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Is Sony Working On A Spider-Man Spinoff Movie Featuring Aunt May?

Posted on 11 November 2014 by William Gatevackes


It’s fairly obvious that Sony wants to parlay their Spider-Man license into a shared universe franchise akin to what Fox is doing with the X-Men characters and Marvel is doing with just about every character they still hold the rights to. Unfortunately, unlike Fox’s mutants and Marvel’s deep IP catalog, there are not a lot of super powered characters in the Spider-Man universe that Sony can build a feature film around. Therefore, it seems only logical that they would try to manufacture a potential film with the characters they already have, even if the characters they have don’t really fit in with the film they are trying to make.

TMarvel_Team-Up_Vol_1_137he latest Sony Spider-Man spin-off possibility comes to us from the seldom reliable Latino Review who are saying that Sony is trying to force Aunt May into her own franchise. Yes, THAT Aunt May.

The website claims the film would feature a younger May and be set in the world of espionage, with May apparently doing the spying.

Now, while this might seem like an outlandish plot, it should be mentioned that in the comic books, Peter Parker’s birth parents were spies and worked for S.H.I.E.L.D.. And if this is true, it still wouldn’t be the most insane plot to feature Aunt May. As seen to the left, she spent time as a herald of Galactus. Granted, that story turned out to be a dream, but maybe Sony should get on the phone with Fox to see if they can borrow the Fantastic Four villain for a film.

Of course, this rumor comes from Latino Review journalist Da7e, who is slightly more reliable than El Mayimbe. But all the potential shared universe rumors that have come out concerning the Spider-Man franchise have the air of corporate brainstorming by Sony. In other words, there are a lot of concepts that appear to be just ideas that were run up a flagpole to see if anyone salutes it than a concrete plan for the future. And since there was no indication in either of the two Amazing Spider-Man films that even remotely hinted that May was a superspy in the 60s, this seems to be a concept that no one in their right mind would salute.

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Posted on 07 May 2009 by William Gatevackes

ryan_reynolds_deadpool_x_men_origins_wolverineX-Men Origins: Wolverine hasn’t even been in theaters a week, but already they are talking about spin-offs and sequels.

Variety is reporting that Fox has begun development in a Deadpool movie as a star vehicle for Ryan Reynolds.

The article makes it seem like the project just sprung up just this week, but the project has been in the pipeline with Reynolds in the lead for years.

Reynolds starred as Wade Wilson, Deadpool’s alter ego, in first half of  Wolverine, putting on a pitch perfect reading as the character from the comic. However, when they character returned during the final act, another actor portrayed the retooled Deadpool (IMDB lists the actor as Scott Adkins).

While Reynolds’ performance  as Wilson was arguably the best part of the film, the actual appearance of Deadpool in the finale was anti-climatic. The character was a hideously scarred mute with little personality. You get the impression that the producers thought fans would be blown away by the character’s power set and not mind that he was dull as a piece of wood. If they do make the spin-off, hopefully they will plug Reynolds into the super-hero role and  build the character up to fit Reynold’s personality.

The above article also mentions that planning has begun on another Wolverine sequel. The plot is rumored to take place in Japan, which sounds like it will follow, at least in part, the Chris Claremont/Frank Miller series we spoke about here.

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