Are Marvel and Sony Striking A Deal To Bring Spider-Man Into the MCU?
There have been some crazy rumors about Marvel over the last few days. First there was the rumor that the final installment of the Avengers would be split into two, allowing for a new wave of heroes to be introduced, and now Spider-Man is being linked with a move from Sony to the Marvel Cinematic Universe! We'll get to the Avengers rumor later, but first...Spider-Man!
HitFix are claiming that they've caught wind of information suggesting that Sony are willing to relinquish some of their control over the rights to the Spider-Man franchise and allow Marvel to bring the webslinger into the MCU. From Hitfix:
"Sony, on the other hand, may be doing things the opposite way. While I can't get the confirmations I need to verify the story, I'm hearing that there are some very cool "Spider-Man" plans being discussed that would help Sony refocus their enormously important franchise while also opening up some connections in the on-screen Marvel movie universe that would blow fandom's minds. Will it work out? I don't know. I would love to be able to state for sure that it's happening. What seems clear from what I've heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and if they can make that work creatively and on a corporate level, they will, and that means the world gets bigger again."
Granted, this isn't the most compelling case I have ever heard for a rumor being true, but because of the sheer excitement this story coming to fruition would generate, it's worth discussing. So, why would Sony want to dilute one of their biggest assets? Spider-Man is right up there with the heavy hitters of the comic book world. Generating a tie-in with their major properties and the MCU has always seemed unthinkable for the likes of Sony and Fox, so what could possibly have changed? Has Marvel become too big to fight? Is there a case of Sony saying "if you can't beat them, join them"?
Already people are theorizing on what the ramifications of a Spider-Man trip into the MCU would mean. Of course, it opens up the possibility of all of those stories that have, as yet, been rendered impossible by multiple rights owners. Civil War and Secret Wars are both at the top of many people's lists, but these all feature Spider-Man as just another player at the party. Spider-Man is bigger than that and I can't imagine Marvel satisfying fans by lumping him in with all of their other big-hitters. And as Air Arad said a few months ago: "I'm not preaching, but Spider-Man, Peter Parker, who is in all of us, is too important to go in and use it as a side-piece for corporate purposes. The studio may disagree with me, some fans may disagree with me. I don't care.".
Regardless, this story does get wheeled out once every quarter or so, be it from Bad Ass Digest, Latino Review or any number of platforms claiming to have links into Marvel heartland. So as much fun as it would be if there were some cross-studio tie-ins, don't count on it just yet.
So what about those Avengers rumors? Well, if proved true, they would be equally as shocking as Spider-Man heading to Marvel. Before we proceed, we should point out that this is BadAss Digest breaking this story, so caution is advised. They claim that Avengers 3 will be broken into two movies, the first of which will not feature many of the established Avengers such as Thor and Captain America. Instead, Avengers 3 will be used as a segway to bring their secondary characters, such as Doctor Strange and Ant-Man, into the Avengers fold. This will all be used to tee up one epic final battle that brings just about every Tom, Dick, and Harry from across the MCU (and beyond if you believe the Spidey rumors) into play for some kind of Infinity Gauntlet situation.
Sure, this is outlandish, but would you put it past Marvel to try it? The studio is constantly testing their boundaries with the likes of Guardians of the Galaxy, and soon Ant-Man and Doctor Strange. A move like this would allow Marvel to tap into their extensive comic book canon to create a revolving door of character franchises that could stretch on for decades. Similarly, it would give this entry into the Avengers franchise the climax it deserves, pitting the cinematic might of their growing roster of established characters against the galactic power of Thanos...the ultimate bad guy.
What are your thoughts? Could any of this happen? Would you even want it to happen?!