In 2015, the unthinkable happened: Marvel Studios made a deal with Sony to bring #SpiderMan into the MCU. It was a monumental moment for fans who had waited for such an announcement for years. And the partnership resulted in an acclaimed appearance from the beloved wall-crawler in Civil War and what looks to be an awesome standalone movie later this year.
Unfortunately, all hell broke lose last month when producer and former Sony exec, Amy Pascal, stated this about the studio's unprecedented collaboration:
"One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact it may never happen again, after we do the sequel."
The comments were blown out of proportion and the internet went into overdrive, dissecting every aspect of the possibility of Spider-Man's departure from the MCU. The thing is - as we already explored - that wasn't the case. The producer was simply talking about the importance of their deal. Still, if pure common sense wasn't enough for everyone, we have more evidence of Spidey sticking around in the #MCU for a long time
Last August, several news outlets were invited to the Homecoming set. There, Nerdist got the chance to catch up with Pascal and fellow producer Eric Carroll, who clarified Sony's current and future relationship with Marvel Studios and revealed both parties are eager to continue the partnership for years to come. To illustrate that, three main subjects were touched on:
The Flexible Use Of Characters
Pascal revealed that #Marvel needed permission from Sony to use any of Spidey's villains. Fortunately, the studio is more than willing to cooperate, as Amy Pascal revealed...
“I think that there’s a surprisingly generous and cooperative thing.”
That's great to know. After all, Spider-Man has one of the most interesting and colorful rogues' gallery out there, and it would be a bummer to know the MCU is not allowed to give them its unique spin. It's important to note that this could also mean Venom is not off-limits for the MCU.
Yes, the villainous goo is getting his own movie set in a different universe, but going by this statement, #TomHolland could definitely fulfill his dream of using the iconic baddie as a punching bag if Kevin Feige had a vision for it.
A Desire To Continue The Smooth Partnership
The producer then expanded the idea of character-sharing by stating that such a cooperation is just another part of the effort being made to keep the studios' partnership going as smoothly as possible:
“Nothing precludes anything. The sky is open right now. And I think that if we can keep this goodwill going, I think it’s going to be good for the fans and good for the journalists and the nerds and good for the companies.”
That leads into a very important fact.
There's No Competition Between The Studios
As has been known for quite a while, Sony is developing its own cinematic universe, which will begin with next year's Venom and continue with the planned Silver Sable and Black Cat movie. That's clearly a sign they want to catch up with the level of success Marvel has been enjoying for the past decade.
However, make no mistake, those movies are not being made to compete with the House of Ideas. Carroll explained Sony's superhero movies are made to compliment the MCU, instead of being a direct competition to it. How is that being achieved? By finding the right time to release them:
“There’s nothing in it for us or for Sony to accidentally start competing or putting a movie out at the wrong time or confusing the continuity.”
That means the #Venom release date was deliberately chosen so as to not interfere with any MCU release.
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In the end, what did all of this tell us? That we should relax, because Spidey is not leaving the MCU anytime soon. Sony and Marvel are enjoying a great relationship. The MCU will bring much-needed brand repair to the web-slinger and the character in turn will benefit his new franchise home, and both studios are aware of that. More than anything, this is a great business deal. And given how profitable superhero movies have shown to be (especially if they're part of the MCU) in today's modern pop culture, it doesn't look to be ending any time soon.
#SpiderManHomecoming swings into theaters on July 7, 2017.
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