There has been no shortage of news for fans of Spider-Man recently. The film just began production and whether it has been set photos or a bounty of casting announcements, our favorite web-slinger is always in the news. Even though he only has one appearance under his belt, Tom Holland – who was officially cast one year ago today – has been praised for his depiction of the beloved character in Captain America: Civil War. Now that he is working on his first standalone film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, he will be very busy with the character between now and filming both parts of Avengers: Infinity War before getting some rest. As long as Homecoming is the success we, Marvel, and Sony want it to be, we should not have to wait very long to see another solo film featuring Spidey and friends.
Both Marvel and Sony want to finally capitalize on Marvel’s most popular character and deliver a franchise that he deserves. Although we have yet to hear when a second Spider-Man film will be released, one of the 2020 dates would fit and give Phase 4 a nice launching point. This may be getting ahead of ourselves, but a sequel will definitely be happening because that’s what everyone wants. In a recent interview with The Hollywood Reporter, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment’s motion picture group Tom Rothman was asked about a Spiderverse and if conversations are happening with Marvel. The unsurprising answer is yes.
Yes to both those questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel.
If the idea of a Spiderverse scares you, then take a deep breath. The potential for Spider-Man sequels, spin-offs, and more will still be set within the Marvel Cinematic Universe so it seems. There is word of a standalone Venom film outside of the MCU, but it is ultimately too early to tell if that will happen and if it will actually be outside the universe. That said, when the initial deal to bring Spider-Man to the MCU came out, plenty of people (myself included) were worried that Sony having final say over creative decisions could cause the rock solid foundation of the MCU and the continuity that exists within it to fall apart. Thankfully, Sony knows how lucky they are to be working side by side with Marvel on this new franchise and are differing to the creative powers at Marvel Studios.
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].
This should help calm the nerves of anyone that still had reservations about Sony’s authority. Sure, they can change their minds and start to not listen if they want, but with Marvel on a roll at the box office and knowing the right formula to make a great superhero film, Sony knows that they should take the backseat. Let us know your thoughts on this story in the comments below!
Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to hit theaters July 7, 2017.