Geeks of the Marvel persuasion almost exploded with excitement last year when it was announced that Spider-Man was coming home. Marvel announced a deal with Sony that paved the way for a reboot of the character and integrating him into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Adding to that excitement was the news that Tom Holland’s Peter Parker would debut as Spidey in the upcoming Captain America: Civil War movie. Next year, he will star in his own reboot (the third attempt at giving the character the franchise he deserves) and it may have its title.
Spoiler warning: the title sucks.
In Wednesday’s press release for Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Marvel listed their upcoming slate of movies, including “Spider-Man” for July 7, 2017. Now, excuse us for reading too much into this, but it usually appears as Untitled Spider-Man reboot, so is this change a coincidence or is Marvel trolling the internet, knowing that a lot of people don’t read to the bottom of press releases? So, have they called it just Spider-Man?
If this press release is accurate, then Marvel has decided to give it the same name as the 2002 Tobey Maguire-led movie. We’re not sure how we feel about it. The fifth Bourne movie ended up being called Jason Bourne – where has the imagination gone to in Hollywood?
It’s an odd move, especially considering how Marvel maybe would have wanted to distance themselves from the Sony movies. With that logic, The Amazing Spider-Man was effectively ruled out from day one. However, there are several other adjectives that Marvel could have used, including Spectacular Spider-Man, Sensational Spider-Man, Ultimate Spider-Man and Avenging Spider-Man. The last one is of particular interest because Spidey will presumably meet up with the Avengers in Infinity War.
Spider-Man plain and simple doesn’t exactly capture the imagination.
Anyway, regardless of the title, Tom Holland will swing onto our screens in July 2017 in the film directed by Jon Watts and written by John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.