Spider-man's long awaited solo return to Marvel is just around the corner. The web slinging teenager’s new film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, is tracking to debut at a sense-tingling $135 million, Box Office Pro is reporting.
Though he was a part of Captain America: Civil War last year, this will be the first Spider-Man film that is part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and the first since recasting Tom Holland in the role.
Now that Spider-Man is back where, let’s be honest, where he belongs, the MCU has one of, if not the most, popular comic book character back under their company’s banner. The potential for Spider-Man to be a fully functioning part of the MCU could be one reason why the film is tracking so high. Plus, it can't be underestimated just how well Holland played the role in Civil War, and with that short role in the film, he managed to somehow reinvigorate a franchise most had considered dead and retread.
To be clear, Sony still owns the rights to Spider-Man and has the final say on decisions involving the character. The somewhat unusual (Apart from acting salaries, Marvel paid nothing to use Spider-Man, and Sony is paying nothing to use Stark), but mutually beneficial agreement reached a couple of years ago between Marvel and Sony allows Spider-Man to be a legitimate player for Marvel.
The Sam Raimi directed Spider-Man films of the 2000’s that starred Tobey Maguire, all had great opening weekends with the third film in the trilogy banking a whopping $151 million (though, it's important to keep in mind that the importance of domestic openings has since declined).
Sony rebooted the franchise in 2012 and rebranded it The Amazing Spider-Man. The character was then played by Andrew Garfield and the two films had opening weekends of $62 and $91 million, and combined to pull in just under $1.5 billion dollars worldwide, with just over $1 billion being from foreign markets.
The Maguire and Garfield films were released at a time when Spider-man was contained within his own universe. Seeing as how he has assumed his rightful place within the MCU, and is part of something much bigger than his stand alone films, we can finally see the full box office potential.
This is one of the rare times when fixing something that isn’t broken, namely the MCU, actually improves the product.
Does anyone else get a sense that this Spider-Man is the definitive one that will stick around for the foreseeable future? We hope so.
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Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
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SOURCE: Box Office Pro