Yesterday on the 10th of February Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and Sony Entertainment released a statement which could probably be the best news for both Marvel and comic book fanatics. Sony pictures and MCU have decided to finally include our favourite web-slinging superhero in the Marvel Universe. Yes! It has finally been decided that our friendly neighbourhood superhero is going to be a part of the Avengers team in the upcoming MCU projects.
Anyone who has any interest in the Marvel story line knows that Spidey plays a significant role in the comic books that have crossovers with the Avengers. The original cross-over story line follows the U.S Government passing the Superhero Registration Act, which obligates super-humans or super-powered humans to officially be registered as a citizen, solely for the purpose of accountability. In this story line Captain America is opposed to the idea of superheroes becoming a part of the general population as he has fought in World War II and had witnessed first-hand the kind of damage it does. But of course our favourite Avenger Tony Stark aka Iron Man is all for it. Spidey is obviously caught between them.
With Spider-man being one of Sony’s most successful movie franchises with five films grossing over $4 billion worldwide, it’s no surprise that Sony will maintain creative control over Spidey’s suit in the Marvel Universe and elsewhere, and will still finance and own the new films.
The new collaboration between Marvel’s Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal who oversaw the launch of the Spider-man franchise 13 years ago seems to be very promising, as they’re now exploring new comic-book story lines and ideas to integrate all the characters together. In one of the press releases Kevin Feige was quoted saying, “I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. [Pascal] has been deeply involved in the realization on film of one of the world’s most beloved characters. Marvel’s involvement will hopefully deliver the creative continuity and authenticity that fans demand from the MCU.”
Disappointingly, we know that Spider-man will not be a part of the hotly-anticipated superhero blockbuster ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ coming out April 2015. But we do know for sure that before Sony releases another sequel to the Spider-Man saga as an individual character, set for July 2017, the web-slinger will appear in a Marvel film before that… Perhaps the Captain America sequel coming out in May 2016? We can only hope..
Some fans might not be happy with the fact that Andrew Garfield will not be playing the role of our favorite web-slinger anymore, but, this also opens up a whole new portal of possibilities and questions about who might step into his stretchy socks. What are your thoughts about who should be the next Spider-Man?