Spider-Man: Homecoming has become more than just a hopeful return of a franchise. Thanks to Captain America: Civil War, Tom Holland’s debut as the friendly neighborhood web slinger gave fans what they wanted to see and proved that Marvel can work with other studios.
Ever since the 2002 blockbuster hit with Tobey Maguire as a more mature, deeper version of one of Marvel’s most beloved characters, Sony has been trying to keep the franchise alive. Audiences loved the first two films, and then turned on Sam Raimi after he clashed with Sony and made one of the most hated films in Spider-Man history. Nobody wanted to see Tobey Maguire as a dancing emo superhero, and Venom was barely in it despite being one of the most anticipated villains in the series’ history.
Marc Webb’s 2012 reboot was interesting enough to spawn a sequel of its own, even if it had hardly any memorable scenes. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was full of more memorable scenes, but it seemed to get the villains wrong enough that audiences, and Sony, decided they didn’t want to touch Andrew Garfield’s version again. The worst part was a fight teased in the trailers, which was only repeated at the end of the film, where Spider-Man hit Rhino with a manhole cover and it faded to black.
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With the success of Captain America: Civil War, Sony once again has a character audiences want to see again in Spider-Man: Homecoming. In order to do that, Sony and Marvel had to work together, something that Sony was avoiding for years. Peter Parker nearly stole the show when he appeared in the airport fight scene in Civil War, and audiences are once more excited to see him again.
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Does this mean that Spider-Man: Homecoming could be the beginning of more beautiful friendships? It’s unknown, but it wasn’t really the beginning either. The first time happened when Universal Pictures introduced The Incredible Hulk with Edward Norton and then decided to let Marvel take the character for 2012’s The Avengers. The re-casting of Mark Ruffalo proved such a success that Hulk has become a regular in the Marvel cinematic universe.
Plus his “puny god” moment was utter hilarity.
One thing the fans have been asking for ever since X-Men started fluctuating in quality from film to film was for 20th Century Fox to let Marvel have the rights back. Perhaps if Fox sees enough flops, they might take a note from Sony’s book and let Marvel start borrowing their characters.
The Quicksilver controversy could be explained as an alternate universe, which is nothing new to the Marvel Comics storylines. It’s even been hinted at in Agents of SHIELD with the portal stones and numerous appearances from Sif of Asgard.
If Wolverine and the X-Men could somehow start joining the Marvel cinematic universe, the storyline could be so much bigger. The same goes for the Fantastic Four. The lack of these characters posed complications for Civil War, but plans for Spider-Man: Homecoming have proven that it could happen.
Sony Pictures Chairman Tom Rothman has stated that working with Marvel could prove a bright future for Spider-Man when Homecoming hits.
“Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing. We start shooting the new Spider-Man in Atlanta [in mid-June]. … A movie like Spider-Man by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive. But it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night.”
Perhaps after Spider-Man: Homecoming arrives, 20th Century Fox will let Marvel handle their properties as well? Fans would love to see Onslaught and Galactus done by Marvel, possibly in 2020 and beyond.
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