New York’s very own Spider-Man has been somewhat of a curse for Sony ever since the acquired the rights to the character back in the late 90’s from a then struggling Marvel. Despite best efforts to reboot the franchise on several occasions, including some box office hits, Spider-Man has continually failed to cement itself with audiences and critics, with the latest installments starring Andrew Garfield falling very short indeed, both financially and critically.
It has been reported last year that studio giant Marvel, who had once been on the brink of bankruptcy, had tried to buy back the rights to it’s web-slinger – though talks between itself and Sony quickly broke down. Now however it appears the Japanese corporation has decided to allow Marvel creative control over the future and direction of the character, starting of course with his inclusion in the soon-to-be-released Captain America: Civil War.
Ever since Marvel released it’s colossal four-phase programme for the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), the studio has always wanted to include Spider-Man alongside it’s other Avengers, though until recently has been unable to acquire the permission. Now with an agreement in place that Marvel will create the films and Sony in-charge of marketing and distribution, we may finally be looking at a successful reboot of the entire franchise.
Speaking at the L.A. premiere of Captain America: Civil War, Marvel’s head honcho Kevin Feige was quick to voice his excitement at the news and give fans something to be excited about;
British star Tom Holland has signed on to star as Peter Parker/Spider-Man in a multi-picture deal that includes Avengers: Infinity Wars – Part 1 & 2, as well as several solo movies – starting with Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Whatever direction the Spider-Man reboot takes, we’ve no doubt here at The Hollywood Fly that we’re finally going to see justice served on the big screen for one of the coolest superheroes in the world.