Published On: Sat, Aug 10th, 2019

MOVIE NEWS: Spidey stays in MCU as ‘Far From Home’ crosses $1 billion, new GI Joe film gets writers

For fans of Marvel, it may come as relief to hear that Spider-Man: Far From Home shot past $1 billion at the global box office, ensuring the popular comic book character will not just be back (that’s obvious), but will remain connected to the overarching Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

Movie Web summarized: “Just as a refresher, Sony still actually owns the rights to Spider-Man and his rather large supporting cast of characters. This includes Venom, which is why the studio was able to produce last year’s movie starring Tom Hardy outside of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, following the relative failure of The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Sony cut a deal with Marvel Studios back in 2015 that allowed for Spidey to appear in the MCU. The precise details of the contract have never been fully revealed, yet we know the deal was complex.”

They, and other sources, cite a newsletter which states that the original deal that was struck contained a stipulation that boils down to, if Spider-Man: Far From Home clears $1 billion at the box office, Marvel Studios would get to oversee a third solo Spider-Man movie. If not, “full control would have reverted back to Sony.”

Well, Far From Home is still going strong (currently landing in the top 5 in the U.S.) with the overall total, headed into this weekend, now at $1.080 billion.

Check out the full review below, but you can expect more Spidey films and connections to your beloved heroes in the MCU.


THR broke the news that Paramount finally moved forward a bit with their G.I. Joe franchise. While they work on Snake-Eyes, Paramount and Hasbro has hired Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec, who wrote the recent Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movies as well as Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol, to write a script for what is described as an ensemble piece.

“One of the characters in the currently untitled project is said to be Chuckles, who has not appeared in the previous Joe movies. While he is not the center of the film, the project is in deep development and things could change…Chuckles is a character from the 1980s line of action figures who first debuted in 1987 and in the beloved Marvel Comics that same year in issue #60. The character is known for his undercover and infiltration work.”

THR also noted that “Appelbaum and Nemec are best know for their television credits, having worked on Alias and as co-creators on a slew of shows such as Life on Mars and Zoo.”

Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock in “GI Joe: Retaliation”

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