Spider-Man will finally be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is set to appear in one of Marvel's upcoming Phase 3 films. The web-slinger is set to get his own reboot scheduled for July 28, 2017. The deal between Marvel and Sony means that fans may finally get to see Spidey fight alongside The Avengers as well as the possibility of having him play minor roles in other Marvel Universe films besides his own.
The reboot means that while the Spider-Man franchise does still belong to Sony, Marvel will be clearing anything and everything set up in Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man franchise. Sadly, Marvel will be giving the Spider-Man franchise a clean sweep, which means there’s no room for stragglers. While there were some things the “Amazing Spider-Man” franchise might have done wrong, it did a lot right and had an exciting future ahead of it. It may be cool to finally see Spidey teamed up with Captain America or Iron Man, but this is the third Spider-Man reboot in the last fifteen years and it’s getting a little tiresome. Still, Marvel has yet to fail their fans and if sacrifices must be made in order to create a truly kick-ass Spider-Man franchise then so be it.
Before Sony shipped Spider-Man off to the Marvel universe, the Sinister Six movie was slated to come out November 11, 2016. However, the new Sony-Marvel deal has sent the film into limbo. While Sony does still have plans to make the movie, the Amazing Spider-Man universe it was supposed to be set in has been scrapped as a result of the deal.
The original Sinister Six first seen in the Amazing Spider-Man comics consisted of Doc Oc, Vulture, Electro, Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter and Sandman. The film's roster of villains was never confirmed, but it’s safe to assume that it would have consisted of Electro, Rhino and the Green Goblin. All roles were already cast and all appeared in The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The new Sony-Marvel Spider-Man flick will be released June 28, 2017 and the new Sinister Six film should come out sometime shortly after. The last of Marc Webb’s Amazing Spider-Man series might’ve crammed in a little too many villains but the gears were in motion for other films. As for now, no one’s sure what exactly Sony is planning on doing with their Spider-Man spin-offs or how they’re going on pulling them off.
Much like the aforementioned Sinister Six, film Sony’s Venom spin-off isn't dead, but it might be before long. The film was reportedly in trouble months ago and this whole business with Marvel might be the nail in the coffin for the troubled film. This isn't the first time a Venom movie was canned during pre-production. In 2008 a Venom spin-off set to feature Eddie Brock as the protagonist was trashed when Sam Raimi’s franchise was rebooted. Now the most recent attempt at a Venom movie might die at the hands of yet another Spider-Man series reboot.
The Amazing Spider-Man movies have Peter Parker's parents on the run, leaving their young son behind to evade the dangers following them. As the series progressed we got a little more insight on Peter’s parents – his father particularly – and the reasons for their sudden departure. The last we see of them is in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 where they’re trapped in a private jet's downward spiral, and are presumably dead. Interestingly, there is a deleted scene from the second movie which shows Peter meeting his father. So perhaps there were plans to bring his parents back and elaborate on their undeveloped back-story after all.
Unlike Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man franchise, The Amazing Spider-Man kept true to the comics in regards to Peter’s love life by introducing Gwen Stacy as his primary romantic interest. The plan was to introduce the character of Mary Jane Watson later on. Actress Shailene Woodley did film some scenes as the notorious girl next door character, but they were scrapped. Still, it would've been nice to see in the now non-existent Amazing Spider-Man 3 handle Peter’s love life differently than its predecessor. Then again, there are still virtually no details on the Sony-Marvel Spider-Man movie so the film could flesh out some of the ideas that never came to fruition with the cancellation of The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
While some of the villain reveals in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might’ve seemed rushed and crammed, Sony did manage to fit one in perfectly. Felicity Jones played Harry Osborn’s assistant “Felicia” – a.k.a. “Felicia Hardy” – a.k.a. “The Black Cat” and while it wasn't exactly set in stone, it served as a fun little easter egg for fans. But just like everything else introduced in the Marc Webb iteration of the series, Felicity Jones’s Black Cat got scrapped before the character even got to develop and branch out into the Spider-Man universe.
There’s no question that the villain pool in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 was a little cramped, and while Jamie Foxx’s Electro might have fallen a little short, it was Dane DeHaan’s Harry Osborne/Green Goblin that proved to be the superior bad guy. His evolution from Peter Parker's childhood friend to the maniacal and iconic super-villain was one of the highlights of the film. His role in the pre-Marvel "Sinister Six" movie would've offered some more development on his transformation into the Green Goblin, but with the new line-up not yet out, there might not even be a slot open for Spider-Man’s most iconic nemesis.
One of the more regrettable decisions made in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise was that the character of J. Jonah Jameson was never introduced. The character makes a brief appearance in the second movie but isn't portrayed by any actor. Instead he’s introduced through some text messages between he and Peter Parker, discussing none other than the friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. Fans hoped that by the time the third film rolled around, J.K. Simmons – who previously portrayed Jameson in the Raimi franchise – would reprise his role. Simmons recently gave some cryptic clues in an interview as to whether he would once again take on the role in the new Marvel reboot of the series. Though, it might be strange for Marvel and Sony to bring in an old face when they’re essentially trying to give the series a fresh start. That’s not to say that Simmons won’t be cast as the tyrannical editor, but it’s definitely a long shot.
Oscorp played a large role in the Marc Webb franchise, practically spitting out every villain Spidey had to deal with. It served as the center of trouble for the wall-crawler and was the epicenter of shady deals and threatening and hazardous projects. Real cloak and dagger stuff. While the writers may have diverged from the comic book continuity, Oscorp was set to introduce many famous Spider-Man villains and already played some kind of role in Peter’s father’s story. It would've also been interesting to see what the now criminally insane Harry Osborne would've been able to do with a multi-billion dollar industry at his fingertips.
Marc Webb’s “Spider-Man” has certain elements – such as Peter’s father being a scientist and the Spider-Man suit – that resemble the Ultimate Spider-Man comic universe. While certain aspects of The Amazing Spider-Man franchise does follow the original comics, it’s been fun to see the writers add their own twists to the Spider-Man story. The small references to the Ultimate universe were a welcome change of pace that allowed fans to experience Spider-Man’s classic origin story with a sense of variety.
Maybe the most shocking – as well as upsetting – result of Sony’s deal with Marvel is Andrew Garfield getting the boot. Garfield was genuinely funny, as well as charming, as the reserved Peter Parker/witty Spider-Man. His on-screen chemistry with Emma Stone made the relationship between Peter Parker and Gwen Stacy one of the most enjoyable aspects of the franchise. But Marvel wants to start new, and keeping Garfield around just wouldn't make sense. It was good while it lasted and whoever Marvel does cast to be the next Spider-Man has a tough act to follow.