I have to say that my mind was pretty blown this morning when I woke up to check Moviepilot and I saw a bunch of articles saying things like: "Spider-Man Coming to MCU! Fans Rejoice!" and "What Does Spiderman's Inclusion in the MCU mean for the Pushed Back Films?".
I guess I can't really say that my mind was blown right away, because I have to admit, I thought we were going through another round of web-wide rumors (get it? "web"?) and I was dismissive at first.
But because I am who I am, I clicked on the articles and began to read and was shocked that everyone was stating it like it was a fact and normally there was at least one or two rational dudes in the mix of random rumors who would identify it as "just a rumor" and to "take it with a grain of salt".
Then I found this article. Not on MoviePilot, but on Marvel's official website.
After reading the article, questions began to race through my mind non-stop. This obviously is such a huge deal that it has caused Marvel Studios to shift their film release dates.
Spider-Man will, reportedly make his MCU debut in 2016's Captain America: Civil War. The Wall Street Journal claims that their is a massive scramble to make some changes to what is perhaps one of Marvel Studios' most anticipated films in the entirety of their universe.
But not only will the ol' Web-Head get his honorable appearance in Cap's threequel but there is a new Spider-Man movie to be released on July 28, 2017. This slot was originally being held by Thor's threequel, Thor: Ragnarok. Thor wasn't the only push back either, take a look at how Spider-Man just changed all of Marvel Studios' plans:
- Captain America: Civil War makes rewrites for Spider-Man
- Spider-Man to be released on July 28, 2017
- Thor: Ragnarok pushed back to November 3, 2017
- Black Panther pushed back to July 6, 2018
- Captain Marvel pushed back to November 2, 2018
- Inhumans pushed back to July 12, 2019
So you can obviously see how much Marvel Studios values having Spider-Man included in the MCU. They're obviously willing to move all of heaven and earth to have him.
But here are some questions we need to be asking ourselves in regards to
Is Spider-Man's MCU debut great timing or bad?
I'm sure there are many different feelings on the subject right now, especially with those still getting over the shock of Marvel's most recognized character being cast into the mix of one of the highest grossing movie franchises of all time.
But my own personal opinion on the matter is that this is a perfect time to introduce Spider-Man and I feel that putting him in Captain America: Civil War means that Marvel Studios want to start him off right and what better way to relaunch the character (who's already been rebooted once in 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man) than with the help of Captain America and Iron Man.
If it were any other film at any other time, I'd be worried that the character was just being shoe-horned in to make a quick buck (of course I'm sure their pockets will have no need to worry) but since Spider-Man played such a huge role in the Civil War comics, it just goes to show that they are starting the character off right and are wanting to treat him with the utmost reverence to his comic book counterpart.
It was rumored that Black Panther would be playing a similar role to what Spider-Man did in the Civil War comics. But if Spider-Man has come home to claim his right to that specific role in the story, where does that leave Black Panther?
Honestly, I think Black Panther will still be able to play a good role in the film and still may shine bright to the audience of fans and newcomers alike. It's just sort of bitter-sweet that he'll have to share that attention with Spider-Man now, as I'm sure, he'll be one of the most talked about characters in Civil War, depending on the part he does play when all is said and done.
Who Will be Spider-Man?
One of the big questions I had when thinking about Spider-Man being integrated into the larger Marvel Studios family was: "who would be Spider-Man?". This questions has a two fold meaning and I'll elaborate on both.
- Which character will be Spider-Man?
In the comics, there are a ton of popular Spider-Man characters ranging from Peter Parker, Ben Reilly, Miguel O'Hara, to Miles Morales. Peter Parker is the iteration that we've seen (twice now) in movies and many are saying it's high-time to have Miles Morales added to the face of the new Spider-Man film franchise based on his ethnicity (half-black, half-Latino) to provide diversity to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and also as a means of further differentiating it from the two previous franchises.
I wouldn't be opposed to this necessarily, I always try to keep an open-mind. But to me, Peter Parker will always be Spider-Man just like Bruce Wayne will always be Batman. I have deduced that Sony and Marvel, in fact, feels the same way...at least for the films anyways. If you take a look at the Marvel.com article, you'll see this see this particular quote:
"Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios share a love for the characters in the Spider-Man universe and have a long, successful history of working together. This new level of collaboration is the perfect way to take Peter Parker's story into the future," added Doug Belgrad, president, Sony Pictures Entertainment Motion Picture Group.
I think that pretty much sets it in stone. However, I think that with the awesome stuff that's going on with the Spider-Verse story-arc in Marvel's Spider-Man comics, we can bet on seeing a much more diverse cast of characters grace the big screen in the future (fingers crossed for Spider-Gwen).
- Who could play the new Spider-Man?
As I've said above, we've seen two different takes on the Spider-Man story. The first being directed by Sam Raimi from 2002 to 2006 and then Marc Webb from 2012 - 2014. The Raimi trilogy starred Tobey Maguire as Peter Parker aka Spider-Man who did a fine job for sure, especially in Spider-Man 2 and the last two movies starred Andrew Garfield, whose acting I will always be a fan of, played the same character.
So who could take the mantle of Spider-Man? Well, there are a lot of fan-castings out there. Three names stuck out to me and they are:
- 23 Dylan O'Brien
- 23 Logan Lerman
- 25 Anton Yelchin
I think each one of these actors are great and I think each one could bring something amazing to the character of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man. But if I had to choose one of those actors right now, it would have to be Dylan O'Brien.
He's probably most popularly recognized for his recent role in 2014's Maze Runner, in which Dylan shows a heroic side that doesn't come off as some kind of obnoxious kid trying to prove something to himself or to get attention. I really liked O'Brien in Maze Runner and ever since I saw it, he's made his way onto my radar.
Besides the fact that the man has the tall, thin, yet lean look of Peter Parker aka Spider-Man visually, his inclusion in the MCU family would bring in the diversity of age. It would make a good visual contrast to see someone like O'Brian standing next to Chris Evans' Captain America, Chris Hemsworth's Thor, and Robert Downey Jr.'s Iron Man.
But that's just my opinion.
So what do you think of the big news of having Spider-Man introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Who would want to be Spider-Man? Who would you cast to play the part? Spill all the beans in the comments section below and don't forget to vote in the poll.