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."