Door For Spider-Man in the MCU is Closed:
Spider-Man is officially out of the MCU and there’s nothing we can do about it. There was a little hope as a rumor suggested that Disney and Sony are still negotiating. But now we have got the official word that there are no more negotiations going on, and Spider-Man is fully back in control of Sony. Initially, we may have thought that this would be bad for Sony and the MCU as well. It sure could be, but there are a bunch of benefits that both of them could still enjoy now.
Sony Pictures Chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra has made the announcement very boldly and clearly. He said:
“For the moment the door is closed. We had a great run on the Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out… the Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin Feige didn’t do all the work.”
This is absolutely right no matter how you see it. Sony working closely with Marvel for the past 4 years will have learned a thing or two. They clearly did so well with Venom, and now have the opportunity to cross Spider-Man over with Sony’s Universe of Marvel Characters. Sony seems to have benefitted the most upon their partnership with Disney. Now that the dust has settled, we do get the point of view of both the sides involved and we really can’t blame either Sony or Disney.
At first, it seemed very criminal of Disney to ask for 50% ownership of all the future Spider-Man movies. This is a character that actually runs their entire studio, so they just can’t allow Disney to get into their game as well. But with Disney now owning Fox, Kevin Feige’s time has been stretched too thin. So, if they don’t own Spider-Man in any way, then Feige’s time upon the Web-Slinger is just not worth anything to Disney.
Now, Peter Parker could finally have a true Spider-Man film. The next step in the game has to be Tom Holland’s Spider-Man crossing over into SUMC or the so-called Venomverse. Spider-Man 3 will probably continue the story that was left dangling at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home, but Spider-Man 3 will address that ending without actually bringing any of the MCU traits in play.
It might be a tad bit difficult to suddenly push out the likes of Happy, and not even take the name of Mister Stark. But Spider-Man was on the verge of emerging as his own hero. He was just about to get out of the shadow of the Avengers, so it won’t matter much at the end. The interesting part is how Sony would manage to turn the story away from Spider-Man.
Nevertheless, it is good that Tom Holland will continue being Spider-Man. At D23, Tom Holland thanked everyone who supported his Spider-Man. He said:
“Basically, we’ve made five great movies. It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”
Feige also spoke what he felt about the separation. It’s just too sad that Spider-Man had to be pulled out so abruptly. But as Feige says, it wasn’t supposed to last forever:
“I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy. We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”