Now that we have had time to process the news that Spider-Man is joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I would like to point out that this is not a great change.
The only reason that Marvel Studios is the Hollywood juggernaut that is today is because they took risks. The company’s most popular properties were sold off to keep the studio afloat, so they were unable to rely on the star power of their characters to make money. We only have movies like “Iron Man” and “The Avengers” because Marvel couldn’t fall back on properties like “Spider-Man,” “X-Men” or “The Fantastic Four.” The studio had to utilize B-list characters and now we have household names like Tony Stark, Thor and Captain America.
However now this seems to be changing. The announcement of a new Spider-Man movie has pushed all other Marvel Studios projects back, meaning that we have to wait longer for all the previously announced movies to be released. This is very disappointing when you consider the films that have been announced for Marvel’s ‘Phase Three’ schedule. Movies like “Black Panther,” “Captain Marvel” and “The Inhumans” would have introduced new and unique characters and story elements to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as well as diversifying the somewhat bland cast.
“Black Panther” would have introduced the first African-American hero in a starring role and Captain Marvel the first female starring lead. This would have been a good change from the male white-washed cast that we presently have with the current roster of characters. Beyond this, titles like “Thor: Ragnarok” and “Guardians of the Galaxy 2” have also been delayed, meaning that significant story developments for the characters we are currently invested in have been pushed aside for yet another Spider-Man film.
The challenge with the film itself is going to be the casting of this new film. While many people complain about the two “Amazing Spider-Man” films, the one thing most everyone agrees on is that the cast was brilliant. Andrew Garfield played the best Spider-Man to date and Emma Stone was perfect as Gwen Stacy. The performances blow Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and the rest of the cast from the original Sam Raimi trilogy out of the water. Marvel is going to have a tough time finding a new cast that can stand up to the last iteration. I can’t speak for everyone, but I’m personally experiencing a bit of Spider-Man fatigue and wish that Marvel would foster new ideas, rather than cashing in on a beloved property.