Greetings My Dear Friends, in the past couple of months we have learned some very interesting news; news that the Marvel Cinematic fans have been waiting on for quite some time. News...of our official new Spider-Man: Mr. Tom Holland.
I'm sure that there are still mixed emotions about this casting choice, though the news seems to have been taken fairly positive so far. I am in great anticipation of how this rising young actor will fair as our beloved Web-Slinger. BUT, that is not what I have come to discuss this evening.
A few months ago a short, five minute Pilot episode for a new Spider-Man Web-Series surfaced on YouTube. That video is currently sitting at a staggering 2,366,031views. It has definitely raised the bar for Spider-Man fan films, and to some, fan films in general. If you have yet to see the video, check it out now!
Now, assuming you have watched this 5-6 minute short, I shall progress with the real reason I am writing to you this evening.
(WARNING: MILD SPOILERS BELOW!)
This video has gotten so much attention, that its creators have ramped up their game. They raised $5,625.00 with a Kickstarter Campaign, have gotten the attention of some professional actors and producers, and seek to truly deliver something quality for this character that we have not yet fully seen.
This series will contain five parts; it will deliver variations from a few popular story arcs in an effort to deliver something true to the comics, yet still original. The duration of this article will deliver behind the scenes shots from production that is currently underway!
Let us begin with this fine specimen of a man. Brett Owens will be portraying the role of Eddie Brock. Brock will play a minor role in the series overall, but his counterpart will have quite a magnificent scene with the one thing he hates more than Spider-Man. Oh yes my friends, Carnage is coming. But let us move on.
Next on our list is the beautiful Katie Smith portraying none other than, yup you guessed it, Mary Jane Watson. I have personally been on set for some of her scenes, and trust me when I say, it is like she walked straight out of the pages of Ultimate Spider-Man. Her ability to capture the character is phenomenal, and even further than that, she more than looks the part. Are you getting excited yet? We are just getting started.
Moving right along is yours truly portraying the part of Harry Osborn. While I am not a seasoned actor by any means, I am thankful to be surrounded by these amazingly talented people because they are easily helping me to shape this character into the best it can possibly be. But enough about me, how about Peter?
Samuel Scimeca is back again as your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man/ Peter Parker. There were many mixed emotions about his portrayal in the pilot episode, and rightfully so. I myself was a bit skeptical, until I found out that all of his lines were on the spot. Sam has been working incredibly hard at perfecting the character of Peter Parker, and definitely the character of Spider-Man. Both, have improved TREMENDOUSLY in comparison to the initial five minute short. I think my Spidey senses are tingling a little more. Let's continue, shall we?
Up next on our list is Mrs. Missy Coppage. Missy is playing the role of Peter's beloved Aunt May. This woman brings the true heritage of Aunt May to life with every line that leaves her lips. It is truly something special to watch her interact with Sam and Katie. Speaking of which...
Let's just take a look at all three of them together. They are truly a family. You feel that warm, fuzzy feeling in your chest? You know, that comforting sense of home? Yeah. Me too. How about we get to some baddies...
Mr. David Coppage IS Norman Osborn. This scene was very intense to shoot. There was a lot that had to be said, and Mr. Coppage was not afraid to dig deep down into a dark, gritty abyss to bring the true character of Norman Osborn to life. I fear the Goblin may be lying just beneath the surface...
Last, but definitely not least, is one of my personal favorites. Kraven the Hunter, portrayed by Justin Torrence. Mr. Torrence is a professional actor and has been in a variety of different films including "Hearts of Men" which you can watch on Vimeo here. However, in Marvel Knights: Spider-Man, his portrayal of this long awaited, classic villain is uncanny, and dare I say SPOT ON. Torrence is flawless, from his insanely accurate accent, to his menacing delivery of every line. I think you all will be more than satisfied with his rendition of Sergei Kravinoff.
In closing, I would like to add that there will be more characters than just the ones listed above. This series is ambitious, it is fun, it is gritty, it is the true spirit of Spider-Man through and through. I hope that this little piece of "Behind The Scenes" gets you amped for what is to come starting this fall. Heroes rise and fall, but their legacy can live on forever. Be on the lookout for Made Legit Media's "Marvel Knights: Spider-Man"