Chris Pratt worked with Marvel and Children’s Miracle Network Hospital to arrange a special screening of Guardians of the Galaxy for patients, families and staff at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Wednesday. While the movie played, Pratt snuck out and dressed up as his character, Star-Lord. He spent more than three hours in full costume and handed out movie-themed toys. Pratt also visited patients in the Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases, and the Pediatric ICU, as they were too sick to join the movie screening that afternoon.
Pratt spent extra time with one patient, Dylan Prunty, who is a longtime Lego fan and recognized the actor’s voice from The Lego Movie. They spent about 10 minutes reciting different scenes from the film.
I have a suggestion for Sony films. You own the film rights to Spider-Man, you have no intention of selling them, probably ever, back to Marvel Studios. Frankly, Marvel Studios has so many planned films already that even if they got the rights back tomorrow, it would be years before they could plausibly reboot a Spider-Man franchise of their own.
Your first Spider-Man trilogy directed by Sam Raimi, helped start the superhero film industry that gave life to Marvel Studios but it crashed and burned. To this day Spider-Man 3 is synonymous with shitty, overstuffed comic-book movie. Rather than lose the rights or continue with Raimi’s characters, you decided to relaunch a new, more modern Spider-Man. Though The Amazing Spider-Man gave us a new version of it, we were still forced through yet another Spider-Man origin story, once again we had to watch Uncle Ben die. The idea that we’d have to sit through a Marvel Studios origin story for Spider-Man makes me shudder. And while I loved the ASM series much more than most people, it’s no secret that this rebooted series is kinda shit too. ASM1 is riddled with plot holes, and ASM2 tries so hard to build the mystery of Oscorp and the death of Richard Parker that it forgets it’s telling a really compelling story about Spider-Man. Going forward its no surprise that Sony is putting ASM3 on the back-burner to focus instead on their villain series of The Sinister Six and Venom. So, here’s what I suggest:
You have an incredible vision with Marc Webb’s Spider-Man; Andrew Garfield (in my humblest opinion) makes a near perfect Peter Park, he and Emma Stone had some of the best character chemistry in a comic book movie, period. The visuals, the humor, the style, all of it, I think, are a great fit to the modern context of Marvel movies. But, and it’s a pretty big but, you keep making shitty movies. And I’m starting to feel like you’re just going to keep making shitty movies despite everything you have going for: one of the most well-known characters in all of pop-culture, talented actors, and a unique story to tell. So fine, keep the rights to Spider-Man, keep making your millions of dollars while the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Fox’s X-Men Universe, and even the DC Cinematic Universe rake in hundreds of millions to billions of dollars with their films. Fine, keep that up, I don’t really blame you. But for God’s sake, loan him out!
Don’t give Marvel the rights to Spider-Man but let them borrow him once in awhile! The Avengers are having a big giant battle in New York City? Why not have Spider-Man show up and help? Maybe Peter Parker ends up at an internship with Stark Industries, setting up a conflict going forward between Stark and Oscorp. Your cinematic universe kinda blows Sony, give it up. Keep your Spider-Man but join the MCU. It’s whats best for everyone.