It seems the interweb has gone into overdrive due to all the leaked information regarding Sony‘s Spider-Man franchise. The fact that we now know Marvel tried their best to acquire the character by reaching out to Sony, makes the leaked information all the more irritating. Taking a stab in the dark here, I’m guessing I wouldn’t be the only one thinking that it is time for Spider-Man to return home, where he will finally be able to join his crime-fighting co-horts. Sony need to stop beating at the proverbial dead horse, as they have done all they can with Spidey. Another (soft) reboot would be a horrific idea that would no doubt result is Spider-Man fatigue (some of us already had Spider-Man fatigue before the rebooted Amazing Spider-Man hit the big-screen). Come on Sony, …pass it on to someone with the Midas touch (Kevin Feige) and you can still make some money out of the franchise through a distribution deal.
For the less inclined, some of the plans for Spidey while he is still living over at Sony includes: an animated series; A female superhero team (huh?), and a Spider-Man Summit at the start of the new year so that studio executives can scratch their heads (and maybe play some Candy Crush on their mobile phones) and come up a way to revitalise their superhero franchise. As these are all in the pipeline and we don’t know if Sony are going to go ahead with any of these ideas; and it all sounds rather grim.
After the Sony hacks revealed that Marvel were interested in gaining rights to the character again, it seemed like that would have been the best option for Sony; to strike a deal and get a cut of the potentially massive profit from Marvel and Disney. And the good news that comes with this deal? Well, if this were to happen (and all the rage and debate on the internet could indeed facilitate the process), then Marvel Studios would start with a clean-slate; they would simply ignore everything that has came before now, in both; Sam Raimi‘s and Marc Webb‘s live-action adaptations – and that would even include the actors –Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield – who have been portraying Peter Parker and his alter-ego, Spider-Man.
The leaked Sony emails revealed that Marvel and Sony had been talking about the possibility of Spider-Man being included in the the 2016 release of Captain America: Civil War. That seems out of the question now with the Latino Review reporting that the script – developed by Captain America scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely – has now been “nailed down,” and at this point in time, does not include Spidey; nor is there any space for him (which makes sense with the recent casting of Daniel Brühl, and Frank Grillo teasing the role of Crossbones).
However, there is still a chance of a deal being made so that Spidey can be included in future films; that is, if Sony and Marvel can come to an agreement and strike a deal. It would all be positive from the point that deal is made, as Marvel has already stipulated that they have no plans carry the “baggage” that comes along with Andrew Garfield version (The Amazing Spider-Man). They would also make no connections to Sam Raimi’s Spiderman trilogy which starred Toby Maguire as Peter Parker/Spider-Man.
One of the best pieces of news that we have heard about Marvel’s plans if they were ever to get Spidey back (remember this is all speculative at the point), is that they would cut out the origin story material – because once was enough (the first Spider-Man (2002) and The amazing Spider-Man both covered the origin story). Marvel would also leave out:
“the difficulties of being a teenager and a superhero with a romance side-story,” stating that “[these difficulties] …would not be the films focus”.
The ‘awkward-teenager-love-story-crap’, became so mind-numbingly boring; and it seemed that with every film, they were spending more and more time on the character’s love interests with Mary Jane (Kirsten Dunst) in 2002, and Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone), in 2012.
As far as the previous films are concerned; Sam Raimi’s trilogy – especially the first two – were far superior movies to Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man films. In Webbs Spidey (…or Spidey’s Webb, …ok sorry!), none of the villains seemed to have any real motive behind their plans. Also, one of the best comic book villains we have seen on screen, hands down, has been Alfred Molina’s Doc Ock, who was a real menace to society, and felt like a real threat to Tobey Maguire’s incarnation of the titular character. Thusly, …it goes without saying; the easiest thing for Marvel to do is to start afresh with the character.
This article has all been based on speculation and whether the two studios can come to a deal or not. However, after five Spider-Man movies, I reckon Marvel would have to approach the character in a different manner; really make him distinguished from all the other incarnations, that’s why it might be a good idea if they swap Peter Parker for Miles Morales. Here’s hoping something more concrete will come about next year after Sony’s Spider-Man Summit, and let’s prey that Sony do the right thing, but we all know money talks…
Everyone wants to see Spidey return to Marvel right? What about the idea of swapping Peter Parker for Miles Morales? Let us know your thoughts peeps.
Via – ScreenRant