Is Spidey’s MCU Homecoming shaping up to be a brief, finite one? Here’s a clip via cosmicbooknews.com of former Sony chairperson & Spider-Man: Homecoming producer Amy Pascal discussing Sony’s Spidey and the MCU at CinemaCon in Las Vegas. What Spider-fans are focusing on right now is Pascal seemingly saying that Marvel and Sony’s deal doesn’t expand past the sequel to Spider-Man: Homecoming. Now why would she say this? First off, watch the clip:
One possibility: They just announced two new pictures featuring three Spider-Man characters that apparently has no ties to Spider-Man. They’re also low on cash. What better way to get some cash than to press Marvel to extend the Spidey/MCU deal? Sony may feel Pascal’s comment adds pressure. Meanwhile, Kevin Feige is lighting cigars with thousand dollar bills.
Another possibility? One thing outdoor folks will tell you is to appear bigger than you are when confronted with the threat of a wild animal. If you see a black bear, stretch yourself up and raise your arms, expanding them out – to look bigger. Act a little crazy and make the animal think twice about confronting you. The same rule applies in business and film: if there is blood in the water, try to make it look like you hold more cards than you really do. Sony’s blood is definitely in the water; it is hemorrhaging cash. Her posture here makes me wonder if Disney hasn’t already voiced an interest in buying Sony Pictures away from the parent company to get Spider-Man back. So she, and the studio, may be trying to look more important than they actually are now. Perhaps they think Marvel has saved their studio by creatively righting the Spidey ship and giving them a film they can maybe make a lot of money on. Or they’re just trying to put on appearances to try and drive the price up for any buyout offer. After all, Pascal would have you believe this was all so “selfless,” as she says, of all the studios involved to do this. Haha!!
Either way, Pascal’s posturing is odd; she’s not in charge of Sony Pictures anymore. She’s just a producer, after having been fired when Sony started having cash problems and their movies started disappointing at the box office. Oh and yeah after saying a lot of embarrassing things that were revealed via email hacks which brought her judgment into question. She’s a big part of why Sony Pictures fell from grace in the first place.
Still, another possibility? She’s just rambling. In the clip, Pascal seems to be winging it and trying to sound substantive, so maybe she just let herself get a little carried away.