Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have come to an agreement to have Spider-Man in the MCU. The character will have a fresh new take to fit into the universe. He is most likely set to appear in ‘Captain America: Civil War’ next year, with his own new solo film in 2017. Several of the Phase 3 films have been pushed back because of this, to make way for the new Spider-Man.
That’s the entire story so far in a nutshell.
Here’s the official Press Release:
“Spider-Man is one of Marvel’s great characters,” says Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, “beloved around the world. We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic web-slinger into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”
“We always want to collaborate with the best and most successful filmmakers to grow our franchises and develop our characters. Marvel, Kevin Feige and Amy, who helped orchestrate this deal, are the perfect team to help produce the next chapter of Spider-Man,” said Michael Lynton, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures Entertainment. “This is the right decision for the franchise, for our business, for Marvel, and for the fans.”
“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker’s story into the future,” added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movies,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige. “Amy has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years.”
Just a brief clarification: Marvel Studios does NOT own the film rights to Spider-Man. That is not what this means, like many might believe.The character is too great of a property for a studio to just simply give up. Sony still has a lot of control, but the point is that now the character can be apart of the MCU, and Kevin Feige is a much better person to keep things in focus, rather than those who have been running the franchise into a mess.
And now onto my thoughts. Prepare yourself. I have been geeking out about this news all day and it has been killing me that I couldn’t share my thoughts earlier. I had quite a long day on campus.
So I think this is great. AWESOME, actually. We finally get to see Spider-Man interact with The Avengers. Maybe Daredevil can be involved in the Spider-Man movies. Imagine a scene with Rocket Raccoon and Spidey! And think of all the Spider-Man villains that can cross over! AHHH! The possibilities are endless now. This is absolutely great news, despite the points that I’m about to make.
Now onto some of my less enthusiastic thoughts about this big change. Though not completely official yet, it’s said that Marvel does not wish to continue with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ series and that the character will be rebooted (again). Andrew Garfield is out, and a new actor will be taken in. While I understand and respect this decision, I can’t help but feel bad for Andrew Garfield. He was a great Spider-Man/Peter Parker.
This brings me to my next concern. I loved the first Amazing Spider-Man. I found it unnecessary because of the origin story, but at the time, it felt like this was the true direction they were going to take the character for many future movies. I was excited to see more.
Then came ‘The Amazing Spider-Man 2’. While I don’t hate the movie like a lot of people do, I saw many flaws in it, and I had so many issues with the story being all over the place. The movie had about 8 different plots and it felt cheesy. I could go on for awhile about the issues it had, but my final point about it that I’d like to make is this; Andrew Garfield was still awesome.
Now sure, starting fresh is probably best because Marvel obviously has their own plan on how to fit the character in their already existing universe. And looking at all of their previous movies, I don’t want to judge their decision making. They know what they’re doing, and in the end, I have great faith that it’ll work.
I have OCD when it comes to movies. It’s always going to bug me that The Amazing Spider-Man films will be left without a conclusion. Then again, I remember feeling this way when Brandon Routh wasn’t able to continue with Superman. Now I wonder why ‘Superman Returns’ was ever a thing in the first place. Henry Cavill IS Superman now. So in the coming years, I’ll probably get over it.
Still though, what does Sony do with those movies now? The original Tobey Maguire Spider-Man trilogy kind of felt like its own standalone story with a beginning, middle, and end. I actually enjoyed that series, re-watching them a few months ago. My only real problem was Tobey. He was just okay in my opinion, and of course Spider-Man 3 has quite a few issues. But all said and done, a fine trilogy. Maybe it didn’t have the nice bookend conclusion The Dark Knight trilogy had, but it worked okay. The newest Spider-Man movies will never have that.
Although nothing has been officially stated yet, many are having their own assumptions on how Marvel should approach Spider-Man joining their universe. These are a couple of my ideas…
1. New Spider-Man–But is already established.
Please. For the love of God. DO NOT GIVE US ANOTHER ORIGIN STORY. It was bad enough sitting through it in 2012 when we had just seen it a decade earlier.
I highly doubt Marvel will show the origin again. Since this will likely be the case, just have a new actor come in and play the role as if he’s already been fighting crime in NYC for the past couple years. However, to the public, he’s a bit of a mystery, and it’s not until Civil War where he comes out to the public and shows his colors as a hero. In other words, do exactly what DC/Warner Bros. is doing with Batman for ‘Dawn of Justice’.
Civil War makes the most sense for his first appearance because of the comic storyline. Without having him in there, the movie will be doomed to criticism for being way too different from the comics. It will also go down as the biggest missed opportunity in the history of everything.
If this is the case though, there is a slightly different scenario in question.
2. Why Not Keep in Continuity with ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ Series?
If Spidey is already established, why not use the 2 previous movies as a template?
I’m not saying they HAVE to keep Andrew Garfield. But what if the future movies served as ‘loose’ sequels to The Amazing Spider-Man?
Take Hulk for example. Officially, in the MCU ‘The Incredible Hulk’ is the movie set in that universe. The Hulk movie that came out before that in 2003, is not. However, during production of ‘The Incredible Hulk’, that movie was written and partially filmed as a sequel to the 2003 ‘Hulk’. I’m fully aware that the 2008 version is a reboot. But in my own little world, I still pretend that ‘Hulk'(03) is apart of the MCU, at least until something comes along that REALLY negates it. I could write a whole post about this, but I’ll simply say that the continuity errors are slim, and if you use a little imagination, it works. And if you hate it, you don’t watch it. It works both ways.
Regardless, ‘The Incredible Hulk’ hardly even feels like it’s apart of the same world as ‘The Avengers’ sometimes. But no one really complains about that. Many even forget it exists. The actor has changed, and none of the characters have appeared again in the shared universe besides Bruce Banner himself. We get to see him fight alongside all these other heroes. The same thing will likely happen with Spider-Man, and the same effect will occur.
To be honest, as I’m writing this, I do feel that having it be tied with the most recent Spidey movies would just get convoluted and crazy. I can’t even gather my own thoughts and explain why this would be the right way to go. Maybe I’m just pissed that I payed to see these movies and bought them on blu-ray and now I feel ripped off since they’re not going anywhere now.
But I just feel that there could, to some degree, be a way to keep a loose connection and use them as a template. You’d have the origin out of the way, and the Sinister Six would already be set-up. Which is good because they do plan to still make a Sinister Six film apparently.
All in all, I believe that my first option is the best way to go. But I would love it if they had the story set so that nothing would necessarily contradict at least the first Amazing Spider-Man movie. If it contradicts the 2nd one, I could care less. If it contradicts both (which will likely be the case) then I will forever feel sorry for Andrew Garfield.
Only time will tell for what we get out of this deal now.
Whatever way it goes, I’m still EXTREMELY excited. The character is in great hands now, and I’m very happy that he is home where he belongs.