Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last week and change, you know Sony Pictures was recently hit by a major cyber attack, the origins of which remain unknown. In what’s being reported as an unprecedented data theft that includes social security numbers, salaries, film screeners and emails, over the last few days, the party(s) responsible has been slowly releasing various pieces of information its collected off Sony servers. Up until now, it hasn’t been anything of interest to most of us average nerds, but a new piece of intel has caused a massive stir we couldn’t have imagined.
In a new set of emails that were summarized by The Wall Street Journal, it would appear as early as October, Marvel and Sony were in talks to bring Spider-Man to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Explained the outlet, “the e-mails reveal extensive discussions between executives at Sony and Marvel owner Walt Disney, all the way up to their respective chief executives Kaz Hirai and Robert Iger
“In an Oct. 30 e-mail, Sony Pictures president Doug Belgrad tells Ms. Pascal about a potential scenario that would see Marvel produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies while Sony retains ‘creative control, marketing and distribution.’
“In a separate e-mail, Ms. Pascal tells a business partner that Marvel wanted to include Spider-Man in its planned third Captain America movie.”
The report goes on to explain that, according to sources close to the matter, talks eventually broke down between the studios, thus leading Sony to plan a “Spidey summit” in January that would include talk of “an animated Spider-Man comedy that would be produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord, the team behind 22 Jump Street and The Lego Movie, as well as previously disclosed Spider-Man spin-offs focused on villain team Sinister Six, super-foe Venom, and women from the webslinger’s life.” In addition, there’s also indication Pascal had communication with Sam Raimi about having the Evil Dead creator return to possibly produce and/or direct the franchise.
Okay, got all that? Good, because we’re still wrapping our minds around it.
Some of the items, such as Marvel wanting to include the webslinger in Captain America: Civil War make sense because the character’s such an important part to the original comic book storyline. However, other bits such as the “animated comedy” throw us for a complete loop. This wouldn’t be another TV series, those rights belong to Marvel, this would be a straight-up animated feature, and that blows our minds, especially when the prospect of Lord & Miller being involved is added into the mix.
It’s insane to think about how close we apparently were to seeing Spider-Man back where he belongs on the silver screen. But, sadly, the Hollywood gods were not shining down on Peter Parker this year.
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