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Rob Spake on five classic villains who should appear in Spider-Man movies… but probably won’t….

The build-up for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has begun and it’s going to be packed with villains. Jamie Foxx and Paul Giamatti have been confirmed as Electro and Rhino respectively, while Dane DeHaan has been cast as Harry Osborn leading to speculation about whether he could possibly don a Goblin’s costume, and there’s the hovering presence of Chris Cooper’s Norman Osborn as well. But Spider-Man has one of the most extensive Rogues Gallery of any hero and there are some we probably won’t get to see depicted on the big screen. Here are five that I’d love to see, feel free to add your choices in the comments below!

#5 The Vulture

The VultureThe Vulture almost made it to the screen in Sam Raimi’s aborted Spider-Man 4. On that occasion Ben Kingsley was heavily rumoured for the part, and although Spidey punching an old man may not transition well from comic panels to live action I think there’s great potential in the character. Besides, if using Adrian Toomes is too uncomfortable for some there are plenty of other characters who have used the harness through the years, but I’d like to see one of Spider-Man earliest villains make an appearance.

I can imagine some incredible aerial fight scenes, which isn’t something we’ve really seen in any of the Spider-Man movies to date. The Vulture would open up a whole new dimension for dynamic sequences and would add an extra sense of danger for Spider-Man as he careens through the air. I also think it would open up development for another character – Aunt May. In the comics Doc Ock tried to wed Aunt May in one of the most bizarre storylines, but Sally Field is a great actress and I’d love her to have a more substantial role. If The Vulture romanced her, perhaps not even as part of a nefarious plot but simply because he genuinely cared for her, it would add even more complications to Peter’s life as he’d have to break his Aunt’s heart in order to defeat the supervillain, and there’s a great deal of angst to be mined from that as he already feels responsible for Uncle Ben’s death.

#4 The Chameleon

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The Chameleon
Considering he was Spider-Man’s first foe way back in Spider-Man #1 it’s somewhat surprising that, as far as I’m aware, he’s never been considered for one of the live-action films. While he doesn’t pose the greatest physical threat I love the idea that he could be posing as anyone Spider-Man encounters, and that because Spider-Man doesn’t know exactly who he’s looking for his Spider-sense’s effectiveness is reduced.

I also like the idea of a Spider-Man doppelganger running around causing havoc and giving the webslinger an even worse reputation. I think it would be a great opening to the movie if we follow Spider-Man to a crime scene assuming he’s going to save the day only to realise that we’ve actually been watching the imposter as he shoots someone (or commits some other dastardly deed.) Although Peter Parker isn’t a detective, having The Chameleon as a villain would showcase his intelligence as he tries to figure out who is imitating him and why, and it has the potential to be a suspenseful and tense film.

#3 Michael Morbius

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Spider-Man and MorbiusOne of the aspects of the Spider-Man films I’ve been critical of is that so many of the villains have been scientists-gone-bad. In this feature I tried to stay away from those types of characters but I decided to make an exception for Morbius for a number of reasons.

I think Spider-Man is one of those characters that can work in a number of different tones. Obviously so far on this list The Vulture would be more of a straight action film, The Chameleon would be more of a suspenseful thriller and Morbius would be a horror. There’s obviously a tragic aspect to the character so he’s more of a sympathetic antagonist rather than an outright villain, and again I think the main romantic angst of the film can come from Morbius and his love interest rather than Peter and his, although I’m thinking more along the lines of Buffy/Angel rather than Twilight. With his enhanced strength he poses enough of a physical threat to Spider-Man that the fights would be equal, but the one drawback is there are a lot of similarities with The Lizard, given that both were scientists trying to cure themselves.

However, I think one of the more interesting angles that could be explored, and would make this a proper horror film, is the transformation of Spider-Man into the Man-Spider. It wouldn’t be a stretch to have Peter’s mutation go farther, and it would be a nice twist to have Spider-Man be a villain in his own film. It would also give something for Gwen to do as well. We’ve already seen that she’s intelligent and has a position at Oscorp, and I’d like to see her save Peter for once.

#2 Kraven the Hunter

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Kraven the Hunter
Kraven was the star of one of the most iconic Spider-Man stories – Kraven’s Last Hunt, but I don’t think an adaptation of that story would work. Since Spider-Man 2 I wanted a film where Kraven came to New York to hunt Spider-Man and The Lizard emerged at the same time, so Spider-Man had to stop Kraven from attacking him and The Lizard, and stop The Lizard while trying to get him to change back to Curt Connors. I’m still a bit sad that never happened, but I still think Kraven should be used in tandem with another villain.

I like the idea of him hunting Spider-Man while he battles another foe, taking notes about his strengths and weaknesses and then strikes when Spidey least expects it. I also like the idea that the appearance of Spider-Man gets the attention of this legendary hunter, and it would give an opportunity to show what people outside of New York think. I always think in film series where there’s only a single hero operating not enough attention is given to the worldwide impact their existence has. And yes, I do want him in his classic costume.

#1 Mysterio

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Mysterio‘Wait, what, Mysterio? Is this guy serious?’ Indeed I am. I’ve longed for a Mysterio appearance, so much so that when I attended a preview event for The Amazing Spider-Man I actually suggested him as a potential villain to some people who were collection opinions for the studio. I waited eagerly when announcements were made about villains in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 but, alas, they did not take my opinions on board.

Ol’ Fishbowl Head isn’t taken that seriously but I think in the hands of a good writer he can be an effective villain. He can really torture Peter’s psyche and play on the webslinger’s doubts and fears in a way not many other villains can. I love the idea that along with fighting Mysterio Peter has to fight his own personal demons. I’d also love to see them actually treat Mysterio as a joke in the film (and as with Kraven I want to see the classic costume, as ridiculous as it is) until they realise that he’s actually really dangerous. And as anyone who has read Old Man Logan can attest; Mysterio can be dangerous.

I also think that in this period where there are so many 3D movies and movies want to be bigger and more of a spectacle than the last Mysterio is the perfect villain to deliver on that front. I mean, he’s a special effects artist! The whole film could be a visual extravaganza; the possibilities are endless!

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The competition to land the role of Marvel’s Drax the Destroyer in the sci-fi/action/adventure film “Guardians of the Galaxy” was difficult. Competing for the part were actors such as Isaiah Mustafa, Patrick Wade, Jason Momoa, and mixed martial artist and WWE wrestler Dave Bautista. Momoa was a frontrunner and sure winner with the “Game of Thrones” and “Conan” behind him, but Marvel has closed the deal with Bautista to play the resurging character.

Bautista is the second actor to join the project along with Chris Pratt, who will portray lead character Peter Quill/Star-Lord. “Guardians of the Galaxy is linked to last year’s wildly popular hit “The Avengers.” The last scene in that film revealed the villainous “Mad Titan” Thanos. Thanos is Drax the Destroyer’s sworn enemy. In fact, Drax’s sole purpose is to kill Thanos. His involvement as part of the Guardians is essential.

So, who is Drax?

Drax was an Earth man named Arthur Douglas. While laying low on Earth, Thanos encounters Douglas and his wife, and fearing they have seen him, kills them both. The being known as Kronos placed Douglas’ spirit into a powerful new body. Drax’s powers include enhanced strength and resilience, flight, and the ability to project energy blasts from his hands.

Bautista certainly has the physique to play the part. He has been very busy as of late as well. He appeared in RZA’s martial arts film “The Man with the Iron Fists,” and he will next be seen in combat against Vin Diesel in “Riddick” on September 6th.

Here’s a brief storyline of the film.

U.S. pilot Peter Quill ends up in space in the middle of a universal conflict and goes on the run with futuristic ex-cons who have something everyone wants.

“Guardians of the Galaxy” will be released on August 1, 2014. The film currently stars Chris Pratt and Dave Bautista. Chris McCoy, Nicole Perlman, and James Gunn wrote the screenplay based on the Marvel Comic by the same name originally created by Gene Colan, Arnold Drake, Dan Abnett, and Andy Lanning. James Gunn directs.

There are going to be MANY armors shown to have been created by Tony Stark in Marvel’s upcoming Iron Man 3; here are a few:

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Inspired by Iron Man: Extremis, Tony Stark will be working with Extremis technology to create multiple new “contingency armor sets” and hopefully keep his many enemies from getting their hands on his technology. Tony will have once again upgraded his armor, this time from the Mark VIII previously seen to the Mark XLVII. The trailers have shown Tony in a room full of different armors some of which we have found listed. So, wityhout to much further ado, I present to you…

1. Mark XLVII

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Fans of the previous appearances of Iron man have seen Iron Man armors Mark I-VII, it is being stated that between the times in Avengers and Iron Man 3 Tony has created MANY new iterations of his core armor bringing us all the way to Mark 47  which is rumored to contain Extremis Nano technology. we have seen in the trailer that he can move this armor simply with a thought causing it to form around him seemingly at will.

 

2. HeartBreaker Armor :

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The second armor is more of an improvement to the base Mark 47 armor adding a giant unibeam to the chest. This will be used to take down other enemies “infected” with the Extremis nano tech as well as to face down Mandarin.

3.Deep Space Armor :

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Tony’s “Space Armor” has been shown in design images (above) and is believed to be a lead in to his appearance in the Guardians of the Galaxy movie. It is rumored to contain a gel that will protect the wearer from the heat of gel which protects this armor from the heat and friction damage of clearing and reentering Earth’s atmosphere.

 

4. Ghost Armor:

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This is Tony’s upgraded  “stealth” armor. It is equipped with sound dampening technology, stealth technology to cloak him from radar AND it is rumored to be able to bend light making the wearer invisible (think predator style invisibility). Elements of this armor are also rumored to be incorporated into the armors that were created after it.

5.Stealth Armor :

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Said to contain no weapons technology at all this is a “downgraded” version of the Ghost armor. It is said Tony created this to be able to come and go freely without being able to be tracked via radar.

 

6.Hydro Armor :

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A suit for use underwater.

 

7. Hypervelocity Autonomous Personnel Protectorhappy armor

Armor :

Codenamed H.AP.P.Y  this is an AI infused armor to aid Tony should he need a hand in field combat. Many are believed to exist.

 

8. Godkiller Armor :

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Facially different this armor’s A.I is rumored to have been designed by Tony’s lovely  girlfriend Pepper Potts. Given the designation of this armor it is believed it may be a contingency for Thor.

 

 

9. HulkBuster Armor :

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A much larger armor, this is often used for dealing with Hulk related issues as it can take a lot more punishment and is also capable of hitting hard enough to at least get the Hulk’s attention.

The cast of X-men: First Class will be back in the middle of it mixing it up with the original cast.

 

 

 

 

 

-Chris Zaragoza

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Bryan Singer recently talked to IGN to talk about X-Men: Days of Future Past, and there are a few things that I think fans are going to be happy to hear. First of all he’s going to use the film as an opportunity to fix some things that went wrong with Brett Ratner‘s X-Men: The Last Stand. It will be easy for him to do that since the new X-Men film includes a time travel element.

IGN: One thing that’s interesting about the alternate universe/timeline in Days of Future Past is that it could potentially give you the opportunity to revisit things that happened in the third film in terms of characters and endings that you might like to see changed.

Bryan Singer: You mean, what you’re politely saying is, “fix s**t.” Is that what you’re saying? That’s what I’m hearing. [Laughing]

IGN: [Laughing] Maybe…

Singer: There’s going to be a little of that, a few things I can repair.

IGN: Are fans going to be pleased with these things you will be repairing?

Singer: I think so, I think so, yes.

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That means there’s a possibility that we can actually see James Marsden back as Cyclops and Famke Janssen back as Jean Grey who had their characters die in The Last Stand. When Singer is asked if he’d like to see these characters in the next movie he said,

Who wouldn’t? Who wouldn’t? [Laughing] That’s all I can say.

It would be amazing to see them come back. The director goes on to talk about the time travel story elements, and explains the balance between the First Class characters and original characters.

The movie takes place at different times. It deals with, I don’t want to say time travel, but time displacement. A form of time travel which is steeped more in the X-Men [mythos].

The majority of it…or that part of it, takes place in the early 70’s, 1973. So Nixon is a character, and there will be different styles and automobiles. And there will be some futuristic, as well as retro, technology which you haven’t seen. There are science fiction aspects of the movie, and then there’s some retro science fiction that the X-Men films haven’t had quite yet. So we’re exploring that, which will be fun. And there’s an attitude [difference]. We discover our characters, particularly the younger characters, at a different place in their lives. Every character you discover in this movie is in a completely different place than you’ve ever seen, emotionally, and it’s about them moving through that. Hilarity ensues!

Singer also talks about expanding the X-Men movie universe, and that they are thinking about how they can do that.

I think that if you really examine the X-Men universe it’s every bit as big as the Marvel universe. There are lesser characters, but if you take certain characters there are a myriad of films you could make, and stories you could tell, with these characters as individuals. Wolverine being one of them, and that’s currently being done. But you could really mine this universe. I’m glad to return to it and I’d like to get more involved in it because it hasn’t really been orchestrated – somewhat with the Wolverine pictures – but I think there is a lot more that one can do.

It’s just something we’re thinking about. Really my big focus was this movie. Because it’s really massive, and we’re going to start shooting soon. But we’re talking, [producer] Lauren Shuler Donner and I, and we’ll see.

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With Singer back on board, I’m confident we’re going to see another great X-Men movie! Are you happy to hear that he’s going to be fixing some things, and that there’s a possibility we’ll see Cyclops and Jean Grey back for more action?

It’s set to be released on July 18th, 2014. Simon Kinberg wrote the script, and it is based on Chris Claremont and John Byrne’s comic book storyline, Days of Future Past, that ran in “Uncanny X-Men” #141 and 142 back in 1981. The story is set in an alternate future where surviving mutants have been thrown in concentration camps, Sentinels are patrolling America, and most of the X-Men have been hunted down and killed. The present day X-Men are forced to stop a key event from unfolding in order to keep that future from occurring.

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So far the confirmed cast members for the film include Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Peter Dinklage, Anna Paquin, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, and Hugh Jackman.

The cast of X-men: First Class will be back in the middle of it mixing it up with the original cast.

-Chris Zaragoza

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Captain America is one of my favorite Marvel characters, and I’m very excited to see what directors Anthony and Joe Russo are going to throw at us. Marvel President Kevin Feige recently talked to Variety about the films he’s working on and when talking about the comic book film genre he said,

“If it is a fad, it’s one that lasts 30 to 40 years, as the Western did, because each one is so different. There’s an opportunity to graft almost sub-genres onto them.”

He then goes on to reveal that Captain America: The Winter Soldier is going to be more of a political thriller,

“Our first Captain America film was a World War II picture, and the next is a political thriller. They all have their own textures and patinas, and that’s what is exciting about it.”

I enjoy political thrillers, so the fact that this is going to be the tone of the movie is great news!

Chris Evans is set to reprise his role as Steve Rogers, with Samuel L. Jackson, Scarlett Johansson, and Cobie Smulders reprising their roles as well. Franchise newcomers include Anthony Mackie in the role of the Falcon, Frank Grillo as Crossbones, and Emily VanCamp as Sharon Carter. The film arrives in 2D and 3D theaters on April 4, 2014.

 

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