Well, as we are only a few months away from the epic Avengers: Age Of Ultron, there is a lot of talk about the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One story which has cropped up over the last few months is if Spider-Man will be in the next feature? For anyone who has read the source material, they will see that Peter Parker is one of the most noted characters from that story. But, can Sony and Marvel finally come together and give us the story we need and finally integrate the two and give the MCU the web slinger? Here are some reasons why this should happen.
- Back in 2007 after the flawed Spider-Man 3, many people seemed to lose faith in Marvel movies. Sony and Fox holding the rights to Spider-Man and X-Men (Both franchises saw their third entries not as well welcomed as previous instalments) gave Marvel Comics the idea to launch their own movie company and push with the characters they had at their disposal. Starting in 2008, Marvel Studios released the super fun and highly reviewed Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. This smelt a change, and also a plan was in action. With Samuel L. Jackson making a cameo as Nick Fury to tease an assembling of heroes for a future event in the former and Robert Downey Jr’s Iron Man making a brief appearance in the latter, this was just the start of what could be done when you finally see your favourite characters coming together. The result of this was The Avengers, the highest-grossing superhero movie of all time and one of the most critically hailed too! Also multiple films in the MCU have also proved to just get better with age (but will come on to that later)
- Many critics stated the fact for Spider-Man’s faltering popularity is by suggesting overcrowding and the idea of “less is more”. Well, in terms of story Spider-Man was probably trying to pack too much into each film, especially with The Amazing Spider-Man 2. But, though the number of characters was not my problem, it was the idea of trying to set up and continue many plot threads. Marvel Studios have won fans over with fairly straightforward plots, fun easter eggs to other films and characters and also fleshing out their characters and building more story around them. The latest Spider-Man shows that he can’t be this lone saviour, he needs some friends to help him fight these villains (Let’s face it, the villains outweigh the heroes in Marvel and they need as much help as possible).
- I want to focus on the source material this time. In Civil War, the comic gave one of the most shocking turn of events in the history of Marvel. A hero registration act comes into effect and this in turn creates a divide in the heroes’ world. Captain American, unhappy with such idea, decides to break off and bring his own followers to fight this idea. This also means he has to fight his friend Tony Stark AKA Iron Man. But how does Spider-Man fit in? Well in the comics, Spider-Man was still one of the most secretive of characters. He decides to join with Iron Man and reveals his identity to the world. Although it was to put at risk Aunt May and Mary Jane, he still went ahead but later then sided with Captain America after he found out a shocking truth about the actions that Iron Man and the other pro-registration members were doing. Ideally, Spider-Man is almost the heart of the story and the person you will probably feel most for during it. A big reason why Captain America: Civil War needs Spidey to make an appearance.
- Many critics have stated “we are sick of seeing Spider-Man” and “Can’t Spider-Man have a rest?” (I can just hear the voice of J.K. Simmons as I wrote them and this one. “GET ME PICTURES OF SPIDER-MAN”). Well I am afraid them critics are the same ones who highly rate Captain America and Iron Man, even though they appear multiple times (Captain America’s Chris Evans has been featured in an MCU film every year so far since 2011 and looks like this may even happen through to 2019). I think the critics are probably just bored of the lack of change with the character. Where many in the Marvel Studio camp have grown, progressed and become greatly improved in time, Spider-man unfortunately hasn’t changed much from shy teenager with a pendent for gadgets and costume design. A slightly more mature Spider-Man (keep Andrew Garfield if you want, I think he does a decent job) would really work well for this film. We don’t need the character rebooted; just need him in a new position. If MCU do get him, I am sure that they will make him a great character again.
- If Spider-Man did come back to Marvel and featured in the MCU, we could feature many characters and not have to worry too much about their origins. It has worked so far for bringing in The Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, Black Widow (I know we have learnt about her history since, but initially we knew so little). It shows we don’t need to see their origin straight away, but the little bits we know hook us and it is their characterisation that works. So Spider-Man could easily fit in and maybe they could make a decent Venom and have him played by Eddie Redmayne maybe? Also, how cool would it be to have a cameo of J. Jonah Jameson played once again by J.K. Simmons? This is what will make Captain America: Civil War a truly brilliant film and the perfect way to give Spider-Man back to his rightful home. Sony, you have had too many attempts and now need to give your beloved rights to someone who can effectively execute them.
What do you think? Should Captain America: Civil War be able to feature Spider-Man? Or should Sony once again attempt to make Spider-Man a unique and top property?
Written by Jonjo Cosgrove
Anyway, let’s see that trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron one more time!