Back in April 2016 we finally got to see the Spider-man we had always wanted. After it was revealed that Spiderman would move from Sony to Marvel he made his debut in Captain America Civil War. The role was relatively small but made a very big impact in the grand scheme of things.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be the first film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe to focus solely on the web slinger. With the success of the character’s introduction it’s obvious that there are very high hopes for this film.
However, it seems that the match made in heaven may not be as perfect as it might seem. The agreement between Sony and Marvel was initially for Spider-man to appear in two films, his introductory appearance in Captain America Civil War and his standalone film, Spider-man: Homecoming.
Yet even though this new deal proved successful it seems that Spider-Man’s place in the MCU may be difficult to predict.
Tom Holland, the actor who plays Spider-man, recently revealed that a Homecoming sequel is already being discussed. He said: “we’ve just finished Spider-man and we’re talking about the second one and who the villain is going to be and where we’re going.”
Sony obviously wants to make as many Spider-man films as possible. Given that they still hold a tight grip on Spider-man it is unclear how often they will let the web-slinger make an appearance into other Marvel films.
Speaking with Variety about Avengers: Infinity war, Holland explained that: “It’s all up in the air. I believe some sort of deal is in the mix, but I’m unclear as to what that deal is.”
Tom Rothman, the current head of Sony Pictures, wasn’t in charge when the original deal with Marvel was made. It’s therefore unclear how he may react if Marvel ever wishes for new deals to be made with the character. I personally believe it highly unlikely that Sony will cut out Spider-man from appearing in other Marvel movies. It naturally would help boost the character’s profile and get more people interested in him. The issue I can see though is the control of him. It seems like Marvel and Sony each have their own different ideas for the character and this could cause problems if ever the character was appear in a MCU film, who would have the final say over what happens to him.
Sony hasn’t done all too well with Spider-man and given the resurgence of support for him after Civil War, I just hope Sony realise that Marvel may be the best place for him. Only time will tell if we do get to see him in more MCU films. I would say that he will almost certainly appear in one of the Infinity war films, given their status and anticipation among the fans.
Spiderman Homecoming wrapped production last month and a trailer is expected to be released before the New Year. Directed by Jon Watts, the film is scheduled for release in July of 2017