ScreenCrush’s Comic Strip is a weekly roundup of the hottest superhero movie/TV news items. From Marvel to DC and points in between, if it pertains to costumed comic book heroes, we’re covering it here, bringing you our expert analysis. This week, a potential title for the new Spider-Man movie may contain some story hints, new Fantastic Four information teases a weird change from the comics, and a potential update on the new Aquaman villain.
It was rumored a while back during the big Sony e-mail hack that the studio was eyeing Phil Lord and Chris Miller for an animated Spider-Man film. Now that Sony and Marvel have reached an agreement to cross the web-slinger over into the MCU, some progress is being made in the realm of Spidey, and the studio has officially confirmed The LEGO Movie duo for a new animated project — one that will be part of the new continuity.
Now that Marvel and Sony have struck a deal allowing Spider-Man to appear in the MCU, it was only a matter of time before a new web-slinger was chosen. The new deal will see Spidey make his Marvel debut in Captain America: Civil War, while Marvel will work with Sony on rebooting the character once again. While an actor hasn’t been chosen to replace Andrew Garfield just yet, there are some interesting names on the shortlist of contenders.
We’re a little over a week away from the biggest movie of the summer, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. In less than ten years, Marvel has built a powerful brand in Hollywood thanks to their great casting, sharp writing, and an ability to distill decades of comic books down to fun, accessible adventures. A big part of that translation process is the look of their movies, and particularly the look of their characters. And that’s all about costumes, which is a particular specialty of Marvel’s. Between Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and the rest, they’ve got some sharp-dressed heroes.
The moment Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. was announced, fans wondered if any Avengers might pop in on Coulson’s new adventures. Recent rumors suggested Netflix’s Defenders might instead cross over to celluloid in Avengers: Infinity War, but a new report offers surprising insight on which MCU TV characters may make the leap, and what it would take to see Avengers on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Just yesterday we learned from Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige that the new Spider-Man will still be Peter Parker, and the studio plans on keeping him in high school, where they feel there’s more fertile ground for storytelling. In addition, Feige has delivered some further details about the Marvel/Sony collaboration, revealing that we’re not getting yet another origin story and that they’ve already designed a new costume.
It’s still kind of mind-blowing that Sony managed to strike a deal with Marvel to collaborate on a new Spider-Man, effectively nixing any further plans to continue their most recent franchise. It goes without saying that it’s a good thing, but now that Marvel and Sony are starting from scratch with the web-slinging hero (again), it’s been speculated that the studios might go in a new direction with the character. As it turns out, they’re keeping things pretty traditional.
When Sony finally put a bullet in the dying (suffering!) Amazing Spider-Man series and agreed to team up with Marvel Studios to bring Spidey into the Marvel cinematic universe, the internet rejoiced for about two seconds. And then it got all grumpy and weird and slightly racist, but that’s just the internet for you. Well, get ready for everything to grumpier and weirder and slightly more racist because Marvel is supposedly deep in their search for the new Peter Parker right now and one of the names on their list has been revealed.
According to some reports (but not others), Sony has found the filmmaker to restart the Spider-Man franchise one more time, with The Sinister Six writer/director Drew Goddard swinging off of that project and onto a new Spider-Man franchise. But that still leaves the issue of who will play the new Peter Parker. Latino Review’s report on the Goddard rumor claimed they wanted a “new actor, probably an unknown” who’d start off in high school and grow with the part “a la Harry Potter.”
Captain America: The Winter Soldier directing duo Joe and Anthony Russo have established themselves quite nicely over at Marvel Studios—not only are they directing Captain America: Civil War, but it’s been all-but-confirmed that the pair will helm both parts of Avengers: Infinity War. In a curious bit of news regarding the Russos today, the brothers have just signed a deal with Sony following an agreement between the studio and Marvel over the rights to Spider-Man. Curious indeed.