In follow-up: ‘Spider-Man’ is returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe

Last month, Sony Pictures Entertainment and Walt Disney Studios could not come to an agreement to keep “Spider-Man” with Marvel. But, in surprising fashion for many, the two have reached an agreement to keep the “Spider-Man” series going. No typos here: indeed, “Spider-Man” will be staying with the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as recently announced on Sept. 27. 

Marvel Studios and its President, Kevin Feige, will be producing a third film for the “Spider-Man: Homecoming” series; Sony, in coordination with Marvel, has announced that the Spider-Man character will be in a future Marvel film. The next “Spider-Man” movie, starring Tom Holland, will also be set for release on July 16, 2021. 

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From Sept. 27, Sony says in a tweet, “we have had a great collaboration over the last four years, and our mutual desire to continue was equal to that of many fans. We are delighted to be moving forward together.” 

Last month, both companies could not come to a financial agreement, particularly, to keep the “Spider-Man” series as a part of the MCU, or Marvel Cinematic Universe. Since then, negotiations between Sony and Disney have been ongoing for quite some time. 

Sony’s Chief of Communications, Robert Lawson, says, “The conversation started moving toward a better place and ended up where it is today--a better deal for us and Disney.” As part of the deal, “Spider-Man” will be produced by Amy Pascal, through Pascal Pictures. Pascal has already produced both of the “Spider-Man” movies with its star actor, Tom Holland. 

The same day Sony announced the news on Sept. 27, Pascal had this to say about “Spider-Man” returning to the Marvel Cinematic Universe: “Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in ‘Far From Home,’ I couldn’t be happier that we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes. This has been a winning partnership for the studios, the franchise and the fans.” 

After the recent major announcement, Tom Holland decided to take to Instagram, posting a clip of Leonardo DiCaprio’s famed “Wolf of Wall Street,” saying, “You know what? I’m not leaving. The show goes on.”

Last Friday’s news about “Spider-Man” coming back to the Marvel Cinematic Universe has fans excited and optimistic all the while, of course.  

Still, the reconciliation of the partnership arrives appropriately, while under its President, Feige, Marvel has become a global sensation, making 23 movies over the span of 11 years and accumulating a box office total of $22 billion in ticket sales. 

While Sony, in coordination with Marvel, has announced that the Spider-Man character will be in a future Marvel film, it is still unclear on what exactly the future Marvel film will be.