The Moviemaking Magic of Spider-Man–Explore the MCU superhero from development to screen

Review by C.J. Bunce

As with the first three books in Abrams’ Cinemagic book series, The Moviemaking Magic of Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man blends filmmaking techniques with its key franchise star.  Author Eleni Roussos combines a quickstart education in filmmaking, applied to Spider-Man’s MCU movies as the latest Spidey sequel, Spider-Man: No Way Home, is released internationally.  If you love concept art, props and costumes, and all things Spider-Man, you won’t want to miss this.

If you ever wanted to cosplay Spidey, you’ll find detailed photographs here to help.  It has all the costumes and costume upgrades, from the kid-designed suit to the Tony Stark enhancements.  John Eaves discusses his design for the web shooters.

As a Cinemagic book, fold-outs are included in every few pages–some bigger than postcard sized, others consisting of multiple images–all to explore the moviemaking process.  Readers will also find some movie images sourced back to their original comic book appearances.

You can see why Holland’s Spider-Man stands out visually so well across his solo movies and the final three Avengers team-up movies, as the same artists designing his look were used throughout.  Any aspiring artist who wants to draw figures should check out the pages of Spidey in motion.  The book shares concept work from Eaves, Ryan Meinerding, Iain McCaig, Rodney Fuentebella, Josh Nizzi, Ryan Lang, and Jackson Sze, among others.

Others interviewed are star Tom Holland, Robert Downey, Jr., Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zendaya, Jacob Batalon, producer Eric H. Carroll, and director Joe Russo.

Don’t miss this colorful and fun exploration of the MCU’s Spider-Man, in The Moviemaking Magic of Marvel Studios’ Spider-Man, a great follow-up to Abrams’ The Moviemaking Magic of Marvel Studios’ Heroes and Villains, available in hardcover now here at Amazon.

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