Earlier this morning came the revelation that Sony Pictures and Walt Disney Studios have officially made a deal to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for now with a new “Spider-Man” movie and Tom Holland’s Peter Parker/Spider-Man appearing in another MCU film.
Now comes word via Deadline that “Spider-Man Homecoming” and “Spider-Man Far From Home” director Jon Watts is back in talks to return to direct the third feature. Watts contract was completed with ‘Far From Home’ and he had been in discussions with other studios for other potential projects.
The trade also says their may be a ‘shared detailed universe’ which connects the MCU films with Sony’s Spider-Man adjacent films like “Venom 2” and “Morbius,” suggesting the films will acknowledge details between the two. Best guess would be verbal/visual references to events of each other’s films.
Under the new terms, Disney/Marvel is expected to put up 25% of the budget and retain 25% of the profits. The new “Spider-Man” opens July 16th 2021, arriving just before “Mission: Impossible 7” on July 23rd. It’s also the fourth Marvel film to take a release slot that year with “Shang-Chi” on February 12th, the “Doctor Strange” sequel on May 7th and “Thor: Love & Thunder” on November 7th.