Marvel and Sony Deal on Spider-Man 3

By: Noah Pruett

Spider-Man could be the most well-known character in Marvel Comics. He made his debut in “Amazing Fantasy #15” in August of 1962, which is hailed as one of Marvel’s highest-selling comics. A solo series followed, titled “The Amazing Spider-Man #1,” in March of 1963. In 1970, the Nixon administration asked Stan Lee, creator of the Fantastic Four and many other superheroes, to publish an anti-drug message in one of their top-selling comics. Lee chose “The Amazing Spider-Man #96-98” to do so without the Comics Code Authority’s approval, but the issues sold so well that the Code was revised.

After all that, it’s no mystery why Spidey has a loyal fanbase. However, the same cannot be said about the most recent Spider-Man movies. While the films were profitable, fans can agree that there is a certain lack of character development in the movies.
Sony has owned the rights to Spider-Man since 1999, but it needs to breathe life into the Spider-Man franchise. Marvel is doing just fine, but fans want to see Spidey join his fellow Avengers. Therefore, Sony will lend Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe to generate more exposure and goodwill among fans, while Marvel’s Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios and American film producer, will help further develop the next Spider-Man movie. Hopefully, Marvel will be able to boost Spider-Man’s quality like they did with “Guardians of the Galaxy.”

When Marvel released titles of movies up to 2020, one particular title caught the eyes of fans: “Captain America: Civil War.” An immediate thought occurred to every fan: How can they do “Civil War” without Spider-Man in it? The answer is, they can’t. Spider-Man is the centerpiece of the “Civil War” storyline. If there is no Spider-Man, there’s no story.
As for the spin-off movies related to Spider-Man, Sony still has control and final say over the Sinister Six and Venom. While there is no confirmation, most fans believe Spidey will make his Marvel Cinematic Universe appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.”

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