New ‘Spider-Man’ Posters: The Good News and the Bad News

Spider-Man: Homecoming, the Sony/Marvel Studios co-production that aims to rehabilitate the film franchise saw the release of two new posters today — and the results are decidedly mixed. Like the two-headed monster that this dual-studio movie is, the promotional material appears schizophrenic. One poster looks like it’s promoting a new Iron Man flick, while the other looks much more like a Spider-Man movie.

Let’s look at the posters designed for release in the USA first. This poster is a jumbled mess: a bunch of no-Spider-Man characters dominate — most notably, Robert Downey Jr.‘s Tony Stark and Iron Man. Now, I don’t blame Marvel for wanting to make sure audiences know that one of their most popular characters is in this movie, but is he the star? RDJ’s matinee-idol mug is clearly the largest, while his alter ego, Iron Man, is depicted rocketing toward the viewer, no doubt to save the day!

But what about Peter Parker/Spider-Man? The movie’s star, relative newcomer Tom Holland, is there, but as a fresh face, is he immediately identifiable? Who are all those other people? And, to top it off, Spidey himself is depicted turning around, as if in shock. Maybe he’s thinking, “How did all those people get behind me?” Way to go, Spidey-Sense!

Poor hard-luck Webhead — he doesn’t even get to be the star of his own poster!

Here’s the international poster, slated for release overseas. Now, this is more like it!

Spider-Man is the dominant figure, and this is an action scene! We see our valiant hero tangling with the main villain, the high-flying Vulture. The star is doing the heavy lifting in this poster. Iron Man is still in the picture, but here he (rightly) takes a backseat to the star of the movie. Stark is a side dish, not the main entree.

By the way. the Vulture is played by Michael Keaton., who famously portrayed DC Comics’ flagship character, Batman in two wildly popular Tim Burton movies. He also played the title character in 2014’s Best Picture Oscar winner Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance). Coincidence?

I like to think that each studio contributed one poster. Obviously, Sony, which bungled the Spidey franchise, would be responsible for the botched poster, and Marvel, which seemingly can do no cinematic wrong, came up with the good one.

What do you think? Do you like one poster more than the other? Or should they both be sent back to the drawing board? Let me know in the comments section below.

Spider-Man: Homecoming opens July 7.

Full Trailer for DOCTOR WHO Series 10 Is Here!

We are now just one month away from the return of DOCTOR WHO. After more than a year off the air — not counting the Christmas special one-off, “The Return of Doctor Mysterio” — it’s been a long, lonely wait for a full season of episodes.

Now, at last, we have a full trailer for the 10th season of the revived series, with the tag line “A Time for Heroes.”

While I am not thrilled with the companion situation — Bill (Pearl Mackie) and Nardole (Matt Lucas) do not fill me with anticipation — the stories look like they could be interesting.

Check out this trailer for some blink-and-you’ll-miss-it clues as to what’s coming up:

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Wonder Where Wonder Woman Comes From?

The latest trailer for this summer’s hotly anticipated Wonder Woman claims to be the “official origin trailer,” but it only teases at Diana’s true secret origins. Instead, it gives us glimpses of her girlhood and the martial society of the Amazons on the island of Themyscira. It looks like we’ll have to wait until the film opens to see which of her several origin stories (if any) from the comic books  will be used.

The trailer itself, however, is another gem, full of action of and great visuals, and further amps up my hopes for a great movie. I really want this one to break the DC curse and be genuinely great, with no reservations. And how about this terrific new poster, depicting WW on a beach at dusk? Awesome!

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The 12th Doctor Will Battle the First Cybermen in His Last Story

If he has to go, then he might as well go out in a blaze of glory, battling his favorite baddies.

I’m talking about Peter Capaldi, who is leaving the title role of DOCTOR WHO at the end of this, the 10th season of the revived series. A lifelong Whovian, Capaldi has long maintained that his favorite monsters were the Cybermen — specifically the original Cybermen, the ones that appeared in First Doctor William Hartnell‘s final story, “The Tenth Planet.” The Cybermen have reappeared many times over the ensuing 50+ years, but they never looked the same again.

The look of those cybernetic refugees from Mondas — Earth’s twin planet which was knocked out of orbit when our moon was formed — was dictated by the budget constraints of the 1966 serial, thus the silver jumpsuits and ski masks.
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Diane, This Is What Dale Cooper Looks Like Now

Kyle MacLachlan reprises his role as FBI Special Agent Dale Cooper in Twin Peaks, the 18-part continuation of the original series starting Sunday, May 21, at 9 p.m. on Showtime.

Okay, here’s where it gets complicated: The series debuts with a two-parter, followed by episodes three and four the following weekend. and then going to one-hour installments from then on. However, immediately following the May 21 premiere, Showtime Anytime and Showtime On Demand will offer parts three and four.

Well, I guess we shouldn’t expect just any old broadcast format from David Lynch

Meet the Crew of ‘Alien: Covenant’

alien-covenant-prologueIn Alien: Covenant, the colony ship Covenant is loaded with colonists on a mission to establish human colony on another planet. The crew of the ship is made up of couples, and to introduce fans to the main cast, Luke Scott, the son of director Ridley Scott, has made a short film dubbed Prologue: Last Supper.

This is not footage from the movie itself, but rather an original piece designed to show how the crew relate to each other — and a rare chance to see characters in an Alien film happy!

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Don’t Worry About the New Doctor – Yet…

peter-capaldi-series10-episode-2-bts-1Everybody can just relax. Chibnall’s got this.

New DOCTOR WHO showrunner Chris Chibnall – whose work won’t be seen until after Steven Moffat‘s upcoming 10th series has run its course – has his own ideas about how to cast the next Doctor, and it has nothing whatsoerver to do with what former stars, fans or bookmakers want.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Chibnall said:

“We’ll cast the role in the traditional way: Write the script, then go and find the best person for that part in that script. You couldn’t go out and cast an abstract idea. The creative possibilities are endless, but I have a very clear sense of what we’re going to do, without even knowing who’s going to play the part.”

Translation: Chibnall isn’t going to cast someone and write to fit the actor; he’s going to create a character and then hire the right person to play that role.

I totally agree that he’s doing it the right way. The actor must suit the role, not vice-versa.

Peter Capaldi‘s third and final season as the 12th Doctor will end with this year’s Christmas Special, in which he will regenerate into the 13th Doctor.

DOCTOR WHO returns to BBC America on April 15.