Although we still don't know who will play the next “Spider-Man” in Marvel Studio’s coming Sony collaboration, it looks like the name of his first standalone movie has been revealed. Rumors indicate that the title of the 2017 Spidey movie will be – “Spider-Man: The New Avenger.”
It’s worth mentioning from the get-go that this is still just a rumor and must be taken with a grain of salt. The source is an alleged leak from Latino Review entertainment reporter Umberto Gonzalez, who has been a reliable source of information on superhero projects in the past. He says he has unconfirmed reports that Marvel and Sony will introduce their next “Spider-Man” project by leaning heavily on his tie-in with the pre-existing Avengers.
As CinemaBlend notes, it makes sense for Marvel Studios to take this approach with the name as Sam Raimi’s trilogy, starring Tobey Maguire, already took the simple title “Spider-Man” and the Andrew Garfield-led movies took the second-best option - “Amazing Spider-Man.” If the rumors are true, it would fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s previous title scheme established with “Captain America: The First Avenger.”
For those unfamiliar with the recent deal cut between Marvel Studios and Sony, it’s actually quite simple. In short, Sony previously owned the rights to the character but agreed to let him appear in the MCU as long as it was cut in on the creative side in developing the new franchise. To avoid retelling the same origin story explored in both 2002 and 2012, the character will be introduced in a yet-to-be announced MCU film from Phase 3. It is more than likely that this “yet-to-be-announced” film will be the 2016 movie “Captain America: Civil War.”
Not only does the wall-crawler have a major role in the comic book version of this famous plotline, but MCU star Robert Downey Jr. recently teased an appearance bym “Spider-Man” while discussing the movie on “The Late Show.” According to ScreenRant, the 50-year-old actor danced around the topic but said Spider-Man could very well be introduced in the movie.
Speaking of Downey, the “Iron Man” star is rumored to have a very close relationship in the works with whoever Marvel casts to play its new Peter Parker. Many believe that the plot of the 2017 standalone film will include Tony Stark putting the web-slinger through a series of tests to see if he has what it takes to be one of Earth’s mightiest heroes. If this is so, it would also make the alleged title that much more significant as the movie would be less about Spidey’s origins as a hero and more about his origin as an Avenger.
Despite all the rumors and apparent planning behind the scenes, it’s hard to tell if anyone at Sony or Marvel has had any concrete discussions about the future of “Spider-Man” other than figuring out who will play him. Recently the Wrap released a short-list of actors that are allegedly in the final round of talks to play Parker. The list included Nat Wolff, Asa Butterfield, Tom Holland, Timothee Chalamet and Liam James.