• 04 May 2007 at 9:10 AM
  • Marvel

My spider-sense tells me that this may sell out

spider-man-21.jpg Buy your Spider-Man tickets this morning before the show sells out. The movie is currently selling out at a rate faster than Spider-Man’s metabolism would have to be to generate enough silk need to swing a human-sized object from building to building (a metabolic rate so fast that a “real” Spider-Man would most likely starve because he would be required to eat several times his body weight each day).
How fast will Sony recoup its $500mm (although Sony execs balk at this number, they remain conspicuously silent when giving hard cost figures) investment? The films in the Spider-Man franchise have made around $800mm on average, although the second film made slightly less than the first, and cost considerably more.
Unlike the first two movies, which critics acquiesced into giving decent reviews, the third installment in the franchise is apparently so ridiculous than Sony can barely buy enough reviews to earn a comfortably favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes (63% now). The Wall Street Journal review of the film carries an especially ominous warning, and especially creepy stipple portrait of Tobey Maguire (also pictured here trying to shield himself from the picture’s non-justification of why some meteoric space goo is stalking him):

Will the extremely extravagant special effects prove sufficient to sustain the picture? Surely they will, this time. Still, there’s a sense of fatigue in the scenes that don’t involve high-tensile webs and high-tension suspense. At one point Peter’s landlord, noting his tenant’s erratic behavior, says: “He’s a good boy. He must be in some kind of trouble.” He is.

‘Spider-Man 3′ Ups the Villains, Flubs the Drama – [WSJ]

  • 14 Sep 2006 at 11:48 AM
  • Marvel

How Many Spiderman Movies Can Marvel Make?

spiderman1.jpgIt’s pretty obvious that a lot of the math nerds running hedge funds or making buy recommendations at Wall Street firms have sentimental reasons for liking comic book companies—namely, they were big X-Men fans as kids and associate with the idea that a geeky guy like Peter Parker secretly has super powers. But is there any justification for the “buy” recommendations for Marvel apart from sentiment? Travis Johnson thinks there is but the reasoning seems unpersuasive.

So we were left to spend the summer pondering just how weak the shares might get during a movie-less fall and how strong they might get as soon as investors begin to look forward to 2007, which will include one guaranteed blockbuster (Spiderman 3 in May, one likely one, (Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer in June), and one possible hit,( Nicholas Cage’s Ghost Rider in February), and to 2008 which will bring the first of Marvel’s self-produced films,( Iron Man, scheduled for May).

Look. The Spiderman movies are pretty good but how many of these can Toby McGuire really make? At some point the franchise is going to burn itself out. And Fantastic Four? Doesn’t anybody remember how bad the first one was? Nicholas Cage in Ghost Rider? When was the last time Cage actually opened a movie? We don’t even want to think about Iron Man.
Marvel Entertainment: Superheroic Comeback [Seeking Alpha]