It's only been three years since Sony produced The Amazing Spider-Man 2, with Marc Webb on board as the director of the flick. However, in that time, Sony and Marvel have worked out a complicated deal allowing Spider-Man to appear in the MCU, in movies like the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming and Avengers: Infinity War. And while we never got the third movie in The Amazing Spider-Man franchise that Marc Webb was likely hoping for, he doesn't seem bitter about what went down. In fact, Spider-Man: Homecoming director Jon Watts recently revealed that Marc Webb reached out to him ahead of filming the latest Spider-Man venture. According to Watts,
He emailed me, and he said 'I'm not gonna tell you anything, I'm just gonna say: Make sure you get to hang out with Stan Lee.' I did. I did, and it was great. It was great advice.
So, it looks like Marc Webb got in touch with Jon Watts without stepping on too many toes. Although he reached out, it wasn't really to try and tell the newcomer director in the Marvel universe what to do. Instead, he simply told him that Spider-Man creator Stan Lee was a fount of information, which was practical advice, according to what Jon Watts told Den of Geek.
It's probably a good thing that Marc Webb left Jon Watts to pretty much do his own thing. Although Webb's The Amazing Spider-Man and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 made plenty of money worldwide, the second movie did worse than the first, especially critically, and neither movie really dominated the box office in the U.S. With that in mind, bringing Spidey into the MCU fold was an intriguing choice, although Marvel's Kevin Feige had to talk Sony's Amy Pascal into the idea before she agreed to it.
Marc Webb has been open in the past about loving every moment of making his Spider-Man films, and while they may not have panned out into a third movie exactly as hoped, he still seems grateful for the experience. So much so, that he was willing to help out Jon Watts with a little advice early on in the process. He's also said he'd like to sit on a panel with Watts and Sam Raimi, who directed the well-known trilogy of Spider-Man films, ending with Spider-Man 3. We'll have to wait and see if that ever happens, but for now at least there's plenty more from Spider-Man to look forward to.
Spider-Man: Homecoming opens in theaters this weekend on July 7, 2017. To find out what other big releases are coming out while your kids are out of school and the weather is still hot, take a look at our summer movies schedule.