The sharing of Spider-Man license between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios is one of a kind. The reason Marvel was able to even put the character in Captain America: Civil War was because Sony Pictures decided to scrap their planned Spider-Verse after Amazing Spider-Man 2 failed to perform as well as they had hoped. They obviously have very high standards as the film’s box office reached over $700 million, which is more than most of Marvel Studios’ films. Still, to the joy of Marvel movies fans, Sony and Marvel struck a deal that allowed Spidey to join the MCU and allowed Marvel to give Sony a hand in rebooting the series. With Marvel’s box office totals topping an amazing $9,000,000,000 (that’s a lotta zeros) in worldwide total box office sales, we can see that those are some pretty capable hands.
Umberto Gonzales of HeroicHollywood is reporting that last week a handful of Sony executives were screened early footage of Captain America: Civil War so they could approve of the Spider-Man footage. It is unclear what amount of control these executives could exercise on the character’s representation, one would imagine that costly reshoots would create a fragmentation between these two studios unique partnership. We suspect that if this actually occurred it was likely more of a contractual obligation more than anything else.
Tom Holland is set to portray Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War hitting theaters May 6th, 2016 and again in the untitled Spider-Man reboot scheduled for July 28th, 2017.