ByJerome Maida, writer at
Jerome Maida

This is getting pathetic.

There i was, minding my business and looking at my Facebook page this morning when I saw that one of the topics that is "trending" is...a "true rumor" from "Latino Review" that Sony is "pursuing" "Aunt May" movie?!?!


Now, of course the report states that this will be a film about a younger May:

A movie about Aunt May as a youth, before she was shouldered with the responsibility of raising Peter Parker. The target mood is some sort of espionage story in the vein of AMC’s Mad Men, which sounds like a way of saying “classier Agent Carter” without name-dropping Marvel’s upcoming series.
But the whole point here is that I NOT mention Marvel, because Sony isn’t giving up the Spider-Verse before they make an attempt at a movie based on the completely fabricated past of May Parker. Well, the espionage part is fabricated.

To which I can only say this:


This is ridiculous. You have NO IDEA what to do with Spider-Man. Please give him back to Marvel Studios before you embarrass yourselves.

Okay. Of course you'd be even bigger idiots to just GIVE the Spider-Man film rights away.

Then sell them. Please.

Every since you made the "brilliant" decision to cut ties with Sam Raimi and reboot a franchise that was still one of the most lucrative in the world, it had been clear you have no direction - and no clue.

Seriously, does anyone think a "Spider-Man 4" and "Spider-Man 5" would NOT have outgrossed "Amazing Spider-Man" and "Amazing Spider-Man 2"?

Because, for how much it was vilified, people forget that "Spider-Man 3" still broke a bunch of records and was by many accounts - including Rotten Tomatoes - still a better film than "Amazing Spider-Man 2".

Since that disappointment this summer , which continued the trend of EVERY Spider-Man film you've done grossing less domestically than it's predecessor, you have made many questionable decisions and announcements that show you have no idea what to do - or even WANT to do - with the franchise.

"Amazing Spider-Man 3" is going to hit in 2016 and "Amazing Spider-Man 4" will follow in 2018.

No, scratch that. "Sinister Six" will hit in 2016 - even though there was no setup in any of the films for such a film, no actors attached and no huge fan demand for it - and "Amazing Spider-Man 3" will hit in 2018.

Because, you know, there is no better way to show confidence in a franchise than to delay the next installment.

Then a "Venom" film was still on. Then it was dead. Now? No one knows!

Then, there was an announced film that would star a female character that would hit in 2017. Announcing this back in August got some people excited. There has really been no set up for any of the possible characters you would be thinking of using - but what they hey! When you announced this, DC/WB had still not announced a "Wonder Woman" film and Marvel Studios had not announced a "Captain Marvel" film.

Now, both those films have been announced and confirmed and have release dates.

Meanwhile, we still don't know which female film we're supposedly getting in 2017.

Unless "May Parker" is it.

Which would be ridiculous and insulting, when you consider that you almost certainly have the screen rights to all of the following: Silver Sable. Black cat. Spider-Gwen. Spider-Girl. Sable, in particular, could be your Black Widow,

In a time when some truly great female characters are either on or headed to the big or small screens - from Skye to Supergirl to Scarlet Witch to Mystique to Harley Quinn to Black Widow - it would be absurd for you to have your "female hero movie" be about a younger version of May Parker.

The fact that these ideas are even credible rumors shows that you have done a poor job in relation to DC/WB and especially Marvel in letting your direction for your superhero universe be known.

That needs to change. You need to announce YOUR slate of films!

You still have a lot of potential with this franchise. Stop blowing it.


Jerome Maida

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