Joss Whedon continues to be all over the Internet -- even making a surprise appearance on premiere Whedon fansite Whedonesque, penning an open letter to his fans (or as Whedon calls them his "peeps") thanking them for their years of support and doing a brief Q&A during which he speaks about his feelings on "The Avengers" being eclipsed by Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises" later this summer.
"Our successes, whoever has the mostest, are a boon to each other," Whedon said in his open letter. "We're in the business of proving that superhero movies aren't just eye-candy (they're eye-truffles!). People seem intent on setting us against each other, and though I'm proud to be Woody Strode to Nolan's Kirk Douglas, I think they're missing the point. Whatever TDKR does on its first weekend, the only stat that matters to me is the ticket I'M definitely buying. Nolan and Raimi invented the true superhero flick, yo. (Special mention to Jon Favreau and James Gunn.) Happy to be in the mix."
Definitely do check out the full letter over on Whedonesque. It's great stuff.
Meanwhile, Forbes has posted a six-page interview/profile on the director, talking to him about everything under the sun -- including his work on Earth's Mightiest Movie.
"It's two years, give or take a week of my life, and it felt a lot like when I was running three shows," Whedon told Forbes. "Those are the two experiences I liken the most of just constant -- I am writing while I am filming while I am editing while I am…what’s the not thing? Sleeping. So it’s obviously an enormous project. On the other hand, doing a show for seven years is in some ways bigger. It’s longer. This one’s taller. And it is not small. It’s not small. 'The Avengers' and 'Cabin in the Woods' have one thing in common, which is they both go insane at the end. They really pour it on. The expression 'go big or go home' really applies. For two years I went big, and then I went home."
If concept art is more your speed, concept artists Nathan Schroeder and Steve Jung have posted some incredible art. Go to their individual websites for the full gallery, but for now, check out this great Helicarrier piece by Schroeder and this showdown between the big three by Jung.
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Let's start with the coolest "Spider-Man" news on the internet this morning: ex-Spidey Tobey Maguire interviewed new Spidey Andrew Garfield in a feature on VMan -- although both actors kind of interviewed each other during the duration of the piece.
"The main thing I'm thinking about and worrying about is what happens after this movie comes out," Garfield told Maguire. "What was your experience when you became Spider-Man in people's eyes? I'm interested to hear what you have to say about the whole life change that it brings. Because right now I have a host of fears that I'm contending with on a minute-to-minute basis. I'm not in the reality of it yet, so I'm sure I'm imagining it will be much worse than it is. I admire you so much because you're an actor and that's all you've ever been and all you ever will be. It must be very hard to hold on to the simple fact of wanting to be an actor, to tell stories and not have your image become bigger than your art. Do you have a recollection of a definite change, or was it a seamless thing?"
"I think our thing was a little bit different because movies hadn't been doing the sort of opening-weekend business that's fairly common—even expected—today," Maguire responded. "The first 'Harry Potter' came out about six months before us and it was this phenomenon from Day one. It was so wild because it was a new thing at that moment—and i'm not saying that hasn't happened in movie history, but at the time that was a big jump. And then that happened with us. People didn't anticipate [2002's 'Spider-Man'] to be like that. Leading up to it you start to get reactions and people tell you, you know, what the tracking is and what range your opening weekend box office is likely to be. But for me it was kind of unexpected. So much shifted in my life the weekend the movie came out. It was shocking."
The entire interview is just fantastic. Definitely check out the full piece.
If that last piece was a little TL;DR for you, here's a new TV spot for "The Amazing Spider-Man" on the CinemaPulse YouTube channel.
Comic Book Movie has posted some new photos of Irrfan Khan as Dr. Ratha in the upcoming film. Nothing all that revealing here, but good stuff all the same.
The Seven WebHeads Facebook page has posted a new viral image of a very young Peter Parker and his parents. Be sure to look closely at Peter's right hand.
Opens July 3
IRON MAN 3
That was quick. Less than 24 hours after Jessica Chastain revealed she was turning down a role in "Iron Man 3", Variety reports "The Town" actress Rebecca Hall is currently in talks to take on the unnamed role, a scientist who plays a pivotal role in the creation of Extremis.
Opens May 3, 2013
Although it's been rumored that Mark Millar and John Romita Jr's "Kick-Ass" would be making a return to the silver screen, it wasn't until very recently that it was confirmed Universal Pictures is in talks with producer Matthew Vaughan to make and distribute "Kick-Ass 2." Although Vaughn both directed and wrote the first "Kick-Ass," he will serve as producer this time around and has handpicked "Cry Wolf's" Jeff Wadlow to direct.
"Vaughn is the toughest judge I have ever met. He's a strictly no-bullshit guy," Millar wrote on his message board. "He told me he had his eye on Jeff for this eighteen months back. He knows what he's doing. His track record speaks for itself. And the script is seven shades of fantastic. I'm very, very happy."
MEN IN BLACK 3
A new TV spot for "Men in Black 3" has surfaced on the official YouTube account with a few snippets of new footage.
Opens May 25
G.I. JOE: RETALIATION
First up is the final poster for "G.I. Joe: Retaliation" courtesy of ComingSoon.net featuring Roadblock, General Joe, Lady Jaye and Snake Eyes. Also, Cobra Commander's head.
Also, Comic Book Movie has begun posting some of their "Retaliation" CinemaCon 2012 coverage including this interview with Adrianne Palicki and D.J. Cotrona.
Opens June 29
LIVE ACTION TOY STORY
YouTube user jonasonsMovies has posted a pitch-perfect live-action recreation of the final "Toy Story 3" scene as a final project for his film class. Not only is it fantastic, it's possibly even more emotional than the animated version. Just, wow. Thanks to the folks over at MTV Splash Page for the heads up!