As well as the complex legal and contractual issues that saw the rights bounce around various studios for close to two decades, the other major reason why it took Spider-Man so long to make his feature film debut was that the technology simply didn’t exist to have it be either convincing or worth the investment.
Having a dude on wires wouldn’t have worked for an entire movie, as anyone that’s seen the 1970s television efforts can attest, and as a result, Peter Parker’s live-action adventures have always tended to cost a pretty penny. Sam Raimi’s first installment was budgeted at $139 million, but just five years later, Spider-Man 3 became the most expensive production in history at $258 million.
The Amazing Spider-Man initially entered development as a smaller scale reboot that would set the studio back $90 million, but by the time shooting started, Sony were investing $230 million into Andrew Garfield’s debut. Somewhat surprisingly, the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Far From Home is the second cheapest web-slinging blockbuster ever made at $160 million, but insider Daniel Richtman now claims that the next outing for Tom Holland’s costumed crimefighter will be the biggest and most expansive one yet.
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While he offers no further details, his intel does smack of the startlingly obvious. After all, the multiverse is going to play a big role in Spider-Man 3, and as the first live-action film to incorporate alternate realities and branching timelines, it instantly becomes the biggest and most expansive from a narrative standpoint by default.
Budget-wise, official figures haven’t been released yet, but the average price of an MCU movie tends to be around $200 million these days, so there’s every chance it could usurp Raimi’s trilogy-capper as the costliest Spidey story to date, especially if the rumored additions to the cast materialize.