In the comic book version of Marvel’s Civil War, a pretty key part is played by Your Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man; his backing of Tony Stark and the pro-registration movement was the watershed moment in the miniseries when Spidey unmasked as Peter Parker at the end of Civil War #2. When the plot line of the third Captain America was revealed to be based on Civil War, many fans wondered if it was a sign that Spidey might come home to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, especially after rumblings over the last several months (confirmed by e-mails released by hackers last week) that Sony was looking at a Spider-Sharing deal with Walt Disney and Marvel Studios. As we know now though, that talk was just talk, and sources inside Marvel are confirming that Captain America: Civil War is now proceeding without Spider-Man.
Badass Digest confirmed via its sources inside the company that the “ship has sailed” for Spider-Man being a part of the MCU in time for Civil War, meaning that the movie will go before the cameras without the famous Wall-Crawling Menace (J. Jonah Jameson’s words). Frankly there was only ever an outside chance of this happening, and as the hacked e-mails on the subject of Spider-Man revealed, Sony basically wanted to keep everything concerning Spider-Man except the fact that Disney would be the ones who write the checks. Marvel, naturally, refused. With Civil War probably looking to begin filming sometime early in 2015, the script and the details therein likely need to be finalized. That, and the hacking scandal, likely stalled negotiations.
In other Civil War news, Badass’ sources reiterated that The Winter Soldier (played by Sebastian Stan) will be back for the new film and will have a substantial part in it. “One of my sources reiterates that Winter Soldier will be central to the story, and that there have been hints planted through the Marvel movies as to how that works,” the source said.
“Hints planted?” Nothing immediately comes to mind except for the death of Tony Stark’s parents, which was hinted at in The Winter Soldier. Could the source be referring to future Marvel films, will references be made to the Winter Soldier in Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man? Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. perhaps? It seemed clear at the end of the last Captain America movie that Cap’s search for his old friend Bucky might be the driving force behind the next solo adventure for the Star-Spangled Avenger. That thread seemed to have gotten lost when it was announced that Captain America 3 would include Robert Downey Jr. and tackle Civil War, but now there’s confirmation that Bucky will be back.
Perhaps that’s why it’s for the best that Spider-Man doesn’t make his leap into the MCU in Civil War, as the movie seems to be filling up fast; there’s Cap and Iron Man, as well as the introduction of Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman), now Winter Soldier and possible appearances by Falcon (Anthony Mackie), Agent 13 (Emily Van Camp), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and maybe other members of The Avengers. That’s a jam-packed line-up before you factor an all-star player like Spider-Man into the equation. Having said that though, there’s about a year and half before the release of Captain America: Civil War, and if Sony and Disney wish to thaw negotiations, I’m sure a case could be made for a post-credits scene…
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters everywhere on May 6, 2016.
Source: Comic Book Movie.com