Holland’s Spider-Man is a success

Blake Faith

Spider-Man from my childhood to now has been my favorite superhero. So, when I found out that Sony took full ownership of Spider-Man again because of disagreements on Wednesday afternoon, I was disappointed. Most of the reason behind my disappointment is how Sony has handled “Spider-Man” since its ownership in the late ’90s, and that the newest movie is beyond worthy of a sequel.

Sony purchased the right to Spider-Man in the late ’90s. At the time, Marvel was in a financial downward spiral and they were selling movie rights in order to make more money.

In 2002, we see the first of three Spider-Man actors in Tobey Maguire. At the time, Maguire was considered by most to be older than what Peter Parker and Spider-Man were depicted in the comic books.

Nevertheless Maguire, along with director Sam Raimi, made three Spider-Man movies from 2002 to 2007. After the last movie, Spider-Man went away for a few years. As a kid, that left me crushed, because Maguire’s Spider-Man could not be duplicated and he was the best.

Part of the deal with Sony was they would have to produce a new Spider-Man movie every few years in order to keep their ownership.

In 2012, Andrew Garfield was casted in “The Amazing Spider-Man.” Garfield, along with Emma Stone, starred in two movies and most fans think that Garfield was the worst actor of the three there have been. I agree with the majority on the feelings of Garfield as Spider-Man.

In 2016, “Captain America Civil War” was released and we finally saw the new Spider-Man in Tom Holland.  I was skeptical when Spider-Man was introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. After watching Garfield, my only hope was that Holland would be able to surpass him off the bat.

Holland has yet to disappoint me. Even though his age is a factor to being too young, Holland and Marvel have used that to their advantage. The advantage is as each generation grows and changes, they have linked Holland’s Spider-Man to present day teenagers to young adults.

From “Iron Man” until “Endgame,” there has not been a Marvel movie that has not done well in the box office. The biggest reason behind that is Kevin Fiege. While Spider-Man was Sony’s property and Marvel was Disney’s, Siege and Sony worked out a deal in order to bring Spider-Man into the MCU.

In the four years of Spider-Man in the MCU, Spider-Man himself has appeared in five Marvel movies including two individual ones. MCU has rebuilt Spider-Man since 2015. Fans have fallen in love with Holland after these movies, and everyone on social media has already feared that there will be a new Spider-Man.

I have watched every Spider-Man movie and after “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Holland replaced Maguire as the best Spider-Man, which was hard for me to accept.

If you have not seen the newest movie, it focuses on the relationship Tony Stark and Peter Parker had. After Stark’s death, Captain America’s departure and Thor’s departure from Earth, Parker is now the leader of the Avengers at a young age. As the movie progresses, Parker’s development is crucial to the movie and Marvel fans.

As I am disappointed in the disagreement, I still have hope that it can be settled. Whether it is Sony or Marvel running the show, I feel Holland and the direction of Spider-Man will still bring box office money home. In the end, entertainment is a business where money comes first.


Blake Faith is a senior journalism major. He can be reached at 581-2812 or at [email protected]