Tom Rothman, Chairman of Sony, recently gave us a few updates around the upcoming Spider-Man projects in the franchise, including the fourth Spider-Man solo outing set within the MCU, alongside Sony’s spinoff movie like Madame Web which has already bagged Dakota Johnson for the role.
While talking with Deadline, Rothman talked about Spidey’s place among the various franchise at Sony.
Here’s what Tom Rothman said:
“Uncharted, Jumanji, Spider-Man. We have our Marvel business, which breaks into three tranches,” Rothman said. “There are the Spider-Man movies, and we’re currently at work on two Spider-Verse sequels to our Oscar-winning animated movie, with Lord and Miller,” he continued, while referring to Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse and Beyond the Spider-Verse, the forthcoming sequels to 2018’s Into the Spider-Verse.
What are the next plans for Sony’s Spiderverse?
“We hope to get working on the next Spider-Man movie,” Rothman added, referring to the next MCU Spider-Man film Sony will co-produce with Marvel Studios. When asked if the MCU’s Spider-Man 4 would feature the return of director Jon Watts and stars Tom Holland and Zendaya, the chairman replied, “That whole group, we hope.”
Watts has so far, directed all three Marvel Studios and Sony’s Marvel Cinematic Universe Spider-Man films so far, with the most recent one being last year’s No Way Home. Moreover, all these three movies starred Tom Holland as Spider-Man while Zendaya appeared as Michelle “MJ” Jones-Watson and Jacob Batalon made his appearance as Need Leeds. However, it is yet to be seen if director Jonn Watts will return to direct the fourth entry in the popular fan-favorite franchise. Watts had recently stepped down from the director’s chair of Marvel’s Fantastic Four reboot, revealing that he wanted to take a break from superhero movies for the future.
Sony Is Also Working on Madame Webb and Kraven the Hunter
Sony and Marvel are yet to green-light a fourth Spider-Man film officially, Marvel President Kevin Feige and Spidey franchise producer Amy Pascal had previously stated that they are working out the web crawler’s future within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. “Amy and I and Disney and Sony are talking about — yes, we’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next, which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after [Spider-Man:] Far From Home,” Feige said. “That will not be occurring this time.”
Heading to the Deadline interview with Rothman, where he also discussed a few Sony projects that he describes as being “adjunct to the Spider-Man universe,” namely the forthcoming spinoff movies Madame Webb and Kraven the Hunter.
“That’s Kraven, which we’re shooting now, and Madame Web, which we’ll start in the spring with S.J. Clarkson directing,” he said. “And then there are many Marvel characters that are standalone.”
Kraven the Hunter will hit the theaters on January 13, 2023, and Madame Web will hit the theaters on July 7, 2023.