The dream of many comic book movie fans came true a couple of weeks ago when Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios struck a deal that would allow the Spider-Man character (whose film rights are still owned by Sony) to participate in the ever-expanding and increasingly lucrative Marvel Cinematic Universe. The plan is to reboot the Web Head (again) with a younger actor in the role, and introduce the new incarnation in an MCU film (most likely Captain America: Civil War) before launching a solo Spider-Man film in July 2017.
While many celebrated the news, there was a vocal section of fans who questioned why it was once again Peter Parker getting to be in the limelight after two film series featured him as Your Friendly Neighborhood. Fans have expressed a desire to see Miles Morales - a half-Black, half-Latino teenager who took up the Spider-Man mantle in the Ultimate comic line - take a part in the films. However, that is not the studio's game plan at this juncture.
It wasn't too long ago when the idea of a cinematic Miles Morales was gaining some momentum. Actor Donald Glover (who voices the character on TV), was campaigning to play the lead in 2012's Amazing Spider-Man reboot and attracted the support of fans who were interested in seeing this happen. Anyone hoping to see Glover call up Kevin Feige and convince the Marvel Studios boss he'd be right for the part are bound to be disappointed by Glover's latest comments, where he states that his campaigning days are over.
While speaking with Yahoo Movies, the 31-year old said that at this point all he wants is a great Spider-Man movie:
"Of course, I would always be honored to play Spider-Man. But I just want the Spider-Man movie to be dope, that’s all I want. I’m leaving it to them. Campaigning’s part of life, but for me, I’ve got a lot of stuff that I’m really excited about, and dropping it all… of course it’d be an honor. But it’s fine, if it comes, if not."
Those still rooting for Glover to don the costume will hang on to his "it'd be an honor" part of his quote as a sign that he's leaving the door open, but it sounds like Glover is putting this whole thing behind him. As fun as it might be to seem him bring a new version of Spider-Man to the big screen, he's clearly not in the age range Marvel is looking at; and if Morales is ever introduced, it will have to be a thespian much younger than Glover to sign on for the industry-standard multi-picture deal.
With the Spider-Man film franchise in such a mess right now (leading to the unprecedented partnership between rival studios), there are going to be those who agree with the overall point of what Glover is saying. Diversity issues aside, right now it doesn't really matter if it's Miles Morales or Peter Parker swinging in the New York City skies. Arguably, the last universally praised Spider-Man movie was Sam Raimi's Spider-Man 2 that came out in 2004. All fans of the wall crawler want to see is for the character to return to movie respectability and reclaim his spot at the top of the superhero totem pole. That's the larger issue.
And ideally, Glover and the countless other Spider-Man supporters will see their wish fulfilled as a result of Marvel and Sony working together. The studios have big plans for one of their most popular and marketable characters, hoping that Peter Parker can be a mainstay in the MCU for years to come. As long as they're successful in accomplishing those goals, we doubt that many will care about the actor behind the mask. We all just want to see a great Spidey flick again, and leaving it to Marvel to work their magic may be the best way to make that a reality.
The Spider-Man reboot will be in theaters July 28, 2017.
Source: Yahoo Movies (via CBM)
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