In a move that’ll surprise no one, Spider-Man will be returning to the MCU after Sony and Marvel/Disney kissed and made-up following a much-publicised spat.
According to Variety, Sony and Marvel/Disney managed to hammer out a new deal after realising that they’re better off sticking together and will now produce a third MCU Spider-Man film with Tom Holland back as Peter Parker. As part of the new arrangement, he’ll also appear in another future Marvel film which we presume will be some sort of Avengers-esque team up.
Unsurprisingly, Holland is pretty stoked about the news and took to Instagram with the most appropriate of responses.
As for how long we’ll be waiting for this surprising-but-not-really-surprising third MCU Spider-Man film, it actually won’t be that long as it’s penciled in for July 16, 2021, with Homecoming and Far From Home director Jon Watts reportedly in talks to direct again.
So all in all, normal business is resumed after a brief break-up, not that we expected anything else to be honest considering how much of a win-win the Sony/Marvel/Disney partnership has been.
But while everyone is throwing their arms up in the air in celebration of Spider-Man returning to the MCU, Kevin Feige slipped in a little tidbit that may shake things up for ol’mate Spidey in an unexpected way.
In his statement announcing the third Spider-Man film, he dropped this interesting nugget of information:
“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.”
Putting on our tinfoil hat here, what Feige is saying here implies that not only will Tom Holland’s Spider-Man be in Disney’s MCU films, he’ll also be appearing in whatever Spidey-related films Sony produces.
And that means one thing: we could be getting potential Tom Holland appearances in stuff like the Into the Spider-Verse and Spidey-villain universes Sony are building, not to mention that Spidey/Venom crossover we’ve been hankering for.
But look, we’re probably reading into Feige’s comments just a bit too much. It could just be the adrenaline of having Spider-Man back in the MCU talking.
So for now, let’s just revel in the news that all is right in the MCU, we’re getting a third Tom Holland-starring Spider-Man film as well as an appearance in another Marvel film, and there could be more exciting projects down the line for the webslinger.
It’s been a good day, folks.