In case Captain America: Civil War hadn’t already made it clear, Sony and Marvel’s deal to introduce Peter Parker/Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe is paying off in spades right now. As production on next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming continues as well, with one of the best casts in any superhero movie ever assembled for it, the film is looking more and more like the most promising Spider-Man solo outing yet.
While attending the recent Los Angeles premiere for Ghostbusters also, Sony Chairman Tom Rothman spoke with IGN about Homecoming, and believe it or not, he may even be more excited about the film than some fans are.
“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 no one knows it as well as Marvel. It is another crown jewel of Sony’s for sure, but Homecoming the name, is a double entendre on purpose because 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.”
I honestly, never in my life, would have thought that I’d hear an executive at Sony say such a damn perfect statement about the Spider-Man character, especially in regards to the character always having belonged in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It seems odd considering it was only two years ago that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 came out and there was a deluge of Spider-Man Cinematic Universe spin-offs in the works, but it feels so completely and utterly amazing to hear because of that at the same time.
Rothman went on to heap even more praise on Holland’s performance as the character too, something he’s been on the receiving end of quite a bit ever since Civil War‘s release:
“The other thing that’s fantastic is that, and you all will know if you’ve seen Civil War, is that Tom Holland – he’s fantastic! We love all of the pre-existing movies, and all of the previous incarnations, but 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.’”
And how important was it for them as well, to sign Robert Downey Jr. in the movie? Bringing back Peter’s burgeoning mentor for the new film:
“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.”
Rothman isn’t subtle in these comments, he acknowledges the commercial opportunities and advantages that having RDJ in Homecoming means, but the fact that he not only addresses that, but also goes on to tease Peter and Tony’s growing relationship in the movie and how important it is to the story, is what makes his comments here so completely and utterly perfect.
(In the interview, Rothman does mention that the homecoming dance scene he’s referring to will be like something out of a John Hughes movie as well, which we’ve already heard about from both Kevin Feige and director Jon Watts previously.)
It just seems like, whichever way you look at it, Homecoming is going to be the kind of coming-of-age, superhero movie that Spider-Man fans deserve. Peter Parker is by and large, the most relatable hero in all of comic book history, and for good reason. I’m about as happy as I could possibly be to see Sony and Marvel coming together to acknowledge and pay tribute to that very fact as well. You should just see the stupid smile on my face right now reading Rothman’s comments.
Spider-Man: Homecoming is set to hit theatres on July 7th, 2017.
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