We Answer Your Top 5 Burning Questions About the New Spider-Man

We Answer Your Top 5 Burning Questions About the New Spider-Man

Feb 11, 2015

Far away from the halls of Comic-Con and in the middle of the night on a random Monday, Marvel Studios made a monster announcement that should prove to be the biggest game changer for the superhero movie genre since Marvel's The Avengers helped create a new mold for the shared cinematic universe: Spider-Man is joining the Marvel cinematic universe. 

This is the first time two studios (in this case Sony and Disney) have been able to come to an agreement with regards to sharing a character on the big screen. It's something we expected eventually, but maybe not as soon as July 28, 2017, when the next solo Spider-Man movie will hit theaters, now with Marvel's Kevin Feige heading it up creatively (though Sony still has final say). But Spider-Man will be back on the big screen before his solo return, teaming up with other MCU characters in an upcoming Marvel movie set to hit theaters before July 28, 2017. 

That movie, along with who will play Spider-Man upon his return, are among the big questions fans now have. Here are the five most pressing:

1. What Marvel Movie Will Spider-Man Appear in First?

Answer: Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016)

Spider-Man is an integral part of the Civil War comic storyline, which finds Iron Man and Captain America on opposite sides when it comes to how superheroes are treated by the government. The Wall Street Journal says it's Civil War, according to its source, and the film makes sense as a launching pad for the new Spider-Man. Keep in mind, though, that all future Spider-Man solo movies will now take place within the MCU, meaning other heroes -- like Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, etc. -- can also appear.

 

2. Will Andrew Garfield Play Spider-Man?

Answer: No. 

Similarly, WSJ also confirms that Garfield is out as Spider-Man, with both studios looking to start fresh. It's a bummer for fans of Garfield's Spider-Man (us being one of them), but it makes sense to start from scratch now with Spidey in the MCU. Don't expect an origin story, though. When we meet Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War, he'll likely already be Spider-Man. 

Will he be a younger Spidey still in high school or an older Spidey who's a bit of a superhero veteran? According to Variety, they'll be going younger and returning Spidey to high school, most likely to capitlize on someone who can grow with the evolving MCU and perhaps lead future Avengers movies down the line, as well as his own solo franchise. The Maze Runner's Dylan O'Brien and Percy Jackson's Logan Lerman are already being mentioned, though we could see Sony focusing on Miles Morales instead of Peter Parker, if only to change things up. If that's the case, perhaps we'll see Sundance breakout star Shameik Moore (Dope) in the mix, too.

 

3. Who Will Direct the First Solo Spider-Man Movie in 2017?

Answer: Not Marc Webb.

We love Marc Webb and we dig his passion for the character, but expect Disney and Sony to move on to someone else. Likely contenders include everyone from Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6) to James Wan (Furious 7) to Brad Bird (Tomorrowland) to Joss Whedon (The Avengers). There's also this trend of assigning big movies to buzzed-about up-and-comers. If they go that route, expect Whiplash's Damien Chazelle to be in the mix.

We'd personally like to see Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (The Lego Movie, 22 Jump Street) try on a superhero movie, especially one that blends comedy and action. They're already said to be working on an animated Spider-Man movie -- why not shift them to the live-action one and see if they can work their magic? 

 

4. Are They Still Making That Sinister Six Movie?

Answer: Yes, but not right now.

According to Variety, the Spider-Man spinoff movies for Sinister Six, Venom and a female-driven movie are all still in the works, though Marvel Studios' Kevin Feige will not be involved with those productions, meaning they most likely won't be part of the existing MCU in the same way Spider-Man will be. We don't know when they'll hit theaters, however, so you can file them as TBD for the time being. 

 

5. Does This Mean the X-Men Will Also Join the Avengers Now?

Answer: Don't count on it.

The film rights for X-Men and Fantastic Four are still owned by 20th Century Fox, and they've got their own agenda. Whereas Spidey is just one character -- and a character that truly needed this Marvel deal to happen in order to guarantee the future success of his big-screen persona -- Fox is adjusting and hitting a bit of a stride when it comes to its X-Men movies. If it can successfully relaunch Fantastic Four (in theaters August 7), then eventually blend that franchise with the X-Men, chances are it won't need or want to ever make the kind of deal Sony just made. 

Never say never, though. In our opinion, the genre is evolving at a rate that will eventually demand these crossovers to happen across the board. We may not see this particular crossover happen until beyond 2020, but if these superhero movies continue to dominate the box office, we'll see it happen.

Bonus: Here's Wolverine himself, Hugh Jackman, reacting to the news. 

 

Bonus Question: Has Spider-Man Responded to the Announcement?

Indeed he has...

 

 

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