It looks like those online rumblings that Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures were working things out concerning Spider-Man this month are completely false. Which isn’t surprising given the bad press surrounding the entire thing you’d expect both studios would have wanted to make it work.
Then again, fan accounts spread misinformation like wildfire surrounding hot-topic stories like these.
Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra spoke to Variety revealing that those talks seemingly have ended and likely won’t pick-up anytime soon. Sorry internet.
Fans holding out hope that Spider-Man might be returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe will be disappointed to hear that “for the moment the door is closed,” according to Sony Pictures chairman and CEO Tony Vinciquerra.
Speaking at Variety‘s Entertainment & Technology summit, Vinciquerra cryptically added that “it’s a long life,” implying that perhaps in the distant future the web-slinging hero might swing his way back to the Disney-owned company.
Vinciquerra insisted that there is “no ill will” between Sony and Marvel, after the two failed to reach on agreement on financing terms for upcoming Spider-Man movies, effectively removing Tom Holland’s Spider-Man from the Marvel fold in terms of both future standalone and team-up features. However, he also did acknowledge the fan backlash to the news, saying that it has been “an interesting couple of weeks” for the studio.
Sony also doubled-down on their previous press release that Kevin Feige being busy is one of the reasons why the deal fell apart.
While outlets like Deadline have insisted it came down to money and Sony rejecting offers from Marvel to co-finance/share box office returns with Marvel Studios (at 30/70 or 25/75) for future solo Spider-Man movies that Marvel Studios was making for Sony to distribute.
Director Jon Watts hasn’t officially signed on to direct a third Spider-Man film and could decide to make something else instead. Something that is slightly a letdown given that big cliffhanger at the end of Spider-Man: Far From Home that would remove Peter Parker’s secret identity and have him a wanted criminal.
Tom Holland has publicly stated he’s onboard for the indefinite future, debunking yet another online rumor that the Spider-Man cast was looking to jump-ship.
It’ll be interesting to see what Sony Pictures ends up doing as Marvel was making most of the creative choices with the last two solo films.