Attention all web heads and fanboys and girls of every stripe: Marvel just announced yesterday that everyone’s favorite web slinger, Spider-Man, is going to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
This is huge. Marvel’s done an amazing job so far in folding all its franchises into a single cohesive universe, with the exception of Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men lines, which have been tied up with copyright and licensing issues between various studios. Under the new deal, Spider-Man will first appear in a MCU film, which will then be followed by a reported “next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017.”
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Below are five things we’d like Marvel to avoid as this venture moves forward.
1. No more origin stories
At this point we’ve had nine cartoons, a Broadway musical, and two movie treatments of Spidey—one being Sam Raimi’s film starring Tobey Maguire, another the 2012 reboot directed by Marc Webb featuring Andrew Garfield—all of which have dealt with Peter Parker’s journey from being mild-mannered nerd to the web slinger we’ve all come to know and love.
We’ve seen Uncle Ben die enough times that I’m sure all of us feel complicit in his death as an accessory. Uncle Ben died in order for Spidey to become the superhero that he is, but that doesn’t mean that we need to see it on camera again for the nth time.