The MCU has officially dropped Spider-Man from its superhero roster, with Marvel Studios president not producing any further Spidey films.
The news comes after Disney and Sony were unable to reach new terms that would have given Disney a co-financing stake going forward. With no new deal in place, Marvel has decided to lose Spider-Man (played by Tom Holland) all together.
After the backlash inspired by the news, Sony spoke up, and a spokesperson for the company issued the following statement via Twitter:
“Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterised recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise. We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.
“We hope this might change in the future, but understand that the many new responsibilities that Disney has given him – including all their newly added Marvel properties – do not allow time for him to work on IP they do not own. Kevin is terrific and we are grateful for his help and guidance and appreciate the path he has helped put us on, which we will continue.”
Since Sony and Marvel Studios first struck a deal back in 2015 to work together to bring Spidey to the MCU, the web-slinger has appeared in five films, including Captain America: Civil War, Spider-Man: Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and Spider-Man: Far From Home, all produced by Feige.
Avengers: Endgame has become the highest grossing film of all time, while Spider-Man: Far From Home has this week surpassed Skyfall to become Sony Pictures’ all-time highest grossing film. Gutted.
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