The deal reached between Marvel Studios and Sony Pictures to share the movie rights to Spider-Man was quite unprecedented, but in the midst of fan excitement over having Spidey home in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, there was a lingering dread that such a thing was not meant to last long. In the back of our minds has been the idea that once the present Sony deal has expired, then that’s the end of Spider-Man in the MCU, especially if he becomes a huge success under the co-supervision of Kevin Feige. The head of Marvel Studios seems to be thinking the same thing too.
In a new interview, Feige explained that looking at the whole of the five-picture deal between Marvel and Sony, the audience will see a clear story arc for Spider-Man and his alterego Peter Parker. ““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,” he told the 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 continued. “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 that usher us into the aftermath and how things proceed from there.”
As with many things with Marvel, it seems that they’ve crossed their Ts and dotted their Is with this deal, suggesting that by the time we get to the Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel we will have a completed cycle for Peter and Spidey. If it were to end there, then maybe Marvel will have gotten everything they needed out of Spider-Man, and to be frank it was Sony that needed this deal more than Marvel. On the other hand, there’s surely a point of pride at Marvel that Spider-Man, arguably their flagship character, is back under the proper Marvel shingle and not in a side gig that’s MINO (Marvel In Name Only). If Homecoming blows up beyond even presently elevated expectations, then Sony may give due credit to Marvel and keep Spider-Man in the MCU. Only time will tell.
Spider-Man: Homecoming will be in theatres everywhere this Friday.