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You don’t have to worry about Spider-Man leaving the MCU any time soon

Published Oct 28th, 2021 8:13PM EDT
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Spider-Man has always been one of the most popular Marvel Comics superheroes. But years before Marvel would dominate the global box office with its own movies, Sony acquired the film rights to the character. Sony then proceeded to create two series: Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man trilogy and Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man movies. The disappointing response to Webb’s duology led to Sony striking a deal with Disney to bring Spider-Man to the MCU.

That deal was terminated in 2019, and for a short time, it seemed like Sony might have the character removed from the MCU. Fans were devastated, as was Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. Thankfully, the two sides were able to work out a new deal, and Spider-Man remains a fixture in the MCU. We did not hear much about Spider-Man’s future after that, but in a recent interview with Empire (via The Direct), Marvel boss Kevin Feige reassured fans that Spidey isn’t going anywhere.

Spider-Man is staying in the MCU

“I was mentally preparing to emotionally separate from it. I didn’t love it, but it is what it is. And then, thankfully, it came back together,” Feige stated. “I don’t anticipate us going through that emotional rollercoaster, or putting fans through that emotional rollercoaster, again.”

Looking back, it’s almost hard to believe that Spider-Man leaving the MCU was a very real possibility. From the perspective of the fans, it certainly made sense for one of Marvel’s most iconic characters to regularly appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But Sony knew exactly what it had on its hands. In the end, Disney and Sony made it work, but some fans doubted the pact would last. When Tom Holland showed up in the post-credits scene of Venom: Let There Be Carnage, those same fans likely breathed a sigh of relief. If Sony planned to pull the plug on this partnership, it probably wouldn’t be mashing up its universe with the MCU.

“From a business point of view, I wasn’t instrumental at all,” Holland said about Spider-Man’s return to the MCU. “People seem to think I suddenly went to law school and singlehandedly struck up a deal between Sony and Disney. Essentially, all I did was show both parties how passionate I was about this character. I basically said, ‘Look, if there’s a world where you can fix this, it will be so much better for the character, and for me, and for the fans. So if you can fix it, fix it.'”

Marvel and Sony’s Spider-Man: No Way Home hits theaters on December 17th, 2021.

Jacob Siegal
Jacob Siegal Associate Editor

Jacob Siegal is Associate Editor at BGR, having joined the news team in 2013. He has over a decade of professional writing and editing experience, and helps to lead our technology and entertainment product launch and movie release coverage.