Cookie/Paul Everitt and Matthew Hurd are, like many of us on Hex, huge fans of many of the films created from the pieces of Marvel’s comic book universes. But what to do they think about this week’s huge announcement? One that will see Spider-Man move back into the creative control of Marvel on the big screen.

Cookie – think of the possibilities

Earlier this week Sony and Marvel Studios confirmed that they had reached a new agreement regarding our favourite, friendly neighbourhood wall crawler. A move that both studios hope will invigorate the dwindling film franchise.

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“How about a film version of Kraven’s Last Hunt?”

The new deal marks a new era of collaboration between the two studios. Marvel will be able to use Spidey in the Marvel Universe, with the new wall crawler making his debut in yet to be confirmed Marvel movie. Bets are on that it will be Captain America: Civil War. Makes perfect sense to be fair.

Spidey will then appear in a new Sony film in 2017. A film which will be set in the Marvel universe and will be worked on by both parties. Yet is this really a good thing? Will it give us the Spidey that everyones been waiting for and what does this mean for the rest of the Marvel films.

Personally I can only see this as huge step in the right direction. Marvel Studios will be able to bring Spidey into the fold – something that personally I’ve been waiting years for. Theres just so much potential for the character in the Marvel universe. Will he appear as an Avenger? Could we see Spider-Man VS The Hulk. Ah the possibilities just go on and on….

Then there’s the Sony side, yet again they may have access to a lot more characters to help build the Spider-Man universe. How about a team up with Dare Devil? KingPin! Need I say more. With Marvel’s help perhaps we can finally see some of the biggest storylines head to the big screen. Would anyone here like to see the Clone Saga appear on the cinema screen. How about a film version of Kraven’s Last Hunt? I could carry on.

For me this is a bold new era that can only bring positives. I could be sceptical and I may be proven wrong – but for me, the future for the Web Crawler on screen is once more alight with a positive glow.

Matthew Hurd – it’s not about what you think it’s about…

There was a time, not all that long ago, when Spider-Man was Marvel’s most famous and most popular character. People who had never picked up a comic in their lives knew and loved him. He had the best cartoons, he had the best toys, and… he had the best movies.

The first Spider-Man film was an explosive cinematic surprise that, alongside the X-Men, paved the way for our current superhero-dominated movie landscape. The second film, a few years later, remains one of the absolute finest examples of the genre. The Spider-Man movies, produced by Sony Pictures, were the gold standard by which all other superhero efforts were judged.

So, when Marvel Comics started a studio and began making movies of their own – a move in no small part inspired by the success of the Spider-Man films – they were at a severe disadvantage. Sony owned the rights to their most popular character, and they were forced to make do with films about Iron Man and Thor and the rest of their second-tier characters. I bet they’d have been desperate for a deal like this back then.

"Marvel had success after wild success, hit after enormous hit..."

“Marvel had success after wild success, hit after enormous hit…”

But then the unthinkable happened. Marvel had success after wild success, hit after enormous hit, and became a powerful enough brand in their own right that they managed to strike gold with a film about a raccoon and a talking tree. Meanwhile, Sony drove Spider-Man into the ground – rebooting and remaking the first movie for no discernible reason, and losing massive amounts of money in the process. The studio is barely holding together, by the sounds of things, and they’ve struck this week’s deal with Marvel to help salvage whatever’s left of the series.

This is a crazy reversal: we’ve reached a point where Spider-Man needs Marvel far more than Marvel needs Spider-Man.

Which, if you think about it, begs the question why Marvel even want him back. Spidey’s films are bleeding money, where Marvel’s are bonafide mega-hits – bringing his brand back into theirs may actually be a liability, financially speaking. So this can’t be about the money; it must be about something else.

Obviously we can’t know for sure (and, obviously, they do still stand to make money from this) but it looks, for all the world, as though Marvel have done this for Spidey himself. As if they want to do right by the character – to tell good stories and get his movies back on track – because they care about their prodigal son and they want him to succeed, whoever technically holds the rights.

For me, that’s the most exciting part of all this: it’s not about money! Marvel have agreed to this huge business deal for creative reasons, not commercial ones. Whatever happens to Spider-Man going forwards, that can only be a good thing.

What do you think of this week’s Spider-Man film news? Let us know in the comments.