Hey everybody, I got a really good comment the other day from a reader that was just full of questions, and I thought it would be fun to answer the questions here in a blog post. Hopefully she won’t mind. I am sure if she has questions, other folks out there may have questions as well. Her comment was on my crazy Spider-Man theory post from a little while back. Before we get to her comment, I just want to remind everyone that the post was simply a really crazy theory, and most of the rumors are now panning out to be not true. This was written a month ago, and since that time, it has been clear that Marvel is committed to bringing Peter Parker back to the big screen and they seem to have little interest in Miles Morales appearing in the role. That’s ok, as long as they can make this one stick this time. I just want to answer some of the questions in her comment because I want to show the dots I was connecting in my theory, and why my theory made sense even though it probably is never going to happen.
The comment came in just yesterday, March 28, from a reader named Maryam. I am going to paste her exact comment in this post, and then address her questions. Maryam says:
OMG! This post totally put it into perspective, though I’m not sure Garfield is done. I think they might pull an Avengers on us for the new Captain America movie (when Tony came down from the portal and our poor selves thinking he was dead) or they might do the same thing they did in Captain America Winter Soldier when Nick Fury supposedly “died” to save his cover. [Or maybe by some miracle spidey recovers from the shot. I doubt he would die from a bullet because in all the other spider- man films he dodged bullets with ease. I really don’t think cap would let him die anyway, he’s been shot before and survived… Garfield is an amazing spider-man, so I doubt they’d get rid of him in a movie that isn’t even a spider-man movie… Though I did hear the death of spider-man rumor, I don’t think it will happen, plus tony stark is supposedly in the new captain america, how could spider-man die with those two on his side? Plus how would they incorporate a new spidey without getting rid of the whole previous cast who have contributed so much to the success of the films? And what are the chances of another spider-man just waltzing in another movie if he hasn’t come to help the original sometime in the previous movies… I mean shouldn’t he have been included in the other spider-man movies helping out Peter? Anyway, I hope this comment has been somewhat useful, even though it is really long…
First of all, Maryam, thank you for the comment, I love seeing reader feedback, and the length just shows that you were putting a lot of thought into the comment. I am going to try to address each part of your comment and see if I can answer each of your questions. You first mention that you’re not sure Garfield is done. Unfortunately for all the Andrew Garfield fans out there, he is through being Spider-Man. Sony and Marvel are moving forward with casting a brand new Spider-man and the Spidey we will see in the MCU will be a rebooted Spider-Man. I understand that many folks out there think Garfield was an “Amazing Spider-Man” ( I like what you did there, even if you didn’t mean to do it), but Sony wants to move away from ASM 2, which was a disappointment in a lot of ways.
The rumored death of Peter Parker was going to be a real death, in order to open the door for Mile Morales to step in as Spider-Man. This follows a similar path as the Ultimate Comics version of Spider-Man, although not exactly. In the Ultimate Comics, Peter Parker dies as Spider-Man in a heroic effort to basically save everyone. Part of what ultimately brings him down is a bullet he takes trying to save Captain America. In my theory, I thought it might be cool to combine this with the Civil War storyline, and Pete could take a bullet for Cap, and this leads to his death. Of course in my theory, Toby Maguire would be playing a seasoned Spider-Man. It looks like recent rumors are pointing to a much younger Spider-Man. This still could follow the Ultimate storyline since Peter’s death occurs just after his 16th birthday, so we could still see a Miles Morales Spider-Man in the near future. I doubt it, but this just shows that the young age doesn’t rule out the possibility. I know Spider-Man has dodged bullets in other films, but in this case, he wouldn’t be dodging a bullet as much as protecting someone else.
As far as Iron Man being in the next Captain America movie, it’s true, but don’t think of it as a team up. It is following the Civil War storyline, that, in the comics, put Captain America and Iron Man on opposite sides of a debate over the Super Human Registration Act. That is similar to what is going to happen in the movies, so although they will both be in the movie, they won’t be on the same side, and if Spidey is helping Cap, he won’t be on Iron Man’s side, so the two of them will not be working to protect Spider-Man.
As far as replacing the whole previous cast, that is going to happen as this next Spider-Man, whatever story it ends up following, will be another re-boot. A whole new Peter Parker, a whole new MJ or Gwen, a whole new Aunt May, a whole new everybody. It will be all the characters we know from the previous two versions of Spider-Man, but they will be a completely new cast. That is going to happen regardless of what happens to Peter Parker. The next Spider-Man movie will not be Amazing Spider-Man 3. Maybe The Spectacular Spider-Man?
Having another character just waltz in and take up the Spider-Man Mantle is not unheard of. Miles Morales has done it in the Ultimate Universe. Ben Reilly did it for a while in the mainstream universe. This also happens with other comic book characters all the time. I know usually these characters have a past of helping the main character out, and that’s a fair point, but in the ultimate storyline, Peter Parker and Miles Morales didn’t know each other. Miles takes up the title of Spider-Man in honor of the fallen, dead Spider-Man. It could work It’s not unheard of.
I hope those answers helped to clarify your questions, Maryam. If any of you have any questions about a post, please feel free to ask in the comments section, and I will always try to reply.