That was my first thought when I found out that Spider-Man was (finally!) joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe fold.
Was I surprised? Somewhat. I was somewhat prepared for it, too.
See, I have a friend at work, and she really loves her movies. I mean, she literally budgets her money and time to see certain movies dozens of times. She could spend the day at the movies, watching the same film over and over again, and be content. She heard that the Avengers 2 film was doing reshoots, even though it was pretty late in the cycle for them. She figured it was because Spider-Man was coming to the MCU.
This means a lot to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finally, their flagship character can come out to play, and it should be glorious. This can open up a lot of different things for Marvel, even though they still don’t own the character in this sense. The storytelling opportunities alone should be vital.
Now, Marvel Studios can do Civil War as a better movie. (Personally, I still think this is too fast, but I’m trusting that they can overcome the fact that so far, the only heroes in this film will be Captain America, Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor, Spider-Man, and Black Panther. Maybe War Machine/Iron Patriot. No one else has been established, outside of the Warriors Three and Lady Sif. I personally feel the universe is still too young for this story, but you also have to take the real-life actors and their respective ages into account.
Real life sucks sometimes.
There is no more Andrew Garfield as Spidey, which is a bit of a shame. I liked him. I loved him when placed next to Tobey Maguire. I really hope that we don’t have to go through the origin story again. It’s too many times, especially when they’re so close together with a new actor. Just get it done in the opening credits, and move on with the newest film.
Actually, I don’t think we have to worry about it. Spider-Man will be seen in at least one movie before getting his own, and it would be silly to go back over his origin in his solo outing. It can be glossed over, and then we can get to the business of his adventure.
But daddy’s home. Truly, exciting times are ahead of us.