Spider-Man’s appearance was considered one of the major highlights of Captain America: Civil War. Considering how well-regarded the film is, that’s quite an achievement. His next standalone adventure is currently shooting, under the watchful eyes of Sony and Marvel. They’ve already locked in a big star in Michael Keaton, and you can read his first thoughts on the film here. We also have an explanation behind the film’s title.
It’s fair to say Keaton wasn’t giving much away when he sat down with Haute Living. He talked to them about The Founder, the story of how McDonald’s came to be. While he was fine talking about that, he was a little more guarded about his Spider-Man role. He called Homecoming a “big budget movie that will be an awful lot of fun.”
Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony Pictures, was a lot more open when he talked to IGN. It sounds like their working relationship alongside Marvel has yet to hit a snag:
Here’s the thing I can tell you: We’re really, really fortunate on this because Marvel and Kevin Feige have really embraced the character and no one knows him as well as Marvel. It is another crown jewel of Sony’s for sure. But Homecoming, the name, is a double entendre on purpose, right?
Rothman didn’t leave us with that tease, as he went more in depth on what the title means for the film:
It’s relevant to the story because it takes place in high school and there is a scene — that I guess I can give a little thing — at a homecoming dance. I’ve actually seen the dailies of it because we already did the high school shooting of it in the first couple weeks and it’s fantastic. But it’s also a homecoming to Marvel. And a homecoming to the cinematic universe that Spider-Man belongs in. So it’s a pretty unprecedented deal between two studios, but we’re really proud of it. And all I can tell you is, those guys at Marvel — I think the technical term is — they know their sh-t.
Rothman didn’t stop there. He went as far as to say that Marvel was already doing a better job with the character than Sony ever has:
We love all of the pre-existing movies and everybody and all the incarnations, but this is it. This is that character in all his youthful complications and ‘I have to save the world and get my chemistry homework done, and which am I going to do.’ I truly can’t wait ’til next summer.
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