It was fun while it lasted, but it appears that Spider-Man’s time in the Marvel Cinematic Universe has come to an end for now.
It has been known that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures were in the midst of negotiating over the future of Spider-Man for some time, and things were not looking good. There had been talk of some hope, but it appears that is now dead.
Appearing at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra was asked about the status of Spider-Man, and he replied that “for the moment the door is closed” on the two studios cooperating on more productions.
Vinciquerra said there is “no ill will” between the studios and it really came down to the fact that Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is “stretched incredibly thin” for the time being.
“We had a great run with (Feige) on Spider-Man movies,” Vinciquerra said. “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.”
“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,” said Vinciquerra. “I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.”
As if to just toy with the emotions of fans, Vinciquerra did add “it’s a long life,” seemingly implying the door isn’t fully closed.
With Spider-Man on his own, there are going to be some issues that have to be dealt with.
Will there never be another mention of the fact that half the world disappeared for five years?
Pete’s suits rely heavily on Stark tech, so we should just assume he will receive all new suits?
Does this increase the chance now of him facing off with Venom?
While we certainly understand the positions of everyone involved, this iteration of Spidey was so rapidly integrated with the overarching MCU that it’s going to be a bit difficult to untangle him. And it’s going to be even more difficult to explain to general audiences as a Marvel logo will still appear before the film.
It’s, shall we say… a tangled web?
No? Okay. I’ll just see myself out.
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