By: Kyle Grubb
I was debating over starting a new series on this site, particularly Nerdy News, but I figured that if it didn’t work down the line I could just scrap it. This is the trial period, people. I do what I want! In all honestly, though, I debated so long that I’ve kinda missed my optimal window to write about this. But screw it.
If you somehow haven’t heard, Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Monday night, Marvel announced that they had struck a deal with Sony Pictures that details how Spider-Man will be swinging his way into the same cinematic universe that is currently inhabited by The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. While the character’s film rights will still be owned by Sony, and Sony will continue to make their own Spider-Man movies, this new version of the webslinger will exist within the universe that Marvel has been building since 2008’s Iron Man.
This new version of Peter, who will be recast, will first appear in one of Marvel’s movies, likely Captain America 3, before appearing in his own Sony-run film in 2017. This new deal allows Spidey to appear in various Marvel movies, when appropriate, and also allows other Marvel characters to show up in Spider-Man’s standalone movies.
The new Peter will apparently be a high-schooler once again, and it seems that focus will be on Peter attempting to balance living a school-life and being a superhero. If anybody’s watched Spectacular Spider-Man, think something like that. Also, if anybody hasn’t seen Spectacular Spider-Man, watch it. It’s arguably the best, non-comic adaptation of Spider-Man ever made.
To accommodate these movies being in-continuity, four other Marvel films, have had their dates pushed back. Both Avenger: Infinity Wars movies have been unaffected. The new dates are:
Thor: Ragnarok – Nov. 3, 2017
Black Panther – Jul. 6, 2018
Captain Marvel – Nov. 2, 2018
Inhumans – Jul. 12, 2019
This news is awesome. I’m not going to beat around the bush. As a huge fan of both the MCU and of Spider-Man, the thought of the two finally coming together brings me an odd sense of fulfillment. While I actually enjoyed both Amazing Spider-Man films, and enjoyed Andrew Garfield as Spider-Man, the image of the web-head swinging alongside Captain America and Iron Man is just too much to pass by.
We’d been hearing whispers of this being a possibility for a little while now, particularly ever since the Sony hack. After ASM2 was a disappointment to Sony, it makes sense that they would want to look for other options to make money. Bringing Spidey into the Marvel fold, an engine that just seems to generate crazy amounts of money nowadays, just seems to be a no-brainier in both a financial sense and also a brilliant PR move. People have been wanting this for a while, and a deal was able to be reached that still profits Sony is such a way that they don’t even have to sacrifice the character.
There’s quite a fair amount of good news in this announcement, but there are a few things that I think need to be mentioned. While they might have said something about this, I haven’t heard anything, so one of my big hang-ups: they better not make another origin film. Everybody, EVERYBODY, knows Spider-Man’s origin story front to back. You don’t need to tell it again. I know that Marvel is pretty smart, and probably won’t require Sony to reintroduce the character from the beginning again, but it’s still something that needs to be said. Also, I’m the slightest bit disappointed with Peter being in High School again. It isn’t that there aren’t engaging stories to tell, but the comics have been telling great stories about Peter struggling with the troubles of being an adult and being a superhero at the same time. Those are engaging stories, and not really the stories that any of the Spider-Man movies as of yet have honestly tried to tackle that much. It’ll still probably be a good focus-point, but I can admit that it wouldn’t have been my choice.
In the end, though, there’s a lot to like about this. I hope that the new Peter is great, and that Marvel finds cool and interesting ways to incorporate Spider-Man into their plans going forward. In addition, I hope that opening up so much more of the Marvel universe to Sony allows them to tell more varied and interesting stories with the character without trying to build an entire franchise on the small amount of characters that they had access to before.
Now we just need to figure out how to get Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine to show up. Also I want J.K. Simmons as J. Jonah Jameson again. Make it so, damn it!
Final Score: 9/10