The only Avengers book I’ve been reading regularly since the end of Secret Wars is All-New All-Different Avengers. That is mostly because of the presence of Miles Morales. (I read Uncanny Avengers for about 5 minutes before Peter Parker/Spider-Man left the team.) And much like I mentioned in my Spider-Women Alpha review, I’m a sucker for crossovers, especially those that interrupt my regular monthly readings with tie-ins. As such, I’ve been reading the Avengers Standoff event. Some spoilers and thoughts on the latest chapter, Uncanny Avengers #8, after the break.
Legacy heroes are nothing new. DC has practically built their whole universe around it when they revived a few of their Golden Age heroes as new Silver Age versions with new names, looks, and in some case, powers. Marvel hasn’t done it quite so often, but there have been a couple cases. The big problem with a legacy hero, where the superhero name can be passed along to a successor, is that sooner or later the original–or at least best known version of that character–returns and takes the mantle back. This can occur no matter how popular the new guy is, though the new guy may stick around for other reasons.
Dan Ketch, the Ghost Rider of the 90s, was not one of those new guys who got to stick around.
The offices of Gabbing Geek are pretty giddy about the announcement about a deal between Marvel and Sony to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. The short version (as I’m sure if you’re like me you’ve read 800 articles about it last night and today) is that Spidey will appear in an upcoming MCU film (which we’ll assume is Captain America 3: Civil War) before starring in his next solo film in 2017. Geekdom has been praying for this since the disaster that was Amazing Spider-Man 2, the announcement that Cap 3 would be Civil War, and the abundance of the “where’s there’s smoke there’s fire” rumors about Spidey coming back to Marvel over the last few months.
Having him make his deput in Civil War makes all types of sense. “How can you make Civil War without Spider-Man?” has been a battle cry of many. No doubt he was a major player and as Tom Kelly alluded to in his Problems with Civil War write up just yesterday, the affects of Civil War are still being felt throughout the Spider-Verse.
But what aspects of Peter Parker’s life during Civil War will get translated to the big screen? I’m not in complete agreement with sitemate Ryan Garcia who thinks that Civil War is a complete headfake, and I think with the addition of Spidey, we get closer to it being an adaptation than ever. But I do think it will only be a component of Cap 3, not the main story. I think having Spidey opens up more avenues for them, but the whole point of the Civil War comic was
to make as much money as possible to have heroes squaring off against each other. And I think for the most part, the whole build up in the cinematic Civil War will be so that Cap can wipe that smug look off Tony Stark’s face.