As more leaked Sony emails are revealed additional information regarding Marvel Studios trying to obtain Spider-Man film rights are coming to light. From bringing back Sam Raimi to Spidey appearing in Captain America: Civil War, the rumor mill is reaching insane levels that would make Norman Osbourn tremble. While the talks have fallen apart (for now anyway), this latest tidbit is one of the biggest pieces on info to hit the news yet.
The latest hacked emails have revealed that if Marvel were to relaunch a Spider-Man series, it would be another complete reboot for Spider-Man, with no Andrew Garfield in sight. Latino-Review reports the big details, saying “IF the Marvel/Sony deal were to go forward, Andrew Garfield would no longer be Peter Parker and any baggage from existing films. Raimi or Webb, would be non-canonical, Marvel doesn’t want any part of those films.” They continue: “The idea is that the Spider-Man romance movie has been played out over five installments, so any new Spider-Man films would focus on the difficulties of being a teenager and a superhero with a romance side-story, not the film’s focus. Marvel also thinks that the origin story is well-trodden territory, so any Spider-Man movies under this deal would begin with Peter Parker already leading a dual life. Spider-Man making his debut in Captain America: Civil War is still a distinct possibility and would serve as the character’s introduction to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But as of now Spider-Man will NOT be in Civil War. I was told that they have a script nailed down.”
Garfield, who was been Peter-Parker since 2012, has been well-received in the role of Spider-Man, though the movies themselves have received a middling reception, particularly the second. A major point of contention with Marvel’s attempted acquisition of the rights seemed to be with just who would play old webhead. Sony’s Amy Pascal seemed to have issue with Marvel wanting Garfield removed from the role, while on the other hand, Sony didn’t want the established “Sony actors” to appear in Marvel’s version of Spidey.
The rest of the cast would get recast as well. Emma Stone’s role as Gwen Stacy is also acclaimed, and the chemistry between the series stars (and real-life couple) has been commonly cited as the strongest point of the lukewarm series. But even that aspect received some criticism in last summers The Amazing Spider-Man 2 with many feeling the romance plot took up far too much time in the film, taking away precious screen time from the underdeveloped villains.
The idea of Marvel skipping on the origin story seems like quite a good choice, as the retelling of the origin in 2012’s The Amazing Spider-Man was unnecessary and repetitive. Introducing the new Spidey in Civil War seems like an excellent choice, and would fit be a nice jumping off point with a new Spidey universe, given the events of the Civil War storyline.
Regardless of all these details, it seems that the deal has been put on hold, although with Sony not knowing how to move forward with the Spider-Man series may get talks started with Marvel again. Stay tuned to MaxLevel for any details regarding the tangled web of Spider-Mans film rights.