A spat between Sony and Disney has caused the latter to lose one its cash cows. Disney, the entertainment giant, got into a fight with Sony, whom they partnered with to make the Spider-Man film franchise. The fight, which was spurred on by Disney wanting a bigger cut and Sony wanting it to remain the same, alluded to Spider-Man exiting the MCU.
Was Spider-Man exiting the MCU really confirmed?
Spidey‘s Marvel farewell was confirmed during Disney’s D23 event while Tom Holland spoke with Entertainment Weekly about the chances of him coming back to the MCU. During the interview, he expressed that there were no plans to include Spidey in any future Marvel films.
Basically, we’ve made five great movies. It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life.
Holland isn’t too sad about not being included in the MCU as he will keep the Spider-Man moniker without piggybacking off of Marvel.
Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. 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.
Kevin Feige also chimed in while speaking with EW. He went on to say it wasn’t meant to last forever.
We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.
Why Sony owns the film rights to Spider-Man
Despite being made by Marvel, Spidey‘s film rights fell into Sony’s lap after a deal was struck. This deal entailed Marvel’s Kevin Feige to act as a producer for Sony’s solo Spider-Man films. Thanks to Marvel’s hand in production, Holland’s depiction of the Web-Slinger was used in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War and other films following it.
Spider-Man: Far From Home turned into Sony’s highest-grossing film. Far From Home garnered an astounding $1.11 billion in the box office. With how much of a success it became, it’s no wonder Sony would rather keep the rights.