While many still see the first two Spider-Man films, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, as some of the best comic book films to date, most will admit that Spider-Man 3, as well as the recent attempt at relaunching the series – The Amazing Spider-Man films – were poor adaptions. Something which the box office returns for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 reaffirmed. The Spider-Man that Sony was putting out there wasn’t the Spider-Man that fans wanted. This led to many starting online petitions to get Sony to give the rights back to Marvel, as fans became eager to see the web slinger star alongside the Avengers – something that many believed would never become a reality. And then February 9th, 2015 came, along with the news that Marvel and Sony would be working together to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. However, as excited as fans were at the surprising news, many feared just how much say Sony would have in process. After all, they hadn’t given the rights back, they’d just agreed to share them. But according to Marvel Studios head honco Kevin Feige, it appears Marvel Studios has more input on the Spider-Man reboot than fans speculated.
During the press junket for Captain America: Civil War, the folks over at Collider were able to sit down with Feige and talk to him about not only Civil War but the future of the MCU – including Spider-Man. One of the questions they asked was how involved Marvel Studios would be in the upcoming reboot. Would it be more of a Sony Pictures production? Or more of a Marvel Studios production? According to Feige, it’s a film that both studios are “working very much together” on.
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.
From the way Feige makes it sound, Marvel is much more in charge than we have previously been led to believe. Sony has had two attempts at a Spider-Man franchise and every time they start with his classic origin. With Marvel back in charge of their most beloved character, they do not want to waste time telling stories people already know, but instead want to focus on the future of him and his role in the universe.
We spend a lot of time as we work on these movies saying ‘Don’t take it for granted that the audience saw the other the other movies or that the audience is as versed in the comic books as we are.’ We take great pains to give you everything you need to know within the context of whatever movie you’re actually watching. However, we did say, if it’s safe to assume anything, it’s safe to assume that everybody knows how Spider-Man became Spider-Man and what that backstory was. We’ve seen it a number of times now, it’s its own well-known mythology. So we said, let’s reveal that there’s been a Spider-Man in the MCU and we meet him, as you see, in [Civil War].
For those of you that were hoping to see the death of Uncle Ben for a third time on the big screen, you probably will not get that wish fulfilled. However, Feige does say that they will allude to the events that previously transpired to make this new version of Peter Parker the man he is today.
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.
You can catch Tom Holland‘s MCU debut as Spider-Man in next month’s Captain America: Civil War before he headlines his own feature film, set to bow on July 7th, 2017.