Spider-Man may finally be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe but the film rights to the superhero and his supporting library of lore and characters still belong to Sony Pictures. After the new Peter Parker (played by Tom Holland) is introduced next summer in Captain America: Civil War, this new Spidey will spin off into his own solo film in 2017.
That untitled Spider-Man reboot will be made by Sony Pictures but co-produced by the studio’s ex-boss Amy Pascal and Marvel Studios head Kevin Feige. Because of that partnership deal, Sony apparently needs to sign off on any depictions and use of Spidey in Marvel’s works.
According to HH, this just happened recently. Their source claims Sony executives have just (or will this week) screened Captain America: Civil War to offer notes and approval on Marvel’s use of the character. Interestingly enough, before this deal between the studios, Sony sought out notes from Kevin Feige for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 as revealed in leaked emails from last year’s Sony hack.
It may seem laughable at a glance to have Sony giving notes to Marvel given how Sony Pictures had to shutdown their Spidey universe plans and couldn’t realistically re-reboot the property again without Marvel’s assistance, but it’s a simple case of Sony protecting their rights and investment. It’s also important for the long-term partnership for Sony to have some input and relationship with Marvel’s creative team – namely Feige and directors Anthony and Joe Russo. The Russos of course, also have a production deal with Sony for other projects so everyone involved is already working together in some capacity.
Spider-Man’s MCU Costumes Update
In related news, Captain America: Civil War co-director Anthony Russo attended São Paulo, Brazil’s Comic-Con (CCXP) over the weekend as we covered earlier when he spoke about Ant-Man and Spider-Man’s involvement in Civil War, and the “challenges” of using Netflix’s Defenders characters in Avengers: Infinity War. In that same appearance, he also vaguely addressed the rumors about Spider-Man’s costume(s).
Early reports indicated that Peter Parker may first be introduced as a lesser known young vigilante in New York who sports his own homemade costume, and when later recruited by Tony Stark, he’ll receive an upgraded suit with Stark-made web-shooters. The following are Anthony Russo’s words (translated) about the Spidey costumes of Captain America: Civil War:
“Well, we did a lot of research and experimented with the looks of each character. We went through the same process with Spider-Man. We knew it was going to be someone young and it was very important to us because we wanted to give this essence to the character, because he is someone unique to the Marvel Universe. Tom Holland is an amazing Spider-Man, people will love him. It was a very experimental process, placing him with the other actors, especially with [Robert] Downey Jr., we had to learn as we worked. And we’re very happy with the final result. We’re still working on a few things, like the costume. He’s not ready yet because so much will be produced with special effects.”
And as for whether or not the high-tech Iron Spider costume (pictured left in the above image) from the Civil War comics will make an appearance:
“The film will show a mix of what everyone is waiting for with a little twist. So yeah, that’s all I can say.”
We know from the set visit reports that officially released last week that Tom Holland was seen on set wearing a classic red and blue costume, indicating that Parker will suit up in something very similar to his iconic Marvel Comics design. That seems obvious given that this is the first Marvel Studios iteration of the character and they’d want to honor the source material, but Russo’s words about how much of Spidey could be produced in post with special effects hints at the idea that perhaps his suit is much more than just a tight costume.
If the rumors are true about Spidey first joining team Tony Stark, and Stark helping outfit him, it’s easy to see a scenario where Parker will wear something more advanced and weaponized, perhaps taking elements of the Iron Spider costume from the comics.
If there’s any time to do a costume like that, it would be next year in Civil War and it’d be a neat way to develop Peter Parker and have him eventually choose to go the path of the iconic costume at the end of the movie, dropping the high-tech weapons and armor in favor of something more… heroic and simple – just in time for his solo debut in 2017. That arc would also follow the Civil War comics in that when Parker eventually switched sides, Stark tracked Parker because of that suit he gave him so Spider-Man eventually suits up as old school Spider-Man by the end.
Also of note is how Ant-Man and Spider-Man, both holding no allegiance to The Avengers before this movie, come into the story of Captain America: Civil War later in the film. Ant-Man joins team Cap so it’d be neat to see how the tech of Ant-Man’s first rival, Yellowjacket (the big yellow weaponized arms of the Iron Spider costume), could be adapted by Stark for a Spider-Man field outfit because they certainly look similar and are insect-themed. Seems crazy not to make that connection.
The movie stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Emily VanCamp, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Frank Grillo, Tom Holland, with William Hurt and Daniel Brühl. Marvel’s “Captain America: Civil War” is directed by Anthony & Joe Russo and produced by Kevin Feige. Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Patricia Whitcher, Nate Moore and Stan Lee serve as executive producers and the screenplay is by Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely.
Captain America: Civil War will release on May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange – November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man – July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; Inhumans – July 12, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on May 1, July 10 and November 6, 2020.