While unfortunate for Sony that they were hacked and had any number of confidential documents released to the public, we as the public now get the boon of having access to information we might not otherwise have ever had. One such piece of gossip comes from a series of emails from Sony’s motion picture chief Amy Pascal and various execs over at Disney/Marvel (including Roger Iger). The emails, as you might have guessed, are all about Spider-Man, and an attempt by the two studios to come to terms about sharing the character.
In one email that came out at the end of October, it says:
“Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad tells Ms. Pascal about a potential scenario that would see Marvel produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains ‘creative control, marketing and distribution.’ “
While another email has Pascal telling a business partner about how Marvel wants to include Spider-man in ‘Captain America 3: Civil War,’ which would be a major arc for the character as in the comics Spider-Man reveals his secret identity to the world during the ‘Civil War’ storyline.
The bad news? Apparently the talks broke down, which kind of makes the nerdy side of me believe that karma has now come back to get Sony, as based on the emails it sounds like Marvel was game, but Sony (as always) is clueless on how to handle poor Spider-Man and has apparently now denied us all an epic cross-over event. It is now believed that the Black Panther will be fulfilling Spidey’s role in the story during ‘Captain America 3: Civil War,’ and Sony is having some sort of ridiculous ‘Spider Summit’ in January to decide what to do with the character.
I am a huge Spider-Man fan, but I am sick and tired of Sony’s mishandling of the character and extremely annoyed that they couldn’t come to terms with Marvel/Disney. Now I hear they have plans to do an animated ‘Spider-Man’ comedy from the makers of ‘The Lego Movie’ and the ‘Jump Street’ movies. While that sounds fun, it’s not exactly the treatment I think Spider-Man deserves. Here’s hoping someone at Sony figures out how to handle a superhero movie and gets Spidey sorted out soon before they finish destroying any fandom for Spider-Man movies that remains.