Spider-Man back in MCU after Sony, Marvel reconcile

Spider-Man is sticking around in the MCU neighborhood



Image from Spider-Man: Far From Home promotional materials

Our favorite friendly, wall-crawling hero Spider-Man is sticking around in the MCU neighborhood.

A report by Variety details how Marvel and Sony jointly announced that they are indeed working together to produce a third film in the Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise that’s set in the MCU. A little while ago, Spidey’s future in the Marvel Cinematic Universe looked bleak after Sony and Marvel failed to come to an agreement about revenue sharing on future films.

Negotiations broke down after Sony refused a 50/50 split. The Variety report says the two companies went back to the original deal which “stipulates that Marvel receives about 5 percent of first-dollar gross and all merchandising revenues.

Not just a third film

The third installment in the Spider-Man: Homecoming franchise is scheduled for release on July 16, 2021. That’s not all, part of the agreement ensures that Spider-Man will also appear in other movies produced by Marvel studios.

Sony owns the live action film rights to Spider-Man but the company’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise didn’t do as well as they hoped. It had to be cancelled after only two films despite a planned trilogy.

Marvel, who has built an unprecedented cinematic universe, swooped in and convinced Sony to produce a film together featuring Spider-Man. MCU’s Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, has since appeared in a handful of MCU movies — two of which with him as the titular character.


Netflix is experimenting with livestreaming content

For reality shows and comedy specials



Netflix is in a bit of a rough patch. After losing subscribers for the first time, the platform is trying other strategies to retain its userbase including more stringent ways to police password sharing. This time, Netflix is trying a more additive approach. According to a report, the company is experimenting with livestreaming content.

First reported by Deadline, the company is currently in the early stages of creating such content. More specifically, Netflix will try the format for its catalog of “unscripted shows and stand-up specials.” There is no timetable for the experiment’s launch, but the company hopes to launch it soon.

A move towards livestreaming does make sense with Netflix’s current catalog of titles. Over the years, the platform has slowly curated an expansive lineup of reality shows and stand-up comedy specials. For example, Netflix’s Drive to Survive quickly became one of its biggest titles in reality television, bringing a lot of eyes to Formula One racing. Likewise, the platform has always been a stronghold for comedy specials since the advent of its popularity.

Besides its strong slate of content, the company has also experimented with user input including shows that mimicked Choose Your Own Adventure books. Under a livestreaming format, the audience might be able to provide input for the title as well, such as voting for (or against) contestants in a game show.

That said, it’s still too early to tell how livestreaming might appear on Netflix. For now, at least.

SEE ALSO: Netflix considers cheaper, ad-supported subscription

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Campaign putting seizure, epilepsy warnings to YouTube gaming content initiated



Seizure Warning

Whenever on YouTube, people tend to have the urge to skip annoying or uninteresting ads.

But Digitas Philippines is trying to change that with an all-important online campaign that puts the safety of the gaming community first.

With the Seizure Warning Pre-Rolls project, Digitas Philippines turns YouTube’s 6-second pre-rolls before videos play into dedicated spaces, where instead of ads, PSAs get played.

Digitas will focus on showing warnings that effectively alert viewers of possible adverse of conditions such as seizures and photosensitive epilepsy.

To ensure that such warnings draw the attention of YouTube viewers, Digitas’ team included flashy animations, fast and mind-bending gameplay, and vivid, ultra-colorful visuals.

Such components make gaming content extremely visually stimulating, yet can also seriously affect those who have had seizures or epilepsy in the past, as well as those who have not had them before.

Avoiding risk on YouTube 

With more than 40 million active gaming channels, users definitely have a chance of running into possible seizure risks.

This pushed Digitas to jumpstart the campaign, trying to address the lack of warning signs before the start of videos and more.

Through their campaign, notices will be placed before anyone views gaming-related content to boost safety and lower the risk of getting a seizure or epilepsy.

The initiative will already cover all YouTube videos with gaming content tags in its initial phase. It will feature highly-targeted and specific warning messages for viewers’ protection.

The group is also in the process of partnering with more institutions to follow up and go beyond the first phase.

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Apple releases Thai horror film shot on iPhone 13 Pro

Streaming for free on YouTube



Movies shot on phones aren’t novel ideas anymore. For a few years now, filmmakers and smartphone makers have worked together to create films without using any professional camera equipment. Among their rivals, both Apple and Samsung are the most notorious for these projects. Today, Apple is trying something new: a Thai horror film shot entirely on the iPhone 13 Pro.

In Thailand, Apple has revealed a collaboration with renowned Thai horror director Parkpoom Wongpoom for a short film called Those That Follow. The short film revolves around the Thai belief of Phi Ta Khon, wherein ghosts follow people. More specifically, the 20-minute film follows two teenage robbers on the run after a botched robbery.

The two Pro variants of the iPhone 13 series both carry impressive camera setups. Both carry three 12-megapixel cameras for wide, ultra-wide, and telephoto shooting. They are also compatible with Apple ProRAW shooting, allowing for a lot of production value for films. Plus, as confirmed by Parkpoom, the phone performs brilliantly in low light conditions, an important prerequisite for horror films.

The smartphone is available now starting at US$ 999. The series also has three other variants available for customers: iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, and iPhone 13 Pro Max.

Meanwhile, Those That Follow is available on Apple Thailand’s website and YouTube account.

SEE ALSO: Apple iPhone 13 Pro & 13 Pro Max review: After the hype

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