Author: Kate Richards

Spider-Man to Join the Marvel Movie Universe

Spider-Man to Join the Marvel Movie Universe

Spider-Man and the Avengers have crossed over for decades in comic books, more recently in television, but never on the big screen since superhero movies exploded a little more than 10 years ago.

But rival studios Sony and Marvel/Disney’s new deal, released Monday night, will be putting an end to that separation. The US $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, owned by Sony, will now bring in a Marvel Studios team headed by President Kevin Feige to work alongside Sony’s Amy Pascal to produce the next film installments, the first of which is set to be released in July 2017.

“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together,” says Doug Belgrad, president of Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group in the statement. “This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” he added.

According to the new deal, Spider-Man will make an appearance in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe first.

“Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from MCU,” says Kevin Feige in the statement. “I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel and fans alike have been looking forward to for years.”

Sony Pictures continues to “finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films,” says the statement.

Fourth-Grader Suspended for ‘Threatening’ LOTR Magic on Classmate 1

Fourth-Grader Suspended for ‘Threatening’ LOTR Magic on Classmate

A 9-year-old boy brought his one ring to school on Thursday Jan. 29. But after placing it on another classmate’s head and claiming it could make him invisible like Bilbo Baggins, was suspended from his west Texas school.

Kermit Elementary called it a threat, and one parent allegedly referred to it as a “terroristic threat.”

The child’s father, Jason Steward, told the New York Daily he didn’t understand why the school didn’t send a letter home rather than pull his child out of school and mentioned the family had been to see The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies the weekend before.

He insisted his son didn’t mean anything by it, and in a later e-mail to the NY Daily said, “I assure you my son lacks the magical powers necessary to threaten his friend’s existence … If he did, I’m sure he’d bring him right back.”

The school’s principal, Roxanne Greer, declined comment when the Odessa American Texas newspaper got in contact, referring to confidentiality policies.

The boy has attended Kermit Elementary for only six months and has been disciplined with in-school suspension twice already. Once for referring to another classmate as black and a second time for bringing a children’s encyclopedia to class that had an image of a pregnant woman in it.