Spider-Man/Marvel Movie Crossover, and Other Things That Won't Happen Because Sony Screwed Up

December 10, 2014

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Sony's hacked emails continue to haunt them like so many deals they heartily regret making with Adam Sandler. The latest unflattering news to surface from the leaked documents: that the studio is, unsurprisingly, making very bad decisions when it comes to making films we would want to see. And that's why Spider-Man isn't in a Marvel movie and David Fincher isn't directing Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs movie.

As detailed by the Wall Street Journal, emails we weren't meant to see have revealed that Marvel Studios just this fall proposed two different ways that they and Sony could work together on doing the first worthwhile thing with Spider-Man since 2004.

Just before Halloween, they apparently pitched Sony the idea that Marvel could produce a new Spider-Man trilogy that would still give Sony "creative control, marketing and distribution." The message was, in essence, "Look, you can still own your cool car, and you get to pick the color and everything, but maybe we should drive, because you keep crashing this thing." Naturally, a drunken Sony refused to give away the keys. They're fine!

So, a lucid Marvel pitched that instead they do a crossover event. With the third Captain America movie set to focus on the "Civil War" storyline, the idea was to bring Spider-Man in to that film, potentially bolstering both franchises. This very desirable notion was, too, rejected. Rather than doing something so crowd-pleasing, Sony is said to be holding a "Spidey summit" this January where executives will discuss the future of their sole superhero property. So don't worry, everyone: studio executives are on the case.

On the subject of executives, let's then move on to Sony's chair of their motion picture group, Amy Pascal. Defamer has a lengthy but fairly amusing write-up detailing the many exchanges between her and (mostly) producer Scott Rudin that have led to Aaron Sorkin's Steve Jobs film somehow still not being made. In short, Pascal kept writing very poorly-written emails that insisted David Fincher needs to fulfill Angelina Jolie's dream of being in a Cleopatra film. Rudin, meanwhile, bluntly suggested that Jolie is a "spoiled brat" and that Sony's Cleopatra movie is a pipe dream with no script that will make fools of all of them. Definitely worth a read if you're curious whether or not big-time studio heads send out emails that read, only, "WTF." (They do, it turns out.)

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