Sony’s Bug Problem


And while spiders are arachnids, not bugs, bear with me and all come clear.

Spider-Man: Homecoming makes its North American debut today, and some pundits believe that it will ensnare an opening somewhere in the ballpark of $100 million.  If this bears out it would make the movie the fourth of 2017–joining Beauty and the Beast, Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol 2 and Wonder Woman–to reach that milestone.

Though–at least at the moment–Sony only plans to work with Marvel Studios on Homecoming and its sequel, and that’s problematic not only for that reason, but because they’re also planning movies based on Venom, Silver Sable and the Black Cat, all outside the Marvel Cinematic Universe (known as the MCU).

This is a terrible idea because one of the reasons Spider-Man: Honecoming is projected to do as well as it is is because Spider-Man is returning to the MCU, which people are interested in seeing, while Sony’s upcoming movies will likely not have this version of Spider-Man, if any at all.

As I said, it’s a problem because you’re not only taking away the context that Venom currently exists in–which is the MCU–you’re potentially taking away the reason Venom himself exists (the symbiont originally chose to bond with Spider-Man.  Only when it was rejected by him did it turn its attentions to Eddie Brock).

So Venom (as well as Silver Sable, Black Cat and whichever other Spiderverse characters they intend to use) existing outside the MCU is problematic.

Though without Spider-Man?

That’s more than a problem; that’s a disaster for Sony.  For Marvel?

Not so much, especially when you take into account that while they never actually needed Spider-Man he’s back (albeit temporarily) and the MCU version has appeared in Captain America: Civil War and Spider-Man: Homecoming and with three movies on the way (Avengers: Infinity War, an untitled Avengers movie as well as a sequel to Homecoming).

If Sony were smart–or smarter, after all they did have the foresight to cut this deal with Marvel Studios–they would ensure that the Spiderverse remain in the MCU with a deal a similar to that that they reached with Spider-Man (which would probably have Marvel Studios getting a cut of the box office, perhaps in exchange for contributing to the costs of production).

It’s certainly worth a thought.

Sam Jackson: Here To Stay

Samuel Jackson at ComicCon. Image courtesy of Wikipedia.

The New York Times has a fascinating interview with Samuel Jackson, who plays Nick Fury in “The Avengers.”  If you’re unaware of why he’s known as one of the hardest working men in show business, this article should clear that up.

The Times is behind a paywalll, though they do allow you to access ten articles a month for free.

Remember When I Told You Not Leave During ‘Thor’ Credits?

The reason I titled this post ‘Remember When I Told You Not Leave During “Thor” Credits?’ is because I knew that there was an added scene that showed up only after they were done, though I had no idea that people that stayed would get an added bonus beyond the ‘hidden’ scene itself.

That’s that the scene was directed by Joss Whedon!

Who’s Joss Whedon, you might ask?  He created “Buffy, The Vampire Slayer” television series, as well as “Angel,” “Firefly,” “Dollhouse” and wrote screenplays for numerous films, such as “Toy Story,” “Alien: Resurrection” and “Serenity”, and will be directing Marvel’s upcoming “Avengers.”

So–if you stayed till after the credits–you not only got to see a cool intro to an artifact that plays a significant role in the upcoming “Captain America: The First Avenger,” but–unbeknownst to us all–witnessed the directoral chops of Mr. Whedon.

Brian’s ‘Thor’ Review

(Minimal spoilers because I hate reviews that tell you exactly what happens in a film.  If I wanted to know that I would, I don’t know, go see it myself.  I read reviews for an opinion, a perspective, not a blow-by-blow, scene-by-scene examination) 

I went to see “Thor” at the Loews Uptown today, a theater that–if not world-famous–deserves to be.  It premiered yesterday, so today I caught the 1630 showing.  There was a line outside the theater; long but not intimidatingly so.

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