As many pundits have been speculating, there was always supposed to be a second meaning to the film title Spider-Man: Homecoming. Sony movies boss Tom Rothman confirmed as much to IGN at the Ghostbusters premiere.
Sony did have the sole right to make Spider-Man movies but struck a deal with Marvel which allowed Spidey to appear in Captain America: Civil War, and for Marvel and Sony to join forces on Spider-Man films going forward.
“It is relevant to the story because it takes place in high school and there is a scene at a homecoming dance,” says Rothman of the more obvious reason for the film’s subtitle. “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 shit.’
“We’re really, really fortunate on this,” he adds, “because Marvel and Kevin Feige have really embraced the character, and nobody knows it as well as Marvel. It is another crown jewel of Sony’s for sure.”
Of new Spidey star Tom Holland, Rothman says, “This is that character in all of its youthful complications and I have to save the world and get my chemistry homework done.”