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Is Spider-Man The Future Of The Marvel Cinematic Universe?

Do we all remember how excited we were when Spider-Man was finally brought into the MCU. We honestly needed him in the film franchise. Not just for the great character that he has been shown to be in Captain America: Civil War, but we also have Spider-Man: Homecoming out in July (co-starring Iron Man too) and we have him in the Avengers: Infinity Wars movie and its sequel, as well as a Homecoming sequel in 2019. While we have waited so long for this to happen, it is fair to say that Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is fully integrated into the established movie universe. But, could Sony be about to destroy all of that?

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Announced in the last few weeks, a Venom movie was said to be coming out on 5th October 2018. Now, a Venom movie in the MCU would be good, wouldn’t it? Well tough s**t. Sony are planning to make their own cinematic universe with not just the iconic villain, but also doing a movie with Black Cat and Silver Sable. Sony, why don’t you ever learn?

Now I don’t have a massive problem with them making a Venom spin-off. But considering this is about the 3rd or 4th attempt to do so since 2007’s Spider-Man 3. At that time, people were underwhelmed with Topher Grace’s less than stellar performance. The spin-off would have been a way to bring the then-established Venom to a more favourable view with its audience. If done then, it may have been fine. Ok, so Sony want to make this new universe and really make a mess while continuing on with Marvel and the MCU. At least that will be fine, won’t it?

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Ok, so there has been some chatter this week about how long Spider-Man will be in the MCU. Amy Pascal (the woman whose emails got hacked where she gave her “suggestions” on films that Barack Obama would like and took part in an exchange where Angelina Jolie was referred to as a brat!) has seemingly suggested the partnership for Spider-man in the MCU won’t last for long. If Spider-Man: Homecoming does become a hit (which is very much a certainty), I can see that Spider-Man will be a big part of the MCU and possibly take over Iron Man as the head character of this universe.

Going forward, the best thing we have to look forward to in this deal is the wealth of villains that Spider-Man brings. Already we begin with The Vulture, being played by Michael Keaton. We also have got Shocker and The Tinkerer in the movie. Imagine all the possible antagonists going ahead. Maybe the Sinister Six could come around (but not be stupidly teased like in The Amazing Spider-Man 2) or we could have double trouble with Venom and Carnage. Also, how can we sort this Venom problem?

First thing, make Venom a part of the MCU. No excuses for not having this character as part of the cinematic universe we have come to love over the last nine years. My theory would be that Donald Glover could possibly be a new version of Eddie Brock. Possibly involving an experiment to replicate Spider-Man’s powers, the symbiote is created and attaches itself to Eddie Brock (possibly a former accomplice of Adrian Toomes AKA The Vulture) and plans his revenge against Spider-Man. Then we could get this Venom film as a way of exploring this character and maybe see him face off against Carnage after initially being a villain. The 2018 movie should be part of the MCU, a late entry to phase three and possibly set up a major villain to take on the Avengers after Thanos (Carnage could possibly be a huge villain to take his place. Along with Dormammu).

If we can all agree, how many villains can you name that are normally associated with Marvel heroes when you take away Spider-Man’s rogues gallery? Ok, we had Loki, Zemo, Thanos and Ultron. But then again, you have Doctor Octopus, Lizard, Mysterio, Carnage, Scorpion, Chameleon, Sandman, Green Goblin, Hobgoblin, Black Cat, Rhino, Kraven, Kingpin and many more. In fact, Kingpin has already proven hugely popular in the established universe in the Netflix series Daredevil. We need more of the characters we grew up with and knew really well.

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It is a no-brainer for the Spider-Man properties to stay in the MCU and just get an overall benefit from the collaboration. To see any of these in the MCU would be a massive win. Sony, I know you don’t listen to these comments and won’t change your minds from what I tell you. But, please don’t stop this deal. What you have here is the potential to continually grow this franchise for years to come. The Marvel Cinematic Universe has kept fresh and highly rated as it has explored many genres, tackled multiple subject matters and striking a deal with two huge companies is indeed another big win.

To put it simple, the MCU needs to continue to evolve to keep itself alive and Spider-Man IS the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The character has been well received and is always certain to get many people to the cinema. We have probably not got too long left with Iron Man, Captain America, Hulk, Hawkeye, Thor and Black Widow. The Avengers team has changed numerous times and will continue to do so. I can imagine Phase Three will end with our Avengers being Spider-Man, Iron Man, Black Panther, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man, The Wasp, a new Captain America, Hulk and Captain Marvel. That is already a massive change. Who knows, we may even get Fantastic Four in phase four and really expand on another level.

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But for now, I am happy to see how the MCU evolves. There are so many avenues to see. We have The Defenders and The Punisher on Netflix to come later this year. The Inhumans TV series is starting to look great and all the upcoming films too! We need this universe, it has proven to be hugely satisfying and to see people continue to grow up with this world is truly special. Imagine in 20 years time and the same universe is still expanding on TV and film? Marvel created one of the most unique cinematic experiences of all time, and I hope this doesn’t stop for a long time to come. The future needs a good lead…and that lead, is Spider-Man!

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Spider-Man: Homecoming is coming out 7th July 2017 in cinemas.

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Captain America: Civil War. What Will Be In The Post-Credit Scenes?

There was a mention this week about the potential for THREE post-credit scenes coming at the end of the next Captain America film. During an interview with the Russo Brothers, they mentioned the possibility that the massive movie will possible include three glimpses once the end credits begin to roll. So what could we see in these scenes? Set-ups for Phase Three films are the likely outcome. I have been thinking about the three scenes and what I would like to see them involve. So I will give what I believe will be involved in these sequences and also the order in which I expect to see them. Remember, I have not seen the film nor do I hold any knowledge of its content with the exception of what Marvel Studios has released.

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SCENE ONE: Spider-Man And The Symbiote Suit!

After the CIVIL WAR, I believe there will be a disillusioned Peter Parker really wanting to distance himself from the heroes…at least for the time being. He will be the most unexperienced, the most vulnerable and maybe the most frightened character at the end of Civil War as he has no idea what he has signed up for. While wanting to keep his distance from Tony Stark, I reckon that New York shall see a certain black substance finding its way around Parker’s neighbourhood and hopefully be a set-up for the almighty Venom. It has been said a standalone Venom movie is in production, but we really need to see him clash with Spider-Man before this happens.

We see Spider-Man heading back to Aunt May’s apartment, he can’t tell her he is this new powered being nor tell her what he has seen. His dark thoughts really start to collect after the big “loss”. It will be this inner darkness that calls the symbiote to Peter and then this may be what begins the origin to one of the most famous villains in comic book history (and won’t be played by Topher Grace!). Spider-Man goes out to do a heroic deed after seeing on the news about a guy flying around new York throwing bombs at people, meanwhile the screen then blacks out as we zoom out of Peter’s room as a black ooze covers his window.

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SCENE TWO: Ulysses Klaue in Wakanda

We was introduced to the villain in AGE OF ULTRON, Andy Serkis will hopefully return and will be taking on T’Challa in the 2018 BLACK PANTHER film. What I would like to see is an angry Ulysses as he plans to take over the world and destroy those who have hurt him in the past. We will also see the lovely robotic arm of Ulysses, with his arm made of…Vibranium. With the most powerful arm in existence and a huge arsenal behind him, he will certainly prove a huge challenge to the Black Panther.

Ulysses should be seen talking about his plans to destroy certain places around the world after learning of the fracture in The Avengers. We also see his lovely new arm in full force as he punches through a wall of concrete in celebration that his plans can finally go ahead. He is warned that T’Challa is still alive, Ulysses Klaue laughs at this and states “He won’t stay that way for long, I will see you soon my old friend”.

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SCENE THREE: Thanos Acquires His First Stone

You may remember from Thor: The Dark World, The Collector was given one of the “stones” to look after. My theory is that as Benecio Del Toro will apparently not be in Guardians Of The Galaxy 2, I would think it was because this stone is actually found by Thanos and then put into his Gauntlet. Thanos will remain fairly in the shadows until Infinity Wars, but this could be a good way to show his progression to being this power-wielding mad titan!

The Collector is currently hidden away in some dark location, the only item he still has is the Aether which was given to him by Volstagg and Sif. He hopes to sell it to get as far away from this sector of the Universe as possible and live the rest of his life in luxury. Unfortunately, it turns out the buyer is not who he first thought, and it actually is Thanos. Thanos demands the Aether from The Collector, who gives it willingly. Though, Thanos still kills him and places the stone in the gauntlet. Mirroring The Collector’s comment from when he acquired it, Thanos states “One Down, Five To Go”. The gauntlet then glows, and lets out a blast of red light!

Just a bit more to add to this, I reckon each film leading up to Infinity Wars part 1 (that is six films) could see a Post Credit Scene each with Thanos acquiring a stone in each one. With six films, that would complete his Gauntlet in time for Infinity Wars. Does that sound like a good plan? I think it does.

Captain America: Civil War is out 29th April 2016 in the UK and 6th May 2016 in the US. We will soon find out what is to happen…

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove