Spider-Man No Longer in the MCU, But is There Still Hope?
It’s a sad day for the MCU fans. Sony has announced they are pulling Spider-Man from the MCU. Why is this happening? It seems that Disney and Sony cannot reach an agreement regarding a deal with future Spider-Man movies. According to reports, Disney wanted a 50/50 deal, but Sony declined. Sony did propose to keep the original arrangement where Disney/Marvel will continue to receive 5% of first dollar gross. Disney declined.
Sony does have the right to Spider-Man, and it is heard that Tom Holland is still under contract to do two more films with the company. How does this affect the future of Spider-Man? It’s an uneasy feeling and many fans are disappointed, shocked, and confused with this curveball. Many are comparing this incident with the James Gunn/Guardians of the Galaxy 3, when Disney fired Gunn over tweets he made in the past. Fans are keeping a hopeful eye on the situation and are waiting for this to blow over like Gunn’s.
The highest grossing movie Sony has produced so far was Spider-Man: Far from Home. Piggybacking from Civil War, Infinity War, and Endgame, it’s not too much of a shock to see Sony standing their ground when it comes to negotiating a deal with one of their most successful franchise. Let’s hope Sony doesn’t kill Spider-Man for the third time.
Update: 8/21/19 at 7:29 p.m
Sony releases an official statement about its deal with Disney, and they're doubling down on their decision. "We are disappointed, but respect Disney's decision not to have Kevin Feige's as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film." This basically means Disney is not allowed to work on Sony's franchise.
Jeremy Renner, who plays Hawkeye, shows his support for the current debacle. Posting on Instagram, Renner tags SonyPictures and says they want Spider-Man back. It's refreshing to see support from actors that cherish the work they're involved in. Fans are continuing to keep an eye on the news for more updates. So far, Tom Holland has yet to release a statement.