Sony Pictures chief Tony Vinciquerra confirms that Spider-Man will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe... for now. After joining forces to make five movies culminating in Spider-Man: Far From Home, the highest-grossing solo Spider-Man film, Sony and Marvel Studios have ended their partnership. The lack of a new agreement between the studios came as a surprise to many and immediately threw the future of Spider-Man into question.
However, in the days following the initial report that a deal was not struck, several reports continued to come out highlighting the complexity of figuring out a new arrangement. Even though it never looked great, there was some optimism that a deal between Sony and Marvel/Disney could be found and allow Tom Holland's version of the web-slinger to stay in the MCU. As of right now though, that will not be the case.
Tony Vinciquerra, the chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures, recently spoke to Variety about the end of the studio's partnership with Marvel Studios. He said that "for the moment the door is closed" with regards to Spider-Man still being part of the MCU. The statement by Vinciquerra is a clear sign that in the mind of Sony's executives, the deal is not going to happen anytime soon. Vinciquerra didn't completely rule out Spider-Man ever rejoining the MCU, but the studio's plan is to instead incorporate him into the shared universe that Venom began.
This is the latest public statement to suggest that Spider-Man really is done with the MCU. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige opened up about the lack of a deal recently and said that they knew the deal was never going to last forever. He is pleased with the time they had with Spidey and claimed Marvel told exactly the story they wanted to. Meanwhile, Tom Holland also has been discussing what no deal means for Spider-Man's future. He's confirmed he'll still star in the films and has teased some exciting developments in his first non-MCU story. Based on Vinciquerra's other teases, the likelihood of Spider-Man appearing in Venom 2 or Tom Hardy's Venom appearing in Holland's next solo film are high.
That all said, many of the statements by people involved with Sony or Marvel keep a sense of optimism that this could change one day. The truth is that there is still plenty of time to figure out whether or not Spider-Man 3 will be part of the MCU. The movie does not yet have a director or release date, so Marvel and Sony could come back around to the negotiating table at some point before the project seriously moves forward. There's no guarantee that this will happen, and the odds of it coming to pass may not be as high as many would like. But with phrases like "for the moment" repeatedly being part of this discussion, all we know for certain is that Spider-Man isn't going to be part of the MCU... for now.