I expect you’ve all heard about the Sony hacks, and the latest information revealed [well, as long as you trust it] concerns….of course…superheroes! Namely, our favourite webslinger, or not as the case may be if, like me, you weren’t too fond of the Amazing Spider-Man movies. There’s already been rumours about Sony talking with Marvel to get the character to appear in Captain America: Civil War, a possible animated movie by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and Marvel’s desire to recast Andrew Garfield. Now a few more details have been leaked.
First up, The Daily Beast found an 8 page document dated November 13, 2014 on how to reboot Spider-Man. In it, the point is made that they don’t need to redo the origin story again, citing James Bond as an example of the fact that audiences will recognize the character without the origin. The author of the document then goes on to list a group of filmmakers he felt would be great to direct a reboot, these being Brad Bird, Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee, Damien Chazelle, Joe Cornish, Glenn Ficarra & John Requa, James Gunn, Don Hall & Chris Williams, Phil Lord & Chris Miller, Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg, Colin Trevorrow, Edgar Wright, and David Yates. Then the document suggests two different possible stories. First is an adaptation of Kraven’s Last Hunt, a 1987 storyline that ran in Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132 and Web of Spider-Man #31-32. It’s considered one of the best stories in the character’s history. The other is to catch up with Spider-Man as an adult, after he’s been the character for years and everyone is used to his presence.
Another set of leaks….yes there’s more….were acquired by Mashable, and showed that a deal for Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci to write The Amazing Spider-Man 3 was shelved [thank goodness for that!], and that the chairman of Sony Amy Pascal seemed very open to the idea of Spider-Man appearing in Captain America: Civil War, but had a long laundry list of questions that would need to be answered before that took place. The leaked emails also confirmed that they’re very much still considering Venom, Sinister Six, a female starred movie, the animated movie and bringing back Garfield.
My personal view is that they shouldn’t have even bothered ‘rebooting’ Spider-Man after Spider-Man 3. It was far too soon for a remake [which turned out to be pretty redundant] and it would have been better if they’d just carried on the series with, if they wanted, a different director, writer and star. Nobody minds 007 changing actors every now and again. It is good news that they don’t intend to do the origin story again and it does sound like something interesting could emerge from these new plans…but obviously there’s a lot more discussion still to be had.