Hollywood just put the “amazing” in the long-speculated “amazing fantasy” of many Spider-Man fans.
Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures announced last week a joint deal, the two studios will now share big-screen use of the webslinger, who will swing forthcoming films by the two studios.
Sony, which launched Spidey’s film franchise so successfully 13 years ago with director Sam Raimi, will effectively retain primary custody of Peter Parker. The studio “will continue to finance, distribute, own and have financial creative control” of Spider-Man films, according to a joint statement released Monday.
But Sony and Marvel are collaborating “on a new creative direction” for Spidey, according to the release at Marvel.com.
In other words, Spider-Man should finally get to play with the Avengers and other characters in Marvel’s “cinematic universe” (MCU).
Similarly, the two studios are “exploring opportunities to integrate” MCU characters into Spider-Man films.
Put more simply: It’s open playground time.
Shepherding this partnership is Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige and Amy Pascal, who just stepped down as Sony co-chairman, in the wake of her leaked emails during “The Interview” brouhaha. Pascal, who reportedly is launching a production venture at Sony, was the executive who helped kick off the franchise’s blockbuster success more than a decade ago.