You May Have Heard that there's a Spider-Man Movie

So, there's a Spider-Man movie coming out. Under ordinary circumstances, this would be cause for much trepidation. Of the five Spider-Man movies released in two batches over the last twenty years, three were pretty awful. And as much as the Yawfle enjoyed the first couple Spider-Man movies, a recent anticipatory rewatch revealed that they haven't aged well. Yet as poor as Sony's track record has been, the Marvel Cinematic Universe performance has been unbelievable. Of the fifteen MCU movies released to date, only one sucked and several were truly excellent - and not just in a 'that's the Citizen Kane of ensemble superhero movies' sense.

The first reactions on twitter have been uniformly positive. Entertainment Weekly collected a sample, and if these people aren't completely high, we might be in for more Spider-Man awesome than we probably deserve.

Over the last few weeks, there's been a steady drip of leaks regarding Spider-Man's place in the MCU. Back when the first hints that Spidey would be released from his purgatory in Sony and move to the sunlit uplands of the Marvel cinematic universe, there was some confusion about how integral Spider-Man would be to the MCU. Would this be an occasional guest appearance - like we saw in Captain America: Civil War? That turns out not to be the case.

The only MCU movie that actually has a set release date after Avengers 4 is the Spider-Man sequel. Kevin Fiege told io9:

“So much happens in [the 3rd and 4th Avengers movies], as you can imagine, and so much is affected by it that we felt what better person to hold your hand and lead you into the next incarnation of the MCU, in a grounded, realistic manner, than Peter Parker?” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige told io9. “So, coming out two months after Untitled Avengers, [that’s what] much of what the next Spider-Man film will be about.”

“It was purposefully done like this,” Feige continued. “Like how the events of Captain America: Civil War impacted Peter as he was dropped off by Tony and expected to go back to continue his sophomore year, how the hell are the events of Infinity War and Untitled [Avengers] going to affect him as he, yes, goes back to his junior year?”

Appearances in both upcoming Avengers movies, centerpiece to Marvel's phase 4 and two more solo movies - that's not a Stan Lee cameo. (Though apparently the web slinger did have his own cameo in Iron Man 2.)

If Marvel does right by Spider-Man - and early indications are that they did just that - perhaps for Spider-Man, the third time is the charm.

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