Spider-Man Isn\’t Quite Amazing, but At Least He\’s Home


Spider-Man: Homecoming is the second reboot in five years of the character, and features Tom Holland reprising his role as the titular hero from last year’s Captain America: Civil War. This time we skip over all the origin stories and Uncle Ben’s death and get right into Peter Parker trying to be a friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, until a new supervillain named Vulture (Michael Keaton) threatens New York City with dangerous weapons. Jon Favreau, Jacob Batalon, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. also star as Jon Watts directs.

I love the character of Spider-Man. He’s no Batman (duh) but when done right there is something about a sarcastic teenager in red, white and blue spandex that is just impossible not to find enjoyable. Sam Raimi’s first film back in 2002 redefined the modern superhero genre (and literally changed the start date of the summer movie season from Memorial Day to first weekend of May) and Spider-Man 2 is universally accepted as one of-if not the-greatest superhero films of all-time. The third film then had a mixed response while the Andrew Garfield reboot series (if you want to call two films no one liked a “series”) were a colossal misfire that resulted in Sony negotiating a deal to give the character back to Marvel, and it will be interesting to see how history remembers those two outings. But enough Spidey history, let’s get talking about this latest rendition.

Just like in Civil War Tom Holland shines here. He is just so darn charming, innocent and likable, and that’s just as Peter Parker. His Spider-Man has all the quips that Garfield’s was missing (saying “wait a minute, you guys aren’t the real Avengers!” to a group of bank robbers in Halloween masks) and he is just so much fun and it is clear that Holland himself is having a blast in the role of a lifetime.

The supporting cast are all great, too, with Robert Downey Jr. reprising his role as Tony Stark aka Iron Man, acting both as a bridge for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and this reboot series as well as Peter’s father figure since we don’t get an Uncle Ben this time around. Downey isn’t in the film all too much (every scene he has is in the trailer) but he is as sarcastic and witty as one may hope. Marisa Tomei has some genuine moments as Aunt May, and chooses to make this version of the character a little more nerdy and “try hard” (and clearly younger) than Rosemary Harris’ elderly, always worried take.

Michael Keaton is arguably one of the better villains that the MCU has seen, although that bar isn’t set too high. A blue-collar worker screwed over by a rigged system, Keaton doesn’t want world domination he just wants to make money while getting back at the elites. He gets some scenery to chew and has one genuinely tension-filled scene but overall he feels slightly underused, but it was still great to see him in a villain role, and continuing his mini-career renaissance of his.

There really isn’t too much action here to speak of, a lot of the film focuses on Peter trying to balance high school and being Spider-Man, and he isn’t always punching men in big flying monster suits; more often than not he’s stopping bike thieves and helping give old ladies directions. When the action does hit it is as clean and fun as any film with a $175 million budget and the Marvel brand slapped on it can expect to be, and is all the more impressive coming from a director who had only made small indie dramas (see Watts’ Cop Car if you haven’t).

What holds this back from the levels of Raimi’s first two films is a bit of a sloppy narrative here and there. The film isn’t always focused on Vulture and his plan, it just cuts back to him every now and again for a while to remind you that eventually we’re going to get to a big confrontation with him and Spider-Man. There were six screenwriters on this and it’s clear, sometimes the balance between big-budget superhero blockbluster and coming-of-age comedy are seamless, other times they’re jarring.

The film’s trailers also ruin *a lot* so if you have managed to avoid seeing the four of them up to this point, try to keep it that way. Scenes will be going on and suddenly you’ll realize you know exactly how things are going to play out because the trailers all spoil it.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a welcome return to form for the titular character and a nice little side-entry into the MCU. When I saw Spider-Man 2 in theaters as a 10 year old it was the first time I was ever truly left speechless by a film’s greatness; and although Homecoming isn’t perfect, it does bring me joy knowing that today’s kids finally have a Spider-Man worthy of being looked up to and enjoyed, because leaving them with Andrew Garfield’s would have been a travesty.

Kevin Feige Hints the Spidey-MCU Deal Lasts Until Homecoming 2

Last month Sony created a bit a controversy when they said that the MCU deal for Spider-Man could end after the Homecoming sequel, and now Marvel has kind of backed that up.

In an interview with THR, Keven Feige says Spider-Man will be in Avengers 4 and then the Homecoming sequel but that\’s it as of right now:

\”Marvel\’s landmark deal with Sony has allowed the wall-crawler to enter the MCU, and Feige confirmed Spider-Man will appear in 2019\’s untitled Avengers 4. That’s after his starring turn in Spider-Man: Homecoming and 2018’s Avengers: Infinity War. After the second Avengers appearance, it will be back for a Homecoming sequel, set for 2019.

“That’s as far as it goes for now,” Feige said.\”

Once again if Sony pulls anything stupid and prevents Spider-Man from continuing to appear in the MCU after the Homecoming sequel it\’ll be the single dumbest decision made since Fox tried to make Fantastic Four dark and gritty.

Future Spider-Man Games Will Remain PlayStation-Exclusive

\"spider-man\"This week at E3 2016, Sony revealed a trailer for a new Spider-Man game developed by Insomniac. At the time, it was believed that since this was an original Spider-Man title and not based on a movie, it didn\’t come under Activision\’s claim to the character. Previously, Activision produced all of the Spider-Man games.

Now it appears as if they no longer have the rights to produce games based on the character, and that has now moved to Sony. Marvel spoke to GamesIndustry.biz and said this:

\”We\’ve had a long history of success with Activision, and we still have a great relationship with them,\” Ong said. \”But the future of the Spider-Man console games is with Sony and Insomniac. We\’re delighted about this partnership, and that\’s something that\’s going to continue forward. With [regard to] other console partners, stay tuned. There\’s many more interesting additional things to come. But Activision is in the past, with regards to Spider-Man.\”

From the sounds of this being a \”partnership\” and he including Insomniac with his comments about Sony, it\’s likely this new PS4 Spider-Man game will be the start of a whole new series of games using the character on the PlayStation.

Marvel Characters Will Appear in Sony\’s New Spider-Man


Sony\’s Spider-Man reboot next summer will exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and now there\’s confirmation that Marvel characters can appear in the movie.

Kevin Feige told Entertainment Weekly that is the case:

“He is in the universe now, and the fun of the universe is that characters go back and forth,” Feige said.

With the recent title rumors for the movie, there are a lot of different Spider-Man stories that could incorporate characters such as Iron Man or Captain America.

Is the New Spider-Man Movie Titled \’Homecoming\’?

Sony has registered a URL for a new Spider-Man movie, which could be the title of the upcoming live action reboot.

The BBC discovered that Sony has registered a URL for \”SpiderManHomecomingTheMovie.com\” last week. They point out that Homecoming is the title of a Spider-Man story that did feature appearances by Iron Man and Captain America, which mean it\’s possible those to characters may show up in the movie.

Sony is also working on an animated Spider-Man movie, although it\’s probably too early for them to be squatting on domains for that. With the new Spider-Man movie coming out next summer, if this URL is for a movie it\’s most likely for that one.

Could Marvel Keep Civil War\’s Spider-Man Hidden?

spider-man-civil-war1There’s a lot of people clamoring to see Spider-Man in Civil War, but could Marvel do what Lucasfilm did with Luke Skywalker?

This is something I’ve been thinking about lately. Everyone really wants to see what Spider-Man looks like, but as he’s likely not in the movie that much it could be possible that Marvel will want to hold back on his cameo until the movie comes out. It worked out very well for Star Wars as the Luke question became a trending topic on social media with the #WheresLuke hashtag.

The online desire to see Spider-Man in Civil War is very similar to people hoping to see Luke before the release of The Force Awakens. Almost every day we hear a different rumor about when Spidey will be revealed, just like there were constant (bogus) rumors about a big Luke reveal before the release of Star Wars.

Of course it’s always possible we’ll see Spider-Man before the movie is released, possibly in the full trailer that’s expected late next month or in March, but if we don’t get to see Spider-Man before the movie is released it wouldn’t come as a complete surprise based on how things worked out for Star Wars.

Rumor: Is This the Spider-Man Color Scheme in the MCU?


There are a lot of rumors flying around that we’ll get our first look at Spider-Man in the MCU soon, and a hoodie may have leaked showing the color scheme of the costume.

Recently merchandise sites have shown Captain America and Iron Man hoodies from Civil War, and one even claimed to have an image of the Spider-Man one that they weren’t allowed to post yet. But a Twitter account claims to have got their hands on the image of Spidey hoodie, which will give us a clue as to what color scheme they’ll be using for the Spider-Man suit in Civil War.

I won’t host the image here (because this is the sort of things companies abuse DMCA to censor), but here’s the tweet showing the hoodie:


If this is true, it’s one of the most comic-accurate Spider-Man suits we’ve seen on the big screen yet.

Could Miles Morales Appear in Marvel\’s Spider-Man Reboot?

miles-morales-spider-manEven before Marvel confirmed Peter Parker would be the Spider-Man in their reboot, there were rumors that Miles Morales could appear instead. The popularity of the character and the controversy of doing a Spider-Man movie without Peter Parker obviously fueled a lot of these rumors, but now there’s a hint that we could still see Miles in the movie.

Yahoo asked the director of Marvel’s Spider-Man movie, Jon Watts, if Miles could make an appearance and he said:

“I can’t talk about that, because, you know, that will reveal too much,” he tells us. “We’re still writing the story…we haven’t finished all the way through the story yet, so who knows.”

He could be cagey because he doesn’t want to reveal anything about the story, and Miles isn’t in it. Or Miles could be in it in a supporting role like Rhodey in Iron Man and they don’t want to reveal that yet. In the new post-Secret Wars Marvel Universe, Miles and Peter will both be Spider-Man in separate books so it wouldn’t be entirely shocking if they did something similar in the MCU.

This is NOT Spider-Man\’s Civil War Costume

spider-man-civil-war1There’s an image going viral on the internet this week with people claiming it’s what Tom Holland wears in Captain America: Civil War. This is not Spider-Man’s costume:
This is an image from the Spanish-language film “María y el Araña”. The movie is sort of about Spider-Man as one of the main characters wears a Spider-Man costume, but it’s definitely not the one being used in Captain America: Civil War.

Those eager to find out what Spidey will look like in next May’s movie probably won’t have to wait much longer. Marvel is expected to unveil the first footage from Civil War at the Disney D23 Expo in Anaheim this coming Saturday and it’s very possible they’ll wow the crowd with their first look at Spider-Man.

Rumor: This Probably Isn\’t Marvel\’s Spider-Man Costume

Marvel Reveal New Spider-Man

Brace yourselves, as Marvel’s Spider-Man costume is…quite different.

Today Latino Review posted the below image claiming it’s a sketch of what the Spider-Man costume will look like in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. There not being any blue in the costume actually isn’t a departure as the original costume was black and red. The blue was added as highlights over the years until it became the blue and red costume many people know today.

Marvel Spider-Man Costume

Adding to the confusion is that the image is actually done in 2012 by an artist on DeviantAt who says it’s his concept:

“Little concept made for my digital art class. I’ve always wondered how Peter Parker would actually dress up as Spiderman, presuming he’s just a teenager and not a costume designer with impressive sewing skills. I personally think he would come up with nothing better than a ski suit, protective pads, martial arts gears, a hoodie, a ski mask and some kind of goggles…”

Based on that…it’s likely bogus. Especially since Spider-Man was secure with Sony back in 2012!

Marvel Reveals the New Spider-Man!

Marvel Reveal New Spider-ManAfter months of speculation, Marvel has revealed who will play Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as well as who will direct the first new movie

Marvel made their new Spider-Man announcement on their official site:

“Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios are proud to announce that after a full worldwide casting search, Tom Holland will play Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the next Spider-Man film, in theaters in IMAX and 3D on July 28, 2017. The film will be directed by Jon Watts, director of “Cop Car,” the upcoming thriller that made its debut earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival.”

The new Spider-Man will make his debut in Captain America: Civil War next May before starring in his own movie (set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe) on July 28, 2017.

Rumor: Another Marvel Bug May Be Referenced in \’Ant Man\’

Ant Man

Could another famous Marvel bug be referenced in next month’s Ant Man? That’s what a new rumor says.

According to Latino Review, the current version of Ant Man mentions Oscorp:

We’ve heard an unconfirmed rumor there is “lots of” talk of/references to Spider-Man and OsCorp in the current version of Ant-Man.

Corey Stoll’s villainous businessman Darren Cross is attempting to sell the Ant-Man/Yellowjacket weapons technology to other corporations and organizations. The Ten Rings from Iron Man and Roxxon, a Marvel Comics corporation that has been name-dropped in all 3 Iron Man movies, Agents of SHIELD, Agent Carter, Daredevil and a Marvel One Shot. This scene would be an excellent opportunity to introduce OsCorp into MCU.

Of course, Spider-Man wouldn’t appear on screen…he’s being saved for Civil War next year. This wouldn’t be the first time Marvel wanted to include Oscorp in the MCU, they wanted to put the Oscorp Tower in the New York skyline in the first Avengers movie…but the effects team didn’t complete it in time for The Avengers’ release in theaters.

Rumor: Asa Butterfield is Spider-Man

spider-man-civil-warIt wasn’t long ago that word came out that Asa Butterfield was a front-runner for Spider-Man, and not it sounds like he has the part.

According to an Instagram post by El Mayimbe, Marvel has entered negotiations with Asa Butterfield’s people. He stresses that nothing has been signed yet, but if they’re at the negotiation phase it’s a good sign that he’s going to be Peter Parker in Civil War.

With Captain America: Civil War in production now, it’s possible we’ll hear an official announcement about Butterfield winning the part very soon. It could happen before the end of the month as they’ll need to get Spidey’s scenes filmed for that movie.

Rumor: Asa Butterfield The Front-Runner for Spider-Man


With Civil War beginning production soon we’re going to find out who the new Spider-Man will be very soon, and it could be Asa Butterfield.

Latino Review has heard that the Ender’s Game star is the front runner and he may already have the part:

So who is the front-runner? Asa Butterfield Leads the Bunch. We have reached out to Asa’s reps who have given us a “no comment.” We have also reached out other industry sources who have confirmed that he is indeed the front runner including one who believed that he already had bagged the role

Marvel has wanted to go much younger for the new Spider-Man, so Butterfield does fit that role. The “no comment” Latino Review got from his reps is also pretty telling. We’ll know one way or another within the next couple of weeks when Marvel is expected to announce the next Spider-Man casting.

Rumor: This May Be the Title of Marvel\’s Spider-Man Movie

Spider-Man Marvel Movie Title

It’s an unconfirmed rumor right now, but the title for Marvel’s upcoming solo Spider-Man movie may have leaked out.

The rumor comes from formerly-of-Latino Review El Mayimbe, who himself says it’s unconfirmed. According to him the title is “SPIDER-MAN:THE NEW AVENGER”. But the title fits introducing Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the non-Iron Man Marvel trend of giving movies subtitles. It also clearly tells people that Spidey will be an Avenger, which is something everyone wants to see.

You can see his scoop announcement in the Instagram embed below:


With Captain America: Civil War beginning filming soon, we’re likely to find out who the new Spider-Man will be very soon. Maybe we’ll get his movie title confirmed then as well.

Sony Tightens Their Grip on Spider-Man With Animation

Sony Spider-Man AnimationNot willing to completely let Marvel have all of the Spider-Man fun, Sony has announced they’ll make their own Spidey in animation.

Announced at CinemaCon yesterday by the enemy of all comic book movies, Tom Rothman, the new Spider-Man animated movie will be done by the directors of the LEGO Movie and will open in July 2018, one year after Marvel’s solo Spider-Man movie will hit and feature the new teen-aged Spidey on the big screen.

Right now nothing more is known about the animated Spider-Man movie, but releasing it a year after the new live-action one will definitely confuse people. It’s almost like Sony doesn’t want to fully let Spidey go and is purposely muddying the water in a “stomping their feet” hissy fit over no having full control over the live-action Spider-Man anymore.

Even worse, Sony says the other movies in the Spider-Man Universe are still coming. That means the rumored Sinister Six, Venom, and even Aunt May movies could still happen despite Marvel putting Spidey into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Whedon Confirms the Spider-Man Avengers Scene is Fake

Spider-Man Avengers SceneOver the weekend a video went viral showing a blurry scene claiming to be the Avengers: Age of Ultron post-credits scene featuring Spider-Man.

I guess this went viral because people wanted to believe they’d see Spider-Man in Avengers next month. But the problem with it is that the movie has already been screened multiple times and there is no Spider-Man stinger on the movie. People have seen Age of Ultron, some even more than once, but despite their cries that the video was fake it got linked everywhere on the internet.

There IS a mid-credits scene of the movie that involves a big purple guy and a golden gauntlet. If you want details on what it shows, you can read all about it right here.

Both Whedon and Feige have said that there is no post-credits stinger in Age of Ultron as they honestly couldn’t figure out anything better than the one in the first movie. You get the mid-credits one, and then that’s it. Flicks And The City asked Joss Whedon about the fake Spider-Man scene and this was his reaction:

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Marvel Has Redesigned Spidey\’s Costume for the MCU

Spidey MCU Costume

When Marvel announced the deal between them and Sony to lease Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, one thing many people wondered about is what the MCU Spidey costume would look like.

If they kept anything from [easyazon_link identifier=”B00JPQZSFM” locale=”US” nf=”y” tag=”furiofanbo-20″]The Amazing Spider-Man 2[/easyazon_link], it should be the costume. That was the most perfect on-screen Spidey suit ever, and the MCU Spidey costume should just be that. Unfortunately it sounds like Marvel has other plans for theirs.

Speaking to Crave Online, Kevin Feige said this about Spidey’s costume:

“Well, yeah, I mean look, I was more involved in the Raimi ones, and think they did a very good job. But that being said, we’ve already designed the costume, which is different than any of the ones that have come before. And yet ours is classic Spidey, as I think you’ll see.”

He also once again confirmed it wouldn’t be an origin story:

“It will not be an origin story,“ Feige continued. “But, with great power comes great responsibility. It is inherent to who his character is. But we want to reveal it in different ways and spend much more time focusing on this young high school kid in the MCU dealing with his powers.”

“There is a young kid [already] running around New York City in a homemade version of the Spider-Man costume in the MCU, you just don’t know it yet,“ he said, laughing.

Also, Feige confirmed what everyone suspected: the Spidey deal was in the works back when they made their October announcements. If it had been finalized we would’ve known about it all the way back then.

The Evolution of Marvel Movie Costumes

X-Men (2000)


Way back at the turn of the century, Fox wanted their super heroes to be “grounded in reality”. The result were black leather costumes for the X-Men, and the movie even mocked the idea of “leather spandex” in dialog. As you’ll see, comic book movies have come a long way since the first X-Men movie.

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Here\’s Marvel\’s All-New All-Different Avengers Team

all-new-avengersFor the last few days Marvel has been slowly teasing the new Avengers team that will form after Secret Wars, but an image from Free Comic Book Day has leaked spoiling the whole thing.

As you can see it appears the team is led by Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and The Vision who will likely mentor the young members Ms. Marvel, Mile Morales Spider-Man, and the Sam Alexander Nova.

Dylan O\’Brien Fails At Dodging the Spider-Man Question


Earlier in the month a rumor came out that said Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien has landed the role as the new Peter Parker. While a film blog with a dodgy reputation is doubling down on their belief that he isn’t Spider-Man, filming for Civil War will begin in about two weeks and more and more evidence is coming out that he may be the new web slinger.

Aside from a lot of chatter on Twitter that he’s cast in the role there was an interview done with O’Brien earlier in the month and his reaction really made it look like he had the part. The way he looked at the ground and tried to dance around the question really makes him sound…guilty.

The fun begins at 1:56 in this interview. Pay attention to the woman behind O’Brien when Spider-Man is mentioned as well as his body language when he tries to dodge the question:

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Drew Goddard Denies He\’s Directing Spider-Man

asm2Following the rumor earlier this morning that Maze Runner’s Dylan O’Brien would be playing Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, another rumor came out that said Cabin in the Woods’ Drew Goddard would be writing and directing the movie.

Almost as quickly as the rumor came out, it’s been denied.

The original rumor came from Latino Review (keep an eye on that URL, they like to delete stuff that gets debunked), but Comic Book Resources contacted Goddard themselves and got a flat denial on it:

When reached by CBR News, a representative for Drew Goddard denied Latino Review’s rumor that he will write and direct Sony’s next Spider-Man film, stating Goddard “hasn’t met on the title yet.”

While it wouldn’t be a shock if Goddard ends up with the job, as he was apparently going to do Sinister Six, right now it looks like this is a false rumor that’s already been squashed.

UPDATE: The same Reddit leaker who confirmed the Marvel/Sony deal and started the O’Brien news has this to say:

Yeah, and they’re bullshitting, why would the Sinister Six be in the 1st fucking movie? Why would Iron Man be in the first movie? Sony isn’t even allowed to have other MCU characters in their standalone Spidey movies yet, I didn’t believe an inch about that article.

Thnx and BTW, Sony being able to use MCU characters is not official, they can be mentioned, but cannot appear. They’re still exploring those opportunities.

Sony is not allowed to use MCU characters yet.

It’s from LatinoReview, when have they ever shown that they are 100% reliable? They’re little article is complete bullshit. They said casting doesn’t start until another month, yet Civil War starts shooting in April. Are you kidding me?

Again, don’t be surprised if Latino Review deletes that story after they get enough traffic from the hype.

Rumor: Maze Runner\’s Dylan O\’Brien is Marvel\’s New Spider-Man

dylan-obrien-maze-runnerThe search for the new Peter Parker in the Marvel Cinematic Universe may have come to a close.

A Reddit poster who previously leaked accurate details of the Marvel/Sony deal months before it was announced has again posted in the r/spiderman subreddit saying that Dylan O’Brien has been cast as Parker:

So Dylan O’Brien is pretty much our new Spidey from the look of things. A source tells me he gave Sony the audition of his life, who by the way, absolutely loved what they saw from him. Amy Pascal and team knew they had their Spider-Man.

Sony apparently started leaning towards O’Brien over Lerman when they figured Dylan had a better grasp and feel of the tone they were going for.

Mind you, anything could happen from now until the official announcement, which if not on March 5th, (unlikely) then somewhere in mid-March to early-April.

Dylan O’Brien was one of the names along with Logan Lerman who were on Marvel’s short list for the role. This isn’t official, although the reddit poster did update his post saying he’s signed now.

Spidey May Be Protected From His Biggest Foe: Tom Rothman

amazing-spidey2-teaserEarlier this week comic book fans braced for the worst as former Fox exec Tom Rothman replaced Amy Pascal at Sony Pictures. If you aren’t familiar with Rothman he’s the guy who tried to kill Bryan Singer’s first X-Men by cutting the budget and pushing up the release date, banned the X-Men movies from using “giant robots” (Sentinels), blocked Deadpool for years, and almost crated the X-Men franchise by meddling in X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Now this guy is running the studio responsible for Spider-Man.

Thankfully it sounds like Spider-Man may be protected from his stupidity, thanks to the recent Marvel deal. According to Latino Review:

Avi Arad and Matt Tolomach, producers of the Amazing Spider-Man movies (and Arad being attached to the property since it’s initial sale) are producers for Spider-Man in name only.

We have information from a source suggesting there is no financial involvement whatsoever and no direct creative control over Spidey coming from the old guard. Amy Pascal still has a say in the Mom-and-Pop arrangement she has with Feige, but Disney didn’t want to unite Pearlmutter, Arad and Feige in earnest. This is the solution.

What does that mean? It means Marvel might have a bit more control than we thought. It means the new Spider-Man has been insulated from BOTH Avi Arad and new Sony head, superhero property curse, Tom Rothman.

Hopefully this news is true and Rothman can be kept away from the Spider-Man movies.

Rumor: Parker to Die in Civil War, Miles Takes Over in Spider-Man


Over the last few days there have been rumors flying around that the Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe wouldn’t be white. For fans of Mile Morales, this could mean that the Ultimate Spider-Man could be headed to the big screen and with Miles becoming part of the 616 universe after Secret Wars…that would be fine by me.

Now The Wrap’s Jeff Snyder, who started all of these rumors, has dropped a tweet that could explain how this would work:


This actually echoes Miles’ origin in the comics. He didn’t pick up the mantle of Spider-Man until after Peter Parker was killed in the Ultimate Universe, and as the MCU does like to pull elements from that soon-defunct comic universe it fits with how they do things at Marvel Studios.

Disney Offered Sony Billions for Spider-Man

spidey-moneyIt’s been a crazy few hours for Spider-Man fans following the news last night that he’ll be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Now more information about the specifics of the deal are coming out, including some hints as to what went on behind the scene prior to it being finalized.

Aside from learning that Spidey fiend Avi Arad has been reduced to an Executive Producer role and have zero creative control anymore, The Hollywood Reporter found out that Disney tried to buy back Spider-Man:

Marvel has been trying for years to wrest the Spider-Man rights back from Sony, offering billions, sources say.

Instead Sony leased Spider-Man to Marvel as putting him in Civil War would give them free exposure to the new rebooted version of the character. For Marvel it could be the first step to completely owning the character again, or even make it easier for Disney to buy Sony Pictures if it goes up for sale.

If Marvel is offering Sony billions for Spider-Man, could they be doing the same to Fox for the Mutants and Fantastic Four?

Spider-Man Will Appear in Captain America: Civil War!

spider-man-civil-war1When the Sony/Marvel deal was announced last night, people immediately began speculating what the first Marvel movie with Spidey will be. Civil War was rumored in the past, and now it does seem like that is the movie where Spider-Man will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the webslinger will appear in the third Captain America movie:

The two companies said late Monday that Spider-Man will appear in an upcoming Disney-produced Marvel super-heroes movie; that movie is 2016’s “Captain America: Civil War,” according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

Honestly, this is the only one that makes sense. Prior to July 2017, Marvel has Guardians 2 and Doctor Strange and neither of those make much sense to unveil the new Peter Parker. This means we’ll be seeing the new Spider-Man on the big screen in just over a year.

Timeline of Spidey\’s Return to Marvel

spidey-avengers-moneyLast night Sony Pictures and Marvel gave fans what they’ve been wanting for a very long time. Spider-Man is now par of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Following the performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2, this doesn’t come as a huge surprise, but it’s been a long road for fans who followed the drama that brought us to this point.

In May of 2014 Max Landis tweeted that he heard Spider-Man was going back to Marvel. He then deleted his tweets as he may have spoke too soon, but that was the first real meaty rumor of something happening.

All was quiet until October, when HitFix reported that they’ve heard talks were happening that could open the door to Sony loaning Spidey to Marvel.

Then the infamous Sony hack took place at the end of last year.

In early December we learned about how Sony execs weren’t happy with not making any of the money from Spider-Man toys. Then we learned how Marvel wanted Spider-Man in Civil War, but Sony walked away from the discussions. Then Latino Review heard that Sony Corp in Japan wasn’t happy with Sony killing the talks, and that a deal could still happen.

Following that more information came out on Reddit detailing what we would see if the deal would happen. Interestingly, this information matches what was announced last night very closely. After that we learned details on what the cameo in Civil War would be like, and then there was news that Spidey will appear in Infinity War.

It’s been a bumpy ride over the last six months or so, but the important thing is Spidey is home!

It\’s Official! Spider-Man Joins the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

amazing-spidey2The rumors have become true, Marvel and Sony Pictures have struck a deal to allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

As previously rumored, Spidey will appear in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie prior to Sony releasing a new Spider-Man movie on July 28, 2017.

Here’s the official news straight from Marvel:

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Marvel and Sony Pictures are also exploring opportunities to integrate characters from the MCU into future Spider-Man films.

You can read the full press release via Marvel’s link above. This is huge news and what fans have been waiting for!

Warning: A Fake Spider-Man Infinity War Trailer is Being Shared…

avengers-infinity-warFake trailers, and trailer screenshots, are nothing new. We’ve been seeing them a lot for The Force Awakens over the last year, such as the very fake “dailies” that got spread around last summer. And just last week the internet went nuts over a fake Batman V Superman screen that said the movie would be split in two.

With the latest rumor about Spider-Man joining the Avengers, the fake that’s being spread this week around deals with Infinity War. Except this one is so fake it’s a wonder anyone could ever fall for it. Cosmic Book News (who famously started the bogus Lex Luthor rumor last year) is guilty of spreading this fake and it’s very easy to spot how bad it is:

  • It just uses the end credits for The Avengers. As that movie made two billion dollars, you’d think someone would recognize that.
  • The webbing effect is just an After Effects plugin, that you can see here.

If you want to see the latest hoax that Cosmic Book News is trying to make go viral, you can laugh at it from this embed:


Maguire and Garfield\’s Spider-Men Exist in the Marvel Comics Universe

spider-verse-toby-garfieldIf you read the Spider-Man family of books you probably know about the big Spider-Verse crossover that’s happening in it. The story allows every single Spider-Man ever shown in a Marvel comic to interact with each other, and there’s been some awesome fan service so far.

In the recently released Spider-Verse #2 it was revealed that the Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield Spider-Man characters exist in the Marvel multiverse with them being referenced in one of the panels in the above image. Making them canon like this sure is interesting…

Rumor: Spider-Man Will Appear in Avengers: Infinity War

amazing-spidey2All of the rumors of a deal between Sony and Marvel over Spider-Man may be reaching critical mass. Next week Marvel will be at Pinewood Studios conduction reshoots on Avengers: Age of Ultron, and that’s also the same time there is rumored to be a “Spidey Summit” between them and Sony. There have been a lot of rumors about some kind of deal happening, and now the latest one says Spider-Man will appear in the third Avengers movie.

This one comes from Latino Review, who famously filmed a video in front of Marvel’s New York HQ proclaiming that Avengers 3 would be based on World War Hulk. They say that Spider-Man will be appearing in Avengers: Infinity War along an all-new Avengers team as Cap, Iron Man, and Thor will be taken out of commission before appearing in Part 2 of the movie in 2019.

Not having the “big three” in the first movie was always speculated as being a way for Marvel to skirt around expiring contacts and allow them to be used on the second part, so that’s definitely believable. As for the rest of the stuff, including plot points, Latino Review is about 50/50 when it comes to Marvel stuff so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Marvel Begins Streaming 70\’s Japanese Spider-Man Episodes


Once thought lost to random YouTube videos and shady bootlegs at comic conventions, the 70’s Japanese Spider-Man series lives again! Marvel has begun streaming two episodes from the awesome series, which many fans know as Supaidāman, on their website. The question is, will more be coming?

This could just be a thing to tie into the multiverse-spanning Spider-Verse event currently going on in the Spider-Man family of titles. Supaidāman made an appearance in a recent issue, and Marvel may have put up these two episodes to give unfamiliar fans an idea of who the character is.

You can watch the two available episodes via Marvel’s video page.

Details on Spider-Man\’s Possible \’Civil War\’ Cameo

spider-man-civil-warWe now know that it’s unlikely that Spider-Man will make a large cameo in Captain America: Civil War, but there’s still a possibility of a post-credits scene. However due to the Sony hack and their “Christmas gift” of Sony Pictures CEO Michael Lynton’s leaked emails we now know exactly what the Spidey cameo in Civil War would’ve consisted of.

A twitter user named “val broeksmit” posted some of the leaked Lynton emails, and from them this is what we know about the plans for Spider-Man:

  • In Captain America: Civil War Tony Stark would recruit Spider-Man and give him a suit (the Iron Spider suit?). He’d meet the rest of the heroes such as Cap and Black Widow, etc.
  • Following that the first Spider-Man standalone would have him back home in Queens with Aunt May and back in school, while living in a world affected by Civil War where heroes are split into groups.
  • Marvel would then want Spider-Man to appear in Avengers: Infinity War parts 1 and 2.
  • Sony then would want a second standalone Spider-Man by 2019 so there isn’t too much time between his movies.

That Civil War cameo could easily still be done as a post-credits stinger. It’s a short enough thing that it doesn’t have to be in the main narrative of the movie, and it would drive fans insane just to see Spider-Man on screen with Tony Stark.

Rumor: A Marvel/Sony Deal Over Spider-Man Is Almost Complete

amazing-spidey2-teaserSometimes where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Last week the Sony Pictures hack revealed that a deal between Sony and Marvel over the future of Spider-Man was on the table at one point, but talks fell through. Not long after that, word leaked out that Sony Corp in Japan wanted them to reconsider a 60/40 split deal on the character where Marvel would take over creatively, while Sony would get a cut of the profits and a distribution deal.

Over the weekend more and more has been leaking out that not only is this deal close to happening, but Kevin Feige will be meeting with Sony next month to finalize everything. There are several people reporting it, but most recently there’s this story on Screen Gonzo, as well as post on Reddit that backs it up with the same information.

Basically, this is what appears to be happening:

  • Marvel will take over creative control of Spider-Man. Sony will still release the movies, but he’ll be able to cross-over with the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
  • The first appearance may still be a small cameo in Captain America: Civil War, likely a post-credits sort of thing.
  • A new non-Garfield Marvel Spider-Man movie is tentatively planned for the 2018 timeframe and there’s a possibility that the Russo brothers will produce.
  • Kevin Feige wants Avi Arad gone as a producer and not involved in Marvel’s version of Spider-Man.

That last point is definitely something fans will celebrate, as many of the problems Spidey has had over the last few years (Venom in Spider-Man 3, for example) can be blamed on Arad.

Sony\’s Spider-Man Plans Will Make You Facepalm

spider-man-facepalmIt’s been a rough week for Sony following the hack that has unleashed their secrets like Marvel’s Original Sin Truth Bomb. For fans of Spider-Man, that means a whole bunch has leaked out about what Sony is planning to do with the character.

The most recent revelations came from some emails that Comic Book Movie managed to get their hands on that spell out how stupid “Sinister Six” will be:

In it, Pascal informs De Luca that Tolmach would like to introduce Venom into the Spider-Man franchise, but doesn’t think the character could support a film on his own. He would rather introduce Venom in the Sinister Six film. And that film will feature Spidey teaming up with the Sinister Six to take down an even bigger threat. Who could be more dangerous than the Sinister Six? Tolmach would like the main villain to be either Carnage or Venom. If it is the latter, Spider-Man will wear his black suit in the film. He’ll remove it when he can’t handle being teased about the look by members of the Sinister Six.

Spider-Man removes his black suit because the Sinister Six teases him over it? That’s Galactus-cloud levels of stupid right there.

And it looks like Sony wants a THIRD Spider-Man reboot:

Wisely, De Luca proposed another Spider-Man reboot, but this time, it won’t spend a lot of its time on Spidey’s origin or his parents like The Amazing Spider-Man films did. De Luca also thinks Venom, Carnage and Hobgoblin would be nice additions to a reboot. He especially likes Ultimate Venom because his suit isn’t formed from an alien symbiote. He’d like to explore the modern Spider-Man comic book stories written by Michael Bendis, Michael Strascynski and Brain K. Vaughn.

Spider-Man was last rebooted in 2012 with The Amazing Spider-Man. Rebooting the franchise a third time this soon after that movie is perhaps the dumbest thing Sony could do outside of not having good information security policies.