Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit produced some comments from Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra that some fans won’t enjoy hearing this week. Vinciquerra was cornered into addressing Sony’s recent split with Marvel Studios, which resulted in Tom Holland’s Spider-Man leaving the Marvel Cinematic Universe behind.
“For the moment the door is closed,” he said, before adding, “it’s a long life” – leaving a sliver of hope for Peter Parker’s MCU reentry in the future. Apparently, there is currently “no ill will” between the two studios, but he admitted that fan reaction to the split had led to “an interesting couple of weeks” for Sony.
Vinciquerra thinks that Sony and Marvel ended up parting ways as a result of MCU maestro Kevin Feige being “stretched incredibly thin” as Marvel seeks to introduce new characters into its complex universe.
“We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies,” he said. “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 didn’t do all the work.”
As Venom, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, and The Boys have all been hits for Sony in the last few years, Vinciquerra thinks the studio is in a much better position now, and that Peter Parker will be “just fine” without the MCU as back-up.
“Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well. I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
Iron Man director Jon Favreau, who also starred alongside Tom Holland as Happy Hogan in Spider-Man: Far From Home, told an audience at the same summit that he remained “cautiously optimistic” about Spider-Man returning to the MCU, but he did admit that it could be “a long way away.”