The year is 2014, and I’ve just left my local movie theater, having seen the best Spider-Man movie ever. To my surprise, the internet would soon be more than happy to tell me how big of an idiot I was for loving Amazing Spider-Man 2 as much as I did. Even as the years past and I fell in love with Tom Holland’s Spider-Man, I continued to be mocked for my thoughts on a movie. After six years of mockery, my time appears to have finally come. If you haven’t been following any of the news for the upcoming still-untitled Spider-Man film, get ready for a wild ride because those folks at Marvel/Sony have got some big plans in store for us. Maybe.
With the recent news that Jamie Fox will be returning to play Electro, yes, that Electro, it got my brain juices flowing. Then, with Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange announcement that he would also be appearing in the film, suddenly, all my Amazing Spider-Man 2 dreams started coming true. I know what you’re thinking. How does Cumberbatch being in the next Spider-Man movie, in any way, give me hope that Andrew Garfield might make an appearance in the MCU?
WHAT WE KNOW
With the upcoming Wandavision show and the even further away Doctor Strange in The Multiverse of Madness movie, we know the multiverse is coming. Now, that doesn’t necessarily mean that everything the good Doctor gets involved with moving forward must be multiverse related. With Jamie Fox returning to play a character he’s already played, though, can’t we all agree that there’s some fun to have here?
Sony has been desperate to make a Sinister Six movie since the days of Amazing Spider-Man. With Vulture, Scorpion, and Mysterio already introduced to the current Spider-Man franchise, we’re only three villains away. Trust me. I know math. What about the other 3, though? Well, we know that there’s a Morbius movie coming, and while that doesn’t mean he’s going to become a member of the team, it does mean, presumably, that Sony has big plans for the character. And while I could mention the upcoming Venom 2 bad guy Carnage, I want to look in another direction.
WHAT WE DON’T KNOW
If I can pretend to know what I’m talking about for just one second, please allow me to dive a little deeper into the unknown. Amazing Spider-Man 2 has three villains, and while I don’t expect to see Rhino running around any MCU cities anytime soon, I think there’s a chance we see the film’s other bad guy, The Green Goblin. That’s right, folks, I’m talking about Dane Dehaan returning as The Goblin and joining the fight. And trust me when I say you better believe my foresight on this one because several non-reputable websites have said this rumor is true.
Dehaan isn’t the only rumored cast member to be returning. With this other rumor, I can finally explain why I think the upcoming Spider-Man movie will also be my long-awaited Amazing Spider-Man 3. Kirsten Dunst is rumored to be returning as Mary Jane. I know what you’re thinking, and you’re right. Mary Jane was the love interest in Tobey Maguire’s Spider-Man. What could this possibly have to do with the Amazing Spider-Man? Well, I suppose I’ve got some good news for you folks who think Maguire movies are superior. It is in my humble opinion that we’re going to see all three Spider-mans… Spider-Men(?) on screen at the same time.
WHAT DOES ALL OF THIS MEAN
Besides building to the eventual Sinister Six movie, what could the potential plot of this “Spider-Verse” movie be? While coming up with this, I kept in mind not to rip off Sony’s other Spider-Verse movie. I think the plot could revolve around Peter Parker meeting Peter Parker and realizing that he’s still happy with Mary Jane while the other Peter Parker that Peter Parker meets is a real sad boy because his love, Gwen Stacy, is dead. This moment will give our modern-day Pete conflict on if he wants to be Spider-Man anymore. Would he rather be happy with his girlfriend or continue being Spider-Man and risk losing her forever.
The problem with some of that is that our boy, Spider-Man, is a wanted criminal. Not only that, the last time we saw Pete, his secret identity was being revealed to the whole world. It’s kind of hard to stop being Spider-Man when everyone knows who you are. What my theory has on its side is that we don’t know how the multiverse works. If Wandavision is any example, the trailer suggests that the Scarlet Witch has created something like a bubble that exists outside of our realm of reality. Could this be what happens in the upcoming Spider-Man? Could parts of New York, along with Spider-Man and his amazing friends, get trapped in some alternate reality bubble? If so, it would allow Pete to avoid having the police chasing after him 24/7. Oh, and don’t even get me started on those old rumors that Daredevil might be in this movie. Sure, those even more recent rumors that Vincent D’onofrio is pushing to be in the film make that old rumor exciting, and sure King Pin showing up in this movie would make a perfect final member for the Sinister Six, but should we dream so big?
No matter what happens, if last year’s news of the MCU nearly losing Spider-Man has taught us anything, it’s that we should appreciate these movies for as long as they’re here. Even if the upcoming Spider-Man movie starts sounding like a jumbled mess, I, for one, am excited to see them try to nail this potentially incredible story.