Sony CEO Addresses Spider-Man's MCU Departure: "For the Moment the Door Is Closed"
Hold onto your Spidey masks, Marvel fans: we have some worrying news ahead. In August, Disney's Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures reached an impasse figuring out a new financing deal for upcoming Spider-Man movies, which cut the future of the webslinger's involvement in the MCU abruptly short. Variety reported that if the two studios didn't come to an agreement, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige would no longer produce future Spider-Man films, effectively erasing Tom Holland's Peter Parker from the MCU.
On Sept. 5, Variety reported that Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra confirmed the two companies failed to reach an agreement, effectively removing Holland's Spider-Man from the MCU for both future standalone and team-up features. Though Vinciquerra stated that there's no bad blood between the studios, he firmly declared that "for the moment the door is closed" in regard to Spidey making another appearance in the MCU — though he left the door open for the future, saying that "it's a long life."
"The Marvel people are terrific people, we have great respect for them, but on the other hand we have some pretty terrific people of our own. Kevin didn't do all the work," Vinciquerra added. "Spider-Man was fine before the event movies, did better with the event movies, and now that we have our own universe, he will play off the other characters as well. I think we're pretty capable of doing what we have to do here."
As first reported by Deadline, the studios have been working out a deal over the past few months that hit a stalemate when Disney asked for a 50/50 cofinancing arrangement for future Spider-Man films. Sony nixed that idea outright, proposing that the two studios adhere to the deal they've been keeping since 2015. Disney rejected that idea as well, which brings us to our current dilemma.
On Aug. 21, Sony released an official statement on their Twitter page, discussing the widely-circulated news and calling the reports "mischaracterised." The company stated that it is disappointed by Disney's decision to remove Feige as a lead producer on future Spider-Man films, claiming it's because of "the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him," following Disney's acquisition of Fox.
Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film. (1/3)— Sony Pictures (@SonyPictures) August 21, 2019
To be fair to Sony, we get it; it doesn't want to give up half of its biggest franchise to Marvel. Fans have bluntly expressed their disappointment in the news, as this would be the third Spider-Man rendition that we've gotten from Sony, and the superhero's addition to Marvel has been so widely received. Sony is believed to be developing two more Spider-Man movies with Holland reprising his role, which will both be completely under Sony's production. That means any mention of all things Marvel will be eradicated — and considering how expertly Feige interwove Spider-Man into the Avengers franchise, it's pretty hard to imagine what that will be.
On the other hand, with Sony gaining complete creative control over Spider-Man again, the studio will likely incorporate the webslinger into its own universe, which currently houses Venom and Miles Morales, and is developing upcoming standalone films for Mobius and Black Cat (aka burglar Felicia Hardy). It would be cool to see Spider-Man team up or butt heads with some of his classic comrades. Keep scrolling for fan reactions to the news, and seriously, stay optimistic!