Welcome Home, Spider-Man

Marvel character’s return to the MCU leaves fan shocked


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The comic character Spiderman has had many movie renditions over the years, the most recent being Spider-man: Far From Home.

For more than 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe has been an extremely popular franchise on the Granite Bay High campus. 

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” grossed more than $880 million. “Spider-Man: Far From Home” grossed $1.1 billion world-wide. 

According to Rotten Tomatoes, Peter Parker is the fourth-most-loved  Avenger, and IGN determined he is the best Marvel superhero of all time.

MCU movies produced by Disney that feature Spider-Man have averaged a rating of 90.25% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In spite of all of this, news came out that Disney had lost Spider-Man’s rights to Sony after a deal gone wrong.

This meant Disney wouldn’t have the rights to produce anything in relation to Spider-Man, and students at both GBHS and across the world were not happy with this.

“I am not OK with the fact that they’re not planning on doing another one, so they better figure it out for my sake. Please,” senior Emma Becker said. “It’s tragic.”

According to Becker, one of the primary reasons why Spider-Man is such a loved character is because he’s relatable, especially to high school students.

“Spider-Man has a young energy, and things are more carefree with him there,” Becker said. “He’s really energetic in a way that none of the other characters are.”

Marvel losing that sort of energy and motivational drive is one of many reasons why losing Spider-Man would be such a big deal. 

Being ranked the No. 1 most popular Marvel hero on Observation Deck, Spider-Man gains most of his adoration from mostly millenials and gen-Z kids. People love him because he brings a young, new, relatable energy to the Avengers.

Aside from his youthful spirit being gone, the question came up as to how Spider-Man leaving would impact the Avengers’ storyline, which is one of the reasons why Disney fought so hard to bring him back to the MCU.

Spider-Man just wouldn’t have been the same to me if he wasn’t in the MCU.

— Emma Hammack

To fans’ relief, on Sept. 26, Marvel announced that Spider-Man had come back to the MCU for good.

After loads of emotion from fans and a personal plea from actor Tom Holland, the rights were worked out and Marvel is set on track to release its next Spider-Man movie in July 2021.

Spider-Man’s unfinished saga is able to continue and bring Disney loads more revenue.

“We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that all the drama’s over,” said senior Brent Evans, a well-known Spidey fan on campus.

Evans is one of many fans happy to no longer have to worry how Sony was going to clean up the mess the negotiations left behind. He’s excited for Spider-Man’s next installment in the MCU.

Evans also explained how “Spider-Man: Far From Home” built a new father-son dynamic between Tony Stark and Peter Parker.

We can all breathe a collective sigh of relief now that all the drama’s over,

— Brent Evans

If Spider-Man had left, the previous four MCU movies would’ve lost a deeply emotional element to them.

“The whole point of the last four movies was a big build-up to the fact that Iron-Man and Captain America are gone (and) Spider-Man is meant to take their place,” sophomore Aidan Dawn said. “I’m really glad he’s back.”

Marvel fans all across the country and at GBHS are able to relax now that their favorite hero is back for good.

Spider-Man fans have already made too deep of a connection to the young character to see him leave now. He’s found his perfect fit in the MCU.

“Spider-Man just wouldn’t have been the same to me,” junior Emma Hammack said, “if he wasn’t in the MCU.”