Hey, Sony, if you’re looking for a great plot for the new Spider-Man movie coming out in 2017 that ties into the MCU, you guys should do Kraven’s Last Hunt. Since we both know you guys have never read a Spider-Man comic, let me explain the story; Kraven the Hunter defeats Spider-Man, drugs him, and buries him alive. Then he puts on Spidey’s costume and goes out to kill a super villain called Vermin to prove that he’s better than Spider-Man. Eventually we see Spidey burst out of the ground just like in Kill Bill Vol. 2. The thing’s told mainly from Kraven’s perspective and it’s all about how he sees Spider-Man as this force of nature that’s ruining his life. Since Spider-Man stories are always from Peter’s perspective, and the series so heavily focuses on the relatability of the character, it’s an interesting deconstruction to see how Spider-Man is viewed through his enemies eyes. And it has a really dark ending, wherein Kraven finally realizes that Spider-Man is just a normal guy behind the mask, and having lost his immortal tormentor, he no longer has a purpose, and the comic ends with him sticking a shotgun in his mouth. It’s a completely different story archetype from the one we’ve seen over and over again in the last five Spidey movies, and it would give us an interesting and different villain who happens to be a fan favourite. You could also swap out the Vermin role in the comics with the Lizard, and we could see a way cooler version of that character than we got in ASM1. Plus we would get to see him and Kraven fight, and two villains fighting is something really cool we haven’t seen yet in a Spider-Man movie. And since we just saw the Lizard on screen, people already know who he is and we wouldn’t have to set up his origin at all, which would allow him to be featured without requiring too much screentime or focus, which is how you avoid “villain-overload”. The comic version also has a heavy focus on Mary Jane’s struggle with worrying about Peter when he’s out fighting crime, and how she deals with it, which is a really interesting angle on that character that we haven’t seen before in the movies. Also, yeah, we’re starting where MJ already knows who he is, because that’s when she gets interesting, and the whole thing where he keeps being late to stuff and she gets mad at him but he can’t tell her that it was cause he’s Spider-Man is super stale and boring. And again, yes, MJ is the love interest, because not everything has to be exactly like the comics and frankly Gwen Stacy isn’t nearly as interesting of a character. Now, of course I have to bring up the whole Miles Morales thing: Look, I think it would be cool to see Miles Morales in a movie, and I totally get the need to make this new Spidey seem distinct from the last two. But Peter Parker has been Spider-Man for the last fifty years, and we haven’t seen that character done well in a long time. And if we’re setting up Spider-Man in the Marvel universe, we need to see Peter Parker done justice as a character. Having said that, the MCU is clearly planning ahead pretty far into the future, and I think there’s plenty of room for Miles to come later. In ten years, when they need Spider-Man for Avengers 6, and the actor who plays Peter Parker is in his thirties, then we can have him hang up the mask and see Miles Morales become Spider-Man. If they use MM right off the bat now, they not only rob us of a proper interpretation of Peter Parker, but they limit their options for the future of the franchise. So that would be my ideal version of the new Spider-Man movie, but whatever Sony and Marvel end up doing I’m just excited to see a new actor play the character, to see some villains we haven’t seen before, and to hopefully not see the exact same story we’ve seen in every other Spider-Man movie. And also hopefully the Marvel studios involvement will prevent Sony or churning out a nonsensical clusterfuck of irrelevant subplots and poorly written characters. Oh, and also, please hire an actor who’s actually a teenager. Nobody’s buying these 30 year old actors as high school seniors.