troubled production by James Cameron
that never saw the light to the eventual
Tobey Macguire films in the early 2000s,
Spider-Man has remained a Marvel
property but only in comics and licensing,
not in movies.
It was a similar agreement to the one
that Marvel has with Fox Entertainment
regarding X-Men films. Marvel is not even
allowed to use the word “mutants” in their
“cinematic universe” because Fox holds
Until recently, the Marvel-Sony agreement
was working out fairly well for both
parties. Sony was cranking out Spider-Man
films – they had to do so in order to retain
the rights – and Marvel was busy with their
own projects. Sony even had plans to start
their own Spider-Man cinematic universe
with spin-offs and sequels. However, when
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 turned out to
be … well, less than amazing, fans started
to turn on Sony. Criticisms of scripts,
characters and pretty much everything
related to Spidey had pretty much left the
franchise in jeopardy.
But, after the infamous Sony email leak of
2014, all of that began to change.
All of a sudden, word spread that Marvel
was working out a secret agreement with
Sony, one that would give creative control
back to Marvel regarding the character,
but Sony would reap the financial benefits.
Fans rejoiced. Although much of the hype
surrounded the fact that Spider-Man could
finally join the Avengers, the reality is that
people were happy that Marvel – Spidey’s
creators and the ones who truly understand the character – could finally tell his
stories the way they were intended.
Regardless of what you felt of any of the
Spider-Man films, it simply felt awkward
that he remained in the hands of a
company that didn’t seem to care about
him as much as Marvel does. Whereas Sony
merely used him as a franchise machine,
Marvel seems to have a more vested
interest in the character himself. For the
record, I’m also not blind to the fact that
Marvel sees Spidey as a profit-maker.
However, they do genuinely seem to care
about how well his stories are told.
Now, he has come home. Underoos and all.
There is a sense that Spider-Man simply
belongs in the hands of Marvel. In the
hands of Sony, Spidey seemed lost. In an
(almost) prodigal-like narrative, the first-
born has returned to the rejoicing father.
Further, I think that the overwhelmingly
positive response from the fans suggests
that everyone believes that this is what
needed to happen. There’s a recognition
that he will receive better care at home.
It’s a need we all have.
Ultimately, I believe that we all cry out for
home. It’s a spiritual need that’s deeply
embedded in our
our actual homes
that sense of
refuge – some even
do damage to us
physically – but
we remain on our
search until we
makes us feel loved
That sense of hope
can only be found
when we realize
what it means to
be a part of God’s
will be told properly
in the hands of his
creators, so too
do our stories make more sense when we
reconnect with our Creator.
When we experience the love and
wholeness that God offers His children,
we experience what it means to truly come
Now to get myself some underoos….
Louis Moncouyoux (left)
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