Fox and DC/Warner Bros. have generated some exciting news with their 2015 San Diego Comic-Con reveals, including our first full-length trailer for Batman V Superman, a new look at Suicide Squad, as well as artwork and the teaser trailer for Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse.
The third major player in the comic-book movie franchise game, Marvel Studios, is sitting SDCC out this year. We've had no shortage of updates from Marvel-based properties, from X-Men: Apocalypse to the new Fantastic Four, to even new insights into what Sony had planned for the never-made The Amazing Spider-Man 3.
Before the Spider-Man characters wound up partially back under Marvel Studios' creative control following Sony's corporate hack, we heard all kinds of plans for an expanded cinematic universe based on the studio's reboot The Amazing Spider-Man and its sequel. These included the supervillain team-up entry Sinister Six and a female superhero film set in the same universe.
None of this happened, and now the character is set to join the existing MCU. If you were part of the Amazing Spider-Man cast, how would you feel? IGN asked Denis Leary - who played Captain Stacy in both films - just that question. Watch the video above for his response.
Leary said he was "disappointed" (because he's "totally selfish and greedy") and provided the following details on what might have been a pivotal plot point for The Amazing Spider-Man 3 and how Leary's Captain Stacy might have been involved:
"...there was this idea at one point that Spider-Man would be able to take this formula and regenerate the people in his life that had died. So, there was this discussion that Captain Stacy would come back even bigger in episode three."
Given the ending of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 - in which Peter Parker/Spider-Man's (Andrew Garfield) girlfriend Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone) is killed by the Green Goblin/Harry Osbourne (Dane DeHaan), it's not hard to imagine Spider-Man struggling with the choice of whether or not to resurrect those close to him, like Gwen, Uncle Ben (Martin Sheen), and apparently Captain Stacy. Just why Gwen's father would be chosen and what happens afterwards will likely remain a mystery... at least until a treatment for the abandoned film surfaces online somewhere down the line.
Comic book continuities are full of previously dead characters coming back to life, of course, and Spider-Man comics are no exception. Peter Parker has been killed and brought back multiple times (even becoming a real giant spider only to die in that form and essentially give birth to himself), so the idea of introducing a "serum" to resurrect the dead falls pretty well in line with the spirit of a comic book... but with the franchise's fans already questioning the direction of those reboots, would this really have gone over that well?
In truth, this news may only strengthen the belief that the Spider-Man movies are in better hands with Marvel Studios. What do you thing, Screen Ranters? Would you have wanted to see this aspect introduced into Sony's rebooted universe?
Ant-Man opens in theaters July 17, 2015; Captain America: Civil War – May 6, 2016; Doctor Strange– November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Black Panther – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019.