Fanboy Fix: Spider-Man Teams with the 'Men In Black,' Sets His Sights on 'The Avengers 2'
Do you have big plans to see Men in Black 3 over the Memorial Day weekend? If you happen to be a Spider-Man fan, you might want to make those plans just a little bit bigger.
In preparation for the July 3 release of Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony revealed via the film’s official Facebook page that it will attach a six-minute preview to all IMAX prints of MiB3 starting Thursday, May 24, at midnight.
What might it show? You can bet that the four-minute preview recently shared via the televised talent program America’s Got Talent will make up the backbone of the clip, giving audiences a better view of that daring bridge rescue. And if Sony’s smart, they’ll tease better shots of Rhys Ifans as The Lizard, for the best superhero movies only end up being as good as their primary villain. (Think Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger’s Joker, Gene Hackman’s Lex Luthor and Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, to name my favorites.)
Speaking of the best superhero movies, Joss Whedon’s The Avengers is burning up the box office charts, holding steady at No. 1 after several weeks and inching ever closer to the $500 million mark at the domestic box office. In a few short weeks, Andrew Garfield and his Amazing Spider-Man will become the competition with Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and his “brothers” at Marvel. But Garfield told Vulture that he’d much rather join the group than compete against them.
“I saw [The Avengers], and I was blown away,” Garfield said. “And I'm going to see it again this weekend. I have no problem adding to the amount of money it's making! [Laughs.] Joss Whedon is a genius, and it's an incredible cast. I was very, very jealous, and I wanted to jump on the screen and play with them. It killed me that I wasn't in it, but I understand why, and I'm not insulted. But hey, if Samuel L. Jackson wants to give me a shout, I'm there for the next one!”
What do you think? Can Spider-Man find his way into The Avengers 2? Team-ups like this happen all the time in the pages of our beloved comics. And sooner or later, we’ll get to a point where major movie heroes can share the screen (despite differing studio deals).
Until that day, we’ll have to settle with six-minute IMAX trailers of blockbusters still to come … and dream of Spidey swinging into action alongside Hulk and his team. Excelsior!
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.