Marvel has had it rough in the cinematic universe, with films like Ghost Rider, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, and X-Men 3, Marvel’s film properties haven’t always been a big hit. Marvel’s Spider-Man, which was made before Marvel’s Cinematic Universe plan, was a hit for Sony. Spider-Man 2 is considered by some to be one of the best comic book movies ever. Marvel’s new Spider-man has officially debuted in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as Captain America: Civil War is out and about in the box office.
Marvel fans were likely wondering what qualifications were met by bringing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe this way, and Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explains that his presence was meant to be a “counterpoint,” according to Comicbook.
“His presence in Civil War was meant to be the counterpoint. The other heroes have a lot of history together. They have a lot of angst, they have a lot of geopolitical issues that they’re dealing with, and it’s heavy. This kid basically feels like he hit the jackpot. The most famous man in the world, Tony Stark, asks him to go to Germany and participate with the Avengers and he loves every minute of it.”
Kevin Feige used this opportunity to remind everyone what he feels that the Spider-Man of Marvel Comics is all about, and to the name drop the first solo outing for the webhead, Spider-Man: Homecoming.
“That’s fun. That’s who Spider-Man is, and we can and will do much more of this in Spider-Man: Homecoming. You saw it in the comics; he constantly talks… That’s Spider-Man to us. That’s what we love.”
Marvel fans might be wondering why Spider-Man, and not myriad other characters, especially with their allegedly connected Netflix universe.
Daredevil was the first in the Marvel Netflix Universe, so one would naturally make the leap that if any Netflix character would be used, it should be the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige explained that “karma,” “desperation,” and Tony Stark seeing some of himself in young Spider-Man are why he was chosen over other Marvel characters.
“I think, he’s been keeping tabs on the world, and he knows about this one kid. I think in some ways, there’s a motivation having been accused of killing a young kid earlier in the movie to ‘Maybe I can rebuild karmically some of what I’ve lost by helping this kid along.’ And he’s there, and he’s available. And Tony’s desperate. He probably sees some of himself in this kid.”
Despite Marvel’s Daredevil being rejected for Captain America: Civil War, it certainly remains one of their most popular adaptations to date. Spider-Man: Homecoming is not coming home until next year, but already the anticipation is brewing for the next phase of Spider-Man films.
Reportedly, both Alfred Molina and Vincent D’Onofrio wish to reprise their roles as Dr. Octopus and Kingpin for any one of the new Spider-Man films that Marvel plans to produce going forward. Though unlikely, it could tempt doubting fans to the new Marvel films.
Spider-Man has been directed by Sam Raimi and Marc Webb, but arguably, Raimi’s films set the bar and is the more popular franchise.
Spider-Man, as directed by Sam Raimi, was played by Tobey Maguire. Maguire recently commented on a video mash-up that he posted on his Instagram, expressing his opinion on his replacement, and Marvel’s newest Spider-Man.
“Haha seriously, who made this? @tomholland2013 good job! You are great as Spider-Man. Keep it up!”
Spider-Man approves of Spider-Man, and if that is not validation, then what is? Marvel Studios, like all studios, is looking to make a profit, is likely looking at Captain America: Civil War’s numbers and it is certainly ensuring that Spider-Man: Homecoming will continue that cash cow.
However, it is up to Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming to ensure future Spider-Man films will stay in one of Marvel’s phases. The Inquisitr reports that Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige is interested in “crossovers” and “sequels.”
[Image Via ‘Captain America: Civil War’ trailer|Courtesy Of Marvel Studios|Cropped, Resized]