Before Sony entered into an inter-studio partnership with Marvel in the wake of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s failure at the box office, the studio was actively planning at least two movie spinoffs: Sinister Six and Venom.
Now, with Marvel in complete creative control over the Spider-Man movie franchise starting with the eagerly anticipated Spider-Man: Homecoming, what’s left of Sony’s plans for a shared Spider-Man Cinematic Universe?
In a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Sony chief Tom Rothman revealed that he still hopes to expand the cinematic world of everyone’s favorite Web Head with the help of Marvel Studios, even though Sony has the "ultimate authority" in greenlighting any new projects. Here’s the specific passage from the interview:
Since you teamed with Marvel, do you plan to make a whole Spider-Man universe? Do you have plans for more work with Marvel?
Yes to both those questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel.
Who has greenlight authority?
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].
Do you want to trim the costs of that franchise?
I don’t want to trim costs. I want to make money. And sometimes you make money by trimming costs and sometimes by investing in things that are profitable. A movie like Spider-Man by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive. But it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night.
So, yeah, looks like Sony isn't losing any sleep with Marvel calling the creative shots on Spider-Man. So far, the introduction of Tom Holland as the new Spidey in Captain America: Civil War has been a complete success across the board -- with fans and critics raving about his performance -- and it’ll be interesting to see how the collaboration between the two studios will actually turn out with Homecoming.
Recent casting news seem to confirm that Peter Parker will have to face off against not one, not two, but three villains in former Batman star Michael Keaton (who is set to play the Vulture), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo), so it looks like Marvel and Sony are definitely laying some groundwork for a lot of characters.
Still, we all know how having so many villains in the same movie turned out for Spider-Man 3 and Amazing Spidey 2. Let's hope Marvel gets a better handle on it, shall we? (Repeat after me: "In Marvel We Trust.")
Spider-Man: Homecoming will swing into theaters on July 7, 2017.