Dave Bautista Thinks Marvel May Get Full Spider-Man Movie Rights Back

Dave Bautista as Drax and Spider-Man

Guardians of the Galaxy's Dave Bautista believes that Spider-Man: Homecoming will lead to Marvel Studios re-acquiring the full rights to the iconic web-slinger. Bautista is back as the brutish and hilarious Drax in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, and has already filmed his scenes for 2018's Avengers: Infinity War. The former WWE star has great love for the Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers movies, but he may be looking forward to July's Spider-Man: Homecoming more than any other upcoming MCU release.

Spider-Man: Homecoming is a unique production for the character and Marvel Studios, which took the "creative lead" on the reboot despite Sony Pictures still owning the film property rights to Spider-Man and his likeness. The partnership between Marvel and Sony has potential to be quite fruitful if Homecoming is as good and as commercially successful as other recent MCU releases - and for Marvel Studios, it could have the potential to lead the studio to get the rights to Spider-Man back.

Bautista hinted at the potential of the return of Spider-Man's rights to Marvel Studios in a new interview with his former WWE colleague Chris Jericho on the is former WWE colleague Chris Jericho on the Talk is Jericho podcast. They talk about Bautista's burgeoning movie career, his upcoming roles in the MCU and other movies, and his plans for the future. But the most interesting nugget is the one he dropped about Marvel Studios potentially re-acquiring the rights to Spider-Man. You can listen to the full interview at Podcast One.

Speaking at length about what he loves about Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and other upcoming MCU movies, Bautista commented on his excitement for Homecoming and that it might lead to Spider-Man landing back in the hands of Marvel Studios. Here's what he had to say:

"Spider-Man is the one I'm really looking forward to. I love that kid - I love Tom Holland. I also love that they're staying so true to the comics with this whole series and I think that's because Marvel Studios has gotten involved. I think before, I think it was Sony who had control. And I think they're doing a partnership now, but I think they will - I don't know this for sure - but I think they're going to re-acquire Spider-Man."

The partnership between Marvel Studios and Sony in making Spider-Man: Homecoming could mean big things for the franchise and the MCU moving forward. If Homecoming smashes expectations and improves greatly upon other recent iterations of Spider-Man, it could very well lead to Marvel getting back the rights to the character.

Bautista doesn't appear to be speaking from much inside knowledge on the situation between Marvel Studios and Sony. But Marvel's involvement in the new Spider-Man reboot certainly has Bautista excited, and Spider-Man: Homecoming's influences appear to come from the 1960s Spider-Man comics. Regardless of whether Marvel actually re-acquires the rights to Spider-Man, the studio's work with Sony has the potential for one of the most successful Spidey movies yet.

Source: Talk Is Jericho

Key Release Dates
  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) release date: May 05, 2017
  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) release date: Jul 07, 2017
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017) release date: Nov 03, 2017
  • Black Panther (2018) release date: Feb 16, 2018
  • Avengers: Infinity War / The Avengers 3 (2018) release date: Apr 27, 2018
  • Captain Marvel (2019) release date: Mar 08, 2019
  • The Avengers 4 / Avengers: Endgame (2019) release date: Apr 26, 2019
  • Ant-Man & The Wasp (2018) release date: Jul 06, 2018
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