In case you hadn’t heard, news broke a few days ago revealing that Sony and Marvel had talks in October about the possibility of sharing the rights to Spider-Man.
The Wall Street Journal originally reported the news, sourced from leaked emails as a result of the hack at Sony, and revealed that Sony Pictures President Dough Belgrad had told Chairman Amy Pascal of “a potential scenario that would see Marvel produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains ‘creative control, marketing and distribution.’ “
Sony ultimately decided not to go ahead with Marvel, which Latino Review reported could have seen a 60/40 co-production deal (60 to Marvel), choosing instead to focus their efforts on expanding their Spidey universe.
BUT, it seems the story is far from over. A new report from Latino Review says the 60/40 deal is actually still on the table and revealed the plans that Marvel have if they do get Spider-Man in the MCU.
Apparently, Marvel hasn’t been very impressed with the way that Sony’s handled the character and they want to give Spidey a completely fresh start. LR reports that “Marvel’s not inclined to give Sony creative control over the character, nor planning on honoring the contracts with Sony’s Spider-Stars.” Furthermore, their sources say that Marvel “severely disliked” Sony’s ideas of an Aunt May solo film and a female Spider movie.
A fresh start would see Marvel skip the Spider-Man origin story and re-cast the character. LR reports:
IF the Marvel/Sony deal were to go forward, Andrew Garfield would no longer be Peter Parker and any baggage from existing films, Raimi or Webb, would be non-canonical, Marvel doesn’t want any part of those films. The idea is that the Spider-Man romance movie has been played out over five installments, so any new Spider-Man films would focus on the difficulties of being a teenager and a superhero with a romance side-story, not the film’s focus. Marvel also thinks that the origin story is well-trodden territory, so any Spider-Man movies under this deal would begin with Peter Parker already leading a dual life.
On top of all that, LR’s sources say that it is still possible that we’ll see Spider-Man make an appearance in Captain America: Civil War. Yep, there’s a chance we’ll be seeing Spider-Man in the MCU after all…