Sony, Marvel Continue Tug of War Over Spider-Man

What does the future have in store for Spider-Man?


Chelsea Gates

UPDATE: Following recent news of further negotiations, this article has been updated below.

Following the news of Spider-Man’s departure from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, fans have been left wondering how the radical change will affect plans for Phase 4 of the MCU. 

Sony Pictures chairman Tony Vinciquerra claims that while a resolution might occur in the future, “the door is closed” for Spider-Man’s return to the MCU. The beloved superhero may not return anytime soon, and definitely not in time for the beginning of Phase 4. 

This begs the question; What happens now?

Marvel and directors Joe and Anthony Russo have confirmed multiple movies and television shows that will come into the MCU for Phase 4, and Disney’s new streaming service, Disney+. Movies such as Black Widow, Thor: Love and Thunder, and The Eternals have fans on the edge of their seats. Even smaller television shows such as Falcon and the Winter Soldier, WandaVision, and Loki have fans curious for the new phase of the cinematic universe. However, Spidey’s future is unknown. 

Marvel Studios’ Kevin Fiege claims that Parker’s story is completed, so it won’t affect Phase 4 too much.

“It was never meant to last forever. 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,” Fiege elaborates. 

However, if you haven’t seen Spider-Man: Far From Home, the post-credits ended the movie on a major cliff-hanger. After defeating Quentin Beck and rescuing his friends from imminent danger, the movie cuts to a scene of Peter Parker and MJ swinging through NYC after returning from the trip. Once landing safely, Peter starts to leave before his attention is caught by a news announcement on the monitor behind him. The news anchor proceeds to show a clip of Quentin Beck accusing Peter of murdering him, and the drone fiasco being his original plan, moments before his death. After framing Peter using an edited clip of him “confessing” to the crime, and making himself out to be a hero, Beck reveals his identity. 

It only makes sense that there would be another movie made to pick up where Far From Home left off, right? Unfortunately, nobody truly knows what the future has in store for Peter Parker. 


Update: As of September 27, 2019, the Marvel Cinematic Universe and Sony have reached an agreement to allow Spider-Man to return to the MCU for two more films. Spidey will return for one confirmed addition to the Spider-Man series, and another movie, in which some believe that Peter will return as a member of some sort of reconstructed Avengers.