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SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING (2017): Sony Still Holding Out For “Shared” Universe

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Sony Pictures expresses interest in creating a shared Spider-Man universe. The company hopes to continue collaborating with Marvel on the superhero franchise after the release of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

 The news comes from none other than Sony head Tom Rothman, who in his capacity as chief of the company worked with Marvel on producing the previous Spider-Man films. Now that Marvel is playing a bigger role in adapting the stories of it’s resident wallcrawler for the big screen, Sony’s role in the films has been lessened. However, Rothman is still holding out on the possibility that Sony will be able to play a role in it’s partner’s take on the character and the universe he inhabits:

Since you teamed with Marvel, do you plan to make a whole Spider-Man universe? Do you have plans for more work with Marvel?

Yes to both those questions. It’s been fantastic, our relationship with Marvel.

Who has greenlight authority?

Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing. We start shooting the new Spider-Manin Atlanta [in mid-June].

Do you want to trim the costs of that franchise?

I don’t want to trim costs. I want to make money. And sometimes you make money by trimming costs and sometimes by investing in things that are profitable. A movie like Spider-Man by Marvel, that’s not inexpensive. But it’s a great investment. Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night.

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