Kevin Feige
The world is only days away from Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the Spidey buzz got real over the weekend when Sony Pictures producer Amy Pascal blindsided Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige during a promotional event. She directly contradicted previous statements by Mr. Feige that Sony’s “Venom” and “Silver & Black” (Silver Sable and Black Cat) would not be connected to the MCU.

Ms. Pascal said:

“Well, those movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker. They’ll all be adjuncts to it. They may be different locations, but it will still all be in the same world. They will all be connected to each other as well. […] There’s a chance [Tom Holland will appear]. There’s always a chance.”

The look of utter disbelief on Mr. Feige’s face — and one monstrous swallow — are proof that he severely underestimated how devious the woman can be.

It also proves that Mr. Feige would be wise to take some advice from yours truly, perhaps the only one who warned that his “deal” with her to get access to Spider-Man was his very own “One More Day” moment.

Yes, that’s right, Amy Pascal is Kevin Feige’s personal Mephisto.

Mephisto Amy Pascal

I wrote on Feb. 10, 2015:

“Question: Will Amy Pascal become Kevin Feige’s Mephisto? […] It will be a sad day if Kevin Feige’s name is attached to future Spider-Man failures because of Amy Pascal’s intransigence. While Spider-Man fans should be thrilled that the character will show up in future Marvel Studios movies, they should seriously ask themselves if Marvel made a deal with the devil when total victory was within reach.”

Marvel Studios had Sony on the ropes. Through Sony’s own moronic moves under Pascal’s leadership, the studio ran its reputation into the ground. And while it’s great that the world will now see Spider-Man in the MCU for Avengers: Infinity War, there is no doubt that individuals like Ms. Pascal are petty, vindictive, and untrustworthy.

The Sony hacks by North Korea demonstrated it, and the point was hammered home further by the viral video.

The good news is that Kevin Feige is about 10,000 times more intelligent than anyone at Sony. He will likely come out on top in the end. The bad news is that Sony’s suits know this and will subject Marvel Studios to all sorts of public and private pain for the ignominy of taking orders from their betters.

Cross your fingers that Spider-Man: Homecoming isn’t a train wreck, but if it is then just watch this video with Ms. Pascal to remind yourself who is to blame.

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

13 comments

  1. The look on Kevin Feige’s face in that video is truly priceless. Having watched all of Midnight Edge’s videos on the behind the scenes shenanigans that were going on at Sony, I think your comparison between Amy Pascal and Mephisto is apt. I find it utterly baffling how people like Pascal who are so incredibly stupid and petty rise to positions of power in big corporations.

    I think this is all part of Sony’s plan though. Their Venom and Black Cat/Silver Sable movies definitely won’t be part of the MCU in any official capacity, but I think they intend to try and backdoor them by using Tom Holland’s Spider-Man after their deal with Marvel is up. They aim to pull the wool over the eyes of the more casual members of the movie going audience who will assume that their films actually are part of the MCU. Devious stuff. I hope their plans blow up in their face. I can think of no other major movie studio that deserves to go out of business more than Sony at this point.

    1. “I find it utterly baffling how people like Pascal who are so incredibly stupid and petty rise to positions of power in big corporations.”

      We know by listening to Ms. Pascal in interviews and from the Sony hacks that she is not a bright woman. I’m not saying that with any malice but as a statement of fact. Therefore, she must have other qualities that Hollywood values — ruthlessness, deviousness, etc. Only a person with a screwy moral compass would have publicly done that to Kevin Feige, especially since he has publicly said that those movies will not be in the MCU.

    2. That actually makes sense I suppose. I now recall reading about how psychopaths have an uncanny ability to rise through the ranks in corporations despite their lack of skills. It was in the book Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us. It was written by Doctor Robert Hare, the guy who created the Psychopathy Checklist. He goes on to explain how unscrupulous people, in this case psychopaths, have a way of rising to the top of corporations via backstabbing, shifting blame to others, taking credit for other people’s successes, playing people against one another, going behind people’s backs, etc. He mentioned that some corporations seem to value negative behaviors like that, mistaking selfishness for ambition. Generally they pay the price in the long run as people like that often end up damaging the company once they climb high enough up the ladder(kinda like what Amy Pascal did to Sony).

      I’m not saying Ms Pascal is a Psychopath. Psychopathy is a condition made up of multiple bad behaviors and only a professional can properly diagnose it. That being said, she certainly seems to display a few of the features of it, which may have helped her rise through the ranks.

      Still though, I’d think reading a single email of hers would convince people not to promote her. The woman seems like she is borderline illiterate.

  2. I’m a bit confused over what exactly is the huge problem you’re critiquing here. If it’s that Sony and Marvel Studios are on different pages creating a potential “too many cooks” situation, well, that is a reason I wasn’t a fan of the deal in the first place (the second being that it would mean yet another “Spider-Man” reboot, but “Civil War” made me come around on that). However, at the end of the day, regardless of whatever Sony says, Marvel, not them, have final say over what is in the MCU or not.

    If it’s that Sony is planning to base their non-MCU Spider-Man spinoffs off the “Homecoming” movie or share actors or whatnot, so what? I don’t see how that’s a bad thing in and of itself. The only question is if the movies will be good and that we won’t know until we see them (I’m not hopeful, but that’s more that the ones they’ve announced don’t sound interesting to me).

    (Missed your video reviews for “Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” 7 and 8 since they weren’t announced on the blog. It’s up to you what you do, but I do like it when you post them on the blog. It’s easier to find them.

    I thought 7 was okay, but the “one punch” ending felt like it was trying to wrap up a three-issue story in two, which I didn’t like. The weakest of the series so far, in my opinion. I actually liked the Venom issue a lot. I’d say it’s my favorite so far, although I’m reserving final judgement on the story overall until I read the whole thing.

    I didn’t register the problems you found with the issues (in regards to characterization and whatnot) and going back over them, I still don’t see them. Since that’s been a consistent pattern, I think we’re processing this series very differently. On the other hand, since most of the reviews for the Venom issue I’ve seen are from people who liked it like me, it was interesting to hear a different viewpoint.

    In regards to you wondering why the Venom story seemed rushed, as I understand it, RYV MJ is going to be appearing as a Venom host in the upcoming “Venomverse” event; Gerry Conway is apparently writing at least one story featuring her in an anthology tie-in or something. No idea who made the decision and I’m not sure yet if it’s a good idea or not, that’s the why, I guess.)

    1. “I’m a bit confused over what exactly is the huge problem you’re critiquing here.”

      When billions of dollars are literally at stake, Marvel does not want its brand needlessly linked with those who ran their own into the sewer. The only reason why people are going to see Homecoming is because they know Marvel was in the driver’s seat. If Sony creates the impression in millions of minds that its crappy future projects are Marvel “team-ups,” then that is a bad thing for Marvel Studios. If your business partner publicly throws you under the bus, then that is not a good thing.

      “(Missed your video reviews for “Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows” 7 and 8 since they weren’t announced on the blog. It’s up to you what you do, but I do like it when you post them on the blog. It’s easier to find them.”

      I try to put them up when I have time, although it’s not hard to find my Youtube reviews. Click “subscribe” and the little bell and you will receive notifications for all of my reviews.

      “I didn’t register the problems you found with the issues (in regards to characterization and whatnot) and going back over them, I still don’t see them. Since that’s been a consistent pattern, I think we’re processing this series very differently.”

      Given that the book didn’t even crack the Top 100 last month, I’m confident that I’m seeing things as they are instead of how I want them to be.

      For those who are interested:

  3. “When billions of dollars are literally at stake, Marvel does not want its brand needlessly linked with those who ran their own into the sewer. The only reason why people are going to see Homecoming is because they know Marvel was in the driver’s seat. If Sony creates the impression in millions of minds that its crappy future projects are Marvel “team-ups,” then that is a bad thing for Marvel Studios. If your business partner publicly throws you under the bus, then that is not a good thing.”

    Okay, thanks for the clarification.

    “Given that the book didn’t even crack the Top 100 last month, I’m confident that I’m seeing things as they are instead of how I want them to be.”

    Maybe? I’m not really interested in debating what the book’s flaws are and how they’re affecting the sales, so I’ll leave it at that. From the solicits, the series will have twelve issues for sure. No info on wether it’s going to be canceled then or continue on.

    1. “Maybe? I’m not really interested in debating what the book’s flaws are and how they’re affecting the sales, so I’ll leave it at that.”

      Of course you’re not, because if you do that then you might have to confront that fact that perhaps you’re “processing” things wrong. You can sit on your little perch all day and talk about how you’re “not seeing it” so long as you don’t need to face evidence that grabs you by the chin and says, “Guess what? This guy Doug is really onto something and you’re the one who is off track.”

  4. It seems that Sony just can’t get out of their own way. Sony is in financial trouble and Marvel hands them a way to print money and what do they do? I tend to wonder if Sony spends more time with Marvel comics than Marvel Entertainment.

  5. This was Sony/Amy Pacal’s stupid master plan all along — agree to the co-produced movie team-up, then try to leech off their own little Sony Fake alt-MCU.

    Feige should just go all hands-off, and let Sony crash and burn. Remember, these alleged spin-off movies are coming from the same genius who thought Aunt May as a spy was a good idea.

  6. “Of course you’re not, because if you do that then you might have to confront that fact that perhaps you’re ‘processing’ things wrong. You can sit on your little perch all day and talk about how you’re “not seeing it” so long as you don’t need to face evidence that grabs you by the chin and says, ‘Guess what? This guy Doug is really onto something and you’re the one who is off track.'”

    And here we have the main, previously unmentioned reason why I didn’t want to get into a protracted argument over this; civility sooner or later gets thrown out the window, even in a case where someone is saying: “I don’t agree, but that’s just my opinion.”

    Being afraid to examine the evidence is not a factor, since I said I did that and broadly disagree with your conclusions. As is the case in things that have a degree of subjectivity to them, different people will come to different conclusions to the same piece of art/story/whatever for a variety of reasons. I’ve also had my fill of discussing disagreements over comics and other such stuff thanks to other forums I frequented lately, which never seem to do much good for anyone, so I’m not up for or interested in a fight here.

    Wouldn’t it be best for all parties involved to just respectfully agree to disagree on this point and leave things on topic? It’s hardly worth getting into a rhubarb over.

    As something more topic-relevant, what do you think is the best outcome for the movie problem?

    1. “And here we have the main, previously unmentioned reason why I didn’t want to get into a protracted argument over this; civility sooner or later gets thrown out the window, even in a case where someone is saying: ‘I don’t agree, but that’s just my opinion.'”

      You have a problem, WebLurker: You don’t seem to accurately “process” how your behavior is interpreted by other people. If you come on my blog and say that you’ve tried multiple times to see where I’m coming from but that you’re “not seeing it,” (Translation: Doug must be imagining things or totally off base) then you come across as a total moron or a troll if you suddenly don’t want to talk about evidence that shows that you might be the one with a few blind spots.

      If you come onto a blog about comic books and essentially say you want to state your piece — but then not talk about anything that possibly exposes the holes in your own definitions, premises, logic, and reasoning then why the heck are you here? You’re just being annoying.

      Let’s look at the following, shall we? Because, honestly, I’m sick of this dance and I’m calling you out.

      I’ve also had my fill of discussing disagreements over comics and other such stuff thanks to other forums I frequented lately, which never seem to do much good for anyone, so I’m not up for or interested in a fight here. As something more topic-relevant, what do you think is the best outcome for the movie problem?”

      Do you see how annoying you’re being? You’ve had your “fill,” but…”oh, yeah, what are your thoughts on [insert comics and other such stuff question here].”

      Which is it? This is what you do over and over and over again. You only want to talk until there is a legitimate point of disagreement where you might look foolish trying to defend your position. Then you suddenly go into this mode: “Well…it’s all subjective…so it’s just my opinion. Why can’t you be civil?”

      There are certain objective truths nested within discussions on subjective material. If you find yourself repeatedly frustrated at forums across the internet, at what point do you stop and say, “Maybe I’m the one who needs to do some serious self-reflection? Maybe I’m the one who has miscalculated?”

      You’ve created your own little debate structure that conveniently allows you to a.) never acknowledge that you’re wrong, and b.) blame other people for being uncivil any time you feel uncomfortable.

      If you can’t see that, then oh well. I’m also writing this comment for other readers so they can learn from the exchange.

  7. I’m not at all confident in Sony’s Spider-Man spinoffs. What was the point of sharing the rights with Marvel if they’re just going to do their own thing anyway? Marvel should have the right back, and say to hell with Sony.

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