During February of 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios came to a historic agreement where Sony financed, distributed and had final creative control over Spider-Man films while Marvel Studios would produce the film. This served to integrate Peter Parker/Spider-Man for the first time into the already established Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). It received great acclaim from fans, who saw the potential for the character to be in films alongside Iron Man and Captain America as truly great. This led to the first appearance of the character in Captain America: Civil War.
The decision for this was made because fans wanted to see the character in the MCU and also were interested in the character not continuing on in The Amazing Spider-Man series of films since they were not met with the most positive reviews. The Amazing Spider-Man did better with a Tomatometer rating of seventy-two percent and an audience score of seventy-seven percent on Rotten Tomatoes. The Amazing Spider-Man 2 saw a drop with only a fifty-two percent Tomatometer rating and a sixty-five percent audience score via Rotten Tomatoes.
It’s pretty obvious, too, if you spoke to fans, they were not happy with this portrayal of the character. The solution they had proposed was to bring Spider-Man into the MCU. While Spider-Man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War was well received and expectations are good for his first solo outing in Spider-Man: Homecoming, there’s been some confusion from statements by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige and Spider-Man: Homecoming Producer Amy Pascal on the future of Spider-Man films. They do not seem too sure as to how other films involving Spider-Man characters such as Venom connect to the MCU itself.
“For now, there is no plan for Venom in the MCU,” Feige told AlloCine. “It’s a Sony Project.” That was thought to be the plan until Pascal said something much different. “Well, those movies will all take place in the world that we’re now creating for Peter Parker,” Pascal told FILMSTARTS. “They’ll be adjuncts to it, they may be different locations, but it will all be in the same world and they will be connected to each other as well.”
This seems to be a confusing example of crossing wires. Feige spoke on June 13 while Pascal on June 17. Maybe, there were further decisions made about these films and their relationship to the MCU in the four-day window? That’s the question fans have to decide for themselves. There does not appear to be too much clarification on what exactly the reason is for the confusion between the two statements. Perhaps, Sony were the ones who made the call on it since they do retain final creative control?
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Feige seems not to be too excited about the idea of all of these other characters Sony is bringing in. Yet, what this might illustrate is the breaking down of communication between Sony and Marvel. They may begin to have problems with the way they go about doing their work. Could this indeed be it for the partnership that seemed to redefine how studios could partner together on superhero films? Time will be what answers that question.