In a recent interview with Fandango, Spider-Man Homecoming director, Jon Watts, dished the dirt on all things Spidey.
Here’s the highlights:
- We’ve heard before that the Vulture’s alter-ego, Adrian Toomes, will be the head of a company that cleans up after superhero battles. Watts confirms that company is actually Damage Control, from the comics.
- There’s definitely an after-credits scene (duh!).
- Sony’s Venom movie has no connection to the MCU.
- All of Marvel’s directors are aware of what’s happening in the rest of Marvel’s films, so that if something shifts somewhere, they need to know how that shift ripples and whether or not it affects that director’s movie.
- There will be plenty of Easter Eggs in the film.
- John Hughes movies were a big inspiration (something Kevin Feige said from the beginning), with some obvious references and some subtler hints all thrown in. Weird Science is name-dropped.
Also, Fandango aside, we’ve got an interesting report/rumor from LaineyGossip that suggests Gwyneth Paltrow will make her return in the film as Pepper Potts.
It’s all very interesting, but the worst is yet to come. Yesterday, Amy Paschal, the Sony part of the Marvel-Sony deal bringing Spider-Man to life, gave a quick interview at CinemaCon to CosmicBookNews.com, which suggests that Spider-Man may bow out of the MCU after the already announced sequel:
“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often.
“In fact, it may never happen again–after we do the sequel.
“Because Sony and Disney and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU, and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film, and I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you know you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would never been able to do in any other way. So, it was a very selfless thing that was very smart on the part of all the companies.”
Of course, and thankfully, this is not confirmation. I have a feeling that this movie will be so well received and make so much money that Sony will see it is in their best interests to re-up the deal with Marvel and Disney. But if Sony is thinking this way, it would explain their eagerness to jump-start something without Marvel in Venom and the Silver Sable flicks.
Let’s be real here. If ever there was a property that you can make work on multiple levels, it’s Spider-Man. My recommendation to Sony here is to can the Venom film (leave Venom to the Homecoming set and the MCU) and focus instead on better heroes, heroes that fans have been clamoring for, that Sony can have free creative control on (and hopefully great success) apart from the MCU, while still honoring their Marvel deal and respecting the fans: Miles Morales and Spider-Gwen. As these two characters exist in an alternate reality from Peter Parker’s Spidey, you can do anything you want with them. And, if they want, they can even have Holland’s Spidey make a cameo appearance as a non-powered person in said alternate worlds. Or, better yet, you have an event-level movie where the realities cross-over and Holland’s Spidey meets the other heroes for adventures and whatnot.
But I digress… Feel free to leave your thoughts below.