Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tom Holland Should Date Brie Larson, and Team up with Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield (Or "What I Want to See After 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'")

The debut of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War blew me away.  He hasn’t even had his own movie yet, but with just a couple of scenes in Civil War, he has already impressed enough for many to declare – including me – that he’s the best live-action depiction of the character yet.  And this opinion is further being constantly enforced by every new detail being released and announced about next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming.

As a huge Spidey fan, there are a lot of things about the character’s mythos that I would love to have Marvel do in future movies.  However, I have two fantasies – two unlikely and strange fantasies – that I badly want to see happen the most.
The first is…
SPIDER-VERSE!
A few months before Sony and Marvel made the momentous deal that allowed Spider-Man to finally join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, I proposed that Sony should proceed adapting the Spider-Verse storyline as a means to bounce back from the disappointing box office performance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (which I personally liked, though critics panned it).  But now that Spidey is in the MCU, I still prefer Spider-Verse to be adapted above all other classic Spider-Man stories.

The Marvel Cinematic Universe should establish a multiverse in its mythos soon.  DC beat Marvel to the punch of introducing this concept on screen during the sophomore season of The Flash.  But though it was utilized in telling a cool storyline in The Flash, DC hasn’t done something genuinely epic out of it (like Smallville’s Green Arrow meeting the current Green Arrow in Arrow; or Tom Welling showing up to meet whoever’s the Superman in Supergirl; or – much more epic – an Ezra Miller and Grant Gustin Flash team-up).  It would be to Marvel’s advantage if they’re the first ones to create something grand from the multiverse concept.  And I think adapting the Spider-Verse storyline would accomplish that.  Let a Spider-Man movie cater in the concept of alternate universes to the MCU (if Doctor Strange doesn’t do it first – since it seems that other dimensions and realities are going to be touched upon by that movie).
Is there anything greater than seeing the respective Spider-Men of Tobey Maguire, Andrew Garfield, and Tom Holland teaming up on screen?  Letting this wonderful picture simmer in my imagination makes me tremendously excited.

The Spider-Army in Spider-Verse featured hundreds of Spider-characters.  But for a movie version, a small roster is more preferable, but it would still be just as exciting as having an army.  Here’s my ideal Spider-Verse lineup:
  • Tom Holland
  • Andrew Garfield
  • Tobey Maguire.  Being the most mature among them – and the first one – I want him to be depicted as becoming what Peter Parker has turned out to be in the comics, i.e. a rich and successful businessman/inventor, after the events of Spider-Man 3.
  • Emma Stone as Spider-Woman – “Spider-Gwen.”  Introduced during the Spider-Verse event in the comics, this is the Gwen Stacy of an alternate universe where she’s the one bitten instead of Peter Parker.  It’s going to be fun how Garfield’s Spidey will interact with her.
  • Spider-Ham.  CGI, of course. Preferably voiced by Josh Keaton – voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the Spectacular Spider-Man animated series – or Christopher Daniel Barnes – voice of Peter Parker/Spider-Man in the 90’s Spider-Man animated series.
  • I’m already happy to just have this five.  But to also have additional alternate Spider-Men – like Ben Reilly; Miles Morales; Miguel O’Hara; Kaine Parker; and even Spider-Man Noir (my most favorite alternate Spider-Man ever) – in the line-up would be fine, too.

My second fantasy?
I want Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man and Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel to date in the MCU.

Now, I’m not saying that they should become a couple on the big screen.  But I would love to see them reflect the kind of relationship these two characters had in the comics, starting back when Carol still carried the name of Ms. Marvel.  They became somewhat close, but didn’t become a couple.  However, there was some serious romantic tension between them – which I found a lot of fun.

The first hint of it was in 2010’s Siege: Spider-Man
Two years later, in 2012’s Ms. Marvel #34, Spidey finally asks her for a date…
Then in Ms. Marvel #47, the date happened – which was a lot of fun…
After that, there were a couple more instances in which they would hang out, but nothing romantic really came out from it.
Currently, in the comics, Peter and Carol aren’t portrayed to be close anymore.  But I found it a delight when the new Ms. Marvel, Kamala Khan, who is a big fan of Carol Danvers, had a conversation about it…

Anyway, Brie Larson has recently been confirmed for the role of Carol Danvers a.k.a. Captain Marvel – a movie that I’ve long been excited about.
Hail, Captain Marvel.
Larson is seven years older (born 1989) than Tom Holland (born 1996), which is about the same age gap between Carol Danvers and Peter Parker in the comics.  So, it’s just perfect!

Now, I don’t mean that the romantic tension should immediately happen once they meet.  Peter Parker is still going to be in high school in Homecoming, so it’s still somewhat inappropriate at this point.  But a couple of years from now, maybe in Phase 4 or 5, once the character is depicted out of school, I wish it’ll happen between them.  If it does, it’ll probably be the best. Thing. Ever!

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