Who is really in control?
During the press day for Captain America: Civil War, Marvel Studios president and MCU overlord Kevin Feige spoke briefly on his involvement with the upcoming Spider-Man reboot. While it still is a Sony Pictures movie, it is technically apart of the greater MCU, which up until this point has remained in complete control of Feige.
Fans (including myself) worried about how the collaboration between Marvel and Sony would work, and who gets the final say over the direction the wall crawler takes in his future appearance. Here is what Feige had to say concerning the issue:
“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.”
Based on this it appears that Feige and co. will remain the creative voice of the MCU’s version of Spider-Man and that couldn’t make me happier. Sony’s interpretation of Spider-Man has been…divisive to say the least (though I am one of the few who actually liked The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and many worried if Marvel would actually have a say in their version of Spider-Man. Thankfully, it looks like they do. From the way Feige describes the situation, it sounds like it’s just a Marvel Studios film under the Sony banner, which is exactly what I was hoping for.
It appears that Sony and Marvel actually have a good working relationship. It has already been reported that various MCU characters will appear in the Spider-Man reboot, so the bridge between Sony and Marvel isn’t just a one way street. It seems both parties are really dedicated to solidifying Spider-Man’s place within the MCU. When looked at objectively, I feel this can only benefit both parties.
Feige has learned from Sony’s past mistakes, and won’t bother with retelling Spider-Man’s origin story once again. Everyone already knows it, and by the time we meet up with Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War he woill have already been donning the underoos for quite some time. Here’s how Feige plans to approach the Spider-Man reboot:
“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].”
The success Marvel has had with their portrayal of their characters is unprecedented, and I’m just happy that Spider-Man will get the same treatment. Spider-Man is by far my favorite superhero of all time and I can’t wait to see Marvel do him justice. He’s right back where he belongs: in the MCU.
Spider-Man is making an appearance in Captain America: Civil War on May 6th, and will return once again in his own film next year on July 7th, 2017.