It’s official, folks – Spider-Man is making his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe! I’m so happy I could almost forgive the existence of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Almost.
According to Hollywood Reporter, Sony Pictures and Disney have finally come to an agreement regarding all the nitty, gritty details of who owns what and who gets what percentage of what box office and so on and so forth to reunite Spidey with his superhero brethren. His first appearance will be in an already announced film of the MCU – probably Captain America: Civil War, considering his primary role in that comic’s storyline – and then he’ll get his time to shine in his own brand-spankin-new standalone film in 2017 with Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal serving as co-producers. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach are set to executive produce.
Rumor has it that Marvel wants to wipe the slate clean and start fresh. This means there’s a very good chance Andrew Garfield will not be reprising his role as the Web-slinger. I wasn’t a big fan of his hipster-esque portrayal of Peter Parker in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man duo, but I’ve got to admit, I’m a bit bummed for the guy. He’s such a massive fan of the character and any issues with The Amazing Spider-Man reboot lie solely on the filmmakers’ shoulders, not his. Nevertheless, let the rumor mill begin as to who will be taking over the role. (Is it too much to hope for Tobey Maguire to get another stab at the character? And while we’re at it, can we check in with Sam Raimi too? Just work a clause into his contract that forbids his from including anymore dance sequences)
Now, there’s bound to be a catch, right? Of course there is.
It looks like Sony will still retain creative control over the standalone film’s final product in addition to distribution rights. At first glance, this is valid motivation to panic, seeing as how they’ve all but totally butchered the franchise beyond repair. I wouldn’t worry too much though. Sony knows they screwed up; no one’s more aware than they that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a critical and financial disaster. In the wake of their recent hack, they need a hit big time. By joining forces with Marvel Studios, they’re taking their first step into what will hopefully be a fruitful recovery process for both their studio and everyone’s favorite wall-crawler.