Marvel to Run the Spider-Man Show for Sony

When Marvel and Sony decided to join together to reboot Spider-Man, no one really understood how the joint venture is going to work out. Sony owns the movie rights to Spider-Man so Marvel is limited in how it can influence the studio. Or, is it? Recently, Marvel Studios head, Kevin Feige, shed some light on how the two production houses are going to work together to restore the wall-crawler to cinematic greatness.

Basically, Marvel is going to do the heavy lifting and produce the solo Spider-Man film for Sony. What that means is Sony is putting the money up and handling the distribution and Marvel is being “hired” to produce the feature.

Marvel originally wanted the rights back since it felt Sony was ruining the character. Fans like Sam Tabar have found that Sony knew The Amazing Spider-Man films were botch jobs, but was not going to give up the rights to the character. Instead, Sony reached an agreement with Marvel to “share” Spider-Man and help rehab his fallen star. (BTW – While disappointing, The Amazing Spider-Man films did do extremely well at the box office)

Marvel could, if it wished, import its own cinematic characters into the Sony film. Whether or not Marvel actually is going to do that remains to be seen. Truthfully, it would be best to allow Spider-Man to gain his own identity without having to share scenes with other Marvel heroes. Yet, Marvel could bring another hero in for a cameo to help boost the box office – not that doing so would be necessary.

Marvel Interested in Branagh for “Thor: Ragnarok” Director

After the success of 2008’s “Iron Man” resurrected Hollywood’s interest in comic book projects, Marvel Studios dashed to create “Phase 1″ of the MCU. Fans like Brad Reifler know that this led to a second film for Iron Man and solo films for Captain America, Thor, and The Incredible Hulk.

For its Thor film, Marvel bankrolled Kenneth Branagh to direct due to the comic book character’s propensity for speaking in Old English and Branagh’s admiration of Shakespeare’s work. When “Thor: The Dark World” was being developed, Marvel switched to using Alan Taylor, whom had more experience with HBO’s “Game of Thrones” television series. With Taylor’s discontinued involvement with Marvel Studios, Branagh may be returning to the director’s chair for “Thor: Ragnarok.”

While Marvel is interested in rehiring Branagh for their Marvel Cinematic Universe, Branagh has also been offered a shot at 20th Century Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express. This could result in a scheduling conflict and force Marvel to look elsewhere to direct the Odinson’s third solo film.

Kevin Feige, production boss of Marvel Studios, has stated that events within “Ragnarok” will call for sweeping, massive action sequences that will irrevocably change the realm of Asgard. While “Thor” wasn’t a critical winner and Branagh failed to deliver with “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit,” Branagh’s recent success with “Cinderella” and willingness to work with Marvel again favorably points toward Branagh’s return to directing Chris Hemsworth as the Asgardian god of thunder.

Marvel Studios Tweets Congrats to ‘Jurassic World’

Keith Mann just told me that Marvel Studios could have been bitter about ‘Jurassic World’ stealing their box office record. After years of successful films, the studio was thrilled when the original Avengers movie broke box office records for an opening weekend. They managed to hold onto it for about three years. A mere $1.5 million or so gave ‘Jurassic World’ the reigning title.

Instead of bitterness, Kevin Fage, the head of Marvel Studios, extended his congratulations to the Jurassic franchise at Universal studios by tweeting Steven Spielberg, Frank Marshall, Colin Trevorrow, and Chris Pratt.

At this point, ‘Jurassic World’ is the third highest grossing movie of 2015, quite an achievement in its first week. One of the top two movies is the latest Avengers movie, ‘Age of Ultron.’ Chances are pretty good that it will be able to surpass the gross revenues for theatrical run, giving it an edge over two Marvel Studios movies. Congrats need to go back to Fage for taking the high road in acknowledging his biggest competitor.

More on Spider-Man

Spider-Man is getting close to having a director announced. Many people are very anxious to find out more about the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. With Age of Ultron in theaters, many people are eagerly awaiting Marvel Phase III with the promising Captain America: Civil War and the inevitable Spider-Man reboot. In this reboot, Peter Parker is going to be in high school for some time. The character is going to be a younger version of the one that has graced the scene in a couple of incarnations.

Fans at Boraie Development have learned that, as far as the type of story that the new Spider-Man is going to start out with, it is going to be a coming of age story. In this case, as Spider-Man grows, he will figure out his powers.

One other Spider-Man related project is a Spider-Man animated film that is not going to be related to the upcoming reboot. The Spider-Man animated film is going to be created completely by Sony.

This is a very busy time for Spider-Man due to the obsession of fans. Fortunately, this series of Spider-Man films is going to be an on-going series for the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Marvel And DC Take Their Movies In Different Directions

If you are a comic book fan, then you likely fall into one of the two main camps, DC and Marvel. With Avengers: Age of Ultron already out and Batman v Superman coming soon, the ranks of these different views are going to swell. Some of the newcomers will not be fans of the original material and will have only the movie experiences to go by. That is where the main difference will be.

In an article seen here the main differences between the two on screen universes is explored. The Marvel films have all been relatively light hearted. Jokes are cracked by the heros as they go about their duty of saving the world. Every one of them is dedicated to saving lives first and hitting the villain after. Getting the non combatants out of the way so they do not get hurt has prolonged the battles on occasion and even led to the Hulk leaving because he can not control what might happen.

In the DC universe the only thing that there is to go on so far is Man of Steel. This version of Superman was involved in mass destruction across a city with no regard to the people that were still there. Paul Mathieson believes that it is a darker, grittier world where the tone is more serious. In the trailer for the upcoming Batman v Superman film, voice overs at the beginning condemn Superman and the death and destruction that came from his appearance. This seems to be what will inspire Batman to try and take him down.