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Is Spidey leaving the MCU? UPDATED: No, he’s staying were he is

March 29th, 2017 by Dave Bowling Comments

Mark Twain defined insanity as doing the same thing over and over again while expecting different results. Somebody ought to tell Sony.

A day after we reported that Sony are apparently working on an R-rated standalone Venom movie, and mere hours after the second trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming was released, it seems that we might be in for yet more Columbia-Tristar arachnid superhero disappointment. In a brief interview with Cosmic Book News, producer Amy Pascal dropped a fairly strong hint that the unprecedented collaboration between Disney and Sony, that has seen Spidey finally interact with other Marvel superheroes, will not be repeated. Pascal stated:

One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often.

In fact, it may never happen again – after we do the sequel.

Because Sony and Disney and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU, and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film, and I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you know you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would never been able to do in any other way. So, it was a very selfless thing that was very smart on the part of all the companies.

This in and of itself isn’t anything major, but the phrase “after we do the sequel” is worrying. It suggests that Sony have already decided that they’re taking their bat and ball home as soon as they can.

Look, remember the revelations from the hacked Sony emails a couple of years ago? They confirmed that Sony did not have a damn clue what to do with their property. Amy Pascal’s own comments about how to introduce Venom are reflective of business people who have no clue about the creative process or the source material, but are focused solely on getting something into cinemas so that they retain the rights and get us to part with our hard-earned. So what’s different now? The simple answer is, nothing. And frankly, it’s concerning. We’ll have to see what happens, but the signs have suddenly taken a turn for the worse.

UPDATED:

It looks like Pascal has been misquoted as Forbes are reporting:

“Pascal’s actual remarks noted that the deal between Sony and Marvel Studios had been extended to include additional films, that all sides expect these movies to be very lucrative, that the deal was remarkable and unique in cinema, and that it remains to be seen whether any further deals will be struck for additional crossover between the studios.”

So it looks like Spider-man is staying where he belongs…

 

Source: Cosmic Book News

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Dave was born at an early age to parents of both sexes. He has been a self-confessed geek for as long as he can remember, having been raised through the 80s on a steady diet of Doctor Who, Star Trek, Red Dwarf and (sigh) Knight Rider. Throw the usual assortment of Saturday morning cartoons into the mix and we have something quite exceptional: someone with an encyclopaedic knowledge of utter tosh; a love of giant robots and spaceships fighting; and the strange desire to leap tall buildings in a single bound while wearing his underpants over his trousers. The death ray is currently in the works and one day you shall all bow to him, his giant space station and fleet of funky orange space shuttles...

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