After much deliberation, Sony and Disney’s Marvel have planned to split ways, leaving the future of the Spider-Man franchise hanging with an unknown future.
The decision made between the two companies would remove Spider-Man, played by Tom Holland, from any future Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) films.
When “Spider-Man: Far From Home” grossed nearly $1.1 billion, slightly more than Sony’s highest-grossing film “Skyfall,” Sony decided to pull Spider-Man out of the MCU.
The two companies could not come to a decision regarding the financial aspects of the film franchise. Disney had suggested splitting the films profits in half, but Sony declined that offer and instead completely pulled Spider-Man out of the deal.
The decision to remove Spider-Man from Disney’s MCU caused an uproar in the fan community. The news spurred many memes and postings online regarding Spider-Man leaving the MCU after only recently becoming part of it.
Sony has owned the rights to the franchise since 1999. In 2015, the companies had announced that they would share the rights to the Spider-Man films which then led to the creation of the two most recent movies in the franchise: “Spider-Man Homecoming” and “Spider-Man: Far From Home.”
During the D23 expo that occurred Aug. 24, Holland addressed the news about his character leaving the MCU. He did not delve into any details but just said that it has been a hectic week and that he “loves you 3,000,” quoting previous MCU character Tony Stark.
He also said that he will continue to play Spider-Man and enjoy doing so. Holland will be part of Disney’s new movie, “Onward,” which also stars MCU actor Chris Pratt from the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise. The two men will star as elf brothers in this animated adventure film set in Los Angeles.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, thanked Sony for allowing Marvel to experiment with, Spider-Man.
He also said at the D23 conference that he was very gracious to be given the opportunity to make the films.
All together, Spider-Man was featured in five MCU films before the split: “Spider-Man: Homecoming,” “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” “Captain America: Civil War,” “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Avengers: Endgame.”
Marvel and Sony will be meeting again next week in order to further discuss the future of the Spider-Man franchise as well as the terms Sony would like Marvel to agree to before they pass the franchise back to Marvel.
The future of Sony’s “Venom” movies lies in wait because Spider-Man is said to appear in the second film. Tom Holland, who has played Spider-Man in the most recent two films, did say however that there are new crossover movies between Spider-Man and Sony’s other Marvel movies in the making.
Sony’s “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” completely redefined how fans of the character viewed the franchise. The animated movie was released in 2018 and was a hit according to many fans. The movie even won an Oscar for the Best Animated Film, crushing Disney/Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2.”
The movie follows multiple different Spider-People who all work together to save their individual universes from which they came. This made the movie very culturally diverse, breaking down the stereotypical Spider-Man character.
Fans have voiced through social media how doubtful they are about Spider-Man’s future success without the backing of the MCU.
The hashtag “#SaveSpiderMan” began trending as soon as the news about the split between Sony and Disney’s Marvel broke. Many have said though that they believe the franchise will still succeed, due to Sony’s triumph with the “Into the Spider-Verse” film. The belief is that Sony has the ability to create films that are just as good as MCU’s Spider-Man films.
The future of the franchise is still unknown, but the hope is that this week there will be more news about the franchise and the direction Sony will be taking it in.