5 Things That NEED To Happen Now Spider-Man's In The Marvel Cinematic Universe
After years of studio in-fighting, Sony is FINALLY allowing Spider-Man to appear in the MCU...
In case you weren't aware, the Marvel Universe is a very messy thing in Hollywood.
Multiple studios own individual cinematic rights to some of Marvel's biggest superheroes, meaning that the likelihood of us ever seeing the X-Men meet Spider-Man or any of The Avengers was a near-impossibility. Feel free to check out the nifty infographic below for a very simple way to understand the very messy legal dispute.
But finally, after years of fangasmic wishful thinking, Sony have announced that they're allowing Spider-Man to exist within Marvel Studios' cinematic universe (the MCU) with an appearance in a Marvel movie (likely Captain America: Civil War) followed by a whole new solo movie guided by both studios.
THIS IS QUITE EXCITING. Excuse us while we do a happy dance.
So, with a potentially blank creative slate to work from and a franchise severely lacking in recent critical acclaim, here are our five foolproof ways to make Spider-Man work in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
SKIP THE ORIGIN STORY
Uncle Ben dies, with great power comes great yadda yadda yadda... If we have to see a reboot of a reboot of a reboot, we think we'll just give up on super hero movies entirely, ta.
Fast-foward past the predictability, open with Peter working at the Bugle and at the beginning of his Spidey-career, and let's just get on with it.
RECAST... WELL, EVERYONE
Let us clarify - we love Andrew Garfield. We love Emma Stone. But with the former nudging 32 already, and the latter's character - SPOILER ALERT - quite dead, it makes a lot of sense for Marvel and Sony to wipe the slate clean and reboot things with a brand new cast.
It feels harsh to drop Garfield after performances so charming, funny and vulnerable that they've almost single-handedly saved Sony's last two Spidey-scripts from total disaster, but it feels like this is the time for Sony and Marvel to work together on building substantial cinematic building blocks for the future.
They need someone young, humble and ideally a huge comic book fan. We have a suggestion...
MAKE HIM FUNNY
Sure, the last couple of Spidey films had the odd tittersome line, but they never really nailed one of Spider-Man's most important traits - his all-consuming snarky-in-the-face-of-death humour.
That's an area that Marvel and its stable of super-witty writers have always succeeded at. Hell, if they can make a mulleted, rainbow-riding, magic hammer-wielding space God funny, then just imagine what they could do with Spider-Man.
IRON MAN VS SPIDEY
It's a relationship in the comics that's offered decades worth of entertainment. Whether they're swapping quips fighting alongside each other, out-geeking each other in the science-department or at (very dramatic) odds, the Spider-Man/Iron Man bromance has oodles of on-screen potential.
So it's unsurprising that Spider-Man's initial on-screen debut is very much touted to be in Captain America: Civil War, a film based on a comic storyline in which Iron Man convinces Peter Parker to reveal his secret identity. A decision that, predictably, goes a tiny bit wrong, and leads the two to come to very public, very graphic blows.
Whether they're exchanging banter or fists, we can't wait to see Robert Downey Jnr snark off against Spidey on-screen.
MAKE HIM PART OF THE AVENGERS