Fans are still buzzing over Marvel and Sony's announcement earlier this month that Spider-Man will finally join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the beloved web slinger reportedly set to make his debut in Captain America: Civil War, although that hasn't been officially confirmed by Marvel yet. Yesterday, Sony Pictures announced that Tom Rothman will step in for Amy Pascal, who left her job as Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman and Motion Picture Group president just weeks ago. Some have worried that this may hinder the new Spider-Man reboot, since Tom Rothman oversaw superhero flops such as Daredevil and Elektra during his tenure at 20th Century Fox. However, a new report from Latino-Review reveals that Marvel may have more control over Spidey than originally thought.
The site backs up previous reports that The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 producers Avi Arad and Matthew Tolmach are "producers in name only" with the new Spider-Man movie, meaning they have no creative say in where the franchise goes from here on out. The site also claims that "the old guard" at Sony will have "no financial involvement whatsoever and no direct creative control," which essentially means that Marvel is basically calling all of the shots.
It should be noted that the official announcement earlier this month revealed that Sony Pictures will continue to, "finance, distribute, own and have final creative control of the Spider-Man films." However, yet another report from Badass Digest suggests that language may have been put in the press release, "to help Sony avoid some embarrassment, to make this look less like admitting defeat." Right after the announcement was made, there was speculation that this is just the first step in Marvel fully re-acquiring the Spider-Man rights back from Sony. While nothing is set in stone, that may be closer to happening, if these reports turn out to be true.