Spider-Man 4 already in works: Sony, Marvel Executives
He provided this information to avoid a repeat of the situation that occurred after Spider-Man: Far From Home
Pascal also talked on how she thinks the studios would be able to "top" Spider-Man: No Way Home
Kevin and I never want to lose sight of one thing: Peter Parker, said Pascal
Amy Pascal and Kevin Feige, the producers of Spider-Man: No Way Home, have revealed further details about the film's production and indicated that Disney/Marvel and Sony are "actively beginning to develop" Spidey's next adventure, which might very well be Spider-Man 4.
Pascal and Feige were asked about the next standalone Spider-Man film in an interview, while recent comments indicated Sony and Disney would be working together on at least three more Spider-Man films.
"We’re producers, so we always believe everything will work out," Pascal told New York Times. "I love working with Kevin. We have a great partnership, along with Tom Rothman, who runs Sony and has been instrumental, a great leader with great ideas. I hope it lasts forever."
Not only are they collaborating, but they're also "actively beginning to develop" where Spider-Man's plots will go next, according to Feige. It's unclear whether this is for Spider-Man 4 or another cameo, but fans will be relieved to learn that the next steps for Tom Holland's Peter Parker are already in the works.
He also stated that he provided this information to avoid a repeat of the situation that occurred after Spider-Man: Far From Home, in which Sony and Disney/Marvel were on the verge of not doing another Spider-Man film together.
"Amy and I and Disney and Sony are talking about — yes, we’re actively beginning to develop where the story heads next, which I only say outright because I don’t want fans to go through any separation trauma like what happened after “Far From Home” [the previous Spider-Man movie, in 2019]. That will not be occurring this time," Feige said.
"At the end of the movie we just made, you see Spider-Man make a momentous decision, one that you’ve never seen him make before," Pascal added. "It’s a sacrifice. And that gives us a lot to work with for the next film."
Pascal also talked on how she thinks the studios would be able to "top" Spider-Man: No Way Home, which featured a slew of actors from Spider-Man's history.
"Not every Spider-Man movie is going to be a multitude of characters," Pascal said. "That approach was right for this one. You can’t think about topping yourself in terms of spectacle. Otherwise movies just get larger and larger for no reason, and it’s not a good result. But we do want to always try and top ourselves in terms of quality and emotion.
"Kevin and I never want to lose sight of one thing: Peter Parker. That he’s a normal kid. That he is orphaned over and over again. That he’s a teenager, so everything in his life is at a heightened pitch and everything matters more than anything. That he’s fueled by goodness and guilt. That he’s striving for a greater cause, and he’s vilified by the press."
The two then went on to talk about how they were able to bring all of these actors back into the Spider-Man universe, and while they didn't go into too much detail, they did tell a bit about the process and how they persuaded those who were hesitant.
"That these weren’t going to be cash-grab cameos," Pascal said. "The parts were real. That I was there with them the first time and would be again, that I have too much respect for them and all the work we did together over the years."
While many people were ecstatic when Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield reprised their roles as Spider-Man, others were anticipating an appearance by Kirsten Dunst and Emma Stone from Spider-Man and the Amazing Spider-Man.
"When people see the movie, they will understand," Feige said. "It’s about the story. It was a big goal for all of us — Amy and Jon and our writers, Chris McKenna and Erik Sommers — that Peter Parker’s senior year in high school didn’t get lost amid the insanity that ensues thanks to his encounter with Doctor Strange. That easily could have happened. And that’s the reason there’s not another 20 people in the movie."