By Ben Lane
It only took a few tweets for the internet (well, movie twitter) to enter into frenzy. For a long while, Marvel fans have been anticipating the potentiality of Spider-Man joining Marvel’s current shared cinematic universe. I mean, we have been asking about this since Iron Man debuted a year after Spider-Man 3 (which I don’t hate, by the way). First there was the question of why Spider-Man even needed rebooted after the downfall of the series with the third movie. Just leave it alone or hand it over. They didn’t hand it over, but instead gave Marc Webb (director of 500 Days of Summer) the director’s position.
As Webb made The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel, reviews and reactions were mixed. I’ll be the first to admit that I was never a hater of the new movies. Do I like them? Not necessarily. For my money, Sam Raimi’s movies are the best Spider-Man adaptations (at the moment) and will always be the closest to my heart. But there were things about the new ones that I admired, such as the tangible chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone. I also admired the way in which the new films stayed true to the comics in regard to Peter’s web shooters, the Gwen Stacey relationship, etc. So the movies don’t “suck.” But even the fans of the movies will be hard pressed to find a good argument against them being messy.
Now, though, we can all rest easy in knowing that Spidey is in good hands. In an article published by Marvel (and tweeted out by the official Marvel Twitter handle @Marvel), “Sony is bringing Marvel into the amazing world of Spider-Man.” The article goes on to say, “Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger.”
If that isn’t enough to get you excited, then I don’t know what is. We’ve been waiting for this for a long time, and it’s finally happening! We can finally rest assured knowing we will see Spidey fighting crime on the big screen alongside the likes of Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, Ant-Man, and everyone else that’s being introduced in the coming years! But that’s not the only thing that’s exciting about it. What I am mostly ecstatic about is that Spidey is now under Feige. Kevin Feige, the genius and puppeteer behind this entire MCU, is now in control of Spidey’s webs, and I’m immensely interested to see how his team treats this character. Is it too much of a stretch to hope for the possibility of Miles Morale being Spider-Man instead of Peter Parker? It would be a nice change, and I can already see John Boyega fitting the role after Attack the Block.
If there’s any cause for concern, it’s this line: “Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.” After seeing what Sony did with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and its marketing campaign, I’m slightly troubled if this statement means what I think it means. But for some reason, I’m having faith in Kevin Feige and the crew at Marvel and I’m believing that Sony and Marvel will work together to bring us the definitive Spider-Man that we need. But we don’t get the stand-alone movie until 2017, so until then let’s just hope for some cameos/after credits appearances and tweet at people we don’t know in real life about who we think is best to play the new web slinger. I guess that’s how to make it in today’s world.