Monday 9th February 2015 was the day Disney and Sony reached an licencing deal for Spider-Man to join the MCU, with Marvel in return helping Sony change the fortunes of the webslinger after two failed attempts.
Tom Holland was cast as Spidey and everything was going smoothly under the deal — Spider-Man was introduced into the MCU in Captain America: Civil War, and was one of the highlights of the film. Holland then starred in his first solo Spider-Man film Homecoming, then two Avengers movies, Infinity War and Endgame before another solo Spider-Man outing with Far From Home, which has made over a billion dollars at the box office. Again, things were looking bright for the future of the character and his importance to the MCU.
That was until today, when Deadline revealed Marvel will no longer produce any future Spidey films after Disney and Sony’s inability to reach new terms on their licencing deal.
The dispute has been going on for a few months between Disney and Sony, which has nixed Marvel President Kevin Feige involvement with Spider-Man going forward. Disney reportedly asked for a 50/50 co-financing agreement between the two studios for future Spider-Man films, but Sony turned it down, wanting all terms to remain the same from the initial deal. Disney refused, and rightly so, after all Marvel studio’s made Spidey what he is today.
Sony on the other hand think they’ll be fine without Kevin Feige. There are currently two Spider-Man films in the works, with Tom Holland and director Jon Watts still involved, along with producer Amy Pascal.
This move does put Spider-Man’s role in MCU up in the air, after all he has been firmly meshed into the fabric of the shared universe, what will Marvel do going forward?
Surely they’ll go back to the table and try and hash out a new deal which will be viable for both parties. But this is Hollywood and things aren’t always that simple.