So the rumors were true: Sony and Marvel managed to broker a deal that allows Spider-Man to be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. When I heard about this, I thought it was just a hoax and just came from the fevered mind of a comic book fan. But… it’s real! And I am incredibly happy that it is!
It’s probably too late to have him play a big part in the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron film, unless the shoehorn him in a post-credits scene (which I wouldn’t mind). It’s also been revealed that Spider-Man’s first appearance in the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be in Captain America: Civil War. And the really big news: Sony now has the option to “borrow” characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe to appear in any future Spider-Man films!
Not so fast! While I’d love to say everything’s perfect, I do foresee some issues with the deal! But, before I go all gloom and doom, let’s look at the upside to the story!
First off, for the first time, Marvel will actually have input on how the character will be portrayed in the movies! I did love the first two Sam Raimi-helmed Spider-Man flicks (the third one… not so much) but I always felt there was something missing with them and that was Spider-Man’s personality. He wasn’t the wise-cracking costumed crime fighter like he was in the comics, which is a major part of what makes Spider-Man the hero that he is. When he did try cracking jokes while dressed as the the web-head, they were always groan worthy.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, with the later Amazing Spider-Man movies, I just hated the heck out of Peter Parker! Sony made him some emo hipster geek, which is totally unlike the character from the comics! I also had issues with his Spider-Man persona as well because he came off as some punk-ass jerk, which , again, was so different from the character from the comics.
I’m guessing this stems from the movie bigwigs, who probably don’t know anything about the character in the first place, giving their own inputs instead of letting, you know, real fans of the comic take the reins of the film! Hopefully, since Marvel will not have creative influence over the direction of the character, we can finally get the perfect rendition of Spider-Man in a movie.
Second, this essentially signals a reboot for the current Amazing Spider-Man films and I couldn’t be happier. I didn’t like the first Amazing Spider-Man film and I totally hated the second movie! I didn’t like how Peter Parker was “destined” to become Spider-Man in the future. I didn’t like how most of the villains are coming from Oscorp. All of the mellowdrama was too much and over the top. The only consistent shining beacon of the two Amazing Spider-Man films was Emma Stone’s performance as Gwen Stacey. She’s a pretty awesome gal.
This is one of the times when I feel a reboot is actually necessary! I mean, with Marvel actually influencing the direction of the character for future Sony movies of the character, we just can’t have the same Spider-Man that we’ve seen all this time!
Finally, another big part of the deal is how some Marvel heroes can actually “borrowed” by Sony Pictures. This means it’s possible to see Captain America guest star in a Spider-Man film in the near future! After all, most of the heroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and comics are based in New York, so it only seems logical that some of them are bound to bump into each other once in a while! There’s an incredibly amount of potential for this as long as they don’t do it to death!
Now, for the not-so-good things about the deal…
Although Marvel has the option to use Spider-Man in their films, they aren’t going to be making any solo films based on Wall-Crawler. Sony still owns the movie rights to the character. This also means that Spidey may be regulated to the background most of the time when he appears in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. So, while we may clamor for the character to get more screen time, that’s probably not going to happen. I’m thinking he’s going to take out a few baddies in the big climatic fight but he won’t be assisting in taking out the big bad.
Also, Sony will be have final say on the direction of the character, which can prove detrimental to Marvel. They may want Spider-Man character to go one way in their films only to be shot down by the executives at Sony. Or Sony may “force” Marvel to depict Spidey in a specific way that goes against the creative direction Marvel is going because, hey, he’s their character!
Right now, it seems like a very beneficial deal for both parties but, in my opinion, it actually benefits Sony more than Marvel. Marvel does get the “honor” of letting Spidey into their flicks. But Sony now has the option to introduce a whole slew of established characters like The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Captain America and more. Characters that they passed on before because they weren’t that popular! Now that Marvel did all of the work of making these characters financially viable, Sony can just swoop in and use them at any time!
I’m still very excited about the deal as it’s mostly good. I’m going to stick after the credits of Avengers: Age of Ultron because, you never know. They may just stick a Spider-Man teaser after the end!
What’s your take on the deal between Marvel and Sony? Let me know in the comments section below!