My Spider-sense is tingling!
It was reported not long ago that Sony and Disney would not be re-upping their deal to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Well we can all rest assured now as it seems the two parties have come to an understanding, at least for the time being.
Courtesy of Variety, a new deal was signed Thursday that allows the companies to continue sharing the property. Marvel Studios will produce one more standalone film for the iconic hero and for their efforts, Disney will receive a bigger piece of the pie, somewhere in the neighborhood of 25% of the profits, which is a considerable increase from the last deal’s 5%. Going the other way, Spider-Man will also appear in one future MCU film.
Marvel Studios bigwig Kevin Feige said about the deal:
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”Via The Hollywood Reporter
If you weren’t already aware, in 2015 Sony and Disney struck an unprecedented deal that allows Marvel Studios to incorporate Spider-Man into their massively successful cinematic universe. Additionally, Marvel Studios would co-produce the wall crawler’s next two standalone films. The partnership proved a fruitful one. Spider-Man: Homecoming grossed over $880 million worldwide. Its follow-up, Spider-Man: Far From Home (check out my review), became Sony’s highest grossing film to date thanks to a global haul that exceeded $1.1 billion. All the while, Spider-Man himself featured in a handful of Marvel’s non-Sony successes, including Avengers: Endgame, which is now the highest grossing movie of all time.
The untitled third entry in the Tom Holland era of Spider-Man (Spider-Man: Home-something?) is scheduled for release on July 16, 2021. Amy Pascal will also produce through Pascal Pictures, as she has on the first two Holland-led films.
What do you make of Spider-Man staying in the MCU? Are you glad that he’ll continue to get to play with other Avengers? Or were you looking forward to new adventures of his own? Sound off in the comments below and let me know your thoughts on this news!