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Riz Ahmed “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” has joined the “Venom” film in an undisclosed role.

The film will take place in the same world as Tom Holland’s “Spider-Man: Homecoming” but will not be connected to the MCU.

Tom Hardy (“Dunkirk”) has already signed on to the film. Ruben Fleischer (“Zombieland”) will direct.

So it’s been a while since I’ve updated this. But, I’m back! Let’s kick this off with “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”. It’s been two years since the needless reboot of the Spidey franchise. Does this sequel kick the series into a new level?  Or is franchise fatigue setting in?

The Good: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone as Peter Parker and Gwen Stacey make this movie go. Their chemistry is undeniable and almost all of the film’s best lines come from the two characters’ banter. I came away especially impressed with Garfield. He’s really settled into this role nicely and, frankly, I think he’s becoming a better Spider-Man/Peter Parker than Toby Maguire was. Also, Dane DeHaan is the best of the new actors to the series. He walks the line perfectly between creepy, yet strangely charming as Harry Osborn and, much like Garfield, I actually greatly prefer his portrayal to James Franco’s from the original trilogy.

The action has been stepped up from the first film, although that’s not saying much. But there are a few set pieces that look great and are fun to watch.

One of the greatest weaknesses of the first film was a story that just seemed too much of a retread from what we had already seen. That’s not quite as much the case in the sequel. The film goes down a couple of interesting paths and there’s a couple moments that have some genuine emotion attached to them. It was refreshing to see a comic book film take something you assume is going to happen and turn it on its head a little bit.

The Bad: Unfortunately, while this film is unquestionably better than its predecessor, it still has a long ways to go to join the genre’s best. The action may be better, but it’s also entirely too short…a big sin in a summer action movie.  Jamie Foxx is forgettable as Electro. I understand what they were going for with his character but, they take it way too far and his character seems way too cartoonish…even in a comic book movie. He also has some of the dumbest lines of dialogue I’ve heard this year.

There’s no villain overload in this film. But, I was particularly disappointed that Paul Giamatti has a glorified cameo and Harry Osborn really should have had a bigger role in this one and, for all the build up about the secret of Peter Parker’s parents…well…I’m not sure it was worth the wait.

The Final Word: This film may not compare to the genre’s best, but “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is a fun, energetic and surprisingly emotional movie and a good way to kick off the summer. It’s a step up from the first film and does just enough to keep you invested into the film’s universe.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

He brings up a good point. Apparently Andrew Garfield had conversations with director Marc Webb. We know Mary Jane Watson won’t be in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” but what if MJ didn’t stand for Mary Jane?

“I was kind of joking, but kind of not joking about MJ,” Garfield told EW. “And I was like, ‘What if MJ is a dude?’ Why can’t we discover that Peter is exploring his sexuality? It’s hardly even groundbreaking! So why can’t he be gay? Why can’t he be into boys?”

Garfield went on to say that Michael B. Jordan from “The Wire” and “Friday Night Lights” would be a great candidate. I must say, it would be nice to see comic book films embrace that.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Much like “Watchmen”, Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” is turing out to be a polarizing film. Critics didn’t care for it, fans seemed to like it. Count “Chronicle” Max Landis in the hate it camp. Here’s what he had to say about the film.

These are some harsh words. Here’s an excerpt:

“What’s special about Superman, is that his parents didn’t f*cking die. He’s not a selfish, post-traumatic sissy who needed to have his parents shot to death in front of him to understand that maybe you should help people and that crime is wrong and murder is bad. His Uncle Ben didn’t need to be killed in front of him basically by his own hand to drive the point home that if you have superpowers you should use them to help people…

He’s just a guy from Kansas who has the best superpowers. And instead of absolute power corrupting absolutely, it has absolved him from fear, and greed, and hate, and all of the weaknesses that stem from human insecurity. What’s special about Superman is that he will always make the right choice.”

What do you think?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This is surprising. Marc Webb’s spidey sequel “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” will no longer have a pretty big character. Mary Jane Watson is out of the second film. Shailene Woodley was slated to play Watson.

“Of course I’m bummed. But I am a firm believer in everything happening for a specific reason. … Based on the proposed plot, I completely understand the need for holding off on introducing [Mary Jane] until the next film,” Woodley told ComicBookMovie.

It probably gives more credence that Emma Stone, who plays Gwen Stacey is going to die in the second film. Andrew Garfield is back as Peter Parker with Jamie Foxx as Electro and Paul Giamatti as Rhino.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

When Felicity Jones was cast in Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” she was cast in an unknown role. She may have just let the cat out of the bag, however. When asked if she would be appearing as Black Cat (Felicia Harding) she said this:

“Uhm, Well…..possibly, I don’t know. Yeah, If that happens that would be wonderful.”

That’s not exactly a yes, but she didn’t say it wasn’t happening. She joins Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker, Emma Stone as Gwen Stacey, Jamie Foxx as Electro, Paul Giamatti as Rhino and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“The Amazing Spider-Man” was an OK, but unnecessary reboot. The sequel, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” sees Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone return and the arrival of Jamie Foxx (Electro) and Paul Giamatti (Rhino). Now Sony is looking ahead, setting the dates for “The Amazing Spider-Man 3” and “The Amazing Spider-Man 4”, which will come out on June 10, 2016 and May 4, 2018.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Wow” actually shooting?

After Sam Raimi left “World of Warcraft” it appeared that adaptation of the popular game was dead. Then Duncan Jones (“Moon”, ‘Source Code”) replaced him and now come news that the film will shoot the first part of 2014! Producer Charles Roven (“The Dark Knight Rises”, “Man of Steel”) said the film will shoot in the first quarter of next and year and is targeting a 2015 release.

I don’t know, I think they missed the time frame on this one for it to be a hit.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

That depends on who you believe. The Register is reporting that Sony is considering selling 15-20 percent of its film and music division to raise money for its electronics (PlayStation, TV’s, etc.). Included in that would be “Spider-Man” and “Resident Evil”. Of course “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” is in production with Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx, Paul Giamatti and more under the direction of Marc Webb. But Sony’s Amy Pascal told Ain’t It Cool News that Sony will NEVER let go of Spidey/Peter Parker.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Iron Man 3”, staring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Don Cheadle, Ben Kingsley and more, raked in the second highest opening weekend ever. But with RDJ’s contract coming up for negotiations, Marvel Studios couldn’t possibly part with its most popular actor right? Here’s what producer Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly:

“I believe there will be a fourth ‘Iron Man’ and a fifth, sixth and a 10th and a 20th. I see no reason why Tony Stark can’t be as evergreen as James Bond, Batman, or for that matter, Spider-Man.”

Of course Bond has had numerous actors play the character, most recently being Daniel Craig. We now have two Spideys in Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield and a variety of Batmans from George Clooney to Christian Bale. Would you be OK with a new Tony Stark? Who do you want to see? And do you really want to see 20 Iron Man films?

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.