Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Spider-Man set to appear in future 'Avengers' films thanks to Marvel/Sony joint production

With the massive success of Marvel's The Avengers and the massive disappointment of Sony's latest Spider-Man franchise, many fans had long wondered when the web-slinger would head back to Marvel. Sony was hesitant for a very long time, but the pressure began to get stronger as The Amazing Spider-Man 2 disappointed at the box office, grossing only $708 million worldwide on a massive budget. During the infamous Sony hack, information was released about a possible deal that would send Spider-Man back to Marvel, but the deal fell through for the time being. But now, only a few months after that data leak, Sony and Marvel are now working together to create a new Spidey franchise that will also place the beloved character in upcoming Avengers films.

Details on the deal are shaky at best, but here's what I've deduced from the information that Marvel has given us:

-A new Spider-Man film will hit theaters on July 28, 2017. That film will be distributed by Sony/Columbia.

-Marvel will make no money off of that film. Sony will still have complete creative control over the Spider-Man films.

-Former Sony producer Amy Pascal (who recently resigned after the massive data hack that resulted from the Seth Rogen comedy The Interview) will be a producer on these new Spider-Man films.

-We could see Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, but the most likely introduction for the character will be in Avengers: Infinity War- Part 1.

-As a result of the newly announced Spider-Man reboot, Marvel has now shifted the release dates for many of its films. Here are the new dates:

                            -Thor: Ragnarok- November 3, 2017

                            -Black Panther- July 6, 2018

                            -Captain Marvel- November 2, 2018

                            -Inhumans- July 12, 2019

-Andrew Garfield and the cast of The Amazing Spider-Man will not be returning for the new film. Marc Webb also will not return in any form.

-No word on whether it will be Peter Parker or Miles Morales as Spidey. Many industry sources believe that Morales is the safe bet.

-According to The Hollywood Reporter, Matt Tolmach and Avi Arad are now executive producers with little say in the film's creative direction.

-Also according to THR, sources tell them that "no money changed hands" and both will receive easily identifiable advantages from this deal.

That's quite a bit to digest. This deal came out of left field, with Marvel and Sony breaking the news after 11:30 PM on the east coast. Many have speculated that this announcement was made because of an impending scoop that would have thwarted the reveal and that seems like a logical argument. Either way, this is huge news that affects the superhero landscape forever.

I wasn't a huge detractor of Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man films. They had their positive aspects and the relationship between Andrew Garfield's Peter Parker and Emma Stone's Gwen Stacy was very charming. But the film struggled with its villains and the action was never as sharp as it needed to be. By the end of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony and fans had definitely had enough of the madness that was taking place. Spider-Man needed to return to Marvel. While I'm still weary about Sony having creative control, but I'm willing to let that slide. I'm just pumped that Spider-Man will be teaming up with Iron Man, Captain America, Thor and the Hulk. It will make for one awesome adventure. Hopefully, Marvel puts together a small teaser or a post-credits scene that will pump fans up. But for now, let's just be happy that our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man is back in the right hands.

Image Credits: Screen Rant, Marvel Universe, Marvel

No comments:

Post a Comment