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What is going on with Spider-Man?

Over the past few days, we’ve seen a couple of rumours emerge regarding Sony’s Spider-Man franchise and it begs the question, what are they doing?

The first rumour that came out  was that they were looking to strike a deal with Marvel to get him in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and make him part of the Avengers. For many this is the dream scenario. Spider-Man, at one point anyway, was Marvel’s guy, he is up there with Batman and Superman in terms of recognition, and I’m sure Marvel would love to get him back. I also like the idea of having someone younger in the Avengers, like the episode of Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes where Spider-Man and Captain America work together, the idea of having a younger person in the role, someone who looks up to the Avengers is great for children watching it who will see themselves in the role.

The other rumour going around is that Sony are planning a soft reboot of their 2 year old Spider-Man franchise and are going to use the Sinister Six to launch it with possibly someone else in the Spider-Man role. It worries me that one not so great box office turnout is leading to this to this.

Yo Sony, if you want a re-boot, please not another Peter Parker, how about this guy

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we don’t need  a 3rd Peter Parker just yet,  switch it up, the Miles Morales character is popular, it adds a new dimension and we’ll get a PoC in a main superhero role, which is what people have been asking for for the longest. So Sony, we want a new twist on Spider-Man, he’s your guy.

Or just cast Donald Glover as Spider-Man and watch the internet explode.

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Doctor Strange gets July 8th 2016 released date, could it open up the supernatural Marvel world?

Screen Daily are reporting that production on Marvel’s Doctor Strange film will start mid 2015 with Marvel giving it the July 8 2016 release date. Marvel of course have release dates planned for the next 90  something years and have a whole host of characters to fill them.

It is not however known who will be playing the title role. Joaquin Phoenix is heavily rumoured but it seems like contract negotiations have held up his announcement. Fan favourites like Pedro Pascal of Game of Thrones and Benedict Cumberbatch, but to be fair Benedict Cumberbatch is rumoured for everything. Jon Hamm also recently shot down rumours that it was going to be him, though surely it’s a matter of time before he appears in a superhero film.

Another big rumour is that this film will not be an origin story, instead starting with Doctor Strange in full control of his powers and that that is how Marvel films will function from here on in. This is an interesting choice, particularly with a character like Doctor Strange, who while having an animated movie depicting his origin a few years ago, has never had an animated story and as not as widely known as someone like say Spider-Man, whose origin story has been told to us through various animated series but we still saw 2 different origin films for him with an 11 year period. Similarly Batman is someone who I don’t think we need to see another origin story for again.

This film marks the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first delve into the supernatural world of Marvel, once again expanding the wide scope of Marvel especially after the success of this year’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The interesting thing about the Marvel movies is that they’re not superhero movies, they’re movies with superheroes in them. So Guardians of the Galaxy was a space opera while Winter Soldier was a political thriller yet they all exist in this one universe. With them delving into the supernatural, could the rumour of Wesley Snipes returning as Blade be tied in with this, they have after all both been part of the Midnight Sons along with another character who Marvel got the rights back to, Ghost Rider. Marvel have taken to doing team ups outside of their Marvel movies, with Black Widow and Falcon of course appearing in Winter Soldier, so maybe 2 of the most iconic supernatural Marvel characters could make an appearance in Doctor Strange.

Marvel fans, can we stop the Rocket Raccoon/Wonder Woman jokes

I love Marvel movies. I’ve seen them all in the cinema. I own them all on DVD, well except Winter Soldier, which is currently in my mum’s possession after I unsubtly hinted that it was coming out and my birthday is coming up. But loving something doesn’t mean you have to overlook their flaws.

Now with the recent success of Guardians of the Galaxy, a joke keeps being made on comment sections around the world “Marvel made a film with a Raccoon before DC could do Wonder Woman,” and while there is truth to that, that statement doesn’t really mean anything.  There are a few reasons I think this, firstly, Guardians of the Galaxy isn’t a Rocket Raccoon film, it’s an ensemble one. I don’t deny that making that film was a risk for Marvel, it easily could have flopped, there was no heavily pushed Guardians of the Galaxy merchandise out there before the movie, and bar a couple of appearances in animation, Guardians of the Galaxy was very much a niche comic. But in the other hand, this is Marvel, who have enough of  a brand name that anything they attach will make heads turn,  coupled with the heavy promotion the film received, how much of a risk was Guardians of the Galaxy really, Marvel were very careful to not have heavily tie into their other movies, so if it had of flopped, it wouldn’t have affected their ongoing story being told. I expect the next one will probably feature a cameo from someone else (there are Hulk rumours going around) now that they know they are successful. But can we make a comparison between the success of Guardians of the Galaxy and DC apprehension towards making a Wonder Woman movie.

Marvel still haven’t made a female lead superhero movie, despite the call of fans asking for a Captain Marvel movie or the popularity of Black Widow that could be turned into her own spin off. Unfortunately, in 2014, movie studios still see it a risk to cast a female lead in a superhero movie which is ridiculous. I mean Lucy just came out and was success and look who that starred.

Marvel also haven’t pulled the trigger on a Black Panther movie, another character that fans have been asking to see a movie adaptation of for years. In 2012, Louis D’Esposito, when asked about a Black Panther film said

“He has a lot of the same characteristics of a Captain America: great character, good values… But it’s a little more difficult, maybe, creating [a world like Wakanda]. It’s always easier basing it here. For instance, ‘Iron Man 3’ is rooted right here in Los Angeles and New York. When you bring in other worlds, you’re always faced with those difficulties.”

which at the time was kind of ridiculous seeing as we had already seen Asgard and since then we’ve more of the 9 realms in Thor the Dark World and countless planets in Guardians of the Galaxy. How is it possible to create planets and realms that don’t exist, but it is difficult to create a country, yes it is a fictional country, but based on a real continent here on Earth. It boils down to the fact that like the case of a female lead, studios are scared to cast a POC in a main role, especially a superhero role.

And recently there was news that Sony plan on making a female superhero movie planned for 2017. So if Sony successfully make that movie can we start making “Sony can make a Black Cat movie but Marvel still can’t make a Captain Marvel movie.

Marvel recently announced dates for films leading up to 2019, with 3 movies a year starting next year, so there is a chance that we could see a Captain Marvel or a Black Panther movie within the time frame. But until then lets not fault DC for something Marvel still hasn’t managed to do.

And with the rumours that there may be a new Avengers line up after Age of Ultron, lets just hope there’s a bit more variety and it isn’t made up of majority white males.