While fans are still hoping Sony Pictures and Disney/Marvel can return to the negotiating table and somehow get Spider-Man back in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, more and more indications suggest that won’t happen.
Spider-Man is officially out of the MCU at present and Sony chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra tells Variety this week that “for the moment the door is closed” when it comes to Tom Holland’s Peter Parker returning to the MCU. Despite the two not coming to an agreement, he says that there is no ill will between the companies:
“We had a great run with [Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige] on Spider-Man movies. We tried to see if there’s a way to work it out….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.”
With its biggest property fully back in its hands, Vinciquerra says Sony plans to ramp up its own universe of Marvel characters and points to the critical and popular success of “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” and the Sony-produced “The Boys” series as showcasing how the studio can do well with superheroes:
“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.”
While most remain optimistic it will work out, others are more resigned to the departure and with good reason. The Daily Beast spoke with the Russo Brothers who indicated that just getting the Spider-Man MCU involvement we have had in recent years took a LOT of effort and was a very difficult thing to do. Anthony Russo says: “Joe and I are not so devastated or surprised that there’s been a falling-out, because it was so hard to make it happen in the first place.”
So where would Spider-Man go? Talk of a “Venom” crossover is understandable, but star Holland has also discussed another possibility as he tells GQ he’d “love to share the screen with Miles Morales” – the other Spider-Man character who was the main hero of the ‘Spider-Verse’ film. He also doesn’t want to have to exit the film series to make way for Miles’ entry, saying: “I don’t want to die, because I really love playing Peter Parker.”
The comments come as Sony has announced a September 17th Digital HD and October 1st disc and rental VOD release for “Spider-Man: Far from Home”. Said release will include the “Peter’s To-Do-List” short film made up of deleted scenes from the film’s first act. Check out a glimpse below: