The new trailer released this week for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming has gotten a lot of fans excited for the reboot movie. However, some news has come out that’ll take the wind out of your sails. Spider-Man may be leaving the MCU permanently in two years.
According to Former Sony exec Amy Pascal–who helped seal the deal that brought Spidey to the MCU before she left Sony–cooperation between companies (meaning Sony, Marvel and Disney) is rare and difficult, and therefore, extending Spider-Man’s tenure with the MCU after his agreed upon 5 films (Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Infinity War 1 & 2, and the Homecoming sequel) is a doubtful proposition.
Pascal says, “One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact, it may never happen again—after we do the sequel.” She adds, “I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you know you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would never have been able to do in any other way.”
Sony is very keen to start their own “Spider-Verse” and is planning to begin it with a Venom movie, due to be released in Oct. 2018. Other characters like the Black Cat and Spider-Gwen are also being considered for the Spider-Verse. Sony is eager to have Tom Holland back, due to his positive reception in CA: Civil War.
The second half of the Thanos/Infinty War films comes out in May 2019, and the planned Spider-Man sequel (which will be his fifth MCU film) is due to come out in July 2019, and if the rumors are correct, that will be the last we’ll see of him in the MCU. Nothing is written in stone yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see.
Would you prefer Spider-Man to remain in the MCU, or would you rather have a Sony “Spider-Verse”?