SPIDERMAN IS COMING TO THE MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE! OMG OMG OMG!!!
Now that we've calmed down a little bit, let's take a look at why this could be the biggest thing to happen to geek entertainment since Batman v Superman. And possibly even bigger.
Now let's break down what this means. When it says Spider-Man could appear in an MCU movie, it means he's most likely going to appear in one of the Marvel movies slated for release in the next ten years. He could very well show up in Captain America: Civil War in 2016, although they'd have to move fast to make that happen. From there, Sony will basically allow Marvel to create the next trilogy on their own. We're guessing that "creative control" will be mostly symbolic, since Sony clearly has no idea how to handle the franchise.
2. Another Character is Back Under Marvel - Now let's look at the current state of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with our newly updated infographic.
3. Sony Can't Handle Spider-Man - Fans have been calling for Spider-Man to be a part of the Avengers movie universe for years. Rumors started flying around that it could actually happen, but it seemed kind of far-fetched. Sony bought the rights to Spider-Man from Marvel in 1999 for $7 million, and seemed to be doing well with it. The movies have been blockbusters for over a decade, and Sony publicly stated their plans to turn him into a movie franchise to rival Marvel Studios. They had writers and directors working on spin-off movies, The Sinister Six and Venom. Andrew Garfield was well-received as the new Peter Parker. Sony released The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which was clearly intended from the very first scene to set up Sinister Six. No way would they give up this lucrative property.
And then it all went wrong. The Venom movie lost direction. Amazing Spider-Man 2 was critically and commercially shunned, the lowest-grossing film of all five Spider-Man movies to date. The prospect of a Sinister Six movie triggered more confusion than excitement. Andrew Garfield publicly stated he didn't want to play the character anymore. By reaching out to Marvel Studios and securing this deal, Sony is waving a white flag and admitting they could never get their act together. Best to leave it to the pros at Marvel Studios.
4. Spider-Man is Marvel's Most Popular Hero - An argument could be made that Wolverine is Marvel's most popular superhero, but we think Spider-Man has more mainstream popularity. Before the X-Men movie, most people didn't even know who Wolverine was. Meanwhile, Spider-Man has been a pop culture phenomenon since the sixties. It's only natural to want to see him on the big screen, but the Sony franchise has been (overall) less than stellar.
Meanwhile, Marvel Studios has been making awesome movies about characters as obscure as the Guardians of the Galaxy. With Marvel taking the reins, we have every reason to believe they'll bring us the Spider-Man movie fans have been dreaming of.
5. Spider-Man is an Avenger - When most people think of the Avengers, they think of Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Hulk. The comic book version of the Avengers is much broader. Really, the comic book Avengers have consisted of whatever characters were most popular at the time. Spider-Man was first offered membership in the Avengers in 1966. The dream of the Avengers has always been about seeing our favorite heroes on the screen, fighting alongside each other. At last, we can see Iron Man blasting repulsors next to Spider-Man shooting webs.
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