Now this was unexpected. Despite the success of both the spider-man movies under Marvel, Sony and Disney have decided to cut ties, which in turns means that Spider-Man is out of the MCU and will no longer make anymore appearance, for now at least.
According to Deadline:
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige won’t produce any further Spider-Man films because of an inability by Disney and Sony Pictures to reach new terms that would have given the former a co-financing stake going forward. A dispute that has taken place over the past few months at the top of Disney and Sony has essentially nixed Feige, and the future involvement of Marvel from the Spider-Man universe, sources said.
Disney asked that future Spider-Man films be a 50/50 co-financing arrangement between the studios, and there were discussions that this might extend to other films in the Spider-Man universe. Sony turned that offer down flat, and I don’t believe they even came back to the table to figure out a compromise. Led by Tom Rothman and Tony Vinciquerra, Sony just simply didn’t want to share its biggest franchise. Sony proposed keeping the arrangement going under the current terms where Marvel receives in the range of 5% of first dollar gross, sources said. Disney refused.
This is a major blow to the MCU, as I felt that Spider-Man would be the new center point for a lot of the MCU events that may have taken place. Just when we finally thought we can see Spider-Man shine, they cut him down. This also creates a new level of uncertainty for the rest of the MCU movies. I really don’t know what to say about all of this. I mean Sony did release the Oscar winning Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, so maybe they’ll be able to create something amazing with Spider-Man going forward. Guess we will have to wait and see.