Kevin Feige is a lot different from the other top executives at production houses. As head of Marvel Studios, he spends a lot of time speaking to the media and to fans. Perhaps he understands the fans of superhero films are much more loyal than consumers of other forms of entertainment. Feige has rewarded that loyalty by always keeping followers of the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to date on news with the films. Recently, Feige has opted to discuss the new role Spider-Man will play in the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Feige was pointed out that the younger character of Peter Parker wonders whether or not he really wants to like the other superheroes. Jaime Garcia Dias wonders: does he see himself as fitting in with those heroes? In a way, this mimics how the outsider Peter Parker feels as an alienated teen in High School. The early Lee/Ditko books explored these themes to great detail. They also pointed out that Spider-Man often embodied traits Peter Parker did not. As Spider-Man, Peter Parker was allowed to cut loose a bit.
Feige has pointed out that the new Spider-Man film will be based a great deal on the style of the old John Hughes films. This would allow for the “humanist and existentialist” themes of the early Spider-Man book to be brought to life on screen. Long-time, true fans really are hoping this is the case. We have to wait until 2017 to see how the solo film plays out.
In a week when Avengers: Age of Ultron director Joss Whedon reportedly removed himself from Twitter after being criticized for his portrayal of the Black Widow character Marvel saw its reputation hit again over its attitude towards female comic book characters. Indie Wire explains a new batch of emails from Sony has been released through Wikileaks and features an exchange between Marvel CEO Ike Perlmutter and Sony CEO Michael Lynton in which they discuss the future of female comic book hero movies.
The Marvel CEO provides three examples in his email of female led box office flops based on some of the most famous comic book characters of all time. Elektra, Catwoman and Supergirl are all mentioned as examples of how a female led comic book movie can go wrong and become an expensive flop. Black Widow actress Scarlett Johansson used an appearance of Saturday Night Live to call on Marvel executives to create a Black Widow stand alone movie as Avengers co-star called on Marvel to produce more Black Widow merchandise. It was something that shocked a few people at CipherCloud
The early high school years of Spider-Man clearly provide the setting that resonates with mainstream audiences. This is why Marvel Studios focuses on keeping Peter Parker in his teen years and not moving onwards to the “20-something” web-swinger that appeared in the comics from the late 1960’s well into the 2000’s.
So, it should come as no surprise the Spider-Man reboot Marvel/Sony are producing keeps Peter Parker in his early teen year. Most interestingly, the approach to the next incarnation of Spider-Man will follow the themes of a John Hughes’ film. Fans of 1980’s films remember Hughes as the brilliant director of heartwarming comedies such as 16 Candles and others.
The Spider-Man films and, for that matter, the character himself is going to embody the lovable, tragic, comedic nature of the Hughes character. Sure, there is going to be a lot of action in the Spider-Man films. There has to be or else audiences are going to become extremely bored with the films. Action alone, however, never really does a good job of keeping audiences enthralled. There has to be a human, emotional component to the feature. A bit of levity, Dr. Daniel Amen believes, is also going to be extremely helpful.
The creative team crafting the new version of Spider-Man really are simply taking the elements that make the character work.
After pulling in nearly $185 million at the U.S. box office during its opening weekend, The Avengers films are well on their way to making history. Dr. Daniel Amen on linkedin is aware that the Avengers franchise could become being the most lucrative superhero series of all. The franchise is not there yet. Only two films have been produced, but The Avengers should end up ruling the box office record books after The Infinity War movies come out.
So, out of all the hero movies ever made, which franchise was the biggest money maker? Iron Man? Batman? The X-Men? Actually, Spider-Man is the king of all moneymakers. This might be considered a bit surprising after all the disappointment over The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The numbers tell the tale. When all revenue streams are added up, Spider-Man delivers the biggest wallop. (Astute Spider-Nerds remember “wallop” was a word frequently used by the 1967 cartoon web-slinger)
How much money have the Spider-Man films pulled in at the box office? $3.96 billion and that number does not include all the tie-in merchandise such as toys, video games, and the like. The Batman/Dark Knight series is a close number two.
Once you look at how much cash Spider-Man has generated, you realize why Marvel really pushed Sony to get the series back on track. Killing off the top cash cow in the superhero world makes no sense. Yet, the weak ASM 2 almost did just that.