“Spiderman” Could Get a New Villain and the John Hughes Treatment


Right then, Spiderman has been cast, his appearances have been scheduled, and we’ve got a release date for his first solo adventure. Now with all this solid information at our disposal, why don’t we throw it out the window and get into some good old fashioned speculation?

Well we’re in luck, because since young actor Tom Holland was cast as the web-slinger and directors or Jon Watts was reported as taking the helm, Marvel mogul Kevin Feige has taken to the interview circuit.

Screen Rant is reporting that Feige has been speaking not only on the subject of Spiderman, but also plans for the style of the film. A year or so ago this wouldn’t have been much to shout about since Marvel films tended to follow a pretty consistent style and structure. But since the reveal of Ant-Man showed that they’re playing with heist movie elements, the sky is potentially the limit for what we can expect stylistically. Feige seems to agree, according to an interview with Birth Movie Death:

“It’s the soap opera in high school, and those supporting characters, that are interesting. Just as we hadn’t seen a heist movie in a long time, or a shrinking movie in a long time, we haven’t seen a John Hughes movie in a long time. Not that we can make a John Hughes movie – only John Hughes could – but we’re inspired by him, and merging that with the superhero genre in a way we haven’t done before excites us.”

I’m pretty certain no one could have called John Hughes as a possible influence for Spiderman. But is it really so unbelievable? Hughes cut his teeth and sharpened them to razor sharpness on the 80s teen movie, making himself synonymous with youthful emotional indulgence and some pretty serious pouting. And what is the basis for Spiderman if not pubescence in superhuman flux?

While there’s definitely some scope for emotional exploration, we’ve also got some news on villain choices for the new franchise. I say news,  it’s really just Feige saying this:

“Right now we’re interested in seeing villains we haven’t seen before.”

This is a solid move for the studio. With familiar franchises where the audience is already well versed in all the characters, the tried and tested technique is focus on the hero in the first film and use a simpler, less adored villain to test the hero. Batman Begins used Rhas Al Ghul, Iron Man had the Iron Monger, even Star Trek used a Romulan time traveller no one had ever heard of! Then when you know the franchise is solid and safe, use movie number two to introduce some tasty villains.

Well it looks as though Feige is confident in Spiderman‘s chances. How about you?http://screenrant.com/spider-man-reboot-2017-new-villain-john-hughes/

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