The Marvel-Sony deal to allow Spider-Man to swing into the MCU was one of the best announcements fans of the webslinger could have asked for.
Captain America: Civil War and the early reactions/reviews of Spider-Man: Homecoming solidify that, yes, it was the right move for both studios to work together. But it’s also brought up a number of questions relating to Spidey’s future. How many films will have him included in the MCU? Will other characters from the Spider-verse also enter Marvel’s theatrical world?
Thankfully, some answers have been slowly coming to light. First of all, there was the excitement that came when Sony producer Amy Pascal appeared to confirm that a number of Sony’s Spider-verse characters – a Tom Hardy-starring Venom movie has been greenlit, for example – would be connected to the MCU.
Well, there was a good reason for that confused, meme-making face Marvel’s Kevin Feige had during Pascal’s statement: it’s simply not the case.
“Here’s what we’re doing: all these characters are a part of the Marvel comic book universe,” Pascal has since clarified. “In that universe, they are all related to each other. Kevin [Feige] makes characters in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. These characters are separate, except for Spidey, who belongs in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is why he’s there.”
So, to be clear, Spidey is being shared, and no one else from Sony’s Spider-verse universe is. At least for now. “You could ask me, ‘Is Superman gonna be there?’ I go, ‘Never say never,’ but not any time soon,” Feige said.
So, how many films does Marvel have in mind for Spider-Man? Five, according to Feige, and we already have two of them.
“We are looking at a five-movie storyline — Civil War, Homecoming, Avengers: Infinity War, untitled Avengers, Homecoming 2 — or whatever we end up calling it — as an amazing five-story journey for Peter Parker,” Feige told Toronto Sun.
“In the way that the events of Civil War directly inform the opening of Homecoming and his state of mind as he goes back to high school, so too will the events of the next two Avengers movies as he continues with high school.”
Feige also confirmed that Spider-Man: Homecoming 2 will find Tom Holland’s Peter Parker directly dealing with the events of the fourth Avengers film, which will surely be massive as it wraps up the MCU’s “original 22-movie arc”.
“This original 22-movie arc ends with the untitled Avengers in May of 2019 and then two months later it will be Peter and Spider-Man (on July 5, 2019) that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”
Homecoming opens in Australia on July 6 and in the U.S. on July 7, Avengers: Infinity War will hit the U.S. on May 4, 2018, the untitled Avengers follow-up is scheduled for U.S. release on May 3, 2019, and the untitled Homecoming sequel is being lined up for U.S. release on July 5, 2019.