The ongoing cyber-hacking issues of Sony Pictures have been both morally ambiguous and informative. In the wake of the cancellation of the release of The Interview, which Nerd Bastards commented on earlier today, news continues to be parsed from stolen e-mails about the various people and projects at Sony’s two studios, and a lot of that news has concerned Marvel Studios, the Walt Disney Company and your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. We discussed yesterday how negotiations to get Spider-Man into Captain America: Civil War came apart as time was getting down to the wire for production to get started on the film. The end result was that there will be no cameo in Civil War for Spidey, but that was by no means the end of the discussion, and by no means the end of the negotiations. As the old saying goes, where there’s a will, there’s a way, and in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there are many ways to draw Spider-Man into the fold.
Bikini Robot Army’s Val Broeksmit has been digging through the massive pile of hacked information and has discovered, further to yesterday’s discussion about negotiations between Sony and Disney, that getting Spidey into Civil War for a cameo wasn’t what really what Sony wanted for the character’s first appearance in the MCU. Communiques between President of Worldwide Business Affairs and Operations for Columbia Pictures Andrew Gumpert and Sony Entertainment Chairman Amy Pascal show that while the studio was open to the idea of Spider-Man going home to the House of Ideas, they didn’t want it to riding on the coattails of Civil War.
Instead Sony says is wanted the next solo Spidey adventure to “exist in a world where that story has happened” and “superheroes are now divided into two groups.” According to the e-mails, Spider-Man would be introduced to the Marvel movies as high schooler living with Aunt May. In Civil War, Spider-Man would have been recruited by Tony Stark/Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), given a new suit (Iron Spider?) and along the way meet other members of the Avengers like Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) and, of course, Captain America (Chris Evans).
Instead, Gumpert and Pascal thought that the two-part Avengers: Infinity War movie be a better fit to introduced Spider-Man, and a better project from which to launch a new solo Spidey adventure from. It makes sense since the double-feature would give Spider-Man a chance to be more than a mere cameo, and it would give Disney and Sony more time to iron out any wrinkles in their hero-share agreement. It’s also worth noting that Spider-Man was part of the superhero team that battled Thanos in the Infinity Gauntlet crossover miniseries, and could suggest that Infinity War Part 1 and 2 will assemble an ultra, mega cast of Marvel heroes from across Phases 1,2 and 3.
In another interesting note, Sony’s willingness to wait till 2018/19 and the release of Infinity War suggests that the studio is willing to hold off on more Spider-Man for four years, and that they have given up on rushing further Amazing Spider-Man segments into production for the summer of 2017 and beyonf. It might also suggest that Sony has also abandoned its desire for a shared Spider-Man universe featuring new films for the Sinister Six and Venom, projects that were already in doubt after the lackluster showing of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 earlier this year. And if Sony and Marvel do agree to wait for 2018 for more Spider-Man that means Andrew Garfield is almost certainly out as the famous Wall-Crawler. There have already been rumblings that the English actor won’t put on the red and blue tights again, and it’s been suggested that Marvel, if they get part ownership of the character again, will want to recast to their specifications. If we do see Spider-Man in Infinity War, there will likely be a new face under the mask.
Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 will be in theaters in May 2018, and Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 will be in theaters exactly one year later.
Source: Comic Book Movie.com