Tom Rothman Teases Sony and Marvel’s Plans for the ‘Spider-Man’ Franchise

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Following his debut in Captain America: Civil War, the new cinematic Spider-Man will go on to star in his own film, Spider-Man: Homecoming, next year. Beyond that and an animated movie in 2018, Spidey’s big screen future is unknown. If Homecoming is a hit, there will inevitably be sequels, while the character can always pop up in another Marvel Studios film. Now, Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman teases what to expect.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Rothman weighs in on Sony’s plans for Spider-Man. He confirms that there are still plans to create a Spider-Man “universe,” and the studio wishes to continue its “fantastic” collaboration with Marvel.

Sony previously attempted to launch a cinematic universe with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with planned spin-off films for Sinister SixVenom and an unnamed female character. Of course, that movie was a disappointment, spin-off plans were shelved, and Sony struck a deal with Marvel Studios to reboot the franchise. A new screenwriter for Venom was hired this year, with the report saying that it was unconnected to the MCU. But, in light of Rothman’s comments here, could those plans change?

When asked about which studio has the “greenlight authority” when it comes to Spider-Man, Rothman says, “Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing.” He then says that he is more interested in making money from this franchise than cutting costs. “…sometimes you make money by trimming costs and sometimes by investing in things that are profitable. A movie like Spider-Man by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive. But it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night.”

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Additionally, Rothman teases the animated Spider-Man film, produced by Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Calling it a “breakthrough animated sensation,” Rothman is very confident in this project. “…it has a very breakthrough look to it, and a fantastic story, and it’s independent from our Marvel Spider-Man.”

For THR’s full interview with Rothman, where he discusses the Ghostbusters backlash and offers a James Bond update, click HERE.

Spider-Man: Homecoming swings into theaters on July 7th, 2017. The untitled animated movie arrives on December 21st, 2018.

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