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The Russo Brothers Aren’t Surprised Spider-Man Is No Longer In The MCU

September 7, 2019 | Posted by Joseph Lee
Spider-Man: Far From Home

In an interview with The Daily Beast, Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo said that they aren’t surprised that Spider-Man is no longer a part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as it was difficult to get the character involved to begin with. Here are highlights:

Anthony Russo on getting Spider-Man for the MCU: “We were extremely passionate about it. This is something we really wanted to happen, and fought a long time internally at Marvel to make it happen. I think that’s why Joe and I are not so devastated or surprised that there’s been a falling-out, because it was so hard to make it happen in the first place.”

Joe Russo on the conversations that took place to make it happen: “It wasn’t easy. Kevin [Feige] went through a lot. There were a lot of ups and downs, and he kept walking into our office and we’d go, ‘Look, we’ve got to do it with [Sony],’ and he’d go, ‘OK, I’ll figure it out,’ and walk back into his. He was looking for the way out. He wanted to open that door and have us go, ‘We figured it out! We don’t need Spider-Man!’ because it’s a lot of work to get two major corporations to play nice with each other, and the fact that it happened at all, we should all be dancing and celebrating that we got that little bit of time.”

Joe on the Academy Award chances for Endgame: “It’s certainly as difficult as it gets—without question. On a scale of 1-10, this is a 12. We’ll say this: there certainly is a disconnect between the Academy and popular audiences. It started about 20 years ago. If you go back and look at the Academy Awards up until that point, they were in sync with popular audiences.”

Joe on what they would want to win: “We don’t make movies for awards. Yes, making this was exceedingly difficult. We made the two most expensive movies ever back-to-back. But I just want to stump for one thing, and that’s Robert Downey.”

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