“The Amazing Spider-Man” almost had a cameo in “The Avengers”


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Now that “The Avengers” is out and dominating the box office, it’s time to look back at what might have been. A good portion of the film’s plot is dedicated to the creation of Stark Tower, but apparently that wasn’t going to be the only famous Marvel skyscraper gracing the movie’s New York City skyline.

In an interview with Latino Review, “The Amazing Spider-Man” producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tomlach dished that they had planned to sneak the Oscorp Building into “The Avengers.”

The Oscorp Building (as pictured above) will play a pivotal role in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Dr. Curt Connors, who ends up becoming the Lizard, works for Oscorp, and Gwen Stacy is an intern there. More importantly, Peter Parker’s father used to work at Oscorp before he disappeared when Peter was a child.

We’ve seen Oscorp in the Sam Raimi “Spider-Man” movies as well. Norman Osborn, the founder of Oscorp, was the villain of “Spider-Man” after one of his experiments went awry and he turned into the Green Goblin (Willem Dafoe). His son Harry Osborn (James Franco) used to be Peter’s best friend before he discovered his father’s secret identity and fate at the hands of Spider-Man. He would later become the second Green Goblin.

As we all now know from the lack of the building in the flick, it didn’t work out. But it wasn’t because Marvel and Sony weren’t interested. Instead, the crossover didn’t work because the “Spider-Man” design team wasn’t done crafting the Oscorp Building by the time “The Avengers” needed it.

J Michael Riva, who recently passed away, was responsible for the design of “The Amazing Spider-Man’s” Oscorp Building as well as the Stark structures in the first two “Iron Man” films. Because of the stylistic similarities, Disney and Sony started discussing — and reportedly agreed on — having that small connection (the inclusion of Oscorp) bridge their two superhero franchises.

This isn’t the first time Marvel has tried to cross over Sony’s superhero universe with their own. Back when the studio was developing “The Incredible Hulk,” there had been a brief hope that Sony would allow Marvel to have a Peter Parker cameo at the university where Bruce Banner worked. It never panned out, but maybe third time is the charm?

Actual character crossovers between studios is a “business impossibility,” but Tomlach did say that Sony would love to team up with Marvel in the future to do some crossovers on a smaller level.

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Weird Roles

Anthony Michael Hall’s Most Rotten Movies

Catch Anthony Michael Hall in Weird Science on Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Anthony Michael Hall was the quintessential ’80s nerd. We love him in classics like The Breakfast Club and National Lampoon’s Vacation. But even the brainiest among us has his weak spots. In honor of Weird Science airing this Rotten Friday, we analyze Hall’s worst movies.

Weird Science (1985) 56%

A low point for John Hughes, Weird Science is way too wacky for its own good. Anthony Michael Hall’s Gary and his pal Wyatt (Ilan Mitchell-Smith) create the “perfect woman.” Supernatural chaos ensues. The film costars a young Bill Paxton, floppy disks, and a general disconnect from all reality.

The Caveman’s Valentine (2001) 46%

This ambitious drama starring Samuel L. Jackson couldn’t live up to its rich premise. Jackson plays Romulus, a Juilliard-educated, paranoid schizophrenic who lives in a cave. Hall co-stars as Bob, a rich man, who wants to see Romulus play the piano. The plot centers around Romulus investigating a murder, but with so much going on, the movie never quite finds its rhythm.

All About the Benjamins (2002) 30%

Ice Cube plays a bounty hunter who teams up with Mike Epps’ con man to catch diamond thieves. Hall plays Lil J, a small-time drug dealer. It’s definitely a role we’ve never seen Hall in, but overall the movie isn’t funny or original enough to justify its violence.

Freddy Got Fingered (2001) 11%

This showcase for Tom Green’s goofy gross-out comedy is often hailed as one of the worst films of all time. Green plays Gord, a 20-something slacker, who dreams of having his own animated series. Hall is Dave Davidson, a CEO of an animation studio who eventually helps Gord find success. Too bad Tom Green wasn’t so lucky.

Johnny Be Good (1988) 0%

Hall plays against type as Johnny Walker, a star quarterback. Robert Downey Jr. is his best friend and Uma Thurman plays his devoted girlfriend. Despite the support of a future A-list cast, the movie lacks central conflict and charm. Or, as TV Guide put it, “Johnny be worthless.” Ouch.

Catch the “Too Rotten to Miss” Weird Science this Friday at 8P on IFC.

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Season 6: Episode 1: Pickathon

Binge Fest

Portlandia Season 6 Now Available On DVD

The perfect addition to your locally-sourced, artisanal DVD collection.

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End of summer got you feeling like:

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Ease into fall with Portlandia‘s sixth season. Relive the latest exploits of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s cast of characters, including Doug and Claire’s poignant breakup, Lance’s foray into intellectual society, and the terrifying rampage of a tsukemen Noodle Monster! Plus, guest stars The Flaming Lips, Glenn Danzig, Louis C.K., Kevin Corrigan, Zoë Kravitz, and more stop by to experience what Portlandia is all about.

Pick up a copy of the DVD today, or watch full episodes and series extras now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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Byrning Down the House

Everything You Need to Know About the Film That Inspired “Final Transmission”

Documentary Now! pays tribute to "Stop Making Sense" this Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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This week Documentary Now! is with the band. For everyone who’s ever wanted to be a roadie without leaving the couch, “Final Transmission” pulls back the curtain on experimental rock group Test Pattern’s final concert. Before you tune in Wednesday at 10P on IFC, plug your amp into this guide for Stop Making Sense, the acclaimed 1984 Talking Heads concert documentary.

Put on Your Dancing Shoes

Hailed as one of the best concert films ever created, director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs) captured the energy and eccentricities of a band known for pushing the limits of music and performance.

Make an Entrance

Lead singer David Byrne treats the concert like a story: He enters an empty stage with a boom box and sings the first song on the setlist solo, then welcomes the other members of the group to the stage one song at a time.

Steal the Spotlight

David Byrne Dancing
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Always a physical performer, Byrne infuses the stage and the film with contagious joy — jogging in place, dancing with lamps, and generally carrying the show’s high energy on his shoulders.

Suit Yourself

Byrne makes a splash in his “big suit,” a boxy business suit that grows with each song until he looks like a boy who raided his father’s closet. Don’t overthink it; on the DVD, the singer explains, “Music is very physical, and often the body understands it before the head.”

View from the Front Row

Stop Making Sense Band On Stage
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Demme (who also helmed 1987’s Swimming to Cambodia, the inspiration for this season’s Documentary Now! episode “Parker Gail’s Location is Everything”) films the show by putting viewers in the audience’s shoes. The camera rarely shows the crowd and never cuts to interviews or talking heads — except the ones onstage.

Let’s Get Digital

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Stop Making Sense isn’t just a good time — it’s also the first rock movie to be recorded entirely using digital audio techniques. The sound holds up more than 30 years later.

Out of Pocket

Talk about investing in your art: Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz told Rolling Stone that the members of the band “basically put [their] life savings” into the movie, and they didn’t regret it.

Catch Documentary Now!’s tribute to Stop Making Sense when “Final Transmission” premieres Wednesday, October 12 at 10P on IFC.

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