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Spider-Man Is Back In The MCU, But That May Not Be The Only Universe You'll See Him In

Spider-Man's friendly neighbourhood may have just gotten bigger. Much bigger.

In a move that’ll surprise no one, Spider-Man will be returning to the MCU after Sony and Marvel/Disney kissed and made-up following a much-publicised spat.

According to Variety, Sony and Marvel/Disney managed to hammer out a new deal after realising that they’re better off sticking together and will now produce a third MCU Spider-Man film with Tom Holland back as Peter Parker. As part of the new arrangement, he’ll also appear in another future Marvel film which we presume will be some sort of Avengers-esque team up.

Unsurprisingly, Holland is pretty stoked about the news and took to Instagram with the most appropriate of responses.

As for how long we’ll be waiting for this surprising-but-not-really-surprising third MCU Spider-Man film, it actually won’t be that long as it’s penciled in for July 16, 2021, with Homecoming and Far From Home director Jon Watts reportedly in talks to direct again.

So all in all, normal business is resumed after a brief break-up, not that we expected anything else to be honest considering how much of a win-win the Sony/Marvel/Disney partnership has been.

But while everyone is throwing their arms up in the air in celebration of Spider-Man returning to the MCU, Kevin Feige slipped in a little tidbit that may shake things up for ol’mate Spidey in an unexpected way.

In his statement announcing the third Spider-Man film, he dropped this interesting nugget of information:

“He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”

Putting on our tinfoil hat here, what Feige is saying here implies that not only will Tom Holland’s Spider-Man be in Disney’s MCU films, he’ll also be appearing in whatever Spidey-related films Sony produces.

And that means one thing: we could be getting potential Tom Holland appearances in stuff like the Into the Spider-Verse and Spidey-villain universes Sony are building, not to mention that Spidey/Venom crossover we’ve been hankering for.

Had the same reaction to the Spidey news, ay.

But look, we’re probably reading into Feige’s comments just a bit too much. It could just be the adrenaline of having Spider-Man back in the MCU talking.

So for now, let’s just revel in the news that all is right in the MCU, we’re getting a third Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man film as well as an appearance in another Marvel film, and there could be more exciting projects down the line for the webslinger.

It’s been a good day, folks.

Joker Served Its Purpose If It Makes You Squirm In Your Seat

Discomfort should be your primary reaction for the entire thing.

There’s a lot going on in Joker that’s prompted much discussion, such as Joaquin Phoenix’s transformative performance that’ll surely nab him that long-awaited Oscar, the instances of graphic violence, and moments that draw parallels to worrying incel behaviour.

All that discussion is warranted though because Joker is a really unsettling film to watch.

Joaquin Phoenix’s performance as Arthur Fleck is haunting yet mesmerising in a contradictory way. He’s suffering from a mental illness that makes him laugh uncontrollably when he gets emotional and he gets literally and figuratively beat down throughout Joker.

All this should make Arthur a sympathetic character but he is an utterly reprehensible, creepy and ultimately violent figure who you simply can’t root for despite all his hardships.

It’s not hard to see why people drew links between Arthur lashing out due to anger and toxic self-pity and real-world white incel violence, and why Joker started copping a heap of backlash for it.

Here’s the big question though: will Joker inspire angry white incels to be the next Arthur Fleck and it’ll be the film’s fault? Probably not because films may be powerful but they don’t suddenly turn people into killers.

But should you feel uncomfortable after watching Joker? That’s a definite yes because that’s ultimately the point of the movie.

For all the concerns about Joker, it isn’t asking you to sympathise with Arthur or presenting a glorification of white incel violence. It’s presenting a (somewhat clumsy) nihilistic and grounded look into themes like social status, trauma and mental illness. You’re supposed to be repulsed by what unfolds because it’s all incredibly messed up and that feeling is exacerbated because the film sits somewhere close to the realm of plausibility.

If Joker and Arthur’s actions don’t make you uncomfortable, then that should be more of a concern than the violence that goes on in the film.

At the end of the day, if you’re walking out of a film feeling super uncomfortable and filled with questions about what just unfolded before your eyes, then chances are the movie has fulfilled its purpose. After all, that’s what art is supposed to do.

Just because Joker made you squirm in your seat doesn’t make it some dangerous film that should be locked up. That’s exactly how you should feel while watching it.

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