For the longest time, fans weren’t sure if it’d be possible for Spidey to ever join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. As great of a fit he’d be standing alongside Tony Stark, Sony seemed dead set on making Spider-Man’s own shared universe that comprised of his amazing rogues gallery.
A few years back, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 hit theaters, and underwhelmed fanboys around the world. In true studio fashion, the film spent so much time building up a shared universe, that it forgot to, first and foremost, be a decent flick. We didn’t know it then, but this would be the last time we’d see Andrew Garfield don Spidey suit.
Fast forward to now, and Tom Holland’s younger, more naive version of Peter Parker has already hit the big screen in the acclaimed Captain America: Civil War. For some time now, we’ve known he’d be showing up in his own standalone film entitled Spider-Man: Homecoming, but the ever-present question was: who was in control? Sure, we know that Sony technically has the film rights to the characters, but do the conditions of the character usage give them ultimate control over Marvel Studios?
Given Marvel Studios’ track record, most fans believed that Sony would be foolish to try and strong-arm any story duties away from Marvel, but it wouldn’t have been the first time a film was ruined by big egos. So far, what we’ve seen from Spider-Man: Homecoming from its two trailers has been more than promising, and on a recent episode of Collider Movie Talk, the show’s host John Campea discussed his conversations with someone who worked on the project.
Here’s what that insider said about the relationship between Sony and Marvel, and how it shaped Spider-Man: Homecoming:
“There was some behind-the-scenes drama between Sony and Marvel of the direction of this film. Sony very much wanted one way, Marvel wanted very much another. What this person told me was that they were really impressed with how well they compromised with each other, and both sides are thrilled with the movie they came up with.”
Obviously, we have yet to see Spider-Man: Homecoming, so it’s impossible to say whether or not the end product is any good — and oftentimes, too many cooks can make a mess of a film — but based on what we saw in the trailer, it’s hard to find any real fault in the product thus far.
But at the end of the day, Marvel Studios has a track record that speaks for itself, and if they had enough confidence to throw their logo at the top of the film, and if they have enough confidence to confirm the release date for the sequel, then it leads us to believe that their confidence in the film is immense. Additionally, this story seems to indicate that Marvel Studios may not be calling all the shots, after all, as originally believed.
Perhaps big, bad studios can get along, after all.
Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.
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SOURCE: Collider Movie Talk