Well, here’s the news that fans of the friendly neighbourhood Spider-Man have been dreading… after steering the franchise to its highest-grossing instalment – and indeed, Sony’s biggest movie of all-time – with Spider-Man: Far From Home, Disney and Sony have failed to reach a deal to continue sharing the web-slinger and Marvel Studios will no longer have any involvement with future Spider-Man movies.
According to Deadline, Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige was reportedly sidelined during a dispute between Disney and Sony, with Sony said to have turned down a deal which would have seen a 50/50 financing deal between the two studios. Sony is said to have wanted to continue with the terms of the current deal, with around 5% of the first dollar gross going to Marvel, and weren’t prepared to budge on negotiations.
As a result, Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige will no longer be involved with future Spider-Man movies, although Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home director Jon Watts and star Tom Holland do remain involved, with Sony said to have two future Spider-Man movies in the works (could one of those be Sony’s Kraven the Hunter movie, as suggested by screenwriter Richard Wenk last year?).
Quite how these future movies will work is anyone’s guess, seeing as Sony will presumably be unable to make any reference to Iron Man, The Avengers, or any other aspects of the Marvel Cinematic Universe going forward. Although they will have the opportunity to bring Holland’s Spider-Man into their fledgling Universe of Marvel Characters, alongside Tom Hardy’s Venom and Jared Leto’s Morbius.
At this point though, the big question is, does anyone care anymore?
Our friendly neighbourhood Super Hero decides to join his best friends Ned, MJ, and the rest of the gang on a European vacation. However, Peter’s plan to leave super heroics behind for a few weeks are quickly scrapped when he begrudgingly agrees to help Nick Fury uncover the mystery of several elemental creature attacks, creating havoc across the continent!
Spider-Man: Far From Home features the return of Tom Holland (Spider-Man), Marisa Tomei (Aunt May), Zendaya (Michelle), Jacob Batalon (Ned Leeds), Angourie Rice (Betty Brant), Tony Revolori (Flash Thompson), Martin Star (Mr. Harrington), Samuel L. Jackson (Nick Fury) and Cobie Smulders (Maria Hill), with Jake Gyllenhaal (Prisoners) as Mysterio.