With Marvel and Sony teaming up, Spider-Man is now a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which many fans are excited about. This includes Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who can't help but gush about the opportunity to work again on the superhero franchise.
To Feige, the agreement between Marvel and Sony was great, even amazing, saying that it also means a lot on a personal level to him because he thinks a lot of great things can be done with Spider-Man. He thinks Spider-Man is unique because he's a completely different kind of superhero when pitted against everyone else in the Marvel universe.
"I think Spider-Man can serve great purpose in our universe and that's where he belongs," he added.
The Spider-Man deal was only made official in February of this year so there are concerns as to how Marvel will be incorporating the superhero into the Marvel Cinematic Universe relatively late in the game. Feige brushed concerns aside, saying that it's not about when a character shows up but what they do once they are there. Not to mention that Marvel's creative team has always had a backup plan in case Spider-Man does make it to the party.
He also pointed out that they are focusing on relaunching Spider-Man as a standalone. Connectivity is important to ensure the superhero fits in the Marvel universe but it's not the sole objective. Job number one for Marvel is still to get Spider-Man out with his own storylines.
Fans will get a first look at Spider-Man in "Captain America: Civil War" but the film will still be ultimately about Steve Rogers as a sequel to "Winter Soldier." Tom Holland will be joining Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr., Paul Rudd, Jeremy Renner, Scarlett Johansson, Elizabeth Olsen, Don Cheadle and Paul Bettany, to name a few. Each one will have their presence felt in the movie, as directors Joe and Anthony Russo, and screenwriters Steve McFeely and Chris Markus are adept at giving each character enough exposure, said Feige.
"Captain America: Civil War" is due to hit theaters on May 6, 2016. The stand-alone Spider-Man movie is scheduled sometime 2017.