Kevin Feige Reveals Spider-Man Was Never Meant To Stay In The MCU Forever

"We told the story we wanted to tell."

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has revealed that Spider-Man was never meant to be part of the MCU forever.

In 2015, Sony Pictures and Marvel Studios entered into an unprecedented deal to share the rights to Spider-Man. The deal meant that Spidey could finally appear in the MCU, and that Marvel would consult with Sony for two standalone movies starring Tom Holland.

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Holland first appeared in Captain America: Civil War after being cast the same year the deal was struck. Spider-Man has since appeared in Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Endgame and the solo films Spider-Man: Homecoming and Spider-Man: Far From Home. It’s also important to note that Far From Home was Sony’s biggest hit to date.

Earlier this week it was reported that negotiations between Marvel and Sony ended after Sony and Disney couldn’t agree on how to keep Marvel Studios involved in the films.

It’s been widely reported that Disney wanted a 50/50 split on the profits of future Spider-Man movies, however, Deadline is now reporting that Disney initially only asked for a 25 per cent stake. Sony apparently didn’t do anything with that for months, leading to Disney asking for the 50 per cent.

With the public outcry from fans about Spidey’s exit, it’s unknown if the first 25 per cent offer will be put back on the table to allow the character to stay in the MCU.

However, Feige is now claiming Marvel Studios told the story they wanted with Spidey and never saw the partnership as permanent.

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Entertainment Weekly chatted to Feige about how his reaction to the news and he told them, “I’m feeling about Spider-Man gratitude and joy.”

“We got to make five films within the MCU with Spider-Man: two standalone films and three with the Avengers. It was a dream that I never thought would happen. It was never meant to last forever. We knew there was a finite amount of time that we’d be able to do this, and we told the story we wanted to tell, and I’ll always be thankful for that.”

While the deal was never meant to last forever, it had already been extended once before so we find it a little difficult to believe Feige’s last comments. Spider-Man was even included on the banners for the D23 expo – surely this wouldn’t have been the case if they knew the deal would break down as it did.

Spider-Man: Far From Home also seemed to set Peter Parker up for a bigger MCU story, not end it, so it’ll be very interesting to see how Sony works around that.

EW also spoke to Holland about Spider-Man’s future and he revealed he will continue to play the character and have “the time of my life”.

“Basically, we’ve made five great movies… It’s been five amazing years. I’ve had the time of my life. Who knows what the future holds? But all I know is that I’m going to continue playing Spider-Man and having the time of my life. It’s going to be so fun, however we choose to do it. The future for Spider-Man will be different, but it will be equally as awesome and amazing, and we’ll find new ways to make it even cooler.”

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While promoting his new animated film Onward at the D23 expo, Holland also told the crowd, “Hey everyone, it’s been a crazy week but I want you all to know from the bottom of my heart that I love you 3000.”

Disney has previously fired James Gunn and then later re-hired him for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3, so perhaps there’s a tiny chance of Sony and Marvel agreeing on another deal. That being said, it does sound like Feige has made his peace with not having Spidey in the MCU.

Brie Larson Just Proved Captain Marvel Is Totally Worthy Of Mjolnir

How does Thor feel about this?!

There’s been a lot of debate about who is the most powerful Avenger between Captain Marvel and Thor, however, it looks like that competition has well and truly been won after Brie Larson proved Carol Danvers can totally lift Mjolnir.

Captain Marvel can fly, she’s very strong and basically unbeatable, so it should come as little surprise she can wield Mjolnir.

In a new post on Instagram, Larson shared a photo of herself casually holding the hammer. She captioned the snap, “Not to be whatever, but….told you I could lift it.”

Natalie Portman, who will be returning to the MCU as Mighty Thor in Thor: Love and Thunder joked, “Hey muscles, easy with my hammer!!!”

As expected with a post like this, there were plenty of angry dudes leaving comments on the photo saying there’s no way she’d be able to lift the hammer and just generally not being able to see that the post was a bit of fun.

It’s comments like this that have me so excited to see Portman in the role of Thor.

Directors of Avengers: Endgame, Anthony and Joe Russo have previously stated in a special feature included with movie’s Blu-ray release that Captain Marvel could easily put Thor in his place.

“It’s interesting seeing the Avengers with Captain Marvel. I think that she dimensionalizes them in a really great way. Just from a pure power standpoint and what her abilities are,” he said.

“If you’re talking about a collection of heroes, and you’re gonna go face Thanos who we believe still has the gauntlet.”

“She is as powerful, if not more powerful than Thor, and you suddenly have hope again. Because they all know what happened at the end of the last movie, he walked through them like they were paper.”

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Anthony also added that when Carol shows up in the movie she makes the Avengers feel “like kids” and it’s only when she arrives they can put the bully back in his place.

They also added she’s just as worthy of power as Thor, so, there you have it, bros.

Avengers: Endgame Writers Reveal Tony Stark Wasn't Always Going To Be Killed Off

"We weren’t there to just kill characters off."

If you’re still heartbroken over the fact that Tony Stark was killed off in Avengers: Endgame, you might be a little annoyed to find out he wasn’t always going to die in the movie.

Anthony and Joe Russo had a mammoth task when it came to making Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame and creating a satisfying end to the 23-film Infinity Saga. Thankfully, they had writers Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely on their team.

Markus and McFeely succeeded in writing a pretty incredible ending to the saga (though we do have a few grievances), but it turns out Iron Man’s fate was never set in stone.

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Markus spoke to to reveal he and McFeely had a lot of freedom with the characters.

“We weren’t there to just kill characters off. We were told, ‘If the story demands it, you can take people off the board. But if there’s a good story to be told and no one dies, go ahead and tell that one too.

“In Endgame, we were trying to finish arcs and for Iron Man/Tony Stark to give up his life and sacrifice himself for the good of the universe seemed like a really good narrative closure for the billionaire playboy who had been learning over the course of several films (to be a better person).”

I’ll be honest, it makes total sense, despite the fact that it was sad AF.

Robert Downey Jr’s contract with Marvel was set to come to an end with Endgame, but it was never the plan to kill him off. The writers were then given the freedom to create the perfect ending for him, which sadly meant killing him off.

What perhaps made the scene even more special was that it was the last one shot for the movie. The directors and writers were on set trying to make the scene as emotionally satisfying as possible.

The line, “I am Iron Man,” that Tony says while snapping Thanos and his army away was honestly pretty perfect.

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I wonder what Markus and McFeely might have planned for Tony had he not died at the end of the film. Would he have simply retired and lived out his days with Pepper Potts and their daughter Morgan Stark?

Guess we’ll never know…

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