So since Sony had a contract signed with Marvel that both can now use Spider-Man, we come to a logical conclusion. What the hell is going to be done with the character? I don't want to be 'that' guy but think about it... how many times will we see an original Peter Parker Spider-Man? Sure, we won't get an origin story this time, thank God... but still. Sony is going to reboot him AGAIN from what I know, and Marvel will have another version of the character from here on, starting at Civil War. What the hell? I have a Quicksilver feel all over this. Imagine it, if Marvel does it great then what's the point in having a solo Spider-Man franchise for Sony? It might create a Fox-Marvel Quicksilver situation here, when Days of Future Past has done a Pietro\Peter Maximoff so well, Age of Ultron didn't even have the chance so they killed him off instantly. Okay, so I'm kind of guessing that the character's death (spoilers by the way... sorry...) wasn't because of that, but still, it's awfully convenient. Imagine the same situation with Spider-Man. Sure, we'll watch the Sony reboot. Hell, it's Spider-Man! Of course we'll watch it. But there's a chance that, if Marvel does the character justice, we'll see nothing more in the Sony series than just padding and studio cash-grab. So what can be done? Should the franchise just move away from the main Marvel version of Peter Parker and have the balls to actually try something new? If yes, what? Well, thankfully the Spider-Man comic-verse is rich with content. Let's just see what we can gather...
So this is a bit out of the bag, but imagine a futuristic, sci-fi Spider-Man battling the corporations of 2099 America. Might not sound so terrific now, but with the right director and writer it can be amazing. The Spider-Man of 2099 is not Peter Parker, but Miguel O'Hara, a scientist who got the spider powers by accident. We could implant the other Spider-Man movies, maybe even the Marvel owned, Tom Holland character to be the hero of the past, the one Miguel idolizes. It would connect the universes, expand on them and we could also put a spin on the lone hero vs corporations cliche story. We could go into how and why the government was toppled and gave up power to the corporations, how they are reacting to them having their own police and what they are doing to stop it. Or, how the people themselves think about a world like this, do they like a champion standing up to them or do they see a vigilante who's just disturbing their order? There are a lot of interesting ideas we can go into, even so if the directorial seat is given to a person like J.J. Abrams, or another great sci-fi director.
Spoilers! The Superior Spider-Man story line is about Doctor Octopus transferring his mind into Peter Parker's body and changing his ways from the villain into the superhero. Unfortunately he is far too brutal and he gets into conflict with other heroes, like the Avengers. I think it would make a really interesting movie. Let's just admit it, anyone who knows Spider-Man, knows Doctor Octopus. As such, we could have an opening credits sequence like the Incredible Hulk's or the Raimi Spider-Man sequels where we are told the origin of Spider-man and Doc Ock, how they came to battle one-another and the whole movie could start with a battle of the two. Doc Ock falls and dies at the end of the battle. People would clap and congratulate Spider-Man who leaves immediately. We would be shocked to learn that during the battle, or before it, the mind switch happened. Throughout the movie we would follow Octopus in an adult, genius Peter's body, how he changes into a hero from a villain, how he handles it, how he adapts to being a hero and why he continues to do so. Also, just like in the comics, we could have Peter's consciousness still inside of the body, creating potentially brilliant or even hilarious banter between Ock and Peter, like a split-personality disorder or such. I think it would be great. We could actually see a reformed villain being faced with another villain, seeing himself in the enemy now, being faced with how he was in the past and where he has gotten now.
I think the Ultimate Spider-Man is one of the most well written comic book stories ever. You can imagine how disappointed, sad and angry I was when they killed Ultimate Peter Parker. I don't want to sound like a racist or something, but I've read the Miles Morales stories and I'm not impressed. Maybe it's my love for the original Ultimate Peter Parker character, but for me, Miles is just a second rate character. However, personal feelings aside, how awesome would it be to begin the movie with Miles in a world where Spider-Man exists. We could see what a world would be like from the perspective of a regular boy, how the battles against villains would look like from the outside, from a person in the crowd. Then, in the beginning we would actually see Miles getting his powers and after that, Peter die. Since Miles doesn't have the same 'Uncle Ben is dead' origin story as Peter has, we can delve into his origin story since it's something fresh and new. Also, I think this would be the first time when we'd see a well known hero being replaced by someone else in cinema. When a character has to grow into the costume and become worthy to the name, being accepted by the movie characters as much as us, the audience. It's just something to think about, I guess.
Okay, so this is a bit gritty, since the clone saga is so convoluted and strange. Still, it's interesting and could make a great movie. Imagine this: we start with a man waking up. This is Ben Reilly. He knows only his name and nothing else. In the room, he finds a dufflebag which contains a strange blue and red costume with a spider emblem. He doesn't know why, but he brings it with him as he leaves. While trying to find his bearings on the streets of New York, he'd bump into a guy from the Daily Bugle. He calls Ben 'Peter' and tells him to hurry up with the pictures for Jameson. Ben would be confused, since although he doesn't remember anything, he is sure his name is Ben, not Peter. From there, we could have a Memento or even (don't laugh) Hangover story where Ben would retrace his memories and clues until he finds an elaborate plan to replace Spider-Man or ruin his life. Along the way, we'd meet Mary Jane, Jameson, Osborn, villains Ben defeats and in the end, the Jackal who is behind everything, playing everyone like puppets. Ben would find Peter being held captive at the Jackal's facility. We would find out that Ben is a clone, programmed to kill everyone Peter loves. It all fails, Ben prevails and in the end, Peter dies from his injuries but not before giving his blessing to Ben to become the next Spider-Man. Sure this is just a rough idea but still, to me, it holds some promise. Along the way we could meet other clones, failed experiments and we could have an Alien: Resurrection type of scene where Ben is faced with the clones-gone-wrong. Half-spider creatures in tanks of red liquid and things like that. Just an idea.
Ah, my favorite. Apart from the Ultimate universe, this is my favorite interpretation of Spider-Man. I love noir, and this version of Peter Parker would be intriguing. In the hands of a great director like Nolan or even Tarantino or Snyder, this universe would be incredibly fantastic. How many ways we could play with the colors of the comics, the dark and gritty stories with characters we already know, but re-imagined in a pre-war America ruled by the mafia and gangsters. A crime\investigation drama with Spider-Man who actually kills and has to learn that murder is not the way, even though it is easy. It would be interesting how Peter would join the world of news and press and finding out how corrupt it is and how many ways he could fight against it, maybe not even with his fists, but with information and tact. It could actually be a pre-war spy movie as well, with Spider-Man acting like an agent or spy trying to gather information on known gangsters of this universe, like Norman 'The Goblin' Osborne. the atmosphere, the inner dialogue, if the actor is chose well, would be brilliant in a world where we could actually feel the loss of Uncle Ben as the victim of the underground mafia instead of just being accidentally killed. Spider-Man could aim his feelings of vengeance. Also, if he had his revenge, we can also delve into what he does after. If Uncle Ben's death would be accidental, like in the original universe, he would be angry, then he would be over it and that's that. Taking down organized crime is not that easy, and if done, it would take a lot of effort and time. If done, the character could be left empty since his a big chunk of his life would be consumed with the work he has done. As such, what will he do after? I think that's an interesting topic to think about.
I hope I've left a few good ideas here. I'm really interested in hearing yours! Cheers!!