what next for spider- man?
Spider- Man is coming to the marvel cinematic universe. But when, why, how and starring who? Nick Setchfield has some of the answers
Spidey will now be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe – here’s where we start getting excited.
It’s the kind of geek- spasming team- up that’s powered comic books for decades, only even more thrilling than such seemingly impossible collisions as Batman Vs
The Hulk or Archie Meets The Punisher. On 9 February Sony Pictures Entertainment and Marvel Studios announced that they will share screen rights to Spider- Man, a dream deal that lets the Webslinger finally swing into the hitherto off- limits realm of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It’s a complete creative overhaul for the hero, whose big- screen adventures were already infamously rebooted in 2012. Out goes director Marc Webb, helmer of the last two Spider- flicks, while longtime franchise supremos Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad are moved to Executive Producer positions. With diminished power comes diminished responsibility… Star Andrew Garfield, meanwhile, reportedly bows out after just two turns in the red- and- blue suit. Sony’s next Spidey movie will hit on 28 July 2017. It’ll be produced in collaboration between Sony’s Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, the world- conquering mastermind behind Marvel’s recent ascension to the peak of cinematic supremacy. We’ll glimpse the new screen SpiderMan before then, though. The smart money is on the reborn Wall- crawler making his debut in Captain America: Civil War, due for release on 29 April 2016. This’ll allow Cap’s next solo adventure to edge closer to the comic book material that inspired it – in the original 2006 series Spider- Man plays a crucial role in the Superhero Registration Act crisis that sets Captain America and Iron Man against one another ( though we bet the movie won’t replicate the jaw- dropping moment Peter Parker unmasks in front of the world’s media…). “Spider- Man is one of Marvel’s great characters, beloved around the world,” says Disney CEO Bob Iger. “We’re thrilled to work with Sony Pictures to bring the iconic Webslinger into the MCU, which opens up fantastic new opportunities for storytelling and franchise building.”
The fine print of the contract reminds us that Sony will “continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider- Man films.” But it’s clear that the studio wants to borrow more than a little of Marvel’s unstoppable mojo. “Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative community and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU,” says Kevin Feige. “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.” How much did this piece of big studio brinkmanship cost? Not a cent, apparently. Marvel Studios reportedly won’t pay Sony for using Spider- Man and, in return, Sony won’t claim a cut of the box office from his appearances in future Marvel movies. Marvel will, however, continue to rake it in from merchandising rights. Smart move. The deal’s a surprise but not entirely unexpected. Last December leaked emails revealed that negotiations had already opened between the two cinematic superpowers, only to seemingly stall.
So why did this Hollywood- quaking deal finally happen? It’s no secret that 2014’ s The Amazing Spider- Man 2 disappointed, winding up as the lowest-grossing instalment of the five Spidey films. As its once golden franchise sputtered, Sony saw rivals Marvel rule the summer with
Guardians Of The Galaxy, a film with a fraction of the brand recognition power of the webslinger. How could one of the world’s greatest superheroes falter when the international box office was worshipping at the shrine of masked crimebusters? Sony knew they had to fix Spider- Man. Studio exec Jeff Robinov favoured reimagining Peter Parker as a more mature character and recommended reaching out to filmmakers like Brad Bird, Edgar Wright and Frozen’s creative powerhouses Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee. Captain America: The
Winter Soldier helmers Anthony and Joe Russo also reportedly contacted Sony to offer their services. One wild rumour insisted the studio wanted to chase Fox’s generation- splicing success with X- Men: Days Of Future Past by teaming Andrew Garfield with his predecessor Tobey Maguire in a confection called Amazing
Vs Spider- Man. Surefire record- smashing opening weekend, right? Word is that Marvel and Sony will have joint custody of an altogether younger Spider- Man. The MCU- friendly version of the character will reportedly be a high schooler, returning to Stan Lee and Steve Ditko’s original premise of a teen hero who’s as likely to fight an outbreak of zits as the schemes of Doctor Octopus. The new Spider- Man films are also rumoured to dial down the romance in favour of tales that play up his alter ego’s interactions with fellow Midtown High students as well as the life- crushing problems of his dual existence. We know Spider- Man will feature in future MCU films – he’s surely a cert for two- part epic Avengers: Infinity War – but will his newfound compatriots return the favour and guest in Sony’s films? The official word is that Marvel and Sony are “exploring possibilities”. Don’t bank on the Hulk smashing his way through the Daily Bugle building just yet… Sony is still pushing ahead with its plans to expand the Spider- verse. Variety reports that the Venom and Sinister Six spinoff movies remain in active development – though the latter supervillain jam won’t now be released in November 2016 as planned. Kevin Feige will have no involvement in these franchise extensions. As to whether the proposed Aunt May movie will ever see the glow of a greenlight…
Ooh yeah, this is exactly what we want!
Whose derriere will be plonked down here?
Some downtime in the Civil War.
One of Marvel’s biggest crossover events.
Peter Parker reveals himself to the world in Civil War.