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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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Spider-Man joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe! So what happens now?

Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures have finally made the deal we were waiting for. They have confirmed that Spider-Man will be officially part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Within the last hour, I have read all the details and this is what we know so far about the joint venture. Kevin Feige seems very excited about Spider-Man coming over, and this is what will happen because of this much needed collaboration.

  1. Spider-Man will be available for the MCU films, and will be rebooted

Spider-Man fans won’t have to wait till 2018 for another solo film, it has been announced that Sony and Marvel are to produce a new Spider-Man movie for 2017. This deal also means that the web-slinger will also be available for upcoming movies such as Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity Wars. Though we know this will effectively reboot the character, no details are available yet to show whether it will be Andrew Garfield on board or another actor taking on the role.

  1. You will have to wait a little longer for some of the other MCU films

With a deal this big, Marvel Studios had to make some sacrifices in their schedules. While the two-part Infinity Wars will not be changing its release dates, a few movies will be shifted to later dates to make way for Spider-Man. Starting with Thor: Ragnarok which is moving from July 2017 to November 2017 and Black Panther will go to July 2018 from its former home the previous July. Also changes even further down the line as Captain Marvel is due to show herself now in November 2018 instead of July and the Inhumans movie now becomes the first MCU film post Infinity Wars for July 2019.

  1. Will be get the Captain America: Civil War we have been waiting for?

With details expected very soon on the upcoming movie, it looks like Civil War will now play out how we had hoped for it to. With time still to get Spider-Man in the part, the MCU look set to give their version of Spider-Man its star treatment and let him finally be united with the other heroes of this world. Look out for the upcoming announcements for Captain America 3 as press information will probably be released before Avengers: Age Of Ultron hits cinemas.

  1. Finally! How will Spider-Man be controlled?

Well, this is a bit funny. Sony and Marvel have created the deal for Spider-Man to feature in the MCU. Sony will apparently still have a certain amount of control over the character and the franchise, but this will be more on a collaborative basis between them and Marvel Studios to ensure the character is given the best lease of life. I am sure there will probably be many hours locked in board rooms discussing his future, but Marvel have played it so well time and time again and you’d have to be a fool not to trust them.

So, we finally have our wish. The big questions now begin. Who should play Spider-Man? He has been announced for an unspecified MCU film before his own 2017 movie, we must assume that is Civil War? Are you upset the other movies have been pushed back? All I say is bring me that first scene of Iron Man and Spider-Man having a battle of words and Spidey teasing the Hulk!

Marvel Cinematic Universe release dates:

Avengers: Age Of Ultron – 23rd April (UK)/1st May (US) 2015

Ant-Man – 17th July 2015

Captain America: Civil War – 29th April (UK)/6th May (US) 2016

Doctor Strange – 28th October (UK)/4th November (US) 2016

Guardians Of The Galaxy 2 – 28th April (UK)/5th May (US) 2017

Untitled Spider-Man film – 28th July 2017

Thor: Ragnarok – 3rd November 2017

Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – 4th May 2018

Black Panther – 6th July 2018

Captain Marvel – 2nd November 2018

Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – 3rd May 2019

Inhumans – 12th July 2019

Written by Jonjo Cosgrove

Finally, a trailer for Avengers: Age Of Ultron

5 reasons why Spider-Man should be in Captain America: Civil War

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.

  1. 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)
  2. 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).
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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!