– Spider-Man is officially done with
the Marvel Cinematic Universe,
so where does the MCU go from here?
Get ready to pour one out, folks,
because it’s official, our
friendly neighborhood superhero
is donezo with the Marvel films.
During the recent Variety Entertainment
and Technology Summit, Sony Pictures CEO
Tony Vinciquerra broke the news
that for the moment the door is closed
in regards to Peter Parker returning
to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Well, it was fun while it lasted.
Of course, now the big
question on every fan’s mind
is where do the MCU and
Spider-Man go from here?
Last we saw of the old wall
crawler, spoilers ahead,
he had been teed up to
take over as the MCU’s
new pseudo Iron Man with the
Tony Stark Edith glasses,
and he unfortunately had his identity
revealed to the world by J. Jonah Jameson.
Plus there was the whole
skrull subplot with Nicky Fury.
Quite a few implications
for both the Marvel Universe
and Parker’s personal life.
On the Spider-Man side of the fence,
we won’t know how they plan to resolve
the whole my identity is revealed,
what will I do, until the
third movie comes out.
that for the most part
the team behind the
latest Spider-Man films
appears to be mostly intact, minus Feige,
Sony should be okay creatively speaking,
or, as Sony’s CEO put it,
“The Marvel people are terrific people,
“we have great respect for them,
“but on the other hand we have some
“pretty terrific people of our own.
“Kevin didn’t do all the work.”
So, it is safe to assume
Sony will find a way to
resolve this storyline without
ruffling too many feathers.
And, as long as they don’t take a cue
from the comic storyline One More Day
where Peter literally
made a deal with the devil
to sacrifice his marriage to Mary Jane
in order to save Aunt May’s life
as well as erase the world’s memory
of his recently revealed identity,
as you do, they should be fine.
It’s also no secret how badly Sony
wants to have Spider-Man
and Venom face off
and then extensively team up.
They have made it pretty
clear that they want to
establish their own Spider universe
with characters like Venom, Morbius,
Black Cat, and the like,
and having complete
control over the web head
will allow them to do that.
Plus, according to Vinciquerra,
they already have five
or six Spider-Man centric
TV projects in the works that are rumored
to be spearheaded by
Into The Spider-Verse’s
Phil Lord and Chris Miller.
So in all honesty, it sounds
like Spider-Man’s future
should be okay.
But, what about Marvel?
We know that Feige and
company were setting up Parker
to be the next face of
the Avengers and Iron Man.
But, with that plan thrown
out the window, what now?
In all likelihood they
will just have to drop it.
While it no doubt stings to lose
such a popular and profitable character,
with the acquisition of 21st Century Fox
Marvel will have no problem
back filling that roll.
Despite the poor reception to both of
the latest Fantastic Four
and X-Men big screen outings,
Feige and Marvel have a chance to
reset the board with some of the most
popular comic book characters of all time,
similar to how they reset Spider-Man
after the Andrew Garfield offerings.
And this time they won’t have to worry
about renegotiating a
contract for the characters
every few years.
And with the robust library
of new heroes and villains
from Wolverine and Deadpool to Doctor Doom
and Mr. Fantastic, it should be no trouble
to find a set of new eyes to explore
the Marvel Cinematic
Universe that can also
take over the role of
the Avengers tech genius.
As for the whole skrull subplot
with Nick Fury in space.
While it was cool to
see how the bigger world
of the MCU tied into Spider-Man,
all of the talk of Kree
sleeper cells and skrulls
aren’t specifically tied to Spider-Man.
As interesting as it
was, that subplot could
just as easily have been dropped into
a Black Panther or a Captain Marvel film.
In terms of its payoff,
we wouldn’t be surprised
to see these more cosmic elements
come into play in either
the upcoming Eternals film,
or maybe even a little
further down the line
with phase five, where the
Fantastic Four have been
teased to make their first appearance.
Overall, while it sucks
that the door is closed
between Marvel and Sony over Spider-Man,
both companies will be fine.
Marvel has proven that
they have backup plans
for their backup plans,
and if Venom and Into The Spider-Verse are
any indication of the power behind
the Spider-Man franchise,
then Sony should be good to go as well.
At the end of the day,
it’s the fans who are
getting the raw end of the deal,
and it is too bad that both
sides couldn’t work it out.
But hey, let’s not forget that while
the door is closed at the moment
on Spider-Man returning to the MCU,
that could change.
Or, as our favorite Spider-Man producer
Amy Pascal would put it.
– There’s a chance.
– [Male] There’s always a chance.
– There’s always a chance.
– But what do you folks think?
Who could replace Spider-Man in the MCU?
Are you worried about Spider-Man
without Kevin Feige at the helm?
And, if you were to adapt
any Spider-Man comic
into a film, which
storyline would you pick?
We know it can never
happen, but we would love
to see Nothing Can Stop the Juggernaut.
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