With everything that's going on over at Sony since their major hack and information leak, things seem pretty up-in-the-air at the moment for the studio. Unfortunately, there's one fan favorite comic book figure that's getting caught in the middle. Yup, you guessed it: Spider-Man.
Poor Spidey. As essentially a child of divorce, the fate of Peter Parker is a current point contention as Marvel tries to wrangle back some rights from Sony. From the looks of things, according to Latino Review, Marvel is willing to work with Sony in a 60/40 split on the rights. The two items where it looks like Marvel is not willing to budge is relinquishing creative control over the character, and honoring existing contracts.
So what does this mean for the current (and my favorite) Spider-Man, Andrew Garfield? Well, it sounds like he and his storyline will be completely wiped so that Marvel can start fresh and maybe even to get Peter Parker ready to seamlessly fit into his inevitable (if these deals get worked out, that is) role in the Civil War storyline. Latino Review states that Spider-Man won't play a role in the Civil War movie as the script has already been completed, but that doesn't mean his return to Marvel in [Captain America: Civil War](movie:994409) is entirely impossible. There are, after all, postcredits scenes.
This also means that everything done during Sony's time owning the character under Raimi and Webb's direction would be non-canonical. It likely wouldn't include any romance or origins either, considering those ideas have been covered pretty thoroughly over the last twelve years and Marvel is over the whole concept of telling origin stories. By the time we meet this new Spider-Man, he would have been living with this secret identity for years, which is the perfect place to start when talking about being pro or anti-registration.
Despite being rather torn up over the potential loss of Andrew Garfield, I do realize that it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make. Seriously, Sony, let Spidey go home to his Marvel family where he belongs.