Spider-man

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  • Venom

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 3rd October 2018

    Let’s get something clear: it’s not grey-faced film snobbery, it’s not misunderstanding why a villainous antihero deserves his own movie, it’s not bad memories of Topher Grace, and it has nothing to do with Lady Gaga fans trying to help A Star Is Born top the box office chart. The reason why critics have felt their shitey sense tingling in advance of Venom’s release is because it has always looked terrible. The trailers showcased a comic-book movie from a bygone decade in which superpowers were fuelled by cheesey dialogue, bad CGI and maddening plot holes. We’ve all been standing downwind of this turd for quite some time, so low expectations are entirely justified. Ok, maybe it’s a little bit because of Topher Grace.

  • Ranking all the Eddie Brock/Venom transformations so far

    Movie Feature | Matt Looker | 3rd August 2018

    Those new Venom trailers are something, eh? Lots of shots of Tom Hardy twitching, some nonsense science scenes and one truly excellent set-piece in which Hardy comes off his bike a bit and then uses his incredible alien powers to get back on his bike a bit. Still, at least we have some shots of the titular ET himself to gawk at and argue over.

  • All 154 characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, ranked

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 25th April 2018

    Avengers: Infinity War signals the end of the first 10 years of Marvel movies and over the past decade we've gotten know the countless characters that have resided within the Marvel Cinematic Universe more intimately than our own weekend lovers. How better to pay our respects to the extended Marvel family than by systematically ranking each notable character from the MCU, pitting them all against one another in an arbitrary internet Royal Rumble? Fight! Fight! Fight!

  • Avengers: Infinity War

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 25th April 2018

    In every way that matters – and it matters in every way – Avengers: Infinity War is basically the biggest movie ever. Ten years in the making, producing some of the highest grossing films on record and some of the most recognisable characters and franchises in the world, it’s astonishing that this climactic crossover event combining all of them in one big-screen adventure is even possible. What’s more astonishing is that it somehow meets every single impossible expectation you have for it.

  • More Sony franchises that need Iron Man to rescue them

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 11th July 2017

    Critics can't fawn over Spider-Man: Homecoming enough: hooray for a competent Spider-Man movie! There's no doubt that Marvel have to take some of the credit for Homecoming's success - Kevin Feige was parachuted into Sony HQ to save the franchise, and he did so by basically letting them have a go on Iron Man for a bit. Is it really that simple? Does adding Iron Man always improve a franchise? Sony aren't waiting around to find out: they've already green-lit the following new sequels to their existing franchises. Now to contact Robert Downey Jr and assume he's available!

  • An oral history of superhero actors complaining about going to the toilet

    Movie Feature | Ali Gray | 6th July 2017

    There's a strange, unspoken relationship between a journalist and a film star that absolutely nothing personal must be discussed during an interview. Except, that is, when that film star is playing a superhero, in which case it's absolutely on message to ask them exactly how they pissed and/or shat while wearing their super-suit. The weirdest thing is just how willing the actors are to share.

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Movie Review | Matt Looker | 30th June 2017

    Following his glorified cameo in Captain America: Civil War, everyone has been wondering exactly how how Marvel will reboot the character in his own solo outing. No one wants to see another bitey radioactive spider, but how do you tell an origin story without actually telling the origin story? Is he definitely part of the ongoing Marvel timeline forever more? Can he suddenly slot into the meticulously planned MCU? Basically, is the title correct? Is Spider-Man really coming home?

  • Watch: James Franco's about-to-get-demented clapping in Spider-Man 2

    Movie Feature | Matt Looker | 21st June 2016



    Stopped, just as he was really starting to throw his whole weight behind it. Who knows what kind of rhythmic body-jolting this would have resulted in had he been allowed to carry on?

  • Man who saw Civil War to share definitive MCU rankings

    Movie Feature | Matt Looker | 3rd May 2016

    "Just seen Captain America: Civil War. Need to revise my MCU rankings!!" a man promised his legions of Facebook friends this weekend and now the Internet has halted to a standstill awaiting what will surely be the definitive list of Marvel Cinematic Universe films, ordered by quality.

  • Finding five nerd rage moments in the new Civil War trailer

    Movie Feature | Matt Looker | 11th March 2016

    Marvel have released a new trailer for Captain America: Civil War and it showcases thrilling action, real investment in emotional plot beats and an awesome first look at our brand new Spider-Man. The problem is, it has been met with overwhelming excitement and positivity. Don't they know that the Internet wasn't built to sustain such a thing?