Andrew Garfield will be playing the As The Next “Spider-Man”. Sony Names Andrew Garfield As The Next “Spider-Man”. The “Spider-Man” reboot has tapped Garfield to play the lead. Andrew Garfield, that is. The relatively unknown 26-year-old actor will be playing the Marvel superhero in the rebooted Sony version. Garfield, who was named by Variety as one of its 10 Actors to watch in 2007, apparently beat Jamie Bell and Alden Ehrenreich for the part. Hundreds were also considered for the role before the three managed to outshine the rest, according to Variety. The actor may be relatively new in the industry, but this isn’t his first acting job. He made his film debut in “Lions for Lambs” in 2007. He was also in the 2008 Scarlett Johansson-Natalie Portman-starrer “The Other Boleyn Girl” and in last year’s “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.” He will appear in “The Social Network” with Jesse Eisenberg later this year. March Webb will be directing the untitled 3-D “Spider-Man” from early December for a July 3, 2012 release date.
Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward” by Ben Dyer The comic book world is full of equations, theories and principles that would rival the combined works of Isaac Newton and Albert Einstein. Many of these are unspoken postulates and chief among these is that for every great superhero there must also be a great supervillain, be it Lex Luthor to Superman, The Joker to Batman or the Green Goblin to Spider-Man. So says the foreword to the anthology “Supervillains and Philosophy: Sometimes, Evil Is Its Own Reward.” As part of the ongoing Pop Culture and Philosophy series, “Supervillains” picks up where predecessor “Superheroes and Philosophy: Truth, Justice and the Socratic Way” left off in discussing the battle between good and evil as found in the multi-paneled world of the glossy pages of comic books and graphic novels. Here however, contributors look specifically at the dark side, and no, we’re not talking about Darth Vader. Philosophical writers and comic book experts from all walks of life in academia and otherwise provide 19 essays worth of content on topics ranging from moral authority to the nature of existence to the application of science. Mad science, specifically. Like most entries in the Pop Culture series, there is a blend of classic philosophy and how it relates to modern topics, be they “Harry Potter,” “The Simpsons” or Bob Dylan. Here is no exception, as writers under editor Ben Dyer draw inspiration from Plato, René Descartes and Immanuel Kant, to name a choice few. Especially noteworthy is Andrew Terjesen’s thoughts regarding Plato student Aristotle’s definition of the term “magnanimity” and supervillain Doctor Doom’s embodiment of the idea of being nobly obligated to rule. As one of the top baddies of the Marvel Comics universe, the character of Doom has long been simultaneously renowned and criticized for being the archetypal European dictator with delusions of grandeur and plans of universal domination. Terjesen expands on this concept by questioning Doom’s role in the Marvel community and whether or not his intentions are basically good with negative outcomes. Such is the query of many essayists, as the word “utilitarian” keeps popping up again and again as they evaluate what truly separates a hero from a villain, particularly the motives of “X-Men” villain Magneto in fighting for the betterment of mutant life. Contributors to this work approach their writing in different styles, whether it’s a fictitious conversation, such as the chapter “New Wars, New Boundaries,” or a recount of certain character’s back stories, like “Two Fates for Two-Face,” a look at what shaped the psyche of one of Batman’s most well-known adversaries. There are numerous similarities between these topics and the ones found in “Superheroes and Philosophy,” as well as entries in the comparable Blackwell Philosophy and Pop Culture Series, including “Batman and Philosophy: The Dark Knight of the Soul,” “Watchmen and Philosophy: A Rorschach Test” and “X-Men and Philosophy: Astonishing Insight and Uncanny Argument in the Mutant X-Verse.” But there’s no lack of new issues to be examined alongside these previous texts, especially with the Marvel Comics “Civil War” miniseries and the film version of the villain-centric story “Wanted” making for poignant talking points. Whether you want a better insight into Brainiac, Venom, The Sandman and more, or you can’t get enough of Friedrich Nietzsche, “Supervillains and Philosophy” is as enjoyable a read as any Superman or Iron Man title. And there are so many more pages?
As this Spider-Man tale opens, the audience sees New York City “on fire and in ruins” as “a section of the Brooklyn Bridge ascends with Mary Jane bound and dangling helplessly from the bridge.” Soon thereafter, a new villainess called Arachne flies into the picture spinning her own deadly trap, and as Spider-Man battles all kinds of criminals he’s swinging right over the audience. It sounds like the 3-D opening for the next “Spider-Man” sequel, and even though this superhero story is filled with Hollywood-style special effects, it is instead a glimpse from a Continue reading →
Joyous news for Harry Potter fans everywhere! The Harry Potter theme park. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — is set to open this spring. On Tuesday, Universal Studios unveiled details of the wizarding world, a 20-acre park in planning since May 2007. The theme park site explains that visitors can sip Butterbeer at The Three Broomsticks, buy Extendable Ears, eat “traditional British fare”, and ride the “Flight of the Hippogriff”– a “family coaster stimulating a Continue reading →
Just because Walt Disney Co.is buying Marvel Entertainment doesn’t mean that Spider-Man, Iron Man and Captain America will be showing at the studio’s human resources office to fill out their W-4s anytime soon. Many of Marvel’s best-known characters are already signed to long-term deals, some of which last into perpetuity, with a number of rival movie studios, cable networks and video game publishers, as Continue reading →