Fans all over the world was disheartened when the high profile deal between Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony Pictures broke up earlier this year, ending Spider-Man’s time in MCU. Now that the deal is off, we cannot help but wonder about Sony’s plans regarding Spider-Man. So here’s everything we know about Sony’s future plans for the wall-crawler.
In 2015, MCU and Sony had reached an unprecedented deal that allowed MCU to reboot Spider-Man and mark his entry in the Avengers. The deal certainly wowed a lot of people since it is fairly rare for two rival studios to work together in this way.
Even Marvel president Kevin Feige has admitted that Spider-Man wasn’t going to stay in MCU forever, and said, “We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this,” he observed, “and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”
It’s always possible for these two studios to come together again, but at this stage, it seems unlikely. Sony has recently revealed their own plans for Spider-Man, and while the projects are pretty ambitious, there’s no need for them to collaborate with MCU.
There have been reports that Sony are very unimpressed with Kevin Feige’s feedback on Venom, and they feel that he didn’t help much with what turned out to be a blockbuster, and thus, they believe they’ve learned everything there’s to learn from MCU.
But the questions remain. What will happen to Spider-Man, now that the deal is broken? Will Spider-Man be rebooted? Will we get to witness more cross-overs? Here’s the answer.
Tom Holland will remain Spider-Man
Though the Spider-Man deal between MCU and Sony is no more, Spider-Man star Tom Holland is still signed up for two more films. What’s more, Holland’s public comments not at all suggest that his relationship with Sony has soured.
“All I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life,” Holland said. “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.”
The actor has previously indicated that he wants to remain Spider-Man for a decade and so, and there’s no reason to believe that his position has changed.
If Holland remains Spider-Man, then there are two possible approaches for Sony. First is to conduct a mini reboot, retaining the original cast but relaunching Spider-Man out of MCU. And the other one is to continue the plot from the post-credit scene of Spider-Man: Far From Home where Spider-Man’s real identity has been revealed to the world. Surprisingly, this will not require massive changes from MCU’s earlier plans.
Of course to do so, Sony will have to recruit new cameos of the characters they have rights of, unlike Nick Fury and the other cameos in Spider-Man: Far From Home. Feige had previously indicated (via CinemaBlend) that Spider-Man 3 would see Peter Parker step “out of the shadow of Tony, out of the shadow of the other Avengers, as his own man now.”
Spider-Man is to enter Venomverse
Sony has been planning to build its own cinematic universe with other side-characters. This plan has started fluently with Sony’s Venom, which went on to be a blockbuster, earning over $856 million in the global box office. But still the spin-offs lacked other well-known brands, such as Jared Leto’s Morbius in particular, since the character’s lack of exposure.
Now the studio’s plan for the cinematic will be all the more successful with the addition of one of the most popular superheroes out there, Spider-Man. “Now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well,” Sony chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra noted.
While it is assumed that Sony are reworking their plans right now, that might not the case. It is possible that both Sony and MCU felt that the Spider-Man deal was becoming shaky, and had been planning their own future ventures accordingly. That will explain why there had been no mention of Spider-Man in MCU’s Phase 4 in San Francisco Comic Con 2019.
It will also explain the strange reports from last year, when Kraven writer Richard Wenk openly talked about the idea of using Spider-Man in an adaptation of popular comic book story “Kraven’s Last Hunt.” At the time, this seemed to be a pretty strange comment, but it may well turn out to be prophetic.
Right now only a handful of projects are confirmed to be in works. In addition to Morbius and Kraven, and of course, Venom 2, which might have a chance of R-rating, now that Sony don’t to opt for PG-13 to tie up with MCU. Sony are also reportedly developing projects based on lesser-known characters such as Nightwatch, Jackpot and Silk.
The animated Spider-Verse will continue
While the live-action projects of Spider-Man is currently a bit complicated right now, the animation projects of the wall-crawler is thriving. With the Oscar winner Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Sony have created a new era for animated Spider-Man movies.
Sony didn’t even wait for the film to release in the big screen before they began working on both a sequel and an all-female spinoff starring Hailee Steinfeld as Spider-Gwen. For Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse 2, David Callaham is writing the script while Joacquim Dos Santos is acting as the director. As for the untitled spinoff, Bek Smith is the writer and Lauren Montgomery is the director.