Sony Executive Explains Why the MCU's Spider-Man Won't Be Fighting the Green Goblin

Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 11:50AM
Comic Book Movies
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Spider-Man: Homecoming
Wednesday, 12 April 2017 - 11:50AM
Sony Executive Explains Why the MCU's Spider-Man Won't Be Fighting the Green Goblin
Image credit: Sony, Marvel Studios
The problem with making the same movie over and over and over and over is that (surprise), after the fifth of sixth attempt, the formula gets a bit stale. For Spider-Man, it goes something like this: Peter Parker meets a genius scientist who's in some way relevant to her personal life, and who gets mutated into a supervillain following an experiment gone bad. Good luck figuring out which of the five existing Spider-Man movies this description applies to. You can say what you like about Spider-Man 3, but at least it didn't feature Spidey punching someone with a PhD for the majority of its runtime.

Amy Pascal, former president of Sony Pictures, is just as sick of this formula as we are. In a recent interview with Screen Rant, she explained Marvel's genius approach to avoid making every Spider-Man movie feel the same: stop featuring the same characters and events in every single film. It's a bold strategy, but we're looking forward to seeing how it plays out for them. It's also the reason why we won't be seeing an MCU version of the Green Goblin any time soon. According to Pascal:

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"Well, here's the thing: we've recycled a lot. Um, I think there are certain characters I don't think there's anything more to say about them right this minute?...I mean, I don't know how many more times we can do – at least for now – I don't know how many more times we can do the Green Goblin. I've certainly tried to do it fifty."
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The challenge that Marvel is facing with Spider-Man is that Sony's really milked a lot of his supporting cast dry—hence why Homecoming will be featuring Peter making out with C-list comic book love interest Liz Allen, instead of anyone that fans recognize/care about.




The good news is that Pascal seems pretty confident that Spidey will stay in the MCU for the foreseeable future, despite sounding a little shaky on that subject when asked a couple of weeks ago:

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"I think we found the right formula and I think everybody is going to want the right thing to continue. And I think that there's a – as I said – there's a surprisingly generous and cooperative thing and if it works for everybody, then it's going to work for everybody. The thing is – and I always felt this way – if you worry about the movie and you worry about the story, all the politics take care of themselves. They just do. Because when the movies work, there's enough for more than everybody. It's when you start making the other stuff first that you start to get yourself in trouble."
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It's certainly fantastic to hear that Sony has finally learned that they shouldn't be "making the other stuff first". Amazing Spider-Man 2 was almost exclusively "other stuff", which is probably why it tanked, as people got sick of unnecessary worldbuilding that slowed the movie's pace down. With all that in mind, yeah, we're excited about the new Spider-ManAnd his new Iron-Spidey suit.
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