I don’t have much time these days to blog, but with last night’s news about Spiderman synching with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I just had to weigh in.
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This news has set the Internet on fire today. I’ve read everything from commentaries to speculation. I’ve been keeping up with all of the news on the MCU. So, here’s how I would make Spiderman, because let’s face it, this is the third time they’re beginning a Spidey film franchise. This one needs to stand out. Ready, here goes…
Start with an established hero. No more origin. Everyone knows Peter Parker was bitten by a magical sciency spider. Let’s move on. Established hero. Established villains. Of course, you need J. Jonah Jameson. Parker can work for the Bugle.
For the villains, we keep the classics. Two of Pete’s biggest foes. The man to fight: Doc Ock. The man behind the man: Norman Osborne. No goblin. Don’t try to make too many villains cram into one movie. But no reason not to establish Norman now. Make Doc Ock a straight-up villain this time, not mind-controlled by the AI in his mechanical arms. What was that crap, Raimi?
Here’s where the film gets interesting. Spidey is now in the MCU. The MCU film that comes out before this one…anyone?…Dr. Strange. Early reports are already saying that Strange will open up the MCU to alternate planes of existence and new realities. Probably will introduce us to the Reality stone, which is one of the Infinity Gems.
That’s why you don’t need Osborne as the Goblin. You have conflict enough with two Spidermen. They spend the first half of the movie at odds. Then they team up at the end. Just as they’re starting to get along, something happens. Superior Spiderman style, Otto and Pete switch minds and Morales takes out Ock (which is really Peter).
Post-credits stinger: Spider-Gwen slips through an opened portal. While in this reality, Peter is older, Spider-Gwen can still be young. Sony has the freedom to bring Emma Stone back. Give Gwen her own spin-off movie, since Sony has allegedly been wanting to do a female-led hero flick. She can frenemy Black Cat and they can hunt down Scorpion together.
This leads into the follow up movie, one that Sony apparently has no plans to pull the plug on: The Sinister Six. Superior Spiderman leads a group of villains: Vulture, Shocker, Mysterio, Scorpion, & Black Cat. Their mission is to steal the Venom symbiote from SHIELD (maybe Hydra) for Osborne. Eddie Brock’s time has come and gone. We’ll get passing mention that Brock is doing time.
Flash Thompson returns home from his tour. He’s special forces. Since Flash is Spidey’s biggest fan, he can’t believe that Spidey has gone dark-side, and he follows them. Morales shows up. In the skirmish, Mac Gargan, Scorpion, takes the symbiote for himself. He goes a little crazy. Black Cat can defect to help Morales and Flash. In the end, we end up with Flash in the symbiote. Although Otto is able to recover a piece of the symbiote.
The cap on the trilogy is that Osborne takes blood from Superior Spiderman, combines it with the Venom Symbiote, maybe some alternate form of Cap’s Super Soldier Serum, or Gamma Rays, or Extremis, and tries to make himself the most powerful, giving us the monstrous, Ultimate version of Green Goblin. Miles Morales is left to fight him on his own. That is, until Superior Spiderman realizes the monster he created and teams up with Morales to stop him. After which, Parker is taken into custody, presumably by a newly formed SHIELD, and Morales is left to be the sole Spiderman.
With Flash now as Agent Venom, he gets his own movie. He can fight Carnage, because let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to see that happen?
Obviously, I’m not making these movies. I’m not a filmmaker, I’m a novelist. I have no affiliation with Sony or Marvel, apart from my undying, nerdist, fanboy love for Marvel and the MCU. If you have any comments, I would love to hear them below. Also, check back often. This is my first post. I will have plenty more to say on the matter.