Amazing Spider-Week continues as we examine the future of the Spidey Cinematic Universe (SCU) following the events of The Amazing Spider-Man 2. There be SPOILERS ahead...
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 might not have had as successful of a weekend as recent superhero smash Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but it still made enough money around the world to not derail any of Sony’s plans for their Spider-Man universe. So today we will provide heavy speculation about those those plans, and what we can expect to see in the developing SCU.
The next Spidey film will be The Amazing Spider-Man 3, which was announced along with the 4th sequel last year. Slated for a 2016 release, the plot of the third film is obviously still a mystery, but we do know a few things. Oscorp has no shortage of potential supervillains to introduce to the franchise, Gwen Stacy is dead, and Peter Parker is back in the webs and presumably better than ever.
What we can expect is a new love interest for Andrew Garfield’s Peter Parker, which may seem a little too soon for those still reeling from Gwen’s inevitable death. However, with both Felicia Hardy and Mary Jane in the SCU (Shailene Woodley’s scenes as MJ were cut from the film), chances are Spidey will be back in the dating pool sooner rather than later. Personally we are hoping to see more of Felicity Jones, this time as the Black Cat, which would present an interesting relationship dynamic that we haven’t seen in the Spidey films yet.
As for villains, Marc Webb has been fairly vocal about who he wants to see the web-slinger take on next: Kraven the Hunter. Kraven is a villain who has a unique place in the Spider-Man mythos, and features in a number of storylines that would translate well to film, particularly ‘Kraven’s Last Hunt.’ Of course, when thinking of including Kraven in the film, our fanboy mind also includes his half-brother Dmitri Smerdyakov AKA The Chameleon.
One of the Sinister Six teases we discussed in our easter egg examination was either pointing towards Mysterio or the Chameleon, but we are placing our bets on the Chameleon. Especially considering the curious case of The Man in the Black Suit who pops up suspiciously in a few key scenes of TASM2, played by Louis Cancelmi and credited only as, you guessed it, Man in the Black Suit. Makes sense to us that the Chameleon – a master spy who can change his appearance – might have been on the scene stealing corporate secrets or even the tech that will allow him to become the Chameleon. It’s a shot in the dark, but it might be a close one.
Let’s move on to the Sinister Six, whose ranks will have filled up considerably over the first few films, if our assumptions are correct for The Amazing Spider-Man 3. With the Rhino and Green Goblin already introduced, the Vulture and Doctor Octopus tech teased, and the presumed inclusion of both Kraven and Chameleon, that makes for a huge rogues gallery to work from, especially when adding Lizard and Electro to the mix. We don’t know a lot about Sinister Six, but that hasn’t stopped us from speculating.
We do know that Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods) has been tapped to write and direct Sinister Six, who is also executive producer and writer of Marvel’s Daredevil on Netflix. The final lineup obviously isn’t announced, but the film has been rumored as a redemption story, which opens a few interesting avenues for the film to take. Could Jamie Foxx’s Electro return in a less villainous role, seeking to move from jilted hero-worshipper to hero himself? Sandman is another member of the Six who has moved between hero and villain as well, maybe that character would be rebooted in the SCU for Sinister Six? It’s still a little too early to tell, considering we don’t even have a release date for the film yet.
Which brings us to The Amazing Spider-Man 4 in 2018, which we obviously know even less about than TASM3 or Sinister Six. However, considering that there has already been a Venom spin-off movie announced, it stands to reason that we would see the story of the symbiote play out further in the Spidey films. Webb and crew could of course try and shoehorn it into the third movie, but we all know how that turns out. With the characters of the Sinister Six taking center stage in both the second and presumably third films, it looks like it might be a while before we see Venom on screen, which is a good thing. The symbiote saga can be a fantastic story if given a chance, so we’re hoping 2018 will be the year for Venom.
If the viral marketing stories released by the Daily Bugle Tumblr are to be considered as a part of the SCU canon, then we know that both Eddie Brock and Cletus Kasady are around. Brock is a reporter for the Daily Bugle, and Kasady is a convicted mass murderer. In the comics, Brock is the first character to become Venom, following Parker’s rejection of the alien symbiote, and we would expect that the spin-off film would be based on the Eddie Brock version of the character.
Brock originally started as a villain with a hate on for Spider-Man, but eventually became a sort of anti-hero with his own villains. One of those villains, who he occasionally teamed up with Spider-man to fight, is Carnage. The Carnage symbiote is the offspring of the Venom symbiote, which bonds with mass murderer Kasady to become one of the craziest and most deadly villains in Spidey’s villain roster. Carnage is a character that fans have been dying to see on screen, and would make the perfect villain for Eddie Brock to face off with in his own film.
Of course, that’s assuming it is Eddie Brock as Venom, and not the current wearer of the symbiote, Flash Thompson. Flash Thompson is better known now as Agent Venom, and has been a member of the Avengers and recently joined up with the Guardians of the Galaxy. While it might be a stretch to see this version of Venom on the big screen, we do already have a Flash in the SCU, with Chris Zylka playing the character in The Amazing Spider-Man.
Fans have also been wondering what the far future holds for the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe, when the time comes that Andrew Garfield will no longer be playing the role of Peter Parker. Obviously the Spidey films are no stranger to recasts and reboots, but a lot of fans are aware of an alternative option. In the Ultimate universe, Peter Parker was killed in his final battle with Green Goblin (Norman Osborn). However, the role of Spider-Man was soon taken over by Miles Morales, who has grown into the role and is easily one of the most popular characters of the Ultimate universe, which the Amazing films have heavily drawn from.
Morales, who is of black-hispanic descent, has even been mentioned by Andrew Garfield as a possible replacement when he leaves, though the producers of the film have stated that Morales won’t feature into the cinematic universe at all, which is disappointing. Avi Arad further explained:
“The one thing you cannot do, when you have a phenomena [sic] that has stood the test of time, you have to be true to the real character inside – who is Peter Parker? What are the biggest effects on his life? Then you can draw in time, and you can consider today’s world in many ways. But to have multiple ones… I don’t know if you remember, but Marvel tried it. And it was almost the end of Spider-Man.”
This is a reference to the Clone Saga of the ’90s, although fans of Morales can certainly agree that having two Spider-Men is not a bad thing, especially when Peter Parker is out of the picture. Alas, we will just have to settle for a few more years of Garfield as Parker, which even haters of the movie can probably agree is a good thing.
What are your thoughts on the future of the Spider-Man Cinematic Universe? Who do you want to see on the Sinister Six or as Venom? Would you be interested in seeing Miles Morales take over the webs in future Spidey movies? Sound off on the GEEK Facebook page or in the comments below!
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