SONY IS STRETCHING THE SPIDER-MAN MYTHOS TO ITS LIMIT
And it's not working. Spidey doesn't work that way. The reason why The Avengers and even Man of Steel in its best moments worked was because both films understood scale. Spider-Man, at his heart, is a small-town hero, and his best stories tend be focused largely on him, his relationships, and his struggles. Making him the heart of an expansive movie universe is wrongheaded, betrays the soul of the character, and makes it clear that Sony just wants the money.
We already know that Spider-Man's New York City (let's not even call it a world) is being carved up to contain the Sinister Six, Venom, and maybe even Black Cat in the coming years. Meanwhile, Sony won't be bringing its main draw back to theaters until 2018and can't even seem to keep big-name screenwriters around for the project.
But maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Sony isn't actually this stupid. I, for one, will just keep on hoping against all hope for a Marvel deal that lets Peter Parker become an Avenger by 2019. If an Aunt May movie somehow rests in the realm of possibility, that should, too.