An unconfirmed bombshell was dropped yesterday when it was reported that Marvel Studios may be in talks with Sony Pictures to bring Spider-Man back into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Badass Digest is reporting that Sony Pictures is considering a few other scenarios for the web slinger that may even include rebooting the character once again.
This new report claims that Sony may use The Sinister Six as a "soft reboot" of the Spider-Man franchise, re-casting Peter Parker as he joins forces with the title villains to "take down a larger threat." The site has also heard that Sony may put Spider-Man on the shelf for "four or five years," to see if they can build franchises out of The Sinister Six or other side characters.
If Sony decides to go with the first scenarios, it seems fans may have seen the last of Andrew Garfield as Peter Parker/Spider-Man after just two movies, 2012's The Amazing Spider-Man and this summer's The Amazing Spider-Man 2. The actor's predecessor, Tobey Maguire, starred in the first three Spider-Man movies, which were all directed by Sam Raimi, before Sony decided to reboot the franchise entirely with The Amazing Spider-Man.
After fans and critics alike responded negatively to The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony pushed the sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 3 to an undetermined date in 2018, while giving writer-director Drew Goddard 's The Sinister Six spin-off its November 11, 2016 release date. We also reported in August that the studio is targeting their Venom spin-off for a 2017 release, but now it seems that project is "functionally dead" once again.
Badass Digest goes on to speculate what many have thought since the failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, that Sony "has no clue what to do next" with this franchise, which could lend credence to the studio engaging in talks with Marvel to possibly take over the franchise.
Would you like to see yet another actor play Peter Parker in The Sinister Six? Or do you think Sony should just hand the franchise back over to Marvel? Chime in with your thoughts below.