Sony, the recently-hacked Hollywood studio that owns the rights to Spider-Man, has declined the opportunity to collaborate with Marvel Studios to include the character in the upcoming 2016 film Captain America: Civil War (the web-shooting superhero plays a big role in the Civil War comics) and in a new franchise in which Sony would have distribution rights and creative input.
There are also lots of other rumors, including but not limited to: Sony planning an animated Spider-Man comedy with Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie) writing and directing, Sony reportedly firing Andrew Garfield after he blamed Sony for how The Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned out (I don't blame him), the Sinister Six spin-off serving as a soft reboot of the series, the Venom spin-off getting cancelled, Marvel wanting to get rid of Garfield and cast a new actor if they get the rights back, an Aunt May origin story movie (the textbook definition of absurd), and another spin-off revolving around female Spider-Man characters such as Felicia Hardy (Black Cat) and Jessica Drew (Spider-Woman).
Now, I just wanna get this way: I loved the two Amazing Spider-Man films. Incredibly well-developed characters, terrific romantic chemistry between Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, fantastic action sequences, eye-popping visuals and special effects, engaging storytelling, the works. They were both great and were, dare I say it, better than Sam Raimi's first Spider-Man film from 2002. Plus, both Amazing Spider-Man films managed to wash the rather unsatisfying taste of Spider-Man 3 out of our mouths. So, yeah, I support this reboot series.
Of course, I love the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well. Iron Man was great, The Incredible Hulk was awesome, the two Thor films were a lot of fun, Captain America: The First Avenger was fantastic, The Avengers was beyond epic, Iron Man 3 is a film I will defend to my dying breath, Captain America: The Winter Soldier is a wonderful political spy thriller, and Guardians of the Galaxy is by far my favorite film from Marvel. I do enjoy Iron Man 2, but that movie was really just a two-hour teaser trailer for The Avengers. I even like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and I'm looking forward to everything else Marvel is planning with their cinematic universe, especially Age of Ultron and Netflix's Daredevil series.
Onto the big question: do I want Spider-Man in the Civil War film? Yes. Yes, I do. Seeing Spider-Man interact with all these Marvel heroes on film would bring tears of joy, and seeing as he plays a huge role in the Civil War comics, Marvel fanboys would be storming the streets creating riots just to have him in the film. However, if they do include the character in Civil War, I don't want a new version of Spider-Man. I want Andrew Garfield to come back.
For the love of humanity, Sony, Disney, and Marvel, don't create another reboot series featuring another new take on Spider-Man and new actors. I don't want that. It would just be a pointless cash-grab. The Amazing Spider-Man films featured a take on Spider-Man that was much more like the comics counterpart than the Sam Raimi trilogy. In the comics, Spider-Man is supposed to be a wise-cracking smart aleck, and the two Amazing Spider-Man films got that down to a tee.
As a matter of fact, both films alone had the absolute best moments of Spider-Man swinging around. The visual effects were so good that I actually felt like I was swinging around with him. Not to mention, Andrew Garfield is absolutely perfect as Spider-Man. He's much more likeable, energetic, and charismatic than Tobey Maguire. Even in the Amazing Spider-Man films' more dramatic scenes - i.e. Peter and Uncle Ben arguing in the first film, Peter sobbing after Gwen dies in the second film (Major Spoiler Alert! by the way) - Garfield is fantastic. His chemistry with Emma Stone in both films is also wonderful.
To wrap things up, yes, Spider-Man should be in Captain America: Civil War. I'd also like to see him in the two-part Avengers: Infinity War film. But if they really do this, I want them to get Andrew Garfield to come back. He's such a great Spider-Man. However, if they do decide to reboot it again, I recommend Anton Yelchin for the role, and instead of doing his origin again, do it like Tim Burton's Batman or The Incredible Hulk where he's already Spider-Man and he tells his origin in a flashback scene. Now, I know that there might be some continuity issues if they do make the the Amazing Spider-Man films part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but I'm sure Sony, Marvel, and Disney will work it all out and hire smart, talented screenwriters.