We have our Spider-Man.
After the parents finished fighting (Marvel and Sony), we now have our teenaged Spider-Man for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
I trust in Marvel in a way that I don’t trust in Sony or Warner Brothers or Fox. Marvel has only had one movie that didn’t do so hot, and that was The Incredible Hulk. That’s the only misstep that this studio has made, from a fiscal sense. While I wasn’t happy with Iron Man 3, the movie was a fiscal success, and it’s a bit hard to argue with that.
What has Warner Brothers done for us? Superman Returns. Green Lantern. A Superman movie that is the start of their shared universe. While that was a decent movie, there’s a lot to be desired about that film. Superman is supposed to uplift us; this film wasn’t very uplifting.
What has Fox done for us? Two Fantastic Four movies that, while decent, didn’t set the world on fire. The second film just wasn’t that good. I liked the idea—Galactus is always a good idea—but the execution was lacking.
The rebooted FF film is one I’ll be skipping. I just can’t. Maybe I’ll catch it on Netflix or something. I just can’t. There are certain things that are inviolate, and I’m not just talking about a black Johnny Storm. I have to do my part for this film to fail, so that Fox will come to its senses and let Marvel bring the First Family back into the fold.
And Sony? You have to admit, the first two Spider-Man films under Sam Raimi were good films. I’m not a Tobey Maguire fan and I thought his Spider-Man lacked verve, but the films told stories that hit emotional buttons that cannot be ignored. (I ignore and reject the third Spider-Man film, just as I ignore and reject the third Beverly Hills Cop movie. Let’s just put those in a universe of forgotten films.) The rebooted Spider-Man films…Andrew Garfield was good in both roles, and the first movie was pretty good. The second movie…not so much.
Neither of the rebooted Spider-Man films did what Sony wanted in a fiscal sense, and that was the heart of the problem which led to the current partnership between Sony and Marvel.
But Spider-Man is back home. The flagship character is back where he’s supposed to be, and I believe the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be stronger for it. Now to see what the costume looks like.
I trust in Marvel Studios. The DCU, as a shared universe, is in its infancy. While they have ambitious plans, they haven’t proved themselves yet. Marvel has earned my trust.
This should be good.