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.

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Marvel’s Daredevil S2:E10 – The Man In The Box

IMG_1990.jpgFor awhile, despite my serious love for everything that was unfolding in Daredevil, I was wondering how they were going to manage to embrace the more fantastical aspects of the Marvel Universe.

In the world that exists in Marvel Televised Universe, the heroes are much more grounded than they are in its cinematic brethren so for awhile I was thinking that those fantastical elements would be gone (or at the very least minimized).

And while a part of me was okay with that, I would have liked to see them here as well.

Though it looks like I might be getting my wish.

As I mentioned a few posts ago, the First Season introduced the idea of a ‘Black Sky’ for a few episodes, then pretty much ignored it, which made me think that it was an abandoned plot thread.

Boy, was I wrong because it’s seriously bearing fruit as we see Daredevil embrace not only the brutally realistic, but the ritualistic and hopefully, the magical as well.

And it might be just me, but it looks like the budget must have gone up significantly because this episode features at least two helicopter shots, and they’re not cheap.