By Kevin J. Kessler
Well folks, it's officially official! Everyone's favorite web head will be gracing the silver screen once more, but this time, he won't be alone! Yes, the deal has finally been struck, and Peter Parker, the Amazing Spider-Man, will return to movies as a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe!
According to a news article listen on SuperHeroHype.com, listed at http://www.superherohype.com/news/329465-its-official-spider-man-enters-the-marvel-cinematic-universe:
"Under a new deal, a new Spider-Man will first appear in a currently-unspecified Marvel film within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. 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."
I can't even begin to emphasize what a "get" this is for the MCU. As recently reported by my friend and co-host Spider-Denny on a recent episode of WDPN's BatSquad Radio, Spider-Man is the highest grossing super hero in the world today, surpassing his closest rival, Batman, by Spider Strength sized leaps and bounds!
Now, the MCU, already a titan in the film industry, has this powerhouse hero on its side, in a move that I don't think DC will ever be able to match. In terms of fan impact, I'd dare say this announcement resounds more loudly even than the announcement of Batman vs. Superman. The difference? Fans knew we'd eventually see Batman and Superman together on the big screen. But I know, personally, I never EVER thought we'd see Spidey cross the studio line.
And the deal holds amazing rewards for EVERYONE. Marvel gets a major pad onto the Avengers, adding into this team the single most popular hero in the world, making an appearance I'd liken to a cinematic miracle. Sony will now clean up, producing Spider-Man stand alone films set in the MCU. When even unknown properties like Guardians of the Galaxy are pulling 700k at the worldwide box office due to its MCU association, what will freaking SPIDER-MAN bring in!? It's an amazing move on both ends, and kudos to both parties for allowing their egos to take a back seat to good business!
I say bravo to both SONY and Disney, and wish them well on this new partnership and endeavor. As a fan, I cannot wait!
Expect discussion on this exciting topic this week on Geek WatchTower (www.whitedragonpodcastnetwork/com/geekwatchtower) and BatSquad Radio (www.whitedragonpodcastnetwork.com/batsquadradio)
What are your thoughts on this? How can DC counter? Respond below and let me know!