People’s precious toys

Yeah, this is probably on your radar even if you don’t like comic book movies. Big news. From that link:

So what does all this mean for the average Marvel fan? If Disney wins, things will keep chugging along as usual. If the families win, Disney would no longer have full control over major Marvel characters, meaning that at best they’d have to negotiate and share profits for any future MCU films with these characters or potentially decide to stop using them completely.

And honestly, I’m totally okay with that?! I’m surprised more people aren’t! It would be amazing if the Marvel characters went into the public domain, to be honest. I keep hearing arguments like, “But then you’d get hundreds of cheap, awful Spider-Man movies every year!” so allow me to drop the name of another popular superhero whose name begins with S: Sherlock Holmes. In the public domain, and you get… oooh, about 50-50 on good adaptations via terrible cash-grabs? I’ll take it.

(also I want to point you to Spider-Man Lotus, which is a completely unauthorized fan film and looks amazing.)

Anyway, I suppose my Hottest Take is that Spider-Man (or any Marvel character) doesn’t really belong to Disney in any way that matters. In my eyes, no character belongs to a corporation any more than my first Barbie doll Wendy, who came with matching hairbrush and an ice-cube maker tray,

belonged to Mattel.