CBMB: Sony Hacks Reveal that Marvel Tried (and Failed) to Get Spider-Man in Civil War | FanboysInc

CBMB: Sony Hacks Reveal that Marvel Tried (and Failed) to Get Spider-Man in Civil War

By Muuka Muyumba

If you haven’t been monitoring social media or major news outlets of late, then you probably don’t know that Sony (Pictures) has been under cyber-attack by hackers who have released scads of ‘private’ e-mails from Sony executive accounts. There has been some journalistic debate over whether to review and report on these e-mails which show that Sony executives can be demeaning, cut-throat, and penny-pinching, but as some have pointed out, who didn’t already think that about movie execs.

While many speculate wildly that North Korea had something to do with the leak in anticipation of the release of Seth Rogen and James Franco’s The Interview, a much more reasonable chorus has been piping up that Sony just laid off about 250 employees despite profits of close to $500 million on a movie slate that was a $1 billion investment. A more likely culprit is a pissed-off former IT staffmember who now has to look for work 3 weeks before Christmas.

For fanboys and girls, the biggest bit of news to be revealed is that Marvel indeed tried hard to get Spider-Man into their cinematic universe beyond having a producing credit on Sony’s film. E-mails reveal that Marvel Studios tried to get Spider-Man to appear in Captain America: Civil War through extensive discussions between executives at Sony and Marvel owner Walt Disney, all the way up to their respective chief executives Kaz Hirai and Robert Iger. As of now, Marvel Studios has positioned The Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in-between Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.) and Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) at the heart of the controversy in Civil War, as opposed to Spidey, which is in-line with the comic source material.

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But, the revelations didn’t stop there: in an Oct. 30 e-mail, Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad tells another Sony’s motion picture chief Amy Pascal about a potential scenario that would see Marvel produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains “creative control, marketing and distribution.” This idea is music to the ears of many fanboys, especially in the wake of the dismal Amazing Spider-Man 2, but the proposal never came to fruition.

The talks with Marvel eventually broke down and Sony is now planning to go ahead with its own Spider-Man slate, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal report. As of late November, executives were planning a “Spidey summit” for January to discuss future plans, like a Chris Miller and Phil Lord (The Lego Movie) animated Spider-Man comedy, the Venom spin-off, The Sinister Six, and a potential spin-off of female Spider-Man characters.

So, we could have experienced an Earth-shattering alliance back in October when Marvel announced its Phase 3 that could have included Spider-Man in Civil War, as well as potential solo Marvel Studios-led Spider-Man films!

Does this report make you cry as much as it does me? Do you believe that Sony would ever reconsider its position on Marvel and Spider-Man in the wake of the leaked e-mails?