The subject moved over to Spider-Man during the studio head roundtable discussion hosted by TheHollywoodReporter.

Where both studio heads Alan Horn (Disney) and Tom Rothman (Sony Pictures) talked the reasoning behind coming back to the table to make a deal work to keep Spider-Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe for two more movies, along with having Feige Kevin involved.

THR: Alan and Tom, you recently had a little dispute over Spider-Man. What was the one thing above all else that resolved that standoff over Marvel producing the next Sony installment?

HORN: “The fan base, which is important to all of us, seemed to really respond to what Tom and his folks have done before with our people. They like the fact that the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Kevin Feige were involved [in the two Spider-Man films]. We heard feedback out there that suggested that joining forces once again was probably really a good idea.”

Sony’s Rothman side-steps the first question about continuing their relationship but admits that the partnership is a win for everyone involved including fans.

THR: Will this partnership continue after the trilogy? Tom, you’ve shown you can do Spider-Man without Marvel on the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.

ROTHMAN: “Yes, we have. But I agree with my distinguished colleague. This was a classic win-win-win. A win for Sony, a win for Disney, a win for the fans. The only thing I would say is that news cycles and the rhythm of negotiations do not necessarily overlap. And this is, in the words of Shakespeare, a consummation devoutly to be wished. We would have gotten there, and the news got ahead of some things.”

HORN: “I agree with that.”

Spider-Man 3 is set for release on July 16th, 2021 with director Jon Watts returning along with a cast led by Tom Holland.

The second MCU film hasn’t been announced but an event film would be a good bet to make.

Holland is currently shooting The Russo Brothers’ crime flick Cherry and is then expected to shoot Sony’s Uncharted feature film adaptation (based on the Naughty Dog video game franchise) with Bumblebee’s Travis Knight attached to direct.

There have been online rumblings that we could see the Spider-Man universe finally crossover with Morbius and Venom 2, but is currently unconfirmed. It’ll be interesting to see if those spinoff movies will ultimately be considered MCU adjacent or if the between Disney/Sony relationship grows.


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