Marvel was forced to make a tough decision back in the 90s when the company as a whole found itself facing bankruptcy, as comic sales were simply not what they had been. In an attempt to keep going, the firm decided to sell off the film rights to a number of their properties including many of their largest names such as the X-Men and its mutant characters, bought by 20th Century Fox, and the always popular Spider-Man which was purchased by Sony. Marvel has since made use of the characters it retained, bringing the Avengers team to the big-screen in 2012, followed by continuing success with lesser-known heroes such as Ant-Man and the Guardians of the Galaxy.
Having struck a deal with Sony last year, Marvel now has the ability to place Spider-Man within its cinematic universe (MCU), which set a precedent for inter-studio world building. With the two studios having made the first move and breaking down barriers on this front, it may only be a matter of time until we see more of this studio sharing.
With that, Deadpool director Tim Miller has spoken with SuperHeroHype for the blu-ray release of his highly successful film, and during the interview Miller stated that he and producer Simon Kinberg “have been trying to build bridges” between the studios in order to have Tom Holland‘s rebooted Spider-Man/Peter Parker appear alongside Ryan Reynolds’ Deadpool/Wade Wilson.
Kinberg himself talked about their standing with Marvel movie chief Kevin Feige and the potential for collaboration going forward:
“I would love to see it. Both of us are close with [Marvel’s] Kevin [Feige], we respect and love Kevin. If it were even remotely possible, we will find a way ’cause we’d would love to see it. … I just don’t know if it would be possible.”
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Spider-Man: Homecoming is scheduled to swing into cinemas July 7th, 2017.