The information coming out of the Sony leak may be terrible for the studio (and for poor Adam Sandler), but for the rest of us, it’s a fascinating glimpse into the inner workings of an especially struggling studio.
Nothing represents Sony’s struggle in the movie business more than its Spider-Man franchise. Rebooted only a few years after the Sam Raimi trilogy, Sony’s most lucrative property shows signs of wear with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone’s The Amazing Spider-Man movies. After the relative failure of the second film, things are up in the air with regard to the future of the franchise.
But thanks to the Sony leak, we do know some of the plans they tried to execute, chief among them to have Spider-Man appear in the Civil War sequel of Captain America, as the character had in the comic series. Talks between Sony and Marvel, however, eventually broke down (too bad. It might’ve provoked brand new interest in the character).
There was also talk of another reboot of the series, with yet another new trilogy, although this one would’ve been produced by Marvel, with Sony maintaining “creative control, marketing and distribution” (and what does that leave Marvel with, exactly? No wonder those talks broke down).
Also of interest, Sony attempted to get Sam Raimi — the director of the original trilogy — back into the fold, either as a director or a producer, which suggests that the company doesn’t have a lot of faith in Marc Webb (I TOLD YOU TO STAY AWAY FROM THIS, WEBB!)
Meanwhile, The Sinister Six, The Amazing Spider-Man 3, Venom: Carnage and a potential spin-off featuring a female lead are all up in the air. Apparently, Sony plans a “summit” in January to figure out the future of Spider-Man.
Another intriguing possibility on tap, however, is an animated Spider-Man film from Chris Lord and Phil Miller (21 Jump Street, The LEGO Movie. If anyone can save Spider-Man, it’s those dudes.