As was widely circulated across the Interwebs over the last month or so, Spider-Man was effectively OUT of the MCU after Sony decided to pull the character out of the Marvel Studios stuff and get down to heavy productivity on their own Spider-verse. You might recall that Sony did a total of “5” Spider-Man films with “3” being with Tony Maguire and “2” with Andrew Garfield. The first two Toby films were solid but the third was a ramshackle mess and truth be told, the Andrew Garfield ones were not that compelling at all. Their last effort did so poorly that they planned on doing a Sinister Six and an Aunt May film before returning to a focused Spidey feature. Yeah good luck with that. It wasn’t until Marvel Studios Mastermind Feige presented an idea on integrating Spidey into his original and one true home with a film called “Captain America: Civil War”. It worked very well and showed just how much Spider-Man belonged back where he should be. Two Avengers and two focused Spider-Man films later it seemed all was lost when Sony decided to end the arrangement but fortunately for fans and most likely for Sony’s own pocket, a deal was reached and I’ve secured some official statements.
A statement from Kevin Feige reads: “I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
A statement from Amy Pascal reads: “This is terrific, Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in ‘Far From Home’ and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes.”
Most readers know that Sony has held the license for Spider-Man for a couple of decades and this was signed over to them from Marvel way back in the 90’s when they were dealing with tough times. Sure it might have saved the company from bankrupcy but I never liked this deal because it seemed to give Sony the full control of characters created long after the ink was dry. IMHO that sucks and of course leads to nonsense like this initial division. While Disney will help to co-finance the upcoming third Spider-Man film is a good thing since they will reap some of the profits for their hard work, I am fairly certain that like myself, most fans just want him back under Marvel’s full control. Sure the “Venom” film was entertaining, but it was okay at best and I don’t know a single geek who cares about a non Spider-Man themed “Morbius” film. Sorry Jared, maybe you should have stuck to playing The Joker (only kidding since that was a terrible version of him). Now according to what I’ve been able to connect on this, it will be a one thing at a time sort of arrangement with Disney integrating Spider-Man into select films while Sony continues to build their own thing. I’d like to see him back in full but they aren’t going to let that license go at all so let’s cross our fingers for the best. What do you readers think about this news? Chime in down below in the comments section. See you soon.
Back in July, I shared the nominees for the 45th Annual Saturn Awards and you actually don’t need to refer to that post since I’ve decided to not only list the winning names with this kind of narrative but also those who each honoree went head to head against. I think that it makes this kind of post a little more interesting and since this is a lengthy read, I will get right on down to business. Take a look at who won and who didn’t and know that I shall return at the close with some additional editorial viewpoints. Remember that this is an event curated by The Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Enjoy.
Best Comic-to-Motion Picture Release:
Aquaman (Warner Bros. Pictures) WINNER – Avengers: Endgame (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Avengers: Infinity War (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Captain Marvel (Marvel / Walt Disney Studios)
Shazam! (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Spider-Man: Far From Home (Sony / Marvel Studios)
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (Sony Pictures)
Best Science Fiction Film Release:
Alita: Battle Angel (20th Century Fox)
Jurassic Park: Fallen Kingdom (Universal Pictures) WINNER – Ready Player One (Warner Bros. Pictures)
Solo: A Star Wars Story (Lucasfilm Ltd. / Walt Disney Studios)
Sorry to Bother You (Mirror Releasing – Annapurna Pictures)
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Well my fellow geeks, we’ve done it and helped this grand news happen. After almost three months in theaters, Marvel Studios film “Avengers: Endgame” has become to Highest Grossing Film of All Time with an achievement of $2.789 billion dollars. It’s topped the long-standing “Avatar” film which has held the title since 2009 and had achieved $2.787 billion dollars during its full theatrical run. Now according to my reading, “Avatar” was in the theaters for a lot longer than “Avengers: Endgame” has been so far so who knows if the film will reach the $3 billion dollar mark when all is said and done. Let’s take a look at the main poster, premise and massive casting once more before continuing.
Back in May I shared the Official Trailer for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” and if you missed it just click HERE to be on point. You’re probably already aware of this but with it being a holiday week, you might be preoccupied with other items but that being said the Sony Pictures feature opens today in theaters everywhere. I hope that by now you have seen “Avengers: Endgame” because you’ll need to but if you haven’t you are in luck as they have recently re-released it in select theaters. I discussed that re-opening HERE. At the time of this post that film has brought in a whopping $2.761 billion dollars and is on track to become the highest grossing film of all time. Anyway, so onto “Spider-Man: Far From Home”, the Official Poster is below along with premise and casting. I’ve even added a few other posters for your enjoyment.
Do not adjust your internet feed or monitor screen because you are not at all imagining things. Yes, “Avengers: Endgame” is a film that has already been released and actually just completed its first box-office run on 6/20. The film was nothing short of a blockbuster draw and has brought in $2.751 billion dollars in ticket sales since opening. It is listed as the second highest grossing film of all time, falling short of 2009’s “Avatar” by only $37 million dollars. Today the film is being re-released with additional footage and a bonus scene or two which as you recall were not a part of the first film if you were among the throngs that saw it during the first go round. If you’d like to see any of our posts related to the film so far you can click HERE to peruse them. Please be mindful of the spoilers which might be in some since the films been out for some time already. This run will be limited and not at every movie house you see so check your listings and rally the charge with a hearty #AvengersAssemble