“Skyfall” was a monster hit, earning more than a billion dollars worldwide. Starring Judi Dench, Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and more, it was also one of the most critically acclaimed James Bond films ever. Much of that credit goes to director Sam Mendes. But Mendes, who was reportedly considering returning, has chosen to leave the upcoming Bond sequel. That’s too bad. Whoever comes in next has his work cut out for him.

In the “Spider-Man” universe, filming has started for “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. In addition to Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Jamie Foxx is in as Electro, as is Paul Giamatti as Rhino. Here’s some interesting tidbits on what could have been to Sam Raimi’s “Spider-Man 4”, which got cancelled in favor of a reboot. Raimi said he hasn’t seen “The Dark Knight Rises”, where Anne Hathaway played Catwoman, but he said he had tapped her to play Felicia Hardy, AKA the Black Cat, in “Spider-Man 4”. He said he was displeased with “Spider-Man 3” and wanted to end with the “Best Spider-Man of them all”. So what happened? Raimi said he couldn’t get the story right in time for Sony’s deadline. Unfortunate, hopefully Marc Webb can step up his game.

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