Sony Chairman Stating That Spider-Man’s Creative Control Was Given to Marvel Because They Know What They’re Doing Resurfaces


The recent split between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios have left fans devastated and extremely curious concerning the future of Spider-Man. The most recent Spider-Man film, Spider-Man: Far From Home passed the billion dollar gross profit mark, which isn’t a surprise for the fan favourite teenage hero’s franchise, and yet the hero’s future is at stake. Many hardcore fans have been partial in their opinions, taking sides and blaming different parties for the split, however recent information has revealed that Sony’s take on the collaboration has changed after the past few years of successful films. 


Spider-Man Information Revealed From Sony Hack

Spider-Man Information Revealed From Sony Hack
Sony secured the rights to portraying Spider-Man since 1985, and has been in a deal with Marvel to portray the hero in the MCU


The famous Sony hack revealed that the company had dealt with significant changes after the mediocre box office returns from The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which initiated Marvel Studios to approach Sony with a collaboration with Spider-Man. The information revealed from the hack inevitably worsened the situation when fans, as well as the general population learned that Spider-Man had a high possibility of joining the MCU, which, as a result, put pressure on Sony to accept the deal. The Sony chief of that time, Tom Rothman, was also eager to let Disney’s money making franchise take the reigns of the character. 


Tom Rothman On Marvel Agreement

Tom Rothman On Marvel Agreement
Rothman has been the Chairman of Sony Pictures since 2013


Right after Spider-Man’s appearance in Captain America: Civil War, and before the production for Spider-Man: Homecoming commenced, Rothman had revealed that Sony trusted the expertise that Marvel Studios had to offer. 


“Sony has the ultimate authority. But we have deferred the creative lead to Marvel, because they know what they’re doing,” Rothman said.


Advantages Of Sharing Spider-Man With Marvel

He continued to explain how Sony’s partnership with Marvel was an obvious investment in the future, when it comes to profits and viewership, even if it was fairly expensive for the studio at the time of the deal. 


“I don’t want to cut down on costs. I want to make money. And sometimes you gain money by cutting costs and sometimes by investing in things that will be very profitable,” Rothman said. “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.”

Source: Comicbook, Business Insider

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