Can you believe the next Marvel film we’re getting will feature Spider-Man? Its a dream come true for both comic book fans and for Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios. And as excited as Feige is to finally have Marvel’s most popular character join the M.C.U, he’s also aware of the expectations after two origin stories in the span of five films.
Feige has already stated there won’t be another origin story for their version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland). In fact, a recent rumor from Heroic Hollywood suggest this new Peter Parker has already been Spider-Man for a little over a year. As a result, Captain America: Civil War will feature an already existing Spider-Man who, to others has been sort of like a myth around the M.C.U (i.e. Batman in the D.C.U).
After making his debut in next year’s Civil War, Marvel has lined up a standalone film for Spider-Man, slated for July 2017. As some of you may know, that release date was originally scheduled for Black Panther (2018), but Marvel being the powerhouse studio that they are in the comic book genre always has alternative plans. Giving Spidey a solo film ASAP was a priority for the studio, and unlike previous films, this one is being inserted into an established cinematic universe.
Here’s Kevin Feige’s comments from earlier today (via. IGN).
“The most important thing is the stand alone movie, re-launching Spider-Man with a stand alone movie with a new story line that fits into this universe. That’s job number one for us. And as is the case, the connectivity is great but it doesn’t drive the train…This has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we always had contingency plans should you know—which we always do anyways. Are we going to be able to make another movie with this actor? If we are then we’ll do this, if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character that’d be great, then we’d do this, if not, we’d do this. So we always sort of operate with those alternate timelines available and are ready to shift if something happens.”
Part of connecting the story line for Spider-Man into the M.C.U. may include an appearance from Tony Stark (RDJ). One of the earliest rumors (H.H.) since the Marvel/Sony deal suggested he could have a role as a sort of mentor to Peter Parker, testing him to see if he’s worthy enough to be an Avenger. What we know in absolute is that Marvel wants to focus on telling the stories of Peter Parker in his high school years. It’ll be up to Marvel’s creative team, along with writers John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein (Vacation), and director Jon Watts (Cop Car) to give fans something refreshing.
As far for Marvel’s contingency plan, we’ve seen examples of this since the beginning. Replacing actors like Terrance Howard and Edward Norton for Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo (Falcon and Hulk). This year’s Ant-Man film was originally part of the Phase One films, but was delayed time and time again. I’ll restate how the addition of Spider-Man caused Marvel to shift their entire upcoming slate of films starting in 2017 to make room for a solo film. So far Marvel’s decisions have paid off, leading to bigger and better things on the way.
Which leads me to a question I have for YOU: What are the odds Marvel has a contingency plan for set for Fantastic Four? Should the rights go back to Marvel, or do you want to see what this X-Men/Fantastic Four crossover will look like?