One of the biggest shows coming to the new Disney+ streaming service in Hawkeye, a mini-series that sees Jeremy Renner’s titular superhero training a young Kate Bishop to take up his mantle once he retires. Now, we may have confirmation on who will be playing Bishop.
Though it hasn’t been officially confirmed by Marvel Studios, rumors have circulated online that Kate Bishop’s inclusion in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would serve as a launching point for the Young Avengers, which is a team of teenage superheroes that includes Kate Bishop.
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Warning: Spoilers of Avengers: Endgame
Many MCU fans assumed Kate Bishop would appear in Avengers: Endgame when footage of Hawkeye teaching a young girl archery showed up in the trailer, as well as the news that 13 Reasons Why star Katherine Langford was cast in the film in an unconfirmed role. It was later clarified that Langford played a teenage version of Tony Stark’s daughter Morgan (played by Alexandra Rabe) but the scenes she shot were cut.
So Spider-Man is dead, again. He was dusted in Infinity War, he was brought back in Endgame, and stuff happened in Far From Home (you should check out that movie), but now it seems he’s been dusted from the MCU.
But honestly, it was a miracle that the movie rights deal between Disney and Sony even became a reality in the first place.
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Let’s go back in time.
Back in the 90s Marvel was having money troubles. The guys in charge of marketing comics were put in charge of the creative team and made a series of terrible decisions. The most infamous was expanding the Spider-Man: Clone Saga to the point that the original team had all quit by the time it had finished.
That, and with a host of other problems, Marvel needed money or they would go bankrupt.
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Step in Avi Arad. He came up with a plan: Marvel would sell the movie rights to many of their iconic characters. The details of these deals remain murky, but the general formula is this…
StudioX would get the movie rights to CharacterX. If they they didn’t make a movie in X amount of years, then Marvel gets the CharacterX back.
In the case of Spider-Man and his related characters (villains and friends), Sony bought the character under the agreement that they would make a movie featuring the character every five years, otherwise the rights would go back to Marvel.
That’s why Spider-Man was rebooted so soon after Raimi’s Spider-Man 4 was cancelled; if they waited any longer, Sony wouldn’t be able to make a new Spider-Man movie. This is why Marvel started their cinematic universe using ‘B-characters’ such as Iron Man and Captain America.
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Because of these deals, some strange, confusing, and amazing things have happened. For instance, the character of Ego first appeared in a Fantastic Four comic and thus was owned by 20th Century Fox. James Gunn, believing Marvel still owned the character, completed the script for Guardians Vol 2with the character. Thus, Marvel was forced to buy back Ego, which they got fairly easily since 20th Century Fox was making Deadpool. See Deadpool features a character called Negasonic Teenage Warhead who is very different from her comic book counterpart.
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In the comics, Negasonic Teenage Warhead has the power to foresee terrible events. That’s it. The super-creative writers of Deadpool wanted to make her into a living warhead.
But here’s a problem: If 20th Century Fox wants to make drastic changes to a comicbook character, they needed Marvel’s approval. And the last time Marvel signed off on 20th Century Fox making drastic changes to a comicbook character, we got this:
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20th Century Fox was nervous, but so was Marvel. So they struck a deal! 20th Century Fox got Marvel’s approval to change Negasonic and Marvel got the rights to use a planet with a face.
Back to Sony.
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Amazing Spider-Man 2 didn’t do so hot. It made money, but has a 52% on Rotten Tomatoes with an average rating of 5.81/10. Plus, fans weren’t too pleased with the Sinister Six tie-ins, the fact that Harry Osborne believed he was going to die any moment because he has the ‘Osborn curse’ even though his Dad lived to be in his sixties and he’s only in his twenties.
Sony was backed into a corner: everyone knew their Sinister Six movie was probably going to suck and they needed something.
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Well, turns out Kevin Feige was emailing Sony about Amazing Spider-Man 2 before it came out, giving his take and advice on how to improve the movie. Those emails are… weird… to say the least. He basically said everything every critic and fan said after they saw the movie, and Sony ignored him.
What was Sony to do? Remake Spider-Man again? Go ahead with their Sinister Six movie? Make the Aunt May prequel movie?
Luckily, Marvel has always been clamored to get all their characters back and, since this was a time before the Disney/Fox deal was made, they were still thirsty as hell.
They were so eager that Kevin Feige begged Amy Pascal, Chairperson of Sony Pictures Entertainment, to sell him the rights the iconic Marvel character. Wall Street reporter Ben Fritz wrote in his book, The Big Picture: The Fight for the Future of Movies, that:
Ms. Pascal was so offended…that she threw her sandwich at him and told him, only half-jokingly, to ‘get the f*** out.’
Things got better. Instead of everything going to high hell, Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige respectively, struck a deal: Spider-Man would be swapped between the two studios in a total of five movies. He would appear in three movies made by Marvel, and two movies made by Sony.
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To call this deal historic would be an understatement. For reference, Universal Studios owns the rights to a solo-Hulk movie. That’s why Ed Norton’s Incredible Hulk is a Universal movie set in the MCU.
That deal went so well that Marvel and Universal have never worked again. To keep that story short, Universal really wanted Ed Norton and got him under the condition he had script approval. He then changed the Incredible Hulk script once he was cast, and Marvel was scared that if he was cast in an Avengers movie he’d want to change that script too.
Think about that: they cast one guy which made two movies studios hate each other with a passion.
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This Marvel/Sony deal was a match made in heaven.
But there was one condition: Marvel Studios only got 5% of the first dollar box office gross from Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far from Home. In exchange for this low number, they got the merchandising rights to Spider-Man. Heroes are made into toys, and toys bring in most of the money.
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So now we’re in the present day. Spider-Man: Far From Home was a smash hit, Marvel and Sony had to renegotiate. But the times had changed. Amy Pascal left Sony, and Marvel’s parent company, Disney, had bought Fox and gave Marvel back the X-Men and Fantastic Four, and thus wanted a bigger slice of the pie: 50/50 to be exact.
They also wanted to be in charge of the Venomsequels, Morbius, and all other live-action Spider-Man media.
But Sony wanted to keep the deal they had. After all, Marvel would keep the merchandising rights and Disney has become so big they can do anything they want. Sony needs the money, not Disney.
Disney dared Sony to step back. Why would they? Far From Home ends with Spider-Man basically needing the rest of the MCU, so how could they move forward?
But Sony stepped back.
The question now is will any of the studios cave? With headlines like “Sony pulls out of MCU over profit sharing dispute,” it would seem that Sony would be likely to cave. But Sony is right, does Disney/Marvel really need the money? After all, they put a lot of their stock in Spider-Man being the next Iron Man. Granted, Marvel seems to be focusing on more character-centric movies as opposed to overarching-story based movies a la “The Infinity Saga.”
Disney has said that they hope the situation “might change in the future.”
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him—including all their newly added Marvel properties—do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. (1/3)
Disney fans have become numb to the studio reaching milestone after milestone. As Disney continues to grow, develop and produce, it becomes hard to remember that other studios even exist!
With a grossing of $7.67 billion at the box office so far this year, Disney has surpassed the previous record of $7.61 billion in 2016 (also set by Disney…of course).
Disney beat itself at its own game largely due to the release of Avengers: Endgame, which premiered on April 22 and has since become the highest grossing movie of all time, surpassing Avatar, never mind other hits such as Aladdinand Captain Marvel.
With more recent releases, such The Lion Kingand Toy Story 4, that $7.67 billion will surely continue to grow and grow, and we still have five month left this year!
We’ve known for a while now that ‘Avengers Endgame’ was going to get a re-release later this month, but the details have since been unknown. Today, Disney finally lifted the curtain on what we should expect from the re-release.
Marvel took to social media to unveil plans for the re-release. The new version of the film will feature an introduction from directors Joe and Anthony Russo, an unfinished deleted scene, and a sneak peek of Spider-Man: Far From Home before it comes out next week. An exclusive poster will also be given out to those who attend the event.
It’s worth noting that the box office tally for Avengers: Endgame is less than $40 million dollars behind Avatar, the highest grossing movie of all time. Since the release of Endgame, speculation as to whether or not the film will beat James Cameron’s 3-D epic haven’t stopped.
Tickets for the re-release are on sale now. Will this re-release finally push the film over the edge and claim the box office crown? Will you see the Avengers: Endgame re-release?
Avengers: Endgame is one of the biggest films of all time, and it’s certainly one of the most critically acclaimed films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. One aspect of the film that garnered the most acclaim was the uniting of nearly the entire MCU for an all-out battle against Thanos. Despite the immense joy this move brought to die-hard and casual fans alike, not everyone was in agreement.
Apparently, someone wasn’t happy with a few of the characters in the movie. Specifically, the female ones.
NPR reported yesterday that an anonymous “fan” has released an edited version of Endgame called the “defeminized” version. This new edit minimizes the roles of all the female characters in the film… and some, it even removes.
Captain Marvel was cut out of the film entirely. For a “fan,” this anonymous editor is ruthless with the film’s plot; without Captain Marvel, there are also no scenes where she saves Iron Man from space and destroys one of Thanos’ ships in the final battle (both of which are pretty important to the timeline of the film). The scene where all the female superheroes come together, referencing a potential A-Force movie, is conspicuously absent.
Some smaller scenes are also missing, such as the opening scene where Hawkeye trains his daughter in archery, and when Tony Stark talks with Pepper Potts about potentially returning to the team.
Some male scenes were edited as well: Black Panther was removed, as well as any scenes involving two male characters hugging. While that last one doesn’t necessarily move anything plot-relevant, it is a bit baffling.
A deliberate removal of women from a cult classic film, while controversial, is nothing new. When Star Wars: The Last Jedi met with polarizing reception from fans, a “chauvinist cut” appeared online that edited out all the female characters in the movie—reducing the two-and-a-half film to only 45 minutes.
It’s unclear whether or not this film is an elaborate troll, and it may no longer be available online.