You may be asking yourself or wondering why we’re not covering the four billion metric tons of clickbait Spider-Man, Marvel and Sony movie news out there right now. But I think I just answered that. Most of it is just… clickbait. Almost none of it is driven by anything factual at this point. So we’re trying not to run a lot of clickbaity stuff here at Crawlspace. You folks deserve better!
What do we know about the future of Spider-Man movies? All we know with certainty right now is that Sony got hacked, emails revealed Sony execs questioning the way they’ve handled Spidey – and lots of other anecdotal stuff. We know that Amy Pascal has said she will never let go of Spider-Man and in the wake of the hacker scandal and we know Sony’s President & CEO Kazuo Hirai has expressed his confidence in Pascal. He’ll be one of the ones to watch. Pascal may not want to give up Spider-Man but if the parent company does then away Spidey will go back to Marvel. But along those lines all we really know was what was reported back a couple of weeks back (reported here in the Wall Street Journal) about Spider-Man being allowed to be in the upcoming Captain America 3: Civil War flick (i.e. that Marvel wanted it) and that Sony is having a ‘Spider-Summit’ next month in January.
We know nothing concrete about what’s going to happen at this point. So take any and all “OMG Marvel and Sony have already struck secret deals!” news with a grain of salt. The Crawlspace staff recently looked at one of these articles which actually said part of their deal was Sony co-financing one of Disney’s hero movies. Let that nugget of “WTF?” sink in for a sec. It doesn’t pass the smell test. Why would Disney ever need another studio to help finance something? Disney has all the money on Earth; Sony’s got a stand on the corner selling fruit every other day.
So until you start seeing things reported by Variety, the Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly or other major industry sites then take everything you’re hearing out there right now with a Hulk-sized grain of salt. Trust me, when I see something that passes the smell test where the films are concerned I’ll post it up here.
Spider-Man is in “interesting times” right now. Many of us want Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic universe. The quality of the films would increase dramatically; of that there is no doubt. Writing as bad as what we got in Amazing Spider-Man 2 just doesn’t exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, even in the weaker films like Iron Man 3.
But on the other side of that coin? Look how wrongheaded Marvel is about Spider-Man right now. Look in his comics, look in his cartoons. Hoping for Spider-Man to go back to Marvel may end up being a case of Spider-Man going from the Sony frying pan into the Quesada fire, so we must be careful what we wish for. Sure, the writing in the last Spidey film sucked and the villains were lame – but do we want to see Carlie Cooper in a Spidey film? Or Silk? Because that could become a possibility. The writing and the overall quality would be better, sure, but we could still find ourselves with a lot of stuff that have made Spider-fans yawn for the last several years.
(On a side note, by pondering that last little tidbit I’m not engaging in clickbait myself. If I was then I’d have titled this post ‘Carlie Cooper Coming To The Spider-Movies’ and put a nice little question mark on the end of it. Heh!)
If Spidey does go home on the big screen we can just hope Marvel films guru Kevin Feige has much better ideas and a correct vision for the Wallcrawler than Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada.
Anyway, here’s some clickbait for those who may be craving it. Someone asks if Drake Bell should be the new live action Spidey. I almost did a spit take with my Coke Zero when I saw it today.