During a Q&A event to promote ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ (via IGN) the Marvel studio boss
“The most important thing as a standalone is relaunching Spider-Man in his own standalone movie with his own storylines that fits into this universe,” he explained. “That is job number one for us… The connectivity is great, but it doesn’t drive the train.”
Although Marvel’s new Spider-Man is set to make his first appearance in ‘Captain America: Civil War’, it looks as though a solo franchise is the main aim. And that’s why it was such a huge deal to make an agreement with Sony.
“Making that agreement… was great,” he said. “And was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man.”
“I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs,” added the Marvel filmmaker. “That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”
Of course, Marvel’s current Avengers line-up packs quite a punch – with heavyweights such as Iron Man, Thor and Captain America leading the charge. And with Marvel’s Spider-Man heading back to high school, it’s easy to see how this super-powered kid is going to differ from the usual Marvel big screen heroes.
But while Spider-Man may be a little late to the party, they seem to have some big plans…
“It’s not about when you show up, it’s about what you do once you’re there,” Feige teased.
Until very recently, the Spider-Man film rights were solely owned by Sony Pictures – who produced ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and its sequel, both starring Andrew Garfield. But as comic book movie fans know, the two studios have decided to work together… and have now recast the role of Peter Parker – putting Tom Holland into the coveted role.
But what if Sony wouldn’t play ball?
“This has been a dream of ours for a long time,” he said. “We always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we’re going to do this; if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character, that’s great; we’re going to do this. If not, we’re going to do this. We always sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to shift if something happens.”
How will Tom Holland’s Spider-Man fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? For now, we’ll have to wait and see… but it seems like a great time to be a Spider-Man fan.
‘Captain America: Civil War’ will introduce Spider-Man on 6 May 2016.
Source(s): IGN & Marvel Studios