Spider-Man has enjoyed varying degrees of success on the big screen up to now. While the first two Sam Raimi adaptations are still regarded as groundbreaking movies in the genre, Sony's overstuffed third installment and Andrew Garfield's more recent reboot failed to live up to expectations, halting plans to create an extended Spider-Verse that Sony hoped would rival Marvel's.
It was hard not to perceive Sony's plans with at least some skepticism. After all, the idea of creating spin-offs surrounding the Sinister Six and Venom were somewhat questionable and Sony's plan to release a movie starring Peter Parker's mother was clearly motivated by financial gain more than anything else.
In the end though, Sony made history last year by striking up a unique deal with Marvel Studios, allowing them to reunite Spider-Man with his comic book playmates on the big screen. While the specifics of the deal remain unclear, the extended Spider-Verse that Sony initially proposed seemed like it had been scrapped. Now, that's all now set to change — for better or worse.
In a new interview with Sony boss Tom Rothman, The Hollywood Reporter discovered that Sony still plans to move forward with their proposed Spider-Verse, extending the Spider-Man franchise within the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
When asked who had control over this proposal, Rothman stated that:
"Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing. We start shooting the new 'Spider-Man' in Atlanta [in mid-June]."
So far, Marvel's interpretation of the character has been a resounding success; Tom Holland's take on Peter Parker was a highlight in Captain America: Civil War and anticipation is at an all-time high for the studio's first stab at a solo Spidey venture.
Rothman also discussed the financial implications of extending the franchise, explaining that:
"I don’t want to trim costs. I want to make money. And sometimes you make money by trimming costs and sometimes by investing in things that are profitable. A movie like 'Spider-Man' by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive. But it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night."
News regarding the specifics of Spider-Man: Homecoming is swinging in thick and fast at the moment; Fargo actor Bokeem Woodbine has just been cast, potentially starring as one of these villains and rumors of Captain America putting in a cameo alongside Iron Man are extremely exciting for MCU fans delighted to finally see Spidey reunited with his comic-book buddies.
Whether Marvel's vision will incorporate Sony's previously proposed spin-offs or try something new is unclear, but it's hard to deny that Spidey's future with the studio is looking very bright indeed.
Personally, we would love to see Marvel bring Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield back somehow as alternate Spider-Men in a huge Spider-Verse crossover event, perhaps even with Miles Morales thrown in for good measure. A web head can dream, can't they?
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be wall-crawling into theaters near you on July 7, 2017.
What Spidey spin-off movies would you like to see in the MCU?
Source: The Hollywood Reporter