SONY and MARVEL STUDIOS Bump Heads Together for Scheduling Future SPIDER-MAN Films


When Marvel Entertainment began rights to the characters originating from its long-running comic books for movie studios to make adaptations of, the film rights for one of Marvel’s signature iconic superhero characters, Spider-Man, went to Sony which made several movies of him and his adventures through their Columbia Pictures arm. While the first three films forming a trilogy starring Tobey Maguire were great successes, an attempted two-film story reboot with Andrew Garfield as a star didn’t quite take off.

To solve the problem Sony decided to come to an agreement with Marvel Studios (former Marvel Entertainment subsidiary now directly under Disney). One result was a hit appearance of the web-head, now portrayed by Tom Holland, in “Captain America: Civil War”, which rebooted the character in film anew and made part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The other is a solo film, “Spider-Man Homecoming” with Sony producing and Marvel with creative control. It will premiere worldwide on July 7. But from there the film future of the wall-crawling superhero needs some careful scheduling.

As Comic Book Resources tells it, Eric Carroll who is producer of “Spider-Man: Homecoming” and Marvel Studios director of development, has announced that any future solo Spider-Man films will be properly scheduled to run parallel alongside the phase-based release schedules of other future movies in MCU. It should be recalled that no sooner than the new arrangement between Sony and Marvel Studios was made that “Homecoming” was abruptly inserted in between scheduled movies resulting in films such as “Black Panther” and the “Ant-Man” sequel being pushed significantly behind production, while “Inhumans” was eventually retooled as a TV series.


During a set visit Carroll remarked on the sensitive issue of how to make future sequels starring Spider-Man with the continuity-laden order of release for further MCU installments, saying, “There’s nothing in it for us or for Sony to accidentally start competing or putting a movie out at the wrong time or confusing the continuity.” “Homecoming” aside, Sony will be solely responsible for producing more solo adventures for Spider-Man in the MCU (with creative input from Marvel Studios), and they are meant to run parallel to the other cinematic universe movies, while the web-head will occasionally find himself being part of any MCU film with ensemble heroes, such as “Avengers: infinity War part 1” set for 2018.

“Spider-Man: Homecoming” is billed by Marvel Studios as a “coming of age” film for Spider-Man and his true identity as Midtown Institute of Technology student Peter Parker (Holland) as he tries to balance his high-school life (in particular an upcoming homecoming dance) with his superhero activity. The film also stars Zendaya, Michael Keaton, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr.

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