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It’s the geek equivalent of the United States’ pissing match with Cuba. Or not. Maybe.

Marvel and Sony have been having it out over the Spider-Man film rights for years, with an almost unspoken animosity on both sides. Recently a deal was struck whereby Sony would basically loan out the character for appearances in Marvel Studios Films. Here’s the part that’s important, especially that last sentence:

Under the deal, the new Spider-Man will first appear in a Marvel film from Marvel’s Cinematic Universe (MCU). Sony Pictures will thereafter release the next installment of its $4 billion Spider-Man franchise, on July 28, 2017, in a film that will be co-produced by Kevin Feige and his expert team at Marvel and Amy Pascal, who oversaw the franchise launch for the studio 13 years ago. Together, they will collaborate on a new creative direction for the web slinger. Sony Pictures will continue to finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films.

Well, it looks as if Sony is using that creative control to strong-arm Marvel into using an actor of their choosing, Tom Holland, and that the previously reported shoe-in Asa Butterfield is off the table.

According to Collider, who are basing their story off of the the Wrap reporter Jeff Sneider’s comments on the podcast Meet The Movie Press, the shortlist has been whittled down to three names; the previously mentioned Holland, the Marvel favorite Charlie Plummer, and Matthew Lintz, with Butterfield out on his Asa.

The Sony/Marvel deal was struck so an actor would be ready to begin filming scenes for Captain America: Civil War this month, ahead of his own movie/reboot for 2017, though that doesn’t appear to be happening now if this is true, which it may not be according to BirthMoviesDeath.

Devin Faraci says that his sources at Sony were surprised by the Collider story, and that there is no head butting, and in fact the two studios are just being cautious. He goes on to say that according to his sources there are only two names; the previously mentioned Tom Holland, and the not mentioned by the Wrap Charlie Rowe.

At this point nobody but Marvel and Sony knows who will get to don the famous tights, but with Captain America: Civil War less than a year away I think we’ll find out soon. Though, after Sony’s terrible handling of the character, and Marvel pretty much owning superhero movies, I really hope Sony leaves that creative control thing at home.

 

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