If you haven’t seen Avengers: Age of Ultron yet I’m going to give you a quick pro-active spoiler: Spider-Man isn’t in it. We’ve been told that we should expect the wall-crawler’s MCU debut in Captain America: Civil War but that didn’t stop the rumour mill from claiming that he would actually be joining the Avengers now already. Which is not true as many of you probably found out this weekend past. But that’s something that will definitely happen, and maybe even a bit sooner than expected if another rumour is to be believed.
When it was revealed that Drew Goddard (Daredevil, Cabin In the Woods, Cloverfield) would be writing/directing a solo Spider-Man movie in 2018, properly introducing the character after what I am certain will nothing more than a glorified cameo in Civil War, the rumoured title of that solo flick was The Spectacular Spider-Man. That’s a title that’s pulled straight from the comics, and more importantly distances itself from the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. But according to what Latino Review’s Umberto Gonzales is hearing, Marvel be looking to distance themselves from the previous films and establish the context of the new film even more definitively that that.
“Take with the tiniest grain of salt pending further confirmation. I’m being told the working title for the untitled SPIDER-MAN stand alone film is SPIDER-MAN: THE NEW AVENGER Again, it’s Sunday so take with grain pending further confirmation. What do you think of title?”
All stocked up on the sodium chloride? Good! Now let’s look at this objectively. Sure that title is a mouthful and nowhere near as elegant as Spectacular Spider-Man, but it fits in with Captain America: The First Avenger, telling us that Marvel is putting Spidey on the same sort-of social status as Cap. The title also leaves no doubt that this story is not only taking place firmly in the Avengers continuity of the MCU, but that we’re going to see Spider-Man join the team by the end of it i.e. no dicking around on unnecessary origin stories, just straight into the big leagues.
What’s more, when the inevitable sequels are made, it will also help to keep the movie in line with Marvel’s practice of not doing numbered sequels, i.e. Spectacular Spider-Man 2. Now the follow-up flicks could be called Spider-Man: Sins Past or Spider-Man: The Clone Saga (please don’t do any of those, Marvel, I’m begging you!).
With Spider-Man himself not even being cast yet, it’s still very early days in the web-slinger’s MCU life, so like the man said above, take all of this with a grain of salt, even if said man has had a very solid track record as of late when it comes to Marvel news.
Last Updated: April 28, 2015