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The Door Is Closed on the Spider-Man Deal, OR IS IT?

“For the moment the door is closed,” Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra said during Variety’s Entertainment and Technology Summit Thursday, so that’s that on Spider-Man returning to the MCU.

OR IS IT?

According to Comic Book Movie writer and reviewer Mikey Sutton, Sony is making these kinds of announcements to put pressure on Disney so that the company settles with a lesser agreement.

 

 

Despite previous reports that Disney wanted to go from 5% of the first dollar box office gross of all Spider-Man movies to a 50% of the first dollar box office gross (in addition to keeping 100% of the merchandising rights), they actually wanted to jump from 5% to 25%. This new deal would apply to new Spider-Man-related characters that would be folded in the MCU, such as Venom and Morbius.

Sony instead wanted to keep the original deal.

 

Spider-Man: What the f---!

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Talks fell through, the news broke, and now  Sony Pictures chairman is saying “the deal is closed”. But he didn’t actually say that, did he? No, he said “[f]or the moment the door is closed”, for the moment being a key phrase here.

 

Disney buys Fox

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According to Mikey Sutton this is a mere tactic called “The Takeaway,” a move commonly practiced in the business sector. Remember how after reports came flooding in that Disney was buying Fox, the deal was apparently called off? Then, a few weeks later, the deal has been signed.

Previously, Sony blamed Disney purchasing of Fox on the deal going through, putting down a statement that claimed that “the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him [Feige] – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own”.

 

Iron Boy

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That statement stunk of lies, after all Spider is the crown jewel of Marvel and the MCU has put plenty of stock into him leading the MCU a la Tony Stark/Iron Man.

This new tactic, ideally, is to make Disney desperate in this effort to get Spider-Man back into the MCU. It also serves as a PR stunt in case the deal does not go through, effectively saving them from looking like the bad guys.

 

 

The problem is that this tactic seems to have backfired.

 

 

 

 

If the door is truly now permanently closed, Sony seems to have shot themselves in the foot. While Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse enthralled moviegoers everywhere, their previous efforts without Marvel have done, well, not great. Spider-Man 3 and the two Amazing Spider-Man and Amazing Spider-Man 2 films proved that Sony was struggling with the character.

That means they are 3-3 with pleasing audiences with this character.

Can they earn back audience trust? For now, I’ll leave you with the words of senior media analyst at Comscore, Paul Dergarabedian

 

“The emotions are running very high, particularly with the fans, and words matter very much”

 

 

 

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Spider-Man Leaving the MCU!?!

Peter Parker has spent two whole movies (plus two features in Avengers movies and one Captain America: Civil War) proving himself to be worthy to be a part of the team. He gained the trust and stole the heart of their ringleader (rip) all to be left out once again because two multi billion dollar companies could not reach an agreement.

 

Kevin Feige

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Sony and Marvel originally had a peace deal where they would co-produce Spider-Man films because Sony has the rights to the character and its counterparts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige has taken the lead on directing Spider-Man’s two introductory movies, Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home, which established Peter’s relationship with the Avengers. Now that Sony will produce the next two Spider-Man films, Peter can longer speak of or interact with any characters in the MCU. This means no more mourning of “Mr. Stark,” no more parallels between the young hero and his mentor and no more hilarious instances where Peter grows to learn more and more about each member of the MCU.

 

Spider-Man and MJ

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The good news is we still get to see Tom Holland shine in the role he was born to play. The bad news is we won’t get to see him guest star in any other Marvel movies or hear him speak about his past fighting as a member of the Avengers. Hopefully, this means more screen time for MJ and Peter’s budding romance and another Jake Gyllenhaal cameo.

 

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Tom Holland’s Dad Writes How He Feels About Son’s Fame

Our (current) friendly neighborhood Spider-Man, Tom Holland, is not the first member of his family to dream about being in the limelight. His dad, Dominic Holland, is an award-winning English comedian with his own BBC radio show. Despite Dominic’s success, nothing can compete to scoring billions at the box office and playing one of the most iconic characters in comic book history.

 

Dominc and Tom Holland

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It’s hard to beat Marvel fame standards, so when the Twitter-sphere gained knowledge of Mr. Holland’s 2017 novel about his son’s success, critics were quick to think he envied and even resented his son’s quick rise to fame.

 

Eclipsed

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Eclipsed: Turns out Spider-Man Does Have a Dad is one of Holland’s three published novels. It pokes fun at the common dream to make it big in Hollywood. Specifically, it “attacks” his son for being able to achieve fame so much quicker and wider than his own. Most parents want their children to reach for their goals and achieve greatness, but not if it means overtaking them in their own field.

It’s safe to say, Dominic never expected his son to be the next Spider-Man, even after he achieved early success dancing on London’s West End.

 

 

Yet despite rumors and the above summary, Holland’s book remains comedic and light, adhering to his career in comedy. It’s a satire.

When all is said and done, Dominic Holland is unbelievably proud of his son…even if he does wish sometimes it was his face on those movie posters and lunch boxes.

 

Dominic joking with Tom Holland

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Tom even wrote the forward for the book, dispelling any thoughts of bad blood between the two. In the end, how could you not be proud of your web-slinger son who has somehow swung his way into millions and millions of our hearts?

 

 

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Is ‘Spider-Man 4’ Coming to the World of Comics?

It looks like Marvel might be doing what DC should have done: making a comic based on an un-produced movie.

For those unaware, DC comics infamously turned down a pitch by Joe Quinones and Kate Leth, who had the idea of a comic book version of Time Burton’s Batman 3, the nearly-made sequel where Robin Williams might have been the Riddler and Billy Dee Williams would certainly have been Two-Face.

 

Time Burton's Batman 3

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In case you don’t know, Billy Dee Williams only signed on to play Harvey Dent in an extended cameo in Tim Burton’s Batman because he was suppose to later play Two-Face. One of the many early drafts of Batman Returns had Harvey Dent helping out the Penguin before Selina Kyle’s Catman electrocuted him, giving him his scars, but Harvey Dent was written out and replaced by Christopher Walken’s Max Shreck, who instead died after Selina Kyle jammed a taser in his mouth while pulling on electrical wires.

 

Dead Shreck

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The pitch was rejected and many fans (such as myself) were upset. However, Marvel recently tweeted THIS on Sunday morning with the hashtag “#MarvelComics.” No other information has been made available.

 

 

Could this mean we’re getting a comic book version of Sam Riami’s Spider-Man 4?

In case you don’t know, Riami wanted to have Sandman and Harry Osborne’s Green Goblin as the villains in Spider-Man 3, but Sony wanted him to add Venom. He did, the film came out and, well…

 

In a podcast, Riami had this to say about the film:

Raimi: [But] directors don’t like to talk about their bad films.

Hardwick: I don’t think that “bad” is the right word.

Raimi: Awful!

 

As a result, Raimi “wanted to make Spider-Man 4 to end on a very high note, the best Spider-Man of them all“.

While no plot synopsis or script was ever revealed, stuff has floated around the internet. Notably, in 2016, concept artist Jeffrey Henderson shared some pretty awesome storyboard art  and in a followup interview revealed that the idea for Spider-Man 4’s opening was to show Tobey Maguire’s Spidey going up against not only a Bruce Campbell-portrayed Mysterio, but C and D-list villains like Shocker, The Prowler and Rhino. He elaborated:

We had kicked around the idea of beginning the film with a montage of C and D- list villains that we knew would never be used as main antagonists. Mysterio, The Shocker, The Prowler, the old school- onsie- wearing version of The Rhino, etc. We thought it would be a lot of fun.

So the opening was going to have Spider-Man catching C and D-list villains like Shocker, The Prowler and Rhino before capping it off with this?

 

 

Spider-Man bringing Mysterio into a police station

Mysterio's helmet popping off

Bruce Campbell as Mysterio

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Bruce Campbell as Mysterio! Not the announcer, bouncer, and snooty waiter from the previous films! As a side note, would they ever acknowledged that Mysterio gave Spider-Man his name?

 

Bruce campbell as in Spiderman

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Without this, we would be watching the Human-Spider series!

The main villain would have been Vulture! Raimi was eyeing John Malkovich “Malkovich Malkovich” for the role, who looks scary as heck:

 

John Malkovich as Vulture

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Felicia Hardy was also set to make an appearance and would have put on a costume, but she wouldn’t have adopted her infamous Black Cat persona from the comics. Instead, she would have become… The Vultress!

I don’t know what to think of that, but to be fair, I don’t even know how any of this would have panned out. It sounds like the passion was there though, so what happened?

Sony wanted to have Dylan Baker as Curt Connors, a minor character in the previous films, to finally become The Lizard!

To be brief, Raimi was getting Spider-Man “three villains proved too many” 3 and told Sony:

I don’t want to make a movie that is less than great, so I think we shouldn’t make this picture. Go ahead with your reboot, which you’ve been planning anyway.’ And [then Sony co-chairman] Amy Pascal said, ‘Thank you. Thank you for not wasting the studio’s money, and I appreciate your candor.’ So we left on the best of terms, both of us trying to do the best thing for fans, the good name of Spider-Man, and Sony Studios.

Sony did reboot the franchise, calling it The Amazing Spider-Man and having the The Lizard be the main villain in a plot where he wanted to turn everyone in New York into a lizard.

Recently, Micheal “I’m-Batman-not-John-Malkovich” Keaton appeared as the Vulture in Spider-Man Homecoming, proving that a white guy in a bird suit could be scary.

 

 

Michael Keaton as The Vulture

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Chills!

But maybe we’re overthinking this. Maybe this Tweet is about a Spider-Man/Fantastic-Four crossover. But for now I have my hopes and dreams that one day we’ll see some of the early plot lines for this movie…

 

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Did You Catch THAT Surprising Cameo on ‘Game of Thrones’?

Well, did you?

It was a quick blink-and-you’ll-miss it cameo, but it’s there. Here’s a hint: It’s somewhere in the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere. I’ll give a minute to go back and watch it.

 

Kid watching TV

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Nothing huh? Okay, I’ll give you a hint. Actually, since I’m feeling generous, I’ll give you two hints. Okay?

Number One: It’s in the scene where Theon Greyjoy meets up with Yara again.

Number Two: There are actually TWO surprise cameos. Yes, you read that right. TWO CAMEOS on the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere that you might have missed, and they are both in the scene where Theon Greyjoy meets up with Yara again.

 

Kid watching TV too close

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Many eagle-eyed fans noticed something my blind eyes ever could see on their own: both Rob McElhenney and Martin Starr showing up when Theon Greyjoy (Alfie Allen) attempted to rescue his sister Yara (Gemma Whelan) from a ship captained by their uncle Euron (Pilou Asbæk). They took to Twitter to voice their observations, showing graphic images with it.

 

Not going there

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Don’t know who Rob McElhenney and Martin Starr are?

 

'Mac', It's Always Sunny

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Rob McElhenney most infamous role was as ‘Mac’ on fX/FXX’s It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, the puppy-dogged human who announces almost every episode with his signature, “I’ve got news” before saying what is most likely the dumbest plan imaginable.

 

Martin Starr

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Martin Starr is known for his apathetic and sardonic when portraying Bertram Gilfoyle on Silicon Valley, another HBO show, as well as starting out his career as Bill on cult classic show Freaks and Geeks. The HBO headliner also had a role in Spider-Man: Homecoming as Mr. Harrington, head of Midtown School of Science and Technology’s Academic Decathlon Team who strangely let Peter Parker back on the team much to Flash Thompson’s chagrin.

Martin Starr has stayed quiet about his appearance, but in true It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia fashion ,McElhenney is, of course, the loudmouth. Sounding off on Twitter and Instagram, McElhenney not only confirmed his cameo but picked out a screenshot of him which, of course, grabbed our attention since its a glory close up of his severely injured eye after Theon’s desperate escape.

 

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Yep, I know I said I wouldn’t show this image, and I didn’t show it. Rob McElhenney did.

But I digress.

So this begs the question: Will Rob McElhenney return to Game of Thrones? Well, hate to the bearer of bad news that you probably already know, but…

 

In the vein of reminders you don’t need, here you go:

 

During the Red Wedding, people died

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Martin Starr also got an arrow in the face directly after Rob McElhenney. Now, seeing as he’s on another HBO show it should be obvious where the showrunners of Game of Thrones, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss,  met him, but how did they meet Rob McElhenney? Where did this nonexistent feud start?

 

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss

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Well, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, are credited with guess writing It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s episode Flowers for Charlie which was the eighth episode of Season Nine.

The pair also appeared in Season Twelve episode 2 The Gang Goes to a Water Park. They were credited as “bored lifeguards”.

 

David Benioff and D.B. Weiss as 'bored lifeguards'

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Guess they found a way to circumvent their boredom…

 

 

 

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