I reported months ago that Sony was in talks with Marvel regarding the rights to Spider-Man. We have some serious news coming down the pipe now regarding that. Evidently, according to numerous reputable sources, Marvel may be taking back the reigns of Spider-Man soon.
None of this is official yet, so we are basically talking about negotiations that are liable to change, but for the moment, Marvel wants a clean slate Spider-Man. That means no Andrew Garfield.
I predicted the end of the Spider-Verse early on, but I did no realize that it would come so soon. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was the lowest grossing Spider-Man movie of all time (which says something, because the original trilogy made some serious dough). There have been numerous reported spin-off movies, such as the Sinister Six, Venom, a “female-led” movie, and even an Aunt May movie (God help us all…). Very little has been done about any of these movies, presumably because of the negotiations with Marvel.
If this goes forward, the next Spider-Man movie that we see would be a new reboot, but sources say it would specifically not be an origin story. It would begin with Spider-Man already established and living as Spider-Man in high school. Thank God we wouldn’t have to see Ben come up with a new way to say, “With great power comes great responsibility”.
This movie would also not be focusing on a love story nearly as much as the previous movies, but instead focus on “the difficulties of being a teenager and a superhero with a romance side-story.” I’m down with that.
There is also the rumor that Spider-Man would first show up in Captain America: Winter Soldier. Oh boy. There is tremendous comic precedent for that, if it were true. Spider-Man was, in many ways, the main character of the Civil War. It was him that had more issues than anyone else, him that was the poster-boy of the registration, him that changed sides and fought with Cap, and basically him all around.
The issue there is that Captain America is already such a packed idea. Iron Man, Cap, and Bucky, and Black Panther would all be juggling for screen time. To bring in Spider-Man, establishing him as a character and giving him sufficient depth for his debut, would be very crowded.
I trust Marvel. I don’t trust Sony.
This could be some very interesting times in the coming days. I would love to hear your thoughts on this. What should happen with Spider-Man? Do you want to see him continue with Sony, fighting the Sinister Six? Or would you prefer to have him join the MCU as a reboot? Or should the MCU adopt Andrew Garfield?
Sound off in the comments. This is some interesting news and I will bring you more as it surfaces. For now, only time will tell.