Our minds may have been collectively blown when Sony and Marvel Studios first announced their partnership to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Studios fold. There’d been a hope that the studios could come to some sort of agreement that would allow the fan favorite webslinger to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But we all knew this wouldn’t be the end of it. Sony has always been an ambitious company — one intent on milking Spidey for all he’s worth.
Prior to the deal with Marvel Studios, Sony took a stab at expanding their own in the Amazing Spider-Man-verse, introducing the kernels for what they’d hoped would culminate into such films as The Sinister Six and Venom. In short, there was room for growth in their world, and had they stuck the landing for Amazing Spider-Man 2, we may have had one of those films by now. But as we know, it didn’t. Spider-Man joined Marvel Studios in Captain America: Civil War, and reignited enthusiasm for the character.
Speaking with Collider, Sony chairman Tom Rothman spoke about the positive collaboration Sony has been having with Marvel Studios, stating:
“Kevin Feige and I have known each other for a long time. I think I gave him his first job way back on the first X-Men a long time ago, and I have tremendous respect for him and the entire Marvel organization. So it’s been a first rate collaboration.”
Now that that little piggy seems to be taken care of, Sony can focus on capitalizing on that success Spidey has had in Civil War. Next year, we’re set to get Spider-Man: Homecoming, but there have been rumblings of other spinoffs (apart from the upcoming animated Spider-Man movie, which is a completely different ball of wax), such as a Venom film.
Rothman didn’t any reveals, but strongly hinted that we’ll be getting more information sooner rather than later:
“We’re working on lots of that stuff, and there’s a concerted effort now, so I think there will be real news as opposed to speculated news before long.”
We all know this is happening, and it's only a matter of time. The big question is, of course, can they execute this effectively without damaging the Spider-Man or (perhaps most importantly) the Marvel Studios brand?
What do you think? Are these spinoffs a good idea, or should they focus on Spider-Man: Homecoming being a success before launching anything else? Let us know your thoughts down below!
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
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