Kevin Feige has been discussing Marvel’s plans for Spider-Man, telling Collider (opens in new tab) that signing up the famous wall-crawler had been a studio goal for some time. However, there were contingencies in place had things not panned out, giving us an insight into just how methodically Marvel plans out its box office domination…
“Making that agreement with Amy [Pascal] and Mike [De Luca] and Tom Rothman at Sony was great and really amazing,” says Feige. “On a personal level making these movies it means a lot because you can do great things with Spider-Man and he can serve a great purpose in our universe, and that’s where he belongs. That’s what was unique about him in the comics, not that he was the only superhero in the world, it was that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against the other ones in the Marvel universe. It means a lot and now we better not screw it up.”
“The most important thing is the stand alone movie, re-launching Spider-Man with a stand alone movie with a new storyline that fits into this universe,” continues Feige. “That’s job number one for us. And as is the case, the connectivity is great but it doesn’t drive the train…”
“This has been a dream of ours for a long time, and we always had contingency plans. Are we going to be able to make another movie with this actor? If we are then we’ll do this, if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character that’d be great, then we’d do this, if not, we’d do this. So we always sort of operate with those alternate timelines available and are ready to shift if something happens.” You don’t make a billion-dollar movie franchise by accident… Directed by Jon Watts and starring Tom Holland, Spider-Man will open on July 28, 2017.