Spider-Man is no longer in the future of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The most recent iteration of Stan Lee’s famous hero is the focal point of a tug of war between cinematic powerhouses Disney and Sony over whether to keep the popular superhero in Marvel’s headlining franchise.
Confirmed by both Sony and actor Tom Holland, the collapse has resulted in the previous agreement between the two companies being dropped and both sides once more going in different directions.
So the question now remains for those of us that are interested in the future of the Superhero genre: where does this leave the MCU and Sony’s golden goose?
After the release of Spider-Man: Far From Home, Spider-Man as a character has been written so deeply into the current timeline of the Marvel Universe that it’s hard to see how the next film will be able to cleanly move on.
However Jamie Broadnax, the CEO of Black Girl Nerds, says that it remains to be seen what this split will mean for both franchises but it doesn’t spell the end for either side.
“Fans did know Spider-Man before his interactions with Iron Man and the rest of the MCU,” Broadnax said.
“Despite the division, Marvel have other projects they can focus on now with X-Men and all these other names.”
While Broadnax sees the positive of the situation that has left the modern cinematic world reeling, many fans have not shared her optimistic views and were quick to take sides upon rumours circulating about the failed deal.
Some believe Sony is at fault for asking too much of their prized asset, causing the breakdown in talks themselves.
Everyone that keeps defending Sony needs to know that this is not about Disney trying to be greedy,This is about Sony trying to play dirty and being desperate to abusing the live action rights to #SpiderMan! #SaveSpiderMan
— Jim Darnell (@HawkeyeArrow25) September 15, 2019
On the other side, there are Sony’s defenders believing that Disney were attempting to strong arm them out of a fair deal.
Sony really came out here and gave us the best Spiderman to date (Into the Spiderverse I'm looking at you) and people are gonna disrespect them saying they need to give up Spiderman. Disney needs to back up and make a deal to keep Tom Holland as Spiderman. #SonyDidNothingWrong
— Matt Williams (@Willyumz3721) August 23, 2019
One thing that many fans do seem to agree on is that both companies are driven by self interest, rather than acting for the sake of the universe and the canon that they have built (Language warning for the tweet ahead!)
Exactly this. As I said the other day, Stan Lee would be turning in his grave because of all your executive bullshit. All because of money. Stop with the greed, and sort your shit out! #SonyVsDisney #MarvelStudios #DisneyPlus
— Graham Hill (@Cheezyb3an) August 25, 2019
The ideal outcome for both parties is for both companies to strike a deal that would allow the collaboration to continue. Though with nothing being announced in the month since the split, fans of the MCU and Spider-Man may have to wait just a bit longer to see him back with the Avengers.