That hacking of Sony really has opened the floodgates, hasn't it?
Now we've got word of new Spider-Man reboot plans that were written last month. The plan was put together by none other than former Warner Bros. chief Jeff Robinov, who sent it to Sony Pictures co-chairman Amy Pascal, who is of course on thin ice right now...
Robinov argued in his email that Sony could very well reboot Spider-Man without retelling his origins. I mean, we don't really need another Spider-Man origins movie, no matter who does it - be it Sony Pictures or Marvel Studios. Marvel Studios, if they get the webslinger back, don't plan to go that route. Origin stories are yesterday's news to them; Guardians of the Galaxy closed the doors on origin stories. Ant-Man and Doctor Strange won't be origin stories, as it's been said a few times before. No Andrew Garfield either, a new Spidey. And for the better I say, not because of Garfield (I thought he nailed the Spidey role perfectly) but because I don't want Marvel's films connected to those Sony films. Start fresh, leave the "baggage" behind. I want the future Spidey to be Marvel Studio's own Spider-Man.
Robinov suggested that Sony should look into adapting the "Kraven's Last Hunt" storyline for the Spider-Man reboot. No origin, just jump right into one of the more popular Spidey storylines. This actually lines up with a lot of the early plans for the seemingly dead Amazing Spider-Man 3. Marc Webb, I believe, talked about wanting to introduce Kraven the Hunter in the third film. Kraven is also referenced in The Amazing Spider-Man 2's end credits, implying that he might've been one of the Sinister Six.
He even listed some filmmakers that he felt were good for this planned reboot: Brad Bird, Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee, Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Joe Cornish, Glen Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), James Gunn, Don Hall & Chris Williams, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Joachim Ronning & Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki and Pirates of the Caribbean 5), Colin Trevorrow, Edgar Wright, and David Yates (the last couple of Harry Potter films)...
Okay, those are some strong suggestions. I'd love to see a Brad Bird-directed anything, but wow there's a lot of love for animation directors here and that makes me happy... But!
Sony Pictures is still riddled with executives who don't really care about Spider-Man. They see him as a moneymaker and nothing more, and films like Spider-Man 3 and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 show. I want those people, especially Avi Arad and Tom Rothman, gone first. Before anything happens with Spider-Man at Sony, if it just can't go back to Marvel Studios, get rid of the people who aren't handling him right.
Now another suggestion Robinov had was this: Make a Spider-Man film that's about Peter Parker as an adult. See, now that's something new. No retelling the origins, in fact there's a probably a way they could integrate it into the Sam Raimi storyline. Raimi's storyline was meant to continue, but he walked. Maybe if Sony does go through with an "adult Peter Parker" reboot, they could get Tobey and Kirsten back, as it's been 8 years since Spider-Man 3 was filmed. Bring Raimi back and things could possibly be golden... But Avi Arad and the execs...
Robinov: "Another side of Spider-Man that might be interesting to explore in a reboot is seeing him as an adult. Spidey hasn’t remained a teenager over the 52 years he’s been around. He’s moved in with his girlfriend, gotten married, and in some storylines, even became a science teacher at a high school.
It might feel fresh to see Peter Parker juggling with adult issues. He’s done so in the comics for decades, and kids still found this fun to read."
Now something else has come up, but take this with a grain of salt...
According to Screen Gonzo's Josh Johnson, Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures are going to meet in January... So that's what that "summit" really was, eh? The meeting is also said to be held at Pinewood, where tons of big flicks are shot. Avengers: Age of Ultron was filmed there, and Captain America: Civil War will be filmed there as well in a couple of months in order to ready it for spring 2016.
One of the plans, which Johnson said came from his source, was to include a post-credits scene of Spider-Man in a future film... Possibly Age of Ultron! Think of how that would go over! Kevin Feige himself is also reportedly happy with the direction the current talks are going, but here's the best part... He wants Arad gone. Sony's execs on the other hand reportedly want to keep him, but Feige - Johnson says he's "adamant" about this - has better ideas. Good for him, because he probably knows first-hand what trouble Arad is. Remember, Arad - like a petulant little brat - claimed that he himself was the real mastermind behind the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Also, Kevin Feige has a massive mouse on his side. Also, Sony Japan reportedly is not happy at all with Sony's handling of Spidey...
I think this is it... If this is all true, 99% chance Spider-Man goes back to where he belongs. Sony can collect the money, which will help them with their situation, and they will NOT be creatively involved with the Spidey films. And just in time to integrate him, too! Captain America's third outing doesn't shoot till spring, so if they get him back, there's plenty of time to work him into the film. An earlier draft of the script has Spidey, so they can use that.
So Spidey showing up in Age of Ultron's post-credits scene would be perfect, and then his full-blown appearance in Civil War. Imply his origins elsewhere, since many audiences pretty much knows them by know, it's perfect. Just think of how wild crowds will go when we see a certain webhead show up during that very post-credits scene... I can see it now: Credits end, streets of New York, we see some people, non-HYDRA S.H.I.E.L.D. agents maybe, talking about some new crime-fighter they've been hearing about. All of sudden, pan up from where they are talking and we see Spidey in the distance swinging. Instant crowd roars of excitement!
Fingers crossed, hope this all works out, hope that Spider-Man can now be a part of Marvel's ever-expanding, ever-growing cinematic universe!