All of the whining and complaining from Spider-Man fanboys have been rendered foolish by today’s announcement that Walt Disney and Sony will produce a third Spider-Man film starring Tom Holland. Furthermore, Spider-Man will not be removed from future Marvel Studios movies.
The announcement was made by Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige, who explained that the iconic superhero would not be limited to Sony’s universe.
“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. 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.”
The third installment in the Spider-Man: Homecoming series is scheduled to be released in slightly less than two years — on July 16, 2021.
Today’s announcement comes a month after Deadline first reported that Disney and Sony Pictures had split, effectively taking the rights to the Spider-Man property away from the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).
Disney and Sony have apparently come to a mutually beneficial arrangement — one that’s also beneficial for Marvel and Spider-Man fans. The latter studio explained:
“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. We are delighted to be moving forward together.”
Spider-Man actor Tom Holland took to Instagram to voice his pleasure at the decision, sharing a clip of Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street exclaiming that he is “not leaving.”
Fans have also taken to Twitter in excitement over the announcement, with hardly anyone disappointed to learn that Holland would continue the role and that Spider-Man would not be removed from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.