Spider-Man will get one last Marvel film before leaving for good
Spider-Man is still swinging out of the Marvel Cinematic Universe but before that day comes, we’re getting the final chapter in Tom Holland’s ‘Homecoming’ series.
Disney, which owns Marvel, and Sony Pictures reached a new deal recently which will see one last Spider-Man film taking place in the MCU.
Produced by Kevin Feige, the Marvel Studios President, the film will draw a close to some of the most profitable superhero films in history. As you may recall, Spider-Man: Far From Home ended with an enormous MCU-intertwined cliff-hanger, something that fellow producer Amy Pascal is well aware of.
“Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in ‘Far From Home’ and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes.”
The new deal involved head honchos like Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman, Feige, and Walt Disney Studios co-chairs Alan Horn and Alan Bergman. Feige was given producing power and Marvel and Disney will receive around 25% of the profits Variety reports. Disney will keep all the merchandising rights it has and is coughing up around a quarter of the cash for the movie.
The film is slated for a July 16, 2021 release, it is also said that Spider-Man will make one last appearance in an unknown Marvel film.
"I am thrilled that Spidey’s journey in the MCU will continue, and I and all of us at Marvel Studios are very excited that we get to keep working on it,” Feige said in a statement.
“Spider-Man is a powerful icon and hero whose story crosses all ages and audiences around the globe. He also happens to be the only hero with the superpower to cross cinematic universes, so as Sony continues to develop their own Spidey-verse you never know what surprises the future might hold.”
Marvel licensed the rights to Spider-Man to Sony back in 1998 after Marvel's bankruptcy announcement two years earlier.
Sony bought the Spider-Man rights for a mere US $7 million at the time. It wasn’t till 2015 that we saw Spider-Man make his way into the Marvel Cinematic Universe which began in 2008.
Disney and Sony attempted to strike a new deal in the summer, with talks of a 50/50 co-financing agreement falling flat, Sony pulled out of the deal and Marvel lost Spider-Man for the foreseeable future.
Sony did say it hoped the sour relationship would change, and this last MCU film is a pleasant compromise for the fans.
“We have had a great collaboration over the last four years, and our mutual desire to continue was equal to that of the many fans,” said Robert Lawson, chief communications officer for Sony Pictures Entertainment. “We are delighted to be moving forward together.”
The final film in the trilogy is currently unnamed, it will join 2017’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, and 2019’s Spider-Man: Far from Home.Combined the films have netted near two billion dollars. Not bad considering Sony only spent US $7 million back in the day.