TheDailyBeast was able to speak with Joe and Anthony Russo at the Venice Film Festival about the whole Spider-Man deal falling apart between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios.
The pair were at the film festival promoting their upcoming production Mosul, which they produced.
They talked about how difficult it was to get the original deal made in the first place and how they’re not surprised that it fell apart.
ANTHONY RUSSO: “We were extremely passionate about it. This is something we really wanted to happen and fought a long time internally at Marvel to make it happen.”
JOE RUSSO: “It wasn’t easy. Kevin [Feige] went through a lot. There were a lot of ups and downs, and he kept walking into our office and we’d go, ‘Look, we’ve got to do it with [Sony],’ and he’d go, ‘OK, I’ll figure it out,’ and walk back into his. He was looking for the way out. He wanted to open that door and have us go, ‘We figured it out! We don’t need Spider-Man!’ because it’s a lot of work to get two major corporations to play nice with each other, and the fact that it happened at all, we should all be dancing and celebrating that we got that little bit of time.”
ANTHONY RUSSO: “I think that’s why Joe and I are not so devastated or surprised that there’s been a falling-out because it was so hard to make it happen in the first place.”
The Russo Brothers and Tom Holland will be working together on the upcoming R-rated crime thriller Cherry, where Holland plays an Army medic turned bank robber.
Holland has said publicly he’ll continue playing Peter Parker while director Jon Watts hasn’t closed a deal to helm the untitled third Spider-Man movie that is expected to move forward without Marvel Studios’ involvement.
Sony Pictures yesterday that they’ve “closed the door” for the moment concerning having Spidey in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
SOURCE: THE DAILY BEAST