It’s been a big news week for “Spider-Man” fans as Marvel and Sony finally cast Tom Holland as Peter Parker for the 2017 reboot. Now, studio president Kevin Feige is revealing a bit of information about when we’ll see the web-slinger first, as well as which studio will be in control of him when the time comes.
When Marvel and Sony originally announced their partnership to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), most people assumed that he was specifically brought in to fill the pivotal role his comic-book counterpart had in the 2006 “Civil War” storyline. Both studios said that they would skip over the character’s well-known origin story by introducing him in an upcoming movie in Phase 3 before he swings into theaters by himself in 2017. While neither side confirmed that they were talking about “Captain America: Civil War,” almost everyone believes that it’s true - a belief that just gained a bit more legitimacy.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Holland will definitely begin his stint as the web-slinger by reporting immediately to Atlanta to film a cameo in “Captain America: Civil War.” While the outlet reported the news, Feige didn’t explicitly say it during the interview portion of the article, making it still unconfirmed.
As a result, it’s still possible that fans won’t be introduced to Peter Parker until 2017 through anything but references in upcoming Marvel movies. According to a previously reported rumor, “Ant-Man” may have conducted small reshoots to include references to the world of Spider-Man. Given that all Marvel and Sony promised was to somehow introduce the character, a cameo could just be something the collective hive-mind of Marvel fans invented, not an actual plan from the studios.
Feige did, however, discuss the divide between Sony and Marvel in terms of holding creative control of the character - which is owned by Sony but will appear in Marvel’s cinematic universe. According to him, their working relationship is going just fine, despite earlier claims of a casting tiff.
“Without getting into the contracts, it's definitely a Sony picture, produced by Marvel Studios. We've been working with each other for a number of months now. It's been just as healthy as any of our internal discussions,” he said. “We just look at it as having additional team members. We wouldn't want to do it if we couldn't do it in the way we've done all the other movies, and I think that's what Sony wants from us.”
The 42-year-old studio head also made sure to mention that the deal not only allows “Spider-Man” to appear in the MCU, but it also allows MCU characters to appear in the “Spider-Man” movie. Previous rumors indicated that the 2017 standalone movie might feature veteran MCU hero Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in the film title “Spider-Man: The New Avenger.” In it, the older hero would allegedly act as a mentor to Parker (Holland), training him to become a full-fledged Avenger in his own right.
Unfortunately, fans will simply have to wait for “Captain America: Civil War” to hit theaters in 2016 before they’ll know for sure if Spidey will appear.