Why Spider-Man 3 And The Flash Have Me Concerned About The Future Of Comic Book Movie
If 2020 wasn't a year more in need of a good comic book movie than any that has come before it, then it wouldn't be such a horrible thing that 2020 could be the first year in over a decade without a major comic book blockbuster release. I'm certainly one of those people that is disappointed that I can't go to a theater and watch superheroes kick some butt. It would be a significant benefit to my mental health to be able to do that. Instead, I've had to make due by following the news surrounding all the upcoming comic book movies, because while the release of these films has been delayed, development on movies like the next Spider-Man, The Flash, and The Batman have certainly not stopped.
But now, I have to admit, I'm starting to get a little worried. I've been curious about exactly what the plans for the Flash movie have been since early on – whether or not the movie would deal with the popular Flashpoint storyline has, at various times, been confirmed, before being discredited, but we're back in a period where it seems clear that's the plan. With reports that the new movie will include not only Ben Affleck's Batman, but also Michael Keaton's version from the original series of Batman films, it looks like DC is going to try to go all out and build its entire big-screen history into a single multiverse. Not to be outdone, we're now seeing hints that the Marvel Cinematic Universe (or at least the Sony subsection) is now looking to do something incredibly similar. The recent news that the next Tom Holland-led Spider-Man movie will include Jamie Foxx as Electro is notable primarily because Foxx already played that role in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, a movie entirely separate from the existing Spider-Man universe.
There's certainly still more that we don't know than we do know, but this casting decision could certainly indicate that the plan is to create a live-action "Spider-Verse" where we discover that the various Spider-Man stories we've been watching on the big screen for the last twenty years are all set in alternate universes linked by a greater multiverse (the ultimate plan being to bring the likes of Tom Holland, Andrew Garfield, and Tobey Maguire together in a single movie). While there is certainly a lot to be excited about in that idea, I'm really not sure it's the way to go.
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