Ending years of fan speculation, Sony Pictures and Marvel Entertainment announced this week that they’ve finally struck a deal to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Avengers and company. Now that we’ve settled that, should Andrew Garfield continue to play the role, or should the character be rebooted yet again?
The announcement released on Monday states:
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.
Although perhaps not a definitive confirmation, the wording about “the new Spider-Man” and “a new creative direction for the web slinger” both seem to imply that Garfield will be replaced and that the ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ continuity is already over after just two films. In the wake of the Marvel news, Sony also announced that the planned ‘Sinister Six’ spin-off will be bumped from its scheduled 2016 release while the studio “rethinks” its plans for the ‘Spider-Man’ franchise.
Amusingly, just last year, ‘Amazing Spider-Man’ producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach both stated that they didn’t think the character should cross over with the MCU, and that doing so would mean that “we’re sort of out of ideas.”
I find the timeline interesting. If the plan is for Spider-Man to appear in an MCU movie before Sony’s next solo ‘Spider-Man’ film in summer of 2017, I assume that means he won’t be crossing over with ‘The Avengers’ right away, but rather some other MCU property.
Personally, I think it would be ridiculous to reboot Spider-Man yet again so soon. With that said, I never really cared for the character and still haven’t seen either of Garfield’s movies, so I don’t have any particular vested interest in this.
What do you think? If you’d like to see the character recast again, who would be a good choice to play the role?