Director Jon Watts recently shared his two cents regarding what is dubbed as Spider-Man's limited time as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. With Spider-Man: Homecoming nearing its much-anticipated release, folks involved in the project have been doing some press rounds where they are asked not just about the character's fate in the near future but also what is in store for him down the road.
After they sold the rights to their A-list characters to other movie studios, Marvel Studios had to dig deep in the remaining roster of superheroes to build the massive franchise they now have. X-Men went to Fox while Spider-Man was shipped to Sony Pictures Entertainment. As the MCU gained prominence, fans could only imagine what it would be like for Peter Parker to interact with Tony Stark, Thor, and Steve Rogers like in the comics -- until February of 2015 when Marvel's Kevin Feige and Sony's Amy Pascal announced that they were co-producing a reboot of the Spider-Man franchise with the incarnation of Peter part of the bigger MCU.
The deal has worked for both parties involved with Tom Holland's version well-received in Captain America: Civil War and an upcoming solo film set to debut next month. But recently, it seems that there was a brewing discord between the companies causing fans to worry about Spider-Man being suddenly uprooted from the MCU.
Watts addressed this concern following Pascal's previous comments about Sony working with Marvel after Homecoming 2 "may never happen again" via a video chat at Sydney’s Supanova Comic Con (via Comicbook.com). The statement sent fans into a frenzy given how this could potentially derail his progress in the movies:
“I don’t think she [Amy Pascal] meant that in an apocalyptic way. I think she was just trying to say what an unprecedented deal [it was] that Marvel and Sony teamed up."
Further, the filmmaker pointed out there isn't an expiration date on the deal or Spider-Man's time in the MCU:
“It’s like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I think that is what she was trying to say as opposed to putting a ticking clock [on Spider-Man]."
As of now, the logical way to go is to continue the partnership between Sony and Marvel. Both companies are getting benefits from their business agreement, with Marvel being able to play with one, if not their most popular superhero, while Sony gets to be a part of the massive MCU. Not to mention, that this deal has fans all over the world happy.
Regardless of what the future lies for Holland's Spider-Man, fans can take pleasure in the fact that his first standalone film is rolling out in less than four weeks. After that, he is also confirmed to appear in next year's Avengers: Infinity War supposedly followed by a sequel to his debut standalone.
Source: Jon Watts (via Comicbook.com)