It’s official! Mom and Dad – uh, Disney and Sony, that is – have stopped fighting long enough to announce that Marvel will take point on Spider-Man 3! THIS IS HAPPENING!
The announcement came today after months of bickering over how to split movie and merchandising profits. Fans had given up hope of any more Marvel Spider-Man goodness – BUT NOW WE’RE GETTING IT! Spider-Man 3 is a go!
Here’s the press release:
Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Walt Disney Studios jointly announced today that Marvel Studios and its President Kevin Feige will produce the third film in the SPIDER-MAN HOMECOMING series, starring Tom Holland. The film is scheduled for release on July 16, 2021. As part of the arrangement, Spider-Man will also appear in a future Marvel Studios film. Amy Pascal will also produce through Pascal Pictures, as she has on the first two Holland-led films.
“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,” said Feige. “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.”
“This is terrific. Peter Parker’s story took a dramatic turn in Far From Home and I could not be happier we will all be working together as we see where his journey goes,” said Pascal. “This has been a winning partnership for the studios, the franchise and the fans and I’m overjoyed it will continue.”
That’s right, we get one Spider-man 3 AND a guaranteed future role to carry on the interwoven MCU tradition. This is like Christmas!
Disney/Marvel and Sony haven’t been on great terms. Disney, which keeps merchandising, wanted a larger share of the movie’s profits as they’d done a huge deal of the work and financing. Sony shot back that they owned Spidey and were getting the smaller share of the overall “profit pie” since they were just getting theater sales.
There is an argument to be made that the real money of superhero films is in toys and merch. Plus, Sony killed it with Into The Spider-Verse. Still, it seems ridiculous that Sony was willing to cut off what’s essentially free money from Tom Holland’s much-anticipated return in Spider-Man 3 when they have Miles Morales to play with.
We don’t know what the future holds after July 2021 (and that future film appearance). Maybe Disney/Marvel and Sony will get themselves some Studio Family Counseling and realize how much we’re enjoying this. Maybe not. Whatever happens, at least we know we won’t have to leave Peter Parker hanging on that ending. That wouldn’t make anyone happy.
Khai is a writer, anthropologist, and game enthusiast. She can talk fandom in five languages, and her proudest nerd moment so far was presenting original research titled “Gender, Sex, and Werewolves” at an international anthropological conference. Her first game, None For Me, is due out from Calico Games early next year.
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