Earlier this week, a rumor surfaced that a proposed deal between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios to share the Spider-Man movie rights is still on the table, after it was believed to be dead. If this co-production deal is finalized, Marvel and Sony will split production costs 60/40, with Sony still retaining distribution rights but allowing Marvel to use the character in their films, such as Captain America: Civil War. Today we have new details from Latino Review, who claim that if this moves forward, Marvel has no plans to bring back The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 star Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker.
Marvel wants to retain full creative control over any new Spider-Man movie, and the rumors of an Aunt May spin-off and a all-female Spider-Man spin-off were plans that Marvel already knew about and reportedly "severely disliked." Marvel reportedly doesn't want any part of the original Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, or Marc Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man movies, and they plan to completely ignore those five films. Instead of the well-worn origin story, Marvel's Spider-Man movies would reportedly begin with Peter Parker already living a dual life as a student and superhero. The focus will reportedly be on the difficulties of teenage life, with the romance aspect, a major part of the first five movies, being downgraded to a side story, not the primary focus.
There is no word on if or when this deal may be finalized, but plans to include Spidey in the first Phase Three movie, Captain America: Civil War, is, "still a distinct possibility," but as of now, it isn't happening. The script by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely is already said to be locked down. Of course, if Sony and Marvel do happen to come to an agreement in the near future, that all could change.
The proposed removal of Andrew Garfield as the webbed wonder is reportedly a major issue for Sony's Amy Pascal, although, in the wake of the Sony Pictures hack, which has severely angered the Sony parent company, her position is said to be considerably weaker. Do you think Marvel and Sony will eventually come to terms, paving the way for Spider-Man to swing in to the Marvel Cinematic Universe? Right now, this should all be considered rumor. Neither Marvel, Disney nor Sony have confirmed or commented on any of this information. Chime in with your thoughts below.