During the red carpet premiere of Paul Feig's Ghostbusters, Sony Pictures Chairman, Tom Rothman, took some time to discuss Spider-Man: Homecoming, the first solo Spidey film that will be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
"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 nobody knows it as well as Marvel," Rothman told IGN. " It is another crown jewel of Sony's for sure."
He then explains the double entendre title. "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. 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 also raved about the film's young star, Tom Holland. "He's fantastic!" he exclaimed before explaining why Holland's Spidey trumps the previous incarnations played by Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield. "This is it. This is that character in all of its youthful complications and 'I have to save the world and get my chemistry homework done.'"
And how important is the addition of Robert Downey Jr. to the cast? "It's very important. It's wonderful commercially, but that's not why. You can see the beginnings of the relationship that was established in Civil War, so it was very important from a character part of the story, and I think fans will really be rewarded by the character growth between them."
The cast features Tom Holland (In the Heart of the Sea) as Spider-Man/Peter Parker, Marisa Tomei (My Cousin Vinny) as Aunt May, and Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) as Tony Stark/Iron Man, and Michael Keaton (Batman) as The Vulture. It also includes Zendaya (K.C. Undercover), Donald Glover (The Martian), Martin Starr (Silicon Valley) Laura Harrier (One Life to Live), Kenneth Choi (The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Michael Barbieri (The Dark Tower), Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Michael Mando (Better Call Saul), Selenis Leyva (Orange is the New Black), Tony Revolori (The Grand Budapest Hotel), Isabella Amara (The Boss), Jorge Lendeborg, Jr. (Graceland), JJ Totah (Liv and Maddie), Hannibal Buress (30 Rock), Abraham Attah (Beasts of No Nation), Tyne Daly (Cagney and Lacey) and Bokeem Woodbine (Fargo).
The film is being directed by Jon Watts (Cop Car, Clown), based on a script by Vacation and Horrible Bosses screenwriters, John Francis Daley and Jonathan M. Goldstein.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be released on July 7, 2017.