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Tom Rothman lays out Sony's Spider-Man relationship with Marvel Studios

06.23.2016

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How does this whole Spider-Man thing work between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios, following the groundbreaking arrangement struck between the two companies regarding this one particular character and the world he inhabits? That's been a big question people have been trying to figure out since it was announced that both studios would be partnering up to bring Spider-Man into the Marvel Cinematic Universe while effectively rebooting him on the fly for his rights-owner. Who calls the shots? How long will this last? Are both sides happy with the progress being made? 

In a new profile by The Hollywood Reporter, Tom Rothman - the Chairman of Sony Pictures - talks about everyone's plans for Spider-Man, how the hierarchy works for this particular property and how likely Marvel and Sony are to work together more in the future to keep this gravy train rolling. 

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-Man in 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.

You're preaching to the choir, Tom. After those Marc Webb films, you're not the only one who seems to be sleeping well at night knowing that Spider-Man is in the hands of those who seem to care about him and get him. For you, that means a ton of money. For the rest of us, that means an awesome Spider-Man to look forward to. 

SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING opens in theaters on July 7, 2017.

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1:36PM on 06/24/2016

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9:26AM on 06/24/2016
I'm so happy that after Spiderman 3 and the Amazing Spiderman films, Sony has finally seen the light. I love it that the partnership seems to be working well for both studios. And I'm so happy that we'll hopefully be getting the best onscreen version of Spiderman in years. He's easily my favourite superhero, so I'm very excited about how this turns out.
I'm so happy that after Spiderman 3 and the Amazing Spiderman films, Sony has finally seen the light. I love it that the partnership seems to be working well for both studios. And I'm so happy that we'll hopefully be getting the best onscreen version of Spiderman in years. He's easily my favourite superhero, so I'm very excited about how this turns out.
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8:14AM on 06/24/2016
"Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing"
Meaning, we don't know what we're doing anymore with Spider-Man.
"Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing"
Meaning, we don't know what we're doing anymore with Spider-Man.
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1:49AM on 06/24/2016
"We have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing."

"Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night."

Sweet, sweet music to my ears. Keep doing things just like that!.
"We have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing."

"Knowing that Marvel has such a clear, creative vision, I sleep very well at night."

Sweet, sweet music to my ears. Keep doing things just like that!.
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8:06AM on 06/24/2016
Amen to that...Amen!
Amen to that...Amen!
8:01PM on 06/23/2016
Some weird emotional reactions in the comments. Nothing about this is controversial. If it's anything at all, it's reassuring. Sony bankrolls the movies but keeps its filthy hands off the story. What else can you really ask for? (Besides the return of JK Simmons)
Some weird emotional reactions in the comments. Nothing about this is controversial. If it's anything at all, it's reassuring. Sony bankrolls the movies but keeps its filthy hands off the story. What else can you really ask for? (Besides the return of JK Simmons)
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1:51AM on 06/24/2016
Bizarre reactions. I can't think of what not to be excited about given the Spider-Man we were shown in Civil War. Perhaps they haven't read the older comics? I haven't read the new ones so.....
Bizarre reactions. I can't think of what not to be excited about given the Spider-Man we were shown in Civil War. Perhaps they haven't read the older comics? I haven't read the new ones so.....
6:53PM on 06/23/2016

Keep him away from Marvel Property

I'm sure that is written into Marvels contracts, same with launching Avi Arad to the moon.
I'm sure that is written into Marvels contracts, same with launching Avi Arad to the moon.
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6:38PM on 06/23/2016
None of the MCU films are better than Spider-man 2. Heck, I think Spider-man 1 and the first Amazing Spider-man films are as good or better than most the MCU films. I honestly don't know why I'm supposed to be excited for another Spider-man reboot just becasue Marvel is involved. Is it because Iron man will show up this time? I actually feel that knowing that any of the Avengers can show up at any time to help Peter takes away something special about the character.
None of the MCU films are better than Spider-man 2. Heck, I think Spider-man 1 and the first Amazing Spider-man films are as good or better than most the MCU films. I honestly don't know why I'm supposed to be excited for another Spider-man reboot just becasue Marvel is involved. Is it because Iron man will show up this time? I actually feel that knowing that any of the Avengers can show up at any time to help Peter takes away something special about the character.
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1:47AM on 06/24/2016
....because Civil War was the fist time Spider-Man was...... well Spider-Man?
....because Civil War was the fist time Spider-Man was...... well Spider-Man?
5:16PM on 06/23/2016

Fuck all this!

I at times have a hard time sleeping at night because of this nonsense! Why can't Spider-Man be like Tobey Maguire's MCU-less trilogy and why does the ASM franchise have to end with unresolved conflicts and cliffhangers?
I at times have a hard time sleeping at night because of this nonsense! Why can't Spider-Man be like Tobey Maguire's MCU-less trilogy and why does the ASM franchise have to end with unresolved conflicts and cliffhangers?
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1:46AM on 06/24/2016
God no!
God no!
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