“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is the first title the webslinger has in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it may not be the last. Sony Chairman Tom Rothman revealed that Sony’s collaboration with Marvel Studios has been going so well that they’re planning to work together again.
When the Hollywood Reporter asked if there were plans to make a “Spider-Man” universe or do more work with Marvel Studios, Rothman confirmed plans beyond the 2017 action flick. “Yes to both those questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel,” he said.
It isn’t surprising that sequels would follow in a successful franchise, but the initial deal for Sony to team up with Marvel Studios, which is owned by its competitor Disney, only included one film plus Spider-Man’s (Tom Holland) appearance in “Captain America: Civil War.”
Rothman explained that while Sony has the authority since it owns the rights to Peter Parker, it has been happy to let Marvel be in control. “Sony has the ultimate authority,” he said. “But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing.”
Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said the same in April. “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,” Feige told Collider. “Amy Pascal is co-producing it with us, and Tom Rothman is leading the charge for Sony, and 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.”
It seems Marvel Studios’ involvement makes Rothman confident that the third attempt to launch a “Spider-Man” franchise will be a success. “A movie like ‘Spider-Man’ by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive,” Rothman said. “But it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night.”
Typically, if a superhero movie is a financial success, the studio is willing to make more. However, the special circumstances with Marvel and Sony’s joint venture didn’t make it such a sure thing.
Shortly after the initial announcement that Marvel and Sony were teaming up, Feige spoke about sequel possibilities. At the time, he was sure to note that the studios hadn’t determined if this collaboration would go on. “Miles [Morales], I think is awesome,” Feige told MTV in April 2015 of Spider-Man’s current alter ego in the comics. “I think there are opportunities for him for sure if this all works.” Judging from Rothman’s recent comments, it certainly seems like it’s working out.
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is currently filming in Atlanta and is scheduled to hit theaters on July 7, 2017.