SPIDER-MAN Was Included In The Planning Of Phase 3


In October 2014, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige took the stage in Hollywood and let the world know Marvel’s grand plan for Phase Three. Three months later, the biggest Marvel superhero there is - Spider-Man – was added to the plan. That happened when Sony, the company which controls the movie rights to the web-slinger, came to an agreement with Marvel over creative control of the character and allowed his incorporation into the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

You’d think Spider-Man joining the MCU would have been a shake up of epic proportions. Not the case, according to Feige. In our interview for Avengers: Age of Ultron, the Marvel president gave us a little peek at how Marvel works by explaining that they had a plan already in place in case Spider-Man became available again. Read Feige’s quote about the Marvel Spiderman movie below.

You made the Phase Three announcement in October, planning through 2019. Then a few months later, Marvel’s biggest character becomes available. How drastically did the Phase Three plans change when Spider-Man was back in the mix? 

As you might have imagined, that had been in the works for a long, long, long, long time. And we had, as we often do, mapped out various alternatives if things don’t happen. So we had a plan how it would continue without him and we have a plan how now it will continue with him. I wouldn’t say it was “drastic” but we were certainly happy when it all came together.

Badass Digest spoke with Kevin Feige at the Avengers: Age of Ultron press junket and this was one of the first things they asked him about. His reply was reassuring:

For as forward thinking as we always try to be, there’s only so far you can tend to think, and our plan is fairly solid for those four or five years. I’ve never considered it in the Rom Spaceknight vernacular, necessarily..

So much of the anxiety at Marvel has been ‘Who do we have contracts with, who is still involved’? You want to plot out all these years of imagination based on amazing comics, but you need real people to make time in their lives to do, and to make career decisions to do it. That has been the hardest thing to manage… but for the first time, that’s all settled. It’s all settled through [2019]. It’s all set. And we’re able to focus now just on [telling stories].

It’s everything we announced last October, and we’ve added your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man to the mix… and it’s all set.

Is Infinity War the end of the road? Is it a reboot?

Here’s what I know: the movies will continue. With whom and how? I’m not even thinking about it now. 

Also below is a new interview (via IGN) with Feige in which he talks more about Marvel's take on Spider-Man and compares the reboot to Batman Begins.


There are a few takeaways here. First is the simple good business of Marvel, preparing for all scenarios. The second is Marvel was confident enough that Spider-Man was going to drop back into their laps to have contingencies ready. They wouldn’t have made a plan just for fun.

Source: /Film

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