IT FINALLY HAPPENED.
You’ve probably already had this spiel but I’m going to give it to you again anyways.
Today, on Monday, February 9th (and pretty late at night), Marvel gingerly announced on their website that they had finally partnered up with Sony Pictures in order to bring the Scarlet Spider into the MCU fold. This announcement was so well-received that it temporarily crashed their servers.
That being said, no one really knows what this announcement could mean for current Spider-Man actor Andrew Garfield. I am willing to speculate that a re-cast will most certainly be happening, with Sony Pictures having the final say on who will be fit to take up the job. I also think it is safe to say that Sinister Six is either not happening or has been put on hold indefinitely.
Here is a direct quote from Marvel’s website:
“…Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films” (Marvel).
Moving on, while this is most certainly good news for Marvel fans everywhere, we’ve got to consider some of the minor downsides to this. In order to make room for Spidey (who will now be dropping a film on July 28, 2017), a handful of Marvel films have been shifted around. Such films include Thor: Ragnarok (which has been moved to November 3, 2017), Black Panther (which has been moved to July 6, 2018), Captain Marvel (which has been moved to November 2, 2018), and The Inhumans (which has been moved to July 12, 2019). While the shifts are a bit of a bummer, I don’t think I am alone in thinking that it is a sacrifice that most of us are willing to make.
Here’s what Overlord/Bad-Ass-In-Chief/Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige had to say about the entire thing:
“I am thrilled to team with my friends at Sony Pictures along with Amy Pascal to produce the next Spider-Man movie. Amy 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. I am equally excited for the opportunity to have Spider-Man appear in the MCU, something which both we at Marvel, and fans alike, have been looking forward to for years” (Marvel).
And there you have it.
Honestly folks, I still can’t believe this is happening. Granted, I have always been a wishful thinker and I even invested some of that wishful thinking into a fan-cast for Spider-Man not too long ago. And while I am a bit weary at Amy Pascal’s involvement (Sony Hack ring a bell?), I can’t help but be cautiously optimistic that Feige and company will be there to keep her in check.
That being said, I have dreamed about this moment for as long as I can remember—anyone remember the Ultimate Alliance game?—and I am hoping that this new partnership will do Spidey justice.
All in all, lovers of the Zoo, it is a beautiful time to be a comic book fan.
And I would not have it any other way.
And because I am petty as sh*t and can’t end on too sappy a note:
Your move, DC.
Source: Marvel, Screen Rant
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