Where The Web Head Belongs

So I’m sure most of you have heard by now that Sony and Marvel finally reached an agreement that will allow Spider-Man to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). I know it doesn’t make much sense because I’m sure some of you are thinking,”Wait…Isn’t Spider-Man a Marvel super hero?” The answer is yes but back in the early 90s there was a war between many different film studios over the rights to making Spider-Man movies. Eventually Sony won that war and has held onto those rights with an iron fist.

Sony has finally decided to be reasonable and negotiate with Marvel to work out a deal that could be mutually beneficial. Essentially (without going into too much detail) Spider-Man can appear in the MCU which means more fans going to see Marvel movies, while Sony still holds creative control over the web head and will release their own stand alone Spider-Man movies (which Marvel characters can be a part of as well). There is a lot more legal mumbo jumbo involved but you get the basic idea. This seems like it could be a great partnership as long as Sony can keep themselves from micro-managing Marvel and the direction they want to take the web slinger.

In my personal opinion too many cooks in kitchen never works out well. The best thing Sony can do is let the writers over at Marvel have majority control when it comes to how Spider-Man is used in their movies and just worry about promotion and distribution of sales.  So far Marvel and Disney have done an amazing job creating a cohesive universe that has been both entertaining and profitable. Sony on the other hand, not so much. Marvel knows the best way to use their characters giving both the fans and average movie goers what they want. Sony needs to look at their track record with Spider-Man 3 and the Amazing Spider-Man 2. Both ended up being killers of their respected Spider-Man franchise.

capcivilwarAs of right now Marvel has pushed back 4 of their movie release dates to fit the wall crawler into a 2016 debut. Spidey is set to make his first appearance in the MCU in Captain America 3 Civil War, then appear in his own stand alone movie with a hopeful release date of July 28, 2017. I for one am super excited to finally see him fight along side some of our favorite Marvel Heroes (where he belongs) and I hope that this works out in the best way possible for us fans. That all depends on how well Marvel and Sony (Mainly Sony) can work together.

As always I want to hear from you Nerd Nation! Are you excited about Spider-Man finally being able to appear in a Marvel movie and do you think this “friendly” relationship between Sony and Marvel will last? Leave me your thoughts in a comment below, on the Facebook page, or hit me up on Twitter.

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