark.  When They announced Director Jon Favreau as director and Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man, there seemed to be a collective “Meh.”  I… Read More