With the recent announcement that Tom Holland has been cast in the role of Spider-Man for the character's entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the unconventional partnership between Marvel and Sony seems to be swinging along with ease.
Further proving the likelihood of a successful collaboration, Marvel President Kevin Feige recently sat down with SuperHeroHype to discuss Ant-Man, but it didn't take long before the conversation turned to the webslinger and his unexpected status between two studios. When discussing the upcoming Untitled Spider-Man movie coming in 2017, Feige had great things to say:
"We’re producing that movie for Sony and in partnership with Amy Pascal, so it’s been going through the same process of any other Marvel film would, and it’s been great. Tom Rothman at Sony has been very supportive in the decisions and obviously the two big ones we announced this week."
Those announcements include Holland's casting as Peter Parker and the direction of Spidey's standalone film, which will have a high school feel and will probably feature a villain that we haven't seen before.
When asked about the chances of seeing more Spider-Man characters in the MCU, Feige side-stepped the question and said the primary focus is making 2017's Spider-Man movie the best it can possibly be.
Lastly, Feige was asked about all the previous Spider-Man movies and if he considers any to be an inspiration.
And which Sony film does Kevin Feige see as one of the greats?
Spider-Man 2, of course!
In another showing of fantastic taste, Feige was extremely complimentary toward Sam Raimi's Spidey sequel from 2004. Here's how he put it:
"We’re going to have it be its own thing but some of those Spider-Man films… I think Spider-Man 2 is one of the best superhero movies ever, so that’s a lot to live up to."
I couldn't agree more! Any movie that can seamlessly drop in the classic theme song and spawn a video game that dominated my pubescent years is going to be an instant favorite for me.
This kind of reverence for the source material and for the early incarnations of the story is a great sign. Sony and Marvel are pushing for a return to form with their recent union, and with Feige's guidance, I'm way more than hopeful.