Ben Is a Funny Guy
During an interview with Metro UK, Mendelsohn shared some of his opinions on the recent spat between Disney and Sony Pictures over the cinematic rights to Spider-Man:
“I think what happens in these things is, most of the time, cooler heads prevail. Sometimes we end up in a situation which feels like it’s going to be the lead up to World War I.”
I’m surprised that a Twitter mob hasn’t come for him after he compared a corporate dispute over a comic book character to a conflict that killed tens of millions.
Then again, only white males died in World War I, so who cares?
Ben explained just how important Spider-Man is to the MCU:
“But shit, man. You can’t lose Spider-Man from the Marvel universe. He’s one of their absolute motherfucking pornstars. Boy, I could name 30 that you could quite comfortably lose before you start thinking about losing Spider-Man.”
Thirty? How about we just start with one?
Oh, right… back to Spider-Man. Mendelson went even further, revealing himself to be a serious comic book fan or perhaps just a stable genius:
“In fact, I cannot think of a single character who’s more important to Marvel than Spider-Man. You’ve got Hulk, you’ve got Thor… none of them are as important as Spider-Man. None of them.”
Yes, despite our love for everything Wolverine and The Punisher, Spider-Man is, without question, the most popular character in Marvel Comics.
Even after the MCU.
Pretty impressive stuff, huh? I was honestly surprised myself.
Wait until you mix in Batman:
The Cape Crusader is still tops over time, but right now The Webslinger has taken the lead. One only need look at the sheer number of quality appearances Spider-Man has made in the last couple of years to understand why.
Civil War. Two standalone movies. Two Avengers movies. A video game. Spider-Man: Into The Spiderverse. All were extremely well-received.
What did Batman do? Suicide Squad and a stupid Fox TV show?
This is obviously why Kevin Feige wanted Spider-Man back in the MCU.
That and to have Peter Parker hookup with Captain Marvel to make her character more likable. And by “hook up” I mean they are going to be fucking.