It’s over. Spider-Man is no longer part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Sources at Deadline claim that the partnership between Sony Pictures, which owns the film rights to Spider-Man and all associated characters, and Marvel Studios, which controls the rest of the MCU, has been terminated, effectively ending Peter Parker’s time as a member of both the Avengers and Marvel’s shared cinematic superhero universe.
The culprit, as always, is money. Disney was rumored to be pushing for a new deal that would have given the company a co-financing stake in future Spider-Man films. Sony refused to agree to the terms, effectively ending the deal that allowed Spider-Man to join Iron Man, Captain America, the Hulk, and other heroes on the silver screen.
Deadline claims that the end of the Disney-Sony collaboration means that Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige will no longer have any input into Spidey’s big-screen adventures, and that the rest of the MCU will be off-limits to the webslinger going forward.
It’s unclear what the end of Disney and Sony’s Spider-Man deal means for the future of the MCU. Spider-Man: Far From Home, which hit theaters in late June and dealt with Avengers: Endgame‘s immediate aftermath, seemed to tease a number of upcoming MCU plotlines, and included a shocking post-credits scene that might have set up Marvel’s next comics-inspired crossover event.
However, this isn’t the end of the current iteration of Spider-Man. Sony still has two Spider-Man films in development with Spider-Man: Homecoming and Far From Home director John Watts, both of which are expected to star current Spider-Man actor Tom Holland. In addition, Sony is pushing ahead with Spider-Man spinoffs, including a Venom sequel, Jared Leto’s Morbius, and a bunch of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse-related projects.
We wouldn’t be surprised if Sony and Disney eventually worked things out, either. So far, the partnership has worked out well for both companies. Spider-Man: Far From Home, a joint Sony and Marvel production, recently became Sony’s highest-grossing movie ever, while Avengers: Endgame, in which Spider-Man plays a major role, broke Avatar‘s record to become the biggest movie of all time just a few weeks ago. In addition, both studios just announced that Spider-Man: Far From Home will return to theaters on Labor Day weekend with 4 minutes of new footage.
We’ll continue to update this story as more information becomes available.