– by Joseph Jammer Medina

When it comes to the cinematic future of the world’s most famous wall crawler, there’s been a bit of mystery surrounding who will actually be calling the creative shots. When SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING comes out next year, it’ll be a joint venture between Sony- who owns the character’s film rights- and Marvel Studios- who have created the gateway that’ll bring Spidey into contact with his AVENGERS allies from the comic books. But the breakdown of who’s in charge of what has been somewhat unclear.

In a series of emails that came out around the time of the infamous SonyHack scandal, it looked like Sony’s Amy Pascal was hellbent on the studio having a say in how Spider-Man is handled throughout this joint venture. But that was over a year ago. Now comes word, directly from last night’s UK premiere of CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, that Marvel Studios has full creative control of the property.

Here’s what Marvel honcho Kevin Feige said about the relationship between him and Sony:

“Well, I’ve known all those people for a very long time. Amy Pascal, Tom Rothman, who runs Sony now, I’ve known for years. So, it’s been great. They really are supportive in allowing us to make the creative decisions to make [Spider-Man: Homecoming], but they’ve been great partners. So far so good on that movie.”

You catch that? “Allowing us to make the creative decisions…” pretty much says it all. This should come as a breath of fresh air for fans of Spider-Man who have been feeling like Sony hasn’t known how best to handle the character since 2004’s SPIDER-MAN 2. Feige and his team are now calling the shots, and it looks like Sony is just footing the bill. That’s an arrangement I think we can all believe in.

There is that one little bit at the end, though: “So far so good on that movie.” That seems to imply that the partnership has worked thus far, but that doesn’t mean things will necessarily always be this easy. One could easily imagine Sony wanting to flex its muscles a bit if Spider-Man regains his seat on the throne as the King of Cinematic Superheroes– an undisputed title that he held after the turn of the century. 

It’s an interesting situation for Marvel to be in. Obviously, they want SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING to be a gargantuan hit. Yet, how would the studio feel about creating a film that possibly eclipses its own properties, with most of the financial reward going to rival Sony? It’d be like rebuilding your friend’s Mustang, and then watching him race off in it. 

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.