After last year’s release of Amazing Spider-Man 2, artist Mauricio Abril posted a piece of art summarizing his feelings about Spider-Man being closed out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. ‘Poor Spidey’ quickly made the rounds across the Interwebs:
I suppose this is what happens when you cross fan art with social commentary. I came up with the idea for this gag illustration after watching “The Amazing Spiderman 2″ on opening weekend, but only just now got around to finishing it. It pretty much summarizes how I felt about the new franchise, the larger Marvel cinematic universe and the realities of binding contracts.
Last week the artist provided an update – ‘Spidey Reunited’ – complete with Disney and Sony represented in the background:
Reunited and it feels so good! When I created the first “Poor Spidey” piece, it was a gag illustration after the dismay of watching Amazing Spiderman 2 and never did I think it would’ve been posted and reposted so many times across the internet.
BUT the craziest thing I found out from someone who works for a popular website that went through the hacked Sony emails is that my “Poor Spidey” was attached in a chain of emails throughout the company. So of course I wanted to create a followup after the news of the deal went public. With that said, I hope you’re all excited cause Spidey and the Avengers are reunited.
We’re pretty happy about it too, Mauricio!
Hat-tip to ComicBook.com for posting the update!