Originally posted at Comicbook.com
While relatively little is known about the Spider-Man spin-off at this point, what is known that it is slated to hit theaters in November 2016 and the story revolving around the six super villains is one of redemption.
They aren’t the only ones in need of redemption.
Since the infamous cyberhack late last year, Sony Pictures has been doing major damage control. Among the skeletons unearthed in the leaked emails were the racist personal attacks against black celebrities such as Denzel Washington, Will Smith, his children and President Obama.
The future of the Spider-Man franchise has been in question following the poor performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2 and actor Andrew Garfield being removed from the eponymous role.
These situations present Sony with a great opportunity.
While Sinister Six is reportedly aimed to provide a soft reboot to the film series, the reality is that we don’t need another Peter Parker story.
We’ve had five films and one reboot around Parker in a relatively short amount of time.
Sam Raimi’s trilogy with Tobey Maguire as Spidey was excellent and arguably one of the best comic book adaptations to date. Amazing Spider-Man while decent, was in large part a rehash of Raimi’s work. While that would work for one film, it wouldn’t sustain a franchise, as was witnessed in Amazing Spider-Man 2.
Introducing Miles Morales would allow for the reboot in reintroducing the superhero Spider-Man but without retreading the same ground yet again with Parker’s origins.
More than that, Sony would receive some positive buzz and interest for providing some much needed diversity in the comic book film genre.
It’s no secret that some of the most highly anticipated films are Captain Marvel, Wonder Woman, and Black Panther. The reason for that is the same reason why Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Falcon were prominent factors in the success of last year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Fans want their superheroes to be diverse. Why not? There’s a place for everyone. We wouldn’t be experiencing this comic book renaissance had it not been for a 1998 film called Blade.
Passing the (franchise) torch to Miles Morales would also be a show of good faith and the first step in Sony mending relationships, and repairing trust that was broken by their racist attacks last year.
The film studio has a long road ahead of them. They also have some very difficult decisions to make, there’s no question. Also ahead of them, are some huge opportunities, if they’re willing to take them.
Your move, Sony.