Disney and Sony's Tangled Web1 of 10
It remains to be seen if Disney-Marvel Studios and Sony will really move forward continuing the Tom Holland Spider-Man franchise begun in Homecoming and this summer’s Far From Home without Marvel’s Kevin Feige executive producing and with Spidey removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
While obviously it’s certainly possible that’ll be the narrative hellscape foisted upon the innocent, noble and loyal fans of the MCU (is that over the top?), there are already signs we may just all have a front row seat to a public steel cage match for negotiating leverage, and in the end cooler, wiser heads will prevail.
In fact, if we had to, Newsarama would likely bet that it’s more likely than not things will work out before Peter Parker returns to theaters to try to navigate this whole blown secret identity thing.
But in case some certain unnamed parties that rhyme with ‘Bisney’ and ‘Pony’ aren’t quite sure of what they have on their hands, here are eight reasons why you just can’t separate this Spider-Man from the MCU.
The Clothes Make the Spider-Man2 of 10
In both comic books and the movies, Spider-Man traditionally goes through a LOT of costumes. Being more of a street-level fighter, he tends to rip his Spidey-suits to shreds on the regular and need replacements.
But it’s now established Holland’s Spider-Man, if left to his own albeit genius but cash poor devices, something like the embarrassing hoodie-onesie outfit from Homecoming is about what he’s capable of.
Without access to Tony Stark's technology to replicate and create new duds, Spidey runs the risk of frequent fashion emergencies.
Not even mentioning his full-on, Stark-built, superpowered Avengers: Infinity War costume was last seen still chilling in its Kirby crackle case in Peter’s bedroom, despite his choosing to rock the suit he designed himself at the end of Far From Home.
There’s Something About E.D.I.T.H.3 of 10
In addition to two Spider-Man suits created by Tony Stark, there’s another (in Seinfeldian terms) fashion matzo ball hanging out there - E.D.I.T.H. (Even Dead I’m the Hero), the stylish eyewear at the center of Far From Home’s entire plot that drew in Nick Fury in the first place.
Those glasses pack a pretty powerful Peter Parker punch [sorry] and he’s back in possession of them. Sure, Sony can stick a device that controls a giant orbiting satellite that might in the wrong hands just be a junior version of Project Insight (we’re waving our Marvel freak flag high on this one) into Peter’s sock drawer and forget them.
But then can we also forget the entire mechanism for Peter’s secret identity being revealed and J. Jonah Jameson’s branding him a menace is … wait for it … Stark B.A.R.F. tech.
Stark D.N.A. is just too much a part of Spider-Man’s matrix at this point.
The Blip Is Kind of a Big Deal in Spider-Man’s World4 of 10
Yeah, okay. MJ, Flash, Ned, and Aunt May were all Snapped and Blipped. So technically Spidey’s small bubble of a world could move on without having to reference the five years they all missed between Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame/Far From Home.
And while we didn’t expect them to dwell on it two to four years from now when Spider-Man returns to the screen, as arguably a semi-comedic franchise with characters affected by it more than any other in the MCU it’d be ‘awwwwk-wwwward’ to see them all completely avoid the topic and its implications.
Hasn’t Happy Hogan Been Through Enough?5 of 10
I mean c’mon now. The guy lost his best friend. And sure while Morgan will eventually help replicate the feels Happy got watching Peter holographically design his new suit in much the same way Tony designed his armor, let’s not forget he entered into a relationship with Aunt May in Far From Home.
While it’s one thing to have to pretend Happy wouldn’t be the first guy on a supersonic to Queens to help protect Peter and May the second he sees the JJJ's video on MSNBC (yes, Happy’s an MSNBC watcher, don’t @ us), but to take May away from him so soon after they found one another would be a real D-move.
Sony, Disney - don’t be D’s. Happy deserves to be happy.
Doctor Strange May Be His Only Out6 of 10
Peter doesn’t have a lot of (living) friends in the MCU yet. There’s Happy as we just detailed, but he’s still kind of a newbie to most everyone else. The one person besides the Guardians who he does have some sort of relationship with is Doctor Strange, who also so happens to be a fellow resident of the Five Boroughs of New York City.
Like Happy, it’s be stretching the boundaries of narrative credibility to assume Doc Strange wouldn’t immediately attempt to come to Spider-Man’s aid when his secret I.D. is publicly exposed. And on top of that, Strange’s time-bending, mystical powers may be the key Marvel was establishing all along to put Pandora back in the Spider-box.
E.D.I.T.H. together with B.A.R.F. can maybe undo the fake footage Jameson was fooled by to publicly brand Spider-Man a villain but any explanation that relies on the public just being told Peter isn’t really Spider-Man when Peter really is Spider-Man ain’t gonna hold water.
Most comic book fans know how Marvel Comics walked back publicly revealing Spider-Man’s secret identity in Civil War. And we’d be damn surprised to see Mephisto showing up in a third Spider-Man film (but you never know what tomorrow May bring … get it?)
The potential fix - a spell and/or the time stone - is already in place. It would make perfect shared universe story sense. So Sony, you won’t have to invent a deus ex machina if y’all just iron this @#$% out, pronto.
He Hasn’t Met the Hulk or Human Torch Yet7 of 10
Geez Disney, you freakin’ bought 21st Century Fox partly so Marvel superheroes could hang out together. You’re really gonna pull the plug now?
There’s still several dream ‘Marvel Team-Ups’ fans have been waiting on for a long time.
Despite sharing a battlefield, Spider-Man and the Hulk - one of the great Marvel Comics pairings - haven’t really met yet.
Spider-Man-Daredevil. Spider-Man-Wolverine. Spider-Man-Deadpool. Spider-Man-The Thing. Endgame gave the largest modern movie-going audience ever an intriguing Spider-Man-Captain Marvel dynamic.
Not even mentioning finally pairing him with his comic book best friend Johnny Storm. Hell, we could even get that in the 1980s and had to settle for Firestar as the third Amazing Friend.
We don’t mean to tell you your job giant Hollywood studios, but friends don’t let friends break up friends.
Successful Superhero Movies Are Faithful Superhero Movies.8 of 10
Here’s a fact. Iron Man’s armor wouldn’t fly. At least not the precise way it does in the movies. Thrust and lift don’t work that way.
But what made 2008’s Iron Man so great is Kevin Feige and Jon Favreau didn’t overthink that one. They didn’t try to ‘interpret’ comic book science for a mainstream audience and offer us real world solutions in search of a problem.
No, they embraced the comic books as they were/are. They gave us an Iron Man that looked straight off the page, bad physics and all. And they were rewarded. And it set the tone for everything that came after.
It’s the secret sauce of the MCU.
But there’s a flipside to that. You can’t unring the bell.
In the same way the MCU was embraced by the hardcore fans because it respected their sensibilities, trying to sell them a Spider-Man divorced from the MCU in unspoken terms would be the opposite of that. It’d be flipping them and their sensibilities off.
Sony, you came to Marvel because the juice ran out of the franchise with Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Marvel, you came to Sony because he’s f-in’ Spider-Man.
You both really want to roll that back and also pretend it all didn’t happen?
We’d advise against.
The Potential Titles Suck9 of 10
Remember, it was HOMEComing and Far From HOME.
You all did that.
So what’s it going to be now?
Spider-Man: Ran Away From Home?
Spider-Man Doesn’t Live Here Anymore?
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