Everyone knows that Spider-Man was recently pulled from the MCU due to Disney and Sony’s inability to strike a new deal regarding the character’s rights. And though most fans were hoping, and even expecting, for a new deal to be struck one way or another, it seems that ship has sailed.
Sony Pictures chairman Tony Vinciquerra has claimed that ‘for the moment the door is closed’ on Spidey returning to the MCU. Tony told Variety there is ‘no ill will’ between Sony and Marvel – after the two failed to reach a financing agreement on the two Spider-Man movies reportedly in the works.
The feud has effectively pushed current Spider-Man Tom Holland out of any future web-slinging movies and left fans utterly distraught. Tony acknowledged the fan backlash, admitting it’s been ‘an interesting couple of weeks’ for the studio.
He added that the superhero franchise will do ‘just fine’ without Marvel and said Sony plans to launch its own universe using the myriad of Spider-Man characters.
‘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,’ he said.
‘I think we’re pretty capable of doing what we have to do here.’ Sony is working on a second Venom film, based on the character of Morbius, as well as ‘five or six’ TV shows set in the Spider-Man world, according to Tony. One person who’s taking the devastation a lot better than we are is Tom Holland.
The actor told GQ Style: ‘The legacy and future of Spidey rests in Sony’s safe hands. I really am nothing but grateful, and I’ve made friends for life along the way.’
We’re not crying, you’re crying.
The drama kicked off after Sony refused to consider a 50/50 co-financing arrangement with Marvel on future Spidey films. The studio reportedly suggested they keep their current deal, offering Marvel five per cent of the first dollar grossing, which they declined.
Fans are frankly fuming and after threatening to boycott Sony, they’ve even launched petitions attempting to change the decision.