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Milk the Franchise | August 19, 2017

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Spider-Man

Spider-Man

 

UNTITLED SPIDER-MAN REBOOT
RELEASE DATE: July 7, 2017
DIRECTOR: John Watts
WRITERS: Steve Ditko
PRODUCERS: Kevin Feige, Amy Pascal
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Stan Lee, Matthew Tolmach
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER: Beatriz Sequeira
CO-PRODUCER: Eric Hauserman Carroll

CAST: Tom Holland, Marissa Tomei, Zendaya
STUDIO: Marvel Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Pictures

 

 

Sony has controlled the film rights to Marvel’s famous web slinger for several years, denying access of Spider-Man with the Marvel Cinematic Universe of Avengers films and all of its spinoffs, despite the hero’s consistent presence with Iron Man, Captain America and company in the world of comics.  Sony and its film division Columbia Pictures have been trying to pit Spider-Man against the Marvel films, despite the interconnected biographies all of the characters.

The long twisted tale of the latest chapter of Spider-Man’s cinematic chapter is currently in the stage of a third reboot in 15 years. The first three Sam Raimi Spider-Man films starring Tobey Maguire ended before a Spider-Man 4 could go into production when director Raimi left the series, prompting Maguire to follow him out the door.

The first reboot arrived with The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield and directed by Marc Webb. Despite being the second Spidey origin story in a decade, the critical and commercial success of the 2012 film led to the inevitable sequel, which did not fare as well. Panned by critics, openly disliked by fans, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 became the least successful of the five Spider-Man movies.

Months before the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony prematurely announced a third film with a release date of June 10, 2016 and a fourth film with a release date of May 4, 2018. Sony was ambitious enough to also announce two spin-off films of the Spider-Man universe with Sinister Six (release date November 11, 2016) and Venom. Alex Kurtzman, Robert Orci and Jeff Pinker would return to write the third and fourth Amazing Spider-Man films, Drew Goddard was hired to write and direct Sinister Six and Kurtzman set to direct Venom, and co-writing the script with Orci and  Ed Solomon. Sony even went so far as to hire Lisa Jay Nolan for an unnamed Marvel superheroine for a 2017 release.

By the time The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit the theaters in May 2014, Andrew Garfield and Marc Webb hinted that a fourth film was not set in stone, with Webb confirming he would not return for The Amazing Spider-Man 4. The sub-par reception of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was soon followed by co-writer Robert Orci leaving the project to work on Star Trek 3 and Sony very quietly pushing back the third film two years and the fourth film now had an unspecified release date.

By December 2014, Sony was talking to Sam Raimi to return and help reboot the series with a new Spider-Man, but the talks went nowhere. Soon, Sony and Marvel Studios entered secret negotiations about including Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with his first appearance in Captain America: Civil War in 2016. After weeks of tense negotiations, Sony and Marvel Studios announced the third phase of Spider-Man’s cinematic life would indeed happen in either Captain America: Civil War or Doctor Strange, both produced by Marvel and its parent Walt Disney. The same Spider-Man would then follow in his own stand-alone film to be distributed by  Sony and produced by Marvel Studios Kevin Feige and Sony’s Amy Pascal, with a release date of July 28, 2017. To date, the role of Peter Parker/Spider-Man has not been cast.

The Sinister Six film has been pushed back at from its original November 2016 date to 2018 at the earliest, possibly to be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sony Pictures still retains the film rights to Spider-Man, Sinister Six, Venom and other characters in Spider-Man’s immediate universe, but there is now a possibility that these character will crossover with Marvel Studios current slate of films and even seeing some other characters appear in Sony Pictures Spider-Man films.

On June 24, 2015, Marvel and Sony announced the new Spider-Man will be portrayed by 19 year old Tom Holland, who won the part after several days of screen tests, including one with Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and the final test with Captain America Chris Evans. Holland will make his Spider-Man debut in Captain America: Civil War in 2016 and followup a year later with his own standalone film. It is unclear if either appearance will be an origin story, but it has been confirmed that this version of the masked hero has nothing to do with Maguire or Garfield’s earlier films.

In October 2015, Marvel President Kevin Feige discussed with IGN his thoughts on intergrating Spidey with the current Marvel Cinematic Universe: “I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”

In December 2015, Feige said the title of the reboot could be The Spectacular Spider-Man, and is going to be a Peter Parker story and it will focus on the story of a 15-year-old kid going to high school.

 

 


THE SINISTER SIX
RELEASE DATE:
TBD
DIRECTOR: Drew Goddard
SCREENPLAY: Drew Goddard
BASED ON CHARACTERS BY: Steve Ditko, Stan Lee, Johnny Romita
PRODUCERS: Avi Arad, Matthew Tolmach
STUDIO: Marvel Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Pictures
 
VENOM
RELEASE DATE:
TBD
DIRECTOR: Alex Kurtzman
SCREENPLAY: Alex Kurtzman, Eric Solomon
BASED ON CHARACTERS BY: Todd McFarlane, David Michelinie
PRODUCERS: Avi Arad, Matthew Tolmach
STUDIO: Marvel Entertainment, Columbia Pictures
DISTRIBUTOR: Columbia Pictures
 
 
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