Sony responded to the threats by cancelling all press for the movie. Seth Rogen and James Franco were removed from all media events before the premiere. Then Sony cancelled the New York premiere, and told theaters that they would not punish any theaters for removing the movie from their showings. The largest cinema chains all elected to pull the film, which pushed Sony to eventually completely cancel the release. Sony has not commented on if the movie will ever release, or if it is going to be completely restricted. The future of the film remains yet unknown.
Garfield was placed in a difficult situation. His first turn as Spider-Man saw him appear in a retelling of the web-slinger’s origin. While successful at the box office, the film was nowhere near as well made as the first Tobey Maguire outing. The sequel, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, did disappointing box office. The script was very weak and jammed two villains into the film for no real reason other than to try and debut characters for spinoff movies.
Other problems emerged regarding future projects.
Leaked emails now revealed that the absurd notion Sony wanted to create an “Aunt May prequel spy film” was actually true. Clearly, the Spider-Man franchise was – and is – off the rails.
A new direction is needed. Marvel wants to drop all “teen romance” elements from future Spider-Man movies and focus on more action. Marvel surely wants to integrate Spider-Man in the rest of the Marvel Universe. Plans that Spider-Man would appear in Captain America: Civil War seem to have been scrapped.
Continuing with Garfield as Spider-Man, sadly for the actor, would not make sense. He is associated with two really weak films hampering his ability to bring anything to the table.
Patricia Ward, 66, a beloved language arts professor, was brutally murdered by her son in her Farmingdale, N.Y., home late Tuesday.
Onlookers thought it was a Halloween prank when they saw 35-year-old Derek Ward drag his mother’s headless body into the street before kicking her severed head about 20 feet away. He killed himself a short time later by jumping in front of a Long Island Railroad train. His body was found a mile down the track.
In addition to having been arrested previously for criminal mischief and gun possession, Nassau County police sources said Derek Ward had a 10-year psychiatric history and an apparent drug problem. The motive for the killing is unknown.
Patricia Ward, a longtime professor at Farmingdale State College, was a popular and well-respected instructor. I didn’t go to school there, but one of my buddies named Christian did, and I think he may have even had a class with her.