After briefly breaking up, Sony Pictures and Marvel have found a way to get back in the Spider-Man business together.
On Friday, the two companies jointly announced that Marvel Studios and its president, Kevin Feige, will produce the third film in the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” series. It will once again feature Tom Holland reprising his role as the titular hero. The rumor mill roared back to life this week with hints that the two companies were close to brokering a new agreement.
This news capped off a great week for me. I was devistated reading about the split between Sony and Marvel, and honestly couldn’t believe it had happened. The deal to bring Spidey back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe for another movie, and for Marvel to return to produce the next Spider-Man film, is a welcome relief. I’ve been happily giddy all day – it’s like I told my co-workers, it feels like your parents have announced they’re not getting divorced after all. At least for a few more years. Additional details of the agreement haven’t been announced.
For its part, this was an important agreement for Disney. With the Marvel lands opening at various Disney Parks over the next couple of years, and the Spider-Man ride specifically swinging into DCA in 2020, getting Spidey back into the MCU was a must. I don’t think Disney had any intention of walking away from Spider-Man, and I suspect they took the “lesser” deal. “Lesser”, being in quotes, because it doesn’t matter what the terms of the deal were, Spider-Man is just too important a character to lose what little control they have of him.
Sony has proven time and again that they don’t understand the character of Spider-Man. Into the Spider-Verse was the exception, but I credit Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, and Rodney Rothman for the success of Spider-Verse more so than anyone from Sony. I’m glad Marvel will be “helping” Sony produce the next Spider-Man film.
I can’t wait for July 16th, 2021, and for the continuation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Spider-Man.