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CBMB: Is Spider-Man Coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe?

By Muuka Muyumba

In a story from HitFix, the entertainment site posits that Marvel has put every film studio on tilt, especially those with comic book superhero properties. Marvel is rumored to set plans for Avengers 3 that are very different than anyone expected up until now. The speculation began with Devin Faraci at Badass Digest suggesting that Marvel does not plan to use any of its currently known roster of Avengers in the threequel. Faraci posed the idea that Marvel is planning Avengers 3 as the springboard to something else that is still unknown. Faraci is reporting that Marvel is going to use their biggest characters in that unknown project and keeping them out of Avengers 3.

Drew McWeeny at HitFix believes that Warners, Fox and Sony are scrambling to catch up with Marvel, which is not news, but is made more complicated when you analyze each situation. Most notably, McWeeny believes that Sony is pushing hardest to have involvement with the MCU in an effort to spur a new level of interest in their franchise wall-crawler.

Warners appears to have a plan, but that’s only long after Christopher Nolan announced that he was ending his relationship with Warners after The Dark Knight Rises was another smash for the Batman franchise. Man of Steel come out the next summer (2013) and was a $600 million hit that director Zack Snyder willed into a connected universe. Now they have begun production on Batman v Superman and have announced that the film ushers in the Dawn of Justice. They have pressure to succeed with Dawn of Justice, but less than Sony and Fox as those sutdios must continuously work up their characters to stave off Marvel reclaiming access to the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and Spider-Man.

Fox got off to a great start this past summer with X-Men: Days of Future Past crushing the box office with $750 million worldwide. They have also jumped up the franchise by pushing ahead with X-Men: Apocalypse, another Wolverine movie, Deadpool, and a probable TV project. Simon Kinberg recently affirmed these plans saying “[t]here’s definitely places that we would each and all like to explore in future movies and we think about it and talk about it, but really like you say the focus is fully on making this a great movie to justify future films.”

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Kinberg continued this notion of a greater connected universe when offering “[t]here’s definitely a sort of overall plan that we’ve all been talking about for the X-Men universe now, and Deadpool obviously fits into that. So yeah, I guess I would say it’s part of certainly an overall timeline and thought process that goes into these films, some of which is inspired by the comics and some which is inspired by seeing what Marvel’s done with telling a larger tapestry and linking all those movies together, even as they stand independently as well. The same kind of thought is going to go into these X-Men movies at Fox.”

So clearly, Fox has a plan that does not involve Marvel Studios despite Fantastic Four rumors to the contrary. Sony, on the other hand, taking things in a different direction, according to McWeeny who says he’s hearing that there are some very cool Spider-Man plans being discussed that would help Sony refocus after scoring the worst domestic take of the Spidey-verse. McWeeny offered that what he’s heard is that Marvel wants to be able to play with all of their characters, and is working diligently to make this happen on a corporate level.

So is it possible that Andrew Garfield could have his dream come true before the powerful Hugh Jackman’s gets his wish?

No matter what happens with Spidey, all these other studios know that they are playing from behind. Marvel could potentially hold the Guardians of the Galaxy out of the current MCU timeline based on the incredible success of the first film. Guardians still has yet to open in China which could stretch its record-breaking box office run to near $800 million worldwide. Although there is is a clear connection between Guardians and the rest of the MCU, Marvel could now stretch the Infinity Gauntlet saga out past Avengers 3 or allow them to be the sole focus of the threequel.

However, how great would be for Spider-Man to share quips with Tony Stark and StarLord during their combat with Thanos?