Sony Pictures Entertainment was running out of options for its most valuable film franchise, Spider-Man. After 15 years and five movies of web-slinging, and $4 billion in global box office, the studio was struggling to give the character a much-needed reset. So in early 2015, Sony's top two executives, Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal, flew to the Palm Beach, Fla., home of Marvel Entertainment Chief Executive Isaac Perlmutter, who'd spent months lobbying Sony to let his company, owned by rival Walt Disney Co., reboot the popular hero. It was an extraordinary proposition for Sony -- to lend the keys to its lucrative property to a rival. But Sony was finally willing to swallow its pride to get a Spider-Man movie made by the most successful superhero producer ever, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige.
Spider-Man made his Marvel Cinematic Universe debut in "Captain America: Civil War," and he'll be back in 2017 with his own blockbuster. "Spider-Man: Homecoming" will hit theaters this summer, and Marvel announced that first trailer is debuting on a late night talk show. On Wednesday morning, Marvel used Twitter to reveal that the "Spider-Man: Homecoming" trailer will debut on Thursday. Fans should tune into "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" at 11:35 p.m. EST on ABC to be the first to see the promo video. Along with the announcement, Marvel released 17 seconds of footage (seen above).
Sony's other Spider-Man movie is taking a big swing forward. The studio has set Dope and The Get Down star Shameik Moore to voice Miles Morales in their animated Spider-Man project, Mashable has confirmed. Also coming on board is Liev Schreiber (Ray Donovan), who'll voice the as-yet-unnamed villain. SEE ALSO: Spider-Man spinoff'Venom' coming in 2018, for real this time? First introduced in 2011, Miles Morales is a black Latino teenager who took over the Spider-Man mantle after the death of Peter Parker in the Ultimate timeline.
NEW YORK – "Spider-Man: Homecoming" swung past expectations, opening with an estimated $117 million in North America and giving a Sony Pictures a much needed hit. "Homecoming" was one of the biggest tests yet for the notion that domestic moviegoers are growing weary of sequels and reboots and suffering so-called "franchise fatigue." ''Homecoming" kicks off the third "Spider-Man" iteration in the last 15 years, and the second reboot since 2014's "The Amazing Spider-Man," with Andrew Garfield. But Sony has kept Spider-Man airborne. For "Homecoming," the studio returned to Spider-Man's teenage roots, casting Tom Holland in the part.
The new Spider-Man film will be called Spider-Man: Homecoming, it has been confirmed. Sony Pictures chairman Tom Rothman revealed the title at CinemaCon in Las Vegas on Tuesday evening. He said it was designed to reference its high-school-aged star, but also to show that "Peter [Parker] is trying to find his way home." The film, which will star British actor Tom Holland as Spider-Man, is due to be released in July 2017. He is the third actor to take on the role, following in the footsteps of fellow Brit Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire.