As a result of recent hacks targeted at Sony, e-mails and information related to their Spider-Man plans have leaked online.
First it became known that Marvel has been in talks to get Spider-Man to be featured in Captain America 3, which was followed by news of Sam Raimi and the Russo Bros. being in contact with Sony about Spider-Man, as well as Marvel’s plans for a new actor.
Now the latest is regarding Jeff Robinov’s ideas for a Spider-Man reboot. Robinov is the former head of WB movies, who is now with Sony. Robinov was in charge when Nolan directed Inception and The Dark Knight Trilogy.
Co-chairman of Sony Pictures, Amy Pascal, had sent Robinov an e-mail stating she doesn’t know what to do and may have to partner with Marvel.
Robinov says that they should definitely make more Spider-Man movies and compares the franchise to James Bond.
To argue that there’s plenty of other superhero movies with levity in the marketplace, so why make more Spider-Man movies, would be akin to saying there’s no room for James Bond films because of all the espionage films and franchises that have come out over the years. There will always be room for this beloved, iconic hero.
Robinov continues with an idea for potential movies ideas, with it noted under the headline: “Rebooting Spider-Man” where first mentioned is a list of directors that could possibly direct:
Brad Bird, Chris Buck & Jennifer Lee (Frozen), Damien Chazelle (Whiplash), Joe Cornish (Attack the Block), Glenn Ficarra & John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love), James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy), Don Hall & Chris Williams (Big Hero 6), Phil Lord & Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie), Joachim Rønning & Espen Sandberg (Kon-Tiki), Colin Trevorrow (Jurassic World), Edgar Wright, and David Yates, of Harry Potter franchise
Next comes Robinov’s first idea for Spider-Man, which is to adapt the Kraven The Last Hunt story:
I might suggest looking at what is widely thought to be the most beloved Spider-Man storyline of all time – “Kraven’s Last Hunt” – which ran across Amazing Spider-Man #293-294, Spectacular Spider-Man #131-132, and Web of Spider-Man #31-32. (In fact, Comic Book Resources polled their readers in 2012, and this storyline was voted as the single greatest Spider-Man storyline of all time.)
In it, Kraven the Hunter tracks down Spider-Man, shoots him repeatedly, and leaves him for dead, buried underground. He then dons a Spider-Man costume and savagely starts attacking criminals.
What makes this story resonate with fans is that it proves it takes more than just the costume to become “Spider-Man.” No matter what he’s wearing, or what predicament he’s facing, Peter Parker is sensitive, passionate, and connected to those he’s interacting with in a very powerful way. It’s not Peter’s powers that make him special – Kraven, and every other superhuman in the Marvel Universe, all have powers. Peter is special because of his values, because of what drives him, because of the lessons he’s learned from Uncle Ben’s death, and because of his love for Mary Jane. I’ve pasted a few pivotal pages from this book so you can see just how intense this storyline is.
We also get to see how Mary Jane deals with Peter’s disappearance, and how she would react if Peter ever died in action.
Robinov also has an idea to go with a Spider-Man who is an adult:
Another side of Spider-Man that might be interesting to explore in a reboot is seeing him as an adult. Spidey hasn’t remained a teenager over the 52 years he’s been around. He’s moved in with his girlfriend, gotten married, and in some storylines, even became a science teacher at a high school.
It might feel fresh to see Peter Parker juggling with adult issues. He’s done so in the comics for decades, and kids still found this fun to read.