If you’re a fan of Marvel’s Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man or just movies in general, chances are you know about the whole Spider-Man situation. If not, here’s a brief summary. Sony owns the rights to on-screen Spider-Man – that’s the short version anyway. Trouble is, Spider-Man is a pretty important member of The Avengers in the comics, and particularly Civil War, which will be the focus in Captain America 3. So Marvel have desperately been trying to get Spider-Man back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well, finally, after years of to-ing and fro-ing, Spider-Man will officially appear in future Marvel films. But, as expected, it’s not quite as simple as that.
The disappointing news is that Andrew Garfield will probably not reprise his role as the web-slinging hero. His name was completely left out of the official announcement, and it was made clear that it would be this Spider-Man’s first appearance. Delicately (with a hint of sarcasm), the character has been billed as the “new Spider-Man”, and will make his first MCU appearance in a future Marvel film. Thanks for that vaguest of details Marvel. He will then appear in a new stand-alone film on July 27th, 2017, 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.
Yet more disappointing news is that Sony will still have final creative control of Spider-Man. While I think they did a good job with The Amazing Spider-Man 1&2, Marvel deserve another crack at the whip with Spider-Man, and having a superior may only hinder. Also, with the release of a new Spider-Man film, comes a reshuffling in the release schedule. We’ll now have to wait another three months for Thor: Ragnorak, another eight months for Black Panther, another four months for Captain Marvel, and a further eight months for Inhumans. Disappointing news. Is all that time waiting worth it for a stand-alone Spider-Man film? Especially when ASM was doing okay on its own?
With the change of Spider-Man, also comes a change with the planned Sinister Six movie. Now when I say a change with th planned movie, I mean it’s been axed. Simple as. It’s gone. Which is a huge loss.
But there are good things too!, honest!
For starters, Spider-Man will be back in Marvel (obviously)! While Spider-Man 3 was a trainwreck (please don’t try and justify it), Spider-Man 1 and Spider-Man 2 where not that bad, especially 2. Also, with the newfound partnership, opportunities are endless for appearances from MCU characters in Spider-Man films. Iron Man and Spider-Man is an on-screen duo that has to be made. It’s just a shame that Andrew Garfield won’t be there in the midst of arrogance (can you tell I was a fan?).
With a new Spider-Man, perhaps comes a new identity. If you’re going to start fresh, why would you stick with Peter Parker? To me it seems pretty obvious that Miles Morales should be the superhero’s alter-ego from now on. If it’s a clean slate they’re going for, what better way than to give him an entirely different character? Many will be unfamiliar with Miles, maybe even confused, but many people didn’t know who Hawkeye was before Avengers.
Having Spider-Man opens up so many roads for Marvel’s Cinematic Universe to explore, especially during Civil War, and it’s worth the hit in scheduling to have him on their roster, but having off with Andrew Garfield is a mistake. Just as we were all warming to him, he’s been cast out. They’re pretty big, red boots to fill, and the pickings seem slim at the moment, but there’s plenty of time.
There’s no question as to whether it’s a good thing he’s back amongst his friends, but it could have been handled better. Now that Marvel have got their poster boy back, surely it’s time for X-Men?