It was announced a while ago that Sony, the holder of the cinematic rights to Spider-Man, and Marvel had agreed to work together on upcoming Spider-projects. As a result of the agreement, the web-slinger was allowed to make an appearance in Marvel’s ‘Captain America: Civil War’ in order to pave the way for Sony’s next solo outing for the character, ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming.’ The exact nature of the two companies’ working relationship for the upcoming film, however, was somewhat of an unknown.
Things have been made a little clearer recently. Just a few months ago, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige spoke about the higher-ups at Sony and their burgeoning working relationship, saying:
“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.”
That all sounds well and good, to be sure, but the question still remained: who’s actually in charge of the Spider-Man film? As audiences and critics can both attest, the recent Spider-Man outings have been less than spectacular, to say the least.
In an interview with THR this week, Tom Rothman – previously mentioned by Feige and the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment – spoke a little more plainly on the matter, stating thusly:
“Sony has the ultimate authority, but we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing. I don’t want to trim costs; I want to make money. And sometimes you make money by trimming costs and sometimes by investing in things that are profitable. A movie like ‘Spider-Man’ by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive, but it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night.”
So there you have it, folks, straight from what may be the smartest man in the industry: let the folks who know what they’re doing take control, and work with them even if it costs a little bit of moolah, because sometimes you’ve got to spend money to make money. Seems pretty straightforward to me!
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ is scheduled to his US theaters on July 7, 2017.
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