by Justin Cook
It’s no secret that executives at Marvel Studios have been looking to get the rights to Spider-Man for quite some time now. In fact, negotiations were happening between Marvel and Sony to include the character in the upcoming 2016 film Captain America: Civil War, but they eventually fell through. However, there is still a chance that Marvel will acquire a stake in Spider-Man. Talks between the two studios are in flux as of now.
In a report by Latino Review, it seems that if Marvel does get the rights back to Spider-Man, actor Andrew Garfield would no longer play the character.
Garfield has played Spider-Man in both 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man and this year’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2. Both of those films earned mixed reviews from critics and fans, but regardless, Garfield’s performance as the web-slinging superhero has always been praised.
Although fans would absolutely love to see Spider-Man in a Marvel Cinematic Universe film, it would almost be a bit bittersweet if it weren’t Garfield behind the suit. There seems to be no perfect solution to this problem. Anyway you cut it, the sacrifice of having Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is saying goodbye to the actor who plays him.
Also if Spider-Man were to be included in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Amazing Spider-Man films would be deemed “non-canonical.” This means that those films would in no way take place in the same universe as Iron Man or Thor, for example.
It does make a bit of sense that Marvel would want to start over with the Spider-Man film franchise, especially considering how problematic the series has proven to be for Sony. Perhaps starting from scratch is not only the best way to maintain creative control, but also the best way to introduce a beloved character into an always-expanding universe.
The report also stated that Marvel would lighten up on the romance, which was such a large focus in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and instead tell the story of a boy struggling to juggle his two lives as a superhero and a teenager. Also Spider-Man’s origin story, which most audiences are probably already familiar with, will most likely be glossed over.
It is hard to deny that Garfield is one of the best representations of Spider-Man we have gotten so far, and that whoever replaces him if this deal goes through will have big shoes to fill. However, seeing Spider-Man alongside some of the world’s mightiest heroes such as Iron Man, Hulk and Thor, may make it all worth it.
Source: Latino Review