Tuesday, February 10, 2015

More Details on the SPIDER-MAN Deal.

I’ve been holding off on writing a detailed post regarding the Sony/Marvel deal as I wanted to find more information first. As it stands, there’s a ton of new information seemingly pouring out every hour, it seems, and trying to comb through it all can be headache inducing, so I’m going to try and summarize the deal as easy as possible – how I understand it.

Here is what we know thanks to the folks over at Variety:

  • The deal ended up costing nothing. Yes, you read that correctly, neither party had to pay a dime.
  • Sony will not receive any box-office profits from the Spider-Man movies that Marvel Studios releases, nor will Marvel Studios receive any of the box-office products from the movies that Sony releases.
  • Marvel originally set to buy back SPIDER-MAN from Sony.
  • Sony is looking to re-cast the role of Spider-Man. The character will be back in high-school, so they’re planning on bringing in a younger actor.

As you can see, this deal is unique and is something that, prior to this announcement, had been pretty much unheard of. It’s honestly fascinating how this all went down. From what I’ve read online, this deal was closed late Monday night and announced shortly after. This was more than likely to avoid the trades spilling the bombshell (like Variety did when they announced Iron Man would be in the third CAPTAIN AMERICA movie – which led to them revealing that it was CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR).

We don’t know if it’ll be Peter or Miles, although the safe assumption would be that is going to be Peter again. Peter’s name carries more recognition among fans. I’ll honestly be surprised if they end up going the Miles route – pleasantly surprised – but as of right now, everyone seems doubtful. Then again, this deal came out of nowhere – at a time when nearly everyone thought the deal was dead. So, who knows?

Also worth noting, while Marvel did not name the movie Spider-Man would be making his MCU debut in, it is safe to say it’ll be CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR as we originally heard thanks to the Sony hack.

My guess would be that we’ll either get an end credits scene with the new Spider-Man with either AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON or ANT-MAN before he moves into CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR. (This is just pure speculation on my end.) Since CIVIL WAR starts filming in April, chances are we’ll hear some casting news soon. Until then, get used to the fan casts and the casting rumors!

One of the more interesting parts regarding this deal is that Kevin Feige is going to be acting as a producer. Now, sites are claiming he won’t be as hands on with the Sony Spider-Man movies, but I’m not so sure I agree with this just yet. Yes, he’ll be busy with the Marvel Studios movies, but you also have to consider that the Sony movies will not be a part of the MCU. There’s no way Kevin won’t have final say regarding those films, no matter what the press release says.

And finally, I know a lot of people are mad about the pushed released dates for four movies in Phase Three. Here’s the thing, though. We’re still getting them, and in most cases, each movie has only been pushed back about six months. I want BLACK PANTHER, CAPTAIN MARVEL, THE INHUMANS, and THOR: RAGNAROK as much as the next person, trust me, but I’m also excited to finally see SPIDER-MAN in the MCU.

Source: Variety + the Marvel Press Release.

Updating this post because Variety has posted yet another article with a bit more information worth sharing! (I swear, keeping up with all of this Spidey news is going to be insanely difficult.) 

According to Variety, both Logan Lerman and Dylan O'Brien are being considered, although no actor has been approached just yet. If they go the Peter route, I'm okay with these two being considered. Both Lerman and O'Brien have been fan favorites for some time now, so fans would be happy with either one. But! That wasn't all Variety had to say....

This may just be the most interesting part of the entire article:

Actors have yet to be approached, and sources say Sony is looking to hire a new director to replace “The Amazing Spider-Man” films’ Marc Webb before tapping a new Spidey. The studio also needs to figure out whether it wants to go with another Peter Parker or introduce another character that suits up as Spider-Man, including Miles Morales, whose father is African American and mother is Puerto Rican.

So, there's still a chance Miles could be the Spider-Man they decide to go with!

Source: Variety.

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