Fans have been eagerly awaiting Tom Holland’s solo debut as the friendly neighborhood webslinger since he was recruited by Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) in Captain America: Civil War. With exciting casting news, set photos, and storyline details concerning Spider-Man: Homecoming starting to surface, the idea of Spidey making his way home to Marvel is becoming more and more of a reality.
Thanks to the property sharing deal between Sony Studios and Marvel, the hype for the new Spider-Man’s first solo entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is as real as ever. When the big bosses are just as thrilled as the fans are that can only mean one thing – Spider-Man: Homecoming may wind up being one heck of a film.
Speaking of big bosses, Tom Rothman, Sony Pictures Chairman, took a few moments to discuss Spider-Man with IGN, at the red carpet premier of Ghostbusters. And he had plenty of great things to say, including why he thinks Tom Holland is the best Spider-Man yet and how lucky they are to have Marvel on the team. Rothman explained how nobody knows Spider-Man as well as Marvel:
"Here's the thing I can tell you: We're really, really fortunate on this because Marvel and Kevin Feige have really embraced the character, and nobody knows it as well as Marvel. It is another crown jewel of Sony's for sure."
He went on to discuss what Spider-Man: Homecoming’s double entendre title really means and tease a scene:
"It's relevant to the story because it takes place in high school and there is a scene -- that I guess I can give a little thing -- at a homecoming dance. I've actually seen the dailies of it because we already did the high school shooting of it in the first couple weeks. It's fantastic! But it's also a homecoming to Marvel. And a homecoming to the cinematic universe that Spider-Man belongs in. So it's a pretty unprecedented deal between two studios, but we're really proud of it. And all I can tell you is, those guys at Marvel -- I think the technical term is -- they know their sh-t."
Rothman’s love for Tom Holland as the new Spider-Man was apparent as he raved about the actor’s abilities over previous incarnations of Spidey:
“He's fantastic! This is it. This is that character in all of its youthful complications and I have to save the world and get my chemistry homework done.”
When asked about the importance of getting Iron Man/Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) cast in the firm he responded with:
"It's very important. It's wonderful commercially, but that's not why. You can see the beginnings of the relationship that was established in Civil War, so it was very important from a character part of the story, and I think fans will really be rewarded by the character growth between them."
He ended his spur-of-the-moment interview with some very positive words:
“It’s gonna be fun, I gotta say, we feel really, really lucky."
If this isn't enough to get fans even more excited for what seems to be Spidey’s triumphant return to “where he belongs,” we don’t know what is! Of course, studio executives wouldn’t say anything negative about their own upcoming films, but during the interview anyone could tell that Rothman was genuinely enthusiastic about Spider-Man: Homecoming, especially when it comes to Tom Holland’s “fantastic” performance.
Captain America: Civil War is in theaters now. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 – May 5, 2017; Spider-Man: Homecoming – July 7, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok – November 3, 2017; Black Panther – February 16, 2018; Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 – May 4, 2018; Ant-Man and the Wasp – July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel – March 8, 2019; Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 – May 3, 2019; and as-yet untitled Marvel movies on July 12, 2019, and on May 1, July 10, and November 6 in 2020.