The year-end holiday season has big films ready for release like ‘Spider-Man: No Way Home’ and ‘The Matrix Resurrections,’ but the resurgence of COVID-19 cases is likely to continue to weigh on cinema operators. The government again banned the consumption of food and drink in cinemas from December 1, a month after the restrictions were lifted.
From “Spider-Man,” starring Tom Holland, to another “Kingsman” spy comedy franchise, and the long-awaited “Matrix 4 Movie,” there is plenty for film buffs to enjoy during this holiday season.
“Spider-Man: No Way Home Movie” will open in Korea, Dec. 15, two days prior to its release in the U.S. According to Digital Spy, Sony will release director Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: No Way Home in the UK on Wednesday, December 15
The film picks up at the point where Spider-Man’s identity is exposed, and his superhero responsibilities come into conflict with his normal life as Peter Parker. He calls for Doctor Strange’s help to restore his secret identity, but the magic spell breaks open the multiverse, releasing supervillains who have never before fought Spider-Man.
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“The King’s Man” will hit theaters on Dec. 22. Revolving around the origins of the very first Kingsman secret service organization, led by the Duke of Oxford (Ralph Fiennes), the secret agents are on a mission to save the world from criminal masterminds who are plotting a war to wipe out millions.
Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Ann Moss will do a reprise of their roles as Neo and Trinity in “The Matrix Resurrections,” the long-awaited fourth film in the franchise. The new film follows Neo as he is reawakened into the Matrix, a simulation of human life created by machines.
A few homegrown films, which have been shelved for over a year due to the pandemic, will be getting their releases as well.
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Political drama “Kingmaker,” starring Lee Sun-kyun and Seol Kyung-gu, will hit theaters in December. It revolves around an opposition party politician, Kim Woon-beom (Seol), who teams up with “kingmaker” Seo Chang-dae (Lee), to run for the presidential election.
“A Year-end Medley,” starring Han Ji-min and Lee Dong-wook, is also expected to premiere in December. The romantic drama film weaves together multiple stories of Korean celebrities who cross the lobby of the Hotel Emross in the middle of Seoul during Christmas.
The number of moviegoers reached 52 million from January to November, approximately one-fourth of the 204 million moviegoers counted during the same period of the pre-pandemic year, 2019.
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Cinema operators anticipated that the government-led “Living with COVID-19” scheme would help the cinema afloat, but the recent virus resurgence has spawned new concerns over safety. Several actors, including Jung Woo-sung, Go Kyung-pyo and Kim Soo-ro, recently tested positive for COVID-19.
At the Disney+ Day event that took place last night, Marvel announced many new series that will air on Disney+, one of which is the animated series Spider-Man: Freshman Year which is the canon of the MCU Spider-Man story. So far, only the title and logo have been revealed, while the voice actors and the creative team who will be working on it have yet to be announced. Currently, Marvel has just written “Coming Soon” for its release schedule.
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As a possible prequel, the series will follow Spider-Man’s early days in high school, where he gains his new powers after being bitten by a radioactive spider while on a study tour. Given that the MCU’s live-action Spider-Man starts right away when he’s already Spider-Man, it makes sense that Marvel ended up making Peter Parker’s origin story find a new name as well as creating his own costume and web shooter.
Of course, with this prequel, fans also hope that the mystery of Uncle Ben in the MCU will be answered soon. Because the story of Peter Parker with his uncle was the starting point for Spider-Man to choose the superhero path, like the previous Spider-Man stories.