by Brett White
With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract renegotiations off to a start (not to mention every other Avenger as well... yikes!), a lot of talk is being made of just how integral Downey is to the Marvel franchise. To be honest, you're not going to get any argument about that here. Downey's commitment to the role, natural charisma, and superb acting chops all coalesced in 2008 to form the biggest surprise hero hit ever. Thanks to "Iron Man," the armored Avenger rocketed from Marvel's B-list all the way to the top. The guy is irreplaceable.
But is he the most successful superhero actor ever? To find out, I spent a lot of time on Box Office Mojo pulling data and making spreadsheets. I compiled a list of the top 10 most successful superhero actors, based on box office totals. There were a few requirements though:
» Actor has to have appeared in more than one film playing the same character
» Actor must have headlined at least one of those films
» Box office totals for films in which they made a cameo appearance were not included
So with all those rules out of the way, just how much is Robert Downey Jr. worth to Marvel and Disney?
For the most part, those involved with Sam Raimi's "Spider-Man" era have endorsed the work done by the "Amazing" cast and crew. Raimi himself praised Marc Webb recently, Tobey Maguire gave Andrew Garfield his support, and Kirsten Dunst can't wait to see Shailene Woodley as Mary Jane Watson.
But what does James Franco think of the "Amazing" reboot? Here's a hint: the word "amazing" does not appear in his review of the film, which you can see in the video below.
Andrew Garfield, Tobey Maguire and... Charlie Sheen?
If the "Anger Management" star had had his way, he would have joined the ranks of actors gifted with the chance to play Spider-Man. In a time long before studios realized how much money they could make off comic book adaptations, Sheen said he tried to convince Orion Pictures (defunct as of 1998) to let him play our favorite webslinger.
"I had an office at Orion at the time, and I brought them Spider-Man," Sheen told Jay Mohr on the new episode of his podcast, "Mohr Stories," via THR. "I said, 'Look, in a couple of years, I'll be too old to play Peter Parker.' And they said, 'Yeah, we're just thinking that cartoons are not the future, comic books are not the future.' And I said, 'But it's Spider-Man, I'm perfect.' And they were like, 'Nah, we're gonna wait.'"
Stan Lee might be one of the proud parents of many of our most iconic comic book superheroes, but he's also not afraid to play favorites.
In a series of videos posted to his YouTube channel, Lee has given his own take on some of the biggest questions circling the comic book movie industry. Who should be the next Marvel superhero to get a movie? Did Tobey Maguire or Andrew Garfield play Spider-Man better? Which DC Comics character is Lee's favorite? Find out what he had to say after the jump.
Doubters of "The Amazing Spider-Man" need look no further than the film's impressive box office haul ($525 million worldwide and counting) to know that there's still an appetite for Marvel's quippy web-slinger amongst the moviegoing masses. But somewhere out there is an alternate Earth where Sam Raimi and Tobey Maguire were allowed to get together to film one more entry in their "Spider-Man" series. We do not live on that Earth, alas, but Raimi himself holds no ill will towards the folks behind the "Amazing" reboot.
"I'm super curious [about it]," he told MTV News while promoting his latest film, "Oz The Great and Powerful," at Comic-Con this year. "I have not seen it yet but I hear it's great."
You know that Spider-Man reboot that you don't quite understand? That one you said was way too soon? The one that tells the origin story of the wall-crawler again?
Well, it's actually pretty good.
"The Amazing Spider-Man" has been silencing doubters online for a few weeks now, but as the movie opens wide today, we figured we'd sneak in our five reasons to check out the latest visit from your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man.
Because This Spider-Man Acts More Like Spider-Man
Of all the superheroes in all of the publishing houses, multi-verses, and movie adaptations, no hero has a physicality as specific and unique as Spider-Man. For a hero who only came to the big screen in the last decade, his movements have always translated particularly well from the page to the imagination of readers. Whether it was the limitations of technology or a more creative issue, the movement of Raimi's Spider-Man never seemed as fluid or kinetic as the ink on the page. That problem no longer exists with Webb's take on Spidey. He's far more nimble than in the previous series, and he also whips his witticisms with as much ease.
Although we've already expressed a few thoughts about why "The Amazing Spider-Man" is a must-see movie and how Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker trumps that of Tobey Maguire's, there is one element of Sam Raimi's originals that is sorely missed: J.K. Simmons as the memorable, easily irritated Daily Bugle EIC, J. Jonah Jameson.
When MTV News caught up with "Amazing" director Marc Webb recently we asked him why they chose to exclude the character from this movie and whether we can hope to see him again in future installments.
"J. Jonah Jameson was rendered so perfectly in the previous movie it was hard to bring that to bear," Webb said. "And of course I wanted to explore Captain Stacey, played by Dennis Leary, who is fantastic, and he plays the authority figure he’s always made fun of. The Daily Bugle is a very important part of the cannon and I’m sure that will be explored in the future, if there is a future."
"The Amazing Spider-Man" swings into action on July 3, bringing the summer movie season its second major superhero release in just a few short days. Andrew Garfield stars as the titular webslinger, taking the reins from Tobey Maguire and doing his best to keep the streets of New York safe from the monstrous Lizard running amok.
Three new clips from the Marc Webb directed reboot have hit the web in the past 24 hours. More details past the jump!
We know Peter Parker considers football too dangerous to play, but what about basketball? Apparently that's right up the "Amazing Spider-Man" main character's alley, especially after he's discovered some of his special spider-like abilities.
A new clip, courtesy of Yahoo! Movies, shows Andrew Garfield's Peter teasing Chris Zylka's Flash Thompson with his newfound basketball prowess. We would say that this sort of showing off would probably lead Peter to getting bullied in the near future, but he seems like he can handle himself.
The summer of superhero movies is well underway, with "The Avengers" already past the $1 billion threshold internationally and still climbing. That's not it from the House of Ideas, either. Don't forget that "The Amazing Spider-Man" is just around the corner, bringing viewers their first full Peter Parker adventure since Tobey Maguire vacated the franchise.
A massive four-minute "Spider-Man" preview premiered yesterday during the season premiere of "America's Got Talent." We don't know about America, but Spidey's certainly got the goods. Though much of the preview contains footage we've already seen in trailers, there's an extended sequence at the beginning of the spot that is brand new.
Check it out past the break!