Both this summer's The Wolverine and next year's The Amazing Spider-Man 2 aim to keep momentum going and build on the good will towards the most recent installment in each superhero comic book movie franchise - X-Men: First Class and The Amazing Spider-Man, which (respectively) came after disappointed reactions to X-Men Origins: Wolverine and lukewarm reception for Spider-Man 3.
Today we can offer you behind-the-scenes photos for Wolverine, which were made available through Twitter by the film's director James Mangold (3:10 to Yuma) and feature locations and characters from the full Wolverine trailer. Meanwhile, the Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb continues his one-man quest to chronicle the entirety of production on the ASM sequel through Tweets, by unveiling yet another image.
The film begins with Logan (Hugh Jackman) having gone back to his drifter lifestyle - after the death of Jean Grey (Famke Janssen) during X-Men: The Last Stand - before it takes our favorite self-healing, clawed mutant to Japan, where he meets a powerful, but dying old man who wishes to repay Logan for saving his life back in WWII by giving him the "gift" of mortality (which, of course, comes with a price).
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The general outlook for Wolverine seems to be cautious optimism, following the formal beginning of Fox's marketing blitz and trailer release for Mangold's X-Men installment. If nothing else, those who remain invested in this franchise ought to hope this serves as a good bridge linking the previous installments to next summer's X-Men: Days of Future Past - where the present-day trilogy and First Class timelines will collide in what should be the craziest X-Men movie to date (and maybe even the best, if all goes according to plan).
The Wolverine opens in theaters on July 26th, 2013. X-Men: Days of Future Past arrives in theaters on July 18th, 2014.
Source: James Mangold
The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Webb has Tweeted many images from the Amazing Spider-Man 2 set by this point, which include everything from cameo appearances by well-known character actors to sneak peeks at famous locations from the Spider-Man comic books that will appear in the sequel, and different versions of Peter Parker's (Andrew Garfield) new web-slinging costume.
We're still waiting to find out what, exactly, the antagonist Electro (Oscar-winner Jamie Foxx) looks like in Amazing Spider-Man 2, but in the meantime Webb has released a photo teasing the destruction and collateral damage he creates on the streets of New York.
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Foxx has indicated before that Electro's costume in the film will bear a strong resemblance to the character's appearance from the "Ultimate Spider-Man" comic book continuity, in keeping with the tendency for the Amazing Spider-Man movie series to draw from that contemporary rendition of Pete's superhero adventures.
There's still plenty of material waiting to be revealed from the Amazing Spider-Man sequel, including the looks for Chris Cooper as Norman Osborn and Paul Giamatti as Rhino; not to mention, more information about how much screen time all these antagonists will get in a movie that also introduces Mary Jane Watson (Shailene Woodley) and Harry Osborn (Dane DeHaan) into the mix.
Comic-Con 2013, anyone?
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens in theaters on May 2nd, 2014.
Source: Marc Webb
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