The Fate of Spiderman


Rebeca Martinez, Staff Writer

Many fans are disappointed at the fact that the beloved character, Spiderman, is no longer a part of the MCU ( Marvel Cinematic Universe). This all began back in 2015 when Marvel (owned by Disney), and Sony announced a deal to share Spiderman’s film rights.

As we know Sony had already made a few Spiderman movies(Spiderman 1,2, 3, etc.) For a while, Sony was actually doing great. Later on, Sony started to struggle on what to give the fans next. When “ The Amazing Spider-Man” was released, the franchise went through a lot of trouble and also received poor reviews from fans and critics. During this time, Marvel had really had the superhero business going.  Marvel even had many franchises with Iron Man, Captain America, and The Avengers. The issue was that both studios had something that the other wanted. Marvel wanted Spiderman to be a part of its cinematic universe. Meanwhile, Sony lacked some of Marvel’s unique resources. On February 9, 2015, the deal was announced. Spiderman will finally be able to be a part of the MCU, and Sony’s Siderman movies will take place in the MCU. This news we shocking, not only for the press but for the Marvel Studios as well!   “ I never thought we’d be able to make a Spider-Man movie in our universe..” said Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios) “..and here we are. It was a dream-come-true scenario”. 

For the moment everything seemed great for producers and fans when Spiderman made his first appearance in “Captain America: Civil War”.  But, according to “ Los Angeles Times,” when it came to the making of “Spiderman Homecoming” and “ Far from home”, Disney put in a major part in producing these films. This is why Disney wanted 50% co-financing stake for future films. This seems fair since spiderman is shared and since Disney did play a major role in producing these films.  The problem was that Sony was not willing to give such a portion away. Sony was only willing to keep the arrangement under current terms and only given Marvel 5% of first-dollar gross. Disney refused to agree to this deal.

 Other than the financial disagreement, there were very high demands for Feige. Disney really wanted to focus on characters that Marvel already owns. Feige also has to launch original Marvel Studio shows which had a deadline to be launched by November 12. On top of that, Feige also has to work on the next phase for Marvel, phase 4. Some of these movies will include, “Black Widow”, “Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness”, “Thor: Love and Thunder”, and more. Many fans are also waiting for more mysteries to be solved like, will Kate ( Clint’s daughter) be the new Hawkeye? 

In the end, Sony and Disney (including Marvel) failed to reach a proper agreement. Now, Spiderman will no longer be part of the MCU. “ It was never meant to last forever,” said Kevin Feige. “ We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.” This does not mean that Spiderman will no longer exist, even though he will no longer be a part of the MCU he will continue to be on the screens with Sony. 

Tom Holland’s optimistic response to this situation, gave hope to fans that even though it might seem like its over,  the story has not reached its end yet. 

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies, It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”