When rumors first dropped that the third installment of the Captain America film franchise would be (loosely) adapting the Civil War event storyline, many wondered how that story would come to pass – especially because Marvel Studios didn’t own the rights to one of the event’s most important characters: Spider-Man. Turns out, Marvel thought the same thing and was this close to making that a reality.
As detailed in new leaked Sony documents, Marvel and Sony were in talks to try and have Spider-Man appear in Captain America: Civil War. In fact, these discussions went all the way to the top, as CEOs for both Disney (Robert Iger) and Sony (Kaz Hirai) were involved. Additionally, Marvel and Sony were working on a deal that would see Marvel Studios produce another trilogy of Spider-Man movies, with Sony still having “creative control, marketing, and distribution.”
Sadly, both of these plans fell through.
Spider-Man is one of the few franchises that Sony has and I think it’s fair to say that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t perform nearly as well as the studio had hoped. Thus, they’ve been sent back to the drawing board on what to do with both the character. This potential deal with Marvel would have been the best of both worlds and it’s a shame it didn’t happen.
Speaking about what’s next for the franchise, The Wall Street Journal report states that Sony is planning a “Spidey summit” for January to determine the future of the property. Something that is on the table: an animated Spider-Man comedy from Chris Miller and Phil Lord, of 22 Jump Street and The LEGO Movie fame, which would certainly be an inspired plan for the franchise. A Spider-Man animated movie sounds like a great idea (and would certainly be a different route from what we’ve seen in the space, which would be a welcome breath of fresh air) and having Miller and Lord do it makes it even better.
What could have been, yeah? I want to hope that Sony can figure out something unique and different to do with Spider-Man (and this talk about an animated feature certainly peaks my interest and curiosity) but at this point – I kind of wish the old Webhead could just swing home to Marvel Studios. But, man, the thought that were we close to seeing Chris Evans, Andrew Garfield, and Robert Downey, Jr on screen together is an awesome one – and one I’m bummed out beyond belief we’ll never get to see.
[Source: The Wall Street Journal]