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With the current hype about the casting (rumours) related to Spider-Man 3 being one of the hottest topics around the Internet, we have decided to dwell into that issue ourselves and explain how the hype is even possible, based on the fact that the production studios have done so many changes and reboots of one of the most popular comic book franchises ever. So, why do they keep changing Spider-Men? Keep reading to find out!
The main reason is, of course, profit. Sony owns the right to the Spider-Man franchise and when each series reached its end, it is understandable that Sony wanted to keep cashing in on their valuable asset, which is why they kept revitalising the character and changing the actor.
Marvel Comics is a comic book publishing company founded in 1939 under the name Timely Comics. Timely Comics changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Along with its chief rival, DC Comics, Marvel Comics is the biggest and most important mainstream comic book publisher in the United States.
Marvel has, along with DC Comics, contributed to the development of American comics, specializing in the superhero genre. Stan Lee, Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby are just some of the pivotal writers who’ve helped shape the style and universes of Marvel Comics.
Throughout the years, Marvel has created several pivotal superhero characters and has launched successful franchises such as the Avengers, X-Men and Guardians of the Galaxy, all of which have been adapted into movies, TV shows and video games.
Some of the most famous Marvel Comics heroes are Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Black Widow, Wolverine, Professor X, Storm, Cyclops, Jean Grey; but, the franchise also includes famous supervillains such as Thanos, Apocalypse, Galactus, Loki, Magneto, the Mandarin, Doctor Octopus, the Green Goblin, Venom and others.
Now that we’ve given you a short introduction, let us discuss the topic of this article in more detail.
Why do they keep changing Spider-Man actors?
The history of Spider-Man movies is a rather interesting one. The company that owns the rights to the franchise is Sony and not Marvel, as it is the case with most other Marvel Comics characters. Sony started its take on Spider-Man back in 2002 when Sam Raimi’s first film starring Tobey Maguire hit theatres.
The movie was a success and two sequels followed almost immediately, with Spider-Man 3 being somewhat of a letdown when compared to the first two movies, but was still a commercial success for Sony. This is why the studio ordered the fourth movie, but Sam Raimi was not satisfied with any of the proposed storylines and was aware that he could not meet the deadline put forward by Sony, so the project was ultimately scrapped.
This, of course, was not the end for Spider-Man as Sony wanted to cash in on its lucrative aspect. Five years after Sam Raimi’s last movie, The Amazing Spider-Man hit theatres. Marc Webb was hired to direct, while Andrew Garfield replaced Maguire in the titular role.
The new series was a complete reboot of the franchise, changing everything and was completely unrelated to Raimi’s trilogy. Despite a more than lukewarm reception, the franchise never really earned as much as Sony expected, so the executives decided to end it after just two movies.
In the meantime, Marvel Studios’ MCU became a global hit and it was rather strange to see a large Marvel cinematic universe without Marvel’s most popular character.
Disney, who owns Marvel, tried to buy the rights from Sony, but was not successful, so the two studios reached an agreement – Sony would retain the rights to the franchise, but Spider-Man was given a spot in the MCU.
This is why Tom Holland appeared in Captain America: Civil War and all the subsequent films, while still being Sony’s asset; Sony also developed a standalone Venom movie, which is connected to Holland’s Spider-Man, despite not being part of the MCU.
In short, the executives are to blame for us having so many Spider-Men on screen.
Why has Spider-Man been rebooted so many times?
The answer to this question is intrinsically tied to the previous section. The franchise has been rebooted because the studio executives wanted to use the lucrative potential of the character, while not wanting to repeat itself. This is why after one series’ ending, they rebooted everything and gave the whole franchise and its familiar characters a fresh look.
More precisely, Andrew Garfield was brought in because Raimi left the project and it made no sense to continue the franchise after so many years have passed. Tom Holland, on the other hand, was brought in after Garfield was fired because the new series never became as popular and as lucrative as the executives wanted.
How long is Tom Holland going to last? We have no clue, but based on the recent rumours that Marvel and Sony extended their Spider-Man deal, we assume that he is going to last longer than his forerunners in the role.
How many Spider-Men are there in the comic books?
As far as the comic books are concerned, the existence of multiple Spider-Men is really not that strange, and we’re not even talking about the more than a hundred alternative versions that are not part of Earth-616, Marvel’s primary universe. Even Earth-616 has had several characters don Spider-Man’s costume, and we are going to give you a short list of these articles before we conclude today’s article:
- Peter Parker, the original Spider-Man
- Ben Reilly, a clone of Peter Parker who was also the Scarlet Spider
- Brian Kornfield, also known as Spider-X
- Mac Gargan, more famous for being Venom, but also posed as Spider-Man
- Mattie Franklin, J. Jonah Jameson’s niece who temporarily replaced Peter Parker
- Anansi, the very first Spider-Man (according to legends)
- Ai Apaec, actually a deity
- Otto Octavius, who swapped bodies with Peter Parker to become Superior Spider-Man
- Miles Morales, Peter Parker’s most famous successor
And that’s it for today. We hope you had fun reading this and that we helped solve this dilemma for you. See you next time and don’t forget to follow us!