In early 2015, Marvel fans all around the globe overjoyed when it was announced that Sony Studios and Marvel Entertainment had worked out a deal which would allow for Spider-Man to become a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. #welcomehomespidey was trending for weeks, and after having made his debut in this summer’s Captain America: Civil War, the web-slinger (played by Tom Holland) will go on his first solo outing next year.
In a recent interview with Variety, Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige elaborated on what this means for the character, and what we can expect from Homecoming.
“[‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’] takes place inside the cinematic universe that we have built across 14 films. In the previous films, Spider-Man was the only superhero who existed in that world.
“In the comic books, Spider-Man always existed in a world where the Avengers existed, and Iron Man existed, and the Hulk would run through the streets, and Captain America had been thawed out of the ice. In the film, he’s a young kid who has to be home at curfew so his Aunt May doesn’t get worried, and go to school and do his homework. That’s in contrast to Tony Stark’s life or Stephen Strange’s.”
What’s interesting about the Marvel-Sony deal is that Sony still hold the rights to the character, which means if they veto any detail about Homecoming or future films featuring Spidey, it has to be changed. Earlier this year, while speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, Sony’s Tom Rothman touched on the matter.
“It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel…. Sony has the ultimate authority,” he clarified, “but we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel because they know what they’re doing.”
Tom Holland is currently contracted for three movies, but based on the fanbase’s overwhelmingly positive reaction to his portrayal of Peter Parker, we can expect him to stick around a lot longer than that.