I can’t believe it. Seriously, I can’t believe it’s actually happening. Sony and Marvel have finally reached an agreement to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
This is huge news. Massively huge. MONUMENTALLY HUGE! For those who aren’t in the know, let me elaborate.
Believe it or not, back in the 90’s, Marvel was struggling to stay afloat. Comic sales were tanking, mostly due to the collector’s market and enormous amount of #1 Issues, artists were leaving and smaller companies were being bought up. Marvel was hemorrhaging money to keep up with all these rapid changes. In 1997, they filed for bankruptcy. They only way to stay in business was to sell of the rights of certain characters to some studios. So Marvel sold the right of their most popular characters at the time, Spider-Man and the X-men, to Sony and 20th Century Fox, respectively. This is why we saw movies based on these characters as early as 2003. But then a little movie experiment came along called Iron Man.
Marvel changed everything with its Cinematic Universe experiment. Having characters star in their own movie before bringing them together in one massive collaboration is a true triumph in not only cinema, but any form of media. It’s a colossal money maker too, with all their movies making over $7 Billion, hence why Disney bought up the company in 2007. Even if you haven’t seen a MCU movie (how is that even possible?!), its not hard to see love and care that goes into one of these movies. They get me pumped every time I watch.
And now I get to see Spider-Man, perhaps my favorite of all Marvel heroes as a child, join the pantheon of the Avengers. This is truly every comic fan’s dream come true. It is confirmed that Spidey will appear in a MCU film in the near future, before starring in his own stand-alone film in 2017. The story possibilities of all these great characters interacting are endless, especially if Spider-Man joins the cast of Captain America: Civil War.
What may be an even bigger take away is that these giant companies are wiling to talk and come to agreement. I get it, it was financially viable for both companies and Sony still owns the rights to the character, but it does feel that this deal was started as a love letter to all those who helped make the MCU what it is today. As a fan, I can’t ask for anything more.
Well, except for Wolverine…