The title of the upcoming Spider-Man solo movie couldn't be more apt. After years of being cast aside by the MCU, left to fend for himself within the constraints of Sony's ownership, Peter Parker is finally swinging his way back to where he belongs.
And the news just keeps getting better and better. Spidey's inclusion within the MCU is without a doubt the biggest benefit of Sony and Marvel striking an agreement on the use of the character. And now, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has confirmed the studio will have creative control over Spider-Man: Homecoming.
Marvel Is The Creative Producer!
This is fantastic news for any Marvel fan; the MCU is undoubtedly the exemplar of how to do superhero movies, with a consistent track record of box office and critical success. The prospect of Spider-Man being moulded in this framework is exciting. In an interview with Collider, Feige explained how the new deal works:
“We’re working very much [together]. It is a— I don’t know exactly what the credits will be, but it is a Sony Pictures production of a Marvel Studios film. The agreement was that it is very much a Sony Pictures movie. Amy Pascal is co-producing it with us and [Sony chairman] Tom Rothman is leading the charge for Sony and that we are the creative producers. We are the ones hiring the actor, introducing him in this film, and then working right now on the script and soon to be shooting the actual Spidey film.”
Feige, who was appointed president of production of Marvel Studios in 2007, is the godfather of the MCU, having been heavily involved from the beginning. During his tenure, the combined box office gross for the films he has produced came to an eye-watering $9.08 billion.
Recently he also confirmed that a solo Spidey venture would include cameos from other characters within the MCU, in what has been an endless stream of positive news to offset any initial cynicism of another interpretation of the Web Slinger, following Sam Raimi's trilogy and the 2012 reboot The Amazing Spider-Man.
'We're Much More Focused On His Future'
Tom Holland has the responsibility of playing the much-loved superhero, with his first outing in the fast approaching Captain America: Civil War, fighting on the side of Tony Stark. Feige also added that the origin story wouldn't have to be revisited in full (again), although some important factors wouldn't be overlooked. He added:
“There are events that made Peter who he was, and we’ll certainly allude to those events, but we’re much more focused on his future and how he continues to grow and have a steep learning curve after, certainly, the adventure he had in Civil War on how to be his own hero.”
Hmm. With this news, my Spider senses are telling me this'll be the best version we've seen of the character yet.
'Captain America: Civil War' is released on May 6.
Are you excited for Spider-Man's introduction into the MCU?