With the Marvel universe heading to a point where Spider-man becomes a staple character in the larger picture of things, there are reportedly negotiations between Marvel and Sony (who Marvel sold the Spider-man rights to years ago) to get the friendly neighbourhood crime fighter into the upcoming third Captain America film.
The news of the discussions was exposed through some leaked documents that some hackers got their hands on. Included in the latest leak were private emails of Sony Pictures Co-Chairman Amy Pascal.
WSJ reports Pascal told a business partner in an email that Marvel wanted to include Spidey in the highly-anticipated film. Disney CEO Bob Iger was reportedly involved in the discussion, as well.
Comic fans know Spider-Man is a big part of the Civil War storyline in which a government law requires superheroes to reveal their identities. As expected, the law creates a huge divide between superheroes, with Tony Stark/Iron Man going head-to-head with Steve Rogers/Captain America. Spider-Man finds himself caught in the middle of the duo.
Though it won’t be impossible, it will be a challenge for Disney to make the film without the popular Marvel character. The move would have been huge for fans and both studios, especially Sony which is having a tough time re-igniting life into its Spider-Man franchise.
So far, its reboot of the series with Andrew Garfield has not performed as well as its original three films with Tobey Maguire. It was also revealed that it was discussed for Marvel to produce a new trilogy of Spider-Man movies. Sony would have creative control along with marketing and distribution rights.