Sony Chief On Marvel & “Spider-Man” Deal

As production began this week on “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” Sony Pictures studio boss Tom Rothman has spoken with THR about the future of the webslinger on the big screen.

Surprisingly Rothman revealed that plans to expand the “Spider-Verse” beyond the main movies still exist. Said plans were first revealed during production on “The Amazing Spider-Man 2” and then seemingly ditched when that film failed and the Marvel Studios deal came about.

Rotham tells the trade they are happy to have handed the creative reigns over to Marvel when it comes to Spider-Man himself, but they still very much hope to expand the webslinger’s world. He also can’t praise Marvel enough it seems, saying:

“It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel. Sony has the ultimate authority, but we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel because they know what they’re doing. We start shooting the new Spider-Man in Atlanta [in mid-June].

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.”

With the very enthusiastic response to Tom Holland’s version of the character in “Captain America: Civil War,” the studio is unsurprisingly very happy. “Spider-Man: Homecoming” is targeting a July 2017 release.

In related news, Chris Miller has spoken about the animated “Spider-Man” movie in development at Sony which he co-wrote. Miller tells IGN: “It is not going to feel like every other Spider-Man movie you’ve seen. It will stand on its own as a unique filmgoing experience.” That film will open December 2018.