In a surprising move Sony has released a statement revealing that Spider-Man is no longer going to be a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This comes after two Spider-Man movies set in the MCU and Spider-Man appearing in 3 of the team up movies.
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.
Not only does it sound like Spider-Man’s out, but it looks like it was ultimately Marvel/Disney’s decision and not Sony’s to remove him. With all the projects on the go at Marvel producer Kevin Feige has to focus on other projects.
While Spider-Man was able to appear in MCU movies Sony still owns the character. So when Marvel makes Spider-Man movies its basically making them on Sony’s behalf. So I’m not really sure how much money Marvel actually makes off Spider-Man movies.
I haven’t seen the latest Spider-Man movie Far From Home, but it seemed like Peter Parker had a long future in store at Marvel and now it appears that we may have another reboot coming. Tom Holland is likely still contracted at Sony, so I’m sure they could continue to use him if they can figure out a way to do so, but Spider-Man’s history with Tony Stark and the other Avengers will probably not be referenced if he does return.
Sony has already launched some movies featuring Spider-Man characters. Many are in development and Venom already came out and had some success last year. It’ll be interesting to see where they go from here.