March 29, 2017


Will Spider-Man Leave the Marvel Universe After Second Solo Movie?

Sony Pictures Entertainment
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Spider-Man finally entered the Marvel Cinematic Universe in 2016 after his previous studio home of Sony Pictures struck a collaborative deal with the Disney-owned Marvel. But it sounds like his days there could be numbered.

Cosmic Book News reports that former Sony Pictures chair Amy Pascal, who remains a Spider-Man producer, said the team-up "may never happen again—after we do the sequel."

The sequel is whatever comes after this July's Spider-Man: Homecoming. Young Brit Tom Holland said in November that he's contracted for three Spidey solo swings and three other tie-in films. He debuted in Captain America: Civil War last year.

Here's Pascal's full quote:

“One of the things that I think is so amazing about this experience is that you don’t have studios deciding to work together to make a film very often. In fact, it may never happen again—after we do the sequel. Because Sony and Disney and Marvel all decided that the right thing to do was to allow Peter Parker and Spider-Man to be in the MCU, and to work with the Marvel guys and have them produce this film, and I think that was a very rare thing for three companies to do and a very brilliant thing for them to decide to do because there are only so many stories that you know you can tell again and again and again about Spidey, and this is something that we would never been able to do in any other way. So, it was a very selfless thing that was very smart on the part of all the companies.”

Forbes is casting vociferous doubt on the idea that Spidey could be edged out of the MCU after a second solo film; the multifaceted reasoning primarily boils down to "$$$$$$$."

Next, watch Marvel editor-in-chief Axel Alonso preview the ways the comic-book empire will sync up with its movie and television offerings in 2017: