Spider-Man reportedly leaving Disney's MCU following dispute with Sony

The timing on this news is mind-boggling, as Tom Holland's Peter Parker just appeared in Avengers: Endgame-now the highest-earning film of all time-and then took the lead in Spider-Man: Far From Home, which surpassed the James Bond film Skyfall last weekend to become Sony's highest-grossing film. "Far From Home" was largely focused on the possibility of Spider-Man replacing Tony Stark as the tech genius at the center of The Avengers.

According to Deadline, Marvel Studios will not produce any further Spider-Man films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, due to an inability between Sony Pictures and Disney to reach new terms that would have given Disney a co-financing stake moving forward. While Deadline doesn't explicitly say this is the case, it certainly sounds like that's what's going on.

There ARE still two new Spider-Man movies planned, according to Deadline's source, with Tom Holland and director Marc Webb in position, but they would presumably now exist entirely outside of the MCU. Disney had asked for a 50/50 co-financing agreement between the two studios on future Spider-Man films. Money is definitely a big factor but you'd think that Sony would want more of Marvel's help, given Far From Home's success.

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The Hollywood trade reports that Disney (Marvel Studios' parent company) and Sony, who control the Spider-Man film rights, could not come to terms on how to share profits for future Spider-Man movies. In 2015, Sony and Marvel made a deal to work together on several Spider-Man films, and it seems to have been a web-slinging hit. Intriguingly, the report notes that Marvel wanted to expand its relationship with Sony to include the extended supporting characters like Venom.

This does leave the Spider-Man franchise in dire straits, though. The studio is keeping quiet about what this extra footage entails - which is standard protocol when it comes to protecting surprises and sealing off spoilers - but we have a few ideas regarding what fans might be able to expect to see.

  • Michelle Webb