Several weeks ago, former co- chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment hinted that after the sequel to Spider-man Homecoming, the deal between Marvel Studios and Sony in which they share the character would come to an end. She also mentioned that this doesn’t mean a new deal couldn’t be put in place afterwards but at this stage there is an end date. Now head of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige has confirmed that the current deal does indeed end after the sequel. Tom Holland, the actor squeezing into the red and blue tights has mentioned that he currently has a six movie deal and Homecoming is the second in that deal. The first was Captain America: Civil War and he is also set to appear in Avengers Infinity War and the as yet untitled Avengers 4. Including a stand alone sequel to Homecoming this fulfills 5 of his obligations so it is as yet unclear what would be his sixth.
Given the excitement from fans that this deal has brought and the truck loads of money that these movies are sure to make for both Marvel and Sony I find it hard to believe that they won’t sign a new deal and continue. The only reason I could see Marvel backing out is if they feel they no longer need the character. They were very successful before this deal and have continued in their other properties without him but Spider-man is the biggest name in their roster. In terms of popularity Spider-man is Marvel’s Batman so it would be ridiculous for them to walk away from it. Sony would also have issues if they walked away from the deal since they have caught a lot of the heat for how many reboots of the Spider-man character there have been. If they decided not to re-sign and they kept Tom Holland on as Spidey, that would just raise issues with no more MCU characters interacting with him and if they rebooted the character again with as different actor, a lot of fans wouldn’t bother with it out of frustration.
Something that’s worth considering though is that Sony are developing a stand alone universe with their upcoming Marvel movies such as the Venom and Silver Sable movies. Could they be planning to not re-sign so they could put Spidey in this universe? Another question is with the animated Spider-man movie that Sony are putting out his year with Miles Morales as Spidey. Could they be using that as a way of gearing up a live action version? If so would there be an issue with them having that version while Tom Holland still portrays Spider-man in he MCU? These questions are for people much smarter than me to answer.
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