Spider-Man Future at Marvel Seems Dead

Both Tom Holland and Kevin Feige have commented on the Disney/Sony split, and it really sounds like Spider-Man is done in the MCU.

Spider-Man in a Dumpster

Are you hoping that Sony and Disney will resolve their differences and that Marvel Studios will continue to share Kevin Feige’s talents with Sony in exchange for Tom Holland to continue appearing as Spider-Man in the MCU? Um…yeah, then maybe you don’t want to read the rest of this article.

“It’s been a crazy week, but I want you to know I am grateful from the bottom of my heart and I love you 3,000,” Tom Holland told the crowd at the D23 Expo in Anaheim, referencing the fact that his time in the MCU (but not as Peter Parker) is seemingly over.

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies,” Holland told Entertainment Weekly. “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.”

We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers,” Kevin Feige added. “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.”

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Those statements from Feige and Holland don’t make it sound like we’ll be seeing Spidey’s face on a New Avengers poster in Marvel Phase 5. There are still conflicting reports about the state of the negotiations, however. Sony offered a pointed statement late last week that placed the breakdown in negotiations squarely at Disney’s feet. While Disney hasn’t responded publicly to Sony’s remarks, The Wrap spoke to “a person familiar with Disney’s thinking” who said that Disney is done negotiating with Sony, and is putting their focus on all the new characters that need to be introduced in Phase 4 and beyond. If so, this may or may not be news to Sony who still consider the negotiations “ongoing” according to The Wrap.

Sony seems to believe they can get on just fine without Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige, and they’ve already lined up a slate of Spider-Man movies and spinoffs of their own, which they’re likely now going to try and cram Holland into. It’s important to note that Holland was signed by Sony and is committed to at least two more films in the role. Despite initial reports that Homecoming and Far From Home director Jon Watts was committed to two more Spidey flicks, that now appears not to be the case, and Marvel hopes they can land him for one of their upcoming franchises instead. 

Meanwhile, the distinctly Spidey-less Marvel superhero movie release schedule can be found here.

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