After months of fan outrage at Disney’s and Sony’s failure to come to an agreement over the usage of Spider-Man, it appears that Tom Holland’s version of Peter Parker is headed back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
In a bombshell announcement made on Friday morning, Sony and Disney confirmed that the two powerhouse studios have reached a new agreement to allow the third film in the Spider-Man: Homecoming series to be produced by Marvel Studios and Kevin Feige.
“I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it. Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a statement.
Spider-Man returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe should come as no surprise, as I’ve long said that the public disagreement between the two studios was nothing more than a negotiation tactic, as there was no way that both Disney and Sony would be stupid enough to jeopardize the cinematic future of arguably their most popular character.
Plus, given the cliff hanger ending of Spider-Man: Far From Home, it would be borderline criminal to not give fans a definitive conclusion to that storyline.
At this time, the third Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man film is set to be released on Friday, July 16, 2021, which would place the film right smack in the middle of the MCU’s Phase Four. The only question that remains now is whether or not Sony and Marvel Studios will opt to go the Sinister Six route that they’ve long been teasing.
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