Sony Boss Talks Spider-Man's Marvel Movie Future
Spider-Man's future in the MCU may truly be over. For now.
It's been a tumultuous month for Peter Parker. After the deal brokered between Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios allowing the character to appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe collapsed, speculation has been swirling from all sides about what Spider-Man's live-action future may look like. Many fans have been holding out hope that the two studios will reach some sort of agreement that will allow him to continue appearing in the MCU--but, unfortunately, that does not seem to be the case.
As reported by Variety, Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra did not mince words when questioned about the ability for a compromise to be reached. "For the moment," Vinciquerra said, "the door is closed."
However final these statements may seem, Vinciquerra also insisted that there is no "ill will" between Sony and Marvel over the deal and, cryptically, mentioned that it's "a long life," implying that while things are decidedly off the table right now, the future is still full of potential.
Vinciquerra went on to nod to Sony's upcoming Spider-Man centric shared universe outside of the MCU, which kicked off with Venom last year. "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," Vinciquerra said. "I think we're pretty capable of doing what we have to do here."
So, if there's a bright side to all of this, it looks like the possibility of Tom Holland's Peter Parker encountering Tom Hardy's Eddie Brock on the big screen might actually be on the table. What this means for the Spider-Man plot lines left dangling in the MCU in the wake of Spider-Man: Far From Home and Avengers: Endgame, however, is really anybody's guess.
As for the (somewhat playful, somewhat serious) speculation about Disney's potential acquisition of Sony to resolve the issue, Vinciquerra stated plainly that "Sony Pictures is not for sale."
Marvel boss Kevin Feige also recently discussed the potential end of Spider-Man in the MCU, saying, "It was never meant to last forever."
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