Marvel Studios made history when they reached a deal with Sony Pictures to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and Peter Parker will be seen standing alongside The Avengers in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War when Tom Holland takes on the role of the iconic wall-crawler.
In a recent Q&A to promote the release of Avengers: Age of Ultron on DVD and Blu-ray, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige spilled the beans on making that deal happen:
“Making that agreement … was great, and was really amazing, and on a personal level making these movies, it means a lot because I think we can do great things with Spider-Man. I think Spider-man can serve great purpose in our universe and that’s where he belongs. That was what was unique about him in the comics was not that he was the only superhero in the world; it’s that he was a totally different kind of superhero when compared against all the other ones in the Marvel universe at the time.”
However, there was of course always a chance that the deal wouldn’t become a reality, but Marvel being Marvel, it turns out that they planned for that from the very start as well:
“This has been a dream of ours for a long time,. We always had contingency plans, which we always do anyway. Are we going to be able to make another deal with this actor? If so, we’re going to do this; if not, we’re going to do this. If we get the rights to a certain character, that’s great; we’re going to do this. If not, we’re going to do this. We always sort of operate under those various alternate timelines available and ready to shift if something happens.”
As for where Spider-Man has been up until this point and how he’s going to fit into the Marvel Cinematic Universe with his own standalone movie, Feige explained:
“It’s not about when you show up, it’s about what you do once you’re there. The most important thing as a standalone is relaunching Spider-Man in his own standalone movie with his own storylines that fits into this universe. That is job number one for us. … The connectivity is great, but it doesn’t drive the train.”
Feige then went on to reiterate that despite the importance of Spider-Man, Captain America: Civil War is still very much Steve Rogers’ movie and a follow-up to The Winter Soldier. What do you think about these comments from the Marvel boss? Let us know your thoughts in the usual place!